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Matt Byrne

Executive Vice President

California Cattlemen's Association

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California Cattlemen's Association

1221 H Street

Sacramento, California 95814

United States

Company Description

The California Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is a non-profit trade association, formed in 1917, that represents California's ranchers and beef producers in legislative and regulatory affairs. CCA's funding is generated almost entirely by voluntary dues pa ... more

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Bachelor of Science degrees

Finance and Computer Science

University of Santa Clara Honors Program

bachelor's degree

Finance and Computer Science

Santa Clara University

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Matt Byrne, executive director of the California Cattlemen's Association, stated that the 2008 Hallmark slaughterhouse video of disabled animals became the catalyst for different types of producers to address welfare issues as a group. "Recognizing that consumers do not always see the distinction among different kinds of cows," he stated, "we need to address the issues, good and bad. The sale or transport of non-ambulatory cattle and those at risk of going down is unacceptable," he said.


Executive Vice President - Matt Byrne

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Matt Byrne, executive vice president of the California Cattlemen's Association, said the organization supported the USDA recall stemming from HSUS videos and still does. The downside is that there's less processing capacity and higher costs, he said.

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"There aren't a lot of ways to get this tradition back if you lose it," says Matt Byrne, executive vice president of California Cattlemen's Association.



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Executive Vice President Matt Byrne
As Executive Vice President of the California Cattlemen's Association, Matt Byrne serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the CCA as well as the CCA Feeder Council. In addition, Matt is the lead spokesperson for CCA and directs staff in advocating for CCA policy. As Executive Vice President, Matt reports to CCA and Feeder Council members, boards and officers.
Not only does Matt act as a voice at the state level for the association's members and officers, he also oversees planning, finances, membership and personnel for CCA.
He said he enjoys the challenge of working in the regulatory, legislative and business climate in California where agriculturists are world leaders in food and fiber production as well as in regulatory oversight.
Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Finance and Computer Science. After graduation, Matt moved to Washington, D.C., where he took a job as a legislative aide to Congressman Greg Walden and managed a portfolio of issues relating to agriculture and natural resources in addition to many other issues. n his position he worked to advance the interests of those in ranching country of southern, central and eastern Oregon.
Originally from Tulelake, Matt comes from a fourth generation cow/calf operation in Modoc County. Matt began his current job at CCA in June of 2006 and said his decision to work on behalf of a great industry and group of people from his home state was an easy one.
He said the work CCA does each day in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and around the state helps ensure that the western heritage will continue in California.
Matt's job helps coordinate efforts to effectively lobby at the state, local and federal level and provide outstanding service to all of our members when they have questions or issues that affect them or their operations.
"We're working hard to keep ranchers ranching in this state," Matt said. "We want to make it possible for California's family ranchers to pass this legacy on to the next generation."
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