Malheur County cattlemen step up to help local schools with beef donation

Six head of beef were donated to local schools recently by a group of Malheur County Cattlemen. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – A group of Malheur County cattlemen stepped up in a big way recently to provide beef for six local school lunch programs.

“The schools like it. It is very nutritious, and it is the real McCoy. The kids like it and the cooks like it,” said Chris Christensen, former president of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association and now an officer in the state organization.

Christensen and his wife Bonnie spearheaded the effort as part of the Ranchers Feeding Kids program. Six head of beef were donated to Annex, Adrian, Harper, Nyssa, Vale and Ontario school districts. Each district received one beef. Local ranchers Steve Russell, Wilkes Ranch Ironside, Leroy McBride, Angie and Charlie Smith and Devos . . .