GREENVILLE, S.C. – Californian David Macedo, beginning his second year as Livestock Marketing Association’s president, reviewed key issues facing marketing businesses and challenged LMA members, leadership and staff to build on the positive momentum LMA has developed in several areas.

Macedo is president of Tulare Sales Yard, Inc., Tulare, Calif., a market that’s been in his family for 72 years. He and LMA Vice President Tim Starks, a veterinarian and the owner/manager of Cherokee Sales Co., LLC, Cherokee, Okla., are in the second year of their two-year terms.

In remarks prepared for delivery at LMA’s recent annual Convention, held here, Macedo discussed:

Animal handling and animal welfare – LMA doesn’t just “talk the talk.  We’ve made a commitment to action on this critical issue, and will continue to make it a priority.”

As evidence of this commitment, Macedo cited the ongoing animal handling assessments carried out at LMA member markets; the online Animal Care Training Program developed by LMA staff in connection with Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute; and new educational opportunities being developed, that address the proper handling of sheep and small animals.

He challenged the LMA staff to continue to “build on their momentum,” and he challenged members to take advantage of these programs, “helping us to turn the spotlight on your individual markets as progressive businesses who take animal handling very seriously.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program -- The industry is waiting for USDA to publish its proposed rule implementing the mandatory ADT program.

“When it comes out,” Macedo said, “we’re confident it will reflect input provided by the Cattle ID Group, a coalition brought together by LMA and made up of a dozen national and state beef cattle, dairy and market organizations.”

     He called on the LMA leadership and staff, as they did with the ADT program and earlier, with country of origin labeling (COOL), “to push forward…to bring together multiple segments of the livestock industry, from producer to packer and regulatory agencies, to work through issues in the best interest of all parties involved.”

Voluntary indemnity fund – This fund, financed by the markets, would protect them from payment defaults in the event of buyer defaults and bankruptcies.

Macedo noted that livestock markets were left holding about $30 million in unpaid invoices when earlier this year, Indiana’s Eastern Livestock Company defaulted on payments and later filed bankruptcy.

Creation of some payment protection mechanism “will remain one of my top priorities and directives to our staff and leadership for the coming year,” Macedo said, noting the LMA Board of Directors is actively investigating the idea.

Macedo is on the Tulare City Council, and was mayor from 2003-2004. His industry activities include serving as the livestock market representative on the California Beef Council from 1998-2000, and as a former treasurer of the California Livestock Auction Markets Association.

At LMA, he was first elected to the Board in 2005, and has served on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee.  He was also the 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion.

Starks is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. He received his DVM degree in 1992 from Oklahoma State University, and his bachelor of science degree from OSU in 1989.

Starks has served on the LMA Board and on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee.

Newly-elected to the Board for a two-year term is Sam Roberts, Columbus, Ohio. He is assistant vice president of corporate marketing for United Producers, Inc., Columbus, a farmer-owned and operated livestock cooperative.

     Roberts has been with United for 24 years, starting as an intern. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics.

     Roberts is a member of LMA’s Government and Industry Affairs Committee, director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, president of the Clark County Cattlemen’s Association, and was chairman of Ohio’s annual Beef Expo from 1997-2007.

     Re-elected to the LMA Board were E.H. Fowler, Sedalia, Mo.; Dan Harris, Holton, Kan.; Dwayne Mays, Ogallala, Neb., and Charlie Rogers, Clovis, N.M.