Markets, animal disease lab, elections highlights of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association annual convention |

Markets, animal disease lab, elections highlights of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association annual convention

The 68th Annual South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show wrapped up in Watertown last week after two busy days of information sharing, policy development and the election of new leaders.

“We were pleased to have so many vendors, beef producers, and others brave the inclement winter weather to join us at the Watertown Event Center to network, learn and engage with their organization,” stated Jodie Anderson, SDCA Executive Director. “With nearly 300 people in attendance over three days, this year’s event was a success by any measure.”

Highlights of the event included an address by Governor Dennis Daugaard, a panel discussion on cattle marketing issues, and the election of new SDCA leadership. Governor Daugaard addressed attendees during lunch on Wednesday, highlighting the work of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab (ADRDL) in Brookings and reiterating the need to expand and upgrade the dated facility.

“We anticipate funding to upgrade and expand the ADRDL will be SDCA’s primary legislative issue during the upcoming 2017 Session, so we were very pleased to have Governor Daugaard express his support of the lab and the important work they do on behalf of South Dakota’s livestock, wildlife and human populations,” stated Anderson.

The SDSU Extension Roundup and Cattlemen’s College provided excellent educational opportunities on a variety of topics from the Veterinary Feed Directive to working with multiple generations and an Economic Outlook for 2017 and beyond.

The panel discussion on cattle marketing and market volatility generated a lot of interest and discussion. Panelists included SDCA President, Todd Wilkinson; Craig Uden, NCBA President-Elect and Chair of NCBA’s CME Working Group; Don Close, Vice President of Food and Agribusiness Research at RaboAgrifinance; and Brad Kooima, Kooima & Kaemingk Commodities. Their insight and broad perspective on the CME and volatility in the future markets was a popular topic.

The event concluded on Thursday with the Annual Membership Meeting and the election of a new slate of officers. Larry Stomprud, a cow-calf and seedstock producer from Mud Butte, was elected to lead the organization as President in 2017. Steve Ollerich, a cattle feeder from Dell Rapids, was elected Vice President and Allen Walth, a cow-calf producer from Glenham, will serve as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer. Todd Wilkinson will continue on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President.

Anderson noted, “Overall, we couldn’t be happier with the program, the attendance and the facility in Watertown and we thank everyone who joined us to make it a great event. We recognize the weather presented challenges for some, but we hope everyone will mark your calendars for 2017 in Pierre.”