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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 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.

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Move the Cows or Move the Feed

This calculator is designed to aid producers making the decision to buy feedstuffs and haul the feed to the operation, or to haul the cattle to the feedstuffs.

Upcoming Events

Dec 18

2020 Ag Economic Dialogues: December

Are you a farmer or rancher dealing with beef cattle? Join us for a free webinar for cattle considerations.

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Jan 07

BeefUP Calving Strategies for Market Advantages Webinar

Through management strategies that influence calving distribution, producers can affect those calves sold at the end of the year.