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Young Cattlemen's Conference

May 27-June 4, 2020 | Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing. We would also request the participant commit to staying the entire trip.

YCC begins in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the beef industry. Attendees take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting the industry while learning what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of our members. Additionally, CattleFax will provide attendees with an understanding of market information.

After a stop at the NCBA office in Denver, attendees travel to Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the largest cattle feeder in the world with an estimated total cattle feeding capacity of 980,000 head of cattle. Afterwards, the YCC group will tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. 

During the next leg of the YCC journey, attendees will fly to Chicago for a visit with the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. 

Finally, the tour will take the group to the nation’s Capitol where they will meet with their respective congressmen and senators, as well as regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the nomination process begin?

Nominations for the annual trip open in January each year.

How can I get involved?

All nominations must be submitted by an NCBA affiliate organization or affiliated national beef breed association. The process varies from affiliate to affiliate. To find out how you can get involved, contact your state affiliate today!

What are the trip requirements?

For an individual to participate in the YCC, he or she must be nominated by one of NCBA’s affiliate members, be between the ages of 25 to 50 and be an NCBA member.

How do we secure a candidate for our affiliate organization?

State affiliate executives receive correspondence from NCBA Staff announcing when nominations are open the first part of January in the calendar year of the trip. Positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis and the trip fills up quickly. For more information about the Young Cattlemen’s Conference, please email