AMERICAN ABERDEEN ASSOCIATION ® 19590 East Main Street, Suite 104 Parker, CO 80138 • (303) 840-4343 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President CRAIG WALKER • W Diamond Livestock Co. 1601 Springfield Rd. • Roswell, NM 88201 (575) 626-7444 Vice President

PRESIDENT ’S COLUMN  CRAIG WALKER, DVM A s we are nearing the end of the year, I always look forward to the winter edition of The Led ger and get excited about what the new year will bring. We will kick off 2021 slightly differently with the National Show and Annual Meeting held in Woodward, Okla. Many things are still fluid, but the schedule and information about the host hotel and annual meeting can be found on page 18. Be sure to visit for updates. We are in some weird “one-off” times. There have been moments where our products weren’t readily available to a consuming public and where uncer tainty guided most days. We can hide from it or we can jump right out in the middle of it. The one thing that has been brought front and center throughout this pandemic is that the consumer wants direct access to a wholesome food source. As American Aberdeen breeders, we should be jumping in head first to fill this void. Our cattle fit the demands of today’s consumer — they are effi cient, low input and have a small footprint. Aberdeen Premium Beef is right for

DARWIN ENGELKES • Pine Hurst Farm 16927 H Ave. • Wellsburg, IA 50680 (319) 415-0540 Director REBECCA MILLER • Lime Kiln Farm 277 Clipp Road • Delmar, NY 12054 (518) 337-0231 Director

the times. This safe, consistent, age- and sourced-verified product should be popping up from coast to coast. We have been working tirelessly on our new online system, perfecting it so we can start collecting data to allow the breed to establish bench marks. This will provide breeders and buyers meaningful data and ratios that are relevant to make com mercial and purebred buying deci sions. Your participation will propel the breed to a new level. The American Aberdeen Associa tion ® is more than just a registry. We are here to promote the breed. We

The American Aberdeen Association ® is more than just a registry. We are here to promote the breed.

JACK SANDFORD • Sandford Ranches PO Box 556 • Greenwood, TX 76246 (940) 389-9225 Director ROB FANNING • Fanning Cattle Co. 877 Oakland Lane • Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (309) 373-2996 Director ALLEN SIEVERKROPP • S Four Farms PO Box 235 • Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 750-4203 Director KENNY HINDS • Comanche Beef 3302 Twilight Beach Rd. • Duncan, OK 73533 (580) 656-4383 For information about registering animals or membership, contact the AAA Office: 19590 East Main Street, Suite 104 Parker, CO 80138 • (303) 840-4343 The American Aberdeen Association ® is a not-for-profit corporation of North Dakota dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Aberdeen cattle.

have a bank of promotional assets that are used daily to help market American Aberdeen cattle to the buying public. I remind you that these services are not free and the funds to keep it are generated from dues-paying members, along with registrations and transfers. It is crucial to the breed’s success that you to do your part and get your membership paid and your calves registered. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and I look forward to see ing you in Woodward. TL Despite the challenges we’ve encountered in 2020, we look forward to moving ahead – together – for a stronger, better tomorrow. AMERICAN ABERDEEN EVENTS 2021 January 27-30 American Aberdeen February 2 Oiler Aberdeen Heifer Sale,

Association ® Show and Annual Meeting, Wood ward, Okla.

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