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The Iowa Cattlemen's Association is proud to support nearly 10,000 members and 97 local county organizations.

Our Mission: Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.

Many Iowa cattle producers and related businesses go above and beyond base dues and make an additional investment in the future of Iowa’s beef industry through the ICA President’s Council, as a Friend of the Industry Booster, donating to the Carcass Challenge, through the ICA Brand Wall and by investing their “Fair Share.”

Fair Share
ICA President’s Council
Friend of the Industry Boosters
Carcass Challenge
ICA Brand Wall
Iowa Cattleman Online Magazine

Printable Membership Form
Online Membership Form
Producer Membership
Friend of the Industry Membership
County Cattlemen's Associations
Calendar of Events

Fair Share

Fair Share is an avenue for Iowa’s cattlemen to invest in the successful future of their cattle industry. Fair Share investment is 25¢ per head of operational capacity annually.

Why is Fair Share important and how does ICA use it?

It’s imperative that the cattle industry be at-the-ready to respond to any issues that challenge our way of life. Information and the way it’s shared has changed. Social media and digital  communications have enabled the general public to research and respond to issues quickly. The cattle business is increasingly impacted by these issues and it’s more important now than ever before, that ICA has the resources and tools to stand up on behalf of all Iowa cattlemen to preserve our livelihood.

Issues Response

Fair Share sets a place at the table for ICA regarding current and recent issues such as:

  • Foreign Animal Disease preparedness and response
  • Nuisance lawsuit protections
  • Continuing to protect Iowa’s fence law
  • 2018 Farm Bill
  • International trade
  • Regulations governing new livestock barns

Example: In July, 2017, when an Iowa activist group pushed for revisions to the master matrix, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association pushed back. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement wanted to increase rules and regulations governing new livestock barns, but thanks to the investment of our members, ICA was able to effectively advocate on behalf of cattle producers. As attacks continue on Iowa agriculture, ICA will continue to defend your right to raise cattle in the state of Iowa.

Public Relations

ICA is committed to sharing the story of Iowa’s cattlemen and maintaining your freedom to operate. Our cattlemen are hardworking, caring family farmers who are proud of the safe, nutritious, quality food they raise, and we use social and traditional media to spread that message whenever possible.

Membership Awareness and Voice

When industry issues arise, ICA involves members to coordinate and communicate Iowa’s beef industry response. Members are also encouraged to use their voice and provide comments to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association on topics and issues important to them. Whether your input is given at a listening session, district meeting, through a survey or over the phone - ICA staff and leadership will attend meetings to relay Iowa cattlemen’s concerns on issues important to Iowa’s cattle producers.

To contribute your Fair Share today, please download a membership form or pay online. 

President's Council

Established in 1987 as a special group of select, allied-industry companies dedicated to the beef industry, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association President's Council makes an investment in the future of Iowa's beef industry.

Each member gives $5,000 annually for the development of special long-term programs, educational activities, leadership training and broad-based informational programs which normally fall outside the Iowa Cattlemen's Association's membership supported budget.

The President's Council establishes a communications link between Iowa's cattle producers and our participating companies. Through tours, events and seminars, ICA members have the opportunity to touch base with this elite group of businesses, which are all interested in the future of cattle producers.

If you are interested in becoming an ICA President's Council member, please email Adair Lents, Director of Industry Relations, or call 515-296-2266.

The list below are current members of the ICA President's Council.
* Denotes Founder Members.

ADM Animal Nutrition
BPI, Inc, Dakota Dunes, SD
Byron Seeds
Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
D&R Feed, Victor, IA
Darling Ingredients, LLC*, Des Moines, IA 
Elanco Animal Health, Overland Park, KS
Farm Credit Services of AmericaOmaha, NE 
First National Bank, Ames, Ankeny, Johnston, Valley Junction, West Des Moines
Holstein Manufacturing, Holstein, IA 
KentMuscatine, IA 
McDonald's, Coralville, IA

Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co.Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Waterloo, Omaha
Prairie Creek Seed,Cascade, IA 
Producer's Livestock, Omaha
Purina Animal Nutrition LLCFort Dodge, IA
Rabo AgriFinance
Ritchie Industries, Inc.*, Conrad, IA
Summit Livestock Facilities (An FBi Buildings Company)Remington, IN
Tyson Fresh Meats
Wilson Trailer, Sioux City, IA
Zoetis

Friend of the Industry Boosters

Boosters are county cattlemen’s associations, companies and individuals who support the Iowa cattle industry beyond the basic membership level.

2018 $1000 Boosters

Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association • Chickasaw County Cattlemen's Association • Jones County Cattlemen’s Association • Madison County Cattlemen's Association  • Mills-Montgomery County Cattlemen’s Association • Polk County Cattlemen’s Association • Sac County Cattlemen’s Association • Allflex USA Inc. • Animat • Bomgaars • Deluxe Animal Health • Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association • Kunafin The Instectary, Frank Junfin • Lytton Farm Equipment, Mike Penniman • Practical Farmers of Iowa

Carcass Challenge

Iowa’s beef cattle production sectors—seedstock, cow/calf, backgrounder, and feedyard, each play a key role in determining final cattle performance and carcass quality. ICA’s Carcass Challenge is an ongoing effort to demonstrate continuous industry-wide improvement within Iowa. As Iowa’s only statewide fed-beef competition, the ICA Carcass Challenge was created to:

1. Showcase Iowa’s beef cattle genetics, feedyard management, and modern technology.
2. Offer Iowa’s cattle industry a fun and competitive statewide fed-beef contest to highlight Iowa’s beef production advantages.
3. Provide leadership and learning opportunities through the ICA Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program (YCLP).
4. Generate additional non-dues ICA revenue to grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.

Each November, steer-sponsors donate 700 lb. steer calves to compete in this prestigious Iowa fed-beef contest. Steers complete 180-200 days on feed to an average 1,400 lb., market-ready end point. Cash prizes and special awards are presented to contributors of the Top 10% of individual steers based on the “Retail Value per Day on Feed,” recognizing both feedyard performance and end carcass merit. In 2017, a $5,000 cash prize will be paid to the Champion Steer donor(s). Awards for outstanding individual carcass results will also be presented. Every effort is made to deliver maximum cattle efficiency, carcass value and net revenue of all steers.

From July to October, YCLP members recruit steers for the contest. Individual ICA members, allied businesses, county associations and other entities have generously donated steers to compete for “Iowa’s Best Beef Carcass” steer honors. Read more about the Carcass Challenge here.

2018 Carcass Challenge Donors include:

Amana Farms Inc.
Sioux Center Veterinary Clinic
Greene County Cattlemen’s Association
Lawton Simmentals
Mark Hosteng
Bloomfield Livestock Market and Schooley Cattle
Weitl Charolais
Riverview Trucking/Riverview Feedyard
Steve & Trent Rehder
Kent & Sylvia Pruismann
Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association
Denny Denker
21st Century Cooperative
Ringgold County Cattlemen's Association
Custom Precast Company
Polk County Cattlemen’s Association
Longinaker Farms
Taylor Co. Cattlemen’s Association
Woodhill Farms
Renew Ag Supply
Jasper County Cattlemen’s Association
Marion County Cattlemen’s Association
Mosher Angus
Evan Vermeer
Dunlap Livestock Auction
Martin Cattle Co.
Ross River
Brad Balsley
Bob Noble
A to Z Feeders
Clay County Cattlemen’s Association
DMACC Agribusiness
SJS Cattle Co.
Dan Hanrahan
W-Rail Ranch
Iowa State Savings Bank - Knoxville
MLMS Sebetka Farms
Linn County Cattlemen’s Association
Brad Kooima
Henry County Cattlemen’s Association
Johnson Family Farms
Cargill Animal Nutrition
Innovative Ag Services
River Valley Coop
Madison County Cattlemen’s Association
Mitchell County Cattlemen’s Association
Iowa Cattle Marketing
Twin Cedar Cattle Marketing
Jake Denger
Maquoketa Feeds
Iowa Simmental Association
Iowa Beef Breeds Council
Kennedy Cattle Company
Carroll County Cattlemen
Deluxe Animal Health
Vander Veen Family Farms
Garver Animal Health Center
Knoxville Regional Livestock Market
RL Fleckvieh
B&B Farm Store
Buchanan County Cattlemen’s Association
Winthrop Vet Clinic
Scott and Kyle Greenlee
Jones County Cattlemen’s Association
Dubuque County Cattlemen’s Association
Delaware County Cattlemen's Association
Tri Vet Associates
Andy Rahe
Bruce River
Peyton River
Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association
Kossuth County Cattlemen Association
JD Morris
Rowe Farms
Converse Cattle
Cherokee County Cattlemen’s Association
Valley Veterinary Center
Worth County Cattlemen's Association
Collison Veterinary Service
Lytton Farm Equipment
Advanced Beef Genetics
Cass County Cattlemen’s Association
Rolling Hills Vet
Joe and James Johnson
Brad & Greg Williams
Heartland Agri Service LLC
Adams County Cattlemen’s Association
Emmet County Cattlemen’s Association
Fremont County Cattlemen's Association
Benton County Cattlemen’s Association
Rich Red Angus
Cherne Angus
Hosch & Sons Inc.
Har - Mar Farms
Pineview Farms LLC
Coon River Farms Inc.
Green Auction Co.
Massena Livestock Auction
Holden's Maines & More
American Maine Anjou Association
Iowa Maine Anjou Association
Cherokee County Cattlemen’s Association
Nahkunst Family Cattle
Lyon County Cattlemen's Association
Sioux County Cattlemen's Association
Decatur Co. Cattlemen’s Association
Amy Hamilton
Butler County Cattlemen’s Association
Carl Borrmann
Kossuth County Cattlemen’s Association
Cooperative Farmers Elevator
Purina
Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.
First Cooperative Association
Doug Rowles
Matt Lansing
Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association
Clayton County Cattlemen’s Association
Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association
Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association
Scott County Cattlemen’s Association
Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association
Pixley Family Simmentals
Sterling Cattle Co.

Brand Wall

The Brand Wall, which started in 1995, is a source of pride for Iowa producers and a way to recognize families in Iowa’s cattle industry in a business that remains family-oriented. The wall was completed in 2017, when the last 15 spots were filled in. Over the years, 160 members have donated $1000 to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.Those members include: 

2017

Glass House Farms, Ltd.: Richard & Rita Godfrey of Henderson, IA

JEM Angus: John & Emily Putney of Gladbrook, IA

Travis Jones of Ionia, IA

Kaisand Farm Corp.: David & Denise Kaisand of Kellogg, IA

Kooima Family Farms: Brad & Kathy Kooima & Matt, Kayla & Kristin of Rock Valley, IA

Rafter 4L Ranch: Ron Jr., Jen, Logan & Keagon Lyon of Van Meter, IA

Ross Land & Cattle LLC: Kevin & Sara Ross & Family of Minden, IA

Schuiteman Feedlot: Joel & Karen Schuiteman of Sioux Center, IA

Schwarck Farms: Michael Schwarck of Riceville, IA

Stream Farms: Aric & Angie Stream & Palen & Dawson of Bedford, IA

Streets Cattle Farms:  Steve & Carmen Streets & Peter, Ryan & Dillon of Wyoming, IA

Trans Ova Genetics: David Faber of Sioux Center, IA

Van Zee Commodities of Sioux Center, IA

Vermeer & Sons Feedlot: Darrell, Jeris, Darren & Nathan Vermeer of Sioux Center, IA

Winterfeld Brokerage & Feedlot: David Winterfeld of Sioux Center, IA

2016

Thoma Beef Feedlot, Wesley M. Thoma, JesupV&L Farms, LeRoy and Valene Schneiders and Family, Dundee

Walter Family Stock Farm, Families of Gary and Mary Kay Walter, Farragut

McNeis Farms, est. 1903, Joe & Kim, Preston & Lauren and Cassie McNees, New Market

R Hills Ranch, Dr. Gary and Georgia Runyon, Allerton

2015

3D Rueber, Dick, Dean, David & Dakota Rueber, Westgate/Luxemburg

Amana Farms, Amana

Amstutz Cattle, Aaron & Mindy, Brandt, Tucker & Wesley Amstutz, Bloomfield

Clan Farms, Nicholas & Sue Hunt, Atlantic

Deering Prairie View Farms, Charles & Kim, Kelsie, Tanner, Whitney, & Morgan Deering, Postville

Miller Farms, Thom and Mary Miller, Mollie, Abby, Eli & Katie, Winfield

River Family Farms, Ross and Vivian River, Maquoketa

Smith Family Farms, Eric, Dainna, Dustin, Emily & Liz Smith, Decorah

SP Genetics, Isaiah Shnurman, Sampson Shnurman & Travis Parton, Bevington

Spring Valley Ranch, Matt & Cassie Winters & Family, Volga

Ultra Ova, Toby & Casie Muller & Family, Adair

2014

Phil & Gayle Anstey & Family, Corning

Bar Z Ranch, Steve & Becky Zinke, Corning

Beavers Cattle Farms, Frank & LeAnn Beavers & Brett & Tina Beavers, Colo

Kisling Custom Cattle Working, Steve "Pee Wee" Kisling, Keosauqua

Prairie Hills Farms, Jim & Nancy Pellett & Family, Atlantic

RJTnT Miniture Herefords, Ron & Janice Klimesh, Troy & Tyler, Lawler

Rowe Farms, Justin & Corinne Rowe & Family, Dallas Center

S&B Cattle Co., Lexington, KY

Sampson Feedyard, Brian & Deborah Sampson, Alex & Bryce, Nevada

Shawn's Hay Grinding, Shawn & Jami Ritter, Keystone

Sioux Automation Center, Sioux Center

2013

Eby Trailers, Milt Eby, Story City

Har-Mar Farms, Mike & Linda Cline & Family, Elgin

Idlewild Farm, In Memory of Clarence Vos and Leroy Vos and Lowell & Judy Vos, Kingsley

J&R Farms, Jeff & Robbin Weier & Family, Denison

Petersen Family Farm Corp., Dan & Shirley Petersen, Muscatine

Smith Farms, Inc., Lynn & Joy Smith and Seth & Etta Smith, Nemaha

Timber Top Angus Farm, Dwight & Sue Muir, Rippey

Wiederstein Pure Angus Farm, Ed & Nicki Wiederstein & Family, Audubon

Ziskovsky Family Farms, Vernon, Marilyn & Norm Ziskovsky, Swisher

2012

Braun Farms, Roger & Blanche, Wayne & Michelle & Oliver Braun, Durant

Deppe Angus, Dennis & Jennifer Deppe & Family, Waverly

Graham Angus Farm, George & Randy Graham, Gilman

Kent Nutrition Group, Muscatine

Koopman Hay & Forage LLC, Dennis & LuElla Koopman & Family, Newhall

S&B Feedyard, Inc., Brian & Shiela Bentley, Macedonia

Teddee Farms, Ted & Dee Ann Paulsrud & Family, Danbury

The Rolling B, Roger & Betty Brummett, BedfordTom & Jane Hotz, Lone Tree 

2011

Bentley East Inc., Bruce & Ruby Bentley, Macedonia

Bettin Feedlot, Mike & Deb Bettin and Family, Odebolt

Bonnichsen Family, Tom & Rebecca Bonnichsen and Royce & Charlotte Bonnichsen, Letts

Burken Family, Jerome & Janis Burken and Family, Clinton

Carson Feeders, Inc.; Carson

Christensen Feedlot, Russ & Mary and Jim & Julie Christensen, Royal

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, Ottumwa

Curran Cattle Co., Mike and Kelliee Curran, Chariton

D&R Feed, Inc.,  Delmar & Rose Bayer, Victor

Dallmeyer Farms, Kurt & Jan Dallmeyer, Wellman

Faidley Farms, Donald & Dorothy Faidley, Colfax

Glenora Feedyard & Sievers Family Farms, Glenn & Norma Sievers and Bryan & Lisa Sievers, New Liberty

Greiman Brothers, Ed & Cindy Greiman and Matt & Angie Greiman, Garner

Lytton Farm Equipment, Mike & Susan Penniman, Lytton

Nash Farms, Kurt Nash, Kingsley

Neiss Family, Scott & Julie Niess and Cody and Callie Niess, Osage

McGregor Farms, Scott & Tracy McGregor, Nashua

Rob & Dawn Medberry, Rob, Dawn, Max, Madelin, Maria & Mayleigh Medberry, Volga

Silver Creek Feeders, Roger & Jill Chambers, Treynor

Triple R Ranch, Gene & Marita Rouse, Adam, Paul and Julie, Huxley

2010

Dean & Jean Black, Black Land & Cattle, Somers

Francis & Karol Bormann, Bormann Red Angus-Simmental, Livermore

Kirkwood Community College, Hoof-N-Horn Club, Cedar Rapids

Mike & Dianna Nolin, Jess, Wyatt & Gene, Nolin Red Angus, Monroe

Robert & Hope Mendenhall & Family, Garden Grove

Keith & Dana Wellhausen, Wellhausen Farms, Inc., Clarinda

2009

Jack & Vici Giltner

Rex, JoAnn, Fritz, Tamra & R.C. James, James Red Angus

Jeff & Twila Longnecker & family, Longnecker Cattle Co.

Chris & Barb Nelson, Nelson Simmentals & Angus

Todd, Kristi, Colten & Trenton Drake, Nodaway Valley Feeders LLC

Sid & Sparky Wellman, Wellman Cattle Company

2008

James Bradford, Brad Z Ranch

William Couser, Couser Cattle Co.

Howard Mogler, Mogler Stock Farms

Harold Peyton, Peyton, Inc.

Daniel Phelps, Dan Phelps Feedlot

John Fluit, Jr.

Duane Warden, Warden Farms

2006

John & Arlys Hall, Brookside Farms

Craig & Margaret White, White Family Farms

Kent & Sylvia Pruismann, Rock River Feeders

Bob & Verana Johnson, RVJ Land Inc.

Larry & Mary Lou Johnson, Johnson Family Farm, Inc.

Will & Deb Frazee, Frazee Farms LTD

Alan & Lisa Albright, Albright Farms, Inc.

2005

Paul & Margery Jones

Merle Witt, Witt & Son

Allan Zellmer, A-Z Feeders

Kirk & Lynn Brandt, Brandt Angus Farm

Vince & Jane Colllison, Collison Embryo

Doug & Judy Wedemeyer, Rainbow Valley Farms, Inc.

Bloomfield Livestock Market, Inc.

Larry Carlson, Carlson Farm

Steve & Shari Rehder, 3R Feedlot

2004

Ralph & Joyce Neill, Douglas Center Stock Farm

Bob Blomme, Audubon-Manning Vet Clinic

Dean & Maureen Freed, Horizon Beef

Quality Liquid Feeds

Brenton Brothers

2003

Jim Gregory, Gregory Feedlots, Inc.

Dean & Betty Whitehead

Steve & Penny Radakovich, Radakovich Cattle Co.

Trent Johnson, Johnston Charolais

David Kalsem, Kalsem Farm, Inc.

2002

Steve Olson, Olson Acres

Butch & Patsy Neumeyer, Golden Chute Ranch

Scott Hansen, Two Sisters Ranch

Rick Keith

1998

Ronald Seuntjens

Dave Petty, Iowa River Ranch

Kenneth & Phyllis Cheers

Iowa State University

ICA Bull Evaluation Program

Leonard Harris

Kevin & Terri Carstensen, Bar V Feedlots

1996

Lloyd RankMarshall & Jon KingRex Wilhelm, Wilhelm Family Angus

Mark & Jennifer Williams

Hinners Family

Jim Milani

John Lacey

John & Connie Greig, Little Acorn Ranch

1995

Junior Cooper

Wanda Nelson

Amana Society

Chuck & Carol Balvanz

Jim & Ann Werner

Craig Utesch, Triple U Ranch

Richard Derscheid, Four D Grain Cattle

Lee Faris

Gerald Anderson, Flying A Cattle Company

Wythe Willey

Noller & Frank Farms

Charlie Van Meter

Jim Jury

Scott & Don Lauritsen

Ned Stanzel

Glenn & Bev Rowe