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Dec 18

2020 Ag Economic Dialogues: December

Are you a farmer or rancher dealing with beef cattle? Join us for a free webinar for cattle considerations.

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Nov 20

2020 Ag Economic Dialogues: November

Are you a farmer or rancher dealing with beef cattle? Join us for a free webinar for cattle considerations.

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Capitalizing on Cow Costs: Part 2

In a previous article, ‘Capitalizing on Cow Costs’ reducing feed costs to improve cow efficiency was discussed. To continue the conversation, another area of cost reduction is in cull cows, bulls and calf death loss.

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Capitalizing on Cow Costs

Feeding cows is one area of consideration when analyzing the cost of keeping a cow through her production year. Through small management choices, we can decrease the cost of the cow while maximizing on opportunities.

Rancher applying an implant inside a cow's ear with an implant gun.

Questions and Misconceptions Surrounding Implants

Growth promoting implants are among the most widely used technologies in the beef industry. The first implant received FDA approval in 1954, yet in spite of a long history, there are still myths and misconceptions surrounding their use.

Rancher cleaning a cow's hear before applying an implant.

Getting Implant Application Correct

How would you like to make a few thousand dollars per hour? When cattle backgrounders and feeders use growth promoting implants correctly, those returns are not a pipe dream. The key is administering the implant correctly.

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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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Oral Lease Agreements Automatically Renew September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020 is the automatic renewal date for all oral land lease agreements in South Dakota. Per South Dakota codified law, landowners and renters must notify all parties involved in the existing lease, in writing, by September 1.

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SDSU Extension Accepting Applications for beefSD

August 10, 2020

SDSU Extension is now accepting applications for class 5 of beefSD.

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The Calving Distribution Calculator

Excel calculator for calving distribution