South Dakota Beef Industry Council honors Prime Promoters

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PIERRE — Each year, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) honors the individuals and businesses that have gone above and beyond in promoting and supporting the beef industry. This year, the award recipients were recognized on September 26 on the South Dakota State University campus during the 2015 Prime Promoter Award luncheon.

Hugh Ingalls of Faith, S.D., was awarded the 2015 Prime Promoter Individual. Ingalls’ Centennial Angus Ranch is the oldest Angus herd in South Dakota and ranks among the top 10 largest registered Angus operations in the state.

“I’m extremely humbled by this award,” said Ingalls, upon receiving the award. “I’m nobody special, but I’ve been exposed to a lot of special people over the years. I’m appreciative of my family and friends who I’ve been able to experience this beef business with, and I look forward to many more years in the beef business.”

The 2015 Prime Promoter Business award recipient was Sparkey’s Bar and Grill, located in Isabel, S.D., and owned by Ryan Maher. Sparkey’s menu centers around beef and includes items like sirloin steak, hamburger steak, prime rib, chicken fried steak, sirloin tips, steak and eggs, burgers and a sirloin tip salad. In 2014, Sparkey’s served 3,600 lbs. of ribeyes, 2,800 lbs. of sirloin, 5,200 lbs. of hamburger, 400 lbs. of New York strip steaks, 300 lbs. of flat iron steaks, 300 lbs. of whiskey steaks, and 500 lbs. of roast beef.

“On behalf of Ryan, we want to say thank you to the SDBIC for recognizing Sparkey’s and appreciate everything the directors have done to promote his business,” said Ryan’s parents, Mike and Marcia Maher. “Although he couldn’t be here to accept this award, we know he is very honored to be recognized by the SDBIC for his efforts.”

Dr. Charles Willis, DVM, of Watertown, S.D., was honored as the 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient. During his career as a veterinarian, Willis developed the now widely used technology for spaying heifers, known as the Willis’ Ovariotome Method.

“Dr. Willis never patented his method because his goal wasn’t to get rich or famous; his purpose was to better the beef industry and improve the health of the animals under his care,” said Karla Pazour, SDBIC president.

The SDBIC Prime Promoter luncheon is held each year as part of the SDBIC annual meeting and the Beef Bowl celebration at SDSU.

Nominations for the Prime Promoter Award are accepted each year from the public. Award recipients are selected by the SDBIC Promotion Committee. Anyone interested in nominating an individual, organization or business for a Prime Promoter Award can contact the SDBIC office at 605-224-4722, or e-mail sdbic@sdbeef.org to request more information and a nomination form.

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