Idaho cattlemen gather for annual convention

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 20, 2007
by WLJ
Bill Rawlings of Boise is the 2006 Cattlefeeder of the Year. He has been part of the Idaho cattle feeding industry for over 30 years, and a key part of one of the state’s largest feeders for over 27 years. A key member of the management team at Agri Beef Co., based in Boise, Rawlings has proved to be a stable voice of reason throughout the many changes in the Idaho feeding industry over the years. He has helped build one of the most dynamic and progressive companies in the industry, and has brought core values to his work—integrity, innovation, and leadership. Rawlings has generously volunteered his time with ICA since the merger of the Idaho Cattlemen and Idaho Cattlefeeders in 1984, including serving as a leader on several committees. He and his wife Lynda reside in Boise, and are the parents of two daughters.

Dave Nelson of Mackay, ID, is the 2006 Cattleman of the Year. He is a past president of ICA, and has volunteered his time on numerous committees and leadership positions in the organization. Nelson has served as a key industry leader in responding to the reintroduction of wolves to Idaho, in calling for the scientific review of stubble height in range monitoring, and as a participant in trade negotiations with Canada. He currently serves as president of the Public Lands Council, a national organization that serves public lands ranchers across the west. Nelson, a native of Canada, came to Mackay to manage the San Felipe Ranch in 1973, and he and his family now operate ranches in Mackay and Dubois. Nelson is also a past recipient of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Stewardship. He and his wife Heather reside at their ranch in Mackay.

Celia Tindall of Bruneau, ID, is the 2006 Cattlewoman of the Year. Tindall was born and raised in Bruneau, and is a teacher in the Rimrock School District. She and her husband Dave ranch in the Bruneau and Grasmere areas of Owyhee County. Tindall has been a lifelong member of the cattle industry and a tireless advocate for beef and the ranching lifestyle. Through her involvement with the cattlewomen organizations at the county and state levels, she has volunteered her time to help tell the story of beef and its importance to consumers and the local communities that rely on the cattle industry as an economic driver.

ICA extends its warmest congratulations and appreciation to each of the 2006 award winners. Nominations for the 2007 award winners will be taken throughout the next year and information is available by contacting the ICA office at 208/343-1615, or PO Box 15397, Boise, ID 83715.

In addition to honoring some of the state’s finest producers, ICA members also elected new officers and board members during the convention.

The following officials were elected during the annual meeting by the general membership. The ICA Executive Committee meets monthly with a particular focus on financial matters while the full Board meets at least quarterly to guide association activity on important cattle industry issues. The following is a complete list of the ICA Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:

President, Jeff Faulkner, Gooding, ID; President-Elect, Jennifer Ellis, Blackfoot; Vice President, Kent Mann, Parma; Immediate Past President, Mike Webster, Roberts; CattleWomen Council Chair, Sarah Baker, Kuna; Cow/Calf Council Chair, Charles Lyons, Mountain Home; Feeder Council Chair, Jeff Johnson, Parma; Purebred Council Chair, Sam Shaw, Notus.

Board of Directors:

District I: Paul Schroder, Weippe; Linda Rider, Coeur d’Alene; Dennis Rowland, Cottonwood. District II: Nate Gilliam, Parma; Jim Eckhardt, Weiser; Jeff Knight, Grandview; Paul Miller, Boise. District III: Mike Telford, Malta; Bill Lickley, Jerome; Dave Rollheiser, Paul. District IV: Zac Skaar, Lewisville; Carl Ellsworth, Leadore; Norm Wallis, May; Richard Savage, Hamer. District V: Ralph Wheatley, McCammon; Curt Hoskins, Malad; Russ Boyer, Stone.

ICA leaders are willing to visit with individual beef producers and speak at local or county meetings. ICA is a membership driven association representing almost 1,500 cattlemen and women across the state. To schedule one of these volunteer leaders or for more information, please contact the Idaho Cattle Association at 208,343-1615 or