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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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South Dakota One Health Efforts Look at Antibiotic Use and Other Connections Between Animals and People

November 04, 2019

South Dakota One Health is a collaborative effort that promotes a deeper understanding of the connections between the health of people, animals and the environment.

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

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South Dakota State University to Host Third Annual SDSU Swine Day

November 04, 2019

To celebrate the third anniversary of the swine facilities at South Dakota State University, SDSU Swine Day will be held at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, starting at 9:00 AM CST.

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Employee Turnover: It Is Important in Agriculture Also

Lots of conversations in agriculture lately focuses around labor or the lack of a labor pool of employees. This is the case not only for dairy farms, but also within the entire agriculture industry.

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Dec 11

2019 Livestock Environmental Training for CAFOs Workshop - December

SDSU Extension will host a livestock environmental training program for concentrated animal feeding operations on December 11 at 8:30 AM CST at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, 57350).

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Horse, Animal Health, Barns, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Animal Welfare

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Pork Producers and the One Health Movement: Actions at the State Level

The term “One Health” has been coined to describe the concept that the health of people, animals and their environment are inextricably linked. The most commonly considered examples of One Health in practice are zoonotic diseases. For pork producers, influenza strains that originate in pigs, but pass to people are a pertinent example.

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Utilizing Weather-Stressed Corn in Swine Diets

The goals of this factsheet are to help pork producers better understand the nutritional value of weather-stressed corn, how to determine if it’s economical to use, the potential of mycotoxin contamination, and how changes in bulk density affect feed mixing and transportation.

A black, plastic case containing a captive bolt stunner kit along with laminated instructions for properly using the tool for euthanasia.

Reviewing Humane Euthanasia Protocols

Unresolvable health problems and injuries occur in pigs in every swine operation and having a plan in place to humanely deal with these issues is critical. This includes having a written protocol for timely euthanasia.

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Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics

How often do the meat products we buy in the store contain germs that might cause illness in people? Can we learn anything about antibiotic resistance with that information? Those are just two of the questions that SDSU is examining as part of their work with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS).

Various cuts of raw pork ready for packaging.

Looking for Foodborne Germs and Their Resistance to Antibiotics: Pork

This report analyzes the NARMS results for pork products for the period of June 2018 through May 2019.