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Local livestock producers who demonstrate outstanding achievements in the livestock industry are asked to apply for an award recognizing their accomplishments. The Missouri Livestock Symposium is currently accepting applications for the Missouri Livestock Achievement Award.
Eligible applicants can be producers of livestock, agribusiness personnel, agency personnel, or agriculture educators in the state of Missouri. Other parties who have been long-time supporters of the Missouri livestock industry will also be considered.
According to the committee chairman, Garry Mathes, this award recognizes livestock leaders from across the state.
Vice-chairman, Zac Erwin states “We know there are individuals, business and agency personnel, and educators that have made tremendous contributions to the livestock industry in this state and beyond, and we want to recognize them for their career achievements.”
The selected applicant will become a member of the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame and will be inducted during the Friday evening program of the Missouri Livestock Symposium on December 6, 2024.
The award nomination form can be found at https://missourilivestock.com/achievement-award, by emailing email@example.com and requesting the form, or by contacting the Adair County MU Extension office at 660-665-9866. Nominations are due September 1, 2024.
The Missouri Livestock Symposium is December 6 & 7, 2024 at the William Mathew Middle School. Go to missourilivestock.com or our Facebook page @MissouriLivestock for more details.
Kirksville, MO - Dr. Vincil "Mac" Wilt, a veterinarian from Paris, MO, will be presented the 2023 Livestock Achievement Award by the Missouri Livestock Symposium at their event on Friday evening, December 1, 2023, says Garry L. Mathes, committee chair.
Dr. Wilt was born and raised south of Shelbina, Missouri. He graduated from South Shelby High School in 1972. During his years on the Wilt Angus Farm with his siblings and parents, McVae and Anna Jean, Dr. Wilt spent as much time as he could with local veterinarians, developing a passion for livestock and veterinary medicine. Dirt hogs and cattle were a common fixture on almost all farms at this time, and Dr. Wilt developed a firm foundation in the livestock industry through the experiences of his youth.
After graduating high school, Dr. Wilt attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, obtaining a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1976 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He practiced in Plattsburg, Missouri for one year, and then returned home to Monroe County to join Dr. Art Griswold at the Paris Veterinary Clinic. In 1995, he became sole owner of the clinic. Currently, Dr. Wilt practices veterinary medicine that treats small and large animals. He has grown the practice to include two associate veterinarians.
If you were to use a single word to describe the life and career of Dr. Wilt, "service" would be that word. Aside from serving his clients for more than 45 years and ushering them through decades of change in the industry, Dr. Wilt has served as a member or officer of several professional organizations and committees, including the Northeast District Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice, Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation, Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2001, Dr. Wilt was honored by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association as Veterinarian of the Year. In 2014, Dr. Wilt was appointed by then Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the Missouri Veterinary Medical Licensing Board.
Dr. Wilt has a rich tradition of service in his personal life. He currently fills many roles at First Baptist Church in Paris, including Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Royal Ambassador Leader. He has served as Treasurer for the Mark Twain Chapter of Quail Forever for the past 25 years and is a 25-year member of the TPNB Bank Board of Directors.
During his career, Dr. Wilt has had an immeasurable influence on the cattle industry. Dr. Wilt was instrumental at the beginning of the Missouri Show-Me-Select program in 1998 which has now set the standard for replacement heifers in the state. He and his practice have been on the cutting edge of industry innovation in disease treatment and prevention, ultrasound procedures, and beef nutrition.
Perhaps the greatest influence Dr. Wilt has had on the cattle industry is his eagerness to help his peers and clients. Dr. Wilt’s reputation for sound intellect, knowledge, advice, and service is well known throughout the veterinary community. He not only consults with numerous other veterinary professionals on a frequent basis, but he has hosted and mentored high school, undergraduate, and veterinary students his entire career.
Family is important to Dr. Wilt. He has been blessed with his wife, Pam, of 44 years; 2 daughters, Lisa and Amy; and 5 grandchildren.
The Missouri Livestock Symposium is honored to recognize Dr. Mac Wilt with the Missouri Livestock Symposium Achievement Award for his many career accomplishments.
The Livestock Symposium will also have a complimentary beef dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, December 1. Corbitt Wall, market analyst for DV Auction will be the keynote speaker. Zac Erwin, MU Extension Field Specialist in Livestock and Symposium vice-chair, says, “We are excited to bring Corbitt Wall back to the Missouri Livestock Symposium.” Erwin adds, “Corbitt is arguably one of the most prominent voices in the cattle marketing business and has developed a significant following of beef producers throughout the Midwest. Most producers appreciate his straightforward communication style and fundamental understanding of the cattle market from farm to futures.”
The Missouri Livestock Symposium meets at the William Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville, MO. The hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2
If you're serious about livestock production, don't miss our lineup of nationally-known speakers covering timely topics, and our large agricultural trade show on Saturday, December 2. The Symposium offers a sponsored lunch on Saturday, courtesy of your Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri commodity groups.