ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2024) – Thousands of cattle producers, industry partners and stakeholders have arrived in Orlando, Florida, for CattleCon24. The largest cattle industry event in the country offers education, engagement and entertainment through February 2.
This year’s event begins in patriotic fashion with Anna Sponheim, winner of the 11th Annual NCBA National Anthem Contest, singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Buzz Brainard, host of Music Row Happy Hour, returns as convention emcee and will introduce opening general session speaker Jon Dorenbos, a former professional football player and sleight-of-hand magician.
The Beef Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program’s Celebration of Excellence will honor BQA award winners and feature keynote speaker Jim Carroll, renowned futurist and author. Throughout CattleCon, the 31st annual Cattlemen’s College will include educational sessions with industry leaders tackling innovative topics.
Other highlights include a D.C. Issues update, Sustainability Forum and business meetings. Annual meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National CattleWomen, CattleFax and National Cattlemen’s Foundation will also take place.
The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet and Environmental Stewardship Award Program reception will recognize leaders for their achievements, and there will be more than eight acres of trade show displays and exhibitors to explore. CattleFax will conduct their U.S. & Global Protein and Grain Outlook Session on Friday morning. Randy Blach, the team at CattleFax and meteorologist Matt Makens will discuss what 2024 and beyond might look like for the cattle industry.
In addition to conducting the business of the beef industry, CattleCon attendees will enjoy entertainment and family fun throughout the event. Paul Bogart will bring his down-to-earth charm and country music to Thursday night’s Palm Tree Pachanga, and The Bellamy Brothers will headline the Cowboys & Coasters event on Friday night.
On-site registration is open for those who still would like to attend, and single day and trade show only tickets are available. For more information, visit convention.ncba.org.