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These Are Exciting Times For The Beef Industry
Attending the 2006 Cattle Industry Convention underway in Denver this week, there's no way to escape the optimism on display in the meeting rooms and hallways of the Denver Convention Center. There's also no ignoring the need for focused effort to deal with the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

In the opening general session, economist/policy expert Barry Asmus delivered a motivational keynote address. An individual with that type of background is sure to furrow a few brows, but if you have the opportunity to read his comments or watch his taped remarks, it would be well worth your time.

I say it would be worthwhile because it's always worthwhile to be reminded why this business is so special -- our bedrock values of faith, family and work. It's worthwhile to be reminded of the importance of working together, and appreciating the role policy can have on the growth, sustainability and profitability of our industry.

It was good to see actor and beef pitchman, Sam Elliot, stand on the opening-session stage, hear him speak, and realize just how recognizable the phase -- "Beef, it's what's for dinner." truly is. It's humbling to hear of the new product innovations, and the toil of the beef checkoff folks in marketing and promoting our product. It's also moving to hear of all the battles waged by our state cattlemen's associations, and their local affiliates, at the local, state and regional levels that seemingly fly under most of our radars most of the time.

Whether it's the upcoming farm bill debate, food safety, or even the environment, there are activists groups mobilizing against us. I'm thankful to those who commit themselves to being involved on behalf of the industry and step up to shoulder the responsibilities of leadership and activism.

On the negative side, fighting the good fight isn't enough. As an industry must we continue to win the battles of public opinion and protect our interests, and there's no escaping the realization we're both outmanned and outgunned by those with interests contrary to our own.

There are always discussions about leveraging our political might more effectively, and increasing memberships in the local, state and national organizations. Yet, at some point, the industry must embrace the fact the dollars to market and grow beef demand are limited. And, as the rural influence in Washington continues to erode with redistricting and shifts in apportionment, we will have to find new allies.

We'll also, at some point, have to address the issue of adequate funding. The Australians recently went to a $5 checkoff. With the erosion of our own checkoff's value do to inflation, the question wilol have to be asked: "Can we continue to not pursue opportunities due to a lack of funding?
-- Troy Marshall
Sounds like a positive, upbeat gathering unlike the one R-Calf held two weeks ago in Denver.
 

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Barry Asmus was incredible. Check out his website: www.barryasmus.com.

You have to listen to him, I can't even begin to explain how well he spoke of simple economics and what America has been built on, what makes America thrive. He gave me hope. I also left his highly motivational address with a different perspective. There are other organizations out there without vision, but want instant gratification in the short run. In the long run it is dangerous. VISION. My state StockGrowers also has vision and I am proud to be a member of NCBA, ANCW, MT StockGrowers and MT CattleWomen.

Sam Elliot was quite the surprise, and was given a standing ovation! I love his radio and TV ads!!!

I'm headed home tomorrow, it's been a grueling week but I am very proud to have been a part in this visionary process with the organizations I have so much respect for.

Thanks, Bill for the post and for sharing. This week has been absolutely incredible!
 

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Hanta you saw Sam Elliot..don't bring that up to Mrs..shes still ticked we didn't go to Calgary stampede when he was rodeo marshall,looks to me you had interesting time,helps when the speakers speak same language
 

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Hanta Yo; It's refreshing to have a fellow stockperson (regardless of the location or country of your ranch) stand up and support a positive and visionary view of our industry. It's this attitude and nothing else that has carried this great cattle industry forward......and that will carry our industry forward despite the protests of the contrarians! It's the grassroot producers like yourself that give a "little extra" that make the industry better for ourselves and the generations that will follow!
 

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Yes,it was a little differnt,than the R CALF convention,R_CALF is a straight forward take care of buisness org. they dont have the money to hire the sam elliots to sweet talk the ladies...............good luck
PS just curious who paid sam to give the ladies a thrill ?
 

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HAY MAKER said:
Yes,it was a little differnt,than the R CALF convention,R_CALF is a straight forward take care of buisness org. they dont have the money to hire the sam elliots to sweet talk the ladies...............good luck
PS just curious who paid sam to give the ladies a thrill ?
Sounds like your male insecurity is showing Haymaker. R-Calf doesn't have the money for a lot of positive things that could actually help sell BEEF but they seem to have the money to waste on lawyers for failing legal attempts. How about that Washington Post ad that was intended to make Canadian beef look bad and backfired :shock: when the US actually discovered BSE.

I have never had the priviledge of meeting Sam Elliot but he seems like an upfront kind of guy and I bet you couldn't pay him enough to appear at an R-Calf convention.
 

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Hanta Yo said:
Barry Asmus was incredible. Check out his website: www.barryasmus.com.

You have to listen to him, I can't even begin to explain how well he spoke of simple economics and what America has been built on, what makes America thrive. He gave me hope. I also left his highly motivational address with a different perspective. There are other organizations out there without vision, but want instant gratification in the short run. In the long run it is dangerous. VISION. My state StockGrowers also has vision and I am proud to be a member of NCBA, ANCW, MT StockGrowers and MT CattleWomen.

Sam Elliot was quite the surprise, and was given a standing ovation! I love his radio and TV ads!!!

I'm headed home tomorrow, it's been a grueling week but I am very proud to have been a part in this visionary process with the organizations I have so much respect for.

Thanks, Bill for the post and for sharing. This week has been absolutely incredible!
No, Thank you Hanta Yo and producers such as yourself who take the time to chart the path of our industry. NCBA has been proactive and positive since the May 20 2003 Canadian BSE discovery and all North Americans can be damn thankful for the work they have done in keeping things in perspective and encouraging consumer confidence in beef.
 

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Bill said:
Hanta Yo said:
Barry Asmus was incredible. Check out his website: www.barryasmus.com.

You have to listen to him, I can't even begin to explain how well he spoke of simple economics and what America has been built on, what makes America thrive. He gave me hope. I also left his highly motivational address with a different perspective. There are other organizations out there without vision, but want instant gratification in the short run. In the long run it is dangerous. VISION. My state StockGrowers also has vision and I am proud to be a member of NCBA, ANCW, MT StockGrowers and MT CattleWomen.

Sam Elliot was quite the surprise, and was given a standing ovation! I love his radio and TV ads!!!

I'm headed home tomorrow, it's been a grueling week but I am very proud to have been a part in this visionary process with the organizations I have so much respect for.

Thanks, Bill for the post and for sharing. This week has been absolutely incredible!
No, Thank you Hanta Yo and producers such as yourself who take the time to chart the path of our industry. NCBA has been proactive and positive since the May 20 2003 Canadian BSE discovery and all North Americans can be damn thankful for the work they have done in keeping things in perspective and encouraging consumer confidence in beef.

Bill, their former employees are the ones who shut the border and caused your train wreck. You are resposible soley for the salmon run, however.

What part of either one of these incidents was proactive and positive for Canadian producers or U.S. producers?
 

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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato


Econ you sure live up to your signature. When are you going to tell who you are or will it matter. The Red snivler was some one that used to post here under various names and Haymaker said he was back. You fit the profile.
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato


Econ you sure live up to your signature. When are you going to tell who you are or will it matter. The Red snivler was some one that used to post here under various names and Haymaker said he was back. You fit the profile.

How do I fit that profile BMR?
 

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The Text of the Speech by Johanns
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2006/02/0036.xml
 

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Econ101 said:
Bill said:
Hanta Yo said:
Barry Asmus was incredible. Check out his website: www.barryasmus.com.

You have to listen to him, I can't even begin to explain how well he spoke of simple economics and what America has been built on, what makes America thrive. He gave me hope. I also left his highly motivational address with a different perspective. There are other organizations out there without vision, but want instant gratification in the short run. In the long run it is dangerous. VISION. My state StockGrowers also has vision and I am proud to be a member of NCBA, ANCW, MT StockGrowers and MT CattleWomen.

Sam Elliot was quite the surprise, and was given a standing ovation! I love his radio and TV ads!!!

I'm headed home tomorrow, it's been a grueling week but I am very proud to have been a part in this visionary process with the organizations I have so much respect for.

Thanks, Bill for the post and for sharing. This week has been absolutely incredible!
No, Thank you Hanta Yo and producers such as yourself who take the time to chart the path of our industry. NCBA has been proactive and positive since the May 20 2003 Canadian BSE discovery and all North Americans can be damn thankful for the work they have done in keeping things in perspective and encouraging consumer confidence in beef.

Bill, their former employees are the ones who shut the border and caused your train wreck. You are resposible soley for the salmon run, however.

What part of either one of these incidents was proactive and positive for Canadian producers or U.S. producers?
You fit this more and more with each post yuou make. " fools, because they have to say something. Plato"
 

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Sounds like it was a good meeting.

On the negative side, fighting the good fight isn't enough. As an industry must we continue to win the battles of public opinion and protect our interests, and there's no escaping the realization we're both outmanned and outgunned by those with interests contrary to our own.
Leads me to ask some on this board if you have people supporting you and they do NOT have cattle why would you want to tell them to leave? If it was me I would be doing everything I could to get them to understand or correct any misconceptions they have.

BUT then I am a rabble-rouser. I speak my mind, ask questions, and if I see a wrong I confront it.
Wonder if the Cattlewomen would be interested in a woman willing to fight the good fight, who has no cattle?
 

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MsSage said:
Sounds like it was a good meeting.

On the negative side, fighting the good fight isn't enough. As an industry must we continue to win the battles of public opinion and protect our interests, and there's no escaping the realization we're both outmanned and outgunned by those with interests contrary to our own.
Leads me to ask some on this board if you have people supporting you and they do NOT have cattle why would you want to tell them to leave? If it was me I would be doing everything I could to get them to understand or correct any misconceptions they have.

BUT then I am a rabble-rouser. I speak my mind, ask questions, and if I see a wrong I confront it.
Wonder if the Cattlewomen would be interested in a woman willing to fight the good fight, who has no cattle?


Well the organization I belong to has a woman as first past President. We do have a requirement that to be a active member and hold a position you have to own cattle. We do have affiliates that support the industry in many wasys. Some financial and with helping out at events ect.
I can't speak for the cattle womans group but their are some on here that are active in that fine organization.
 

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LOL how many cattle do you have to own? I am really NOT trying to be funny. I am asking an honest question. I have a reason but I will not get in to that on here due to other issues. Can you have a cow or do you need 10 or more?
 

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LOL how many cattle do you have to own? I am really NOT trying to be funny. I am asking an honest question. I have a reason but I will not get in to that on here due to other issues. Can you have a cow or do you need 10 or more?

I'm sure there are plenty here who would sell you a cow and keep it for pasture!
 

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"Wonder if the Cattlewomen would be interested in a woman willing to fight the good fight, who has no cattle?" (quote)


ABSOLUTELY. It really helps to attend your states' convention (CattleWomen) to know what the issues are and if you don't understand them, why, I'm sure you'll find a BUNCH of CattleWomen willing to take you under their arm and tell you all about it. Just contact the person I PM'd you about, that is the very first step.
 

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Called her cell and left a message. She is prob traveling so I am hoping to talk to her tomorrow.
I did notice that to join as a producer of the NCBA its #0-50 cattle so I guess I dont have to have any. :D They have a AWSOME site. LOTS of information and easy to get around. Looked at R~calf and that one was very hard and was not user friendly.
I am going to give the Media Specialist the address so she can order the bundle of books. THAT IS AWSOME...free books for school Librarys.
 

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Check out www.montanacattlewomen.org. Great site!
 

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HAY MAKER said:
Yes,it was a little differnt,than the R CALF convention,R_CALF is a straight forward take care of buisness org. they dont have the money to hire the sam elliots to sweet talk the ladies...............good luck
PS just curious who paid sam to give the ladies a thrill ?


He spoke to NCBA membership, not to the ladies. EVERYONE gave him standing ovation. I do get tired of hearing untrue accusations. I DO think he does the greatest job promoting beef with his VOICE!
 

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