Todd Bickett, DVM, Georgia
I am honored to be considered for my second tenure on the AGA Board of Directors. For those unfamiliar with me, my wife Alisa and I have operated as TJB Gelbvieh since 1991. I have repeated this story many times, but the best thing I ever received from this breed is my wife. Alisa and I met when I was purchasing my first Gelbvieh females from her cousin, Randy Daniel at Partisover Ranch. For that introduction, I will be forever grateful.
I was raised on a dairy/beef cattle farm in central Kentucky, where I developed my passion for the industry. I attended the University of Kentucky for my undergraduate education and studied Animal Science. In 1986, I graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Hailing from the Bluegrass, I made Georgia my home when I began mixed-practice veterinary medicine, a practice I co-owned for 15 years. My real love in the profession became bovine reproduction, so I left the clinic and began operations as Bickett Genetics, Inc. I have operated a full-service bovine embryo transfer service since that time.
I was exposed to the Gelbvieh breed through a client in 1988, and like most, was impressed with the MARC data and the docility and maternal strengths. That interest led me to Partisover Ranch, and the rest is history! I have been fortunate in my veterinary career and my cattle ventures to have encountered tremendous cattlemen to emulate. In the beginning I was not experienced in the purebred cattle business, so I found the people I could believe in, took their advice, and followed their lead.
I was enamored with my first tenure on the board. The term was amid a crucial time, during the transition to the Balancer® segment of our industry. It was at that time I learned the importance of representation from various aspects of the breed. Additionally, I learned that differing opinion is what makes an association thrive. Although we did not always agree, inside the boardroom we were responsible for setting our individual ideas aside and taking a unified position for the association. Today, I believe I can bring this same open-mindedness and a new, determined vision to the Board.
While I truly love and admire agriculture, my wonderful family and God are my strong foundation. Alisa is forever full of energy and life. Her vivacious personality is one of God’s greatest blessings, and she is a light to everyone she meets. Besides that, she is an awesome herdsman–when she needs to be! My oldest daughter Kelsie graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) in agricultural communications. Following graduation, she spent time working in agriculture policy and now works in corporate marketing in Lexington, Kentucky. My youngest daughter Katelyn is also majoring in agricultural communications at UGA and is developing her passion for agriculture, both in her studies and her time working at the University’s dairy.
I have invested thirty years of time, effort and financing into a breed and industry that have become my life. Understanding and appreciating the value of this breed, I desire to make this breed flourish. If elected, I promise to dedicate all that I can to our future success.