Tri-County Cattlemen to hold annual Banquet


The Tri-County Cattlemen are hosting their annual Banquet on February 18, 2023 at Western Illinois University Grand Ballroom. This year the banquet will feature a social hour, ribeye dinner, an auction to raise funds for scholarships, and a keynote speaker. Tickets and sponsorships are available for purchase online at

The social hour will begin at 5:00 PM. The dinner will start at 6:00 PM with the program to follow. During the program, we will honor the 2022 scholarship winners, get an update on the Illinois Beef Outlook and Illinois Beef Association, and honor the 2023 Beef Backer Awardee. A live and silent auction will follow the dinner to raise funds for the scholarship fund. Following the auction, Kevin Ochsner will provide the keynote.

Kevin Ochsner spent more than two decades working for the Indianapolis-based consulting firm Agri Business Group/Adayana before founding his own consulting practice, Agcellerate, LLC.  Over the past 24 years, he has had the privilege of providing strategic planning, marketing consulting, sales/management training and keynote speaking services to some of the country’s largest animal health, crop protection, seed, feed and farm machinery companies. Kevin’s keynote will focus on the general cattle outlook for the next 10 years and encouragement for beef and livestock producers.

Each year the Tri-County Cattlemen give out $6000 in scholarships to students in the Henderson, Warren and McDonough Counties. In 2022, the Tri-County Cattlemen began administering the Casey Krieg $1500 scholarship, supported by the Casey Krieg foundation. The support for the scholarship comes from the annual banquet and other events and cooking services that Tri-County Cattlemen organize throughout the year.

The Tri-County Cattlemen is an affiliate of the Illinois Beef Association. The organization’s mission is to promote the beef industry while also supporting high schools in Warren, Henderson, and McDonough counties who are pursuing a career in agriculture. 

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