Iowa Cattle Industry Convention

December 9-11, 2013 | Prairie Meadows, Altoona, IA

All cattle producers invited to Iowa Cattlemen's annual convention

The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention will be held Dec. 9-11, 2013 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association returns to the venue with a special effort to invite all cattle producers to come for a few days of education, inspiration and the opportunity to talk to cattle producers from around the state.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Grab Reality by the Horns,” a nod to the challenging weather and pricing issues for all cattle producers this past year. While cattle producers acknowledge regular challenges in their businesses, the convention in December will encourage them to grab those issues and bring them under control.

Inspirational speaker Mike Schlappi will challenge convention-goers to take on and overcome their limitations. Following a tragic accident as a teenager, Mike has proven that just because “you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!” Schlappi will speak on Dec. 10 at the convention. This Gold Medalist athlete, businessman, husband and father of five will talk about overcoming challenges to succeed.

To accommodate more opportunities to socialize, ICA is bringing the popular Jason Brown Band to perform the evening of Dec. 9. At the age of four, Brown’s Grandma Ruth began helping him discover his voice while sitting with him at the piano after farm chores. Now the Pella native is one of country music's up and coming innovative artists. Jason Brown has charted five songs consistently on the Billboard and MediaBase Country Charts, including "We're All in the Same Boat."

Check out the agenda. There are great educational programs planned for feeders, cow-calf operations, and seedstock.

ICIC attendees have some registration options. Early registration ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. Those who register before that time can enjoy all convention events and meals during the three days for just $75. Full registrations after that time will be $125. For those who want to attend the meeting at a lower cost, a registration level of $25 is available, and it allows attendance to educational events only, but not to meals and entertainment.

The Prairie Meadows Hotel has special room pricing of $89/night for the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention with reservations made by Dec. 2. The hotel and convention center are all located under one roof, providing ease and comfort for participation. Book hotel reservations  online at using group code 12082013ICA or call 515-957-3000 and mention 'Iowa Cattlemen.'

Questions? Call 515-296-2266.