South Dakota: Faith Rancher’s Forum set for Feb. 8 |

South Dakota: Faith Rancher’s Forum set for Feb. 8

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host the annual Faith Rancher’s Forum on Feb. 8.

The city of Faith (SD) is the partner host of this livestock education event, now in its 34th year. It begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Center at the north end of Main Street. The forum begins with welcoming remarks at 1 p.m. The city of Faith is in charge of registration. Call 605-967-2001 to register, or to get more information.

In addition, booth exhibits will be on display and ample time for viewing them and for interacting with forum sponsors and presenters will be part of the event. Vendors who wish to participate in the forum can call 605-967-2001 to get information on this opportunity.

A social period and banquet will take place at the city of Faith Civic Center after the educational sessions in the afternoon. South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean Barry Dunn of South Dakota State University’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences is the featured speaker at the banquet. His presentation is entitled “The Future of the Beef Industry in a Technological World.”

The Faith Rancher’s Forum continues to mix Extension research speakers and industry experts together in a helpful, science-based environment where producers can seek out and get pinpoint answers to questions about their agricultural operations. The presentations focus on livestock industry issues and the ones producers in northwestern South Dakota most often face.

Among those presenting information are veterinarian Jon T. Seeger of Pfizer Animal Health who will explain antigen interactions with commercial livestock vaccines. Seeger serves as senior technical advisor of new products and research at Pfizer Animal Health. Other presenters include James Neill, Farm Service Agency director for Meade County, who will discuss livestock disaster programs available for producers. Maurice Lemke, Ziebach County Extension Livestock Educator, will explain value-adding practices for cow/calf producers that may affect profitability, with a focus on summer grazing, stocking, and expected gains.

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In addition, South Dakota’s State Veterinarian, Dustin Oedekoven, will discuss biosecurity and health issues that ranchers may face 2011. Extension Range Livestock Production Specialist Eric Mousel will share information on improving profitability in the cow-calf sector by predicting heifer replacement longevity and productivity. The forum will conclude with Extension Equine Specialist Rebecca Bott explaining horse health and nutrition related to trailered horses.

For other questions, call Lemke, who is helping to organize the event, at 605-365-5161.