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Tyler and Cam Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs, SD, have won the BHSS Champion Commercial Hefer Pen for the past two years.
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Tyler and Cam Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs, SD, have won the BHSS Champion Commercial Hefer Pen for the past two years.

Stock show highlights both the science and the rancher in shows, sales


News Staff - January 17, 2020

RAPID CITY, SD – Whether on the hoof or in a cryotank, consignors to the Black Hills Stock Show Jan. 31-Feb. 9 in Rapid City embody hearty genetics where both the science and the animal are on display.

The Cattleman’s Commercial Heifer Show set for Sun., Feb. 2  highlights what practical, real-world cattle look like. Cattle aren’t allowed to show or be washed, fitted or clipped and must be home raised -born on the consignor’s ranch.

How well a set of commercial replacement heifers line up in terms of a consistency in frame, size and stance tells a lot about how well the rancher is identifying and utilizing herd sire genetics to get to a  female that works in a particular environment.

Beginning with a Cattlemen’s Breakfast at 10am at the Kjerstad Center on the Central States Fair grounds, the show – that pays $5,000 in premiums – gets underway at 11am. Producers from South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming  with cattle representing all breeds and cross breeds of cattle will compete in pens of five.

The following day, Mon., Feb. 3, the technology side of beef breeding attracts consignors and buyers from across the country to the Black Hills Gold Rush Cattle Genetics Sale.  This sale offers producers chances at embryos and rights to flush. Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Simm/Angus, Red Angus, Maintainer, Simmental and Club Calf genetics will be in the offering.

Held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, the sale gets underway at 6pm. Available are lots from full sibs to national champions and top cattle sires in multiple breeds.



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