2003 Beef Research Report


The Carrington Research Extension Center is proud to present this annual report of beef production research and educational activities. The objective of the collective effort represented in this publication is to offer new ideas and information which lead to greater financial returns and improved quality of life for those involved in agriculture.

The reader is encouraged to interact with faculty on topics of interest. If you have questions or comments on past research, or suggestions for future studies please e-mail or call (701) 652-2951. These proceedings are also published at the Carrington Research Extension Center website at www.ag.nodak.edu/carringt/.

Beef Research
Beef research at Carrington includes cow/calf studies and feedlot trials. The mission of the cow/calf enterprise research is to study methods of crop-livestock integration. The cow herd can add value to low cost crop residues and co-product feeds and create a more biologically and economically sustainable farming operation in an intensively cropped eco-region. Cows can lower the financial risks associated with crops-only farming. Similarly, the feedlot enterprise has been proven to be economically competitive in North Dakota when management and economies of scale are optimized. The abundant variety and quantity of feedgrains and processing co-products in the region insure competitive feed pricing for North Dakota feeders.

Bison Research
While active bison research has been terminated at the Carrington Center, we will continue to serve as a bison information point through the Bison Center of the Northern Plains. This virtual center was organized to coordinate and disseminate bison research and educational information from several departments within NDSU, and other universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Waste Management
Waste management is becoming a more visible and restrictive program that affects all livestock producers. Improving the environment of confined animals by stabilizing soil with fly ash, bedding, and providing wind protection are critical to good animal husbandry. Containing runoff is essential for permitted operations. Composting manure and determining nutrient value of manure are current program focal points.


Field Peas and/or Barley in Receiving Diets for Beef Calves Effects of Bedding on Feedlot Performance, Carcass Quality, and Net Return of Steers Fed During the Winter in North Dakota
Influence of Level of Flaxseed Addition and Time Fed Flaxseed on Carcass Characteristics, Sensory Panel Evaluation, and Fatty Acid Content of Fresh Beef Barley Malt Feeds for Growing Beef Calves
BeefLine Projects: Impacting the Producer at Home, Progress Report Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves: The Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project
Southwest Feeders Project: 2002 Calf Backgrounding Test Sampling and Testing Manure for Nutrient Utilization
Comparison of Corn Versus Soyhulls as a Source of Energy in Lactating Beef Cow Diets Influence of Energy Source and RDP on Intake and Digestion in Beef Steers Fed Grass Hay-based Diets
Grazing Annual Forages - Animal Performance Summary Economics of Owning vs. Share-leasing of Beef Cows in East-Central North Dakota
Preliminary Approaches for Placement and Use of Fly Ash in Livestock Facilities Feedmill Renovation and Expansion for Feedlot and Cow/Calf Research
Effects of Fly Ash Stabilized Soils in Livestock Pens on Animal Performance Interpreting Statistical Analysis


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