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Simplifying the Replacement Heifer Dilemma: To Buy or To Raise?

Purchasing or raising replacement females represents a significant investment for cow/calf operations and the impact may be felt for years after.

Beef Cattle

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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.

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

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Are Your Cows Ready for the Last Trimester of Pregnancy?

We are beginning to enter the last 3 months of gestation for the majority of spring-calving cows in South Dakota.

Beef Cattle, Forage, Animal Health, Range

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Jan 29

2019 Southeast Research Farm Annual Meeting

The Southeast Research Farm will hold its Annual Meeting from 1 to 3:30 PM CST, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Ron’s Service (41010 SD Highway 18, Tripp, SD 57376).

Corn, Soybean, Beef Cattle, Markets/Prices, Crop Management, Crop Treatments

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Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains. Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health

Cattle eating feed in a feedlot.

Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows

Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. With snow cover, cows should oftentimes receive supplemental feed to meet nutrient requirements during late gestation and into calving season due to low forage or limited quantity.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage

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SDSU Extension Hosts 2019 No-Till Event in Wall January 17, 2019

January 07, 2019

SDSU Extension will host 2019 No-Till event, Integrating Livestock, Building Soil January 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wall at the Wall Community Center, Grand Hall (501 Main St.).

Soil Health, Pasture, Beef Cattle

Sun rising over a ranch during winter.

New Year Resolutions for Cow/Calf Operations

Happy New Year! Now is a good time to evaluate the year past and make new resolutions and goals for 2019. This usually begins by finding records from the last 12 months, whether that’s in the Red Book or on a scratch pad in the tractor.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage

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SDSU Extension’s Role in Transformational Agriculture

January 17, 2019

November 23, 2018, the U.S. Government released the Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the Government’s Global Change Research Program.

Corn, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Soybean, Wheat

A small herd of black angus cattle eating forage.

Clearing up Confusion on Protein and Energy Supplements

Differentiating between protein and energy supplements is key to developing an effective cattle supplementation program, but it can be very confusing. With the multitude of feed options available, understanding types of feeds and nutrient requirements will help ensure cattle perform optimally.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage