Proposals and Programs Passed at Board of Directors Meeting

by Joe Mask | Published July 17, 2013

SAN ANTONIO – The 2013 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) board of directors and committee meetings wrapped up Fri., July 12, 2013, with the BBU board of directors meeting. During the board of directors meeting several of the committees that met the previous two days presented proposals for board approval.

The Nominating committee nominated the following slate of candidates to be presented for consideration by the general membership at the 2013 BBU convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Officer candidates include Steve Carpenter, of Tecumseh, Okla., as the Secretary Nominee and Dwight Bertrand, Elton, La., as the Treasurer Nominee. Board of directors nominees included Jerry Davis of Canton, Texas, Clark Jones of Savannah, Tenn., Tom Hood of Tahlequah, Okla., and Bob Siddons of  Tilden, Texas. The Nominating committee recommended that Kito Saenz of San Isidro, Texas be appointed to fulfill a one-year unexpired term on the board of directors. The board approved the recommendation.

The Commercial Marketing committee proposed that premium certified (inspected) E6 females should be allowed to be registered as First Cross females. This proposal was passed through board approval. During the meeting, the board also approved a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year which was presented by the Finance and Audit committee. The Finance and Audit committee also recommended that a third option for registering Beefmaster cattle become effective Jan. 1, 2014. The board of directors approved this recommendation and starting January 2014 BBU will offer three registration programs including the traditional registration, Whole Herd Reporting (WHR) and the new program Inventory Based Reporting (IBR).

“With the addition of the Inventory Based Reporting or IBR registration program our members will be offered a more economical way to register cattle and allow them to select the best option for their herd. Through the IBR program each female on an inventory that is 15 months or older will be assessed an $8 inventory fee per year. The inventory fee includes a free registration for their calf that year, as well as a reduced transfer fee of $15 for that calf, up to 30 months of age,” said BBU Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., PAS. “Members participating in the IBR program must have all inventories submitted to BBU no later than February 1 of each year.”

In addition to these board approvals, the BBU board members also approved the location of the 2015 BBU Convention as it was suggested by the Convention committee. The 2015 BBU Convention will take place at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas from October 29-31, 2015.

The following proposals were also approved by the board of directors at the July meeting. The Long Range committee suggested that an additional question be added to the commercial marketing survey which will focus on asking commercial cattlemen what traits they look for when producing replacement females. The Advertising and Public Relations committee presented several communication services that will be offered to BBU members through the BBU staff including advertisement design, sale catalogs, video production and email marketing. The By Laws committee recommended a change in the By Laws that will include the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) adult committee as a permanent, standing committee. And finally the Junior Program committee presented a new election procedure for electing JBBA directors and officers.

“I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring for the Beefmaster breed,” said Perkins. “The meetings were successful and we are excited for the 2013 convention to arrive. Great things are happening in our breed and I look forward to seeing everyone in Fort Worth, Texas.”

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