Black Hills Stock Show feature: Tyler Ferris and Daryl Reindl benefit from Black Hills Gold Futurity Show
Eighteen-year-old Tyler Ferris was on edge last February while he watched the black heifer enter the sale ring at the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS). “I thought she was a really nice heifer,” recalls Ferris, as he watched the bidding start for the bred Chiangus heifer he had his eye on. Ferris raised his hand, and when the auctioneer said “Sold!” he was the proud owner for $1,450. Reindl Livestock of Custer, SD, consigned the reserve champion Chiangus heifer.
Little did Ferris or Daryl Reindl know that the heifer would be worth her weight in gold during the coming year. “I was very excited to be able to purchase her,” Ferris says. “She is the first heifer I had ever purchased at the Black Hills Stock Show, and she was a reserve champion. I really liked her. She is just a nice built heifer.”
Ferris, who lives in Belle Fourche, SD, says the bred heifer went on to produce a heifer calf. “When I purchased her, I did it with plans to enter the Black Hills Gold Futurity Show,” he says. “It was a learning process getting her and the heifer calf ready for the show.”
In August, after spending the summer getting the pair ready, Ferris was honored to win the Black Hills Gold Futurity Show with his cow-calf pair. The show was held during the Central States Fair.
“This project taught me a lot of life skills,” Ferris explains. “I learned responsibility and how to manage my money. There was a lot of pride in knowing that I had bought her, taken care of her and shown her,” he says.
The Black Hills Gold Futurity Show is sponsored by Hubbard Feeds. To be eligible for the show, contestants must be under the age of 21, and have purchased a heifer during any of the breed sales at the Black Hills Stock Show. The animal must be purchased from and shown by a different family than the consignor.
“They can bring the heifer back for a special show known as the Black Hills Gold Futurity during the Central States Fair,” explains Andrea Hildebrandt, BHSS livestock coordinator. “All of the breeds and ages show together, although there is a separate class for open and bred heifers.”
The 2010 show had almost 20 entries, which was the largest show they have held, according to Hildebrandt. The grand champion received $500 cash, and Hubbard Feeds matched that amount with $500 of Showrite Feed Products if the winner can show receipts that they fed Showrite Feed through the summer. The reserve champion heifer received $250, and third place $150, with matching product awarded in the same amount.
Hildebrandt says the cash dollar sponsorships were provided by BHSS consignors: Thomas Ranch and Weidenbach Ranch for the Grand and Reserve Champion, and Reindl Livestock, LLC for the third place winner.
“We get some recognition out of having our heifer win,” Reindl says, “but I am more excited about the kid who won with her. I am pleased that through this program, kids who are really interested in showing cattle have another place to show. We are really short on places for the kids to show cattle here in South Dakota.
“I think, for me, it all ties into the youth and the future of the cattle business,” he continues. “We raise Maine and Chianina that are more of niche breeds. We are into more of the show stock. We became involved and support this program because of the youth. It helps our sale because we have kids buying our heifers to come back to the Central States Fair. But, it also gives the kids the opportunity to work hard and develop the heifers, and bring them back for an opportunity to show them.
“It is also a positive experience because it gives the youth something they have invested in, with money, time and hard work, a way to see their investment go forward in a positive way,” Reindl says.
For Ferris, it has helped him develop and expand the life skills he has learned through 4-H. “Someday, I want to raise show cattle, and fit and show club calves,” he says. “This heifer has helped me get off on the right foot. I already had a small herd of cows, and she was a nice addition to my herd.”
Ferris says he hopes other youth will hear about the program and become involved. “I think this program is a great way for younger people to become involved in the cattle business. There are not a lot of shows here for younger people to compete in, but this makes one more where younger people can compete,” Ferris says.
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