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U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors Receive National Cattlemen Awards

Two U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors members recently received nationally recognized awards for their work on their operation and their contributions to the U.S. cattle industry.

Tom Jones of Hy-Plains Feedyard LLC, Montezuma, Kan., was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame on January 31st during the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Houston.

Jones is well-known in the cattle feeding industry for his innovation and drive to improve the business through research and education. In 2017, the company opened the Hy-Plains Education and Research Center, a facility dedicated to studying cattle feeding methodology and collecting data to improve performance. He is known to collaborate with industry and university researchers on various projects, with wide-ranging applications to the overall beef chain. Jones has also served on the U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors since 2018.

Blair Brothers Angus Ranch (operated by Rich Blair and family) of Vale, S.D. were recognized as Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) regional winners for their environmental conservation efforts.

Blair Brothers Angus Ranch is a family-owned operation focused on embracing conservation practices that enhance soil, water, livestock and wildlife. The Blairs’ commitment to conservation has allowed them to implement progressive change. Through strategic planning, the ranch has succeeded on many levels including investing in rotational grazing infrastructure of fencing and water pipelines.

They aim to treat all leased pastures as if they were their own while educating landowners on how to utilize conservation methods to better manage their grass, land and water. Rich Blair was elected to the U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors November of 2022.

Congratulations to these two industry leaders! U.S. CattleTrace is lucky to have their leadership and expertise on our board.


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