Stevenson Elected to American Angus Board
November 9, 2020
Montana Rancher Darrell Stevenson was elected by delegates to the 137th American Angus Association Convention to serve on the board of directors. The convention was held in Kansas City, MO.
Individuals newly elected to the board joining Stevenson include: Charles Mogck, SD, Smitty Lamb, GA, Gerald Theis, KS , Mark Ahearn, TX.
The executive officers elected to serve the American Angus Association Board of Directors include: President David Dal Porta from California, Vice President Jerry Connealy from Nebraska, Treasurer Chuck Grove of Virginia.
Malta’s Dave Hinman also serves on the American Angus Board of directors.
Biography on Darrell Stevenson
Darrell has a strong Angus legacy. His grandparents, Jamie and Jeanette, were charter members for the Montana Angus Association (1951) and Montana Angus Auxiliary (1960).
Darrell’s father, Keith, was nominated for and participated in the first National Junior Angus Showmanship contest in Lexington, Ky., in 1967. Keith served on the Board of Directors for both the Montana Angus Association (president, 1983-1984) and the American Angus Association (president, 1992-1993). Jeanette, Keith and Darrell’s uncle Wayne were honored with induction into the American Angus Association Heritage Foundation.
Darrell grew up exhibiting Angus cattle. He was actively involved with 4-H, FFA and Montana Junior Angus. He attended Montana State University and was selected Outstanding Junior Man, elected vice president of ASMSU and served as Noble Ruler for Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (1991-1992). He then transferred to and graduated from Oklahoma State University (1994). After graduating, Darrell returned to the home ranch in Hobson to pursue his dream of raising Angus cattle.
Darrell met his wife, Sara, while exporting heifers to Japan in the late 1980s. Their first date was a bull sale before marrying in 1995. They have two children: CJ is a senior at Montana State University and Claire is attending Cal Poly.
In 2019, Darrell and Sara expanded from Hobson onto a new unit in White Sulphur Springs to establish a later-calving herd. Although separated by a mountain range, Darrell continues to breed and market genetics with Stevenson Angus Ranch.
Darrell is a proud founding member of ORIgen, an industry-leading bull collection and marketing center. He has served on the board of directors since 2001. He is currently serving on the Montana Angus Association Board of Directors. He was witness to the first Montana Angus Tour in 1974 and assisted with hosting five more tours, as well as a National Angus Tour (1993.)
He has participated in four World Angus Forums and attended several international Angus events, including Palermo (Argentina), Beef Bull Week (New Zealand), Highland Stock Show (Scotland), Calgary Stampede (Canada), Golden Autumn (Russia) and Ag Expo (Kazakhstan). He was honored to judge the National Western Pen and Carload Show and the Angus Bull Sale Show in Denver. In 2010, Darrell created a partnership with two Russian businessmen to form an international beef venture between the two countries.
Despite the monumental challenge, they succeeded. The project was a pioneering marvel for vertical integration and establishing an Angus beef industry in Russia. He also introduced bovine in vitro fertilization (IVF) and established Russia’s first producing lab (2013).
In 2017, Darrell had an opportunity to sell his shares in the company. Today, the vision of Stevenson Sputnik continues as the second-largest beef complex in Europe. Due to this live cattle export experience, Darrell has overseen continuing shipments to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
A genuine Angus advocate and innovative leader, Darrell Stevenson welcomes the opportunity to serve the membership and is grateful for your consideration.
Source: Western Ag Network, BIO American Angus Asso.