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Hereford Youth Awarded Scholarships Totaling $35,750

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Nov. 3, 2008, during the American Hereford Association Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

Heather Bradford, St. Marys, Ohio, and Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb., won two of the largest scholarships: the $5,000 Bill and Jo Ellard Scholarships from HYFA.

Heather Bradford is a freshman at Purdue University, studying animal science. She plans to earn her master’s degree in genetics and then pursue a career in quantitative genetics. Heather is currently serving as the secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Buckeye Junior Hereford Association and was the Hereford Idol contest winner at the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE).

Roger Morgan is a senior studying animal science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL). He plans to work in the livestock identification industry after graduation. Roger is currently NJHA president and is competing on the UNL livestock judging team.

Another $5,000 scholarship was the Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship, which was awarded to Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark. Cassie is a senior at Oklahoma State University (OSU), dual majoring in animal science and agricultural communications. Cassie has her own marketing/public relations business for livestock producers. After graduation she plans to continue to expand her clientele. Cassie served on the NJHA board of directors from 2004-2007and was the reporter from 2005-2006. She was also the National Polled Hereford Queen during 2006.

Three $2,500 scholarships also were awarded. Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala., was given the Bob Kube Scholarship; Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., the Vanier Family Scholarship; and Staci Ann Curry, McAlester, Okla., the L.C. Whitehead and Whitehead Family Scholarship. Katlin Mulvaney is a senior at Auburn University, majoring in agriculture communications with a minor in agriculture leadership. She is inspired to inform the public about agriculture and is considering furthering her education with a master’s degree in business with an emphasis in communications. Katlin has been an NJHA Director since 2007 and was the 2006 Alabama Hereford Queen.

Roxane Gebhart is a junior at OSU, majoring in animal science. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Roxane is planning to attend law school, then specialize in agricultural law and eventually work as a lobbyist for the ag industry. She is currently the NJHA vice president and has served on the board of directors since 2006. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Staci Ann Curry is a freshman at OSU, majoring in animal science. After graduation she plans to become a certified radiology technician in veterinary medicine. Staci is the president of the Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma. She also served as the president of her FFA chapter for the last two years. She is currently working at the OSU Beef Cattle Center, helping to care for show and sale cattle.

The HYFA also sponsored four $2,500 scholarships presented to Jocelyn Butler, Republic, Mo.; Audrey Hambright, Chapman, Kan.; Emily Harrison, Southbury, Conn.; and Shelly Patton, Danielsville, Ga.

Jocelyn Butler is a senior at Missouri State University, majoring in animal science with a minor in agricultural communications. Jocelyn has already earned her associate of arts degree from Ozarks Technical Community College. She is also working toward her master’s degree and plans to work in the agricultural industry after she is finished with school. Jocelyn was the president of the Missouri Junior Hereford Association for two terms and is currently the reporter.

Audrey Hambright is a junior majoring in agricultural communication and animal science at Kansas State University (K-State). She attended Colby Community College for two years before transferring to K-State. She plans to pursue a career at a livestock publication to help distribute truthful information about the beef industry. She has served on the board of directors for the Kansas Junior Polled Hereford Association and the Kansas Junior Livestock Association.

Emily Harrison is a freshman at Pennsylvania State University, majoring in agricultural business management. She plans to become a lawyer specializing in agriculture. Emily served as the treasurer for the New England Junior Hereford Association and for seven years was the princess of that organization. She also helped her church’s Sunday school program learn about the Heifer International program, helped raise money to buy several animals for the organization and taught the youngsters about agriculture.

Shelly Patton is a freshman at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, majoring in animal science/pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in agricultural education. She hopes to be accepted into veterinary school and will specialize in bovine medicine and reproduction, then return to the family farm and start a vet clinic. Shelly is currently serving as president of the Georgia Junior Hereford Association and has been a director since 2004.

In addition, HYFA gave away two $1,000 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarships to Madeline Moore, Cove, Ore., and Katlin Mulvaney.

Madeline Moore is a junior at Texas Tech University, majoring in animal science and agriculture education. Madeline has already completed two years of classes at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College through a dual enrollment program. She plans to earn a master’s degree after graduation, and although she is not sure exactly what path she will take, she says she wants to be involved with cattle and public education. Madeline served for two terms as the Oregon Junior Hereford Association vice president.

The B.C. “Bud” Snidow Award is sponsored by the American Hereford Women (AHW) and is given annually to a deserving NJHA member who exemplifies the qualities most admired by Snidow, including honesty, fairness, hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Hereford breed and its breeders.

Snidow and AHW members presented Shelby Clements, Skellytown, Texas, with a belt buckle at the American Royal National Hereford Show, recognizing him as this year’s winner. He also receives a $1,250 scholarship and a custom painting created by Snidow.

Shelby is a sophomore at West Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science. He has served as a director for the Texas Junior Hereford Association and was a member of the Texas state champion livestock judging team. He is and always has been valued as a strong leader in all of his extracurricular activities: FFA, 4-H, sports and community and church activities.


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Scholarship Winners

Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb.; Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala.; and Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., were recognized as scholarship winners during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting Nov. 3. Pictured presenting the scholarships is Ray Ramsey, HYFA president. Morgan was awarded a $5,000 Bill and Jo Ellard Scholarship, Mulvaney received the $2,500 Bob Kube Scholarship and Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., the $2,500 Vanier Family Scholarship.

Call Scholarship

Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark., was presented the $5,000 Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship. Pictured presenting the award is Bob Call, Cushing, Okla.

Whitehead Scholarship

Staci Ann Curry, McAlester, Okla., was awarded the the L.C. Whitehead and Whitehead Family Scholarship. Pictured presenting the award is Loyd Whitehead, San Angelo, Texas.

HYFA Scholarship

Shelly Patton, Danielsville, Ga., and Audrey Hambright, Chapman, Kan., were presented $2,500 HYFA scholarships. Pictured presenting the awards is Ramsey.

Bishop Scholarship

Katlin Mulvaney was presented a $1,000 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarships. Pictured presenting the award is Vickie and Kristi Bishop, and Tammi and Maddie Weaber.

Snidow Scholarship

Shelby Clements, Skellytown, Texas, received the B.C. “Bud” Snidow Award Nov. 2 during the American Royal National Hereford Show. Pictured during the award presentation (l to r) are: AHW board members Debby Mrnak, Bowman, N.D., and Deb Carlson, Royal Center, Ind.; Clements; Snidow and Chris Stephens, AHA junior activities director.

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Deal Needed in Brazil

Brazil has called for a broad deal being put into place on the Doha Trade Agreement before U.S. president-elect Barack Obama takes office in January.

Foreign Minister Celso Amorin says this would send a powerful counter cynical signal to a world economy in financial crisis.

In essence, the minister says that by concluding the deal now, this would make things simpler for the new administration in Washington to get on with other matters more important to the world's economy.

Brazil is now an emerging superpower and world leader in the agricultural export market.

"It would only be fair to get the job done," says the Minister.

Both Amorin and Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Crean say that the November 15 summit of major developed countries to be held in Washington, “needs to send a concrete message to negotiators to complete the Doha talks in the coming weeks”.

The action of the government of China, in its half a trillion dollar stimulus package, announced on Sunday that they have been accepted in very positive terms by all the world markets.

More Officials Join Against JBS Purchase of National Beef

Four more state attorneys general have joined the Department of Justice lawsuit seeking to block the purchase of National Beef Packing Co. by JBS S.A.

Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America — R-CALF USA — said Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico and Mississippi attorneys general have joined in the lawsuit filed in Chicago by the Justice Department last month. There were 13 attorneys general in the original suit, including Colorado.

JBS S.A. is the parent company of JBS Swift & Co. of Greeley. Earlier this year, it announced it intended to buy National Beef, the fourth largest meatpacker in the U.S., along with the Smithfield Foods beef division and Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding. The purchase of Smithfield and Five Rivers was completed soon after the lawsuit was filed Oct. 20.

JBS has indicated it intends to fight the lawsuit and continue its attempt to buy National. If that purchase is complete, JBS Swift would become the largest meatpacker in the nation.

Will Beef Imports Increase as Projected?

The latest USDA forecasts of US meat production and trade were recently released, and they contain some interesting points concerning the outlook for 2009.

First, beef and pork output is expected to decline from 2008 levels but the rate of decline is not as large as some may think and the volume expected to come to market is still expected to be notably higher than in 2004 or 2005. Despite the relatively large output levels (a result in part of the production capacity currently in place), USDA expects per capita consumption to decline further in the case of beef and, in the case of pork be only marginally higher than in 2008. More specifically, USDA expects US commercial beef production in 2009 to be 26.752 billion pounds, only about 50 million pounds or 0.2% lower than a year ago but around 2 billion pounds (+8%) larger than in 2005.

Despite the big growth in output in the past three years, US per capita beef consumption is forecast to continue to decline and is currently pegged at 62.4 pounds per person (retail wt. basis), 1% lower than the projected numbers for 2008 but 4.7% higher than in 2005. How is it that per capita consumption declines in the face of such big increases in output? Trade flows account for much of the change in beef product availability in the US domestic market and that remains the big question mark in the most recent USDA update. Will US beef imports increase just 150 million pounds (+6.2%) as currently projected? We suspect that number may be too low, especially given the surge in the US dollar and falling demand from countries such as Russia. Keep in mind that US beef imports in 2008 declined by about 600 million pounds due to minimal shipments from Uruguay and notably lower imports from Australia. The former will likely be back in force in the US market in 2009 and Australia now has very strong incentives to ship more beef to the US, especially following a 35% devaluation of its currency. As for exports, they are still expected to increase by 79 million pounds (+4.3%).

In the case of pork, much of the per capita consumption number also hinges on the expectation that while exports will decline from the all time record levels of 2008, they will still be at historically very high levels. The latest USDA forecast pegs US pork exports for 2009 at 4.5 billion pounds, 568 million pounds (-11.2%) lower than expected 2008 levels but still about 1.3 billion pounds larger than just two years ago. Pork output in 2009 is currently forecast at 23.094 billion pounds, 38 million pounds or 1.6% lower than a year ago but 2.4 billion pounds (+11.5%) higher than in 2005.

To view the charts, link to the Beef Site.

A Generous Gift

I met a wonderful person the other day. His name is Ira Dickinson, and he is a true gentleman. A cowboy to the core, Ira is all boots and spurs, with a warm personality and a heart of gold. The best part about Ira--he is only 9 years old.

Fifty miles from the closest town, the Dickinson family lives and works on their family-owned cattle operation in the Southwest corner of Wyoming. Fifty miles from anywhere, the Dickinsons raise cattle, build a family and count their blessings. Marc and Gerda and children, Kate, Ira and Ian Dickinson are a close-knit family, built on strong values that are long lost from today’s busy society.

The children are home-schooled on their family’s ranch, working outside between class lessons to earn their own calves to show in 4-H. The children take part in every aspect of cattle production—branding, weaning, sorting, shipping, daily chores and fixing fence. The family’s cattle business has been around since the late 1800’s, and today there are still three generations, working side-by-side on the ranch.

What's special about this ranching family is their true generosity. Every year, the children donate their steer premiums to a worthy cause. Oldest daughter, Kate, donates to the pediatric unit of a hospital where her youngest brother was treated for a serious illness.

In Ira's first year of showing cattle, Ira had a steer named "Casey" after his uncle and fellow cattleman who passed away from Melanoma this past Christmas. And, in a generous gift to the beef industry and our nation's troops, Ira donated his first $500 from his steer to the All-American Beef Battalion.


“Ira has always had a great admiration and respect for our armed forces,” says his mother, Gerda. “When we received a letter from our Superior Livestock representative Kelly Kunzler about the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB), Ira knew he had found a cause to donate his earnings to. As producers, the AABB is a great organization that helps out soldiers and their families while showcasing our American beef products. It’s truly a great cause.”

Ira presented the check to AABB member and Superior Livestock representative, Kelly Kunzler, on Oct. 24, 2008, when they shipped their calves.


“I chose the Beef Battalion to honor my great-grandpa who was a World War II Veteran,” says a mature and well-mannered Ira Dickinson, only a third grader. “A friend of our family, Chance, died in Iraq, and I thought that maybe some of Chance’s buddies would be able to enjoy a steak feed when they returned from the war.”

I was truly touched when talking with Ira and his family, and it's not often you come across such giving and wonderful people as the Dickinson family. May we all follow suit and find the spirit of giving and generosity in this holiday season.

God Bless.


Novus International Appoints Enzyme and Probiotics Manager

St. Charles, Missouri, November 7, 2008—Novus International, a leader in animal health and nutrition, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Nasser Odetallah as Product Manager, Enzymes and Probiotics. Dr. Odetallah’s primary responsibility will be to increase the brand awareness and sale of CIBENZA™ feed additives and other Novus enzyme and probiotic products.

Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Dr. Odetallah earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from University of Jordan at Amman. He earned his Ph.D. in Nutrition from North Carolina State University in 2000.

Dr. Odetallah has owned and operated a broiler production farm and held positions in academia, research and product development. “Nasser brings a broad background to Novus, including direct focus in the enzyme/probiotic segment,” stated Wendell Knehans, Director of Nutrition, Health and Hygiene. “His experience in research, product development, and in animal agriculture is an excellent addition to the Novus team.”


About Novus International, Inc.

Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in more than 80 countries around the world. An industry leader in animal nutrition and health, Novus’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, MINTREX® organic trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed ingredient and many other specialty ingredients. The ARENUS™ brand (, part of Novus International, Inc., focuses on developing performance products for the equine and companion animal markets. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit

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Pioneer Hi-Bred Names Ramsey Livestock Information Manager in Western U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 6, 2008 - Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, recently named Bill Ramsey livestock information manager. Ramsey will serve 15 states in the western U.S. Ramsey will focus on customers' needs in the livestock and forage industry and manage the communications flow between Pioneer sales professionals and western U.S. producers.

Ramsey has an extensive background in agribusiness management and livestock nutrition. Ramsey began his career more than two decades ago in a commercial feedlot. He later worked at Pioneer as a livestock production specialist, providing technical and sales support for the Pioneer sales force. After several years with Pioneer, he worked at Farm Credit and then later purchased and operated a business coaching franchise.

"I look forward to offering my diverse experience and expertise to livestock producers," says Ramsey. "This is an optimum opportunity to work with producers face-to-face and build long-term relationships. I enjoy helping others and being a problem solver."

Ramsey will help in the effort to implement the Pioneer Silage ZoneSM program, which provides information to growers on planting crops through feeding livestock.

"Silage Zone is an exciting program," says Ramsey. "It brings value to all areas or segments from getting a crop planted to feeding that crop to livestock. With my nutritional background, I can bring additional value to this program."

Ramsey was raised on a diversified livestock and farming operation in central Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his master's from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

To learn more about Pioneer's comprehensive planting-to-feeding program, Silage Zone, ask a Pioneer professional or visit

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King Elected American Hereford Association President

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Bill King, Stanley, N.M., was announced as the new president of the American Hereford Association (AHA) during the Annual Membership Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3.

Bill owns Bill King Ranch in Stanley, N.M., which includes a 300-head registered Hereford cow-calf operation along with other cattle, farming and feedlot enterprises. He was elected to the AHA Board in 2005. This past year, Bill served as AHA vice president and chaired the finance committee, and also served on the executive and building committees.

The new president says he plans to continue to work on and expand the initiatives the Board has focused on in recent years. “We will continue to focus on growing the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) program, continue working to prove Hereford efficiency in the feedlot and in the commercial industry and support and enhance youth program and activities,” he says.

Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore., was selected to serve as the 2009 AHA vice president. Harrell and his family operate Harrell Hereford Ranch in eastern Oregon. The ranch consists of 300 registered cows, 400 commercial cows, an 800-head feedlot and 20 Quarter Horse broodmares.

This past year Bob chaired the AHA marketing committee and served on the breed improvement committee and the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC board.

Completing their terms on the AHA Board were outgoing president, Hank DeShazer, Hearne, Texas.; Bill Cox, Pomeroy, Wash.; and Lee Haygood, Canadian, Texas.

The AHA membership elected three new Directors during the membership meeting. David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; and Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla., will serve four year terms on the 12-member Board.

David Breiner

Kansan David Breiner began his Hereford career in 1972 after graduating from Kansas State University when he helped start Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, with the purchase of 100 Hereford cows from Mark Donald, Line 1 and Tiberius bloodlines.

Today David, along with Bob Moore of Pied Piper Farms, operates the ranch, which consists of 200 registered Hereford (horned and polled) and Angus females along with 300 commercial females utilized in an embryo transfer (ET) program. Mill Creek merchandizes its cattle through an annual production sale and through various consignment sales and private treaty.

David is a founding Kansas Beef Expo committee member and serves as chairman. He has also been president of the Kansas Hereford Association, chairman of the AHA State Presidents Council and is active in the Kansas Livestock Association. The Breiners have been advisors to the Kansas and American junior Hereford associations.

In the showring, Mill Creek has won numerous awards at the Kansas State Fair, American Royal and the National Western Stock Show. David has judged livestock shows in 12 states and two foreign countries.

Mill Creek Ranch has participated in the National Reference Sire Program and Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program since the early 70s as well as the National Hereford Feedout.

David has served as Wabaunsee County Cattleman’s Association president, Wabaunsee County Planning Commission chairman and on the USD 329 Board of Education.

David and his wife, Diane, have four children and one grandson.

Paul Funk

Paul “Butch” Funk and his wife, Danny, own Spearhead Ranch, a TPR operation near Copperas Cove, Texas. The couple has about 75 brood cows, both horned and polled, in their predominately Felton-based herd. They artificial inseminate (AI) about 75% of their cow herd as well as utilize ET.

Butch’s primary goal is to produce females that are marketed as yearling heifers and a few young pairs plus carefully selected bulls for commercial producers. The couple strives to produce performance-oriented cattle focusing on “balanced” numbers.

Born and raised in Montana, he owned a small herd of registered Hereford cattle while working for the ES Bar Ranch near Roundup. As an undergraduate, Butch earned a degree in animal science from Montana State University (MSU). He later earned a doctorate of education at MSU.

In addition, Butch is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General. He has served in a variety of leadership positions from platoon leader of 20 warfighters to Corps Commander of 162,000. He served in combat in Vietnam as an air cavalry troop commander and as 3rd Armored Division Commander in Desert Storm.

Today, along with managing his Hereford herd, Butch works at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas, Austin. Paul is a member of the Texas Hereford and Polled Hereford associations. He volunteers his time to several industry organizations and is a member and officer of various boards including the Army Science Board, Defense Science Board, and Senior Advisory Group to the Chief of Staff of the Army.

Butch and Danny have three children and eight grandchildren.

Jimmie Johnson

Oklahoma Hereford breeder Jimmie Johnson started in the Hereford business in 1976 and has grown his Red Hills Herefords herd from 10 Hereford cows to now include more than 175 registered Herefords.

Located near Clinton, Okla., Jimmy markets cattle annually in a production sale the third Sunday in May. He also sells an additional 25-35 bulls private treaty as well as four or five show heifers.

Jimmie has a diversified background in marketing and business. After college he began a successful career in the tire service industry. In 1978 he opened his own store, Great Plains Tire Service. He built the business to annual sales of more than $3.6 million before selling the store in 2006. After selling the store, he has been a real estate agent and is a minority interest owner and serves on the board of directors for Interbank, which has four locations in Western Oklahoma.

Jimmie served two terms as president of the Oklahoma Hereford Association and has served as president of the Oklahoma Polled Hereford Association. He’s also been active in the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Clinton Lions Club, serving both organizations as president. He is currently chairman of the Western Oklahoma Integris Health Care Foundation.

Jimmie and his wife, Darla, have four children and 10 grandchildren.

The American Hereford Association with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI), and American Beef Records Association (ABRA), provide programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit

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Cutline: 2008-09 AHA Board

Pictured is the 2008-09 American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors. Seated (l to r) are: Bill King, Stanley, N.M., president; Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore., vice president; Marshall Ernst, Windsor, Colo., CHB LLC president; Paul Slayton, Bedford, Pa., and Craig Huffhines, Kansas City, Mo., executive vice president. Directors standing (l to r) are: James Milligan, Kings, Ill.; Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.; Jerry Huth, Oakfield, Wis.; David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Denny Hoffman, McArthur, Calif; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas, and John Woolfolk, Jackson, Tenn. Not pictured is Director Wes Hudson, Harrison, Ark.

Cutline: New AHA Directors

Pictured are the three new American Hereford Association (AHA) Directors (l to r): Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; David Breiner, Alma, Kan., and Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.


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Youth Programs To Add Spark To 2009 Cattle Industry Convention

New events designed especially for young people will give an extra kick to the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz. Jan. 28-31, 2009. The programs, for young people ages 9 to young adult, are focused on education, leadership and teamwork. They are being exclusively sponsored by a grant from the Farm Credit System Foundation.

The events are being coordinated by the NCBA and include the NCBA Team Marketing Contest, NCBA Beef Quiz Bowl Contest, NCBA Prepared Public Speaking Contest and the NCBA Cattle Judging Contest.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer these events for young people attending the Cattle Industry Convention,” says Andy Groseta, a beef producer from North Central Arizona and NCBA president. “The next generation of beef producers deserves our attention and encouragement. These programs will provide valuable instruction as well as entertainment for the younger convention-goers in January.”

The team marketing contest will encourage team participation while promoting development of communication skills, marketing techniques and an understanding of cattle performance information. The Beef Quiz Bowl offers opportunities to demonstrate knowledge related to the cattle industry, while the public speaking contest stimulates interest in leadership through presentation skills. The judging contest will include a novice division (under age 9 or, if it’s their first judging contest, under age 11); junior division (ages 9-14); senior division (ages 14 to 19); and college division.

The activities for young people at the convention are part of a larger effort by the NCBA to boost efforts directed at those who will lead the cattle industry in the future. That effort includes a new Young Producers Council directed at people ages 18 to 35, allowing them to interact with other young producers, enhance their leadership abilities and further their professional development. The Council’s first meeting will be at the 2009 Convention.

“These are the kinds of opportunities our young people need to thrive in this industry, both now and in the future,” Groseta says. “The more we can do to provide for the needs of our young people, the more we can assure the success of the cattle industry down the road.”

Country Natural Beef calls off vote on unionizing

Country Natural Beef has called off an election to settle whether workers at feedlots that handle their cattle want to join a union.

The 85 workers at Beef Northwest Feeders feedlots in Nyssa, Boardman and Quincy, Wash., were scheduled to start voting Friday, but Stacey Davies, a member of the board of the beef cooperative, says the election was canceled because the feedlot had reached a settlement with the United Farmworkers Union.

John Wilson, managing partner of Beef Northwest, acknowledged they have reached a ‘‘tentative agreement settling our labor dispute.

‘‘Our agreement is predicated on a mutually agreed upon process by which Beef Northwest employees will decide if they want union representation,’’ he read from a prepared statement.

Wilson says he can not release any further details.

The Farmworkers Union did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

The Farmworkers says it signed cards from a majority of the workers saying they wanted the union to represent them in contract talks.

Beef Northwest had disputed the validity of the cards.

Hurt by boycotts organized by the union, Country Natural Beef set up the election to settle the question.

Country Natural Beef is a marketing cooperative that represents more than 90 ranches and 45,000 head of cattle across the West.

The cooperative was a pioneer in the movement to raise beef following sustainable grazing practices, and is certified to be free of hormones and antibiotics.

Among its retail customers are Whole Foods and New Seasons groceries, Burgerville restaurants, and Bon Appetit, a college food service company.