Calving was 60 percent complete, while lambing was 76 percent complete. Shearing was 85 percent complete. Cow conditions were rated 1 percent poor, 9 fair, 74 good, and 16 excellent. Calf conditions were rated 6 percent fair, 77 good, and 17 excellent. Sheep conditions were rated 8 percent fair, 70 good, and 22 excellent. Lamb conditions were rated 7 percent fair, 69 good, and 24 excellent.
Hay and forage supplies were rated 2 percent short, 82 adequate, and 16 surplus. The percentage of feed obtained from pasture and range was 18 percent for cattle and 11 percent for sheep. Grain and concentrate supply was rated 4 percent short, 83 adequate, and 13 surplus. Pastures and ranges were rated 48 percent still dormant.
Winds and lack of moisture were showing their affect, as livestock and pasture conditions decreased slightly from last week. Cattle are rated 92 percent in good to excellent condition down 5 percentage points from last week. Calving was at 55 percent complete as of April 8th. Cattle moved to pasture were rated at 12 percent complete. Sheep were rated 94 percent in good to excellent condition, down compared to 97 percent last week. Lambing was at 66 percent complete as of April 8th. Stock water supplies were 90 percent adequate to surplus and feed supplies were 98 percent adequate to surplus, both ahead of the 5-year averages of 88 percent for stock water supplies and 84 percent for feed supplies. Range and pasture conditions were rated 52 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 8 percent poor, compared to 55 percent good to excellent last week.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices