Montana CattleWomen update

Connie Ahlgren
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Montana CattleWomen update

The Montana CattleWomen were at the Montana Agri-Trade Exposition held in February. They had a booth and served samples of beef. Attending were (left to right) JJ Seilstad, Suze Bohleen, Connie Ahlgren, USDA Undersecretary Ibach and Jean Seilstad. Photo courtesy of Connie Ahlgren

Seven Montana CattleWomen members attended the American National CattleWomen convention in San Antonio, Texas: ANCW President Wanda Pinnow, Montana Cattle-Women President Connie Ahlgren, ANCW’s Beef Education Advisor Suze Bohleen, MTCW’s District Directors Vikki Taylor and Latonne Reetz, and MTCW member Pam Owens.

The members enjoyed watching President Wanda Pinnow complete her last ANCW convention as president. We would like to thank her for the outstanding leadership. She is a rancher from Baker.

The members enjoyed a feedlot tour along with the meat processing plant. Texas showed great southern hospitality. It was educational to see southern cattle and their process.

We were very impressed with the collegiate leadership program and its participants -- what an outstanding program. Each year three young college age participants are chosen and go through a leadership process with the ANCW program chair. During the year they attend various events promoting beef and educating consumers, along with educating themselves, all over the U.S. They will give a Power-Point and report on their experience. It is great to see their talent and passion grow through the year. They receive a scholarship at the end of the year with outstanding knowledge of the livestock industry and are very important young beef advocates.

The WIRED event is also a great tool for empowering women all over the country. This is an event through ANCW that gives women hands-on experience in all avenues of the livestock business, from giving vaccinations and working cattle to important record keeping.

It was great to catch up on the nation’s cattlewomen programs and take-home ideas we can bring back to Montana. Members took in the week by joining the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association events, too, a couple of standouts reported were the impressive Beef Checkoff updates and the Cattle Fax Positive Outlook.

February brought out boots on the ground in Montana. We helped sponsor an event called The Thaw that brought several ag organizations together for a day of beef networking and various agriculture reports. A representative from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board spoke, along with the undersecretary from the USDA. Several top names in livestock marketing also spoke, and there were several interesting panels with question and answer sessions. There was a BQA class in the afternoon, with the day ending in a power hour on livestock marketing.

The MATE show was held the same week. We teamed up with the Montana Beef Council and had a great trade show booth. Saturday we handed out beef samples to several hundred consumers, along with all the educational material and beef conversations.

Many plans for spring are in the works for beef education and promotion all around the state. Our mid-year meeting is in Miles City on June 6. Several members plan on attending the Region V meeting in Oregon.

Locally here in Central Montana, we are teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club and the 30 Days of Beef Raffle. We help with the education and promotional notices through social media, along with our donation of beef.

We are doing some fundraisers by serving lunch at a couple of area bull sales, along with the Fergus Electric Cooperative dinner coming up. This helps finance our beef projects through the year.

Back at the ranch, boots on the ground, calving and feeding cows. It’s been a much nicer calving season already compared to the last two years, so ranchers are happy. Look for some good-looking heavy calves this year.

For more information, check our new website or our Facebook page for the Central Montana CattleWomen and Montana Cattlewomen.

Connie Ahlgren is the president of the Montana CattleWomen Association and raises cattle near Grass Range.



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