California cattlemen host 90th annual convention

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 20, 2007
by WLJ
The CCA convention had a little something for everyone, including two major fundraising functions. The kick-off function was a dinner and auction for the Livestock Memorial Research Fund (LMRF) and Protecting Our State’s Stewards, Economy and Environment (POSSEE) committees in which over $20,000 was raised. The Allied Industries Council hosted a wine and cheese social in addition to a bingo night on Thursday, Nov 16. Proceeds from this function went toward the Allied Industries Council Scholarship Program which, last year, paid out over $11,000 to California college students.

Pfizer Animal Health once again hosted three Cattlemen’s College seminars. All three sessions focused on various aspects of the industry. The first session, held on Wednesday, Nov 15, allowed participants to tour the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab at University of California Davis. Session two on Wednesday afternoon focused on the National Animal Identification System The final session on Friday, Nov. 17 was hosted by the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association (CBCIA). Dr. Tom Field from Colorado State University talked with the group about changes in the consumer market place and opportunities for the beef cattle industry.

The CCA and CCW convention was also a time to conduct business and set policy that will be followed in the upcoming years. The following is a partial list of committees that met during the convention: Beef Quality Assurance and Care, Cattle Health, Livestock Identification, Marketing, Membership, Public Lands, Range Improvement, Land Use and Taxation, Water and Environmental Quality, Wildlife Management, CBCIA, California Rangeland Trust, Cattle PAC, Young Cattlemen’s Committee, LMRF, POSSEE and Nominating. CCW members will also be conducting their CCW board and business meetings.

The annual awards banquet, held on Friday evening, honored CCA president K. Mark Nelson of Wilton and CCW president Gretchen Johnson of Los Gatos for their two years of service, and helped to welcome in Bruce Hafenfeld of Weldon and Judy Ahmann, Napa, to the helm of each association. The CCA officer team was announced including second vice president, Bill Thomas, Sacramento; second vice president, Kevin Kester, Parkfield; president, Bruce Hafenfeld, Weldon; second vice president, Carolyn Carey, Alturas; first vice president, Dr. Tom Talbot, Bishop; and treasurer, Myron Openshaw, Oroville.