A Roll Out meeting and BBQ will be held Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds to begin revitalization of the Sequoyah County Cattlemen's Association.
The organization which once was very active with local cattle producers had fallen dormant in recent years.
Jennifer Patterson, OSU Agriculture and 4-H Extension Educator for Sequoyah and Adair Counties recognized the need to bring back the organization and reached out to a group of cattle owners to help with the start up.
"I'm really excited about this. There's a great group of interim officers ready to jump on board and get us off and running. This will really be a positive for our county," stated Patterson. "Group membership will benefit everyone from new to seasoned cattlemen."
All cattle "people", from hobby farmers to large producers, living in Sequoyah County are invited to attend the kickoff meeting.
According to Patterson, the OSU Extension Service will work with the association to help facilitate meetings, find sponsors and speakers, offer programming and help recruit members. "It's a team effort," added Patterson.
Patterson stated that she hopes to help educate local cattle producers on the numerous programs and educational resources that the extension service has to offer.
Trent Stites DVM of Sallisaw will serve as the interim president.
"The association will serve as a networking environment to exchange ideas to help improve the cattle industry in Sequoyah County," Stites said. "We will provide education from OSU, feed companies and educational groups about how to better manage cattle and produce a better product."
Annual Membership Dues for those wishing to join the association will be Individual $30; PlusOne $45; and Jr. Member $10.
The group plans to eventually establish a Junior Cattlemen's Association and also hopes to involve the local the 4-H chapter.
The July 19 meeting will be co-sponsored by the Purina Company and Farmer's Co-op. A program on cattle mineral will be presented.
To attend the free Roll Out Meeting and BBQ Please RSVP to Rebekah Isham at 918-775-4838.
KXMX News Staff
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