Recently, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hosted more than 50 young cattlemen and women to participate in the 34th Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Mike Cox, Jones & Cox Cattle Company in Burlington, NC was one of the group:

“I was approached by the NC Cattleman’s Association about attending the trip. I thought it would be a valuable experience so I worked it out to attend.”

North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association nominated Cox for the 8-day tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in beef industry professionals.

The tour got underway at the NCBA headquarters in Denver, where representatives of Cattle Fax and the US Meat Export Federation discussed various marketing topics with producers. Cox explains that some of the material that he heard there would directly help his operation in North Carolina:

“One thing that helped was the overall view of the market and how to better use it. The Cattle Fax seminar was very helpful and we are going to try to use it as a tool to help us market our own cattle.”

Cox says they also some of the nuts & bolts of the beef business:

“It was good to go to these feed yards and see what the final product will look like. We also went to OSI in Chicago to see how that worked. Its interesting to see all the procedures the cattle go through along the way.”

But, one of the most valuable parts of the tour according to Cox was the contacts he made with other industry professionals:

“Meeting all different folks from different parts of the country and getting their story on how they do things and learning how they do things in their state and how it differs from region to region. I enjoyed meeting everyone.”

Jones & Cox Cattle Company encompasses a cow-calf operation as well as a grazing operation in central North Carolina and southern Virginia managing up to 1,500 head a year. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.