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Expanded Meat and Poultry Processing Resources Available to S.D. Livestock Producers and Meat Processors

The USDA's commitment to creating a more-resilient, diverse and equitable meat and poultry processing system is making new opportunities for rancher-owned enterprises, worker-owned housing and other cooperative initiatives.

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So, You Want to Build a Meat Processing Facility? Five Initial Steps to Consider

The need for more small meat processing capacity and skilled workers is not a new problem facing rural America. No matter the reason for wanting to build, here are some steps to consider before diving in.

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Meat Inspection in South Dakota: Requirements and Resources for Processing and Selling Meat

If you are considering marketing your animals directly to consumers it is important to understand the inspection requirements for selling meat directly to consumers.

Variety of frozen meats in a freezer labeled with a red, “Not for Sale” stamp.

Meat (Not) For Sale

Before buying meat from local livestock producers, take the time to understand the rules and regulations of local meat processing.

Beef, swain and lamb carcasses cleaned and ready for butchering and processing at a locker.

Guide for Purchasing Freezer Beef, Pork and Lamb

Purchasing meat directly from farmers and ranchers has become a prominent consumer trend. This article focuses on purchasing a beef animal, pig or lamb to stock your freezer.

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Sheep & Goats

South Dakota ranks sixth nationally in sheep and wool production. And the industry is growing.

Rambouillet ram consigned to Dakota Ram Test.

2021-2022 Dakota Performance Ram Test Results Released

April 12, 2022

Results from the Dakota Performance Ram Test provide participating producers with data on economically important ram traits, including growth performance, wool and carcass quality.

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South Dakota State University Raises Money for Scholarships at 30th Annual Lamb Bonanza

February 25, 2022

Lamb pelts were auctioned off at the 30th Annual Lamb Bonanza basketball game, generating more than $9,000 to support undergraduate scholarships for animal science students and student athletes.

Fleece of sheep wool with visible plant matter throughout.

Wool Evaluation 101

Guide to evaluating wool.

Several portions of ground beef being inspected at a meat processing facility.

Strengthening Local Processing Act Addresses Local Food Supply Chain Issues

A comprehensive bill designed to address livestock supply chain issues and support small and mid-size meat processors has been introduced as federal legislation. The Strengthening Local Processing Act provides small plants with the funds needed to grow and expand, and supports a scale-appropriate approach to small scale slaughter and processing.