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2022 ASA Board of Trustees’ Candidates

Don’t hesitate to get to know your region candidates and vote for the candidate that you feel will best represent you and work in the best interest of the American Simmental Association.
The links will take you to their campaign letter and photo.
Trustee Election Ballots are scheduled to mail around November 7 with electronic voting (access through Herdbook Service) will open on November 8.
Reminder: your adult membership must be in an active status when ballots are printed in order to vote. If you did not pay your annual service fee (ASF) before October 15, your membership is in an inactive status.

An adult, active membership status is defined as:

  • Annual Service Fee for the current fiscal year paid.
  • Membership Activity (registration or transfer) within the last two years.
  • One or more animals have been registered under this membership or
  • One or more animals have been transferred out of this membership or
  • One or more animals have been transferred into this membership.

 

Here are the candidates running for the ASA Board of Trustee open seats:


 

North Central (one open seat):


 

   North Central Region Troy Marple

Troy Marple, Westmoreland, Kansas

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Along with his wife, Nicole, and two children, Logan and Laney, Marple runs M4 Simmentals, an operation that includes a cow herd of 60 Simmental and SimAngus females and recipients. By utilizing recipient cooperative herds, M4 produces 75–100 calves annually and applies breeding emphasis on calving ease, growth, and maternal and carcass traits. The Marple enterprise markets cattle primarily through the six-member Gold Bullion Group, selling 20+ bulls. Females are sold mostly in the fall through an online elite show heifer sale and a live auction bred heifer and replacement female sale. For the past three years, Marple and his wife have served as advisors for the Kansas Junior Simmental Association, and supervised the open Simmental show at the State Fair. In addition, Troy is the acting livestock superintendent of the Pottawatomie County Fair. A 1994 animal science Graduate of Kansas State University, he was on the livestock judging team, finishing as second-highest individual at the national contest.


 
   Loren Trauenicht

Loren Trauernicht, Wymore, Nebraska

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For the past 51 years, Trauernicht and three generations of his family have owned and operated Trauernicht Simmentals, a 450-head seedstock cow herd. Ninety-five percent of Trauernicht cattle are bred artificially, with special attention given to performance, calving ease, maternal traits, and fertility. An additional 130 embryos are placed annually. Cattle are sold through two production sales in their own on-the-farm sale facility. Their Female Sale is held each December, with bulls sold primarily in February, although a set of select bulls is also retained for private treaty sale to repeat customers. One of the earliest of Simmental breeders in the US, he holds ASA membership 2467.  He has served the Nebraska Simmental Association in many capacities, including as president and board member, and has been deeply involved in ASA Regional and National Classics. Over the years, Trauernicht and his wife, Maxine, have worked diligently to involve their children Cindy Miller and Scott, as well as their grandchildren.

 

 

 

South Central (one open seat)


 

 

 

 

   

Joe Hensgens, Rayne, Louisiana

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Currently president of the Louisiana Simmental/Simbrah Association, Hensgens is deeply involved in the family-owned Hensgens Brothers Cattle operation, as well as J&L Cattle Services, owned with his wife, Lanna. The couple emphasizes helping youth through showmanship and basic cattle-care skills. The Hensgens Brothers enterprise dates back to the 1980s, when his father began using Simmental bulls on commercial cows. Today, the family partners concentrate on production of registered Simbrah, Simmental, and Brahman cattle. A 2014 animal science graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he admits that he is fascinated by the science supporting SimGenetics. Genetics are marketed through social media, as well as advertising in such publications as the Register, Simbrah World, and the Brahman Journal. Hensgens’ genetics are also sold through private treaty and in support of breed and ranch sales. In 2020, after devastating Hurricane Laura, he led an effort that raised $250,000 in support of needy area youths.

 
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Greg Walthall, Windsor, Missouri

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An incumbent trustee, Greg Walthall operates WW Cattle Company at Windsor. He has been associated with the Simmental breed for a total of 50 years in one capacity or another. The WW cow herd consists of 35 head of registered cows, plus a 250-head commercial herd of multiple generations dominated by Simmental breeding. Through utilization of in-vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and AI, breeding focus is primarily on production and development of low-input, forage-utilizing females. Cattle are marketed through a variety of methods, including consignment sales, online contacts, and private treaty. He was originally drawn to Simmental when he saw the positive impact that the breed had on his family’s commercial Angus-based cow herd. Actively involved in the livestock industry, he has served multiple terms on the Missouri Simmental-Simbrah Association Board of Directors. Walthall and his wife, Pearl, who focuses on livestock photography, are the parents of two adult children, Justin Johnson and Cody.

 

 

 

Western (two open seats)


 
   Shawn Hester

Shawn Hester, San Diego, California

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Hester resides in San Diego, where he is the president and CEO of Trinity Foods, Inc., a food manufacturing company, but represents Hester’s Livestock, co-owned with his father Dale Hester near Aurora, Oregon. Hester grew up on the ranch, then attended Oregon State University where he earned a degree in agricultural and resource economics. Dale was a cattle order buyer and became familiar with every breed that came through the family’s feedlot, before establishing a herd of Simmental in 1976. Currently, the herd is primarily red with a few blacks and some cow families dating back 30 years to foundation females. Cattle are merchandised almost exclusively through their website, social media, and word of mouth. A member of the Oregon Simmental Association, he believes there is a huge opportunity to reestablish Simmental influence and presence in the western US. Shawn and his wife, Maria, are parents of three children: Anton, 14; Dante, 12; and Gianna, 8.

 
   Paul Hill

Paul Hill, Nunn, Colorado

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Hill was raised on a seedstock operation, but got his unique start with Simmental genetics nine years ago when he received an embryo as a wedding gift. His enthusiasm for the breed has grown dramatically and he “is proud to raise my kids with this breed.” Hill first attended Fort Scott Community College where he was a member of the college judging team, then earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University. After college, he went to work for Purina in Colorado, and now serves as a cattle animal nutrition specialist for Purina’s Great West Region. The ranch’s breeding emphasis is on keeping and raising donor cows, while utilizing cooperative herds in order to expand their genetics. Heifers are marketed online through consignment and private treaty. For the first time, their bulls will be sold with partners in Minnesota. He serves as Colorado Junior Advisor and as a 4-H youth mentor. Hill and his wife, Nia, named their cattle operation Hill Brothers Livestock in honor of their three boys: Easton, 8; Sutton, 6; and Hayden, 3.

 

 
   

Maureen Mai, Bonners Ferry, Idaho

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Maureen Mai of RYMO Cattle Company in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, is involved with most aspects of the Simmental breed. She serves as secretary for both the Idaho and Montana Simmental Associations. She manages the Bulls of Big Sky sale group, marketing nearly 100 of her family’s SimGenetics bulls; 2022 will mark the 13th sale. The females sell at the Western Choice Sale and private treaty.  Mai joined ASA in 1992 and as a youth attended both Regional and National Classics. She organized the 2021 Western Regional in Idaho and has co-coordinated previous Regionals. Mai hauls her son and other 4-H-ers to Western Regionals, the National Classics, jackpots, and fairs.  After earning her animal science/agri-business degree, Mai and her husband, Ryan, leased a herd of 400 cows, improving them with SimGenetics. Today, RYMO calves more than 270 registered Simmental and SimAngus cows. Their son, Dillon, is growing his herd. They farm over 2,000 acres of hay, wheat, barley, and canola.

 
   

Ryan Thorson, Glendive, Montana

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The extended family involved in Lassle Ranch Simmentals includes Thorson; his wife, Sarah; their children, Grace and Harper; plus Sarah’s parents, Clay and Marianne Lassle. Their cow herd is composed of 350 brood cows and 75–100 replacement heifers. All animals are registered through ASA’s THE program and include purebred and SimAngus. A Wisconsin native, Thorson graduated from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in ag sciences, then joined GENEX, starting in the beef genetics division. He spent six years as manager of the GENEX Hawkeye West semen collection facility in Billings, MT, before moving to the ranch full-time. About 125 bulls are sold through an annual bull sale. The ranch has started retaining ownership on steers and non-replacements in order to acquire additional carcass information. He has served on the Montana Simmental Association board for six years, including two as president, and worked as Simmental Show superintendent for five years at the NILE Stock Show.

 

 

 

Eastern Region – no open seats

 

 


 

 

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