Baker City site for Oregon Cattlemen’s conference

By Observer Upload October 24, 2012 01:43 pm

BAKER CITY — Wolves, water rights and wildfires are hot topics in today’s beef producing industry. 

The issues were much the same in 1913 when a group of 51 cattle ranchers got together in Baker City and formed the Oregon Cattle & Horse Raisers Association, now called the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

Ranchers are, by nature, an independent lot, but they recognize the need to unify and work together when many hands or voices can get the job done better than one. Faced with the desire to effectively communicate with political officials, the general public and one another, the gathering of ranchers created one of  Oregon’s oldest and most active industry associations.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will tip a hat to the past 100 years and strengthen their ties for the future at their Mid-Summer Conference, June 20 to 22 in Baker City. Details of the event and convention will be announced early in 2013.

“It is only fitting to return to the area of the state that created the association 100 years ago,” said Curtis Martin, president of the association. “We are planning a fun commemoration and hope to see cattle producers from across Oregon, with all sizes of operations there.” 

Martin added the association is making the announcement early in the hope people will mark their calendars and plan to attend. The agenda will also include industry education opportunities, association business and committee meetings. 

“More than ever, cattle producers need to educate themselves and work together to find solutions to our biggest concerns,” Martin said.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. 

For more information, contact Kay Teisl, Executive Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-361-8947. Visit the OCA website at