South Dakota Sheep Producers to Provide Input for GIPSA Investigation

Farm Forum

PIERRE – South Dakota Sheep Growers’ will hold a meeting to discuss the investigation of the U.S. sheep and lamb market in response to dramatic price decreases.

Investigators from the USDA Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will attend the meeting and be available to take firsthand accounts from South Dakota sheep and lamb producers regarding any possible causes or factors that may have contributed to the price decline.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. Public is welcome.

The investigation came about because of a petition from a group of U.S. legislators including South Dakota Sens. John Thune and Tim Johnson and Rep. Kristi Noem.

Any sheep producer who would like to share information can contact Tom Duggan, Business Practices Unit Supervisor for USDA-GIPSA, Denver Regional Office, 3950 N. Lewiston, Suite 200, Aurora, CO 80011 or call (303) 375-4263.