Effective marketing and risk management techniques often rely on sound benchmarks. Those marketing cattle need reasonable metrics to evaluate received and expected prices. The common prices specific to South Dakota are the fed steer and cull cow prices from Sioux Falls Regional Livestock in Worthing, South Dakota, and the average feeder steer and stocker (5-600#) steer prices from reported sales across South Dakota.
Monthly Cattle Prices and Basis Levels
SDSU Extension publishes the Livestock Newsletter to provide South Dakota producers, industry professionals and consumers with timely research-based recommendations.
Recently, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and SDSU Extension held workshops across the State focused on sharing information from experienced livestock producers who have switched to a calving date more in sync with nature.
The use of estrous synchronization with natural service provides an opportunity to utilize the benefits of synchronization. However, the first question producers ask is, “How many more bulls do I need?"