October 23, 2005 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Chris Abbott, 308 282-2826; Copy by: Stephanie Trask Phone:
(308) 282-2826; Media Contact: Mary Mulligan Phone: (402) 967-3464
Cattlemen's Groups Join Forces in Valentine
(Hyannis, Neb.) - In the most recent effort to involve the grassroots
cattle producer, the Independent Cattlemen of NE jointly hosted a benefit
auction and informational supper with the South Dakota Stockgrowers
and R-CALF USA.
The event began with a rollover auction at Valentine Livestock. Kenny
Fox of Belvidere, South Dakota gave a few words on why he and wife,
Roxie, believed the cause was worth donating their calf to. "We
feel that the only representation we have as grassroots producers is
through these organizations," said Fox. Donors took turns bidding
until they had raised $7700 to benefit R-CALF and the two state affiliates.
Shortly after, over 70 people gathered at the Peppermill Steakhouse
for a free supper and information session. Stockgrower's District 12
Director, Chris Harvey lined up several local businesses who sponsored
the meal. R-CALF CEO, Bill Bullard addressed current industry issues
while ICON president Chris Abbott and past SDSGA president Ken Knuppe
discussed concerns on the state level.
Said ICON board member, Dave Wright, "We hosted the event to inform
cattle producers of the truth and the misinformation that is being presented
in the cattle industry."
Rollover Auction Donors: Rick VanderWey, AgWest Feeds/Vince Hulinsky,
Rothleutner Family, Pass Ranch, Mathis Equipment, Larry O'Kief, Joe
Mundorf, Louis Day, James Hanna, Open Box Bar Ranch, Arvin Schmidt,
Sonny Hanna, Chris Harvey, Mike Arnold, Bill Ganser, Randy Peterson,
Jerry Sharp, Ann Harvey, Joe and Mavis Fleming, Bank of the West, Gerald
and Altha VanderWey, Mark Johnson, DBA/DMK Supply/Ray Keller, Bob Froneck
Steak Supper Sponsors: Valentine Livestock, Mathis Equipment, Bank
of the West, O'Neill Cattle Co. (Cody, NE), Mid-West Fertilizer and
Feed (Kilgore, NE), Young's Western Wear, Adamson's Studio, Stadium
Sports (Martin, SD), Union Bank
-Attached are two photos: 1. Chris Abbott and Dave Wright addressing
a full house at the Peppermill Steakhouse. 2. Kenny Fox (center) and
the calf he donated, flanked on the left by Bill Bullard of R-CALF USA,
right before the rollover auction.