South Dakota sheep growers are working on a pair of state legislative issues coming out of this past weekend’s convention. Max Matthews of Bison was re-elected as Association President. He says they’re working with State Vet Dr. Dustin Oedekoven on legislative language to strengthen animal cruelty laws without hiking the penalty to a felony.
Matthews says there hope is to make sure the law benefits producers and doesn’t allow activists to turn it into a ballot issue where those not familiar with the issue make the decision. He says they’re also working on increasing protections and funding for state predator control.
He says on the national front, they’re awaiting a Justice Department report on a GIPSA investigation of price manipulation into the lamb market and a recent drastic drop in prices.