1999 Beef & Bison Production Field Day
Livestock Research and Education
Livestock projects at the Carrington Research Extension Center are designed to be of direct benefit to the beef and bison producers throughout the state and region. The research and educational efforts in these diverse program areas are accomplished in response to present needs voiced by producers and advisory boards, and visionary concepts of future meat production. This publication provides results and information on activities accomplished during the recent past.
The many disciplines represented by authors of papers in this publication represent the increasingly complex nature of livestock production. Concerns go beyond nutrition and breeding to record analysis and environmental impact. We hope some of the papers are of value to all.
Beef cow/calf production using the crop residues and co-product feeds appears to be both biologically and economically feasible. Cows can add value to cropping system biomass, spread the risk of single enterprise farming, and contribute to sustainable farming. The beef effort at this Center focuses on combining these "new" and "unusual" feeds and cows under proper management. Similarly, value added concepts in the feedlot enterprise have been proven to be feasible when management and economies of scale are optimized. The tremendous variety and quantity of feedgrains and processing co-products in the region generally insure competitive feedstuff pricing for North Dakota stockmen.
The bison industry is flourishing and deserves legitimate research effort. Producer input to the North Dakota legislature in 1997 resulted in an appropriation for initiation of a bison research facility. Grants supplement the appropriated funds for construction. The bison research program will focus on nutrition of bulls from weaning to market and companion studies will be conducted at opportunity.
Waste management is becoming increasingly visible and restrictive for all livestock producers. All of us are interested in protecting the surface and ground water resources and reducing point source pollution. This new program will provide individual assistance for producers to meet regulatory constraints using practical solutions.
We hope the information in this publication is useful to you and leads to improved quality of life, financial reward, and "success" as a grower of food for an increasing world population. If you have questions or comments on past research, suggestions for future studies, or want to interact with one of us, please email us at addresses listed or call (701) 652-2951. This proceedings is published in its entirety at the Carrington Center web site at www.ag.nodak.edu/carringt/.
Scott Birchall, MS Steve Metzger
Extension Waste Mgt Specialist Farm Management Instructor
Karl Hoppe, PhD Vern Anderson, PhD
Extension Livestock Specialist Animal Scientist
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