Pigs

South Dakota hog farmers are running out of room. That's because a number of meatpacking plants are closed and still aren't sure when they will reopen. In the meantime, hog farmers have nowhere to send their animals. That despite President Donald Trump's recent executive order to reopen the country's meatpacking plants under the Defense Production Act. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports...

South Dakota hog farmers are running out of room.

South Dakota Now Ranks Top 10 Hog Producers

Jul 18, 2016
South Dakota Department of Agriculture

South Dakota now ranks among the top ten hog producers in the nation.

June numbers from the Hogs and Pigs Report put out by the US Department of Agriculture shows South Dakota has over 190-thousand sows. Dr. Bob Thaler (TALLER) is the SDSU Extension Swine Specialist. He says the reason South Dakota is on the way up . . . is cost.