Peterson attends elite cattle conference

Representing Nebraska Cattlemen, Jennifer Leupp, Shannon Peterson and Joel Weber participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Over 50 cattle producers from across the country and across the industry attended the conference.

All three Nebraska participants were selected by fellow producers to participate in the 2016 class.

Peterson and her husband, Paul, are the fourth generation on his family farm/ranch at Gothenburg.

The Petersons run an Angus cross cow-calf operation and have their own feedlot that feeds out all of their own cattle. They also custom feed about 3,000 head of hogs every year.

Along with the ranch, the Petersons farm approximately 3,500 acres of corn, beans, wheat and alfalfa all of which is 100% no-till.

Shannon’s day-to-day job is to help run the cow-calf operations. She also does all of the processing and makes animal health decisions for the feedlot side of things.

Shannon graduated from the Nebraska Collage of Technical Agriculture as a licensed veterinary technician. In 2008, she came back to work on the farm to help run the cattle side of the operation and help with the farming when she can.

Shannon has been serving on the local Cattlemen’s board for the last five years and served as president for two of those years.

The past two years she has helped to coordinate providing beef to all the schools in Dawson County for a day, which serve about 5,000 kids that day.

In 2014, Shannon was elected onto the Nebraska Cattlemen’s board as the vice chair of member services for Region 9. She said she has enjoyed meeting beef producers around the state with this position.

The Peterson family is involved in 4-H and FFA. They raise show pigs and both of the girls show cattle and pigs throughout the summer, along with many other projects that they do for fair. Shannon said she enjoys being able to spend time with family doing what they love.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference program is an opportunity for these young leaders to gain an understanding of all aspects of the beef industry from pasture to plate and showcase the industry’s involvement in policy making, issues management, research, education and marketing.

Beginning at the NCBA headquarters in Denver, the group got an inside look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and the work being done on both the state and national level to address these issues.

While in Denver, participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program and CattleFax provided a comprehensive overview of the current cattle market and emerging trends.

At Safeway, the participants received a first-hand account of the retail perspective of the beef business and then toured the JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner feedyard, one of the largest in the nation, and the JBS Greeley packing and processing plant.

From Denver the group traveled to Chicago, where they visited McDonald’s Campus and OSI, one of the nation’s premiere beef patty producers. After the brief stop in Chicago, the group concluded their trip in Washington D.C., for an in-depth issues briefing on current policy issues including international trade and increasing environmental regulations.

Following the issues update, the participants visited one-on-one with members of their state’s congressional delegation.

The following morning, the group then traveled to Aldie, VA, for a tour and barbeque at Whitestone Farms, one of the nation’s elite purebred Angus operations.

“The 2016 NCBA YCC was a great experience that I truly enjoyed,” Peterson said. “It was great to meet and become friends with many different people all involved with beef from all over the United States. I am thankful for the opportunity to have attended the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. It was a great learning experience.”

Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980.