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SD Stockgrowers Prepare to Celebrate 125th Annual Convention

SD Stockgrowers Prepare to Celebrate 125th Annual Convention

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association will celebrate the organization’s 125th Annual Convention on September 22 and 23, 2016 in Rapid City, SD.   Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the celebration themed, “Old Hats and New Boots” to honor the history and celebrate the future of the South Dakota livestock industry.

The Convention will feature several opportunities to celebrate the history and past of the organization as well as to honor the leaders of the organization including recognition of past presidents, board members, and staff.   Speakers will present throughout both days, and include Bill Bullard of R-CALF USA, Beth Adamson discussing multi-generational family business planning, Brian Fuchs of the USDA Drought Monitor, SD Game Fish and Parks, and several others.

The SD Stockgrowers Association began in 1880, when Dakota Territory livestock producers started meeting and organizing on issues such as livestock branding, land ownership, and railroad development. The first, formal meetings of the association began in 1891, and the Western South Dakota Stockgrowers Association was certified in 1893 under the leadership of Frank Stewart and Scotty Philips.   The name was changed to the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association in 1937.

Registration forms and details about the convention schedule will be available on the SD Stockgrowers Association website by visiting www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or by calling the office at 605-342-0429. Hotel room reservations can be made at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center by calling 605-343-8550.

Ranchers Thank SD GFP for Response to Drought Conditions

Ranchers Thank SD GFP for Response to Drought Conditions


The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission voted to allocate an additional 50 antlerless elk tags to help reduce grazing pressure on the Black Hills National Forest. The decision was made as part of the Elk Management Plan which calls for contingency licenses to be issued in the case of a drought.

Aaron Thompson, President of Spearfish Livestock Association said, “We really appreciate the Commission taking this step and issuing extra tags for the northern Hills areas. As drought conditions are becoming more severe in those areas, ranchers are taking steps to reduce the grazing pressure on the forest. We appreciate that SD GF&P is willing to stand with us through this drought.”

The SD Game Fish and Parks Commission spent considerable time debating information provided by their staff and the ranching community. The Department’s staff had originally recommended that no tags be issued at this time and that the Game Commission reevaluate the drought conditions at their October meeting.

SD Stockgrowers Association also spoke in support of releasing more tags, pointing to the severe drought conditions in the northern Hills, specifically in Lawrence, Butte and Meade Counties. Elk and livestock share the grass in the land being impacted by the drought.   “The Black Hills National Forest is a multiple-use forest that requires all the users to help protect the resources. We thank the Game Commission for making this tough decision.”

Thompson stated, “There is more than enough evidence of the severity of the drought to justify releasing some of these tags now. As ranchers, we have taken steps to reduce impacts to the forest by moving livestock early and hauling water. It’s not an easy decision, but it is the right decision to also remove some of the elk.”

“My organization can sympathize with the difficulty the Commission has in making decisions such as these, and I thank them for implementing the drought contingency portion of the Elk Management plan.”

According to SD Game Fish and Parks staff, the antlerless elk licenses will be available for the northern Black Hills hunting units 1, 7 and 2, which are located in the northern tier of the Black Hills and the prairie areas north of Spearfish.