Young Cattlemen's Conference 2017
May 31-June 8, 2017
Denver, Colorado | Chicago, Illinois

NCBA's Young Cattlemen's Conference

The Young Cattlemen's Conference strives to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing.

What is YCC?

With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important.  Because NCBA serves the grassroots trade association representing the U.S. beef cattle industry, it is our responsibility to see that leadership development is successful.  That is why we continue to offer Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC).  The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders.  Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980.  Many of these alumni participate in committees and councils and even more serve on the board of directors.  Several presidents and officers of NCBA and predecessor organizations have also participated in YCC.  This program has become and will continue to be the cornerstone of leadership training efforts within the cattle industry. *information from

The Program

The tour will begin in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the industry.  The group will take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting our industry and what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of its members, plus receive a comprehensive view of market information from Cattle-Fax.  The group will then travel to JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner Feedyard, one of the nation’s largest cattle feeding operations, a one-time capacity of over 100,000 head located in Northern Colorado.  We will then tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants.  JBS will host the group and will be sharing with them their views of the beef industry from a processor standpoint.  Chicago is the next destination.  Here the group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc. one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. The participants will then travel to the nation’s Capital.  Here they will get a chance to meet with their respective congressmen and senators.  In addition, the group will visit with a number of regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture. *information from 

Please return application to Austin Arndt at by March 15, 2017.