4:00 pm ~ Resolutions (supper following)
November 16 ~
8:00 am to 9:00 am CST- Registration
9:00- 10:30 President’s Welcome and Introductions- Dwight Keller
Annual Meeting: Minutes – Resolutions- Election of Directors
10:30 - 11:00- Break
11:00 - 12:00 - ND State Animal Health Update- Susan Keller
Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Animal Disease Traceability and ID
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00- 1:50 - Leesa Zalesky- Issues Impacting the Cattle Industry
1:50 - 2:40- Vaughn Meyer – Beef Checkoff
2:40 - 3:00- Break
3:00 - 4:00- Corbitt Wall - Market Analysis
4:00 - 4:15- Break
4:15 - 5:00- Panel Discussion
5:00 – 6:00 – Social Hour
6:00 – 7:00 – Banquet
7:00 – 7:40 – Brian O’Shaughnessy- Trade Issues
7:40 - 8:00 – Awards
8:00 – 9:00 – Gun Raffle, Silent and Live Auctions
Leesa Zalesky, Journalist
After an award-winning career in agriculture and investigative journalism that spanned nearly three decades, Leesa Zalesky covered virtually every major issue affecting the cattle industry. She’ll discuss the role the media has historically played in those issues and the intersection between politics, the press, and the beef consumer. Her recent book, “The Killing of Jack Yantis,” tells the true story of an Idaho rancher who was shot down in cold blood by two Idaho county sheriff’s deputies. Her second book, slated for publication in 2020, depicts the history and origins of the national mandatory beef checkoff, exposing some of the biggest flaws in the program and how those came to be. Zalesky resides in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Dr. Doug Zalesky.
Susan Keller DVM, North Dakota
Susan Keller graduated from Kansas State University in 1981 with a B.S. in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from K-State in 1985. She first practiced in Bowman and then in Mandan, ND, before opening the Countryside Animal Clinic located on the family ranch south of Mandan from 1987 to 1997. Keller is a career long member of the ND Veterinary Medical Association and served on the ND Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from 1990 to 1993. Keller was appointed the ND Deputy State Veterinarian in 1997 and in 2004 was appointed the ND State Veterinarian. Dr. Keller is a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician, a TB and Brucellosis epidemiologist and a member of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials. Susan and her husband Dwight and their children Luke & Katy, Jake and Tess & Thomas, work together on the Keller Broken Heart Ranch.
Corbitt Wall, DV Auction
Corbitt is a native of eastern New Mexico and west Texas. He is a fourth generation cattleman and has been a livestock auctioneer for 25 years. Corbitt grew up at his father’s side, taking delivery of country cattle purchases off New Mexico ranches and wheat pastures. They were also some of the first to order stocker calves from the Southeast, partnering with shippers from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. Corbitt received a Bachelor’s degree in Agbusiness and Economics plus a Master’s degree in Agriculture from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Upon graduation, he started an 18 year career with the USDA’s Ag Marketing Service and carved a niche in feeder cattle market reporting as the author of the weekly National Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary. In 2014, Mr. Wall accepted a position with DV Auction as their Commercial Cattle Manager and Livestock Market Analyst. He recently relocated back to the Texas Panhandle, after 16 years in northwest Missouri where he operated a small stocker cattle operation with his three daughters.
Vaughn Meyer, Sodak Angus Ranch
Vaughn Meyer and his wife Lois and son Jeffrey operate Sodak Angus ranch near Reva, SD. Vaughn attended SDSU majoring in Animal Science and following graduation was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corp. Vaughn and Lois returned to the family ranch, Sodak Angus, in 1972 to breed and raise purebred Angus cattle. Along with their son and two daughters and their families, Vaughn and Lois maintain a 500 head purebred Red and Black Angus cattle operation and hold an annual bull sale each spring. Vaughn has been active in many organizations including the South Dakota Beef Council, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, R-CALF USA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and Organization for Competitive Markets. Vaughn’s greatest concern is for the reestablishment of fair and competitive markets for the preservation of future family agriculture.
Brian is a widely recognized expert on international trade issues and how they impact domestic production of anything grown or manufactured in the USA. O’Shaughnessy has testified on trade before six congressional committees and the international trade commission. O’Shaughnessy serves as the vice chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) and speaks all over the country on trade issues.
CPA is a nonpartisan coalition of farmers, ranchers, domestic manufacturing and organized labor focused on making international trade work for its members.
Brian is uniquely experienced with both manufacturing and ranching/farm trade issues as he now owns an active ranch and is the principal owner of Revere Copper Products, Inc. Revere was founded by Paul Revere in 1801 and is the oldest basic manufacturing company in the USA.
Child care will be provided from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Lunch will be provided.
Please call Kari at @ 701-214-0639 or email
for more information.
A waiver must be signed at drop off.