South Dakota

Commercial red meat production for South Dakota totaled 85.2 million pounds during August. This was up 13% from last month and 7% from one year ago, according to United States Department of Agriculture's South Dakota Ag Statistics Service. For August, pork production was up from a year ago, while beef, and sheep and lamb production were down.

Commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 356,200 head during August compared to 322,100 head last year.

Average live weight was 258 pounds, which was down four pounds from 1999. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 354,900 head, which was comprised of 22,100 sows and 332,800 barrows and gilts.

Commercial cattle slaughter for South Dakota totaled 23,000 head during August compared to 24,000 head last year.

Average live weight was 1,403 pounds, which was up 20 pounds from 1999. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 20,900 head, which was comprised of 2,300 steers, 1,900 heifers, 12,600 cows, and 4,100 bulls.

Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter for South Dakota totaled 1,600 head during August compared to 1,800 head last year.

Average live weight was 95 pounds, which was down 20 pounds from last year. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 1,400 head of lambs and yearlings.

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