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Date: 2/25/2009

Title: David Wood of Harris Ranch elected President of CattleFax

DENVER - David Wood of Coalinga, Calif., has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization.

Wood is chief operating officer and Beef Division chairman for Harris Farms, Inc. Harris Farms operates Harris Feeding Company, the largest cattle feeder on the West Coast that markets approximately 250,000 head of cattle each year. Harris Ranch Beef Company is California’s largest functionally-integrated beef producer, and has been an innovative leader in developing fully-cooked, heat-and-serve beef entrees.

Wood owns a 4000-head cow/calf operation, and runs approximately 20,000 yearlings annually in four Western states. He is also a partner in a farming operation that produces almonds, pistachios, wheat, alfalfa, cotton, garlic and vegetables.   

Wood has served as chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (1995), the California Cattle Feeders Association (1997-98; 2008-present), the California Beef Council (1990) and the Western States Meat Association (1992-94). He has also served on the U.S. Meat Export Federation Executive Committee. Wood has won numerous cattle industry awards, including NCBA’s Cattle Business of the Century Award and National Environmental Stewardship Award. He was also named California Livestock Man of the Year in 2001, and was honored by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation with the 2003 Beef Industry Vision Award. In 2008, Wood received the Knowlton Award for innovation in the U.S. meat industry

Wood is an active volunteer with local youth programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. James Herring of Friona Industries to serve as President-James Herring of Amarillo, Texas, is the new president-elect of CattleFax. He was named president and chief executive officer of Friona Industries, L. P. in May 1989. Friona is the fourth largest cattle feeding operation in the United States. It has four commercial feedlots in the Texas Panhandle with a one-time capacity of 275,000 head.  Herring was formerly president and chairman of the board of directors of Marcom International, Inc., a Dallas-based conglomerate which included a commodity brokerage company, an agricultural finance company and subsidiaries with various interests in oil and gas, cattle and real estate.

Herring was a founding shareholder of First National Bank of Park Cities in Dallas and served as a director from 1985 until 1991. He is past president of Texas Cattle Feeders Association and has served several terms on the Executive Committee and as a director since 1990. He has also served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the NCBA. Herring is past chairman of the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation Board of Trustees and recently was elected chairman of the Amarillo Area Foundation. He is a former director and Executive Committee member of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Development Council. He also serves on the Rabobank North American Agribusiness Advisory Board. In January 2004 he was appointed to the Texas Water Development Board and, in 2008, was named its chairman by Gov. Rick Perry. Herring was awarded the Ladd Hitch Award for innovation and leadership by Beef Today magazine in 2000, and was presented the Vision Award that year by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Foundation.

Herring holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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