Jr. Martin, Chaney, John A. | 1/9/2007 3:19:59 AM
News Release Distributed 01/05/07
ALEXANDRIA – This year’s group of Louisiana Master Cattle Producers will be among those recognized next week when producers from across the state gather here.
The annual convention and trade show of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Holiday Inn and Riverfront Center in Alexandria. It will provide cattle producers from across the state with the opportunity to discuss business, obtain updates on legislative issues, recognize accomplishments of members and learn about the latest developments in the beef cattle industry.
"The meeting and trade show will provide a good educational opportunity for cattle producers," said Matt Martin, LSU AgCenter agricultural agent in Rapides Parish. "And the trade show will allow companies to exhibit and explain innovative products and ideas to help producers."
During the meeting, cattle farmers will recognize adults who graduate from the recent class of the LSU AgCenter Master Cattle Producers program and youth who excel in the beef grazing and ambassador contests. The Master Cattle Producers program is a joint effort of the LSU AgCenter and the state cattle producers association and is a spinoff of the AgCenter’s successful Master Farmer Program, which seeks to help producers maximize efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.
In other events during the convention, professionals will discuss programs like cattle fax, beef checkoffs, animal identification and mineral supplementation. A number of LSU AgCenter experts will be among those speaking during the meeting.
At the same time, the Louisiana CattleWomen’s Association will hold meetings to assist in recognizing youth, selecting a queen to promote the use of beef products and to help sponsor scholarships.
"The beef cattle industry contributed more than $406 million to the economy of the state in 2005," said Martin.
For registration information, contact the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association at (225) 343-3491 or visit the Web site at www.labeef.org/. LSU AgCenter agents in the area also can assist the public with information about the convention.