The Sandhills Cattle Association will hold its 73rd Annual Convention on Thursday, May 24 at the Thomas County Fairgrounds near Thedford, Ne. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. (CDT) and the convention is open to all interested cattle producers whether or not they are members of the Association.
Leading off the program at 10:00 a.m., will be Bethany Johnston and Jay Jenkins. These two UNL Extension Educators will demonstrate the “Chuck Roll Beef Value Cuts.” Participants will watch as Johnston and Jenkins take a Chuck Roll and fabricate it into the various cuts. Convention participants will have the opportunity to sample the Denver steak later in the day. The Nebraska Beef Council sponsors the meat for this demonstration.
At 11:00 a.m., Ty E. Lawrence, an Associate Professor of Animal Science at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, will present “Beef Production Beyond the Ranch and Feedlot.” Dr. Lawrence is the Director of the WTAMU – Beef Carcass Research Center and the Director of the WTAMU – Meat Laboratory.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Association’s annual business meeting. Members will elect officers and for the 2012-13 year and five directors to serve on the Board of Directors. The presentation of scholarships will follow.
Leading off the afternoon presentations at 2 p.m. will be Roy Schnell, DVM. He will demonstrate acupuncture and chiropractic techniques that can be used on horses and cattle.
Mike Kesselring wraps up the day’s presentations on a light note asking “Can You Work with Your Wife and Still Sleep with Her?” He is a co-owner of the family business, High Plains Homestead northwest of Crawford, Ne.
Following the speakers, convention activities will move into the trade show pavilion where attendees can visit with over 40 exhibitors featuring industry products and services. The Annual Benefit Auction to raise funds for SCA Scholarships and educational and promotional programs will be held at 6:00 p.m., followed by the evening food booths.
The day before convention, Wednesday, May 23, the 15th Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Golf Classic will be held at the Thedford Golf Course, Thedford, Nebraska. The fun, 4-person scramble will tee off at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) with a shotgun start. The tournament is open to everyone regardless of golf experience. The entry fee of $60 includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, and prizes. The Sandhills Cattle Association’s Golf Classic is a fund raising event for the Association. Monies raised will be used for Sandhills Cattle Association’s promotional and educational programs. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica will serve a complimentary smoked beef brisket after the golf tournament.
A registration form with a detailed schedule is available on the Sandhills Cattle Association website: www.sandhillscattle.com or by contacting the Sandhills Cattle Association office at 402-376-2310.