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WEST BRANCH, MI -- Cattle producers from around the state will gather in West Branch, MI on June 24-25 for the annual Michigan Cattlemen’s Association Summer Round-Up. The MCA Summer Round-Up is hosted by a local cattle producers and features opportunities for cattle producers to learn and network with one another.

“The weekend holds many activities for everyone,” says conference chairman, Kevin Small. “Anyone interested in the beef industry is encouraged to attend. An educational program with helpful and informative demonstrations, MCA’s Annual Awards banquet and Saturday’s area farm tours are some of the highlights.”

The Round-Up gets started at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 24 at the West Branch Calf Sale Yards, where the program will include a variety of helpful topics and live demonstrations including:

Cooperative Cattle Marketing - Celebrating its 71st year, the West Branch Feeder Calf Association has held a cooperative sale for generations. Learn about this unique marketing program and the keys to its long-running success.

Michigan Beef Cow Economics. MSU Extension Senior Educator Phil Durst will share the economic data of beef cow herds in northern Michigan. MSU has done the research and collected data that can help producers make sound economic decisions.

Stockmanship & Low Stress Handling. Don't miss your chance to learn low stress cattle handling from a nationally known expert! Curt Pate's personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on the benefits of handling stock correctly. This session includes an opportunity for producers to become certified in the Beef Quality Assurance Program.

The action then moves to the Quality Inn and Forward Conference Center for an evening that includes a social hour, the MCA Annual Awards banquet, and an update from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Relax with fellow cattle producers into the evening with music provided by a professional DJ.

The popular agriculture tour begins Saturday morning. Tour stops include Bo-Te Dairy Farm, Katterman’s Farm and Pasture Herbicide Demonstration, and Mackinaw Land and Cattle Company. The tour concludes with a picnic lunch and the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds.

The MCA Summer Round-Up is an excellent way for producers from around the state to network, share ideas and challenges, and find solutions. Anyone with an interest in the cattle industry is welcome and encouraged to attend. 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.

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