By now all the summer and fall’s work of getting forage harvested has wrapped up. Now comes the task of converting all of that work into animal protein (at a profit)! A key part of that process is understanding the feed we have, understanding how to best use that feed, and understanding how variation can affect those plans.
During the October 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Kevin Janni, Professor and Extension Engineer at the University of Minnesota. Janni walked through the questions that should be asked when considering to either remodel an older barn or to start over and build new.
For some time now, livestock producers and veterinarians have been gaining an understanding of the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules. These rules went into effect on January 1, 2017, and as the year progressed, livestock producers have been confronting what those rule changes mean for their own operations.
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.
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.
While moisture has made a comeback in some areas of the Upper Midwest affected by drought this summer, overall we are still below normal rainfall for the year. With weaning wrapping up, pregnant cows should be identified and turned back out to pasture or crop residue.
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.
A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. Here are some quick, easy tips to simplify the process and stay organized chute side during the fall processing.
Feeding cattle successfully is a bit like a horse race; a bad start can doom the chances of winning. Getting calves off to a great start is crucially important if we want to maintain health and performance throughout the feeding period.
Early weaning calves has been a common practice this year to manage through the drought. However, how does early weaning affect the heifers meant for replacements? Several research projects indicate that early weaning does not impact a heifer’s opportunity to be retained as a replacement in the herd.