Midwest Ag Supply & Veterinary Service of Watertown, SD has announced they will be presenting two lucky winners with open, replacement heifers at this year’s Watertown Winter Farm Show set to run February 5 – 9 at the Codington County Extension Complex.

Heifer Heist, as it has been dubbed, presents next generation producers, those 17 years and younger, with the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win a Red Angus Commercial Heifer from Namken Red Angus of Lake Norden. Current producers, those 18 years and older, can enter into a separate drawing to win a Black Angus Commercial Heifer from RBM Livestock of Florence. 

“We are honored to offer a heifer to help a next generation producer,” said Jared Namken, owner of Namken Red Angus. “We see the importance of the Watertown Winter Farm Show and what it does for our community.”  

Namken Red Angus and RBM Livestock will provide winners two units of semen and assist winners in breeding the heifers. 

“Heifer Heist adds another element of fun to the farm show while giving producers and the next generation of producers an opportunity to win a great prize,” said Ryan Bergh of RBM Livestock. “We are here to help and want to be certain we set the winners up for success.”

Midwest Ag staff and veterinarians will support winners with an on-site management consultation, a Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship, and provide $100 in clinic credit.

“Especially, for our next generation winner, we want to do whatever we can to make sure they are equipped for the responsibility of managing their heifer,” said Dr. Kristin Engebretson, Veterinarian at Midwest Ag. “We’ll work with them to get a management plan in place. Who knows, this might be the heifer that launches our next generation winner’s herd.”

Producers interested in including their name in the Heifer Heist drawing can signup at Midwest Ag in Watertown or visit the Midwest Ag booth at the Watertown Winter Farm Show. Winners will be announced at the Pen of Three Competition during the Farm Show on Friday, February 8. 

“Livestock production is challenging and global demand for beef products continues to go up,” Ryan Ollerich, manager at Midwest Ag said. “Our hope is that this program can help support a local producer and encourage a next generation producer as they work to meet these demands.”