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    How to Pick the Perfect Steak

    As grilling season is getting into full swing many grillers are in search of the perfect steak. With so many different options out there it’s good to have plan before you head out to shop. Type of steak is a personal choice so if you know your preferences for flavor, tenderness or marbling that’s a good place to start. If you’re unsure we’ve put together a quick guide for finding the perfect steak to try.

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    Management Considerations for Cattle Confinement Facilities

    Beef housing systems and their management was the topic for the April 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Beth Doran, Extension Beef Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provided insight and examples of critical management areas for confinement barns and facilities used for beef.

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    Using Weather Forecasts for Newborn Calf Health

    Calving season has begun, in a winter season that has had some extreme temperature swings. January 2018 had air temperatures as low as -30° F and as high as +50° F. In February and March, drastic temperature changes can continue to be a concern when caring for newborn livestock.

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    How to Pick the Perfect Steak

    As grilling season is getting into full swing many grillers are in search of the perfect steak. With so many different options out there it’s good to have plan before you head out to shop. Type of steak is a personal choice so if you know your preferences for flavor, tenderness or marbling that’s a good place to start. If you’re unsure we’ve put together a quick guide for finding the perfect steak to try.

    Read More »

    Management Considerations for Cattle Confinement Facilities

    Beef housing systems and their management was the topic for the April 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Beth Doran, Extension Beef Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provided insight and examples of critical management areas for confinement barns and facilities used for beef.

    Read More »

    Healthy Grasslands Series: Estimating Livestock Consumption (24 of 31)

    When planning a grazing strategy, it is important to carefully assess goals and objectives and then match those goals and objectives with the appropriate livestock. It is critical that the manager understand that not all livestock are created equal.

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    Watch for Grasshopper Population Outbreaks

    Our early prediction of grasshopper populations was that there would be areas where outbreaks would be possible during 2018. We are just starting to receive reports of grasshopper populations that are exceeding recommended thresholds throughout central South Dakota as well as areas in northeast South Dakota that haven’t received much rain this year.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Measuring Grassland Production (23 of 31)

    Assessing pasture forage production is a key step in planning harvest strategies and can also inform the manager on the status of wildlife habitat or other grassland values. Online resources, such as the free USDA Web Soil Survey, allow landowners to input the perimeters of a pasture or ranch while the program outputs production estimates based on soils and typical vegetation for the area.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Invasive Species Management in Grasslands (22 of 31)

    Healthy grasslands are generally identified by the plant community. At the core of any plant community assessment is an inventory of native plants. When assessing a native plant community, you must consider both the number of native plants and the diversity of native plants.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Monitoring Success (21 of 31)

    While periodic monitoring is necessary for continued success, a thorough evaluation in the first few months will tell you a lot about grazing levels, benefits to livestock and livestock-to-acre ratio. By completing an early assessment, you'll be able to adjust necessary variables before getting too far into your program.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Winter Grazing (20 of 31)

    The predominant factor in winter grazing is ensuring adequate forage availability while considering overall long-term range health and maintenance. When managed correctly, grazing winter range can be a viable option for controlling feed costs and ensuring herd health without negatively impacting rangelands.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Grazing Contracting (19 of 31)

    For those who own grasslands not typically grazed or for those looking for a better contract basis, there are several grazing contract options that can be explored. Typically, grazing contracts are based on an annual cash per-acre rental system, where the livestock lessee pays the landowner a pre-determined per-acre price for access to the pasture for the grazing season.

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    May 2018 Climate Summary and a Look Ahead

    May 2018 was a 180-degree turn from April. South Dakota had its second coldest April on record, to something close to the tenth warmest May on record. As we are in early June, it appears as if the heat will continue.

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