Livestock Chute Demonstrations Featured in Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent at Dakotafest 2018

The IDEAg Group LLC proudly announces a new partnership with Sioux Nation Ag Center at Dakotafest 2018. In a state in which cattle outnumber people by a 4-1 ratio, livestock chute demonstrations in the Sioux National Ag Center Event Tent will be a highlight for attendees.

“As a company involved in Dakotafest for over 10 years, this show is very important to us as we connect with customers and prospects off the farm on a social basis to share our newest information,” said Ray Schut, director of marketing for the Sioux Nation Ag Center. “The livestock chute demonstrations are a twofold opportunity for chute companies to highlight the latest technology as well as demonstrate animal health protocols including vaccination. We are excited to offer educational opportunities to all attendees.”

Daily Event and Education Session Schedule for the Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent (all times are Central)

9:30 a.m. – Product Demonstrations featuring Boeringer Ingelheim, Elanco, Merck Animal Health, MultiMin 90, South Dakota Beef Industry Counsel and Zoetis.

10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – Livestock Chute Demonstrations with live cattle supplied by Rock Creek Livestock Company. Demonstrations sponsored by:

 - Behlen Country
 - Brute Cattle Equipment
 - Fawcett Enterprises
 - For-Most Livestock Equipment
 - Moly Mfg.
 - Sioux Steel

11:30 a.m. – Lunch with Sioux Nation Ag Center: steak sandwiches prepared by the South Dakota Hereford Association courtesy of sponsors Zoetis, Boeringer Ingelheim, MultiMin 90, Merck Animal Health, Elanco and South Dakota Beef Industry Counsel.

12:30 p.m. – Managing Feeder Cattle Comfort: Introduction to the BQA Feedyard Assessment with Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist.

1:00 p.m. – Cattle Handling: How Low-Stress Handling Adds Pounds and Health to Cattle with Jake Geis, DVM, Sioux Nation Ag Center.

1:30 p.m. – Your Genetic Toolbox with Cory Shrag, 605 Sires.

2:00 p.m. – How a Proper Mineral Program Leads to Better Herd Health, Higher Conception Rates and Bigger Profits with Dr. Rachel Martin, Sioux Nation Ag Center.

“We are passionate about offering creative educational opportunities for Dakotafest attendees and are delighted to work with Sioux Nation Ag Center,” said John Hendel, director, event sales for IDEAg Group LLC.

Dakotafest takes place Aug. 21-23 at Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, South Dakota. Over 500 exhibitors will offer trade show booths, educational sessions and family-friendly offerings. Download the Dakotafest mobile app at for show information at your fingertips.

IDEAg Group LLC delivers an optimal experience to attendees, exhibitors and industry thought leaders in the agricultural market. Through its established farm show events and Feed & Grain Magazine, the IDEAg Group is dedicated to bringing interactive, content-rich, high-value events to the marketplace, connecting top-level producers to providers across the country. The IDEAg Group offers interactive events, publications and media products that are produced “For Agriculture. By Agriculture.” To learn more about IDEAg Group LLC, visit


Amy LaTessa
Show Director
(815) 621-3254