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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
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…
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of cow size on measures of efficiency associated with cow-calf operations. Generally, larger cows consumed a greater number of pounds of feed and weaned heavier calves, while smaller…
An experiment to 1) determine the effects of hybrid rye substitution of dry rolled corn (DRC) on dry matter intake (DMI), growth performance and feed efficiency and 2) evaluate efficiency differences between dry rolled and ground hybrid…
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…
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…
Useful as a concentrate in backgrounding rations, hybrid rye can be used successfully as a concentrate in finishing rations.
This publication provides feeding recommendations for the use of wheat in beef cattle.
The objective of this study was to examine how much variation in average daily gain (ADG) is accounted for by weather variables (ambient temperature, range of temperature, solar radiation, dew point and wind speed). Weather variables…
The COVID-19 pandemic was disrupting to the U.S. beef industry. Marketing, processing and distribution channels were interrupted in a manner never seen before. NDSU Extension created a series of webinars to provide accurate science- and…
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