South Dakota Hereford Association Honors Rausch Herefords as Seedstock Producer of the Year at Annual meeting in Brookings SD.

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The Rausch family accepting the Seedstock Producer of the Year award.

Rausch Herefords began in 1946 when William & Alice Rausch helped their oldest children get started with Hereford heifers as 4-H projects. The South Dakota Hereford Association also had its beginning in that time area. The Rausch family’s herd has since grown to be the largest registered Hereford herd in America.

Each generation has been actively involved in breed association activities. William Rausch was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Hereford Association in 1980. Four of his sons, Duane, Harlan, Vern and Jerry, served on the South Dakota Hereford Association board. Three of his granddaughters, Cindy, Kay & Jodi, served as South Dakota Hereford Queens. Jerry and his wife Vicki also served as Junior Advisors. Vern served on the American Hereford Association board and was elected the first President of CHB, LLC. Vern’s wife Sharon served on the American Hereford Women’s board. Also involved in the South Dakota Hereford Women were Janice, Sharon & Vicki who all served on the board as officers. Many of the grandchildren held offices in the South Dakota Junior Hereford Association and Joel and Nick went on to the National Junior Hereford Association board. Several of the kids received Golden Bull awards which are one of the highest awards given by the National Junior Hereford Association.

The Rausch Family has built their herd primarily by using genetics from several breeders in South Dakota. They have been performance testing since the late 1950s when portable scales became available and have remained on the cutting edge in collecting data as more and more technology is developed. They were the first Hereford breeder in America to utilize live internet bidding in production sales. Rausch Herefords has ranked at the top of the Hereford Breed’s list of Dams of Distinction since 1980. Their first sale was held in 1959 and their 50th sale is coming up on the third Monday in February.

Thousands of miles traveled and thousands of hours have been volunteered by the Rausch family for the betterment of the breed and the character development of South Dakota juniors. Every mile and every minute of it has been worth it, according to the Rausch family. The fellowship of the South Dakota producers and the character development of our young are so rewarding say the Rausches.