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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 Combined 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 text/texmacs 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 Troff document 2014 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 Troff document 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 Troff document 2013 Enzyme Handout
The enzyme feedlot growing trial handout given at the 2013 Carrington Research Extension Center Field Day.
File VCS/ICS calendar 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 VCS/ICS calendar 2013 Effects of Forage Level in Finishing Diets on Beef Feedlot Performance and Carcass Characterisitics
A trial to see how forage levels in cattle diets affect performance and carcass traits.
File Troff document 2013 Drylot Vs Pasture Beef Cow/Calf Production - 3 Year Progress Report
A trial to see the performance difference of cow/calf pairs in a drylot versus pasture.
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 ECMAScript program 2013 CREC Annual Report Articles
File chemical/x-pdb 2013 Containment Pond Management Handout
The containment pond management handout given at the 2013 Carrington Research Extension Center Nutrient Management Day.
File ECMAScript program 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 ECMAScript program 2013 An Evaluation of Cellulo-Gest™ Supplement to Enhance Forage Digestibility and Improve Performance of Growing Calves
A trial to investigate a feed additive to improve animal performance.
File 2012 Johannes Farm and Feedlot Diverts Clean Water
A discovery farm that wanted to know the amounts of nutrients that runoff from their feedlot.
File 2012 Feedlot Drainage Area Soil Nutrient Levels Across the Landscape
Discovery Farms trial looking at the effects of a feedlot on the soil nutrient levels of the feedlot's drainage area.
File text/texmacs 2012 Effects of Bedding during the Summer and Protein Level on Angus Steer Performance and Carcass Traits
A study to evaluate the effects of normal versus high protein diets on steer performance and carcass traits and to evaluate the effects of bedding with corn stover during the summer to mitigate heat stress, sequester nutrients in the manure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
File 2012 Distillers Grains Equalizes Steer Performance and Carcass Traits in Finishing Diets with Reciprocal Levels of Corn and Barley
A trial that looks at how distillers grain affect steers with reciprocal levels of corn and barley.
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