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    Do as I say and not as I do…

    How many times have you heard this? In regards to our communities and agricultural development we all need to remember that we are all under public scrutiny. Our actions whether a small or large producer can have monumental impact as we move forward with agriculture being the forefront of an economic base within communities and the state.

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    Are You Ready for the Updates to the FARM Program?

    Since its beginning in 2010, the dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program has continuously encouraged America’s dairy farmers toward continuous improvement and success through science-based husbandry practices for animal health and well-being, food safety, and especially antibiotic stewardship. Every three years the FARM program is reviewed for updates. In January 2017, the new updates will be released in Version 3.0.

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    Understanding Milk Classification Labels

    Within today’s society there is a lot of confusion about the food we consume. We as consumers need to truly take the time to understand “what” the label is telling us and the “why” behind the way a product is processed and given a particular label before it is presented to us as consumers for consumption. So my challenge to you, as end users is to take a few minutes to become informed before assuming something you have heard is a fact and look to credible sources for accurate information.

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    What is an Ultra-Filtered Milk Product?

    Dairy should be a part of everyone’s regular diet each day. Primarily, dairy products provide the human body with essential calcium and protein for regular body functioning. All fluid milk products and foods made from milk are categorized in the dairy food group on USDA’s MyPlate. In today’s society, Americans are constantly looking for products that offer the most nutritional value for their dollar. Additionally, on-the-go high protein products are of particular demand. In an effort to offer consumers a high quality liquid milk product with even more nutrition benefits, manufacturers have discovered a new processing technique known as an ultrafiltration process.

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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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    What is Your Child Drinking?

    As a parent, one of the most important roles in your life is to teach your child healthy eating habits. Not only do you provide the food for your child to eat each day, but you also serve as a healthy role model to encourage the choices they make. Consider what beverages you are offering at home and reflect on the type of role modeling you are showing.

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    Importance of Calcium in a Child’s Diet

    Bones are always being remodeled by the removal of old bone and replacement of new bone, so a key building block for bone health is calcium. Bones need continuous maintenance or they can become weak and break. If the diet is low in calcium, your body will take calcium from the bones to keep the calcium levels in your blood normal. Calcium is one nutrient children cannot afford to skip, so making milk and other calcium-rich foods a must in a child’s diet.

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    Whey a Success Story: Part 2

    In nearly all food, feed or fuel applications for a whey product, whole or fractionated, the first step in the process is to pass the whey through a centrifugal separator to recover as much of the milk fat as is possible prior to any further processing. If the whey is going to be field applied as a fertilizer the separation step is often not undertaken although it could be cost effective depending upon the volume of whey being dealt with.

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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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    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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    Odor Management Planning: Survey of producers and the general public

    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.

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    SD Group Attends 2017 North American Manure Expo in Wisconsin

    In preparation for 2018, several members of the South Dakota North American Manure Expo (NAME) planning committee traveled to Arlington, WI on August 22-23 to attend the 2017 Expo, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and partners.

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    Grano de Destilería en las dietas del ganado: Energía por carencia

    Los granos de destilería de maíz (DDGS) son valorados por los nutricionistas de rumiantes debido a su alta concentración en nutrientes. Durante la producción de etanol, la mayor parte del almidón del maíz es fermentado lo que lleva a que casi se triplique la concentración del resto de sus nutrientes.

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    Dairy Heifer Taste Preference: Carinata meal vs. different oilseed meals and DDGS

    Plants of the Brassicacea family (canola, camelina, carinata) are rich in glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are compounds that by themselves are non-harmful. When degraded during chewing and digestion however, they form substances that cause a bitter taste which affects the preference for the meal, therefore, potentially decreasing the intake of oilseed meals.

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    Heifer Growth Performance & Feed Efficiency: Limit feeding DDGS with free choice hay

    In late years, limit-fed nutrient dense diets at a set rate or proportion of body weight of growing dairy heifers has been proved to improve digestibility of nutrients and feed efficiency, while maintaining growth performance. Additionally, using dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as part of limit-fed diets improved digestibility of crude protein and fiber compared to a corn and soybean product based diet.

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    Solubles Syrup from Microbially-Enhanced Soy Protein Processing: A potential protein supplement

    The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Dairy and Food Science department recently conducted some initial preliminary research on feeding dairy heifers soluble syrup residues resulting from a microbial (fungal) treatment process of soybean meal. This fungal treatment process was originally developed for manufacturing Aquaculture feeds.

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    Upper Midwest Puerto Rico Collaboration: The time is now for dairy employees

    The dairy industry faces a labor shortage and with the uncertainty associated with the U.S. immigration issues, there seems to be only one direction, forward. The time has come to search for solutions and establish new collaborations. To help facilitate bringing farmers with solutions for the lack of skilled and available workers a team from SDSU Extension proposed to build a legal agreement between Puerto Rico and South Dakota.

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    Dressing for the Job on Dairies Year-Round

    We often check the weather before heading out the door and decide if we need a coat or not. But is the clothing we are wearing protecting us or could it add increased risk as we perform our job? A good share of producers on dairy farms, are now providing their employees with some type of uniform or clothing stipend. As a dairy producer there are some things to consider as you select your personal attire or that of your employees.

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    I-29 Moo University Conducts Fall Dairy Tour in Central Minnesota

    The dairy industry is constantly evolving resulting in a desire to learn from early adopters within the industry. To help facilitate this learning evolution, the I-29 Moo University has hosted a series of fall dairy tours in the I-29 Dairy Corridor which has allowed participants to learn firsthand from tour host sites. This year the tour area was located in central Minnesota and went to Riverview Farms, LLP located at Morris, MN and Redhead Creamery, LLC at Brooten, MN on October 26th, 2016.

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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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    Fuel Up With Dairy to “Go Further with Food”

    March is National Nutrition Month® and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to "Go Further with Food." When it comes to food and nutrition, one thing most health professionals agree on is we could all benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables.

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    Animal Diseases to Know Before You Show

    January 3, 2018 kicked off the 2018 Animal Care Wednesday Webinar series. Keeping animals healthy is always the first priority of every animal caregiver, young and old. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, State Veterinarian in South Dakota, provided listeners with a great list of the common diseases to be aware of and watch for in animals for show or exhibition

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    Tax Implications of Drought Induced Livestock Sales

    As South Dakota producers affected by severe drought have either made non-traditional livestock sales or plan to sell a larger than normal number of breeding animals in 2017, this article provides information and examples about two different tax treatments producers should be talking to their tax advisor or consultant about.

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    Review Ruminant Nutrition and Feeding Practices

    During the July 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we discussed reminders for ruminant nutrition and choosing economical management practices. Alfredo DiCostanzo, Professor of Beef Cattle Nutrition & Management with the University of Minnesota, presented general reminders of ruminant nutrition and valuable considerations for feeding management.

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    Minimizing Hay Storage Loss from Heating or Fires

    Successful hay storage is essential to preserving high quality forage, while ensuring desired performance from livestock and deterring economic losses from unwanted hay storage fires.  The predominant reason that fires occur in hay is because of excessive moisture in the plant residue that results in heating when it is baled or stacked for long term storage.

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    Preventing an Unwanted Baler Fire

    Dry conditions this year have reminded many how quickly fires can ignite causing damage, destroying equipment, future feedstuffs and hopefully NOT injuring you in the process. We need to be cognizant at all times of the potential for fires to start while baling hay or straw and take measures to minimize the potential of a fire occurring.

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    Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP) Program

    The scene of an accident is not the place to build your team! The BERP program was the featured discussion for the May Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Lisa Pederson with North Dakota State University discussed how and why the program began, who the audience is for the program, and the impact this program is having.

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    What’s going on with U.S. “Ag Gag” laws?

    During the April 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we received updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States. 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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