Cattle at large during Black Hills Stock Show
Rapid City, SD – A new bred heifer sale and a new location are the major changes to the commercial heifer sale at the 2009 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.
The show and sale will be held on the Stock Show’s first Sunday, as always, but this year it will be held at the Pennington County Event Center on the Central States Fairgrounds in east Rapid City. In past years, the show and sale have been held in a tent behind the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn next to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
“We’ve seen that there’s an opportunity for the event to grow,” said Kadee Hande, the Stock Show’s livestock coordinator. The move will allow for that growth.
The tent on a windy knoll behind the Holiday Inn had become increasingly cramped in recent years, Hande said. “We were always within one snowstorm of wiping out that event,” she says.
The move to the fairgrounds also will allow an early set-up for the halter cattle at the civic center rather than at the fairgrounds.
The commercial heifer show begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the warm-up area of the Pennington County Event Center. It will be followed immediately by the sale, which Hande said should probably finish by about 12:30 p.m.
This year’s sale includes a first-ever bred heifer sale. Fifteen pens of bred heifers will be offered. “That’s really good for the first year,” Hande said. The bred heifer sale has drawn interest from Nebraska, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as the West River region. The sale allows the commercial cattle growers another avenue to sell their product, she said.
Nearly 20 pens of commercial heifers will be offered, roughly the same as last year, according to Hande.
The Black Hills Gold Rush Cattle Genetics Sale, in its second year, will be held Monday, Feb. 2, beginning with a social at 5 p.m. and the sale at 7:30 p.m., in the Holiday Inn ballroom. “We’re very excited for that again,” Hande said.
Hande added the event is partly social, but high-quality genetics, mostly embryos, will be sold.
Top breeders will auction off quality genetics as embryo packages, right to flush opportunities or pregnancy recips.
Hande said the genetics sale is proving to be a popular addition to the Stock Show. Last year’s sale drew about 500 buyers and consignors, and another 300 buyers on line, Hande said.
A number of buyer incentives have been added to this year’s genetics sale, she said. Trans-ova Genetics will be offering free flush service for the high-selling flush and will be doing a free embryo transfer for the high-selling embryo. Also, Select Sires is donating a free semen tank to the top volume buyer, Hande said.
Although some stock shows around the country have experienced a drop in halter class cattle numbers, the Black Hills Stock Show will have 405 purebred cattle, which is about the same as last year, Hande said. The total includes 70 Angus, 60 Charolais, 43 Hereford, 16 Gelbvieh, 27 Red Angus, 41 Limousin, 40 Maine-Anjou, 21 Shorthorn, 54 Simmental and 33 Chiangus.
One new feature this year is that everyone who buys a bull or heifer will be registered to win a trip to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next December.
All halter shows and sales are in the Crystalyx BioBarrel Sale Ring in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Rushmore Hall.
The halter class show schedule is as follows (all sales begin at 1 p.m.):
– Angus, Monday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.
– Charolais, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.
– Hereford, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.
– Gelbvieh, Thursday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m.
– Red Angus, Thursday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.
– Limousin, Friday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.
– Maine-Anjou, Friday, Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.
– Shorthorn, Friday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.
– Simmental, Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m.
– Chiangus, Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
Supreme Row judging will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the sale ring. The Supreme Row Parade will be at 7 p.m. in the civic center arena.
For more information, call the Stock Show office at 355-3861.