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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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Sep 11

South Dakota One Health: Preserving the Usefulness of Antibiotics @ Sioux Falls

Antibiotics are critical tools in human and animal medicine, yet resistance to these medications is an increasing topic of concern.

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

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SD Mesonet, SD Wheat partner to Bring Weather Station to West River Research Farm, Sturgis

May 22, 2019

The South Dakota Mesonet has installed a new weather station at the West River Research Farm near Sturgis with the support of the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Cover Crops, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Sunflower, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Goats, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, Swine, Pasture, Range, Grassland, Soil Health, Wildlife, Developing Communities

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training in Huron June 26, 2019

May 06, 2019

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for June 26, 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

Dutch Dakota Dairy at Lake Preston South Dakota is inundated with snow after a recent blizzard that has made farm facility access very difficult due to extreme snow depth. Courtesy: Truus Schukking

Available Disaster Resources Given Recent Weather Events

Given the recent havoc endured by producers in the upper mid-west by the spring blizzard or even prior flooding we are aware that many producers have incurred losses. There are several programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help provide assistance.

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Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness Meetings to be Held in Huron and Sioux Falls

April 09, 2019

To help South Dakota pork and other livestock producers understand the consequences and how best to prepare if a foreign animal disease enters the United States, and particularly in South Dakota, SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council and South Dakota Animal Industry Board will host Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness Meetings in Huron April 22, 2019 Sioux Falls April 23, 2019.

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Horse, Swine, Animal Health

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Guidelines for Livestock Carcass Disposal in South Dakota

Even though every producer tries their best to keep all animals born alive, there will always be death loss in livestock production systems.

small group of cattle in a flooded pasture. FEMA News Photo

Livestock Loss Assistance

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is designed to provide a payment to livestock owners or contract growers who experience excess livestock deaths due to adverse weather, including winter storms, floods, extreme cold and blizzards, eligible disease and eligible attacks.