WCA Annual Awards

Each year, the Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association honors a Cattleman of the Year, Friend of the Cattlemen, BQA Award and Environmental Stewardship Award. WCA award recipients were recognized at the 2023 Summer Tour.

Nominations for the  2024 WCA Awards are open until June 7.

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This award honors a cattle producer from Wisconsin who excels in various areas of the state’s industry and exemplifies the ideals of WCA. Areas of excellence may include: accomplishments within a beef or dairy operation, including seedstock or commercial production; recognition for cattle exhibited on a state or national level; cattle achieving recognition in a performance test or other marketing programs and other related accomplishments. Other qualifications might include service to the Wisconsin beef industry through involvement in local, state, and national organizations - such as WCA, Wisconsin Beef Council, World Beef Expo, or the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB). This award is sponsored by Quality Liquid Feeds and Form-A-Feed

Beef Quality Assurance Award 

This award recognizes Wisconsin beef producers who have implemented BQA practices on-farm, helped in the promotion of the BQA program in Wisconsin and helped improve animal care practices for the beef and/or dairy industry. Nominees must possess a current BQA certification to be considered for the award. This award is sponsored by Wisconsin Beef Council.


This award honors an organization or individual that has gone above and beyond to support the Wisconsin beef industry. This might include involvement with the WCA Steak Trailer, legislative efforts, educational events, and more. Support to the state’s beef industry may also include support of fellow beef producers or other organizations and events, such as the Wisconsin Beef Council, Wisconsin State Fair, UW-Extension or other academic institutions. Award criteria are broad in order to allow the selection of any deserving recipient who has made a positive impact on WCA, individual cattlemen, and Wisconsin's beef industry as a whole. This award is sponsored by IDEAL Agriculture and Marine Insurance.

Wisconsin Environmental Stewardship Award 

 The award recognizes a Wisconsin cattle producer for their outstanding environmental stewardship practices and conservation achievements. At the national level, these awardees are commended for their commitment to protecting the environment and improving fish and wildlife habitats while operating profitable cattle operations. This award is sponsored by U.S. Premium Beef. 


2023 WCA Award Winners

The following individuals were honored for their outstanding contributions to Wisconsin's beef industry at the 2023 WCA Summer Tour.

 previous wca award winners 

Cattleman of the Year

Jack Johnson | Medford, Wisconsin

Johnson has been an active member of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association for many years. He is a past board member and currently represents the WCA on the Wisconsin Beef Council Board.

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Beef Quality Assurance Award

Josh & Gretchen Kamps | Belmont, Wisconsin

The Kamps own and operate Pleasant View Farms, an expanding Angus cow-calf operation. They calve in both the fall and spring and then finish their cattle.

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Friend of the Cattlemen

Jeff Swenson | Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Swenson is the Livestock and Meat Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). As part of his role, he works with livestock producers and meat processors, bridging the gap between the two sectors.

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Environmental Stewardship Award

Riechers Beef | Darlington, Wisconsin

The Riechers family feeds cattle and cash crops. Riechers Beef has cooperated with Discovery Farm to research sediment loss, potential impacts of hormone implants on livestock manure, and manure handling in the operation. 

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