Wolves, water rights, theft, marketing and wildfires are hot topics in today's beef producing industry. The issues were similar in 1913 when a group of 51 cattle ranchers got together in Baker City, Oregon, and formed the Oregon Cattle & Horse Raisers Association, now called the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. Ranchers are, by nature, an independent lot, but they recognize the need to unify and work together when many hands or voices can get the job done better than one. A desire to effectively communicate with political officials, the general public and each other, lead the gathering of ranchers to create one of Oregon's oldest and most active industry associations.
The Oregon Cattlemen's Association will tip a hat to the past 100 years and strengthen their ties for the future at their 100th Anniversary Celebration & Mid-Year Convention, June 20-22 , 2013 in Baker City. The theme of the event is, "100 Years OCA – The Brand That Lasts."
"It is only fitting to return to the area of the state that created the association 100 years ago," said Curtis Martin, President of the association. "We are planning a fun commemoration and hope to see cattle producers there from across Oregon and neighboring states, with all sizes of operations." Martin added they are making the announcement early in the hope people will mark their calendars and plan to attend. The agenda will also include industry education opportunities, association business and committee meetings. "More than ever, cattle producers need to educate themselves and work together to find solutions to our biggest concerns.
The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has announced they are publishing a hard-cover book about Oregon's ranches, past and current, the history of raising cattle in Oregon, and the history of the organization. The book is being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, which was formed in 1913, in Baker City. Cattle producers have the opportunity to reserve a page about their ranch's history and current operation, including photos and their brand, for $100. The price of the page includes one copy of the book, which will sell for $40. With only 250 pages available for the ranch histories, the opportunity is limited to members of the OCA. New members are welcome and encouraged. The deadline for ranch submissions is February 1.
"The Oregon Book of Ranching is a wonderful opportunity for families to share their ranching heritage and what it means to be a modern producer," said Cheryl Martin, Chair of the Centennial Celebration planning committee. "Tell us why you choose to ranch, about your operation and how your ranch was started." The book will include historical highlights about the organization and the beef industry, written by Mike Hanley, a well-known historian and rancher from Jordan Valley, Oregon.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, please contact Kay Teisl, Executive Director at [email protected] or 503-361-8947. Visit the OCA website at www.orcattle.com.