The Kentucky Cattleman’s Association
Many people may ask, “What the heck is the Cattleman’s Association?” Normally, the first thoughts that fill people’s minds when they hear “Cattleman’s Association” are: farmers, cows, farms, rednecks, dairy, beef, steaks, hamburger, milk, and so on. Many of these “stereotypes” prove true and many not so much. My experience with the KCA (Kentucky Cattleman’s Association) may be limited, but its roots run deep in my hometown and my family. Although a great number of my family members are in the KCA, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about them, which inspired me to “get to know” them.
According to www.kycattle.org, the official Kentucky Cattleman’s Association website, Kentucky and its Cattleman’s Association are defined as “the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River, Kentucky is home to over 1.1 million beef cows and ranks 5th nationally in total number of farms. The Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, a grassroots organization with 93 chapters in 120 counties, works to protect, advance and be a strong voice for the state's 40,000 plus cattle producers.” This organization came to existence in 1973 when two organizations merged together as one. These two organizations are the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association and the Kentucky Feeder Calf Association. Something I already knew about the KCA was its original name: The Kentucky Beef Cattle Association (KBCA) which is also stated on KCA’s website. The main goal of the KCA according to Steve Hanson, KCA member and friend of my father, is to promote beef, new beef products, and the beef industry in general.
Danny Davidson and his brother Tony were by far my favorite interviewees because of their extreme outgoing personalities, sense of humor, and knowledge of the topic. Both have been member’s of the KCA for many years and make sure to attend all meetings and dinners for their county’s chapter (Barren County). Tony informed me who the “creator” or “father” of KCA was: His name was Smith Powell. Also, Powell later became president of the association and first executive secretary. Danny, Tony, and also Steve enlightened me on what goes on at the dinners and meetings. According to these 3 men, issues concerning the beef...