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Boost your herd's value with SDSU's Calf Value Discovery program 2023-2024
South Dakota Ag Connection - 09/22/2023

Eager to enhance their operations, cow/calf producers can now join the SDSU Extension’s Calf Value Discovery program for the 2023-2024 season. By consigning a set number of steer calves, producers get an opportunity to have their cattle fed at Vander Wal Yards in Bruce, South Dakota, and periodically assessed by SDSU personnel.

For a modest fee per head, producers can commit a minimum of five calves, provided they fall within the stipulated weight range. The cattle will then embark on an accelerated finishing program, followed by a scheduled sale around May 15, 2024, based on a grid price system.

Julie Walker, a respected professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist, emphasizes the program's essence: It gives producers invaluable insights into their calves' feedlot performance and the subsequent carcass data. This data becomes a crucial tool, especially for those marketing their cattle traditionally at sale barns.

Deliveries for calves have been scheduled at two prime locations – the Cottonwood Research Station and Vander Wal Yards. Calves heading to Cottonwood need prior brand inspection. Certain health protocols, like dehorning, castration, and vaccination against prevalent diseases, are mandatory before the calves are delivered.

To join this initiative, interested parties should ensure they complete the registration by October 15.

For a more comprehensive overview or to register, potential participants can visit the official SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery program website.

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