Advance and protect the interests of all cattlemen by enhancing profitability through representation, promotion and information sharing.
To be a producer-oriented organization that consumers and producers rely on for factual information to enhance a profitable business climate and promote environmental stewardship.
SDCA is a grassroots organization consisting of 16 affiliates in five regions providing opportunities for members to be involved in their local communities. There are also three councils for specialized segments of the industry.
- Cow/Calf Council
- Feeder Council
- Young Cattlemen's Council
Each region and council elects representatives to the SDCA Board of Directors. These volunteer leaders are your voice at the state level. The members' policy is created through policy committee and voted on by membership at the SDCA Annual Meeting. The SDCA represents that policy to the legislature , state agencies, consumer groups, and media providing a statewide voice for today's beef producers.
The SDCA works directly with our congressional delegation on federal issues that impact South Dakota cattlemen and women. Additionally, as an affiliate of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the SDCA is the voice for South Dakota producers on national issues that impact you and your business. Our affiliation with NCBA means you have a seat at the table and a vote in the national decision making. The NCBA Washington office is considered one of the most effective lobbying groups on the Hill. The Denver office has a team dedicated to research, communication, membership services, and beef promotion activities to support the state affiliates.
The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is a grassroots organization that relies on participation of the members through their local affiliates and by electing representatives to serve on the state Board of Directors.
The board is comprised of the immediate past president, the president, vice president, the vice president of membership, one representative from each council and two regional representatives from each of the five regions (western, northern, southern, northeastern, southeastern).
The regional representatives shall be elected for a term of two years, with one representative from each region elected each year on a rotating basis.
SDCA Officer Team
The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association officer team is made up of five individuals, the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of Membership and Past President.
The Councils are made up of members with an interest in those segments of beef production. Council leaders serve on the SDCA Board of Directors and the Councils also host meetings and events pertaining to their area of specialty. Communications that are specific to these operations are also provided to council members when necessary.
The SDCA Cow-Calf Council focuses on issues directly impacting cow-calf operators.
Chair: Jared Knock - Jared.Knock@gmail.com - 605-881-2375
The SDCA Feeder Council focuses on the special interests of feeders, particularly environmental regulations.
Chair: John Reisch - Reischfarms@alliancecom.net - 605-772-4396
Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council:
The SDCA Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council helps young producers connect through education and networking as well as leadership experience.
Chair: Emily Peterson - email@example.com - 515-443-4465