NE cattlemen kick off 125th anniversary celebrations

May 17, 2013
by WLJ

One hundred twenty-five years of beef leadership will be celebrated at the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Midyear meeting June 18-19 in Valentine, NE. 2013 is the 125th anniversary of NC and NC President Dale Spencer is excited to invite all to attend this historic event.

“Our Midyear meeting is a great opportunity for members to shape policy and provide direction for leadership and staff,” said Spencer. “It will also be an excellent time for people to come together and celebrate the beef industry and the historic impact Nebraska Cattlemen has had over the past 125 years.”

Tuesday, June 18 will begin with the board of directors meetings, then an afternoon of golf, Niobrara River tubing, and area tours. Also, the Nebraska Cattlewomen will be hosting the 2013 Beef Ambassador Contest. In the evening, there will be a welcome reception at The Prairie Club in Valentine where award-winning photographer Bill Ganzel will shoot a historic panoramic photo of all attendees in honor of the 125th anniversary of NC.

Wednesday, June 19 will begin with registration at 7 a.m. followed by three sets of committee meetings and the NC Foundation lunch. As in years past, the six committees will be meeting to discuss issues and policy relative to their respective areas. The NC Foundation will hold their annual lunch to announce the Retail Value Steer Challenge results as well as recognize the recipients of this year’s youth scholarships. Also during the lunch, two 28-ton loads of Synergy will be auctioned off with funds supporting the University of Nebraska Foundation Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Fund.

The general session on Wednesday evening will include a panel of Nebraska Stock Growers Association, Nebraska Livestock Feeder and NC presidents who will recall and discuss history of key events and issues addressed in the first 125 years of NC’s history. John Carter, Nebraska State Historical Society senior research historian and a collaborator on NET’s movie The Beef State, will moderate the session.

As of May 15, those spon soring the NC Midyear meeting include: Agri Affiliates, Inc., AgriLabs, Amarillo Brokerage Company, Bills Volume Sales, Cappel Sales, Inc., Crossroads Cattle Company, DAR PRO Solutions, Elanco, Farm Credit Services of America, Gallagher Grace Mayer, Merck Animal Health, NMC Cat, Valentine Livestock Auction Company, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., and Zoetis. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, contact Lee Weide at the NC office.

For more information or to register, go to Nebraska or call the Nebraska Cattlemen office at 402/475-2333. — WLJ