Hello MHBA Members, Regional Directors & Executive Board Members.
Although this position was not contested, I am deeply honored and excited to begin as President of the MHBA. I want to thank each of you that took time out of your busy lives to vote in this election.
It has taken me a little time to get acclimated with the google group/discussion forum, as computers are not my forte. I have asked Fran & Charlotte to help get my ideas listed and out to you. I thank all of you for your assistance, patience and understanding while I do my best to get on track.
Many of you may have read my campaign information, but let me re-introduce myself.
I own and operate J bar W Cattle Company in Elizabeth, Colorado. I was born and raised on a family farm, raising cattle & hogs, near Fort Dodge, Iowa. I started my herd in 1997 with the purchase of 2 bred cows and a bull. Through selective breeding and purchase of out-cross bulls, I have developed the herd of 80 head I have today. I also own & have operated a successful security/alarm business for 20 years.
I am a member of the MHBA and have been an active member of this association since its beginning in 1999. I believe my experience as Vice-President, Show Committee Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Co-Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal provides the background and understanding for being President. I have been actively involved with Miniature Hereford shows across the nation to include showing all 12 years at the National Western; assisted to obtain shows at the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City Royal and happy to announce the 1st Annual Miniature Hereford Show at the Colorado State Fair in 2011. I have also shown cattle each year at the Houston Livestock Show & the Star of Texas Show in Austin, Texas.
I have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of this association and firmly believe in the positive forward direction we have taken. I want to personally thank the membership, our current and past members of the Executive Board and Regional Directors for their time, sacrifice & dedication to this cause. I hope you see, as I do, how your efforts have made tremendous strides in the popularity and respect of the Miniature Hereford in the cattle industry.
There were some recent issues that arose that needed to be addressed quickly. These involved the Iowa State Fair Show. After personally speaking with the livestock office for this show, it remains their decision that the 2011 Miniature Hereford Show will be listed and sanctioned by the NAMHA. They remain firm that they will not be involved in the middle of the two associations, however they will allow MHBA members to participate in this show without being a member of the NAMHA. As a result, no MHBA funding will support this show. We will remain in contact with the personnel in the livestock office and make every attempt to return this show as a MHBA sanctioned show.
The other project we are currently working on is the formation of the MHBA Junior Program. Currently, there has been discussion, but no plan has been developed for the selection of this committee. Please feel free to submit any ideas or suggestions you may have, during the next couple of weeks, so that a plan can be implemented. The MHBA Junior Program funding will be part of the MHBA account and maintained by the MHBA treasurer. Also, the committee members will work with and through the Show Superintendents as to any aspects of the junior show.
Other goals and ideas are as follows:
1) Continue the positive trends & ideas that the MHBA has taken for all members
2) Encourage greater member participation in shows
3) Inspire members to express their suggestions & concerns
4) Develop programs for greater marketing strategies for the large or small breeding
5) Gain optimum benefit of well-produced cattle shows with due consideration to
6) Increase public awareness and education
7) Promote Miniature Herefords as a superior beef product and other benefits
8) The expansion & growth of the Scholarship Foundation
As always, I THANK all of you for your consideration and support! My plan is to keep all members of the MHBA apprised of all issues and decisions through the Miniature Hereford News & the MHBA website.
Please feel free to contact me for any information, questions, your suggestions or concerns. I will work as diligently as possible to guide the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association and the Miniature Hereford Breed in a positive & forward direction.
Best Wishes & I hope everyone is having a successful calving season!
Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association