One of the many goals of this year's Board is to continue the past two years Boards’ mission: to encourage active, adult members to either run for the ASA Board of Trustees or to participate in the selection of members who serve on the ASA Board of Trustees.
Here are the 2020 Trustee candidates, please take time to get to know them – below are links to the trustee applications (giving you background on their involvement in the cattle industry as well as with ASA) and campaign letters. Give the candidates in your region a call, they would love to hear from you.
|Jessie Driggers, Glennville, GA|
|Driggers Simmental Farm features a cowherd of 50 females, all bred artificially for fall calving. In the Simmental business for the past 30 years, Driggers has entered his herd in ASA’s Total Herd Enrollment and the Cowherd Roundup. All females are DNA tested and retained calves are ultrasounded for carcass traits. In cooperation with three other breeders, bulls are marketed through a joint production sale. He previously served as an ASA Trustee from 2007 to 2014 including a year as Board Chairman in 2013; and also has been active as an officer and member of the Georgia Simmental Association. A member of the Georgia Beef Commodity Commission, Driggers was named Seedstock Producer of the Year in 2007. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Agricultural Science, and spent 14 months on active duty with the Georgia Air National Guard in Oman, Jordan and Iraq. He retired from the Air National Guard after 22 years with the rank of Master Sergeant. Driggers and his wife, Sherry, are the parents of eight children.|
|Bill McDonald, Blacksburg, VA|
|A diversified family farm that dates back to 1763, McDonald Farms produces sheep, horses, mules and stock dogs in addition to Simmental, SimAngus and Angus cattle. His cowherd of 220 head is enrolled in THE; bulls are tested through the Carcass Merit Program; and has earned Performance Advocate status. McDonald’s annual bull production sale is held each spring, while additional bulls and females are sold by private treaty. He served as an ASA Trustee from 2008 to 2014, including a term as Board Chairman in 2012. He continues to serve on the ASA Foundation Board. Within the beef industry, he’s a member of NCBA, the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, and the New River Valley Cattle Producers. He holds a BS in Animal Science from nearby Virginia Tech University. In 2006, he was named Cattleman of the Year by the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and in 2012, earned Producer of the Year by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. A widower, McDonald is the father of one son, Joseph.|
|Randy Moody, New Market, AL|
|Randy Moody’s Little Mountain Farm, established in 1984, is a Simmental-SimAngus-Angus seedstock operation of 60 mature females. His breeding program is exclusively by AI and ET, and utilizes cooperator herds to produce 25-30 additional ET calves annually. Females are marketed through the Genetic Connection Sale and bulls are mainly sold at the North Alabama Bull Evaluation Sale. Currently the treasurer of the ASA Board of Trustees, Moody has served as President of the Alabama Simmental Association and was co-chair of the Regional AJSA Classic held in Huntsville in 2008. A member of NCBA, he served as President of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association in 2009 and again in 2018. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Montevallo and is the owner of Randy Moody Associates, a marketing company that specializes in industrial and agriculture spray pumps, controls and hydraulics. Moody and his wife, Joy, are the parents of one son: Dr. Michael Moody, DVM.|
|Barry Wesner, Chalmers, IN|
|Wesner owns and operates Wesner Livestock Enterprises (WLE), a seedstock operation consisting of Simmental, SimAngus and Angus located in Chalmers Indiana where he lives with his fiancé, Gini. The father of three adult children, Wesner still relies on their advice in daily decisions of the operation. Courtney, an Extension Agent in Virginia, Carly Riley a farm wife, seed salesperson and mother to Barry’s first grandchild Reagan, and Bailey, a cosmetologist, are all products of the AJSA Program which has benefited them greatly in their lives. The team at WLE is proud of their accomplishments over the last 30+ years, concentrating on producing performance oriented, solid genetic profiled cattle with a look that can improve the bottom line of their customers. Wesner is a former ASA Trustee having served on the Executive, Activities and Events and Policies and Procedures Committees. He also chaired an AdHoc Committee that reviewed and revised the PTP Show Guidelines. Barry is the Chairman for the Junior Show at the Hoosier Beef Congress and was inducted into the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame in 2017.|
|Kent Brunner, Lost Springs, KA|
|Brunner is managing partner of Cow Camp Ranch and Feedlot, a family-owned and operated enterprise that consists of a registered cowherd of 800 Simmental and SimAngus females, a 9,000-head capacity feedlot and 3,000 acres of cropland to produce wheat, corn, beans and hay. In total, the feedlot finishes 18,000 head per year with the majority marketed on the US Premium Beef grid at National Beef in Dodge City. Genetics are marketed through a production sale and private treaty.
Brunner has been active in the Kansas Livestock Association and as a member of NCBA for many years. Cow Camp Ranch was nominated for the BIF Commercial Producer of the year in 1982 and 1983, when a large portion of their cows were run commercially. For several decades, cattle were exhibited at the Kansas State Fair and at the National Western. Locally, he served as a 4-H beef leader and coached a girl’s fast pitch softball team for 10 years. Kent and his wife, Jean, are the
parents of three grown children, all of whom were active in the AJSA.
|Tim Clark, Turtle Lake, ND|
|Active in breeding Simmental cattle for 41 years, Clark and his family established Double T Simmentals in 2006, a second-generation seedstock operation comprised of 200 registered and commercial Simmental and Simmental-influenced females. Commercial cows are then used in an ET program. An annual production sale focuses on yearling bulls along with a select number of bred and open females, while steers are usually sold direct to area feedlots. Clark, who served as President of the North Dakota Simmental Association (NDSA) from 1998 to 2002 and again in 2017, also participates in the annual NDSA Classic Sale. In 2004, he was named NDSA Promoter of the Year and was a founding member of the Northern Black Classic Sale. He volunteers on the Dakota Feeder Calf Show Board and the Feeder Calf Show Brisket Cook-off, and is employed by Hubbard Feeds/Alltech as a regional sales manager. Tim and his wife, Tamera, are the parents of five grown children, some of whom remain involved in the cattle operation.|
|Steve Eichacker, Salem, SD|
|Eichacker Simmentals run a herd of 250-300 registered cows ranging from percentage to purebreds, and maintain a small herd of 30-40 Red Angus females. In addition, 80 to 100 embryos are placed annually into a cooperator herd. About 100 bulls and 50 bred heifers are marketed through an annual production sale in March. Calves not retained as bulls or replacement heifers are fed out at the ranch. Eichacker, who is presently completing a three-year term as an ASA Trustee, is a former president and board member of the South Dakota Simmental Association (SDSA). In addition, Steve and his wife, Cathy, were SDSA Junior Simmental coordinators for 20 years, and he spent 15 years as Simmental breed representative at the Black Hills Stock Show. He also served as co-chairman of two North Central Regional Classics in 2012 and 2017, and was presented with the SDSA’s Promoter of the Year Award in 2012. Steve and Cathy are the parents of three grown children who were active in 4-H, FFA and AJSA events.|
|Brad Tucker, Pleasant Dale, NE|
|Tucker Cattle Company is a diversified hay and cattle operation. Brad’s philosophy focuses on producing genetics by tapping into modern technology to take advantage of the genetics offered by the Simmental and Angus breeds. He is able to enhance his genetics by working with multiple cooperator herds. Marketing of females and elite lots is performed through The Event Simmental Sale as well as major livestock exhibitions throughout the U.S. Bulls are sold through The Event Online Sale and by private treaty. Tucker has enjoyed a 28-year career working for various Animal Health corporations, including Pfizer, Zoetis and Boehringer Ingelheim. He is currently employed by Elanco Animal Health within the feed yard industry. His corporate work has led him to working relationships with NCBA, CattleFax, state cattlemen’s organizations and other allied industry groups. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. Brad and his wife, Vicki are parents of two daughters and a son.|
|Mike Bartush, Muenster, TX|
|A herd of 90 registered cow/calf pairs are run on the pastures of –B Simmentals/Simbrahs, owned and operated by Mike Bartush. His herd consists of both red and black cattle, and for the past six years, he has used the best SimGenetics through a successful AI program. For the past five years, bulls have been consigned to the Grow Safe Program. The majority of his bulls are offered through the Cattleman’s Kind Sale and by private treaty. Females are also marketed by private treaty. A long time member of the Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association, he is a past president of the North Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association. He was the recipient of the 1997 Lonestar Land Stewardship Award and has made a lifelong commitment to good stewardship of land, wildlife and livestock. He holds an Associate Degree in Farm and Ranch Management from North Central Texas College and serves on the College Ag Scholarship Committee. Bartush and his wife, Katrinka, are the parents of four adult children.|
|Dr. Gary Updyke, Checotah, OK|
|Updyke Simmentals is a family-owned and operated 200-head, cow/calf operation. Breeding goals are performance-based while striving to improve herd EPDs. Marketing plans center on Updyke’s first production sale, scheduled for next September. He will continue to consign selected bulls to be tested and sold at Connors State College. In addition to cattle, the Updykes also raised American Quarter Horses for a time. A long-time member of the Oklahoma Simmental/Simbrah Association (OSSA), he has served as both vice president and president. For an extended period, he served as Heifer Superintendent for youth shows at the Muskogee and Tulsa State Fairs. Currently, he is completing a term on the ASA Board of Trustees and is running as an incumbent. He serves on his district rural water board and the county Farm Bureau and is a proud member of the local American Legion Post. Updyke and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of two children, Christina (Updyke) Amundson and their late son, Greg.|