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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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Nov 06

Cattle Artificial Insemination Day Youth Camp

Come learn about the value of bovine artificial insemination, the A.I. process and equipment, while gaining hands on experience during this day camp.

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Nov 09

BeefUP - Calving Strategies for Market Advantages

A two-day, in person meeting discussing the impacts of calving distribution on management strategies and how management can drive calving and future returns on calves.

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Nov 16

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Known for its wide-ranging topics, demonstrations and practical applications, the symposium has been held biennially among the four cooperating states — Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming — since 1969.