The number of cattle and calves in South Dakota is down slightly over the year.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that there were 3.85 million cattle and calves in the state on January 1, down one percent from 2016.

There were 1.66 million beef cows, down slightly, and 116,000 milk cows, up five percent from the previous year.

Cattle in South Dakota feedlots on feed for slaughter totaled 380,000, down 13 percent.

The state's 2016 calf crop totaled 1.69 million head, up 2 percent from 2015.

Source: Associated Press

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