Distinguished individuals and businesses were recognized for their contributions and dedication to the cattle industry during the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association Summer Round-Up in Escanaba.
MCA’s Member of the Year was awarded to Matt Germane of Hartland. Agribusiness of the Year was awarded to Thompson Veterinary Clinic. Highbanks Angus in Maple Valley received Seedstock Producer of the Year, and Commercial Cattleman of the Year was awarded to Rick Schapman of Ingleside Farm in Romeo.
MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Matt Germane is the 2018 MCA Member of the Year.
Round-Up participants received Beef Quality Assurance Transportation training and earned their BQAT certification, preparing them for anticipated industry transportation requirements. The group explored parasite control strategies based on fecal egg count data and learned about unique marketing strategies used by cattle producers across the Upper Peninsula.
The Round-Up included a cattle-handling demonstration, a review of cattle trailer design and safety considerations, and tours of a custom grazing operation and a seed potato farm, where cattle are integrated into the potato cropping rotation.
Here is information on the award winners:
• Member of the Year. Matt Germane is an environmental engineer. He has provided environmental remediation design services for emergency response to hazardous waste spills, environmental compliance, civil engineering design and agricultural engineering compliance. He operated his own consulting business for 14 years primarily providing consulting services to agribusinesses, including livestock producers and food processing companies. Germane represents MCA on the NCBA Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee. In 2018, he was elected to the MCA board of directors and represented the association at the NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington.
• Agribusiness of the Year. Dr. Gail Hoholik started Thompson Veterinary Clinic in 1983, initially operating the clinic from her home. Today the clinic operates two locations, in Manistique and in Munising. The clinic provides services to livestock producers across the Upper Peninsula with cattle often trailered in from significant distance for breeding soundness exams and similar procedures. Hoholik has been involved with the Miracle of Life exhibit since it started at the Upper Peninsula State Fair. She coordinates the participation of veterinary students through the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and has served as a mentor to many students who have demonstrated an interest in the veterinary field.
AGRIBUSINESS AWARDED: Dr. Gail Hoholik of Thompson Veterinary Clinic received the MCA Agribusiness of the Year award presented by MCA Director Jon Haindl.
• Seedstock Producer of the Year. Highbanks Angus was established in 1999 by Bob and Becky Zellmer in the Maple Valley region of central Michigan and is a family farm that produces quality registered Angus genetics. Their goal was to develop a herd with fertility, good udders, moderate framed fleshy cows and good dispositions. They believe good cattle should have longevity and be forage efficient. The breeding program consists of intense AI with quality herd sires used to consistently produce genetics with balanced traits. Renowned cow families have been used for calving ease and carcass merit projected to hit the Certified Angus Beef target. Highbanks Angus has been an annual consignor to the MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation, and Bob has served as the program’s chairman since 2016.
• Commercial Cattlemen of the Year. Rick Schapman of Ingleside Farms has been an active member of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association and has served for many years on the MCA board of Directors. Ingleside Farms has been devoted to cattle feeding since 1975. It was one of the first operations to start using slatted floor barns in the late 1970s. Cattle are marketed on a weekly basis directly to packing companies and regularly grade at 95% USDA Choice or better. Schapman has been an advocate in the community and surrounding areas, in addition to hosting multiple groups on the farm from foreign countries.
COMMERCIAL WINNER: The MCA’s Commercial Cattlemen of the Year award was presented to Rick Schapman (right) by MCA Vice President Dave Girton.
The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and represents all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, commercial producers and cattle feeders.