Correction, benefits, USDA, death tax |

Correction, benefits, USDA, death tax

Our cool spell didn’t last quite long enough, but I sure enjoyed it. I’d about had enough of the 100 plus temps.

In last week’s column I made a terrible error and I need to correct it. When I spoke of my friend’s son visiting with Trevor Brazile, I said that the young man doesn’t speak and is wheelchair bound. I don’t know why I said that because I’ve visited with him myself on many occasions and have watched him as he walks around their place petting the horses and playing with his siblings. I feel like I have “stoopid” stamped on my forehead for this error, and apologize profusely to my young friend and his family. I still stand by my opinion that Trevor Brazile is one lucky guy for having the opportunity to visit with this young man though.

There will be a fundraiser for Jedd Parfrey (aka Charlie Brown), Buffalo, SD, on Aug. 17 at the Buffalo arena. There will be a roping and a silent auction. Money raised will be used to help defray medical costs while Charlie Brown goes through cancer treatment. The team roping will have a $100 entry with half going to the fundraiser. Entries will open at 4 p.m. and the roping will start at 5 p.m. There will be a free concession stand on the grounds too. Silent auction items or donations can be sent to; Karen Brown, 13001 Harding Rd, Buffalo, SD 57720. For more infomation on the team roping, call Kelly Britton at 605-375-3429 or Taylor Vroman at 605-375-3577.

Also, on Sept. 1, there will also be a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. benefiting the Parfreys. For further information on that, contact Kayla Sarsland at 605-641-0681.

On the upcoming events list, the Sixth Annual McCrossan’s Boys Ranch Beauty and the Beast Xtreme Event Challenge will be Au. 25. It will feature barrels, bulls and mutton busting and will be held at the Leo P. Flynn Memorial arena at McCrossan Boys Ranch near Sioux Falls, SD. All proceeds from the event will benefit the at risk boys helped by the McCrossan program. The barrels are UBRA approved with $1500 added. Entries are due Aug. 18. For ticket and general information, call 605-339-1203. For barrel race information call Brenda Weber at 605-421-1267 or 605-425-2247. You can also go to for more information on the whole shebang.

For folks planning on going on the St. Jude’s Ride Sept. 15, there have been a couple of small changes. Registration will start at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. and the young riders under 12 and their families will begin the ride at 9:30 a.m. with the rest of the riders heading out at 10. You must have your own particpant envelope with the required waiver in it for the ride. If you still need a sponsor envelope, call or email Kelli Wieczorek at 605-787-6927 or 605-381-2838, Volunteers are needed for the ride too.

Due to the extreme drought conditions over so much of the nation causing lack of forage and skyrocketing feed prices, the opening of the horse processing plants is increasingly critical. The plant in Missouri is ready to open once USDA inspectors are in place, but the USDA seems to be dragging their feet on it. I encourage you to write a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and express how you see a dire emergency that is at hand in the horse industry (economy, lack of feed, poor market for horses, etc.). Explain how the lack of a killer market has affected you as a livestock producer and state clearly that you feel the opening of the plants is as necessary in the immediate future as the opening of CRP land for grazing/haying is. His address is Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250. There will be, I’m afraid, a lot of horses left to fend for themselves and many of those will die of starvation and/or thirst before the winter is over. Humane processing is quick and sure. I’m hearing more and more about horses dumped in someone’s pasture too.

In the news, the House of Representatives voted to extend the current tax code for another year, which includes keeping the “death tax” at its current level of 35 percent of estates worth $5 million individually or $10 million for a couple. That is still awful, but it could revert to 55 percent of $1 million if they don’t make it permanent by the end of 2012. Total repeal of the death tax would be ideal, so keep on your Reps about it. Realistically, it doesn’t take much land or machinery to hit the million dollar mark on a ranch or farm, so it’s critical that this tax be held down until repealed.

Well, it’s time to wind up my circle for the week. Keep sending me your events and results! It’s always good to hear from you.