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ASHLEY NUNNENKAMP Nebraska Cattlemen’s Director of Communications Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce the hire of Ashley Nunnenkamp as Director of Communications. She will be responsible for media relations and communication within and outside the Nebraska Cattlemen. Nunnenkamp is a 2012 graduate of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, where she received a degree in Agricultural Business and a minor in Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. She was one of the first graduates of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and also one of the first Engler Scholars at UNL. Nunnenkamp began her employment with the Nebraska Cattlemen on June 13, 2012.
PADLOCK RANCH Montana Stockgrowers Association The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) announced that the Padlock Ranch in Big Horn County has been selected winner of the 2012-2013 Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, sponsored by MSGA’s Research, Education and Endowment Foundation. Headquartered in Ranchester, WY, with the bulk of land ownership in Big Horn County, MT, Padlock runs 11,000 cattle on approximately 500,000 acres in three ranch units. Owned and managed by Wayne Fahsholtz, the Padlock Ranch is designed to be a profitable familyowned ranch. The Padlock Ranch focuses much of its efforts on
grazing practices that benefit the environment. Padlock’s cattle herd is divided into six units. Each unit has a manager who oversees the grazing programs on their unit to protect riparian areas and improve wildlife habitat. The grazing plans are designed to leave litter on the soil surface which helps to reduce soil temperature, maintaining a higher level of soil moisture, and reduces surface flows during rainfall events allowing moisture to move through the soil profile and enter the creek through filtration rather than overland flow. These practices allow for optimal hydrologic cycle function which results in increased water quantity and quality, increased riparian cover, and a widening green belt. Padlock Ranch has also constructed over 20 miles of pipeline to better distribute water throughout its lands. Cross fencing to enhance pasture planning and grazing rotations have also been important components of Padlock’s environmental stewardship efforts resulting in a transition to year-round grazing rather than relying on supplemental feeding of hay in the winter months.
GARRETT R. THOMAS International Brangus Breeders Association The International Brangus Breeders Association has named Garrett R. Thomas as the Director of Member Relations and International Promotion. Thomas will work with Brangus seedstock producers to increase communication from the association to members while helping expand the visibility and market share of the breed domestically and abroad. Thomas is a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of a historical National Champion Livestock Judging team. Upon graduation he worked at Doguet’s Diamond D Ranch as their ranch
manager for over two years. While he was there, the Doguet program expanded their annual production sale to include the offering of commercial bulls and also became one of the only Brangus operations to exhibit both the International Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Bull in the same year. Following the 2009 production sale, Thomas decided to return to Texas A&M to earn his master’s degree in Animal Science while starting his own business, Integrity Marketing. While pursuing his master’s, Thomas worked with various breeders as a sale manager and consultant. In 2011 at the International Brangus Show in Houston, Tx, he was named the Black Brangus Herdsman of the Year. Most recently, Thomas served on the faculty at Texas State University as a lecturer in the Agriculture department and as their livestock judging team coach.
CAITLIN MILLER The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Caitlin Miller, a Knoxville native, joined the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) staff on May 29 as the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. Miller, an Iowa State University graduate with a degree in agricultural business and political science, is in a priority role to help ICA members on local, state and national issues, whether in the legislative arena or with agency relationships. During the past two years, Miller was an account manager for DCI Group, a multifaceted public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. There, she developed strategy for policy issue campaigns. Prior to that, she served as a legislative intern for U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (2010) and the Iowa Pork Producers Association (2009). She was also a marketing intern at Riverhead Resources of Des Moines.