The South Devon Show kicked off in the stadium arena this morning, and with many young and eager exhibitors came a highly seasoned professional – Dar Geiss. Not all families that exhibit at the National Western Stock Show can say they’ve been coming for 50 consecutive years, but the Geiss family can.
Since 1988, Dar and his wife, Lynn, have been incredibly involved in the South Devon breed. Aside from raising and exhibiting at shows, Dar has served 3 separate four-year terms as the North American South Devon Breed Association President. His son, Lane, also serves on the association’s board of directors and his daughter, Leah, currently serves as the association’s Junior Board President.
"There’s a great message to be told about the South Devon breed,” Dar said. “For my family, it was an opportunity to show a breed of cattle that deserved some attention from the industry.”
During his time involved with the breed, Geiss has had influence in the progression of South Devon cattle both phenotypically and genetically.
“The breed has progressed a lot in the past 30 years and we believe it can stand side by side with many other breeds in the industry,” Dar said.
2019 marks Dar’s 50th consecutive year exhibiting cattle at the National Western Stock show.
“The legacy that he has established, not only in the South Devon breed, but in the cattle industry itself is astronomical,” Leah said. “I’m beyond proud of the way he has built our ranch from the ground up and created a reputation for our family.”