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    Animal Care Webinar Summary: Pivotal Time in Animal Care

    On April 1st, Trent Loos, a sixth-generation farmer and agricultural radio show host, shared current examples of how consumer demand has influenced animal care practices in various food animal industries. Mr. Loos shared how animal care is being driven by economic principle of supply and demand; however, producing what the consumer demands may actually be hindering the supply chain.

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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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    Animal Care Webinar Summary: Understanding “Public” Perception

    Sometimes it is challenging to understand the perceptions of people within our world when it comes to producing food for them to eat. On March 4th, Karen Cannon, UNL Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Science Communications, shared some insight that may help us in agriculture better understand public perceptions that revolve around food and raising livestock and why these perceptions may not be the same for those of us involved in agriculture.

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    Why Change the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

    In my role as Livestock Judging Team Coach as SDSU, I brought forth a proposed restructuring of the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest which I firmly believe will translate to an experience our youth desperately need. On what do I base this belief? This fall will conclude a three-year stretch of livestock judging teams I have had the pleasure of coaching at South Dakota State University. During these years of rebuilding a program we have seen an increase in student GPAs and collegiate involvement and leadership.  Furthermore, we have had two, top 10 finishes at the North American Livestock Exposition – the national championship contest.

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    Making Sense of Welfare Labeling Options

    Many food labels bombard shoppers with various animal welfare claims in addition to the many labels of non-GMO or pasture raised. It is important for shoppers to understand what a label means when choosing products that promote animal welfare or specific care practices. However, it can be just as confusing for producers to make sense of all these options when determining new marketing opportunities for their cattle. A few of the top-recognized labels are discussed here. A brief outline of the husbandry practices that may require specific compliance is highlighted.

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    2015 SDSU BBQ Bootcamps: Save the dates!

    The South Dakota State University Meat Science program is gearing up to host 5 BBQ Bootcamps across South Dakota this summer. These 2 hour programs are designed to educate consumers about cut selection, grilling and BBQ techniques, use of marinades and rubs and safe handling of meat products. Attendees are guided through these topics by SDSU professors, graduate students and the meat lab manager in a fun and interactive setting.

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    2015 Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: A meat industry perspective

    On February 19, 2015 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee presented the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the Secretaries of the USDA and HHS. This report is used as the foundation for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans - 2015, which will be released later this year.

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    Income, Computers and Internet Use in SD Farms

    Computer access, ownership, or lease increased in South Dakota farms by almost 9% between 2011 and 2013. This is very significant since between 2009 and 2011 there had been no changes. Computer use in state farms is currently nearly 6% greater than the average for the country.

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    Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership Honored with 2015 Leopold Conservation Award

    The Leopold Conservation Award is a long-standing honor, recognizing family farms and ranches that have focused their efforts on providing food and fiber to the nation while enhancing the natural environment in which they live. The 2015 recipient is Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership near Winner, SD. They understand the responsibility they have to the environment, especially to the care of the soil.

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    Feeding Sorghum Crops as Alternatives to Corn

    The combination of poor margins for row crops and the threat of continued dry conditions are prompting many producers to re-evaluate cropping plans. Crops like sorghum that require fewer inputs and use water more efficiently become much more attractive under those conditions. How well do these crops fit for livestock production? The exact answer depends on the class of livestock fed and feedstuff. There are two general options for sorghum crops for feed usage: grain and forage.

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    Runoff Management Considerations for Pastures and Lots

    As of March 20, Spring is officially here. While the majority of snow may have melted in many areas, we hopefully still have spring rains in our midst! Spring rains mean runoff. Livestock yards and pastures depend on runoff to keep the animal and feeding areas dry and comfortable. However, the flow of water over the surface of a lot or pasture can pick up solid particles or dissolved nutrients and increase the risk of water pollution.

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    Online BQA Certification Training Modules: Free until April 15

    Boehringer Ingelheim Inc. is generously sponsoring the BQA online certification program allowing beef and dairy producers to complete the certification training for FREE until April 15th, 2015. This saves producers $25 to $50 on the online certification modules offered through the Kansas State Beef Cattle Institute.

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    2015 Bailey Herd Health Conference: Housing, facilities, and health

    Ever since livestock were first put underneath a roof, animals have been positively and sometimes negatively influenced by how that housing is managed. This year’s James Bailey Herd Health Conference for veterinarians, held in February at SDSU, highlighted a variety of perspectives on how veterinarians and producers can better operate their livestock facilities to improve animal health. 

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    Cold January Forecast

    An updated climate outlook for January 2015 shows cooler weather likely to make an extended stay in the month ahead. The Climate Prediction Center released their temperature and precipitation outlook this week, depicting cooler than average temperatures are a little more likely to dominate South Dakota. There were some hints of this coming a couple of weeks ago, but now it is official. Following a warmer than average December, the first couple of weeks of January will feel frigid, to both humans and livestock alike.

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    Recommendations for Receiving Cattle: Health and Nutrition

    One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle. Minimizing the stress of weaning, marketing, and shipping can have a large impact on the bottom line. Giving new cattle everything they need to remain healthy during the feeding period is the right thing to do from an animal well-being point-of-view. Given the current record costs of feeder cattle, it is also a decision with economic incentives. This article will briefly discuss several important topics related to getting calves off to the right start.

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    The Importance of Feed Testing

    Optimal growing conditions across much of South Dakota this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields. Conducting a nutritional laboratory analysis on hay and/or silage samples is the best way for producers to evaluate the nutrient content of their feedstuffs. This information, in combination with the nutrient requirements of the animals being fed, is a cost-effective way to determine economical and practical winter feeding programs.

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    Utilizing Reduced-Fat Distillers Grains in Beef Feedlot Rations

    By now, most beef producers are familiar with corn distillers grains. This byproduct of the ethanol industry has found its way into all corners of the cattle-feeding world; from the cow/calf operation to the feedlot. Presently, some ethanol plants are using techniques to recover fat during the manufacturing process. This procedure decreases fat content of the byproduct from the typical range of 11 – 13% to as low as 4 – 5% on a dry matter basis .

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    Pinkeye: Early Detection & Action Recommended this Summer

    With warm weather approaching, thoughts of many cattlemen around this area have turned to pinkeye, one of the most common and economically damaging cattle diseases. Pinkeye, the common name for infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), is a contagious disease causing inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva. If left untreated, severe damage to the eye may occur. Estimated losses each year are around $150 million due to lost weight gain, reduced milk production, treatment costs, and potential price discounts for affected animals.

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    Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership Honored with 2015 Leopold Conservation Award

    The Leopold Conservation Award is a long-standing honor, recognizing family farms and ranches that have focused their efforts on providing food and fiber to the nation while enhancing the natural environment in which they live. The 2015 recipient is Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership near Winner, SD. They understand the responsibility they have to the environment, especially to the care of the soil.

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    Monitoring Herd Performance: Beef Management & Reproduction Score Card

    Profit or loss in a cow/calf operation depends a great deal on the reproductive efficiency of the herd. For obvious reasons herds that have a high percentage of cows that settle early in the breeding season and deliver live calves are much more likely to be profitable. Successful and profitable reproduction involves a number of key components. Factors such as pregnancy rates, calf death loss, and culling rates all play a role.

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    Watch Out for a Light Frost in Alfalfa

    Alfalfa fields are starting to grow showing good potential for this growing season. However, as for last night we were under a Freeze Warning, meaning that some crops could be damaged by a light frost or freeze. In fact, calls came into the office regarding this event already. Below are the key points to consider for both new seedling alfalfa and established stands.

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    Springtime Vaccines: Tools to keep calves healthy through the summer

    Branding season or pasture turnout is a natural time point that lends itself well to working calves and preparing them for the summer ahead. These preparations typically include a vaccination protocol, meant to protect the animal against ailments they might encounter on summer pasture. A look into the display cooler of any food animal vet clinic will reveal a wide variety of products that could be used in a vaccine program.

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    Breeding Season Nutrition

    After calving season comes to an end, it won’t be long before breeding season begins. To ensure a successful breeding season, it is critical to monitor nutritional status of the cows by evaluating body condition score. If cows were thin at calving, it is going to be extremely difficult to get them to re-breed within 80 days of calving. Rebreeding within 80 days is necessary to be sure that they will calve on a 365 day interval so that they don’t become late-calving cows.

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    Adding Options with Annual Forages

    In many areas of South Dakota, the pasture acres are in short supply. The fact that at least so far in the growing season precipitation is below normal adds to those concerns. If those trends continue, finding additional feed resources will become a high priority for cow/calf producers. Annual forages are viable options to consider in addressing those needs. The two broad categories of annual forages are cool-season and warm-season forages.

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    Feeding Sorghum Crops as Alternatives to Corn

    The combination of poor margins for row crops and the threat of continued dry conditions are prompting many producers to re-evaluate cropping plans. Crops like sorghum that require fewer inputs and use water more efficiently become much more attractive under those conditions. How well do these crops fit for livestock production? The exact answer depends on the class of livestock fed and feedstuff. There are two general options for sorghum crops for feed usage: grain and forage.

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    Nitrate Quick Test Trainings

    Weather patterns could suggest that this might be a dry year like we had back in 2012. As such, this is the time that producers start to think about the risk of nitrates in feed supplies and how it will affect their livestock operations. It is well known that certain plants are nitrate accumulators and can contain toxic levels of nitrate when consumed by cattle and sheep.

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    VFD Rule Finalized: Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use

    Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals. Back in December 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published “guidance for industry” documents that outlined, among other changes, how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will become a critical component of food animal feed-grade antibiotic use.

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    Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership Honored with 2015 Leopold Conservation Award

    The Leopold Conservation Award is a long-standing honor, recognizing family farms and ranches that have focused their efforts on providing food and fiber to the nation while enhancing the natural environment in which they live. The 2015 recipient is Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership near Winner, SD. They understand the responsibility they have to the environment, especially to the care of the soil.

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    Father’s Day Grilling

    Father’s Day is just around the corner. From my past knowledge of Father’s Day, fathers typically want to just keep things simple, be with their family and enjoy doing things they love. Instead of finding that perfect gift, perhaps consider grilling a meal for your dad! Grilling is one of those no-fuss, outdoor cooking techniques that allows you to mingle and have fun while you cook – not to mention it can be a healthy option, too.

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    Taking Your Kitchen Outdoors During Grilling Season

    The grilling season is upon us. Grilling brings with it a heightened need to address safe food handling practices. Taking the kitchen out-of-doors creates increased risk for cross-contamination and unsafe storage temperatures. Refer to the various articles, publications and websites sharing grilling tips, safe food handling practices, recipes and more.

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    Making Sense of Welfare Labeling Options

    Many food labels bombard shoppers with various animal welfare claims in addition to the many labels of non-GMO or pasture raised. It is important for shoppers to understand what a label means when choosing products that promote animal welfare or specific care practices. However, it can be just as confusing for producers to make sense of all these options when determining new marketing opportunities for their cattle. A few of the top-recognized labels are discussed here. A brief outline of the husbandry practices that may require specific compliance is highlighted.

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    Grilling Tips: Don’t Ruin Your Ribeye!

    Memorial Day is right around the corner, and for many, this holiday also marks the beginning of the grilling season. As steak is one of the most popular items to grill I thought it would be helpful to review research conducted by former SDSU Meat Scientist Duane Wulf entitled “Great steaks from your Gas Grill”. Researchers at SDSU tested various grilling parameters to determine their effects on tenderness, juiciness and flavor of seven different beef cuts.

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    2015 SDSU BBQ Bootcamps: Save the dates!

    The South Dakota State University Meat Science program is gearing up to host 5 BBQ Bootcamps across South Dakota this summer. These 2 hour programs are designed to educate consumers about cut selection, grilling and BBQ techniques, use of marinades and rubs and safe handling of meat products. Attendees are guided through these topics by SDSU professors, graduate students and the meat lab manager in a fun and interactive setting.

    Read More »

    May is Beef Month

    May is “Beef Month” in South Dakota. This tradition began more than 40 years ago and recognizes beef production as one of South Dakota’s largest economic sectors. Because they are so important to the state’s well-being, South Dakota cattlemen and women take great care in their production practices. Cattle producers are constantly finding ways to improve beef production and sustainability practices to help ensure a safe, wholesome and nutritious product now and well into the future.

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    2015 Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: A meat industry perspective

    On February 19, 2015 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee presented the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the Secretaries of the USDA and HHS. This report is used as the foundation for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans - 2015, which will be released later this year.

    Read More »

    Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership Honored with 2015 Leopold Conservation Award

    The Leopold Conservation Award is a long-standing honor, recognizing family farms and ranches that have focused their efforts on providing food and fiber to the nation while enhancing the natural environment in which they live. The 2015 recipient is Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership near Winner, SD. They understand the responsibility they have to the environment, especially to the care of the soil.

    Read More »

    Adding Options with Annual Forages

    In many areas of South Dakota, the pasture acres are in short supply. The fact that at least so far in the growing season precipitation is below normal adds to those concerns. If those trends continue, finding additional feed resources will become a high priority for cow/calf producers. Annual forages are viable options to consider in addressing those needs. The two broad categories of annual forages are cool-season and warm-season forages.

    Read More »

    Feeding Sorghum Crops as Alternatives to Corn

    The combination of poor margins for row crops and the threat of continued dry conditions are prompting many producers to re-evaluate cropping plans. Crops like sorghum that require fewer inputs and use water more efficiently become much more attractive under those conditions. How well do these crops fit for livestock production? The exact answer depends on the class of livestock fed and feedstuff. There are two general options for sorghum crops for feed usage: grain and forage.

    Read More »

    Nitrate Quick Test Trainings

    Weather patterns could suggest that this might be a dry year like we had back in 2012. As such, this is the time that producers start to think about the risk of nitrates in feed supplies and how it will affect their livestock operations. It is well known that certain plants are nitrate accumulators and can contain toxic levels of nitrate when consumed by cattle and sheep.

    Read More »

    Grassland Considerations If Drought Persists

    The spring of 2015 has offered ranchers some stress relief in the form of what has been described by some as the ‘perfect’ calving season. However, one rancher was quick to follow his statement on the good calving weather by saying “if calving goes well, expect the pastures not to look so good”. There is a lot of truth to that statement as we know that April and May rains impact overall range and pasture production for the remainder of the growing season.

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    Noxious Weed Control

    Noxious Weed Control in pastures is becoming more of a challenge. Many commercial spray businesses are no longer spraying pastures, and if they are, there may be restrictions on the time and products they will spray, or they may only work with you if they also have the rest of your spraying business. However, it is still the law to control noxious weeds. Not being able to find a commercial applicator is not a valid reason to not control noxious weeds.

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    Spring Turn-Out Dates: What Are Your Options?

    It has been a very long winter and we are waiting impatiently for signs of spring to occur. There’s nothing like green grass to remind many of us how much we love the livestock business. In the midst of market highs and lows, droughts, blizzards, and floods, it is encouraging to remember how reliable the progression of seasons is. Every year at green up, grass managers must make decisions about when and where to begin grazing.

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    Grassland Fertilization | Part 1: Terminology & economics

    Grassland fertilization is a topic of much interest and debate among grassland managers of all walks. From livestock managers, to hay producers, ecologists, and fertilizer salesmen…opinions on the value of fertilization are not in short supply. What can be hard to find in popular media are fertilization effects in relation to ecology, economics, and long-term sustainability of grassland systems.

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