RRAA General Meeting of Nov 12, 2013:
The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by President Thomas Kemp, who asked Earl Bengston to lead a prayer.
New business: Thomas reported that he had called Billy Easter about the RRAA spring bull sale but had not heard back from him. Bulls to be sold should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Neal Hunt reported that ultrasound testing would be 9-11am Saturday, Dec 14, at Roger Boyer’s place [directions are on the RRAA website at http://www.redriverangusassoc.com/ultrasound.html ]. Please let Neal know how many animals you will be bringing by contacting him at 817-232-2923 or email@example.com
Membership dues for 2014 should be paid no later than January 31, 2014. A check for $25.00 dues may be sent to RRAA, Box 75, Gainesville, Texas 76241. New members can apply online at http://www.redriverangusassoc.com or print the form from that site and mail it to the above address with their dues. Elections will be held during the January meeting. The next Board of Directors meeting will be Monday, Dec 2 at 6 pm [5:30 if ordering supper] at The Smokehouse BBQ in Lindsey. Then Earl presented the Treasurer’s report.
Thomas invited us all to visit our new website on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-River-Angus-Association/255237691291148?hc_location=timeline Send your current RRAA information and pictures to our webmaster Kathy Gill to include in our new Facebook page.
Chad Davis, Purina Regional Sales manager, attended the meeting and Doug Hawkins, PhD in reproductive physiology from Texas A & M, discussed Purina Accuration for developing bulls. All Purina products are researched at their location outside of St Louis before being introduced to the public. Cattle behavior studies have shown that if cattle eat in a more snack-like manner with 5 to 7 pounds per feeding, the rumen microbial population becomes more efficient and there are fewer feeding problems. Purina Accuration takes advantage of this characteristic. Availa4 is a molasses/mineral tub product that can include fly control. Horn flies are very host specific and do not travel far, so that fly control can be locally controlled. Profitability of raising bulls on wheat pasture and Accuration versus other concentrates was discussed.
The next general meeting will be the second Tuesday of January: Jan. 14 at 7 pm [6:30 if you’re having supper] at The Smokehouse, Lindsey.
Chad Davis won the door prize of a free supper before the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.
Sharon Truitt, Sec.