Two Rochelle residents appointed to Mohair Council at annual meeting

The Mohair Council of America held its Annual Membership Meeting Jan. 17, in San Angelo to promote the use of mohair and to support Angora goat producers. During the meeting, they also appointed directors for the next year and Connie Dittmar and Lewis Bratton, both of Rochelle were named as two of the 30 district directors. The Council has initiated several projects aimed at getting mohair into the marketplace. Executive Director Zane Willard and President Jack Groff reported on results of the Mohair Council’s container trials. Over the last 18 months, MCA has sent six containers of original bag adult mohair to Prestige Fibres Processing Ltd. in the U.K. Prestige Fibres processes the mohair into top and negotiates sales to customers around the globe. Even in what has been a declining market, the majority of the top has been sold. Texas producers have received some valuable information about the quality of mohair that has been labeled ‘original bag adult.’ Willard also updated the membership on the progress of the mohair carpet venture known as ‘Christoval Carpets.’ The Council will be represented at the 2002 Surfaces Expo, the largest floor-covering trade show in the U.S. New to the line this year are the wilton, or broadloom products manufactured in the U.K. Additionally, MCA will feature woven rugs out of Mexico. Each of the products in the Christoval line utilizes Texas mohair. The Mohair Council was pleased to have Dr. Ed Huston present his Livestock Management Solutions software at this year’s meeting. The software is the result of years of research aimed at providing ranchers with a tool whereby they can make an economic decision whether to breed for meat or for fiber. The software is available through the Texas A&M Research Center in San Angelo. Dr. Diane Sutton of USDA-APHIS was on hand to review the new scrapie regulations. Her presentation helped to clarify compliance issues and give growers the information necessary to meet the new guidelines. Copies of hand-outs are available through the Mohair Council office. The Mohair Council elected officers for the upcoming year. Jesse Lockhart, Jr. of Barksdale was elected president. Pierce Miller of San Angelo was elected vice president, and Gwynne Lundgren of Menard was elected secretary/treasurer. The Council amended the by-laws to cap the number of district directors at 30 rather than the previous 60. New directors elected through district caucuses were: Pierce Miller, San Angelo; Neill Woodward, Ft. Stockton; Ginger Perner, Ozona; Tuffy Whitehead, Del Rio; Blake Lewis, Del Rio; Bill Zuberbueler, Comstock; Gwynne Lundgren, Menard; Bill Tullos, San Angelo; George Sultemeier, Ft. McKavett; Ben Epps, Sonora; Jimmy Holman, Sonora; Edward Earwood, Sonora; Jesse Lockhart Jr., Barksdale; Marty Graham, Rocksprings; John Davis, Rocksprings; Robin Giles, Comfort; Connie Dittmar, Rochelle; Tommy Reeh, Doss; Janet Willmann, Mason; Willie Ray Willmann, Mason; Lewis Bratton, Rochelle; Troy Duncan, Lometa; Jule Richmond, Blanket; Mark Langford, Lampasas; Mac Gilliat, Leaky; Hayden Haby, Brackettville; Lanny Leinweber, Mt. Home; Dee Hadorn, Harrah, Ok.; and Bennett Mitchell, Ashland, Mo. The 2002 Annual Meeting ended with a presentation to immediate past president Jack Groff. He was presented with a mohair rug styled with his ranch brand. Additionally, a resolution was read on his behalf that will be entered into the official minutes of the meeting.

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