Nebraska Cattlemen Hold Business Meeting on 125th Anniversary

Kearney, NE -- The Nebraska Cattlemen are meeting in Kearney this week to discuss issues that cattle raisers across the state deal with.

Cattle ranchers near and far have converged together in an attempt to benefit this important industry.

"The importance is to get those people who have concerns to get them here and get those concerns on the table. We're kind of unique in that we represent all facets of the cattle industry. We have to get all those people on the same page, which is difficult sometimes and then we try to formulate policy to take to the legislature or take to the regulatory agencies to help cattlemen be more profitable," said Dave McCracken, the Vice President of the Nebraska Cattlemen.

The Cattlemen said they work together to ensure better beef processing.

Dale Spence, the President of the Nebraska Cattlemen said, "We're very concerned about regulations. But as an organization we've been very blessed that we have a good relationship with all of our legislatures and our Senators and our Governor and everything and that's just I think very critical to our success and important to how we relate to them."

With the Nebraska Cattlemen seeing their 125th Anniversary this year this meeting gives them the chance to not only celebrate their history but look forward to their future.

The organization started as several groups and continues to look out for the interests of new groups.

"We blended all of those organizations together some time in the 80's which formed Nebraska Cattlemen and we very capably pulled all those interests together that maybe don't have the same game plan at the end of the day but we're still about producing and promoting beef in the state of Nebraska," said Spencer.

Dave McCracken is the future president and enjoys where the Cattlemen are going.

He said, "Future looks pretty bright. NCBA, which is our national organization is very respected in Washington and there they're working on the Farm Bill and some things like that. That's the main goal of this organization. We like to say we're the beef of the United States and probably the world."

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