December 13 2005

[b]Grazing Seminar planned for January[/b]

Posted by Nicole
A grazing seminar will be held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Cedar Shore Resort sponsored by Brule Buffalo Lyman Bootstraps, Brule Buffalo Conservation District and South Dakota Grassland Coalition.
The featured speaker will be Terry Gompert. Terry is a Univ. of Neb. at Lincoln extension educator who is also cattleman with an interest in low cost production using grass to keep costs down. He is a very innovative person and has done research on grazing green corn for cattle finishing, using skim milk as a soil amendment, and advocating soil testing to sweeten soils to help increase grass energy levels.
Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to the following:
The importance of litter
Year around grazing, filling the gap
Grass finishing considerations
Grass monitoring
Low cost cow/calf ideas
Let the animals do their work for you
Irrigated forages/pasture
Pasture establishment
Curt Morrow and EJ Haybrock with K line Irrigation Systems will give a short talk on their small systems for people interested in grass finishing.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Cedar Shore with the seminar starting at 9:30 AM. Lunch will be a soup and sandwich bar and is included with your meeting fee. The cost is $ 30 per person if you are a Bootstraps or SD Grasslands Coalition member ($ 50 per person otherwise). You may join either at registration to qualify for the lower rate. (SDGLC is $ 15 per year and Bootstraps is $ 20.)
Pre-registration is not mandatory, but will greatly help the resort prepare the correct amount of food and have seating in meeting rooms ready. To pre register call Dr. Julie Williams at (605)234-6562 during the day time, or leave a message anytime at (605)894-4363 or email at wagner©midstatesd.net.

December 13 2005

[b]Pheasants Doing Well After Storm[/b]

Posted by Nicole
PIERRE, S.D. - Game, Fish and Parks officials say that some pheasant losses were documented from the recent blizzard and subsequent 10 days in the deep freeze; however, the loss of birds appears to be minimal. Areas with marginal habitat became inundated with snow from the storm, and any pheasant that did not move to better cover most likely perished, said GFP Wildlife Program Administrator Tony Leif of Pierre. Leif noted that since the storm, people have been seeing large flocks of pheasants wherever good habitat remains, and this indicates that most pheasants moved to or were already using the better habitat, like large wetlands, Conservation Reserve Program fields and shelterbelts, to escape the elements.

December 06 2005

Posted by Nicole


Left: Madison Brown and Stockton McClanahan anxiously awaited Santa?s arrival at the Presho Area Chamber Room Thursday night so they could deliver their Christmas wish list.

December 06 2005

[b]Presho Holiday Open House held[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Nicole Choal

The Annual Presho Area Chamber Hometown Christmas Holiday Open House was held Thursday December 1st, 2005 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Businesses around town were open extra hours to accommodate holiday shoppers and to show appreciation for their customers year long business. In addition to the local businesses providing snacks and refreshments, door prizes and in-store specials, money was raised to support school organizations. The Lyman Education Association (LEA) baked and sold Christmas cookies, candy and casseroles to raise funds and the cheerleaders provided singing entertainment, caroling for donations.

The sponsor of the event, the Presho Chamber, enticed locals to come to town by offering a chamber bucks drawings totaling $ 275. To enter, a person visited every participating business to receive a stamp on their bingo card until a blackout bingo was completed. The winning Bingo entries drawn were Joan Potter, $ 100; Crystal Brakke, $ 100; and LaVerne Ehlers, $ 75.00. The chamber booth held drawings for four prizes. Presho Flowers donated a Christmas wreath won by Kenda Mortenson, Pro Bait & Tackle donated a tackle box won by Curly Schoenfelder, Dakota Builders Supply donated a giant sticking won by Essence Monson, and New Frontier Station donated pizza and a pop won by Hadley Cropsey.

Executive Secretary of the Chamber, Tammy Cole reported a lot of people in town. Due to the cold weather I think people stayed at the businesses longer, rather than walking around a lot. Jody Reuman of Hair West commented, We had a wonderful turnout, and really appreciate all the people stopping in despite the cold weather.
The highlight of the evening occurred when Santa arrived in town to visit with area children and adults. The night ended with the 5th Annual Parade of Lights which only had three entries due to lack of participation.
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