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Spring 2024


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Calendar of Events

March 13: SDCA Board of Directors Meeting | Zoom

April 17 - 19: NCBA Legislative Conference | Washington, D.C.

May 30 - June 6: Young Cattlemen's Conference | CO, NE, OH, & Washington, D.C.

June 22: SDCA Board Meeting & South Daktoa Cattlemen's Foundation Prime Time Gala | Sioux Falls

July 8 - 10: NCBA Summer Conference | San Diego, CA

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Mission Vision

To advance the interests of South Dakota Cattlemen through representation and promotion of the beef industry

To be an organization where members can work together to protect their interests; seek solutions to industry problems; provide a unified voice, and to build the good will, esteem, and recognition the industry deserves.

South Dakota Cattlemen's Association In Every Issue From the Cattle Pen ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 4 The Cattleman's Outlook 9 The Vice President of Membership's Outlook ��������������������������� 23 SDCA Working for You ������������������������������������������������������������������� 25 Affiliate Spotlight: Clark Hamlin Cattlemen's 26 For the Cattlekids ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 31 Features Member Spotlight: Calving with Ease of Mind ��������������������������� 16-17 A Unified Voice & Vision������������������������������������������������������������������ 18 Defending Beef through the School Lunch Integrity Act 21 New to the Herd ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� 24 Best Practices for a Prosperous Calving Season ����������������������� 28 Association & Industry News SDCA Day at the Capitol ��������������������������������������������������������������� 6-7 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Recap 10-13 NCBA to Focus on Farm Bill & Defending Producers ������������ 14-15 South Dakota Legislature Honors Robert 'Bob' Montross ���� 18 Women Promoting Beef 27 sdcattlemen SDCattlemen



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SDCA Leadership


Warren Symens, President

Craig Bieber, Vice President

Vaughn Thorstenson, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jake Harms, VP of Membership

Eric Jennings, Past President

Regional Representatives

Bryan Gill, Northern Region

Troy Hadrick, Northern Region

Drew Edleman, Northeast Region

Nick Wilkinson, Northeast Region

Colby Olson, Southeast Region

Austin Havlik, Southeast Region

Casey Heenan, Southern Region

Kory Bierle, Southern Region

Britton Blair, Western Region

Devin Stephens, Western Region

SDCA Staff

Taya Runyan Executive Director trunyan@sdcattlemen org

Lorrin Naasz Director of Communications & Outreach lnaasz@sdcattlemen�org

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From the Cattle Pen

Warren Symens, SDCA President

I was in Orlando, Florida, the first week of February for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) convention. I hadn’t even packed to come home when I got a reminder this article was coming due. Should I give a boring, old, stuffy summation of policy meetings and resolutions passed? Nah � Before attending the first policy meeting on my schedule, I stepped out into the sun, surrounded by palm trees, and put out a quick Snapchat letting people know where I was and what I was doing. I even held up the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) policy resolutions handbook and stated that I had our members’ policy in hand to tell me how to vote. I began to get messages telling me how I should vote from some pretty darn good ranchers. Only problem was, none of them were NCBA members, let alone SDCA members. One of my favorite movies to stop and watch whenever it’s on is Tombstone � The iconic OK corral scene starts with a hungover Ike Clanton with his head in a water trough, trying to get over the previous night’s good time. The Earps and Doc come walking around the corner and tell them they are there to disarm them, and to throw up their hands. The standoff starts when everyone reaches for their pistols. One cowboy runs away as several stand their ground. Ike panics, looking around. As the firefight commences, Ike runs screaming for his wounded friend. He throws his hands up, screaming at the Earps to stop. Stumbling and bumbling towards Wyatt, he ends up on his knees� “Don't shoot! I got no gun! Please don't shoot me! I got no gun!” Wyatt grabs him by the collar, throws him aside, saying, “Get to fightin' or get away!” As the gun battle rages, Ike crawls into a nearby building, grabs Sheriff Behan’s pistol, and proceeds to break a window and tries to shoot the Earps in the back. Still outgunned by Doc, he runs out the back, and continues to stumble his way into an escape. Again, with no gun.

The SDCA and NCBA has policy in seven main areas concerning the cattle industry Association members gather in committee meetings and consider proposed policy brought forth by members� If it makes it out of committee, it goes to the full board, and then on to full membership to be considered � These members are in the fight �

In January, the SDCA board and policy chairs met in Pierre at the Capitol to discuss proposed bills and the issues we’re

facing in the cattle industry. We heard from lawmakers and had both positive and discouraging conversations. I must comment how proud I am of your SDCA board and policy leaders. Half of them were present in Florida as well. All of your board members are in the fight.

In the middle of April, state association representatives from around the country will travel to Washington, DC, to visit our congressional delegation and tell our story to lawmakers during the NCBA’s Legislative Conference.We’ll talk with not only our representatives, but also meet with those lawmakers that don’t ordinarily get the chance to hear our story. Some would call this taking the fight to them.

The Tombstone scene came to mind several times throughout the meetings and conversations in Orlando. Make no mistake, there are people trying to battle everything we do. Whether through agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, or through legislation, or through the executive branch. Some, like Doc Holliday, relish the fight. Personally, I think it didn’t matter that they gave him a shotgun -- he was going to look the bad guy in the eye and wink no matter what. Some, like Wyatt, don’t really want to fight, but will because it’s necessary and he sees it as a service to his community. Virgil just wants law and order, and Morgan backs them all up. Several of the cowboys stood their ground. They were ready to defend themselves the best they could and fought valiantly.

Then there’s Ike, with his head in a water trough. His mind is cloudy from bad decisions the night before � He’s confused and bumbling, crawling at Wyatt’s feet. Begging not to be killed, he’s got no gun� Once he gets his hands on one, he starts taking shots at their backs� He still ends up running away once he fires a few shots.

If you’re an SDCA and NCBA member, thanks for being in the fight. We can fight best when we stand together. If you’ve got friends and neighbors that are ready to look the bad guy in the eye and wink, recruit them to join. It doesn’t do any of us any good to hide and be keyboard warriors on social media, taking shots at the backs of those who chose to serve their community and back up members who are trying to shape law and order in this business.

Consider this your call to get in the fight! Come, grow with us!

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SDCA Day at the Capitol

The SDCA Board and Policy Chairs gathered in Pierre for the annual SDCA day at the Capitol on January 25

The group attended the House Ag & Natural Resource Committee hearing where the committee considered two bills and then heard an informational briefing from the newly formed South Dakota Trade, a nonprofit association that navigates international trade for South Dakota. With some down time between meetings, members were able to spend time in the halls and lobbies talking to members of each chamber and other lobbyists�

House Majority Leader, Will Mortenson, and Representative JD Wangsness met with SDCA leaders to discuss a few of the bills that they were working on. Most notably they talked about House Bill (HB) 1185 that addresses notice and payments for landowners when pipeline projects come on their land to conduct surveys, and HB 1186 that aligns requirements for carbon pipelines with similar requirements that are in place for wind and solar projects.

Lieutenant Governor Rhoden and the Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources Secretary, Hunter Roberts met with the group to discuss their legislative priorities including the legislation introduced as a result of the ad hoc

committee formed to review the Brand Board, and the bill that addresses foreign ownership of agricultural land in the state. The final meeting of the day was with Ag leaders from the House and Senate. House Ag and Natural Resource Chair, Representative Roger Chase and Representative Marty Overweg addressed a critical issue in the legislature, the lack of legislators who make their living in production agriculture. While both Rep. Chase and Rep. Overweg fall into that category, they are joined by fewer than 10 other legislators who have backgrounds in agriculture. Senate Ag & Natural Resource Chair Herman Otten joined the group and discussed the complexities and perspectives on the issue of foreign owned ag land legislation and other issues the committees are tackling this year

To end the day, the group attended both general sessions where they were introduced and recognized! The picture in the bottom right-hand corner is from the Senate Chamber, where Lieutenant Governor Rhoden recognized the board and policy leaders. This annual event is a great opportunity to learn more about the legislative process in Pierre, meet with the key decision makers, and be a visible reminder to the 105 legislators of the farmers and ranchers that are impacted every day by the decisions they make in Pierre.

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The Cattleman's Outlook

The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association (SDCA) Board of Directors convened to address business matters during the quarterly board meeting in January and engage with legislators at the Capitol. This meeting allowed board members to familiarize themselves with key lawmakers and learn about legislation supporting private property rights, sponsored by Representatives Mortenson and Wangsness.

Meeting with legislators early in the legislative session serves a twofold purpose: it establishes rapport with decision-makers and equips the SDCA board to act swiftly on issues affecting SDCA members. Taya Runyan, SDCA’s executive director and lobbyist, ensures the board remains well-informed, facilitating prompt action when necessary. In early February, SDCA leadership actively participated in the NCBA Convention, contributing to policy discussions vital to the industry. Contrary to social media speculation, policy formulation involves rigorous grassroots engagement and thorough deliberation before reaching national levels. The electronic identification (EID) debate exemplifies this process, showcasing diverse perspectives and culminating in balanced policy outcomes. SDCA President Warren Symens addressed the prevalence

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of misinformation and emphasizing the importance of understanding policy development process processes and getting involved. Scan QR code on page 11 to read the full editorial�

It's essential to recognize the diversity within our Board of Directors, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the cattle industry. While some perceive an overrepresentation of seedstock producers, our board comprises individuals engaged across various sectors, from cow-calf operations to feeders and even packing industry involvement.This diversity ensures comprehensive representation and equitable consideration of issues spanning the entire industry spectrum Despite differing viewpoints, the SDCA board diligently strives to advocate for all sectors, maintaining a delicate balance between competing interests. It's crucial for members and non-members alike to understand and appreciate the complexities of industry representation and policymaking� SDCA remains steadfast in its commitment to advance the interests of South Dakota cattlemen and women. Through proactive engagement with legislators, active participation in industry events, and inclusive representation on the board, SDCA continues to serve as a prominent voice for the state's cattle producers.

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South Dakota Well Represented at Cattle Con

SDCA Board Directors and staff left chilly South Dakota for sunny Florida. Joining cattle industry leaders from across the country to attend the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade show in Orlando. Directors, with SDCA's policies in hand, participated in several policy meetings and made sure SDCA and our members were heard at the national level.

SDCA in the NEws at Cattle Con

While working on behalf of SDCA, Directors made time to talk with the media about everything from the grassroots policy process, to how the winter weather is treating producers. Pictured below: Warren Symens, Craig Bieber & Troy Hadrick talking with Brownfield News.

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Board of Directors and SDCA staff pictured above from left to right: Austin Havlik, Casey Heenan, Britton Blair, Craig Bieber, Lorrin Naasz, Drew Edleman, Nick Wilkinson, Warren Symens, and Troy Hadrick.

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Policy MeEtings

Two policies passed, one to oppose government mandates that require financial institutions to consider greenhouse gas emissions to determine eligibility for loans, lending fees, or lending rates. The other policy addresses changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Adjusted value of the operation is now used when calculating expected contribution from parents. NCBA will advocate to bring back the expections for family farms and small businesses with fewer than 100 employees from the term "assets".

The Cattle Health & Wellbeing Committee meeting was a packed house to discuss animal disease traceability, electronic identification (EID), and NCBA's stance on the issue if required by USDA. The intial policy as written expanded mandatory ID, which is further than SDCA's policy allows. By the end of the meeting, language was amended to mirror all affiliate's policy: support USDA's current rule to required EID for only breeding cattle, and call for the government to pay for tracing infrastructure, independent party data collection, and educate producers on methods and reasons for implementation.

Read President Symens' editorial: From Resolution to Reality: The Process of Approving Traceability Policy

Federal Lands/Property Rights & Environmental Management Committee meeting. Policy passed to oppose private sector contracts or products, like natural asset companies, to restrict livestock grazing on federal lands, and oppose land management agencies from using these products to circumvent their obligations. Another policy passed to support the delisting of wolves and grizzly bears and oppose any translocation, introduction, or reintroduction of grizzly bears and wolves to areas where there is not currently a population of that species.

During the meeting, two policies on Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) were adopted. One policy supports LRP refinement that supports a study to prevent LRP policies aligning with CME futures to prevent subsidy capture.

View all policy passed by the NCBA Board of Directors at the 2024 Annual Convention Board Meeting

Nick Wilkinson and President Symens attended the Joint Austin Havlik and Vice President Bieber attended the Tax & Credit Committee meeting. Drew Edleman and Casey Heenan attended the Live Cattle Marketing Committee meeting.

South Dakota at the Region VIi MeEting

The first evening of Cattle Con, SDCA gathered with NCBA's Region VII, that includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas affiliates. The region meetings are co-chaired by a policy division chair and a federation division chair. Gary Deering, who serves on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council, chairs the Federation Division for Region VII. SDCA Vice President, Craig Bieber, Region VII Political Action Committee (PAC) Chair, gave an update on the region's efforts to support the PAC. President Symens gave a thorough update of SDCA's work throughout the year and wrapped up with a loud GO JACKS. Needless to say, that was a tough report to follow for North Dakota!

South Dakota at NCBA's trade Show

There is always much to see at the NCBA's Trade Show and this year, it was exciting to three South Dakota based organizaitons participating! AgSpire, Jorgensen Land & Cattle, and South Dakota State University proudly represnted South Dakota and their organizations. South Dakota continues to lead outside of the state's borders!

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SDSU Animal Science Ambassadors from left to right: Teigen Hadrick, Kallista Roers, Bruce Van De Stroet, and Mitchell Vander Wal.

SDCA Celebrates todD Wilkinson's leadership

The SDCA had the honor of hosting the celebration recognizing South Dakota’s very own, Todd Wilkinson, as he completed his term as President of NCBA. South Dakotans, members of the NCBA team, and industry leaders from across the United States were in attendance. At the NCBA Board of Directors meeting, President Symens recognized Todd for his leadership and presented him with a handmade branding iron representing Wilkinson Livestock, made by South Dakota’s Lieutenant Governor, Larry Rhoden. Governor Kristi Noem joined in to add a few special details as well to recognize and celebrate Todd’s contribution to the cattle industry and South Dakota. Read Todd's final column on page 19.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has adopted new policy priorities for 2024 aimed at reauthorizing the Farm Bill and defending the cattle industry from regulatory overreach and activist attacks. The new priorities come as Congress remains gridlocked on major policy changes, but NCBA sees an avenue for success by focusing on a few key areas.

“2024 is an election year and the need to campaign combined with extremely narrow margins in Congress means that very little will get done in Washington,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “Knowing that the opportunities for sweeping change are limited, NCBA is focused on holding the line by defending against attacks from radical animal rights activists and pushing back on overreaching regulations from federal agencies.”

While Congress did have to extend the current Farm Bill, NCBA continues to remind policymakers about several key provisions they would like to see in the final package that support cattle producers A top priority is protecting the cattle industry from a foreign animal disease, which is why NCBA strongly supports expanding the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB) that currently houses the foot-and-mouth disease vaccine. NCBA also sees opportunities to support risk management and voluntary conservation efforts in the next Farm Bill, providing cattle producers with additional resources.

Another Farm Bill priority includes defending against the inclusion of a separate livestock title. “Opening up the Farm Bill by creating a livestock title would open the door to radical animal rights activist groups that are seeking to disrupt the cattle industry,” said Lane “All of the Farm Bill programs that benefit cattle producers are housed in other titles of the bill and the cattle industry only needs a few select programs from the Farm Bill. Expanding the bill with a livestock title opens the door to all sorts of bad ideas that would harm producers.”

Over the past year, the cattle industry has faced attacks from animal rights groups aligned with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). These groups, including Farm Action and the Organization for Competitive Markets, have lobbied against the Beef Checkoff program as part of their broader strategy to decrease meat consumption and ultimately put farmers and ranchers out of business

“In the past year we have seen radical animal activists ramp up their attacks on our industry and our producerfunded Beef Checkoff that drives consumer demand and funds critical research,” said NCBA President Mark Eisele, a Wyoming rancher. “We will never let the same people that want to shut down family cattle operations dictate how we promote our products.”

In addition to attacks from outside the cattle industry, a continual threat comes from federal regulation. Even though members of Congress will be spending more time on the campaign trail, federal regulators will be in overdrive trying to implement new regulations before the 2024 election. NCBA continues fighting for clarity on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) following the Supreme Court’s extremely helpful ruling that limited federal authority over bodies of water. Still, we are pushing for limited regulations that protect cattle producers and provide certainty for the future.

Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings and designations continue to threaten cattle producers under this administration as well. These activist-driven rulemakings tend to reject science when it does not support activists’ wishes and impose restrictions on cattle producers’ ability to manage the land and predator presence � NCBA is reminding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that ESA designations should be science-based, not emotionbased. Species must be promptly delisted when they are recovered, and regulators should acknowledge cattle producers’ role as stewards of our natural resources and millions of acres of healthy wildlife habitat.

The Biden administration is also continuing their push to implement restrictive Packers and Stockyards rules. If enacted, these rules would seriously disrupt cattle producers’ freedom to market their cattle in whatever way they see fit. The rules would also expose farmers and ranchers to the threat of litigation leading to a reduction in innovation and investments in higher-quality genetics or branded programs.

“NCBA firmly believes that cattle producers should have the freedom to decide how to market their cattle. Our members have been—and continue to be—opposed to any attempts from federal bureaucrats to get in the way of cattle producers’ economic success,” added Lane.

While it is still early in 2024, NCBA is also monitoring

NCBA to Focus on Farm Bill and Defending

Defending the Cattle Industry in the Year Ahead

potential tax changes that will occur at the end of 2025 if Congress fails to act� In 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law with the strong support of America’s cattle producers. Unfortunately, many of the law’s provisions that support agriculture are set to expire at the end of next year For example, the federal estate tax or Death Tax will hit many family farm and ranch operations when the tax relief threshold is lowered in 2025. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes Death Tax relief for estates valued under $13,610,000 per individual or $27,220,000 per couple. Once the law expires, the Death Tax exemption level will revert to $5 million per individual with the federal government taking a 40% tax on all estates valued over the exemption level.

“Rising land value combined with a lower death tax exemption level will place many family cattle operations in an extremely harmful financial situation,” said NCBA Tax and Credit Committee Chair Dan Rorvig, a North Dakota rancher.“The Death Tax has forced many families to take out significant loans or sell parts of their land and assets to pay another burdensome tax on assets that have already been taxed many times over. NCBA strongly believes that cattle producers should never be forced to sell their property to cover a

tax bill, especially if that bill comes from the farm or ranch passing to the next generation due to a death in the family�” Other tax provisions like the Section 2032A special use valuation, Section 199A qualified business income deduction, and Section 1031 like-kind exchange are also at risk. Together, these tax provisions help cattle producers lower their tax burden and stay in business.

“NCBA is laying the groundwork now to defend these tax provisions in Congress,” said Lane. “We appreciate every producer who has taken NCBA’s Tax Survey, which is helping us gather data to prove to policymakers that these provisions make a real difference for family farmers and ranchers�”

While the NCBA policy priorities are not a comprehensive list of everything the association does on behalf of American cattle producers, it certainly shows NCBA’s commitment to defending farmers and ranchers no matter the political turmoil in Washington�

“Thank you for your support of NCBA. It is an honor to fight for cattle producers like you and we are proud to take our marching orders from grassroots leaders across the country,” said Lane�

Calving Ease . . . of Mind with

at Edleman Ranch

For a fourth-generation ranch in eastern South Dakota, calving season is not just a routine; it’s six months of hard work, late nights, and ensuring the viability of next year’s calf crop. Edleman Ranch of Willow Lake is a diversified operation with a mix of seedstock, cow/calf, grain farming, and a hog finishing operation. Drew Edleman works alongside his dad, Marshall, and brother, Jake They center their operation on Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls that are marketed through their annual sale in March, and a commercial herd primarily consisting of Angus cows crossed with Limousin bulls. This crossbreeding strategy leverages hybrid vigor through pairing maternal traits from the Angus breed with the growth and good carcass traits of the Limousin breed that returns a marketable calf crop that will go into the feedlot and perform.

“Calving is my favorite time of year…which may explain why we do it about six months out of the year,” said Drew. Calving season unfolds across multiple stages, starting with embryo herd in mid-January, followed by seedstock and commercial replacement heifers, another group of embryos and artificially inseminated cows, and finished out by remaining commercial herd in March � “It may seem hectic but keeping them spread out in

manageable sized groups makes our calving system work,” said Drew. “A few other strategies that we utilize to keep calving season running smoothly is the use of heated and hoop barns, a camera system, and Konefal calving.” In eastern South Dakota, the temperature can go from -20 degrees to 45 and sunny over the span of a few days, which can create less than ideal calving conditions and environments, particularly with frigid temperatures and melt. Through a lot of their own research and insight from other producers came the decision to add a hoop barn on the ranch� “A hoop barn had been on our minds for a number of years before we built one,” said Drew, “and it’s been a great change for our operation �” The barn’s design, with designated calving pens and drove lane, facilitates efficient management of cows and pairs. “It doesn’t replace the heated barn during the colder months, but implementing a hoop barn allows us to spend more time taking care of calves after being born versus living in a maternity pen waiting for one cow to calf,” said Drew.

While maintaining cleanliness presents a challenge, the benefits in terms of calf health and operational efficiency far outweigh the additional management required.

A major component to the Edleman’s calving strategy is their use of technology, particularly a camera system installed in the hoop barn � The 360-degree rotating camera system ensures a clear view of every cow and calf and allows for close monitoring of calving progress without disturbing the cows. By providing real-time visibility and reducing system ensures a clear view of every cow and calf and allows for close monitoring of calving progress without disturbing the cows. By providing real-time visibility and reducing unnecessary trips between the two calving locations on the ranch, situated four miles apart, the camera system has proven invaluable. “The camera system has saved countless calves and has saved us and the cows a lot of stress about whether a heifer is done calving yet or if she got up right away after she had the calf,” said Drew. While technology streamlines monitoring, regular physical checks remain crucial for assessing herd health and any developing issues – finding a balance between leveraging technology and maintaining physical involvement in daily herd management. “We still walk through the pens, especially pair pens, daily or multiple times per day to make sure calves get up and check on the cow and their bag, said Drew, “but it’s been

helpful and has saved us and the cows a lot of stress.”

Implementing innovative strategies to their calving season is a tradition that started with Marshall and his dad in the 1980s. Konefal calving, a strategy introduced by a Manitoba rancher, Gus Konefal, in the 1970s, is the idea of feeding late in the day to get most of your herd to calve during daytime hours.“We’ve found this strategy to be very successful,” said Drew.“When the main herd is calving, we try to start feeding around 3:00 or 4:00 PM resulting in a slow night and picking up again around 6:00 AM the next day.” To implement this strategy, Drew recommends starting to feed a high roughage diet to your cows in the afternoon a few weeks before you’re anticipated calving start date. “You will have about 80-90% of your herd calving between 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM.”

While recognizing that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t apply to every operation during calving season, the Edleman Ranch has implemented strategies that blend tradition with innovation. By embracing technology and modern infrastructure, they navigate their calving season with confidence and ease of mind.

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A Unified Voice and Vision

It is with heartfelt thanks that I am writing this final column. The opportunity to serve as the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has been a true honor

Having been involved in various committees of NCBA for many years, I have long appreciated the impact of an organization built from the grassroots and based upon the beliefs of producers across the country. As I advanced into leadership positions, that appreciation grew and I came to realize the good things producers can do when their voices are amplified by an organization that works for the future of our industry.

As an officer and especially as president, the effectiveness and the power of our organization became even more apparent. Many times, we all are so involved in our own operations we fail to appreciate what we accomplish as an organization.

NCBA members represent the heart and soul of the cattle industry. Whatever your job description, we share a common belief in a business that represents America and what it stands for. Big or small, it doesn’t matter, as each of us is proud to be a part of the cattle business� Whatever your job description, the cattle industry is made up of some of the best people in the world.

To the staff of NCBA, I am humbled by your commitment and dedication. Time and time again it has been made very clear that many do not just work at NCBA, rather you believe in NCBA, its mission and the grassroot producers it represents Performing your duties for a paycheck is one thing but believing in your job and the organization is another. Some of you reading this have experienced first-hand the remarkable job our NCBA team does every day and will appreciate when I say we all need to say a heartfelt thank you.

Our industry is facing challenges our parents and grandparents would have never envisioned. But one theme has held fast for 125 years — producers united in vision and voice can make a difference. Our task and our duty is to continue that vision and project a unified voice to ensure tomorrow, and for hundreds of years to come, our children and grandchildren and their descendants will be involved in the cattle business, and NCBA will be the bedrock upon which our industry stands.

As I leave my role as president, I strived to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience a truly remarkable industry. An industry where your word is your bond and a handshake still means something�Thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your NCBA president.

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Mark Eisele, a Wyoming rancher, took the seat as NCBA's President at the 2024 Cattle Industry Convention.

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South Dakota Legislature Honors Robert 'Bob' Montross

The South Dakota legislature passed Housed Commemoration 8010, to celebrate and honor the late Robert "Bob" Montross, who was a relentless advocate for agriculture and the beef industry.

Among several other leadership positions, Bob served on the Kingsbury County Cattlemen's Assocaition and was a founding member of the nonprofit organization, Beef Bucks. Beef Bucks was founded in 1997 with the purpose to promote the beef industry, as well as work to educate consumers. Bob was instrumental in the organization's partnership with the television show Wheel of Fortune, where you could find Beef Bucks were a featured prize for contestants.

The SDCA applauds the legislature for reecognizing Bob's instrumental leadership in South Dakota and the beef industry. Through his vision and passion for the industry, he created a program that promotes, educates and shares one of the best sources of protein -- BEEF!

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Defending Beef through the School Lunch Integrity Act

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association understands that South Dakota produces some of the highest quality beef products in the world. I do, however, need to continue to hammer that point in Washington, D C

That’s why Senator Jon Tester of Montana and I have teamed up to introduce legislation that would ban fake meat products from being served in school lunches. The School Lunch Integrity Act of 2024 would prohibit the use of cell-cultivated meat under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program�

To give you a little background, companies across the world have been working to create fake meat products since the development of the first cell-cultivated protein product in 2013. With the help of environmental activists, dozens of companies across the United States have started to research and produce cell-cultivated protein. Last summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) moved to issue grants of inspection for these cell-cultured meat products�

to animal health concerns � I am deeply troubled by the potential risks imported beef from Paraguay could pose to the safety of American consumers and the stability of our domestic cattle market

These risks are compounded by the lack of attention paid to outdated data and insufficient animal health and food safety standards in Paraguay�

I am concerned by the fact that the USDA’s decision to resume Paraguayan imports relies on an analysis completed in 2018, and American inspectors have not conducted a site visit to Paraguay since 2014.

The USDA should not rely on outdated information to determine the safety of importing fresh beef from a country with a history of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreaks. Given the rapidly changing nature of the beef industry and the potential for new disease outbreaks, it is essential that any risk analysis be based on current and accurate data�

This lab-cultivated product is different from plant-based meat substitutes. It starts out with a piece of meat, perhaps as small as a cell from an actual chicken, and then it is developed artificially within a lab. We want to make sure that’s not the food being served in our schools.

These developers are trying to eliminate the need to raise livestock, and the recent actions by the USDA undermine the important work of American livestock producers.

To date, the USDA has chosen not to issue any specific guidance on the use of cell-cultivated protein as part of our school lunch programs. These lab-cultivated products should be required to demonstrate their safety before we start experimenting on our students� Our students should not be test subjects for cell-cultivated “meat” experiments.

With real, local beef readily available for our students, there is no reason to be serving fake, lab-grown meat products in the cafeteria. Our ranchers work hard to produce high quality beef products � Their beef is nutritious, safe, and clearly the best choice for our kids�

Additionally, Senator Tester and I introduced legislation to suspend beef imports from Paraguay in response

Paraguay had its last documented FMD outbreak in 2011� The United States, on the other hand, has been free of FMD since 1929�

There are no requirements for Paraguay to meet the same animal production requirements as our domestic producers, such as restrictions on certain veterinary biologics or pesticides and other chemicals used in growing animal feed. We all know that how you raise your animal and what they eat impacts the quality and safety of the finished product.

I feel strongly that the United States should not relax standards for Paraguay or any other country until Congress raddresses labeling for beef � Consumers deserve to know where their food is coming from.

In addition to introducing legislation, Senator Tester and I filed a Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn the Biden administration’s decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay.

Our consumers should be able to confidently feed their families beef that has met the rigorous standards required in the United States

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Secure reauthorization of the animal health provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill and advocate for expanded funding of the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB) to protect against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Expand access to risk management and disaster relief programs within the Farm Bill, to support financial stability for producers.

Protect and fund EQIP, CSP, and other voluntary conservation programs that incentivize sciencebased, active management of our natural resources.

Defend against the addition of a livestock title.


Defend the U.S. cattle industry against radical animal activist groups that want to end cattle production, including the Beef Checkoff.

Preserve family farms and ranches for future generations by advocating for essential tax relief for cattle producers.

Ensure that all labeling requirements for fake meat products are fair and accurate.

Protect producers from burdensome emissions reporting requirements.

Preserve existing permitting standards for beef producers under the Clean Water Act.

Combat overly restrictive Packers & Stockyards rules to ensure producers have the freedom to market their cattle however they want without the fear of frivolous litigation.

Fight against misguided Endangered Species Act rules and any expansion of bureaucratic red tape under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Push for further hours-of-service flexibility and continue delaying ELD requirements for livestock haulers.

Work with USDA to implement reforms to the “Product of the USA” label that promotes voluntary, verified, and trade-compliant labeling that returns more value to producers.

Push to expand market access for U.S. beef exports and fight for equivalent animal health and food safety standards for imported beef.

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The Vice President of Membership's Outlook

Hello fellow cattlemen and cattlewomen!

My name is Jake Harms, the current Vice President of Membership for the SDCA. With this being a new role for me, I wanted to introduce myself and share why I believe in the Association. Seven years ago, I convinced my wife to move back to her parents’ ranch, Bieber Red Angus, in Leola, South Dakota. My wife, Kristin, our four children, and I live on the ranch and work day- to-day towards our goal of carrying on the business her family established two generations ago.

I do not come from an agricultural background but have been fortunate enough to be thrown into the deep end of learning the ins and outs of the industry Kristin and I participated in BeefSD through South Dakota State University Extension, where we were able to learn from producers and leaders throughout the state and country about the different facets of the beef industry. I would highly encourage ranchers who want to delve into the various levels of the industry to consider joining the two-year program. We have also been involved with our breed association. Throughout my education I have found that being involved and continually learning is how our industry has survived and evolved over the years.

As I continually learn, I’ve heard a constant theme of the future. During each get together with our neighbors, customers, friends, and family, the topic of where the industry is heading arises.There are numerous viewpoints about how to forge ahead and I think the conversations at those get togethers are important, but what happens after those conversations take place? Typically, the next day comes, and no action is taken. This is why I found myself wanting to be a member, and now an active participant, in the SDCA. Our organization gives us the opportunity to bring forward the discussions, issues, and concerns we have in our local communities in a meaningful way that can potentially make change with our state legislators.

This past January, the SDCA board travelled to Pierre to visit with state legislators and witness the policy process firsthand. We sat in on an Ag Committee meeting where we listened to a bill hearing about abandoned wells and a presentation about the exports of South Dakota goods to foreign countries. Meetings took place between SDCA and legislators that wanted to hear about our thoughts on certain bills and how they would proceed with bills pertaining to our organization. With this being my first

time at the capitol during session, I did my best to take it all in. The procedure for how bills are presented, questioned, debated, and passed truly intrigues me � At first, it seemed overwhelming and it’s easy to get lost in the political jargon. But after listening for awhile, I started to recognize a similarity to the conversations we have at ranch events. Of course, there are less ‘choice words’ at the capitol, but the substance was there. In the end, they were people bringing forward thoughts from their citizens and issues they’ve run into on projects throughout the state.

This is why I believe SDCA membership is important. Membership gives us a way to make the conversations we have at home something bigger. The SDCA is not a lawmaking organization, but we have the ear of the people who are. Shaping and protecting the future of cattlemen and cattlewomen in South Dakota and beyond, is what SDCA strives to do. While every member may not agree with each piece of SDCA, myself included, I believe joining together is what will uphold our way of life in this industry. As Vice President of Membership, I look forward to hearing from current members - to discuss what is going well, concerns in their area, and hopes for their future and the future of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. I hope to connect with past members and bring them back to the conversation. And of course, I hope to gain new members and give the cattlemen of our state a larger voice at the state and national level. My predecessor, Craig Bieber, did an outstanding job bringing in new members and helping regional directors grow their area. I am thankful for the high standards he has set and hope to continue the trajectory. However, I am not able to do this without the help of other members. As I discussed earlier, the daily conversations we have with our neighbors are only the beginning� If they are not already members, encourage them to join you at SDCA events or regional meetings that our directors work hard to organize. If they have questions or concerns about the association, urge them to reach out to board members� The SDCA is a member driven organization and without your support, we won’t be able to continue having our voices heard in Pierre. Especially as the number of active state legislators who own and manage cattle continues to dwindle. Thank you for being a member and giving me the opportunity to serve you. If there are any questions you may have for me, I encourage you to reach out.

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Hello from Rapid City! My name is Dr. Erin (Gubbels) DeHaan. At the beginning of January, I started my role as the Extension Beef Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. I am originally from Laurel, Nebraska and grew up on an integrated crop and livestock operation. I attended SDSU for my college education where I received a bachelor’s degree in animal science with minors in agronomy, agribusiness, and meat science in May of 2018 From here, I decided to continue my college education and obtained my master’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in meat science under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Blair in December of 2020. We compared low stress weaning methods (fenceline and nose flaps) with conventional weaning and their effects on post-weaning growth performance and carcass characteristics. Calves weaned with fenceline methods-maintained body weight rather than lost weight following weaning, as was observed with using nose flaps and conventional weaning. We also evaluated feeding a forage-based ration compared to a concentrate-based ration (each balanced to have similar protein and energy levels) during mid and late gestation and the subsequent effects on progeny growth performance, carcass characteristics, and meat quality. The specific type of carbohydrate (starch vs cellulose) fed during mid and late gestation did not appreciably influence the progeny performance � Thus, ensuring diets are balanced in protein and energy (plus meet vitamin and mineral requirements) is essential for optimizing offspring performance �

In December of 2023, I received a Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition under Dr. Zachary Smith. We investigated growth performance and health measures in previously vaccinated, newly weaned steers administered vaccinations (modified live and clostridial) upon arrival compared to no vaccination on arrival.What we learned is that in calves that are vaccinated prior to the weaning event, timing of vaccination at receiving did not appreciably influence growth performance and health measures. However, calves vaccinated upon arrival had increased antibodies to disease pathogens, which is beneficial for reducing the risk of illnesses, such as bovine respiratory disease. We also evaluated growth performance outcomes from heifers program fed a high concentrate ration to a desired daily rate of gain (3 lb per day) with restricted bunk space (8 vs 16

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inches per head) � These backgrounding management strategies can help producers reach desired growth targets while still maintaining efficiency.They can also help to account for feed ingredient inventory and improve bunk management. A final project we conducted was investigating growth performance, health measures, and carcass characteristics following transportation in feedlot cattle sourced and finished in different regions of the United States (SD versus TX). We found that cattle performance can be altered based upon the type of environment they are finished in, where cattle finished in lower ambient temperatures had increased dry matter intake and quality grades, but reduced yield grades compared to cattle finished in high ambient temperatures� Being able to help mitigate the effects of stress, such as heat and transportation stress, can help reduce negative impacts on performance and carcass merit.

Collectively, there are a multitude of factors in each sector of the beef industry that can influence beef production. Part of my role will be assisting with the beefSD program, which offers an opportunity for beginning producers to increase knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the beef industry and to develop the skills needed to be successful beef business managers. It is not a new concept that there are new technologies and strategies being implemented every day into beef operations� In an attempt to embrace this, we have added another component to our upcoming Class 7 of beefSD, which will incorporate using precision technologies into day-to-day beef practices Another new aspect of Class 7 is it will be offered to both beginning and mid-career producers who wish to have a better understanding of emerging technologies� Class 7 applications will be open in May and will close on June 14� Look for additional application information on our website at Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with some of the best beef producers in the nation here in the state of South Dakota!

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SDCA Working for You

Taya Runyan, SDCA Executive Director

January Board of Directors Meeting

The first quarterly meeting of the year was held in Pierre on January 24� In additional to regular business, the Board welcomed Guest Emily Roher, USDA-NRCS State Rangeland Specialist, to the meeting to talk about the various opportunities to collaborate with NRCS and serve members. We look forward to working together to bring additional programming to members that they can take back to their operations to implement

The board created a new standing committee to address issues that are unique to feeders� The Feeder Committee will be chaired by Casey Heenan.

The SDSU Collegiate Cattlemen requested to be recognized under the new bylaw provision for an ex-officio non-voting board member� The Board granted the request and looks forward to welcoming students participate in future meetings to gain valuable perspective from the next generation.

The Board voted not to renew the contract to host the Beef Booth event at the State Fair. The Beef Booth event at Dakotafest will continue and the Board plans to explore other opportunities to showcase delicious beef at other events.

The next meeting will be March 13, 2024, via Zoom.


Since last year and over multiple meetings, the McCook County Commission has considered several changes that impact concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO)� These Local zoning board decisions directly impact area producers but can also have an indirect impact on producers across the state, so SDCA has monitored the issue as it was considered by the Commission�The discussion has focused largely on setbacks, radius of common ownership, and the threshold of animal units that require a permit from the County At the most recent hearing in mid-January, among other things, the Commission adopted a Class B permit that reduced the minimum number of animal units to 200 but maintained the common ownership radius at one mile.

Legislative Session

The 99th legislative session is nearly complete. Legislators will place their focus on the last few bills and passing a budget� One topic that has dominated the legislature this session is once again the carbon sequestration pipeline � As of this print deadline, three bills have been introduced as a compromise package from House and Senate leadership that provide for additional landowner rights (compensation,

notice, and better transparency), some clarity and address a consistent process for companies wishing to site linear projects that span over multiple counties, and authorize counties to assess per linear foot fees for certain projects to be remitted back to counties. Regardless of their outcome in the Capitol, the issues these bills address have raised questions for our members about what kind of policy would best represent the SDCA in future debate. Once again, a bill was brought to modify the Brand Board to create statewide districts. Proponents of the bill claimed that they did not have representation because the current directors were not from districts. What proponents failed to acknowledge was the recent staffing changes made by the Brand Board specifically addressed having regional supervisors to serve the inspection area. It was also pointed out that despite their numerous complaints, none of the proponents had objected to any of the current Brand Board members when they came before the Senate for confirmation. The SDCA testified in opposition to the bill, which failed in committee. The SDCA has maintained a good relationship with the Brand Board staff and Board and encourages you to reach out to the Board directly or through the SDCA if you have any concerns about the registration, inspection, or investigation process.

SDCA worked throughout session to educate lawmakers on SDCA positions for proposed tax reforms, landowner rights, local control issues, and other issues addressed by SDCA grassroots policy Check out our legislative tracker for more details.

NCBA Policy Development

Many SDCA members were present in Orlando at the NCBA Cattle Convention, however that is not the end of the policy development process. We will once again meet in San Diego in July for the NCBA Summer meeting to finalize policy and consider any new policy brought forward. If you are interested in learning more about this process or attending the summer business meeting, please contact the office for more details!

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Clark Hamlin Cattlemen's Officers

Chance Popham | President

Riley Schmidt | Vice President

Ryan Schmidt | Secretary

John Roe | Treasurer Clark Hamlin Highlights

• Sold Beef Bucks at local basketball games.

• Provided scholarship opportunities for local youth.

• Volunteered at the SDCA's Beef Booth.

Clark Hamlin cattlemen and women gathered on February 17 in Bryant, SD, for their Annual Meeting. The meeting included officer updates, a report from the SDCA and a presentation from NRCS that outlined cost share opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

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Women Promoting Beef

I am excited to start my second year as President of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary� Now that I have a year under my belt, a common theme that I saw during my first year was that many women were unaware of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary� Women don’t realize our impact and what our goals are as an organization The Auxiliary is a group of women who support and promote beef in the state of South Dakota� We fuel the demand for beef through direct education of consumers through various outreach events. As a member, you receive the pride of supporting an industry that you love and a sense of community with women who share that same passion – beef!

We have a group of amazing women that are already members, but we’re

always looking to grow. If you are a woman in ag and would like to join us, please scan the QR code below and I will gladly send you a membership packet� Thank you for your continued support of our professional women’s organization whose main goal is to promote, educate, and support the beef industry anyway that we can.

The Auxiliary will open the online shop again this spring! Follow the Auxiliary on social media to be the first to access the store and purchase apparel, aprons, and baby bibs �

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Best Practices for a Properous Calving Season

Calving season, although one of the most exhaustive times of year, it’s also one of the most rewarding.Watching a wobbly newborn calf take its first steps after saving a struggling momma cow, late nights and early mornings to ensure everyone is properly cared for as the day brings new life and witnessing the year’s hard work all coming full circle, is why you do it. You’re quickly reminded -- they’re not just cows and calves, they are your legacy, they are your livelihood.

The SDCA asked Dr � Broc Mauch, Associate Veterinarian at Oahe Veterinary Clinic in Fort Pierre, to provide tips and best practices for your calving season:


Dr� Mauch’s #1 tip for producers is to make sure your calves get colostrum. “Failure of passive transfer (when the calf does not get the first antibodies from the cow) can be one of the biggest causes of neonatal death and can cause health issues as the calf ages,” said Dr� Mauch � Colostrum can be received through the dam or through supplements.

said Dr. Mauch. A clean environment contributes to calf health.” A few options to mitigate disease and infections in your calf crop are to incorporate clean bedding in your pens and provide windbreaks or calf shelters.

Establish an animal health plan.

Dr. Mauch advises to proactively establish an animal health plan and work closely with your veterinarian. “Planning before problems arise is much easier on you and your cattle versus dealing with preventable problems later on,” said Dr Mauch Planning also includes taking inventory of all necessary veterinary supplies before the season kicks off and restocking supplies. Prevention is key!

Keep your trailer ready.

In the event you need to get to town for your veterinarian’s assistance, keep your trailer prepped and ready� “A bed of straw at the front of the trailer for the calves that are a tough pull or through a cesarian section at the clinic is strongly advised,” said Dr. Mauch. A clean, dry environment is important – not to mention it keeps them warm on a chilly haul back to the ranch.


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Upcoming Events:

• March 2, 2024 | Build Your Base Basketball event at Black Hill State University

• April 11, 2024 | Black Hills State University Build Your Base Roundtable

• April 17, 2024 | Northern State University Build Your Base Roundtable

• March 2024 | The Indoor Football League season begins and the Build Your Base Gametime Initiative will be league-wide in all 16 teams

• May 2024 | Build Your Base's Kim Schwabenbauer will speak at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Conference in Fort Worth, Texas�

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