Foundation Female Program recipients post calving update

Dakota Community Bank & Trust introduced the Foundation Female Program in the fall of 2013 to help area youth get started in the beef industry. 

 

Iris Dukart of Manning feeding the heifers she purchased through the FFP.
Iris Dukart of Manning feeding the heifers she purchased through the FFP.
Chance Andrews with Bowman Branch Manager Justin Wolbaum the night he was awarded one of the winners of the FFP.
Chance Andrews with Bowman Branch Manager Justin Wolbaum the night he was awarded one of the winners of the FFP.

By Katie Dukart     

Dakota Community Bank & Trust introduced the Foundation Female Program in the fall of 2013 to help area youth get started in the beef industry. 
Youth ages 13-14 were encouraged to fill out an application to be considered for this program to allow them to purchase five bred heifers of their choice. 
Iris Dukart of Manning was announced as one of the recipients along with Chance Andrews of Bowman for the first annual DCB&T Foundation Female Program event.
 Iris purchased five Red Angus bred heifers in December and shared some of her experiences this year during calving season at a recent visit. Out of the five bred heifers, Iris had lost one calf due to complications at birth. The four calves on the ground are healthy, with three of them being bull calves and the other one a heifer calf. The average birth weight of the calves were 81.5 lbs. Iris said her favorite part of calving her heifers out was to see the newborn calves after they were born and to watch them grow. Now that calving is done, Iris will start planning for the next breeding season. Iris plans to A.I. (artificially inseminate) the cows, but is unsure of the bull she will use. She wants to move her calving date back to late April or early May for the 2015 calving season. Iris will re-breed the heifer that lost her calf along with the other four heifers. She commented that if there are any open (unbred) heifers when they pregnancy-check she will sell them. 
When asked what she plans to do with her calves once they are weaned, she stated she would like to keep the heifer calf as a replacement. Out of the 3 bull calves she plans to keep two as bulls and sell them at the Dukart Ranch bull sale and the other one will be a steer calf that she will feed out and sell. 
Iris plans to show one of her bull calves and maybe her heifer calf in 4-H and other livestock shows. 
Iris has learned a lot from the first calving season with her own heifers. She said the main thing she learned was patience and if you work hard in the beginning you will have a good outcome.      
Chance purchased five Black Angus bred heifers and has shared some of his experiences during this year’s calving season. 
Chance has three calves on the ground, two are bulls and one is a heifer. He had one heifer slough her calf a month early and one heifer that had lost her calf.  The average birth weight of the calves were 80 lbs. 
Chance said his favorite part of calving was seeing the calf get up and suck the cow for the first time. Now that calving is done Chance has to start looking ahead on what to rebreed the heifers to. He is going to look for a well-balanced Black Angus bull for the 2014 breeding season. Chance would like to start calving around March 20th for the 2015 calving season and he will rebreed the heifers that had lost their calves. 
With the 2014 calf crop, his plan is to feed out the steers and sell them in January. Chance has decided not to show the heifer or any of the steer calves he had from his heifers, but is hoping in the future he can show one of his own. Instead he will show one of his dad’s steers at the Bowman County Fair. 
Chance has learned a lot from his experience so far. He has learned that there can be many complications during calving season and that calving in the cold weather can be hard work, but also can be very satisfying.
 DCB&T will be offering this opportunity again to area youth in the fall of 2014. For more information contact Katie Dukart at the Dickinson North office at 701-227-4000 or Justin Wolbaum at the Bowman office at 701-523-9000.


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