Feb.21, 2007 — Alabama cattleman Ned Ellis, owner of Circle E Farms in New Deposit, Ala., has been elected president of Cattle-Fax, a Denver-based market information and analysis service. The election took place during the annual Cattle-Fax Board of Directors meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville. Ellis is the Southeast Regional director on the Cattle-Fax Board. He succeeds John Maddux of Imperial, Neb., as president.
Ellis runs 450 cows at Circle E Farms, one of the top ChiAngus operations in the nation. He also developed the Priester Pecan Company into a nationally recognized mail order firm. He retired from ownership of this family pecan candy business, and is now president of First Lowndes Bank. Ellis is very active in cattle organizations at the local, state and national level. He has served as chairman of the American Chianina Association Board of Directors, chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils and chairman of the Alabama Beef Industry Council.
Ellis served several years on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Committee and on the NCBA Audit Committee. Ellis was also president of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association in 1992. He graduated from Auburn University in 1953, receiving a degree in agricultural science.
Jamie Willrett, the Midwest Regional director on the Cattle-Fax board, was named president-elect. Willrett operates a feedlot and grain operation in Malta, Ill. Willrett has chaired the beef industry's Joint International Markets Committee and is now serving as co-vice chair of the NCBA Live Cattle Marketing Committee.
New directors elected to the Cattle-Fax board are Kevin Hughes of Boise, Idaho, and Kent Bamford of Haxtun, Colorado. Hughes, representing Cattle-Fax's Northwest Region, is involved with Agri Beef, which operates a large cow-calf operation as well as feedlots in Kansas and several northwestern states. Agri Beef also owns a packing operation in Pasco, Wash. Hughes is also president of Agri Beef Risk Management Company, and a managing partner of AB Trading.
Bamford, representing the Intermountain Region, is owner of Bamford Feedyard. In addition to its 15,000 head feedlot, Bamford Feedyard raises irrigated and dryland crops and operates a trucking company. It also has ownership interest in several Colorado ethanol plants. Bamford is a past president of the Colorado Livestock Association and has served on the boards of directors of NCBA and the Colorado Beef Council.