A lucky convention participant on Nov. 3 will take home a brand-new skid steer loader.

The 2015 Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show promises to be an event filled with world-class education and entertainment. Activities during the three-day convention in Overland Park, Kan., can benefit cattle operations of all types — and one lucky participant will see an immediate reward for their attendance.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the American Angus Association® will host a drawing for a Cat® 262D Skid Steer Loader, generously donated by Caterpillar Inc. Any convention attendee present that day will be eligible to take home the machine.

The Cat 262D, with rated operating capacity of 2,700 lb., is built with high-flow XPS hydraulics, allowing a number of work tools on the machine, including attachments for brush cutting, augers, brooms, buckets and blades.

“The Cat® 262D loader is an extremely versatile machine,” says Dustin Johansen, ag market segment manager for Caterpillar. “I think the lucky winner would be very excited with how much work they can get done in a short amount of time.”

With the release of this new machine, Caterpillar is the first manufacturer to integrate a backup camera into the cab display, Johansen explains. If you are not buckled into the machine, the hydraulics are not activated — just one of many safety features on the Cat® 262D Skid Steer Loader.

“With ease of operation with our joystick controls and the quietness of our cab, it provides a very good work environment, which makes cattle producers much more efficient, allowing them to spend more time with their family or hobbies,” Johansen says.

The Cat 262D Skid Steer Loader will be on display in the Caterpillar booth during the National Angus Convention & Trade Show hosted Nov. 3-5 at the Overland Park Convention Center, located not far from downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Make sure to stop by and try it on for size while attending the show. Caterpillar will also be hosting a Skid Steer Loader Operator Challenge, where participants can show off their driving skills and compete in a timed obstacle course.

The winner will be announced in the trade show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, and you must be present to win.

“The American Angus Association has really started a great new relationship with Caterpillar,” says Becky Weishaar, Creative Media director and lead contact for the event. “We’re excited that they see the value in the quality of the beef produced in America, and look forward to having them as part of our growing trade show and convention this fall.”

A must-attend event

Thousands of cattle producers are expected to gather Nov. 3-5 for the annual meeting of the American Angus Association and a jam-packed schedule of keynote speakers, demonstrations and social events.

Industry experts on genomic technology will be in the spotlight during the first-ever International Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen’s GeneSeek Operations; and Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, presents “A Story of a Steak” and what it takes to provide a quality eating experience to beef consumers worldwide.

The Angus Media Trade Show will welcome more than 125 exhibitors representing animal health companies, publications, feed and nutrition, equipment manufacturers and more. Evening entertainment includes a concert by country singer Sammy Kershaw on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Visit www.angusconvention.com to register today for $75 per person. Registration includes three meals featuring the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, access to all educational workshops and keynote speakers, entry into the trade show, and the Kershaw concert.

Participants are also advised to make hotel reservations online when they register, as rooms are expected to fill quickly. The 2015 housing block features a variety of price points and amenities. 

Delegates elected to represent their state during the Association’s Annual Convention may attend the Association business meetings for free; however, participation in convention education, meals, entertainment and trade show requires a full convention registration. Any registrations made after Oct. 2 will be on-site at the Overland Park Convention Center and at an increased price.

Go online to access a convention schedule, travel information and more details for the upcoming event in Overland Park, Kan. To learn more about the American Angus Association, visit www.angus.org.