Cattle producers from around the state will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, June 21-22 for the 2013 Michigan Cattlemen's Summer Round-Up. The theme of this year's program focuses on "From Farm Gate to Meat Case."
The featured speaker during the 2-day event will be the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President, Scott George. He is a second generation dairy farmer from Wyoming. Along with his family, he owns and operates a dairy, as well as a cow/calf business. He will be talking about "NCBA Opportunities for Michigan Cattlemen" following the awards dinner on Friday evening.
"The weekend holds many activities for everyone," says conference chairman, Gary Voogt. "Both members, as well as people interested in the beef industry are invited to attend. An educational program with outstanding guest speakers, an annual awards banquet and Saturday's agriculture tours to Byron Center Meats, Grassfields Cheese and Voogt Beef Farms, will be some of the highlights."
The Summer Round-Up educational program will take place at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center on Friday afternoon. The education seminars will focus on three main topics – "Beef's Role in a Healthy Lifestyle" presented by Shari Steinbach, Corporate Dietitian and Healthy Living Manager for Meijer; "Strategies for Producers to Be Successful in the Changing Beef Business Climate" will be the focus of Dr. John Paterson's presentation, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association ; and Dr. Jason Rowntree, Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University will discuss the opportunities of "Forage Based Beef Production" system.
"The Summer Round-Up proves to be an excellent way for producers from around the state to network and share ideas, problems, and solutions with each other," says Voogt. "Be sure to join us for a beef cook-out after the tours."
For registration form and hotel information, check out the web site at www.micattlemen.org
or contact the MI Cattlemen's Association office at (517) 347-8117.