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Angus elects new board members and officers

The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers for its Board of Directors during the 130th Annual Meeting of Delegates in Louisville, Ky. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: Thomas Burke, Smithville, Mo.; John Elbert Harrell, Opelika, Ala.; Leo McDonnell, Billings, Mont.; John Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla.; and Kevin Yon, Ride Spring, S.C. Harrell, McDonnell, Pfeiffer and Yon are serving their second term on the Board.

A total of 311 elected delegates from 42 states and Canada 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.

2013-2014 American Angus Association Officers

Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan., was elected as the new Association president and Board of Directors chairman. He succeeds Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, N.Y. Cathy Watkins, Middletown, Ind., was chosen by delegates to serve as Association vice president and Board of Directors vice chairman. Jim Sitz, Dillon, Mont., will serve as the 2013-2014 treasurer.

2013-2014 American Angus Association Board Members

Thomas Burke, Smithville, Mo., is a fourth-generation cattleman who has conducted registered Angus sales across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean through his work at the American Angus Hall of Fame. He owns the Burke Farm, homesteaded 125 years ago in southeastern Minnesota.

John Elbert Harrell, Opelika, Ala., has 44 years experience breeding and marketing Angus cattle. He and his partner, Mitch Lazenby, own and operate Highlander Ranch, where they raise 100-plus registered-Angus females and develop 150 bulls each year.

Leo McDonnell, Billings, Mont., is a fourth-generation rancher, raised around both feedlot and cow-calf operations. He and his wife, Sam, live near Columbus, Mont.

McDonnell has been involved in several industry groups, being a past chair of the Montana Cattle Feeders; a delegate in the mid-1990s for Montana on the NCBA International Trade Committee and the Research and Education Committee; a co-founder for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America; and currently a director of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

John Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla., and his wife, Gaye, have been married 32 years and have two sons. The family operates a diversified farming operation consisting of 2,200 acres of crops and pasture. Much of the wheat, alfalfa and corn go directly toward the 140 registered- and 75 commercial-Angus cows.

Kevin Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C., and his wife, Lydia, established Yon Family Farms in 1996, and the operation is now home to 700 head of Angus brood cows and 300 commercial cows. F

–American Angus Assoc.