Nebraska Cattlemen offers a wide array of programs to members. Ranging from producer education, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, and environmental management there is something for every type of Nebraska Cattlemen member.

For more information about a specific NC program, contact the office at 402.475.2333.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Board of Directors approved the NC Building Task Force report and is building an NC office near Interstate 80 in northwest Lincoln. Completion is expected in late 2018. Click on the pledge card below to be a part of this historic event.

Identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen our beef industry is important to the future of Nebraska’s agriculture. The next generation of Nebraska Cattlemen will ensure Nebraska remains the global epicenter of the beef industry. The goal of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference is to deliver a strong foundation of industry knowledge to young and emerging leaders. YCC provides the leadership tools these producers need to build a successful future. Only 10 individuals are selected from nominations by NC affiliates, leaders and members to participate each year. YCC is a two-year commitment.

Left: 2018 YCC Class: (Front Row) Spencer Eisenmenger, Annie Doerr, Jaslyn Livingston, Brandon Nuttelman (Second Row) Robert Star, Trey Duensing, Bill Pohlmeier, Braden Rieker, Lee Woltman, Beau Klug




Right: 2017 YCC Class: (Front Row) Kate Benjamin, Kat White, Tabbatha Cornelius, Erin Laborie (Second Row) Troy Carruthers, Andy Reigle, Heath Weichel, Alex Heine, Jacob Hopwood, Steve Fish




For more information contact NC Director of Producer Education Bonita Lederer 402-450-0223 or

This program is made possible by a generous sponsorship from:
Farm Credit Services of America and the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation.


The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Beef Pit is a beef restaurant at the Nebraska State Fair which attracts over 25,000 guests during the events 10-day run each August, providing the industry with a key opportunity to promote the healthy and enjoyable experience of beef. Volunteers from Nebraska Cattlemen affiliates and allied industry partners help prepare the beef meals. The Beef Pit has become a favorite State Fair tradition.

Aldo Leopold, whose writings and land ownership inspire Sand County Foundation’s devotion to the cause of private landowner conservation leadership, wrote that the landscape of any farm is the owner’s portrait of himself. The Leopold Conservation Awards honor landowners who work ceaselessly to paint beautiful landscapes across our nation.

The Leopold Conservation Awards recognize landowners actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the award, which consists of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal, in settings that showcase the landowners’ achievements among their peers.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska is possible thanks to generous contributions from many organizations, including: Cargill, Farm Credit Services of America, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Land Trust, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund.

2018 Call for Applications

If you, or someone you know, is a Nebraska landowner who is committed to land management practices that increase conservation, we invite your application for the Leopold Conservation Award.

Complete application requirements and specifications can be found here.

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. (National BQA website)

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.The position is a partnership between UNL, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council. Eirich is based at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff (contact info to the left).

BQA Links
University of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program

Nebraska Cattlemen offers a reward of up to $5000 to a person or persons which provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who steals or destroys cattle which are owned by a member of Nebraska Cattlemen. The Board of Directors of Nebraska Cattlemen has the discretion to make the reward based on the value of the information provided.

The NCC is a seedstock show and sale originated by the Nebraska Cattlemen Seedstock Council as a vehicle to showcase the quality of cattle from the region. Held in Kearney, Nebraska in February, this event has become Nebraska’s beef cattle showcase. In addition to the show which crowns male and female champions for each breed and then an overall champion, individual breed sales are held the same day the cattle are shown throughout the week. Buyers from across the country register for buyer numbers. To show and sell at the NCC, participants must be a current fair-share paying Nebraska Cattlemen member or pay the NCC membership fee of $30/head.

Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation are pleased to announce that we have received the 500 required applications for the “THE BEEF STATE” organizational license plate. The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles has begun printing the plates.

Those who have sent in an application for a plate will be receiving letters from the DMV referencing when they will be receiving the license plates.

To order a “The Beef State” license plate click here.

How do you transition from being the child to a partner?

Lacey Hall and Alex Ibach Farm Credit Services of America

The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit; Navigating Pathways to Success
Deb VanOverbeke, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Academic Programs College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University

Can cover crops pull double duty? Conservation and economical forage production.
Mary Drewnoski, Ph.D., Beef Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Selecting and developing the right replacement heifers to optimize revenues versus costs for enhanced profitability.
Nancy Grathwohl Heter, Cattle Genetics Specialist, Zoetis

Nutritional and management strategies to increase reproductive efficiency in range cows.
Travis Mulliniks, Ph.D., University of Nebraska West Central Research and Education Center

Antibiotic stewardship and consumer awareness.
Christi Calhoun, Ph.D., Food Chain Relations, Zoetis

Let’s go chute side
Lakeside Livestock Equipment Andrew Dorn, Allflex USA Rob Eirich, UNL BQA Director

The value of a beef Cow and other economic ranch tools.
Bridger Feuz, Livestock Marketing Specialist, University of Wyoming Extension

Timing of vaccination in newly arrived feedlot cattle
Brian Vander Ley, DVM, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center

NCBA policy update
Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access, NCBA

Producer Panel – Dealing with labor issues A challenge in the beef industry is finding a labor force that can help producers get their work done when the tasks need to be completed.

Mission Statement:
Promoting Nebraska Beef for Schools lunch program & encouraging beef education and nutrition throughout Nebraska schools.

About Nebraska Beef in Schools Lunch Program

A trend is catching on in Nebraska—Beef is what’s for lunch in schools. Great quality, Nebraska produced beef served more frequently in schools across Nebraska.

Local Cattlemen groups and other agricultural organizations have organized across the state to increase the offerings of beef in school lunches. Nebraska Cattlemen have showcased the successes of some of these programs recently, and interest is growing as others cattlemen and school districts explore the possibilities of adding more beef to the menu.

At its October meeting, the Nebraska Cattlemen Board of directors appointed a working group to put together a plan to gather information from programs already in place and for those who might want to start a program. The board strongly supported the work of its local affiliates in organizing and implementing programs across Nebraska.

The working group had its first organizational call in late October. Members of the working group are Brenda Masek (Purdum), Chair, Jerry Underwood (Alliance), Naomi Loomis (Alliance), Rob Marsh (Belvidere), Gregg Wiedel (Hebron) and Stephen Sunderman (Norfolk). NC Staff members are also supporting the group as it gathers information.

Read more about the Beef in Schools program HERE.