Beef producers will learn a lot about their Nebraskan colleagues when they join the "Cowboys, Cattle, Culture in the Nebraska Sandhills weeklong tour October 7-13.
The tour will be led by JRB Associates, Inc., in cooperation with the Minnesota Beef Council.
Participants will experience the raising of beef cattle, cowboy poetry and music in the heart of cattle country, say tour organizers.
Tour highlights include visits to:
-Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas
-Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, LeMars, Iowa
-Ashfall Fossil Beds Orchard, Nebraska
-Wulf Cattle feedyard, Bassett/Arkinson, Nebraska
-Nebraska's largest wind energy site
-Ainsworth, Nebraska ranch visits hosted by area ranchers
-Valentine Livestock Auction Market for the regular Thursday cattle auction
-Consumer lesson in meat selection at Henderson IGA
Native grassland in the Nebraska Sandhills covers nearly 20,000 square miles, making the region the largest sand dune in North America. Sand was brought in by water and blown into dunes by wind. Rain and snow helped grassland plants develop strong roots to stabilize the soil. The area's geology make for rich wildlife, water and ranching.
The week will conclude with two days of activities at the 22nd Annual Nebraska Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering and Old West Days.
Tour hosts are Juanita Reed-Boniface, retired University of Minnesota Extension educator, and Dick Boniface, retired field service and public relations director, North Central Wool Marketing Corp. This husband-wife team are educational consultants for JRB Associates, Inc. Also serving as tour staff will be Colleen Zenk, director of Nutrition and Consumer Information, Minnesota Beef Council.
Registration and a $400 deposit are due on August 1. Early registration is encouraged. Trip is limited to 30 people. Cost of the tour is $1,200 per person, single occupancy; $940 per person, double occupancy. This includes chartered coach, six nights lodging, group meals, admissions and administrative costs. A few meals will be on your own. Tour will be canceled if minimum number of participants is not met and deposits will be refunded.
For more information, please contact Juanita at 763-753-4636, or e-mail Agri-Folks@gmail.com