TSGRA annual convention set July 19-21 in Kerrville

The Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association’s 86th annual convention is set for Thursday through Saturday, July 19-21, at the Inn of the Hills. Thursday’s activities begin with the sixth annual Goat Ropers Golf Tournament at 12:30 p.m. at Schreiner Municipal Golf Course. Registration will be open from 3-5 p.m. at the Inn’s Medallion Center, followed at 6 p.m. by the Texas Scrapie Certification Board meeting and an informal reception in room 196 from 6:30-7 p.m. The Texas Animal Damage Management Association will meet at 7 a.m. Friday, July 20, and the convention proper begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Medallion Center. The Livestock Protection Committee meeting from 8:30-9:15 a.m. will feature Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Biologist Mary Humphrey, State Rep. Bob Turner, and USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services state director Gary Nunley. The Natural Resources/Environmental Rights Committee meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. and includes a discussion of wind power by Randy Sowell, Texas Wind Power Co., as well as a discussion of water planning and recent related legislation by Cindy Cauley with the Plateau-Sutton Underground Water Conservation District. The Tax and Labor Committee, meeting at 10:15 a.m., will hear from Rob Junell, chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee, on redistricting and brush control project updates. Rob Hosford, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association policy analyst, will report on the recent legislative session. A variety of speakers will address the Wool and Mohair Marketing Committee at 10:45a.m. ASI Wool Council member Gwynne Lundgren will report on the International Wool Trade Organization meeting in China; ASI Wool Council chairman Mike Jernigan will provide an overview of ASI’s New Zealand/Australia fact-finding mission; Texas A&M wool and mohair lab director Dr. Chris Lupton will present slides on the New Zealand/Australia trip and discuss an equipment study; and Producers Marketing Co-op manager Dr. Ronald Pope will discuss consolidation of wool and mohair handling. The Lamb Marketing Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m., featuring Ranchers’ Lamb of Texas president Wayne Snyder and other food industry representatives. Beginning at 2 p.m., the Goat Meat Committee will hear from Mohair Council of America president Jack Groff, American Meat Goat Association president Marvin Shurley, Ranchers’ Lamb representative Justin Jonas, and American Boer Goat Association director Daryle Coates. The Health and Product Development Committee will meet at 3 p.m. and hear about toxic plants from Dr. John Reagor of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab, as well as scrapie regulations from USDA veterinarian Dr. Gary Svetlik. A “confined animal feeding” workshop at 4 p.m. will present critical information on livestock feeding regulations that could affect virtually every producer member. Evening activities include a poolside reception at 6 p.m., followed by the annual membership banquet at 7 p.m. and a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight. Saturday’s convention activities begin with the membership committee meeting at 9 a.m., a discussion of the wool and mohair marketing loan program at 9:30, and the General Resolutions Committee meeting at 10:30. The general business session will follow, and the convention will conclude after the noon luncheon, keynoted by Texas Land Commissioner David Dewhurst. The Women’s Auxiliary executive board meeting will begin Saturday morning at 8:30, followed by the auxiliary’s general meeting at 10 a.m.

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