SDCA LEADERSHIP

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association officer team is made up of four individuals, the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President. 

All SDCA officers are nominated and selected by SDCA's members. SDCA is made up of 15 local affiliates and 2 councils, a representative from each affiliate and council is elected to serve on the Board of Directors. The state is also divided into 5 regions, with a Regional Vice President who, together with the officers, make up SDCA’s Executive Committee.  The Regional Vice Presidents also serve on the full Board of Directors.

Steve Ollerich

PRESIDENT

Steve Ollerich was 12 years old when he started helping his father, Robert Ollerich, milk cows and feed 350 head of cattle.  Steve married at 23, and started working at the Sioux Falls Stock Yards. After working there for 25 years, he decided it was time for his own operation. He bought a feed yard just south of Elkton in 2000 and is currently feeding 2,500 head of cattle, with the help of two of his three daughters, and his oldest granddaughter, who also own cattle in his cattle lot. For the first three years, they custom fed cattle, and after walking pens in near -30 degrees Steve thought “If someone else can do this. I can do this on my own.” So, with the help of a good banker, they started filling up each pen themselves. It hasn’t been easy, but having his daughters and grandchildren help clean and fix the lot up has made it enjoyable. Steve has been a member of the Sioux Basin Cattlemen since 1980, serving recently as President of this local SDCA affiliate.  

 

Eric Jennings

VICE PRESIDENT

Eric Jennings owns and operates a beef cattle ranch with his wife Michelle in Spearfish, SD, living in the house he grew up in. After graduating from SDSU with a degree in Agricultural Education he taught vocational agriculture in Lennox, SD for two years before returning to his family’s ranch in 1988.  Because the ranch included land in the Black Hills National Forest and land along Spearfish Creek, Eric has been active in protecting the private property and public grazing rights, and educating the public on how responsible management of these lands can contribute to the ecological health of the land.  As a life time learner, Eric has attended many seminars and workshops along with graduating from South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (SDARL) and receiving training as Conflict Resolution facilitator.  Eric has had leadership roles in many organizations over the past years.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SDARL, Northern Hills Sources of Support, Spearfish Rural Fire Protection District, South Dakota Cattlemen Association, Black Hills Regional Multiple Use Coalition, and Society of Black Hills Pioneers.  Eric is also involved with United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge.       

Allen Walth

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Allen Walth grew up on a diversified farm near Glenham SD, graduated from Glenham High School, then SDSU with a degree in Animal Science and a commission in the US Army.  After Quartermaster Officer training in Ft. Lee VA he was stationed in Pirmasens, Germany for 18 months where he ran the Pirmasens Officers Club.  After being discharged he returned to Glenham in 1974 and purchased his uncle’s farm and ranch along the old Missouri River now called Lake Oahe.   

Allen along with his wife Becky run a commercial cow/calf and irrigated grain operation.  Besides being active in SDCA Allen served on the Cam Wal Rural Electric Coop Board for 21 years with 18 of those as Secretary/Treasurer.  Allen is also active in his church holding various offices.  Allen and Becky have a son and daughter along with four grandchildren.

Larry Stomprud

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Larry Stomprud grew up on a cattle ranch in Mud Butte, SD, graduated from Newell High School , then SDSU with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a commission in the US Army.  After Officer Basic training, Larry went to work for the SD Department of Game, Fish, and Parks where he worked for 9 years as a conservation officer. In 1981, Larry’s career path took a turn when he went on Active Duty with the SD Army National Guard and was sent to Germany with his young family.  Upon returning to the US, he was offered a promotion and a staff position with the Guard.  He subsequently served at the Pentagon and in Montana, Hawaii, and Oklahoma in a variety of positions.In 1995, Larry returned to the ranch where he grew up and assumed management duties.  Besides being active in SDCA, Larry has also served on the SD Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.  Larry and his wife Eileen have two adult children and three grandchildren.  Their son Jay and his family joined them on the ranch in 2007 and have embraced the cattle business with enthusiasm.  About  a third of the family cattle herd are registered Angus and the family holds an annual bull sale every April selling 30-40 head at Philip Livestock.