R-CALF Region III re-elects auction yard owner as director
Johnny Smith has been re-elected to serve a second term on the R-CALF USA Board of Directors. Smith will serve as Region III Director until 2012. Region III consists of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Smith and his partners are best known for Fort Pierre Livestock Auction where consigners habitually donate a portion of their day’s proceeds to fund R-CALF USA. Smith said his main goal is to keep farmers and ranchers on their land, and the way to do it is to get farmers to receive prices that will finally reach parity. He said that the prices are a long way from that right now, but it’s what has to be done.
Recently, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction was host to two R-CALF USA calf sale fundraisers that brought in over $18,200 for the organization. Frank Zweber, of Hoven, SD, provided a calf that was auctioned off at the June 5 sale, and Sam and Gaila Prill, of Rapid City, SD, provided a calf at the June 26 sale. Proceeds from the Prill calf were split between R-CALF USA and its South Dakota affiliate – the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
The auction yard also was one of the last stops for the annual R-CALF USA Saddle Raffle Membership Drive before a winner was drawn at the Fort Pierre “Match of Champions” rodeo on June 6. This year’s saddle was won by R-CALF USA Member Larry Volmer of Owanka, SD.
R-CALF USA’s South Dakota Membership Chair and cattle producer Allen Badure has been supporting the organization with the saddle raffle for 12 years and plans to continue the tradition next year. Baxter Badure, Allen’s son, makes and designs a one-of-a-kind saddle to be used every year with 100 percent of the saddle’s proceeds going to R-CALF USA.
Allen Badure said the reason the saddle raffle works well in his area is because everyone would like to have one just like it. Ten free raffle tickets are given away with the purchase of a new R-CALF USA membership or renewal.
“There are a lot of people involved in this that believe strongly in R-CALF, and we know that we are helping ourselves by helping to finance R-CALF,” Allen Badure said. “R-CALF works daily to try to keep a spot on the market for our beef.”