SDBIC elects officers, approves budget
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) Board of Directors (BOD) met on the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus on September 25-26. At the annual meeting, which is held in conjunction with SDSU’s Beef Bowl, the BOD approved a $3.5 million budget for fiscal year 2016.
“The state’s beef council, which is responsible for collecting and administering the $1 beef checkoff on all cattle sold in South Dakota, is required to direct 50 cents of every dollar to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for programs on the national level,” said Tracey Walsh, SDBIC director of industry relations. “The SDBIC retains 50 cents, which directors can choose to invest in the areas of research, promotion, and education.”
The BOD set the SDBIC FY2016 budget to include the following:
Research – $146,704, which includes three ongoing projects with SDSU. The first study explores maternal protein restrictions in beef cattle during late gestation and its implications on offspring growth, carcass composition and meat quality. The second project aims to identify the microbial risk factors that cause Salmonella persistence and infection in beef cattle. The third research study will look at the supplementation of long chain fatty acids in feedlot cattle diets and its effects on beef carcass traits.
Promotion – $370,660, which will fund a number of projects including Mom’s Every Day, Weather Channel, Home Ideas, Beef Up Your Game, as well as regional out-of-state projects hosted by the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, New York and Pennsylvania Beef Councils.
Consumer Information – $232,587, which will fund American Heart Association events, social media outreach, foodservice and retail programs, Team BEEF, as well as health and nutrition influencers programming.
Industry Information and Producer Communications – $136,826 to fund Beef Quality Assurance programs, Farms After 5 tours and Beef Crawls in conjunction with Ag United, SDSU’s Beef 2020 and Meat Evaluation and Judging teams, and outreach to checkoff investors.
To support national projects, the SDBIC will send $1.3 million to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board in 2016, as well as $326,653 to the Federation of State Beef Councils, with $209,453 budgeted for unrestricted use by the Federation and the remaining $117,200 sent to the U.S. Meat Export Federation to focus on increasing global beef demand.
“The SDBIC Board of Directors work diligently to be fiscally responsible with South Dakota checkoff investments,” said Walsh. “The 24 board members represent the more than 15,000 cattle producers to make decisions on checkoff programming to help drive beef demand and provide opportunities for producer profitability.”
The BOD also elected officers, and Wayne Tupper, owner of Kimball Livestock Auction, will serve as the SDBIC president and Eric Sumption of Frederick, will take on the vice presidency role. Laurie Johnson, a rancher from South Shore, will serve as treasurer. Meanwhile, Scott Jones, of Midland, and Becky Walth, of Glenham, were elected to serve as directors for the Federation of State Beef Council.
“I’m really excited to take on a leadership role with in our beef industry at the state level,” said Johnson. “I know that our checkout dollars are being spent in the most responsible manner and having the greatest impact on consumers and producers. It’s important to me to be a part of the checks and balances that we have in place to make that happen.”
For more information on your beef checkoff investment, check out http://www.sdbeef.org.
–South Dakota Beef Industry Council