South Dakota: Heifer development and fetal programming meetings Feb. 15-17 in Brookings, Fort Pierre and Rapid City |

South Dakota: Heifer development and fetal programming meetings Feb. 15-17 in Brookings, Fort Pierre and Rapid City

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host three meetings on heifer development and fetal programming in February.

The first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15 at the Brookings County Extension Resource Center located at the Swiftel Center. Activities begin with a noon lunch followed by the 1-5 p.m. meeting.

The second meeting is set for Feb. 16 at the Fort Pierre Livestock Auction Market, Fort Pierre, and it takes place from 1-5 p.m. with an evening meal to follow. The final meeting is Feb. 17 at the West River Ag Center in Rapid City. A noon lunch is provided followed by the 1-5 p.m. program.

Registration costs $25 for those who sign up on or before Feb. 7. Late or on-site registration costs $30. Fees cover the cost of meals, proceedings and facilities. To register, send payment and contact information to Heather Larson, Jerauld County Extension Livestock Educator, P.O. Box 366, Wessington Springs, SD 57382.

Online information about the meetings, including a registration form, is available at:

For more information, call Larson at 605-539-9471 or e-mail her at this address:

Extension staff will broadcast the Brookings program live on Feb. 15 for participants who cannot attend the event. For more information concerning this broadcast, call your county Extension office.

Cattlemen in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming are encouraged to attend this training so they may access up-to-date research regarding heifer development and fetal programming. The program includes Rick Funston of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Beef Reproduction Management Specialist George Perry and Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly. Each will speak at the three events.

Funston is widely recognized for his research in fetal programming. He relates medical findings from human prenatal health care and nutrition programs and the impact of these programs on the future health status of youth. Funston then compares these findings with cow nutrition and health protocols and how these factors can influence the productive life of calves.

Perry’s expertise in beef reproductive focuses on management factors that impact fertility, including how methods of heifer development can impact reproductive efficiency and factors that cause variations in pregnancy success.

Daly combines his veterinary experience and work at the South Dakota State University Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, discussing heifer vaccination programs and how timing and management can make important differences in herd health and reproductive planning.

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