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As Indiana's principal organization representing Hoosier beef producers since 1975, we have produced solid results for cattlemen and women in this state by advancing their values and priorities with legislators and regulators. 

We recognize the importance of educating cattle producers on ways to increase profit opportunities as well as serving to protect their future by telling the true story of our industry to the uninformed.

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Indiana Beef Cattle Association: Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

  • We continue to be in constant contact with our state and national leaders and agencies, the Governor’s office, national affiliate groups, livestock marketing groups, and the Indiana Department of Agriculture to address the importance of keeping cattle moving during this situation.  
  •  At this time, the Government has issued a broad exemption for agriculture, and we will continue to monitor this. We are addressing the need for exemptions for agriculture, retailers, wholesalers, veterinarians, feed suppliers and producers to conduct necessary business and commerce to adequately care for livestock, purchase inputs and plant crops, in the event that mandatory closures and limitations on travel are implemented.   
  •  We are in the middle of Spring sale season and realize that many of our producers are making some really tough decisions right now regarding how to move forward. The reactions have been mixed, with many postponing or moving sale dates, while others are choosing to continue on with their sales. We encourage you to remain diligent in your efforts on the farm and help combat the spread of COVID 19. If you do attend sales, maintain social distancing and limit attendance to buyers only. Consider using online and phone bidding options that many of the sales are currently offering.   
  •  We have been in contact with Congress regarding a stimulus package and what that would look like for Indiana’s producers.
  • Please follow this link for weekly market reports by ISDA

Recommendations for Livestock Sales During COVID-19

For Those Hosting Sales

  • restrict general public access ü  limit attendance to a maximum of current local, state, and federal guidelines
  •  consider online photos and videos as an alternative to in-person viewing ü  make animals available for viewing by only “small” groups prior to the sale ü  do not shake hands, and maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet 
  •  restrict access to “pets” that could be coughed on and touched by multiple hands 
  • make online, or phone bidding available where possible 
  • provide information to employees on COVID-19 
  •  provide hand sanitizer in common areas 
  •  provide space for hand washing 
  • consider not providing food, if food is provided, consider individual packages and serving to avoid surfaces being touched by multiple hands 
  • frequently sanitize workstations and eating areas, including special attention to telephones, computer keyboards, calculators, desks, photocopiers, counters and common areas shared by more than one person on a regular basis. 
  • avoid check-out/payment line congestion areas 
For Those Purchasing Livestock and Attending Sales

  • where possible only view animals in “small” groups ahead of the sale 
  • consider online photos and video as an alternative to in-person viewing 
  • utilize sale manager, auctioneer, ringmen and consultants to help with purchase 
  •  allow only one person per farm operation to attend ü  do not attend sales without a serious intent to purchase 
  •  do not attend a sale if you are sick (even mild symptoms), or have been exposed to anyone sick, and/or positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks. 
  • do not shake hands, maintain at least 6-feet social distance 
  • do not take your dog/cat that could be coughed on and touched by multiple hands  
  • consider online bidding, sign up for online platforms ahead of time 
  • consider phone bidding, call ahead to make arrangements with sales staff 
  • avoid check-out/payment line congestion areas 
  • wash hands thoroughly and frequently
This is not an exhaustive list, and businesses should stay up-to-date on their local, state, and the federal government recommendations and requirements. By working together, with good preparation, we can keep our families, customers and employees safe, while also providing stability within the U.S. beef supply chain.   This document was originally developed by the Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and then adapted and approved by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, Purdue Veterinary Medicine, Purdue Animal Science, and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.

2021 BQA Award Nominations

The National Beef Quality Assurance Awards recognize outstanding members of the beef industry in five categories: Cow-Calf, Feedyard, Dairy, Marketer, and Educator. The National BQA Awards are selected by a committee of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors, and affiliated groups. Nominations are submitted by organizations, groups or individuals on behalf of a U.S. beef producer dairy beef producer, marketer or educator.

 Due no later than June 5, 2020, please contact the Indiana Beef office if interested in the award!

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IBCA Top Hand Club

The IBCA Top Hand Club has been developed to recognize those IBCA members who continually give their time and effort to help increase the strength of their state organization.  Current IBCA members will have the opportunity to win a Yeti Cooler or Yeti Tumbler by signing up the greatest number of new members during the calendar year.  At every IBCA Annual Convention, the top three recruiters will be honored. The minimum to become a member of the Top Hand Club will be three new memberships annually.   Membership is central to our organization, and recruitment efforts by our Top Hand Club members will allow IBCA the opportunity to reach out to more producers and bring them together to make the vital decisions that shape the direction of the industry's future. Every day, our industry is facing new and more threatening challenges making it more important than ever for all producers to work together.

Top Hand
IBCA Update

IBCA Scholarship 

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association  (IBCA) is pleased to announce that the IBCA scholarship will be renewed this year. To help students take a thoughtful approach to the selection process and provide financial assistance for a college education, the IBCA is awarding up to $6000 in scholarships this year . 

Applicants must be an Indiana resident whose family is actively involved in the beef industry and are current members of the IBCA. In addition, applicants must be an existing secondary student in good standing or high school senior. In order to be considered, students must complete an application which includes four (4) essay questions.

Applications will be reviewed, and the scholarship winner(s) announced no later than June 30, 2020.

Please click here for the application

Scholarship Website

News and Announcements

February 12, 2020
IBCA Announces Scholarship Opportunities

2020 IBCA Scholarship The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) is pleased to announce the continuation of a scholarship opportunity.  The application process will open February 15, 2020 and continue through March 31, 2020. To help students take a thoughtful approach to ...
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February 12, 2020
Tim Schwab Elected NCBA Region 1 Vice President

 At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in San Antonio, TX last week, the states making up NCBA Region 1 elected Tim Schwab, a native of Batesville, IN to the position of Region 1 Vice President for Policy during their regional caucus.   ...
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February 6, 2020

NEW IBCA & IBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS SET TO BEGIN WORK FOR 2020 The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) held elections during the recent Area Beef Meetings to choose four Area Directors who sit on the IBCA-IBC Board of Directors. Beef producers in Area 2 elected Steve Ritt...
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February 6, 2020

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) honored the state’s top cattlemen during their Annual Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 25th at the Sheraton North, Keystone Crossing.  At the awards banquet, the IBCA leadership presented special recognition a...
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