Angus Convention Kicks Off in Fort Worth
By Shelby Mettlen
Attendees of the 2017 Angus Convention’s opening general session Saturday, Nov. 4, were welcomed to Fort Worth, Texas, by country music star Neal McCoy, who led attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. Red Steagall, native Texan, musician, poet and symbol of cowboy culture, provided an eloquent invocation reminding his audience to support and preserve rural communities.
However, it was American Angus Association CEO Allen Moczygemba who stole the show with his announcement of the Association’s acquisition of the assets of Verified Beef®, an independent, third-party verification program for cattle producers based in Bozeman, Mont. The company owns Reputation Feeder Cattle®, which the Association plans to reconfigure and integrate into its own Angus feeder-calf program.
“There have been decisions made by Boards that were decisions of vision and decisions of courage,” Moczygemba said. “Because of those decisions, we are in a leadership position.”
To maintain that position of leadership in the cattle industry, Moczygemba, the Association’s Board of Directors and a team of the Association’s best and brightest, made the organization’s first acquisition in nearly 40 years. Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Vice President Mark McCully, CAB Director of Supply Development Justin Sexten, CAB Beef Cattle Specialist Paul Dyskstra, American Angus Association Director of Commercial Programs Ginette Gottswiller, Director of Field Services David Gazda and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) Director of Genetic Research Stephen Miller composed the task force dedicated to developing the Association’s feeder-calf program.
“We could develop the program internally,” Moczygemba said, “or we could consider a strategic acquisition.”
After extensive research and debate, the Association purchased the assets of Verified Beef and Reputation Feeder Cattle for just shy of $4 million.
“This won’t be easy, but something great is never easy,” he said. The acquisition will give the Association and the breed a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and will offer greater power to the commercial producer.
For more information, visit the Association’s official announcement at http://bit.ly/AAA-FC.
Recognizing dedication to the membership
American Angus Association CEO Allen Moczygemba recognized Marg Dreesmann, software engineer for the Association’s Information Systems (IS) Department and recently retired Chief Financial Officer Rich Wilson for 50 and 48 years of service, respectively.
The 2017 Angus Convention was Dreesmann’s first time attending the event. Both Dreesmann and Wilson received honorary plaques that will be displayed in the Association’s headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.
In honor of Wilson’s legacy as a symbol of integrity at the Association, the Association’s boardroom was dedicated to him, and will be known from here forward as the Richard E. Wilson Boardroom.
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