‘Alternative Calving Dates’ Video and ‘Tuesday Night Live’ open Zoom seminars.

Presho, SD –The South Dakota Grassland Coalition has produced a series of videos for livestock producers across the region.  The 25-video series features ranchers from across South Dakota who have discovered the benefits of matching calving to their ranch resources.  The videos offer personal from nearly 30 individuals about the challenges and benefits of shifting calving dates to fit with natural cycles.  The men and women interviewed discuss the opportunities for improved livestock health and profitability as well as a more enjoyable and reduced stress family life.

The primary video topics include:  When & Where to Calve; Managing the Herd; Assessing Ranch Resources; Finance, Profit & Marketing; and People, Relationships & Quality of Life. In total, the video series offers over 5 hours of in depth testimony, with individual videos ranging from 3 to 25 minutes, depending on the topic.

February 18 Videos When & Where to Calve

Winter ConsiderationsFacilities & InfrastructurePasture Shelter & ProtectionPlanning Calving PasturesMoving Cows & New Calves. 

February 25 Calving Videos

Episode 6 Where to Calve, Episode 7 Education Episode Resisting Change Episode 9 Cow Management Episode 10 Calf Management Episode 11 Bull & Breeding Management

March 4 Videos:

Assessing Ranch Resources

Video 12, Evaluate

Forage & Carrying Capacity, video 13

Education, video 14

Paradigms & Change, video 15

You can also go directly to the Grassland Coalition YouTube Channel to view all videos.

Jim Faulstich is a Highmore, SD area rancher and Board Member of the SD Grassland Coalition.  It was at Faulstich’s urging that the Board initially pursued this project, but it did not take long for all to realize there was a need to encourage livestock producers to take a hard look at their financial and natural resources related to calving seasons.  Faulstich offered the following when asked about the end result of the video project, “For anyone considering changing their calving season, the SD Grassland Coalition series of calving timing videos should really offer a wealth of information and answer most questions about the transition.  Plus, the real value is that it offers a large list of experienced producers that the listeners can call on for additional questions, guidance, and mentoring.”

Tuesday Night Live

SDGC will be hosting zoom meetings featuring those who appear in the calving series.  These open public sessions will allow livestock producers to ask questions to the participants.  The next ‘Tuesday Night Live’ calving discussions will be held Tuesday March 2rd at 7 pm (CST).  The Zoom link for Tuesday Night Live.

Tuesday Night Live Sessions will be 3/2/2021. 3/9/2021, 3/16/2021 and 3/23/2021

For more information, please contact Judge Jessop at judge.jessop@sdconservation.net