The South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) is calling for nominations for their annual “Awards of Excellence.”

The awards recognize individuals, couples, farms, firms, businesses and similar groups who have demonstrated exemplary service to both the SCCA and the state’s beef industry. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 12, 2007.

The SCCA says that no operation is too large or too small to receive the award. People receiving these awards demonstrate a special aptitude towards upholding the ideals of the SCCA outlined in its mission statement: To unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of South Carolina’s beef industry.

The recipients show outstanding and exemplary performance in levels of production, innovation and service to the state’s beef industry.

While realizing that production methods in this state vary greatly and recognizing that production must occur in conjunction with sound environmental practices and sound management practices to ensure the safest, most wholesome products available for the beef consumer, these recipients allow and cause beef production to aspire to ever-higher levels in the state.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association at the Edisto Research and Education Center on March 3, 2007.

For more information about the South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association Awards for Excellence, contact the South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association Awards Committee, P.O. Box 11280, Columbia S.C. 29211, (877) 859-9121, (803) 734-9808 (fax), scbeef@scda.sc.gov.

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