May 2, 2008
May 2, 2008 -- The Sioux Falls Stockyards is reducing its business week to four days. The terminal livestock market, at one time, the largest in the United States, will no longer do business on Mondays.
For decades, livestock numbers handled at the major markets have been declining. The Sioux Falls, S.D., market can do in four days what until now they've been doing in five, says Bernie Sichmeller, manager of the stockyards.
The South St. Paul Stockyards closed their chutes for good April 11. Changing marketing trends have long since taken their toll on public livestock markets in Sioux City, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo. and others, but Sichmeller says there are no such plans to close Sioux Falls, which is owned by New York-based Canal Capital Corporation.
The sheep auction, which has been held on Monday, will be moved to Tuesday and hogs will be handled four days a week instead of five.
The facility is a public market for hogs, feeder pigs, fed cattle, feeder cattle and sheep. The new schedule is effective in May. Reprinted in part from Brownfield Network