Salem, Ore., The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) announced the outcomes of their 2015 Spring Quarterly meeting which provided members with access to timely and important industry information. Over sixty members from across the state convened at the Farm Bureau building in Salem, Oregon to attend a quarterly business meeting and to hear from a variety of speakers specific to their industry.  Members also had the opportunity to tour and become acquainted with the OCA’s new offices.

Jerome Rosa, OCA Executive Director, said, “Overall, I felt that the members responded in a very positive manner. From remarks about our new office space, to attendance and everything in between, the final consensus was positive. We greatly appreciated having our members and speakers make their way here to attend the meeting and were very pleased with the outcome.”

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The OCA’s Spring Quarterly is an important industry event that helped to provide insights on current legislative actions and updates, as well as various presentations including opportunities for the US and Oregon beef in international markets, specifically Asia. This meeting also provided opportunities to visit with fellow Oregon Cattlemen to exchange ideas and resources.

Specific to legislative issues, Kayli Hanley, OCA’s Communications Director said, “This year’s Spring Quarterly came at an important time. Our members were updated on timely topics that could impact the cattle industry. Those topics will be addressed in the current legislative session.”  Educating our members provides opportunity for direct communication with their representatives to encourage outcomes which favor the industry.

Updates from each district were provided at the business meeting. Timely to the agenda, was a discussion on the status of wolves in Oregon and their impact on cattle management. The membership also reviewed information from the Public Lands Council, regarding grazing rights and future opportunities in that area.

The meeting wasn’t all business, however. The group took time to fellowship and catch up Thursday evening with a wonderful dinner catered by McKillips Catering from St. Paul Oregon.

The OCA seeks to provide a voice for the Oregon Cattle industry and as such, member engagement is vital to the organization. The OCA reported that membership is up for the fiscal year and the growing participation provides a foundation for the association to make a difference for its members.

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 Allyn Amerongen

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