Tour Agenda 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Pre-registration is required for all tours. See agenda for bus departure times. It is $100 per person to ride the provided bus ride and lunch. See the list of tour locations below:

33 Ranch
7:00 AM    Leave Ramkota Hotel on Buses 
9:30 AM    Arrive at 33 Ranch
12:30 PM  Lunch at 33 Ranch
2:30 PM    Leave 33 Ranch
4:30 PM    Arrive at Fairgrounds

777 Ranch
8:00 AM    Leave Ramkota Hotel on Buses 
8:30 AM    Arrive at 777 Ranch
12:00 PM  Lunch at 777 Ranch
4:00 PM     Leave 777 Ranch
4:30 PM    Arrive at Fairgrounds

Cheyenne River Bison Ranch/Wild Idea Buffalo
7:30 AM    Leave Ramkota Hotel on Buses 
8:30 AM    Arrive at Cheyenne River
12:00 PM  Lunch at Cheyenne River
3:30 PM    Leave Cheyenne River
4:30 PM    Arrive at Fairgrounds

Guptill Ranch
7:30 AM    Leave Ramkota Hotel on Buses 
8:30 AM    Arrive at Guptill Ranch
12:30 PM  Lunch at Guptill Ranch
3:30 PM    Leave Guptill Ranch
4:30 PM    Arrive at Fairgrounds

Orwick Family Ranch
7:30 AM    Leave Ramkota Hotel on Buses 
9:00 AM    Arrive at Belle Fourche
12:00 PM  Lunch at Belle Fourche
3:15 PM    Leave Belle Fourche
5:00 PM    Arrive at Fairgrounds

Agenda for Fairgrounds
5:00 PM   Dinner
6:00 PM   Session #1 Start - 6:00 pm
o Grassfed Carcass Quality Grading
7:00 PM   Session #2 Start - 7:00 pm
o Grassfed Carcass Quality Grading
8:00-9:30 PM Social
8:00 PM   Busses start depart to Hotel
9:30 PM   Last Bus leaves for Hotel

Tour at Blue Dasher Farm

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The address is 46958 188th Street, Estelline, SD, 57234. If entered into google maps, this address sends you to the wrong location. 

From I-90: Head north on I-29 for around 1 hr. We are on the NE corner of Exit 157; the Brandt exit. It is the wood house with the purple roof





777 Ranch

777 Ranch

The 777 Ranch is family owned bison ranch located on the mixed grass prairies of western South Dakota in the shadow of the Black Hills.  The ranch focus is on holistic management, raises its animals holistically, sustainably, and humanely and believes in caring for the land, plants, and the wildlife in the same manner.   The 777 Ranch was a 2017 SD Leopold Conservation Award finalist.  Tour attendees will get an up close look at grass-fed bison management, grazing practices, animal handling, corrals and other infrastructure, with plenty of time for Q & A.   


Orwick Family Ranch

Orwick Family Ranch

Experience Northwest South Dakota’s heritage of cattle and sheep ranching in harmony with the native flora and fauna.  A trip to the 100+ year old Orwick Family Ranch will be a memorable experience of scenic beauty as well as witnessing the century old practice of multi –species grazing.  Learn the “Power of Wool” as an environmentally friendly and truly regenerative agricultural commodity with a visit to the Center of the Nation Wool LLC corporate headquarters in legendary Belle Fourche, SD.  Our next stop will be on the Kitzan Sheep Farm located within one of the first government sponsored irrigation districts constructed in 1910.  The Kitzan family has integrated many of the practices found to improve soil health through managed intensive grazing, use of cover crops and no till farming methods. Additional topics throughout the day will include public lands grazing, range plant identification, determining carrying capacities of native rangelands and livestock nutrition/health on native rangelands.


33 Ranch

33 Ranch

The 33 Ranch is a multi-generational family operation focused on finishing beef on native grasslands in the arid and rugged Badlands region of Western South Dakota.  The Rasmussen family pursues marketing advantages for their products, including organic certification and participation in conservation friendly beef programs.  Attendees on this tour will experience western South Dakota's geological history on the 2 hr bus trip to the ranch as they travel out of the heart of the Black Hills, across the Hogback, through the grasslands, and into the Badlands.  


Guptill Ranch

Guptill Ranch

The Guptill Ranch is a family operation located near Quinn South Dakota.  Pat and Mary Lou have owned and managed the ranch for nearly 30 years, and focus on grass fed beef.  This ranch is unique in that is is comprised nearly entirely of non-native grasslands that were reclaimed on old farm fields, and thus the Guptills adjust thier management accordingly for the benefit and improvment of their ecosystem.  The Guptills were the 2013 recipient of the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. 


Wild Idea Buffalo

Wild Idea Buffalo

Wild Idea Buffalo Company and the O'Brien's Cheyenne River Ranch take the concepts of grass fed bison to the next level, focusing on 're-wilding' a threatened ecosystem.  Their unique approach to animal husbandry and field harvest of grass fed bison is influencing both the public and private bison industry's approach to animal management and bison product development.  This tour will visit both the bison ranch and the Wild Idea bison processing plant, including their mobile field harvesting unit.  To learn more about Wild Idea, visit wildideabuffalo.com


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