International Texas Longhorn Association board meeting

December 12, 2017


The telephone meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. central time by Pres. Mike Tomey. An invocation was given by Gary Lake, and roll call found the following directors and officers present: Gary Lake, vice president; Larry Reck, treasurer and region 7 director; Gordon Musgrove, region 1; Dan Grove, region 2; Dick Lowe, region 3; John Nelson, region 4; T.J. Farnsworth, region 5; Kevin Bryant, region 6; Larry Smith, region  8; Joe Dowling, region 9; Joel Dickinson, at-large #2; and Randy Witte, at-large # 1.

Pres. Tomey declared a quorum was present and asked that the following items be added to the agenda: discussion of a registration problem involving Craig Perez; membership directory update; website update; and a private venture in Canada possibly involving Longhorn cattle.

Motion: Upon motion by Gary Lake, seconded by Gordon Musgrove, the additional above items were added to the agenda.

Motion: Upon motion by John Nelson, seconded by Gary Lake, the minutes of the October 26, 2017, meeting were approved.

Motion: Upon motion by John Nelson, seconded by Dan Groves, the minutes of the October 28, 2017, meeting were approved.

Larry Reck gave an ITLA treasurer’s report for the 11 months ending with November 30, 2017. Year-to-date total unrestricted income was $196,620.53; total unrestricted/restricted receipts were $214,720.53. Operation expenses at the Glen Rose office were $94,458.98 for the previous 11 months. Operation expenses off-site were $1,202.96. Total championship show expenses were $73,668.84. E-Drover expenses were $7,507.00. Net income was $32,899.90. Total available funds were $60,640.73.

Madeline McGuire proceeded to give an ITLA office report. Registrations through October, 2017, totaled 1,683; transfers totaled 736; and memberships totaled 1,117.

An ITLA Championship Show committee was established via board directive. Committee members will include Kevin Bryant, John Nelson, Larry Smith and Joe Dowling. The Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid, Okla., is under consideration as site for the 2018 show. A telephone meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night, January 23, to vote on the site and dates for the 2018 show. Other show committees, including a futurity committee, will need to be formed.

Next item discussed was a Longhorn cow, owned by member Craig Perez, with disputed heritage and registration information. The board discussed a written report on the cow presented by Mr. Perez and it was decided to hold a hearing on the matter and invite Mr. Perez to attend.

Next item on the agenda was a report, given by Kevin Bryant, on the use of DNA profiling in Texas Longhorn herds—what is presently being done and what the future might hold. Kevin explained how DNA knowledge could be used to identify useful traits in cattle, things like rate-of-gain and horn growth. He said a control herd of 1,000 cows from various breeds would probably be needed to begin with, and studied over a two-year period. The board agreed a committee should be formed, including Kevin Bryant, Joel Dickinson, Mike Tomey and Joe Dowling, to look into the subject and report to the board at the January meeting.

Gary Lake addressed the ITLA website update.  He said there were 30 to 40 items that need to be fixed, and that Jamie Feldman of Hired Hand will proceed with the project as soon as the second half of the fee is paid.

Motion: On motion by Dan Groves, seconded by Randy Witte, it was agreed to pay the remainder of the fee to Hired Hand.

Kevin Bryant gave an update on the membership directory and said it is on schedule to go to the publisher January 30.

Gary Lake noted that an ITLA ad will again run in the Texas Longhorn Show program at National Western Stock Show in Denver in January. He asked if ITLA again wanted to advertise free one-year memberships to new members.

Motion: Upon motion by Dan Groves, seconded by Gordon Musgrove, it was agreed to offer the free one-year memberships to new members.

Motion: Upon motion by John Nelson, seconded by Randy Witte, it was agreed to contribute a $300 promotion fee to the National Western Texas Longhorn Show Association for 2018. The show, it was noted, is unique in that it is approved by both the ITLA and TLBAA, and championship/world show points are awarded to winners by both national organizations.

Gordon Musgrove said one of his regional members, Deb Lesyk of Saskatchewan, wished to become an ITLA judge. Her cattle are registered “Double D Arena.” Madeline McGuire will send her an application. Gordon also said a meat company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was looking for a steady stream of cattle, and they might want to use Longhorns to help with the needed supply. Mike Tomey will work alongside Gordon to learn more.

Kevin Bryant said American Livestock Magazine, publisher of the forthcoming ITLA directory, offered a front cover and article to the ITLA for a fee. The board felt it might be premature to decide at this time.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Randy Witte, secretary