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SDSU Cow/Calf Auction at Dakotafest raises $76,070

A downpour of rain at Dakotafest in Mitchell, SD, couldn’t keep away supporters of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit. An auction was held on the grounds on Aug. 18, 2011 to help raise money for the unit.

Currently the SDSU Cow/Calf Unit is located on campus in Brookings and is in need of updates to meet the industry’s needs for research, development and student training. Land for the new facility has been purchased 10 miles from campus. SDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering students worked with SDSU faculty to draw up the tentative plans for new facility. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on 640 acres and will include: indoor calving and working facilities, a wet lab, meeting space and a 16-pen feeding barn.

In order to accomplish the goals of the new research facility, agriculture businesses were asked to donate items to be auctioned off. A total of $76,070 was raised the day of the auction, with items such as seed, hay, bull and semen certificates, football and concert tickets, barbecue packages, feed bunks and more sold the day of the event.



Cody Wright, SDSU extension beef specialist and professor of animal science, is spearheading the project is thrilled with the results from the auction.

“The money raised at the auction will be incorporated into a fund at the SDSU Foundation that will ultimately be used to cover expenses related to design and construction of the project,” Wright said. “Our goal is to get through the various approval and design processes this fall and winter, so that we can begin construction next spring and ultimately be able to calve at the new facility in the spring of 2013.”



Wright explained that the overall goal of the unit will be to provide a state-of-the-art facility for education and research.

“We want to be able to provide students with the best possible environment for experiential learning that we can,” he said. “The facility will also be able to provide a venue for Extension meetings and demonstrations. Last, but certainly not least, we want to provide researchers with much needed resources and infrastructure to address the emerging needs of the beef industry in South Dakota and the region.”

For donors and supporters of the project anxious to see things come together, Wright anticipates 2013 being the official launch.

“If all goes as planned, we hope to have the main building, which includes the teaching and calving facilities, completed in time for the 2013 calving season,” he noted. “However, as with any major project, the construction timeline depends heavily upon the availability of funds.”

The project is still in need of financial support, and Wright is confident supporters will be pleased with what the unit can accomplish in upcoming years.

“This project is truly designed to support all three facets of the Land Grant mission at SDSU,” he said. “Because of the new facility, our students will be better prepared to enter the industry as beef producers or as team members for one of the numerous companies that support the industry. Supporting the development of our students is a win-win scenario for all involved. The students receive the highest quality education possible and the industry is supplied with well-trained, highly capable employees.

“From a research perspective, our ability to conduct high-quality cow-calf research on or near campus has significant infrastructure limitations. This new facility greatly enhances our capability to conduct research that will help address key concerns and emerging issues for the beef industry. The benefits of the new facility will reach far beyond the SDSU campus. If people would like to contribute to the project, I would encourage them to contact Keith Mahlum at the SDSU Foundation (605-697-7475).”

Wright hopes to make the Dakotafest auction an annual event to help raise funds for the unit, and for those looking for additional information, a booth will be on display about the unit at the SDSU Beef Bowl barbecue on Oct. 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wright welcomes any SDSU fan to attend, with meal tickets just $8 per plate. Tickets are sold at the door. The future of the SDSU Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit is off to a great start with more than $75,000 raised by local supporters. Stay tuned for future updates on the project as it advances into the construction phase.

A downpour of rain at Dakotafest in Mitchell, SD, couldn’t keep away supporters of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit. An auction was held on the grounds on Aug. 18, 2011 to help raise money for the unit.

Currently the SDSU Cow/Calf Unit is located on campus in Brookings and is in need of updates to meet the industry’s needs for research, development and student training. Land for the new facility has been purchased 10 miles from campus. SDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering students worked with SDSU faculty to draw up the tentative plans for new facility. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on 640 acres and will include: indoor calving and working facilities, a wet lab, meeting space and a 16-pen feeding barn.

In order to accomplish the goals of the new research facility, agriculture businesses were asked to donate items to be auctioned off. A total of $76,070 was raised the day of the auction, with items such as seed, hay, bull and semen certificates, football and concert tickets, barbecue packages, feed bunks and more sold the day of the event.

Cody Wright, SDSU extension beef specialist and professor of animal science, is spearheading the project is thrilled with the results from the auction.

“The money raised at the auction will be incorporated into a fund at the SDSU Foundation that will ultimately be used to cover expenses related to design and construction of the project,” Wright said. “Our goal is to get through the various approval and design processes this fall and winter, so that we can begin construction next spring and ultimately be able to calve at the new facility in the spring of 2013.”

Wright explained that the overall goal of the unit will be to provide a state-of-the-art facility for education and research.

“We want to be able to provide students with the best possible environment for experiential learning that we can,” he said. “The facility will also be able to provide a venue for Extension meetings and demonstrations. Last, but certainly not least, we want to provide researchers with much needed resources and infrastructure to address the emerging needs of the beef industry in South Dakota and the region.”

For donors and supporters of the project anxious to see things come together, Wright anticipates 2013 being the official launch.

“If all goes as planned, we hope to have the main building, which includes the teaching and calving facilities, completed in time for the 2013 calving season,” he noted. “However, as with any major project, the construction timeline depends heavily upon the availability of funds.”

The project is still in need of financial support, and Wright is confident supporters will be pleased with what the unit can accomplish in upcoming years.

“This project is truly designed to support all three facets of the Land Grant mission at SDSU,” he said. “Because of the new facility, our students will be better prepared to enter the industry as beef producers or as team members for one of the numerous companies that support the industry. Supporting the development of our students is a win-win scenario for all involved. The students receive the highest quality education possible and the industry is supplied with well-trained, highly capable employees.

“From a research perspective, our ability to conduct high-quality cow-calf research on or near campus has significant infrastructure limitations. This new facility greatly enhances our capability to conduct research that will help address key concerns and emerging issues for the beef industry. The benefits of the new facility will reach far beyond the SDSU campus. If people would like to contribute to the project, I would encourage them to contact Keith Mahlum at the SDSU Foundation (605-697-7475).”

Wright hopes to make the Dakotafest auction an annual event to help raise funds for the unit, and for those looking for additional information, a booth will be on display about the unit at the SDSU Beef Bowl barbecue on Oct. 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wright welcomes any SDSU fan to attend, with meal tickets just $8 per plate. Tickets are sold at the door. The future of the SDSU Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit is off to a great start with more than $75,000 raised by local supporters. Stay tuned for future updates on the project as it advances into the construction phase.

A downpour of rain at Dakotafest in Mitchell, SD, couldn’t keep away supporters of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit. An auction was held on the grounds on Aug. 18, 2011 to help raise money for the unit.

Currently the SDSU Cow/Calf Unit is located on campus in Brookings and is in need of updates to meet the industry’s needs for research, development and student training. Land for the new facility has been purchased 10 miles from campus. SDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering students worked with SDSU faculty to draw up the tentative plans for new facility. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on 640 acres and will include: indoor calving and working facilities, a wet lab, meeting space and a 16-pen feeding barn.

In order to accomplish the goals of the new research facility, agriculture businesses were asked to donate items to be auctioned off. A total of $76,070 was raised the day of the auction, with items such as seed, hay, bull and semen certificates, football and concert tickets, barbecue packages, feed bunks and more sold the day of the event.

Cody Wright, SDSU extension beef specialist and professor of animal science, is spearheading the project is thrilled with the results from the auction.

“The money raised at the auction will be incorporated into a fund at the SDSU Foundation that will ultimately be used to cover expenses related to design and construction of the project,” Wright said. “Our goal is to get through the various approval and design processes this fall and winter, so that we can begin construction next spring and ultimately be able to calve at the new facility in the spring of 2013.”

Wright explained that the overall goal of the unit will be to provide a state-of-the-art facility for education and research.

“We want to be able to provide students with the best possible environment for experiential learning that we can,” he said. “The facility will also be able to provide a venue for Extension meetings and demonstrations. Last, but certainly not least, we want to provide researchers with much needed resources and infrastructure to address the emerging needs of the beef industry in South Dakota and the region.”

For donors and supporters of the project anxious to see things come together, Wright anticipates 2013 being the official launch.

“If all goes as planned, we hope to have the main building, which includes the teaching and calving facilities, completed in time for the 2013 calving season,” he noted. “However, as with any major project, the construction timeline depends heavily upon the availability of funds.”

The project is still in need of financial support, and Wright is confident supporters will be pleased with what the unit can accomplish in upcoming years.

“This project is truly designed to support all three facets of the Land Grant mission at SDSU,” he said. “Because of the new facility, our students will be better prepared to enter the industry as beef producers or as team members for one of the numerous companies that support the industry. Supporting the development of our students is a win-win scenario for all involved. The students receive the highest quality education possible and the industry is supplied with well-trained, highly capable employees.

“From a research perspective, our ability to conduct high-quality cow-calf research on or near campus has significant infrastructure limitations. This new facility greatly enhances our capability to conduct research that will help address key concerns and emerging issues for the beef industry. The benefits of the new facility will reach far beyond the SDSU campus. If people would like to contribute to the project, I would encourage them to contact Keith Mahlum at the SDSU Foundation (605-697-7475).”

Wright hopes to make the Dakotafest auction an annual event to help raise funds for the unit, and for those looking for additional information, a booth will be on display about the unit at the SDSU Beef Bowl barbecue on Oct. 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wright welcomes any SDSU fan to attend, with meal tickets just $8 per plate. Tickets are sold at the door. The future of the SDSU Cow-Calf Research and Teaching Unit is off to a great start with more than $75,000 raised by local supporters. Stay tuned for future updates on the project as it advances into the construction phase.


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