Region 9 report
Spring has sprung here on the west coast, at least in the more southern regions. The daffodils have bloomed. The fruit trees are blossoming and there are fields of corn about 3” tall. Which leads me up to my main topic, calving season is under way and it looks like there will be a nice crop of calves for the upcoming Cow Palace show in Oct. It’s always exciting to see how the calves turn out each year.
The Cow Palace planning is under way and I am looking for volunteers to help with the many tasks that need to be done for the show. Anyone who has some great ideas and would like to help out, please contact me.
The Cow Palace this year was the largest show to date in California. We were very pleased by the attendance and representation from California up through the Southwest. Thank you to those that traveled long distances. I believe every ranch represented won at least a class or division award. The prizes seemed very well distributed which is always nice to share in the glory of winning.
One of the highlights of the Cow Palace is the “Parade of Champions”. This parade is during the evening Rodeo where all of the Grand Champions are paraded under the spotlight around the rodeo arena. It is a privilege to participate in.
Ace Cattle Co. made Miniature Hereford history by winning Supreme Champion Bull with DF Prince EB.
Also, the Grand Champion Female DF Aurora Borealis will be donated by Duvall Farms to the John Johnson Scholarship Foundation.
PJ Ranch and Dantre Ranch were awarded with two of the three Cow Palace Herdsman Awards. This award is given for overall stall appearance, educational displays and cleanliness.
Next year promises to be a great show. The Jr. Shows for all breeds will be moved from April to Oct. which will greatly increase our exposure to the youth.
Also, please keep in mind that the youth show has been moved from April to Oct this year and will be held at the same time as the open show. This gives opportunities to the Miniature Hereford Breeders to sell more cattle and to help get the MHBA’s youth organization off the ground here in the west. The youth need 15 cattle entered to have their own show. If there are not that many entries, they will be shown in the AOB (all other breeds) class. I’m sure we can fill the classes. Let’s get it done.
Region 9 Director