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Large South Dakota feedlots report 11 percent increase in number of cattle from last year

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 255,000 cattle on feed on January 1, up 11 percent from last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during December totaled 41,000 head, up 52 percent from the previous year.

Marketings of fed cattle during in December totaled 35,000 head, up 17 percent from the previous year.

Other disappearance during December totaled 1,000 head, down 1,000 head from the previous year.

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