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Oat plants exhibiting crown rust symptoms.

Does Crown Rust in Oats Cause Problems for Livestock?

The weather conditions during the spring and summer of 2019 contributed to many challenges for farmers and livestock producers. For crop producers, one of those issues is crown rust in oats. The abundance of this crop disease has raised questions for livestock producers.

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Livestock Newsletter

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

rancher observing cattle at a feedbunk

Feed Bunk Management

A successful slick bunk feeding program matches dry matter intake (DMI) to the cattle’s appetite as closely as possible and keeps DMI consistent from day-to-day.

five beef cows standing in a pasture

Using Estrous Synchronization in Natural-Service Breeding Situations

Estrous synchronization is typically associated with artificial insemination (AI) programs, and is therefore often viewed as impractical or impossible to use within natural-service herds.

A black, plastic case containing a captive bolt stunner kit along with laminated instructions for properly using the tool for euthanasia.

Reviewing Humane Euthanasia Protocols

Unresolvable health problems and injuries occur in pigs in every swine operation and having a plan in place to humanely deal with these issues is critical. This includes having a written protocol for timely euthanasia.

A female food scientist in a white lab coat and blue gloves conducting a test on a food sample.

Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics

How often do the meat products we buy in the store contain germs that might cause illness in people? Can we learn anything about antibiotic resistance with that information? Those are just two of the questions that SDSU is examining as part of their work with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS).

Various packaged poultry products on display in a cooler at a grocery store.

Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics: Poultry

This report analyzes the NARMS results for poultry products for the period of June 2018 through May 2019.

Sealed packages of ground beef stacked inside a meat cooler at a grocery store.

Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics: Ground Beef

This report analyzes the NARMS results for ground beef for the period of June 2018 through May 2019.

Various cuts of raw pork ready for packaging.

Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics: Pork

This report analyzes the NARMS results for pork products for the period of June 2018 through May 2019.

Freshly cut hay in a field.

Hay Quality Considerations

The weather-related opportunities and challenges that 2019 has presented are forcing farmers and ranchers to alter “normal” management decisions. The precipitation and forage growth that the state has experienced this year is something most have never seen and may never see again, but with the additional rainfall, comes variation in forage quality.