As many of you know, John Maday is retiring as editor of Bovine Veterinarian after 27 years of service to the beef, dairy and veterinary markets. He joined Drovers in 1993, where he served as a partner and friend, transitioning to editor of Bovine Veterinarian in 2013. John took over a very strong brand and made it better. He is the epitome of a brand steward.
John brought a unique ability to share technical, clinical information while building strong personal relationships with his sources and his audience. Anyone who’s met John recognizes him as a confident, yet humble man who always kept his head down, worked diligently and delivered more than required.
John loves tending his bees, collecting honey and making mead and home-brewed beer. In his retirement, John’s plans are filled with trails to explore, roads to travel, fish and game to frighten, home and garden projects to complete and many books to read.
We’re pleased to announce Rhonda Brooks will be taking over as editor of Bovine Veterinarian. Rhonda grew up on a cow-calf farm in southwest Missouri and assisted her brothers with chores at a local dairy. She earned an agricultural journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and interned with the American Angus Association.
She spent 11 years at a PR agency in Kansas City leading a technical sales team (primarily veterinarians) on feedlot programs to address shipping fever, dark cutters, parasite issues, and how to improve feed conversion using implants. She also provided communications tools to train feedlot employees on identifying sick animals and treatment protocols. She worked with the same technical team to address parasite issues on cow-calf farms, backgrounding operations and small feeding operations in the Midwest.
Please join me in thanking John for his 27 years of passion and commitment and welcoming Rhonda to Bovine Veterinarian.
—Cliff Becker, Senior Vice President, Livestock
—Portia Stewart, Content Strategy Director, Producer Media
Read recent stories by Rhonda Brooks here.