Indiana Angus Association Endorses Dr. Philip Howell for American Angus Association Board Member
The Indiana Angus Association (IAA) board endorses the candidacy of Philip A. “Doc” Howell for the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1973. After graduation, Phil worked in mixed animal practices in Cedar Grove, Wis., and Silver Lake, Ind. To be nearer family, he purchased a practice in Winchester, Ind., in June 1979. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association; Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, where he completed two terms on the board; American Association of Bovine Practitioners; and the Indiana Bovine Interest Group. In 1973 he married Judith Diane Siewert. Judy is a registered nurse (retired) and a past president of the Indiana Angus Auxiliary. Phil and Judy have been blessed with three children, all Purdue graduates. Phil has served as a member and president of the county extension board and council and the Randolph County Beef Producers. He has been a member of the Agricultural Outreach Board of St. Vincent Randolph Hospital and the Randolph County Board of Health. He and Judy are members of Countryside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Winchester, Ind., where Phil has served as an elder for more than 20 years and as a Sunday School teacher for junior high boys. In 1961, Phil purchased his first Angus heifer from Don Watkins of Beaver Ridge Farm, Middletown, Ind. Phil has served as president of the Indiana Junior Angus Association (1969), IAA (2005) and the Southeastern Indiana Angus Association (2009). Since 2005, he has served on the IAA board. He has served as chairman of the communications committee as the Indiana Angus News has evolved from a half-size black-and-white publication to a full-size, full-color magazine. Email blasts and digital editions of the News have evolved during his term. Since 2005 he has been a voting delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting. In 2006 he was chairman of the NJAS Daily Volunteers Committee, and he served as the veterinary service coordinator when the NJAS returned to Indianapolis in 2014. Phil and Andy currently own 50 cows, with the majority being registered Angus. They have used artificial insemination (AI) extensively, as well as embryo transfer (ET), ultrasound and genomic evaluation. Performance testing has been used since the mid-1960s. They have hosted several open house/private-treaty sales at the Winchester farm, and they have consigned cattle to several sales. During his first term on the American Angus Association Board, Phil served on the board of Angus Productions Inc. (API) for one year and on the board of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) for two years. He served as chairman of the Data Force Subcommittee. He was vice chairman of the Industry Relations Committee. If elected to a second term, he would pursue his original goal, which was the discovery and multiplication of superior Angus genetic material from small or large herds. He would work to increase the value of the Angus registration paper. Working to increase the impact of the American Angus Association within the beef and agriculture industries would be a goal using the long-range plan that has been developed by the current Board. He would encourage the work of the Angus Foundation in funding scholarships and education. He feels that the Angus Media mission of telling “the Angus story” to consumers and other agricultural producers should continue to grow using innovation and continued excellence in print, audio and visual applications.