Jerry Etheredge of Montgomery was elected Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) president at the organization’s annual convention June 29 in Lexington, Kentucky. He will complete a two-year term leading the nation’s largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.
“I am certainly excited to work for and help my fellow market owners across the country,” said Etheredge, who was elected by his peers. “We represent 70 percent of all livestock markets in the U.S., and 70+ percent of all cattle sold are sold through LMA.”
Growing up in the cattle industry, Etheredge’s first exposure to livestock auction markets was as a cattle producer utilizing his local market for the sale of calves he’d raised.
Today, he owns and operates two livestock markets, Montgomery Stockyards LLC in Montgomery and Linden Stockyards Inc. in Linden.
At the 2016 LMA Annual Convention, Etheredge challenged LMA members to become more involved in the organization.
Additionally, he said LMA members must think about issues and a generational perspective, referencing LMA’s work toward modernization of the Packers and Stockyards Act, along with development of a leadership program for younger market owners and operators.
“The changes we (LMA) are working toward will help those of us in business today and the ones who will be getting into the livestock marketing business,” Etheredge said.
The LMA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector.
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