March 2018 National Newsletter

March 2018 National Newsletter 

Team BEEF South Dakota Fired Up For 2018 Season

Team BEEF South Dakota's 2018 race season is underway!


Registration closed in January for potential members with this year's team consisting of approximately 150 runners and cyclists of all ages. Participants recognize the nutritional benefits of beef and the vital role high-quality protein plays in their training. The program, in its seventh year, is open to all South Dakotans who want to promote beef, be physically active, and showcase eating beef in a healthy lifestyle.


"We always encourage our racers to begin their season with a kickoff event," states Holly Swee, Director of Nutrition and Consumer Information. Many Team BEEF S.D. members kicked off the race season by participating in two suggested winter road races both taking place in February; Frostbite Four in Beresford, SD and February Freeze in Rapid City. 


Team BEEF S.D. members can be found across the state and are actively promoting beef through the program both within and outside of our state borders.  For more information about Team BEEF SD contact Holly Swee at [email protected].

South Dakotans Travel to Phoenix for Cattle Industry Convention

The 2018 Cattle Industry Convention held January 31st - February 3rd in Phoenix was well attended this year. Several South Dakota farmers, ranchers and beef industry leaders were part of the nearly 7,500 in attendance.


The convention served as a gathering place for a multitude of people in the beef industry; providing a chance to share information about the checkoff and upcoming industry issues.


Several leadership positions were determined for the Federation of State Beef Councils at the meeting. The SDBIC congratulates Gary Deering, Hereford, SD (Federation) and Tammy Basel, Union Center, SD (CBB) on their selection to the Operating Committee.


SDBIC Executive Director, Suzy Geppert, was nominated and elected to serve on the Federation Advisory Council.  The committee consists of nine state beef council executive directors, who provide insight about state issues to Federation leadership.


South Dakota is proud to have four cattle producers serving as directors on Cattlemen's Beef Board. Recently appointed to the board was Bill Slovek of Phillip, SD. He will join current beef board members Cory Eich of Canova, SD, Tammy Basel and Eric Sumption.

Beef to fuel athletes in comprehensive sports nutrition and training program partnership


PIERRE, SD - Executive Director Suzy Geppert talks about how the recent partnership between Sanford Health, the Sanford Sports Science Institute, and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council will spotlight beef’s role in a healthful lifestyle through a pilot program that will begin during this fall’s high school football season.


For more information on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and the Sanford Health partnership, contact Suzy Geppert at [email protected]

Posted: March 1, 2018