The convention will offer opportunities for attendees to learn tips to improve their ranch or business, find out about new products, and for members to weigh in on policy discussions.

Members who attend will be eligible to win a Ford Super Duty truck from the Montana Ford Stores.

Speakers will include Sarah Calhoun, owner and founder of Red Ants Pants, and Barbara Jackson, president of the American National CattleWomen.

The event will be held on Dec. 12-13, featuring Dr. Derrell Peel, Charles Breedlove professor of agribusiness; Larry Gran and Dan Ellis with Zoetis Animal Health; and Dr. Rich Linhart, managing veterinarian with Zoetis.

The Zoetis Cattlemen’s College will feature educational topics such as “Rebuilding the U.S. Beef Industry: Challenges and Opportunities,” “What you must know before vaccinating your cow herd: MLV vs. Killed Vaccination choices,” and “Zoetis Ranch: An Interactive Cow Calf Game Designed to Explore Profit Opportunity from EPDs and HD50K Genetic Tests.”
A major component of the convention is the setting of new policy and the review of past policies to guide the association through its day-to-day work. The policy process will begin Dec. 12 with the Beef Production and Marketing and Membership Development and Services committee meetings.


The Land Use and Environment and Tax, Finance and Ag Policy committee meetings will be on Dec. 13. The Second Reading of Resolutions will be held on the morning of Dec. 14, with reports from each committee. The final reading, and an up or down vote on resolutions, will occur at the MSGA business meeting on the afternoon of Dec. 14. Resolutions that make it through the entire process will become association policy.
This year’s trade show will feature more than 100 companies providing all types of products, services and the latest technology to the cattle industry. The show is open to the public also on Dec. 12-13.
To be eligible for the truck drawing, you must attend the convention, be a current rancher, stocker/feeder or Young Stockgrower member. Pre-registration is currently open at a discounted price for those that register prior to Dec. 1. If you would like to reserve a trade show booth or sponsor part of the convention, contact the MSGA at (406) 442-3420.  end mark

—From Montana Stockgrowers Association news release

Image courtesy of MSGA.