Numerous blizzards in South Dakota have significantly increased the cost of production for livestock producers.
Stephanie Jung says the north central region has received more than 100 inches of snow and feed costs have increased to provide additional nutrition. “We fed a higher energy ration than we would normally do for longer than we would normally do just due to the significant cold to keep condition on these cattle. These cows saw sub-zero weather for a better part of a month.”
Jung has a seed stock operation and raises goats near Aberdeen and she tells Brownfield she’s constantly pushing snow to clear pens.