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Livestock

South Dakota producers face new challenges each day. SDSU Extension is your partner, providing resources and expertise to help meet production goals.

Featured Resources

A South Dakota Mesonet station in a snow-covered field.

Livestock Stress Tool

Weather conditions in the Northern Plains can present more than a few challenges for livestock producers. From below zero or blizzard conditions during winter or even spring, to heat waves in the summer months, farmers and ranchers need to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions to provide the best care for their livestock and minimize their risks of losses.

A vast, open rangeland with a few patches of weeds.

Noxious Weed Control in Pasture and Range

Noxious weed control in pastures is becoming more of a challenge. Most ground commercial spray businesses are no longer spraying pastures. If they are, there may be restrictions on the time they will spray, what products they will spray, or they may only spray if they also have all of the rest of your spraying business.

Upcoming Events

Two ranchers participating in beef quality assurance training at a cattle facility.
Apr 29

Beef Quality Assurance Training @ Eagle Butte

SDSU Extension will host a beef quality assurance (BQA) training on April 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Eagle Butte at Landmark Hall (321 Main St, Eagle Butte, SD 57625).

Large herd of black angus cattle eating from a feedbunk.
Jun 18

Siouxland Feedlot Forum

SDSU Extension and Nebraska Extension will host the Siouxland Feedlot Forum on June 18 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at South Sioux City Marriott Riverfront (385 East 4th Street, South Sioux City, NE 68776).