Iowa cattle farmers who attend the annual convention of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association know it is always a fun time bidding for the items that have been donated to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation Auction. The auction at the 2011 annual meeting will be held after the 6:30 p.m. awards banquet on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa in southeast Iowa.
"Cattle farmers in Iowa have many interests," says ICF president Will Frazee, a cattle feeder from Emerson. "At our auction they're going to find something they want from the generous donations of our supporting businesses and other producers. We'll have everything from a fine lariat to a solar fencer, hay grinding services, artwork, books, concrete and animal health products."
From concrete, to animal health products to hay grinding services
Besides these many worthwhile products and services that will be given away in the auction, ICF is adding fame to this year's activity, too. Long-time auctioneer Phil Schooley, Bloomfield, will return, and he will be joined by Tom Frey, Creston. Frey was the winner of the 2010 Calgary Stampede's 22nd annual International Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Calgary, Canada.
"Last year, the ICF auction generated more than $32,000. That's money that supported our youth education programs, scholarship, and educational programs for producers," says Frazee. Examples of these include the youth beef team program, the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza, the Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, and FFA and 4-H scholarships.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation provides support to programs that increase public understanding of the Iowa beef industry and assist in providing educational and job opportunities for Iowa's young people in the beef cattle business. The mission of the ICF is to enhance the public perception of the Iowa cattle industry and to assist in providing educational and economic opportunities for Iowans in the cattle business. The ICF is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, defined as exempt by the IRS for payment of federal income taxes as a group organized for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes.