The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association met Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs. The meeting was called to order by Billy Bruce with 62 members and guests present. The brisket dinner was sponsored by Dusty Moses, manager at Producers MFA-Walker.

Tom Bryant gave the state director’s report. He encouraged members to attend Cowboys at the Capitol and stressed the importance of talking with representatives about the issues impacting beef producers. Region 6 is scheduled to attend on Feb. 22, April 5 and May 3.

In old business, Clay Doeden, Tom Bryant and Megan Richner attended the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in January. Cedar County was recognized as the Top County for Beef Promotion. Bryant and Doeden won Top Hand Awards for recruitment. Doeden will serve as the Missouri Cattleman’s Association Region 6 Vice President and Richner will serve another term as the Missouri Cattlewomen’s Association Vice President.

In new business, the 2017 Scholarship Program was discussed. Changes were made to the application and shared with the members. Applications are available to high school seniors. Contact Billy Bruce for details and an application.

Dusty Moses spoke to producers about livestock nutrition, show rations and commodity feeds. He discussed the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and the floor was opened for questions.

Brian Worthington, Missouri Beef Industry Council Region 4 board member, addressed the group and provided beef promotional materials and caps to members. Brian is eager to work with local organizations and serving as a voice for producers.

The next board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 2, in Stockton. The next member meeting will be the annual banquet in April at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. Date TBD.