R-CALF members elect cowboy/surgeon as Region II Director
Members within R-CALF USA’s Region II – Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah – have elected Taylor Haynes, M.D., to represent them on the R-CALF USA Board of Directors for the next three years.
Haynes and his wife Elisabeth Wasson run Thunderbasin Land Livestock and Investment Co. The cattle all are grass-fed, and the couple direct-market the certified organic beef to consumers all along the front range of Wyoming and Colorado.
“It is at once an honor and humbling to be elected to the R-CALF USA Board of Directors,” Haynes said. “R-CALF upholds the U.S. Constitution and addresses head-on the issues of true free enterprise that are critical to the survival and viability of the family rancher and farmers across this great country.
“During my term I hope to see ranchers improve their direct marketing to consumers, thus ensuring their viability and guaranteeing a safe wholesome product,” he continued. “Direct marketing and States’ rights are among my favorite tasks because they are germane to the survival of the free republic given to us by the Founding Fathers. I am convinced that a strong agricultural industry is the foundation of a free society. If a nation cannot feed itself, it will be subservient to whomever can.”
Haynes said he sees continued growth in R-CALF USA’s membership numbers, partly because of the group’s vehement opposition to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), as well as its engagement with the Agriculture Department on food safety issues and making sure – after an 8-year-long battle – that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is now finally the law of the land.
“Over the next five years, if we continue to improve our stature with family ranchers and farmers as we demonstrate our advocacy of their issues, our organization will no doubt be able to effect change so that young people will return to the land,” he said.
Haynes was reared on a produce farm in northwest Louisiana, but always dreamed of being a real cowboy. He is the fourth generation of his family to be continuously involved in agriculture since the Emancipation Proclamation.
Haynes put himself through college and post graduate studies by working as a laborer on a freight dock and as a stevedore. He married Barbara Brumfield in 1968, and together they reared four children. Barbara passed away in 1998.
In 1969, after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, Haynes accepted an engineering job in Salt Lake City. In search for greater autonomy in his career, he began medical school at the University of Utah. He completed his surgical residency in urology and moved to Cheyenne to open his medical practice.
“R-CALF USA’s ongoing success is based on the highly motivated and extremely capable volunteers like Dr. Haynes who want to make a significant contribution to improving the U.S. cattle industry for generations to come,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a veterinarian from Missouri. “We look forward to Dr. Hayne’s considerable expertise as we continue to take on the toughest issues facing our industry for the benefit of independent cattle producers.”
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Oct. 23, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News