Iowa Cattlemen's Association will mark 40 years
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at its 2012 Convention and Annual Meeting, Dec. 10 to 12 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona. "Kickin' It Cowboy Style!" will be the theme for this year's meeting.
"We are 'kicking up' the quality of this year's convention because we are proud of all that ICA has accomplished the past 40 years," said ICA CEO Matt Deppe. "We have nationally known speakers that will be providing information and education, and we also have well-known cowboy humorist Baxter Black who will be providing entertainment on Tuesday (Dec. 11) evening."
Other well-known speakers during the convention will include J.D. Alexander, the Nebraska cattle feeder who is president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Curt Pate, the Montana cowboy who conducts stockmanship clinics internationally; and Dr. Kim Stackhouse, NCBA's Director of Sustainability Research, where she focuses on greenhouse gases and the carbon footprint from livestock.
The first day of the convention will be a Cattlemen's College on two tracks--one focusing on cow-calf issues, and the other on the feedyard. Both tracks will include a low-stress cattle handling session with Pate. In the separate tracks of Cattlemen's College, sessions for cow-calf producers will focus on forage strategies and pasture improvement following this year's drought, and breeding program improvements. For those with feedyards, the sessions will emphasize how to find the most competitive calves for your feedyard, and risk management for feeders.
The convention tradeshow opens with a social after the Cattlemen's College, and the evening ends with a program about solving issues in farm business succession.
On Dec. 11, the day begins with comments from J.D. Alexander and Kim Stackhouse. Alexander will talk about challenges and opportunities ahead for cattlemen nationally, and Stackhouse will talk about the sustainability of the beef cattle business. Info/Expo sessions will be held throughout the day on topics such as the impact of ethanol on cattle feeding in Iowa, animal welfare and the cattle industry, regulation updates, understanding the FDA process for technology approvals, and engaging consumers in beef conversations.
ICA's three policy committees--Business Issues, Cattle Production, and Beef Products--will also hold their meetings that day to suggest policies the ICA should adopt at its annual meeting.
Other events on Dec. 11 include the Hall of Fame award, recognition of Brand Wall contributors, county awards, and youth winners of scholarships and the Foundation Heifer Award. The day will end with entertainment by Baxter Black.
On Dec. 12, ICA members will discuss national regulatory issues, and adopt ICA policy for 2013 at its annual meeting. Retiring ICA officers and board members will be recognized, and newly elected board members will be introduced.
Deppe is encouraging Iowa cattle producers to take advantage of the early registration price. "Since this is our 40th anniversary, we worked hard to keep the costs as low as possible for registration," Deppe said. Early registration paid before Dec. 1 is just $75 per person and covers all events and meals during the three-day event. Full registrations after that time will be $125 per person.
For those who want to attend the meeting at a lower cost, a registration level that doesn't include any meals will be available. The cost will be $25. This allows attendance to the educational events, although access to entertainment by Baxter Black may be limited.
More information and conference and hotel registration information can be found online at www.iacattlemen.org, or with the registration form included in the October, November and December issues of the Iowa Cattleman magazine.