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Published April 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

SD livestock stops


Among the items for ranchers at the Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center, S.D., is the “Dakota Dart” rifle that can deliver low-dose prescription drugs to cattle without having to round them up. The gun is very accurate at 40 to 60 feet, store owner Gary Cammack says. The technology has been around about five years but has become more popular in the past two years because it saves time and stress. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)

  • Among the items for ranchers at the Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center, S.D., is the “Dakota Dart” rifle that can deliver low-dose prescription drugs to cattle without having to round them up. The gun is very accurate at 40 to 60 feet, store owner Gary Cammack says. The technology has been around about five years but has become more popular in the past two years because it saves time and stress. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A herd of cows awaits calving on a hillside near White Owl, S.D. Snow-filled draws and creek areas put cattle on the high ground, looking for an oasis of dryness. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Faith Livestock in Faith, S.D., has seen better cattle prices this spring, after a winter punctuated with excessive snow, and challenging power and water outages. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Norman and Susan Delbridge, and their family run 250 beef cows and do some trucking from their farm, south of Faith, S.D.(Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Patriotism and ranching are never far apart in the plains near Faith, S.D. Susan Delbridge replaces flags at the driveway every year on about April 1 and adds more July 4. Norman was in the Army and Army Reserves, she says. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A cattle crossing near Dupree, S.D., announces what industry has the right-of-way in these parts. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Scott Vance, co-owner of Faith Livestock in Faith, S.D., says folks in his area are glad to be through a winter that involved storms and noteworthy power and water outages. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Yearling cattle are reflected in the water in a corral on the Vernon Starr ranch, in late March, just east of Dupree, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Stephanie VanWell of Watertown, S.D., helps tend baby lambs in late March at the far-flung sheep operation operated by her husband, Dion, and their two sons, Trevor and Travis. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A newborn lamb on the Dion VanWell farm near Watertown, S.D., on March 17, 2010. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)