Cattle producers gather at mid-year meeting to celebrate 125th anniversary
Cattlemen and women from across Nebraska met in Valentine, Neb., June 18 to 19, for the Nebraska Cattlemen mid-year meeting at The Prairie Club and Valentine High School.
The mid-year meeting is one of the two major meetings Nebraska Cattlemen has each year. Members gathered to discuss the issues facing the cattle industry and set interim policy to guide the association through the rest of the year.
The highlight of this year’s meeting was the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Nebraska Cattlemen. Several special events were conducted in honor of the historic milestone.
The morning of June 18 began with a meeting of the board of directors and then an afternoon filled with golf, Niobrara River tubing, and area tours. Also, the Nebraska Cattlewomen had a 2013 Beef Ambassador Contest. In the evening a welcome reception was held at The Prairie Club where award winning photographer Bill Ganzel shot a historic panoramic photo of all attendees in honor of the 125th anniversary of Nebraska Cattlemen.
On June 19, meetings moved to the Valentine High School, where attendees heard updates and had discussion on pertinent industry issues. Nebraska Cattlemen committee meetings were conducted throughout the course of the day. Animal Health and Nutrition, Education, Marketing and Commerce, and Taxation committees met in the morning. Updates were given on animal traceability, Country of Orgin Labeling, Trichomoniasis, and taxes.
The Retail Value Steer Challenge winners and 26 scholarship recipients were honored at the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation luncheon.
The afternoon was consumed by the Brand and Property Rights and Natural Resources and Environment committee meetings where issues such as firearm rights, red cedar management and Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule were discussed.
The day ended with the general session, which included a panel of Nebraska Stock Growers Association, Nebraska Livestock Feeder and Nebraska Cattlemen presidents who recalled and discussed history of key events and issues addressed in the first 125 years of Nebraska Cattlemen’s history. The panel included: State Sen. Tom Hansen of North Platte, Nebraska Cattlemen’s president in 2005; Paul Johnston of Lincoln, NLFA executive vice president from 1967-1988; John Klosterman of David City, NLFA president in 1970-1971 and NC president in 1988-1989; Roy Lilley of Wellington, Colo., NSGA executive vice president from 1979-1988 and Nebraska Cattlemen’s executive vice president from 1992-1995; Jack Maddux of Wauneta, NSGA president from 1976-1978; and, Dick Mercer of Kearney, NLFA president in 1985. John Carter, Nebraska State Historical Society senior research historian and a collaborator on NET’s movie The Beef State, moderated the session.
More than 325 attended the mid-year meeting to take part in the activities and discuss issues important to the Nebraska beef industry.