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July 20, 2012

State cattlemen’s convention coming up

Woodward, Okla. — MIDWEST CITY - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Executive Director Scott Dewald is expecting more than 1,200 to attend the organization's annual convention July 26-28 at the Reed Convention Center.

"Quite a few people from the Woodward area usually attend," Dewald, a native of Fargo, said.

Justin Barr, Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association board member, is one of those who will be attending.

"There are lots of educational subjects" to aid cattle production and marketing, he said. "The guest speakers are good, and it's a great place to visit with other cattlemen."

A complete convention schedule is available at http://okcattlemen.org/ocaconvention.

Dewald said there are more than 100 vendor displays - including tractors, feeding equipment, and lots of technology devices, such as wind energy components.

"The trade displays must be set up by 5 p.m. Thursday, and they will stay in place until 11 a.m. Saturday," Dewald said.

Friday, July 27, includes a session about the outlook for cattle prices and related expenses. At another, an attorney will discuss procedures for developing beneficial leases for oil, gas and wind energy on producers' land.

Friday also features a keynote speech at the morning session by Dr. Howard Wasdin, a former member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6. This is the group responsible for killing terrorist leader Osama bin-Ladin. Dewald said Wasdin will give an insider's account of SEAL training and what is required to earn a place among their ranks.

Later, Wasdin will conduct a leadership development seminar for members of the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association.

"We are so blessed to have a man of this caliber, helping to prepare our young people to be leaders in society," Dewald said. "He will be challenging the 9- to 18-year-olds to make bright futures for themselves."

Friday night brings the awards banquet.

Also, a beef auction is  planned for Friday starting at about 9 p.m. Dewald said  prospective buyers who can't attend may view the stock and bid live at DVAuction.com.

On Saturday, July 28, the highlight is the association's general business meeting.

"We will be working to establish policies on groundwater rights and taxation matters to take to the Legislature," Dewald said.

Complete information and a registration form are available for download at http://okcattlemen.org/ocaconvention. Dewald said they are requesting the registrations by mail Sunday to OCA, P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148.

"Or, folks can walk in and do the registration on-site," he said. "We are sure we have some who don't know if they will be able to come until the last minute."

Contact Dewald for more information at (405) 235-4391.

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