Heifer Development and Feedlot Tour

Categorized: Livestock, Beef

: Aug 9th

SDSU Extension will host a heifer development and feedlot facilities field day tour on August 9 at 8 AM CDT, at a few area farms.

A tour bus will pick up registered participants in Aberdeen (at the Aberdeen Mall parking lot in front of Herbergers; 3315 6th Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401) and Groton (Red Horse Inn Restaurant west parking lot: US-12 and 37 intersection) before heading on the tour.

Tour Schedule

8:00 - 8:15 AM CDT Registration and Load Bus @ Aberdeen Mall (3315 6th Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401) Park near Herberger’s south parking lot.
8:15 AM Depart Aberdeen
8:45 - 9:00 AM Pick up in Groton @ Red Horse Inn Restaurant & Lounge (2 US-12, Groton, SD 57445). Park on the west side. 
9:30 AM Tour Stop #1: Mark and Joel Erickson Farm - Erickson brothers, Mark and Joel, operate a livestock and farming operation near Langford, SD. They have a strong focus on developing heifers into productive cows by managing them on high forage rations year round, including grazing heifers on pasture, corn stalks and cover crops in the fall and spring. In addition, the Erickson’s will share with us how they strive to efficiently manage their breeding season, calving management and also drylot finishing enterprise. 
11:45 AM Depart for 2nd stop. 
12:00 PM Lunch & Industry Discussion 
2:00 PM Tour Stop #2: Symens Brothers - Symens Brothers of Amherst, SD, consists of Irwin, Paul, John, Brad, and Warren Symens. They raise registered Limousin cattle and market 100 bulls and 30 heifers each year. They buy back customers' commercial calves and feed to finish 2000 head each year in hoop barn confinement. They strive for efficiency in producing their own feed and raising cattle that perform in the pasture, in the lot, and on the rail. Their goal is to continue to find ways to do more with less.
4:30 PM Depart for return to Groton/Aberdeen


Registration is $40/person to attend (includes transportation, snacks and lunch). Pre-registration is required due to limited bus space. All attendees of the tour must ride the bus due to limited parking at tour locations. During registration, select a pickup location of either Aberdeen or Groton. Registration deadline is due by August 9. For more information contact Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist by email or at 605.995.7378 or 605.680.9504; or Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Feedlot Associate by email or at 605.688.5452.