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 2021 Summer Tour.

 previous wca award winners 


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).

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.

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 Wisconsin Beef Council.


2021 WCA Award Winners

The following individuals were honored for their outstanding contributions to Wisconsin's beef industry at the 2021 WCA Summer Tour.

Environmental Stewardship

Jerry Huth and Josh Scharf | Oakfield, Wisconsin

Farm partners Jerry Huth and Josh Scharf expanded their operation by utilizing public grazing lands with the Wisconsin DNR. Together, they managed the pasture and worked with DNR to met their expectations and land use goals.

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Friend of Cattlemen

Mary C. Anderson | Whitehall, Wisconsin

In her current position with the Wisconsin DNR, Mary C. Anderson established several grazing operations on public lands. Anderson advocates for cattle producers to work with the DNR in expanding their grazing operations and promotes grazing as beneficial to the environment. 

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Friend of Cattlemen

Kurt Hallstrand-Hallstrand Angus | Prentice, Wisconsin

Kurt Hallstrand was honored because of his active involvement in beef producer organizations. He is the current president and founding member of the North Central Wi Cattlemen's Association. He also provided input for programs that impact Wisconsin beef cattle producers during his six-year term on the DATCP Board of Directors.

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