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Western Montana ranchers help South Dakota counterparts with auction

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Dec 05 2013 07:17:04 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 05 2013 10:00:21 PM MST
Western Montana ranchers help South Dakota counterparts with auction
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Ranchers from around western Montana raised more than $12,000 for their counterparts in South Dakota with an auction on a heifer Thursday. Many producers in South Dakota recently lost nearly 14,000 head of livestock because of a blizzard.

The Missoula Livestock Exchange held what’s called a rollover auction on Thursday. That means multiple people bid and buy a heifer, but they don’t actually keep it. It’ll end up in South Dakota too.  19 people bought the animal for $12,350 dollars combined.

The animal was donated by a Lake County rancher. NBC Montana caught up with one of the organizations that helped pitch in after the auction.

“It makes us feel good to be able to help out our fellow ranchers in their time of need. We're doing it because it's such a small community of people in agriculture…we feel a need to support each other,” said Reece Middlemist, Second Vice President of Western Montana Stockman’s Association.