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Get the latest information about backgrounding cattle from NDSU Extension specialists. These new videos for 2023 include Calf Health, Cattle Price Situation and Outlook, Economics of Backgrounding and Finishing Cattle in North Dakota, Weaning Considerations for Healthy Calves and Feeds, Alternative Feeds, and Cost of Gain.

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BQA & Health

Information on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and beef cattle health in North Dakota.
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Breeding & Genetics

Information about breeding beef cattle in North Dakota.
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Nutrition & Feeding

Information on general livestock nutrition and feeding issues.
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Information about beef production in North Dakota
Beef Cattle Publications & Reports
This report has several short research reports from researchers conducting research on beef cattle and sheep and associated topics. The target audience is people associated with the beef and sheep industries in North Dakota and elsewhere.
The North Dakota Beef and Sheep Report is an annual publication of research reports from across the NDSU system on beef or sheep related research. This year we also will highlight a few Extension programs in short reports as well.
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 objective of the current study was to determine the effects of divergent planes of nutrition in mature beef bulls on nutrient sensing pathways and androgen receptor abundance in testicular tissue. Abundance of a key regulator in…
Successful beef production begins with good records. CHAPS™ (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) is a web-based recordkeeping and analysis application for cow-calf operations. CHAPS™ can help producers track inventories, evaluate cow…
Initial Evaluation of the 60-inch Corn System in North Dakota ................................................................. 5 A Preview of Grazing Cover Crops in North Dakota Cash Cropping Systems…
CONTENTSProgress Update on the Development of Sweet White Lupin as a New Crop for North Dakota Producers ............. 5Corn Grain Yield Response to Phosphorus and Zinc: Fertilizer Research Summary ............................... 7Soybean…
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…
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…
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