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Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE



For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073


***Note: Photo available via link at the end of this release.***

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month

PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

South Dakota has nearly five cattle for every one person in the state. Nationally, South Dakota ranks fifth for the size of the calf crop and number of beef cows.

“South Dakota is home to over 15,000 cattle producers who strive to provide a safe, wholesome product for consumers,” said Gov. Daugaard. “They strive to produce a healthy and nutritious protein source for consumers within our state, but also to the global marketplace.”

“Recognizing May as Beef Month is a great way to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication of South Dakota’s beef producers,” said interim Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Dustin Oedekoven. “Our producers continue to meet the challenges of a changing industry while raising their cattle herds using methods that are environmentally conscious.”

South Dakota also ranks seventh nationally for total herd size, at 3.95 million head, and cattle on feed with a total of 435,000 head.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 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 find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Photo: (left to right) Suzy Geppert, executive director of the SD Beef Industry Council; Teri Heninger, SD Beef Industry Council finance officer; Kathy Heiss, West Central Cattlemen’s Association; Barb Bonhorst, SD Cattlemen’s Foundation; interim SD Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Dustin Oedekoven; Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Todd Mortenson, SD Cattlemen’s Association; SD Beef Industry Council board president Wayne Tupper; SD Beef Industry Council director of industry relations Tracey Walsh; SD Cattlemen’s Association membership/outreach manager Tracie Bradford; director of communications for the SD Beef Industry Council Amanda Bacon.