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I belong to... CBB: Patty Bikowsky

PD Staff Published on 26 April 2011


Age: 60



Location: Madison, New York

My dairy’s history: This is a first-generation farm. I was brought up on a farm in Massachusetts, but moved to this farm 36 years ago.

If I wasn’t a dairy producer, I would be … a rancher or crop farmer. I taught school for three years but soon realized I needed to be outside working the land and raising animals.

I have been a member of the Beef Board for … four months.

I was excited to join the Beef Board because … I feel that the dairy industry doesn’t pay enough attention to what their beef checkoff dollars are doing for them. I’m hoping I can increase this awareness by passing on information to the dairy boards I serve on.


My favorite Beef Board representative/friend is … Joyce Bupp, because she has taken me under her wing and guided me how to be an effective beef board member. She is highly respected on every board she serves on, so I can’t think of a better person to guide me along the way.

What the beef checkoff does best for dairymen is … to keep the markets strong so that cull dairy cows can be a strong part of our income. When we beef a cow we need to have her in the best condition possible so we can recoup as many dollars as possible. Exports will play an integral part in keeping the beef industry strong in the future.

I feel valued as a checkoff member when … ranchers pick my brains on how dairy farmers feel about the checkoff. I hope to be a bridge between the beef and dairy industries.

An influential person whom I’ve met through the Beef Board is … Tom Jones, the new chairman of the Beef Board.

He/she is helpful/influential because … he seems to truly care about the new members and goes out of his way to make them feel welcome. I will be using his expertise whenever I have issues I may not understand.

My worst struggle in cattle production is/was … volatility in the market. This makes it difficult to make projections to manage my business effectively. The highs and lows are like riding a roller coaster. Both the producer and the consumer would be better off with a steady price, as long as it was profitable.


I hope my legacy is … to be remembered as an effective board member who listens to the needs of producers and acts with integrity at all times.

If I were running the Beef Board, I would … scrutinize all projects aimed to increase beef consumption and try to determine which would be the most effective in keeping all beef producers profitable.

My advice to all dairymen is … to consider the beef checkoff as theirs, just as they do the dollars put into dairy promotion. Dairy beef is approximately 20 percent of the beef produced in this country, so we have a large stake in how those dollars are spent. PD

Cattlemen’s Beef Board
9000 E Nichols Ave., Ste. 215
Centennial, CO 80112
(303) 220-9890

Year organized: 1985
Members: 106

The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

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