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Publication A Cow-calf Producer’s Guide to Custom Feeding
This publication focuses on items a cow-calf operator should consider before choosing a feedlot to custom feed cattle. Custom feeding refers to the practice of sending calves, stockers or yearlings to a commercial feed yard for feeding to slaughter weights. Custom feeding is not without risks. It should be viewed as a potential means to add value to your calf crop and/or evaluate the genetic merit of your cow herd.
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Publication chemical/x-pdb Alternative Winter Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle Management
The focus of this publication is to highlight alternative practices for consideration as an alternative to winter animal confinement in a feedlot. Advantages and disadvantages are highlighted based on available research.
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Publication application/x-internet-signup Annual Cover Crop Options for Grazing and Haying in the Northern Plains
The purpose of this publication is to provide annual forage options that can be used in cover crop mixtures for livestock grazing and/or hay production. The use of cover crops in a cropping rotation has been resurrected in recent years due to greater awareness of their environmental and ecological impacts on our natural resources.
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Publication Barley Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle
This bulletin reviews the available literature related to feeding barley to beef cattle. Nutrient composition of barley is compared to other feed grains and feeding recommendations are given.
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Publication Cattle Producer’s Guide to Feedlot Terminology
This publication is intended to familiarize cow-calf producers with the terminology that feedlot managers may use when discussing custom feeding and feedlots.
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Publication Comparing Value of Feedstuffs
Determining the nutrient concentration and cost of each nutrient in feedstuffs allows producers to evaluate ration quality and cost. In addition, cost determination can be very helpful when deciding which feed to purchase in cases of differing asking prices and nutrient quality.
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Publication chemical/x-pdb Containment Pond Management
Containment ponds are constructed at the base of a feedlot’s slope and designed to collect and contain nutrient-loaded runoff. This publication talks about how to manage containment ponds by understanding soil and water relationships, applying effluent for crops needs, and knowing when to apply containment pond effluent.
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Publication Drylot Beef Cow-Calf Production
The drylot beef cow-calf enterprise is an alternative management system to traditional pasture or range beef production. Strictly defined, it is feeding confined cow-calf pairs in a feedlot environment during part or all of the traditional summer or fall-winter grazing season.
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Publication Feeding Corn to Beef Cattle
Corn commonly is used as a feed grain in beef cattle diets throughout the U.S. However, until recently in many parts of North Dakota and other northern-tier states, feeding corn was less common. With the availability and improvement of shorter-season corn varieties, corn plantings in North Dakota increased nearly 40 percent from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, 427 million bushels of corn were produced in North Dakota. This has resulted in more interest in using corn as a feedstuff for beef cattle.
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Publication Feeding Management for Backgrounders
This publication addresses feeding management guidelines that can improve the success of backgrounding operations and practices that can lower the cost of gain in backgrounding operations.
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