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In light of COVID-19, CCA has elected to postpone this year’s Feeder Meeting, originally scheduled for May 20-22 in San Diego. The next Feeder Meeting will now take place May 26-28, 2021.

All registrations purchased for the 2020 event will be applied to the 2021 Feeder Meeting. If you instead need a refund, please contact Lisa Brendlen at lisa@calcattlemen.org with the name of the attendee or company whose registration you wish to have refunded.

Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward to meeting together again in 2021.



Hotel reservations for the CCA group rate at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina can now be made. Click below to book your reservation or call (619) 234-1500.



Early Bird Registration is open NOW until March 15th.
Registration is $275 and includes: access to all meetings, breakfast on Thursday and Friday, lunch on Thursday and Thursday night’s dinner and entertainment a the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Additional Thursday night dinner tickets are available for $100 per guest.



The 2020 Feeder Meeting will follow the same format as last year’s meeting. To view last year’s agenda to get a feel for the schedule of the events please click here.

Welcome Reception: Wednesday, May 20 at 6pm, at Puesto in San Diego



FEATURED SPEAKERS (Click each name below to read bio)

Whitney Bond, Food Blogger | Cookbook Author On-Camera Host

Whitney Bond began posting her recipe creations online in 2011. Since then, she’s shared over 1100 quick and easy recipes with fresh ingredients on her self-titled blog, WhitneyBond.com. In addition to blogging, Whitney has hosted satellite media tours and news segments all over the country. Her degree in Broadcast Journalism and history as an entrepreneur have helped her branch out from blogging to hosting podcasts, creating videos for clients, speaking engagements and more.

Feeder meeting speaker Shawn Darcy

Shawn Darcy, Director of Market Research, NCBA

Shawn Darcy is the Director of Market Research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  The market research team helps enhance a range of Beef Checkoff funded work, by bringing consumer insights into the equation when issues management, production, nutrition, quality and communications work is being designed and implemented.

Shawn has over 10years of Market Research experience, having conducted hundreds of consumer studies.  Topics have ranged from consumer perceptions regarding how food is raised, consumer segmentation, food preferences, foodservice and retail trends, new product opportunities, advertising evaluation, and messaging and brand insights. Previous to NCBA, Shawn worked for Comscore ARS, where he was an Account Manager of Market Research on the company’s top Pharmaceutical and Consumer Package Goods accounts. Shawn received his B.A. at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

Bradley J. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, Texas Tech University
Speaking on: Carcass Differences between Holstein vs. Angus vs. Dairy/Angus

Dr. Bradley J. Johnson is currently the Gordon W. Davis Regent’s Chair in Meat Science and Muscle Biology and a Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University. Johnson has been in this position since June 1, 2008.

“Our laboratory focuses on research that increases our understanding of factors regulating growth and development of skeletal muscle in meat animals such as beef cattle and pigs,” Our group has used exogenous growth promotants like steroidal implants and beta adrenergic agonists as models to study the mechanism of postnatal muscle growth in meat animals.  More recently, our laboratory has focused on the effects of trace elements such as Chromium and Zinc on skeletal muscle growth in beef cattle.

Separately, the research team is involved in developing novel means to enhance marbling in beef. This research focuses on novel receptors present on intramuscular adipocytes that appear to have positive effects on lipid accumulation.

Prior to coming to Tech, he was a muscle growth and development Assistant and Associate Professor with the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University from Oct. 2000 through June 2008. He also worked as an Extension Ruminant Nutrition and Beef Feedlot Specialist and Assistant Professor with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at South Dakota State University Aug. 1997 through Oct. 2000.

Johnson, a native of Milbank, SD, earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from South Dakota State University. His master’s degree in animal science and doctorate in animal science are from the University of Minnesota.

2020 Feeder Meeting Speaker, Allyson Jones-Brimmer Director of Industry Relations

Allyson Jones-Brimmer, Director of Industry Relations, Animal Ag Alliance

As director of industry relations, Allyson Jones-Brimmer fosters relationships with stakeholders of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a national non-profit organization working to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork.

Allyson is responsible for raising awareness of the Alliance as well as growing Alliance membership and sponsorship. She communicates with the farmers, ranchers and industry professionals about activist strategy and what we can do to provide a counter voice.

Jones-Brimmer holds a B.S. in animal science and agricultural science education and an M.A. in agricultural education from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2015, she worked in a sales and customer service role with Farm Credit East.Jones-Brimmer grew up in northern New York, where she gained experience in the industry through working on farms, for cooperative extension and in a cheese processing plant.

Donald K. Layman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Donald Layman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Layman served on the faculty at the University of Illinois from 1977 – 2012. Dr. Layman is recognized for research about protein and amino acid metabolism, nutrition for athletic performance, obesity, diabetes and cardiometabolic health. Dr. Layman has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has received numerous awards for his research and nutrition teaching. Dr. Layman served as Associate Editor of The Journal of Nutrition from 1989 through 1993; and he currently serves Associate Editor of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and on the editorial boards of Nutrition & Metabolism, and Nutrition Research and Practice and is a consultant to numerous food companies and commodity organizations. Dr. Layman earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry at Illinois State University and his doctorate in human nutrition and biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Speaker for 2020 Feeder Meeting: Duane Lenz, CattleFax

Duane Lenz, General Manager, CattleFax

Growing up south of Castle Rock, Colo., Duane Lenz was raised on a diversified livestock operation. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in animal science.

Duane began working with CattleFax in 1989 as a market analyst. In addition to serving as General Manager for CattleFax, Duane is responsible for Texas, Arizona and California feedlot members, as well as being involved in protein analysis. Prior to working with CattleFax, Duane spent nine years as a lamb buyer for Farmstead Foods Corporation (formerly Wilson Foods Corp.).

Duane and his wife have two children.

Colin Woodall, Chief Executive Officer, NCBA

Colin Woodall is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and leads the country’s oldest and largest national trade association for cattle producers in being the trusted voice and definitive leader of the beef industry.

Originally from Big Spring, Texas, Colin graduated from Texas A&M and then worked as a grain elevator manager and merchandiser for Cargill at several locations in western Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle.  After venturing to Washington, Colin took a job with U.S. Senator John Cornyn from Texas.  He has been with NCBA since 2004 and served as the association’s Chief Lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for a decade.  He is a founding member of the Government Relations Leadership Forum, a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, the Agribusiness Club of Washington, D.C., the Washington Agricultural Roundtable, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Agriculture Council of America.  He also volunteers as a junior commercial steer show judge at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Kim Lawson Stackhouse, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability, JBS

Thank you to our 2020 Title Sponsors!

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