Cattle at the Black Hills Stock Show selling for top dollar - KOTA Territory News

Cattle at the Black Hills Stock Show selling for top dollar

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Cattle prices are very high right now.  Breeders at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo say in the past couple of years, the average price per head has increased 20 to 30 percent.

This is due to a couple factors, most notably the drought which has thinned herds across the U.S. - increasing demand for cattle which basic economics tells you drives the price up.

According to breeder, Troy Thomas from Herried, South Dakota cattle are such an expensive investment, buyers pay close attention to detail before buying.   

"People are getting more conscience in terms of quality and like for us to come to the Stock Show and have the champion heifer standing behind us, hopefully she'll bring in a nice premium for us," said Thomas. 

One of the top Angus bulls went for $10,000 Monday.

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