Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cattlemen gather for scholarship dinner

Hundreds of north state cattle producers and their supporters gathered tonight for the 61st annual winter dinner and scholarship auction hosted by the Tehama County Cattlemen's and CattleWomen's associations at the fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

In the photos, from the top: New California Cattlemen's Association president Tim Koopmann (left) talks to another attendee; a customer tastes wine from Sonoma-based Cline Cellars; and Wally Roney (right) of Chico is given the Cattleman of the Year award.

I spoke with Koopmann at length about his background and priorities for the coming year. The rancher from Sunol said the estate tax and overregulation are among his biggest concerns.

Each year, the evening includes a silent and live auction of various donated items, raising about $18,000 for a scholarship fund.

For my story on Koopmann and the year ahead, check early next week.

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