SALEM,Ore., (12/15/2015) – On January 15, 2016, Beef Northwest and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will put on the eighth annual Pacific Northwest Young Cattlemen’s Tour.

The tour kicks off Friday morning in Pendleton, Oregon at the Red Lion hotel parking lot. Christina Johnson, CNB and Outside Cattle Analyst for Beef Northwest, has been a key player in planning the 2016 event. Johnson said that those putting the tour on hope “to try and help them (young ranchers) make connections and gain knowledge of the beef and cattle industry.”

This year’s tour will cover a wide spectrum of the cattle industry with information that covers agricultures history in Oregon and stops at cow-calf operations and large scale feedlots. A dinner will be held at the Double M Ranch that will lead into what Johnson refers to as, “A cattle industry job fair.”

Keith Nantz, current Young Cattlemen chair for Oregon as well as the chair for the National Young Beef Leaders, thinks the job fair presents a great chance to mingle with companies heavily involved in the cattle industry. “It’s a great opportunity for networking. Networking helps build goals and dreams.”

Nantz also believes the tour will help young ranchers learn more about what the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is about. “It’s the beginning steps to getting involved with OCA and learning why that is important,” he said.

The OCA helps sponsor the event through their Young Cattlemen’s Committee program and is excited to see the many ways it encourages young ranchers to get more plugged in to agriculture. Jerome Rosa, executive director of OCA, said, “The YCC tour is a tremendous opportunity for education and networking in the beef industry. OCA is glad to support this valuable tour experience and will continue to be supportive in the future.”

Participants should come ready to learn and interact. Johnson encourages all tour attendees to bring an updated resume with them. She said it’s great to see so many young people interested in agriculture. Why? Her answer is simple. “They are the future.”

Additional information and registration forms are available at via the online calendar. (Click here to go to page.)

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