Will Mayfield, a cattle producer from Pulaski, Tenn., has been named the recipient of the Max Deets Leadership Award for 2018 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Mayfield was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the cattle industry at the Best of Beef Breakfast during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz. Feb. 2
The Max Deets Leadership Award is presented each year to the Young Cattlemen’s Conference chairman selected by his or her peers the previous year. It is named for Max Deets, a Kansas cattleman and industry leader who served as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in 1997. He died in 2014. The award was established through contributions from the Kansas Livestock Association and NCBA.
Mayfield is the regional beef coordinator for Select Sires in the Southeastern portion of the country, and is active in his family cow-calf operation with his father and grandfather. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Masters’ Degree in Bovine Reproductive Physiology, and worked with the American Angus Association for two years after graduate school in the Northeast part of the country. With Select Sires he has been involved with expanding the commercial market in the Southeast and state of Kansas, while continuing to develop the independent representative program throughout the territory.
In addition, Mayfield is the NCBA Region II Young Beef Leader Representative.