The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) honored the state’s top cattlemen at their Annual Convention in Indianapolis. Beef producers from across the state attended to salute the men and women who provided the leadership for the Indiana beef industry over the past year or over their lifetime. At the annual awards banquet, the IBCA leadership presented the 2017 Friend of the Industry Award to Willoughby Livestock Sales of Sheridan. A staunch supporter of the Indiana beef industry, Willoughby Sales has charitably hosted the stalling auction in advance of the Hoosier Beef Congress for the past seven years. To honor cattlemen who possess beef management skills and leadership abilities, the IBCA awarded the 2017 IBCA Young Cattleman of the Year to Brad Shelton of Bedford. Brad serves as the Superintendent of the Feldun Purdue Ag Center and the Indiana Beef Evaluation and Economics Feeding (IBEEF). The prestigious Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to Doug Gerber of Richmond. Doug and his late wife Maxine chased their dream of building a premier herd of Hereford Cattle into the Gerber Land and Cattle Company. Doug is known and respected worldwide for his contributions to the Hereford breed. The most prestigious award each year is the coveted Robert C. Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2017 award winner was Clark Sennett of Waynetown. Sennett Cattle Company markets 1,200 to 1,500 head of fed cattle each year. In addition, they operate both a purebred Limousin cowherd and a commercial crossbred herd. The care and forethought put into the operation was rewarded in 2008, as the Sennett's were given the Region 1 NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Award. Clark began his service on the IBCA Board of Directors in 1996 as the Feeder Representative and then IBCA President in 2001. The Indiana Beef Cattle Association congratulates all the award recipients and is proud to honor them for their commitment to the Indiana beef industry and agriculture.
From left to right: Tim Schwab & Clark Sennett, Tim Schwab & Dan Willoughby, Tim Schwab & Brad Shelton, (Bottom) Tim Schwab and Doug Gerber
TiTim Schwab & Brad Shelton
Posted: January 30, 2018
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