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    Animal Diseases to Know Before You Show

    January 3, 2018 kicked off the 2018 Animal Care Wednesday Webinar series. Keeping animals healthy is always the first priority of every animal caregiver, young and old. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, State Veterinarian in South Dakota, provided listeners with a great list of the common diseases to be aware of and watch for in animals for show or exhibition

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    Let’s Talk BQA Assessments

    During the November 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Coordinator, and Doug Bear, Iowa BQA Coordinator. Both Rob and Doug have been actively involved in the industry discussions between packers, cattlemen, and industry organizations with regards to the development of a standardized on-farm assessment program.

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    Finding the Best Within Your Herd Through Calf Performance

    Variations occur in every cowherd. When evaluating the cowherd, many producers would say they have a uniform bunch of females while others know there is a wide array of variations with their herd. Cattle should meet the producer’s goal(s), so they may have a specific breed, size and mating program to achieve a profitable operation.

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    Cover Crops & Livestock Integration: An opportunity for profit on S.D. farms

    Cover crops have been gaining a reemerging acceptance over the last decade, with very few producers disagreeing about the potential soil health benefits of adding cover crops to their farming operation. However, with low commodity prices producers are trying to reduce expenses on inputs, especially on inputs with a varying or unknown return.

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    Finding the Best Within Your Herd Through Calf Performance

    Variations occur in every cowherd. When evaluating the cowherd, many producers would say they have a uniform bunch of females while others know there is a wide array of variations with their herd. Cattle should meet the producer’s goal(s), so they may have a specific breed, size and mating program to achieve a profitable operation.

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    Odor Management Planning: Survey of producers and the general public

    Odor can be an important point of discussion during livestock development projects across our state. Ms. Suraiya Akter is a Master’s Degree Student in the SDSU Ag & Biosystems Engineering Department. She is developing an odor management plan template for voluntary adoption in the state of South Dakota with her advisors Drs. Erin Cortus and Joe Darrington.

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    Neospora-Positive Status: Impact on heifers/cows and their calves

    Neospora caninum is a protozoal germ that has the potential to affect reproduction in beef and dairy herds. Neospora-related reproductive problems can arise from two different kinds of infected cattle: 1) cows or heifers that became infected by eating contaminated feed, and 2) cows or heifers that were born with Neospora and pass it on to their offspring in utero.

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    Wildfire Aftermath: Beef Cattle Health Considerations

    While fall and winter wildfires may not have the direct impact on cow-calf herds compared to those occurring while calves are young and actively nursing, health effects can be severe nonetheless. Smoke inhalation, burns and thermal injury, exertion, stress, and injuries suffered during escape can all cause longer-term effects on cattle that have survived wildfires or building fires.

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    Let’s Talk BQA Assessments

    During the November 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Coordinator, and Doug Bear, Iowa BQA Coordinator. Both Rob and Doug have been actively involved in the industry discussions between packers, cattlemen, and industry organizations with regards to the development of a standardized on-farm assessment program.

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    A Look at Today’s Dairy Housing

    During the September 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator at University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer discussed some of the improvements to dairy housing and facilities that today’s dairymen are implementing on farms to ensure cow comfort and promote welfare.

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    Review Ruminant Nutrition and Feeding Practices

    During the July 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we discussed reminders for ruminant nutrition and choosing economical management practices. Alfredo DiCostanzo, Professor of Beef Cattle Nutrition & Management with the University of Minnesota, presented general reminders of ruminant nutrition and valuable considerations for feeding management.

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    Rabbit Care and Feeding Tips

    During the August 2nd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we had a great discussion about rabbit care and nutrition management. Mike Avesing, American Rabbit Breeders Association judge and rabbit breeder, presented not only the basics of rabbit nutrition, but also covered tips and considerations to raise rabbits for show or commercial markets.

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    Farmers and Ranchers Needed for Survey

    SDSU Extension is devoted to meeting the needs of South Dakota farmers and ranchers in the state. If you are 18 years-of-age or older and farming or ranching is your occupation, please consider completing a 10-15 minute survey that would help us acquire information to design and implement future programs to serve farm and ranch families.

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    Horse Nutrition Basics on a Budget

    During the June 7th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, basic equine nutrition on a budget was the topic. Dr. Bob Coleman, Equine Extension Specialist with University of Kentucky, discussed the various considerations horse owners should evaluate when making feed decisions since feed costs are the major portion of the annual cost of a horse.

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    2017-2018 La Niña & Winter Outlook

    The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has officially declared a La Niña Advisory, as of November 9, 2017. This means that La Niña conditions are observed and expected to continue. They observe La Niña conditions using sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and if weather patterns in the atmosphere are changing due to the ocean temperatures.

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    Grazing & Recreation on South Dakota School & Public Lands

    At a recent meeting of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, Ryan Brunner Commissioner of State School and Public Lands, provided excellent information for those interested in understanding more about grazing and hunting on South Dakota School and Public Lands.

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    Cover Crops & Livestock Integration: An opportunity for profit on S.D. farms

    Cover crops have been gaining a reemerging acceptance over the last decade, with very few producers disagreeing about the potential soil health benefits of adding cover crops to their farming operation. However, with low commodity prices producers are trying to reduce expenses on inputs, especially on inputs with a varying or unknown return.

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    Another Successful Rosebud Youth Range Camp Held This Past Summer

    Children of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) had the opportunity to participate in the second annual youth range workshop near Rosebud this summer. The workshop provided an excellent learning environment for children to physically be on the land learning about grasses, forbs, and shrubs that make up the prairie.

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    Possible Prussic Acid and Alkaloid Issues in Reed Canary Grass

    Reed canary grass and its many subtypes are a common introduced/planted and native/wild grass in South Dakota that is often associated with wetland edges, saturated soils, and occasionally on moist to dry slopes extending out from wet or saturated soils.

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    Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index (PRF-RI) Insurance for 2018

    Sporadic rainfall early in 2017 focused attention on insurance for pasture and forages for livestock feed. The primary product, Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) insurance, is offered nationwide. In South Dakota the coverage is based on a Rainfall Index (PRF-RI) with indemnity payments tied to a lack of rainfall in a given area.

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    Tax Implications of Drought Induced Livestock Sales

    As South Dakota producers affected by severe drought have either made non-traditional livestock sales or plan to sell a larger than normal number of breeding animals in 2017, this article provides information and examples about two different tax treatments producers should be talking to their tax advisor or consultant about.

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    Fall Climate Outlook 2017

    Fall harvest season is upon us, although the corn and soybean crops are slow to mature and dry down this year. Corn in the East Central Region has been slow to progress this year, as it has been behind average on accumulating growing degree days throughout the late summer.

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