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The Morgan County Cattlemen Association held its annual banquet on January 15.
Members including Senator Arthur Orr, Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long, Randy Vest, Paul Homes, family members and non-Member Morgan County guests currently in the running attended the banquet which was held at the Hartselle Tabernacle.
Guest speaker Steven Smith, regional vice president of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association, addressed the crowd about the association’s relationship with Auburn University; the current procedure for processing beef intended for sale; government measures; and maintain partnerships with related businesses.
The newly elected president of Morgan County Cattlemen for 2022-2024 is Walton Ashwander. Other new officers are Vice Chairman Jason Fields and Billy Pitt and Samuel Hall as new board members.
William “Billy” Wallace received the 2021 Master Cattleman of the Year award.
Master Cattleman of the Year recognizes individual cattle breeders for developing and implementing innovative ideas and processes that improve cattle genetics and soil and water conservation, producing higher quality cattle.
According to the Association, Wallace demonstrated excellent stewardship of the animals and land on his estate for other producers to learn from. “Wallace is an icon in the beef industry as a third-generation auctioneer,” the Association announced.
The 2021 Livestock Farmer of the Year award went to Matthew Bentley.
This annual award recognizes individual cattle producers who continue to raise quality cattle while demonstrating excellent stewardship of the animals and land on their estate.
Other 2021 accolades went to Wayne Ward and Diane Griffith for their contributions to the Morgan County Cattlemen Association and the beef industry.