NC member Elizabeth Tegtmeier, visits North Platte with host John Kraye, (Kraye Angus Ranch). Brian Tegtmeier and NC President Brenda Masek listen. Photo credit: Terri Licking
MULLEN – The Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) held their 4e Annual cap in the pasture on August 9. Nebraska Ranchers State Political Action Committee (PAC) funds support elected officials who support the beef industry.
According to the Nebraska Cattlemen website, “The Nebraska Cattlemen State PAC helps ensure that the interests of beef producers are strengthened in Nebraska. The goal of the Nebraska Cattlemen State PAC is to support candidates who advocate for the beef industry by making decisions about laws and regulations that improve the business climate for profitable beef production in Nebraska and promote opportunities for expansion. We will always be judicious in our contributions to support the strongest candidates, regardless of party.
Hosts for this year’s PAC in the Pasture were John and Julie Kraye from Mullen. Kraye is vice president of the North Carolina Seed Stock Council and operates ranches south of Mullen, raising Black Angus and holding an annual bull sale each spring.
Food and drink were provided by a set of Mullen residents: cash bar from Chuckwagon ‘N Jug owners Gregg and Dawn Mallory, and steaks from Highway 2 Bar-BQ from Dave Vest, with help from CR Jewel. Evening entertainment was provided by BJ Jamison from Ashby.
A legislative summary of the unicameral Nebraska 107th Session was given by Jacey Schafer, Director of Government Affairs. Some 38 bills out of several hundred submitted have been closely monitored by the NC. After Schafer’s recap, NC President Brenda Masek of Purdum welcomed the more than fifty people in attendance. Masek had scheduled an NC board meeting earlier in the day at the community center on the Hooker Co. fairgrounds, so several board members and staff stayed to enjoy the festivities of the evening.
Seven items were up for auction, including a golf outing with NC President Masek and her husband, to lunch at the NC office in Lincoln with the winner’s state senator. A Husker volleyball package for two was the top seller at $600. Cumulatively, the items added $2,925 to the PAC fund, which did not include the sale of raw steak that went home with a few of the attendees.