Association History

Turn in whatever direction you may, and large interests are protected associated effort… the insurance men… the national banks… the stockyard corporations… each speak to us with a single voice, hold us in the iron grip of a single strong hand… The single [cattleman], in his effort for terms and conditions, is fighting an individual battle against a thousand combined in one, against hundreds of thousands of dollars controlled by a single mind, the will of the organization. It is an unequal battle… Alone, the [cattleman] is nothing; in combination, everything.
G.F. Patrick, a rancher from Pueblo, Colorado
“The Benefits to be Derived from Interstate Organization”

During the first convention (the National Stock Growers Convention) in Denver, Colorado, January 1898, the National Live Stock Growers Association of the United States was founded.

Through three mergers, numerous organizational splits, economic busts, natural disasters, world wars, changing political views and evolving consumer wants, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has persevered as the voice of the American beef industry.


"As individuals, we have limited resources... aid in keeping the "wolves" such as government, environmental and radical groups, off of our door steps. NCBA is there every day protecting our industry."

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Mark Spurgin
Nebraska Rancher