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Dave Barz: Generating support for research

Dave Barz, DVM

Summer is passing by rapidly. What a year of extremes – cold and rain, then hot and dry. The small grain harvest is complete and now we must to prepare for fall. August brings about a small window of time when many of us take a few days off, whether it is for an extended trip or just a day or two to get away.

Late summer is the time for fairs, stockshows and ag shows. We live in a time of dynamic changes in both management practices and equipment. Visiting a fair or machinery show will not only acquaint you with new ideas and equipment, but give you a chance to reacquaint yourself with neighbors and other farmers and ranchers. It is a great time to share your experiences and stimulate plans for next year.

I know you have all heard this before, but we must be proud of our vocations in agriculture. We are charged with feeding the world and should take extreme pride in our responsibility. This year is different than most because farmers and ranchers are finally being financially rewarded for the excellent job they are doing. With the increased income, it would be a great time to update and improve your livestock handling facilities, machinery, or explore new, more complete vaccination programs.

We will again have a display at Dakotafest this year, including ten chutes with a double alley set-up, rather than a tub. Stop by to see us and pick up an apple. The apple market is strong this year, too, but you are definitely worth the cost.

Last year Behlen and Northwest Veterinary supply sponsored an impromptu auction to raise money for the new South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow-Calf Research Unit. We were happy to raise the first $3,000 for the project. After our success, Dakotafest management has allowed SDSU to have a sale during the last afternoon of event. This year, with their sponsorship, we will host an auction in the Livestock Demo Tent from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 18. The auction will consist of seed, feed, mineral, vaccines, antiparaciticides, concert tickets, hunting and fishing trips, credit on area bull and heifer sales, and even some machinery rental and leasing specials.

I realize most of you know very little about the new SDSU Cow-Calf Research Unit, but it is definitely needed. This summer administrators have dealt with budget cuts on both a state and federal level, and have had very little time to promote the project. Land has been acquired north of Volga, SD, because the current area that houses the research unit is needed for other campus improvements, thus forcing the cattle outside of city limits. The SDSU Foundation is working to gather funding for the project.

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I believe the students of SDSU, your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, need this new facility. Government funding is unavailable, so it is up to us to provide a state-of-the-art complex to provide quality education and regional research for us here in South Dakota. Some research is funded by large corporations, but is usually product based; they want to sell you the product. We need the university to also conduct research in management and feeding to help us improve ranch efficiency. When the students return to work in South Dakota, they will have working knowledge of the new techniques in management, feeding and treatment of livestock.

The funds from the auction will be collected by the SDSU Foundation for the unit. If you would like to donate an item for the auction, please contact me at 605-928-3025 as soon as possible so we can advertise you donation. Plan to attend the auction and purchase items to support the project. All donations and purchases should be totally tax deductible.

As cattlemen we must promote our own products. The best way to help is to support local research and the education of our future ag leaders and ranch managers through donations to this grassroots fundraising campaign. Insure the growth of the beef industry in South Dakota with your attendance!

Summer is passing by rapidly. What a year of extremes – cold and rain, then hot and dry. The small grain harvest is complete and now we must to prepare for fall. August brings about a small window of time when many of us take a few days off, whether it is for an extended trip or just a day or two to get away.

Late summer is the time for fairs, stockshows and ag shows. We live in a time of dynamic changes in both management practices and equipment. Visiting a fair or machinery show will not only acquaint you with new ideas and equipment, but give you a chance to reacquaint yourself with neighbors and other farmers and ranchers. It is a great time to share your experiences and stimulate plans for next year.

I know you have all heard this before, but we must be proud of our vocations in agriculture. We are charged with feeding the world and should take extreme pride in our responsibility. This year is different than most because farmers and ranchers are finally being financially rewarded for the excellent job they are doing. With the increased income, it would be a great time to update and improve your livestock handling facilities, machinery, or explore new, more complete vaccination programs.

We will again have a display at Dakotafest this year, including ten chutes with a double alley set-up, rather than a tub. Stop by to see us and pick up an apple. The apple market is strong this year, too, but you are definitely worth the cost.

Last year Behlen and Northwest Veterinary supply sponsored an impromptu auction to raise money for the new South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow-Calf Research Unit. We were happy to raise the first $3,000 for the project. After our success, Dakotafest management has allowed SDSU to have a sale during the last afternoon of event. This year, with their sponsorship, we will host an auction in the Livestock Demo Tent from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 18. The auction will consist of seed, feed, mineral, vaccines, antiparaciticides, concert tickets, hunting and fishing trips, credit on area bull and heifer sales, and even some machinery rental and leasing specials.

I realize most of you know very little about the new SDSU Cow-Calf Research Unit, but it is definitely needed. This summer administrators have dealt with budget cuts on both a state and federal level, and have had very little time to promote the project. Land has been acquired north of Volga, SD, because the current area that houses the research unit is needed for other campus improvements, thus forcing the cattle outside of city limits. The SDSU Foundation is working to gather funding for the project.

I believe the students of SDSU, your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, need this new facility. Government funding is unavailable, so it is up to us to provide a state-of-the-art complex to provide quality education and regional research for us here in South Dakota. Some research is funded by large corporations, but is usually product based; they want to sell you the product. We need the university to also conduct research in management and feeding to help us improve ranch efficiency. When the students return to work in South Dakota, they will have working knowledge of the new techniques in management, feeding and treatment of livestock.

The funds from the auction will be collected by the SDSU Foundation for the unit. If you would like to donate an item for the auction, please contact me at 605-928-3025 as soon as possible so we can advertise you donation. Plan to attend the auction and purchase items to support the project. All donations and purchases should be totally tax deductible.

As cattlemen we must promote our own products. The best way to help is to support local research and the education of our future ag leaders and ranch managers through donations to this grassroots fundraising campaign. Insure the growth of the beef industry in South Dakota with your attendance!

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