On June 25, 2009, 21 black heifers were herded into the arena show ring at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. Offered for sale as a group, or draft, this consignment of cattle would be the last sold at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. A final bid was made and after 92 years of cattle sales at the facility, the auctioneer's gavel sounded for the last time.

Long-time livestock market expert and broadcaster Jim Woster and SDPB's Stephanie Rissler host this one-hour look back at was once the busiest livestock market in the nation.

The television program aired on Thursday, August 13th, 2009.

Earlier that day, SDPB Radio's Dakota Midday presented a documentary feature on the history of the Sioux Falls stockyards and Midday host Paul Guggenheimer spoke with Martin Beutler, Ranch Economist for the South Dakota State University West River Ag Center, about the future of livestock sales.

The Stockyards closing was also the focus of the August 13, 2009 edition of SDPB Radio's Dakota Digest.

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DVDs of the program are available at shop.sdpb.org

Bill Anderson - Livestock Broker
Gladys Ambroson - Stockyards Employee, Stockette
Barney Blauwet - Larchwood, IA Producer
Dallas Bowron - Former Stockyards Employee, Producer
Bill Frankman - Olsen-Frankman Livestock
Dan Gee - Prof. Emeritus, South Dakota State University
Bob Kappel - Environmental Mgr., City of Sioux Falls
Ben Kringen- Longtime Stockyards Employee
Bill McDougal - Longtime Cattle Buyer
Charlie McIntyre - Former USDA Reporter
Milton Munk - Trucker
Dave Munsen - Sioux Falls Mayor
Lee Randall - Trucker
Roger Schneekloth, Al Ahlers, Jeff Schneekloth
Robert Swenson, Clare Vollan, Bob Jacobson, Dick Peterson
Joel Westra - Auctioneer
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