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Black Hills Stock Show sales prove popular

  • Associated Press
  • February 10, 2014 - 3:35 PM

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Frigid temperatures didn't cool the bidding during livestock sales at the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City.

Consigners from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota brought cattle that attracted the attention of buyers from 13 states during the 10 purebred cattle sales held during the show, which ended its 10-day run on Sunday, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Some buyers stayed home because of last week's bitter cold and instead called in their bids, but for the most part the stands were filled with buyers, said Kadee Hande, the show's marketing and livestock coordinator. Organizers had been unsure what to expect for a turnout after an early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in the Dakotas, creating a financial hardship for many ranchers.

"We knew the cattle market was really good, but we didn't know if the buyers were going to be here," Hande said.

The stock show has a reputation for attracting well-bred cattle that ranchers can take home to produce a solid calf crop the next year. This year's bison auction on Sunday also was successful, drawing buyers from more than 20 states, according to KEVN-TV.

"We had a really solid sale today," auctioneer Ron Bradeen said. "The cold weather didn't dampen anybody's spirits. Big crowds. A lot of interest in the bison industry."

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