Featured Events


Viva NashVegas PartyTM

Wednesday, February 5 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sponsored by Central Life Sciences

Ticket Price: $55 per person
Admission included for all exhibitors, 4-day and Wednesday one-day registrants. 

Elvis is in the building! Celebrating the best of Las Vegas and Nashville, our Viva NashVegasTM Party will feature an exciting, action-packed collection of activities and entertainment, from casino games, craps, blackjack and roulette to a country band for dancing and toe-tapping. Food, drinks, friends and fun! Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities.


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Best of Beef Breakfast

Thursday, February 6 - 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Sponsored by Rabo AgriFinance
Ticket Price: $40.00 per person
One breakfast ticket will be given to every 4-day registrant and Thursday 1-day registrant.

The Best of Beef Awards Breakfast is our chance to honor the cattlemen and women and cattle industry partners who go above and beyond to put our industry's best foot forward. Help us recognize these men and women for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment to beef.  

The awards ceremony will be emceed again this year by Russell Nemetz, a National Association of Farm Broadcasting award winner, Russell takes great pride in being one of agriculture’s biggest advocates. His radio broadcasts are heard across Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota and his television broadcasts are seen statewide on CBS affiliates in Montana and NBC affiliates in Wyoming.

The 2014 Best of Beef promises to be a start to your morning that you will not soon forget!



Cowboy's Night at the Opry II


Thursday, February 6 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health

Ticket Price: $90 per person
One event ticket is included with 4-day and Thursday 1-day registrant

Back by popular demand! Enjoy a night of great music and entertainment where country music became famous. It's an EXCLUSIVE Grand Ole Opry performance with some of Country music's top artists such as; Little Big Town, Diamond Rio, Chris Esten, John Conlee, Sarah Darling, Riders in the Sky and Comedian Gary Muledeer.

Bring your family and join your friends! It's an evening of stars that will be the source of lasting memories. 


Red Cup After Party
Thursday, February 6 - 10:00 pm – til real late!
Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health

Following the Cowboy's Night at the Grand Ole Opry II, you can "proceed to party" at the Red Cup After Party. Dance to the tunes from Paul Bogart, play giant beer pong and corn hole. "Red Solo Cup, I fill you up, so let's have a party!"







 Opening General Session

Tuesday, February 4 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sponsored by Boehringher Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
“Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership”

Kicking off the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention is the Opening General Session, featuring captivating speakers and important introductory remarks. Always a meeting favorite, the Opening General Session provides a motivating and inspirational foundation for discussions and presentations to follow.

Keynoting the session is Captain Richard Phillips, the inspiration for the movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. The movie is based on Phillip's book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals and Dangerous Days at Sea," a fascinating and suspensful recounting of the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. It's also the unbelievable story of a regular man who found the courage to lead his ship and save his crew while besieged by Somali pirates for 5 days. Phillips not only shares his compelling story as a “floating CEO” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and its crew, he also draws lessons from the dramatic events that can help you survive and thrive. He will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered one of the world’s most extraordinary challenges.

General Session II

Thursday, February 6 - 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health
“Leadership Lessons I've Learned as a Player, a Business man, and a Father"


This promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking session. Our keynote speaker is all-American and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, who transcends his athletic achievements.  People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor.

Recognized as a 14-year veteran quarterback and father of two Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli, Manning believes the greatest rewards don’t come from winning the game they come from playing the game. His other principles for success are leadership, depending on others and being flexible.  Manning takes these lessons, along with countless others, to inspire audiences to achieve greatness in their journey for personal and professional success.


2014 CattleFax U.S. & Global Protein & Grain Outlook Seminar

Wednesday, February 5 - 8:00 am- 10:00 am
Sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
and Zoetis Animal Health
Ticket Price: $40.00 per person
New- this session is now included with your 4-day registration 

It's becoming a global marketplace for beef. With China emerging as the world's largest meat  importer. Brazil continuing to expand beef production and India taking a larger role in the beef trade globally, the U.S. is part of a world beef market that is increasingly volatile. 

International forces are only one piece of the picture for U.S. cattle producers, however. Corn supplies have increased, yet prices remain volatile. The effects of a widespread drought are also having an impact. So are changing U.S. consumers and their evolving demands. Energy prices and industry contraction are factors. Add to that an economy struggling to come out of a slump and large investor positions in the futures market, and you're beginning to get the idea. We're a complex industry.

Always, one of the Convention's most popular sessions, this CattleFax seminar will explore the factors that influence the profitabilityof your operation, and provide a look forward to what cattle, beef and feed prices might look like in the future. To top it off, Art Douglas, Ph.D., of Creighton University will provide a long-term weather outlook.

For cattlemen, it's a program that's always informative, and increasingly valuable.

All checkoff committee members are encouraged to attend this session to better understand the fundamentals of, and trends in, the marketplace.  



I am an NCBA Member...
...because I think they're the greatest national association
we have in this country. And they provide wonderful
assistance and services to cattlemen across this country.  
-Bob McCan, Texas