On March 21, National Ag Day, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will launch its first of a series of rollover auctions at markets across Montana to raise funds for its appeal of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision regarding American Prairie’s grazing allotments.
Each rollover auction will raise funds for the MSGA Advocacy Fund, which allows for a collective voice for cattle ranchers advocating for change and accountability at the state and federal levels. This fund is currently being used to support the appeal against BLM and is in partnership with North and South Phillips Grazing Districts and under the counsel of the Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC.
The first auction of the series will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at the Lewistown Livestock Auction house.
Todd Olsen, of Lewistown and a Montana Stockgrowers Association board director, has graciously donated a replacement heifer to be sold during the Bred Special, All Class Cattle, Rockin’ L Genetics & Snowy Mountain Angus Production Sale.
All are welcome to participate, either in-person or via online bidding at www.lewistownlivestock.com. All of the proceeds from each sale and the final auction will go to supporting the MSGA Advocacy Fund.
In a rollover auction, the donated animal is put up for auction, purchased, re-donated, and then purchased again. This is done over and over until there are no more bids to be taken. Once this process is over, the heifer will then be sold at auction.
American Prairie’s American Serengeti concept is a threat to the grassland ecosystem, rural communities, and Montana’s cattle industry. MSGA is calling for all who are passionate about the protection and stewardship of Montana’s lands, heritage, and legacy to please consider supporting these auctions. Donations can also be made at www.protectopenspaces.com.
For additional information on the event, please call Todd Olsen at (406) 350-0025, Monty Lesh (406) 853-1523, or Kyle Shobe (406) 366-0472.
Montana Stockgrowers Association