2011 BQA Award Winner - Mike Milicevic – Lykes Bros. – Okechobee, FL

Lykes Ranch is a cow-calf operation located in Lake Okeechobee, FL, that encompasses 337,000 acres and is one of the largest contiguous pieces of land in the state. The property is a tapestry of farmland, forest and pastures, woven together with wetlands, and wildlife corridors. The Ranch includes integrated cow-calf, forestry, turf and sugar cane production. The ranch was started over 100 years ago by Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes when he left a career in medicine to begin raising cattle and citrus at the family homestead. Today, managed by Mike Milicevic, Lykes Bros. Inc. is still family owned and continues to build on the foundation laid by previous generations. With more than 17,500 head of cattle, the Lykes Ranch is currently the 4th largest cow/calf operation in the U.S. Mike believes that in addition to superior genetics and herd health programs, their BQA program is the key to the success of the operation.

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2011 Dairy BQA Award - John Ligo – LiTerra Farm - Grove City, PA



John Ligo is the co-owner of LiTerra Farm, located in Grove City, Pennsylvania along with wife Judy. Originally founded in 1988, LiTerra Farm includes 230 milking cows as well as 180 homebred dairy replacements. John also owns a beef cow-calf enterprise as well as a registered seedstock operation. John focuses on using his resources efficiently to produce a wholesome product and be environmentally responsible. John is also active in numerous organizations that support Beef Quality Assurance and has been a strong public role model for BQA.

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