William McIntosh | Kentucky
It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I ran for the board. It has been a great three years and it feels like we have accomplished a lot in that time. It is indeed an honor to represent the AGA members as a board member and treasurer.
My wife, Carrie, and I live in Georgetown, Kentucky, where my brother, Steve, and I own and operate McIntosh Brothers, a registered Gelbvieh and Balancer seedstock operation. Steve and I purchased our first Gelbvieh cattle in 1989 and in that time, we have been active in both the Kentucky and American Gelbvieh Associations.
From the early age of 14, I developed a passion for the breed. I am a charter member of the Kentucky Gelbvieh Association and currently serve as president. In 1995, I served as vice president of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, where I gained a ton of knowledge and developed life-long relationships. From 2003-2009, Steve and I owned a stocker backgrounding operation and I worked at the local sale barn as clerk, backup auctioneer, and I did some order buying. I learned so much about the entire beef industry in those years and the importance of never overlooking the basics.
Today, our primary farm income is generated by commercial Gelbvieh and Balancer bull sales. I understand what it’s like to financially depend on the cowherd to make a farm payment or equipment payment. The Gelbvieh breed is a passion, but more importantly, it’s a business. And I know from an association standpoint, the board and staff should never forget the impact their decisions can have financially on the membership. I worked as the eastern field representative for the AGA and then later in my career as the AGA marketing coordinator. I traveled across the country meeting AGA members, commercial producers and feeders. I feel like I understand the challenges facing AGA members both large and small and am excited to address these challenges. Again, thank you to the nominating committee for the nomination to run for the AGA board of directors, and thank you for your consideration.