There are 35 licensed auction markets operating this year in South Dakota.
The auction markets continue to provide a valuable service to the livestock industry in marketing their product. The number of swine being sold at auction is showing dramatic decreases as the swine industry changes.
Veterinary inspection continues to be carried out at all markets with the inspecting veterinarian seeing that Animal Industry Board regulations are being enforced. This is important to ensure the livestock being sold are healthy. This benefits the livestock industry and the marketing of livestock at auctions in South Dakota by ensuring the ability to timely ship livestock from markets to other states.
The cooperation of the auction market industry and the Board continues to be very good.