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SANTA GERTRUDIS BREEDERS INTERNATIONAL ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP

Kingsville, Texas – The historic Menger hotel in San Antonio, Texas was the location of the 56th Santa Gertrudis Breeders International annual meeting and conference. With many in attendance it certainly was a meeting to remember.

History will be made within SGBI when the first female president takes the gavel this year to lead the association. Jane Wendt, Wendt Ranches, Bay City, Texas has been elected to serve as President of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Jane and her husband Dan, former SGBI President, have been in the Santa Gertrudis business for over 50 years. Serving with Jane as her officers are: Robert Briggs, Briggs Ranches, Victoria, Texas - Secretary/Treasurer; Lamar Kelly, Southern Breeze Ranch, Midway, Alabama – Vice President Marketing and Promotions; Robert Silva, Krebs, Oklahoma – Vice President Breed Improvement and Ira Barrow, Liberty Ranch, Kiowa, Oklahoma – Vice President Youth Activities.

Members newly elected to the Board of Directors: Eastern Region - Deanna Parker, Parker Farms, Cave City, Kentucky; Western Region – Charla Borchers-Leon, Borchers Southern Y Ranches, L.P., Victoria, Texas; Allen Grainger, Rocking A Ranch, Brenham, Texas; and Adolfo Sanchez, Red Doc Farm, Belen, New Mexico. Several members were re-elected to their positions on the board they include: District 2 – Robert Briggs, Briggs Ranches, Victoria, Texas; District 4 – Lamar Kelly, Southern Breeze Ranch, Midway, Alabama; District 5 – Fred Dietrich, Dietrich's Flying D Ranch, Orlando, Florida; Eastern Region – Andy Fullington, Fullington Farms, Terry, Mississippi; Gene McCarter, McCarter Farms, Michie, Tennessee; Dr. Burton McDaniel, MC Ranch, Alpharetta, Georgia; Robert Silva, Krebs, Oklahoma and Western Region – Jane Wendt, Wendt Ranches, Bay City, Texas.

Santa Gertrudis members enjoyed three days of fun filled activities and workshops that focused on the breed and associations future. Members had a big time at the Buckhorn Saloon in downtown San Antonio where great food and music provided an entertaining evening. Members also had an opportunity to watch the world champion San Antonio Spurs in an exciting basketball game.

Workshops filled the days where members could become more educated on the new breed registry system. Stacy Sanders from ABRA provided in-depth information on the new system and the benefits to members. Gustavo Torro, GRI-Sexing Technologies provided members with news ways to look at their calf crops by using sexed semen, guaranteeing that heifer or bull crop for the next season.

Jim Reeves spoke to members about a project that has been going on for some time within SGBI, the SGBI NuGen project. This project was designed to put fresh, new genetics back into the Santa Gertrudis breed with an upgrading program by using Red Brahman and Shorthorn genetics. Dr. Burton McDaniel, MC Ranch, Georgia is the original member that produced the crosses for the NuGen project. The first female “Ms. Anne” was unveiled at the annual meeting. Much interest was aroused in this program of new genetics.

Saturday, rounding out the workshops, was an informative discussion on the SGBI Long Range Plan. This program discussed the plan and its direction and also asked for member input. Good discussion and thoughts were taken from the session. Saturday night the President's Dinner was held with outgoing President Howard Tinney handing over the reigns to incoming President Jane Wendt.

During the evening several awards were given including Highest Number of Registrations by district which were presented to: District 1 – Red Doc Farm, Belen, New Mexico; District 2 – Briggs Ranches, Victoria, Texas; District 3 – Liberty Ranch, Kiowa, Oklahoma; District 4 – Tinney Farms, Hanceville, Alabama; District 5 – Salter Farms, Milton, Florida and District 6 – Schultz Farms, Seneca, Missouri. Other awards presented during the evening included the President's Award which outgoing President Howard Tinney presented to Gene McCarter, McCarter Farms of Michie, Tennessee. This award recognizes individuals that have made an impact on the Santa Gertrudis breed. Mr. McCarter has been involved with Santa Gertrudis for over twenty-five years.

Other awards presented were the High Point Show Awards and the National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feed-out Awards. The high point show awards recognized those individuals that throughout the year haul Santa Gertrudis up and down the road to the various shows around the country. Awards were presented to the following: Circle A Farm, Williamsport, Tennessee – High Point Yearling Female, Bravo's Star 1/5; High Point Produce of Dam, Bravo's Baroness B150; and Exhibitor of the Year; Bar M Farm, Lenoir, North Carolina and Liberty Ranch, Kiowa, Oklahoma – High Point Female, High Point Senior Female, and Best of Polled Female, Shana Red 492; Liberty Ranch – Allyson Hughes, Christmas, Florida – Produce of Dam, Hope 226/6; Liberty Ranch – Shelby Barrow, Kiowa, Oklahoma – Produce of Dam, Jewel 061; Hilltop Farms, Chesapeake, Ohio – High Point Heifer Calf, Circle A Nina 95; Shaker Hill Farm, Lebanon, Ohio – High Point Bull Calf, Shaker's Sierra 10/4; Mosby Creek Ranch, Dayton, Ohio – High Point Yearling Bull, Mosby Creek Rib-Eye 375; Hunt's Diamond H Farms, Greenfield, Indiana – High Point Bull, High Point Senior Bull, and Best of Polled Bull – Hunt's DHF Hoosier Daddy 74/3 and Get of Sire and Sire of the Year – Hunt's DHF Missile 961 and Dam of the Year – Hunt's DHF Becca 0826 and Double TT Ranch, Rosser, Texas – Breeder of the Year.

National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feed-out Awards are presented to those members participating in the feed-out. During the feed-out information is collected and processed with sire group being named. Awards were presented to the following – Steer Feed-Out Number Four: Pecan Hill Farm, Bellville, Texas – Van's Admiral 49 took home three of the four sire group awards which included Carcass Value Per Day of Age, Average Daily Gain and Most Profit – Net Return. Liberty Ranch, Kiowa, Oklahoma took the Highest Valued Carcass award with sire CB Grizzly's Chunk 0525. In Steer Fee-Out Number Five Conners State College from Warner, Oklahoma took a clean sweep with winning all three categories. The sire Silva 320/8 won the categories Carcass Value/Day of Age; Average Daily Gain and Net Profit/Head.

Board of Directors recognized for their service to the association and the board of directors were: Dr. Charles Borchers, Borchers Southern Y Ranches, L.P., Victoria, Texas; Scott Moore, King Ranch, Inc., Kingsville, Texas; Howard Tinney, Tinney Farms, Hanceville, Alabama and Haskell Young, Young Farms, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Thanks to these individuals for giving of their time and their selves to serve the Santa Gertrudis membership.

Santa Gertrudis Breeders International provides progressive leadership, services, programs and technology to promote and broaden the long-term profitability of Santa Gertrudis influence within the beef industry by being member-driven and consumer-focused. Visit www.santagertrudis.com to learn more about the Santa Gertrudis breed.

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