Cow / Calf Corner

2018 South Dakota Pasture Cash Rental Rates Are Now Available

Column by Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist and Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist Results from the South Dakota Agriculture Land Market Trends have been published. They show average cash rental rates for pasture land to vary from $16 per-acre in the Southwest region of South Dakota to $75 per-acre…

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Winning Weaning Woes

By : Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, SDSU Animal Science Department, and Warren Rusche,  Courtesy of   Weaning time is here which can be a stressfull event for calves, cows and families alike. While preconditioning prepares the immune system to better handle the stress of weaning, there are some other areas of…

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High Nitrates Detected in Forages

BROOKINGS, S.D. – High level of nitrates have been detected in South Dakota forages this growing season. SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Robin Salverson encourages livestock producers to get their forages tested for nitrates before feeding. “Asking your neighbor, if he or she has high nitrates, is no indication of what your forage will be. Likewise, there…

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A Producer’s Perspective on Selecting and Development of Replacement Heifers

By : Written collaboratively by Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, SDSU Animal Science Department, and Taylor Grussing, Courtesy of During the 2018 Heifer Development Tour, the Erickson Family provided insight on how they select and manage their replacement heifers to match their farm’s environment near Langford in Northeastern South Dakota. To start,…

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Growing bred replacement heifers

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. Ideally, two year old heifers should be in a body condition score “6” at the time that their first calf is born.  See example below…

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