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Governor’s Order Grants Permission To Move Over-Width Baled Livestock Feed Throughout S.D.





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: Aug. 21, 2012

Media Contact: Jamie Crew, 605-773-4073

 

Governor’s Order Grants Permission To Move Over-Width Baled Livestock Feed

Throughout South Dakota

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an Executive Order that, upon receipt of a permit, grants permission to move over-width baled livestock feed not exceeding 12-feet-wide or 15-feet-high in South Dakota two hours after sunset and two hours before sunrise.

 

Over-width vehicles must be equipped with flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights placed at each side of the load’s widest extremity. The warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front and rear. Movement under the executive order is valid only for baled livestock feed.

 

The Governor’s Executive Order allows over-width moving of baled livestock feed until cessation of the drought emergency or no later than Oct. 20, 2012.

 

“This summer’s persistent drought conditions have left livestock producers across South Dakota with inadequate feed supplies,” said Walt Bones, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. “Increasing hauling height and width restrictions for baled hay will allow producers to move feed in a more efficient manner.”

 

The normal restriction on South Dakota highway loads is 14-feet, 3-inches high and 8-feet, 6-inches wide.

 

Although height and width restrictions for baled livestock feed have been temporarily increased by Executive Order, several highways in the state have width and height restrictions in place because of construction or permanent structures. Truckers are encouraged to check their routes ahead of time for those restrictions.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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