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VA Beef Cattlemens Field Day- August 18, 2012
The Virginia Beef Cattlemen’s Field Day was held on Saturday, August 18th at Lazy Acres Angus in Rocky Mount, VA. A joint effort between the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and Virginia Angus Association, over 200 attendees enjoyed a blessing from Mother Nature with great weather, some good BBQ BEEF and lots of educational opportunities. The day kicked off with a greeting from Jess Herbers, Field Day Chairman, outlining the day’s events. Shortly after Jess, Dr. Chris Sumner from Farm Veterinary Services, Inc. addressed the crowd with information about Breeding Soundness Exams on breeding bulls and how a small investment in the exam could be one of the best insurance policies ever purchased. Following Chris was Anne Jones with the Virginia Beef Industry Council who got our taste buds flowing with some great grilling tips. With assistance from Jason Carter, she pushed us over the top with an appetizer of flank steak just before lunch. Leaving hungry was your own fault with a BBQ BEEF, beans and coleslaw lunch provided by our hosts. Melissa Waller, Franklin County Ag technician conducted an old school judging contest with Adam Motley lining them up as our judge. Randy Wilmuth from Scottsville, VA took home the top prize with a perfect score followed closely by Buddy Shelton of Gretna, VA. In the youth division, Caroline Maxey of Chatham, VA led the way followed by Calhoun. No siesta’s at Lazy Acres as the afternoon events kept everyone entertained. Jason Carter, Executive Director of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, moderated a“Fertility- Fact or Fiction” discussion from a panel including Dr. Bill Beal-professor emeritus from Virginia Tech, Cliff Marshal- Vice President of Operations from Select Sires, Inc. and Bill Tucker- owner of Tucker Family Farms. The trio shared their thoughts and provided insights as the crowd asked questions ranging from what is the right number of cows per bull to how to manage a synchronization program. At one point, the crowd and the panelist were so engaged that Dr. Beal had to stand up. Great discussion and good fellowship more than outweighed the travel time to get there. A big THANK YOU to the sponsors who helped make a great event. They were as follows: Southern States, Novartis, May Building Supply, Pfizer, Select Sire Power, First Bank and Trust, Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation, Veterinary Services, Montgomery Co. Farm Bureau, Franklin Co. Farm Bureau, VA Farm Bureau, Anderson Tractor and Equipment, Southern States- Martinsville Coop., Rocky Mount Tractor, Genex, Daltons on the Sycamore, Farm Credit and Country Mortgages, Southside Large Animal Clinic, Renaissance Animal Nutrition, and Americo Energy, LLC.