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    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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    Livestock Windbreak Design Principles and Resources

    Windbreaks, both constructed and planted, can improve conditions for livestock in windy and cold conditions. Increasing the effective temperature that an animal is exposed to during cold weather keeps them comfortable, more efficient users of feed, and at a lower risk of cold stress which can lead to disease.

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    Using Weather Forecasts for Newborn Calf Health

    Calving season has begun, in a winter season that has had some extreme temperature swings. January 2018 had air temperatures as low as -30° F and as high as +50° F. In February and March, drastic temperature changes can continue to be a concern when caring for newborn livestock.

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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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    Livestock Windbreak Design Principles and Resources

    Windbreaks, both constructed and planted, can improve conditions for livestock in windy and cold conditions. Increasing the effective temperature that an animal is exposed to during cold weather keeps them comfortable, more efficient users of feed, and at a lower risk of cold stress which can lead to disease.

    Read More »

    Using Weather Forecasts for Newborn Calf Health

    Calving season has begun, in a winter season that has had some extreme temperature swings. January 2018 had air temperatures as low as -30° F and as high as +50° F. In February and March, drastic temperature changes can continue to be a concern when caring for newborn livestock.

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    Finding the Best Within Your Herd Through Calf Performance

    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.

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    Livestock Windbreak Design Principles and Resources

    Windbreaks, both constructed and planted, can improve conditions for livestock in windy and cold conditions. Increasing the effective temperature that an animal is exposed to during cold weather keeps them comfortable, more efficient users of feed, and at a lower risk of cold stress which can lead to disease.

    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.

    Read More »

    Let’s Talk BQA Assessments

    During the November 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Coordinator, and Doug Bear, Iowa BQA Coordinator. Both Rob and Doug have been actively involved in the industry discussions between packers, cattlemen, and industry organizations with regards to the development of a standardized on-farm assessment program.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Swath/Bale Grazing (16 of 31)

    Grazing and mowing are both proven techniques for harvesting grassland biomass, and both have advantages and disadvantages in relation to timing, efficiency, and input expenses. Swath grazing and bale grazing are harvest systems that mesh haying and grazing techniques.

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    2018 Western South Dakota Grasshopper Forecast

    In South Dakota, there are several species of grasshoppers that can have a negative impact on rangeland health. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducts an annual survey to monitor grasshopper populations in Western South Dakota.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Haying & Mowing/Clipping (15 of 31)

    While grazing is the primary means of harvesting the majority of South Dakota's native grasslands, haying also plays an important role in native and tame grassland management. Haying impacts individual grassland species and grassland communities in ways that are both similar and different from grazing or fire.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: General Principles of Grazing Management (11 of 31)

    Grazing involves a number of variables, including: carrying capacity of the land, type and distribution of the livestock, water distribution, and number of pastures. A combination of both proper grazing techniques and grassland management will improve harvest efficiency and lower production costs.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Introduced Grasses & Forbs (9 of 31)

    While native grasslands contribute greatly to the integrity of the overall grassland community in South Dakota, the use of introduced grasses has proven a popular alternative for some producers. Typically, introduced grasses and forbs such as various bromegrasses, timothy, orchardgrass, ryes, alfalfas, and clovers, are managed as hay and forage crops.

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