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MCA Submits Beef Checkoff Improvement Recommendations

The Montana Cattlemen's Association (MCA) has submitted recommendations to amend the Cattlemen's Beef Board checkoff program as follows:
1. Checkoff dollars be used to promote only U.S.A. beef from cattle born, raised, and processed in the United States of America.
2. A periodic vote on the checkoff program (every five years).
3. Prohibit any one cattle organization from serving as the "prime contractor" for the program, but allow all U.S. cattle organizations to participate in approved projects on a case-by-case basis.
4. Reform the Cattlemen's Beef Board to reflect proportional representation from all national cattle organizations.
5. Allow for checkoff expenditures to protect U.S.A. beef and cattle from unfair trade practices and to protect the U.S. cattle herd from import practices which threaten cattle herd health and beef consumers.
6. Allow checkoff expenditures to promote branded products from small and large packing entities.
7. Provide that 70% of all funds collected remain in the state where collected, and 30% to the national Cattlemen's Beef Board.
8. Provide an exemption for producers contributing equal or greater funds into a private sector self-help effort.
In addition, the MCA Board recommends any increase in the checkoff assessment fee not be considered unless or until the above recommendations are implemented.



Montana Cattlemen's Association Mission Statement:

To actively participate with Montana cattle producers to protect our industry's future.

To address market interests, serve to support Montana's environmental, cultural and historical heritage, and protect the interests of Montana cattle producers in international markets and trade issues.

The Montana Cattlemen's Association shall be true environmentalists in protecting and advancing their environmental positions in water rights, mineral rights and natural resources.

The purpose of MCA is to address the market interests of Montana cattle producers. MCA will serve to support the environmental, cultural and historical interests of Montana cattle producers. A primary purpose is to ensure prosperity to rural Montana by advancing the interests of agriculture.

MCA is composed of 12 districts throughout Montana. Each district selects its own director. Those districts and current directors can be found by clicking on the officers & directors button above. Your voice through your director is important to the success of MCA and your future.

With a host of challenges facing the cattle producer and his way of life, it is imperative that each and every cattleman in the State of Montana becomes more active in protecting his livelihood.

By joining MCA your voice will be heard and with hard work, dedication, and perseverance the cattle industry will thrive.

MCA is working on issues such as:

  • Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

  • Animal Identification

  • Property and Water Rights

  • Montana Beef Checkoff

  • Animal Health and Welfare

  • Marketing and Competition

  • Wildlife Management

  • Government Relations

  • Montana Certified Natural Beef

  • Global Trade

  • Youth in Agriculture

  • 4% Workers Comp Discount

Montana Cattlemen's Association is a producer-driven grassroots organization committed to increasing profitablity for the Montana cattle industry.  We are dedicated to increasing profit opportunities for you and your family as well as for future generations.




PO Box 536

Vaughn, MT  59487

(406) 861-0173








December 5, 2015

Billings Hotel & Convention Center

Billings, Montana

Qualify for your 4% Worker's Comp Discount


9:00 a.m. Alan Charles - Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

· Elk migration and private lands

10:00 a.m. Worker's Compensation Safety Workshop

· Participation qualifies for 4% premium discount

11:00 a.m. Curtis Barnekoff, CPA

· Estate planning & taxes

12:00 p.m. Lunch - Roast beef, mashed potatoes, salad, veggie, roll, dessert, coffee or tea - Price: $15

1:00 p.m. Leo McDonnell

· Country-of-origin labeling (COOL)

· Beef checkoff

· Washington DC update

2:00 p.m. Montana Senator Duane Ankney

· Coal and agriculture

3:00 p.m. Kim Baker - Montana Board of Veterinarian Medicine

· Antibiotic feed directive rules

3:30 p.m. Wally Congdon

· Montana "Right to Farm" ordinance

4:00 p.m. MCA Annual Business Meeting—Open to all members

· Presentation of proposed resolutions

· Nomination of officers and directors

  Suggestions on issues for MCA to pursue in 2016

5:00 p.m.  No Host Social Hour

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