Alan Mead

1st term

Missouri

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Alan Mead declared his candidacy for the American Angus Association Board of Directors with encouragement from fellow members and a desire to give back to the Association that has given so much to him and his family.

Mead is a third-generation Angus breeder from Barnett, Mo., and has been involved in all phases of cattle business his entire life. His experience spans from fence building, forage production, and showing cattle in 4-H and the junior Angus program, to now currently having three production sales annually, marketing close to 700 bulls per year.

Working for his grandfather and parents on their family farms until leaving to attend college, Mead’s drive and determination was thoroughly instilled. After completing his undergraduate degree, medical school and his residency, Mead returned to the area in 1994 as a board-certified anesthesiologist practitioner, serving his local community while harboring a new vision for Mead Farms.

Beginning with approximately 20 cows, Mead persevered to reach his production goal to be a performance-oriented herd focusing on the needs of commercial cattlemen. Since that time, Mead Farms has been one of the leading Pathfinder® herds both in Missouri and nationally. In 2022 Mead Farms has 66 Pathfinder dams, which is the highest number in the nation. The Mead family takes great pride in this accomplishment, as the Pathfinder program fits the basic philosophy of Mead Farms.

Under Mead’s leadership, the farm has grown to more than 7,000 acres and close to 1,500 registered Angus cows in addition to Charolais, Hereford and Red Angus cattle. Mead Farms is dedicated to the profitability of its customers and focuses on fertility, feet, udder structure, performance, and cattle that meet and exceed CAB requirements. The farm employs an intensive AI and ET program.

Mead has two daughters who are actively working as the fourth generation of Mead Farms. Juliette and Annaliese enjoy showing at the local, state and national level in 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). Additionally, they assist with daily operations and play a large role in the Mead Farms annual production sales. Juliette received her American Farmer Degree in 2021 and is currently president of the Missouri Junior Angus Association. With Juliette in college, Annaliese continues to take on additional roles within the farm.

Appreciating the experiences others have offered him, Mead puts a strong emphasis on giving back to his community. Mead served on the Missouri Angus Association Board of Directors from 2010-2017, including a term as president. Mead is a member of the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He has also served on the local YMCA Board of Directors and the local hospital board of directors for the past seven years. Additionally, he serves on the Finance/Audit Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee of his local hospital board of directors. Mead has also served the hospital as the chairman of the Credentials Committee and serves on the Medical Executive Committee. He has been chairman of the Anesthesiology Department for the last 25 years.

Mead would welcome the opportunity to help direct the many outstanding programs and services of the American Angus Association offered to registered and commercial cattlemen across the country. Through his own involvement as well as that of his daughters in the junior program, Mead has gained a strong appreciation on the importance of preparing our next generation of Angus breeders through progressive programming that will keep Angus on the forefront. Mead’s life, work and volunteer experiences have a strong track record of gathering information and making informed decisions, as well as approaching problems with an open mind to allow for successful outcomes.

Alan Mead says he would be humbled if given the opportunity to serve as a proactive member on the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association. Mead is unanimously endorsed in his candidacy for the American Angus Association Board of Directors by the Missouri Angus Association Board of Directors.