BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota cattle producers can sign up for the SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery Program today to receive post-weaning performance data to help them improve management decisions that impact the financial bottom-line.
The registration deadline is October 15, 2018.
"Post-weaning performance data influences the price received when calves are marketed at or near weaning. And, obtaining post-weaning animal and carcass performance data provides producers with additional information to make better financial and management decisions for their operations," explained Julie Walker, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist.
How it works
The SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery program is designed to allow producers to consign a minimum of five steer calves (500 to 800 pounds).
Cattle will be fed in an accelerated finishing program at two locations - the Southeast Research Farm, Beresford and Vander Wal Yards, Bruce.
SDSU personnel will weigh cattle periodically and cattle owners will be sent performance updates.
Cattle will be sold in truckload lots beginning around May 15, 2019. All cattle will be sold on a grid price system.
For specific details or to register for the program, visit the SDSU website. The cost to participate in this program is $20 per head.
Producers are encouraged to indicate your preference for location (Vander Wal or Southeast Farm) however, organizers reserve the option to determine final yard assignment depending on enrollment numbers and capacity at each location.
2018 delivery dates for Vander Wal Yards, Bruce are November 7 and 8. Delivery dates for Southeast Research Farm, Beresford are November 13 and 14.
To assist western South Dakota cow/calf producers, calves can be delivered to the SDSU Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station on November 6.
For additional information regarding the program please contact Walker at 605.688.5458 or Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate by email or 605.688.5452.