Cattle producer named to Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on March 31, 2022, announced the appointment of Alex Stade and the reappointment of Erica Sawatzke to the Board of Animal Health.


ST. PAUL — A cattle producer has been appointed to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Alex Stade has about 45 head of cattle near New Prague south of the Twin Cities.

Alex Stade
Alex Stade
Red Bird Hills

The office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on March 31 announced the appointment of Stade and the reappointment of Erica Sawatzke.

Sawatzke is a turkey producer near Kensington in west-central Minnesota.

The appointments are effective April 5 and the terms run through Jan. 5, 2026.


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The Board of Animal Health seeks to protect the health of Minnesota domestic animals and carries out disease control programs for livestock, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza that is threatening Minnesota’s poultry industry.

“I’m just excited to learn about all the species of animals,” Stade told Agweek.

The board meets next on April 12.

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