R-CALF USA’s eighth convention deemed a huge success

US - Mother Nature’s recent wintry grip on most of the nation could not stop R-CALF USA’s eighth annual convention from being a tremendous success, as attendance climbed well above 300, according to Jenni Ries, R-CALF USA Membership Services coordinator.
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This year’s event was entitled, “Building a Stronger U.S. Cattle Industry: Our Business, Our Future.”

“As the convention neared, we were concerned about the weather having a negative impact, but to the contrary, we saw a lot of new faces, strong representation from the southeastern U.S., and many folks who, though they could only get away for a day, made a point of coming to convention,” Ries said. “I think that says a lot for our members’ sense of ownership in the organization n they know it’s important to be at convention, and they know it’s important to participate.

“And the feedback n wow,” she exclaimed. “I’ve got members calling this the best convention they’ve attended so far. This was my seventh R-CALF convention, and I’m proud that each year we give our members what they want, whether it’s face-time with agency officials or the tools to craft industry-shaping policy.”

Joel Gill, an active R-CALF USA volunteer concurred. Gill not only is R-CALF USA Mississippi Membership chairman, but also serves as R-CALF USA Southeastern Membership chairman and R-CALF USA National Membership co-chair. He also serves as the lead contact for the Mississippi Livestock Markets Association, an R-CALF USA affiliate organization. At a moment’s notice, Gill agreed to emcee the entire four-day event and managed to graciously keep to the tight schedule, while also entertaining the audience during breaks with his good humor. Gill also received one of two Top Hand awards presented at the annual banquet.

“This seemed to be one of the best, if not the best convention so far both in attendance and spirit,” Gill said. “All the hard work it takes to make an event like this a success was displayed as forum after forum came before the membership to educate, enlighten, and inspire them to act upon issues facing U.S. cattle producers today.

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