I’ve been a little late on getting this article turned in as I am currently in the middle of our annual Central Washington State Fair. I truly love my job and how immersed I get to be in the agriculture industry (especially outside of the beef world). It’s been a great fair so far and people are just raving about how well this fair represents agriculture and keeps the traditions strong!

I’m especially grateful that the Washington CattleWomen just completed their 4th annual beef promotion event at our fair. This year’s beef tasting and cooking show featured a Fiesta Bake with Cilantro Cream that was absolutely to die for! Thank you to all the cattlewomen that came to spend the day in Yakima and kick off opening day with some wonderful beef!

This last week of fair has also been truly inspiring as I see all the youth that have attended to show their cattle. As a non-terminal show without a livestock auction, it is relatively hard for us to get many youth involved. However, the beef department always seems to still get a great showing of some fine young cattlemen and cattlewomen. One 16-year-old girl hauled her cattle and herself all the way over Snoqualmie Pass just to show her Herefords, without any parent assistance. To me, that’s pretty cool.

Speaking of youth in our industry, I also wanted to highlight some of the strides being made in one particular local association. In the last four years, they’ve gone from one member to 14, have grown their presence nationally on the national Jr. board and at several national shows as well, including the NILE where 9 of these young members attended to compete. They are the Washington Jr. Charolais Association and I’m encouraging all to show support for these kids, so they can keep up their momentum as a growing association and continue to become strong future cattlewomen and cattlemen that we need in our industry.

With their recent membership growth, they are also growing their activities. For the first time, coming in February 2019, they will be hosting a leadership conference in Ellensburg that will be open to all juniors. They plan on bringing in knowledgeable speakers on a variety of agricultural topics that will be a huge benefit to kids from ages 8 to 21. If you have a kid or grandkid, I would encourage you to find out more information about this opportunity!! The WJCA also holds an all-breed jackpot show each year called the Summer Sizzle that attracts kids from all over the northwest. This show is used as a huge fundraiser to go towards putting on this new leadership conference for 2019. If you need more information on membership, fundraising, shows, and more, the co-advisors of WJCA can be contacted as follows: Brigid Clift @ 509-899-0575 or Cody Lacey @ 509-432-4514.

Our last Washington CattleWomen Meeting before the annual convention was held Monday, September 10, 2018 at the WCA Office in Ellensburg. There were great reports shared and ideas brainstormed on new promotional activities for WCW and beef. We hope to share some of these new plans and have them take action starting at our next meeting at annual convention!!  We are ramping up plans for the WCW meetings there including presentations from ANCW President - Gwen Geis, Miss Rodeo Washington – Beth Snyder, Ag in the Classroom – Kristen Hinton, and much more!

WCW is also working on putting together the grand prize for our card game fundraiser. This year, the winner of the game will receive the “Cash Cow”! The “Cash Cow” will be a cow containing a collection of gift cards of all different types and values. However, it can’t be possible without the help of our county cattlewomen and state members to pitch in!! Please mail us your contributions or email us to let us know you will be bringing them to the convention with you. All counties should have received a mailing on this already with more information. This fundraiser helps go towards our WCW promotions and president’s travel funds. Your support is greatly appreciated!!

Hope to see you at convention in November!! Until then, more dates to mark-down in your calendars for the upcoming year: ANCW and NCBA Annual Convention in New Orleans on January 28 – February 1, 2019; WCW Beef Promotion at Spokane Ag Show on February 7-9, 2019; ANCW Region 5 Meeting in Billings, MT on May 2-4, 2019.