Applications Now Open!

Interested in participating as a student in the 2024 Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College? Applications will be opening soon. 

The MCLC Class of 2024 will consist of ten Missouri Cattlemen's Association members. There will be one member for each of the seven MCA regions as well as three members selected "at large" from across the state. 

2024 Application

Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College
Class of 2023

Sarah Brattin

Sarah Brattin is from Southwest Missouri.  She is currently studying Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University.  Sarah grew up on a cow-calf and backgrounding operation with her family.  She’s a member of the Southwest Cattlemen’s Association and has attended NCBA and MCA for several years.  She is excited to be a part of the 23-24 class of MCLC and to grow in the cattle industry.

Barry County

Tory Chasteen

Tory Chasteen graduated with a degree in agriculture from Missouri State.  For the past seven years, Chasteen has worked within the Missouri Cattle Industry.  Currently, he is the herdsman for Frank / Hazlerigg Cattle Company LLC, an operation focused on angus genetics near Fulton, MO.

Callaway County

Blake McDonald

Blake McDonald currently resides in Hallsville, MO with his wife Emily and daughter Clara.  Blake received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a member of both Meats and Livestock Judging Teams.  Upon completion of his BS, he obtained a MS in Ruminant Nutrition.  Blake raises Angus and SimAngus cattle, operates a direct-to-consumer beef business with Emily and works part-time for Sydenstricker Genetics.

Boone County

Adam McGee

Adam and his wife Lida Fay reside near Ash Grove, Missouri where they operate ALF Cattle Company, a small registered Hereford operation.  Adam is currently an Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Missouri State University.

Greene County

Adam Mershon

Adam is a 6th generation farmer from Buckner, Missouri.  Adam graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2022.  After graduating, he returned home to Buckner to help with the family cattle operation, along with raising corn and Soybeans.

Jackson County

David Mershon

David is a 6th generation farmer and rancher from Buckner MO. The farm consists of row crops and a commercial cow/calf operation.  Following graduation from the University of Missouri, he began working as a Grain Merchant at a elevator for Lansing Trade Group in western Idaho before moving to Colorado and finally back to Kansas City trading corn and wheat.

Jackson County

Grant Novinger

Grant Novinger is an 11th-generation farmer from Kirksville, Mo who pursued his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Business at the University of Missouri and is currently obtaining his MBA.  Grant works alongside his father, James, and uncle, Mark, in their cow-calf, feedlot and row crop operation.

Adair County

Joshua Ridgely

Joshua, his wife Hayley and their son Stetson, reside in Clarence, Mo.  Joshua oversees the cattle operation for Carroll Family Farms, a row crop and cattle operation.  He is a first-generation farmer and is excited to further his knowledge of the Cattle Industry through the MCLC program.

Shelby County

Shaye Siegel

Shaye Siegel is from California, Mo where she lives on her family’s cow-calf operation.  Shaye is going into her senior year at the University of Missouri where she is majoring in agriculture education.  Shaye is very excited for the opportunity to be part of MCLC and learn more about the industry from fellow producers. 

Cooper County

Brock Webb

Brock grew up on a cow/calf and backgrounding operation in Auxvasse, MO. Brock attended the University of Missouri, and graduated with an Animal Sciences degree in 2019. Brock is married to his wife Amanda, and they currently live in Columbia, MO. Brock currently works for Sydenstricker-Nobbe partners as their Digital Marketing Specialist.

Callaway County

2023 Sessions

Session 1: 

County Leadership Conference

March 6 & 7

Columbia and Jefferson City, MO

Session 2: 

Agribusiness Tour

May 18-20

Cattlemen's Steak Fry

June 10

Sedalia, MO

Session 3: 

Beef Industry Tour

September 7-9

Session 4: 

Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show

January 19-21, 2024

Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College is fully funded thanks to Merck Animal Health

and multiple student tuition sponsors!