(Jamie) Thanks for staying with us! Now Kyle and Philip discuss the importance of membership in NCBA.
(Kyle) Hi this is Kyle Bauer. I have the opportunity to visit with Philip Ellis. He is the current president of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Philip is a rancher from the Chugwater, Wyoming, area. Tell us just a bit about your ranching operation in Wyoming. (Philip) You bet Kyle. We’re a fifth generation to ranch in that valley. Third generation on this ranch. It’s good strong summer grass country and a pretty good in winter grass, high plains area. We have raised a commercial Red Angus Hereford cross firm but we’ve been in stocker cattle and registered Red Herefords over the years. We’re just tickled to have a family ranch there and family continuing to carry on. I have a nephew managing the ranch right now so I can travel as NCBA President. (Kyle) NCBA, by the time you get to be president of the organization, you’ve been involved for quite some time. Tell us just a bit about your involvement with the industry and leadership over the years. (Philip) Well certainly. In fact, I started out like a lot of people do with our county association as secretary-treasurer and got involved in the Wyoming Stock Grower Association and committees and was president there several years ago. And then volunteered at the NCBA in regional vice president and then through the chairs to become president. It’s a great opportunity to promote and lead in the industry that I really believe in. (Kyle) What has been the most positive aspect of your involvement with NCBA? The most pleasant thing that you’ll remember for years to come? (Philip) Well as I travel from state to state and association, like Kansas Livestock Association, but throughout the country I get to visit and meet with and talk cows with cattlemen from all over the country. And anywhere I go, even if I’ve not been there before when I’m with beef cattle people, I feel like I’m home. So, it’s kind of just like a homecoming, every association I go to. And I try and encourage them and tell them, you know we are the right people, raising the right protein. We’ve got the best protein, the most nutrient dense protein in beef. And it comes from a renewable resource, from the grass, from my cow/calf operation, through the feedlots, whether Kansas, Colorado and processed. We can be proud of what we do, raising food for the nation and for the globe really. (Kyle) Really you know, you bring it down to, we use for the most part a very sustainable resource with grass and converting that to animal protein. But it seems like every issue that we have in the country affects us in the livestock and the agriculture business every day. (Philip) Yea, it really does and that’s why we have a staff in Washington D.C. That’s why we’re there everyday representing our interests cause I can’t be there when I’m out on the ranch gathering cattle. And so that’s really the value I saw early on in the cattle associations, the state associations and then NCBA, to have a voice in Washington, D.C., where people are misunderstanding what we do out on the land. And we have to deal with that issue whether it’s in legislative or in legal issues or in regulatory rules. They need to understand what we’re doing and the good job we’re doing out on the land. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Philip Ellis. He is the current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. This is Kyle Bauer reporting. Back to you Jamie.
(Jamie) Don’t go away – after the break Kyle introduces Tracy Brunner, the incoming President of NCBA.