Carrington Research Extension Center


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 2005 Effects of Field Pea Processing on Performance of Gestating Cows
The results from a 2005 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to test the effects of field pea processing on performance.
File PDF document 2005 Costs and Returns for Cow-Calf Producers
A report from 2005 from the Carrington Area Farm Business Management Program about the costs and returns fro cow-calf producers.
File PDF document 2005 Annual Forages for Hay and Grazing - Two Crops in One Season - A Demonstration Project
The results from a 2005 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to demonstrate annual forages for hay and grazing - two crops in one season.
File Pascal source code 2004 A comparison of the High Profit Beef Cow Herds to the Total Herd Group
How high profit herds earn their money compared to the average herd.
File Octet Stream 2003 Economics of Owning Vs. Share-leasing of Beef Cows in East-Central North Dakota
A report looking at economic differences between owning and share-leasing.
File text/texmacs 2002 Sunflower Screenings in Beef Cow Diets
A trial comparing sunflower screenings to barley malt and wheat midds in lactating cow diets.
File Octet Stream 2002 Production and Economic Factors Associated with Beef Cow-Calf Production in East-Central North Dakota
Average costs of production for cow/calf operations in the area.
File PS document 2002 Biological and Economic Synergies of integrating Beef Cows and Field Crops
A look at economics behind raising both livestock and crops.
File application/x-troff-me 2002 Beefline Projects - Impacting the Producer at Home
A breakdown of some demonstration projects.
File 2001 Internet Sites for Cattle Feeding
A site that can help with the budgeting of your cattle.
File D source code 2000 Management Characteristics of High and Low Profit Beef Cow Producers in East-Central ND
A study of area cattle producers in the Carrington Area Farm Business Management Program looking at profitability.
File 1999 Adding Value to Sprouted Grains through Feeding to Beef Cattle
A trial showing the results of using sprouted grains in feed rations compared to non-sprouted rations
File 1998 Using Ultrasound as a Marketing Tool for Determining Value of Finished Cattle
The use of ultrasound to view the internal muscling and fat of a live animal to estimate USDA Quality Grade.
File 1998 Commercial Bison Production: Economic Analysis and Budget Projections
Some economics behind bison production.
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