Californian David Macedo Livestock Marketing Associationss new president
David Macedo—city councilman, 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and veteran California marketman—is Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) president for 2010-2012.
Tim Starks, co-owner and manager of Cherokee Livestock Sales Co., Cherokee, OK, for 12 years, and a veterinarian, is the new vice president. He and Macedo began their two-year terms during LMA’s recent annual convention.
Tulare Sales Yard, Inc., Tulare, CA, where Macedo is president, has been in his family for 71 years. He has operated the market for 29 years.
His industry activities include being the livestock market representative on the California Beef Council from 1998-2000, and formerly serving as treasurer of the California Livestock Auction
At LMA, Macedo has served on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee and was first elected to the board in 2005.
Starks received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1992 after receiving his bachelor of science degree from OSU in 1989. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.
Starks has also served on LMA’s board of directors and on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee.
Newly elected to the LMA board for two-year terms are Wayne Geistweidt, Fredericksburg, TX, and Jim Santomaso, Sterling, CO. Reelected to the board were Jerry Etheredge, Linden,
AL, T. Phil Harvey, Jackson, GA, and Randy Patterson, Anthony, KS.
Macedo’s address to the convention touched on key industry issues. He noted that LMA has a tough policy resolution on the subject: to become and remain an LMA member, a market must adopt and adhere to the handling practices in LMA’s “Guide to Animal Handling and Employee Training.”
The market must also participate in an on-site assessment of its handling practices, and take any corrective action that’s indicated.
Macedo noted that LMA also has “a strong commitment” to provide members with innovative training in animal handling, pointing to the new, online Animal Care Training Program which is available on the Internet in English and Spanish.
Developed by LMA and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, the program allows “market owners, managers and employees to fine-tune their handling methods, be tested on them and get certified” in specific areas of livestock handling, he said.
On livestock identification, he noted the U.S. Department of Agriculture had
scrapped the National Animal Identification System to develop “a new flexible framework for animal disease traceability.”
Macedo said, “It’s clear that USDA is moving toward some form of mandatory livestock tagging and ID program.”
LMA’s role, he said, “will be to work with our mem bers, and our industry partners, to ensure that any program is workable, cost-effective and reflects the needs and concerns of our markets and their consignors.”
Macedo concluded by urging his audience to “stay informed” on industry issues; “stay involved, not just with LMA,” but with other industry organizations.—WLJ