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November 20, 2009



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Saddle & Sirloin Club Honors Mick Colvin

The prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Club inducted its newest member, Louis "Mick" Colvin, Nov. 15 during the 2009 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Colvin was honored at the annual Saddle & Sirloin Banquet and Portrait Presentation.

The Saddle and Sirloin Club portrait collection is housed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) and consists of 341 oil portraits of exceptional agricultural leaders. For 106 years the club has recognized the impact of such leaders on agriculture and has chosen this tradition to honor them.

The collection of portraits began in the original Saddle & Sirloin Club at the Union Stock Yards in Chicago, Ill., in 1903. The collection was moved to the KFEC, home of the NAILE, in 1977, and each year during NAILE, a new honoree is chosen.

Mick ColvinThis year's inductee is Louis "Mick" Colvin. Originally from Shellsburg, Pa., Colvin earned a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from Penn State University. Following his college years, Colvin began his purebred Angus career by becoming herdsman for Mole's Hill Farm in Sharon, Conn. After helping them earn three International Grand Champions and a National Western Champion, he quickly became a well-respected member of the Angus industry.

In 1963 Colvin became a field officer for the American Angus Association and later advanced to a regional manager, becoming more and more respected along the way. When he and his family decided to move to West Salem, Ohio, to start Colvin Angus Farm, he had become one of the top members of the American Angus Association. So, naturally, when Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) began on Jan. 1, 1978, Colvin rose to the challenge of leading the program.

CAB was the first to explore beef branding in the industry, and Colvin's vigorous work investigating what the packers wanted and how the Angus breed could deliver really paid off. One of his milestones came from the USDA when they approved the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, ensuring stability for producers, retailers, chefs and consumers.

During Colvin's 22 years as executive director of CAB, growth of total pounds sold annually reached 500 million pounds in 1999. He licensed all major packers — Excel, Monfort and IBP, as well as reinforcing the brand to the general public to the point of consuming 3.1 billion servings annually.

More information will be published in the January Angus Journal, along with additional coverage of Angus events at the NAILE.

Members Install Leadership

Members select their leadersThree hundred forty-five delegates were on hand Nov. 16 to conduct the business of the American Angus Association® at its 126th Annual Convention, which was in conjunction with the NAILE in Louisville, Ky.

Delegates elected elected five directors, a vice president and president to its governing Board and voted to reinstate the life membership in the American Angus Association, which will become available in January.

Newly elected Directors include: Charlie Boyd II, Mayslick, Ky.; Scott Foster, Niles, Mich.; and Vaughn Meyer, Reva, S.D. Steve Olson, Hereford, Texas; and Cathy Watkins, Middletown, Ind., were both elected to a second term on the Board.

Bill Davis, Sidney, Mont., was elected the American Angus Association president and chairman of the board. He succeeds Jay King, Rock Falls, Ill.

Joe Hampton, Mount Ulla, N.C., was chosen by delegates to serve as vice president and vice chairman of the Board. Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla., will serve as treasurer for the year.

Brief biographies are available on and will be published in the January Angus Journal along with additional coverage of Angus events at the NAILE.

Six Inducted Into Angus Heritage Foundation

Each year, the American Angus Association honors selected individuals who have made significant contributions to the Angus breed. This year the Association Board of Directors selected six Angus breeders for induction into its Angus Heritage Foundation for their dedication toward the advancement of the Angus breed.

The 2009 inductees include: Dwight D. Eisenhower, formerly of Gettysburg, Pa.; Oliver Hansen, Durant, Iowa; Paul and Lynn Hill, Bidwell, Ohio; and Bill and Priscilla Wilson, Cloverdale, Ind.

The inductees and/or their families were recognized during the Association's Annual Banquet, Nov. 16, during Angus events in Louisville, Ky. Each received a framed certificate, and all names will be engraved on a plaque at the Association's Saint Joseph, Mo., headquarters.

Brief biographies are available on and will be published in the January Angus Journal.

Superior Livestock Under New Ownership

Superior Livestock Auction Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestock — the largest livestock auction company in the U.S. and No. 1 in the livestock marketing industry.

Superior offers more than 1.5 million cattle annually and to date in 2009 has sold 1.6 million head of cattle. To continue to build upon this success, Farm Credit West has asked Jim Odle to come back to Superior Livestock as general manager. Jim was one of the co-founders of Superior Livestock and played a significant role in building it into the livestock marketing industry leader.

For more information, visit the Nov. 18 "News Update" in the Angus e-List archive at

Producer Input Sought for
International Livestock Congress

The annual International Livestock Congress USA (ILC) will convene Tues, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colo. In preparation for the event, organizers are asking cattle producers to outline some of their short-term strategies of beef cattle managers. Results will be used to help frame a panel discussion about balancing costs and expenses in the cow-calf business. The panel will be:

• John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Nebraska

• Kevin Yon, Yon Family Farms, South Carolina

• Butch Bratsky, Stockman Banks, Montana

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Students Encouraged to
Apply for Beef Industry Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Beef Industry Scholarship program, sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group and presented by the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF). All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2009.

Ten scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. The program encourages talented and thoughtful students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry, either through classes, internships or life experience. Graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2010-2011 academic school year are eligible to apply. Applicants or their families must be members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) to receive the scholarship.

For more information, visit the Nov. 12 "News Update" in the Angus e-List archive at

Reproductive Strategies
Workshop Slated for Jan. 28-29

The Beef Reproduction Task Force and the NCBA are teaming up to offer the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio Jan. 28-29, 2010.

"The meeting is for producers, veterinarians and AI (artificial insemination) technicians, as well as anyone interested in beef cattle reproduction," said Kansas State University (K-State) animal scientist Sandy Johnson.

"The workshop is designed to improve understanding and management of the beef cow estrous cycle, recommended estrus synchronization protocols, and other approaches to improving the efficiency of reproduction," said Johnson, who is one of the event coordinators.

More information about the workshop, visit or contact Johnson at 785-462-6281. Angus Productions Inc. (API) will provide online coverage of the event.

I Am Angus Comes to RFD-TV

The American Angus Association is launching into nationwide television broadcasting with the airing of its first hour-long program this coming January. Called I Am Angus, the program will profile people from across the country whose lives are defined by Angus cattle and Angus beef. It will also include short news features about the Association and highlight key programs that can strengthen the economic position of cattle producers and feedlots. In addition, the program will feature film footage taken in the 1940s, 50s and 60s of Angus farms and Angus ranches, showing the dramatic changes in beef production, selection and marketing during the last 60 years.

“We’re excited that we’re moving into television programming, and believe the quality of the content will be enjoyed by people across America,” Bryce Schumann, Association CEO, says. “Our organization is committed to taking a strong, multimedia approach to communicating the value of Angus cattle and the benefits of being a member of our organization.”

I Am Angus will air at 9 p.m. EST, Jan. 4, 2010, on RFD-TV. Check local listings for more information.

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