The meeting was open by Joe Reynolds, ODCA President, with
a welcome to all attending our
2017 ODCA Spring meeting.
Joe thanked our hosts Rick and Kim Harvey for allowing us to hold our Spring Meeting at their farm.
Joe thanked Brody and Robin Johnson for supplying the Dexter Beef for our hamburgers today
Everyone was asked to introduce themselves, where they live and if they have livestock for sale or are looking for livestock.Thanked
all who attended for coming
show last month at OYE was one of the greatest yet. Joe thanked Deb Hawkins for all of us for her fine job as 2017 Superintendent
for a great show.We had a lot of
members come and show their support and Joe thanked everyone who attended.
Grand Champion Heifer went to Kaylee Harvey with BCD Tulip and Reserve Champion heifer went to Blake
Farris with WR Rosette.
Jr. Showmanship went to Simon Teal
Sr. Showmanship went
to Kaylee Harvey
Thanks to all the youth. We had 11 youth showing with a total of 14 heifers for a great
Heifer Youth Program
We have had two heifers donated this year. One heifer was donated by Molley Allen and Rick and Kim Harvey
or Circle H Farm. This heifer
was awarded to Miranda Ware. Our congratulations to Miranda.
The second heifer was donated by Norman and Mary Hoover of El Dorado, Ks. This heifer will be
awarded to Teagan Neal.
Our congratulations to Teagan. A BIG Thank You to Norman and
Mary Hoover for donating this heifer. This is not the first heifer the Hoovers have donated.
have another heifer to award to a youth in early August. Cooper Kline who is one of our youth to be awarded a heifer has had
a heifer born on Feb 7h.
Coopers heifer was donated by Rick Matthys of Cache, Ok. Cooper's
heifer was bred by Don and Sheila's bull Aedan. This heifer should be ready to go
in time for
the Tulsa State Fair Dexter Show next Fall.
Donations are always welcome to help support our heifer program.
We heard from two of our Senior
youths, Danielle Hawkins and Asher Corter on what their experiences have meant to them. Both have done
well in their time showing cattle and in the competing in Showmanship Classes. Both inspired us with their experiences
and knowledge and answer
questions on a variety of subjects.
read an article on showing little cattle against big cattle that she wrote.
Joe reminded us to of the 2017 AGM Show and Sale. It will be held June 17,
2017 in Salina, Kansas. The AGM starts on June 15 with a free cookout.
Check out the website at
dextercattle.org. for more information
We were asked to donate $150.00 toward the opening
night dinner along with Texas and Missouri. The board did approve this and it has been paid.
Reminded that the MDBA will have their Spring
Meeting May 6th. Info can be found at missouridexter.com
Joe has an email copy of directions
to the meeting if anyone is planning to attend.
The board did vote and approve free membership for the first year to all new Dexter owners and 1st time members
to the ODCA. This is something like the ADCA and MDBA is
already doing. If anyone sells a Dexter to someone new in the Dexter business be sure and encourage them to join the ODCA or
in their info to the webmaster or any board member. Membership applications are available for those in attendance who
like to join.
We have six new members
so far this year, they are
Tom and Phyllis Stidem of ABCJJ Farm in Bixby,OK
Coates of Full Circle Farms in Claremore, Ok
Susan French of Aislinn Meadows Ranch in Burton, Tx
Greg and Sonja Mc Ninch of Small Stakes Dexter Ranch in Beggs, Ok
Kathy Ryan of Ryan Ranch in Cushing, Ok
Cole and Christy Dotson of Redland Ranch in Mustang, Ok
If anyone has any ideas for promoting
the sales of Dexter Beef we would like your input.
Would like to have someone speak on this subject at
the next Spring Meeting such
as Randy and/or Karen Hall who have been successful at marketing at Farmers
Rowdy Stick Horse Ranch was mentioned as well to see how they do their marketing.
Suggested to have someone from USDA speak at a meeting as to selling to the public as
Jeanette Strickland brought up selling beef from your farm.
It was suggested to get a
list of USDA butcher facilities and publish on webpage.
Per ODCA bylaws elecitons are to be held in Odd years so therefore we will be holding
fall at the Tulsa State Fair Meeting.
Next Years Spring Meeting
We need ideas for next years 2018 ODCA Spring Meeting. We would like to have it either farther west or
for anyone to host the meeting. Can be at a farm or other venue.
Suggested was Stillwater Fairgrounds or an Ag Room
Tulsa State Fair Dexter Show
The Tulsa State Fair Dexter Show will be held Sept 28-30.
A list asking for show class sponsors
was passed around. Thanks to all who sponsor
The treasurers report was read by Sheila Farris. A copy of the report is available upon request.
Award- Special Recognition
We recognized Debra Hawkins as a special person for all her hard work, love and dedication to
the ODCA. She was the
founder of the association. She was presented with an Lifetime Members
Award and thanked by all for her service.
Motion was made by Joe Reynolds and seconded by Don Farris to close the meeting.