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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.

A series of hog barns.

Preparing for a PQA Plus Site Assessment

The PQA Plus site assessment is an on-farm evaluation of a production site by a qualified PQA Plus Advisor. A review of standard operating procedures and office records, including caretaker training, animal observations, and the facilities will occur during the site assessment.

Cover of the PQA Plus Education Handbook, Version 4.0. Courtesy: National Pork Board

Introducing PQA Plus Version 4

The Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus®) program is about education. The most-recent version of the program, PQA Plus Version 4, became effective June 3, 2019.

A small group of dairy cattle resting in a pen.

I Got a FARM Corrective Action. Now What?

The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care Version 4 rolled out January 2020. As dairies have their farms evaluated with this new version, there may be questions about corrective actions.

A hog farmer and employee conducting training inside a modern swine facility.

Staying on Top of Employee Training

Employees are one of the most valuable assets to a successful farm. Successful farms implement on-boarding of new employees and provide continued training to ensure proficiency and consistency in job duties.

herd of mixed cattle in a dry lot

Latest Research to Be Shared at SDSU Beef Day on Jan. 16

January 14, 2020

Learn about the most-recent, beef-related research at South Dakota State University during the first annual SDSU Beef Day on Jan. 16, starting at 10 a.m. in the Club 71 meeting room of the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.

group of farmers, ranchers, and community members at a meeting. Courtesy: Gary Potts, USDA

2019 Growing Season Challenges Addressed by SDSU Extension Staff During Faulkton & Aberdeen Open-Houses

June 19, 2019

SDSU Extension is hosting open house meetings in Faulkton and Aberdeen June 21, 2019 to address the current state of farming.

group of farmers, ranchers, and community members at a meeting. Courtesy: Gary Potts, USDA

Bring Your Agronomy Questions for SDSU Extension Staff to Answer During Open House Near You

June 18, 2019

SDSU Extension is hosting open house agronomy meetings in eight South Dakota locations, to address the current state of farming due to excessive moisture.

Several rows of sow pens in a swine facility.

Look Ahead to Version 4.0 of PQA Plus

The new version of Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA), Version 4.0, will be released June 5, 2019. Producers preparing to recertify their site status will want to review their previous site assessments and take note of a few minor changes that were made to the new assessment form.

veterinarian using a stethoscope on a horse

Animal Health & Care

The health and well-being of animals matters to all who care for them.