November 30, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Center for Beef Excellence announced Nov. 26 that five cattlemen will serve on its board of directors for a three-year term.

Directors are: Cheryl Fairbairn, Coatesville, Chester County; Michael Gahagan, Dayton, Armstrong County; Tommy Hamm, Allenwood, Union County; Jacqueline Root, Lawrenceville, Tioga County; and Gene Trowbridge, Meshoppen, Wyoming County. 

“These beef producers bring diverse experience, knowledge and integrity to our board,” said Ann Nogan, executive director of the center. “By strengthening today’s beef industry, they are setting the stage for tomorrow’s producers to continue our tradition of raising quality beef.” 

Fairbairn and Trowbridge are returning for a second term on the board. The Angus seedstock producers helped establish the board’s organizational structure and governance protocol, built strong corporate and community partnerships, and strengthened the center’s programs. 

Gahagan brings experience from many segments of the beef industry in positions across the nation. He is head of cattle procurement for the JBS Souderton plant. His involvement with cattle began at an early age with W & G Livestock, the family cattle-buying business, which led him to self-employment as a cattle buyer in western Pennsylvania. His expertise can help equip producers with the proper management tools to cover their risk. 

Hamm runs a Beef Quality Assurance-certified Angus- and Simmental-based cow/calf operation using rotational grazing and radio-frequency animal identification. He researches the best and most efficient ways to breed and raise cattle. Hamm owns and operates his own livestock fencing company. 

Root raises Hereford cattle and is president of R & R Energy Consulting LLC, offering mineral management services to land and mineral owners. She is a certified mineral manager and a founding member of the National Association of Royalty Owners Pennsylvania Chapter. She assists farmers in energy-producing areas with mineral management decisions. She also served with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture for 25 years, volunteered with 4-H and provided accounting services for 10 years. 

The next CBE board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2014, in Room 202 of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture building in Harrisburg. 

For more information email Della Seitz at dseitzcbe<\@>, call the center at 717-705-1689 or visit

As published in Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 30, 2013