BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Master Lamb Producers Association has recognized four families with awards.

Producers are recognized for their excellence of production practices in one of three categories including feeder lamb production, seedstock production and lamb-to-finish. SDSU Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held says the winning sheep operations have elite skills, practices and production outcomes.

Receiving the 2015 South Dakota Master Lamb Producers awards are: Reece Clarkson, of Clarkson Livestock in Buffalo; Theresa and Jon Beastrom, of Beastrom Targhees in Pierre; Betty and Michel Brink, of Brink Hampshires in Redfield and Phyllis and Mark Pates and Courtney and Kevin Pates, of Stoney Hill Farms in Volga.

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