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Stockgrowers hear optimism at quarterly meeting

South Dakota

Several South Dakota Stockgrower members and non-members alike enjoyed an interesting presentation by R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard at the Stockgrowers' June Quarterly meeting in Philip, S.D., on June 9.

Members of the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association chose Philip as the site of their June meeting this year. District 9 Director Chuck O'Connor explained "The purpose of these meetings is two-fold. 1.) The board receives its direction from the members, and since its members come from every part of the state, the board chooses a new location each year to enable all members to have input. 2.) The board needs to meet regularly to carry out the business of the organization."

Committee meetings, mostly chaired by Directors met throughout the day June 9 to make plans for the remainder of the year and to hear any ideas or questions and concerns from the public.

Following a cook-your-own-steak supper, meeting attendees heard Bill Bullard's statements regarding our livestock industry. He explained how the lack of competition in the cattle industry caused the number of states with a national above average cattle price to drop from 24 states in 1987 to only 13 states in 2007. He did however, have an optimistic feel for the future of the business stating "We now have some key people appointed to high levels in the United States Department of Agriculture positions. As a result, our opportunities to prohibit the anti-competitive practices that are ongoing in our cattle markets have never been greater."

Tommy Tibbets, Kyle, S.D., presented information at the Board of Directors meeting June 10 regarding the use of tourism as a way to raise funds and educate the uninformed on ranch and livestock practices.

In other business, the Board voted to add one more staff member to work with funding for the organization.

SD Stockgrowers Association wishes to thank the businesses and citizens in Philip for the tremendous support and hospitality shown during its stay in their town.

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