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South Dakota cattlemen optimistic in spite of drought

South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association President Larry Stomprud says the state’s cattle producers are optimistic in spite of West River drought.  Stomprud says there’s good demand for beef and China has recently reopened access to its market.

“We’re hopeful that President Trump and his negotiators don’t do any harm in NAFTA and that they go forward soon with bilateral agreements with the U.K., with Japan and others,” said Stomprud Friday, in an interview with Brownfield Ag News.

Stomprud – a cow/calf producer at Mud Butte, in western South Dakota – had to sell cow/calf pairs early because drought made it impossible to feed them.

“We put up about three percent of [the hay] we normally put up, and only about ten percent of normal last year, so we’ve had to buy some hay to just get our calves and our first-calf heifers through,” said Stomprud.

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association just completed its meeting in Pierre.

AUDIO: Larry Stomprud (5 min. MP3)

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