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Cattle industry unites to celebrate Stockgrowers’ 125th Anniversary

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Photo by Donna FaberWagon trains cross the Yellowstone River as they make their way to Miles City to join the parade.

Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, June 10-14, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week. Events included committee and business meetings, a joint 125th Anniversary dinner at the Miles City Club, the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast honoring 100-year-or-older ranches, the Five Star Kick Off history review, the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble, tours of Miles City attractions, the Stockmen’s Ball, the Five Star Parade, the MSGA Ranch Rodeo and a street dance.

“I think our 125th Celebration will be an event people remember for a long time,” said Tom Hougen, MSGA’s president. “We were hoping that this event could help us start to unite the industry in Montana and this was a great first step. It was a great time to come together to celebrate 125 years of shared history in the cattle business and look forward to many more to come.”

MSGA’s mid-year meetings began on Wednesday, June 10 at the Miles Community College with meetings of the MSGA Board of Directors, the Montana Grass Conservation Commission, the joint Board of Directors of the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Association of Grazing Districts, and MSGA’s Research Education and Endowment Foundation. Wednesday evening, the Montana CattleWomen held an educational forum and social, the Past Presidents of MSGA met and the Young Stockgrowers gathered at Riverside Park for a business meeting and social.

Thursday featured committee meetings where attendees heard from speakers and discussed important issues facing the cattle industry today. Thursday night, the Miles City Club hosted the Stockgrowers to celebrate their joint 125th Anniversary with a traditional pork dinner. About 450 people attended the dinner, many dressed in the style of the late 1800s, and some competed in the beard and mustache contest. Live music and dancing rounded out the evening.

Friday morning at the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast, 90 “Centennial Ranches” were honored. The ranches have been in the same family and on the same land for over 100 years. A total of 140 centennial ranches will be featured in a book “A Century of Ranching in Montana: The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started” which is currently being compiled by Linda Grosskopf, and is available for preorder on MSGA’s website http://www.mtbeef.org. Montana’s junior Senator, Jon Tester, also addressed the Stockgrowers during this event.

After the breakfast and a short business meeting, Miles City mayor, Joe Whalen, presented MSGA a “key” – a gate latch – to the city. A presentation of issues from the past 125 years followed. The group enjoyed lunch then headed off to the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble or their choice of tours in the Miles City area including the Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Fort Keogh, Solaris Feeders, and the Range Riders Museum.

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Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, June 10-14, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week. Events included committee and business meetings, a joint 125th Anniversary dinner at the Miles City Club, the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast honoring 100-year-or-older ranches, the Five Star Kick Off history review, the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble, tours of Miles City attractions, the Stockmen’s Ball, the Five Star Parade, the MSGA Ranch Rodeo and a street dance.

“I think our 125th Celebration will be an event people remember for a long time,” said Tom Hougen, MSGA’s president. “We were hoping that this event could help us start to unite the industry in Montana and this was a great first step. It was a great time to come together to celebrate 125 years of shared history in the cattle business and look forward to many more to come.”

MSGA’s mid-year meetings began on Wednesday, June 10 at the Miles Community College with meetings of the MSGA Board of Directors, the Montana Grass Conservation Commission, the joint Board of Directors of the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Association of Grazing Districts, and MSGA’s Research Education and Endowment Foundation. Wednesday evening, the Montana CattleWomen held an educational forum and social, the Past Presidents of MSGA met and the Young Stockgrowers gathered at Riverside Park for a business meeting and social.

Thursday featured committee meetings where attendees heard from speakers and discussed important issues facing the cattle industry today. Thursday night, the Miles City Club hosted the Stockgrowers to celebrate their joint 125th Anniversary with a traditional pork dinner. About 450 people attended the dinner, many dressed in the style of the late 1800s, and some competed in the beard and mustache contest. Live music and dancing rounded out the evening.

Friday morning at the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast, 90 “Centennial Ranches” were honored. The ranches have been in the same family and on the same land for over 100 years. A total of 140 centennial ranches will be featured in a book “A Century of Ranching in Montana: The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started” which is currently being compiled by Linda Grosskopf, and is available for preorder on MSGA’s website http://www.mtbeef.org. Montana’s junior Senator, Jon Tester, also addressed the Stockgrowers during this event.

After the breakfast and a short business meeting, Miles City mayor, Joe Whalen, presented MSGA a “key” – a gate latch – to the city. A presentation of issues from the past 125 years followed. The group enjoyed lunch then headed off to the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble or their choice of tours in the Miles City area including the Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Fort Keogh, Solaris Feeders, and the Range Riders Museum.

Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, June 10-14, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week. Events included committee and business meetings, a joint 125th Anniversary dinner at the Miles City Club, the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast honoring 100-year-or-older ranches, the Five Star Kick Off history review, the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble, tours of Miles City attractions, the Stockmen’s Ball, the Five Star Parade, the MSGA Ranch Rodeo and a street dance.

“I think our 125th Celebration will be an event people remember for a long time,” said Tom Hougen, MSGA’s president. “We were hoping that this event could help us start to unite the industry in Montana and this was a great first step. It was a great time to come together to celebrate 125 years of shared history in the cattle business and look forward to many more to come.”

MSGA’s mid-year meetings began on Wednesday, June 10 at the Miles Community College with meetings of the MSGA Board of Directors, the Montana Grass Conservation Commission, the joint Board of Directors of the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Association of Grazing Districts, and MSGA’s Research Education and Endowment Foundation. Wednesday evening, the Montana CattleWomen held an educational forum and social, the Past Presidents of MSGA met and the Young Stockgrowers gathered at Riverside Park for a business meeting and social.

Thursday featured committee meetings where attendees heard from speakers and discussed important issues facing the cattle industry today. Thursday night, the Miles City Club hosted the Stockgrowers to celebrate their joint 125th Anniversary with a traditional pork dinner. About 450 people attended the dinner, many dressed in the style of the late 1800s, and some competed in the beard and mustache contest. Live music and dancing rounded out the evening.

Friday morning at the Evelyn Cameron Breakfast, 90 “Centennial Ranches” were honored. The ranches have been in the same family and on the same land for over 100 years. A total of 140 centennial ranches will be featured in a book “A Century of Ranching in Montana: The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started” which is currently being compiled by Linda Grosskopf, and is available for preorder on MSGA’s website http://www.mtbeef.org. Montana’s junior Senator, Jon Tester, also addressed the Stockgrowers during this event.

After the breakfast and a short business meeting, Miles City mayor, Joe Whalen, presented MSGA a “key” – a gate latch – to the city. A presentation of issues from the past 125 years followed. The group enjoyed lunch then headed off to the Cow Pasture Golf Scramble or their choice of tours in the Miles City area including the Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Fort Keogh, Solaris Feeders, and the Range Riders Museum.