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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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herd of cattle in a muddy feedlot with serious flooding. FEMA News Photo

Digging Out of the Mess of an Ugly Winter

As snow melts, livestock producers will deal with mud at a minimum and extensive flooding as a worst-case scenario. While we can’t control the pace of melting or the possibility of more precipitation, we may be able to take a few steps to mitigate the negative impacts.

small group of cattle and a young calf being moved away from a flooded area. FEMA News Photo

Managing Cow/Calf Pairs With Excess Spring Moisture

Recent flooding has wreaked havoc on livestock producers in Southeastern S.D., while blizzard conditions and feet of snow are still creating challenges for producers in the North and Western sides of the state.

man inspecting livestock covered livestock burial pits following a winter storm

Guidelines for Livestock Carcass Disposal in South Dakota

Even though every producer tries their best to keep all animals born alive, there will always be death loss in livestock production systems.

small group of cattle in a flooded pasture. FEMA News Photo

Livestock Loss Assistance

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is designed to provide a payment to livestock owners or contract growers who experience excess livestock deaths due to adverse weather, including winter storms, floods, extreme cold and blizzards, eligible disease and eligible attacks.

small group of cattle on a small piece of dry land surrounded by flood waters. FEMA News Photo

Spring Flooding: Preserving Your Ability to Care for Your Animals

When the winter snowfall begins to melt, oftentimes into ground already saturated from fall precipitation, significant areas in the state can face severe flooding in the spring.

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.

several dairy cattle in a pen inside a feeding facility

Feeding Distillers Grains: Mathematics vs. Biology

Corn distillers dried grains (DDGS) are valued by ruminant nutritionists because of their high nutrient concentration.

small group of mixed calves

Does Cold Weather Contribute to Pneumonia in Calves?

Prolonged winter cold has some fairly obvious effects on cattle of all ages.

A group of matureing swine in a group pen.

Capsicum Oleoresin Fed to Grow-Finish Pigs Improved Carcass Value

Feed additives are low inclusion, non-nutritive, feed ingredients designed to provide benefits in the growth, feed efficiency, and/or feed intake of animals and ultimately lower the cost of production.

ranchers observing cattle in late winter pasture

Reproductive Losses in Beef Cattle: Diagnosing the Cause

With cattle reproduction, focusing on what we can control and diagnose is the key to avoiding further losses within a herd.