AMSS is proud to announce and welcome Kate Smith as Executive Secretary. She will be responsible for the management for the AMSS National Office, as well as its various programs, promotion the Milking Shorthorn breed and membership relations.
A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Animal Science, Kate has a deep history in agriculture and a passion for the dairy industry. She grew up on a small dairy in Southwest Missouri and enjoyed working with Registered Holsteins. The breeding program she and her family developed focused on stylish heifers and high producing, high scoring cows. This desire to breed correct, outstanding individuals lead to success exhibiting cattle at county, local, state, and national shows. Throughout college, she continued being actively involved in the registered dairy cattle industry which lead to meeting her future husband, Matt, at World Dairy Expo. After completing her time at the University of Missouri, Kate made the move to Wisconsin and began working for Semex, USA as a Customer Service Representative. With an interest in dairy cattle genetics, career moves have included employment with Alta Genetics, Budjon Farms, and Accelerated Genetics.
Kate has maintained a select herd of Holsteins and Red & White Holsteins and continues to aid with her husband’s farm, Smith-Crest Holsteins, as needed. Being involved with the herd has led to working with over 30 All-American nominated animals, including her first Bred and Owned All-American, Probert C Bree-Ella-Red.
“I am excited to begin working with Milking Shorthorn Breeders and prepared to be of assistance to the American Milking Shorthorn Society.” Kate feels her on farm experience, along with professional involvement within the dairy industry, has given her a well-rounded knowledge of the industry and provided for varied viewpoints along the way.
Thomas Landrum, President of the AMSS Board of Directors, states “We are very excited to welcome Kate to the AMSS organization. With her background in dairy business, genetics, and design; Kate brings a wide collection of skills she has gained through her education and prior experience that will benefit the membership of the American Milking Shorthorn Society.”
With husband Matt, Kate has two children, Mia, 5 years and Moxon, 2 years. They call Watertown, Wisconsin home. Mia is involved with 4-H and enjoys spending the summer working with project calves. Moxon has discovered his love for all things trucks, tractors, and farming.
The American Milking Shorthorn Society was formed in 1948, after being a club within the American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association for 74 years. The National office has been located in Beloit, WI since 1986. The goals of AMSS include maintaining an accurate Herdbook, along with registration and promotion of Milking Shorthorns.