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Montana breeder elected board chairman


Jim Skillestad, Glendive, Mont., a member of the American Simmental Board of Trustees Executive Committee, has been elected Chairman of the Board, succeeding Mike Stoltey, Plummer, Idaho.

Skillestad is the owner/operator of Skillestad Simmentals, a dry-land ranch that has been in his family since 1908, maintaining a set of 150 to 180 cows and replacement heifers. A nine-year member of the Montana Simmental Association, he served two terms as MSA president. Currently, he is a member of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and has been an active member on school, church, and other agricultural boards. Jim and his wife, Pat, have two sons and five granddaughters.

Skillestad was formally seated during ASA's 41st Annual Meeting held Jan. 31, in Fort Worth, Texas. Also seated were Vice Chairman and Chairman-Elect Gregg Bailey, Mt. Vernon, Mo.; and Treasurer Dr. John Harker, Hope, Ind. Rounding out ASA's five-member Executive Committee are Tommy Brown, Clanton, Ala., and Mike Mallett, Lampasas, Texas.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 8,000.

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