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Leadership Selected for 2012 at the Cattle Industry Convention- Oklahomans Are in the Mix

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 06:06:53 CST

Leadership Selected for 2012 at the Cattle Industry Convention- Oklahomans Are in the Mix Several Oklahoma Cattle Producers are now in national leadership roles with the conclusion of the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville. Tammi Didlot, who is currently the President of the Oklahoma Cattlewomen, is now the National President of the American National Cattlewomen. We talked with Tammi while in Nashville- Click Here to read more about Tammi's new role in 2012- and a chance to hear our visit with her. (Picture here is of Tammi at a reception honoring her- put on by the Oklahoma and Arkansas Cattlemen's Associations.)

Also beiong elected to serve in the coming year is Clay Burtrum of Stillwater, who was selected to represent Region IV (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas) on the NCBA Executive Committee as one of the five regional Vice Presidents for the organization.

New President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association for 2012 is J.D. Alexander, a cattleman from Pilger, Nebraska, who owns Alexander Cattle & Farms, a 2,000 acre corn/soybean/alfalfa farm that markets approximately 15,000 head of cattle per year. He has owned Alexander Cattle & Farms since 1984. The new President- Elect for NCBA this year is Scott George, a second generation dairy farmer from Cody, Wyoming. Scott's parents homesteaded in Cody in 1947 and established the George Dairy in 1954. Although primarily devoted to the dairy industry, Scott and brothers Arley and Lynn are also involved in cow/calf production.

Completing the national officer team for NCBA this year is Bob McCan, who will serve as the National Vice President of the organization. Mccan, who lives in Victoria, Texas, oversees the cattle operations and recreational hunting and wildlife operations for his familyís company, McFaddin Enterprises, Ltd. in Victoria, Refugio, and Bee Counties. The ranches are stocked with Victoria cattle, a commercial cross-bred of three-fourths Hereford and one fourth Brahman with a uniform Hereford coloring.

On the Federation side of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Richard Gebhart of Claremore was elected Vice Chairman. He will also serve as a Federation officer on the Operating Committee that has representation from both the Beef Councils in the US (The Federation) and the Cattlemen's Beef Board. The Operating Committee reviews the proposals and is the key group to select projects to invest beef checkoff dollars into.

On the Cattlemen's Beef Board, Brian Healey from Davis was selected to be on the Executive Board of the CBB, a key role to offer input from Oklahoma in the overall direction of the Beef Checkoff dollars.

Cow/calf and seedstock producer Wesley Grau from Grady, N.M., was re-elected by fellow CBB members to serve as chairman of the Cattlemenís Beef Board in 2012, after fulfilling a partial term at the helm in 2011. Vice Chairman for 2012 is Weldon Wynn of Arkansas.

We talked after the meetings on Saturday with Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association about these Oklahomans serving at the national level- as well as a quick overview of the policy positioins that Scott thought had the most potential impact on Oklahoma cattle producers. Click on the LISTEN BAR for our visit with Scott.



Ron Hays talks with Scott Dewald about several Oklahoma cattle producers who have stepped up to the challenge of national leadership.
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