U.S. CattleTrace, an industry-driven initiative for animal disease traceability, recently announced the appointment of leadership for its Board of Directors. Brandon Depenbusch of Great Bend will continue to serve as chairman, with Ken Griner from Chiefland, FL, appointed as chairman elect. Wes Killion with Beef Northwest Feeders of Boardman, OR, was elected treasurer.
Depenbusch is the vice president of cattle operations for Innovative Livestock Services (ILS). Since he joined ILS in 2009, he has initiated positive change in the organization’s operations through research and development, as well as implementing technologies such as RFID. Depenbusch currently serves on the Kansas Animal Health Board and is actively involved in KLA.
Griner is president of Usher Land & Timber, a family-owned logging, farming and cattle operation. He served as president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association in 2017 and is active in Florida Farm Bureau.
The U.S. CattleTrace initiative currently encompasses 12 partner states, including Kansas, and 152 industry participants, consisting of feedyards, auction markets, individual cow-calf producers, processors, state cattlemen’s associations, like KLA, state and federal agencies and other industry stakeholders.