THEDFORD— The 81st Annual Sandhills Cattle Association’s Convention and Trade Show is coming up on September 21 and 22 at the Thomas County Fairgrounds. The two-day event will feature a fall feeder calf preview, golf tournament, awards banquet, vendor and trade show, replacement heifer show, scholarship benefit auction, wine tasting, ice cream social and so much more.
Speakers this year will be the Rosemary Vinton Anderson with the National and State Beef Checkoff, Craig Luttrell with Tyson Foods, and Dr. Travis Mulliniks with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Rosemary Vinton Anderson grew up on her family’s ranch south of Whitman and graduated from Mullen High School. After college she and her husband Kevin returned to Grant County to ranch and raise kids. She has served on UNL Extension Board, FSA County Committee, Nebraska Cattlemen BOD, Gudmundsen Advisory Committee, and is currently a Nebraska Beef Council director with a recent appointment as a Federation representative to the BOD for USMEF.
She also works as an AI technician and loves to mentor heifers to become professional cows. Anderson will be speaking on behalf of the Beef Checkoff Program about how your funds are used to better the beef industry.
Craig Luttrell will speak about helping add value to calves by marketing through programs such as NHTC (Non-Hormone Treated Cattle), VNB (Verified Natural Beef), and GAP (Global Animal Partnership). These programs are growing because of rising demand, both here and abroad.
Dr. Travis Mulliniks is a Range Cow Nutritionist at the University of Nebraska and located at the West Central Research and Education Center in North Platte, NE. He grew up on a cow-calf operation in eastern Oklahoma and received his BS degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. In addition, he earned a MS and PhD in Range Nutrition from New Mexico State University.
His research and extension objectives consist of developing an applied cow-calf research program that emphasize economically viable management options through enhanced efficiency and strategic nutritional management in beef cattle production. Dr. Mulliniks will be speaking on the Influence of Selection for Milk Production on Cow-Calf Productivity & Profitability in Beef Production Systems.
Entertainment this year will be provided by the Peterson Farm Brothers who are 3 brothers from central Kansas who create social media content to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 50 million total views and they have a large online following. The brothers grew up and still work on a family farm near Assaria, KS with their parents and sister. All 3 brothers attended Kansas State University.
Greg graduated in 2013, majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. Nathan graduated in 2016, majoring in Agriculture Technology Management. Kendal graduated in 2018, majoring in Agribusiness. Greg married his wife BrookeAnna in March of 2018. Kendal married his wife Caelan in May of 2018. Due to their online success, the brothers have had many opportunities to promote agriculture around the world. Their goal is still to operate the family farm together, but hope to make a positive impact with their social media content.
Tickets and additional details are available at SandhillsCattle.com or you can contact the Sandhills Cattle Association at (402) 376-2310. Tickets are $45 for non-members, $35 for members, and 4-H and FFA youth get in for free!