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    Success, Challenges, and Continued Improvement: A packer’s perspective

    On August 5th, Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, head of animal welfare at JBS, discussed the successes, challenges, and areas for continued improvement of cattle handling throughout their meat processing plants. Audit standards for animal handling are in place at meat processing plants and most company programs are based off of the North American Meat Institute animal handling and auditing guidelines.

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

    Even though fall harvest is a ways off, we still encounter farm equipment on the road, whether it is a tractor and baler, someone hauling feed between farms, or the impending corn silage harvest in about four to five weeks. The point is we all need to be vigilant as a producer or a motorist encountering farm equipment on the road.

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    Economic Impact of the Beef Industry on South Dakota

    The beef industry in South Dakota makes a significant contribution to economic output and development in the state.  As of January 1st, 2012 there were 1,610,000 beef cows in South Dakota.  These cows produced 1,710,000 calves during the year and the industry produced an estimated $2,283,766,027 in gross income during 2012 (South Dakota Agriculture 2013). 

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    Stay Healthy at Your Local and State Fair

    As the local county and state fairs start popping up around the Midwest it is time to get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of the fairs. There is nothing more fun than taking the kids to see all of the exhibits and vendors. Particular favorites for most families and young kids is the animal petting zoo or walking through the livestock exhibits. Even though the animals are healthy you still need to help teach your child proper preventative health care around the animals.

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    State Livestock Judging Contest Schedule and Transportation

    The South Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is rapidly approaching and the details are starting to come together. Please find below the schedule of events for contest day and the prior workout. On Friday, September 18, 2015, we will host a workout at the SDSU Animal Science Arena for those who would like extra practice and are able to attend. There will be a number of livestock [not being used for the contest] available for you to work out on since the Animal Science Department buys a large number of steers, sheep and hogs each year from State Fair.

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    Outstanding Stewardship by the Rock Hills Ranch in North Central South Dakota

    Achieving “sustainability” requires decisions unique to every operation and will vary depending on production systems. Rock Hills Ranch, operated by the Perman families, has been recognized for their decisions and the management practices they have implemented to steward their resources sustainably.

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    Stewards of Plenty: 2015 South Dakota Feedlot Tour

    Most people probably think feedlots are only about feeding cattle to provide beef for our dinner tables. After all, “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner”. Cattle feeding is a tiny part of the daily routine for modern feeders. Redstone Feeders of Iroquois, Warkenthien Feedyard of Clark, Moes Feedlot LLC of Florence, and J & J Farms of Bruce opened their gates for tours on July 14th. Let’s look at some of the ways these four feedlots are more than just cattle feeders.

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    Shade Options for Open Lots

    Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies. However as stewards of our animals this article will provide you with some points to consider if you would like to develop shaded areas in pens to improve comfort and promote the highest production possible in your animals.

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    An Aid for Preparing Livestock Judging Oral Reasons

    Giving reasons is one of the most useful things you will have the opportunity to do while judging livestock. Preparing and giving reasons helps develop memory and public speaking skills, all while participating in an industry based activity. However, regardless of if you are just starting or at the college level, they can be a tough task to complete and be successful at. This article will give you a better understanding of how to accomplish the experience and score you wish to achieve. 

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    Animal Care Webinar Summary: Ongoing Research on Public Perception

    On July 1st, Dr. Candace Croney, Director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science shared some survey findings on Public Perception and Communication of Animal Welfare from ongoing research at Purdue and elsewhere.

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    Establishing Corn Silage Value

    Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment. However, assigning accurate values to corn silage can be challenging as there are few if any published market prices.

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    Taking Steps for Cleaner Water on SD Grazing Lands

    What exactly is a riparian area? A riparian area is simply the transitional zone between land and water environments. A healthy riparian area is extremely important to water quality as it will reduce sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and other materials in surface and shallow subsurface runoff. Examples of riparian areas include floodplains, streambanks, lakeshores, and wetlands.

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    Determining Hay Prices

    The 2015 haying season will be wrapping up in the next month, and with that many sellers will be pricing the bales they put up this summer. Knowing costs would help provide a lower bound or minimum asking price for hay. Market forces and quality levels also need to be considered.

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    Top Ten Ways to Run More Cows on the Same Grass

    Cow-calf producers in South Dakota and across the country face a dilemma: On one hand, the market is signaling for more numbers of feeder calves; however, losses in grazing resources over the past decade limit how much the industry can grow using traditional management practices. New challenges require new or different ways of thinking. Here are ten options to consider to increase the available feed supply for a cow/calf ranch.

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    Buying Hay

    Haying season is in full swing across the state and with that comes a feed inventory analysis opportunity for each producer. Beyond “How many bales” the inventory should look at the quality of the feed in storage. The bigger question needs to be “do I have enough bales to create a balanced ration, which meets the nutritional requirements of my cow herd, through each gestational stage and post calving, and what kind of supplementation (if any) will be needed?”

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    Stewards of Plenty: 2015 South Dakota Feedlot Tour

    Most people probably think feedlots are only about feeding cattle to provide beef for our dinner tables. After all, “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner”. Cattle feeding is a tiny part of the daily routine for modern feeders. Redstone Feeders of Iroquois, Warkenthien Feedyard of Clark, Moes Feedlot LLC of Florence, and J & J Farms of Bruce opened their gates for tours on July 14th. Let’s look at some of the ways these four feedlots are more than just cattle feeders.

    Read More »

    Shade Options for Open Lots

    Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies. However as stewards of our animals this article will provide you with some points to consider if you would like to develop shaded areas in pens to improve comfort and promote the highest production possible in your animals.

    Read More »

    Sweet Clover Poisoning

    There have been ideal growing conditions over the last two years for yellow sweet clover throughout western South Dakota and beyond. Not only is sweet clover forage production abundant, it can be very nutritious if managed properly. It is a legume, so like alfalfa and other clovers, it is high in protein. Additionally, unless it is allowed to get tall with heavy stems, it can be highly digestible and thus a good source of energy. However, potential for sweet clover poisoning is a problem that may need to be dealt with.

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    Baleage May be the Best Alternative this Year

    At the end of April, many producers were concerned that drought conditions would persist and hay would be in short supply. Thankfully the tables turned and a large portion of the state began getting moisture, but now the continued precipitation in some areas brings its own challenges when it comes to haying season. With the frequent rain showers it is a challenge to get into hay fields and the subsequent high humidity is slowing down the drying process of the hay.

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    Establishing Corn Silage Value

    Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment. However, assigning accurate values to corn silage can be challenging as there are few if any published market prices.

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    Blue-Green Algae and Livestock

    Recently there has been concern about algae blooms on stock dams. The predominant question is: ”Do I need to be concerned about my livestock?”. The answer is maybe. With the recent warmer temperatures, the conditions are right for blue-green algae blooms. Blue-green algae does not look like traditional green algae, that typically forms in a mat, but rather it can appear like small grains of green sand at the water surface.

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    Weaning Management

    As fall is rapidly approaching, ranchers are taking the necessary steps to prepare for weaning. Each year it is critical that producers evaluate the current situation and make management decisions that will benefit the operation this year. Multiple factors both nationally and locally affect decisions related to weaning each year. The national indicators include environmental conditions, market changes, and expansion of the cowherd. On a local basis, grass/feed availability, pre-conditioning program, cow body condition, timing of weaning, weaning method, post-weaning management and marketing tools utilized are indicators that need to be considered.

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    Top Ten Ways to Run More Cows on the Same Grass

    Cow-calf producers in South Dakota and across the country face a dilemma: On one hand, the market is signaling for more numbers of feeder calves; however, losses in grazing resources over the past decade limit how much the industry can grow using traditional management practices. New challenges require new or different ways of thinking. Here are ten options to consider to increase the available feed supply for a cow/calf ranch.

    Read More »

    Buying Hay

    Haying season is in full swing across the state and with that comes a feed inventory analysis opportunity for each producer. Beyond “How many bales” the inventory should look at the quality of the feed in storage. The bigger question needs to be “do I have enough bales to create a balanced ration, which meets the nutritional requirements of my cow herd, through each gestational stage and post calving, and what kind of supplementation (if any) will be needed?”

    Read More »

    Stay Healthy at Your Local and State Fair

    As the local county and state fairs start popping up around the Midwest it is time to get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of the fairs. There is nothing more fun than taking the kids to see all of the exhibits and vendors. Particular favorites for most families and young kids is the animal petting zoo or walking through the livestock exhibits. Even though the animals are healthy you still need to help teach your child proper preventative health care around the animals.

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    Prepping Calves for the Feedyard

    At the Range Beef Cow Symposium held during 2013 in Rapid City, Tom Brink stated in his presentation, “The essence of successful cattle production is to create a highly valuable calf crop, and then go tell people about it.” Much of the work in creating valuable calves is already done, now comes the time to put in the final steps to prepare those calves for the next step in the chain and to capture as much value as possible.

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    Outstanding Stewardship by the Rock Hills Ranch in North Central South Dakota

    Achieving “sustainability” requires decisions unique to every operation and will vary depending on production systems. Rock Hills Ranch, operated by the Perman families, has been recognized for their decisions and the management practices they have implemented to steward their resources sustainably.

    Read More »

    Success, Challenges, and Continued Improvement: A packer’s perspective

    On August 5th, Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, head of animal welfare at JBS, discussed the successes, challenges, and areas for continued improvement of cattle handling throughout their meat processing plants. Audit standards for animal handling are in place at meat processing plants and most company programs are based off of the North American Meat Institute animal handling and auditing guidelines.

    Read More »

    Back to School with Healthy, Fit Bodies

    School will be soon back in session, and that includes training for sports and other after school activities. Nutrition is extremely important for students’ growing minds and bodies. Many of us have children who participate in extracurricular physical activities or competitive sports after school. As a parent, I want to offer my children nutritious meals so they perform at their best both academically and during sporting events.

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    Preventing Animal-to-Human Diseases at Fairs and Petting Zoos: Ideas from SDSU Students

    Students in the SDSU course that I teach, Animal Diseases and Their Control, were recently asked to think critically about an uncommon but potentially serious public health problem: the movement of germs from animals to people at petting zoos and fairs. Each year, illnesses such as E. coli O157:H7 and cryptosporidiosis are associated with contact between people (often children) and animals on exhibit.

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    Summer Family Fun Destination Meal

    July is closing to an end and before we know it fall will be here. Be sure to soak up the warmth and spend additional time with your family before school and the busy fall season begins. When searching for quick weekday meals or planning for special occasions, BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com is a great resource to consider.

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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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    Establishing Corn Silage Value

    Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment. However, assigning accurate values to corn silage can be challenging as there are few if any published market prices.

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    Using the ‘Grazing Stick’ to Assess Pasture Forage

    Assessing pasture forage is a key step in planning grazing strategies. Although most producers understand the importance of assessing production, few invest the time necessary to clip and weigh vegetation within and across seasons in order to build a long-term database for their pastures. Recognizing this inherent need, range managers have developed simplified tools that allow rapid estimation of forage production and availability in pastures without the need to continuously clip and weigh vegetation. One of these tools is the common ‘grazing stick’.

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    Top Ten Ways to Run More Cows on the Same Grass

    Cow-calf producers in South Dakota and across the country face a dilemma: On one hand, the market is signaling for more numbers of feeder calves; however, losses in grazing resources over the past decade limit how much the industry can grow using traditional management practices. New challenges require new or different ways of thinking. Here are ten options to consider to increase the available feed supply for a cow/calf ranch.

    Read More »

    Outstanding Stewardship by the Rock Hills Ranch in North Central South Dakota

    Achieving “sustainability” requires decisions unique to every operation and will vary depending on production systems. Rock Hills Ranch, operated by the Perman families, has been recognized for their decisions and the management practices they have implemented to steward their resources sustainably.

    Read More »

    Sweet Clover Poisoning

    There have been ideal growing conditions over the last two years for yellow sweet clover throughout western South Dakota and beyond. Not only is sweet clover forage production abundant, it can be very nutritious if managed properly. It is a legume, so like alfalfa and other clovers, it is high in protein. Additionally, unless it is allowed to get tall with heavy stems, it can be highly digestible and thus a good source of energy. However, potential for sweet clover poisoning is a problem that may need to be dealt with.

    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.

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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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