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Corn Silage Management

Quality Forage: Corn Silage Management - AS1253

Silage can be made from many different crops, although the ability to make good silage is limited at times. In North Dakota, corn is a widely used crop for silage. Worldwide, corn silage is one of the most important forges used for livestock.

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Storage, Sampling and Measuring

Quality Forage: Storage, Sampling and Measuring - AS-1255

Using proper sampling techniques is essential to obtain a representative sample for moisture determination. For hay, the procedure used will vary, depending on whether sampling is being done from the windrow, bale or stack.

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Encephalitis Virus Infections

Encephalitis Virus Infections - V1677

Arboviral infections are zoonotic (transmissible between animals and humans).

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Pregnancy Detection in Beef Cattle

Method of Pregnancy Detection in Beef Cattle - AS1632

Pregnancy detection is a way to identify nonpregnant cows and, subsequently, decide how to best manage nonpregnant animals on your operation.

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Veterinary Feed Directive

Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive - V1719

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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Water Quality of Runoff From Beef Cattle Feedlots

Water Quality of Runoff From Beef Cattle Feedlots - WQ1667

Runoff from feedlot may cause surface and groundwater pollution. Knowledge of runoff quality from beef cattle feedlot pens would be useful to design effective management practices to protect water quality. The objective of this bulletin is to share runoff quality measurements from three beef cattle feedlot pen surfaces under North Dakota management and climatic conditions.

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Echinococcus in Dogs and Cats

Echinococcus in Dogs and Cats - V1669

Echinococcosis is a disease caused by the infection of animals and humans with tapeworms belonging to the genus Echinococcus. An understanding of the parasite life cycle is important in reducing human and animal exposure.

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Roundworms in Dogs and Cats

Roundworms in Dogs and Cats - V1670

Canine and Feline Roundworm and Hookworm Infections: A Public Health Concern Domestic dogs and cats are capable of infecting humans with the eggs of canine and feline roundworms and hookworms shed in fecal matter. While these types of infections are uncommon, they are well-described in the medical literature and can, in some cases, be severe.

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Interpreting Composition and Determining Market Value

Quality Forage: Interpreting Composition and Determining Market Value - AS1251

New knowledge in forage quality and animal feeding, and significant advances in improving the genetic potential of animals used to produce milk, meat and wool, improve efficiency and lower costs. However, to do this, today’s producer must be aware of and utilize the latest information on feed quality and feeding management.

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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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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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Grazing Readiness

Determining Grazing Readiness for Native and Tame Pastures - R1061

Proper pasture and range management begins early in the spring. A major decision to be made is: When to start grazing?

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Early Weaning Lambs

Early Weaning Lambs - AS1318

Benefits of Early Weaning Range sheep operations traditionally have allowed lambs to graze with ewes until late summer or early fall. In years when pasture is abundant and lamb growth is satisfactory, producers have little or no reason to wean lambs before they are ready to be finished.

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Abortions in Sheep

Abortions in Sheep - AS1317

The lambing season can be the most exciting time of the year for a sheep producer. The long awaited opportunity to evaluate that new ram or great set of replacement ewes finally arises. So, when the first two ewes abort, the next ewe has a stillborn lamb and the fourth ewe has a set of twins that are weak at birth and soon die, the experience can be very depressing and frustrating. These are all signs of an infectious abortion outbreak that should motivate you to 1) identify the cause(s) of abortion in your flock and 2) develop a plan to control or prevent abortions from occurring in the future.

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Forage Nutrition for Ruminants

Forage Nutrition for Ruminants - AS1250

Plants utilized in the feeding of livestock have long been a fundamental link in the food chain. Native grasses supported grazing animals well before man began to domesticate livestock. Forages have always been an extremely important source of nutrients in livestock rations. Additionally, they provide fiber in the ration which enhances proper digestion in forage-consuming animals. Through their conversion into milk and meat products, forages continue to be one of the primary sources of nourishment in the human diet.

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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 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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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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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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Containment Pond Management

Containment Pond Management - NM1626

This publication offers advice on livestock containment pond maintenance and management.

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