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Scott George wears a lot of hats. Come February, the dairyman and beef producer will don that of NCBA president.
When it comes to an overall view of the U.S. beef business, it’s tough to think of a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) incoming president with a broader industry perspective than Scott George.
A dairy farmer from Cody, WY, he’s part of a family operation that includes cow-calf and stocker production. He and his brothers also operate the local American Breeders Service dealership, breeding several thousand head of beef cattle annually. Plus, they raise all the corn needs, and the majority of hay, required to feed their beef and dairy herds, in addition to some small grains.
Still, George says, some folks think it strange for a dairyman to be a member of NCBA, much less its president.
“It’s all about cattle in the end, and the dairy industry provides 28% of the beef produced in this country,” George says. “I really feel I understand all the segments of this business – from breeding to calving to weaning. We raise our own replacements and I understand about developing heifers, growing cattle and feeding calves.”
J.D. Alexander, outgoing NCBA president and a Pilger, NE, farmer-feeder, agrees that George represents a new entity in NCBA’s volunteer leadership.
“Scott has a pretty non-traditional background, but our past presidents have ranged across all sectors and locations, though we’ve never had a dairyman represent us before. I think he could allow us to make some inroads in delivering a better understanding of how dairy fits into the beef industry, as well as foster some dialog on how the two can better work in synch to resolve some of our common issues.”