OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI (Jan. 10, 2022) - Missouri Cattlemen’s Association collegiate cattlemen members competed in the second annual Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown on Saturday, January 8, during the 54th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Osage Beach. The event encourages young members to showcase their knowledge and passion for agricultural issues through interactive conversations.
“The Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown is a great opportunity for collegiate members to demonstrate their knowledge about the cattle and agriculture industries,” said Elizabeth Brooks, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Intern. “The debate-style event is set up to facilitate healthy discussions and allow these college students to share their voices when it comes to issues facing our industry.”
Contestants of the event included Lucy Schnitker, University of Missouri; Theo Rieckhoff, Missouri State University; Cameron Parrish, Fort Scott Community College; Shaye Siegel, State Fair Community College; and Kate Thompson, University of Missouri. Rieckhoff won second place and received a full 2023 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show Package.
"It was an amazing opportunity to develop skills that apply in the real world," Rieckoff said.
The Showdown, sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, was won by Kate Thompson, who received registration to NCBA Convention and Trade Show in Houston, TX, and registration to the 2023 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show.
“Giving a platform for young agriculturalists to discuss challenging issues is vital to fighting for our rights and protecting our way of life for generations to come," Thompson said. "I am thankful for the collegiate support that MCA gives to do just that."
The annual convention concluded Sunday, January 9.