Visitors to the Indiana Farm Management Toru two years ago saw the visionary practices Donnie and Tammy Lawson use on their beef cattle farm near Thorntown. That includes use of DDGS, an ethanol by-product, rotational grazing and use of solid pads for feeding areas to keep cattle out of the mud.
Recently, the Indiana Beef Cattle Association recognized Lawson's leadership abilities by electing him president of the organization for 2012-2013. He will be backed up by president-elect, Loran Wilson, or Orleans. Wilson was named an Indiana Master Farmer in 2011. The award is sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine and the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
Wilson's entire family is involved in promoting the beef business, particularly the Angus breed. His oldest daughter, Kara, is a marketing manager for Certified Angus Beef, Wooster, Ohio. She recently was featured in an Indiana Prairie Farmer article explaining how Certified Angus Beef protects and promotes its brand. There are dozens of Angus beef brands marketed in the U.S. and recognized by the federal government, but Certified Angus Beef is the only trademark owned by the American Angus Association.
The vice-president elected by IBCA is also from Thorntown. His name is Rick Davis. Jim Lankford, Martinsville, was elected as treasurer. Lankford is also a Master Farmer.
Other names on the executive committee of IBCA for 2012-2013 are also well-known in the beef cattle industry. They include Clark Sennett, Waynetown, Jodi Jordan of Rensselaer and Bob Bishop of Leesburg. Bishop is the immediate past president of IBCA. He is also former manager of the Hoosier Beef Congress, retiring after the 2011 Congress.There are 10 directors on the board. To learn more about the directors or IBCAS in general, contact IBCA at 317-293-2333.