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two veterinarians checking a horse inside a barn
Mar 13

South Dakota One Health: Managing Pain in People and Animals

The latest in our series of One Health South Dakota seminars will focus on the efforts that health care providers and veterinarians undertake to prevent and manage pain – acute as well as chronic – in their patients.

Beef Cattle, Swine, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Animal Health, Dairy Goats, Goats, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit

A South Dakota Mesonet station in a snow-covered field.

SD Mesonet Livestock Stress Tool

Weather conditions in the Northern Plains can present more than a few challenges for livestock producers. From below zero or blizzard conditions during winter or even spring, to heat waves in the summer months, farmers and ranchers need to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions to provide the best care for their livestock and minimize their risks of losses.

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.

an image of a cow with two young calves in a green pasture
Feb 20

Alternative Calving Options Workshop @ Faith

SDSU Extension, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, and the NRCS will be hosting a workshop on Feb 20 at the American Legion (3rd St E, Faith, SD 57626)

Animal Health, Beef Cattle

an image of a cow with two young calves in a green pasture
Feb 19

Alternative Calving Options Workshop @ Chamberlain

SDSU Extension, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, and the NRCS will be hosting a workshop on Feb 19 at the AmericInn (1981 E King St, Chamberlain, SD 57325).

Animal Health, Beef Cattle

an image of a cow with two young calves in a green pasture
Feb 18

Alternative Calving Options Workshop @ Ipswich

SDSU Extension, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, and the NRCS will be hosting a workshop on Feb 18 at the 4-H Building (515 7th St, Ipswich, SD 57451).

Animal Health, Beef Cattle

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

Testing Your Beef Cattle for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is among the most important pathogens affecting today’s beef and dairy cattle operations. Associated with reproductive, digestive, and respiratory illnesses in cattle, the virus can also create a congenital, persistent infection in calves, greatly aiding the virus’ spread within and between herds.

A red angus cow with two unweaned calves attempting to suckle from it.

Alternative Calving Considerations

Structuring a calving program that best suites farm and ranch operations can be challenging. Of primary concern are: weather, labor, market timing, and animal health considerations, with weather possibly being the most volatile factor, as it ranges from challenging to catastrophic in some years.

Holstein Dairy Calves lying in fresh straw, wearing calf blankets to help keep warm.

Managing Un-Weaned Dairy Calves During Cold Weather

Winter can present extra challenges for dairy producers and heifer growers as they try to keep calves alive and growing adequately in frigid temperatures.

A brown cow and a black calf standing in a muddy, water-soaked feedlot.

Notes From the ADRDL: Yersinia Infections Taking Advantage of Beef Cattle

Of all the germs associated with cattle illnesses during the challenging summer and fall, a pathogen that’s not one of the usual suspects has been identified in several cases of cattle death losses in Eastern South Dakota.