Wisconsin Cattlewomen’s Association’s First Annual Meeting
The Wisconsin Cattlewomen’s Association (“WCW”) was incorporated in 2007, holding its first annual meeting at the WCA Winter Conference. Prior to the incorporation, the Cattlewomen operated as a council within the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association.
Currently, the WCW consists of a small group of women living in different areas of the state who share a love of farming. The desire to promote agriculture in Wisconsin keeps these women actively involved in their local 4-H, FFA, and other local beef and dairy promotion associations.
In addition to the Scholarship Program, the Cattlewomen’s Association has important roles in agricultural events such as the Winter Conference in February, the Beef Tent at the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, and Beef Day at the Wisconsin State Fair. The WCW has a representative on the Wisconsin Beef Council and also assists with the Steak Trailer.
The current Wisconsin Cattlewomen’s Association Board of Directors are Kathy Miller of Bristol, WI, who serves as President; Jena Swanson, Waukesha, WI, as Vice President and Ardel Quam, Lodi, WI, as Secretary/Treasurer.
Kathy and her family raise Black Angus cattle in Kenosha County. She serves as Membership Chairperson for the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association and often works at the Cattlemen’s Steak Trailer. Kathy is also President of the Wisconsin Angus Auxiliary. In addition to her agricultural duties, she works as a benefits analyst at Aon Hewitt.
Jena is originally from St. Croix Falls, where her family has a commercial Red Angus cow/calf farm. She currently represents the Cattlewomen’s Association on the Cattlemen’s Board of Directors and actively participates on the Membership and Communications committees. Jena is also active on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producer Council (YPC), specifically serving on the PR committee. She also works as an Account Executive at Bader Rutter & Associates.
Ardel and her family raise Angus cattle and crops in Columbia County. In addition to her WCW activities, she serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Wisconsin Angus Association. She is also near the end of her 2-year term as president of the World Beef Expo. Ardel is employed at the Wisconsin Beef Council as the Compliance and Office Manager.
The Wisconsin Cattlewomen’s Association is open to all women who have an interest in the promotion of beef cattle and the beef industry. Membership dues are $10 per year or $25 for a lifetime membership.