Ranch Hand Newsletter

Domestic Animals in Agriculture and Biomedical Research

The use of domesticated or managed animals in research is important for improving the efficiency of animal production, alleviating poverty, promoting human health and contributing to biomedical research.

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Cutting Hay

Early Spring Means Cutting Hay Early

For 2012, cut by the plant’s maturity and not the calendar date or you will get poorer quality feed than expected.

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Cow and Feeding Calf

The First 21 Days of Calving Season

A review of the advantages for calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season.

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Ranch Hand Top 10; June 2012

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during June 2012:

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cattle research subject

It’s All Part of the Process

Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, takes you through the university research process from start to finish.

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Ergot in Your Feeds?

Ergot in your feeds can lead to ergotism. This article explain ergotism and the importance of early detection in the treatment of the disease.

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White Calf with Dandelions

What Does the Future Hold? Cattle Breeding Techniques

New breeding techniques continue to progess. Here is a review of the latest techniques and those that may be coming.

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Cow and Calf in Front of Wooden Fence

What in the World Happened?

Bryan W. Neville, Animal Scientist, NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center reflects on the many things that can go wrong delivering calves.

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Calf with Ear Tag in Straw Bedding

Effects of Injectable Vitamin Products on Serum Vitamin and Selenium Concentrations and Growth Performance in Beef Calves

NDSU researchers are studying the effectiveness of vitamin A-D-E or Bo-Se injection on raising serum fat-soluble vitamin and selenium concentrations of newborn calves in the first 48 hours after treatment.

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Ranch Hand Top 10; February 2012

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during February 2012:

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Money Ahead Before a Calf Hits the Ground?

Increased calf prices also mean increased input costs for the cow herd. Record-high calf prices equal record-high bull prices. So what is a producer to do?

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Carl Dahlen with Elk

Is Your Herd Really “Closed”?

Maintaining a closed beef herd can have benefits from a herd health and biosecurity standpoint, but how “closed” is a closed herd?

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Cow and self-feeder

Self-feeding Options

With limitations on available labor, time or buying power, some situations lend themselves to self-feeding. John Dhuyvetter, NDSU Extension Area Livestock Specialist, covers some of the options.

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Two Cows at Pasture

Providing Extra Feed to Nutritionally Stressed Cows; Timing for Proper Calf Development

NDSU researchers examine how restricting nutrient delivery and subsequently feeding to nutrient requirements from early to midgestation can affect the development of placental blood vessels and the fetus.

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Cattle Winter Forage

Sufficient Nutrients Vital for Beef Cows

The protein percentage and physical form of standing forages can affect whether cattle are getting sufficient nutrients.

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Ranch Hand Top 10; January 2012

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during January 2012:

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Cattle in Feedlot

The Effect of Supplementation of Distillers Grains to Calves on Hay Intake, Feeding Behavior and Growth Performance

Research projects have concluded ethanol byproducts can be an effective supplement. NDSU researchers are going further investigating the effects these byproducts might have of feeding behavior.

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Cattle with Tire Feeders

Watch Your Tires!

Inverted tires can make great structures to hold cattle feed and water, but if not properly maintained can cause hardware disease.

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Ranch Hand Top 10; December 2011

Top 10 management strategies to consider on your operation during December 2011:

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Drawing blood for testing

Use of BioPRYN to Determine Pregnancy Status and Assign Calving Groups

NDSU researchers compare pregnancy diagnosis via transrectal ultrasound with pregnancy detection via the BioPRYN system to determine pregnancy status and whether BioPRYN is a useful tool for beef producers to group cows according to predicted calving date.

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