MSCA Welcomes Ashley Kohls as New Executive Director

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association is excited to announce that Ashley Kohls has accepted the position of executive director. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and brings many years of experience in various sectors of the beef industry including nutrition, reproduction and animal health.

Her most recent work experience in the food industry also allows her to bring a strong back- ground in food safety and food quality; specializing in HACCP, regulatory compliance and environmental monitoring.

Originally from Iowa, she now resides in rural Hutchinson with her husband Craig and two children, Avery (5) and Bennett (2). Ashley and Craig own and operate Kohls Land and Cattle which consists of a short-term cow program, multiple yard feedlot and a diversified cropping operation. In her free time Ashley enjoys gardening, fishing and cooking. Ashley is excited to officially step in to this new roll September 1.

Redwood Area Cattlemen Host Successful Summer Tour

The Kerkhoff Cattle Company boys look over the cattle during the 2014 MSCA Summer Tour.

The Redwood Area Cattlemen's Association hosted a successful MSCA Summer Tour, July 8 in the Redwood Falls, MN area.

Over 1000 participants and vendors from a multi-state area attended the one-day event. The tour was headquartered at the Redwood Area Community Center and featured an intriguing tour spotlighting innovations in marketing, management and technologies.

Tour stops featured included, Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz and Family, Stoney Creek Farm, Redwood Falls; David and Clint Engen and Family, Double Creek Farm, Revere; George and Mike Landuyt, Landuyt Land & Livestock, Walnut Grove; Curt and Chad Thram and Family, Thram Farms, Sanborn; Butch and Brandon Kerkhoff and Family, Kerkhoff Cattle Company, Redwood Falls and Artex Manufacturing, Redwood Falls.

For more information and photos visit the Redwood Area Cattlemen's Association Facebook page.

Quarterly Board Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 6

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association quarterly board meeting will be held Sept. 6, 2014 at the DLCC Ranch, Pierz, MN.

The Executive Board will meet at 3:00 p.m., followed by the quarterly board meeting at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be followed by a dinner and pasture tour.

Thank You American Foods Group

Special thanks to American Foods Group for their generous donation to the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association for the 2014 Minnesota Farm Fest cattlemen's food booth.

American Foods Group is owned by the holding company: Rosen's Diversified Inc. Rosen's Diversified was founded in 1946 by Elmer Rosen and Ludwig Rosen. They began buying livestock in rural areas and hauling it to St. Paul, Omaha, Sioux City and beyond. In the late 1950s, they began selling feed, fertilizer and chemicals to farmers. They entered the "ag chem" business at the right time and grew along with it. In 1974, the Rosen brothers again expanded by purchasing a packing facility, which marked the company's entrance into the beef-processing industry. Thereafter was the purchase of the beef processor, American Foods Group and the trucking line, America's Service Line. Rosen's Diversified has grown into a vertically integrated family of companies that provides products from the farm to the table.

"Our growth in the beef industry has made us an efficient partner to our customers. We remain a privately-held family business and through the years one thing has remained the same: we are a tight-knit group of hard working people who care about our customers, and each other."

-Tom Rosen CEO, American Foods Group

Thousands Served at Farmfest MSCA Food Booth

The MSCA served thousands of Farmfest visitors at the recent event held at the Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, Minnesota. Thank you to the MSCA coordinators, volunteers and individuals from regional cattlemen's associations who helped make this event possible. Special thanks to the Farmfest exhibitors who partnered with MSCA to distribute meal vouchers.

State-Wide MSCA Grilling Contest Rescheduled

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association State-Wide Grilling Contest has been rescheduled for October 2015.

More details will be available in upcoming issues of the Minnesota Cattleman and on line at

For more information contact the MSCA office at 320-634-6722 or e-mail

Beef Ambassador Registration Deadline Oct. 6

The deadline to register for the 2014 Beef Ambassador Competition is October 6. The contest is open to Juniors age 13-15 and Seniors age 16-19. The competition will consist of a Mock Media Interview, Mock Consumer Promotion and Written Issues Response.

The junior and senior Beef Ambassador Team selected will represent the Minnesota Beef Industry for one year.

For more information contact Marilyn Nickel, Minnesota Cattlewomen at 507-227-0775, e-mail: or the Minnesota Beef Council, Kay Strohbehn,, 951-851-7994 or Karin Schaefer,, 951-851-7992.

MSCA Offers Seedstock Alliance

In order to better serve the breed associations and seedstock breeders in the state the executive board voted to offer a seedstock alliance. Those members who join the alliance will receive an eighth page size ad in each publication of the Minnesota Cattleman, published six times per year. They will also receive a listing of sale and event dates in each issue. Added benefits of seedstock alliance members will include sale reports and feature articles. Cost to join the MSCA Seedstock Alliance is $500. For more information contact the MSCA office.

MSCA Leadership Votes to Begin Junior Membership Program

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association leadership voted at the recent quarterly meeting to begin a junior membership program. Yearly membership fees will be $25. For more information contact the MSCA office.

MSCA Over Half Way to Membership Goal of 1200

The MSCA is over half way to the 2014 membership goal of 1200. If you have not already paid your membership for 2014 please send in your membership renewal. Your membership matters and allows our collective voices to be heard on the issues in St. Paul and Washington D.C.

The MSCA saw many successes in terms of our priority issues ranging from wolf management, expanded grazing access on conservation lands, reasonable animal identification requirements, opening up CRP and other conservation lands for emergency haying and grazing and improving the environmental permitting process. The MSCA is focused on these issues and many more.

Thank You Minnesota Beef Alliance Members

Thanks to the following businesses that have already joined the 2014 Minnesota Beef Alliance. If you are interested in learning more about the alliance, contact the MSCA office at 320-634-6722 or e-mail: or visit

Prime Level
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Perham Stockyards
Purina Animal Nutrition
Carlson Wholesale, Inc.
American Foods Group

Central Livestock Association
Wulf Cattle

Arrex Mfg.

Summit Livestock Facilities
Bank of the West
State Bank of Taunton Farmers and Merchants State Bank For Most Livestock Equipment Agralite Electric Coop

Pearson Angus Ranch
DLCC Ranch

Breed Associations
Minnesota Limousin Association
Minnesota Simmental Association
Minnesota Angus Association
Minnesota Gelbvieh Association
Minnesota Hereford Breeders
Minnesota Shorthorn Association

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Sept. 6: MSCA Quarterly Meeting, Pierz, MN

Oct. 16-19: Minnesota Beef Expo, St. Paul, MN

Dec. 4-6: MSCA Annual Convention & Trade Show, Hinckley, MN