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Boots On The Bay: Cowboys Gather For 2013 Cattle Industry Convention

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Here are some highlights from the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, FL.

View a photo gallery from the show here.

Ranchers are taking a break this week from cold winter weather, feeding hay and calving out cows to be at the 115th Annual Cattle Industry Convention in sunny Tampa, FL. Monday kicked off the event with farm tours, followed by industry meetings on Tuesday. Yesterday was jam-packed with information provided by Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis, formerly known as Pfizer. Here’s a round-up of some of the hot topic discussions from the day.

Even if you’re not in Florida, you can still catch up on all the convention highlights on Twitter by following the hashtag #CIC13. You can also follow our tweets at @BEEFMagazine. And, if you’re not on Twitter, no problem. You can follow the Twitter feed here, courtesy of BEEF magazine.

Here’s a collection of some of the best tweets from yesterday’s Cattlemen’s College. You can get a full description of the presentations here, and stay tuned for complete reports from our BEEF magazine editors.

And, now for the top tweets from #CIC13 Cattlemen’s College:

  • BEEF Magazine (@BEEFMagazine) Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by @ZoetisBeef, is off to a great start at #CIC13. This is the 20th anniversary.
  • NCBA (@BeefUSA) First lesson at #CIC13 Cattlemen’s College. Dr. Lowell Catlett: “When you’re done whinin’, the cows need to be fed.”
  • Ashley Nunnenkamp (@shley_says) I spy some cowboy hats amongst those palm trees and pirates.
  • Stacy Hadrick (@StacyHadrick) “People drive policy” says Roger Bernard. Good reminder today from Cattlemen’s College.
  • Anna-Lisa Gianni (@AnnaGiannini) “The best estate plan is one that eliminate the most surprises” - Specht
  • CSIF (@supportfarmers) Focus of succession planning should be preserving relationships and perpetuating legacies.
  • Jennifer Carricho (@JennCattleGal) Farmers & ranchers are the 3% of Americans who actually manage water use. -Genho
  • Certified Angus Beef (@BlackInkBasics) “The later a cow calves, the less profitable she becomes,” Mike Smith says. We also know early-born calves = higher quality calves.
  • Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (@Ohio_Cattlemen) Finding “diamonds in the chuck” thanks to your beef checkoff dollars! beefinnovationsgroup.com
  • BEEF Magazine (@BEEFMagazine) “Priorities in managing in drought is to protect land, cattle & people. That protects long-term financial management.” - Burke Teichert
  • Missouri Beef Council (@BeefCouncil) “Consumers say great taste is most important when choosing their families’ protein.” - John Lundeen
  • Brandi Buzzard Frobose (@brandibuzzard) Teaching kids to work, other than leading them to Christ, is the most important thing they can learn, probably more than a college degree.
  • Janeal Yancey (@MeatCounterMom) People are not eating less beef due to Meatless Monday. Yay!
  • Miranda Reiman (@ProteinLovinMom) Chef Rory teaches consumers to like medium rare. She’ll cook it that way and if a customer doesn’t like it, she’ll buy their steak.
  • Sara Brown (@LvstkWriter) “The most important thing with drought is to have a plan. Hope is not a plan.” - John Maddox

From animal welfare, to beef quality, to estate planning, Cattlemen’s College certainly covered a lot of ground in a short period of time yesterday. I understand that these tweets hardly dig deep enough into these topics, so again, I hope you’ll keep stopping back for complete reports from Tampa, FL, courtesy of the BEEF team!

If you are in Florida, let us know how it’s going by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, be sure to swing by our trade show booth and say hello! While there, you can sign up for a chance to win a pair of Roper boots!

And just for fun, we’re collecting photos from the convention. You can check out the gallery here.

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