SALEM,Ore., (1/27/2015) – Four tour buses, 250 people, 500 cowboy boots. This was the recipe used for a successful 2015 Pacific Northwest Young Cattlemen’s Conference. The conference took place on January 23 and took its participants to El Oro Feedlot, Rathbun Angus Ranch, and concluded with dinner and speakers at Booker Auction Co.

For Thomas White, the tour marked the end of an enjoyable three year term as Oregon’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee Chair. White was impressed with the number of young participants that attended the conference. “It is a true testament to all of the hard work that Christina and the Washington Cattlemen’s Association put into the tour,” White said.

Among the participants was Eduardo Santacruz from Oregon State University. “My favorite part of the PNW tour was when we went to the Rathbun Angus ranch and learned about handling cattle, moving cattle around and loading them,” Santacruz said. He also enjoyed learning about the ranches methods for bull development.

Besides showcasing the youth of the North West’s interest in the cattle industry, the trip also marked the start of Keith Nantz’s term as Oregon Young Cattlemen’s Committee Chair. Nantz, a rancher from Maupin, Oregon, has served as chair for the National Young Cattlemen’s Committee and is an avid member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

“2015 is starting off with a bang,” Nantz said. “As we begin a new year let’s keep this momentum going forward and help create an organization full of excitement and opportunity.” He encouraged Young Cattlemen’s Committee members to follow the OCA Young Cattlemen’s Committee facebook page in order to hear about YCC news and events. “I certainly hope to see just as many if not more for next year’s tour.” Nantz said.

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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