The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots organization whose individual producer members determine issues of importance to the state's livestock industry. With input into the policy development, each member has the opportunity to influence SDSGA's policy and priorities. Individual members of the Association pull together to make powerful decisions - dedicated to promoting the livestock industry and enhancing the opportunity for profitability.

SD Stockgrowers News

Lyndell Petersen to be Inducted into SD Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 Long-time SD Stockgrowers supporter and agriculture advocate, Lyndell Petersen, of Pennington County, will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

The following is an excerpt from his biography with the SD Hall of Fame.

“The variety of people I met, situations I faced, and the needs I felt had to be served led me to memberships on and in a diverse number of groups and Boards of Directors. Some of the directorships included Rushmore Mutual Life Insurance Co., Clarkson-Mt. View Nursing Home, North Central Health Systems, regional and national boards of The North American Corriente Association, Western South Dakota Buckaroos, the Pennington County Board of Commissioners, Central States Fair, and Western Junior Livestock Show. The most frequent involvement was with The Central States Fair, which like an errant child seemed to need redirection on, at least, three occasions over the past 50 years.

Once in a while I did some really fun stuff. After I retired from the Extension Service, we bought a ranch, some commercial cattle and I was finally able to live the dream. We bought a ranch on Lower Spring Creek, its headquarters, an 1885 house was slated for demolition. Jill and I restored the house which is now our home and is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. We switched to Corriente cattle, an athletic medium-sized animal favored by team ropers and never looked back. We had the National Champion Roping Steer twice. Like ranchers everywhere we had calves warming in the house, bottle babies, late night phone calls that our cows were out. It was great.”

Anyone who would like to help honor Lyndell is invited to the festivities this Friday and Saturday Sept. 13, and 14 in Chamberlain, SD. Tickets can be purchased at Or call the SD Hall of Fame at (605) 234-4216 for more information.

Beef Pricing


The South Dakota Stockgrowers were pleased at the yesterday’s announcement from the USDA stating they will begin an investigation into recent beef pricing margins.  “If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

After Tyson’s Holcomb Kansas processing plant fire on August 9th, live cattle and feeder cattle prices tumbled, meanwhile boxed beef cut-out values have increased substantially.  USDA data showed that beef packer profits kept climbing to 5, 6, even $700 per head.  Cattle slaughter actually increased the week after the fire, according to USDA.

“The phone has been ringing off the hook the last few weeks with a lot of concerned producers over the markets”. Says James Halverson, Executive Director of The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.  “Our office has been working where we can to find answers for our members, and we are extremely grateful USDA and this administration has heard the frustrations of ranchers and is taking the time the look into this.”

Gary Deering President of The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association adds, “There is a good reason for producers to question the current situation of the markets. We have heard just last week video sales had calves selling for way less than prices needed to even breakeven.  When producers are faced with the many tough decisions, that they will face under these circumstances –  not to mention the frustration and additional expense last year’s weather events gave us, they truly want answers. 

“We are supportive of this investigation and will stand by to help where we can to make sure we have markets that will work and remain competitive.” Says Halverson

USDA’s press release can be seen HERE.