(Salem, OR-November 26, 2012) – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting their Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Riverhouse Resort in Bend, Oregon. The event will begin at 1 pm on Thursday, December 6 and conclude at the President’s Banquet on Saturday, December 8. The Convention will feature a wide variety of opportunities for producers and the industry to receive information and updates on emerging topics in production, conservation and sustainability practices, regulation challenges and new information on animal nutrition and health for higher profit margins.

Highlights for the Annual Convention include:

  • The OCA Cattlemen’s College, Sponsored by Pfizer & Oregon Beef Council
  • Public Lands Roundtable: with participation by new Oregon/Washington BLM State Director Jerome Perez
  • Oregon Cattlewomen Tea Social: celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Oregon Cow Belles and Cattlewomen
  • New Research Information: Feeding selenium fertilized forage for beef cattle. Presented by Dr. Gerd Bobe. This presentation will discuss recent trials of feeding selenium fertilized forages instead of supplementing that could result in high profitability for beef operations
  • Theodore Hadzi-Antich, Pacific Legal Foundation: discussing the current PLF legal challenges to overbroad environmental regulations that can restrict property owner rights
  • Hot Topic Industry Updates: topics will include wildfire impacts and future planning, natural resource policies, cattle health and identification, livestock nutrition research and predator management

The Annual Convention will also feature the OCA Annual Cowboy Christmas Gift Show. The Show will open on December 7th. This unique event offers attendees an opportunity to shop from many vendors from across the state that specialize in handcrafted western and ranch oriented products for purchase. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

The Casino & Western Fun Night will be the entertainment for Convention participants on Friday evening, with entertainment provided by the Wampus Cats Band.

A full agenda of events and sessions is available at the OCA website: www.orcattle.com and registration is now open. Registration is also available online or by calling the OCA Offices at 503-361-8941.