Wendy Petteway Named 2014 FCW Outstanding CattleWoman
On June 19 at the 2014 Florida Cattlemen’s Convention in Marco Island, Wendy Petteway of Zolfo Springs was named the Outstanding CattleWoman of 2014 by the Florida CattleWomen. She has been an officer in the Florida CattleWomen, Inc., holding positions from Parliamentarian to finally becoming President in 2011. Wendy has a love for the beef industry that goes back to her youth, and she has enjoyed giving back to the youth of this industry in many ways. As a 4-H leader for 13 years, Wendy and her husband Roy held fitting/showing/nutrition clinics for the youth in the area. She also was involved in putting on prospect shows, was an assistant Junior Advisor for the Florida Junior Angus Association, and is an annual participant in the Youth Field Day at the Ona Research Station/University of Florida/IFAS. As President of the Florida CattleWomen, Inc. Wendy was instrumental in establishing three new scholarships, two for a trade school in ag studies and one for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, all paid for with funds from the sporting clay shooting fundraiser she was a founding committee chair of. The clay shoot has raised over $50,000 for various activities of the Florida CattleWomen since its inception. Wendy has also served as a judge for the Florida Beef Ambassador contest as well as the Farm Bureau public speaking contest.
As President of the Florida CattleWomen, Wendy traveled over the state of Florida, attending various meetings and conferences, and also prepared beef samples at Florida Beef Council events. These included Clearwater Uncorked! and the American GrillMaster Experience. She loves speaking to the consumer about the benefits of beef in their diet. She has traveled to Tallassee to lobby for our industry many times and has also taken new members under her wing, helping them find their voice and comfort level to speak with elected officials there. At the Florida State Fair, Wendy has also taken new county members to the Florida CattleWomen booth there, helping them learn to speak with consumers about our industry and the nutritional benefits of beef. Wendy served on the ANCW Board of Directors while President of Florida CattleWomen in 2011, and attended both National Convention and Summer Conference meetings in 2010 and 2011. She attended Region II conference in 2014, in Dahlonega, Georgia with other ladies from Florida.
In 2011, the Florida League of Women Voters invited Wendy to participate in their inaugural trail ride and she spent the weekend with urban women, riding horses through the beautiful pasturelands, swamps and bayheads of central Florida, sharing with them the trials and joys of being in the cattle industry in a state like Florida. Wendy was able to give a voice to our industry to women who had never met a “cattlewoman” and explained some of our conservation policies and showed them the value we place on our cattle the care we give them. The women left the trail ride with a better understanding of our industry and found out that some of their ideas about our industry and what we do were based on misinformation. Wendy continues her membership in the League to help with any questions that may arise during the course of a year in the Legislature, which helps us to have our many urban dwellers in Florida informed about potentially damaging initiatives to our industry and to vote against them.
Wendy has also served as President of the Florida Angus Auxiliary, as well as serving on various committees in that organization. She has also served on the scholarship committee of the American Angus Auxiliary, of which she is a life member. Wendy has served on the Florida Beef Council, and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation. She was named “Rookie of the Year” on the Executive Committee of the Florida CattleWomen in 2007.
Wendy, her husband Roy, and son R. Roy live on the property that has been in Roy’s family for 5 generations in central Florida. They have a herd of Angus cattle and a commercial herd, raising purebred Angus bulls for sale to cattlemen. They also have citrus groves, a grove caretaking and management business, and a citrus tree nursery. Both her husband and son have given Wendy their utmost support and encouragement to advocate for the beef industry.