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Gelbvieh Association awards Commercial Producer of the Year

Rodger and Lindy Schroeder of Chugwater, Wyo., were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association’s Commercial Producer of the Year for 2019 during the awards banquet held at the 49th Annual AGA National Convention in Billings, Mont.

Rodger and Lindy were present at the AGA awards banquet to accept the award. Jeff Swanson, an AGA board member from Oxford, Neb., presented the couple with the award.

The AGA Commercial Producer of the Year Award honors individuals who use Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics in progressive commercial cattle operations and are proactive in their promotion of the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed.

Rodger and Lindy have a family history that is rich with Western culture. The ranch was started in 1881 when Lindy’s great-grandfather came to Wyoming from Scotland in search of a prosperous life. Today, the family operation is split between Lindy and her two sisters. The Schroeder family runs Balancer cattle and has been very successful.

The Schroeders bought their first Gelbvieh bull out of the pens in the Yards at the National Western Stock Show in 1981. Rodger said they “like the Gelbvieh for their milk, their meat, their disposition, and their structure.” Starting out with an almost purebred Gelbvieh herd, Rodger and Lindy found that Balancer cattle were the best fit for their program.

The Schroeder family has put together a great program in southeastern Wyoming. They have invested a lot of hard work into creating a place that sets a great example for others living the ranching lifestyle. With the deep family heritage and the strong passion for ranching, their ranch will surely carry on well into the future.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

American Gelbvieh Association elects board of directors

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held Dec. 6, 2019, during the 49th Annual AGA National Convention in Billings, Mont.

Newly elected board members are Mark Covington, Montrose, Colo., and Tom Vehige, Billings, Mo. Re-elected to serve a second term were John Carrel, Columbus, Mont.; Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; and Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.

The AGA board of directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the executive committee for 2020. Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colo., was elected president. Klint Sickler was elected vice president. John Carrel was elected secretary and Derek Martin, Buklin, Kan., was elected treasurer.

Other members of the board include: Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Todd Bickett, DVM, Chickamauga, Ga.; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Lori Maude, Hermosa, S.D.; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.; and Lowell Rogers, DVM, Seminary, Miss.

Retiring members of the 2019 AGA board of directors were Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Va., and Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C., who served as treasurer for three years. The AGA would like to thank those members for their years of service on the AGA board of directors.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system. ❖