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2014 ND Beef Report

2014 North Dakota Beef Report - AS1736

This report contains several small papers from researchers in ND on current research results related to beef cattle. The report is posted as a complete report as well as, individual reports.

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2015 Beef Report

2015 North Dakota Beef Report - AS1775

This report contains several small papers from researchers in ND on current research results related to beef cattle. The report is posted as a complete report as well as, individual reports.

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2016 ND Beef Report

2016 North Dakota Beef Report - AS1815

The report has several short research reports from researchers conducting research on beef cattle and associated topics.

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Cow-calf Producer's Guide to Custom Feeding

A Cow-calf Producer's Guide to Custom Feeding - AS1162

This publication will discuss items that 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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Winter Feeding for Beef

Alternative Winter Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle Management - NM1726

The focus of this publication is to highlight alternative practices for consideration as an alternative to winter animal confinement in a feedlot.

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Barley Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle

Barley Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle - AS1609

This publication provides information on the nutritional value of barley as feed for livestock when harvested as grain or forage. Guidelines on feeding and processing methods are included, as well as comparative research data on animal performance.

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Beef Feeding Operation Siting and Design Basics

Beef Feeding Operation Siting and Design Basics - NM1155

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.

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Calf Diarrhea (Scours)

Calf Diarrhea (aka Scours) - V1630

Infectious calf scours is found in two forms: those involving excess secretion of fluids and electrolytes from the intestine (such as E. coli K99), and those that have reduced absorption from the intestine into the body (other types of E. coli, Salmonella, rotavirus, coronavirus, etc.).

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Guide to Feedlot Terminology

Cattleman's Guide to Feedlot Terminology - AS1161

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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Corn Gluten Feed

Corn Gluten Feed: Composition, Storage, Handling, Feeding and Value - AS1127

This publication explains what corn gluten feed is and it's use as animal feed.

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Dealing With Heat Stress in Beef Cattle Operations

Dealing With Heat Stress in Beef Cattle Operations - AS1615

Being proactive is the best approach for dealing with heat stress in cattle. Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them. Interventions that cause animals to cool extremely rapid or animal distress could have disastrous consequences. Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance during periods of heat and in avoiding death losses in severe cases.

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Drylot Beef Cow/Calf Production

Drylot Beef Cow/Calf Production - AS974

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. In a practical sense, it means feeding confined cows and calves forages, crop residues and grains that may have more value marketed through cattle than as a cash crop. Many cattlemen manage their cows in drylot during the winter and after calving until pastures are ready.

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Estrus Synchronization

Estrus Synchronization for Natural-service Breeding in Beef Cattle - AS1712

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.

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Feeding Coproducts of Ethanol Industry to Beef Cattle

Feeding Coproducts of the Ethanol Industry to Beef Cattle - AS1242

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.

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Feeding Corn to Beef Cattle

Feeding Corn to Beef Cattle - AS1238

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 five-fold from 1995 to 2012. In 2011, 216 million bushels of corn were produced. This has resulted in more interest in using corn as a feedstuff for beef cattle.

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Feeding Management for Backgrounders

Feeding Management for Backgrounders - AS1158

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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Feeding Value of Sprouted Grain

Feeding Value of Sprouted Grains - AS647

In North Dakota, 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 grain can be fed to livestock.

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Feeding Wheat to Beef Cattle

Feeding Wheat to Beef Cattle - AS1184

This publication provides feeding recommendations for the use of wheat in beef cattle.

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Field Pea for Beef Cattle

Field Pea Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle - AS1301

This publication provides nutritional value and feeding recomendations for field pea grain and forage. It reviews research feeding pea to beef cattle in production stages of creep feed, backgrounding, finishing and supplementation to cows. It also provides background in field pea production.

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Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-moisture Corn

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding High-moisture Corn - AS1484

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.

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