SDSU Extension will host the Low Stress for Safety and Success cattle handling and facility evaluation workshop on March 16, 2017 at the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch (Directions: 4.5 miles west of Mission on US Hwy 18 to the Rosebud Junction - turn southwest on BIA Hwy 1, after 2 miles turn south onto gravel road).
“These workshops provide a great opportunity to learn tips on minimizing cattle stress to maximize performance, and experience different handling facility designs,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate. The workshop will cover hands-on cattle handling, facility evaluations, the impact of handling on cattle performance, and handler and cattle safety.
Participants should bring mud boots to work cattle. Boots should be cleaned prior to the workshop to minimize potential disease transfer between farms. Boot baths will be provided at the host farm. Participants should also bring appropriate clothing to work cattle in all types of weather; please watch the forecast and plan accordingly.
- 8:30 am Registration
- 9:00 am Cattle handling basics & its impacts
- 10:30 am Activities: facility evaluation
- Lunch - BQA certification
- 1:45 pm Activities: cattle handling
- 3:45 pm Importance of SOPs & safety
- 4:30 pm Avoiding discounts: carcass value
- 5:15 pm Summary
If participants register by March 10, 2017 the event cost is $45/person with a $10 discount for additional individuals from same operation. After March 10, registration is $50. A discounted rate of $30 is available for students. All tribal members or tribal youth approved by the tribe will receive FREE registration for the workshop (use code ROSEBUD when registering).
For more information, contact Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate (605.688.6623).