The Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association is a group of local volunteers who raise cattle and promote the beef industry. They not only bring awareness to different breeding traits, but also believe in taking the environment into account and producing good product. As Jerry Anderson, the treasurer of the Muscatine Cattlemen’s Association, explains, cattle can have different traits. So, what may work well for one person may not work as well for the next. Nowadays, technology has advanced to the point of being able to determine if the cattle have the traits that are needed.
The Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association has two promotions twice a year. They grill out at the local Hy-Vee and Fareway. This gives them a chance to speak with consumers about the age-old question, where does food come from? It’s the perfect opportunity to find out from the individuals who raise this product.
Another great opportunity to ask these questions is the Iowa Cattlemen’s quarters at the Muscatine County Fair. Throughout the day, 18 local members of the association dedicate their time to help with fair events such as the 4h Bucket Calf Show. This helps them speak with the younger generation, giving them information to potentially go into the cattle business full time. As the older generation gets ready to retire and hang up their hats, the next generation will take over. Helping them be informed to do a much better job with the environment and product is key.
On January 27, the Cattlemen host their Prime Rib Banquet. During the banquet they will give away four $1,000 scholarships to children of Cattlemen members. They offer an auction and door prizes as well as entertainment. All are welcome to join this fundraising event, and tickets will be sold at the door.
The Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association believes in what they do. If you have any questions or you ever wondered what it takes to get into the cattle business, or if you are interested in their events, find the association on Facebook for more information.