Cattle producers from across the Great Lakes region will gather in Escanaba on June 22-23 for the annual Michigan Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) Summer Round-Up.
The MCA Summer Round-Up is hosted by local cattle producers and features opportunities for cattlemen and women to learn and network with one another. Anyone with an interest in the cattle industry is encouraged to attend.
A pre-event reception at the Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba is scheduled from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. Brewery tours will be provided from 6 p.m. -7 p.m.
The Summer Round-Up begins Friday morning at the Quality Inn of Escanaba. The MCA Board of Directors meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Guests are welcome to observe the meeting and listen to the discussion.
Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees and will include a special overview of the MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. The Round-Up Educational Session begins at 1 p.m. and includes:
- BQA Transportation Training – Beef Quality Assurance helps beef producers raise consumer confidence by committing to quality within every segment of the beef industry. That commitment now includes proper handling and transport of cattle, which can reduce sickness in calves, prevent bruises, and improve meat quality. Participants will become BQA Transportation Certified, demonstrating their commitment to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible.
- Parasite Control Tactics - Two years of MSU Extension fecal egg count data will be summarized in this session to help producers determine the need for treatment and effectiveness of parasite control.
- Cattle Marketing Strategies Panel – A panel of Upper Peninsula cattle producers will discuss the challenges and unique strategies they employ to market cattle in the U.P.
The evening program begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a social hour, the MCA Annual Awards banquet, and a cattle industry update from NCBA Region I Vice President, Steve Hopkins of Virginia.
Attendees can support the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association Political Activity Fund through an auction held following the banquet.
The popular agriculture tour begins Saturday morning. The first tour stop is Johnson Brothers Trucking, where a BQA demonstration and a discussion on grazing dairy steers is planned.
The tour then moves to the Barron farm, a custom-grazing operation.
The final stop is Hanson Potato Farm, where cattle and potatoes are integrated into a synergistic production system. A picnic lunch is included as part of the tour.
The MCA Summer Round-Up is an excellent way for producers from around the state to network, share ideas and find solutions to challenges.
Anyone with an interest in the cattle industry is welcome. For registration and hotel information, check out the MCA website at www.micattlemen.org or contact the MI Cattlemen’s Association office at (517) 347-8117.