SDCA is your voice with legislators, consumers, educators and other leaders. SDCA is a professional organization directed and supported by
South Dakota Cattlemen.
SDCA Membership Benefits
Knowledgeable staff to be your eyes, ears and voice at numerous meetings and events. SDCA leaders and staff have developed working relationships with state agency personnel and lawmakers to ensure you have a voice at the state capitol and in Washington, DC.
•A full time lobbyist representing you in Pierre. All SDCA policy is member directed. SDCA staff monitor state and federal legislation and rules to benefit South Dakota cattle producers.
•Protecting South Dakota’s beef industry from environmental and animal activist threats.
•Reliable, timely information on issues affecting cattlemen. The South Dakota Cattleman magazine, published bi-monthly, provides an in-depth look at the issues and provides advertising opportunities for you business. The bi-weekly e-mail bulletin keeps you up-to-date on breaking news and upcoming events.
•Preserving the ranching life by protecting private property rights, working to reduce tax burdens and limit government regulations.
•Protecting the health of South Dakota’s livestock by working with the Animal Industry Board to educate producers and monitor animal health threats.
•Beef promotion opportunities and trained staff to serve as media liaisons.
•Opportunity to direct local, state and national association policies and network with fellow cattlemen by participating in meetings and events.
•SDCA works closely with NCBA to lobby on your behalf in Washington, SD. Our partners in DC are considered a credible, reliable source of timely information regarding key issues and current events.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is the national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 28,000 individual members and sixty-four state affiliate, breed and industry organization members. Together NCBA represents more than 230,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders. NCBA works to advance the economic, political and social interests of the U.S. cattle business and to be an advocate for the cattle industry's policy positions and economic interests.
As family farmers and ranchers, cattlemen have a vested interest in protecting the environment. As responsive producers, they share an interest in meeting the needs of consumers worldwide by providing high-quality, nutritious beef, while setting higher quality and safety standards than those required by the government. As individual entrepreneurs, cattlemen raise livestock in more states than any other commodity, helping sustain a way of life in thousands of rural communities.
NCBA works to encourage the humane treatment of farm animals, the wise stewardship of natural resources and the implementation of good husbandry practices.
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Producer Membership Types
SDCA Producer Membership
Any individual that owns cattle.
•Voting member of SDCA (one vote per member)
•Receive all SDCA publications, The South Dakota Cattlemen magazine, weekly e-newsletter, and legislative updates.
•Receive advertising discounts.
•Invitations and discount rates for all SDCA events and local affiliate events.
$100 ANNUAL FEE
SDCA Allied Industry
Allied Industry memberships are designed for companies who support cattlemen and women. Membership levels vary by the amount your company would like to invest.
•One-time annual commitment to SDCA and financial planning to meet your budget.
•Direct access to SDCA members.
• Repeat exposure to SDCA members - a proven audience of decision makers.
• Complimentary non-voting membership(s) for company employees.
• Recognition in The South Dakota Cattleman magazine.
• Advertising preference in The South Dakota Cattleman magazine.
• Discounted trade show space and early convention registrations during the SDCA convention.
All event sponsorships are first-right-of-refusal to the previous year’s sponsor, but additional sponsorship opportunities may be available. Contact the SDCA office at 605-945-2333 to help you design a sponsorship package to meet your company’s needs!
Fair Share Program
Individuals are given the option to pay additional dues based on the number of head in their operation. Fair share dues go directly to SDCA's efforts to protect the rights of individual cattle producers.
•Cow-Calf Fair Share = $.20/Pair
•Feeder Fair Share = $.10/Head
SDCA Feeder Council Membership
For cattle feeders and backgrounders. The SDCA Feeder Council focuses on special interests of feeders, particularly environmental regulations.
•Must be a current SDCA member to join the Feeder Council. Feeder Council dues can be paid directly to SDCA.
•The SDCA Feeder Council holds their own meetings and events and has elected leadership.
•1-1000 Head = $200 •1001-3000 Head = $400 •> 3001 Head = $600
SDCA Cow-Calf Council
For cow-calf operators. The SDCA Cow-Calf Council focuses on issues directly impacting cow-calf operators.
•Must be a current SDCA member. Cow-Calf Council dues can be paid directly to SDCA. The cow-calf council holds their own meetings and has elected leadership.