ASA elects board of directors, announces awards
Members of the American Shorthorn Association gathered Nov. 9 to 12 for the ASA Annual Meeting and National Show held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Among the first order of business at the annual meeting was the election of board of directors. Ed Kruse of Kimball, Neb., and James Freed of Chickasha, Okla., were two members elected to the ASA Board of Directors for a three-year term. Mike Bennett of Ducor, Calif., was re-elected to the board for a second term and also elected to serve as the Vice President of the ASA. Other returning board members include: Les Mathers, Mason City, Ill., president; Ricky Guidry, Bell City, La., executive director; Billy Zack Taylor, Salem, Ky., director; Lynn Nelson, Albert Lea, Minn.; Mark Gordon, Middletown, Ill., director; and Marty Loving, Pawnee Rock, Kan., director.
Two retiring ASA board members were recognized during the National Shorthorn Show on Nov. 12. Boyd Strope of O'Neil, Neb., and Virginia Davis of Franklin, Ind., were recognized for their dedicated service to the ASA from 2006-2012.
One of the most prestigious awards announced every year during the National Show and Annual Meeting is the Herdsman of the Year award. A trophy belt buckle is presented to the winner in memory of Lawrence Grathwohl. Jess Recknor of Cyclone Trace Cattle Company in Clarion, Iowa, was voted this year's recipient by fellow Shorthorn breeders.
The Century Club award was also announced during the National Show between the bull and female shows. The award recognizes breeders who have registered over 100 head of Shorthorns in the past year.
The following breeders were recognized for their achievement: Loving Polled Shorthorns, Pawnee Rock, Kan.; Sullivan Cattle Company, Dunlap, Iowa; WHR Shorthorns, Van Alstyne, Texas; Jungels Shorthorn Farm, Kathryn, N.D.; Byland, Loudonville, Ohio; EA-RA-BA-H Farm, Liberty, N.C.; Peak View Ranch, Inc., Fowler, Colo.; Sneed Shorthorns, Sedalia, Mo.; J. Phillip Bowman & Family, Greens Fork, Ind.; Keith H. Lauer, Abilene, Kan.; Cyclone Trace Cattle Company, Clarion, Iowa; JDMC Cattle Company, Renville, Minn.; Hugh W. Moore, Jr. & Sons, Jerseyville, Ill.; and Martindell Shorthorns, Hardyville, Ky.
For more coverage on the ASA National Show & Annual Meeting, visit www.shorthorn.org.