SDSU extension cow/calf field specialist to office at Cottonwood Station & SDSU extension center in Rapid City
BROOKINGS, S.D. – To best serve western South Dakota cattle producers, Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist will now work from two offices. One at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station and the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Rapid City.
“This is a cattle-dense area of the state. By working from offices in both locations, Adele can meet with producers wherever is best for them – and we hope it encourages more community interaction with the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station,” explained Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor.
Interacting with producers is what Harty enjoys most about her 11-year career with SDSU Extension. “Working with producers and knowing that I’m helping make a difference on their operations,” explained Harty, who also spends much of her time meeting with producers on their ranch.
Through her work as an SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Harty provides research-based information to cattle producers that they can readily apply in their cattle herds. Growing up on a cattle ranch in Colorado, Harty developed a strong passion for the cattle industry and saw joining SDSU Extension as a way to remain closely connected to the industry and its people.
Currently, Harty is working on an applied research project at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station which is evaluating the differences in heifer development strategies/performance when feeding dry distillers grains plus solubles versus a dry distiller’s grains plus solubles and corn mixture with hay.
“This project came from local ranchers asking us if it was better to feed straight distiller’s grain or a mixture of corn and distillers grains,” Harty explained.
SDSU Extension staff, like Harty, provide South Dakotans with research-based answers through research conducted at facilities like Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station, said Daniel Scholl, Director South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU.
“Providing an office for SDSU Extension staff, just increases the ways this research station can have a positive impact on the people we serve,” Scholl said. “The research Adele will work on at the station will allow her to provide practical, applied answers to questions and producers know the research is conducted right here in South Dakota under local conditions.”
Case in point, the dry distiller’s grain used in the study and fed to heifers on the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station is purchased from a local supplier.
Other than working from two offices, Harty’s role within SDSU Extension has not changed. She continues to focus on applied research and programming efforts, Annie’s Project, beefSD and is a regular contributor to iGrow.org.
Producers can schedule appointments with Harty either in Rapid City or Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station. She can be reached by calling the SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center at 605-394-1722.
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