President's Letter
(Summer 2001)

Dear Members:

We had a great annual membership meeting at Don and Debbie Davis' Seco Valley Ranch just out of Tarpley, TX where an educational talk was given on pasture management and chemical-free fertilizing with legume species, by NRCS representative Patrick Connor. We were treated to a great Mexican lunch of cabrito slowly roasted in banana leaves, with all the trimmings. We had members attend from that part of the country that we don't see very often and it was wonderful to be able to visit with them. Four new directors were elected to the STLA Board in April. They are Bob Rork, Joel Lemley, Ross Plant and Jody Beck. See the listings of officers on this page and feel free to give any of us a call with your suggestions as to how STLA can better serve the membership.

A regular STLA Board meeting was held on June 30 at the LaCabana Restaurant in Smithville, TX. All but one of the new board members were present and contributed a lot with their comments for the meeting. Bob Rork was on vacation in Alaska so he was not able to attend. Major items that were decided included: STLA will not have the STLA Fiesta Sale in 2002 and plans are underway to move the 2001 STLA Spring Show from San Antonio to Austin. Discussions are being held with the Star of Texas Livestock Show people in Austin regarding how STLA can combine our spring show with their Livestock Show that is held in the spring also. They have indicated that they will be able to handle nonhaltered and haltered animals. This move should reduce the costs of the STLA show considerably. It was really nice to have the San Antonio facility all to ourselves but the negatives to this were the cost to rent the facility and in spite of our efforts to publicize the event, we had very few visitors to attend. We will still be sponsoring the San Antonio Texas Longhorn Show that is held in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show and plan to use that event to maintain a presence and have exposure in the South Texas area.

We plan to have more ranch tours in the coming year with speakers who can provide information and answer questions for new folks getting in the business. One of my goals is to have a Cow College and I have discussed this with Morgan Cook, President of the Heart of Texas Affiliate. We will be working on some of this together and will be including both groups in events. There is a lot going on for the members that show their cattle but we want to provide more for the members who need more basic information.

Please watch for our mailings and plan to join us in activities this year.

Tom Peoples
(512) 756-2999

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