Rod Sather, Owner Mosquito Park Buffalo
As one of the most popular names in the bison industry, Rod has become known as the International Social Director. He holds lifetime memberships in the National Bison Association, National Buffalo Museum, National Buffalo Foundation as well as memberships in the regional associations such as Dakota Territory Buffalo, Minnesota Buffalo, Western Bison, Rocky Mountain Buffalo and even the Canadian Bison Associations. With over 45 years in the business, he attended his first National Bison Association conference in Pierre SD in 1972. He also purchased his first calves that fall from Custer State Park auction where they were raised in southwest Minnesota. In 1993, Rod made the decision to venture out of Minnesota and found himself in Lyman County South Dakota where he ended up calling the Muddy Boot home. Rod raised bison just north of Vivian in the Ft Pierre National grasslands where he expanded his herd on pasture as well as operating a feedlot. In 2010, he made the tough decision to sell off the ranches and the animals but couldn’t stay away from the bison community. He continued to stay active in the national and regional associations and shortly after selling, he decided he needed some more animals. Since then he has been steadily growing the herds after purchasing some Young Guns and Girls Gone Wild from the DTBA. In 2017, the DTBA awarded Rod with the Pioneer Award for his contributions to the bison community. Rods other passions include wildlife habitat preservation and conservation where he continuously strives to better the land and natural resources for future generations to enjoy.