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Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska - Announcement, March 17, 2005

Harrison, Neb. - The Twister, KSDZ 95.5 FM Radio in Gordon, Neb., and 99.5 FM in Valentine, Neb., will be broadcasting and webcasting the R-CALF USA meeting following the Gray's Angus Bull Sale in Harrison, NE at 6:06 p.m. MST, Saturday, March 19.

Speakers include R-CALF USA president/founder Leo McDonnell and ICON president/founder Chris Abbott. This broadcast is brought to you courtesy of Vince and Myra Hulinsky of AG-West Feeds in Burwell, Neb.

Rod and Laura Gray will host an R-CALF USA fund-raiser at 1 p.m. MST, Saturday, March 19, at the Broken Arrow Sale Barn in Harrison, Neb. A dinner will follow the sale.

R-CALF USA President and Founder Leo McDonnell will auctioneer the Gray’s annual bull sale, as well as the R-CALF fund-raiser auction. The Grays have donated semen to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to R-CALF USA to support its work on trade issues that affect independent U.S. cattle producers. Stewards of the Range also will donate some artwork and books to be auctioned off for R-CALF USA.

Everyone who donates at least $50 will receive a one-year membership to R-CALF USA.

Chris Abbott, with the newly created Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) organization, also will also be present.

“It's important that cattlemen and community business people come to this meeting in Harrison to meet Leo and hear him speak,” Abbott said. “The issues our industry is facing today need to be addressed head-on, and R-CALF USA is doing just that. R-CALF represents only independent cattlemen and not only will work to promote and protect our way of life in rural America, but also will work to ensure we keep our financial strength. It is valuable to the economy of Nebraska that we have a state cattlemen's organization. ICON has affiliated with R-CALF to assist them with these issues on a state level.”

For more information, contact ICON 308-282-2826.