Merle has an agriculture background in farming, raising livestock, running a purebred Angus herd, and working for us as well as the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. During his time on staff, we have benefited from the long-term relationships he personally has developed throughout the years working for ICA as well as his involvement in the community through 4-H, school and church activities, the farmers’ cooperative board, and an insurance board.
The Witt and Son Angus herd was started in 1948 by Merle Witt’s Father, George H. Witt. George turned over the herd in 1970 to Merle. Merle has owned the herd through the present time.
Merle started performance testing cattle (bulls) with the Iowa Beef Improvement Association in 1970 and continues today with the program in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
Merle was active in 4-H and participated in open class shows as well as Ak-Sar-Ben while growing up.
While attending Iowa State University, Merle was involved in the ISU Judging Team as well as ISU Block and Bridle. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science in 1969.
Merle and Diane have 3 children; John Witt, Emily Witt, and Ann Whitaker (married to David Whitaker). Grandchildren: Caroline, Andrew, Emma, Phoenix, Colton and Caleb.
While Merle’s children participated in 4-H, Merle was an active 4-H leader for over 30 years.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, BS in Animal Science
Winner of the 2012 Iowa Carcass Challenge
2016 Outstanding Cattlemen’s Service Award