Minnesota Cattle Industry Members Shine on National Platform

Minnesota Cattle Industry Members Shine on National Platform

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ashley Kohls

Phone: 612-618-6619

Email: mnsca@mnsca.org

Maple Plain, MN - The 120th Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show held last week in Nashville, Tennessee highlighted many of the nation’s best and brightest cattlemen.  Of the cattlemen celebrated, many hailed from the state of Minnesota.

The Breitkreutz Family, owners of Stoney Creek Farm in Redwood Falls, MN was recognized as one of six regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP).  Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry. Thought they did not win top honors, their conservation efforts are top notch.  Additionally, Grant, Dawn & Karlie Breitkreutz were selected as the 2017 BEEF Magazine Trailblazer Award winners. The Trailblazer award is bestowed annually by the editorial staff of BEEF magazine on a producer (or producers) of foresight whose efforts in the past year were instrumental in pushing forward significant research, programs or projects.  They work with and reach out to state cattlemen's organizations looking for cattlemen who blaze the trail for others in the state

“Grant and Dawn have been innovators of integrating cattle and prescribed grazing systems into conservation farming practices in the state of Minnesota,” said Ashley Kohls, Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association executive director. “The countless hours they spend learning more about sustainable farming practices are matched by the number of hours they spend promoting these practices and the culture of conservation to both fellow cattlemen as well as consumers.”

Wulf Cattle of Morris, MN was awarded the 2017 National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cow/Calf Award by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program. The National Beef Quality Assurance Cow/Calf Award recognizes an outstanding beef farmer or farm family that best demonstrates animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective farm, as well as a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their farm while encouraging others to implement this farmer education program.

“Ensuring beef safety and quality is the primary goal of the BQA program. Wulf Cattle embraces all aspects of BQA and takes their employee trainings far beyond the simple certification by creating and implementing a Be KIND and Be SAFE training program. The dedication displayed by Wulf Cattle for beef quality assurance is exemplary.” Ashley Kohls, Minnesota Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator

Additionally during the 2017 National Cattle Industry Convention, Shelby Schiefelbein of Kimball, MN was one of ten college students awarded the 2017-2018 $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships.

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About the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s AssociationThe Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) is a membership-based organization that represents cattle farmers and individuals who are part of the cattle community in Minnesota.

Posted: February 6, 2017