The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is a membership driven organization with fully functional committees.

These committees serve as the catalyst for our organization and work to promote our cattle industry. They operate under three key principles: assuring environmentally and socially sound industry practices; assuring a strong political presence; and improving industry economics.

List of Committees

Animal Health/Brand & Theft Committee
Associate Council
Beef Cattle Improvement
Oregon Cattle PAC
Climate Change
Endangered Species
Land Resources Research
Legislative
Marketing/Feeder
Membership
Private Lands
Public Lands
Resolutions
Water Resources Research
Wildlife
Wolf Task Force
Young Cattlemen


Animal Health/Brand & Theft Committee

This committee seeks to encourage animal husbandry practices within Oregon that will prevent, control, and eliminate animal diseases and pests. The committee supports and encourages research in cattle health diseases as well as use of drugs and health aids to control these diseases. The committee seeks to ensure that decisions concerning use of disease control substances are made on the basis of economic and scientific fact. The committee works toward laws and regulations concerning disease control between states to improve and expedite interstate movement of cattle. The committee also has the responsibility of helping cattlemen keep their cattle. The committee works in the areas of cattle identification through branding and prevention of theft through an effective reward program. The committee recommends needed modification in state brand laws and brand inspection fees, and also works to eliminate confusion between states in brand laws and identification systems. The committee seeks to encourage the development of animal identification systems that work and that ranchers can afford.

Chair

John Flynn
Lakeview, OR


Associate Council

The Associate Council is made up of dues-paying associate members of the OCA who are suppliers or are otherwise friends of the industry. The Council works with the association for the betterment of the OCA and the industry by taking part in industry relations between the Associates and the OCA, such as the Trade Show at Convention and various educational events throughout the year. The chair of the Associate Council, who is elected by the Council, serves as an ex-officio member of the OCA Executive Committee. The Council has a special account within the OCA accounting system.

Chair

Greg Roush
La Pine, OR


Beef Cattle Improvement/Integrated Resource Management

This committee seeks to foster and encourage the continued genetic upgrading of Oregon’s cattle. The committee provides ranchers with information concerning breeding techniques and scientific advancements in animal husbandry. The committee also serves as a liason between centers of research in beef cattle improvement and the membership of the OCA.

Integrated Resource Management is a concept and a process for those who have a commitment and strong desire to improve their operations. It entails the collection and use of data to implement action concerning the planning of specific goals, with an assessment of each operation’s current performance. IRM does not focus only on the production end of ranching, but employs a full dimension perspective with regard to finance, the total resource base (as forage, water, soil, etc.) and many other factors. It is a continuous process of measuring current performance, establishing goals, implementing a plan of action and direction, monitoring the results and replanning.

Chairs

Open Position


Oregon Cattle PAC

This committee is made up of OCA members. The preferred order of members to be named to representatives on AG-PAC, depending on the amount given and the current rules determined by AG-PAC is:

  1. OCA Oregon Cattle PAC committee chair.
  2. OCA Legislative Committee chair.
  3. OCA President or designee.
  4. OCA member appointed by the President.

Chair

Keith Nantz
Maupin, OR


Climate Change

Coming Soon

Chair

Bobbi Stoddart
Jordan Valley, OR


Endangered Species

Coming Soon

Chair

Tom Sharp
Burns, OR


Land Resources Research

The Land Resources Committee fosters programs that will result in wise and responsible use of public and private lands. The committee also seeks to preserve the right of the rancher to make the decisions necessary to keep his land and his business healthy. The committee seeks to preserve property rights and the free enterprise system on that property. To do that, the committee is vigilant concerning the following: public agency proposals that could affect land use by cattlemen or could impact local economies; growth of public agencies and their interactions with cattlemen; increased decision making at the local level of government agencies; and promotion of comprehensive resource management for the highest production of both public and private lands.

Chair

Fred Otley
Diamond, OR


Legislative

This committee is entrusted with the responsibility of representing the cattle industry on the legislative front. The committee is vigilant concerning proposed legislation that may have an effect on the cattle industry and utilizes all possible resources to ensure the views of the cattle industry are presented in those situations.

The committee also assesses the needs of Oregon’s cattle industry and how those needs may be met through the legislative process, and accordingly, advocates appropriate legislation. The committee also maintains contact with and provides input to, all appropriate government bodies and officials.

Chair

Nathan Jackson
Myrtle Creek, OR


Marketing/Feeder

The marketing/feeder committee works to ensure Oregon’s cattle are bought at a price that is both profitable to the producer/feeder and fair to the consumer. To that end, the committee gains knowledge of national and international economic factors that directly affect the free enterprise system while it explores, develops, and encourages marketing techniques for the beef cattle industry. The committee offers guidance and support to industry-wide promotional efforts. The committee also works to reduce governmental regulations or to update outmoded marketing laws that could hamper the modern cattle industry.

Chair

Ron Rowan
North Powder, OR


Membership

Letting every cattle raiser know the benefits of OCA and NCBA membership and encouraging them to join is the responsibility of the Membership Committee. This committee is also responsible for structuring a dues schedule sufficient to maintain operations of the OCA.

Chairs

Rusty Inglis
Princeton, OR


Private Lands

The Private Lands Committee is responsible for ensuring that the maximum amount of property rights continues to vest with the landowner.

The committee has its special interest, regulations, and actions by government that impinge on use of private land, such as zoning and other restrictions. The committee expends all effort wherever possible to prevent excessive governmental control over the private land.

Chair

Craig Herman
Bandon, OR

 


Public Lands

This committee seeks to carry out the intent of policy with regards to public lands centered issues. This committee is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring a balance between environmental and economic concerns in public land use decisions. This committee functions within the National Public Lands Council. This committee, with the cooperation and assistance of OCA staff, is in charge of generating its own funds through a direct assessment of public lands permittees, and any other form of revenue generating activities the committee sees fit. The Public Lands Committee funds are to be accounted separately and dispersed at the discretion of those individuals currently sitting as delegates to the National Public Lands Council. All interest generated by funds in this account are to be placed in the OCA general account.

Chair

Matt McElligott
North Powder, OR


Resolutions

It is the obligation of the Resolutions Committee to meet with committee chairs to define the need for and the meaning behind the resolutions presented to them for consideration. The Resolutions Committee will determine that newly presented resolutions are not duplicates of resolutions already in the OCA books, correct any spelling or grammatical errors and put the resolutions in their proper form.

Resolutions dealing with policy of the OCA and passed during the quarterly meetings, will be reaffirmed by the membership present at the annual meeting. The status of pertinent resolutions will be announced by the chairman during each quarterly meeting. All resolutions will have an annual review, to determine status and proper disposition of the resolution.

Chair

Nathan Jackson
Myrtle Creek, OR


Water Resources

This committee works to preserve private water rights and the cattlemen’s need for this essential resource. To this end, the committee monitors appropriate legislative committees and governmental agencies. The committee shall ensure representation from the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association in these matters.

Chair

Curtis Martin
North Powder, OR


Wildlife

This committee seeks to advance the interests of cattlemen in the recreation, wildlife, and related fields while giving OCA members a direct means through which to form policy on these topics. This committee also seeks to advance the causes of free enterprise and private property against recreational forces that would usurp them. This committee espouses the concept that wildlife and its habitat are preserved and protected through the consumptive use of wildlife in the context of conservation plans. Both livestock and wildlife are protected through damage control programs on both private and public lands.

Chair

Bill Wilber
Hines, OR


Wolf Task Force

This committee will work to defend rancher’s rights to protect their livestock from wolf predation and require full compensation to ranchers when wolf predation on livestock does occur.

Chair

Todd Nash
Joseph, OR


Young Cattlemen

The Young Cattlemen’s Committee will prepare members to succeed, grow, and develop by giving opportunities to network, obtain scholarships and help members grow as leaders in the cattle industry. With the knowledge and experience gained from the OCA, they will effectively be involved in the industry and communities throughout the state of Oregon.

Chair

Keith Nantz
Maupin, OR