SDSU extension Calf Value Discovery Program deadline October 15 |

SDSU extension Calf Value Discovery Program deadline October 15

BROOKINGS, SD – Cow-calf producers can assess the value of their cattle and gain valuable performance information with the 2010-2011 Calf Value Discovery Program.

That’s according to South Dakota Cooperative Extension Beef Specialist Cody Wright, who said the Calf Value Discovery Program (CVDP) is an excellent way for cow-calf producers to dial in management decisions with an eye on profitability.

“The CVDP is a exceptional way for cow-calf producers to get science-based data that can make a difference in their operations,” said Wright. “Once they enter cattle into the program, they will receive updates on performance and that information can help them to make better management decisions. Many producers have used this program to increase their operational profit.”

The CVDP costs $15 per head for registration. Producers will consign a minimum of five 500- to 800-pound steers to the program. Extension and SDSU staff will feed those cattle in an accelerated finishing program at VanderWal Yards near Bruce, SD.

Cow-calf producers must sign up before Oct. 15. To do so, they can complete a participation form and send payment to Cody Wright, South Dakota State University, Box 2170, Brookings, SD 57007. Call Wright at 605-688-5448 or e-mail questions to him at this address:

The CVDP Web site is available at this link: From the site, producers can get information on the costs, data they will receive, and download registration forms.

Producers should make checks payable to SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences. CVDP staff will receive cattle at the Cottonwood Agricultural Experiment Station near Philip, SD, on Nov. 1, or at VanderWal Yards near Bruce on Nov. 2.

Wright said that starting on approximately May 15, groups of cattle will be sold in truckload lots using a grid price system.

“We require that the cattle entered into the program be dehorned and castrated, as well as healed, before they arrive at the feedlot,” Wright said. “Calves do not have to be weaned or pre-conditioned to participate, be we do ask that cow-calf producers let us know before they arrive so that we may administer vaccinations and de-worming treatments upon arrival for calves that are not pre-conditioned.”

The program will finance feed, yardage and veterinary bills of the cattle in the program, and any death loss will be shared among participants. Wright said the program can benefit cow-calf producers in South Dakota.

“We had solid participation in the program last year and invite producers to return, and we’re happy to answer questions for other producers who have not tried the CVDP,” Wright said. “Your county Extension office can help you get registered, or give me a call and I can answer your questions.”

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