2024 Annual meeting
NCHCA members gathered in Northwood, Iowa on February 3rd for the annual meeting and educational session at Diamond Jo's Casino
On Saturday morning, the business meeting was held. The board updated members about priorities and projects it has been working on during the year. Committees made reports on their activities for the year and recommendations for the upcoming year.
You can find the agenda with committee reports here: 2024 Annual Meeting Agenda
Elections were held for one director position and Maureen Matt was unanimously elected for a second term on the board.
The Board has appointed Julianne Motis as Treasurer replacing Kevin Opperman. Many thanks to Kevin for his efforts in this role.
items of note
You can listen to a recording of the business meeting below
Members split into small groups to cover a variety of topics including:
featured speaker - jared lurman
Jared farms on his family's farm in Goodhue, MN along with his wife Valerie and dad Jon. They raise registered Red Angus cattle and breed livestock that are bred to thrive in their environment without the use of expensive inputs. Jared and Valerie own and operate Grass Fed Cattle Company, a direct to consumer brand marketing grass fed beef, pastured pork and pastured poultry from their farm as well as other local farmers to customers in and around the Twin Cities. Their goals are to manage their farm in a way that improves the land under their stewardship, the profitability of their business, and the lifestyle that they enjoy. You can learn more about what they do on Jared's Herd Quitter Podcast where he talks to farmers and ranchers across the US who aren't afraid to do things differently and have found success in their businesses through this.
Listen to Jared's presentation focused on looking at farm profitability from a different point of view.
The YouTube is an audio recording of Jared's presentation.
Click HERE for Jared's Powerpoint Presentation
Check out Jared's Podcast, The Herd Quitter
Congratulations to Clarisa Palmer who is the 2024 of the NCHCA Junior Scholarship. Thanks to Clarisa for her commitment to the breed and our association. We know she will find success as she continues her collegiate career.
The NCHCA board honored Maureen Matt for her work in support of the Association. Maureen joined the board in 2022 and has served on multiple committees, working tirelessly on behalf of the Association. Congratulations, Maureen and thank you for all you have done for NCHCA!
After a great banquet, an auction to support the junior program was held and a good time was had by all.
Thanks to all who contributed items and bid. Juniors raised $2,430 through your generosity.
sunday morning clipping clinic
A special feature of this year's meeting was a clipping clinic. Lauren Cowell of Beyond Hope Farm demonstrated different fitting styles, from minimal clipping to a more fully fitted style.
Lauren stressed that these techniques are not useful only for showing, but can also help breeders present their animals in photos.
Novices and experienced members alike learned from Lauren's presentation.
We are very grateful to Lauren for sharing her expertise.
Thanks to all members who were able to make the meeting and a special welcome to the many new faces who came to the session. See you all next year!
Special thanks go to Katie & Kyle Baker and the Annual Meeting Committee, Michelle and Tony Letourneau, Sharon Lewis and Bruce Schmitz, for the great job planning and organizing the event.