After the devastating October blizzard in western South Dakota, ranchers have gotten together to help lessen the burden of the loss. Rollover auctions have popped up all over the state as a way to help the ranchers. Today, Steve Grace from Hartford, SD, donated a heifer to the cause. At the auction, people who want to help, "bid" on the cow. The bidding goes as high up as people want to donate, then goes back down until there are no more donations. After that, the heifer is auctioned off as usual, and the profit goes to the fund as well; today it went to the Ranchers Relief Fund. Steve himself has fallen on hard times, so he knows how important it is so support the ranchers.
He said, "Everybody has been in that situation before and everybody needs some help once in a while."
One of the organizers of the event, Jim Woster, said even though ranchers are tough, this show of support can really help them through this. He explained that even though the dollars are important, the ranchers now know people across the state care about them and that kind of morale boost can do wonders.
There have been a number of rollover auctions happening around the state. Today's auction alone raised over $35,000! Woster put it best by saying it "beats a bake sale!" Grace said this was first time he had donated a heifer, but if there was another disaster he would help out again. He added that he was "happy to do it" because ranchers need to stick together.
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