Gary Cammack says a few words after accepting the 2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Larry Stomprud and Jim Faulstich made the presentation.
Gary Cammack says a few words after accepting the 2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Larry Stomprud and Jim Faulstich made the presentation.


 


By Wendy Sweeter


Members of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association met Nov. 27-29 in Huron, S.D., for their 70th annual convention and trade show.

Beef producers kicked off the convention with an update from South Dakota State University Extension specialists. 

SDSU Extension beef feedlot management associate Warren Rusche provided information about the feedlot heat stress survey that was completed by researchers at SDSU, the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska. They interviewed 46 feedlots from the three states and found out what was the best options for mitigating heat stress. SDSU will host a program in Watertown, S.D., Dec. 11 to further discuss feedlot heat stress.

Heidi Carroll,  SDSU Extension livestock stewardship field specialist and state BQA coordinator, updated the group on getting BQA certified and anyone transporting livestock to get BQA transportation certified.

SDSU Extension risk management specialist Matt Dierson went over the economics of backgrounding cattle. Matthew Elliott, SDSU Extension agribusiness specialist, provided the information they found doing a property tax study for the state Legislature.

Ashley McDonald with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association talked to the group about sustainability and cattlemen’s place at the table with the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Brett Crosby with Custom Ag Solutions talked about the risks and opportunities in today’s cattle markets.

Cammack Ranch of Union Center was named the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award winner. This is an annual land management recognition that is given on behalf of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, the Sand County Foundation and numerous other supporters.

Read more in-depth articles about these topics in subsequent issues of The Cattle Business Weekly.