South Dakota: Beef Days 2011 begins Jan. 11 |

South Dakota: Beef Days 2011 begins Jan. 11

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service’s annual Beef Days are set for 2011. Six cities in western South Dakota are the sites of four days of education.

Beef Days 2011 is titled “From Range to Ribeye: Managing Range Cattle Production” and will take place in the following locations:

• 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 in Martin at the Library Learning Center.

• 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 in Hot Springs at the Canyon Cottage, State Veterans’ Home.

• 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 in St. Onge at the Community Center.

• 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 13 in Wall at the Community Center.

• 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 in Union Center at the Central Meade County Community Center.

• 1 p.m. on Jan. 14 in Buffalo at the Harding County Recreation Center.

All times are local. There is a $5 fee for the meetings to cover the cost of a meal. Registration is encouraged. To do so, call your county Extension office before Jan. 7.

Speakers for the program include Extension Range Specialist Roger Gates, who will share information on optimizing allocation of grassland resources for beef production. In addition, Richard Waterman, a range animal nutrition researcher with the USDA-ARS in Miles City, MT will present a discussion on nutrient utilization for optimum production of beef cows.

Other speakers include Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Ben Holland presenting a lecture on management decisions that affect calves, grass cattle and the feeders they become. Extension Risk and Business Management Specialist Matt Diersen also will speak, and he plans to share information on margins, performance, and risk, and how producers can give the market the best products from their ranches.

For answers to questions on the events, call Extension Livestock Educator Robin Salverson from Harding County, who is helping to organize the event, at 605-375-3412.

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