Delegates Elect Leaders at American Angus Association’s 125th Annual Meeting

Jay King, Rock Falls, Ill., was elected the American Angus Association® president and chairman of the board at the group’s 125th Annual Convention of Delegates, Nov. 17, 2008, in Louisville, Ky. He follows Paul Hill, Bidwell, Ohio.

Bill Davis, Sidney, Mont., was chosen by the delegates to serve as vice president and vice chairman of the Board. Joe Hampton, Mount Ulla, N.C., will serve as treasurer for the year. Five individuals were elected to the Association’s board of directors, including Arlen Sawyer, Bassett, Neb.; Doug Schroeder, Clarence, Iowa; Darrell Silveira, Firebaugh, Calif.; Jim Sitz, Dillon, Mont.; and Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan.

More than 360 elected delegates from 40 states, the District of Columbia and Canada represented American Angus Association members and conducted the business of the Association during the annual meeting and election. The meeting was at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show. Commemorative activities were also conducted to celebrate the Association’s 125th Anniversary.

King is a lifelong resident of Illinois. He and his wife, Chris, as well as their children and families, reside in Rock Falls. King owns and operates Sandrock Farms - Sauk Valley Angus with his daughter and son-in-law.

Sauk Valley Angus hosts two production sales annually and has been enrolled in Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) since 1992. Ten Sauk Valley owned cows reached Pathfinder® status in the 2008 Pathfinder Report. The Angus herd was one of the first to be enrolled in the University of Illinois Beef Performance Testing Program. The farm also includes more than 10,000 acres of row crops, vegetables and forages.

Youth programs are important to King. He was active in 4-H and served as a district and state officer in FFA. He was a charter member of the Illinois Junior Angus Association and served on its first board of directors. Both of his children were also active in the junior Angus programs and represented Illinois in the National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest.

During his term on the Association’s board of directors, King has served on numerous committees as well as the boards of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Angus Productions Inc. (API), and Angus Foundation.

As Association president, King will serve as chairman of the executive committee and work closely with all directors to lead the board during the next year.

Bill Davis, the Association’s newly elected vice president, recently completed his second three-year term on the Board and year as treasurer. He and his wife Jennifer operate Rollin’ Rock Angus near Sidney, Mont. He is a past director of the Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana Angus Association, in addition to being past director and president of the Montana Beef Performance Association.

As vice president and vice chairman, Davis will serve on the executive, breed improvement, finance & planning, and information & data management committees. He will also serve as chairman of the API board and is on the CAB board.

The American Angus Association is the world’s largest beef breed organization and provides programs and services for thousands of commercial producers and nearly 33,000 active regular and junior members nationwide. Founded in 1883, the American Angus Association is a not-for-profit company with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. It is the parent organization for Certified Angus Beef LLC, Angus Productions Inc., the Angus Foundation and Angus Genetics Inc.


Editors: Following is a brief biographical sketch of the five people who were elected to the American Angus Association Board of Directors at the 125th Annual Meeting.

Arlen Sawyer, Bassett, Neb.

Arlen Sawyer owns and operates A&B Cattle in Bassett, Neb. Arlen is the fourth generation to farm and raise cattle as the family has already celebrated the farm’s centennial. He was active in Block and Bridle, Little International, Rodeo Club and livestock judging team at South Dakota State University and received a degree in agricultural economics in 1975. Arlen and his wife, Becky, purchased land near Bassett and continued to grow their own herd of cattle while managing K Plus Angus Ranch and later Premier Angus and Silver Plume Angus. Since 1990, A&B Cattle has conducted a yearly bull sale and now oversees more than 500 cows. Sawyer will serve on the activities and industry relations committees during his first year on the board. He will also serve on the Angus Foundation board.

Doug Schroeder, Clarence, Iowa

Dedicated to the Angus youth of America, Doug Schroeder, Clarence, Iowa, has served as co-chairman of the National Junior Angus Show twice and Iowa Junior Angus Association co-advisor. He and his wife Glenda were named Advisors of the Year in 2006. He owns and operates Schroeder Angus which consists of 125 registered cows and more than 900 acres. They also manage 5,000 head of hogs annually through Rose Ave Pork. Schroeder worked for Pioneer International Hybrid after earning an agriculture business degree from Kirkwood Community College. He has been appointed to the activities and finance & planning committees and will also serve on the Angus Foundation board.

Darrell Silveira, Firebaugh, Calif.

Hailing from rich soils in Firebaugh, Calif., Darrell Silveira with Silveira Bros. raises cattle, alfalfa, wine grapes and almonds. For more than 34 years, Silveira has been in the ranching business and served on numerous agricultural related boards throughout California. He helped develop a specialized alfalfa seed that is marketed in America and internationally through a seed company he created. Silveira was instrumental in developing outlets for California breeders to showcase their programs through the annual California Angus Days female show and sale and a bull sale targeted for smaller scale producers. He attended California Polytechnic State University. He has been appointed to the information & data management and finance & planning committees.

Jim Sitz, Dillon, Mont.

Upon completion of his business and agricultural management degree at Brigham Young University, Jim Sitz returned home to his family’s ranches near Harrison and Dillon, Mont. They market more than 900 bulls each year through annual sales and are among the top in the nation for yearly registrations with the American Angus Association. Sitz Angus Farm had 94 cows reach Pathfinder® status in 2008. Sitz has served on the Montana Beef Council, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Angus Association and currently serves on the Rocky Mountain Supply Agribusiness Board. Sitz will serve on the breed improvement, information & data management and industry relations committees on the board. He was also elected to the Angus Genetics Inc. board.

Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan.

Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan., was reelected to a second term on the American Angus Association Board of Directors. His family owns and manages the more than 500 head cow operation at Stucky Ranch. They sell 175 registered Angus bulls and 100 females yearly. Stucky is a 1981 graduate of Kansas State University. He is active in his community and with state programs and has been appointed to several positions in his role as a board member including the Product Enhancement committee at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Stucky is also the chairman of the annual 1,000 head commercial Angus female sale sponsored by the Kansas Angus Association. He will serve on the breed improvement and industry relations committees and chair the information & data management committee. He will also serve on the Angus Genetics Inc. and Angus Productions Inc. boards.

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