The Sandhills Cattle Association's 2014 Scholarship Application is now available. The Association will award five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for the 2014-15 academic year. The Sandhills Cattle Association will also administer the Howard Wright Memorial Scholarship, which is $500. Students who will graduate from high school in the spring of 2014 or who are enrolled in college or vo-tech school and whose parents are members of the Sandhills Cattle Association are eligible to apply. The same application will also be used for both scholarships. The deadline to submit the application is February 1, 2014.
The Sandhills Cattle Association will hold its 24th Annual Ranch Tour on Saturday, January 25. This year’s tour will be held in the Atkinson and Butte, Ne., areas.
Tour participants will gather at the Atkinson Community Center from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (CST). They will then move to the first stop of the day, Green Plains-Atkinson, an ethanol production facility that also produces dry distillers grains, wet distillers grains and syrup for cattle feed. The second stop of the day, at 10 a.m., will be at Shane Farms headquarters north of Atkinson. This diversified family farm/ranch includes: an Angus cow/calf operation in which they retain ownership of the calves, alfalfa, hogs, and various crops. The third stop of the morning will be just a short drive north on Highway 11, to Wulf Cattle-Eagle Creek, a 7,200 head feedlot and a row cropping farm. The majority of the cattle on feed are Limousin x Angus, Limousin and Limousin x Jersey.
The tour will then continue up to Wulf Cattle-Sandy Ridge Ranch, which has a large portion of Wulf Cattle's breeding stock as well as a small commercial cowherd. The ranch also has a genetics feed yard, which features a GrowSafe Feed Intake System.A complimentary lunch will also be served at Sandy Ridge Ranch. The tour’s final stop will be at 3 p.m. at Zeisler Charolais near Butte, Ne. The fourth and fifth generations of the Zeisler family are involved in this diversified operation, which includes a purebred Charolais herd, commercial cowherd, a dairy and no-till farming.