2013 Convention Deadlines Rapidly Approaching
- The deadline to make hotel reservations at the Arrowwood Resort is Tuesday, November 12, 2013. If you are planning on attending the convention please make your reservations by calling 866-386-5263 or 320-298-4636.
- If you are planning to exhibit in the 2013 Trade Show, please log on to the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association website, www.mnsca.org. Trade show forms and payment should be sent to the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association, 33424 183rd Street, Pierz, MN 56364. If you have any questions please call 320-634-6722 or 320-249-2130. The deadline to sign up for space is November 29, 2013. Spaces are rapidly filling up.
- The deadline to apply for scholarships is November 22, 2013. Please log on to www.mnsca.org for the scholarship forms. If you have any questions please call 320-249-2130.
- Registration is open now for the 2013 convention. You can mail in your registration to MSCA, 33424 183rd Street, Pierz, MN 56364 or log on to www.mnsca.org and register on-line. 2-day registration is $90 (Includes 4 meals); 1-day registration is $50 (Includes 2 meals). Convention registration forms can be found on the MSCA website.
Countdown to Convention . . .In a little over a month the 2013 Minnesota State Cattlemen's Annual Convention and Trade Show will be upon us. The venue will be held at the Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center, December 12-14, 2013 in Alexandria, MN.
The convention will feature industry-leading speakers including; Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of CO; Warren Weibert, Decatur County Feed Yard; Colleen Zenk, MN Beef Council; John Lundeen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Dr. Blaine Corners, Zoetis; Dr. Ryan Cox, University of MN; Dr. Eric Mousel, University of MN; Sara Colombe, MN CattleWomens and special entertainment by Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO. Special guest appearances will also be made by Scott George, National Cattlemen's Beef Association president and Patti Buck, American National Cattle Women, president elect.
Registration is now open and you can sign up by visiting www.mnsca.org. Make your room reservations by calling the Arrowwood Resort directly at 866-386-5263. The Minnesota Cattle Convention and Trade show block will be held until November 12, 2013. Exhibitors are also encouraged to attend by registering for a trade show booth. Deadline to sign up for a booth is November 29, 2013. Exhibitors receive one individual complimentary registration.
Registration Open for 2013 Convention and Trade ShowRegistration is open for the 2013 Minnesota State Cattle Convention and Trade Show, which will be held December 12-14 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center near Alexandria. You can register by visiting www.mnsca.org.
This year's convention will be focused on profitability in the beef cattle industry and providing a quality product to the consumer.
Guest speakers will cover a wide range of topics including:
* Consumer Trends Shaping Demands for Beef
* Food Safety
* Beef Quality and Marketability
* Cattlemen's College: 6'cs for Starting Cattle
* Cow/Calf and Feedlot Profitability
* Profit Driven, Time Proven Management Principles
* Where's the Beef? Making Cows Work in a Row Crop Economy
* Featured Entertainment by Gary McMahan
Arrowwood Resort is a family friendly location. Activities include: indoor water park; ice skating; sledding; snowmobiling; sleigh rides and a variety of other indoor and outdoor activities.
If you would like to make rooming reservations, contact Arrowwood Resort directly at 866-386-5263 or 320-298-4636. Be sure to mention you are attending the Minnesota Cattle Convention and Trade Show. The deadline to make reservations is November 12, 2013.
Standard Deluxe (Single or Double): $99 per night plus tax
Upgraded: $129 per night plus tax
Suite: $169 per night plus tax
If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the MSCA office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-634-6722 or 320-249-2130. We look forward to seeing you at this year's Convention!
A Note from the MSCA President . . .The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) Executive Board is currently interviewing several candidates for the Executive Director position. Through this interview process, I am reminded of just how important the MSCA members are and the variety of tasks and issues we take on annually. I am thankful for all the MSCA leadership and all the members for committing their time to the important work of the MSCA.
Each member has a part in protecting our livelihood as beef producers, providing accurate information to consumers and promoting our product to the general population. Our members are an everyday part of the direction and responsibilities facing the MSCA.
Don Schiefelbein and I attended the recent Agri-Growth Convention this week. There was record attendance this year . Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke to the group via the web and noted that the Farm Bill will be ready for a vote before Thanksgiving. She spoke about several issues that will be reformed and a part of the final version. We all need to be watchful to make sure our elected officials represent us fairly and accurately.
Finally, the cattle markets remain strong in almost all categories. Corn and grains have loosened up so feeders finally can look for better returns. There seems to be a focus on cow numbers, but when you look at the production side, we are able to supply more beef with less cows.
Convention is coming up and deadlines for hotel reservations are this coming week. You won't want to miss the impressive line-up of industry leading speakers and a full schedule of activities at the 2013 MSCA Annual Convention and Trade Show. If you have any questions please call me at 320-249-2130.
Early Blizzard Devastates Western Ranch FamiliesAn early October blizzard blasted through three states starting Thursday, Oct. 3 and continuing through Saturday morning, leaving in its wake total and utter devastation.
The storm, started out with heavy rain, followed by wet, heavy snow and then wind gusts reaching up to 70 mph in areas. At noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, trained spotters reported 48 inches of snow near Deadwood, SD and local reports from Beulah, WY were 55 inches. At Rapid City, SD, 23.1 inches were measured.
Even now, a month later, the devastation from the storm is slowly being uncovered. The downed fences, damaged trees, collapsed roofs, blocked roads and extensive power outages, paled in comparison to the significant loss of livestock in the ranching communities in Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota. Cattle across the three-state area were still on summer pastures, miles from home, with a few more weeks of grazing ahead when the storm hit. The animals had little to no winter coat growth. Hypothermia was quick to set in for most of the animals and others suffocated in the drifts. There was little protection from the elements when the storm hit. The blizzard became intense so quickly it was impossible for ranchers to reach the animals.
Producers and family members are trying to recover from the results of the blizzard. Some estimates put the total at 60-70,000 head in South Dakota. Other estimates range from 10 to 85 percent of herd losses. "I spoke to a Chadron, Nebraska rancher recently who had lost 114 cows out of his 550 cow herd and this was just preliminary numbers," said Dar Giess, Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association president. He also told me that, you are just numb for a few days and then you second guess what you could have done. There are dead cows spread out everywhere, cow herds are mixed and because of the mud you can't get trucks in to haul them and it's too wet to drive them. He spoke of cows drifting over 20 miles during the storm.
"Ranchers are counting the dead and documenting the losses in hopes that the government will soon be able to offer help," said Giess. "This is a huge hit for the rural areas where agriculture drives the local economy." Giess went on to add, "The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association will support and offer assistance in any way possible to help our fellow cattlemen and cattlewomen and families rebuild the cowherds in this region."
Although these ranch families are resilient, they are still going to need help to recover from the devastation, said Giess. In the wake of a two-week October federal government shutdown and without a farm bill, at this point we don't know if there will be any governmental program to assist ranchers, he added.
Individuals wishing to assist western ranch families affected by the blizzard can donate to the following organizations:
Black Hills Community Area Foundation
SD Rancher Relief Fund
PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709
Heifers for South Dakota
This is a group for those who want to pledge a heifer, a bred yearling or a replacement-quality calf for a rancher in South Dakota. The focus is on providing quality breeding stock to family-type ranches whose primary income is from agriculture. You can look up the organization on Facebook at 'Heifers for South Dakota'.
Nebraska Cattlemen Relief Fund
Chadron Community Foundation
PO Box 1125
Chadron, NE 69337
MSCA Accepting Scholarship ApplicationsThe MSCA is currently accepting applications for Dennis Bottem and Reid Mason Memorial Scholarships. The application deadline for both scholarships is November 22. You can find the applications on the website at www.mnsca.org.
The Dennis Bottem Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving college student pursuing an education in Animal Science or Agronomy. Dennis Bottem was serving as president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association when he died in a farm accident in April of 2002. Shortly after his passing the Bottem family, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association created the Dennis Bottem Memorial Scholarship to assist young men and women studying in the field of agriculture.
The Reid Mason Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving college student pursuing an education in Animal Science with a focus on beef cattle. Reid Mason served as the first executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council. In that capacity Reid pioneered the development of a host of beef promotion, producer education and beef research programs. Originally from Iowa, Reid Mason moved to Minnesota to take on the job as the Beef Council's first executive director. Reid was totally dedicated to the beef industry and worked tirelessly to expand beef demand and consumer trust in the safety and wholesomeness of beef.
Benefit Auction Items NeededThe 2013 Annual MSCA Annual Benefit Auction will be held Friday, December 13 following the banquet and entertainment. The auction is an important annual fund raiser for both the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association and the Minnesota CattleWomen's Association. Please support the work of both associations by donating an auction item.
2014 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show Registration UnderwayRegistration for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade show is underway. The 116th Annual Convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7, 2014 and advanced registration is open until Jan. 10, 2014.
2014 convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, enjoy a Cowboy's Night at the Grand Ole Opry II and party with Elvis at Viva Nash Vegas. NCBA President and Wyoming rancher Scott George said the convention is a must for all cattlemen.
"The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest, national convention for everyone that is in the cattle business," George said. "The convention and trade show is the time for cattle industry members to come together and work toward the future of the industry while having some fun."
In addition to access to all of the 2014 convention events, registrants for the full convention will receive a 50 percent off coupon for Roper and Stetson apparel and footwear at the NCBA Trade Show.
Sign-Up for CheckOff Referendum Dec. 15The deadline to sign up for a ballot for the upcoming checkoff referendum is Dec. 15, 2013. Producers can sign up to receive a ballot on www.raisedwithpride.com and become a certified producer. Those who request a ballot will ensure their ability to vote in the referendum to increase the checkoff and other upcoming elections. Also on the website, producers can find information on the history of the beef checkoff and identify the need for more funding. The Minnesota Beef Council (MBC) and the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) have introduced a new referendum that will increase the state checkoff by an additional $1 for every head sold. The launch of a new website by the MSCA - raisedwithpride.com - allows producers to sign up for, and receive, a ballot to vote for the upcoming referendum and learn more about the proposed referendum.
The MBC has been funded at the same rate for 28 years. During that time the industry has seen many changes, including a reduction in the total number of cattle, an increase in the value of cattle and less spending power of the dollar.
With the check off facing less revenue and a bigger need for communications, a February 2014 referendum would increase the check off by an additional $1 for every head sold. This would grant the council an additional $500,000 to $750,000 to further communicate the value of Minnesota beef.
The proposed state, checkoff would differ from the federal checkoff currently being collected. If the state checkoff is passed the entire $1 stays in the state to communicate with influencers and consumers; Is voluntary, a refund can be requested through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Only applies to Minnesota cattle, sold in Minnesota; Does not apply to dairy animals being sold for breeding purposes; Falls under the jurisdiction of the State Beef Promotion order and will only be spent on projects in Minnesota.
2014 Minnesota Beef Ambassadors SelectedThe Minnesota Cattlewomen are proud to announce that Shelby Schiefelbein (Kimball), Maria Weber (Lake Benton) and Laura Stobb (Milaca) were chosen as the 2013-2014 Senior Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team at the annual Minnesota Beef Ambassador competition. The competition was held at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, in conjunction with the Minnesota Beef Expo on October 17-20. There were ten senior contestants ages 16-19, who were judged in the areas of consumer event, media interview technique and issues response. Shelby Schiefelbein was chosen as the senior lead winner and is eligible to compete in the National competition next year in Denver Colorado.
This year's contest also hosted a junior competition for youth beef industry advocates ages 13-15. Five contestants were also judged in the same three categories: media interview, consumer event and issues response. The first place winner was Sydney Zehnder (Stanchfield) and the 2nd place winner was Abbey Schiefelbein (Kimball).
Contestants from throughout the state competed for a place on this team of agriculture advocates and a $500 cash prize, sponsored by the Minnesota State Cattlemen, will be given to the winner, Shelby Schiefelbein. Additional scholarships totaling $650 will be given by the Minnesota CattleWomen and the Minnesota Beef Council to the other team members. During the competition, Colleen Zenk from the MN Beef Council went over the MN Beef Ambassador Team Handbook, expectations and Beef materials that they could use when doing a classroom presentation, which is required on the state and national level. Following the competition Sara Colombe, a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador with the National FFA Program gave a short workshop to everyone, "Now What?" aimed toward the contestants to know now what they should do after the competition.
While preparing for the Minnesota Beef Ambassador competition, contestants learn about beef and the beef industry with support from their families, Minnesota CattleWomen, Minnesota Cattlemen and the Minnesota Beef Council. Over this next year the team members are asked to assist at consumer events, prepare classroom presentations and write a media article in their local areas and complete the Master of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program.
During their farewell speeches the 2012-2013 team members, Kelly Morrison, Shelby Schiefelbein, Jenna White, John Morrison and Zack Klaers expressed how grateful they were to have been on the team and encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities to network and advance their knowledge of the beef community. The 2012-13 Beef Ambassador Team learned numerous key messages that they used when talking to others about the misconceptions they had about the beef industry. Over the year, they were able to tell their beef story and what they did on their farms and ranches on a day to day basis to consumers across the state. They encouraged everyone to continue to advocate for the beef industry, as we have lots to be proud of and our voices need to be heard.
MN Grazing to Host VideoconferenceThe MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) is hosting the third annual Grazing and Soil Heath Videoconference on Thursday December 5, 2013.
There are 9 locations throughout the state where you can participate in the videoconference.
The opening addresses this year will be by Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist, and Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND. Dr. Nichols will discuss the importance of soil biota in farming systems and why grasslands and cover crops are so vital to the biota and for profitable farms.
Representatives from the DNR will discuss opportunities for grazing on public and private conservation lands.
And, the always popular farmer panel will discuss many ways they utilize pastures and cover crops in their livestock and cropping systems.
For more information contact, Wayne Monsen, Executive Director, MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association, 612-439-6641or e-mail email@example.com.
The link to register for the videoconference is.
Minnesota Beef Expo Hosts First-Rate EventThe 2013 Minnesota Beef Expo held Oct. 17-20 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn., once again lived up to its reputation of being a first-rate event.
Over 800 head of cattle and exhibitors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota participated in the four day event.
The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) sponsored the 2013 MYBEP Seminar Heifer, won by Mary Moenning, Hayfield, MN. She will be mentored by Bob Grass, LeRoy, MN. The MSCA also provided a $2,000 scholarship to the winning Senior Knowledge Bowl Team. The 2013 winning team was from Redwood County with the following team members: Ben Johnson, Christian Netzke, Clayton Newton, Paige Netzke and Scott Dingels.
A $500 scholarship was also presented to Kelly Morrison, Belle Plaine, MN, the 2013 senior lead Minnesota Beef Ambassador.
This year's Beef Ambassador Team members are: Junior, Sydney Zehnder, Stanchfield, MN, winner; Abby Schiefelbein, Kimball, MN. Senior, Shelby Schiefelbein, Kimball, MN, winner; Maria Weber, Lake Benton, MN and Laura Stobb, Milaca, MN.
Congratulations to all of the MYBEP winners.
Nelsen Lundebrek, Angus
Ashley Eisenbraun, Charolais
Dylan Smith, Commercial
Dacotah Rohner, Commerical
Logan Milligan, Hereford
Amber Johnson, Limousin
Zachary Klaers, Shorthorn
Calvin Rosen, Simmental
Kyle Strandberg, South Devon
Mary Moenning, Seminar Heifer
For more information and 2013 Minnesota Beef Expo results log on to www.mnbeefexpo.com.
Minnesota Beef Alliance
Package Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014
PRIME LEVEL MEMBER $5,000Summer Tour & Trade Show
- Standard Trade Show Booth
- Bus Sponsor
- Full Page Color Ad in Tour Program
- Four Registrations
- Sponsor Recognition in Tour Program
- Premium Trade Show Booth (Double or Corner)
- Meal Sponsor
- Five Individual Registrations
- 6 – ½ page or 3 – Full Page Advertisements
- Full Page Advertisement
- Offer up to 10 Coupons to Appear in Newspaper
- Ability to Conduct One Direct Mailing to Entire MSCA Membership
CHOICE LEVEL MEMBER $3,500Summer Tour & Trade Show
- Standard Trade Show Booth
- 1/2 Page Color Ad in Tour Program
- Four Registrations
- Sponsor Recognition in Tour Program
- General Trade Show Booth
- General Sponsor
- Three Individual Registrations
- 4 – ½ Page or 2 – Full Page Advertisements
- Half Page Advertisement
- Offer up to 5 Coupons to Appear in Newspaper
SELECT LEVEL MEMBER $1,500MSCA Annual Convention & Trade Show
- Standard Trade Show Booth
- Two Individual Registrations
- 2– ½ Page Advertisements
- Half Page Advertisement
- Offer up to 2 Coupons to Appear in Newspaper
BASE LEVEL MEMBER $100Annual Membership
- Annual Membership to MSCA
- Annual Subscription to Minnesota Cattleman Newspaper
- Newsletter Opportunity to Receive Electronic Bi-Monthly Electronic
- Recognition in MSCA Publications Noting Your Membership with the Minnesota Beef Alliance
- Offer one coupon to appear in newspaper