MSGA Annual Convention & Trade Show December 7-9, 2022

REGISTRATION

Online early bird registration will close on November 28, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

On behalf of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), we would like to thank you for your commitment to our associations! We hope you will join us at the 138th Annual MSGA Convention & Trade Show. The purpose of the Annual Convention & Trade Show is to provide education, information, fellowship, and an opportunity for the beef industry & MSGA members to set policy that will shape the landscape of cattle ranching in Montana.

All Inclusive Pass – Member vs. Non Member Pricing
Includes all Annual Convention events happening December 7-9

  • Member Pricing
    • Early registration: $225
    • On-site registration: $250
  • Non-Member Pricing
    • Early registration: $275
    • On-site registration: $300

Extra Grand Finale Banquet Ticket $50/ticket
Bringing a spouse, friend or family member to Billings? Get their ticket for the Grand Finale Banquet. 

Friday Pass $125
Includes all events on Friday, Dec 9 (access to the Trade Show, General Session II, Stockgrower Colleges, Presidents Lunch, Committee Meetings, and the Grande Finale Banquet)

Thursday Pass $100 
Includes all events on Thursday, Dec 8 (access to the Trade Show, Opening General Session, Stockgrower Colleges, Northern Ag Network Best of Beef Lunch, Committee Meetings, and the Trade Show Dinner)

Wednesday Pass $50
Includes all events on Wednesday, Dec 7

EVENT AGENDA

Wednesday, Dec 7

MPLC Annual Meeting
Northern Hotel, South Ballroom
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Land Use & Environment Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Young Stockgrowers Meeting
Northern Hotel, Babcock
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Young Stockgrowers Kick Off Social Hosted by Hall & Hall
Northern Hotel, TEN
5:00 – 6:30 pm

View the full Wednesday schedule (click here)

Montana Stockgrowers Foundation Trustee Meeting
Northern Hotel, Enterprise
8:00 – 10:00 am

Grass Conservation Commission Meeting
Northern Hotel, South Ballroom
8:30 – 10:30 am

MPLC & MASGD Joint Board Meeting
Northern Hotel, South Ballroom
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Registration Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, 3rd Floor Lobby
12:00 – 4:00 pm

MPLC Annual Meeting
Northern Hotel, South Ballroom
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Land Use & Environment Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Young Stockgrowers Meeting
Northern Hotel, Babcock
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Young Stockgrowers Kick Off Social Hosted by Hall & Hall
Northern Hotel, TEN
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Thursday, Dec 8

Opening General Session
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
8:00 – 10:00 am

Trade Show Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom ABC/3rd Floor
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Northern Ag Network Best of Beef Luncheon 
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
12:00 – 2:00 pm

Tax, Finance & Ag Policy Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
2:30  – 5:00 pm

Trade Show Celebration Dinner
DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom ABC/3rd Floor
6:00  – 8:00 pm

View the full Thursday schedule (click here)

Registration Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, 3rd Floor Lobby
7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Opening General Session
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
8:00 – 10:00 am

Stockgrower Colleges – Boehringer Ingelheim
Speaker: Joe C. Gillespie, DVM MS
DoubleTree Hotel, Conference Room 5
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – LPL Financial & Bluebird Law
Speakers: Ty McDonald and Ariel Overstreet-Adkins
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 1
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – IMI Global
Speaker: Kelsey Haughian-Aye, Regional Manager Customer Verification Specialist
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 2
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – Bayer
Speaker: Steve Saunders, Rangeland Management Specialist
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 3
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – Montana Invasive Species Council
Speaker: Tahnee Szymanski, DVM
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 4
10:45-11:45 a.m.

Montana CattleWomen Annual Meeting
Northern Hotel, Babcock
10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Trade Show Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom ABC/3rd Floor
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Northern Ag Network Best of Beef Luncheon 
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
12:00 – 2:00 pm

Tax, Finance & Ag Policy Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
2:30  – 5:00 pm

Montana CattleWomen Installation, Social & Past Presidents
Northern Hotel, Babcock
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Trade Show Celebration Dinner
DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom ABC/3rd Floor
6:00  – 8:00 pm

Montana CattleWomen New Board of Directors Meeting
Northern Hotel, Babcock
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, Dec 9

Beef Production & Marketing Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
8:00  – 10:00 am

General Session II 
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
10:15 – 11:15 am

Presidents Lunch
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Montana Agricultural Political Action (MAPA) Reception
Northern Hotel, Hart Albin
5:30  – 6:30 pm

Grand Finale Banquet
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
7:00  – 9:00 pm

View the full Friday schedule (click here)

Registration Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, 3rd Floor Lobby
7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Beef Production & Marketing Committee Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
8:00  – 10:00 am

Trade Show Opens
DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom ABC/3rd Floor
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

General Session II 
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
10:15 – 11:15 am

Presidents Lunch
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Stockgrower Colleges – LPL Financial & Bluebird Law
Speaker: Ty McDonald and Ariel Overstreet-Adkins
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 1
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – IMI Global
Speaker: Kelsey Haughian-Aye, Regional Manager Customer Verification Specialist
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 2
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – Bayer
Speaker: Steve Saunders, Rangeland Management Specialist
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 3
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Stockgrower Colleges – Montana Invasive Species Council
Speaker: Tahnee Szymanski, DVM
DoubleTree Hotel, Skybridge 4
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Second Reading of Resolutions
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
2:45  – 4:00 pm

Women of the West
DoubleTree Hotel, Conference Rm 5
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Third/Final Reading of Resolutions
DoubleTree Hotel, Skyview 1&2
4:00  – 5:00 pm

Steer of Merit Committee Meeting
Northern Hotel, PB Moss
4:00  – 5:00 pm

Montana Agricultural Political Action (MAPA) Reception
Northern Hotel, Hart Albin
5:30  – 6:30 pm

Grand Finale Banquet
Northern Hotel, Grand Ballroom
7:00  – 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Opening General Session

Troy Applehans, CattleFax

Troy Applehans was born and raised in Colorado, involved in the registered and commercial cattle business.  He actively participated in showing cattle at local, regional and national levels.  He also was actively involved in livestock judging from a very young age. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., where he earned his associate’s degree, prior to attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and was a member of two National Champion Livestock Judging teams.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, majoring in animal science/livestock merchandising.

Following graduation, Troy worked in Alabama for Cattle Today, Inc., a southeastern U.S. livestock publication where he was a livestock fieldman for eight years, assisting registered cattle producers in merchandising cattle and working as a ringman at over 2,000 auctions across the nation.

Troy then worked for the American Gelbvieh Association in Denver, Colo. and served as a regional director/fieldman.  Following this, he was a business owner of Express Personnel Services in Plano, Texas.  Following the sale of this business, he was on the procurement team for Future Beef Operations, purchasing both feeder cattle and calves, as well as directing quality control of cattle entering feedyards.

Troy started his career at CattleFax in late 2003.  His responsibilities include covering cow-calf and stocker members in the southern plains and southeastern states, as well as feedyards in Colorado, western Nebraska and the corn-belt.

In addition to his duties at CattleFax, Troy continues to work registered cattle sales as a ringman, and runs cows and stocker cattle. He has one daughter, Taylor.

Northern Ag Network Best of Beef Lunch

Dr. Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University

Since January 2010, Dr. Waded Cruzado has served as the 12th President of Montana State University, and during that time she has significantly reshaped the face and future of the state’s first land-grant institution.

An articulate and inspirational speaker on the role of the public university, President Cruzado is well known for her understanding of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant university system nearly 160 years ago. She is a passionate champion of the land-grant’s tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach, as well as the important role higher education plays in the development of individuals and the prosperity of the nation.

Prior to MSU, President Cruzado served as executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University, a post she had held since Sept. 1, 2007, and served as NMSU’s interim president from 2008 to 2009. She also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU (2003–2007) and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Puerto Rico’s land-grant university, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

A native of Puerto Rico, President Cruzado has a son, Dr. Gerald Mazo, and a daughter, Brenda Nicole Mazo. She is also the proud grandmother of Aurora and Celeste.

Northern Ag Network Best of Beef Lunch

Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs, NCBA

Ethan Lane is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Ethan is a a 5th generation Arizonan with more than 20 years of experience in natural resources, land use issues, and advocacy on behalf of the cattle industry.

Prior to his role as the Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan was the Executive Director for the Public Lands Council and Senior Executive Director of the NCBA Federal Lands portfolio. Before joining PLC and NCBA, Ethan operated a consulting firm where he worked on multiple high profile political campaigns and advised a variety of private companies and industries on regulatory and legislative issues impacting their businesses.

Prior to moving to Washington, Ethan spent ten years helping to grow and manage a large real estate and ranch portfolio Arizona. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the challenges producers face on a daily basis

Presidents Lunch

Karen Eddington, Mental Health Advocate

Karen Eddington is a 20-year identity researcher and is the author of Understanding Self-Worth, who learned proven methods to combat stress by listening to people like you.  As an advocate for those who work in agriculture, she teaches skills from her work in The Under Pressure Project to help us pass through a breaking point.   When not speaking or researching she can be seen driving carpool in her farm town, usually caught behind the tractor.

General Session II

Karen Budd Falen, Budd-Falen Law Offices

As an owner of Budd-Falen Law Offices, Karen has assisted local governments in asserting their rights of consistent review, cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions; private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights, other multiple users in supporting grazing and multiple-use on federal/public lands; and exposing radical environmental groups’ abuse of the legal system and the attorney fee-shifting statutes.

Young Stockgrowers Annual Meeting

Joe Kovanda, Chief Development & Strategy Officer, Compass Ag Insurance

Joe Kovanda was born and raised in Montana on his family’s diversified farm and ranch. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with a Minor in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

Joe began his career with Bartlett Cattle Company where he managed feeder cattle procurement and hedging. He thin Joined Fiver Rivers Cattle Feeding, working with senior leadership and feedyear managers in analyzing and managing risk and investigating business growth opportunities. He returned to Bartlett Cattle Company in 2010, serving as Vice President. He led a team that managed feeder cattle and feed ingredient procurement, fat cattle marketing, and the requisite risk management for a 100% company -owned inventory at two company-owned feedyards and multiple custom feedyards.

After Bartlett’s liquidation in 2018, he founded 4:10 Risk Strategies and began helping multiple cattle owners to measure and mitigate risk while optimizing the intersection of cattle production and market economics. Joe’s passion is for agriculture and its people to succeed in business. He aims to share his experiences and talents in risk management, to that end.

Joe holds both commodity brokerage and insurance agent licenses. He leads the Compass Ag Insurance business unit and team, which focuses on helping cattle owners to manage risk with Livestock Risk Protection (LRP). He and his wife, Lacee, are active cattle feeders in multiple states. They live on the family farm in Columbus, Mont., where they are raising daughters, Kate and Tayah.

COMMITTEE & MEETING AGENDAS

BEEF PRODUCTION AND MARKETING COMMITTEE AGENDA
2022 MSGA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Friday, December 9, 2022
DoubleTree Hotel – Skyview 1 & 2
Billings, MT
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Time Item Speaker
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Call to Order
Review and Approval of Minutes
Dusty Hahn, MSGA Director
8:05 a.m. Department of Livestock Update Mike Honeycutt, Executive Officer
Dr. Marty Zuluski, State Veterinarian
Jay Bodner, Brands Division Admin.
8:45 a.m. Cattle Health, Brand & Theft Committee

  • Resolutions
Jake Feddes, Chair
9:00 a.m. Marketing Committee

  • Resolutions
Kirk Donsbach, Chair
9:20 p.m. Seedstock Committee

  • Cattle Directory Incentive Auction Update
  • Resolutions
John Patterson, Chair
9:30 a.m. Cattle Feeder Committee

  • Resolutions
Andy Kellom, Chair
9:40 a.m. Other Business Dusty Hahn, MSGA Director
10:00 a.m. Adjourn

 

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LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AGENDA
2022 MSGA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
DoubleTree Hotel – Skyview 1 & 2
Billings, MT
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

AGENDA COMING SOON!

 

Sponsored By

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TAX, FINANCE AND AG POLICY COMMITTEE AGENDA
2022 MSGA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Thursday, December 8, 2022
DoubleTree Hotel – Skyview 1 & 2
Billings, MT
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

AGENDA COMING SOON!

 

Sponsored by

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MONTANA PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Northern Hotel – North Ballroom
Billings, MT
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AGENDA IS COMING SOON!

 

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TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS

The MSGA Trade Show is the leading, most prestigious cattle industry trade show in Montana. If you are in this business, then this is one show you can’t afford to miss!

Trade Show registrations are now open. If you would like to become an exhibitor, please contact Keni Reese at 406-442-3420 or [email protected].

Agribest Feeds
Agri-Best Feeds’ mission is to enhance farmer and ranchers lives and we do that through uniquely better products and superior customer service.  Learn more about Agri-Best Feeds on our website www.agribestfeeds.com or stop by our booth and visit with one of our Regional Sales Managers about SweetPro, Redmond, or Arrowquip.

Bank of the Rockies
Bank of the Rockies has been, is, and will be here for all your banking needs.  Serving the agriculture community since 1883, we’re your friends and neighbors with the same dirt on our boots.  We are your community bank with local decisions.

Bayer
Envu is investing in innovative solutions for a new day in Range and Pasture Management. Solutions to deliver a stronger bottom line and help you better care for the land and the people who live, work and play there. So go ahead, lead on. Because we’re right there with you!

Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Health
As your partner in cattle health, we believe that the best way to run a beef or dairy operation is to put cattle first, and we support the veterinarians and producers who do the same. We offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to help you overcome your biggest herd health challenges.

Cancrete
Cancrete sells “the Ultimate Livestock Water Bowl” and all the parts. The Cancrete cattle waterer is composed of air entrained concrete with a teal 2-part epoxy coating to reduce algae build up. The inside of the waterer is lined with 2 inches of polystyrene insulation, same as on the side of houses before they side it, just much thicker. We also use all stainless steel for our components including nuts and bolts. This waterer is designed not to freeze and to run at a high efficiency rate.

CHS / Payback Nutrition
New Generation Supplements-manufacturer of SmartLic tubs–are committed to developing supplements for livestock proven to help ranchers realize their animal’s potential and optimize efficiency.
Payback is a brand of CHS, a farmer- and rancher-owned cooperative with deep roots in local communities. Our team has a vast depth of knowledge combined with years of infield experience. Our animal nutrition products are supported by local experts who provide a range of services to help your animals thrive.

CKP Insurance
The Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Insurance Program is designed to provide insurance coverage on your pasture, rangeland or forage acres. This innovative program is based on precipitation, rainfall index. This program is designed to give you the ability to buy insurance protection for losses of forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay, which result in increased costs for feed, destocking, depopulating, or other actions. The only program benefiting haying and/or grazing operations!

Hall & Hall     
Please join us as we celebrate 75 years of service to the Montana ranching community. We relish our relationships with the third and fourth generations of the families we helped early on. We have always believed that “neighbor” is a verb. We hope to introduce that concept to our many new ranch owners. www.hallandhall.com

Hydrogreen   
We are a pioneer in fresh livestock feed, while our parent company delivers commercial-scale human food production.  We’re a division of CubicFarm® Systems, the leader in local chain farming, and founded by farmers.  Founded in 2015, the company’s mission is to create technology to successfully feed our changing world.

IMI Global
IMI Global, a division of Where Food Comes From, Inc., is the beef industry’s leading provider of verification services. We offer programs for all types of brands and claims, including Source & Age, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle, USDA NeverEver3, GAP, Organic, Grass-Fed and much more. Stop by to learn more!

Merck Animal Health
Merck Animal Health’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of cattle has been the driver to developing new animal health products. We have introduced more vaccines in the last three years than any other animal health company. Now as one entity, Allflex offers animal identification tools and technology to generate the data needed to substantially track and manage the life of an individual, a whole herd and finally provide traceability for a country.

Montana Livestock Ag Credit, Inc.
For over eighty years we have offered on-the-ranch service, knowledgeable credit officers, and the highest level of confidentiality. Customer service comes first at Montana livestock where we are committed to our clients’ business and personal affairs. This private Montana stockholder owned financial institution is Montana’s most affordable, and dependable source of operating credit to successful agricultural producers.

Montana Massey Ferguson Dealerships      
For 175 years, we’ve delivered farmer-first, straightforward and dependable machinery to farmers. The Triple Triangle, an iconic shape recognized across the industry and beyond, has embodied our brand since 1957.

Northwest Farm Credit Service
Northwest Farm Credit Services is a financial co-operative that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Serving farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners, no other lender is more committed to agriculture.

Nutra-Lix
We are an established, independently owned business that manufactures and markets premium products that are designed to maximize the utilization of the rancher’s homegrown forage. Specializing in performance driven feed supplements for beef and equine utilizing cutting edge university research and ranch testing. It’s at Home on Your Range!

Nutrien Ag Solutions
At Nutrien, our Purpose is to grow the world from the ground up by being the leader retail agriculture. Stop and visit with us to find out how we can help provide the best cereal forage varieties, perennial mixes, cover crops, chemistries and other inputs to help you best accomplish your goals.

Producer Partnership
The Producer Partnership was founded in Spring 2020 with the mission to end hunger in Montana. Our nonprofit organization partners with livestock producers across the state by processing donated livestock into top quality burger and providing the burger to food banks to help those in need.

Rabo Agrifinance
Rabo AgriFinance is a subsidiary of Rabobank, a premier bank to the global agriculture industry. Through long-term business relationships, clients have access to valuable industry knowledge and a suite of financial solutions. This includes loans, insurance, input finance and risk management products.

Stockman Bank
Stockman Bank is Montana’s largest, family-owned, community bank, with 35 full-service locations across the state. Founded in 1953, Stockman is uniquely focused on Montana, with comprehensive banking products and services, along with state-of-the-art online and mobile banking, wealth management and insurance services. To learn more, visit www.stockmanbank.com.

Tractor & Equipment Co.
Since becoming an authorized Caterpillar® Dealer in 1929, Tractor & Equipment Co. (or “T&E”) has grown from its roots in Sidney, Montana, to a multi-store operation servicing central and eastern Montana, western North Dakota, and northern Wyoming.
Today, T&E continues successfully partnering with our customers, delivering unrivaled support and superior equipment every day. With 8 support facilities in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Williston, and Worland—and 12,000 years of combined experience at your disposal—we are in business to help you succeed.

Western Ag Network
The Western Ag Network proudly delivers the latest Ag news and markets to 69 radio stations in Color

Western Ranch Supply
Today Western Ranch Supply has many salesmen who travel Montana, Wyoming, and Western North Dakota. We carry a complete line of animal health vaccines, feed and supplements, livestock supplies, show supplies, horse supplies, tack, fencing supplies, chutes, gates, mixer feeders & livestock handling equipment. A complete catalog of supplies is sent out twice a year in the Spring and Fall and you can also shop our website.

ABS Global
Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. In bovine genetics, ABS serves more than 40,000 customers globally, including some of the world’s leading beef and dairy producers.

Bulls of the Big Sky

Elanco Animal Health
At Elanco, we strive to help farmers and ranchers deliver a sustainable supply of safe, affordable beef through products and services that prevent, treat and control cattle diseases, improve performance and production.

FreeWave Technologies
Building upon nearly 30 years of experience, FreeWave Technologies is dedicated to helping ranchers to lower the cost of their ranch operations through the remote monitoring of water usage in stock tanks and water troughs across the ranch. Discover how FreeWave Technologies can reduce your on-site inspections saving you time and money.

Gallagher Animal Management
GALLAGHER SCALES – A weighing and EID system saves both time and money by automating animal management and handling tasks. It allows farmers to manage their business more profitably. Gallagher Weigh Scales, Indicators and Data Recorders range from an entry level automatic weighing model through to the most advanced weighing and data collection system available.

Haberer Family Farms           
We are a farm near Lowry, MN that grows, sells, and ships hay and straw to cattle (beef), dairy, sheep, horse and goat operations. We have our own trucks. We deliver to ND, SD, NE, CO, IA, MN, WY, and WI.

High Country Ag Marketing
High Country Ag Marketing provides several lines of high-quality products. Our experienced staff can assist you with fence design, product recommendations, grazing and livestock containment systems, horse pasture solutions, watering systems and electronic scale design for livestock and utility needs.

Mishima Reserve American Wagyu Beef     
Mishima Reserve American Wagyu Beef partners with cow-calf producers to create F1 Wagyu calves to be purchased after weaning, at a premium. Producers can lease or purchase Wagyu bulls, or purchase semen to be used on a predominantly Angus or a uniform commercial cow base. The Mishima Reserve Method allows our partners to capitalize on low maintenance calving, competitive premiums, and a data feedback loop through the feed yard to the rail.

Missouri River Realty
Missouri River Realty is the largest north central and eastern Montana real-estate brokerage in our area. We handle farm/ranch sales as well as commercial, land, recreation and homes. Our team is well rounded as we have personal expertise in cattle, farm, hogs, insurance, hotel, guiding, casino, and health industries. We also use our extensive resources in the real-estate industry to help our customers plan for their next phase using 1031 exchanges, attorneys and accountants to complete the exit or acquiring phase of investment real-estate.

Montana Stockgrowers Foundation
A 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation was established to ensure the future of Montana’s cattle industry through producer and public education, and promotion of MSGA programs. The Foundation supports the next generation by offering educational programs, academic scholarships and providing leadership opportunities.

Multimin USA
A strategic injection of Multimin®90 rapidly supplements cattle with copper, selenium, zinc and manganese at times of peak demand (breeding, calving) and reduced feed/trace mineral intake (stress, weaning) or when antagonists such as sulfur, molybdenum, iron and calcium are present in the feed or water to support health and reproduction. www.multiminusa.com

North 40 Ag
Since 2011, our main purpose at North 40 Ag is understanding your goals to ensure we an make the best recommendation to better your farm/ranch. We enjoy getting to know you and what makes your operation run smoothly. We hope to add insight that we have compiled from technical research and observation across the region to enhance your business, and therefore improve the lives of you and your family. All of this builds stronger communities and healthier soil over time.

Northern Ag Network
On the air since 1975, the Northern Broadcasting System delivers nearly 200 radio programs each week via satellite to listeners in nine states and Canada. The Northern Ag Network provides hourly farm news and market reports, weather programs and special features. In addition, the Northern Ag Network produces two daily Ag Television programs each morning, which are seen on nine of Montana’s premier television stations.

Natural Resources and Conservation Service
NRCS supports Montana’s rural communities through voluntary, science-based assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners to enhance the economic and ecological sustainability of their agricultural operations. The foundation of the agency is locally-led conservation. Participate in local working groups to help set program priorities in your area. www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov

One Montana
One Montana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Bozeman, Montana, dedicated to moving Montana forward and ensuring a positive future for both rural and urban communities—helping them work together toward success.  We develop creative programs to support private land stewardship, maintain agriculture and working lands, and preserve our cultural heritage.

Pinion
Pinion is a top 100 accounting firm and the nation’s leading food and agriculture consulting firm. Just as a pinion gear system drives motion, we deliver powerful strategies and thought leadership that drives your business and legacy forward. With roots dating back to 1932, the firm has expanded upon traditional accounting services to deliver increased value and growth for ag producers through comprehensive policy-to-plate strategies, and advisory in the areas of sustainability, farm programs, land and energy conservation, financial management, integrated office solutions, and succession planning.

Purina Animal Nutrition
Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC is an industry leading nutrition company with 128 years of experience providing nutritionally correct feeding programs to animal owners.  We offer innovative products programs, and services to cattle producers through our field based cattle consultants and cattle specialists and our extensive network of Purina retail dealers.

Ranchers Insurance
In today’s complex global beef industry, volatility is increasing, but so are the opportunities to predict and mitigate. Leading the way on the allocation of Pasture, Rangeland and Forage, Feeder Cattle Market, and Gross Margin Risk Protection, Ranchers Insurance, LLC delivers a disciplined approach to anticipating weather and market variability.

Simplot Western Stockmen’s
Simplot Western Stockmen’s is located throughout the PNW with distribution centers and outside sales reps.  We manufacture our own line of livestock feed (Pride by Simplot) and nutritional supplements. We also sell animal health supplies, hardware, livestock equipment, fencing supplies and pet food.  Everything you need to raise healthy livestock!

Sleeping Giant Genetics
Sleeping Giant Genetics is a family owned and operated cattle embryo transfer company located in Livingston, Montana serving cattle ranchers under the Big Sky. We provide services in all aspects of cattle embryo transfer; flushing, implanting, recips, IVF, donor boarding.  Stop by our booth to palpate Nancy for some sweet treats and a chance at some swag.

Ward Laboratories
Ward Laboratories, Inc. is a full-service agricultural testing laboratory analyzing soil, feed, forage, water, manure, and fertilizer samples.  We provide information for critical production decisions.  Trained, educated personnel ensure accurate, precise test results.  Our goal to serve farmers and ranchers is accomplished through professional consultation before, during, and after testing.

Western Ag Reporter
Today, Western Ag Reporter is one of the largest-read, weekly agriculture newspapers in the industry. We predominately cover the 14 Northwestern states, but are read coast to coast, border to border, and even in a number of foreign countries. We tell it like it is through unbiased industry coverage, while also valuing our readers and their opinions. The Reporter strives to be “All the news a busy rancher has time to read.”

Whitetail Properties 
Our Land Specialists offer the highest level of service through passion-driven expertise you’ll find anywhere in the land business. With extensive knowledge in land transactions, land values and serving clients, they are masters of their craft working every day for one mission: To provide you with an incredible experience by helping you sell your property quickly for the best price possible.

Y-TEX Corporation
Y-Tex is a third generation family owned corporation based out of Cody, WY. We manufacture the two piece All American button tag, the one piece Y-Tag, as well as RFID tags. We also manufacture sheep and swine tags. In addition to ID tags, we also have a full line of insecticide tags as well as Brute insecticide pour on, GardStar insecticide spray and Python Livestock Dust.. We are proud to say that all of our products are manufactured right here in the USA!

Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation
The mission of YBGR foundation is to support, promote, advance and enable charitable, religious, and educational organizations and programs whose services primarily benefit youth and adults with special needs.

AgRisk Advisors
AgRisk Advisors strives to honor God and enrich the lives of everyone they encounter while helping the American rancher and farmer manage risk. We take pride in providing sound, straightforward guidance coupled with top-notch service. With local Advisors spanning the West, you always have advice close at hand!

American Angus Association
The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by more than 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

Animal Health International 
Animal Health International is a leading distributor of animal health products and total solutions provider serving customers nationwide across veterinarian, dealer, and livestock producer channels. Animal Health International boasts the most knowledgeable, consultative, and seasoned sales team in the industry. No other distributor has a broader product offering.

Ever.Ag
Ever.Ag’s Livestock Risk Management team offers a wide range of risk management tools in the commodity futures and insurance space to help cattle producers hedge cattle prices and lack of rainfall risk. As a full service risk management company we pride ourselves on offering the greatest scope of products and providing the knowledge and data to use those products to their full potential.

Friesen Nutrition       
FRIESEN is committed to providing the highest quality nutrition to independent livestock producers. Our focus is on providing balanced nutrition designed for today’s dynamic and demanding genotypes and to assist livestock producers in achieving and maintaining market goals.

Hayden Outdoors Real Estate          
Hayden Outdoors is a family-owned real estate company and brokerage with a background in the cattle and ranching business.

LC Cattle Co LLC (Wild Rags) 
We make and sell wild rags in 40″ squares and kids 28″ square sizes. We will also have wooden jewelry boxes in three sizes. All items are handmade in Montana.

Montana Ag Safety   
Provide’s Montana’s farmers and ranchers with resources, trainings, and support to increase workplace safety within Montana’s agriculture industry.

Montana Beef Council          
Getting more beef on more plates. Established by and for ranchers in 1954 as a marketing organization for BEEF, MBC invests Beef Checkoff dollars into promotion, research, education and producer communications at the direction of the producer-led board. MBC works to enhance profit opportunities for producers by increasing demand for beef/beef products.

Montana Hereford Association        
Breeders of purebred cattle are truly making an investment in becoming seed stock producers for the beef cattle industry. As such, it is very important for cattle breeders in this segment of the industry to identify closely with their breed’s association to help shape the direction of their breed and to be aware of current developments.

Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC)   
The Governor’s Office established the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) in 2015. The Council is a diverse group of scientists and resource managers charged with developing “a science-based, comprehensive program to identify, prevent, eliminate, reduce, and mitigate the impacts of invasive species in Montana.

Montana Red Angus Association     
We are here to promote the Red Angus breed in Montana for all of our members. We have an aggressive marketing program through print advertising, several bill boards across the state and signage in local sale barns.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Initiated in 1898, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is the marketing organization and trade association for America’s one million cattle farmers and ranchers. With offices in Denver and Washington, D.C., NCBA is a consumer-focused, producer-directed organization representing the largest segment of the nation’s food and fiber industry.

Tri State Livestock News

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)       
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys annually and publishes reports containing the official estimates of virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Zoetis 
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is a global animal health company built on more than 65 years of experience.  Zoetis delivers quality medicines, vaccines, diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis is committed to working every day to better understand and address the challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals.

Connexion Livestock Marketing
Our team works with all buyers and sellers big or small! Our feeder buyers range from farmer feeders who feed 75 head a year, all the way up to 15,000+ head Feedlots. We focus on working with progressive, quality driven feeders. Most of which are family run operations but we also work with corporate feeding companies.

Made In Montana Program
The Montana Department of Commerce created the Made in Montana program in 1984 to support marketing efforts of Montana residents producing within the state and build recognition for products that are authentically Montana. The program expanded to recognize Grown in Montana and Native American Made in Montana products and logos.

Booth Options

Prime Exhibitor Booth (8’x8’)
$750 per 8×8 space
+ Two All Inclusive Registration Passes
+ Exhibit booths are constructed of 8’ back drape with 3’ draped side rails and are equipped with one 6′ table and two chairs.

Choice Exhibitor Booth (8’x8’)
$550 per 8×8 space
+ One Thursday Pass
+ Exhibit booths are constructed of 8’ back drape with 3’ draped side rails and are equipped with one 6′ table and two chairs.

Select Exhibitor Booth (8’x8’)
$300 per 8×8 space
+ One Thursday Pass
+ Exhibit booths are constructed of 8’ back drape with 3’ draped side rails and are equipped with one 6′ table and two chairs.

Add Ons: Electricity can be ran to your booth for an additional $35/booth

Rules & Guidelines

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

Notice of cancellation must be given to MSGA in

writing. Cancellation by an exhibitor of any portion of exhibit space reserved results in the following:

Prior to September 30, 2022 exhibitors will receive a 100% refund.

September 30, 2022 or after; all money paid will be

forfeited. No refunds will be made after this date.

BOOTH PREFERENCES

We do our best to accommodate everyone’s top preferences, but we cannot guarantee your preferences. Booths are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with a priority given to $2,500+ sponsors.

Payment MUST accompany registration for preference consideration. Registration MUST be submitted by September 30 for preference consideration. Booth assignments will be announced after November 1, 2022.

EXIBIT BOOTH CONSTRUCTION

Exhibit booths are 8’ x 8’. All booths will include a 6’ table & 2 chairs. We are unable to accommodate booth set ups bigger than 8’ x 8’. Please confirm signage and booth set up will fit in the 8’ x 8’ space before the event.

Important Dates

Trade Show Dates
December 8 – 9, 2022

Show Hours
Thursday, December 8
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Move In
Wednesday, December 7
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
General Exhibitor move-in

Thursday, December 8
8:00 am – 11:00 am
General Exhibitor move-in

Move Out
Friday, December 9
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Important Dates to Remember
September 30, 2022, Booth space registration & payments due.

STOCKGROWERS COLLEGES

Strategies for Lower-Cost Gain on Calves on Montana Rangelands

Sponsored by BAYER

Speaker: Steve Saunders, Rangeland Management Specialist at Bridger AgVentures, LLC.

Land values, input costs and grazing AUM lease rates have recently skyrocketed. Many ranchers feel up against the wall trying to improve economic returns from cow/calf production. We will explore how winter annual invasive grasses can rob your bottom-line and decrease rangeland carrying capacities.

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Cheatgrass and Ventenata are quick to take over native grasslands and lower forage diversity and production. We will look at how managing annual grasses, as a fixed asset investment with a return on investment (ROI) of 100-200% and breakeven in 2-3 years. Most other ranch improvements and equipment investments have comparatively poor ROI’s. This presentation is about getting more from your existing grazing resources with a nominal investment and a great ROI.

Steve Saunders Biography
He works as a consulting technical representative for Bayer Environmental Science in Montana and Wyoming. He provides technical and stewardship support for Bayer’s Vegetation Management and Range & Pasture businesses. He has given numerous presentations on rangeland management, rangeland ecology and invasive grass and noxious weed management. He is a past-President of the Montana Weed Control Association, past-Chair of Society for Range Management’s Leadership Development Committee, past-member of Montana State University Beef Advisory Committee, past-member of NCBA’s Environmental Stewardship Award committee and has authored numerous articles and technical bulletins.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Room: Double Tree, Skybridge 3

Friday, December 9, 2022
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Double Tree, Skybridge 3

Beef Cattle Production Systems Thinking: An Interactive Look At How We Manage Systems And Ways To Improve Them

Sponsored by BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

Speaker: Joe C. Gillespie, DVM MS

As producers, continuing to improve the outcomes of a successful operation it has become apparent we need to improve on the thinking process of how we meet the goals of our ranching business’. It is the goal of this interactive meeting to introduce you to the concepts of System Thinking.

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Although many producers work intuitively to manage this way, I hope to give the attendees the opportunity to explore some basic concepts and how those can be applied at their ranch. As we move through a difficult climate of drought, increased input costs and uncertain marketing options, it is important we begin to think differently. We hope you will join us on working through this journey to improve our ranching industry.

Joe C. Gillespie, DVM MS Biography
I want to introduce myself to you, my name is Joe Gillespie, I was born and raised in rural Poteet, Texas and after attending Texas A&M University where I received degrees in Animal Science (BS, 1990), Reproductive Physiology (MS, 1993) and Veterinary Medicine (DVM, 1995) I moved to McCook, Nebraska. My wife Julie and I have raised our family of 5 here in Nebraska.
I have a daughter Andersen (22), son Tucker (18) and son Reese (14). I enjoy spending time watching all my children compete in various event and as a family competing in Working Cow-horse competitions. Since coming to rural Nebraska, I have been involved in all areas of bovine practice. First as a mixed animal veterinarian for 5 years in a group practice in McCook. Then in 2000 I transitioned to an exclusive large animal practice working in both beef and dairy as the dairy industry began to move into western Nebraska and Kansas. In 2012 with my growing interest to build better teams at some of my larger dairy clients, I joined a large dairy group in Northwest Kansas to operate as the Chief Operations Officer. Supporting the business by developing a relationship with a large dairy company and building a milk processing plant on sight at one of the dairies.
As I have worked in all areas of bovine medicine and production, I have learned the value of teamwork and sacrifice. I feel my experiences across multiple species and species groups have helped me better understand the goals of system thinking. In December of 2018 I joined Boehringer Ingelheim as a Professional Services Veterinarian with a focus on Animal Health, Reproduction and Continuous Improvement to create Business Profitability.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:15-11:45 a.m.
Room: Double Tree, Conference Room 5

Navigating Value-Added Programs in the Beef Industry

Sponsored by IMI GLOBAL

Kelsey Haughian-Aye, Regional Manager Customer Verification Specialist

In a world full of marketing claims, IMI Global verifies that those claims are not only authentic, but that they provide today’s beef producer with the opportunity to add value and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. “Navigating Value-Added Programs in the Beef Industry” will touch base on what those opportunities are and help you determine what makes the most sense for your operation while also looking at beef brand and consumer demands.

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Kelsey Haughian-Aye Biography
Kelsey Haughian-Aye is a Customer Verification Specialist and Regional Manager for IMI Global, a division of Where Food Comes From, Inc., the leading agricultural and food verification and certification company in North America. Where Food Comes From, Inc. and its subsidiaries (IMI Global, WFCF Organic, SureHarvest and Validus) offer programs and services allowing tens of thousands of food producers across all types of commodities to meet specific market needs, including public standards, private brand initiatives and international trade requirements.

Prior to joining IMI Global in 2017, Kelsey was a Quality Assurance & Quality Control Manager and Lab Technician at Quad Five Materials Bio in Ryegate, MT. During college, she interned for the Montana Stockgrowers as an Electronic Policy & Procedure Intern. Kelsey also spent a summer interning for the Australian Agriculture Company on cow/calf station in Queensland, Australia.

Today, Kelsey works with Montana and North Dakota beef ranches to verify they are meeting the requirements that specific programs set forth. These programs include Source and Age, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle, Verified Natural Beef, CARE Certified, Verified Grass-fed as well as some tied specifically to feed, breed and genetic indexing claims.

Kelsey, a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science Livestock Management & Industry graduate from Montana State University, grew up on a cow/calf operation near Miles City, Montana with her parents and two younger brothers. Today, Kelsey resides in Miles City with her husband, their dog and continues to help on the family ranch.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Room: Double Tree, Skybridge 2

Friday, December 9, 2022
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Double Tree, Skybridge 2

Montana Invasive Species Council's Stockgrowers College

Speaker: Tahnee Szymanski, DVM

Tahnee Szymanski, DVM is a Montana native and a 2004 graduate from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Department of Livestock in 2008, Dr. Szymanski worked in a large animal ambulatory practice. As the Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Szymanski is responsible for the Animal Health Bureau.

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This includes disease response and epidemiological investigations, the state trichomoniasis program; traceability; import requirements; disease reporting; public health issues; as well as other cattle, equine, and poultry disease programs. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and camping with her daughter, Campbell.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Room: Double Tree, Skybridge 4

Friday, December 9, 2022
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Double Tree, Skybridge 4

LPL Financial & Bluebird Law Stockgrowers College

Speakers: Ty McDonald and Ariel Overstreet-Adkins

Do you need to rescue your ranch? Risk is a de-sensitized word in agriculture because it surrounds our operations daily. Unfortunately, many business killing risks are not being addressed. Learn why a comprehensive financial plan and estate plan, structured correctly, can help family businesses continue into the next generation. Learn about estate planning strategies, the differences between wills and trusts, why dying without a plan is dangerous, and more. Finally, learn about medicare, social security, healthcare planning and the hidden risks that make family operations susceptible to financial disaster.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Room: Double Tree, Skybridge 1

Friday, December 9, 2022
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Double Tree, Skybridge 1

AUCTIONS, DRAWINGS, AND RAFFLES

Producer Partnership Hay Auction

Friday, December 9 | Grand Finale Banquet

The Producer Partnership has generously donated 27 tons of hay to be put up for auction to benefit the Montana Stockgrowers Association. High quality, never been rained on, round bailed, alfalfa grass hay. Hay will be delivered to the auction winner.

Agribest Feeds Drawing

Friday, December 9 | Grand Finale Banquet

Agribest Feeds is donating one ton of SweetPro Feed and one pallet of Redmond Natural Trace Mineral

All current MSGA rancher, ranch package members, and young stockgrower members have a chance to win. Must be present to win. Tickets will be available onsite at the registration desk.

NutraLix Saddle Drawing

Thursday, December 8 | Northern Ag Network Lunch

One lucky MSGA member will win a handcrafted saddle at the Northern Ag Network Lunch!

Tickets will be available onsite at the registration desk. Must be a Rancher, Ranch Package, Young Stockgrower member. Must be present to win.

nutralix saddle

Cancrete Model C250 Electric Tank Auction

Friday, December 9 | Grand Finale Banquet

Cancrete Cattle Waterers and Montana Stockgrowers Foundation have teamed up to support Montana youth with scholarships and other forms of support to further their education in cattle production and feeding! Cancrete will attend the 2022 Annual Convention, and have agreed to bring a $1,000 Cancrete Model C250 Electric Tank for auction. Proceeds to benefit the Stockgrowers Foundation.

River of Hooves Painting Silent Auction

Silent auction items will be available from Wednesday – Friday and will be announced at the Grand Finale Banquet

In recognition of the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive of ’89, we are proud to present a very limited edition of a lithograph print of an original painting. This is an edition of 950 prints, plus artist’s proof, numbered 1 through 950, published on 100% archival paper, pH neutral, in print size 24″” x 30″” with an image size of 20″” 26″”.

Each print is personally inspected, signed and numbered by the artist. This is a print of the official painting to commemorate the largest trail drive ever in U.S history – – – the “”River of Hooves”” known as the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive. These signed and numbered prints assure your purchase as one of very few in existence.

river of the hooves info card

MAPA Auction Items

Friday, December 9 | MAPA Reception

Montana Silver Smith Custom Designed Jewelry
Montana Silversmiths will custom design a piece of jewelry of the winners choice.

Vodka and Cigar Package
2 Bottles of Gorgeous Vodka, Box of Cattle Baron Cigars, and two copper cups.

Weekender Bag
Western Ranch Supply is donating a beautiful weekender bag.

Yellowstone Winery Wine Basket
Yellowstone Winery is donating two bottles of wine, a wine tasting, and a charcuterie tray.

100 Proof Distro Tequila Basket
100 Proof Distro is donating a tequila basket and more.

More info coming soon!

LODGING INFORMATION

Hotel rooming blocks have been created at the Double Tree by Hilton and the Northern Hotel.

Reservations must be made by November 22, 2022 in order to guarantee room availability and price.

Please reference Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Annual Convention when making reservations.

Double Tree by Hilton: (406) 252-7400 | Northern Hotel: (406) 867-6767

SPONSORS

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Convention & Trade Show Sponsors & Supporters! Become a 2022 sponsor by contacting Jeri Delys at 406-442-3420 or [email protected].

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