The Sioux Falls Stockyards has held its final cattle sale after 92 years of business.
The stockyards has ending cattle auctions in part because of its inability to comply with city wastewater rules. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association said the growth of suburbs around yards and new ways of marketing cattle, such as video sales, also have hurt stockyards.
The Sioux Falls Stockyards opened in 1917 and grew to become a focal point for livestock in the Upper Midwest. Thursday's auction attracted a standing-room-only crowd of 150 at the stockyards' Cattle Arena.
In Sioux Falls, 210,620 head of cattle went through the barn in 2004, said manager Paul Scott said. By last year, the number declined to 90,131, he said.
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