American Shorthorn Association elects new board

Dec 10, 2010
by WLJ

The American Shorthorn Association (ASA) 2010 annual meeting was held during the 2010 North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 12-14. During the meeting, delegates re-elected three ASA board members to serve a threeyear term. Returning to the board for newly-elected terms are Les Mathers, Illinois, Ricky Guidry, Louisiana, and Billy Zach Taylor, Kentucky.

Mathers, from Morton, IL, operates Leveldale Farms which was established in 1852 and is dedicated to breeding highly fertile, easy calving, and rapid-growing cattle. Mathers graduated from the University of Illinois, has a medical degree, and currently serves as the chief medical officer for Carle Clinic. His philosophy is to work with the other board members to expand and improve service to all breeders and exhibitors, and to support the identified strategic initiatives already in place.

Guidry, from Bell City, LA, owns RL Cattle Company, which is a family herd of about 150 commercial cows and 30 Shorthorn cows. Guidry served as a research associate with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University conducting research and teaching freshman-level courses, worked with the Federal Land Bank of Baton Rouge doing commercial and ag lending, and developed Dupont Building, Inc. He is dedicated to supporting agriculture nationwide and has the desire to use his business background to help promote Shorthorn cattle.

Taylor, from Salem, KY, began integrating Shorthorn cattle into the Taylor Stock Farm in 1960, and has shown, purchased, and sold cattle since then in over 25 states and Canada. Taylor brings first-hand knowledge of several different aspects of the cattle industry, ncluding commercial cattle production, producing registered cattle, and managing a backgrounding operation. The Taylor family has been actively involved in the Shorthorn breed and strives to produce good, sound, functionally correct cattle.

Returning to the board of directors as the newly-elected president is Boyd Strope, Abertees Clan, O’Neill, NE; Ricky Guidry was elected to vice-president of the board. John Hagie, Cyclone Trace Cattle Co., Clarion, IA, will return to the board to serve as executive director with Strope and Guidry on the ASA Executive Committee.

Other directors continuing terms to the ASA Board include: Virginia Davis, KV Cattle, Franklin, IN; Derek Jungels, Jungels Shorthorn Farm, Kathryn, ND; Mike Bennett; Bennett Land & Cattle, Ducor, CA.; and Wes Stover, Stover Cattle Company, Binger, OK. — WLJ