They say the good die young, and Jordan Mack, age 22, of Watertown, SD, was one of the best -- a dedicated cattleman who, at a young age, earned the friendship, love and respect of people across the country involved in the Charolais breed and the beef cattle industry. Mack was tragically killed in a farm accident over the weekend. Codington County Sheriff Toby Wishard says Mack died after falling into a piece of feed-mixing equipment while feeding cattle. The cattle business is a close-knit one, and Mack was like family to those who knew him. Today is his funeral, and he will be sorely missed by many.
Here is a little bit more about this great cattleman: “Jordan Francis Mack was born on June 17, 1988, to Emil M. and Renee G.(Hanson) Mack in Watertown, SD. He grew up near Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School in 2007. He took an interest in the Charolais business at eight years old, taking after his Grandma and Grandpa Hanson and his mother. Jordan’s love for showing cattle took him to Thomas Ranch at Harrold, SD, where he spent most of his summers learning the tricks of the trade of the show cattle world. He traveled all around the U.S. showing cattle. He was doing what he loved. The highlight of his career was winning the 2009 U-Fit-It contest, and the 2010 Supreme Champion Bull at the South Dakota State Fair.”
My thoughts and prayers are with the Mack family today. With that being said, I think this story is a devastating but necessary reminder for all of us to take an extra minute for safety in each and every action we make on the farm or ranch. Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye, and with spring woes like floods, blizzards, mud, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, we can’t predict the weather or the cattle in times like these. We can often get in a hurry to get things done before the next bout of weather strikes, but take your time and play it safe, please. Freshen up on basic farm safety rules, and be sure to remind your friends and family of these, as well.
Rest in Peace, Jordan Mack, a beloved member of the beef industry family. And, to all of you in the cattle business, may the angels protect you, trouble neglect you, and heaven accept you when it's time to go home.