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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

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Two producers inspecting a dairy barn.

Emergency Preparedness on Dairies

Being prepared for an emergency on your dairy can significantly improve recovery time from an unexpected incident.

A manure pit at a dairy farm.

Putting Manure Handling Safety Into Practice

As livestock producers, we should know the dangers of manure pit gases. As safety equipment improves with advancements in technology, we must provide training on proper manure handling safety protocols and the use of equipment.

A manure pit in a dairy facility.

Understanding Manure Storage System Safety Risks

Many producers know and understand the risks associated with confined manure handling systems, but accidents and deaths still occur because unwarranted risks are taken as manure is being handled and removed from the systems.

five beef cows standing in a pasture

June Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training Rescheduled for August 26

August 10, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, has been canceled.

A statue of a dairy cow on a landscaped terrace in front of a long dairy barn.

Being Vigilant of Livestock Property Security and Surveillance

Livestock producers have many daily responsibilities when it comes to caring for and protecting their animals. One responsibility is to remain vigilant regarding individuals that oppose the use of animals for food or other purposes.

five beef cows standing in a pasture
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).

group of dairy workers observing manure storage facility. Photo by Kari Cohen, NRCS.

Dealing With Emergency Manure Runoff

With the recent flooding that the region has experienced and snowmelt that is yet to come, it is essential for livestock operators with animal waste management systems to regularly check on structures in order to prevent a manure storage spill.

small grain hopper next to a shed

Facilities

It’s always nice to learn what others have done before investing in new facilities or updating existing facilities for your farm or ranch.

five beef cows standing in a pasture

Livestock

South Dakota is home to a dynamic livestock industry.

A vet and a producer examining a calf with the calf's mother in the foreground.

Veterinary Feed Directive Q & A

In June 2015, the FDA finalized the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule pertaining to how feed-grade antibiotics can be used for livestock. Since then, there have been several meetings hosted across the state and country for producers, veterinarians and feed mills/ feed distributors discussing the details of these changes and how all parties will need to work together to follow new FDA guidelines for feeding antibiotics to livestock.