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Mellette County Livestock Show is on for Aug. 21

On Aug. 21, 2013, the Mellette County Livestock Improvement Association will host the 19th annual Pen of 3 Heifer Show in White River, S.D. Changes this year are expected to be met with strong support from area cattle producers.

In the past, cattle in the English breed division, have been separated according to weights taken the day of the show. Half of the pens were designated Lightweight, and the other half Heavyweight.

This year, although weights will be taken as cattle are registered, they will be entered in divisions according to date of birth. This will be done with not only the English divisions, but also the Purebred divisions.

The divisions will now be as follows:

English: Early Spring (calves born in January or February);

English: Mid-Spring (calves born in March);

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English: Late Spring (calves born in April or May);

Purebred: Early Spring (calves born in January or Febraury);

Purebred: Mid-Spring (calves born in March);

Purebred: Late Spring (calves born in April or May).

The board of directors, in making this change, felt that it would encourage more consistency in the judging process, where, for example, calves born in April would not be competing in the same division as calves born in February.

There will be still three places awarded in each of these divisions, for a total of 18 winning pens possible.

As usual, one Overall Champion Heifer from the Pen of 3 competitions will be chosen, with the owner receiving a Montana Silver belt buckle. This winning calf has been known as the "Buckle Heifer."

In an effort to encourage young cattle producers to become involved, an entirely new division is being created this year, called the Young Ranchers Heifer Calf Division.

This division is only open to producers under the age of 30. They must own the calf and have their own brand.

Each young rancher will be allowed to enter a single heifer calf in this division. All of these calves will be penned together for judging purposes. The owner of the Grand Champion heifer calf will receive a belt buckle, and the Reserve Champion will be awarded a trophy.

Knowing that some of these young ranchers might be in high school or college at the time of the livestock show, they may have a parent or other adult bring their calf to the show for them, but they will have to be able to show that the calf belongs to the young rancher, and not a parent or other producer.

A division of Feeder Steer Calves will also be included this year, as in the past two years.

Any producer may enter one steer calf in this competition. All steers will be penned together for judging, the trophies be awarded for the Champion and Reserve Champion Feeder Steer calf.

This livestock show, although held in White River, S.D., is open to producers from across the area.

The date of the show this year is Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Cattle will be checked in from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. CT, with judging beginning promptly at 11 a.m.

A free beef lunch is provided to all attendees, as well as numerous door prizes. You must be present to win.

There is no fee to enter cattle in this show. If you would like additional information, you may contact MCLIA President Dan Krogman at 605-259-3688.

– Mellette County Livestock Show

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