Hall to attend Young Cattlemen’s Conference

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Zac Hall of Bismarck, N.D., will represent the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) at the upcoming 2014 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The NDSA Board of Directors selected Hall amongst a pool of candidates at its winter board meeting.

YCC, which runs May 29 through June 5, allows young beef industry leaders to see firsthand all aspects of the industry – from cow-calf to retail sectors.

“YCC is regarded as the premier leadership development program for the nation’s cattle industry,” said Jason Zahn, NDSA president, Towner, N.D., rancher and a past YCC participant himself. “The program exposes young men and women to the full gamut of the industry and helps them develop stronger leadership and communication skills, as well as a network of peers who share their passion for the beef business.”

Hall’s interest in the beef industry was sparked at an early age, growing up on a commercial cow-calf operation near Berthold, N.D. In 1996, he added registered cattle to the family ranch and, today, operates under the name of Hall Stock Farm. Additionally, Hall has worked for a DNA technology company for seven years and teaches cattle producers how to utilize DNA management tools to achieve genetic progress.

Hall is an active 10-year NDSA member. He serves as a mentor in the NDSA’s Mentoring Program and is on the steering committee planning the organization’s inaugural Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit. Additionally, he is a volunteer coach for the Kidder County 4-H Livestock Judging Team and serves on the North Dakota Angus Association Board of Directors.

“I am very excited to represent the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association at the 2014 Young Cattlemen’s Conference,” said Hall. “The program is well-known for educating and training beef producers and industry professionals on a variety of current topics, and this is sure to be an action-packed experience.”

Nineteen-year NDSA member Julie Ellingson, a third-generation registered Angus producer from St. Anthony, N.D., will likewise be attending the 2014 YCC. Ellingson was selected to represent another NCBA affiliate, the American Angus Association and Angus Foundation, as its representative to the conference. Ellingson has been an advocate for the Angus breed, having completed two terms on the North Dakota Angus Association Board of Directors, serving as the Angus royalty adviser and on the planning committee of the National Angus Conference and Tour and twice being honored with the state association’s President’s Award.

The YCC tour will begin in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the industry. Participants will take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and what NCBA is doing to address those issues on behalf of its members. They will also receive a comprehensive overview of market information from Cattle-Fax. Among other stops, the group will then travel to a JBS Five Rivers feedyard, one of the nation’s largest feeding operations, then tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. From there, participants will travel to the Chicago Board of Trade and OSI, Inc., premier beef patty manufacturers, and the nation’s capitol, where participants will meet with their respective Congressional representatives and many regulatory agencies.

The NDSA selects one member to attend YCC each year. Applications are due at the NDSA office on March 1.