SALEM,Ore., (06/18/2015) – Wolves, water and international trade. These were just three of the many topics discussed at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 2015 Midyear event. Over 130 ranchers from all across Oregon traveled to the town of John Day where the Grant County Fairgrounds hosted the event.

Attendees heard from over 15 different speakers and interacted with 17 various vendors at the Midyear Trade show.

“My overall experience was great,” said speaker and Northwest Ag Information Network journalist KayDee Gilkey. “I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout for my presentation.” Gilkey presented tips on how ranchers can interact with the press in order to get their story told. “I was happy [people] stuck around and hope they gleaned some tips,” Gilkey said.

The lineup of speakers impressed past OCA president and current OCA Water Resources chair, Curtis Martin. He felt each session was packed full of information. He encourages members to look into attending future OCA Midyear events. “When members come they feel rejuvenated and encouraged,” Martin said.

This year, OCA was able to bring in National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall. “Colin is diligent in working for the cattle industry in Washington D.C.,” said Keith Nantz, chair for both NCBA Young Beef Leaders program and Oregon’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee. “It was our privilege to have him speak at Midyear.” Woodall covered several topics that NCBA is paying close attention to in D.C. including TPA and TPP, the international trade bills. “Our attendance was great. We feel this was largely due to Colin’s excellent presentation at our Midyear event,” said OCA Executive Director Jerome Rosa.

The event wrapped up on Friday June 12, with a barbecue hosted by Prairie City FFA and meat donated by Country Natural Beef.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

By Kayli Hanley

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