The 2012 Idaho Cattle Association annual convention in Sun Valley was hailed as a great success again this year. With a crowd of over 350 stockmen attending, I met ranchers from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and of course Idaho. There were over 50 vendors introducing various techniques and ideas. Cutting edge electronic ID systems, cattle handling systems, mineral supplements, beef genetics, bankers and land brokers joined to make this a well rounded educational event.
Even though it was a dry year, the ranch crowd was optimistic, upbeat and ready to tackle the future based on the good prices they have been getting for their beef.