SDSU plans webinars on calving distribution, market outcomes

South Dakota State University Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Beginning Jan. 7, SDSU Extension will host a four-week webinar series related to the importance of calving distribution and subsequent market outcomes. Webinars will be held on Thursday of each week at 12:30 p.m. CST and will run through Jan. 28.

The series will consist of management strategies related to four key biological cycles in the cow and will address those things that are critical to each stage of that biological cycle. Each webinar will feature a different industry expert and will focus on a different topic including late gestation, calving-breeding, breeding-weaning and weaning-late gestation. Topics to be discussed within each series will include nutrition, reproduction, health and economics.

“This program gives producers the opportunity to look at their calving data, develop production goals, and learn management strategies to capitalize on market outcomes,” said Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist.

Cows that calve on time are the No. 1 predictor that cattle within that operation fit the managerial program. Furthermore, calf crops uniform in size and age have market advantages and exceed returns over calves that lack uniformity in both age and weight. Management decisions made prior to the first calf hitting the ground can have significant impact on the following breeding and calving season.

This webinar series will support cow/calf producers willing to implement new strategies for greater financial gain. Applications will focus on herd data and management decisions that promote market advantages.

Those interested can register at https://bit.ly/3lvT0JQ. Registration costs $50 and is open to the public through Jan. 6.

For questions about the webinar series, contact Amundson at olivia.amundson@sdstate.edu or 605-782-3290.