Buffalo ranchers concluded the Black Hills Stockshow with the Dakota Territory Buffalo Auction Sunday. The 18th year of the auction brought in buffalo ranchers from all over the Midwest.
Ranchers from the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association say auctions like this help bring buffalo ranchers come together and expand the industry.
According to David Lautt, a buffalo rancher and member of the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association, the bison meat industry has had many ups and downs throughout the years but in the last three to four years the industry has become stable.
Lautt says female bison are retained for breeding but if there isn't enough interest, then they are used for meat. That makes it difficult to expand the population of bison.
Sunday's auction is another way to keep the industry alive. "Four, five, six, seven states will be represented very well here today. There's not a lot of places you can go buy performance tested bison bulls so this is the spot to be today," said Lautt.
Four ranchers donated heifers for the auction to raise money for Heifers for South Dakota. The goals was to raise $15,000.