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Cattlemen's Congress Reaching Out to Commercial Cattlemen in Year Three- and International Guests as Well
Tue, 05 Jul 2022 11:14:18 CDT
Senior Farm and Ranch Director, Ron Hays, visits with the Executive Vice President of Cattlemen's Congress, Bray Haven. As the national cattle beef show approaches year three, Haven talks about the significant growth in numbers and opportunity the show has received in a short period of time.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Bray Haven- Exec VP of Cattlemen's Congress
Haven said from year one to year two, most aspects of the show got bigger such as the number of head entered, shown and sold, he added.
The greatest feedback Cattlemen's Congress receives, Haven said, is when people attend a producer's production sale based on cattle they saw at Cattlemen's Congress. The show gives producers the opportunity to showcase new genetics to people who may not be familiar with their operation, he added.
"I think that more people are getting engaged in the seedstock industry here in Oklahoma because of Cattlemen's Congress," Haven said. "I think that we will continue to see outside interest and commercial producers continuing to become involved with what we are doing here in Oklahoma City and that is our end goal."
In the first two years, Haven said Cattlemen's Congress had forty-plus states entered, including exhibitors from Mexico and Canada. With Covid hopefully behind, more international presence will be another point of emphasis for the show.
"In 2022, we introduced our international buyer's program," Haven said. "We had some people here from Nicaragua, Mexico and Canada."
Even in 2022, Haven said there were still some Covid restrictions in a few countries across the globe, so as that eases up, the international presence of Cattlemen's Congress will continue to grow into the future.
"I don't believe there is another cattle show that had the sheer number of entries and the sheer number of cattle shown that we had at Cattlemen's Congress," Haven said. "I think that the interest here in this region and the ease of navigating Oklahoma City and getting around Oklahoma City helps a lot."
Another area the show grew, Haven said, was in giving exhibitors from southeastern regions who raise American breeds or crossbreds access to showcase their genetics. Breeds such as Beefmasters and Brangus, Haven added, had a successful show.
"The other breeds had a resounding success with bigger numbers than they have had anywhere at any time when you talk about some of the really large breeds," Haven said.
The 2023 Cattlemen's Congress is coming up this January 1-14 at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.
And- the conversation that Hays had with Bray Haven is part of Episode One of a new podcast series to feature the national cattle show- the podcast is called Cattlemen's Congress Conversations- and click here for the full first episode with Bray Haven and Montie Soules.
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