Simmental association elects N.D. woman to Board of Trustees |

Simmental association elects N.D. woman to Board of Trustees

An NDSU graduate, Erika Kenner has worked for the ASA and been active in the N.D. Stockmen's Association. Photo courtesy ASA

Erika Kenner of Leeds, N.D., has been elected by the American Simmental Association (ASA) membership as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Kenner is currently in business with her father, Roger, at the family-owned Kenner Simmental Ranch. The Kenners calve out 400 Simmental and SimAngus cows annually, basing breeding decisions on research and tools provided by the American Simmental Association, with more than 100 bulls and 70 bred heifers marketed through their own sale. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University with majors in Animal Science and Speech Communication, with a minor in Agricultural Business. Kenner was employed by ASA and ASA Publications from 2002 through 2006, before returning to the family ranch. A member of the North Dakota Simmental Association (NDSA) since 2008, she is the immediate past President of NDSA and editor of the North Dakota Simmental Scene/South Dakota SimmenTeller magazines. A member of the North Dakota Stockman’s Association, she chaired the 2012 All Breeds Cattle Tour and 2013 District 1 Nominating Committee.

Kenner, along with five other newly elected Board members, was officially seated during ASA’s Annual Meeting, Jan. 18, 2014, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. She joins former board member Gordon Hodges of Hamptonville, N.C., along with incumbents Dale Miller of Gilford, Mont., and Blake Nelson of Warner, Okla. Her fellow newly seated board members are Cliff Orley of Lebanon, Penn., and J.W Brune, Overbrook, Kansas.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,000 and is a not-for-profit organization.