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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent rain and damaging storms.

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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.

A tall, grassy, warm-season cover crop blend grown in Central South Dakota.

Dakota Lakes Research Farm Fall Field Day to be Held Sept. 18

September 13, 2019

South Dakota State University’s Dakota Lakes Research Farm will host a fall field day on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. CDT. The farm is located at 21310 308th Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, and is approximately 17 miles east of Pierre on Hwy 34.

Corn, Cover Crops, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle

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SDSU Extension and Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Host Cattle Handling Workshop on September 19

September 12, 2019

SDSU Extension, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will be hosting a free cattle handling workshop entitled, “Strengthening Your Stockmanship,” on Sept. 19.

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Food Safety, Conservation

A man drilling a core sampler into the side of a hay bale.

Forage Sampling Procedures

Proper sampling of forage is essential if we want to obtain an accurate indication of the nutrient composition, dry matter content, or value of any feedstuff.

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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.

A green cut alfalfa field dries as the sun sets.

Forage Resources Available to S.D. Farmers and Ranchers

Forages are a very important part of the South Dakota livestock and cropping industries. Often, producers have difficulties finding enough forage for their herd or locating a fellow producer to buy, sell or rent forages and grazing acres too. South Dakota now has two widely-recognized, free resources to aid in these connections.

A color-coded map of the united states indicating temperature outlook for August 2019. South Dakota is mostly covered in blue.

August 2019 Climate Outlook: Cool and Wet

According to the latest climate outlook update, odds are favoring that August 2019 will be cooler than average. The update was released by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center on July 31, 2019.

A color-coded map of the United Statees showing the precipitation outlook for August through October 2019. All of South Dakota is light green. Parts of Western South Dakota are a darker green.

Wet Conditions Likely Into Fall Season

Many locations in South Dakota have already received as much precipitation this year as they do in an entire average year. The latest climate outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center shows increased chances of wetter than average conditions to continue into the fall season.

Labeled cooler and vaccines ready for anyone who is loading syringes.

Keeping Your Vaccines Viable

Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals. A valid vet-client-patient relationship will help you as you select the vaccine of choice for your livestock health program.