Pierre - On August 4th, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council will be in the Black Hills area for its seventh year as Pork, The Official Meat of the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Come and join over forty pork farmers grilling delicious pork chop sandwiches for four days at area Lynn's Dakotamart stores and Krull's Grocery.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the South Dakota pork producers will grill at the Sturgis and Custer Lynn's Dakotamart stores where sandwiches are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free pork sandwiches will be available again on Sunday, August 5th, in front of the Belle Fourche Lynn's Dakotamart store and at Krull's Grocery Store in Hill City. Sandwiches will be grilled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come by and pick up delicious grilled pork sandwiches on Monday, Aug. 6, at Lynn's Dakotamarts stores in Hot Springs and Lead from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The producers conclude the pork promotions on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in front of the Lazelle Street Sturgis Dakotamart store starting at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over this whole weekend in Sturgis and surrounding areas the South Dakota Pork Producers will be grilling over 2000 pounds of pork.
South Dakota ranks eleventh in the nation for pork production and is ranked second in pigs per sow. South Dakota ranks ninth nationally in the number of pigs born in the state. South Dakota's 170,000 sows have 339,000 farrowings per year. South Dakota hogs consume 275,000 tons of Soybean Meal and 41 million bushels of Corn. The vast majority (98 percent) of the hog farms in South Dakota are family owned and operated. South Dakota's pork industry contributes $2.1 billion annually to the state's economy and provides nearly 7,918 jobs.