|Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight||Volume 7, Issue 33|
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Education to be Focus of 2010 Annual Meeting
Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 for the 2010 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy a full schedule of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.
The weekend kicks off Saturday morning at the Clubhouse on Baltimore Tudor Room with educational forums. All Hereford breeders are encouraged to attend these meetings. The forum will begin at 7:30 a.m. Topics to be included are: genomics, reproduction, advocating for agriculture, animal welfare and a panel will discuss how to strategize for the future in order to meet the needs of the commercial industry.
During the educational forums a lunch will be available. To reserve your meal ticket e-mail Mary Ellen Hummel by Oct. 15.
The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the Clubhouse on Baltimore Tudor Room in downtown Kansas City.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit Hereford.org.
Meet Board Candidate: Tom Boatman
The five AHA Board candidates are Tom Boatman, Rockmart, Ga.; Keith Fawcett, Ree Heights, S.D.; Richard Gebhart, Claremore, Okla.; Steve Lambert, Oroville, Calif.; and Dale Venhuizen, Manhattan, Mont. Watch for more information on each of the candidates in the October Hereford World. Each week we will feature a new Board candidate in Hereford eNews, this week we feature Tom Boatman.
A third generation Hereford breeder, Tom Boatman, along with his wife, Tammy, manages JWR Land & Cattle Co., Rockmart, Ga.
JWR was established in 1990 by the late Wesley Rakestraw with about 20 cows. Today, the farm includes 600 acres in northwest Georgia with 125 registered Hereford females along with 75 commercial females utilized in an embryo transfer program. JWR hosts an annual production sale managed by the Boatmans on the first Saturday in May, consisting of approximately 60-70 lots. In addition, 20 bulls are sold private treaty each year; steers are marketed through special Hereford steer sales; and other cattle are also marketed through various consignment sales.
Through the years the junior show heifer market has increased for JWR with a lot of new customers enthusiastic to learn more about the show industry. Two years ago the Boatmans started hosting an annual JWR show clinic for their customers, covering topics such as feeding, breeding, health care, daily care (rinsing, brushing, blowing), showmanship, clipping and fitting.
Since being at JWR, Tom has helped host the Georgia Junior Field Day, National Hereford Tour and several Farm Bureau tours. Prior to joining JWR in 2003, Tom worked as show and sale cattle manager for Hereford breeders including Tennessee River Music and McMinn Ranches. While at TRM, Tom had the opportunity to attend and display cattle at the World Hereford Conference in Ft. Collins, Colo.
Born and raised in Alabama, Tom has been involved in 4-H his whole life and has been a member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and a board member for the Alabama Hereford Association.
Tom is currently a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, has served on the Georgia Hereford Association board for four years and is also on the board for the Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program. He has also judged several shows throughout the Southeast.
Tom and Tammy have two children.
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia
Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.
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