New officers for the Grundy County Cattlemen's Association were announced at a meeting in Grundy Center on March 7. More than 50 producers attended the meeting to learn about key issues that will impact them this coming year, including discussion about the beef plant in Tama.
Roy Wiggs, a major driver in the Tama project, spoke to the group by phone since he was traveling in an effort to put the "last couple pieces of the puzzle together." Wiggs said the business plan is focused on keeping the plant open "a long, long time" once it opens later this year.
Wiggs said his plan would make Iowa Premium Beef a medium-sized packer that can partner with medium-sized and smaller feeders. "We're your size. We're your neighbors. That's how we are looking at the people we'll deal with," he said.
New officers for the Grundy County Cattlemen’s Association are (from left) Vice President Jon Freese, Grundy Center; President Eric Roberts, Reinbeck; and Secretary-Treasurer Ryan Bakker, Steamboat Rock. Area cattle producers heard about current issues at a March 7 meeting where the officers were announced.
Wiggs said there are some customers lined up for product that will come from the plant, and. there will be fabrication on-site.
Wiggs comments caused Mark Buskohl of Grundy Center to say "It's long overdue to have a plant open up here in the state of Iowa." Buskhohl was an organizer of the event.
The county cattlemen officers are President Eric Roberts, Reinbeck; Vice President-Jon Freese, Grundy Center; and Sec.-Treas. Ryan Bakker, Steamboat Rock. Additional board members are being sought to help in grilling and other events that are being planned.
Other speakers at the meeting were Dal Grooms, Iowa Cattlemen's Association; Matt Janssen, Cargill; Brent Henningsen, Pfizer; and Brian Waddingham and Rita Cook, both Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.