Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Conducts Annual Membership Meeting
The Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) concluded its 17th Annual Convention and Trade Show on November 21st in Dodge City, KS. The meeting brought together producers from across the state and included industry expert presentations, live cattle demonstrations, the association’s annual business meeting, trade show, banquet, and benefit auction. The meeting consisted of a full-day of presentations, demonstrations, and a trade show. The day began with a free pancake breakfast featuring Schmacon “beefs answer to bacon”. Presenting were Lance Sharp, Copeland Insurance; Bob Baker, Executive Intelligence Review; Richard Hruska, USDA; Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Production Animal Consultation; Jeff Hutton, NOAA; Domenic Varricchio, Schwieterman, Inc.; and Aaron Schilde, Big Iron Online auctions. Speaker topics and presentations focused on: Breeding Stock Risk Management, U.S. Economic Outlook, Cash Cattle Markets, Low-Stress Livestock Handling, the Climate, Commodity Market Update, and Buying and Selling Equipment online. Industry policy experts Barbara Patterson, National Farmers Union; Jess Peterson, United States Cattlemen’s Association; and Perry Owens, Ottawa County Feeders, discussed competition within the cattle industry. The presentation covered topics ranging from Mandatory Price Report to Country of Origin Labeling. Following the presentation was a question and answer series with the audience. A live cattle demonstration was conducted by Dr. Tom Noffsinger with junior cattlemen, KCA members Levi and Wyatt Goode assisting. The presentation demonstrated low-stress cattle handling techniques. Dr. Tom discussed the many benefits of implementing handling programs into operations.
“It is remarkable how quickly the entire herd takes to their handler when approached with the low-stress techniques. The few minutes it takes to build trust with the leaders of the herd pays dividends in managing all other aspects of moving and working cattle. Best of all, it pays off in yields, because the calves remain healthy and continue grazing as normal,” commented Tyler Dupy, KCA Executive Director.
Following the trade show and presentations was the annual KCA social, benefit auction, and banquet. The KCA Legacy Award was presented to John Edwards of Hamilton, Kansas. Mr. Edwards has been a long-term and dedicated member of KCA and a champion for independent cattlemen and the cattle industry.