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North Dakota Livestock Drought Resources (DE2019, April 2021)

This publication provides a collection of livestock drought resources for producers in North Dakota.

Dry, drought-stressed corn plants exhibit curling and dead leaves with no ear production.
Photo Credit:
Karl Hoppe, NDSU

Beware of Nitrate Poisoning in Livestock

Non-harvested crops under consideration for forage should be analyzed for nitrates to prevent livestock losses.
Beef Cattle Publications
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…
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.
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…
This publication is intended to familiarize cow-calf producers with the terminology that feedlot managers may use when discussing custom feeding and feedlots.
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…
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,…
North Dakota cattle producers are identifying cattle with superior growth and carcass characteristics by participating in the Dakota Feeder Calf Show. Average profitability between consignments from the top five herds and the bottom five…
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the impact of feeding an energy/protein supplement to replacement heifers to achieve a moderate rate of gain during the first trimester of gestation (84 days) on composition of colostrum and…
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the influence of feeding a vitamin and mineral (VTM) supplement to pregnant cows and suckling calves during the summer grazing period on native rangeland. Although performance measures in cows…
The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of feeding hempseed cake as a protein source on performance, carcass characteristics, plasma metabolites and feeding behavior of finishing beef heifers. Results from this study…
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