93rd Annual Convention of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) – We all know that agriculture and energy are important here, they take the lead in major industries here in our state.
That’s why the Stockmen’s Association has come together to network, create policy and share experiences.
Thursday, September 22 marks the start of the 93rd Annual North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Convention and Trade Show.
This year’s theme is “Vegas”.
Even though what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, things get serious and straighten out here.
“At the end of the day, we’re implementing the brand inspection program that protects property rights to livestock rights and the property laws of the state of North Dakota and obviously we have a great representation on the hill, and we try to represent the industry and protect the industry in our lifestyles from all the current attacks from all the different people who are trying to attack our industry,” said the president of the Association, Jeff Schafer.
The president and vice president say that this convention will address various issues that breeders have faced.
Not all good things either.
“Obviously the biggest problem is that we have had a continuous drought. We had thunderstorms this spring. You know the market and you have a lot of discussions about it, so it’s always a concern. It looks like it’s with a drought moving across the country and not just here and these storms that you know leverage back on the cow-calf producer, we have to see that opportunity. We just have to make sure the market is honest and all the laws are followed,” Schafer said.
“Environmental issues are always at the forefront of new things like new words like sustainability and where does your beef come from and is it humanely raised and treated and things like that are always things we deal with the farm bill coming up, we’re on a session where we’ll be looking at the farm bill, so comment from that,” Association Vice President Jason Leiseth said.
But association president Jeff Schafer says there is sunshine amid the cattle storm.
“The pre-call is neutral to friendly and you look at the placements in a lot of these placements coming in are drought cattle they’re not going to wheatgrass so at the end of the day I really believe that with the markets that we have in the the call rates that we have in the leverage of this country are coming back, so the markets look good. Look at this feeder calf market doing well and the beef industry right now,” Schafer said.
After discussing different policies and establishing the law, Vice President Jason Leiseth said the convention is about working together.
“93 years ago there were issues that Cattleman had trouble with cattle fighting, and was probably sparsely populated, law enforcement. You can imagine it was a bit hard to find, so a group of ranchers got together, notified the Stockman association to protect their interest in their cattle and put an end to the fight,” Leiseth said. .
Chairman Schafer tells KX News that business is done by those who show up.
The convention will continue until September 24 at the Bismarck Hotel and Convention Center.
Registrations are open during the convention.
More information can be found at http://www.ndstockmen.org/.