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A herd of cattle gather around a stock pond on a vast, lush grassland. Courtesy: USDA [CC BY 2.0]

The Environmental Disease Called Pinkeye

Plentiful moisture during the grazing season might contribute to what could be called a “bad year” for a certain cattle disease: pinkeye.

Round hay bales wrapped with net wrap in a stack.

How Will You Make Hay This Year?

With plenty of spring moisture, hay season will be here before you know it. Have you considered the type of binding material you will use to put up hay this year?

A close shot of a black and red cow's face. A blurred white cow's head is in the foreground.

Lingering Health Effects in Cows and Bulls Following a Harsh Winter and Spring

While mortality directly due to harsh winter weather is much more likely in calves rather than adult cattle, older animals can be affected too, and some of those effects might linger into the days of better weather and warmer temperatures.

five beef cows standing in a pasture

Livestock Newsletter

SDSU Extension publishes the Livestock Newsletter to provide South Dakota producers, industry professionals and consumers with timely research-based recommendations.

five beef cows standing in a pasture

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training in Huron June 26, 2019

May 06, 2019

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for June 26, 2019 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.).

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Horse, Animal Health, Barns, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Animal Welfare

A newborn calf with its mother in a snowy field

Will Health Effects Linger in Beef Calves Following Harsh Spring Weather?

Beef herds calving in late winter or early spring flirt with disaster annually when it comes to bitter weather conditions. It’s a rare year when a prolonged cold snap or snowstorm doesn’t occur during this critical period. In the throes of those weather conditions, calf health and even survival can be directly affected.

five beef cows standing in a pasture
Jun 26

2019 Livestock Environmental Training for CAFOs Workshop - June

SDSU Extension will host a livestock environmental training program for concentrated animal feeding operations on June 26 at 8:30 AM CST at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, 57350).

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Horse, Animal Health, Barns, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Animal Welfare

veterinarian using a stethoscope on a horse

Another Piece of the Puzzle? Understanding South Dakota Veterinarian's Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Researchers at South Dakota State University (SDSU) wanted to understand the extent of this problem in South Dakota in order to better prepare veterinary clinics to deal with this epidemic.

two white pigs with pink ears and noses.

What Would African Swine Fever Look Like if it Hit the US?

The incursion and expansion of African Swine Fever (ASF) into China has raised concerns among producers and regulatory officials about the threat the disease may pose to the U.S. swine industry.

cattle grazing early spring pasture

Grass Tetany: When to Prepare

There have been some significant temperature fluctuations across South Dakota in the recent weeks with the warmer temperatures working to get the cool season grasses growing. With the rapid growth of these cool season grasses, producers should have an increased awareness of grass tetany and current risk factors.