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TSLN adds another ringman to staff

There's a new guy in town.

Or more accurately, there is a new ringman at your favorite local bull sales.

His name is Rowdy Benson and he calls rural Morristown, South Dakota, home.

Benson recently became employed with Tri-State Livestock News and will work with existing ringmen Dan Piroutek of Milesville, S.D., and Chris Effling of Highmore, S.D., led by director Scott Dirk of Vale, S.D.

Growth in newspaper as a whole caused Tri-State Livestock News publisher to seek additional ringman to serve the seedstock industry, and Benson was a clear choice, said publisher Bree Poppe.

"Rowdy comes from a great ranching family. He is directly involved the horse business as well as the cattle industry. His stake in the industry gives him the drive to continue learning about the cattle business, meeting producers, and marketing the great cattle produced in our region."

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Poppe said Benson comes in to the business with a desire to serve the producer in any way he can. "I appreciate his work ethic and friendly personality. He is ready to help any way he can, and I look forward to seeing him become acquainted with the premier seedstock producers across the region," she said.

Benson has represented Tri-State Livestock News at a few horse and cattle sales as a contractor in recent years.

"This is a great opportunity to meet cattle producers and see great cattle," Benson said.

"I get to see who's raising the best cattle," he adds with a smile.

Meeting new folks at every sale he attends is a highlight of his position as ringman, as well as fine-tuning his knowledge of livestock genetics and value, he said.

Serving the industry as an auctioneer someday is a long term goal of Benson's and he believes that working together with Tri-State Livestock News he will learn the ins and outs of the industry from Dirk and the other respected ringmen they employ.

Rowdy and his wife Miranda stay busy with their daughters Tymber (4) and Remi (1) and son Retro (2).

He competes on the professional rodeo circuit as a steer wrestler and works with his parents, Randy and Noelle Benson on the family ranch near Morristown.