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Red angus cattle gathered in a feedlot in winter.

Livestock

South Dakota is home to a dynamic livestock industry.

Veterinarian holding a syringe gun for animal vaccinations.

How Are COVID-19 Vaccines Different From Those We Use in Animals?

Animal caretakers understand the concept of vaccines, whether they’re used to keep groups of livestock healthy or pets safe from diseases. So how are COVID-19 vaccines different from the ones livestock producers are used to?

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.

Stethoscope atop a gentic sequencing report.

Investigating the “Complex” in Porcine Respiratory Disease

The term “porcine respiratory disease complex” reflects the multi-factorial nature of respiratory disease. Advances in diagnostic testing and research are shedding new light on the microbial pathogens involved in respiratory disease.

A downed rural power line following an ice storm.

Caring for Animals When the Power Goes Out

Power outages bring with them a different set of circumstances to every animal operation. Questions about animal care and animal health products in the midst of electricity loss should be directed to your veterinarian.

Several black beef cattle close together feeding.

Tuberculosis in Cattle: What You Need to Know

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic and slowly progressive disease of cattle that emerges periodically in the U.S. Cases of bovine tuberculosis are usually diagnosed on the basis of tell-tale abnormalities found on slaughter inspection.

Brown Swiss Dairy Calf, lays outside calf hutch in straw bedding with blue calf coat on, sunning itself in the winter sunshine.

Winter Preparedness on the Dairy Farm

Weather this time of year can change in a hurry. So how many of you as dairy producers have heeded the warning and taken the time to prepare for the upcoming winter?

Swine facility interior.

Three Steps To Managing Facility Repairs

Barns and the equipment within them are a major capital investment. It makes sense to invest time in maintenance, repairs and attention to detail to ensure the longevity of structures.

Herd of young pigs inside a wean-to-finish facility.

Wean-To-Finish Production Systems Evolve for Healthy Pigs

An important foundation of the efficiency of modern pork production is the industry emphasis on biosecurity. Wean-to-finish barns may provide better biosecurity than separate nursery and grow-finish facilities.

Rancher moving a group of feedlot cattle.

Mycoplasma Bovis in Feedlot Cattle: Treating and Controlling Infections

Mycoplasma bovis is a challenging component of respiratory disease in feedlot calves. Understanding the factors that help it become established is a good first step in formulating a plan with your veterinarian to help diminish its impact on health and productivity.