Convention Highlights and features: 



Featuring Keynote Speaker Amberley Snyder

Amberley was born in California as the second to six children. Amberley fell in love with horses at a young age and began barrel racing when her family moved to Utah at her age of 7. She competed in junior rodeos and up into high school winning multiple titles and awards. Her senior year she finished as the National Little Britches Finals and World All Around Cowgirl.

Amberley was also serving as the Utah FFA State President in 2009. In January of 2010, Amberley was involved in a rollover car accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eighteen months after that day, with a seatbelt on her saddle, she returned to competing in rodeo. She now competes in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in the barrel racing. Amberley has earned her place competing amongst professional barrel racers and has won multiple awards with the Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fames. She shares her story of triumph over tragedy hoping she can motivate others to believe in themselves and get back on the horse.



Featuring Keynote Speaker John Ruhs
BLM Acting Deputy Director of Operations

Join us for updates from BLM Acting Deputy Director of Operations, John Ruhs. John has an extensive background in Nevada, having served as Ely District Manager and Winnemucca District Fire Management Officer. In addition to his work in Nevada, Ruhs has also served as BLM’s Senior Special Assistant in Washington, D.C., and District Manager of the High Desert District in Wyoming. He has also worked for the BLM in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon.

Ruhs is a native of Iowa and served in the Marine Corps. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho. He and his wife, Amy, have seven daughters. He enjoys outdoor activities including riding horses, camping and playing golf.



Featuring Troy Bockelmann,

International Trade and Grain Analyst

Troy joined CattleFax as an analyst in January 2016. His primary responsibilities include research and analysis in feed grains as well as the domestic and global protein markets. Troy grew up in the small farming communities of southwest Minnesota – receiving a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management with a farm management concentration from Southwest Minnesota State University. In fall 2014, he attended Colorado State University to complete a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics. Troy’s research focused on agricultural finance, agricultural marketing, production economics and transportation cost analysis. He was also a teaching assistant for farm and ranch analysis and commodity marketing courses.



BQA Certification by Zoetis Animal Health

You have the opportunity to become BQA certified during the 2017 NCA Annual Convention on December 5th from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Elko Convention Center. Zoetis Animal Health will be conducting a one hour BQA training at which time you will have the opportunity to take the Nevada Cattlemen’s open book BQA test and become certified.



Don’t miss your opportunity to get into the trade show and find out about up and coming products and services from Allied Industries. The booths are filled with great businesses and agencies that support and enhance our industry. The trade show will be open Monday 10 – 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.



Committee meetings are open to everyone. During the meeting, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association members will set priority direction for the Association. In these meetings, you will get the latest on Legislative Affairs, Research and Education updates, Private Lands, Federal Lands and Animal Health and Livestock issues.


QuickBooks by Pacific Intermountain Mortgage

For Beginner and Advanced Users. Join us during the annual convention to learn how to make QuickBooks work better for your ranch.



Following Tuesday night’s NCA Awards Banquet dinner, attendees will hear from the Runnin’ for Cover Band.

The Runnin’ for Cover Band has been together for almost seven years and they play for the love of music and they play what they like, old country, old rock and roll and some new country.

The lead singer and guitar player, Brian Collett, is a 5th generation rancher. The ranch where he currently lives and works on is in Oreana, Idaho with his wife Chris and two boys Bryce and Sean. This ranch was bought by his Grandfather and was also run by his Dad and Mom, it was a part of the original place bought in 1894.

The bass player and singer, Tom Foreman, cousin of Brian, is an electrician by trade and worked over the years in the ranching business. Tom lives in Star, Idaho and has three daughters, Stacey, Jessica and Megan.

Drummer and singer, Aaron White, is an electrician by trade and is currently serving as a union rep for the Electrician Union. Aaron lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife Tracy and their two boys, Morgan and Jake.






We invite your business to participate in this year's convention. 

Would you like to help sponsor or exhibit at the trade show? All the information you need can be found here: 2017 Sponsor and Trade Show Forms




2017 Joint Convention &

Trade Show Tentative Schedule





Red Lion Hotel & Casino:

$79.00 Per Night

Reservations: (775) 738-2111 or (800) 545-0044

Book online:



Gold Country Inn & Casino:

$69.00 Per night

Reservations: (775) 738-8421 or (800) 621-1332

High Desert Inn:

$49.00 Per Night

Reservations: (775) 738-8425 or (888) 394-8303

Ramada at Stockmen’s Casino:

Reservations: (775) 738-5141

Group Code: “CG04CA_002”




Thank you to these 2017 Sponsors.



























American AgCredit

Animal Health International

Barker Cattle Co.

Bayer Animal Health 


Beefmaster Bull Sale 

Boss Tanks Inc.


Double Bar J

Estrotect, Inc.

Greenway Seeds


Intermountain Farmers Association

Jon’s Pipe and


Kirby Mfg. Inc.

Knipe Land Company

Laird Manufacturing

Merck Animal Health

Mineral County Cooperative Extension

Moly Mfg., Inc. / SILENCER

MWI Animal Health & Micro Technologies

Multimin USA

Nevada Department of Agriculture

Nevada Rancher 

Nevada Rangeland Resources Commission 

Nevada State Bank

North-West Livestock Supplement LLC

Nutech Biosciences 

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Co.

Pinenut Livestock Supply

Powder River 

Scales NW

Scales Unlimited Inc.

Select Sires Midamerica


Thomas Angus Ranch

Turnipseed Engineering

University of Nevada, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, Natural Resources

U S Fish & Wildlife Services

USDA Farm Service Agency

USDA-National Ag. Statistics Service-Nevada Field Office

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

WSR Insurance, Lack of Rainfall Insurance

Y 2 Consultants LLC