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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 11, 2005

Media Contact: Mary Mulligan (402) 967-3464; Email:
Copy by: Stephanie Trask (308) 282-2826; Email:

Students and Cattlemen Gather for Evening With R-CALF President

(Hyannis, Neb.) - Ranchers from Curtis, Farnam, McCook, Cambridge, and Grant assembled in Curtis, NE on Nov 2nd, along with students from Curtis College and local FFA students, to listen to Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF USA) President, Leo McDonnell. McDonnell, who is also a co-founder of the national grassroots cattlemen's organization, spoke on several issues affecting cattle producers today, including trade, the beef checkoff, and national animal identification. Said McDonnell, "We need to update producers on issues that are going to be important to them in the short term and in the long run."

The event was hosted by the Independent Cattlemen of NE (ICON). Among those in attendance were Pam Potthoff, Vice President of the national Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and David Harris, Congressional hopeful for Nebraska's Third District. Said Potthoff, "A united voice is the only way we're ever going to make a difference."

Commented John O'Dea, event coordinator, "The most important thing in our ever-changing industry is to educate as many grassroots producers as possible about the issues that threaten their livelihood."

Two framed prints were auctioned off following the dinner. One was purchased by Schurrtop Angus Ranch and the other by Walking Seven Feedlot, with the proceeds benefiting ICON.

Curtis Cattlemen's Company served a roast beef supper sponsored by local businesses. Sponsors of the dinner were D&D Cattle Co, First Central Bank, Wagner Auto, AgValley Coop, Southwest Implement, Tri-State Livestock, Hometown Agency, and Southwest Feeders.

For more information on R-CALF USA or ICON, visit or or call (308) 282-2826.