Northeast region Angus rep visits Tri-State region
The young man fit right in amidst the good hats and jackets at a recent bull sale in Belle Fourche, SD, though his soft, southern drawl made it clear that he wasn’t a native South Dakotan. Traveling with American Angus Association Region 8 Representative, Vern Frey, Will Mayfield of Pulaski, TN, was taking in the Foos Angus sale on Feb. 14, meeting breeders and commercial operators and getting a glimpse of the business in the northern plains region.
Mayfield was hired in May of 2012 to be the Region 7 Representative for the American Angus Association, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a masters degree in beef reproduction. A third generation Angus breeder from Tennessee, his territory is the northeastern states of Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The association sent Mayfield out to ride with Vern Frey and see how things work out in this neck of the woods. “I’ve been riding along with Vern and taking in all I can. This is real cattle country and it’s neat to see people buying bulls for their actual livelihood,” says Mayfield. “I’ve been to about 10 sales so far, including this one, with more to go to. It’s been really great seeing how the different operations work. I really appreciate Vern taking me around with him.”
“Where I come from, we can run a cow-calf pair on two or three acres, so this country is sure different. The people are sure nice and I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many of them,” commented Mayfield.
When asked what he thought about the country in general, he responded, “You make the cattle work for you out in this country, not you working for them. I like that.”
The personable young man will be attending more bull sales and visiting with more people in the region. If the time spent with him was any true indication, the Angus Association made an excellent choice for someone to represent the breed and it’s association.
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