Officers elected for Nebraska Beef Council

Feb 6, 2009
by WLJ

Officers elected for Nebraska Beef Council

New officers for the Nebraska Beef Council were elected Jan. 19, 2009, at the Nebraska Beef Council office in Kearney, NE. Dave Hamilton, a cow/ calf producer from Thedford, NE, was elected chairman. Hamilton represents producers in District 2; counties included are Cherry, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine, Loup, Brown, Rock and Keya Paha. Mark Spurgin, a farmer/feeder from Paxton, NE, was elected as vice-chairman. Spurgin represents producers in District 6; counties included are Arthur, McPherson, Logan, Keith, Lincoln, Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Dundy and Hitchcock.

Bill Rhea Jr., a farmer/ feeder from Arlington, NE, was elected treasurer. Rhea represents producers in District 7; counties included are Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, York, Polk, Platte, Colfax, Butler, Dodge, Saunders, Washington, Douglas, Cass and Sarpy.

Craig Uden, a feedlot operator from Elwood, NE, was elected as secretary. Uden represents producers in District 9; counties included are Dawson, Frontier, Gosper, Phelps, Kearney, Red Willow, Furnas, Harlan and Franklin.

Newly elected Directors Myron Danner and Rod Gray were in attendance for their first board meeting. They were elected by producers in their district to represent them beginning January 2009 for a four-year term.

Rod Gray, District 1. Counties included are Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan, Scottsbluff, Banner, Kimball, Cheyenne, Morrill, Garden and Deuel.

Rod and his wife Laura have one daughter, Naomi and four boys, Levi, Colt, Heath and Garret. They own and operate a 500-head registered Angus herd and produce 130 replacement females and feeder calves.

Rod is a fifth generation Angus breeder. Rod’s beef industry involvement includes past president of Nebraska Angus Association, being active in Angus Source Herd Verification, being a 4-H beef leader, and he is involved in environmental stewardship promotion.

He received a B.S. in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. Myron Danner, District 5. Counties included are Custer, Garfield, Valley, Greeley, Sherman, Buffalo, Hall and Howard. Myron and his wife Kathleen have four children: Miles, Jerome, Molly, and Roseanna. They run a Registered Chiangus cow herd and market the top end for breeding and retain ownership on the balance on the calves.

Myron’s beef industry involvement includes being a past director of the Sandhills Cattle Association, current director of the American Chianina Association, and he has judged cattle in 26 states and Canada. They have hosted tours from Japan, Germany and the U.S. at their operation. He holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Ruminant Nutrition, and a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from Michigan State. —WLJ