Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chico State associate dean to lead California Cattlemen

From California State University-Chico's College of Agriculture:
Associate Dean Dave Daley of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture was named president of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) at the organization’s Centennial Celebration December 1–3, 2016 in Sparks, Nevada. Daley also received honors at the 2016 Western Nugget National Hereford Show held concurrently.

Meanwhile, CSU, Chico senior animal science major Rebecca Swanson was elected chair of the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC), and animal science professor Kasey DeAtley was recognized as the Butte County CattleWoman of the Year during the California CattleWomen’s Association’s (CCW) annual proceedings. Thirty-five students and six faculty and staff attended the annual convention of the CCA and CCW held at the Nugget Casino Resort.

Daley will serve two years as president of CCA, which is a nonprofit trade association formed in 1917 that represents California’s ranchers and beef producers in legislative and regulatory affairs. Daley earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science at CSU, Chico, and went on to complete his graduate work at Colorado State University. He has served as College of Agriculture faculty for 26 years, including two years at the college’s interim dean. Daley coadvises the CSU, Chico Young Cattlemen’s Association and manages the University Farm beef unit. Together with his family, Daley ranches in Oroville, California.

The Western Nugget National Hereford Show selected Daley as its 2016 honoree in recognition of his work in education, policy development and advocacy on behalf of the beef industry, and specifically acknowledged his applied research into heterosis and the value of Hereford genetics in a planned cross-breeding program.

Swanson, who is the current president of the Chico State Young Cattlemen’s Association, was elected chair of the YCC, which is a committee within the California Cattlemen’s Association that integrates the next generation of leaders into the grassroots organization. Swanson will represent YCC members at meetings and events throughout the state in 2017.

DeAtley received her Butte County CattleWoman of the Year award at a luncheon honoring active and inspiring CCW members from throughout the state. Kasey DeAtley is a sixth-generation Northern Californian who earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from CSU, Chico in 2005. She did her graduate work at New Mexico State University in reproductive physiology and beef cattle genetics, then returned to CSU, Chico and joined the agriculture faculty in 2014. DeAtley coadvises the Young Cattlemen’s Association; teaches a variety of beef production, rangeland management and agricultural research classes; and ranches with her family in northeastern California.

The 35 Chico State Young Cattlemen’s Association members who attended the CCA and CCW convention were able to network with other Young Cattlemen from throughout the state, attend various CCA and CCW committee meetings, visit the tradeshow, and learn about issues affecting beef cattle producers.
Here is the feature I did on Dave Daley last year.

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