A hearty crowd filled the Lakeview Elks Lodge on behalf of the Lake County Stockgrowers Association, in light of their fall dinner meeting held Monday, Dec. 16.
The evening commenced with Lake County OSU Extension Agent Pete Schreder providing an overview of the Carcass of Merit award winners and the respective program. A story ran in the Dec. 25 edition of the Examiner detailing this topic.
Lake County Stockgrowers Assoc. Pres. Todd Muller provided an overview of this year’s Stockgrowers Heifer winner as well as scholarship recipients.
Kaden Greenfield was named as the 2013 Lake County Stockgrowers Heifer winner.
The son of Shawn and Mesa Greenfield and a previous Carcass of Merit winner in 2011, Kaden is a three-year veteran of 4-H and started a Lim-Flex cattle herd last year with the purchase of his first Limousine heifer.
This year, Kaden had the top 4-H breeding heifer project.
Lake County Stockgrowers Scholarship recipients included Paisley School graduate Tess O’Leary, who received $500. O’Leary is attending Oregon State University, pursuing a degree in agricultural business management.
Brad Libolt received a $300 scholarship and is attending the University of Oregon, where he’s studying international relations.
Muller noted that a total of $1,457.47 was raised through a special Lake County Stockgrowers feeder sale held at a recent Shasta Livestock Auction in November.
A total of 0.75 percent of each commission was directed back to the Lake County Stockgrowers Association.
John Flynn provided a brief update on topics related to the Oregon Beef Council as well as the animal branding and health board.
Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Vice-Pres. John O’Keeffe spoke on the recent release of the Bureau of Land Management’s sage-grouse management-related environmental impact statement. Proposed strategies have potential for long-lasting and far-reaching impacts to area ranchers, he noted.
See related story elsewhere in this edition.
Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Pres. Ray Sessler also spoke on improving communications among the many livestock organizations across the state, and reaching out to local grassroot efforts and organizations.