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Heather Gessner

SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist


SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center
4101 W 38th St Ste 103
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Heather primarily works with farm and ranch families on farm management issues including but not limited to: livestock budgets and marketing, risk management, estate planning, and farm transitions and whole farm business planning.

State & Regional Offices

Sioux Falls Regional Center

Also by Heather Gessner

Several cattle feeding at a sale barn.

What Influences Backgrounded Feeder Cattle Prices?

SDSU Extension researchers have been monitoring salebarn prices and categorizing lots of cattle to inform producers about the variables affecting their sale checks at the local auction market.

Cattle grazing corn stalks.

The Cost of Grazing Stalks

Grazing corn stalks can be a low-cost feed option that gets herds off pastures and saves harvested forages for winter months. Review some important management and nutrition considerations before starting it on your operation.

Mixed cattle grazing corn stalks.

Corn Stalk Rental Rates

Corn stalk acres have long been a source of feed for livestock producers. But how much should producers charge to graze them, and what factors should they consider when developing a rental agreement?