Missouri couple receives American Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year
Mike and Toni Shrewsbury of Lathrop, Mo., were the 2013 recipients of the American Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year award. The award was presented at the AGA Impacting the Beef Business Annual Convention held Jan. 9 to 14 in Denver, Co.
Mike and Toni are well known for their commitment as volunteer advisers to the American Gelbvieh Junior Association. “That commitment has no doubt, and continues to positively impact the American Gelbvieh Association by their efforts to serve the future AGA membership and the high character and moral examples they set,” said Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services and junior programs staff adviser.
“In their role as advisers, the Shrewsburys travel each year to the AGJA junior national show and AGJA board meetings. On site at these activities they both lend their guidance to AGJA members through their past experiences with the organization. Youth work can be challenging at times, but their calm, collected approach to challenges is always appreciated. In addition to the input they provide during meetings, they work long shifts to ensure that the day-to-day tasks of the national show are met,” Stewart continued.
Members of the Heart of American Gelbvieh Association, Mike and Toni, with their son Josh Phillips raise Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle on their farm in northwest Missouri. They also have 1,500 acres of cropland where they grow corn and soybeans.
The couple also has a daughter, Jessica Herbel, who lives with her husband Alex and their daughter, Elsie (1), in Liberty, Mo.
They started raising Gelbvieh in 1990 when they purchased two purebred Gelbvieh bulls to use on their predominately black commercial British cow herd. When Josh was 9 years old and wanted to show cattle, they selected a half-blood, black, polled heifer calf and thus their Gelbvieh show career began.
They expanded the cow herd using a breeding program alternating Angus and Gelbvieh sires to produce Gelbvieh-influenced females. At its peak, the cow herd became 200 head. Josh has taken the reins now producing Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and females, marketed to commercial and seedstock producers.
Mike is a past president of the Heart of America Gelbvieh Association. He has also served on the committee for the American Gelbvieh Foundation. Together, Mike and Toni have also served on multiple host-state planning committees for the annual junior national show, even as recently as 2012 when Missouri hosted the AGJA Black and Gold Classic.
The Shrewesburys service to organizations reaches beyond the AGA. They are members of First Christian Church where Mike is an Elder. They are also members of Lathrop FFA Alumni Association. Toni organizes and serves a meal every year to over a thousand FFA members who attend the Contest Day held at Lathrop High School. Additionally, Toni organizes the food served at tailgates sponsored by the FFA Alumni Association before Lathrop High School home football games.
Mike and Toni exemplify the qualities of the AGA Member of the Year. The award is presented annually to an outstanding member who gives their time, talent and dedication to further the improvement of their state and national association.
The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,500 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system. For more information visit www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.