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Mobridge man buys Bales Continental Commission Company

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014

Kent Bales, left, and Alan Bales, right, are shown in front of Bales Continental Commission Co., which has been sold to Kim Ulmer, center, and will now be called Huron Continental Marketing. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — A Mobridge man who has been in the livestock marketing business since 1988 is the new primary owner of Bales Continental Commission Co. in Huron.

Kim Ulmer’s family also owns other livestock facilities in north central South Dakota.

Ulmer has two partners in the Huron venture.

While he owns 75 percent of the sale barn business, Don Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minn., owns 20 percent and Mark Preston of Armstrong, Iowa, owns 5 percent.

Schiefelbein owns Schiefelbein Angus and Preston is a cattle feeder.

The Bales family has owned and operated Bales Continental Commission Co. since 1939.

Kent and Alan Bales will stay on in a management role as Ulmer will not be moving to Huron.

Pre-qualified bidders participated in a private auction last month.

Ulmer said his successful bid was $1 million.

The process of transitioning from the Bales family to the Ulmer family has begun.

“We see this as an opportunity to continue to strengthen our market with expanded and value-added marketing programs,” Kent Bales said.

“We want everyone to know we’ve appreciated their business in the past and look forward to serving everyone in the future,” he said.

Bales said plans are to retain all of the current staff at the Chuckwagon Café and the sale barn.

Sale of the third-generation company included about 150 acres, buildings, yards and pens, main office, equipment and machinery, veterinarian facilities, sheds and shop, waste management and sewer systems and vehicles.

Ulmer said the weekly sale day of cows, bulls and feeder cattle will be moved from Thursdays to Tuesdays. There will be special sale days for bred cattle and breeding bulls, he said.

Also, Huron Continental Marketing will host a South Dakota State Fair Livestock Marketing Clinic this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An appreciation lunch will be provided by Ulmer Cattle, Schiefelbein Angus and Huron Continental Marketing with guest speakers.

Ulmer’s son, Eric, who operates Livestock R Us, handles live streaming of cattle auctions on the Internet, something he started doing while he was a junior in high school.

He uses three cameras rather than the common one camera setup so people can see the front, side and rear views of the animals.

The Ulmers will also be staging a Dakota Cup auctioneering contest similar to the world championship. Auctioneers from around the country will be coming to Huron to compete. It will also be compressed so it can be seen on television.

Ulmer’s late father, Gordie, well known in the livestock industry, owned McLaughlin Livestock. He purchased a facility in Lemmon and built Herreid Livestock. The Mobridge facility has been in the Ulmer family since the 1990s.

Kim and Jackie Ulmer and the Ulmer Cattle Co. have been in business since 1988. Last year, the company sold cattle in 15 different states in the Upper Midwest and as far south as Texas.

For the complete article see the 08-24-2014 issue.

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