A WR visit with your local cattle organizations...
Michigan Cattlemen’s Association
Founded in 1960
(as Michigan Cattle Feeder’s)
Focus-building demand for beef
through producer education,
industry advocacy and policy issues
Executive Vice President
BY KACY ATKINSON
INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE QUACKENBUSH
WR What’s the best lesson you’ve learned during your time with MCA?
GQ I’d say the importance of maintaining good relationships. Not only
with members, but with partners and policy makers. Michigan is the second
most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, so if each sector works alone,
we only have a small voice. By coming together across the agriculture and
livestock industries, we have the chance to present one unifi ed voice and I
think we are able to accomplish more through that united front.
WR What is one of MCA’s greatest accomplishments?
GQ MCA was able to lead the charge in getting our mandatory RFID tag
law, which requires cattle to be tagged with a RFID tag before they leave a
premise of origin. Michigan has struggled with endemic bovine TB in wild
deer crossing over into our cattle. It was critical for us to be able to identify
and trace cattle if we wanted to sell our cattle outside of Michigan and
maintain marketing opportunities for our producers. We’ve been able to
educate producers on why this mattered, and we’ve seen the success of the
program by being able to provide that immediate traceback when there is
A hands-on BQA
was offered to MCA
members in 2018.
MCA leadership participates in the
annual NCBA Legislative Conference
in Washington DC.
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