A group of local cattlemen have recently joined together to form the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association (MCCA). MCCA, an affiliate of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, the state’s beef industry association, will serve as leaders in Madison County’s agricultural community, helping to promote beef to consumers and encourage youth participation in agriculture.
“In particular, our efforts are to develop a more personal connection between consumers and the farmers in our community,” said Elizabeth Mead, the organization’s president. “Despite the fact that we have only had a few official meetings, we have had great participation and we all seem to have the same goals: to promote the beef industry, tell the story of agriculture, and help the youth of Madison County to develop the skills necessary to become the next generation of animal stewards.”
The newly founded organization welcomes any Madison County resident interested in the beef industry to join. Annual membership is $20 per family and MCCA meetings are held in the community building at the Madison County Fairgrounds the third Tuesday of each month.
Aside from serving the local community, the group, through their affiliation with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, will provide members with the opportunity to get involved with promotions at the state level, such as: Ohio Beef Expo, the Ohio State fair and Ohio Beef Quality Assurance. Youth opportunities, such as leadership conferences and scholarship programs, also exist for members.
In an effort to reach out to the community and garner funds for beef promotions and education, the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association is selling tickets for a chance to win a new six-burner, stainless steel, propane grill. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any member of the group, by calling 614-857-5575, 740-808-3381, or by emailing MadisonCountyCattle@gmail.com