Denton, Texas - A full two days of presentations, discussions and elections filled the agenda for the Red Angus Association of America’s National Red Angus Convention held in Oklahoma City.
Members elected Bob Morton, Three Forks, Montana, to serve as the next president of RAAA. He follows Kim Ford, Bertrand, Nebraska, who concluded her two years of service during the Convention.
In addition to Morton, Chuck Feddes, Manhattan, Montana, was elected to represent Region A. Stuart Gilbert, Stockport, Iowa, was elected to the position of Director of Area 9 – Midwest. Other board members who were re-elected to their post include Kyley DeVoe, Justin, Texas, Director of Area 4 – Southwest, and John Langdon, Benson, North Carolina, Director Area 7 – Northeast.
The remaining Board of Directors includes Kevin Miller, Briggsdale, Colorado, vice president; Steve Koester, Steele, North Dakota, Board secretary; Johnny Rogers, Roxboro, North Carolina, treasurer; Bruce Ketchum, Plevna, Montana; Newley Hutchison, Canton, Oklahoma; Raymond Prescott, Gray Court, South Carolina; Connie Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas; Sam Lorenzen, Bend, Oregon; and Tom Brink, RAAA CEO.
Junior Red Angus Association of America elected leaders earlier in the year during the 2016 Round-Up held in Virginia. Kacey Koester, Steele, North Dakota, is serving as the president of JRA. New members to the JRA Board include Royce McPhee-Bayha, Lodi, California, representing Region A, and Savannah Howard, Shelby, North Carolina, representing Region C. Returning members include Koester, Joseph Groce, Lexington, North Carolina, and Genna VanWye, Atlanta, Illinois.
The JRA Board will lead the Association in the coming year, including planning regional meetings and providing leadership for junior Red Angus member activities throughout the country.
The JRA annual meeting is held each year during Round-Up, the summer conference focusing on enriching members’ knowledge of the beef industry and personal leadership development. The event also provides member connections with other juniors from around the country.
The 2016 Round-Up, held in Virginia, June 29 through July 2, 2016, provided a diverse educational experience for the next generation of Red Angus producers. The conference schedule included visits to Virginia Tech, meat-processing facilities and area farm visits. The event would not have been possible without the financial support of generous sponsors. Special thanks go out to the following JRA sponsors Zoetis, Bachman Cattle Farms, ADM, Accelerated Genetics; DATAMARS, Inc., Northwest Farm Credit, Majestic Meadows, Southern States Cooperatives, Inc., Performance Livestock & Feed Co., VitaFerm of North Dakota, Innovacyn, Tlach Red Angus, Heart River Ranch, ST Genetics, Lazy J Bar Ranch and Rich Red Angus.
The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the competitive advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. RAAA provides commercial producers with the most objectively described cattle in the industry by seeking and implementing new innovative technologies based on sound scientific principles that measure traits of economic importance. For more information, visit redangus.org.