South Dakota beef production short courses start Nov. 16-18 |

South Dakota beef production short courses start Nov. 16-18

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will host a set of Integrated Resource Management (IRM) short courses for beef cattle producers starting Nov. 16.

The meetings are set for Nov. 16 in Bison, SD, Nov. 17 in Sturgis, SD, and Nov. 18 in Wall, SD. The entire short course series lasts for one year with six total meetings being held at each location every-other month.

To register, participants can call Mindy Hubert or Ken Olson at the SDSU West River Ag Center at 605-394-2236. Registration costs $50 per ranch, which accommodates two people. Additional individuals from a ranch may attend for the cost of meals.

The course allows the meetings to focus on the important aspects of the annual beef cattle production cycle near the time they occur. The program also provides an on-ranch visit for each participant.

The IRM approach involves integrating all aspects of beef cattle management such as nutrition, health, reproduction, grazing management, and marketing into management decision-making. Instructors will emphasize utilization of ranch record analysis, such as herd performance, pasture records, and management planning to reduce risk and increase profitability of beef cattle enterprises.

The course will include topics planned by CES personnel and topics chosen by the participants, meaning the program will be designed to meet the needs of the participants at each location. This program will offer science-based information in a curriculum tailored to the specific needs of the participants. It will provide tools needed to be sustainable in today’s changing and volatile beef cattle production environment. This program is designed to build upon past cow-calf educational programs, such as the Master Range Cattle Manager short course. However, those programs are not prerequisites and all interested parties are invited to attend.

For further information, call Extension Range Livestock Associate Mindy Hubert or Extension Beef Specialist Ken Olson at the SDSU West River Ag Center at 605-394-2236. Or call Extension Livestock Educator Robin Salverson in Harding County at 605-375-3412, Extension Livestock Educator Penny Nester in Meade County at 605-347-2436, or Extension Livestock Educator Adele Harty in Haakon County at 605-859-2840.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the USDA’s North Central Risk Management Education Center are sponsoring the IRM short course.