Feedlot Shortcourse Focused on Cattle Handling, Profitability

BROOKINGS, S.D. – There is still time to register for the upcoming SDSU Extension Feedlot Shortcourse to be held August 7 and 8, 2018 at the SDSU Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility (2901 Western Avenue, Brookings SD 57006).

Hosted by SDSU Extension and partners, the two-day Feedlot Shortcourse will begin at 8:30 a.m. (CST) August 7 and conclude at noon on August 8. 
 
“This shortcourse will focus on those aspects of feedlot management that have the greatest impact on profitability,” explained Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate. “Topics will focus on ways feedlot managers can reduce cost of gain and improve outcomes – from arrival in the yard, to marketing.” 
 
The shortcourse will include an in-depth segment focused on cattle handling and facility design led by Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz with Production Animal Consultation. 
 
Lukasiewicz is a nationally recognized expert in cattle handling and facility design. He will help feedlot managers learn techniques to handle cattle more efficiently and with less stress to both cattle and people.
 
Agenda and topics covered
 
August 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – Shortcourse begins
9 a.m. – Cattle Handling and Facilities: Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz with Production Animal Consultation
11:30 a.m. – Speaker Q&A
Noon Lunch
1 p.m.  Benchmarking and Feedlot Profitability: Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University and Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate
1:45 p.m. – Health Risk Assessment on Incoming Cattle: Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian
Break
2:45 p.m. – Starting Calves: Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate
3:30 p.m. – Implant Strategies: Zach Smith, SDSU Feedlot Research 
4:15 p.m. – Q & A with speakers
 
August 8, 2018
8 a.m. – Bunk Scoring: Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University
9 a.m. – Managing Feed Storage and Shrink: Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate
Break
10 a.m. – Feed Mixing Procedures: Todd Franz, Diamond V
11 a.m. – Risk Management and Cattle Marketing: Scott Varilek, Kooima & Kaemingk
 
To help cover costs, registration for the event is $200 and includes lunch both days. To register visit, iGrow.org/events. For more information, contact Rusche at warren.rusche@sdstate.edu or 605-688-5452.
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