Oregon Cattlemen's Association http://orcattle.com Your industry advocate since 1913 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:56:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Cattlemen’s Ball Goes “Old Hollywood” for PAC Fundraising Event http://orcattle.com/cattlemens-ball-goes-old-hollywood-for-pac-fundraising-event/ http://orcattle.com/cattlemens-ball-goes-old-hollywood-for-pac-fundraising-event/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:44:11 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2939 READ MORE]]> Cattlemen’s Ball Goes “Old Hollywood” for PAC Fundraising Event

Bend, Ore., (September 10, 2017) – Cattlemen and ranching advocates convened on the beautiful property of Sunriver Resort on a Saturday night, dressed in their finest to support the political actions of the Oregon cattle industry. To a theme of “Old Hollywood,” the stars of the show were the table sponsors and the keynote speaker; Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Knute Buehler.

The Cattlemen’s Ball is a fancy evening of fine dining, socializing and cocktails, whose purpose is to raise money for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s Political Action Committee to be used to support the political actions of those interested in protecting the property, natural resources and livelihood of Oregon’s cattle ranchers.

The evening consisted of a riveting game of Texas Hold’em, resulting with the winning hand getting $535.00. An Old Hollywood trivia game won by a table featuring Dr. Knute Buehler and his wife Patty, was met with much competition and laughter as teams battled it out to be the most knowledgeable. Other games throughout the night gave away resort stays, vacations, wine and more.

“The one essential thing we are lacking right now is leadership and leadership at the top… [that] can return us to the days when we were proud to take on and solve big problems in Oregon. Instead of closing millions of acres of land in this state and mismanaging it until it goes up in flames to wildfires,” Dr. Buehler said in his speech. His proposal was to work with specialists and the people who live on the land to understand the best approach to managing Oregon’s natural resources.

“When I am governor, I will do everything in my power to get the Hammonds out of Federal prison,” Dr. Buehler stated in the conclusion of his speech, to a large round of applause. The Hammond family have been pulled through the trenches over the past two years and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has worked strenuously to bring forth the light of the injustice placed upon this amazing ranching family.

The future of Oregon’s politics looks bright with the upcoming campaign of Dr. Buehler and team. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is thankful for his energy and passion for restoring Oregon to the grandeur she is capable of and are excited to be a part of this journey. If you are interested in learning more about the Cattlemen’s Ball or donating to the Oregon Cattle Political Action fund, contact us today at 503.361.8941; we hope to see you there next year!

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ODFW Announces Lethal Take on Meacham Wolf Pack http://orcattle.com/odfw-announces-lethal-take-on-meacham-wolf-pack/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 20:21:22 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2837 READ MORE]]> ODFW ANNOUNCES LETHAL TAKE ON MEACHAM WOLF PACK

Salem, Ore., (August 24, 2017) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced their plan to lethally remove two wolves from the Meacham Pack of the southern portion of the Mt. Emily Unit. The first depredation was September 24, 2014, followed by one depredation in 2016 and four depredations in a seven-day span in August.  The request came from a private-landowner and producer on August 21st, 2017, who has complied with all applicable laws.

After numerous attempts by the owner to follow non-lethal efforts to discourage the wolves from pursuing livestock, the continual attacks on calves in the past week show that these efforts were futile. According to the Oregon Wolf Plan Rule 635-111-0020(6) these next steps of lethal removal are the recommended way to protect livestock.

“The rancher in Umatilla County has completed extensive and expensive non-lethal measures to prevent wolf-livestock conflict. Also, these depredations occurred on PRIVATELY OWNED pastures, not on public land. These two points are significant issues given in pro-wolf propaganda for not allowing lethal take of problem packs,” said Jerome Rosa, Executive Director of the OCA. “The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is disappointed in any measures short of full and immediate removal of the Meacham Pack. There is no reason for the continued suffering and killing of defenseless livestock.”

The decision by ODFW for “incremental lethal take,” meaning that only two wolves, at random and none from this year’s litter of pups, will be removed. This same decision was recently made on the Imnaha Pack of Wallowa County, with a calf being killed days later proving that incremental lethal take does nothing to prevent the wolf pack from continuing this behavior.

“Incremental lethal take is a very ineffective and unfair way to handle the lethal take of wolves. This is an effort to placate ranchers and environmentalists alike, which will result in more dead livestock to follow, and is very unfair to the ranchers,” said Todd Nash, OCA Wolf Committee Chair.

“Lethal control is identified in the Oregon Wolf Plan as a needed tool we use when non-lethal measures alone are unsuccessful in resolving conflict,” stated ODFW Director Curt Melcher in a statement released on this announcement.

The situation will be monitored further to determine if additional lethal control will be necessary.




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.


AgGrad & Oregon Cattlemen Partner on Snapchat http://orcattle.com/aggrad-oregon-cattlemen-partner-on-snapchat/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:06:15 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2831 READ MORE]]> AgGrad & Oregon Cattlemen Partner on Snapchat

Salem, Oregon (July 31, 2017) – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s office staff took an opportunity to partner with Ag Grad Nation, a popular social medium forum used to place agricultural students into career jobs post-graduation. The OCA looked forward to a day of sharing what it’s like to be a part of a non-profit agricultural association and the different job positions that one can have.

Those who follow along on their Snapchat got to learn what Chiyanna Tolton does to recruit members to the OCA and the different benefits one can have to being a member. Then summer intern, Olivia Wichman, explained her projects of video blogs and event planning with a little teaser to the concert we are going to be having at the Annual Convention!

Bringing the Snapchat channel back into the office, Ashley Hynes (Administrative Director) discussed some of the different job tasks that she does in order for the OCA to stay on top of our non-profit status and running smoothly. Katie Schrock, the Communications Director, showcased the different events the OCA produces throughout the year as well as the different forms of communication that she manages.

Tips and mentoring were given throughout as the OCA hopes to encourage the future of the agriculture industry and maybe, just maybe, we will see some of these Snapchat followers as future members, as future interns and future employees of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association!

Congratulations to KC (@KCCattleCo on Twitter) for winning our grand prize giveaway of a beaded denim trucker Oregon Cattleman hat and to Audra Jones (@auds_jones on Twitter) who got a secondary prize of one of our white Oregon Cattleman campfire mugs!

To learn more about AgGrad Nation, check them out on their website.

Harl Butte Wolf Pack: Incremental Lethal Take Decision After Depredations on Cattle http://orcattle.com/harl-butte-wolf-pack-incremental-lethal-take-decision-after-depredations-on-cattle/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:40:47 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2816 READ MORE]]> Harl Butte Wolf Pack: Incremental Lethal Take Decision After Depredations on Cattle

Salem, Ore. (Aug. 3, 2017) – A series of wolf depredations on cattle in Wallowa County has finally come to a head with the decision for an incremental lethal take on the Harl Butte Wolf Pack. There have been seven confirmed depredations in the past 12 months, which include two separate events in the week of July 20th through 27th.

An official request was submitted on July 28, 2017 by those concerned with the issue in Wallowa County. As is standard practice and consistent with the wolf plan, all options were considered to address the situation, with the final decision being made by the ODFW Commissioners.

This decision was released on August 3rd stating through trapping and shooting, two adult wolves will be removed from the pack. As of this time, they are confident that there are five adults in the pack.

“As an organization, we are extremely disappointed that they are not taking out the entire pack with all the depredations that have occurred and all the work that has been done on the Oregon wolf plan,” said Executive Director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Jerome Rosa. “To not take the entire pack? This is code for our ranchers that cattle will continue to be killed.”

It is theorized that the Harl Butte pack are remnants from the infamous Imnaha Pack of wolves who were in the same geographical region. The Imnaha Pack was responsible for 42 depredations, with four in one month, before a lethal take was performed March of 2016. By not removing the entirety of the pack, ranchers will see more of the same as the dry summer has moved the pack’s natural food source of large game animals higher into the mountains, making rancher’s cattle easy targets.

“We are disappointed that they are only taking two [wolves] and [know] that it’s not going to be effective. We have seen this happen before and we fully expect more cattle to be killed. It’s a very unfortunate way to do business,” said Todd Nash, a Wallowa County resident and the chairmen of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s Wolf Committee. The OCA’s Wolf Committee works to defend rancher’s rights to protect their livestock from wolf depredation.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association stands by the practices of the wolf plans to protect all parties involved in the rehabilitation of the Oregon wolf and applaud the ODFW Commission’s decision for a lethal take on the Harl Butte wolf pack. We hope that Wallowa County ranchers may be able to sleep peacefully at night, knowing that these dangerous and ruthless killers have been removed.

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.


Oregon Cattleman – July/August 2017 http://orcattle.com/oregon-cattleman-julyaugust-2017/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:22:43 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2790 READ MORE]]> Oregon Cattleman Magazine
July/August 2017

The Oregon Cattleman magazine is the official periodical of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Produced monthly with two sets of combined months, it is mailed to our membership 10 times a year. Upgraded in 2017, we are excited about this high quality, content-filled magazine that keeps Pacific Northwest ranchers all on the same page!

Featured in Every Issue: 

  • Leadership Ledger; Column written by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s President John O’Keeffe
  • Noteworthy News; Column written by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s Executive Director Jerome Rosa
  • Legislative Liaison; Column written by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s Political Advocate Rocky Dallum
  • Product Promotion; Column written by Oregon CattleWomen’s Association’s President Wendy Bingham

July/August Stories: 

  • Cattlemen’s Midyear Event Provides Inspiration & Progress Through Key Votes
    A synopsis of the 2018 OCA Midyear
  • Livestock Producers Applaud Withdrawal of WOTUS Rule
  • Select Sires & Accelerated Genetics to Join Forces
  • Cozzitorto to Lead Angus Productions, Inc.
  • National Beef Quality Audit Report
  • “What size is the Right Size? The influence of cow size on beef production” by Leticia Henderson of OSU Baker County Extension
  • “Lights, Camera, Action! Cattlemen’s Ball Box Office Now Open” by Keith Nantz, OCA Cattle PAC Chair
  • JBS Announces Plans to Sell Five Rivers Feeding
  • “They’re Back! Heed warning to protect yourself and your livestock from mosquitos this summer” by Craig J. Herman, OCA Private Land Committee Chair
  • Cowgirl Wisdom; Advice
    Cowboy Poetry by Randi Johnson, the Cowboy’s Daughter
  • Details on the Oregon CattleWomen’s 5K & 10K Run/Walk in Baker, Oregon on August 5th
  • “Can Cattle, Birds and Bees Co-Exist? Experimental results from the Zumwalt Prairie in Northeastern Oregon” compiled for the Oregon Cattleman
  • Sharon Livingston Named ’62 Days Grand Marshall

Would you like a copy of the Oregon Cattleman magazine? Make sure to get your membership registration in to get on our mailing list! Contact Chiyanna Tolton, our Membership Outreach Director, at membership@orcattle.com if you have any questions!

Do you want to advertise in the Oregon Cattleman magazine? Check out our rate card and talk to our team today!


NCBA CEO: Unholy Alliances http://orcattle.com/ncba-ceo-unholy-alliances/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:56:42 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2786 READ MORE]]> Unholy Alliances

A message from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s CEO:

By now you’ve probably seen that there’s a determined effort by activist organizations to undermine the beef industry. Groups like Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Public Justice are attempting to change the way we do business and they’ve banded together with groups like R-CALF and other like-minded organizations to target state beef councils and their work to promote beef. We might disagree on policy matters within the industry, but it’s another thing entirely to target the volunteer-led state beef councils through unholy alliances with animal rights activists and others intent on driving beef producers out of business.

You read that correctly: R-CALF and like-minded groups have joined with activist organizations like Public Justice. In this case the Public Justice/R-CALF alliance is litigating a case against the Montana Beef Council. We’ve seen this trend increase lately. It was first begun by HSUS activists who used their deep pockets to buy influence in the beef industry and gain standing to file lawsuits against the checkoff in an all-out effort to end beef promotion, and ultimately, the production of beef in the United States.

HSUS, Public Justice, R-CALF and others have been unsuccessful in the halls of Congress and they aren’t making progress among consumers or beef producers at the ballot box, so they’re spending their time and money to perpetuate misinformation and engage in a guerilla campaign against beef and the checkoff. They know ending the checkoff eliminates the only self-help program designed and led by beef producers and they know that’s all that stands between them and more meatless diets. We must work together to stop HSUS, Public Justice and their collaborators. We must stand together to prevent these activists from pushing cattle off the land, sliding beef off the plate and driving cattle producers off the ranch. Don’t believe everything you read; this fight is about stopping the activists from achieving those goals. And that’s all it’s about.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it again so it’s clear: HSUS does not care about beef producers or the checkoff. They care about stopping the production and consumption of meat! Every member of the beef community that collaborates with this group, for any reason, is helping them achieve that goal. They will stop at nothing to change your way of life, drive beef producers out of business and irreparably harm the social and economic fabric of rural America.

HSUS, Public Justice and their armies of urban lawyers would love nothing more than to remove beef from the plates of consumers. These activists are working to drive good cattlemen and cattlewomen out of business by promoting a meatless agenda (visit: http://bit.ly/2vCBzwP and http://bit.ly/2uDNeyb for examples) and they’ve joined forces with some of your neighbors who have sold out and are helping them to accomplish that goal.

We need to stand together and shine a light on these alliances between R-CALF and their activist partners at Public Justice and elsewhere. These shams must be exposed for what they really are. It’s time to stand together to stop the attacks, misinformation and propaganda. It’s not in our nature to challenge our friends and neighbors, but there’s too much at stake to continue in silence.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke “Glad to be Back in Oregon” for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review http://orcattle.com/secretary-of-the-interior-ryan-zinke-glad-to-be-back-in-oregon-for-cascade-siskiyou-national-monument-review/ Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:10:32 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2778 READ MORE]]> Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke “Glad to be Back in Oregon” for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review

Southern Ore., (July 16, 2017) – Announcing on twitter that he was “Glad to be back in Oregon! Here for a monument review…” the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association applauds Secretary Zinke for touring with OCA President John O’Keeffe and for hearing both sides of the issues of the Cascade-Siskiyou  National Monument. 

On April 26th, President Trump signed an Executive Order for the review of monument designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous Presidents. As many Oregon ranchers hoped, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, as designated by President Trump, made a trip to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on July 15th, 2017, where he conducted a thorough and precise preview.

“Secretary Zinke’s trip to the Cascade-Siskiyou monument area is encouraging for all-natural resource industries,” said Jerome Rosa, OCA Executive Director. “The gross misuse of the Antiquities Act by prior administration will hopefully be overturned.”

Secretary Zinke met with members of Oregon’s Bureau of Land Management where he hiked through the monument, hearing all sides for his report. Meeting with various other industries such as the snowmobile industry, the timber industry and the ranching industry, it is reassuring that his attention to detail is precise to find the true impacts that a monument of this size can cause to the economy of our state.

OCA President John O’Keeffe spent the afternoon with Secretary Zinke and a few select others which included Lee Bradshaw, a rancher within the allotment, and Representative Greg Walden. O’Keeffe commended Secretary Zinke for the quality questions that he asked and his genuine concerns for all parties involved.

“He seems to be really interested and generally concerned with the issues that the monument raises,” said John O’Keeffe.

Overall, the monument review seemed to go well but there was no indication as to a timeline for what comes next or what Secretary Zinke’s final verdict will be. For now, the cattle ranchers will continue to wait. However, we are hopeful that, after researching and hearing about the negative impacts the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has had on outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, and timber industries alike, that the right decision will be made.


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.

Important Follow-Up On Blue-Green Algae Information http://orcattle.com/important-follow-up-on-blue-green-algae-information/ Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:46:10 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2770 READ MORE]]> Important Follow-Up On Blue-Green Algae Information

David Bohnert
Director & Professor
Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center – Burn & Union Stations


I wanted to provide a little follow-up concerning the information sent out a couple of weeks ago about Blue-Green Algae control.  A producer contacted me and asked if plain Copper Sulfate (the same as used in livestock mineral) was a labeled for use as control for blue-green algae.

I did not know for sure and contacted a specialist in ODA (Pesticide Division) and I was told that plain copper sulfate it is NOT approved for use as an algaecide.  The product used MUST be labeled for the specific use.  I was provided with a few of the types of products available to treat algae – I am attaching the labels for some of them.  This is not an inclusive list and is not meant to promote one particular product over another.  I am simply providing you with example labels that indicate it is proper to use in stock ponds as livestock water.

I hope this helps as I know a number of producers and popular press representatives have contacted me wanting more information.

I have not heard anymore related to the loss of additional cattle to Blue-Green Algae.

~ David Bohnert ~

Algae X Label

Cutrine Ultra Label

Oxcion PX10 Label

Pond Boss Pro Label

Stock Trine II Label

EOARC Range Field Day http://orcattle.com/eoarc-range-field-day/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:34:50 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2757 READ MORE]]> EOARC Range Field Day – June 27, 2017

Burns, Ore. (June 28, 2017) – With a strong heat wave in the last full weekend of June, it was no surprise that wildfires were the talk of the conversation at the annual Range Field Day put on by the Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center (“EOARC”) on June 27th. This annual event attracts a variety of attendees ranging from cattle producers, agency workers of the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation, and Soil & Water Conservation Districts, as well as students from across the country.

Topics for the 2017 event, held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range in Burns, Oregon, included:

  • “Managing Wildfire, Where we are at and What’s Coming” by Tony Svejcar
  • “Predicting Fire Outcomes Based on Fuels,” by John Bates and Chad Boyd
  • “Livestock Grazing for Fuels Management,” by Kirk Davies
  • “Restoration of Sagebrush Rangeland and the Safe Site Concept,” by Roger Sheley.
  • “Seed Amendments to Increase Restoration Success,” by Jay Kerby
  • “Applying Safe Site Concepts in Field Restoration,” by Elsie Denton & Roger Sheley
  • “Using Apparent Trend to Inform Management Decisions,” by Dustin Johnson and Chad Boyd

The theme of the Range Day was management considerations before and after a fire to ensure the survival of desirable grasses and shrubs. A wet winter has caused fear for added wildfire fuel this summer and making sure precautionary efforts are taken to prevent wildfire outbreaks and spreads is of the utmost importance for the survival of our rangeland.

Although this year’s topics related strongly to wildfire, the focus of Range Field Day changes every year based on a particular emphasis of the location where the event is being hosted.

EOARC is comprised of scientists and support staff from Oregon State University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Its mission is to provide the science behind sound land and livestock management for current and future generations. Current research projects focus on beef cattle nutrition, cattle behavior and temperament management, rangeland restoration, juniper management, weed control, rangeland fuels management, and developing science-based decision support tools for range and livestock managers.

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.


Message From the Governor’s Natural Resources Department http://orcattle.com/message-from-the-governors-natural-resources-department/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:24:10 +0000 http://orcattle.com/?p=2755 READ MORE]]>

Subject: Governor’s Natural Resources Exec Appointments 7/31 deadline

Greetings, this email is provided to Oregon’s sovereign tribal governments, natural resource partners, agency directors, and Regional Solutions Coordinators. Please share with your networks.

The Governor’s Executive Appointments Office has received a number of applications for board and commission service. Some of these require Senate confirmation, others do not.

  • For Senate-confirmed appointments, interest forms are due July 31 for the September 2017 Senate Rules Committee meeting.
  • For appointments not subject to Senate confirmation, please follow any advertised deadlines.

Please note:

  • Current members interested in reappointment need to submit applications.  
  • The Governor’s Office will accept and review all applications received by the deadlines.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit required forms as early as possible.
  • Members who have served two full terms will not be considered for reappointment.

Qualifications:  Governor Brown is looking for well-qualified, thoughtful, collaborative Oregonians who have a statewide perspective.  The Governor wants Oregon’s boards and commissions to reflect the diversity of Oregon, including rural communities, geographic diversity, gender, race and ethnic diversity, and diversity of knowledge and experience. Applicants must also demonstrate commitment to attend and productively participate in all meetings.  Some boards and commissions have specific statutory requirements. Interested parties should contact the director or administrator of the appropriate agency, board or commission (webpage links below).

How to apply: Complete and submit three forms: (1) Interest Form http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form%20.pdf, 2) a statement of interest, and (3) a resume of your work and volunteer experience and educational background.  For information on how to apply, go to http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx . Email completed forms to executive.appointments@oregon.gov . Applicants may or may not be contacted for an in-person or telephone interview with a Governor’s Natural Resources Office policy advisor.  Governor’s nominees will be contacted by the Executive Appointments Office regarding the process for Senate confirmation hearings.

Senate-confirmed Boards and Commissions

Non-Senate-confirmed Boards and Commissions – This is not a comprehensive list. For more information, contact the director or administrator of the board or commission of interest





Jason Miner

Natural Resource Policy Manager

Office of Governor Kate Brown

900 Court Street NE, Suite 160

Salem, OR  97301