Planned for Monday, June 3, in Mitchell, S.D. at the technical institute is a livestock handling workshop with Melissa Arhart.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Melissa Arhart graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science. After completing an internship in South Dakota, she joined SDSU Extension as a livestock educator in Hand County. In 2006, Melissa married Andrew and joined him working full time on the farm. Shortly after, Melissa started a feedlot consulting business, Arhart Feedlot Technologies, which utilizes ultrasound to identify marketing groups chuteside to save feed cost and target grid premiums.

Subsequently, Melissa attended a cattle handling seminar by Dr. Tom Noffsinger and upon incorporating a few of the techniques and realizing the impact it made, she attended additional seminars and completed a Bud Williams Stockmanship School. While ultrasounding thousands of cattle throughout SD, NE and ND, she realized that the stockmanship skills she learned could help people work easier. This drove her passion for cattle handling and her interest in sharing this experience with others. She believes that incorporating these skills can save time, labor, wear and tear on people and cattle, and make for a more enjoyable experience.

This workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition.

Registration at 9:30 a.m., Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Creekside Veterinary Clinic, Mitchell & Zoetis. Please RSVP to Judge Jessop 605-280-0127 or