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Feedlot Research

Growing and finishing studies evaluate the usefulness of the many feeds available in North Dakota.  Management practices for feeding “natural” calves are being evaluated.  Feedlot performance, carcass traits, and taste panel studies are compared.  Feedlot research includes management and husbandry of calves, mitigation of winter weather stress, facilities development for working animals, stabilizing pen surfaces and water fountain styles.  Feeder cattle for feedlot studies are raised on the Research Center, procured from area ranches, purchased from area sale barns, or secured from other Research Centers.  Many research studies are conducted in collaboration with scientists on campus, and at other Research Centers.

Following are links to NDSU Extension publications and links to specific articles related to feedlot research.

 

2012 Beef Cattle and Range Research Report

Alternative Feeds for Ruminants

Beef Feeding Operation Siting and Design Basics

Biosecure Nutrient Management Practices

Combined Feed Value and Protein and Energy Calculator

Composting Animal Manures: A Guide to the Process and Management of Animal Manure Compost

Field Pea Grain for Beef Cattle

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding Corn as Earlage

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-Moisture Corn

Instructions for Use of Fly Ash to Stabilize Soil in Livestock Facilities

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities Video

Managing Odor Nuisance and Dust from Cattle Feedlots

Producer's Guide to Livestock Manure Management Systems

Resource Guide for Livestock Manure Management

Using Flax in Livestock Diets

Wheat Middlings: A Useful Feed for Cattle

Winter Management of Feedlot Cattle

 

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File zCombined Feed Value and Protein and Energy Calculator
Please save the combined feed value and protein and energy calculator file to your computer and open in Microsoft Excel to use the calculator.
File An Update from the Discovery Farms Project
The Discovery Farms project provides a working farm setting to collect the data needed to help strike that balance between profitability and protection of natural resources.
File 2014 Effects of Fat Level in Distillers Grain on Feedlot Finishing Performance and Carcass Traits
Performance of steers fed rations with increasing fat in distillers grains.
File 2014 Effects of Corn Particle Size and Forage Level on Performance and Carcass Traits of Yearling Steers during Finishing
Animal performance for yearling steers fed diets containing whole, dry-rolled, or finely-ground corn with decreasing forage levels.
File 2013 Forage Levels Handout
The forage levels in finishing diets - Standing Rock steers handout was given at the 2013 Carrington Research Extension Center Field Day.
File 2013 Feed Testing for Ranchers
Results of feed analysis can be used to better predict calf performance in backgrounding rations and develop effective cow wintering diets.
File 2013 Enzyme Handout
The enzyme feedlot growing trial handout given at the 2013 Carrington Research Extension Center Field Day.
File 2013 Effects of Forage Level in Finishing Diets on Beef Feedlot Performance and Carcass Characteristics
Results of a 2013 study to evaluate three different finishing diets that contained 20, 30, or 40 percent forage to assess effects on growth performance and meat-quality traits.
File 2013 Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves; The Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project XII (2012-13)
Results from the 2012-13 Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project.
File 2013 CREC Annual Report of Research and Extension
File 2013 CREC Annual Report Articles
File 2013 Containment Pond Management Handout
The containment pond management handout given at the 2013 Carrington Research Extension Center Nutrient Management Day.
File 2013 An Evaluation of Cellulo-Gest™ Supplement to Enhance Forage Digestibility and Improve Performance of Growing Calves
Results of a study to evaluate Cellulo-Gest, Old Mill-Troy Inc., North Troy, VT, fed in mixed rations to growing feedlot cattle.
File 2010 Targeting the North Dakota Natural Beef Market: Impacts on Early Calf Growth and Performance
The results from a 2010 experiment by North Dakota State University to test the impacts on early calf growth and performance. This trial was held at Carrington and Hettinger.
File 2010 North Dakota Verified Livestock; a Marketing Tool for Beef Exports
A report from 2010 about North Dakota Verified Livestock; a marketing tool for beef exports.
File 2010 Interaction of Corn Processing and Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles on Health and Performance of Steers
The results from a 2010 experiment to test the interaction of corn processing and distillers dried grains with solubles on health and performance of steers.
File 2010 Evaluation of Low-input Growing and Finishing Options for Cattle Producers - Year 1
The results from a 2010 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to evaluate low input growing and finishing options for cattle producers.
File 2010 Effects of Increasing Levels of Distillers Grains in Barley-based Diets on Growing and Finishing Feedlot Performance, Carcass Traits, and Nutrients in Manure
The results from a 2010 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test the effects of increasing levels of distillers grains in barley-based diets on growing and finishing feedlot performance, carcass traits, and nutrients in manure.
File 2010 Effects of Glycerol Supplementation on Dry Matter Intake, Rate and Site of Digestion, and Ruminal Fermentation in Cannulated Steers Fed Finishing Diets
The results from a 2010 experiment to test the effects of glycerol supplementation on dry matter intake, rate and site of digestion, and ruminal fermentation in cannulated steers fed finishing diets.
File 2010 Eastern Dakota Cattle Feedout Project VI: Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves
A project to discover the actual value of spring-born beef steer calves, provide comparisons between herds, and benchmark feeding and carcass performance.

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