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Range and Pasture
This page has information on the basic principles of range and pasture management including: grazing readiness, stocking rates, carrying capacity, forage production, monitoring and plant identification. Implementing these principles optimizes forage and livestock performance while ensuring the sustained health and production of range and pasture resources.
Weed Management
This page provides information on identification and management of noxious weeds that commonly invade rangeland and pastures in North Dakota.
Annual Forages
This page provides resources on selecting and grazing annual forages in North Dakota.
Cover Crops
This page has information of selection of cover crops and/or cover crop mixes for grazing in North Dakota. Along with resources to help set rental rates for grazing cover crops.
Winter Grazing
Extending the grazing season can help reduce winter feeding costs and benefit the environment. This page has information on winter grazing strategies that have been successfully implemented in the Northern Great Plains.
Water
Water is an important, but often overlooked, nutrient. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors including, size, productivity, diet and environmental conditions. Good water quality and cleanliness can increase water intake and improve livestock production.
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Backgrounding Cattle Seminars
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North Dakota Feeder Cattle Market Price Outlook Webinar
Backgrounding Cattle 2015
Remove Net Wrap From Forages
Backgrounding Cattle 2014
A series of 5 archived videoconference presentations (recorded October 14, 2014) dealing with backgrounding beef cattle.
Expected Progeny Differences for Profitability and Efficiency
NDSU Extension Agents encourage the use of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) to maximize profitability and efficiency.
Business of Ranching Workshop Jun 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM North Central Research Extension Center Minot, N.D.,
This workshop is an opportunity for early career ranchers and others to gain knowledge and business skills to be successful in the cow-calf and ranching business.
Beyond the Bunk/Beef College 2012
This collaborative event of the North Dakota State University Animal Sciences Department and Extension Service, and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (held December 19, 2012) featured key industry spokesmen offering their insight into the current state of the beef industry, and the latest research on feed efficiency, vaccination programs, and improving the feeding value of corn stover are among the topics at a daylong beef cattle workshop.
Beyond the Bunk/Beef College Event Dec 19, 2012 from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM Best Western Doublewood Inn - Bismarck, ND,
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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