July 11, 2017
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Minnesota Represented in 2017 Beef Leaders Institute
Samantha Jensen, Morris, Minn., attended the five-day educational event hosted by the American Angus Association.
Samantha Jensen joined an elite group of American Angus Association members by attending the 10th annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) June 19-23. BLI is a complete pasture-to-plate experience for young leaders in the Angus industry that explores quality genetics, performance programs, genomic technology, herd health, Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) and much more. This year’s class consisted of nearly 20 individuals from all areas of the country.
Jensen works for Wulf Cattle in Morris, Minn., where she handles data management. Being new to the beef industry, she gained an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the beef industry.
“Starting the week at the Association, which is all pretty new to me, I learned a lot of what the Association provides to breeders and seedstock producers,” Jensen said. “We moved on from there into live cattle and looking at feedyards, then we were able to see the end product.”
The five-day event, funded by the Angus Foundation, began in Saint Joseph, Mo., at the Association headquarters. Participants interacted with staff and learned how each department works to serve its nearly 25,000 members.
BLI toured throughout the Midwest and ended in Wooster, Ohio, at the CAB headquarters. Along the way, participants were able to visit GeneSeek Neogen Operations in Lincoln, Neb.; Feller & Co. Cattle Feeders in Wisner, Neb.; Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. in Omaha, Neb.; Trans Ova in Sioux City, Iowa; a Sysco distribution center in Cleveland, Ohio; and a retail tour at Giant Eagle’s Market District Supermarket in Cleveland, Ohio.
Caitlyn Brandt, event coordinator for the American Angus Association, explains that BLI targets young leaders in the Angus industry, ages 25-45, and gives them opportunities to see all sectors of the industry and how Angus plays a role in each of them.
“BLI is designed to provide Angus producers the opportunity to see all sectors of the beef industry after cattle leave their farms,” Brandt said. “By having the chance to network with other producers, feeders, packers, processors, retailers and other industry experts in the areas of genetics, reproduction and marketing, participants go home with knowledge and information that provides better insight into making production decisions on their operation.”
BLI provides young Angus producers the opportunity to see the entire beef system and how producer decisions on the ranch affect the end product that can be found in the grocery store.
“BLI does a really good job of connecting what we do every day as producers to the end product and why we make our management decisions,” Jensen said. “It gave us a lot of tools to do our jobs better and what to strive for as far as the end product.”
A complete list of 2017 BLI participants follows. For more information on how to participate in the leadership event, visit www.angus.org. Applications for the 2018 class will be available online starting next winter.
–– Written by Morgan Marley, Angus Media
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 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.
Beef Leaders Institute – Class of 2017
Martin Allison, Waverly, Tenn.
Jordan Davis-Cook, Cordell, Okla.
Jason Jagels, Davenport, Neb.
Samantha Jensen, Morris, Minn.
Brad Johnson, Shawano, Wis.
Jeremy Leister, Stillwater, Okla.
Rick Marlatt, Wood Lake, Neb.
Tyler McAlpin, Diamondhead, Miss.
Traves Merrick, Miller, Mo.
Alisha Nord, Valley City, N.D.
Clay Richardson, Carlsbad, N.M.
Jennifer Shaver Friedel, Blacksburg, Va.
Chad Stevenson, Arlington, Wis.
Dereck Washam, Pierce City, Mo.
Coy Young, Blythedale, Mo.
Kristi Poss, Scotia, Neb.
Jocelyn Washam, Wentworth, Mo.
American Angus Representatives:
Gayle Billups, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Melissa Hanway, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Adam Conover, Cameron, Mo.
Drew Feller, Wisner, Neb.
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