This mother and calf are part of the herd of show cattle that Ryan Batt of Sinkhole Show Stock raises and sells to 4-H members.
This mother and calf are part of the herd of show cattle that Ryan Batt of Sinkhole Show Stock raises and sells to 4-H members.
SALEM, Ind. — Southern Indiana beef producer Ryan Batt raises various breeds of cattle on his family’s club calf operation, Sinkhole Show Stock.

He said they have been selling show cattle, both heifers and steers, to 4-H members since they started the company back in 2005.

As they have built their business through the years, Batt noted, they have bought a lot of show calves from other people and through production sales. Most are females, which are bred to have offspring to be sold.

“It’s going pretty well. We’ve had a few champions at Hoosier Beef Congress,” Batt said.

Youth who purchase the show cattle from him and his wife, Laura, also have been competitive at the local level and at jackpot shows, he added.

Besides selling show cattle, Batt also is the manager at the United Producers Inc. stockyard in Scottsburg and serves as the Area 2 director for the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.

He said he first got involved with the IBCA because he wanted to build new relationships with other producers throughout the state and learn more about where checkoff dollars are being used.

Batt also became an IBCA director to help educate local farmers that don’t get out to attend meetings and county fairs, so they, too, can know how the money is being dispensed.

With the help of his father and brother, he noted, Sinkhole Show Stock also raises show pigs. They raise hogs strictly for show and have around 20 sows.

The pigs are sold every spring at an auction at the local fairgrounds, Batt said, because he prefers live sales, besides selling a few calves online.

He added that they also rely on word of mouth for a portion of their sales and returning customers who know the quality of livestock they have to offer.

Batt said people also know who he is because of his job at the stockyards and his ties with the IBCA.

“I don’t believe in charging (4-H members) excess amounts of money,” he noted.