2021 Convention 

We are excited to see you November 30th- December 1st in Rapid City for SDCA's Convention and Trade Show!

Join us at the Rapid City Ramkota for a fellowship, educational speakers and help set grassroots policy priorities for 2022.  

Members are encouraged to participate in the resolution development process to ensure policies accurately reflect the needs of SDCA’s members. According to the SDCA Bylaws, each local affiliate is required to designate a member to represent them on each SDCA policy committee. Please notify the SDCA office of committee representatives prior to convention. All members are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the committee(s) that are of interest. 

 The 2021 resolution book with additional information about each committee can be found on the SDCA website under the members only tab. 

 To volunteer for a committee, please contact Taya at the SDCA office by Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to be added to the committee list. Call the office at 605-945-2333 or email your committee preference(s) to [email protected] 

Register for Convention

Onsite registration and individual meal tickets will be available to purchase during the convention. You can register online or on site. 

On Online & On Site Registration Fee is $165. 

Registration Package includes: Meals, breaks, speakers/entertainment, and access to the trade show for the day(s) you register. Council/committee meetings may be attended by non-members, but only members may vote. The Annual Membership Meeting is open to members only

Register for Convention Online


Tuesday, November 30 

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In – Rushmore Room 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting – Needles Room 

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Committee Meetings – Roosevelt/Jefferson, Badlands, Bear Butte, Black Elk Peak, Needles 

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Break – Washington Foyer 

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Council Meetings – Badlands, Bear Butte, Black Elk Peak 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm #KnowYourBeef Trivia Contest & Exhibitor Appreciation Happy Hour – Rushmore Room

 Wednesday, December 1 

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration – Washington Foyer (west wall) 

7:15 am – 8:30 am Breakfast & Industry Updates – Rushmore Room 

8:30 am – 10:30 am SDSU Extension Roundup – Washington Room SDSU Cottonwood Field Station: Leveraging History to Build the Ranch of the Future 

• Brief History and Impacts of the SDSU Cottonwood Field Station – Dr. Ken Olson, Extension Beef Specialist 

• Ranching into the Future: Livestock Water Quality Monitoring – Robin Salverson, Extension Cow Calf Field Specialist 

• Beef Cattle Mineral Nutrition: There’s an App for That! – Adele Harty, Extension Cow Calf Field Specialist 

• Grazing Considerations for the 21st Century: Closing the Loop Between Ecology, Grazing Management, and Technology – Dr. Jameson Brennan, Livestock Grazing Specialist, Dr. Hector Menendez, Livestock Grazing Specialist, and Dr. Krista Ehlert, Range Extension Specialist 

• Wrap-up and Questions 

10:30 am –11:45 am Annual Meeting Part I – Business Meeting (members only) – Washington Room 

11:45 am – 1:45 pm Lunch & Keynote – Rushmore Room What Got Us Here Won’t Get Us There ~ Janette Barnard, Merck Animal Health 2020 Leopold Award Recognition 

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break/ Trade Show– Rushmore Room 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cattlemen’s Education Series – Washington Room Sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association “Gate to Plate” Panel Discussion Market Outlook, Tanner Aherin, CattleFax 

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm SDSU Ice Cream Break/ Trade Show – Rushmore Room 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Annual Membership Meeting Part II – Policy Resolutions (members only) – Washington Room 

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social & Trade Show Poker Run – Rushmore Room 

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Best of Beef Banquet & 2021 Leopold Award Presentation – Rushmore Room 

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm President’s Auction & Trade Show Poker Run Winner Announced – Rushmore Room 

10:00 pm Hospitality Room Thursday, 

December 2 

7:00 am – 10:00 am Exhibitor Move-Out – Rushmore Room


John Haverhals

John Haverhals has a long standing history in the cattle industry. He grew up around cattle, and started custom feeding after his father’s death in the 1980’s. John is a visionary, always looking forward for ways to improve in the industry. He helped write South Dakota’s BQA plan, incorporating the seven principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). John is involved with the SDCA, serving as past President in the 1990’s. He also served on the Beef Council, and with the NCBA. The majority of John’s feedlot customers are Retained Ownership Ranchers. He works closely with them to improve their herds, and thus produce a better end product for consumers. In addition to work in Haverhals Feedlot, John and his wife Lorna crop farm hay, corn, and soybeans. He is also co-owner of Marshall Johns Beef for the past 20 years.

Kevin F. Hueser

Kevin currently serves as the Vice President of Cattle Procurement. He was raised on a family farm in Northwest Iowa consisting of row crop, cow-calf, cattle feeding, farrow-finish hogs and sheep. He has held numerous positions within IBP/Tyson including hourly, operations, Human Resources, Sales, Boxed Pricing, Margin Management and Cattle Procurement. Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from High Point University.

Janette Barnard

Janette Barnard grew up on a farm & ranch in southeastern Arizona. She has built her career around tech & innovation that solves problems and creates value for producers. Her early career was with Elanco Animal Health, Cargill Animal Protein, and McDonald’s Global Supply Chain before moving into the world of early stage tech startups. She is now on the ventures team at Merck Animal Health and writes a weekly newsletter on trends & innovation across animal agriculture, Prime Future.

Nick Caton

Nick has been a chef and restaurant operator for over 20 years. He started his career as a dishwasher in 1998 and worked his way to executive chef of the Baxter Hotel in downtown Bozeman, MT by 2001. He started his first restaurant in 2003, the 7 Grill & Soupshack followed by the edition of the Club Room in 2005. He started his next venture, The Spearfish Chophouse and Whiskey Bar in April of 2006. Nick is also the contracted food and beverage director of Spearfish Canyon Country Club. In Spearfish, he also started a fast casual dining  concept with then wife, Erin Kelly, creating Barbacoas Burritos in 2008. His current venture, Killian’s Food & Drink has been operating and thriving since 2012. The restaurant focuses  on quality steaks, farm fresh vegetables and craft beer and cocktails. Nick has been attending Black Hills Cattleman’s Association meetings for the past 3 years as a speaker.  He has also participated as a judge in the ProStart culinary contests, a contest held by the South Dakota Retailers Association in Mitchell, SD. Nick has prided himself in trying to learn all aspects of production from start to finish including attendance at the sale barns and learning to butcher everything himself. 

Tanner Aherin

Tanner Aherin grew up in northwest Kansas, where he was involved in the commercial cow-calf sector and remains active in the seedstock cattle business. Tanner attended Kansas State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in spring 2017 and master's degree in summer 2018 in Agricultural Economics. His research focused on risk management in the cattle markets, with an emphasis on cash settlement in the futures complex. While at Kansas State, he was a member of the Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging team and was also a fellow of the KSU Center for Risk Management Education and Research.   Tanner joined CattleFax in August 2018 as an analyst. His primary responsibilities include research and analysis for all sectors of the cattle industry. Tanner also covers the Nebraska fed market and works with cow-calf and stocker members in the southeast.

Bill Slovek 

Bill was raised on a ranch in Haakon County South Dakota where he still lives. He attended rural country school through the eighth grade, graduated from Philip High School, and continued his education at Black Hills State college where he earned a BS degree, no pun intended! Following college, Bill returned to the ranch and began building his own land base and cattle herd with his wife Pennie. Their three children are all involved in the ranch in varying capacities with their own cattle. The home ranch has over 60 separate pastures allowing for over 90% of the grass to rest at once. Because they prefer to work with mother nature, the Sloveks calve primarily in May. In addition, fence line weaning is the preferred weaning method. They have a family bull sale in late March, selling mostly 2-year-old bulls. Calves that don’t make the bull or replacement heifer pen are finished and sold as USDA Non-Hormone Treated Cattle and Global Animal Partnership approved fat cattle. Bill has served in multiple positions with SDCA from a member of the board to President of the association in 2011. He has also served on the Haakon County school board for 7 years, been a director for the SD Grassland Coalition, served as Vice Chair and Chair for NCBA’s tax and credit committee, was a member of SDARL Class IV, and is currently serving a second term on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.