South Dakota

Commercial red meat production for South Dakota totaled 76.3 million pounds during September. This was down 10% from last month and down 7% from one year ago, according to United States Department of Agriculture's South Dakota Ag Statistics Service.

For September, sheep and lamb production were up from a year ago, while beef and pork were down.

Commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 324,500 head during September compared to 331,600 head last year. Average live weight was 254 pounds, which was down 10 pounds from 1999. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 323,000 head, which was comprised of 12,400 sows and 310,600 barrows and gilts.

Commercial cattle slaughter for South Dakota totaled 21,400 head during September compared to 23,700 head last year. Average live weight was 1,398 pounds, which was down 18 pounds from 1999. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 19,200 head, which was comprised of 1,400 steers, 1,200 heifers, 12,800 cows, and 3,900 bulls.

Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter for South Dakota totaled 1,100 head during September compared to 900 head last year. Average live weight was 98 pounds, which was down 18 pounds from last year. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 1,000 head of lambs and yearlings.

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