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South Dakota Red Meat Production in October Up Over the Year

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Commercial red meat production in South Dakota totaled 107.4 million pounds in October, up 9 percent over the year.

The Agriculture Department says pork production and sheep and lamb production in the state were up from October 2011.

The commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 483,500 head during the month, compared to 446,600 the year before.

Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter totaled 400 head in October, double last year’s production.

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