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SDSU Cow Camp

Amanda Nolz

Photo courtesy Jarrett Bies, SDSU Ag/Bio CommunicaRoger Gerdes looks over his Chi-composite cattle at the ranch.

A 2,000 acre spread near Miller, SD is home to the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow Camp, a ChiAngus ranch previously owned by Roger and Marcia Gerdes. When Roger and Marcia decided to gift the property and sell the cattle to SDSU, the sky was the limit for the university. SDSU will continue the cattle operation while incorporating a central research center for the state of South Dakota, along with an educational facility for college students.

“Marcia and I felt that this was the best way to honor our work at Gerdes Cow Camp,” said Roger, who has worked closely with SDSU faculty on the project. “Education and research has always been important to me as a past vocational agriculture instructor, and I hope our operation will continue to educate others in the future.”

SDSU faculty takes full advantage of the facilities with exciting projects constantly in the works. These projects not only assist students and staff, but the research and extension outreach is extremely beneficial to area producers. Currently, the ranch superintendent is Clay Duxbury, a South Dakota native and 2008 SDSU graduate.

“A lot of what we have accomplished at Cow Camp this year is a result of Clay’s hard work and persistence,” said Eric Mousel, SDSU Professor of Range Livestock Production. “We are very fortunate to have such a quality individual in this position.”

This ranch shouldn’t be underestimated. The Gerdes Cow Camp has earned 30 years of success in the beef industry, raising ChiAngus genetics that are proven both on the rail and in the show ring. Considered one of the great pioneers of the United States’ ChiAngus herd, Gerdes has dedicated most of his life working to improve the breed and the beef industry.

A 2,000 acre spread near Miller, SD is home to the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow Camp, a ChiAngus ranch previously owned by Roger and Marcia Gerdes. When Roger and Marcia decided to gift the property and sell the cattle to SDSU, the sky was the limit for the university. SDSU will continue the cattle operation while incorporating a central research center for the state of South Dakota, along with an educational facility for college students.

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“Marcia and I felt that this was the best way to honor our work at Gerdes Cow Camp,” said Roger, who has worked closely with SDSU faculty on the project. “Education and research has always been important to me as a past vocational agriculture instructor, and I hope our operation will continue to educate others in the future.”

SDSU faculty takes full advantage of the facilities with exciting projects constantly in the works. These projects not only assist students and staff, but the research and extension outreach is extremely beneficial to area producers. Currently, the ranch superintendent is Clay Duxbury, a South Dakota native and 2008 SDSU graduate.

“A lot of what we have accomplished at Cow Camp this year is a result of Clay’s hard work and persistence,” said Eric Mousel, SDSU Professor of Range Livestock Production. “We are very fortunate to have such a quality individual in this position.”

This ranch shouldn’t be underestimated. The Gerdes Cow Camp has earned 30 years of success in the beef industry, raising ChiAngus genetics that are proven both on the rail and in the show ring. Considered one of the great pioneers of the United States’ ChiAngus herd, Gerdes has dedicated most of his life working to improve the breed and the beef industry.

A 2,000 acre spread near Miller, SD is home to the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cow Camp, a ChiAngus ranch previously owned by Roger and Marcia Gerdes. When Roger and Marcia decided to gift the property and sell the cattle to SDSU, the sky was the limit for the university. SDSU will continue the cattle operation while incorporating a central research center for the state of South Dakota, along with an educational facility for college students.

“Marcia and I felt that this was the best way to honor our work at Gerdes Cow Camp,” said Roger, who has worked closely with SDSU faculty on the project. “Education and research has always been important to me as a past vocational agriculture instructor, and I hope our operation will continue to educate others in the future.”

SDSU faculty takes full advantage of the facilities with exciting projects constantly in the works. These projects not only assist students and staff, but the research and extension outreach is extremely beneficial to area producers. Currently, the ranch superintendent is Clay Duxbury, a South Dakota native and 2008 SDSU graduate.

“A lot of what we have accomplished at Cow Camp this year is a result of Clay’s hard work and persistence,” said Eric Mousel, SDSU Professor of Range Livestock Production. “We are very fortunate to have such a quality individual in this position.”

This ranch shouldn’t be underestimated. The Gerdes Cow Camp has earned 30 years of success in the beef industry, raising ChiAngus genetics that are proven both on the rail and in the show ring. Considered one of the great pioneers of the United States’ ChiAngus herd, Gerdes has dedicated most of his life working to improve the breed and the beef industry.

this article appears in the 2009 winter cattle journal, a publication of tri-state livestock news.

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