Montana Stockgrowers Association Meeting Held June 15

The Montana Stockgrowers Association met on Thursday, June 15 at the Sidney Livestock Company.

Financial reports were given. Discussions were had on the Check Off beef system.

Mark Voll reported on the North Dakota Stockman's Association. He discussed how membership in these types of associations are important. "It is important for us to be a voice. This is the only way we, in eastern Montana and western North Dakota, can have a voice in DC. Our dues go to combat issues that we are constantly getting hammered with in the agriculture industry," said Voll.  He also reported the favorable change in President Biden's Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) plan earlier this month. The EPA now says that spring creeks and stock dams are not under the jurisdiction of the government.

Voll also reported that the Stockman's Association is constructing a new building in Bismarck off of Hwy. 83. It will be a 10,000 square space that will hopefully be open in the spring of 2024.

There was also discussion on the North Dakota Beef Commission's success. May was "beef month", and they held a competition for the best burger in the state. There was a 300% increase in beef awareness. The best burger in North Dakota went to Velva two years in a row, but this year it goes to the restaurant in Minnewaukan, ND. Their goal is to keep beef front and center for consumers.

The Montana Stockgrowers Association also discussed their Cattleman's Ball. They are looking for more help for their main fundraiser.

This year they presented donations to all area fire departments. Financial support was given to Bainville, Horse Creek, Fairview, Richey, Alexander, Wibaux, Culbertson, Savage, Lambert, and Sidney fire departments.

Also, the steer scholarship was given to James Head. James would like to thank the Stockgrowers Association for this opportunity. He would also like to thank Bob Walker for allowing him to house his steer at his place. He shared stories of halter leading and progression in the steers growth.


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