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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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Counties Designated as Disaster Areas and Qualify for Other Programs

Five South Dakota counties have been given disaster declarations due to dry summer conditions. This declaration gives producers in these counties and those in contiguous counties access to USDA-FSA emergency loans.

Producer and FSA agent discussing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program signup in a cattle shed.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 Signup Open Until Dec. 11

South Dakota producers that faced market disruptions due to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Progam 2, available for signup through the USDA's Farm Service Agency until Dec. 11, 2021.

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Caring for Animals When the Power Goes Out

Power outages bring with them a different set of circumstances to every animal operation. Questions about animal care and animal health products in the midst of electricity loss should be directed to your veterinarian.

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Strengthening Local Processing Act Addresses Local Food Supply Chain Issues

A comprehensive bill designed to address livestock supply chain issues and support small and mid-size meat processors has been introduced as federal legislation. The Strengthening Local Processing Act provides small plants with the funds needed to grow and expand, and supports a scale-appropriate approach to small scale slaughter and processing.

Skidloader outside being used to turn compost pile.

Guidelines for Livestock Carcass Disposal in South Dakota

Everyone who works with animals tries their best to keep all animals alive. In turn, they also know there will always be normal mortality. Proper carcass disposal is crucial in preventing the spread of disease and protecting the environment.

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CFAP Deadline Extended and Sheep Category Added

As part of the CARES Act, many agricultural producers were introduced to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Due to the number of commodities that filed additional information, many commodities were added to the list of eligible products, including the addition of a sheep classification “all other sheep.”

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Round Bale Storage Conservation

Fact sheet discussing conservation of round bale storage.

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Structuring Grazing Leases

Fact sheet including ranch resource goals to improve landowner - lessee relationships.

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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.