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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.

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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.

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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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Cell-Based Meat Products: Background and Current Status

There is ongoing development of cell-based or lab-grown meat products by numerous companies around the world.

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National Sheep Improvement Program: Performance-based data you can rely on

Sheep producers continually look for opportunities to improve their flocks through the introduction of genetic traits that will contribute to both improve the performance and physical appearance of the offspring. For hundreds of years, producers used the phenotype or physical appearance traits to select replacement stock, followed by performance trials and wool testing to quantitatively define the traits a specific animal may possess.

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Wool Selection 101

Most youth exhibiting sheep at the fair will slick shear their sheep to show off their sheep’s muscle and conformation, but what about the sheep that are shown with the wool left on?

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The Effects of Ewe Nutrition on Lamb Performance

In the livestock industry, profitability is determined by the efficiency of production; with growth and development of offspring having a large impact. In sheep production, ewe nutrition is one of the biggest factors in fetal growth, milk production, and lamb performance; therefore, determining how profitable a production system will be. Not only does the ewe depend on proper nutrition for fetal development but also udder development and milk production.

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Use of the EAZI-BREED Sheep CIDR in Spring Mated Ewes

Efforts to manage the reproductive cycle of the ewe have been a focus of producers and researchers for decades. By nature sheep are seasonal breeders with active ewe estrus cycles expected from late-August until January in the Upper Midwest and in a state of anestrous (non-cyclic) for the other months. Recently a commercial progesterone intra-vaginal device, the EAZI-BREED sheep CIDR (controlled internal drug release) was approved in the US to synchronize estrus in mature ewes during the anestrous period.

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Sheep Breeds

Everyone has heard the fairytale “Baa Baa Black Sheep Have You Any Wool?” but what about the double-coated California Red, the multi-colored Katahdin sheep with hair, or the East Friesian dairy ewe that produces over 1,100 pounds of milk a year? Sheep come in different shapes, sizes, and colors and all of them provide different functions and uses for producers. These can range from meat, wool, and milk production or a combination of characteristics.

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Training in Huron on March 6

February 11, 2019

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for March 6, 2019 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.).

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