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Hometown Farmer: Stockmen's Livestock Market, Inc.

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Tuesday is auction day at Stockmen's Livestock Market in Yankton, South Dakota.

On that day, you'll find new Operations Manager Kiley Hammond and his wife Jennifer right above the sales floor.

"It's humbling and at the same time somewhat overwhelming to think of where this place started, where it's been, what the history is," said Jennifer Hammond.

A lot of livestock have passed through the ring since 1962, but this December 10th sale is only the second one for Kiley and Jennifer.

They took over just a few weeks ago and they're looking forward to future sales.

"Right now we're in quite a sellers market," said Kiley. "We've just got buyers everywhere."

Kiley was born and raised in central Nebraska, he was an order buyer and livestock dealer before now.

He knows cattle, but there will be challenges to running a sale barn.

Both he and his wife say the glory days are gone, because the overall cattle numbers, seller and buyers just aren't there.

Plus, those sellers and buyers don't stay as local anymore.

"It becomes a little farther spaced and a little faster tracked," said Kiley.

Moving forward, the Hammond's want to make Stockmen's more about the family, doing business no matter the size of the herd.

"We want to know people's stories, we want people to know that we care, whether they've got two head that they're bringing in or 160 or more," said Jennifer. "All of them, big or small, make up who we are."

If you know of any farmers you think would be great here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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