Census of Agriculture Cattle Insights

Census of Agriculture Cattle Insights


The “2017 Census of Agriculture” is a valuable source for insights related to cattle operations at the state level. There were 13,928 operations across South Dakota with cattle in 2017, and the total inventory was 3,988,183 head. The long-run shift toward fewer yet larger operations mirrors the national situation. The number of operations fell from 2012, while the inventory increased.

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