First ‘Young Cattle Producers Conference’ slated to be annual event

Seated (L-R) Monica Gokey, Cascade; Cody Morgan, Mackay; Hunter Montgomery, Moscow; Chet Nicholas, Blackfoot; Wyatt Neal, Parma.; (middle, row, standing, L-R) Sara Somsen-Fowler, Jackson; Danyele Jansen Van Beek, Emmett; Beverly Shirts, Moscow; Mackenzie Stevens, Gooding; Blas Lord, Parma; (back, L-R) Tim Losee, Downey; Steven Wells, Buhl; Kramer Jansen Van Beek, Emmett; Laine Pratt, Stites; Marcus Higgins, Cottonwood; Kord Killpack, Rexburg. Not pictured: Tyler Cenarrusa, Richfield.

Seated (L-R) Monica Gokey, Cascade; Cody Morgan, Mackay; Hunter Montgomery, Moscow; Chet Nicholas, Blackfoot; Wyatt Neal, Parma.; (middle, row, standing, L-R) Sara Somsen-Fowler, Jackson; Danyele Jansen Van Beek, Emmett; Beverly Shirts, Moscow; Mackenzie Stevens, Gooding; Blas Lord, Parma; (back, L-R) Tim Losee, Downey; Steven Wells, Buhl; Kramer Jansen Van Beek, Emmett; Laine Pratt, Stites; Marcus Higgins, Cottonwood; Kord Killpack, Rexburg. Not pictured: Tyler Cenarrusa, Richfield.

TWIN FALLS -- In the third week of June, young cattle producers from across the state came to Twin Falls to attend the first-ever Idaho Young Cattle Producer Conference (IYCPC), presented by the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Beef Program of Distinction, U of I Extension, and the Idaho Cattle Association.

This three-day conference was held with the purpose of providing young cattle producers, those 40 years old and younger, an opportunity to receive in-depth education on the cattle industry in Idaho.

Monday brought in experts from all sectors, including a commercial cow-calf producer, purebred producer, and members of the stocker, feedlot and packing industries. Monday evening also included a meat cutting demonstration by Jerry Tingey from Associated Food Stores.

Tuesday consisted of a focus on the issues currently facing young cattle producers, such as financing a cattle operation, risk management, herd health and public land issues. Attendees then got the chance to tour different industry operations across the Magic Valley, including the Winecup L Ranch, owned by Bill and Laurie Lickely of Jerome, Scarrow Meats, a packing plant owned by Don Scarrow of Jerome, and the InterMountain Beef feedlot in Eden, owned by Cevin Jones. The day ended with a barbecue and roundtable discussion, held at Pristine Springs Angus, owned by Curtis and Amber Gay of Jerome.

Wednesday morning focused on the importance of becoming involved in the industry, where participants were able to listen to representatives from the Idaho Beef Council, Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Farm Bureau, and the Wood River Soil and Water Conservation District.

The conference was limited to 20 participants, all of whom were nominated to attend, creating an intimate atmosphere that provided valuable tools that will allow these men and women to be successful members of the cattle business.

"I thought that the first Idaho Young Cattle Producer Conference was a huge success,” said IYCPC chair,

Jim Church of Grangeville, University of Idaho Extension Agent, Idaho County. “The program was very informative and educational, and we had an outstanding group of people from across the state. I think that the cattle industry in Idaho has a bright future with young people like these leading the way.”

This program is slated to be offered annually, and planning for the 2018 Young Cattle Producer Conference is already under way.

Contact Jim Church, at jchurch@uidaho.edu.

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