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    Update on U.S. “Ag Gag” Laws

    During the October 3rd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States were shared. Dave Aiken, Agricultural Law Specialist with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the most recent farm animal legislation trends and cases, which states are involved, and considerations for the sensitive topics.

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    Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

    As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.

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    Farm Equipment, Safety on the Road, Everyone’s Role

    It is National Farm Safety Week (September 16-22nd) which also serves as a safety reminder for those involved in agriculture. Silage harvest has been going for a couple of weeks and soybean harvest has started in parts of South Dakota.

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    Antibiotic Stewardship: Product Handling

    Animal health product handling and storage was the topic for the September 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Rob Eirich, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator and Director of Beef Quality Assurance, shared his tips and recommendations for implementing good stewardship while handling animal health products, such as antibiotics and vaccines.

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    Parasite Management: Stewardship Tips & Research

    Parasite management for cattle and sheep was the topic for the August 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Mike Hildreth, Professor of Biology and Microbiology with South Dakota State University, shared his expertise regarding research findings and ways to be a good steward when implementing parasite control methods on farms and ranches.

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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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    Evaluation of Cover Crop Mixes for Forage Supply (Midwest Forage Association Grant)

    Farmers often look for ways to increase revenue. In the Upper Great Plains it might not be economical, or practical, to plant another grain crop during the growing year, however, cover crops should be considered as they provide multiple benefits.

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    Face Flies Impacting Pastured Cattle

    In South Dakota, the number of pinkeye cases in cattle herds has been relatively high this year. Pinkeye is a disease that occurs when the bacterial agent Moraxella bovis adheres to the surface of an animal’s eye. M. bovis gains entry when the eye becomes irritated by a variety of different sources, such as dust, tall grass, fomites, and flies.

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    Grass Tetany Concerns

    While the quick green-up on spring pastures is the first risk factor that comes to mind for grass tetany, regrowth during warm fall weather can be a culprit, too. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder that is associated with lush pastures due to low levels of blood magnesium concentration, which results in nerve impulse failure and death, if not treated very quickly.

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    Breaking Down Winter Supplement Options

    Each fall, winter cow feeding and supplementation questions roll in. Oftentimes the questions pertain to determining the most economical option that meets cow nutrient requirements. With the multitude of products and options available, this can be a daunting task. Additionally, no two situations are alike, no two years are identical and there is no one size fits all product. Adjustments to the winter feeding program may needed from year to year-based on forage quality and availability. 

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    Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

    As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.

    Read More »

    Antibiotic Stewardship: Product Handling

    Animal health product handling and storage was the topic for the September 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Rob Eirich, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator and Director of Beef Quality Assurance, shared his tips and recommendations for implementing good stewardship while handling animal health products, such as antibiotics and vaccines.

    Read More »

    Parasite Management: Stewardship Tips & Research

    Parasite management for cattle and sheep was the topic for the August 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Mike Hildreth, Professor of Biology and Microbiology with South Dakota State University, shared his expertise regarding research findings and ways to be a good steward when implementing parasite control methods on farms and ranches.

    Read More »

    Update on U.S. “Ag Gag” Laws

    During the October 3rd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States were shared. Dave Aiken, Agricultural Law Specialist with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the most recent farm animal legislation trends and cases, which states are involved, and considerations for the sensitive topics.

    Read More »

    SDSU & NARMS, 2017-18: Looking for Foodborne Germs and Antibiotic Resistance; Part 2 – Ground Beef

    South Dakota State University is in its second year of participation in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), with their Food Safety Microbiology (SD-FSM) lab (part of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Brookings) working with the retail meat portion of the program.

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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.

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    Grass Tetany Concerns

    While the quick green-up on spring pastures is the first risk factor that comes to mind for grass tetany, regrowth during warm fall weather can be a culprit, too. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder that is associated with lush pastures due to low levels of blood magnesium concentration, which results in nerve impulse failure and death, if not treated very quickly.

    Read More »

    Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

    As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.

    Read More »

    Evaluation of Cover Crop Mixes for Forage Supply (Midwest Forage Association Grant)

    Farmers often look for ways to increase revenue. In the Upper Great Plains it might not be economical, or practical, to plant another grain crop during the growing year, however, cover crops should be considered as they provide multiple benefits.

    Read More »

    Face Flies Impacting Pastured Cattle

    In South Dakota, the number of pinkeye cases in cattle herds has been relatively high this year. Pinkeye is a disease that occurs when the bacterial agent Moraxella bovis adheres to the surface of an animal’s eye. M. bovis gains entry when the eye becomes irritated by a variety of different sources, such as dust, tall grass, fomites, and flies.

    Read More »

    Healthy Grasslands Series: Mentoring & Education (31 of 31)

    We hope you have enjoyed this article series as a brief introduction to the various aspects of sound grassland management. We understand there is a great deal to consider in planning and implementation, and we know from experience that it can be overwhelming to tackle all aspects of grassland management at one time.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Managing & Protecting Grasslands for the Future (30 of 31)

    Grasslands are a valuable resource for South Dakota, and many of our core industries rely on the perpetuation of healthy grasslands for agriculture, recreation, and tourism. In addition, many other natural resources, such as wildlife and water quality are intrinsically tied to grassland health.

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