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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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    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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    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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    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.

    Read More »

    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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    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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    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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    Neospora-Positive Status: Impact on heifers/cows and their calves

    Neospora caninum is a protozoal germ that has the potential to affect reproduction in beef and dairy herds. Neospora-related reproductive problems can arise from two different kinds of infected cattle: 1) cows or heifers that became infected by eating contaminated feed, and 2) cows or heifers that were born with Neospora and pass it on to their offspring in utero.

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    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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    A Look at Today’s Dairy Housing

    During the September 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator at University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer discussed some of the improvements to dairy housing and facilities that today’s dairymen are implementing on farms to ensure cow comfort and promote welfare.

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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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    Rabbit Care and Feeding Tips

    During the August 2nd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we had a great discussion about rabbit care and nutrition management. Mike Avesing, American Rabbit Breeders Association judge and rabbit breeder, presented not only the basics of rabbit nutrition, but also covered tips and considerations to raise rabbits for show or commercial markets.

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    Farmers and Ranchers Needed for Survey

    SDSU Extension is devoted to meeting the needs of South Dakota farmers and ranchers in the state. If you are 18 years-of-age or older and farming or ranching is your occupation, please consider completing a 10-15 minute survey that would help us acquire information to design and implement future programs to serve farm and ranch families.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: South Dakota Grassland Management Resources (3 of 31)

    First and foremost, the Coalition provides educational opportunities for producers and agency personnel alike. Among other base needs, grassland management requires knowledge of the whole system: soil, water and nutrients, plants, animals, and their interactions with one another.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Introducing the South Dakota Grassland Coalition (1 of 31)

    The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC or Coalition) is a non-profit organization that seeks the voluntary improvement and protection of privately owned grasslands for the long-term needs of the resource and its various species. The Coalition's goal is to provide local leadership and guidance in a cooperative effort, while providing the appropriate tools and training for grassland managers.

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    Healthy Grasslands Series: Understanding Grassland Terminology (2 of 31)

    Part 1 of this series introduced the reader to the Grassland Coalition, and the upcoming articles will discuss various aspects of grassland management.  In order to prepare the reader for the series, we've compiled a list of common terminology used in the grassland management and conservation arena.

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    2017-2018 La Niña & Winter Outlook

    The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has officially declared a La Niña Advisory, as of November 9, 2017. This means that La Niña conditions are observed and expected to continue. They observe La Niña conditions using sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and if weather patterns in the atmosphere are changing due to the ocean temperatures.

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    Grazing & Recreation on South Dakota School & Public Lands

    At a recent meeting of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, Ryan Brunner Commissioner of State School and Public Lands, provided excellent information for those interested in understanding more about grazing and hunting on South Dakota School and Public Lands.

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    Cover Crops & Livestock Integration: An opportunity for profit on S.D. farms

    Cover crops have been gaining a reemerging acceptance over the last decade, with very few producers disagreeing about the potential soil health benefits of adding cover crops to their farming operation. However, with low commodity prices producers are trying to reduce expenses on inputs, especially on inputs with a varying or unknown return.

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    Another Successful Rosebud Youth Range Camp Held This Past Summer

    Children of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) had the opportunity to participate in the second annual youth range workshop near Rosebud this summer. The workshop provided an excellent learning environment for children to physically be on the land learning about grasses, forbs, and shrubs that make up the prairie.

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    Possible Prussic Acid and Alkaloid Issues in Reed Canary Grass

    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.

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    Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index (PRF-RI) Insurance for 2018

    Sporadic rainfall early in 2017 focused attention on insurance for pasture and forages for livestock feed. The primary product, Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) insurance, is offered nationwide. In South Dakota the coverage is based on a Rainfall Index (PRF-RI) with indemnity payments tied to a lack of rainfall in a given area.

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