Cattlemen convention is Jan. 8-10

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By The Staff

The 2009 KCA Convention will be held Jan. 8-10, 2009 in Lexington. The program, “Working Together. Growing Together,” will provide KCA members the opportunity to learn and meet other producers from across the state.

“The Convention allows all producers to visit the trade show with over 70 booths, get the latest Economic Outlook, and mingle with other producers, all in one place,” said Don Pemberton, KCA Convention Chairman.

NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour will be the highlight of the Convention. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association has teamed up with the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Kentucky Stock Horse Alliance, and Kentucky Horse Council to host this event. A full scale working facility will be placed in the Trade Show to use for several different sessions. Sessions include:

Smooth Stockmanship

For improved gathering, penning, chute work & hauling

Reducing stress and increasing performance

Beef Industry Stewardship – The cattleman’s role in improving beef demand

Put a Pencil To It – The economic, personal and beef industry benefits

There will also be a special session exclusively for Junior Cattlemen called “Stockmanship for Young Cattleman” and another session for everyone, “Horsemanship with Curt Pate,” The Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour will be led by three cattle industry professionals including Curt Pate, renowned horseman, former auctioneer and life long rancher; Ron Gill, Texas A&M Livestock Specialist; and Todd McCartney, cattleman, cowboy and RFD-TV host.

Additional sessions will address other issues facing today’s livestock industry, including:

Market Overview 2009 – Dr. Nevil Speer will address attendees during the Opening Session as well as an afternoon session regarding the Market Outlook for 2009.

Forages at KCA – Dr. Garry Lacefield will lead multiple speakers on issues from “Selecting Clover Varieties Wisely” to “Weed Control Options for Pastures.”

BQA Training Session– While at the convention go ahead and get certified for Beef Quality Assurance by Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK Extension Beef Cattle Specialist.

Closing General Session – This year’s closing session will feature NCBA President Andy Groseta as well as 2008 Membership awards.

KJCA – The Juniors will be spending a full day at the University of Kentucky along with many fun and educational activities in between.

Evening Extravaganza – This night features the live Foundation Auction, entertainer Gary Wick and a Priefert chute give-a-away to one lucky member who joins by January 1.

The 2009 KCA Convention will be held at the Hyatt Hotel and Lexington Convention Center at 401 West High Street. Please call 1-800-233-1234 for a special room rate of $96 that has been secured for Convention attendees who specify KCA before December 17, 2008.

The cost of registration is $50 through January 5 and $75 thereafter. KJCA members have free registration while other students may attend for $5. Registration includes the conference and trade show admission but do not include meals. This year the top five counties with the highest convention pre-registrations will be entered for a chance to win a Cattleman headgate donated by Tarter Gate. For schedule and registration information, visit www.kycattle.org or call 859-278-0899.