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Warren Rusche

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Feedlot Specialist


Animal Science Complex 217
Extension-Box 2170
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Warren supports the citizens of South Dakota in his role as an Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Feedlot Specialist at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings.

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Also by Warren Rusche

Feed truck loading up a feedlot feed bunker.

Incorporating Corn Into Beef Cow Rations Can Save Forage and Feed Expenses

For operations with the right facilities and management ability, replacing forage with corn can stretch forage supplies and potentially reduce feed costs.

Producer analyzing and grading a cow.

Live Weight vs. Carcass Weight: Effect on Cost of Gain and Margin

More cattle each year are marketed using carcass weight to determine value, sometimes combined with grid premiums and discounts. Can we use the same assumptions for growth and cost of gain when marketing methods differ?

Group of mixed feedlot cattle resting in straw bedding during winter weather.

Strategic Feedlot Bedding

Providing bedding is one of the time-tested strategies for dealing with winter weather. But how does bedding affect the bottom-line?