Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, Inc.
For release on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 10a.m. CST
Five independent Nebraska Cattlemen announced today that they are forming
a new advocacy group for the industry.
The "Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska" are being organized
by Chris Abbott, Gordon, Dave Wright, Neligh,
Bob Rothwell, Hyannis, Korley Sears, Ainsworth, Al Davis, Hyannis.
All five persons involved in the organization's formation are members
of R-Calf, a National Association, advocating the continuing importance
of the independent cattlemen to American Agriculture.
Abbott, speaking for his group, said " 'Independent Cattlemen of
Nebraska' is formed today because the alternative organization, which
has served the State for a long time, is no longer primarily interested
in the producer." Abbott continued, "Our friends at
the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association include a wide range of non-producer
people among its members. Our organization requires one must own
cattle to be a member. Packers are not invited to attend."
In recent weeks, a sharp controversy has developed between the Nebraska
Cattlemen and its affiliation with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
on one hand, and persons associated with R-Calf, a group formed
in Montana in 1998, which has now grown to a nationwide membership of
more than 12,000 dues paying members and 60 affiliates in 46 states.
This division has focused, according to Abbott on "the needs of
the producer, which are served by R-Calf."
It has become very obvious that one organization, the NCBA, cannot
represent all sectors of our industry. With the major issues confronting
us there are conflicts of interest within our industry. Rural
America cannot survive unless independent cattlemen and businessmen
stand shoulder to shoulder to not only insure their future
but also the next generation.