The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers for its Board of Directors during the 129th Annual Meeting of Delegates in Louisville, KY. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: Charlie Boyd, Mays Lick, KY; Scott Foster, Niles, MI; Philip Howell, Winchester, IN; Vaughn Meyer, Feva, SD; and Don Schiefelbein, Kimball, MN.
Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, NY, was elected the American Angus Association president and chairman of the board. He succeeds Jarold Callahan, Edmond, OK. Gordon Stucky, Kingman, KS, was chosen by delegates to serve as vice president and vice chairman. Cathy Watkins, Middletown, IN, will serve as the 2013 treasurer.
More than 311 elected delegates from 41 states, Canada and the District of Columbia represented Association members during the Annual Meeting of Delegates, held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super-Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.
Phil Trowbridge, the Association’s newly elected president and chairman, most recently served as vice president and vice chairman of the board. Trowbridge received his animal science degree from Alfred Sate College prior to becoming herdsman at Gallagher’s Angus Farm, where he continues to enhance genetics with Trowbridge Angus. Trowbridge has served on numerous boards on the local and state level and organized the Columbia County Feeders 4-H club.
Gordon Stucky, who was formerly board treasurer, was chosen by delegates to serve as vice president and vice chairman. Stucky and his family own Circle S Angus Ranch, west of Wichita, Kan. He is past director and president of the Kansas Angus Association, and is chairman of its commercial female sale. He has also been active in Beef Improvement Federation, his local Extension council, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association.
Cathy Watkins, elected as the new board treasurer, and husband, Bob, raise Angus cattle at Beaver Ridge Farm in east central Indiana. She graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a degree in animal science. While there, she was a member of the meat judging team and the livestock judging team. Off the farm, Watkins worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 33 years, retiring in 2007. She served as secretary for the Indiana Angus Association for 10 years.
Brief biographical sketches of newly elected Board directors are listed below, courtesy the Angus Journal.
Charlie Boyd II is a fourth-generation cattleman from a family that began its involvement in the cattle industry in 1893. Today, Boyd Beef Cattle of Mayslick, Ky., encompasses both an Angus and a Hereford program, and is home to many national champions. Boyd earned his ag economics degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, an agriculture senator, the agriculture student body president, and a member of the livestock judging team. He has been involved in many cattlemen’s organizations, and has served as president of the Kentucky Angus Association as well as a co-chair for the National Junior Angus Show.
Scott Foster grew up on a family farm in Niles, Mich., where he was active in FFA, serving as state president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Michigan State University, where he participated in the Block and Bridle club and was the Ag Senate representative. He was also a member of the National Champion Livestock Judging team at the NAILE, where he was named high individual overall. Upon graduation, Foster worked for Premier Beef in Howell, Mich. Today, he farms with his son Andrew, brother Bruce and his parents at Seldom Rest Farms in southwestern Michigan.
Philip Howell attended Purdue University and graduated with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1973. After graduation, Phil worked in mixed animal practices in Cedar Grove, Wis., and Silver Lake, Ind. He purchased a practice in Winchester, Ind., in June 1979. Phil and his son Andy and their wives currently manage 50 cows, the majority being registered Angus with a few Maine-Anjou females. He has served as president of the Indiana Junior Angus Association, Indiana Angus Association, and the Southeastern Indiana Angus Association.
Vaughn Meyer and his family manage Sodak Angus Ranch in northwest South Dakota. In his youth Meyer participated in 4-H and FFA. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in animal science production from South Dakota State University, where he was active in Block and Bridle and Army ROTC. After serving in the Army, Meyer returned to Sodak. He has been active in the Black Hills Angus Association, the Perkins County Livestock Improvement Association, the Perkins County Farmers Union, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association.
Don Schiefelbein has been involved in the cattle business in a number of ways throughout his career. He attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he graduated with academic honors with a degree in animal science. In 1990, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) hired Schiefelbein to oversee its junior program. Later he would serve as executive director for the American Gelbvieh Association. Schiefelbein was able to fulfill his lifelong dream in 2002, returning to his family Angus farm in Kimball, Minn.
The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.
For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.