The Pushmataha, Atoka & Choctaw Cattlemen’s Association will be having their third annual dinner at the Kiamichi Vo-Tech in Hugo on October 13, 2012. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m.
We have been very fortunate to see our membership grow from year to year. Priefert Manufacturing Company from Mt. Pleasant, TX., has given us a squeeze chute with head gate, and trailer, to be used as an incentive for us to do better next year. The board decided to sell chances on this chute. It will be given away on October 13th at the annual dinner. A scholarship fund will be set up with a portion of this money. The rest will go back to help pay for the annual dinner. Mr. Cliff Neal is the District Sales Representative that made this possible.
GoBob Manufacturing from Mounds, OK., has donated a Hay Ring to our organization. The ring will also be auctioned off at the annual dinner. They are also offering a discount on items purchased by our members and at the end of the year a tally will be done and a percentage will be donated to the scholarship fund. Senator Jerry Ellis will be the auctioneer this year.
We are trying to build our membership and at the same time help the kids. WE also have a Jr. Cattlemen’s organization. In this they can learn how to judge a good cow from a bad one, pasture improvements, learn information on how to pick the difference between a good show animal or a butcher annual, or just a good framed cow that will make a good pasture mom.
The 4-H leaders are going on a three day and night learning camp in Poteau. There are 10 young men and women attending this camp and the Cattlemen’s Association has contributed to the 4-H fund to help pay for their expenses and food. They will have a nice learning experience to bring back information to the other youth of our communities.
The Cattlemen’s Association has made possible a fundraiser for the 4-H clubs, and Jr. Cattlemen’s. They will be selling chances on 100 lbs of fresh ground beef. The money raised will go into their respective clubs and a small percentage will go into the scholarship fund. We hope that this will help encourage college thoughts for these young people, plus, inspire their ideas towards (back to grass roots) whether it be a veterinarian, agriculture specialist or maybe a nutritionist. All fields of agriculture are declining in our world of modern technology. Someone has to feed the world of the future. That someone is today’s youth.
For more information on the annual dinner, to request information regarding joining the Cattlemen’s Association, please contact Cairl Collins at 580-513-6428 or 580-298-2623 after 8 p.m.