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NDSU Research Improves Beef Cattle Production

Making sure pregnant beef cows meet their nutrient needs this winter could be difficult because of the toll this year's drought took on hay production. Supplementing the cows with feed such as corn dried distillers grains with solubles will provide the animals with the extra nutrients they require, according to research at NDSU's Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, near Streeter.

The scientists involved in this research also studied the impact of supplementing pregnant cows with alfalfa hay and a liquid supplement.

"Cows supplemented with alfalfa or liquid supplement lost weight and body condition, which might indicate that these supplements did not supply adequate energy to meet animal demands," says Michael Undi, the animal scientist at the center.

This was one of several beef cattle topics NDSU animal scientists and Extension Service specialists studied in the past year. To learn more about these studies and other NDSU beef research, be sure to read the 2017 North Dakota Beef Report.

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