MCA celebrates 100th birthday at convention

Dec 30, 2011
by WLJ

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) celebrated their 100th year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers at this year’s annual convention on Dec. 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Select & Executive Center. MCA staff and officers focused special events on the history of the association and the celebration of its centennial birthday.

Beginning in 1911 as the Missouri Cattle Feeders Association, and transitioning to the Missouri Livestock Association in 1916, MCA became known by its trademark name in 1968 under president C.W. Caldwell. The MCA staff spent significant time and effort going through the association’s archives and highlighted 100 years of accomplishment and rich history at a special birthday presentation in the expo center.

During the two-day convention, cattlemen had the chance to visit with trade show exhibitors, learn more about cattle production, participate in MCA’s annual meeting, and mingle with other leaders in the beef industry.

Lonny Duckworth of Butler, MO, was elected president of MCA for 2012 during the annual meeting after serving as first vice president this past year.

Dr. Chuck Massengill, DVM, of California, MO, was elected first vice president and Ben Fizette of Golden City, MO, was voted in as second vice president. Sheryl Brewe of Marthasville, MO, was re-elected as secretary/treasurer.

Also during the annual meeting, individual caucuses elected new regional vice presidents to serve the membership across the state. Regions 1, 3, 5 and 7 were up for re-election. The new members include: Region 1-Tony Francis, Paris, MO; Region 2-Greg Buckman, Hallsville, MO; Region 3-Matt Hardecke, Farmington, MO; Region 4-Luke Jackson, Cameron, MO; Region 5-Patty Wood, La Monte, MO; Region 6-Morris Westfall, Half Way, MO; and Region 7-Jim McCann, Miller, MO.

The Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association (MJ- CA) gathered in Columbia, MO, on Dec 18, 2011, to honor the prize winners from its 2011 Points Sanctioning Program. The presentation was held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show hosted by MCA.

This annual program began at 11 a.m. with emcee and MJCA President Shannon Yokely of Jefferson City, MO, giving the audience a brief history of MJCA. This program rewards youth who have exhibited at five of the largest cattle shows across the state throughout the 2011 show season. In total, 40 juniors from across the state of Missouri were recognized for their hard work.

Awards were presented to Champion and Reserve Champion points recipients in chosen breed divisions as well as to individuals with the top 10 overall steers and heifers. The prestigious overall champion exhibitor went to Ashlyn Richardson of Lincoln, MO.

MJCA is a group of young leaders involved in the beef cattle industry who come together for fun educational and leadership opportunities. Membership in MJCA is open to anyone under 21 years of age as of Jan. 1. MJCA meets twice annually at the MCA All Breeds Junior show each June and the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention each December. For a full list of award recipients and sponsors, please visit jrpoints.htm. — WLJ