The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is known for its strong representation of the state's beef producers. This is largely due to the incredible leaders SDCA has had in its 72 years and their efforts to promote, preserve, and advance the state's industry.
All SDCA Leadership is nominated and selected by SDCA's members. SDCA is made up of 16 local affiliates and 2 councils, a representative from each affiliate and council is elected to serve on the Board of Directors. The state is also divided into 5 regions, with a Regional Vice President who, together with the officers, make up SDCA’s Executive Committee.
SDCA Officer Team
The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association officer team is made up of four individuals, the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President.
Warren Symens is a 4th generation farmer/rancher/cattle feeder in Amherst SD, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, and 3 kids; Owen, Erika, and Emmett. Symens Brothers Limousin is a family operation that includes Warren, a cousin, Brad, and uncle, John, as well as Warren's dad, Paul and uncle Irwin, who are retired. The operation raises registered Limousin cattle, run a cattle finishing confinement lot, and grows crops for market and for feed. Warren graduated from Britton High School in 1996. Upon graduation Warren attended South Dakota State University, obtaining a degree in General Agriculture. Warren has served on the SDSU Ag & Bio advisory board, and has continued to stay involved with the board through volunteer work. He has also served on both the state and national Limousin board of directors. Warren was a Class VIII graduate of South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership. Within his community, Warren has served on various church boards at the First Presbyterian Church of Britton, SD and sits on the Board of directors for the Full Circle Ag Co-Op. He also acts as the secretary for the South Dakota Cattle Feeders Council.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Regional Vice Presidents
Craig Bieber , Northern Region VP: [email protected] - 605-439-3628
Travis Bies, Western Region VP: [email protected] - 605-255-4667
John Moes, Northeast Region VP: [email protected] - 605-881-8234
Cory Eich, Southeast Region VP: [email protected] - 605-523-2577
Kory Bierle, Southern Region VP: [email protected] - 605-843-2275
SDCA Affiliate Contacts
Black Hills: Britton Blair 605-347-0426
Central: Bryan Eden
Clark Hamlin: Wayne Schlagel
Dakota Southern: Keith Dvoracek
Davison-Hanson: Shirley Thompson
East Central: Peggy Vostad
Kingsbury: Blake Hojer
McCook-Miner-Lake: Dave Miller
Northeast: Nancy Johnson
North Central: Josh Bieber
Northern Oahe: Jay Jones
Sioux Basin: Jared Questad
South Central: Kent Geppert
West Central: Matthew Jones
Cow-Calf Council Chair: Jared [email protected] - 605-881-2375
The SDCA Cow-Calf Council focuses on issues directly impacting cow-calf operators.
Feeder Council Chair: John Reisch- [email protected] 605-772-4396
The SDCA Feeder Council focuses on the special interests of feeders, particularly environmental regulations.
Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council Chair: Emily Peterson [email protected]
The SDCA Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council helps young producers connect through education and networking as well as leadership experience.
The Councils are made up of members with an interest in those segments of beef production. Council leaders serve on the SDCA Board of Directors and the Councils also host meetings and events pertaining to their area of specialty. Communications that are specific to these operations are also provided to council members when necessary.
SDCA Executive DirectorTaya attended the University of South Dakota earning a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and law degree in 2007. She returned to her home town of Pierre, SD and began her career as an administrative law judge with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. In 2014, Taya joined the South Dakota Department of Agriculture as General Counsel, and later the Director of Agricultural Services. With more than ten years of experience in public service, Taya has worked with numerous ag industry leaders across the state to work through complex regulatory issues, and been actively involved in the legislative process. Taya and her husband Jeff are parents to three active young boys, Jack, Henry, and Gus. Her spare time is spent on the sidelines or in the bleachers watching them play soccer, baseball, or a variety of other activities.
Aimee grew up on a farm in South West Michigan. She was active in 4-H growing up, showing livestock and Percheron horses. Aimee attended South Dakota State University, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Leadership and a minor in Animal Science. During her time in college, she was involved with Sigma Alpha, Block& Bridal and was a member of the South Dakota State University Wool Judging Team. She also worked for the State 4-H Office as a student intern thought her time at SDSU. Upon graduation, Aimee moved to Ellendale, North Dakota where she worked as a County Extension Agent. She worked for NDSU for 3 years covering the areas of 4-H- Youth Development and Family & Community Wellness within Dickey County, ND. After meeting her husband, Paul, she moved to Ortonville, Minnesota. Aimee currently works part-time as the Outreach Coordinator for the SDCA.