Under the lights in West Point

Growing up as an AJSA member, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people, and make some great friends. As you age out of the AJSA and enter “adulthood” it is fun to carry those people with you as you take on the real world. As a junior member, I met Eric Gerdes from Iowa. Obviously, dad had met and known him for years as he was showing, but I remember meeting Eric has he served at President of the AJSA Board of Trustees. Being an over zealous AJSA member,  I was excited to know a President of the board.

Now years later in the adult world, we have the opportunity to work with Eric Gerdes and his wife Tara, their operation, and sale group with the Buckles & Banners Sale. Eric & Tara are excited, young Simmental breeders working hard to produce great genetics and host a high quality evening of cattle and hospitality. As we have been doing this fall, today we would like to spotlight Gerdes Show Cattle and their upcoming sale on Friday night, the Buckles & Banners. 

Eric bought his first Simmental heifer in 1991 at the Hawkeye Simmental Sale in Bloomfield, Iowa. His cousins and older sister had been showing Simmental steers from a local breeder in Southeast Iowa, so they had already had some success with Simmental breed. In 1995, Eric purchased RS Red Lace from Brad Hook and Denny Drake. This was the first year he was able to go to the NWSS and attended his first Simmental Junior Nationals in Minnesota. That heifer went on to win the Iowa State Fair and from that point on he was hooked on Simmentals. Of course, from my history earlier you know that Eric was a successful and active AJSA member.

They hosted the first Buckles and Banners sale 6 years ago, and it is their favorite time of the year.  It is the completion of all the hard work that comes together for everyone to visit and enjoy the fun and good cattle! Prior to that they had consigned in many sales, including the Midwest Made Sale. Eric and Tara decided that they had enough numbers and were wanting to increase their cow herd, so they choose to have their own sale and created a very beneficial partnership with the Owen family. Owen Brothers consigns cattle to the Buckles & Banners, and then in the Spring, Eric and Tara take cattle to the Diamonds & Spurs Sale. 

Along with his wife, Dr. Tara Gerdes who owns Lee County Veterinary Care, they have 2 young children, Jaren (7) and Brystol (3), who keep them very busy! A great blessing to Eric and Tara are to have their parents and families close and involved in the cattle business. Tara’s dad Dusty Wellman is also a consignor to the Buckles & Banners, and Eric’s mom is lead decorator for the sale.  Anthony and Ami Walton joined Gerdes Show Cattle 4 years ago and have become a major part of their team and extended family, their hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!

Eric and Tara are both St. Louis Cardinals fans and enjoy trying to make it to a few games every summer. Eric also  enjoyed hunting and now Jaren has started to enjoy it, so he is looking forward to spending more time teaching him.

We hope that you can join Eric and Tara along with the rest of the Buckles & Banners consignors on Friday evening in West Point, Iowa. Make sure you come early for dinner and plan to stay for the great fellowship and hospitality after the sale. It’s a truly unique event of the fall, and they work hard to offer the sparkle and shine you need to add to your operation.




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