(LEFT) MCA Young Cattlemen attending a pasture tour and educational program at a member’s farm. (RIGHT) MCA members learn
chute-side best practices at a Summer Round-Up educational program.
The MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program is the region’s premier bull appraisal program,
marketing only bulls that meet the most rigorous qualifi cations.
an issue. We’ve been able to continue
marketing our cattle across the country
because we stepped up and started
providing traceability for our animals.
WR What’s a future accomplishment
you are still working towards?
GQ Like many other states, we are
working toward getting our next
generation involved in not only the
industry, but the association. This
past year we elected three board of
director members who are under the
age of 35. We are working on developing
programs to help get them
involved, and to support them how
we can. This is still a work in progress
and will continue to be a focus for
MCA. As an organization, we are still
working on illustrating the opportunities
that exist within our industry.
WR Where are you headed?
GQ We have a dedicated group of volunteer
leaders, so our future is bright.
Our leadership is really going to look at
prioritizing the value we provide and
defi ning that. We are a small organization,
so we have to be tactical in our
efforts. We want to be a strong voice,
advocate for our members and continue
to develop key relationships that
will help us succeed on the specifi c
issues most important to Michigan
cattle producers. We will keep offering
great events like the Michigan Beef
Expo, and our rigorous Bull Evaluation
Program (which has helped our members
market cattle for over 30 years).
We want to keep offering quality educational
opportunities through our
events and services, while allowing our
members the chance to network and
learn from each other through opportunities
like farm and ranch tours.
WR What would you say to someone
thinking about joining MCA?
GQ The association is working for
Michigan cattle producers whether
you have 20, 200 or 2,000 head. We
are working on the issues that affect
your bottom line, whether that’s regulatory
issues, trade issues or marketing
issues. We strive to provide a
valuable service to you, and we want
you to be engaged and at the table, so
as we work towards solutions on your
behalf, you have a voice in what they
are. We need you as an active, integral
part of our industry here in Michigan
to help make us all better.
WR encourages producers to have a voice
by being active and involved in an association
that aligns with your needs and ideals.
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