Farm employees, managers and students who regularly work with cattle will have an opportunity to learn more about livestock handling and stewardship at a North Dakota State University Extension Service training program Sept. 17-18.

A public program will be held on Sept. 17, with on-farm training programs continuing on Sept. 18. Each program is a separate event, to include classroom training on the NDSU campus, demonstrations at Shepperd Arena related to feedlot and pasture livestock, and visits to dairy farms near Jamestown and Carrington.

Participants will see demonstrations on calf handling, managing maternity pens, loading trailers, proper handling of sick or lame cows, cow movement in free-stall areas, holding pens and the milking parlor on dairy operations. They’ll also see demonstrations of livestock handling in feedlots, sorting cattle in pens, and moving animals in alleys and through the working chute.

Curt Pate, a rancher from Ryegate, Mont., who has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, horsemanship and safety for more than a decade, will lead the training. Several NDSU faculty and Extension livestock specialists also will be involved in the program as educators.

A public program for students and farmer/ranchers will be held at Shepperd Arena from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

The NDSU and SDSU Extension Services, North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota beef checkoff programs and Midwest Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Center in Minnesota are helping sponsor this training.

This training opportunity is free of charge, but with limited accommodations. Those planning to attend the on-farm sessions near Jamestown and Carrington held on Friday, Sept. 18, must preregister by calling J.W. Schroeder at (701) 231-7663 or Lisa Pederson at (701) 328-9718, no later than 4:00 p.m. Sept. 15.