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Osage County Cattlemen to host 79th convention

The Osage County Cattlemen’s Association will host its 79th Annual Convention Friday, June 14th and Saturday June 15.

Highlighting the convention is the 60th Annual Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of steer ropers will vie for a purse totaling more than $25,000. Invited to compete are past Ben Johnson winners, the top 15 PRCA standings along with several local ropers.

Following the steer roping, the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an open air dance featuring country artist Trent Willmon.

Friday’s Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon will honor local cattle ranchers, Jim Jacques and John F. Murphy, for their contributions to the cattle industry. Special guest speaker, David Yates, Ph.D., will present the program “Sustainable Beef Production.” The OCCA will also present three “Born & Raised” Overall Awards to 4-H members whose steers were born and raised in Osage County and excelled at the Osage County Junior Livestock Show in March of 2013.

Before and after the luncheon, attendees will have an opportunity to visit with representatives from animal health companies and enjoy a trade show featuring cowboy tack, furniture, and jewelry. The OCCA Oil & Gas Committee will also update members on the latest landowner issues.

Osage County’s finest cowboys will compete during the Friday night Ranch Rodeo. Each four-man team must have at least one OCCA member, making it a show featuring the best roping and riding in Osage County. The cowboys will exhibit skills needed in everyday ranch work as they compete in calf branding, doctoring, and the popular wild cow milking.

Saturday morning’s Ranch Tour will feature the limestone prairie ranches of Northwestern Osage County. The ranches will showcase the best of their stockers and cow calf pairs and explain methods used for their care. The OCCA Ranch Tour is an opportunity to learn more about cattle ranching, meet the people who make their living as cattlemen, and sample the beauty of Osage County.

“With approximately 1,000 commercial farms and ranches, Osage County is proud to be considered cow country,” said OCCA President Jeff Henry. “Whether they are called cattlemen, ranchers, or cowboys these hard working stewards contribute to Osage County’s rich agricultural heritage. Approximately 150,000 head of stocker cattle are grazed each summer, and about 54,000 head of beef cows & calves are kept year around in the county.”

The OCCA Convention is the second largest Cattlemen’s convention in the state, second only to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s convention.

Visit www.oc-ca.com for more information, a schedule of events, and ticket sales. OCCA Secretary Jeanne Strom is also available to answer questions at 918-287-4170 or 918-440-9383.

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