Record attendance as Association kicks off 100 year anniversary

(Salem, OR-December 17, 2012) – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association celebrated a hugely successful Annual Convention and Trade Show which occurred December 6-8, 2012 in Bend. The Convention boasted a record attendance from Association members and other affiliated with the cattle industry.

Highlights of the Annual Convention included:

  • 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. Past Presidents of the Oregon Cattlewomen were recognized for their service during this event.
  • Pam and Mark Wunderlich were honored as recipients of the 2012 Riley Freeman Award on Saturday evening at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention. This award, a joint honor on behalf of the OCA and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, honors an OCA member who best exemplifies the concepts of good ranch stewardship and collaboration with state and federal agencies on fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Bob Skinner, OCA Board Members, was awarded the Voice of the Industry award for 2012.
  • The Oregon Beef Council awarded Dr. Males with the Oregon Beef Council Distinguished Service Award for 2012. Fred Otley was awarded the Oregon Beef Council Hall of Fame Award for 2012.
  • Restructuring and heightened attendance of the Young Cattlemen’s group with a commitment to greater future engagement by emerging industry leaders
  • Association members met with several cooperators from Federal and State agencies to continue development of the joint monitoring program for public and private lands. The ranchers and representatives of state and federal agencies agreed this cooperation should substantially expand the monitoring done on Oregon’s rangelands. A pilot program is planned for the Spring to test the recommended practices.
  • Kickoff of the 100 Year Celebration – Plans for the Centennial Celebration of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was announced. Highlights will feature a Baxter Black performance at the 100 year celebration, the Oregon Book of Ranching Project, and a variety of other events at the OCA Mid Year Convention, June 20-22, 2013
  • Dr. Dan Arp, Dean of the College of Agricultural Science for Oregon State University, committed to commissioning an academic review of recent publications regarding grazing on public lands

The Annual Convention is the signature event for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and will be held December 5-8, 2013 in Bend, Oregon.

For more information on presenting or exhibiting in 2013, please contact the OCA office at 503-361-8941.