Department of Agriculture
The natural importance of the sheep industry to South Dakota is well established by the facts that her rich native grasses furnish abundant pastures and that her climatic conditions favor the grazing industry in all parts of the State. These natural advantages have long been recognized and have been utilized to a greater or less extent in all parts of the State for a number of years past. Another great natural advantage, of possibly even greater importance than those above mentioned, is her geographical location within the natural zone of cheap food supply. She embraces within her borders some of the most productive grain farms in the world, where nearly all kinds of food stuffs required for sheep feeding can be produced at a cost less than anywhere else on the American continent. These productive grain fields, lying within such easy access to her immense ranges where sheep of good feeding quality can be produced in almost unlimited numbers, and at only a small fraction of the cost of producing them on Eastern farms, brings the ranchman and the feeder closer together and makes South Dakota a better feeding ground than any other State in the Union. This State should not only finish all the sheep produced on her own ranges, but she should also feed large numbers from the ranges lying farther west.
sheep, lambs, ewes, livestock feeding
U. S. Experiment Station of South Dakota, South Dakota Agricultural College
Chilcott, E.C. and Burnett, E.A., "Feeding Sheep in South Dakota" (1897). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 55.