SOUTH POLL GRASS CATTLE ASSOC. TO HOLD MEETING

The second South Poll Grass Cattle Association Annual meeting and field day will be held Saturday, May 8, at the ranch of Tom and Toyah McGrady in Montgomery, Texas.

Activities will kick off at 9 a.m. with Tom McGrady welcoming and introducing attendees to his ranch and explaining the activities the association has planned for the day.

Greg Judy, author and Holistic high density grazing rancher will give an overview of his high density grazing operation. South African Holistic rancher Ian Mitchell-Innes will be covering the benefits of Holistic Management on our ranches. Both men will lead a pasture walk in the afternoon.

Dr. Jim Sanders will speak on what it takes to build a profitable and enjoyable cowherd.

Association President Teddy Gentry will give an overview on the makeup and purpose of South Poll cows. Gentry is the founder of the four-way cross, which includes Hereford, Angus, Senepol and Barzona breeds of cattle.

Gentry says the field day will be an opportunity to learn about progressive grazing methods and to see South Poll cattle as they fit into the efficient production of quality grass-fed beef. He describes South Poll cows as a “gentle, higher productive mama cow that is heat tolerant without having a Bos-indicus base.”

Ranch owners Tom and Toyah McGrady say they would like to showcase South Poll cattle at the field day and intend to have a representation of cattle from all component breeds so attendees can get a better idea of how the South Poll came to be and what each of the four component breeds had to offer in the makeup of the South Poll.

A few select open heifers, bred heifers, cows and a few slick bulls will be offered at a Cowboy Auction to be held at 1 p.m.

The organization will sponsor a silent auction throughout the day that would include semen on some of the best South Poll bulls in the breed and many other interesting items. Semen will also be sold during the day so bring your tank.

A lunch of grass-fed South Poll beef will be served at noon. McGrady says the day's activities should end at about 4:15 p.m.

Pre-registration for the annual meeting will be needed with a $50 per person fee being charged by the association for entrance to all the activities. Youngsters from 16 and under will be admitted free. Anyone registering after April 15 will be charged a $75 fee. To register online to www.southpoll.com under downloads or contact Lisa Sanders at 256-845-6851.

Registration forms and fees may be mailed to South Poll Grass Cattle Association, c/o Lisa Sanders, P.O. Box 681123, Fort Payne, AL 35968.







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