Cattlemen who attend the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, Florida next week will not only be heavily involved with the organization's grassroots policy process, but will also have the unique opportunity to experience the local agricultural landscape firsthand. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald says a post conference tour will feature visits to Deseret Ranches in St. Cloud, Florida, and Kempfer Cattle Company in Deer Park, Florida.
Donald says in order to work as a unified front for the good of the diverse cattle industry it's important for cattlemen to understand the production practices utilized by ranchers in different locations around the country as well as the unique challenges they face. Donald believes this tour will do just that.
Executive Vice President of the Florida Cattlemen's Association Jim Handley points out that Deseret Ranches was a regional winner of NCBA's 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award. They run more than 44,000 head of cattle. Ranch managers will emphasize the importance of developing and implementing innovative practices that not only preserve land and other natural resources but also improve them and make them more sustainable for generations to come.
The second stop on the tour, Kempfer Cattle Company, consists of nearly 3,000 head of cattle as well as sod and timber. The Kempfer family also owns and operates a sawmill and the oldest established hunting club in Florida. Handley says the tour will be an excellent chance for cattlemen to network, broaden their knowledge of regional production practices and learn from fellow producers.