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August 2023

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry

United States cattle inventory down 3%

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2023 – There were 95.9 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of July 1, 2023, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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The Kentucky Junior Cattlemen's Academy is an event designed to provide members the opportunity to take a deep dive on educational programs. This year's Academy will encompass Beef Quality Care Assurance training, cattle working/handling, vaccine/needle handling, and other BQCA related demonstrations. This event is a voluntary pre-requisite for the KJCA Cattle Working Contest, April 2024. Academy registration is $20/person, which covers their cost for supplies and meal. Attendees must be 14 to 19 years old for this year's event, and a current KJCA Member. If you are not a current member, dues can be payed when registering.

To register, click here: https://keca.memberclicks.net/kjca-academy-2023#!/

The KJCA Fall Classic will take place September 29th-October 1st at the WKU L.D. Brown Expo Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This annual event, which began in 2004, is more than just a cattle show. This event gives the next generation of beef advocates the opportunity to participate in competitive events such as individual sales, livestock judging, and advertising design. To register, or to become a sponsor, click here: https://www.kycattle.org/fall-classic.html

Established in 2007, the Heifer Initiative Award has helped youth across Kentucky purchase a heifer to begin or grow their own herd. In 2011, KCA was honored to gain Farm Credit Mid America as a partner to ensure the continuation of this program and grow the interest of the cattle industry for the many students who apply. One winner is selected in each age division based on their applications and responses to questions asked pertaining to the beef industry. Each of the three winners receive up to $2,000 to purchase a heifer from a Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association member.

The Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) is a conference designed for high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students attend the leadership conference and participate in tours of feedlots, ranches, and feed mills. NYBLS introduces youth to career opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills. Kentucky is able to take 10 students this year; this is sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Travel will be booked/coordinated by the KBC, however attendees may be responsible for partial cost of travel to the event. If you are interested, please fill out the application above and answer the essay question. To register, visit kycattle.org/nybls.

For questions please contact Bradon Burks at bburks@kycattle.org.

KJCA Update

Dear CCN Reader,

The Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association (KJCA) is gearing up for some amazing opportunities for our members! Our junior board has put a lot of dedication to the upcoming KJCA Fall Classic, the KJCA Academy, and the KJCA Cattle Working Contest.

The KJCA Fall Classic will be held September 29th to October 1st in Bowling Green, KY at the WKU L.D Brown Expo Center. We are excited to maintain our list of contests which include photography, skillathon, judging, team fitting, sales talk, showmanship, and ad design. We also will be having our prospect market, cow/calf, breeding heifer, and bull shows. While this is our biggest junior event of the year, it is run completely off of sponsorships and donations, and we need your support! If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email Bradon at bburks@kycattle.org.

This fall we will also be hosting our first ever KJCA Academy on October 19th at the Hardin County Extension Office. This event is designed to provide a yearly educational topic for our KJCA Members across the state. This year the Academy will go over basic cattle working/handling skills, vaccine and needle handling, as well as other BQCA principles.

Registration is open now and will close October 5th. This event will also go over information for this spring’s KJCA Cattle Working Contest. We are so excited to be able to offer these experiences for our members in the upcoming months. The KJCA has been an excellent tool for agriculture and youth involvement. If you have any questions about the opportunities within our association, how to register for any of our events, or how you can support the KJCA, please visit kycattle.org/kjca.

We hope to see you all very soon!


Macey Thompson

2023- 2024 KJCA Reporter

Click here to join or renew your membership today!

Membership in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is open to any individual or organization that has an interest in the cattle industry of Kentucky. KCA’s funding is generated partly by voluntary dues paid by the over 10,000 members belonging to KCA. There are 99 Cattlemen’s Association Chapters that represent beef producers across the state and serve as a link between local associations and KCA.

For more information, contact Rachel Cain, KCA Membership and Communications Coordinator.

Retail Insights

What's happening with Beef at Retail?

These monthly articles leverage scanner data and other sources to inform retailers and other channel audiences on key beef industry trends and measures at retail. The topics may vary by month. We welcome your feedback, and if you are interested in a specific topic, please let us know by contacting BeefNewsNow@beef.org


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May 2023
June 2023
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