On behalf of the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association (DTBA), John and Melanie Cammack, along with their family, will be hosting a Ranch Tour at Cammack Buffalo Ranch near Stoneville on Saturday, Aug. 25 beginning at 9 a.m.
The tour will kick off with the John working a few head of yearling bulls through their handling facility. This will offer an opportunity for everyone to see their handling facility in operation as well as ask questions and discuss the pros and cons of various set ups. During the morning's presentation, John will also share how his family got started in the buffalo business as well as some insight and comparisons on raising cattle and buffalo, as the ranch currently does both.
There will also be a presentation from the National Bison Association on the upcoming release of the next video in their Risk Management Training Series project. This is an exciting project that has been taking shape over the past year, with NBA staff traveling around the country filming various aspects of bison production and handling and interviewing numerous people involved in the industry. These training videos cover many aspects of the business and are a valuable resource for anyone in the industry. With the imminent release of the next video, this will be a great opportunity for attendees to get a jump on the video's content and get updated information on bison handling and management.
Following the morning's activities, everyone will gather for a buffalo burger lunch. The afternoon will consist of tours of the Cammack herds, with opportunities to ask questions and see the ranch's management practices firsthand. One of the herds that will be showcased in the afternoon is the DTBA Girlz Gone Wild yearling heifers. Cammack Buffalo Ranch is the host ranch for this first time class. A group of yearling heifers from ten consignors was sent to the ranch in early February. They will be at the ranch until February 2013, at which time they will be returning to Rapid City as part of the DTBA Black Hills Buffalo Classic Show and Sale.
This will be a great opportunity for people to see an operation that has come a long way in a few short years. The Cammacks started out in the buffalo business in 1998 with the purchase of 22 head. Today, their herds number into the hundreds and they have established themselves solidly in the business. They began showing their animals exclusively at the Black Hills Buffalo Classic back in 2006 and have won trophies every year since then, culminating in being named Producer of the Year in 2008. Their animals have placed in numerous live animal classes as well as the Reality Based Carcass class, a testament to the fact that this operation is well rounded and has put the effort into producing top quality animals.
Several vendors will be set up out at the ranch for the day. Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center will have a display set up with ranch equipment, livestock supplies and fencing materials. Doug Woodall from Big Sky Ranch in Granville, North Dakota, is planning to bring a new chute system for attendees to look over. DTBA will have a booth set up with information and items for sale such as the Bison Breeder's Handbook and some new DTBA promotional clothing items. The National Bison Association will also have an informational display.
The ranch is located 11 miles north of Union Center (located on Highway 34) on Stoneville Road, then go right on Old Stoneville Road and it's the first place on the right. There is a large Cammack Ranch sign at the entrance. Watch for directional signs as you enter Union Center.
The cost for attendees is for the Ranch Day Tour is $10 per person to help offset the cost of the lunch. Registration forms are available on the DTBA website at http://www.dakotabuffalo.com and links can be found on our Facebook page at Dakota Territory Buffalo Association. Registrations should be postmarked by August 20 to ensure enough food will be prepared for all attendees. Registrations the day of the tour are welcome and we will do our best to accommodate any and all for the lunch, but only pre-registered attendees will be guaranteed lunch.
Contact DTBA at (605) 858-0961 or email email@example.com.