Cattle Country Check-In – Drought, Developments in the Hills

-C.J. Keene,  Newsradio KOTA

 

While springtime rain has come, the most recent US Drought Monitor still shows much of West River under some kind of drought conditions.

James Halverson, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, says the spring growth is good for morale.

But Halverson says don’t get too comfortable yet…

Halverson assessed the mood of producers.

This months north central region climate update suggested warmer conditions into the summer, and the potential for “flash drought” over the northern plains.

 

With a $1.1 billion meatpacking facility proposed for the Rapid City area, local cattle producers are assessing what it could mean for their ranches.

James Halverson, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, said he’s feeling “cautiously optimistic” about the project.

Halverson said he believes the project would be a net positive for South Dakota cattle producers.

Halverson, referencing the Cattle Market Transparency Act, said the concerns of cattle country are making their way to DC.

Halverson said the SDSGA is “thankful” for the work being done by the South Dakota Congressional delegation.