WESSINGTON SPRINGS - Although the weather Feb. 20 may have put a damper on some events, it didn't have much of an impact in Wessington Springs. Hundreds gathered in the school gymnasium to attend the 22nd annual Farm and Home Show.
According to Natalie Wolfskill, area development coordinator, the Farm & Home show is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Wessington Springs Chamber of Commerce.
We have put on the show for 22 years, always on Presidents' Day, Wolfskill said.
Todd Meek, of Wessington Springs, had a booth featuring reflective insulation and other energy solutions. Meek represents Innovative Energy Solutions, a company based in Edina, Minn., which was started by his brother Rylee Meek. His display demonstrated how the technology works.
About 80 percent of heat lost in a home is lost through the attic, he said. We lay reflective insulation over the existing insulation and our customers can see the difference in their utility bills.
He said the products they offer are diverse. We have everything from the insulation, to a ceramic coating designed to eliminate heat loss in ceilings and interior walls, to solar heating options and even an electronic safeguard to protect your home, he said. Meek said customers will see a 30 percent payback within two years.
Ted Nelson was also at the show. Nelson is from Mitchell and he represented Haibar Metals. His booth was all about the benefits of metal roofing. Nelson said metal roofs last three to four times longer than shingles, and they cut cooling costs 30 to 40 percent in the summer.
They are also more environmentally friendly, because these roofing products can actually be recycled, which you just can't do with asphalt shingles, Nelson said.
Reid Holiday, of Sioux Falls, had a booth for the hearing impaired. The booth featured touch tone phones and information about using relay services for those unable to hear a regular telephone, which emits sound ranging from 14 to 18 decibels. The products at his booth included text telephones, amplified phones, CAPTEL phones (providing captions of everything callers say), and also amplified cordless phones.
Karen Mickelson was at the event testing people's glucose levels. Her booth featured information about Type II diabetes prevention. Mickelson is a registered nurse (RN) and a diabetic educator for Aurora County Community Health Center.
Dr. Sam Nielsen, of Wessington Springs, did a presentation about using implants in cattle successfully. Nielsen is a doctor of veterinary medicine and represented Prairie Livestock Supply.
He talked about the different combinations of implants and how to use them in the correct combinations. Nielsen said implants are used primarily to convert protein from the calf's intake into lean muscle, helping the calf to gain weight more rapidly.
He said it is better to use a protocol of low to moderate implants rather than just dosing with high potency.
When high-potency implants are used, that is when we see the most negative impact on carcass quality, Nielsen said.
Nielsen and his colleagues talked about the importance of keeping up with current technology, allowing for a better profit margin. If you aren't using implants, you are leaving money on the table, said Nielsen. We have to utilize technology to be able to feed the world.
Ramie Bornitz of De Smet, represented Legend Seeds and Plankinton Elevator at the show. One of the main products at her booth was QuickRoots additive for corn, beans and wheat. The product is supposed to give a 6 to 1 average return on investment at $4 a bushel of corn. We have at least five products we apply it to automatically because we have seen such an impact, said Bornitz.
Jim Troth of Stan's Inc. in Alpena had a booth promoting Rite brand show feeds. Troth said he's been with Stan's since 1998 and he has sold the feed blends for cattle, sheep and pig breeders from South Dakota and even some from Florida and California. Show feed will help them fill out, and it makes their coats shine, said Troth.
Shirley Ellwein, of Fort Pierre, showcased a booth featuring Park Lane jewelry. She said she sells jewelry for many occasions from casual to career, and also jewelry for formal wear and weddings.
I get to pass it along to others, and that's all part of the fun, said Ellwein. Who wouldn't want to hang out with five to ten of your friends and mix and match jewelry?
Two rodeo queens were also in attendence. Melynda Sletten was the 2011 Foothills Rodeo Queen. Sletten, of Aberdeen, said she has ridden horses since she was 5 years old. Shelby Riggs was the 2011 Foothills Rodeo Junior Queen. Riggs, of Mitchell, has been participating in rodeos since 2007. Both were at the event promoting the 2012 Foothills Rodeo.