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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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.

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)