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Burke Livestock to celebrate 47 years with generational hand-off

Burke Livestock will host an Anniversary sale and barbecue and will officially transfer the operation to the next generation on Sept. 20. staff photo

Lambley has been the name associated with Burke Livestock for 47 years. That’s not going to change anytime soon.

Herris and Mary Lambley, who bought Burke Livestock in Burke, S.D. in 1967, are passing it on to the next generations. Their son, Donivan and his boys, Dillon and Chisum, will be taking ownership of the sale barn during a special anniversary sale, Saturday, Sept. 20.

The calf and yearling sale will be accompanied by an annual barbecue, and Herris and Mary will officially retire.



“Officially” is the key word, says Dillon. “Grandpa and Grandma are still going to be involved, but they didn’t want the responsibility of ownership anymore. My grandpa has ridden his horse in the ring since I was little, and he’ll keep doing that.”

About 35,000 head of cattle and a few butcher hogs went through the sale ring last year, Dillon says.



The anniversary sale starts at 10:30 a.m., with weigh-ups, and they are expecting about 2,000 head.

–Editor’s note: watch for a full-length feature on the family business in an upcoming edition of Tri-State Livestock News.


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