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Date: 1/28/2010

Title: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Names Top Hand Club Champion and Reserve Champion

SAN ANTONIOA Tennessee veterinarian and a Missouri cow-calf producer were today named the top 2009 membership recruiters for NCBA’s Top Hand Club, one of the association’s oldest programs, during an awards event at the cattle industry’s annual winter convention being held here Jan. 27-30. 

Hugh McCampbell, a veterinarian from Sweetwater, Tenn., was named Top Hand champion for recruiting 82 members in his “rookie” year as a Top Hand member.  Charles “Blue” Geier, California, Mo., was named reserve champion for bringing 56 new NCBA recruits on board.  In 2009 overall, 187 Top Hand Club members from 32 states recruited 1,438 new members. 

The 2010 program, now underway, welcomes a new sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim, which recently acquired a significant portion of Fort Dodge’s animal health business.   McCampbell is a long-time NCBA member and charter member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. He earned a DVM degree in 1972 from Auburn University. Geier has been a prominent Top Hand member for years; he also received reserve champion honors in 2008. He is a former president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

The Top Hand Club, which was initiated in 1982, requires individuals to recruit three new NCBA members in one year and at least two in each subsequent year to remain in the club. For more information, call 1-866-233-3872/866-BEEF-USA or visit

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