Great turnout for 2016 Sunny Okanogan, Cattle Producers livestock judging

2016 judging group A livestock judging competition sponsored by the Cattle Producers of Washington and hosted by Sunny Okanogan Angus ranch had over 190 students from around the state participate in the March 9 event.
The event provided a unique educational opportunity for students who were able to learn from judge Jake Cunningham on his reasons for the placing animals in various classes. The 2016 event consisted of five classes; Heifers, Feeder Steers, Growth Bulls, Calving Ease Bulls and Fall Bulls. The participating schools broke into teams of five, who competed against each other as well as individually. Congressional Representative Dan Newhouse was also there to speak to the students, present awards and answer questions.
Team Placing:
1st Place: Chelan
2nd Place: Tonasket
3rd Place: Omak
4th Place: Omak
5th Place: Chelan

Individual Placing:
1st Place: Gage Palmer, Moses Lake
2nd Place: Stephanie Olivera, Chelan
3rd Place: Krista Marchand, Omak
4th Place: Michael Tutino, Chelan
5th Place: Brice Dixon, Omak
6th Place: Rade Pilkington, Tonasket
7th Place: Leslie Garcia Ortiz, Chelan
8th Place: Teigan Field, Tonasket
9th Place: Amanda Reeves, Chelan
10th Place: Eric Straub, Chelan

Tell your senator to vote NO on SB 6638

A bill is circulating in the Washington State Senate to increase the Washington Beef Checkoff assessment by $1 per head, a 100 percent increase of the Washington Beef Commission budget. If the bill passes, there will be a $2.50/head tax on all cattle sold in Washington State. See our letter on why we are opposed and make sure to contact your senator!

Click here for a PDF link to our letter: Vote NO on SB 6638

and read our points below:

February 12, 2016
Dear Washington State Senators:

A bill coming before you, Senate Bill 6638, would increase the Washington State Beef Checkoff fee to $2.50 per head of cattle sold in the state. Cattle Producers of Washington is OPPOSED to this bill for the following reasons:

*The majority of family ranchers in Washington State DO NOT support an increase in the Washington Beef Checkoff. Any increased proposal should be put to a vote of cattle producers. The Washington Beef Commission does not want the increase to go out to a vote in WA because they know it will fail.

*A $1 increase to the Washington Beef Checkoff would double the budget of the Washington Beef Commission without any concrete benefits to producers. This would assess a $2.50 per head fee on all cattle sold in Washington State, an increase from the current $1.50.

*The current marketing strategy of the Washington Beef Commission HAS NOT benefited Washington ranch families, because the current promotions focus on “beef” in general and do not emphasize beef products raised in Washington. This strategy has improved profits for the huge slaughter plants that support the increase.

*The increased proposal is asking more from ranch families as their overall profit margin is decreasing. In 1980, 60 cents of the consumer dollar went to producers. In 2009, for example, only 43 cents of that dollar went to the producer while fees and inputs continued to rise. This is evidence the Washington Beef Commission’s strategy is not benefiting ranch families.

*The average age of the US rancher is 57 years old. If ranchers continue to be burdened with increased fees, taxes and regulations, we will ensure that ranching leaves Washington State because the next generation will not be able to absorb the financial overhead. Economically, that will be disastrous for Washington. Recent studies show for every $1 million in cattle sales, there is an increase of 43 associated jobs.

Thank you for your consideration on this matter. We ask you to vote NO on Senate Bill 6638.

Monte McPeak, President
Scott Nielsen, Vice President
Cattle Producers of Washington

CPoW 2016 legislative days coming up Jan. 27-28

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Be sure to join us for our legislative reception on Wed.,Jan. 27, in the Columbia Room at the state Capitol Building from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. If you need more info on lodging or travel, please send us an email at: cattleproducersofwa@gmail.com

Vet planning, biosecurity speaker at Jan. 2016 meeting

The CPoW General Membership meeting on Wed., Jan 6 will be held in conjunction with Spokane County Cattlemen. The meeting will be at the Spokane WSU Extension Office at N. 222 Havana in Spokane at 7pm. Speaker is DVM James England to share on “Involving your vet in annual livestock planning” and “Biosecurity issues facing US producers today.”
No CPoW business will be conducted at this meeting. A CPoW Board conference call is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Special presentation from WA State Brand Dept. Dec 9

Kris Budde of the Washington State Brand Department will be giving a presentation on the proposed brand dept. increases. at a special CPoW meeting on Dec. 9 at Memories Diner in Ritzville from 3:30pm- 5:00pm. The CPoW annual Christmas party will follow directly after the meeting at 5pm at Ginger Schoessler’s house.

For more information, email cattleproducersofwa@gmail.com

THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 ANNUAL BANQUET SPONSORS!

Many thanks to our 2015 CPoW/ Northwest Farmers’ Union banquet sponsors that helped make our event a success. Make sure to stop in and tell these folks thanks and patronize their businesses for all your ranch needs and supplies:

RITE IN THE RAIN (waterproof notebooks)
www.riteintherain.com

RANGE MAGAZINE, www.rangemagazine.com

WASHINGTON TRUST BANK
MOSES LAKE, WA 98837

LEFFEL, OTIS AND WARWICK PS
RITZVILLE,WA 99169

NORTHWEST FARM SUPPLY
HERMISTON, OR 97838

ABS GLOBAL
SID SKRIVSETH
skskrivseth@gmail.com

COLVILLE MOTOR SPORTS
COLVILLE,WA 99114

PURINA ANIMAL NUTRITION
MIKE MILLER

SUNNY OKANOGAN ANGUS RANCH
OMAK, WA 98841, www.sunnyokanoganangus.com

STEVENS COUNTY CATTLEMENS’ ASSOCIATION
www.stevenscountycattlemen.com

PACIFIC NORTHWEST CENTER FOR HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT
EDWALL,WA 99008

BRONCO FARM SUPPLY/ CO ENERGY
ELENA MCKENZIE
1302 W. FIRST AVENUE
RITZVILLE,WA 99169

LAWRENCE OIL
EILEEN LAWRENCE
565 EAST MAIN
OTHELLO,WA 99344

STOCKLAND LIVESTOCK AUCTION
www.stocklandlivestock.com

CLIFTON ALLEN LARSON

MOSES LAKE,WA

COASTAL FARM AND RANCH
ALBANY, OR

EPL FEED LLC
SUMAS, WA 98295

WASHINGTON STATE BEEF COMMISSION
www.wabeef.org
TOPPENISH LIVESTOCK COMMISSION
www.toppenishlivestock.com

SPOKANE COUNTY CATTLEMEN
www.spokanecattlemen.com

NORTHWEST LIVESTOCK SUPPLEMENTS
WEISER, ID

Awesome line-up of speakers at upcoming banquet Oct. 30-31

Don’t miss our line-up of awesome speakers at the CPoW/Northwest Farmers’ Union banquet next week:

 

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2015 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

10:00-10:30am Registration
10:30-11:30am Dani Beers, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association
11:30-12:00pm Sarah Laird, The Bee Girl, “Our Honey Bees: Sentinels of Impending Disaster, or Conduits of Change?”
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH—Speaker panel on hemp/cannabis; Joy Beckerman Maher – Industrial Hemp, Alex Cooley – Cannabis Industry
1:00-2:00pm CPoW Annual Business Meeting/NFU Annual Business meeting
2:00-2:30pm Derek Sandison, Washington State Director of Agriculture
2:30-3:00pm Dr. Joe Baker,Washington State Veterinarian
3:00-4:00pm Brian Dansel, Washington State Senator, Seventh District, “How to be an effective advocate for farming and ranching in Olympia”
4:00-5:00pm BREAK
5:00-6:00pm Social Hour
6:00pm-9:00pm CPoW/NFU Banquet Prime Rib Dinner and Auction with National Farmers’ Union President Roger Johnson speaking on “Country of Origin Labeling, Trade Issues and Renewable Fuel Standards.”

SATURDAY

8:00am Breakfast
8:30am-9:30am Deb Conroy, Estate Attorney ,”Estate planning, estate tax, farm and ranch planning.”
9:30am-10:30am Jim Chmelik, Idaho County Commissioner, “Better Access – Better Management – Brighter Future for our Public Lands in the West”
10:30-11:00am Patti Brumbach, Washington State Beef Commission, “The Washington Beef Checkoff – Investing in your Future Today”
11:00-12:00 Dawn Nelson, Lincoln County Cattlemen (WA), Presentation on Sage Grouse issue
12:00 Conclude event

Register now for 2015 CPoW & NFU Banquet!

2015 banquet poster

The Cattle Producers of Washington and Northwest Farmers Union 2015 Banquet is coming up Oct. 30-31 at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington.

Click here for a printable registration form:
2015 CPoW NFU Banquet Registration

Speakers will include Chuck Kiker from U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Sarah Red-Laird (speaking on bees and their importance), Washington State Director of Agriculture Derek Sandison, Washington State Veterinarian Dr. Joe Baker and many more.
Feel free to email: cattleproducersofwashington@gmail.com with any questions.

CPoW resigns from Wolf Advisory Group

September 14, 2015

Cattle Producers pulls participation from Wolf Advisory Group

Organization notes group is ineffective at dealing with wolf issue

Due to the inept and pointless nature of the Washington State Wolf Advisory Group, the Cattle Producers of Washington issued a formal letter this week withdrawing their participation from the group saying, “no more.”
The grass-roots cattlemen’s group criticizes the WAG, noting that during the last three years it has been in existence, the advisory group has actually accelerated the seriousness of the wolf issue by blocking and deliberate action from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife(WDFW).
“The involvement of the WAG has consistently prevented any real action by WDFW, creating dire circumstances for the ranch families and communities that have been negatively impacted by the wolf’s presence,” said CPoW President Monte McPeak in the letter. “Continuing to participate in this advisory group would work in opposition to our organization’s purpose of ‘sustaining, improving and protecting Washington State’s cattle industry’. We say ‘no more’ to this kind of nonsensical, irresponsible approach.”
CPoW said that WAG meetings have usually consisted of theoretical discussions about wolves in Washington and while ignoring the data and management tools from other states. WDFW has also delayed deliberate action or failed to act as it waited for some kind of unattainable consensus from the WAG. In addition, when ranchers did have problems, lethal removal was not seriously discussed despite mounting evidence that the ranch operation was being affected to the point of crippling it.
“The majority of the WAG members always want ‘one more’ depredation before removing wolves,” the letter criticized. “The number of livestock attacked or killed by wolves, particularly in Eastern Washington, continues to rise every year with no abatement, but additional funds continue to be spent in an unconscionable way on the WAG” the letter noted. “In addition, while wolf advocates were incensed about the $76,000 spent to remove the Wedge wolf pack in 2012, they are perfectly willing to spend $850,000 on an environmental consultant if it means that lethal removal will consistently be off the table.”
The $850,000 that WDFW will pay their new consultant, Francine Madden, over the next two years was particularly offensive to CPoW who highlighted that Madden has closed two of the WAG meetings to the public in order to create a “secret and obscure” environment.
The group also emphasized that they will continue to work for sensible solutions to the wolf issues through channels they consider legitimate.
“CPoW has advocated, and will continue to advocate, for sensible solutions to the wolf issue that mitigate the damage to ranches, to communities and to local economies. We will not support those venues that belittle and diminish the impact to our ranch members,” President McPeak wrote. “We call on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to abolish the WAG and courageously take on real wolf management that results in fairness for those impacted by wolves. WDFW should not stand idle as livestock operations that are vital to rural communities perish under inadequate public policy.”

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To read CPoW’s resignation letter, click here:CPoW resignation letter from WAG