South Dakota ranks sixth nationally in sheep and wool production. And the industry is growing.
Meat, Wool and Dairy
All Meat, Wool and Dairy Content
SDSU Extension will host a sheep shearing school for students from October 7-9 at the SDSU Sheep Research and Teaching Unit (3729 Medary Ave., Brookings, SD 57007).
There has been an interest in manufacturing and processing dairy products by South Dakota food entrepreneurs. Learn everything you need to know about the basic requirements for processing and selling Grade A and Grade B dairy and dairy products in our state.
The wool market continually rewards those who emphasize high-quality production. Efforts to increase wool clip value can be made through regular management practices and proper wool clip preparation at shearing.
South Dakota is known for a high reputation wool clip. Emphasis on economically important wool traits coupled with careful genetic selection helps promote production, profitability and sustainability in an operation.
The growing interest in food chain transparency has fostered the growth of direct marketing meat to consumers. Learn some of the challenges and opportunities this style of marketing offers lamb producers.
The ethnic market plays a big role in the lamb industry. Learn some keys to success for taking advantage of seasonal demand and price fluctuations in this growing market, including when and where to sell.
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.