Cattle Industry Convention Set for Nashville Next Week- We Talk With NCBA President Scott GeorgeFri, 31 Jan 2014 05:15:26 CST
The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. The 2014 convention will be the 116th annual convention and gets underway Monday afternoon, February 3rd in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. Opening the event once again in 2014 is the Cattlemen's College.
Cattlemen's College workshops include an outstanding lineup of industry experts during the course of two jam-packed days. On Mon., Feb. 3, participants will first hear from Dr. Arne Anderson as he presents "Manners Matter: Keeping You and Your Cattle Alive and Well". This first class is aimed at the "dos" and "don'ts" of processing cattle through a chute, with emphasis placed on safety and efficiency for both the cowboys and the cattle.
Following this presentation, Dr. Jerry Lipsey will demonstrate how to select replacement heifers for longevity in a presentation entitled "Can Visual Evaluation Foresee Differences in Fertility?", and Dr. Kent Andersen will discuss the selection of replacement bulls for fertility.
On Monday evening, Cattlemen's College participants will be treated to a reception sponsored by Certified Angus Beef. The reception will be an opportunity to visit with fellow cattlemen as well as the afternoon's speakers.
Starting Tuesday morning at 7:00 am, Cattlemen's College classes begin with a keynote address by Bob Langert, who is the corporate vice president, and leads corporate social responsibility & sustainability for McDonald's Corporation. Langert will share McDonald's overall sustainable supply chain vision and how beef fits in. As sustainability evolves, listen in to see how McDonald's is working with various stakeholders, including all parts of the value chain, to collaborate on social and environmental opportunities and challenges.
Proceeding Langert's address, five concurrent classroom sessions will begin at 8:15 am with each classroom having specific areas of emphasis including resource management, animal management, ranch management, finance and business and consumer relations.
Another major part of the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention is the trade show. The NCBA Trade Show for years, the beef cattle industry's largest is getting bigger, adding more than 30 exhibitors and thousands of square feet of booth space.
In 2014, there will be more than 300 exhibitors on 247,000 square feet 5.7 acres. These exhibitors will feature everything from animal health products and ranch equipment to real estate, seed products, software, and western art.
"The NCBA Trade Show is popular with both exhibitors and attendees," said Kristin Torres, NCBA executive director of meetings and events. "Exhibitors like it because it consistently reaches the top cattle producers in the country and a lot of them. Attendees like the Trade Show because it always features the cutting edge products and services in our industry." It's estimated that about 7,000 producers will attend the 2014 event.
The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network, create policy for the industry and to have some fun! On today's Beef Buzz, we talk about the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention with the President of the NCBA, Scott George.
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