A new tradition has been started in OKC with the Cattlemen’s Congress.
In Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt’s State of the State address he announced due to Oklahoma state being open for business, it was able to bring cattlemen and women from across North America to Oklahoma bringing a $50 million impact to the state’s economy.
“A few weeks ago, I was at the Cattlemen’s Congress at the fairgrounds,” Governor Kevin Stitt said. “The folks in Denver turned their back on the Ag industry. They wouldn’t let them have their major national cattle show because they insisted on keeping their state locked down.
“That put the stability of the U.S. beef industry in danger. So we started a new tradition here in Oklahoma City, and the Cattlemen’s Congress brought $50 million to our economy,” he said.
More than 2,700 exhibitors from 41 states and 3 Canadian provinces brought more than 9,600 head of cattle to Oklahoma January 1 – 17.
“The vision our states’ leaders and Governor Kevin Stitt had was ambitious when launching the Cattlemen’s Congress here in Oklahoma City,” Cattlemen’s Congress board member, Jarold Callahan said. “We are grateful for leaders who look at the facts of the situation, and are thankful they stand with those who feed and clothe the world.
“Thanks to this bold leadership, we were not only able to provide a world class event for cattlemen and women, allowing them to market and sell more than $10 million in cattle genetics, but we were also able to contribute more than $40 million to our states’ economy,” said Callahan.
The Cattlemen’s Congress was created by cattlemen, for cattlemen and served as a vital part in the distribution of cattle and cattle genetics as an essential part of the agriculture industry.
During the event, several state dignitaries attended the show including Governor Kevin Stitt, Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur, Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, Congresswoman Stephanie Bice and several members of the Oklahoma Legislature.
“We are honored to have these leaders attend the inaugural year of the Cattlemen’s Congress,” said Callahan. “We are even more honored by their continuous commitment to our show, our state and our industry.”
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— Written by JD Rosman, Vice President of Communications