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Cattle Brought to WDT Campus for Farm & Ranch Management Program Learning

Three Angus cattle arrived at their new home on Western Dakota Tech’s (WDT) campus on Friday, Oct. 2! The cattle will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in the college’s Farm and Ranch Management program. 

WDT is now one of only about 35 colleges in the U.S. to have cattle on campus for learning purposes. The only other program in S.D. with cattle is South Dakota State University in Brookings.

WDT started a Farm and Ranch Management Program last year under the direction of Kaden Eisenbraun. Program Director Eisenbraun is from a well-known, seventh-generation farm and ranching family in western South Dakota and was named one of AgGrad’s inaugural 30 Under 30 in Agriculture for 2019.

Eisenbraun transported three Angus heifers to live on the WDT campus on the afternoon of Oct. 2. The cattle are located in a pasture area behind the college’s Badlands Hall building.   

It has been Eisenbraun’s goal to bring cattle to WDT since he started the Farm and Management program.

“We wanted to bring cattle to Western Dakota Tech so our students can learn to work with cattle in a hands-on environment. Our students will supervise the production and care of the cattle. They will learn about their nutritional needs, health care, and overall maintenance. They will also learn how to care for the pasture ground and the environment,” Eisenbraun said. “Working with cattle will be an important part of the education we provide and will set WDT apart from other farm and ranch programs.”

Learn more about WDT's popular Farm and Ranch Management Program at, You can also call Admissions at (605) 718-2565 or email

Kaden Eisenbraun, Western Dakota Tech (WDT) Farm & Ranch Management Program Director, delivered three Angus cattle to a pasture on WDT's campus on Oct. 2. The cattle will be an important part of the hands-on learning WDT students will receive in the degree program.

About Western Dakota Tech

Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

Western Dakota Tech offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. [Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Tech faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about Western Dakota Tech, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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