2022 Cattlemen's Congress Laid the Groundwork for a Major National Beef Cattle Show to be a Fixture in OKC Each JanaurySat, 22 Jan 2022 09:32:29 CST
Cattlemen's Congress in 2022 has set the stage for one of the premeire National Beef Cattle Shows in the United States to become an annual tradition that will ring in the new year in Oklahoma City.
Sunday marked the conclusion of the second annual Cattlemen’s Congress, but the impact is far from over as the total number of cattle shown and sale numbers have all increased from last year’s inugural show in Oklahoma City.
Senior Farm and Ramch Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays for the Oklahoma Farm Report sat down with the Executive Vice President of Cattlemen's Congress, Bray Haven, and talked about year two of the show that has already become the largest Beef Cattle show in North America. Bray says "very positive reviews after our second annual Cattlemen's Congress- peopple were really excited about some of the changes we made from the first annual to this year- people are really excited about the show."
You can hear Ron and Bray's complete review of the second Cattlemen's Congress by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story.
The amount of sales hosted and the revenue generated climbed to new heights this year. 13 sales were hosted at the OKC Fairgrounds, and 9 were held off-site during the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress, resulting in 22 total sales generating $10.2 million during the 16 day show period- higher than in year one.
Additionally, the 2022 show had over 9,000 head of cattle entered with more breeds represented than ever before. While the numbers of cattle entered were very similar to 2021, the number of cattle shown this year increased by more than 700 head when compared to last year.
“These numbers show that this really is the meeting place for cattlemen and women across the world,” said Cattlemen’s Congress Chairman of the Board, Jarold Callahan. “The positive impact proves to be undeniable, and we are humbled to host so many here in the heart of cattle country.”
With exhibitors from 44 states and Canadian provinces, as well as international guests from across the world, the amount of visitors continues to grow and bring more people to Oklahoma City. During the sales held at the Congress, Mexican cattle producers were in attendence and bought buys to take home to Mexico.
“It is critical for us to go where cattlemen come to find their next herd sire or line of genetics that will advance their herd,” said Ty Miller, CEO of Ty Miller Solutions. “The past two years at Cattlemen’s Congress we’ve exhibited and displayed cattle and we’ve experienced traffic and interest from breeders and cattlemen we’ve never seen before. We’ve sold cattle across the country because people found our genetics here in OKC.”
Bray Haven tells Hays that already there is a focus that is developing for 2023 to reach out to even more commercial cattle producers in the region to come and walk the aisles and see the cattle at the show and meet the purebred producers that come in from across the United States.
The 3rd Annual Cattlemen’s Congress is set to be held January 1 through the 14, 2023 in Oklahoma City. For the latest information regarding the Cattlemen’s Congress, visit the Show's website by clicking here.
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