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SD Stockgrowers announce "Just One Cow" fundraising challenge

South Dakota

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is excited to share the details on a new and unique way that producers can support the state's largest cattle organization.

According to SDSGA President Larry Nelson, Buffalo, S.D., the project is called "Just One Cow" and it came from a White River, S.D., member.

"Bob Hutchinson, one of our longtime active members, made a challenge to other members in an effort to help fund the organization, and we're hoping to see lots of folks take him up on the challenge," said Nelson.

The challenge is for producers to contribute the proceeds from a dry cow following calving season this spring.

Hutchinson said he actually plans to donate a late-calving heifer. "I've got one heifer that's going to calve later than the rest, so when I sell her, I decided to just have the check sent directly to the Stockgrowers. I think a lot of ranchers could have the funds from a dry cow, a scrub calf, an old bull or any animal of their choosing sent to the Stockgrowers to help fund their lobbying efforts and other industry activities," said Hutchinson. He said that the work that the Stockgrowers did in Pierre during the legislative session was invaluable to him and his operation, and donating the value of a heifer is his way of helping ensure the Stockgrowers are able to do it again next year. "A lot of the officers and other members spent an amazing amount of time in Pierre working on issues that really affect me, like taxes, property rights and brand inspection. If I had to drive to Pierre every time one of those issues came up, I'd spend thousands in gas, meals and lodging, not to mention time lost on my place. I'm happy to contribute the value of a heifer if it means the Stockgrowers will be able to keep doing what they're doing for the industry. I challenge every cattle producer in South Dakota to do the same."

For more information or to participate in the challenge, contact the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association at 605-342-0429 or have your donations sent to 426 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

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