BAKER?CITY - The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has scheduled its Mid-Year Conference & Trade Show June 25-27 at the Best Western Sunridge Inn in Baker City.

The conference is intended to promote discussions of industry issues, including the 2009 Legislative Session, the impact of state budget decisions on programs for producers, farm succession planning, public opinions concerning agriculture, renewable energy, wildlife damage, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture Brand Program.

Reinaldo Cooke, an Oregon State University extension beef specialist, will discuss "Effects of Disposition on Performance of Beef Cattle."

The conference begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 with the Annual Barbecue & Golf Scramble arranged by OCA Allied Industries at the Quail Ridge Golf Course. All meeting registrants are welcome to attend.

Friday's meetings begin at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the trade show, which will include representatives from animal health and nutrition, farming equipment and manufacturing, and insurance companies.

Friday's luncheon, sponsored by the Oregon Beef Council, includes updates on beef check-off funded projects. A tour of off-site watering projects followed by a social and dinner at the Mackenzie Ranch organized by the Baker County Livestock Association concludes Friday's events.

Kay Teisl, OCA executive director, said Saturday's meetings conclude by noon and the Oregon Cattlewomen's meeting will start at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on attending, contact the OCA at 503-361-8941 or visit www.orcattle.com. On-site registration is open; however meal tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

- Dean Brickey

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