Mad cow disease topic at Feb. 24 Southeast Research Farm meeting

Mad cow disease topic at Feb. 24 Southeast Research Farm meeting An update on health issues surrounding mad cow disease, or BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) will be one topic at this year's Southeast Research Farm annual meeting.

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, starting at 1 p.m. It will be held at the Southeast Research Farm, 29974 University Road, or six miles west and three miles south of Beresford.

South Dakota State University specialists also will discuss 2003 crop and livestock research projects at the meeting.

SDSU veterinarian Larry Holler will explain how BSE is part of a whole family of diseases that can affect animal and human health.

SDSU Extension Swine Specialist Robert Thaler will show how 90 percent of livestock odors can be eliminated using biofilters for swine confinement buildings. He will also document how feeding dry distillers

grains in swine rations affects diseases like ileitis.

SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Kent Tjardes will highlight ways to use distillers grains in beef cattle rations.

Southeast Research Farm manager Robert Berg will summarize this year's crop performance, including preliminary results from new experiments

designed to evaluate alternative crop rotations, use of an Aerway (r) tillage implement, and soybean row spacing research.

For more information call the Southeast Research Farm at (605) 563-2989.

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