2005 Beef Research
to Livestock Research and Education
North Dakota State University
and the Carrington Research Extension Center are proud to present this
feedlot research report and field day proceedings. The collective efforts
represented in this publication support current and future livestock production
in North Dakota and will potentially lead to greater financial returns
and improved quality of life for those involved in animal agriculture.
We appreciate the financial support of several commodity groups and state
and federal grant programs as listed in the acknowledgments.
Beef Feedlot Research
NDSU has increased its feedlot research program through collaborative
efforts of an informal research team including scientists and extension
faculty from the Animal and Range Sciences Department and the Carrington
Research Extension Center. Many other experiment station and extension
faculty contribute to the feedlot research and outreach program. The feedlot
enterprise has been proven to be economically competitive in North Dakota
when management and economies of scale are optimized. The focus areas
for feedlot research are nutrition and North Dakota feedstuffs, feedlot
management, the environment, waste management, genetics of North Dakota
cattle, and economics. Research and outreach in feedlot will continue
for the benefit of all cattle feeders.
Beef Cow/Calf Research
Beef research at the Carrington Center also includes cow/calf studies
with a mission to study the synergies of crop production and ruminant
livestock. The cow herd can add value to low cost crop residues, new and
co-product feeds, and create a more biologically and economically sustainable
farming operation. Cows can lower the financial risks associated with
Livestock Nutrient Management
Management of livestock manure is becoming a more visible and sensitive
program area that affects all livestock producers. Containing runoff is
essential for permitted operations. Composting manure and determining
nutrient value of manure are current program focal points.