2016 Dakotafest schedule and information

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The 2016 Dakotafest is set for August 16-18 at Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce Street, Mitchell, SD 57301.

Show Dates and Hours

Tuesday, August 16: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 18: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: $10 per person, under 18 free.

Free Parking.

No pets allowed on the show grounds, including pets on leashes. ADA-approved service animals are permitted.

Tuesday, August 16

• 9:00 a.m. – Show Opens.

• 9:30 a.m. – Rainfall Simulator and Pasture and Cropland Soil Health.

• 10:00 a.m. – Reaves Buildings Innovation and Technology Campus Ribbon Cutting, at Reaves I&TC.

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health, at SDSU Tent.

• 10:30 a.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 11:00 a.m. – Checking for Success: The Value of Preg Checking the Cow Herd, at SDSU Tent.

• 11:00 a.m. – American Family Insurance Presents, “General Farm Safety Principals,” at Education Center.

• 12:00 p.m. – Free SDSU Ice Cream, at SDSU Tent.

• 12:00 p.m. – Dinner with Doc, at NW Vet Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Grain Commodity Outlook, at SDSU Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Pedal Pull, Sponsored by WinField CROPLAN, at Booth #SR05.

• 1:30 p.m. – South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Habitat Session (TBD), at Education Center.

• 2:00 p.m. – Late Season Crop Insect Pests, at SDSU Tent.

• 2:00 p.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 5:00 p.m. – Show Closes.

Wednesday, August 17

• 9:00 a.m. – Show Opens.

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health, at SDSU Tent.

• 10:00 a.m. – Check-in from Washington DC, at Education Center.

• 10:30 a.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 11:00 a.m. – Stockyards Ag Experience Barn, at SDSU Tent.

• 11:30 a.m. – American Family Insurance Presents, “General Farm Safety Principals”, at Education Center.

• 12:00 p.m. – Free SDSU Ice Cream, at SDSU Tent.

• 12:00 p.m. – Dinner with Doc, at NW Vet Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Making $$$ and Sense of Manure, at SDSU Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Pedal Pull, Sponsored by WinField CROPLAN, at Booth #SR05.

• 1:30 p.m. – Wetland Mitigation Summit, at Education Center.

• 2:00 p.m. – Better Choices, Better Health SD, at SDSU Tent.

• 2:00 p.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 5:00 p.m. – Show Closes.

Thursday, August 18

• 9:00 a.m. – Show Opens.

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health, at SDSU Tent.

• 10:00 a.m. – Policy Discussion with Senate Candidate Jay Williams, at Education Center.

• 10:30 a.m. – Policy Discussion with Congressional Candidate Paula Hawks, at Education Center.

• 10:30 a.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 11:00 a.m. – Trends of Farm Operators and Households, at SDSU Tent.

• 12:00 p.m. – Free SDSU Ice Cream, at SDSU Tent.

• 12:00 p.m. – Dinner with Doc, at NW Vet Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Fall Climate Outlook – Is La Nina around the Corner? at SDSU Tent.

• 1:00 p.m. – Estate Planning with Thompson Law, PC, at Education Center.

• 1:00 p.m. – Pedal Pull, Sponsored by WinField CROPLAN, at Booth #SR05.

• 2:00 p.m. – Pigweed Species Identification, at SDSU Tent.

• 2:00 p.m. – Livestock Chute Demos, at NW Vet Tent.

• 4:00 p.m. – Show Closes.

SDSU Extension

education sessions

Tuesday, August 16

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health., Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Stan Boltz NRCS state range conservationist.

• 11:00 a.m. – Checking for Success: The Value of Preg Checking the Cow Herd. Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist.

• 1:00 p.m. – Grain Commodity Outlook. Jack Davis, SDSU Extension crops business management field specialist.

• 2:00 p.m. – Late Season Crop Insect Pests. Adam Varenhorst, assistant professor and SDSU Extension field crop entomologist.

Wednesday, August 17

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health. Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Stan Boltz NRCS state range conservationist.

• 11:00 a.m. – Stockyards Ag Experience Barn. Jim Woster.

• 1:00 p.m. – Making $$$ and Sense of Manure. Erin Cortus, associate professor and SDSU Extension environmental quality engineer, Bob Thaler, professor and SDSU Extension swine specialist.

• 2:00 p.m. – Better Choices, Better Health SD. Megan Olesen, SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist, Megan Erickson, SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist.

Thursday, August 18

• 10:00 a.m. – Managing for Range and Pasture Health. Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension range field specialist, Stan Boltz NRCS state range conservationist.

• 11:00 a.m. – Trends of Farm Operators and Households. Matt Diersen, professor and SDSU Extension risk/business management specialist.

• 1:00 p.m. – Fall Climate Outlook — Is La Niña around the Corner? Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension climate field specialist.

• 2:00 p.m. – Pigweed Species Identification. Gared Shaffer, SDSU Extension weeds field specialist.

Dakotafest

Education Center at Reaves Innovation and Technology Campus session information

• Presenting Sponsor: American Family Insurance

• Official Radio Station Partner: KELO Radio

Tuesday, August 16

• 10:00 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

• 11:00 a.m. – American Family Insurance Presents: General Farm Safety Principles. Rob Mastick, farm/ranch loss control senior specialist.

• 1:30 p.m. – South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Habitat Session (TBD).

Wednesday, August 17

• 10:00 a.m. – Check-in from Washington DC. Senator John Thune (R), Senator Mike Rounds, Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

• 11:30 a.m. – American Family Insurance Presents: General Farm Safety Principles. Rob Mastick, farm/ranch loss control senior specialist.

• 1:30 p.m. – Wetland Mitigation Summit. South Dakota Farm Bureau is offering an opportunity for Dakotafest-goers to learn the latest about the Wetland Mitigation Bank in South Dakota. Wetland mitigation banking provides a way for farmers to work efficiently and protect the environment. South Dakota Farm Bureau, working in conjunction with Dakota Wetland Partners, is leading the way for farmers to buy credits and be able to move a wetland from a cropped field or sell credits by restoring or creating a new wetland. The forum will include USDA staff, farmers, and Dakota Wetland Partner experts discussing how farmers can become involved and benefit from wetland mitigation banking. South Dakota Farm Bureau is proud to develop solutions for farm, ranch, and rural families while protecting the environment and building thriving communities.

Thursday, August 18

• 10:00 a.m. – Policy Discussion with Senate Candidate Jay Williams.

• 10:30 a.m. – Policy Discussion with Congressional Candidate Paula Hawks.

• 1:00 p.m. – Estate Planning with Thompson Law, PC. Learn about estate and legacy planning with the experts from Thompson Law, PC. Ensure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want.

Northwest Veterinary Supply Tent Livestock Schedule

Chute demos held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and don’t miss Dinner With Doc, daily at noon! Hear from experts and enjoy a complimentary steak sandwich.

The livestock Demo Tent is located on the west side of the grounds. Throughout each day representatives from animal health sponsors will be available to detail their products and answer questions.

Tuesday, August 16 – Feedlot

• Cattle in Confinement.

• Value of Implants on performance.

• Electronic Identification and record keeping.

• Beef Quality Assurance- What’s in it for me?

• Autogenous Products.

• Utilizing Commodities in the feedlot.

• Veterinary Feed Directive.

• New product, New labels.

• Ultra-sounding for GRID Marketing.

Wednesday, August 17 – Repro Day

• Value of AI vs Natural Breeding.

• Beef Quality Assurance- Repro Vx and Hormones.

• Genetic Testing.

• Certified Ultra-Sound Testing.

• Animal Identification.

• Value of Pregnancy Testing.

• Veterinary Feed Directive and the cow-calf herd.

• Heifer Development.

• Fly Circus.

Thursday, August 18 – Cow/Calf Day

• 5 C’s of Colostrum Management.

• Long Range and Cow Data.

• Beef Quality Assurance Responsible Antibiotic Use.

• Importance of Identification.

• Implanting for pounds.

• Veterinary Feed Directives and Weaning.

• Intranasal vs Injectable viral.

• Water Quality.

• Fly Circus.

Sponsors: AgriLabs, Elanco, Zoetis, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), Z Tags, Alta Genetics, Newport Laboratories, Ritchey Tags, Norbrook, Merial, Bayer, SD Beef Council, New Balance Commodities, MWI, Callicrate Banders.

Special Events

Daily Events

• Ice Cream Social, 12:00 p.m., at SDSU Booth (#600).

Stop by the SDSU booth for cold, refreshing ice cream every day at noon!

Sponsored by: SDSU Extension.

• Kids’ Pedal Pull, 1:00 p.m., at WinField – CROPLAN booth (#SR05).

Bring your youngster to the Pedal Pull to see how he or she fares in Dakotafest’s most widely-attended children’s contest.

Children ages 4–11 are eligible to participate and the top three contestants in each bracket will win an award.

Sponsored by: WinField CROPLAN.

Wednesday, August 17

• Women’s Brunch, at Highland Conference Center, 2000 Highland Way, Mitchell, S.D.

The annual Women’s Brunch event will be held on Wednesday, August 17 at the Highland Conference Center. The speaker this year is Melanie Brown, author, speaker and life coach. Known for her characteristic blend of humor, storytelling and insight, Melanie Brown captures her audiences and breathes new life into every room. She provides the tools to forge a powerful breakthrough where the potential for personal and professional growth is unlimited, and she encourages audiences to live with an attitude of gratitude.

Advance tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 601 N. Main St. in Mitchell or by calling 996-5567. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $20.

• Miller Lite Bull Bash, 7:30 p.m., at Mitchell Rodeo Grounds.

After spending the day at Dakotafest, come watch the most daring, fast-paced sport in America. The Miller Lite Bull Bash features over 40 bull rides with some of the top bull riders in the sport of rodeo today. Added attractions include Mutton Bustin’ for the young riders: ages 4-7, under 60 pounds.

Don’t miss the excitement on August 17 at the Rodeo Grounds in Mitchell. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. with brats, burgers, and beverages served on the grounds by the Mitchell Exchange Club. The show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.