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    Livestock Shows & Drug Testing: Procedures & best practices

    State and county livestock shows may require drug testing of exhibited animals to ensure a level playing field and food safety. During the May 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Mike Anderson, Iowa State University’s State 4-H Livestock Program Specialist, shared his experience with youth livestock shows, and provided practical procedures and best practices for individuals implementing, or considering drug testing for livestock shows.

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    Show Animals: Challenges at the packer

    Why do youth livestock show animals require extra paperwork when marketed to a packer? The April 6th speaker for the Animal Care Wednesday Webinar was Paula Alexander, Project Manager of Tyson’s Sustainable Food Production and Food Safety Quality Assurance. She outlined some of the basic challenges and what steps a packer takes to address the challenges.

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    4-H Market Swine Self-Identification Process

    South Dakota 4-H is dedicated to providing a safe environment for youth involved in livestock projects to engage in active learning as they apply proper animal management skills utilizing current quality assurance and animal welfare measures. Due to increased concerns about the spread of disease in the swine industry, further awareness about biosecurity and the development of proactive measures to decrease the co-mingling of animals in non-terminal events will be implemented for the 2014 4-H year.

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    Make Your Own Skillathon

    While we all anxiously await the completion of the 4-H Dog Showmanship Rulebook, we can utilize materials shared by other 4-H groups across the country. While the Oregon State University 4-H dog program is not identical to South Dakota, Extension staff member Jeremy Green does a great job of hitting the important elements of showmanship that will help anyone wishing for something to study in between 4-H dog project meetings.

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    Extending a Gait

    In many horse show patterns, the judge will challenge the competitors by asking for an extension of a walk, trot, or canter. Extending a gait involves engaging the hind end of the horse so they can lengthen their stride while still being supple through their body. This should not cause the rhythm or speed of the gait to change in any way. Extension is the lengthening of a stride, not the quickening of the stride.

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    Turning on the Forehand

    A turn on the forehand is an advanced maneuver for horses and riders. A definition provided by George Morris says, “This exercise means that the horse’s haunches move in a circular track around the forehand, which remains close to stationary and acts almost as a pivot." Turning on the forehand is similar to a turn on the haunches, but the front hoof on the side you are turning towards becomes the pivot point.

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    Where Do the Sharps Go?

    I gave my animal a shot, now what? Animals receive shots for various reasons throughout their life, just like people. Sometimes they are used to prevent diseases, in the case of vaccinations; and sometimes they are used to help an animal recover from a bacterial illness, as with antibiotics. Regardless of why the animal received a shot, it is important to dispose of the needle in a safe way.

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    Animal Well-being in South Dakota: Survey closes June 30th

    The SDSU Extension team is conducting a survey to investigate questions about the current level of care being offered to animals and the perceptions people have about animal well-being in South Dakota. The goal of the survey is to gain understanding about the current perceptions of animal well-being in South Dakota, with an emphasis on horses. As the study continues, additional information on other livestock species may be collected.

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    We Need Your Help: Investigating Animal Well-being in South Dakota

    What is the current level of care being offered to animals in South Dakota? What perceptions about animal well-being exist in South Dakota? What educational resources are you looking for to learn more about animal well-being and on-farm care? Are you curious to know the answers? So are we.

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    Discussing the Dart Delivery Method for Treating Cattle

    Cattle ranchers strive to minimize the stress of handling and disease on their animals. One way they can do this is by implementing new technologies for delivering medications to sick animals while out in remote pastures. During the July 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA Coordinator, discussed considerations and challenges of using remote delivery devices for administering medication to animals.

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    Why We Have FARM on the Farm

    In a time when people are increasingly concerned about food safety and how animals are cared for, farmers continue to demonstrate their commitment to stewardship. During the June 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator, discussed the ins and outs of what occurs on a dairy farm when a FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Evaluator conducts an on-farm assessment.

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    State 4-H Horse Show: Advance access to show patterns creates positive experiences

    The South Dakota State 4-H Horse show is an opportunity for youth to demonstrate new and improved horsemanship skills. Despite the fact that the event is designed to be youth-oriented and that it involves horses, horse shows can, at times, provide a source of stress for contestants. One possible cause for stress is that youth need to learn horse show patterns; historically, these patterns were often posted within hours of the start of the show.

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    Livestock Shows & Drug Testing: Procedures & best practices

    State and county livestock shows may require drug testing of exhibited animals to ensure a level playing field and food safety. During the May 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Mike Anderson, Iowa State University’s State 4-H Livestock Program Specialist, shared his experience with youth livestock shows, and provided practical procedures and best practices for individuals implementing, or considering drug testing for livestock shows.

    Read More »

    Show Animals: Challenges at the packer

    Why do youth livestock show animals require extra paperwork when marketed to a packer? The April 6th speaker for the Animal Care Wednesday Webinar was Paula Alexander, Project Manager of Tyson’s Sustainable Food Production and Food Safety Quality Assurance. She outlined some of the basic challenges and what steps a packer takes to address the challenges.

    Read More »

    Where Do the Sharps Go?

    I gave my animal a shot, now what? Animals receive shots for various reasons throughout their life, just like people. Sometimes they are used to prevent diseases, in the case of vaccinations; and sometimes they are used to help an animal recover from a bacterial illness, as with antibiotics. Regardless of why the animal received a shot, it is important to dispose of the needle in a safe way.

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    Biosecurity After the State Fair

    With Labor Day weekend behind us, so comes the close of the South Dakota State Fair. As thousands of visitors from across the state, as well as from outside our borders gathered in Huron to take in the various entertainment and competitive events occurring during the five-day event, a significant amount of interaction between people and animals was also generated. While the fair provides great opportunities for exhibitors and spectators to participate in hands-on animal activities, it also becomes a place for livestock to potentially share new germs or diseases with each other.

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    4-H Livestock Judges Compete in Area Contest

    Forty-one 4-H members from 11 South Dakota counties including Brookings, Clark, Clay, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Miner, McCook, Turner, and Yankton Counties participated at the annual Area Livestock Judging Contest held June 29 at the 4-H Grounds in Howard. 4-Hers evaluated livestock classes of market steers, commercial heifers, market lambs, meat goats, breeding gilts and market hogs.

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    Ringworm: Don’t Let it Ruin Your Show Season

    As County and State Fairs roll around, we prepare our animals for the show ring. This process involves a health check and obtaining a certificate of veterinary inspection (health papers) from a veterinarian prior to exhibition. A common problem in animals is ringworm, which can bring a show season to a screeching halt. Ringworm can be found in cats, dogs, sheep, rabbits, dairy and beef cattle, and horses.

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