SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south.
The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult conditions for ranchers in southern areas, and there also was blowing and drifting snow in the north.
However, cattle and calf conditions are rated 73 percent good to excellent, and sheep and lambs are 76 percent good to excellent. Death losses are mostly average to light.
Hay supplies statewide are 79 percent adequate to surplus, and stock water supplies are 83 percent in those categories.
South Dakota’s winter wheat crop is rated 62 percent in good to excellent condition.