Happy Cow Tour held at Mud Butte

South Dakota Grassland Coalition
Farm Forum

The Happy Cow Tour is a cooperative effort by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition. Held in a different part of the state every year, the 4th Happy Cow Tour was held on July 26 at the Stomprud Angus Ranch near Mud Butte. Operated today by the 3rd and 4th generation — Larry and Eileen Stomprud and Jay and Jen Stomprud — the ranch was founded by Larry’s grandfather, Ollie Stomprud in 1909. They raise commercial and purebred Angus cattle and sell purebred bulls. Larry is the immediate past president of the SDCA.

Included in the tour was a demonstration of how the Stompruds use a drone to check water tanks and cows. The group also looked at the ranch’s watering system and rotational pasture management. The ranch has some interesting archeological features. Larry displayed a cache of trading stones from the Clovis period found on the property. The old Bismarck to Deadwood stage coach trail runs through the ranch and is designated by concrete markers.

The Society for Range Management served a brisket lunch. SDSU donated ice cream. Next year’s tour will be the last Friday in July and is free to SDCA and SDGC members.

Larry Stomprud, 3rd generation Mud Butte rancher, talks to the attendees on the Happy Cow Tour.
Jay Stomprud and son, Elijah, with the drone they use to check water and fences and locate bulls.