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2006 - Convention Results

Robert Peterson~Lynnwood Farm - Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Jim Culp

Farming and beef cattle are more than an occupation for Jim; they are a way of life. Jim is a passionate advocate for the industry and has given freely of his time and resources to become actively involved in charting the future of agriculture; at the local, state and national levels. He is active in his church and choir, served several terms as President of the North Central Cattlemen's Association, and fulfilled a term as Region 1 Vice President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. In addition, he has served on the Purdue Dean's Advisory Board in the School of Agriculture and the Department of Animal Sciences Advisory Board. Jim was instrumental in the planning and formation of the Five State Beef Initiative. For the five-state, he provided valuable insight, vision and direction for the future of the beef industry in the Eastern cornbelt. Today, he chairs the Indiana Beef Ventures Group LLC. This group is the first of its kind in the country and was established to address the needs of the beef industry in Indiana. It is a think tank for new economic development initiatives that will enhance profitability.

Jim, and his son Dan, farm together on their farm in northern Indiana. Jim has been farming for over 45 years and currently farms over 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. They have a 250-head feedlot, and is very engaged in the regulatory environment of the state. Jim and his wife, Diana, have four children that reside in Indiana and Michigan. Jim served on the Pulaski County Fair Board, was the IBCA President in 1980, and served on Congressman Chocola's Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Jim believes in the future of the beef business in Indiana and is working with other producers to make a positive contribution. He is an outstanding producer, community leader and beef industry visionary. He exemplifies all that is hoped for in this prestigious award.


Robert Peterson Lynnwood Farm Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Jim Culp
L to R:
Rodney Hager, Jim Culp, and Bob Peterson
Robert Peterson~Lynnwood Farm - Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Louis Brocksmith

Louis "Brocky" Brocksmith. Brocky started his beef program with a typical herd of crossbreds. But, in the 1960s, when he saw his first half-blood Charolais cow at the Farm Progress Show, he adjusted his breeding program to build toward a purebred Charolais herd. He now has a herd of all purebred Charolais cattle.

At the urging of his son-in-law, Paul Singleton, Brocky used some AI to improve his herd, but over time found it was too labor intensive. Brocky has sold cattle in numerous state sales and consigned bulls to the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program. Brocky derived great satisfaction when his grandsons exhibited his cattle as their 4-H projects. He was taken aback, though, when he offered a heifer to his granddaughter and she said she would just as soon have a white rabbit!

Brocky has always been known for his ability to work hard and love every minute of it. The majority of his pastureland was achieved by clearing and leveling old coal mined stripper hills, using his own bulldozer.

Many in the beef business can attest to Brocky's work ethic. When the bull test moved from Carmel to Bedford, he was there day after day tearing down the old fence and putting it back up. He served many years on the IBEP Board, and did serve as President of the Board.

As much as Brocky loves his cows, he has treasured the people in the cattle business that he has met over the years. Even though he sold his cow herd three years ago, at the age of 83, he still helps at the bull test station every weigh day and can be seen running the gate at the bull sales. What an inspiration to younger producers!


Robert Peterson Lynnwood Farm Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Louis Brocksmith
L to R:
Bob Peterson, Louis Brocksmith, and
Rodney Hager
Outstanding Cattleman - Mike Groff

Mike is president of the Elkhart County Beef Cattle Association, and is a member of the American Chianina Association and the American Maine Anjou Association. He also belongs to the Indiana Chianina Association.

Mike started raising cattle in 1983. After graduating from Purdue University, he spent 3 years on the road as a sales representative in southwestern Indiana for Shell Chemical. In 1983, he returned home to work in the fertilizer business and started a small Simmental herd. He switched to Chianina-influenced cattle in the mid 1980s and has since expanded his herd. In 2002, he built a new cattle barn and handling facility. His facility allows for the flexibility of being able to bring the cattle inside during inclement weather. He uses free stalls to house the cows to reduce the need for straw bedding. Another part of the barn has 8 pens with an outside run. He has an inside corral system that allows for immediate medication and wormers to be administered, if necessary.

Currently, he has 65 bred cows of which four are ET cows, 55 are AI bred, and the remaining are bred to one of their 3 herd bulls. Mike has one partner, Matt Grady. Mike and Matt started G&G Cattle Company. As a beef producer, Mike's goals are to improve the quality of meat, rate of gain, and to educate consumers on the safety and nutritional values of beef.

Mike hosted the 9th annual beef twilight tour. He also is active in several local civic organizations, and spends his time in these activities educating his fellow citizens about the beef industry. He and his wife, Rose, attend First Mennonite Church in Middlebury, and are both active in the community.

Outstanding Cattleman Award presented to Mike Groff
L to R:
Rodney Hager presents the Outstanding Cattleman award to Mike Groff.
Outstanding Young Cattleman - Abby Dougherty

Abby began her start in the beef cattle industry at an early age. At the age of five, Abby and her sisters took care of bucket dairy steers. When she was old enough to join 4-H, she began showing beef steers. At age 13, she began a cow-calf operation with her older sister; it grew from two heifers to 16 females rapidly. On the farm, she helps her father and uncle care and manage their 80 head of feeder steers. Presently, Abby has 13 Angus cows and she sells the calves for freezer beef; she is a certified producer of the IBCA Indiana Fresh from the Farm Freezer Beef Program. She has 18 customers and plans to increase her customer base to 30 by the fall of 2006.

Abby routinely renovates the pastures on the farming operation. She and her family are in the process of installing a new livestock handling system, new sorting tub and cattle sweep, alleyway, and new working chute with a palpation cage and neck extender. Abby attended and became a certified producer under the IQ+Beef Program.

Abby is very active in the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association and with IBCA. She is currently president of the Johnson County association, and assists with the county's junior beef association. She serves as a ringman and announcer at the 4-H beef shows in Johnson County, assists with the local Ribeye stands during the county fair, and works the State Fair IBCA Cattlemen's Club Ribeye Stand and consumer and education booth in the Our Land Pavilion.

Abby is a 10 year 4-H member, was State FFA Secretary and was the National FFA Secretary--quite the leadership accomplishment! She serves as a volunteer to both 4-H and FFA and assists FFA members in preparing for leadership contests. Abby is a Sunday School teacher at Rocklane Christian Church and is a member of Indiana Farm Bureau.

Outstanding Young Cattleman Award presented to Abby Dougherty
L to R:
Rodney Hager and Abby Dougherty
Outstanding Supporter of Affiliate Activities - Chet Lee

Chet runs a small beef cow/calf operation in Johnson County, specializing in Shorthorn cattle. He has sold heifers, steers and bulls to youth exhibitors and 4-Hers and local beef producers, respectively. Both of Chet's children were participants in the Johnson County 4-H beef and heifer projects and they could always count on their dad for help!

Chet has managed the Johnson County Beef Building where ribeyes and hamburgers are sold for the seven days of the county fair for the last five years. He is there from 7 am until after 10 p.m. each day. He controls all aspects of the business from purchasing the food to the preparation and serving of the food. Before Chet managed the building gross sales were approximately $20,000, but today they are over $40,000!! He has always been an active and willing volunteer of the organization.

In Chet's spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and is a member of Rocklane Riders, a riding group from Rocklane Christian Church.

Outstanding Supporter of Affiliate Activities presented to Chet Lee
L to R:
Rodney Hager and Chet Lee
Outstanding Affiliate - Johnson County

The group puts its money to work to promote beef locally. It keeps the media informed about beef promotional events, and its entire membership works tirelessly to educate children, students, 4-H and FFA members and adults about the beef industry and its product.

The group buys literature prepared with beef Checkoff funds and uses it to inform consumers, health professionals, teachers and fairgoers. Finally, affiliate members serve on local boards and commissions, IBCA's committees, and the Executive Beef Board, as well as national committees.


Outstanding Affiliate presented to Johnson County

Friend of the Industry - Bill Eberle and Don Ward

Don Ward is a tireless volunteer to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association during the Indiana State Fair. Annually, Don transports his one-of-a-kind meat cutting semi trailer to the 12-day State Fair event and parks it behind the Administration Building. There, Don goes about his business of cutting the original Cattlemen's Club Hoosier Ribeye Steak sandwich from large pieces of beef. The IBCA has specifications for the Hoosier Ribeye steak sandwich, and Don takes special care to cut the ribeyes precisely to their specifications. The trim that comes from the ribeyes is ground into hamburger and is made available to the Cattlemen's Club north food stand for hamburgers, cheeseburgers and taco-salads.

Don's service to IBCA and the fairgoers at the fair happens behind closed doors in his retrofitted refrigerated semi trailer.

The second Friend of the Industry for 2005 is Bill Eberle. Bill owns and operates the largest privately owned livestock center in Indiana – the Indianapolis Stockyards. Bill raises over 250 cows in Pine Village, Indiana, and buys cattle and daily operates the Indianapolis Stockyards facility. He is a director on the Farmers State Bank in Boswell. He has operated the Indianapolis Stockyards for 5 years, and tirelessly works for the cattle producer in Indiana. He has been in the beef business for 37 years. Many cattlemen comment that Bill really enjoys getting to know the producers that come to the stockyards, and he is extremely passionate about agriculture. Clark Sennett, a beef producer and past IBCA president says that, "Bill is service oriented and knows and has been a part of every aspect of the beef business. He is a wonderful advocate and ambassador for the beef industry."

President's Challenge Award

Each year local beef organizations strive to serve their members, strengthen their communities and improve the beef business. IBCA honors these groups of beef producers for their commitment to excellence in consumer education and marketing, membership, producer education, youth support, and public policy. Each affiliate president or designee will receive a stitched coat to display the success of the local group.

This year's President's Challenge Award winners are:

  • Elkhart County Beef Cattle Association
  • Kosciusko County Cattlemen's Association
  • North Central Beef Cattle Association
  • Johnson County Beef Cattle Association

President's Choice Award
L to R:
Keegan Poe, Barry Jordan, Bob Troike,
and Dr. Bruce Lamb
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