For all kinds of farm planning input and output data relating to costs, yields and labor requirements are needed. Although labor is a major factor in the cost of producing livestock and livestock products little information is available on this input for South Dakota. Some estimates are available, but these estimates are average labor requirements which are based upon farm records obtained in the Corn Belt. These data may be questioned with respect to representativeness for this state. Also the use of average requirements for all sizes of herds and degrees of mechanization leaves much to be desired for useful planning. Studies on livestock labor requirements indicate a great difference between farmers in the amount of labor required per unit of livestock. They further indicate that most of this difference in labor requirement arises from variations in (l) size of herd, (2) degree of mechanization, and (3) work routine.
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Strangeland, Sigurd, "Labor Inputs for Livestock Enterprises" (1952). Agricultural Experiment Station Agricultural Economics Pamphlets. 80.