Val Hicks has a super-sized heart for miniature horses.
When purchasing a horse, one may consider certain physical traits such as breed, how many hands tall or soundness of hooves. Most people would not think twice about the GI tract or reproductive system, but those were the selling points of the equine simulator for the Nebraska College of Tech…
A strong start at the feedlot translates to more efficient growth to get animals to market weight faster
Lambing and kidding season always brings special challenges. Nothing is more frustrating when we have morbidity and mortality in our kid and lamb crop. Here are a couple things that can help decrease losses.
The Midwest sheep industry is enjoying high demand that brings good prices. However, there may be a few dark clouds on the financial horizon.
Do you know the quality of the hay or silage that you harvested this past season? It is important to know how much protein and energy your cows will get when you start feeding, or how much supplement to feed. Find out by following instructions for sampling and testing.
With momentum from consumer interest over cattle markets in 2020, many livestock producers across the country are asking themselves “can the cattle markets be fixed?”
Fall harvest provides many valuable forage options for ag. producers. For some growers, early high moisture corn harvest is providing strong basis prices. Others may be harvesting whole plants as corn silage; while still others may be waiting for dry down to sell grain into the cash markets.
Pastures and hay meadows provide higher quality feed, are more productive, and require fewer inputs when they have good forage legumes growing in them.
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-13, which extends the timeframe that hay haulers may move hay to 2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours after sunset.
The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation just announced that the Fed Cattle Challenge program is open for registration. The Fed Cattle Challenge provides an opportunity for youth (14 to 18 years old) to learn about the science and economics of finishing cattle by participating in a calf finis…
South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension encourages cattle feeders and backgrounders from South Dakota and surrounding states to attend this year's Feedlot Shortcourse.
Corn silage harvest may seem like a long way off, but preparation for a successful harvest begins now. Improper silage storage and fermentation can result in losses up to 20% prior to feeding. Plan your storage now to keep excessive storage losses from happening to you.
We are starting to see populations of immature grasshoppers across the state. Stay tuned as I discuss how to evaluate your alfalfa fields and potential control options.
As we move into the heart of the summer, hot temperatures are common. How these temperatures affect our pasture and forage plants depends on the type of plants we are dealing with.