Brangus Breeders Elect Tennessee’s Sneed to Board of Directors

We want to congratulation Davy Sneed for being elected to the International Brangus Breeders Association’s Board of Directors.

Davy Sneed TennesseeDavy Sneed is a 5th generation cattle producer raising registered and commercial Brangus on his family’s Century Farm in McMinnville, TN with his wife, Wendy.  He began in the Brangus business in the mid 90’s when he became involved with the Mid-South Junior Brangus Association.  Growing up, Davy was active on both the Mid-South Jr Brangus Board and the International Junior Brangus Breeder’s Association, holding officer positions in both.  He has continued his love of the show ring by working with several 4-H and FFA youth in fitting and showmanship clinics over the years, as well as housing cattle on his farm for those youth who do not have a place to care for them.

Following high school, Davy worked for Higgins Livestock in Woodbury, TN for four years.  Higgins procures approximately 7-8,000 head of stocker cattle a year and Davy assisted with intake, managing sick pens and all other aspects of management.  Davy then took a position with the Rutherford Farmer’s Cooperative as Animal Health and Livestock Equipment Sales Representative where he stayed for the next eleven years.  Davy currently works for Performance Feeds and Animal Health based out of Red Boiling Springs, TN and covers 11 counties in Tennessee and Northern Alabama.

Davy currently serves on the Cannon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, serves as the President of the Cannon County Young Farmers and Ranchers, and Advisor to the Cannon County Cattlemen’s Association.  He has also served as the Cannon County Cattlemen’s Association President, Southeastern Brangus Breeders Board of Directors, and sat on the Southeastern Brangus Breeders’ Association Junior Show Committee for the past two years.

DSC_0444_1Davy’s wife, Wendy, is an 8th generation farmer who was raised on a dairy operation in Northwest Tennessee before accepting a position with the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program in 2007.  She currently works as the Livestock Marketing Specialist for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and serves on the board of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattlewomen’s Association, and Tennessee Beef Industry Council.  As Davy manages the production side of the operation, Wendy oversees the marketing of the cattle off farm through various methods.  With both of their career paths being in agriculture, they have a true understanding of the big picture in not only the beef industry, but also all of ag industry.

With the prices at all-time highs, Davy understands producer’s anticipation to sell while prices are high, but also sees the importance in retaining and/or purchasing heifers.  “We have the lowest cow numbers in the United States in over 50 years and to remain the power protein we need producers in areas where it is possible to build back to and to assist those younger producers trying to get into the cattle business,” said Davy. “In Tennessee alone we have lost 140,000 plus mama cows and with beef as the state’s number one agricultural receipts, we need to work with producers in building their herds.  As we in the Brangus breed realize we have the best maternal offering out there and how better to help grow our commercial numbers than to assist commercial breeders looking to expand by educating them on the benefits of BrangusX cows in their herd.”