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Stockgrowers participate in High Plains Western Heritage Center event

South Dakota Stockgrowers President, Shane Kolb, Meadow, SD; Stockgrowers past Chief Brand Inspector, Jim Reed, Belle Fourche, SD; and Stockgrowers’ Executive Director, Margaret Nachtigall, Owanka, SD; participated in the “Riding for the Brand” night, at the High Plains Western Heritage Center at Spearfish, SD on Thursday evening, July 21.

All three members spoke following musical and cowboy poet selections by Ken Cook and Paul Harris. Kolb explained that branding is not a new idea, with evidence of branding long before the birth of Christ. He then brought branding history up to the 1880s. At that point Reed explained the need for brands and asked the audience what would happen in a large mingled herd of cattle if none were branded. He continued with history to the present.

Nachtigall followed up with an article she had written, titled “What does your brand mean to you?” and a poem “Ridin for the Brand” by Ray Pepin, Belle Fourche.



Nachtigall said the Stockgrowers agreed that it was a fun evening and expressed their thanks to Peggy Ables, Francie Ganje, and crew for the invitation and the chance to tell our story.

The High Plains Western Heritage Center is located just South of Exit 14 near Spearfish, SD, and is home to thousands of memorabilia from the days of riding the range to the present. Once a month a show is provided in the theater with special guests from all over the country.



South Dakota Stockgrowers President, Shane Kolb, Meadow, SD; Stockgrowers past Chief Brand Inspector, Jim Reed, Belle Fourche, SD; and Stockgrowers’ Executive Director, Margaret Nachtigall, Owanka, SD; participated in the “Riding for the Brand” night, at the High Plains Western Heritage Center at Spearfish, SD on Thursday evening, July 21.

All three members spoke following musical and cowboy poet selections by Ken Cook and Paul Harris. Kolb explained that branding is not a new idea, with evidence of branding long before the birth of Christ. He then brought branding history up to the 1880s. At that point Reed explained the need for brands and asked the audience what would happen in a large mingled herd of cattle if none were branded. He continued with history to the present.

Nachtigall followed up with an article she had written, titled “What does your brand mean to you?” and a poem “Ridin for the Brand” by Ray Pepin, Belle Fourche.

Nachtigall said the Stockgrowers agreed that it was a fun evening and expressed their thanks to Peggy Ables, Francie Ganje, and crew for the invitation and the chance to tell our story.

The High Plains Western Heritage Center is located just South of Exit 14 near Spearfish, SD, and is home to thousands of memorabilia from the days of riding the range to the present. Once a month a show is provided in the theater with special guests from all over the country.


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