Tom Turner of Somerset, Ohio was elected to the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) Board of Directors (BOD) at their recent annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, held during the National Western Stock Show.
“We are excited to have someone of Dr. Turner’s background, training and experience to help lead this breed into the future,” said Montie Soules, Executive Secretary of the ASA said
The BOD consists of nine members, each serving a term of three years. Three directors are elected at the annual meeting of the membership each year. The BOD meets five times per year and oversees standing committees including Youth Activities, Leadership and Scholarship, Shorthorn Junior Program Sustainability, Senior Membership Show Committee, Genetic Evaluation and Database Management, Appendix Shorthorn and Shorthorn Derivative Cattle, Promotion and Breed Image and Commercial Marketing. Board members as well as Shorthorn breeders from across the country serve, making program recommendations for the betterment of the Shorthorn breed to increase profitability for breeders.
“I believe that Shorthorn genetics have much to offer the US beef industry and I further believe that the quality of our cattle and people has placed us on the cusp of a dynamic future,” Turner said.
Turner operates a purebred Shorthorn operation in Perry County, Ohio, and since retiring from The Ohio State University three years ago, has expanded numbers rapidly. Turner was the coach of the OSU livestock judging team for 32 years, past president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, 2011 inductee into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame and currently serves on the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association Board.