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81st Annual Convention - Day 1

Thedford, Nebraska - September 21, 2020

Fall Feeder Calf Tour

Tour participants listen intently at a tour stop.

We kicked off our two-day Annual Convention with the Fall Feeder Calf Preview, held in conjunction with the Nebraska Cow-Calf Council. This year's ranch tour program was cut a little short from standard tours to accommodate all the activities we had in store. The first stop was Craig & Joy Miles, Miles Family Ranch, located north of Thedford. Roughly thirty-eight folks showed up to listen as Craig & his son Caleb explained their operation to participants. Their ranch raises Angus cattle and typically sells steer calves in November and December and markets their terminal heifers in January and February. A live demonstration of cattle handling was held at the next stop at the Bestol-Masek Ranch. Brenda Masek, Vice-President of the Nebraska Cattlemen, her family, and crew showed participants how their commercial calves were worked every year at weaning. They implement fence line weaning with great success. The final stop was held at the Byron & Tyson Cox Ranch near Purdum. The Cox Family raised Angus sired calves, which they wean in October and send to backgrounders until the first part of the next year. The steers are then marketed at Valentine Livestock, and the heifers are sold as replacements.

23rd Annual Golf Classic

Next, we rushed on back to Thedford for the 23rd Annual Golf Classic. Fifty-one participants or seventeen teams teed up this year. A shotgun started the fun as the teams competed for the best of nine holes. Our first-place team was Williams & Martin, which was comprised of Kevin, Nick & Jennifer Martin. They received a $200 check! Second place was awarded to the Masterhand Milling team: Dusty Turner, Thad Kadel & Justin Packard. They received zero-gravities chairs as their prize. And finally, third place was awarded to Tim Downing, Brett Downing & Travis Hanson. They received three golf coolers. This year had a fun twist as we offered a $10,000 hole in one contest for hole #3 on the course, thanks to Arganbright Law Office of Valentine. Unfortunately, no one cashed in, but it sure added a fun element to the tournament. We also awarded one hole prize per hole: Hole #1 received a one night stay at the Sandhills Sweets in Burwell, and holes #2 through 9 received a customized insulated coffee mug. Winners of each hole are as follows: Hole #1 - Closest to the hole in one shot: Chris Higgins; Hole #2 - Longest Drive in the fairway: Craig Luttrell; Hole #3 - Closest in Two: Jay Jones; Hole #4 - Longest Putt: Jay Jones; Hole #5 - Longest Drive in the fairway: Nick Martin; Hole #6 - Closest to hole in one shot: Dan Kennedy; Hole #7 - Closest to hole in two shots: Nick Martin; Hole #8 - Longest Putt: Bill Rishel; and Hole #9 - Longest Drive: Kat Kennedy. Congratulations to all the winners, and we hope the participants had a blast!

Thank you to our Golf Hole Sponsors: Sandhills Sweets of Burwell, TK Angus, Call's Garage, Larsen V.E.T., Roadside Inn, Arganbright Law, Sandhill Oil Company, Bassett Livestock, Vitaferm, Sandhills State Bank, Valentine Livestock, Security First Bank of Thedford, and Beel Construction. The sack lunch provided to the golfers was the compliments of Sandhill Oil Company. And thank you to the Thedford Golf Course for allowing us to hold the tournament there as well as BJ Thomas for helping wrangle the carts!

EP&C Baquet

The final event for the evening of September 20th was the EP&C Banquet. We filled the Sandhills Corral in Thedford with folks wanting to learn more about how the calves performed in the contest. We dined on Prime Rib generously prepared by the Sandhills Corral staff and sponsored by CHS of Valentine and sipped our drinks thanks to our friends at Western Nebraska Bank. Bill Rishel of Rishel Angus and beef industry legend, graciously agreed to step in as the evening speaker. He spoke to the group about the beef industry changes, checkoff, and so much more. I have included the results pages here for you to review further in the newsletter. Thank you to our participants, and congratulations to our winners!

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