Beef Leaders Institute Participants:
NC members participated in the BLI, a pasture-to-plate experience for
young leaders in the Angus industry, encompassing genetic selection
tools, herd health, feedlot, packing and retail product distribution.
Jed Connealy (Whitman) and David Orr (North Platte) were two of the 16 Angus enthusiasts to attend.
The five-day event in late June began at the American Angus
Association’s headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo. Visiting four states
while on the BLI tour, participants were able to experience Boehringer
Ingleheim, St. Joseph, Mo.; Tyson processing plant, Dakota City, Neb.;
TransOva, Sioux Center, Iowa; Gregory Feedlot, Tabor, Iowa; GeneSeek,
Lincoln, Neb.; Sysco Cleveland, Ohio; CAB headquarters, Wooster, Ohio;
and Buehler’s Milltown, Wooster, Ohio.
New this year was the addition of Certified Angus Beef (CAB) to the
tour. This let producers learn about marketing opportunities for Angus
breeders and how cattlemen can reach the CAB brand target.
Conneally said BLI helped him learn more about the industry and be a better advocate for the industry.
“I’ve never visited a packing plant before,” Orr said, “Just getting
to see the scale of everything, and the number of animals, and how they
move them through the plant was very impressive.”