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Jan Swan Wood: American Rodeo, critical comment on imports, clinics

The weather finally relented. I haven't talked to anyone who has enjoyed this winter. One neighbor did mention that the mosquitos and flies haven't been too bad though. Always a positive point.

I didn't get to watch it myself, but I heard fabulous reports about the big American Rodeo held at Dallas, Texas, and shown on RFD-TV for those who couldn't be there. The money put up was incredible and was nearly a winner take all deal. Our South Dakota sweetheart Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, won the barrels on her amazing horse Louie (An Okie With Cash) and then showed the world what genuine humility and gratitude are all about in her interviews afterward. Shelly Anzick of Livingston, Mont., ended up fourth overall in the barrels. The tie down roping was won by Washington's Tyson Durfey. I mention him, not because he's from our tri-state region, but the great horse that took him to the win belongs to Trevor Thiel, native son of Belle Fourche, S.D. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., placed second in the steer wrestling with Dru Melvin of Hebron, Neb., also in the top four. The saddle broncs were won by Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, with two incredible bronc rides. The first round he scored 90 points and the second round an amazing 92.5 points on Stampede Warrior. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., was second and Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., was third.

None of the American money won goes toward PRCA standings, which is the same as Calgary, but boy it can sure help them keep going down the road.

This is only important if you are someone who eats regularly. The USDA/APHIS is proposing to allow the importation of beef from Brazil. To begin with, it would be cooled and frozen carcasses, later being expanded to live cattle. Here's the problem, though: we don't need their imports to start with, and they are an active Foot and Mouth Disease country, as are most of the neighboring countries. Therefore, FMD could enter our country by this route. Do you understand that if FMD is detected in an animal in the U.S. that all cloven hooved animals that had any chance of being exposed to it would need to be destroyed? That's what happened in Great Britain and Europe a few years ago. Also, do you realize that the shipment of anything on a truck (not just livestock) would grind to a complete halt to stop an chance of it spreading? Think about that for a moment. What do you have on your place, besides the garden produce and the steer that you butchered yourself and put in the freezer, that didn't come to you on a truck? Does that change the face of this a little? Kill all of the cloven hooved livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, buffalo, etc…) and stop trucks from moving is a pretty big risk. The comment period that the USDA has to post has been extended until April 22, 2014. Please, take the time to email or write a letter opposing this importation calamity. Just as a little advice, as producers we don't have a voice that matters to the USDA/APHIS, but as consumers we do. So, write your comment as a consumer instead of a rancher. Be clear and polite and stick to the issue at hand. Here's the email address: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail:D=APHIS-2009-0017-0001. The good old mailbox method can be sent to: Docket No. APHIS-2009-0017, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. I know that's a lot of address, either way you use it. But think how important this is for the country, our livestock, our consumers, etc… I beg of you to make the effort. Think how much harder it would be to go shoot all of your livestock and bury them.

Dickinson State University Barrel Racing Doubleheader will be held March 29 at the DSU Indoor arena. The event is NWBRA sanctioned and will have exhibitions 8-11 a.m., peewees at noon, Youth and Open 4D to follow. You can get info or text entries the day of the event at 701-290-0293.

There will be a Ty Tuff Goat Tying clinic at Bowman, N.D., on May 17-18 with Kayla Nelson. It's suitable for beginners to advanced people. Tuition is $250 with a $100 deposit due at signup. Call Barb Williams at 605-375-3945.

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This is great news for us fans of Ranch Roping! The Sheridan Summer Series Ranch Roping has kicked off. The next likely date will be April 22 if they can get enough interest. It would be held at Mark Moreland's nice barn near Decker, Mont., (just north of Sheridan). They need to know if there would be enough interest and commitments to go ahead with that date, so please call Crystal Lenhart to talk about it at 307-751-3375. There will be ropings all summer too, so I'll keep you filled in on that.

Well, that's my circle for the week. Be sure and send any info you want to share with everyone. Always glad to help.