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Cow/Calf Production

Research focus is primarily on nutrition and management. Two very different production systems (drylot vs. native pasture) are being compared for economics, biological production and integration with cropping systems. A wide variety of feedstuffs, some unique to North Dakota, have been evaluated, including aftermath grazing, crop residue, annual forages, silages, grain, and several different co-products. Mineral requirements and mineral supplementation for beef cows is being studied. Creep feeding and management of drylot and pasture raised calves before and after weaning is compared. Vertical integration of cow/calf enterprise through finishing feedlot production is evaluated with carcass data included. We have evaluated several different breeds crossed with a Red Angus base cow herd in the past several years.


Following are links to NDSU Extension publications and links to specific articles related to cow/calf production.

 

2016 North Dakota Beef Report

2015 Beef Cattle and Range Research Report

Alternative Feeds for Ruminants

Combined Feed Value and Protein and Energy Calculator

Drylot Beef Cow/Calf Production

Field Pea Grain for Beef Cattle

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding Corn as Earlage

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-Moisture Corn

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities Video

Winter Management of the Beef Cow Herd

 

 

 

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File PDF document 2010 Manure Application Timing and Economics of Manure Fertilization
The results from a 2010 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test manure application timing and economics of manure fertilization.
File PDF document 2009 Impact of Weaning Date on Calf Growth and Carcass Traits*
The results from a 2009 experiment the North Dakota State University to test the impact of weaning date on calf growth and carcass traits. The trial was held at Carrington and Hettinger.
File chemical/x-mdl-rdfile 2009 Identifying Site Specific Trace Mineral Needs for the Cow Herd
Areas of concern for this case study were forage quality and concentration and supplementation of macro-minerals and micro-minerals on a specific rangeland.
File PDF document 2009 Growth and Feedlot Performance of Steer Calves Born From Beef Cows Supplemented with Linseed Meal During Late Gestation
The results from a 2009 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test growth and feedlot performance of steer calves born from beef cows supplemented with linseed meal during late gestation.
File PDF document 2009 Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves; The Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project VIII
The results from a 2009 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center about the Dakota feeder calf show feedout project.
File PDF document 2009 Diagnostic Note – Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
A report by N. W. Dyer on the infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye).
File 2008 Growth and Attainment of Puberty in Heifers from Cows Supplemented with Linseed Meal during Early Lactation
This study examined the effects of supplementing cows with phytoestrogen rich linseed meal during lactation on heifer calf growth and reproduction.
File PDF document 2008 Factors Influencing Price of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana Feeder Calves
The results from a 2008 experiment about the factors influencing price of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana feeder calves.
File PDF document 2008 Effects of Wet or Dry Distillers Grains with Solubles Inclusion in Diets Fed to Newly-received Beef Calves on Intake, Average Daily Gain, and Feed Efficiency
The results from a 2008 experiment about the effects of wet or dry distillers grains with solubles inclusion in diets fed to newly-received beef calves on intake, average daily gain, and feed efficiency.
File PDF document 2008 Eastern Dakota Cattle Feedout Project IV: Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves
The results from a 2008 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to discover the value of North Dakota calves through the Eastern Dakota Cattle Feedout Project.
File PDF document 2008 Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves; The Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project VII
The results from a 2008 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to discover the value in North Dakota calves through the Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project.
File PDF document 2007 Influence of Weaning Date (Early or Normal) on Performance, Health, and Carcass Characteristics of May-born Angus Calves
The results from a 2007 experiment by North Dakota State University to test the influence of weaning date (early or normal) on performance, health, and carcass characteristics of May-born angus calves.
File PDF document 2007 Factors Influencing Sale Price of North Dakota Calves
The results from a 2007 experiment about the factors influencing sale price of North Dakota calves.
File 2007 Determining Effects of Supplemental Minerals and Inorganic vs. Organic Mineral Sources on Liver and Blood Serum Levels and Performance of North Dakota Beef Cows
A study of how mineral supplements affect cattle.
File PDF document 2006 Where do North Dakota Feeder Calves Go Once They Have Been Marketed?
A report from 2006 about where North Dakota feeder calves go once they have been marketed.
File PDF document 2006 The Effect of Pelleting Creep Feed with Field Pea Grain on Nursing Calf Performance
The results from a 2006 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test the effect of pelleting creep feed with field pea grain on nursing calf performance.
File PDF document 2006 Profitable Calf Backgrounding Integrating Annual Forage Crops
The results from a 2006 experiment about profitable calf backgrounding integrating annual forage crops.
File PDF document 2006 Economics and Production Factors Associated with Backgrounding Beef Calves in East-Central North Dakota
A report from 2006 from the Carrington Area Farm Business Management Program about the economics and production factors associated with backgrounding beef calves in east-central North Dakota.
File PDF document 2006 Artificial Insemination and Synchronization Program Used at the Carrington Research Extension Center
The results from a 2006 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test artificial insemination and synchronization program used at the CREC.
File PDF document 2005 Effects of Processing Field Peas in Creep Feed on Performance of Nursing Calves
The results from a 2005 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test the effects of processing field peas in creep feed on performance of nursing calves.
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