South Dakota Cattle Numbers Up As National Herd Hits Record Low
The Rushmore State's 3.85 million cattle far outnumber its people, and the herd is up 5 percent in the past year, according to recent news reports.
Nationwide, cattle numbers are down 3 percent year over year.
Industry experts cite a widespread drought as well as farmers choosing to plant crops rather than graze livestock, given the nation's crop insurance policies eliminate most risk.
South Dakota officials have worked to recruit dairies, which has pushed numbers up here.
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