Salem, Ore., Lauren LaGrande (05/26/2016) –Coffee, cowboy hats, and cattle conversations made up the recipe for Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 2016 Midyear event. Over 100 ranchers from all over the state of Oregon gathered at Sunriver. Attendees were able to listen to 13 guest speakers, and explore 17 booths at the tradeshow.

Natalie Smith, a junior majoring in animal science at Oregon State volunteered at the event, assisting with registration. “I love how ranchers and cattlemen from all over Oregon come together as a community to learn about the latest ranching news and to work together towards improving the cattle industry,” said Smith.

One of the featured guest speakers was Knute Buehler, Oregon Representative for District 54 (Bend) whose charisma and passion for Oregon are unmatched. “Having the opportunity for a speaker like Knute Buehler provides for an insightful look into what he, as an Oregon Representative, wants to do for the ranching families of Oregon,” said Katie Schrock, OCA’s new Communications Director.

Kate Maher, sr. director of organizational communications for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, spoke about a partnership for producers. “It was so much fun listening in on committee meetings and hearing all of the members’ ideas,” said Maher. Maher mentioned how important events like Midyear are for state associations.

“These type of events are very significant. This is where policy gets set, issues get addressed, and cattlemen can show they have a voice,” said Maher.

The event wrapped up Tuesday May 23, with local perspective on the Owyhee Canyonlands Monument Proposal from Elias Eiguren, a fifth-generation rancher, who presented at the legislature on this topic Monday, May 23rd.

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.