National Red Angus convention planned for Ozarks

News
Sep 3, 2010
by WLJ

Cattle producers will “Celebrate Red Angus in the Ozarks” at the 2010 national convention of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Sept. 16-17 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Red Angus producers from across the nation and Canada will convene to handle association business, learn about advancements in the breed, and socialize with other Red Angus breeders.

Along with the regular business sessions, the convention will feature a Commercial Cattlemen’s Program, agriculture advocate Trent Loos, and the “Red Angus in the Ozarks” sale.

The free Commercial Cattlemen’s Program will start with a complimentary lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Producers will benefit from practical, thought-provoking information and an interactive discussion on how to put more pounds on the ground and more dollars in the commercial producers’ pockets.

Area commercial producers will join recognized industry leaders and nationally known seedstock producers for the seminar.

Bob Weaber, Missouri Beef Extension specialist, will discuss what producers should look for in a herd bull, how commercial producers can better communicate their needs to their seedstock suppliers, and what practical selection tools are available.

A panel of leading commercial producers—Mick Plummer, Monty Wheeler and Jim McCann—will also provide their perspective on these topics along with Jackie Moore of Joplin Regional Stockyards, Kirby Lane of Neo-Sho Farms, and Lynn Pelton of Pelton Ranches.

Loos, a nationally known rural columnist, speaker and livestock producer, will comment on his experience and perspective on setting the record straight on animal rights and welfare in production agriculture.

The Commercial Cattlemen’s Program will wrap up with an interactive forum allowing attendees to ask questions and voice their opinions on these topics and more.

On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 15, the Midwest Area will host a hospitality barbeque as convention attendees convene in Springfield.

Thursday, Sept. 16, will begin with the general session that includes the President’s Message, State of the Association, Foundation update and Strategic Plan review. The morning session will conclude with a joint presentation on the multi-breed EPDs between the RAAA and American Simmental Association. During lunch, board candidates will speak and attendees will be entertained with a style show presented by PFI Western Wear.

That afternoon, Breed Improvement, Promotions, Marketing, Registration, Show and Sale and Constitution and By-Laws committees will meet. In the evening, buses will transport the convention group to the historic Gillioz Theatre for a social, dinner, entertainment by Trent Loos, and Red Angus Foundation fund-raiser auction.

On Friday, Sept. 17, state affiliates and the Red Angus Foundation committee will meet over breakfast. During the general session, attendees will vote on by-law changes and elect the RAAA’s new president. Area and regional caucuses will then assemble to elect their new directors. The general session will resume midmorning with reports on the newly elected board members, committee chair reports, Junior Red Angus year in review, and a sneak peak at the 2011 RAAA convention in North Carolina.

Following lunch, attendees can ride the bus for a shopping trip to PFI Western Wear Store and Bass Pro Shop, or preview the sale offering. “Red Angus in the Ozarks” Sale will begin at 3 p.m. with the auction of a bronze statue and donated heifer to benefit the Junior Red Angus Association, followed by the sale offering.

The banquet that evening will recognize Red Angus breeders with special awards.

To pre-register for the national RAAA convention, visit the website at www.redangus.org or contact Charlie Tigart, office administrative director, 940/387-3502, charlie@ redangus.org. — WLJ

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