SCOTT TWP., Pa. — Waynesburg cattleman Jim Cowell was officially elected president at the recent reorganization board meeting of the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association held in State College, Pa.
Cowell, along with his wife Billie, operates a Johnes-free Simmental and Red Angus Seedstock family owned operation in Southwest, Pennsylvania. They have received numerous awards for their initiatives in the beef industry, to include the 2016 PA Clean Water Award given by the PA Department of Agriculture for conservation initiatives and most recently the 2017 PA Simmental Senior Member given by the PA Simmental Association.
“We have incorporated numerous conservation practices. These include three feeding facilities with heavy use storage areas,” Cowell said. “A hoop building is included with a heavy use area. It has a protected feeding facility with manure storage. They utilize an intensive rotational gazing system that incorporates wildlife enhancement practices, streambank fencing, and a spring development with a rolled stone improvement area. We direct market beef to consumers and it is essential for us to maintain clean water. A farmer without good water would cease to exist.”
“The cattle industry is full of hardworking farmers and ranchers and it will be a true honor to lead them,” Cowell said. “Our goal for the following year is to show members of the organization that the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association is working together on various promotional, educational and networking opportunities. Our focus is to build unity in the industry. This will provide us with unprecedented opportunities for cattlemen and cattlewomen across the state of Pennsylvania.
Completing the Executive Leadership team for 2017 is Steve Reichard, New Bethlehem, Pa., serving as vice president. Dan Kniffen, PhD, Spring Mills Pa., secretary, Rachel McQuiston of Harrisonville, Pa., treasurer, and Tina Hicks-Kern, Cassville, Pa., elected at large. The team will lead the 25 member board. Newly elected as directors were Cliff Orley, Rachel McQuiston and Bobbi Bailey.
— PA Cattlemen’s Association