Callahan Grund has been named executive director for U.S. CattleTrace. Grund replaces Cassie K. Aherin who served as U.S. CattleTrace program manager.
Grund previously worked in policy engagement, business development and animal disease traceability preparedness at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, including sitting on the CattleTrace Advisory Committee. He remained active on the committee during his most recent position as the Director of Producer Relations with Farm Strategy, LLC, an innovative agricultural start-up business in the grains sector.
Originally from Sharon Springs, Kan., Grund grew up on a registered Gelbvieh, Balancer and Angus seedstock cow-calf operation and is still highly involved today. Brandon Depenbusch, U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors chairman, says the board is thrilled to have him on board and look forward to seeing U.S. CattleTrace grow and evolve under his leadership.
“I can confidently say from the entire U.S. CattleTrace team, that we are indebted to Cassie for her two years of service,” said Depenbusch. “Cassie was the foundation and glue that held the entire team together and she will be greatly missed. I wish her luck as she moves forward in her career.”
Depenbusch said Grund’s passion for advancing disease traceability and his grassroots producer background makes him a great choice to move U.S. CattleTrace forward.