One of the many goals of this year's Board is to continue the past two years Boards’ mission: to encourage active, adult members to either run for the ASA Board of Trustees or to participate in the selection of members who serve on the ASA Board of Trustees.
Here are the 2021 Trustee candidates, please take time to get to know them – below are links to the trustee applications (giving you background on their involvement in the cattle industry as well as with ASA) and campaign letters. Give the candidates in your region a call, they would love to hear from you.
|Jessie Driggers, Glennville, GA|
|Jessie Driggers owns and operates Driggers Simmental Farm alongside his family at Glennville, Georgia. Driggers has been involved with the breed for 31 years, and has been in the cattle business since he was 18. Driggers Simmental runs 52 SimGenetics females, and markets commercial bulls each year through a joint sale with three other breeders in their county. Driggers served as an ASA Trustee from 2007 to 2014, was the Board Chairman in 2013, and was a working member of several committees. Calving is split between spring and fall with heavy emphasis on data collection. Driggers served our country through the Georgia Air National Guard, and spent time in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his wife, Sherry, have eight children. Driggers has been involved in a number of local agricultural organizations over the years, as well as organizations like BIF. Driggers Simmental was named Outstanding Seedstock Producer by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in 2007.|
|Chris Ivie, Summertown, Tennessee|
With his wife, Tammy, and family, Chris Ivie, owns and operates Ivie and Sons Simmentals at Summertown, Tennessee. Ivie has been involved with Simmental for more than 30 years, running 70 head of SimGenetics females, while marketing 15 bulls annually to area commercial producers. Ivie and Sons also produce hay for feed and market. In addition to private-treaty sales, genetics are marketed through national and regional events and sales, and the Ivie family exhibits cattle across the country. Ivie has served as a board member of the Tennessee Simmental Association twice over the past 20 years including a year as president when the TSA hosted the 2016 AJSA Eastern Regional Classic. He is an active member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, his county association, and is a certified Tennessee Master Beef Producer. Ivie volunteers throughout his community in a number of ways. In addition to his cattle, Ivie is the owner of Ivie Automotive Consulting, an engineering consulting company.
|Cliff Orley, Lebanon, Pennsylvania|
Cliff Orley, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, owns/operates CLO Simmentals. He has served the ASA Board of Trustees previously, with terms running from 2014-2016, and again in 2018-2020. CLO Simmentals runs 40 head of SimGenetics cows, and is focused on balancing performance and phenotype. AI and ET work have been utilized since the start. Orley and his wife, Lynn, owned and operated Keystone Cattle Services for 43 years; he worked as a sales and management consultant; and was the former owner of The Catalyst Company. CLO bulls are marketed through private treaty, through performance programs, and through state and national sales. Orley serves as a board member for the Pennsylvania Simmental Association, has been the chairman of the Simmental Breeders Sweepstakes, is a member of the Keystone Livestock Exposition Beef Cattle Advisory Committee, and was involved in planning the ASA Fall Focus held in Gettysburg. He has also been deeply involved in his community, and throughout the beef industry. Orley has been involved with the Simmental breed for over 20 years.
|Doug Parke, Paris, Kentucky|
|Doug Parke, Paris, Kentucky, has been involved with the Simmental breed for 40 years. With his wife, Debbie, they own and operate DP Sales and Management, Parke Livestock Enterprises, and DP Online Sales, and have been involved with hundreds of SimGenetics sales. Parke was involved with the Tennessee Simmental Association, serving as board member and president, before moving home, where he has served on the Kentucky Simmental Association board. He has served the Simmental breeders Sweepstakes as a board member, attended Fall Focus events, ASA Annual Meetings, and numerous AJSA National and Regional Classics. With their daughter, Holli, the Parkes have raised SimGenetics animals and marketed progeny through various sales. Parke has owned percentages in sires like Dream On, In Dew Time, and Duracell. Parke is also active in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau and volunteers for and sponsors 4-H, FFA, and his community. In 2020 Parke was awarded entry into the Golden Book of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation.|
|Tim Clark, Turtle Lake, North Dakota|
|Tim Clark and his wife, Tamera, own and operate Double T Simmentals at Turtle Lake, North Dakota.
Clark became an ASA member in 1978, and has been involved with the breed for 42 years. His experience with the breed began when he used Simmental bulls on Hereford cows, and their program has evolved from there. Today, Double T maintains a herd of 200 SimGenetics females. Bulls and some females are marketed through an annual sale, offering both black and red Simmental genetics. Most of their bulls go into local herds, and the Clarks focus on making certain a balanced variety of genetics are available to fit each commercial producer’s needs. Clark has served the North Dakota Simmental Association in a wide variety of capacities over the years, including as president, as a board member, on the sales committee, as an advisor for the junior program, and is involved in a number of local agricultural organizations. Off the farm, he works for Hubbard Feeds/Alltech as a regional sales manager.
Paul Walker, Danvers, Illinois
|Paul Walker, Ph.D., Danvers, Illinois, enjoyed a career as a highly-respected agricultural professor at Illinois State University (ISU) for 33 years, serving as faculty supervisor for the ISU farm’s 128-head Simmental and Angus cow herd. SimAngus genetics were introduced in the early 2000s. Dr. Walker’s involvement with the Simmental breed has spanned 34 years, and still maintains a small cow herd of Simmental and SimAngus females. Additionally, 30 cows, owned in partnership with Clear Creek Farms, are registered with Walker’s DI prefix, and progeny are sold private treaty. One of the primary goals of DI Simmentals has been for Walker to raise his daughters, Samantha and Leslie, in the beef industry. DI Simmentals has produced a number of successful females, including AJSA Classic champions. Walker has served the Illinois Simmental Association (ISA) in a variety of ways over the years and received the ISA Pioneer Award in 2013, and in 2019, was recognized as Member of the Year. Dr. Walker currently serves as VP of the Illinois Beef Association.|
|Brandon Callis, Minco, Oklahoma|
|Brandon Callis owns and operates BKC Livestock near Minco, in central Oklahoma. With his wife, Kelly, and their children, he runs a small herd of SimGenetics cows, marketing a handful of bulls to area commercial customers, while focusing on raising cattle that their children and other juniors can exhibit across the nation. Cattle are sold by private-treaty and a recently added online marketing forum. Callis has been involved with a number of AJSA Classics and a variety of other youth events. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. Callis graduated Texas A&M in 2005, and was a member of their 2004 National Champion Livestock Judging team. He went on to attain his Masters in animal breeding and genetics from Kansas State. Callis has judged cattle in 30 states, Canada, and the International Simmental Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has mentored and taught more than 150 students as a professor and livestock judging coach over the past 15 years.|
|Matt Fischer, Saint Joseph, Missouri|
|Matt Fischer, with his wife, Andrea and family, own and operate Oval F Ranch in northern Missouri. Matt and Andrea both grew up in the AJSA and are now raising their daughters, Ella and Kate, in the program. Oval F Ranch has been producing Simmental genetics for 50 years. Today, they run 70 purebred females, and market bulls by private treaty to area commercial producers. Living in fescue country, it is important that his cow herd is managed in the same manner as his commercial customers’ herds. EPDs and performance measures are important to Fischer, and genomic technology is also utilized. Fischer has served on the Missouri Simmental Association Board of Directors, and has been involved with Fall Focus, AJSA Regional and National Classics, and the Missouri Junior Simmental Association. He has also served the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in a variety of ways, has been a Select Sires MidAmerica Beef Sales Representative, and has volunteered for his county 4-H and FFA groups.|
|Victor Guerra, Linn, Texas|
|In conjunction with his parents and siblings, Victor Guerra owns and operates La Muneca Cattle Company, Linn, Texas. They run 100 Simmental and Simbrah cows, and market genetics in their LMC GenePlus Online Sale through Cattle in Motion, and several other sales. Support of youth is important to the Guerra family, annually sponsoring the Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl which they co-founded, and conducting their own Field Day and Futurity for 32 years. They also hold an annual online sale around Thanksgiving where all proceeds go to various worthy causes, including breed youth events. He is a strong advocate of Simmental and Simbrah genetics, participating in numerous activities including annual performance bull gain tests in Texas. He currently serves the Hidalgo County Farm Bureau as chairman of the scholarship committee. Guerra also serves the Texas FFA Foundation Board of Directors and the Lone Star National Bank Advisory Board. Yearly, the Guerra family hosts a community fundraiser, where 600 people attend to raise money for the community. Guerra holds a J.D. from Saint Mary’s School of law.|
|Diane Jolly, Dallas, Texas|
|Diane Jolly, operates Pine Ridge Ranch (PRR), LLC, alongside her parents, Bill and Jane Travis. PRR has been engineering Simmental and Simbrah genetics for over 40 years to develop an animal with an exceptionally tender beef carcass, and high production efficiency for the hot weather grasslands of the world. Jolly actively participates in all aspects of the 600 registered Simbrah cattle operation. PRR advocates participation in the THE program and the Carcass Merit Program. Jolly has been serving on the Texas Simmental Simbrah Association board in various roles over the last four years, serves on the American National Cattlewomen Foundation Board, and the Texas Cattlewomen Board committees. Jolly serves to help support youth programs, champion SimGenetics benefits, educate consumers on ag and raise scholarship funds. Jolly is mother of two, Elizabeth at Texas A&M Veterinary School and Russell at the University of North Texas. Jolly holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Technology.|
|Chris Beins, Deweyville, Utah|
|Chris Beins owns and operates Top Hat Farms, LLC, at Deweyville, in northern Utah. Beins became involved with Simmental genetics while running a commercial herd, but for the past 16 years, has been raising Simmental seedstock. An attorney by trade he focuses on water, property and estate-related matters. Beins and his wife, Allison, have their daughters, Britney, Madellyn, and Aribella, all involved with AJSA, with the two oldest having served as Western Region Trustees. Top Hat Simmentals operates in both Utah and Idaho, and the high elevation means that Pulmonary Arterial Pressure (PAP) testing and performance are critical. Balanced traits and docility are a top priority for the Beins breeding program. Bulls are marketed by private treaty, and an online heifer sale is conducted each fall. Beins currently serves as the secretary of the Utah Simmental Association, and previously served as president and vice president. He is currently the president of the Utah Beef Improvement Federation.|
|Chad Cook, Walsh, Colorado|
|Chad Cook, Walsh, Colorado, owns and operates Bridle Bit Simmentals alongside his family. At the age of 10, Cook purchased his first Simmental heifer at the National Western Stock Show and has been involved with the breed ever since. He graduated from Aims Community College with a degree in production agriculture, and subsequently returned to the family ranch. The Cook family, member number 4086, has been in the business for generations, and currently market around 90 Simmental and SimAngus black and red bulls each year at their All Terrain Bull Sale in March. Data collection is at the core of the Bridle Bit business, and the operation has received perfect Performance Advocate scores on several occasions. Cook was involved with the AJSA growing up, has served on the Colorado Simmental Association Board of Directors for nine years, and has served as an advisor for Colorado junior activities.|
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