SALEM,Ore., (12/9/2015) – Hawaii, Wyoming, Washington D.C. and of course, Oregon, were a couple of many states represented at this year’s Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Bend, Oregon. The event was well attended with over 300 Oregon ranchers registering and hosted a myriad of industry speakers from across America.

Jerome Rosa, executive director for OCA, praised the event. “I thought this year’s Convention was outstanding,” Rosa said. He felt all the speakers were great and was excited to have National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Kristina Butts from Washington D.C. presenting. “We were really privileged to have Kristina speak. She was very enlightening on many issues.”

Young Oregon rancher, Tierra Kessler, appreciated being able to connect with other ranchers from around the state. “It’s an opportunity to see other producers and catch up with them while learning what’s going on in the industry.”

Kessler also valued the variety of presentations offered, specifically a class on QuickBooks and a presentation from National Young Beef Leader Keith Nantz. “As a young producer, I enjoyed attending Young Cattlemen events and listening to what’s coming up,” she said.

The event came to a close with a banquet and a concert by Oregon’s Joni Harms. The evening honored Paulette Pyle of Oregonians for Food and Shelter and celebrated the association’s outgoing president Ray Sessler and welcomed new president John O’Keeffe.

Sessler felt like the event was a success and a great conclusion to his presidency. “That I can remember, this was the best attended Convention that I’ve seen in the last few years. It means the organization is growing and that is positive.”

Rosa noted OCA is sad to see one man go but excited to see another come in. “We are sad to see Ray leave as he did tremendous work for OCA and will be missed.” He added that O’Keeffe is well respected, knowledgeable of the cattle industry and will do a great job of leading the cattlemen.

O’Keeffe commented that he is “looking forward to meeting the many outstanding individuals who make up the livestock industry in this state.”

O’Keeffe started his term as OCA president after the conclusion of the cattlemen’s business meeting on December 5.

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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Kristna Butts from NCBA

Kristna Butts from NCBA

Jerome Rosa, Paulette Pyle, Sharon Livingston and Ray Sessler

Jerome Rosa, Paulette Pyle, Sharon Livingston and Ray Sessler

Ray and Bonnie Sessler, Katherine and Nathan Jackson

Ray and Bonnie Sessler, Katherine and Nathan Jackson

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OCA office Staff

OCA office Staff

OCA Event Team

OCA Event Team