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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.

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Preparing for a PQA Plus Site Assessment

The PQA Plus site assessment is an on-farm evaluation of a production site by a qualified PQA Plus Advisor. A review of standard operating procedures and office records, including caretaker training, animal observations, and the facilities will occur during the site assessment.

Cover of the PQA Plus Education Handbook, Version 4.0. Courtesy: National Pork Board

Introducing PQA Plus Version 4

The Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus®) program is about education. The most-recent version of the program, PQA Plus Version 4, became effective June 3, 2019.

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Preparing for FARM Animal Care Evaluations

The FARM Animal Care Version 4.0 rolled out January 2020. This article is a condensed tool to aid you in preparing for your next evaluation.

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Dec 02

2020 Livestock Environmental Training for CAFOs Workshop - December

SDSU Extension will host a livestock environmental training program for concentrated animal feeding operations on December 2 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

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Staying on Top of Employee Training

Employees are one of the most valuable assets to a successful farm. Successful farms implement on-boarding of new employees and provide continued training to ensure proficiency and consistency in job duties.

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training to be Held March 4

February 27, 2020

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for March 4 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

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training to be held on December 11

November 15, 2019

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for December 11, 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

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Pork Producers and the One Health Movement: Actions at the State Level

The term “One Health” has been coined to describe the concept that the health of people, animals and their environment are inextricably linked. The most commonly considered examples of One Health in practice are zoonotic diseases. For pork producers, influenza strains that originate in pigs, but pass to people are a pertinent example.

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.