Nebraska Cattlemen Host Young Cattlemen’s Conference
February 14-16, 2012, Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) hosted the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) which provides a learning opportunity for young leaders in the beef industry. Ten young producers nominated through their local NC affiliates had the opportunity to experience beef industry tours, presentations on NC programs and policies, media training and the Nebraska legislative process.
The first day together the YCC participants toured the Cargill Meat Solutions facility in Schuyler, NE, and attended a beef seminar provided by the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). UNL meat scientists presented beef grading, retail meat cutting, ground beef formulation, beef safety and beef product development. The participants concluded the day by touring and dining at Skeeter Barns restaurant in Lincoln.
Day two included a tour of the Cargill Value Added Meats facility in Nebraska City and Sysco in Lincoln. Both places provided a chance for the YCC participants to see how beef from their ranches and feedlots makes its way to the consumer’s plate. Finally, media training provided skills to help the participants become advocates of the beef industry.
On Thursday the participants visited with Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Sheehy, Nebraska State Veterinarian Dennis Hughes, Chief Administrator of the Department of Agriculture Thomas Jensen and their state senator. While at the Nebraska State Capitol the YCC participants saw firsthand how the legislature works by sitting in on the floor debate and hearings.
“YCC exceeded my expectations,” said Nick Fowler. “What a great opportunity to get to know other producers and see other parts of the beef industry that help supply beef to consumers.”
“We really got to see all aspects of the beef community,” stated Crystal Klug. “From processors to meat scientists to restaurant promoters and policy makers, it really does take a community to raise beef!”
YCC participants included: Crystal Klug, Columbus, NE; Nick Fowler, Imperial, NE; Dave French, Carroll, NE; Jay Kreikemeier, West Point, NE; Naomi Loomis, Alliance, NE; Brock Olson, Newport, NE; Kory Ostrand, Mason City, NE; Shannon Peterson, Gothenburg, NE; Travis Sinn, Hubbell, NE; and Clint Taylor, Tryon, NE.
“We are very proud of our young leaders for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend three days with us learning more about the beef industry,” said Jim Ramm, Nebraska Cattlemen President. “We are all one family in the beef industry and we are happy to provide a program that brings young people from across all segments of the beef industry together to become industry leaders.”
– Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association