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.
PIERRE, S.D. – Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a reportable disease of livestock, has been
confirmed in horses in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
Effective immediately, all horses entering South Dakota from states with active quarantines for
vesicular stomatitis must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and an import permit.
Import permits are already and will continue to be required for all other livestock species
susceptible to VSV. Accredited veterinarians issuing CVIs can acquire an import permit by calling
the SD Animal Industry Board at 605.773.3321.
VSV is a sporadic disease which causes painful blisters and sores on the mouth, nostrils, teats and
feet of horses, cattle, swine and other livestock. Flies and midges are the insect vectors responsible
for transmitting VSV. The virus can also be spread through direct contact with infected livestock
and indirectly through contact with contaminated equipment and tack. Isolation of affected and
exposed animals, as well as fly and insect control are the most important steps in preventing the
disease. Good sanitation and bio-security measures can help avoid exposure.
State Veterinarian, Dr. Dustin Oedekoven* is recommending owners monitor their livestock,
especially horses, closely. Owners traveling with their livestock to shows, exhibitions or events
should be diligent in their observations.
If you suspect VSV in your animals, contact your veterinarian immediately. Vesicular stomatitis
should be immediately reported to the South Dakota state veterinarian at 605.773.3321. Affected
premises are quarantined to prevent the spread of this disease. People who are in close contact with
affected animals may develop an influenza-like illness with symptoms including fever, muscle
aches and headache.