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. 2021 WCA award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 WCA Summer Tour, scheduled for June 25-26, 2021, with stops planned in the Madison area.

2021 WCA award nominations are now open. Nomination forms can be downloaded below and are due by January 29, 2021.

 download 2021 award nomination form 

Completed nomination forms can be mailed to:

Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association
957 Liberty Drive, Suite 201
Verona, WI 53593

 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.


2020 WCA Award Winners

The following individuals were honored for their outstanding contributions to Wisconsin's beef industry at the 2020 WCA Winter Conference.

Cattlemen of the Year

Marda Angus | Lodi, Wisconsin

The Quam family was recognized as the 2020 Cattlemen of the Year for their extensive involvement in Wisconsin's beef industry, excellence in the Angus seedstock business, and continued dedication to the Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association.

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BQA Producer of the Year

J. Scott Hoffman, J&S Angus | Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin

Hoffman was recognized with the Beef Quality Assurance Producer of the Year award for his implementation of BQA practices on-farm, and for his support of BQA in Wisconsin.

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Environmental Stewardship

Arndt Farms | Janesville, Wisconsin

Arndt Farms received the Environmental Stewardship award in recognition of their outstanding environmental stewardship practices and conservation achievements.

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Friend of the Cattlemen

Bill Halfman | Monroe County UW-Extension Educator

Bill Halfman was recognized as the 2020 Friend of the Cattlemen for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Wisconsin's beef industry.

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Young Producer Scholarship

Paige Gaffney | Barneveld, Wisconsin

Paige Gaffney, a junior at South Dakota State University, received the 2020 WCA Young Producer Scholarship to attend the 2020 NCBA Convention, held Feb. 5-7 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Meritorious Service Award

Jena Swanson | Outgoing WCA Past President

Outgoing WCA Past President Jena Swanson received the Meritorious Service Award for her leadership and time devoted to the WCA Board of Directors.

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