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Publication Feeding Coproducts of the Ethanol Industry to Beef Cattle
Coproducts from the ethanol industry are useful feed ingredients for beef cattle producers. Corn distillers grains are high in energy and protein and can be fed wet or dry in many different types of rations.
Publication Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive
This publication explains the new FDA regulation regarding the use of medicated feeds and specifically related to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).
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Publication Field Pea Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle
The price of field pea grain may limit its use. However, excellent palatability, nutrient density and digestibility are positive factors.
Publication Water Needs and Quality Guidelines for Dairy Cattle
Water availability and quality are important to animal health and productivity. Water is supplied by drinking, the feed consumed and metabolic water produced by the oxidation of organic nutrients.
Publication text/texmacs Sheep Shearing Facts
This fact sheet describes the process and benefits to sheep and man from shearing sheep in a safe and professional manner.
Publication Estrus Synchronization for Natural-service Breeding in Beef Cattle
Breeding systems that utilize natural-service bulls to breed estrus-synchronized females may offer opportunities to get females pregnant earlier in the breeding season, have calves born earlier in the calving season and possibly increase weaning weight of calves born to synchronized females.
Publication Understanding Expected Progeny Differences for Genetic Improvement in Commercial Beef Herds
The beef seedstock business is large, and commercial beef producers have many opportunities to purchase bulls that meet the criteria established in their breeding plans. Breed selection and type vary considerably, and this diversity helps keep a strong genetic base in the beef business. Current bull buyer selection tools include visual traits evaluated by the buyer, as well as performance and genetic information.
Publication Manure Spreader Calibration For Nutrient Management Planning
Livestock manures contain many beneficial and valuable plant nutrients. However, if the manure application equipment is not properly calibrated, these valuable nutrients may be wasted by overapplication or crop yield goals may not be met due to underapplication. This publication explains 2 simple manure spreader calibration techniques.
Publication chemical/x-isostar Reclamation of Oil and Gas Industry-impacted Land A Guide and Checklist
This publication provides a checklist for landowners and companies to promote trust and cooperation. the checklist provides a list of procedures that should be addressed to reassure the land will be returned, as close as possible, to it agronomic productively level.
Publication text/texmacs Alternative Feeds for Ruminants
This publication provides a brief overview of possible feedstuffs for cattle and sheep producers along with general feeding recommendations.
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.
Publication VCS/ICS calendar Beef Feeding Operation Siting and Design Basics
One of the most important decisions when planning any livestock facility is site selection. The site for the feedlot operation must not only be suitable for housing, handling and feeding cattle, but also must ensure that surface and ground waters are protected and the impact from odors is minimized. Whether you are planning a new facility or modifying an existing one, the following information may help avoid costly mistakes.
Publication Cyanobacteria Poisoning (Blue-green Algae)
Drinking water from stagnant ponds and dugouts during hot, dry weather can cause sudden death in animals. This water can contain certain species of cyanobacteria (glue-green algae) are toxic. Cyanobacteria produce neuro and liver toxins that are poisonous to nearly all livestock, wildlife and humans.
Publication Feeding Sugar Beet Byproducts to Cattle
The sugar beet industry produces a wide variety of useful byproducts for livestock feeders. The decision to incorporate sugar beet byproducts into diets should be based on economics, local availability, and feasibility of storage, handling and feeding. For the wet byproducts, careful attention should be given to transportation costs and storage. In addition, rations containing sugar beet byproducts should be balanced properly to achieve targeted livestock performance.
Publication Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-moisture Corn
High-moisture corn (HMC) offers many advantages for producers who feed beef or dairy cattle. However, successfully using high-moisture corn requires attention to harvest timing, processing, storage conditions and feeding management.
Publication Harvesting, Storing and Feeding Corn as Earlage
Earlage is growing in popularity in this region of the country because it allows the production of a relatively high-energy feed product, which can be harvested, stored and fed much like corn silage, using the same types of equipment that are used to produce corn silage.
Publication 5 Easy Steps for Composting Dead Livestock
Dead animals are an inevitable part of a livestock operation. Livestock owners can dispose of dead animals by composting. This guide offers step-by-step instructions for a livestock owner to follow.
Publication Troff document Composting Animal Manures: A guide to the process and management of animal manure compost
Composting and utilizing compost are advantageous tools in nutrient management plans that, when managed properly, reduce the potential to pollute and benefit crops.
Publication text/texmacs Utilizing Corn Residue in Beef Cattle Diets
Corn residue is a useful feedstuff for beef cattle. Producers should consider incorporating these fee resources into their grazing and feeding programs to reduce the cost of production
Publication Feeding Wheat to Beef Cattle
This publication provides feeding recommendations for the use of wheat in beef cattle.
Publication Octet Stream Determining Carrying Capacity and Stocking Rates for Range and Pasture in North Dakota
Establishing the correct stocking rate is critical in optimizing forage performance and maintaining animal performance while ensuring the sustained health and production of the grassland resources.
Publication text/texmacs Using Flax in Beef and Dairy Cattle Diets
This publication provides information regarding the nutritive and feeding value of flax, examines the literature on the implications of using flax in livestock diets and offers recommendations on future research needs.
Publication The North Dakota Grazing Monitoring Stick: A Way to Measure Range and Pasture Utilization
This document is a guide to the North Dakota Grazing Monitoring Stick. A Grazing Monitoring Stick can be a fast, user-friendly tool for measuring and monitoring utilization of pasture and rangeland. Utilization measures the percent of the plant that has been removed by grazing animals. Monitoring utilization of grass can determine livestock removal date and prevent overgrazing.
Publication Options for Land Application of Solid Manure
Based on the type of livestock facility, manure can be handled and stored as a liquid (less than 5 percent dry matter), slurry (5 to 10 percent dry matter) and/or solid (greater than 15 percent dry matter). Figure 1 shows the relative consistency of the various types of manure that common animal species excrete. Depending on manure consistency, manure application equipment and application methods differ significantly.
Publication ECMAScript program Low-stress Cattle Working Facilities
The livestock industry is working hard to minimize stress to animals during all stages of production. The recent renovation of the livestock-working facility at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) may provide ideas to producers developing their own working facilities. The objectives of the renovation were to reduce stress to animals during processing, increase the labor efficiency and safety of herdsmen, and to enhancing research capability. The renovation plan was developed by the CREC livestock research faculty and staff, with the help of Tim Olson, CATL Resources, and manufactured by Ray Barnhardt of RB Mfg. and Sales. The new design was created to work within the existing physical setting, namely building size and orientation, animal entry point and access points for people. This publication is a synopsis of the renovation and functionality of the CREC animal working facility.
Publication Winter Management of Feedlot Cattle
Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed costs and humane care of feedlot cattle. This publication describes recommended management practices for feedlot cattle in the winter.
Publication chemical/x-mdl-rdfile Winter Management of the Beef Cow Herd
Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed costs and humane care. This publication describes recommended management practices for beef cows during the winter.
Publication Liquid Level or Depth Marker for Earthen Runoff Ponds
A properly functioning liquid level marker enables the producer to easily determine the storage capacity of pond, make management decisions and record storage conditions of the pond during regular inspections.
Publication ECMAScript program Biosecure Nutrient Management Practices
Animal manures contain many different pathogens that can pose health threats to animals and humans. Managing manures in a biosecure manner can prevent and reduce the possibility of spreading diseases that can be found in manures.
Publication Anthrax
Anthrax occurs worldwide and is associated with sudden death of cattle and sheep. Anthrax can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans.
Publication application/x-internet-signup Strategies for Managing Drought in the Northern Plains
The purpose of this drought response plan is 1) to describe the drought indicators and response triggers that will be used to determine if drought response actions are needed and 2) to provide land owners and managers a range of management options that will allow for a flexible and rapid response to drought.
Publication ECMAScript program Determining Pasture Rental Rates
Livestock producers and land owners have asked for a simple and fair method to determine pasture rental rates. This tends to be a difficult question to answer as prices can vary from region to region due to market demand and supply. However, several methods are available to computing a pasture rental rate. These methods will be described in this publication with examples.
Publication A Preventive Herd Health Program: Checklist for Beef Producers
This is a guide to beef producers in consultation with a veterinarian for the implementation of a herd health program.
Publication Strangles (also known as horse distemper)
Strangles, which also is known as horse distemper, is a highly contagious disease. the disease causes swelling of the lymph nodes under the jaw and immediate isolation of affected horses. Medical treatment varies widely and mild cases will usually resolve without any antibiotic treatment.
Publication Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock
Nitrate poisoning can occur commonly in cattle raised in North Dakota and other areas of the western Great Plains. Poisoning is usually associated with animals ingesting forage or feed witha high nitrate content. Sheep and cattle are more susceptible to poisoning than nonruminant species because microbes in their digestive tract favor the conversion of nitrate to nitrite.
Publication Ranchers Guide to Grassland Management IV
This guide is intended to serve as a quick reference for ranchers looking for information on grazing management. As such, it does not attempt to cover any single topic in great depth. Instead, it provides general information on a variety of subjects related to range, pasture and hay land management. References for other sources of information are provided should the reader wish to research the topic in greater depth.
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.
Publication Livestock Water Quality
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.
Publication application/x-troff-ms Preparing for a Successful Calving Season: Nutrition, Management and Health Programs
This publication provides information on: • Cow nutrition prior to calving • Colostrum management • Calving season vaccinations • Parasite control • General management
Publication Troff document 2017 North Dakota Beef Report
This report has several short research reports from researchers conducting research on beef cattle and associated topics. The target audience is people associated with the beef industry in ND and elsewhere.
Publication text/texmacs Sunflower Meal in Beef Cattle Diets
Sunflower meal is a biologically and economically useful protein source for all classes of beef cattle. Beef cows can be provided supplemental protein effectively with sunflower meal when degradable protein is required.
Publication Johne’s Disease in Beef and Dairy Herds
Johne’s is a slowly progressive disease that costs the producer through excessive culling, suboptimal milk production, decreased fertility and death loss.
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.
Publication application/x-internet-signup Feeding Value of Sprouted Grains
Adverse weather conditions can cause problems in harvesting grain promptly. In this region, having wet weather conditions that delay the harvest is not unusual. These conditions can cause small grains to sprout in the swath or in the head, making them unsuitable for use in the milling, brewing and food industries. However, this sprouted grain can be fed to livestock.
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