Warren Zenker new president of North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
NDSA members elect new leadership at 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show North Dakota
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) members tapped Warren Zenker of Gackle, N.D., as the new president of the 87-year-old organization during the NDSA’s 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Rooted for Tradition, Growing for the Future,” Sept. 24 in Minot, N.D.
The 23-year NDSA member, his wife Linda and their children, Jordan and Brooks, own a 400-head cow-calf operation and a 2,000-head permitted feedyard. They also farm with nephews Chris, Mike and Taylor. Zenker served two terms as a District 3 NDSA director. He also served as chairman of the NDSA Brand Board, Feeding & Marketing and Resolutions Committees.
In his message to members during the closing business session, Zenker encouraged livestock producers to take an active role in the NDSA and the livestock industry.
Zenker pointed to volatility in the cattle market, federal overregulation and the negative work of activist groups as headwinds for the industry, but encouraged members to get involved in industry groups working to tell the story of livestock producers.
“It might seem easy to just kick the dirt, walk away and tell yourself that someone else will take care of these issues,” Zenker said. “But I’m here today to tell you that, if we continue that practice, we will be forced to make changes that will be detrimental to our industry, our society and our food supply.”
Zenker encouraged producers to step forward and share their own personal stories of the ongoing stewardship they provide for their livestock and land.
Dan Rorvig, a 28-year member from McVille, N.D., was elected NDSA vice president. Rorvig and his wife Teresa manage a cow-calf herd, background yearlings and develop bred heifers. The Rorvigs have two children, daughter Amy and son Scott.
Before being tapped as vice president, Rorvig served two terms as a District 1 director. Rorvig has also served on the NDSA Budget Committee and as chairman of the NDSA Ag Policy Committee. NDSA members also elected or re-elected six directors to represent their respective districts.
In District 1, Justin Maddock of Maddock, N.D., was elected to a first four-year term. He manages a cow-calf operation with his father and brothers. The family also backgrounds its own calves until spring, develops heifers for the family’s herd and manages a small farming operation, raising hay and cover crops for the cattle enterprise and wheat and soybeans as cash crops. He and his wife Rachel have six children, Hailey, Logan, Kaitlyn, Jaycee, Graden and newborn Clayton.
Gene Heinrich of Medina, N.D., was re-elected to a second four-year term in District 2. Heinrich, a 33-year NDSA member, his wife Tammy, sons Michael, Chris and Richie and daughter-in-law Sarah work in partnership to manage their cow-calf, heifer development and feedlot operation. The family also raises wheat, corn, oats and beans as cash crops.
In District 3, Lowell Malard of Bismarck, N.D., was elected to a first four-year term. He manages a cow-calf operation utilizing primarily Angus genetics with Simmental and Hereford influence with his wife Shannon and children Brita and Clay. He employs a rotational grazing system that focuses on improving grassland and fresh water availability. Malard is also a construction equipment salesman at Butler Machinery Company in Bismarck, N.D.
Allan Gustin of Mandan, N.D., was elected to a first four-year term in District 4. Gustin, a 48-year NDSA member, is a partner in Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh. The family raises registered Gelbvieh seedstock, barley, wheat, corn, peas, sunflowers and hay. Gustin also worked as a radio and television farm broadcaster full-time from 1969 to 2012. Gustin and his wife Peggy have three grown daughters, Rebecca, Amy and Joanne.
In District 5, Howdy Lawlar of Watford City, N.D., was elected to a first four-year term. Lawlar, a nine-year NDSA member, his wife Jodee and children Jayde, McCoy and Colt manage a registered and commercial Angus operation. The family also raises small grains and hay.
Shane Anderson of Towner, N.D., was elected to a first four-year term for District 6. The 15-year NDSA member operates a commercial cow-calf herd utilizing Lim-Flex and Angus genetics. He backgrounds steers and develops his own replacement females. He also raises corn for silage and grain, along with alfalfa, oats and barley for winter feed.
Other members of the NDSA Board of Directors and Executive Committee include: NDSA Immediate Past President Steve Brooks of Bowman, N.D.; District 1 Directors Kevin Elliott of Clifford, N.D.; Levi Rue of Sheyenne, N.D.; and Jeff Schafer of New Rockford, N.D.; District 2 Directors Brian Amundson of Jamestown, N.D.; Curtis Brown of Montpelier, N.D.; and Jeffrey Bunn of Lisbon, N.D.; District 3 Directors Doug Bichler of Linton, N.D.; Tim Erbele of Streeter; and Darrell D. Oswald of Wing, N.D.; District 4 Directors Jamie Hauge of Carson, N.D.; Jonathon Marohl of Solen, N.D.; and Robert Tweeten of Hensler, N.D.; District 5 Directors Pete Best of Watford City, N.D.; Paige Burian of Manning, N.D.; and Wayne Gerbig of Amidon, N.D.; and District 6 Directors Mark Giedd of Washburn, N.D.; Dennis Jacobson of Wildrose, N.D.; and Randy Schmitt of Rugby, N.D.
NDSA officers serve up to two one-year terms. Directors serve up to two four-year terms.
NDSA members interested in running for a leadership position should notify their district’s respective Nominating Committee members. The Nominating Committees traditionally name their candidates in June.
–North Dakota Stockmen’s Association