137th Montana Stockgrowers convention ends
[BILLINGS, Mont.] – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) closed the 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show on Wednesday, November 17 after a week filled with educational seminars, political sessions and networking events. Highlights of the week included presentations from industry leaders at Stockgrowers Colleges, a beef supply chain panel and several MSGA members winning awards from generous partners ranging from an artisanal saddle when renting a Massey Ferguson tractor.
Montana Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras kicked off the week during the general opening session. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Jerry Bohn provided an update on NCBA efforts at the national level at the Northern Ag Network lunch and a beef supply chain panel provided a conversation and a meaningful discussion of the issues facing the livestock industry. Panelists included MSGA President Jim Steinbeisser of VS Inc. in Sidney representing the Cow / Calf Sector, Tom Jones, Owner of Hy-Plains Feedyard of Kansas, representing the Feeder Feed Sector, Shane Flowers of Miles City’s Pure Montana Meats representing the retail industry, and Fred Nichols of JBS in Greeley, Colorado, representing the packaging industry.
One of the highlights of the 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show is the awards given to members of the MSGA. This year, the MSGA raffled and auctioned several prizes during the course convention. The recipients included:
Handcrafted Nutra-Lix Saddle: Nick Grosfield, Big Timber
Agri-Best Feeds A ton of SweetPro Feed: Andy Quenbeck, Shepherd
Agri-Best Feeds One Pallet of Redmond Natural Trace Mineral: Weston Merrill, Billings
Massey Ferguson Tractor: Julie Dooling, Helena
C Hanging U brand auction: David Lewis
Partnership with producers Auction of 27 tonnes of hay: Dan Moore, Miles City
Cancrete Drinker Sales: Lane Nordlund, Sand Coulee
Frontline Lawn Mower Auctions: Bryan Ratzburg, Galata and Wayne Slaght, Ovando
MSGA thanks its generous sponsors who donated these items! Proceeds from the auctions will support educational programs and opportunities for members in the coming year.
The organization’s leadership was also elected at the annual convention and announced on Wednesday evening at the grand final banquet. The board of directors is composed of 13 members; two directors from each district and three elected officers. MSGA Trustees volunteer their time to attend industry issues and meetings to ensure representation of Montana ranching families. Representatives from Montana CattleWomen and Young Stockgrowers also sit on the MSGA Board of Directors. The election results include:
Newly elected directors:
John Hagenbarth of Glen, Western District
Keith Dynneson of Sidney, North East District
Rich Roth from Big Sandy, North Central District
Ian Glennie of Judith Gap, Vice President of Young Producers
Directors and directors of the board of directors:
Jim Steinbeisser from Sidney, President
John Grande de Lennep, First Vice-President
Lesley Robinson of Dodson, Second Vice President
Dana Darlington from Big Sandy, North Central District
Lon Reukauf from Terry, Northeast District
Todd Olsen from Lewistown, South Central District
Dusty Hahn of Townsend, South Central District
Turk Stovall in Billings, Southeast District
Monty Lesh from Miles City, Southeast District
Bob Sitz of Harrison, Western District
Devin Murnin de Billings, Young Producers Chair
Sarah Swenson of Huntley, President of Montana Cattlewomen
Save the date for 2022! MSGA will be back in Billings for the 2022 Annual Convention and Trade Show from December 7-9, 2022.
To learn more about the Montana Breeders Association, visit http://www.mtbeef.org or contact the MSGA office at 406-442-3420.
–Montana Breeders Association