2017 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention

December 1st - 2nd, 2017 – Double Tree Hotel - Bloomington

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association, along with the Minnesota CattleWomen and the Minnesota Beef Council invite you to join them at the 2017 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention - December 1st - 2nd, 2017 at the Double Tree in Bloomington, MN.  

The Minnesota Cattle Industry convention is an event that brings together cattlemen and beef industry partners for educational opportunities, cattle focused policy discussion and development, and a cattle focused trade show. 

This year’s convention will also include the same great events as years past - including the live Cattlemen’s Auction, MSCA quarterly BOD meeting, MSCA Annual Meeting and MCW annual meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Registration & Hotels

Cattlemen Registration

Register for the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show by clicking the link below to register online.  Or if you prefer, download a copy to mail in here.

Online Registration

Sponsor Only Registration

If you would like to be a vendor in the MSCA Trade Show or sponsor an event - please register here for the 2017 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show by clicking the link below. Or if you prefer, download a copy to mail in here.

Sponsor & Vendor Registration


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Double Tree for Dec. 1 - Dec.4, 2017. Use this registration link to reserve your room. Special rates available until Nov. 10th or when the block is sold-out.

When making reservations over the phone, please mention that you will be attending the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Please use the Group name MN State Cattlemen or group code MCM.

Reserve Rooms Now

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 1, 2017

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Open | Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Trade Show Set-up | Grand Ballroom

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Cow/Calf & Feeder Council Meetings | Veranda - South

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Regional Caucus Meetings for New Director Nominations (2/3, 4, 6 & 8) | Veranda - North

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

MSCA Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting | Veranda - South

11:00 AM

Trade Show Opens | Grand Ballroom

Noon - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Welcome: Krist Wollum - MSCA President & Kevin Kester - NCBA President Elect. | Grand Ballroom

Keynote: National Beef Quality Audit Report - Jesse Fulton, NCBA

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cattlemen's College | Feedyard Track

Backgrounding is essential in developing a healthier, more profitable calf and is essential to managing a potentially high risk cattle population. Proper backgrounding also helps ensure that a calf vaccinations will ensure a proper immune response, setting the calf up for success and adding significant value to the calf. Speakers will discuss different components of successfully backgrounding practices.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Dustin Balsley, Precision Livestock Analytics | Veranda - North

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Dr. Alfredo DiConstanzo, U of M Beef Team | Veranda - North

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Marilyn Corbin, DVM - Senior Veterinarian, Beef Strategic Services - Zoetis | Veranda - North

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Assessment Panel/Q & A | Veranda - North

*Moderated by - Karin Schafer

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Cattlemen's College | Cow/Calf Track

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Get more from what you have: Cover Crop & Livestock Strategies for forage production, soil function, animal health, water quality & the bottom line. | Veranda - South

- Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist - Sustainable Farming Association

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel/ Q&A | Veranda - South

*Moderated by - Grant Breitkreutz

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Trade Show | Grand Ballroom

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

President's Social | Grand Ballroom

5:30 PM - 8:20 PM

Best of Beef Banquet | Grand Ballroom

Dinner, Ceremonies and Auction - MC: Dustin Hoffmann, KLGR Radio

8:20 PM - till the cows come home

Entertainment | Grand Ballroom

The Second Amendments - (Collin Peterson's bi-partisan band of legislators) and hospitality rooms.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

7:30 AM

Registration Open | Grand Ballroom Foyer

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Briefing | Grand Ballroom

Bruce Kleven, MSCA Legislative Advisor
Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access - NCBA

9:00 AM

Trade Show Opens | Grand Ballroom

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MSCA Annual Meeting | Veranda - North

9:30 AM - Noon

Minnesota Cattlewomen Annual Meeting | Veranda - South

10:00 AM - Noon

MSCA Young Cattlemen's Leadership Academy | Bloomington

10:00 AM - Noon

Dedicated Trade Show Time | Grand Ballroom

Noon - 1:30 PM

Lunch | Grand Ballroom

Keynote: Ryan J Goodman - Director, Grassroots Advocacy and Spokesperson Training - NCBA

1:30 PM

Convention Closes

NEW in 2017 - Young Cattlemen's Academy

New for 2017 is the addition of the MSCA Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy to the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention. The MSCA Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy is targeted for students ages 16 – 21. The program is designed to assist young members gain additional experience through industry exposure, education, and association communication. The two hour seminar is designed to expose participants to leaders from segments of the industry off of the farm or ranch including: policy development, industry advocacy, leadership development and industry communications. The seminars will incorporate world class speakers from the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention speaker lineup and provide participants the opportunity to further explore the beef business, gain essential information, and network with local, state and national beef industry members. This is any excellent opportunity to become a better informed and prepared future leader of the cattle industry.