South Dakota Livestock

SD Animal Industry Board warns of livestock virus

22 hours ago
South Dakota Animal Industry Board

A livestock disease known as Vesicular stomatitis, or VSV, has been confirmed in horses in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

The South Dakota Animal Industry Board is warning livestock producers and taking active measures to keep the virus, which can affect all forms of livestock, out of the state.

Dr. Dustin Odekoven is the South Dakota State Veterinarian. He says this virus has been shown to have an impact on the livelihood of producers in the past.

Meat Packer Bill Reintroduced

May 16, 2016
South Dakota Public Broadcasting

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is sponsoring legislation to ban meat packer ownership of livestock.   The move aims to end what some call a monopoly in the meat industry. Critics say meat packers that also own livestock control too much of the market and hurt smaller family farms and ranches.

Livestock Disaster Relief Signup Begins April 15

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem says ranchers should be able to start signing up for disaster relief by April 15. She says officials with the USDA are fast tracking the livestock disaster programs to assist producers affected by last October’s blizzard. Noem says those with the USDA are also going to expedite farm programs and the rules and regulatory approval process. She expects signup on those programs to begin by late summer or early fall.  

The cleanup of this weekends blizzard in western South Dakota continues with efforts from multiple groups around the state. As cleanup continues there's good news and bad news.

The good news is the search for missing elk hunters in the black hills is being dismissed. Major Bruce Kipp with the Civil Air Patrol says there were two reports of missing hunters and planes went out searching in remote areas.  

Snow Storm Wreaks Havoc On South Dakota Livestock

Oct 7, 2013

The heavy snow that fell across the Black Hills over the weekend is wreaking havoc on South Dakota livestock. Officials are saying many cows did not survive the freezing temperatures and deep snow. They say many cattle died and their carcasses are becoming visible now that the snow is melting – reports are coming from travelers that can see them from I-90.

Ken Olson is a Certified Beef Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. He says reports of cattle fatalities are just now starting to roll in.