2008 Beef Research Report

Introduction to Livestock Research and Education
North Dakota State University and the Carrington Research Extension Center present this annual feedlot research report as Volume 31 of beef cattle research. Research trials are conducted to support current and future livestock production and cattle feeding in North Dakota. The research is conducted to enhance financial returns and improve quality of life for those involved in animal agriculture. The researchers involved sincerely 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 in the past several years through collaborative efforts of an informal research team including scientists and extension faculty from the Carrington Research Extension Center, the Animal Sciences Department and other NDSU organizations. Cattle feeding in North Dakota has been proven to be economically competitive when animal husbandry, business management, and economies of scale are optimized. The focus areas for feedlot research are nutrition (with North Dakota feedstuffs), feedlot management, mitigating environmental stress, optimum nutrient management, genetics of North Dakota cattle, and economics.

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 crops-only farming.

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.

Effect of Glycerol Level in Feedlot Finishing Diets on Animal Performance Effects of Timing of Flax Feeding on Feedlot performance, Carcass Traits, and Fatty Acid Profile in Beef Muscle
Effect of Flaxseed Inclusion on Ruminal Fermentation, Digestion and Microbial Protein Synthesis in Growing and Finishing Diets for Beef Cattle Factors Influencing Price of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana Feeder Calves
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 Effects of Supplying Increasing Levels of Distillers Dried Grain with Solubles in Growing Diets on Intake, Digestion and Ruminal Fermentation
Characterizing the Ensiling Properties of Sugarbeets with Dry Feedstuffs Feedlot Performance and Carcass Traits of Steers Fed a Natural Supplement
A Natural Supplement for Finishing Steers - Field Observations Recommendations on Control of mycoplasma bovis Infection in Beef Feedlots
Discovering Value in North Dakota Calves; The Dakota Feeder Calf Show Feedout Project VII Eastern Dakota Cattle Feedout Project IV: Discovering Value in North Dakota Cavles
Working Chute Behaviour of Feedlot Cattle Can Be an Indication of Cattle Temperament and Beef Carcass Composition and Quality Does Administration of Anabolic Growth Implants to Finishing Beef Cattle Influence Carcass Attributes of Cattle Genetically Indexed for Enhanced Beef Palatability?
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