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NLPA Board Member Profiles: NLPA Board Member Rick Lovell

(National Livestock Producers Assn., 12/19/12) -- In an effort to become better acquainted with the members of the NLPA Board of Directors, NLPA staff created a set of questions to ask each board member. Here are the questions and responses from NLPA Board member Rick Lovell. Lovell represents Producers Livestock Marketing Association in N. Salt Lake, Utah and has served on the NLPA Board of Directors since 2001. Lovell has also served on the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund Committee since 2002.

Rick Lovell

1.       When did you first become involved in the livestock industry and why?

I first became involved with livestock following my father around the alley's at the Ogden Union Stockyards, at age 6 or 7. I started working summers as an alley runner at age 12 (summer work) for $5 a day.

2.       Tell us about your education.

I was educated in the Ogden, Utah city schools. I attended college at Weber State University and Utah State University in 1966 to 1972, with a minor in animal science and a major in marketing.

3.       What do you like best about working in the livestock industry?

Best part of my job is that 99.5% of the people in ag are the best people in the world.  I love the industry, working with livestock and visiting the various operations around the country.

4.       What is your favorite cut of meat, and what would you eat with it?

Nothing beats a Rack-Of-Lamb, or a good New York strip steak. (I just made myself hungry!)

5.       What do you see as the biggest change in the livestock marketing and/or credit industry since you began your career?

The biggest change in the industry is the continued disappearance of the family farm. Changes in technology are major since I began working in the livestock industry.

6.       How do you think the USA compares to other countries in regard to the livestock industry?

The United States has more regulations than other countries and the safest and best tasting product in the world.  Hopefully US livestock producers will continue to be rewarded for their efforts.  (as they have the past several years)

7.       If you had to pick an alternate career, what would you choose and why?

If I would have been a veterinarian.

8.       What was your first job?

Same as above..... I started out as an alley boy at the stockyards.

9.   If you had to work in a sale barn for a day, what job would you choose and why?

I would like to be the Ringman. It looks like a fun job interacting with the buyers.

10.   Tell us a bit about your family and what you like to do outside of work.

I have been married to my wife, Nikki, for 45 years. We have a son, Rick, and a daughter, Leslie. They each have a boy and a girl, so we have four grandkids now ages 11 to 21.  Outside of work I enjoy my family, traveling, my River House and hunting & fishing, all over the planet.  I play some golf and enjoy food and wine with friends.

Look for more Board member profiles in upcoming issues of the NLPA Weekly News Brief.

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