The 2017 Heartland Highland Cattle Association Annual Meeting and Gathering
What a wonderful HHCA Annual Meeting and Gathering. Members from all over, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
Many new people meeting each other, networking and making new friends and reconnecting with old friends.
Saturday, March 4th began with the registration at 10AM and the first speaker was Justin Akins of Fodder Works. He brought live plants to show every one who well this process works. Lunch began at noon with a full array of foods brought to the reception luncheon by the members. Good Highland beef entrees, summer sausage, beef stick, Highland meatballs, Highland meatloaf, and Highland all beef brats and kraut. Numerous side dishes and desserts. umm, umm to all.
Everyone had enough to eat. The afternoon speaker was Dr. Craig Payne who spoke on the VFD and how well it is working for farmers and the vets. He had some good info that many had heard about.
The animal meeting brought us two new Board of Directors and two incumbents who also won their returning seats. Also the gavel was turned over to the new Pres. and Vice President. Welcome new Board members, Jacque Hawkins, Gary Trevorrow, returning Clint Deardorff and Steve Stewart. New President Blake Coble and Vice-President Chris Batz.
Everyone introduced themselves and where from. The 2018 calendar winners were announced, and this year there were two calendars. Winning farms were Stepping Stone Acres and MO-NE Farm.
The evening banquet was very good, three entrees of Prime Rib, smoked pork and braised chicken. After the banquet the Lee Wolfgang Award was presented to Don & Peggy McCallie of Wildflower Farm.
A great day for all, looking forward to 2018, same place, first weekend of Mar.
Mark your calendar, March 3, 2018 See you then.
HHCA Meeting and Gathering March 4th Branson Towers Hotel
Friday night "Meet and Greet"
Justin Akins from Fodder Works shows off his live plants
Getting ready for the reception luncheon
Silent Auction items, lots of them, thank you to all who donated
Hwy. H Highland Ranch demonstrating their Calf Catcher
Getting goodies at the luncheon reception
Dr. Craig Payne speaking on VFD and how it works
Gary Trevorrow awarded the Trail Blazer Award
Jeremy Hepp of Redbud, IL receiving the HHCA Scholarship
Delaney DeHart of Urich, MO won the HHCA Scholarship award and was accepted by her parents
calendar reveal at the meeting
Stepping Stones Acres winner of the calendar
enjoying the banquet
Lee Wolfgang Award was presented to Don & Peggy McCallie of Wildflower Farm