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.

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The South Dakota Stockgrowers applaud the introduction of New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act by Sens Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Angus King (I-ME) recently in the 116th U.S. Congress.   This bill would allow meat and poultry that has been inspected by state agencies with equal to or more strict standards as USDA inspection processes to be sold across state lines. Currently there are 27 states with programs certified by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA, which meet or exceed federal inspection standards. Meat and poultry products currently processed at these plants cannot be sold across state lines.    “South Dakota farmers and ranchers produce some of the highest-quality meat in the nation,” said Senator Rounds. “However, currently cattle sheep, swine, and goat producers are limited to markets within the state even though they are required to go through inspection at an FSIS-approved facility. This makes no sense considering state inspection programs are required to be ‘at least equal to’ or better than federal inspection standards. Our bill would allow these high-quality products that pass state inspection standards to be sold across state lines, opening up new markets for our producers and giving consumers greater choice at the grocery store.”   “We greatly appreciate Senator Rounds’ efforts with this bill,” said Stockgrowers Executive Director James Halverson. “Opening more market options for our producers can only help our industry. This is a great example of how the federal government has expanded its powers beyond what they need to be. Our state inspection programs are often more rigorous that federal standards, yet currently those products are not afforded the same marketing opportunities.”   This bill has received much support from industry organizations. Besides the South Dakota Stockgrowers, The United States Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Farm Bureau, the South Dakota Pork Producers, the South Dakota Meat Inspection Program Director, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association all support this bill.   Stockgrowers President Gary Deering was on hand in Washington DC when the bill was introduced. “We believe this common-sense legislation will continue to garner bi-partisan support,” he commented. We were very happy to work with Sen. Rounds and his staff on this bill and are excited to help push it across the finish line to become law,” he added.    Cosponsors include: U.S. Sens John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), and John Tester (D-MT)  


Dustin Oedekoven, DVM, State Veterinarian June 3, 2019 PIERRE, S.D. –

South Dakota cattle producers are encouraged to include anthrax vaccine in their vaccination program when they turn out cattle to summer pastures. Recent flooding may increase the risk of cattle encountering anthrax this season, according to Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota State Veterinarian. Anthrax is caused by bacteria that can develop into an environmentally resistant spore form when in the soil. Under the right conditions, these spores can become available for cows to graze. Once ingested by cattle, the spores become activated and produce toxins that cause rapid death. Anthrax can be prevented in cattle by administering a vaccine which is widely available, inexpensive, and very effective. While the anthrax risk has been well-documented in many parts of South Dakota, and anthrax vaccination of cattle is routine in those areas, it is not always possible to predict where cases may occur. Flooding is an environmental factor which may aid in making anthrax spores available to livestock. Cattle going onto pastures that have previously experienced flooding or into areas where anthrax has been documented in the past, should be considered prime candidates for vaccination. If Anthrax is Suspected Contact Your Local Veterinarian or the Animal Industry Board “During the summer, producers should take time to check all cattle frequently,” says Oedekoven. “Cattle producers need to promptly investigate any unexpected deaths on pasture, whether in cows, bulls or calves,” continues Oedekoven. “With anthrax and many other diseases, treatments and preventive measures are available, and prompt action can help prevent excessive losses.” If a producer suspects anthrax, the case should be reported immediately to local veterinarians or to the State Veterinarian at 605-773-3321. Suspect carcasses should not be moved or disturbed until a diagnosis has been made. “Local veterinarians are excellent sources of information for cattle producers regarding anthrax,” Oedekoven said. For more information on anthrax, contact the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.