Carrington Research Extension Center


Feedlot Research


Growing and finishing studies evaluate the usefulness of the many feeds available in North Dakota.  Management practices for feeding “natural” calves are being evaluated.  Feedlot performance, carcass traits, and taste panel studies are compared.  Feedlot research includes management and husbandry of calves, mitigation of winter weather stress, facilities development for working animals, stabilizing pen surfaces and water fountain styles.  Feeder cattle for feedlot studies are raised on the Research Center, procured from area ranches, purchased from area sale barns, or secured from other Research Centers.  Many research studies are conducted in collaboration with scientists on campus, and at other Research Centers.

Following are links to NDSU Extension publications and links to specific articles related to feedlot research.


2016 North Dakota Beef Report 

2015 Beef Cattle and Range Research Report

Alternative Feeds for Ruminants

Beef Feeding Operation Siting and Design Basics

Biosecure Nutrient Management Practices

Combined Feed Value and Protein and Energy Calculator

Composting Animal Manures: A Guide to the Process and Management of Animal Manure Compost

Field Pea Grain for Beef Cattle

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding Corn as Earlage

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-Moisture Corn

Instructions for Use of Fly Ash to Stabilize Soil in Livestock Facilities

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities

Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities Video

Managing Odor Nuisance and Dust from Cattle Feedlots

Producer's Guide to Livestock Manure Management Systems

Resource Guide for Livestock Manure Management

Using Flax in Livestock Diets

Wheat Middlings: A Useful Feed for Cattle

Winter Management of Feedlot Cattle


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File HTML 1999 A Comparison of Soybean, Canola, Solvent and Expeller Crambe Meal as Protein Sources for Growing and Finishing Feedlot Steers
The results from a 1999 experiment at the Carrington Research Extension Center to compare soybean, canola, solvent, and expeller crambe meal as protein sources for growing and finishing feedlot steers.
File 1998 On-farm Bison Feeding Trials Yield Practical Information
Evaluating palatability of alternative feeds, compare effects of energy level and grain processing and feed delivery methods for bison bulls fed for meat.
File Octet Stream 1998 Improving Livestock Waste Management Practices in North Dakota
A general update on waste management.
File Troff document 1998 Field Peas in Diets for Growing Heifers and Backgrounding and Finishing Steer - Progress Report
A series of trials were conducted to evaluate intake and performance of beef cattle fed peas.
File ECMAScript program 1998 Field Peas in Creep Feeds for Beef Calves
This trial looks at using field peas in creep feed as a high protein and high energy feed source.
File Octet Stream 1998 Feeding and Finishing Fall Born Calves in North Dakota
The performance results of fall born calves post weaning.
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