I hope the winter season has been good to you and your families. I look forward to serving you as president in the coming years. A little intro for those who may not know me. I have been involved in the cattle industry most of my life starting out on the dairy side but always had a stronger passion for beef cattle. I operate a cow calf operation consisting of Registered and commercial Angus cattle that are raised in a predominantly grass operation. Many of you may know me from the youth shows where my children (all aged out now) have participated in for many years. Or maybe you have purchased equipment from me from my off the farm career as a salesman for Twin Clover Equipment. I have enjoyed being involved in the NYBPA for many years serving as the Region 1 co-chair, chair, and NYBPA vice president.
Hopefully many of you enjoyed the 2023 Winter conference and annual meeting. Who could not resist wanting to meet Temple Grandin. I remember the last time she was the keynote speaker, it was my first annual meeting I attended and it was definitely one of the best meetings I can recall. We had many great speakers and Sara Fesner had youth activities planned for our youth. It was great to visit with friends and fellow producers and talk with the venders and sponsors at the trade show. Thank you to all who took the time to attend.