Stockgrowers Partner With Premier Seedstock Industry for 25th Year
By Gene Curry-Valier, MT MSGA President
For 25 years, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) has partnered with Montana’s premier seedstock industry to produce the MSGA Seedstock and Commercial Cattle Directory.
Through this partnership MSGA has been able to market and promote the highest quality genetics available from Montana to the world. The expansion of the directory has allowed our supporters to break into new markets and reach customers across the U.S. and beyond.
The 2015-2016 Cattle Directory has distributed over 5,000 hard copies and had over 23,000 page views online; totaling over a hundred hours of view time stretching from Canada to Russia. The growing reach of the directory is a testament to the quality and demand for Montana’s cattle and genetics. A top priority for MSGA is to maintain the health and confidence of Montana’s cattle industry through effective advocacy and regulatory monitoring of all things ranching. Especially on issues specifically burdensome to breeders such as brucellosis. We have worked to remove brucellosis from the Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture’s Select Agents and Toxins List. By its removal from the list, it will ensure more research on the disease and enable the development of a more effective vaccine to protect our valuable genetic assets. We also work tirelessly on the constant threats of brucellosis infected bison and elk that have forced significant costs to cattle production in southwest Montana.
Moving forward MSGA through its foundation will continue to invest heavily in research, development and exceptional learning opportunities for ranchers on the application of advanced genetic technology in beef cattle. Furthermore, the MSGA Foundation has committed to raise $1 Million to support Montana State University’s Nancy Cameron Endowed Chair in Range Beef Cattle Production. The position is the department’s first endowed chair, meant to develop a rich research profile and program in range beef cattle nutrition and management that serves Montana and the region’s commercial and seedstock communities.
I have never been more proud to represent the interests of Montana’s ranchers and again I want to thank the priority page buyers and advertisers for making this directory the envy of the U.S. beef industry. I look forward to seeing you all in Billings December 7-9, 2016 to celebrate the accomplishments of Montana’s cattlemen and cattlewomen!
2016 MT Seedstock Directory
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