SDSU Extension to Kick Off South Dakota Cattlemen's Convention

December 6, 2015 05:25 AM

There will be an SDSU Extension Roundup on Tuesday, December 8 at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre, SD as part of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Convention. The program will run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
By: Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist

The program is designed to offer timely information that can be used to make better-informed management decisions. The topics for this year’s SDSU Extension Roundup include:

Protein Effects on Reproductive Efficiency

Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist

Specifically in the upper Midwest where corn is plentiful, producers have the option to decrease feed costs during the winter with the use of corn stalks and coproducts stemming from the corn ethanol industry. In some cases, producers feed these stalk/coproduct diets fed into the breeding season as a way to deal with high pasture costs and/or manage drought conditions. While coproducts are an effective protein supplement, using these feeds as an energy source usually results in exceeding the crude protein requirements of the cows. The effects of excess crude protein on reproductive efficiency in beef cows will be discussed with attendees during this presentation.

Feedlot & Carcass Data: Making “Cents” and Decisions

Julie Walker, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist

Feedlot performance and carcass merit play major roles in the profitability of individual cattle, especially as value-based or grid marketing systems become more prevalent. As the ability to track performance increases, those differences are reflected in bids paid to cow-calf producers. This presentation will examine how ranchers can use feedlot performance and carcass data to drive management and genetic decisions.

Cattle Lameness

Dale Miskimins, Dr. Regg Neiger (SDSU Veterinary Pathologists) & Dr. C.A. Owen (Animal Clinic, Ltd.)

Lameness in cattle can be a significant robber of performance, both at the cow-calf and feedlot level. These veterinarians will discuss the various reasons that cattle become lame as well as offer practical treatment and prevention tips to improve animal care and reduce the financial impact of lameness.

2016 Climate Outlook

Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist

Weather conditions are never far from the mind of a farmer or rancher. This year El Nino is the word of the day because of the strong El Nino currently in place and expectation that it will continue and have a very strong influence on the rest of the winter. We will address how other factors should influence the rest of the winter. We will also discuss the most recent long-range outlooks and how they compare with what is expected during El Nino winters.

As for the spring and summer, the outlook becomes much hazier with the expected break down of El Nino during the spring, leaving open a great deal of potentially different outcomes. We will address what we can see looking ahead and additional trends in the state that might give us some indications about what could happen this growing season and further into the future.

More Information

For more information about the SDSU Extension Roundup or the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and Trade Show, please visit the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association website.

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