A 12 member Board of Directors guides the Montana Beef Council.  The MBC consists of representatives from various aspects of the beef industry.  Board members are selected by their organization.

 

 

 

 

KRISTIN LARSON
-President
-Federation Director, 
-Montana Stockgrowers Association
-Sidney, MT

  Kristin grew up on the family ranch in Big Timber Montana.  After graduating from Montana State University, Bozeman with a degree in Agriculture Business and Economics, she worked at Hawkeye West of Billings in marketing and advertising. Hawkeye West was a bull stud, therefore allowing her to become very acquainted with the seedstock industry in Montana and all over the country.  Kristin married Tim Larson and moved to Sidney to work for his company and partners at Prewitt & Company, LLC.  Their company is involved in almost every segment of the beef industry as they have cow/calf pairs, yearlings, feed cattle, operate Sidney Livestock Market Center and the majority of the business is buying and selling cattle.  Tim and Kristin also own a few cows and yearlings of their own and have four children.
   
 

JAMES TABER
-Vice-President
-Montana Farm Bureau
-USMEF Representative
-Shawmut, MT

   Jim was born and raised on the family farm in Shawmut. Jim is a 4th generation rancher of the Taber family in the Shawmut area, where his great grandfather homesteaded in 1911. Jim attended elementary school in Shawmut and high school in Harlowton, and Jim's two children are following the same path.   After graduation Jim went to work on the family ranch full time which now he is part owner of along with his parents.   They run a commercial Black Angus cow herd with a back grounding feedlot, and produce hay and a small amount of barley to help with winter feeding requirements.  To become more involved in the future of agriculture, Jim joined Montana Farm Bureau and served as the chairman of the Young Farmers and Ranchers committee, and later the Wheatland-Golden Valley County President.  Jim also represents Montana Farm Bureau in the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
   
 

JAN ALLEN

-Federation Director
-Auction Markets
-Lewistown, MT

  Jan was raised in Western Montana by her parents whose heritage and generations deep in ranching and agriculture.  Jan graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse for 20 years.  Jan married her husband Lyle after graduation and they raised their five children in an agricultural setting.  In 1999 Jan and Lyle became owners of the Lewistown Livestock Auction Market.  Jan's career as a nurse was diverted but her interest in health remains strong and she lives and loves to talk about how beef fits into a healthy, active lifestyle.
   
 

BILL COK
-Dairy Association
-Bozeman, MT

  William (Bill) Cok is a third generation dairy farmer. Bill is on the dairy his grandfather started in the late 1940’s, in the Gallatin Valley.  Bill is currently a spokesperson for the Montana Dairy Farmers to the Washington Dairy Commission. He has also served on the Northwest Dairy Association Resolution Committee.  Bill and his wife raised four sons who all are involved in agriculture.  His family raises wheat, alfalfa, barley, silage corn, Holstein steers, Angus yearlings, and practice conventional tillage as well as direct seeding.  Bill appreciates to be on the Montana Beef Council Board, focusing on education, consumer interests, exports, and marketing.
   
   KATHY CREIGHTON-SMITH
-Montana Angus Association
-Federation Director
-Chinook, MT
  Kathy graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.  During college, Kathy worked in the Animal Reproduction laboratory, specializing in embryo transfer and equine reproductive technologies.  Kathy moved to California where she did reproductive work in dairy cattle.  Kathy joined the staff at the University of Utah Medical School in the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology where she was involved in research looking at factors involved in early pregnancy loss in women.  In 1991 Kathy moved to Harlem, Montana with her husband Jay to his family ranch where they raised their two daughters, and started Milk River Genetics.  Jay and Kathy have a small herd of seedstock Angus cattle and Kathy has served on the board of the MT Angus Association and as President for two years.  Kathy looks forward to communicating with local producers and consumers about the beef checkoff.
   
 

 RICHARD ANDERSON
-Montana Food Distributors
-Billings, MT

 

Richard was born and raised on the family farm and ranch in Wolf Point, MT where he also graduated from high school. After graduation he went to meat cutting school in Toledo, OH and then began his meat-cutting career. He has worked in the grocery/meat retail business in various locations in Montana for 36 years with companies including Buttrey Foods, Albertsons and now SuperValu. During those 36 years he returned home to the family farm and ranch in Wolf Point for 15 years and operated it with his wife, Vickie, while still managing the meat department at the local grocery store in Wolf Point. Upon leasing the family farm and ranch he moved to Billings where he now works for the SuperValu Warehouse as a consultant. Richard and his wife have two grown children and three grandchildren who all live in Billings. Richard looks forward to using his representation on the Montana Beef Council board of directors to continue to help grocery stores use the recipes and cooking instructions provided to retailers through beef checkoff dollars as well as share knowledge with meat departments to educate consumers on beef preparation. Further, Richard hopes to continue keeping up on new beef items on the market and integrate them into retail stores.

   
  BRUCE LEE
-Montana Cattlemen's Association
-Choteau, MT
 

Bruce is a fourth generation Ag producer.  Bruce grew up on a diversified livestock and small grain farm in Teton County.  After graduating from Fairfield High School, Bruce attended Washington State and graduated with an Ag Econ major, soon after he was drafted to the U.S. MC. Following his discharge in 1971, Bruce worked at Meadows Ranch, west of Choteau,  which he now owns and operates with his wife where they produce natural and grass fed beef.  Bruce and his wife have four grown children; three are on the family ranch.

   
 

 KILEY MARTINELL
-Montana Stockgrowers Association
-Federation Director
-Dell, MT


Kiley grew up on a farm/ranch in Choteau, and her interests always tended to lean toward the animal side of my family’s operation. She attended college at MSU-Bozeman, where she earned a degree in Animal Science and met her future husband Heath Martinell. Upon graduation she worked for Trans Ova Genetics as a bovine embryologist. After four years with Trans Ova she and Heath decided it was time to move back to his family’s ranch in Dell. They currently work together with his parents, Allen and Yvonne Martinell, raising commercial cattle. In addition to helping on the ranch, she works part time for Dr. Chuck Gue as an embryologist and has stayed involved in the community by serving on the school board, the Lima swimming pool board and as a 4-H leader.  Kiley and Heath feel fortunate to raise their children on a ranch in a rural community (Macie (12), Taryn (9), and Kalen (6)). 

Kiley is excited to serve on the Montana Beef Council Board, representing beef producers across the state to help with decisions on promoting and educating people about beef. She looks forward to helping the Beef Council continue to push forward for a strong beef industry and a terrific product. Please feel free to contact her if you have questions or concerns, and she will get them addressed as best she can. The Montana Beef Council has a mission statement that sums up their purpose in the beef industry. “To protect and increase demand for beef and beef products through state, national, and international consumer marketing programs (promotion, education and research), thereby enhancing profit opportunities for Montana beef producers.”

 

   
  ANDY KELLOM
-Cattle Feeders
-Hobson, MT
 

Andy Kellom hales from Hobson, MT.  He is currently cattle manager for Bos Terra LP which is a 15,000 head feedlot and up to 7,000 head stocker operation.  Andy is responsible for day to day cattle management.

Andy was born and raised in Dubois, Idaho.  He was involved with his family’s ranch from a young age.  Andy’s love of the beef cattle business started here as well as day working on many neighboring family ranches in the area.

Andy attended Montana State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2002.  From there he worked on the cowboy crew of the 1.5 million acre IL Ranch in northern Nevada.  He then spent two years as head cowboy for Harris Feeding Company which is a 100,000+ head feedlot and vertically integrated beef operation in Coalinga, California.  Andy then became involved with the Montana Beef Network which was an MSU extension program that dealt mainly with Animal ID as it related to Montana ranchers.  Andy was instrumental in the startup of Verified Beef LLC which is a company that at the time offered Source and Age, NHTC, and Never Ever 3 Natural certifications to cow calf operations throughout Montana and surrounding states.

In addition to work, over the last seven years, Andy and his wife Alison have also added a growing stocker cattle operation.

Andy has over the years become involved with the Montana Stockgrowers Association where he currently serves as Chairman of the Cattle Feeders Subcommittee.

Andy and his wife Alison have three children; Taylor (6), Logan (4), and Sam (2).  Andy enjoys spending time with this family, camping, fishing, hunting, and participating in a few ranch rodeos with friends every summer.

   
 

Brett Dailey

-USMEF Representative
-Montana Farmers Union
-Jordan, MT

   Brett grew up on the family farm in Chester and worked there after high school.  In 1984 he married Donna and they moved to her family ranch in Eastern Montana. They raise Angus cattle and farm small grains.  Brett has two grown children, a son in the military and a daughter who is a registered nurse. Brett is very involved in his community and has sat on several local boards and is a state director for Montana Farmers union.  
   
  LINDA SWANZ
-Montana CattleWomen
-Judith Gap, MT
  Linda has been involved in the beef industry all of her life.  Linda was raised on her family's ranch in the foothills on the North side of the Big Snowy Mountains.  Linda was a member of the 4th generation of her family to live there.  Their ranch is now 129 years old and has the 6th generation of family living on it as their daughter, her husband and 2 children operate the ranch.  Linda and her husband John, their son, his wife and two children operate a ranch on the South side of the Big Snowy Mountains where they have lived for 42 years.  The two ranches are operated as one unit and have a cow/calf, yearling, feedlot and quarter-horse operation. Linda has been a member of the Montana CattleWomen at the local, state and national levels for many years.  Linda enjoys the opportunity to be more involved with the beef checkoff to help coordinate programs that promote beef to keep the beef industry viable and sustainable for future generations.
   
  SHANE FLOWERS
-Montana Meat Processors
-Billings, MT

Shane Flowers grew up on a large ranch in Cody WY.  After graduating high school he judged livestock for Northwest College in Powell while serving as FFA State Treasurer.  He later went on to get a degree in Automotive Technology from Montana State University.  The passion for agriculture drew him back and in 2007 Shane and his wife Tanya purchased Project Meats in Shepherd Montana.  They have expanded this custom processing plant to offer retail products, wholesale products, and specialty smoked meat products.  With this expansion they were able to add on another location in the heart of Billings Montana called Ranch House Meat Co.  Shane has always had a passion for teaching or mentoring our youth about agriculture and the importance it plays in all of our lives.  He is very active with our FFA and FFA Alumni, local 4H clubs, and the Billings Ag Chamber.  Shane helps host judging clinics and educational classes for these members that want to further their knowledge and possibly open a new door for opportunity after school in agriculture.  Shane and Tanya have three children that are very active in the family company, community and the Shepherd FFA.  They even have a small farm at home which consists of the kid’s cattle projects and investments.


   
 Cattlemen Beef Board  
 

 Leo McDonnel
-CBB
-Columbus, MT 
-Nutrition & Health Committee

  Leo is a fourth-generation rancher and a native of Montana. He was nominated to the Beef Board by the Montana Farmers Union and Montana Cattlemen's Association. Leo and his wife own the Midland Bull Test, feeding about 2,000 bulls annually and also run about 600 cows. He studied animal nutrition for a feedlot background, as well as animal science, at Texas Tech University and the University of Wyoming. Leo has been very involved in beef industry organizations, including service as chair of the Montana Cattle Feeders and service to the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Cattlemen's Association, Montana Farmer's Union, the Beartooth Stockgrowers Association, a co-founder of R-CALF USA in 1998 and a current director for the U.S. Cattlemen's Association.
   
 

Ross Racine
-CBB
-Billings, MT
-Beef's Image Committee

 

 

Ross Racine is a Blackfeet Indian, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and has spent about 30 years working on farms and ranches in the Browning, Montana area. Since 2001, he has served as executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture/animal science from Montana State University and began his professional career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Browning, as a soil conservationist, working with Indian livestock producers on the Blackfeet Reservation. During a stint on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, Ross was quickly appointed to serve as range and agriculture coordinator, responsible for oversight on all Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Tribal land programs. He has been extremely active in his community and in agriculture, serving on the NRCS Chiefs Reinvention Forum Executive Committee and initiating and participating in the early SCS Harmony workshops. Among many other accomplishments, Ross served on the National Agriculture Statistics Service Advisory Committee; Extension Indian Reservation Advisory Committee; secretary/treasurer of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation Board; chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the National Congress of American Indians; a technical advisor for the Agriculture Transition Team for the Obama Administration; and was selected by the Obama Administration as a "Champion of Change." In his position as executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ross has been most active in assisting USDA in bringing equitable services to Indian producers.


   
 

Lyle Peterson
-CBB
-Hathaway, MT
-Beef's Image Committee

  Lyle Peterson owns and operates a ranch in eastern Montana, and has long been involved in beef and agricultural organizations. He is a founding member of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association and former director of the Montana Cattlemen's Association, in addition to maintaining membership in the Southeastern Stockgrowers Association, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Farmers Union, and the Montana Grain Growers Association. Lyle also served as a director on the USDA Farm Services County Committee for eight years.
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