April’s Ag Advice

April's Ag Advice by April Borders Winter is a nice time to sit back and relax but it is also your opportunity to attend clinics and conferences that could help you update your farming business and to help you continue your own personal education. Listed below are several upcoming programs that you might be interested in.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, there will be a Feedlot Management and Alternative Feeds seminar at the South East Research Farm near Beresford. It begins at 10 a.m. and concludes by 3 p.m.

Featured speakers for the day's event are Kent Tjardes, SDSU Extension beef specialist; Alvero Garcia, SDSU Extension dairy specialist; Brad Rops, South East Research livestock manager and Craig Anthony; SDSU Extension livestock educator.

Seminar contents will cover cost effective returns in feeding by-products and forages, effective forage utilization, feed mixing patterns and durations, and bunk management.

A roast beef dinner will be served at noon at a cost of $6 per person. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 9 by calling 605-764-2756. This event is sponsored by SDSU Extension, the South East Research Farm and South 2 Field Education Unit. The seminar is open to anyone interested. For more information, contact Lincoln County Extension Educator Jeff Lounsbery at 764-2756.

A Livestock Odor Workshop will be held on Jan. 14 at the Cornerstone Steakhouse in Freeman from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration for the program costs $30 per person and $35 per person at the door. The program is open to the public. The registration includes breaks, lunch and a workshop manual.

The topics to be covered are: odor generation, odor measurement, community relations, odor reduction technologies, odor prediction models and odor reduction plans. For more information contact Dick Nicolai at 605-688-5141.

A winter lambing program will be offered on Jan. 15 at the Clay County Extension Office at 6:30 p.m. Featured speakers will be Jeff Held, SDSU Extension sheep specialist and Craig Anthony, Yankton County Extension educator.

Topics will include: lambing season health issues, ewe and lamb care, ewe and lamb nutrition/management and ewe and lamb diseases/vaccination program. The program is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. For more information on this program call Craig Anthony at the Yankton County Extension Office at 605-665-3387.

Marketing is becoming more important than ever and helps determine a whole year's effort, whether you raise livestock, raise crops or do both. The SDSU Extension Service and Advance Trading of Beresford are hosting an Intermediate Session on Ag Marketing on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the basement of the Farmers Elevator in Beresford.

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