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Cattlemen invite public to July 11 get-together

Touting its ability to turn grass into protein, the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association is welcoming non-farmers to its July 11 get-together in Starbuck.

"People get to see how livestock is raised, see the products beef farmers/ranchers use at the trade show and ask all the questions they desire," said Jim Ostlie, a state livestock development and planning specialist. "Where else can you see an industry that takes something like grass that is sustainable and renewable and see it transformed into a high quality protein like beef?"

The Glacial Ridge Cattlemen's Association, with members in Pope, Douglas, Swift, Stearns and Kandiyohi counties, will host this year's Summer Beef Tour and Trade Show. Clear Springs Cattle Company owned by Jim and Twyla Wulf at 30819 250th St. in Starbuck will serve as headquarters. Cost is $35 per person at the door with discounts for students and children under age 12.

The cost includes a bus tour, trade show admittance, lunch and a steak supper. The bus tour will stop at a dairy farm with an on-farm cheese plant and store, view public land grazed by private herds, and visit the Clear Springs ranch that uses native prairie restoration, cover crops, spring-fed water tanks and a new bull facility.

For more information, visit, email or call (320) 429-0983, (320) 808-4424 or (320) 444-1113.