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    How to Pick the Perfect Steak

    As grilling season is getting into full swing many grillers are in search of the perfect steak. With so many different options out there it’s good to have plan before you head out to shop. Type of steak is a personal choice so if you know your preferences for flavor, tenderness or marbling that’s a good place to start. If you’re unsure we’ve put together a quick guide for finding the perfect steak to try.

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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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    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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    How to Pick the Perfect Steak

    As grilling season is getting into full swing many grillers are in search of the perfect steak. With so many different options out there it’s good to have plan before you head out to shop. Type of steak is a personal choice so if you know your preferences for flavor, tenderness or marbling that’s a good place to start. If you’re unsure we’ve put together a quick guide for finding the perfect steak to try.

    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 »

    Healthy Grasslands Series: Drought Planning (27 of 31)

    A drought plan will be an essential component to your overall grazing plan as it provides guidance in making decisions during critical times when forage may be lacking. Generally, a drought plan will identify certain 'triggers', including calendar dates (that you determine) when critical management decisions are to be reviewed.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Estimating Livestock Consumption (24 of 31)

    When planning a grazing strategy, it is important to carefully assess goals and objectives and then match those goals and objectives with the appropriate livestock. It is critical that the manager understand that not all livestock are created equal.

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    Watch for Grasshopper Population Outbreaks

    Our early prediction of grasshopper populations was that there would be areas where outbreaks would be possible during 2018. We are just starting to receive reports of grasshopper populations that are exceeding recommended thresholds throughout central South Dakota as well as areas in northeast South Dakota that haven’t received much rain this year.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Measuring Grassland Production (23 of 31)

    Assessing pasture forage production is a key step in planning harvest strategies and can also inform the manager on the status of wildlife habitat or other grassland values. Online resources, such as the free USDA Web Soil Survey, allow landowners to input the perimeters of a pasture or ranch while the program outputs production estimates based on soils and typical vegetation for the area.

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