Sturgis man attends NCBA conference
Over 50 cattle producers from across the country and across the industry participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Conference including one South Dakota member. Representing South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association was Andrew Snyder.
Andrew is a fourth generation cow calf producer from western South Dakota near Sturgis. Andrew ranches along with his dad Ken, brother Daniel, and also gets additional help from his mom Ronda, wife Tacy and grandpa Dean.
The aim of the NCBA’s YCC program is to give these young leaders an understanding of all aspects of the beef industry from grass to plate, and showcase issues management, research, education and marketing. Beginning in Colorado, the group got an inside look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and the work being done on both the state and national level to address these issues on behalf of our membership. While in Denver, CattleFax provided a comprehensive overview of the current cattle market and emerging trends. At Safeway, the participants received a first-hand account of the retail perspective of the beef business and then toured the JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner feed yard, one of the largest in the nation, and the JBS Greeley packing and processing plant.
From Denver, the group traveled to Chicago where they were able to visit the Chicago Board of Trade, learning about risk-management and mitigation tools available to the cattle industry. In Chicago, they also visited McDonald’s Campus and OSI, one of the nation’s premiere beef patty producers. After the brief stop in Chicago, the group concluded their trip in Washington D.C. for an issue briefing on current policy priorities; including trade and Country-of-Origin Labeling and ample opportunity to visit with their congressional representatives.
“The YCC program is outstanding.” Andrew Snyder said. “I learned a tremendous amount about the beef industry ranging from beef nutrition to traceability to issues in Washington D.C. which directly affect our business. I would highly encourage getting involved in SDCA and attending the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. As producers we are very busy at home on the farm or ranch. By attending YCC you get to see parts of the beef industry, past the ranch or feedlot, which are vital to providing the consumer with a safe, quality product.”
With the beef industry changing rapidly, identifying and educating leaders has never been so important. As a grassroots trade association representing the beef industry the NCBA is proud to play a role in that process and its future success. Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni have gone to serve in state and national committees, councils and boards. YCC is the cornerstone of leadership training in the cattle industry.
–S.D. Cattlemen’s Association