Nebraska Cattlemen offers a wide array of programs to members. Ranging from producer education, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, and environmental management there is something for every type of Nebraska Cattlemen member.

For more information about a specific Nebraska Cattlemen program, contact the office at (402) 475-2333.

Young Cattlemen's Connections 

The goal of the Young Cattlemen’s Connection is to deliver a solid foundation of industry knowledge to young and emerging leaders. YCC provides the leadership tools necessary to build a successful future. Only 10 individuals are selected from nominations by Nebraska Cattlemen affiliates, leaders, and members to participate each year.

For more information contact Nebraska Cattlemen Director of Producer Education Bonita Lederer at [email protected].

This program is made possible by generous sponsorships from:
Farm Credit Services of America, Neogen, and the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation.

Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit

Since 1984, the iconic Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit has been serving mouth-watering prime rib, roast beef, and BBQ beef sandwiches at the Nebraska State Fair. With over 565,000 meals sold, the Beef Pit has played a key role in connecting thousands of volunteers from local cattlemen organizations, industry partners organizations, and more with the opportunity to promote the beef experience to our urban neighbors. The Beef Pit has a statewide reputation of offering the best food at the best value and is a favorite State Fair tradition.

Beef for Troops 

As Americans, we are forever indebted to our veterans and military service members who make the freedoms we relish every day possible. As a way to thank them for their service and sacrifice, Nebraska Cattlemen is proud to support our troops through our annual Beef for Troops event.

Since 2009 the Nebraska Cattlemen Farmer Stockmen Council has sponsored beef drafts for military members on Veterans’ Appreciation Day at the Nebraska State Fair. The Farmer Stockman Council will again honor veterans and active-duty service members in the Beef Pit at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair during the Veteran’s Day Celebration.

Cattle Edge Webinars

Nebraska Cattlemen partners with our Allied Industry Council to bring educational webinars to our membership. If your company is interested in hosting a webinar please contact Bonita Lederer or at (402) 450-0223 voice/text.

Cattle Edge Opportunity Flyer

Watch previous webinar recordings.

Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program 

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. (National BQA website)

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

Jesse Fulton
Director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance
(308) 633-0158

BQA Links

National BQA Manual

University of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program

Calf Care & Quality Assurance Program

Beef in Schools

Mission Statement:
Promoting Nebraska Beef for Schools lunch program & encouraging beef education and nutrition throughout Nebraska schools.

Local Cattlemen groups and other agricultural organizations have organized across the state to increase the offerings of beef in school lunches. Nebraska Cattlemen have showcased the successes of some of these programs recently, and interest is growing as others cattlemen and school districts explore the possibilities of adding more beef to the menu.

Read more about the Beef in Schools program HERE.

For questions, please contact Bonita Lederer.

Theft Alerts and Rewards Program

Nebraska Cattlemen offers a reward of up to $5000 to a person or persons which provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who steals or destroys cattle which are owned by a member of Nebraska Cattlemen. The Board of Directors of Nebraska Cattlemen has the discretion to make the reward based on the value of the information provided.

"The Beef State" License Plate

Nebraska Cattlemen and the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation are pleased to announce that the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles offers “The Beef State” license plates.

To order a “The Beef State” license plate click here