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Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen Attend National Conference

Posted: February 18, 2015

Penn State Animal Science students attended educational sessions and participated in the trade show; Dr. Sara Linneen received a grant from the American National Cattlewomen.
Top row, from left: Kaitlyn Carey, Ezra Swope, Chris McCauley, Jaylene Lesher and Emma Foster.  Bottom row, from left: Andrea Foore, Emily Line, Elizabeth Palmer and Angela Becker.

Top row, from left: Kaitlyn Carey, Ezra Swope, Chris McCauley, Jaylene Lesher and Emma Foster. Bottom row, from left: Andrea Foore, Emily Line, Elizabeth Palmer and Angela Becker.

Nine members of Penn State's Collegiate Cattlewomen participated in the Cattlemen's College held in San Antonio, TX, from Feb. 2-5, as part of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).

A highlight of the meeting for Penn Staters was supporting Dr. Sara Linneen, Assistant Professor of Animal Science in the Department of Animal Science, receive a grant from the American National Cattlewomen to conduct research on the effects of grazing management and monensin on cow production using spring-calving beef cows and calves.

Students who attended include: Elizabeth Palmer, Bernville, PA; Emma Foster, Felton, PA; Andrea Foore, Seven Valleys, PA; Jaylene Lesher, Bernville, PA; Christopher MacCauley, Atglen, PA; Emily Line, Harrisburg, PA;  Kaitlyn Carey, Hawley, PA; Ezra Swope, New Enterprise, PA; and Angela Becker, East Millsboro, PA

The Cattlemen's College offered a hands-on cow marketing, as well as lectures ranging from succession planning to calf care management to rebuilding the herd. Students could choose from seven different sessions offered each hour for three hours.

An important part of attendance was participating in the trade show where over three hundred different companies and organizations were represented, offering students a unique opportunity to learn about the vast array of career opportunities within the beef industry. They were also able to network with students from throughout the country.

Many students are members of the American National Cattlewomen Association and attended the general meeting where Nina Tiecholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, spoke about saturated fat in the diet.

At the NCBA meetings they heard reports on the most up-to-date topics in the industry, gaining an understanding of the current policies and learning what NCBA staff does to support producers across the country.

Other speakers included:

* Erik Wahl, motivational speaker, encouraging attendees to expand their horizons.

* NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts, who gave an overview of NCBA and detailed upcoming issues for 2015.

* Bret Baier, Fox News anchor, who updated attendees on issues on Capitol Hill and discussed the current political climate in Washington and the country.

There was record-breaking attendance of 8,100 at the trade show.

Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen is a club available to students from any college who have an interest in cattle, both beef and dairy.  Major emphasis is placed on promotional activities, educational events, and social events that will forge a closer bond among collegiate women with an interest in the animal industry.

Top row, from left: Kaitlyn Carey, Ezra Swope, Chris McCauley, Jaylene Lesher and Emma Foster.  Bottom row, from left: Andrea Foore, Emily Line, Elizabeth Palmer and Angela Becker.