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SDSU Extension and Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Host Cattle Handling Workshop on September 19

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will be hosting a free cattle handling workshop entitled, “Strengthening Your Stockmanship,” on Sept. 19.

Workshop registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT at the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch located at 28547 Small Road off BIA 1, Rosebud, SD 57570. To get to the ranch, drive 4.5 miles west of Mission on U.S. Hwy 18 to Rosebud junction; then turn southwest on BIA Hwy 1 and go 2 miles to the RST Ranch entrance on the south side of the road. Follow the gravel road to the corrals and shop.

This workshop features Ryan Sexson, a Nebraska cattle producer with a passion for holistic ranch management that focuses on low stress stockmanship, stewardship of the land, and the importance of building relationships with people. Sexson is involved with the Holistic Resource Management course and has attended the Bud Williams stockmanship class. Additionally, he is a board member of the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition. 

The workshop will feature classroom and hands-on cattle handling activities. Topics will include cattle behavior, low stress handling techniques, handling impacts on carcass quality and how to successfully implement these techniques with your own cattle.


8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Applying Cattle Behavior to Low Stress Handling, Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist 
10:00 a.m. – BREAK
10:15 a.m. – Troubleshooting Common Challenges & Open Discussion, Ryan Sexson, Nebraska Producer
11:30 a.m. – Avoiding Carcass Discounts & National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) Findings, Amanda Blair, SDSU Extension Meat Specialist
12:00 p.m. – LUNCH with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification 
1:15 p.m. – Cattle Handling Demonstrations and Activities
4:00 p.m. – Summary & Evaluations

Pre-registration by using the online event page and searching for cattle handling is required by Sept. 19 to plan for meals and insure materials are available. There is no cost for this workshop thanks to a generous collaboration between the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch, SDSU Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lunch and refreshments are provided. This hands-on cattle handling workshop is open to producers ages 15-years-old to adult. Youth under age 18 should contact Heidi Carroll prior to registering.

For more information, contact Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & South Dakota BQA Coordinator at 605.688.6623 or by email.