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Beef

Home to more than 1 million head of cattle, South Dakota’s producers can rely on SDSU Extension for research-based information, best management practices and resources to support healthy and profitable herds.

Our team collaborates with stakeholders to provide essential certification trainings like Beef Quality Assurance and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). And, through programs like beefSD, we’re connecting those who raise cattle with a state-wide network of producers and experts.  

Topics

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Feedlot and Backgrounding

Learn how to add maximum value when finishing your cattle.

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Herd Health and Quality Assurance

Explore recommendations to meet the health and management needs of your operation.

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Industry and General Management

View industry updates and general management considerations.

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Marketing and Economics

We go beyond the numbers to help producers explore the impact of different management techniques on their bottom line.

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Nutrition

Use these tools to help develop a balanced nutrition program.

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Reproduction and Genetics

View timely recommendations for managing your reproduction program.

Featured Resources

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Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

This comprehensive book provides producers with insight and education into the latest beef management, handling practices and technology.

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Beef Management & Reproduction Report Card

SDSU Extension tool for producers to track the critical management factors that affect reproductive success in beef cattle.

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Beef Cattle Budgets

Beef Cattle Budgets can be used to estimate revenues and costs associated with six different beef cattle enterprises.

Upcoming Events

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Feb 01

BeefUP Save the Date and Registration

BeefUP will be offered as an online course taken at your own pace. Late Gestation, Calving to Breeding, Breeding to Weaning (late lactation), and Weaning to Late Gestation (dry cow phase) will be discussed while covering topics of Reproduction, Nutrition, Health and Economics related to each area of production.

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Feb 02

RanchChat Series

SDSU Extension specialists Robin Salverson and Jessalyn Bachler from the Lemmon Regional Center are offering a free program series titled RanchChat.

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Feb 09

Beef Day 2022

Beef producers will have the opportunity to hear about the latest beef cattle research from SDSU Faculty and Staff at the 3rd annual SDSU Beef Day to be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.