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Cattle and sheep numbers up in South Dakota over 2017

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- South Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago. New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 4 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 4 percent from last year at the same time. Sheep an...

Cattle graze in a field west of Letcher. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Cattle graze in a field west of Letcher. (Matt Gade/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - South Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago.

New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 4 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 4 percent from last year at the same time.

Sheep and lambs totaled 260,000 head, up 10,000 from last year.

The 2017 calf crop totaled 1.84 million head, up 9 percent from 2016. Last year's lamb crop totaled 190,000 head, down 5,000 to a record low.

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