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South Dakota Remains a Key Player in Nation's Cattle Industry
South Dakota cattlemen and cattle feeders continue to keep their state among the national leaders in beef production despite the challenges presented by the drought of 2012 and escalating feed and land costs. This status was verified with the release of the USDA South Dakota census of agriculture.
With a calf crop inventory of 1,690,000 head (January 1, 2013), South Dakota ranked 4th among the nation’s leading cattle states. Although that number is slightly less than the 2012 total (1,710,000), it is still the largest total since 2008.
The State’s cow herd and their offspring accounted for almost 23 percent of its agricultural gross receipts. That total represents an 8th place ranking among all states. When reviewing cow numbers by themselves, the January 1, 2014 beef cow inventory total stood at 1,635,000, down slightly from the 2013 inventory number but still about 1.5 percent above the 2012 mark. That 1.635 million head total still ranks South Dakota 5th nationally behind Texas (number 1 with over 4 million cows), Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Beef cattle outnumber people in South Dakota by more than a 4:1 ratio.
South Dakota additionally ranks 7th for cattle on feed according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture accounting for 2.4 percent of the national total. The January, 2014 inventory total of 310,000 is almost 26 percent greater the 2013 January 1 figure and about 16 percent greater than either of the 2011 or 2012 totals.
The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and information about the nation’s agricultural production network. The 2012 Census results are now available online at the USDA Census of Agriculture website. - See more at: http://igrow.org/livestock/beef/south-dakota-remains-a-key-player-in-nations-cattle-industry/#sthash.p3DEPXAB.dpuf
 Upcoming Sales:
Friday, August 1st - Special grass yearling & Holstein sale with 1000 head listed, with more by sale time. Early listing includes: 500 black steers 900-950 lbs.
55 Holstein steers 550-750 lbs 
Friday, August 8th - Special sale.
Friday, August 15th - Special sale.
Friday, August 22nd - Special sale.
Friday, August 29th - Special sale.
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1. Go to www.cattleusa.com to register.

2. If you wish to bid, have your financial institution fax a letter of credit to Herreid Livestock at 605-437-2634.

3. We will approve you to bid AFTER we receive your letter of credit. Letter of credit MUST be received by 12 noon, CST one day prior to sale day. Thank you & enjoy the sale!


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