Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Welcomes Cattlemen From Across the US to Cattlemen's CongressTue, 04 Jan 2022 21:26:20 CST
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt stopped by the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon to welcome purebred cattle breeders from across the United States who are showing at the second annual Cattlemen's Congress now underway. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster Ron Hays talked with Governor Stitt after he had a chance to interact with some of the participants at what has quickly become the largest purebred cattle show in the country. The Governor told Hays he is pleased that cattle industry leaders in Oklahoma worked with state and city officials to quickly organize and establish a show a year ago after the National Western was cancelled in 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns and even happier that this event is becoming a new tradition for the state of the year- "It's looking fantastic. It is just amazing what opportunity that brought our state for hopefully the next hundred years here in Oklahoma...At Cattlemen's Congress, I've heard there are 9,200 entries(here in 2022) versus the National Western in Denver with only 2,000 so I think we can continue to build this show with that momentum."
The state of Oklahoma provided seed money a year ago to help establish the first Cattlemen's Congress and Governor Stitt points out that "I remember last year it was 17 days of hotel stays and restaurant sales when we needed it" which provided a multi million dollar shot in the arm to the Oklahoma economy this past January- with that being repeated here in 2022. And Governor Stitt says it's very gratifying to hear "thank yous" from cattle producers who came in year one to showcase the top breeding animals raised on their ranches- "I heard from so many people that showed last year- they said, Governor, having this show saved our ranch, saved our season because we were able to display our animals and people were able to come to our farms and our sales and to see our stock."
Your can hear the complete comments from Governor Stitt as he talked with Ron Hays by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Cattlemen's Congress has quickly moved into the ranks of major national seedstock cattle shows- unique in that it is a show that is totally focused on the beef cattle business of North America. Cattle and cattle producers from over forty states as well as Canada and Mexico will be involved in National Cattle Shows for twenty four beef cattle breeds- and twenty National Sales of live animals, semen and embryos that are the elite genetics in the beef cattle industry today.
Cattlemen's Congress runs through January 16, 2022. For more information, visit the Cattlemen's Congress website.
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