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OCA Annual Convention and Trade Show Next Week In Midwest City

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:01:54 CDT

OCA Annual Convention and Trade Show Next Week In Midwest City

The 62nd Annual Convention and Trade Show of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association will take place on July 24-26 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City, Okla.

“Carry on the Legacy” is the theme for the 62nd annual event. An exciting piece of the convention will be the Cattlemen’s College sessions. Cattlemen’s College will provide participants opportunities to hear presentations pertaining to important information and issues.

"If you are in the beef business in Oklahoma I don't care if you have five head or 5,000 head - this is your destination for cattle information, for cattle networking, and for cattle policy," said Michael Kelsey, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President. Farm Director Ron Hays and Michael Kelsey talk about Cattlemen's College and more about the Annual Convention. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for the full interview.

The Annual Convention features educational sessions with the Cattlemen's College, a jam packed trade show and business meetings addressing state and national policy and the overall state of the beef industry.

“Each year, the topics for the sessions are chosen based upon real challenges or situations that ranchers must work through daily. It is our goal to highlight specific issues and facilitate discussion,” said Richard Gebhart, OCA President.

This year's five Cattlemen's College sessions are focused on issues with wind energy and brand law, along with a market update from Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center. There will also be rapid fire sessions presented by Oklahoma State University and the Noble Foundation addressing grasshoppers control and feral hog control and new technology for producers.   

Convention registration includes passes to all Cattlemen’s College sessions. Click Here to register and learn more about the OCA Convention. Preregistration is encouraged, onsite registration available.

Cattlemen’s College Sessions and Topics are as follows:

Session 1 – Thursday, July 24th at 2:00 pm
- Cattle Market Outlook – Mr. Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center
- Oklahoma Beef Council Update – Mrs. Heather Buckmaster, Oklahoma Beef Council

Session 2 – Thursday, July 24th at 3:30 pm
- Growing Profits with Modern Forages – Mr. Mark Thomas, Johnston Seed
- Beef Cattle Short Courses – Rapid Fire mini sessions (each speaker has five minutes with a panel

Q&A to follow after all presentation are completed)
- Dr. Justin Talley, Oklahoma State University – “Grasshopper control”
- Mr. Joshua Gaskamp, Noble Foundation – “Thinking Outside the Box Trap”
- Ms. LJ Bernhard, Oklahoma State University – “What is Student Success?”
- Dr. Ryan Reuter, Noble Foundation – “Stacked Technologies for Stocker Cattle”
- Dr. Chris Richards, Oklahoma State University – “Mesonet Cattle Comfort Advisor”

Session 3 – Friday, July 25th at 7:00 am (early morning coffee session)
Oklahoma Brand Law
- Mr. Jerry Flowers, ODAFF Chief Investigator
- Dr. Alicia Borczya-Southerland, ODAFF Animal Health Division

Session 4 – Friday, July 25th at 1:00 pm
Wind Energy in Oklahoma
- Mr. Steve Vavrick, COO, APEX Wind Energy
- Mr. Chris Tytanic, JD, Adjunct Professor at OCU School of Law and OU College of Law

Session 5 – Saturday, July 26th at 10:30 am
National Election Update and Issues Important to Beef Cattle producers – Mr. Colin Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs

The OCA represents more than 5,500 Oklahoma ranching families. The OCA exists to support and defend the state and nation's beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership, the theft reward program or activities call 405-235-4391 or click here to visit their website.



Ron Hays Visits with Michael Kelsey about OCA Convention
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