Rollover auctions Oct. 30 and Oct. 31

Farm Forum

Two rollover cattle auctions will offer people from the area a chance to help those West River livestock owners who have suffered losses from the blizzard in October. Funds raised will go to the South Dakota Rancher’s Relief Fund.

Hub City Livestock, 2505 S. Fifth St., just south of Aberdeen will have a rollover auction on Wednesday, Oct. 30, starting at noon. Call (605) 225-3273.

On Thursday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m., there will be a rollover auction at Mobridge Livestock located on South Railroad St. Call (605) 845-3622 if there are questions.

In a rollover auction, bidders buy the calf and then donate it back to be re-auctioned repeatedly, with proceeds of each bid session going to those in need.

Last Thursday, Oct. 17, Mobridge Livestock did a rollover auction, raising $22,303.02. “We were pretty happy with that,” said Casey Perman of Mobridge Livestock. “It was really impressive to see all of the people from the ag community and ranchers support this event.”

Perman said he got quite a few calls from car dealers, implement dealers and even a church congregation who wanted to help those with the loss of a lifetime. Some individuals stopped in to drop $50 or $100. One guy donated a bull. Everyone knows someone who’s been affected. “Sometimes you think greed has taken over the world,” Perman said, “Then you raise $22,000 in 15 minutes for people who have run into tragedy. It’s the talk of the town.”

To provide relief for producers affected by the blizzard, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association have established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund.

The fund is administered by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in cooperation with the founding livestock organizations. Find more details at or contribute online at, and search for “Rancher’s Relief Fund.”

To contribute with a credit card, please visit and click on the “Donate Now” button. Checks made payable to “Ranchers Relief Fund” may also be mailed to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709. A financial donation to the Ranchers Relief Fund will help with immediate expenses incurred such as carcass removal, fence repair and roundup/hauling of strays.

Ty Linger, of Miles City, Mont., set up the ”Heifers for S. Dakota” Facebook page in an effort to get ranchers in surrounding states to pledge cows to those who lost at least 25 percent of their herd.

He also set up the website so people can also send monetary donations.