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Wesley Grau, Weldon Wynn and Kim Brackett Elected CBB Officers
During its final meeting at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, the Beef Board unanimously elected New Mexico seedstock producer Wesley Grau to serve as 2012 chairman of the Board, Arkansas cow-calf producer Weldon Wynn to serve as vice chairman; and Idaho rancher Kim Brackett to fill the position of Beef Board secretary/treasurer for 2012.
Read more about your officer team, Executive Committee and Operating Committees here.
Dairy Forum Addresses Antibiotics
The beef checkoff's annual Dairy Producer Communications Forum at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention featured Dr. Mike Apley, veterinarian at Kansas State University, who spoke on the subject of antibiotic residues.
His message focused on concerns about antibiotic resistance and residues in culled dairy cows and veal calves and what can be done to get rid of them. He says that having veterinarians involved can be very helpful to dairy producers, especially in terms of making sure all procedures comply with current laws.
Listen to an interview with Dr. Apley here.
Checkoff’s Dairy BQA Award Winner: Logan Bower, Pleasant View Farms
The dairy operation of Pleasant View Farms comprises 550 milk cows, which produce in excess of 13 million pounds of milk annually. In addition, Pleasant View raises 550 herd replacements to support the milking herd. The forage needs for the 1,100 head of dairy animals includes 750 acres of cropland, of which 150 are owned and 600 are rented. The current crop rotation consists of 450 acres of com for silage, 100 acres of alfalfa hay, 50 acres of small grain and 150 acres in grass and pasture.
As a dairy producer, it has always been Logan's goal to utilize resources as efficiently and as responsibly as possible to produce high quality, wholesome products.
Read more about this year’s award winner.
February Producer Profile: Woody Larson, Florida
The checkoff recently caught up with dairy producer Woody Larson from Okeechobee, Fla., who says Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) is an important part of their operation. And, Larson says going through the BQA certification process even helped his operation save money. Listen to an interview on Southeast Ag Net with Larson here and get to know your Beef Quality Assurance program by visiting bqa.org.