The Annual Meeting of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) was held October 13, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Meeting agenda included the Business session, election of directors, and recognition awards.
During the business session Board Chairman, Charles Sattler pointed out that the ability of NAAB members to affordably deliver improved cattle genetics to all corners of the world is tremendous. NAAB’s slogan of “Better Cattle for Better Living” is as fitting today as it was 70 years ago when NAAB was founded.
Over the past few years, The Board of Directors has discussed leadership transition and office location with the upcoming retirement of Dr. Doak. On January 1, 2017, Vice President Jay Weiker, will take over the role and responsibilities of President and CEO of NAAB. Gordon will remain part of the NAAB staff to assist with the transition. NAAB will also be relocating its offices from Columbia, Missouri to Madison, Wisconsin, in the near future.
Vice President Weiker reported updates on the international activity for NAAB which included seven overseas trips and hosting a delegation from South Korea. These international programs lead to stronger ties with key markets that import large quantities of genetics from members and also contribute to growth in new and developing markets. Progress was reported on the programming of the dairy cross reference database to improve the efficiency of handling larger volumes of data and to assist with the increased frequency of genetic evaluations since the incorporation of genomics into the genetic evaluation system.
CSS Board Chairman, Charles Brown II, reviewed topics and issues that came before the CSS Board of Directors in FY 2015-16. There were meetings held in Bowie, Maryland and Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Gordon A Doak, NAAB President, reported that the total dairy and beef unit sales for 2015 decreased 0.4% to 54,237,459 units. Export unit sales decreased 1.3% to 22,748,996 units. The total dollar value for exports decreased 1.6% in 2015, to $170,402,914. He also stated increase in use of genomic sires is demonstrated in the August 2016 Sire Evaluation. Bulls with a status code G (Genomic) represented 60% of the population of bulls with semen for sale.
The Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year are: Charles Sattler, Select Sires, Chairman; Dr. Nate Zwald, Alta Genetics, Vice-Chairman; and Glen Gilbert, Genex Cooperative, third member of the Executive Committee; Wayne Glaeser, Glaz-Way Enterprises; Dr. Katie Olson, ABS Global and David Jensen, Hawkeye Breeders.
Les Hutchens and Jesus Martinez were recognized with a Retiring Board Member plaque for their tenure on the NAAB Board of Directors.
2016-17 NAAB Board of Directors: (pictured left to right) Dr. Gordon Doak (President - NAAB); Dr. Katie Olson, ABS Global; Glen Gilbert, Genex Cooperative/CRI; Charles Sattler (NAAB Board chairman), Select Sires; Jay Weiker (Vice President – NAAB); Dr. Nate Zwald, Alta Genetics USA; David Jensen, Hawkeye Breeders; Ryan Weigel, Accelerated Genetics. (Not pictured Wayne Glaeser, Glaz-Way Enterprises.)