Individuals present at the 2019 North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association Annual meeting were as follows: front, Dr. Lauren Hulsman Hanna, Dr. Greg Lardy, Dr. Charles Stoltenow, Dr. Christopher Schauer, Bruce Speich, Dr. Karl Hoppe, Tod Adams, TJ Alme; row 2, Lee Tisor, Delores Breum, Semiu Akanmu, Joseph Latimer, Michele Stoltz, Dr. Beth Carlson, Wanda Ottmar; row 3, Annette Rockeman, Mark Rockeman, Jim Breum, Mike Strode, Kim Entze, Jon DeKrey, John Dhuyvetter, Jason Wirtz, Kellen Unruh.

Jon DeKrey of Tappen was unanimously re-elected as president of the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association at the group’s annual meeting. DeKrey is one of three beef producers from the eastern region of North Dakota on the board of directors.

DeKrey and his family run a cow-calf operation near Tappen.

DeKrey, Aaron Bryn of Rugby and Troy Sailer of Golden Valley were reelected to represent the east, northwest and southwest regions of the statem, respectively on the board. All of the terms are for three years.

Kim Entze of Golden Valley was elected as vice president, and David Dockter of Mandan, was elected as treasurer.

Dr. Lauren Hulsman Hanna of Fargo was appointed by the board of directors to serve as the executive secretary.

The NDBCIA named Jim and Delores Breum of Taylor as the producer of the year, with CHAPS coordinator Lee Tisor presenting the award on behalf of the NDBCIA.

The NDBCIA is an organization of beef producers dedicated to promoting data collection and record keeping to advance the beef business.

The NDBCIA, NDSU Extension Service and the NDSU Computer Science department are collaborating on an update to the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System.

Called CHAPS 2020, NDSU computer science lecturer Joseph Latimer coordinated the programming facelift to help the beef industry more completely utilize the program from conception to consumption. The goal is to give the program a more modern look.

Hanna will be spearheading efforts to include genetic monitoring through a flexible database structure, which will allow for evaluation and investigation of genomic traits. The change would be used to analyze the frequency of a simply inherited trait or allow selection of complex traits.

The research and implementation of these tools will be accomplished by working with historical data submitted to CHAPS, along with more current data volunteered by producers.

The NDBCIA board meets quarterly.

The focus of the next NDBCIA meetings will be completion of the CHAPS 2020 rollout, and the organization meets quarterly. That meeting will be April 1.

Other members of the NDBCIA board include: Mark Rockeman of Donnybrook and TJ Alme of Balfor from the northwest region; Kellen Unruh of Hebron and Entze from the southwest region; and Bruce Speich of Milnor and Mark Wagner of Monango from the east region.

Individuals wanting more information CHAPS or the NDBCIA can contact Lee Tisor at the Dickinson Research Extension Center: lee.tisor@ndsu.edu or 701-456-1105.

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