Redwood Area Cattlemen to Host 2014 MSCA Summer Tour

The Redwood Area Cattlemen will welcome participants to the annual Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association Summer Beef Tour and Trade Show, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Redwood Falls, MN.

The tour will be headquartered at the Redwood Area Community Center and will feature an intriguing tour spotlighting new innovations in marketing, management and technologies.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 a.m., with the first tour bus leaving at 7:00 a.m. and every fifteen minutes after that. A continental breakfast will be available before the tour. Tour stops include Grant Breitkreutz, Redwood Falls; David and Clint Engen, Revere; George and Mike Landuyt; Curt and Chad Thram, Sanborn, Butch and Brandon Kerkhoff, Redwood Falls and a stop at Redwood Metal Works and Artex.

The tour registration fee is $25 before June 15 and $35 after June 15. The student price is $20. An additional lunch ticket is $10 and an additional dinner ticket is $15.

Send payment to Jeri Hanson, 37590 110th St, Comfrey, MN 56019.

A MSCA Board of Directors Meeting, MSCA Golf Tournament and a picnic will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 in Redwood Falls.

Cattlemen Discourage Deer Feeding in Minnesota

In 2005 Bovine Tuberculosis was discovered in cattle in Northwestern Minnesota. Subsequently it was also detected in wild deer in the same area. Twelve cattle herds were found to be infected and had to be depopulated. Twenty-seven wild deer were found to be infected over the next six years. Deer feeding was a common practice in the area prior to 2005. "It is likely that deer feeding led to the spread of the disease in deer and possibly cattle herds as well," said Dr. Bill Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal Health."There is no way to be certain that the disease does not exist in deer in this area today."

Millions of dollars were spent eliminating the disease from cattle and deer. A similar situation in Michigan has developed into an endless nightmare, partly because they continue to feed deer, said Hartmann.

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Begins Deer Feeding Program

Due to the harsh winter which is starving populations of deer in some areas, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) began their 6-week state-financed program, March 13, 2014, distributing food for deer in northern Minnesota.

The MDHA program was allocated $170,000 (DNR funding stemming from surcharges paid on hunting licenses) to spend on deer feed consisting of a pellet grain which is estimated to feed about 20,000 deer for six weeks. The feed is being distributed by 200 MDHA volunteers covering eight locations in northern Minnesota, including Esko, Hibbing, International Falls and Grand Rapids and is the first deer feeding since the winter of 1996.

Don't Forget to Renew Your MSCA Membership!

Thank you for being a member of the MSCA and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). Your membership matters and allows our collective voices to be heard on the issues in St. Paul and Washington D.C.

You should have recently received, or will be receiving shortly a letter in the mail asking for you to renew your membership for 2014. Please be sure to send your dues in early so we can conserve important resources in not having to send out a reminder notice.

The MSCA saw many successes in terms of our priority issues ranging from wolf management, expanded grazing access on conservation lands, reasonable animal identification requirements, opening up CRP and other conservation lands for emergency haying and grazing and improving the environmental permitting process. Looking forward to 2014, the MSCA will be focused on many of the same issues, but we will also be closely monitoring many other issues affecting Minnesota cattlemen.

Be sure to send in your membership renewal as soon as you can so we can continue having cattlemen working for cattlemen!

MN Cattlemen Represent State at NCBA Convention

A large contingent of representatives from the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association represented the state at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention and trade show held Feb. 3-7 in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees took part in legislative, policy, property rights, environmental management, marketing, international trade meetings and much more, as well as attending general sessions, highlighted by Captain Richard Phillips and Archie Manning. The 2015 NCBA convention will be held in San Antonio, TX.