This year was the fifth annual BC Beef Day. Myself, Erika Strande and my co-blogger Erika Fossen were among some of the BC ranchers who went to Victoria (British Columbia’s capital) along with some BCCA (British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association) staff. We arrived in Victoria on Wednesday afternoon and during the evening we were invited by Her Honorable Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to tour the government house. Judy is a past present of the BC Cattlemen’s Association and also a fellow rancher from the same valley I grew up in. It was really special to see her in her new dignified role and tour her new house.
The Erika’s with Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.
Thursday, the actual beef day, was very busy day for us. Our group had a few meetings in the morning and then there was a beef BBQ held on the lawn of the legislature. In conjunction with the BBQ BCCA launched a video messaging project that has been a year in the making. My dad and I were asked to participate in this project, so it was very exciting to see it all come together to show case BC Beef and BC ranchers. The BBQ was a huge success and really highlighted all segments of the beef industry in BC.
For the afternoon portion or our day we were in more meetings. They were very interesting meetings and I feel so fortunate to be able to be apart of them. It really dawned on me during these meeting the importance of the BC Cattlemen’s Association to producers because of all the hard work that they do to really improve the industry and form those important relationships with government, so we can truly work together to get positive things accomplished for the industry.