Red Angus Association of America elects leadership at annual convention
Joe Mushrush of Strong City, KS, was elected president of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Previously, he served as a director for six years and on the executive committee for the past four years.
Mushrush and his family own and operate a diversified family ranching operation that exclusively uses Red Angus genetics. His industry involvement and understanding include registered and commercial cow/ calf production, backgrounding, stocker and yearling grazing practices, replacement heifer development, and a fed cattle-finishing program where they sell customer buybacks directly to packers.
“Our family’s entire livelihood comes from and depends upon these endeavors using Red Angus cattle,” said Mushrush. “I will rely on this experience to help poise the Red Angus breed for greater acceptance and demand throughout the beef industry, thus enhancing profitability for our mem bers.”
Mushrush, his wife Connie, and their children Daniel and wife Christine, Casey, Cole, Laura, Chris and Maddy, are involved in the ranch or in another aspect of agriculture. They have one granddaughter, Sadie.
Mushrush served as president of the countywide school board for six years, as a 4-H club leader, on the fair board, and as a county director for the Kansas Livestock Association. Mushrush has also served as a director for the Kansas Red Angus Association (KRAA) and is a past president of the KRAA. He has also served on the board of directors for the Exchange National Bank for the past 20 years.
Tom Woodward of Decatur, TX, was re-elected to the RAAA Board of Directors’ position for District 4—Southwest.
Woodward and his wife Pat have two grown sons with families, including three grandchildren. Woodward is the general manager of Broseco Ranches, an integrated cattle operation that runs a commercial cow/ calf herd, a Red Angus seedstock herd, and a yearling program. They also feed cattle for a branded beef product marketed by Cargill Meat Solutions. The cow/ calf operation is located in northeast Texas. Woodward continues to serve as general manger while also running a personal Red Angus herd and commercial cows.
He currently serves as vice-president of Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and as a director of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He also serves as a nonresident fellow for the Noble Foundation and a representative on the Texas Region C Water Planning Board. He has recently served as chairman of the Texas Johnes Working Group, chairman of Producer’s Services Committee, chairman of the Producer Education Working Group, and vice chair of the Industry and Producer Services for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.
Bob Morton of Three Forks, MT, was elected to the RAAA Board of Directors’ position for Region A.
Morton and his wife Julie own and operate Green Mountain Red Angus in southwest Montana along with their two teenage sons, Tom and Jim.
The Morton family has raised registered Red Angus since 1985. They run 200 head of registered 1A Red Angus cattle and sell 75 bulls each spring. They feed the bulls on site and sell them at the ranch sale facility in March. Green Mountain Red Angus markets their females in late October at a joint sale with three other reputation Red Angus breeders.
Martin Morgan of Leicester, NC, was re-elected to the RAAA Board of Directors’ position for Distric 7—Northeast. Morgan is a partner of Morgan Branch Red Angus along with his father Max. They raise registered Red Angus as well as about 100 commercial cattle. The Morgans utilize A.I. and embryo transfer technology to advance their operation in both size and quality.
Martin was a founding member of the Red Angus Association of the Carolinas and served as president for the first three years. He is currently on the board of directors for North Carolina Cattleman’s Association and has been serving on the local Farm Bureau board for seven years. Martin is also owner and president of MBT Carriers, Inc. Kevin Miller Kevin Miller of Briggsdale, CO, was elected to the RAAA Board of Directors’ position for District 3—Rocky Mountain. Miller and his wife Sallie are partners with her parents in Croissant Red Angus. They have one daughter, Alisa, who is six.
Miller graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) with a B.S. in Animal Science and then an M.S. in Management Systems where he focused on applied reproduction and the cost benefits of artificial insemination.
Miller worked with large and small commercial cow/ calf operations, a heifer development facility, and the CSU research facility before becoming a partner in Croissant Red Angus. He presently serves on the Red Angus Strategic Planning, Marketing and Convention committees.
Barry Horsley of Soper, OK, was elected to the RAAA Board of Directors’ position for District 6—Great Plains Area. Horsley and his wife Pam own and operate Horlsey Red Angus, a 70-head commercial and registered Red Angus operation. They also manage Arcadia Land and Cattle Company’s 1,800-head commercial and registered herd that is predominantly Red Angus.
Horsleys have three adult children, a daughter Jamie, and two sons, Cal and Will. They have been blessed with three grandchildren.
Currently, Horsley is a member of the RAAA and the Oklahoma Red Angus Association. For the past two years, he has served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Marketing Committee. He has also attended Red Angus conferences such as Young Guns, Brain Trust, and the annual convention. He was also instrumental in establishing a feeder calf sale at OKC West, El Reno, OK.
Larry Ellison of Fair Grove, MO, was re-elected to the RAAA Board of Directors to serve District 9—Midwest. Ellison and his wife Merrilyn live in southwest Missouri just outside of Springfield. They have a daughter, a son and five grandchildren.
Ellison grew up on a small farm in southwest Missouri and has been involved in agriculture his entire life. He and Merrilyn raised registered Angus from 1978 until they switched to Red Angus in 2002. They presently maintain a small registered herd under the name of Harmony Hills Red Angus and utilize both A.I. and embryo transfer in their program. They market their bulls as a cooperator herd for Feddes Red Angus of Manhattan, MT.
Ellison served as chairman of the 2010 National Red Angus Convention held in Springfield. He has also served on a National Red Angus scholarship committee, attended the Young Guns Conference in Bozeman, MT, and organized the new Midwest Breeders Fall Classic Sale.
Ellison believes that his extensive financial and business experience, combined with his lifelong involvement in the cattle industry, will help him be an effective RAAA director as the Red Angus breed continues to expand its place of prominence in the cattle industry.
“We must continue to work closely with other major beef breeds and commercial breeders and maintain our emphasis on performance and maternal traits,” said Ellison. — WLJ