Zoetis donates $100,000 to SDSU cow/calf research facility

Contribution honors South Dakota cattle producers who suffered losses in Winter Storm Atlas.

To honor cattle producers who were affected by Winter Storm Atlas in October, Zoetis has given a $100,000 donation toward the construction of the Cow/Calf Education & Research Facility planned at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

Zoetis presented a check to SDSU to help fund the facility that will support industry education, research and current and future generations of cattle producers. The company made presentations at a producer meeting in Brookings, S.D., and during the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, S.D.

"In light of the tragedy in South Dakota and the impact the storm had on potential donors, we want to ensure we are doing everything possible to continue to help our customers," said Rob Kelly, vice president of Zoetis U.S. Cattle & Equine Operations. "This facility will play an integral role in enhancing educational curricula for students, supporting important studies and improving resources and facilities that will benefit students, faculty, SDSU, cattle producers and, ultimately, the beef industry."

The facility will offer many amenities to give students hands-on experiences, and it also will better serve the needs of Extension, 4-H, FFA and public and industry groups. The facility will feature:

* State-of-the-art facilities for cattle-handling demonstrations;

* A multipurpose building to house maternity pens and display pens for livestock evaluation;

* A research building with equipment to measure feed and water intake by individual animals;

* Replicated pastures to provide grazing management research, and

* Offices, a conference center and laboratory space.

The SDSU department of animal and range sciences has been raising funds to upgrade the existing facility, which was constructed in the 1950s and about half of it was destroyed by fire in 2012.

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