User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

30° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Farm Show To Raise Money For Rancher Relief Fund

January 22, 2014, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Farm Show To Raise Money For Rancher Relief Fund

Eastern South Dakota farmers are coming to the aid of West River ranchers during this week's Sioux Empire Farm Show in Sioux Falls.  Proceeds from a silent and live auction Friday will go to the Rancher Relief Fund which helps ranchers recover their livestock losses from last fall's blizzard.

The rapid cadence of the auctioneer can't drown-out the memories that still echo from the western South Dakota blizzard.

"There was dead cattle all over and snow, I've never seen anything like it in my life and I hope that I never see anything like that again," Lake Andes rancher Chad Svatos said.

Chad Svatos is grateful he didn't lose any of his livestock that were in a pasture south of Rapid City when the blizzard hit.

"And we know a lot of people that did lose cattle and we feel bad for them and it was a bad deal and nothing could have been done any differently to prevent it," Svatos said.

Goldies Trailer Sales doesn't expect a big drop-off in business at its Hot Springs location.

"I'm sure there's a few customers that decided this wasn't the year to upgrade some equipment and they've got to replace their herd.  So yeah, it's going to affect business, somewhat," Goldies Trailer Sales owner Jeff Goldammer said.

Equipment dealers are hoping high cattle prices will help offset some of the financial losses from the blizzard.

"I've been in the livestock business all my life and this is the highest market I've ever seen," Goldammer said.

While hopes are high at the farm show, last October's blizzard is a reminder to ranchers that Mother Nature has the ultimate say in their operations.

"And she can do nasty things if she wants, and you just prepare for it and go from there," Svatos said.

Once the Sioux Empire Farm Show is over, Goldies Trailer Sales will be heading west to next week's Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City.  Goldammer says it's important to make it to events like these because sales are usually strong.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View agriculture

You may also like

SD Hutterite Colony Loses 600 Hogs In Barn Fire

4/15/2014 10:51 AM

A Hutterite colony in southeastern South Dakota is dealing with the loss of about 600 hogs in a weekend fire.

Full Story
Deadly Pig Virus

4/9/2014 10:00 PM

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs across the country, including here in South Dakota.

Full Story | Watch
SDSU Prof: Cattle Feeding Margins Move Into Black

4/15/2014 6:07 AM

A South Dakota State University adjunct economics professor says cattle feeding margins moved back into the black in the first quarter of 2014 after n...

Full Story
Application Period Opens For Payments On Livestock Deaths

4/15/2014 10:25 PM

Farm Service Agency offices began accepting applications Tuesday to compensate livestock producers hit by the early October blizzard and previous...

Full Story | Watch
Thursday Ag Markets

4/10/2014 1:15 PM

Here's a look at Thursday's ag numbers as of noon.

Full Story


KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED