Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association, Inc.

About the Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association, Inc. (GLBGA)

The Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association, Inc.

The Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association, Inc. (GLBGA) was organized and founded in 1993 with the mission of promoting and educating the public with respect to the wonderful qualities of the Belted Galloway cattle breed. Although we are principally based in the Midwestern states, our membership is comprised of breeders from over 14 states. We are a distinct regional organization, though do partner with the national Belted Galloway Society on numerous shows and projects.

Our Board of Directors are elected by the membership base at our annual meetings and are comprised of a nine member Board chosen for a three year term. Directors are selected based upon geographic diversity within our midwestern states and those active members who help add value during their term.

The GLBGA promote the value of the Belted Galloway cattle through a variety of venues, including education, marketing, networking, exhibits and cattle shows.

Members of GLBGA are part of a really great group of people with a common interest: producing, raising, and promoting this special breed... Belted Galloway cattle. We continue to thank our members for their faith in this Association and for their continuing support. You are the greatest group of people!


A copy of our By-Laws can be viewed, printed, or downloaded by clicking here...


The GLBGA provides a quarterly newsletter to its members and potential members. These newsletters contain a variety of articles regarding previous and upcoming shows and exhibits, animal husbandry, veterinary topics, organizational events and numerous other topics that we hope will benefit the novice or experienced cattle breeder. The newsletter is provided free to all members.

The association also hosts an annual Field Day event. Typically, these full one-day events are held throughout the Midwestern states with our association hosting past events in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.

The event is filled with a variety of speakers and seminars on such topics as veterinary medicine, the grass-fed beef industry, proper minerals and nutrients, hoof trimming, ultra-sound techniques, beginning showmanship, farm equipment demonstrations and many others. Individual sessions usually last 45-60 minutes with audience participation. In the recent past, we also held a one-day cattle sale at one of our Field Days. Not only are these Field Day events fact-filled and quality educational opportunities, it is also a time to visit and to network with other breeders.

Education opportunities also exist for us through the development of marketing materials that we distribute to the public and potential future animal owners and breeders. These materials are mailed to any one that inquires. They can also be obtained at any exhibit or event where our association has a booth.


The GLBGA has a Public Relations Director whose volunteer role is to act as a liaison and contact between our organization and any member or potential new animal owner or breeder. This individual is a Belted Galloway breeder and has years of experience with this breed and can provide solutions to almost any question or concern that may arise. Our PR Director maintains our supply of promotional materials along with a traveling education/marketing booth that we set up at the events, exhibits and shows that we attend.

The GLBGA has developed marketing materials and brochures that are available free to those that inquire. These brochures discuss the benefits of the GLBGA, the unique qualities of the Belted Galloway cattle and contacts within our organization.

Members may use the association booth free of charge at one of their own local events by contacting the PR Director.

The GLBGA also does some limited marketing by advertising in specialty periodicals and printed media. We maintain our own website with links to others. Requests for our marketing originate across the entire country.


Exhibits are a wonderful way to promote our breed and educate the public. Our association participates in several exhibits annually. In the past, we have exhibited in the Michigan Beef Expo, Illinois Beef, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days and the Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin State Fairs. These exhibits are usually staffed by GLBGA volunteers that use the association booth and distribute marketing materials and membership contacts. Exhibits are also held throughout the Midwest as our members participate in local fairs and events.


One of the focuses of the GLGBA has been to promote showing our cattle and providing Belted Galloway cattle shows where members can show their bulls, heifers, cow/calf pairs and even steers. We encourage new members and owners to come to these events, which are judged by independent cattle judges. Most belted galloway owners have smaller herds, so usually bring one or two animals to exhibit and show. These are all family oriented shows.

Youth are extremely important to the future of this breed and industry. Our shows also include a forum for the junior or youth to show their cattle and their own showmanship skills and compete with others of their same age class. This gets them interested in showing their animals and hopefully keeps them interested in the future.

The World Beef Expo event, held usually in September or October in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been since 1993 a primary show for our association. This is a multiple day event which hosts a separate Belted Galloway show. It was at this show that the international show was held several years ago with breeders from across the globe coming to the Midwest.

For several years now, the GLBGA, in conjunction with the regional Beltie Youth Group, has hosted a one-day Blow & Go Show held annually in Pecatonica, Illinois. This is a fun event and attracts those exhibitors that want the ease of a one-day show. Formal animal grooming or fitting is not allowed at this show. This event is traditionally held in early July.

We have also held other Belted Galloway shows in the Midwest. In the past, we have done some of these in conjunction with our annual Field Day event. In 2008, our association held the Belties Unlimited one-day show in Iowa City, Iowa and have also had one-day shows in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Officers and Board

Terry Willis
Sunnybrook Farm

(Term expires 2018)
2201 Stone Quarry Rd.
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: (815) 547-6912

Vice President
James Wilkerson
(Term expires 2016)
24594 1st Ave.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3621
E-mail :

Director & Treasurer

Terry Etheridge
TEK Cattle

(Term expires 2016)
4746 Burnell Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 835-4043

Position is available

Erik Finholdt
Finholdt Farms

(Term expires in 2017)
7861 Cedar Ave N.
Medford, MN 55049
Phone: 507-451-0602

Charles Landeck
Dickinson Acres

(Term expires 2016)
3982 Deegan Dr. SE
Buffalo, MN 56264
Phone: (763) 682-1197

John Hamm
Wisconsin River Meats

(Term expires 2018)
N 5340 Highway HH
Mauston, WI 53949
Phone: (608) 847-7413

Jay Dausman
Countyline Belties

(Term expires 2018)
113N 1000E
Pierceton, IN 46562
Phone: (574) 594-5722
E-mail :

Matt Messmer
Messmer-Izing Farms
(Term expires 2017)
E8516 Quarry Rd.
Rock Springs, WI 53961

Jon Fowler
Beechwood Farms
(Term expires 2017)
4550 W Lowell RD
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: (812) 343-4959
E-mail :

Public Relations / Editor
Kathi Jurkowski
Klover Korners Farm

5418 Yale Bridge Road
Rockton, IL 61072
Phone: (815) 629-2306

Sue Finley
The Midwest Herdsman

PO Box 28
Lancaster, WI 53813
Phone: (608)-723-6770
Phone: (608)-723-7553

Jill Messmer
Messmer-Izing Farms
E8516 Quarry Rd.
Rock Springs, WI 53961

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