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Grassland Management

Ranchers Guide to Grassland Management IV - R1707

This guide is intended to serve as a quick reference for ranchers looking for information on grazing management. As such, it does not attempt to cover any single topic in great depth. Instead, it provides general information on a variety of subjects related to range, pasture and hay land management. References for other sources of information are provided should the reader wish to research the topic in greater depth.

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Checklist for Beef Producers

A Preventive Herd Health Program: Checklist for Beef Producers - AS1731

This is a guide to beef producers in consultation with a veterinarian for the implementation of a herd health program.

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2014 ND Beef Report

2014 North Dakota Beef Report - AS1736

This report contains several small papers from researchers in ND on current research results related to beef cattle. The report is posted as a complete report as well as, individual reports.

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Strangles

Strangles - V541

Strangles, which also is known as horse distemper, is a highly contagious disease. The disease causes swelling of the lymph nodes under the jaw and immediate isolation of affected horses. Medical treatment varies widely and mid cases will usually resolve without any antibiotic treatment.

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Feeding Coproducts of Ethanol Industry to Beef Cattle

Feeding Coproducts of the Ethanol Industry to Beef Cattle - AS1242

Coproducts from the ethanol industry are useful feed ingredients for beef cattle producers. Corn distillers grains are high in energy and protein and can be fed wet or dry in many different types of rations.

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Winter Feeding for Beef

Alternative Winter Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle Management - NM1726

The focus of this publication is to highlight alternative practices for consideration as an alternative to winter animal confinement in a feedlot.

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Pregnancy Detection in Beef Cattle

Method of Pregnancy Detection in Beef Cattle - AS1632

Pregnancy detection is a way to identify nonpregnant cows and, subsequently, decide how to best manage nonpregnant animals on your operation.

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Veterinary Feed Directive

Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive - V1719

This publication explains the new FDA regulation regarding the use of medicated feeds and specifically related to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

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Estrus Synchronization

Estrus Synchronization for Natural-service Breeding in Beef Cattle - AS1712

Breeding systems that utilize natural-service bulls to breed estrus-synchronized females may offer opportunities to get females pregnant earlier in the breeding season, have calves born earlier in the calving season and possibly increase weaning weight of calves born to synchronized females.

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Grass Tetany

Grass Tetany - V1703

This publication provides clientele with overview of Grass Tetany, symptoms of the disorder, and management guidelines to prevent the disorder.

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Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales

North Dakota Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales - AS1708

Swine health considerations are an important factor to consider taking pigs to an exhibition or sale. This publication provides information on swine health considerations when attending sales and exhibitions.

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Organizers of Exhibits or Sales

North Dakota Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibits or Sales - AS1709

Swine health considerations are an important factor to consider when organizing a sale or exhibition. This publication provides information on swine health considerations when organizing events.

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Livestock Manure Management

Resource Guide for Livestock Manure Management - NM1320

Livestock manure management issues are becoming increasingly important and complex. Ample educational, technical and financial assistance is available to producers. Individuals are encouraged to take a proactive approach when dealing with livestock manure to take advantage of resources and avoid negative regulatory action.

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Plotting the Course

Plotting a Course Short-term and Long-term Agricultural Planning Prices for North Dakota - EC1090

Planning for the future can be a very frustrating process but one that typically pays high dividends. These planning prices can be used for preparing annual enterprise budgets and annual whole-farm cash-flow projections.

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Plague

Plague - V-1695

Plague is a flea-borne infection caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. It is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. While it is often associated with the death of millions of people in the middle ages, it is still found in some parts of the world today. In the United States it is most commonly found in the four corners region of the western United States.

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Borreliosis (Lyme disease)

Borreliosis (Lyme disease) - V1694

Borreliosis (Lyme disease) is the most commonly reported vector-borne (insect-transmitted) disease in the U.S. In this country, it is found primarily in the Northeast, upper Midwest and northern California. Boreliosis is caused by a spiral bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, that is found in a variety of reservoir hosts (birds, small and medium-sized mammals). Humans are infected by a tick bite.

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Tick-borne Infections

Tick-borne Infections - V1693

Tick-borne infections are found worldwide. In the upper Midwest, this group of diseases consists primarily of tularemia, borreliosis (Lyme disease), ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. Tularemia (Francisella tularensis) and borreliosis (Borrelia burgdorferi) have been covered in prior publications; therefore, this discussion will focus on ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. These diseases are passed from ticks to wild and domesticated animal reservoir hosts. Humans are infected when bitten by ticks carrying the pathogenic bacteria.

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Feed Efficiency

Improving Profitability Through Feed Efficiency by Reducing Feed Bunk Losses - AS1641

Feeding behavior of group-housed dairy cows is influenced by management practices at the feed bunk and factors associated with the physical and social environment. The feeding pattern of group-housed dairy cows is largely influenced by the timing of fresh feed delivery, and the delivery of fresh feed has a greater impact on stimulating cows to eat than does the return from milking. Delivering fresh feed more frequently improves access to fresh feed for all cows and reduces sorting of the TMR. This potentially will reduce variation in diet quality consumed by cows, with benefits for milk production.

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Backgrounding Beef Cattle

Systems for Backgrounding Beef Cattle - AS1151

Many different methods or systems of backgrounding, or growing beef cattle, are available. Each system has advantages and disadvantages that producers must weigh before deciding which is right for them. Producers should recognize the need for many different types of systems because of the many different types of cattle. Not all backgrounding systems work with each type of cattle. Some cattle are best suited to being finished directly after weaning, while other cattle are best finished following an extensive growing program. This publication will outline the different types of backgrounding systems that are available for producers to use and describe the kind and type of cattle that best fit each system.

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Haylage and Other Fermented Forages

Quality Forage: Haylage and Other Fermented Forages - AS1252

Cutting fresh forage at the optimal stage of maturity and feeding it directly to animals year-round would supply the highest-quality and most palatable feed possible. In addition, field and storage losses would be the least of all methods of forage utilization. However, fluctuations in seasonal growth and plant maturity make harvesting and storing forages necessary to maximize quality and productivity.

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