President Greg Hipple
Christmas, a most magical time of the year is upon us. It is a season of hope, peace, and realizing the importance of family, friends, and togetherness. As I write this message, I do so with mixed
emotions. This is my last message as president of the Belted Galloway Society, Inc. I am so proud of all that Council has accomplished over the past few years. I have been so impressed by the dedication and work ethic of so many volunteers who gave their time, money, expertise, and experience to have made those advancements possible. Many members have shared their visions and goals as we move into the future with this breed, and some have expressed frustration and concern over what they perceive as a lack of progress. These are all excellent ideas and I have always made it a point to share their correspondence with the Council. The communication with members and those elected to serve in governance of the organization are paramount to its existence and success. Without the reciprocal flow of information and ideas we would not be working together towards a solution, we would simply be complaining. Members, please continue and keep sharing your wishes and concerns with those members that serve on Council and the various working committees that guide and develop policy and rules. Most importantly, share with them your appreciation, as these members serve without any compensation for their time, travel, or expenses. They also must then find someone to fill in for them on their farms
while they are away representing the Society at various events throughout the country each year. Dont take me wrong, serving as a member of Council has been a distinct honor for me. The privilege you have bestowed upon me; by being elected to serve as president of the Society has been one of the most fulfilling and humbling experiences of my life. I am sincerely grateful for this opportunity. I have met such interesting people who have been so welcoming and hospitable towards my wife Pat and me. I can hardly put into words the gratitude that I feel. We have made many lifelong friends, and we have had our lives so enriched. All I can do is extend my humble thank you to each and every member. Twenty-three issues ago, I wrote my first Presidents Message and titled it Opening the Gate. As I write my last residents message and title it Closing the Gate, I hope my part of the team that served you on Council has been able make a small positive difference in the legacy of the Belted Galloway Society. I hope that I have been able to maintain the high level of service and integrity as so many who have held this office before me.
As I close the gate for the last time, take the opportunity to ask yourself; if you could make a difference, would you consider serving as a member of Council at some time in the future? I think you would find it to be as positive and rewarding experience as I have.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Happy New Year to us all!
US Beltie News
World Galloway Congress 2018 Details Please join other Belted Galloway and Gallo-way breeders across the globe for the 2018 World Galloway Congress in Melbourne, Aus-tralia. The full Conference fee is $685 USD per dele-gate and will be held September 28-October 3, 2018. Registration is required by March 1, 2018. Payment must be made by April 1, 2018. Please advise the Australian Belted Galloway Association if you have any food allergies or require any assistance with mobility when making your registration. All inquiries may be emailed to [email protected] All registration payments whether by check or money order should be sent to the Australian Belted Galloway Association, ABRI, UNI, ARMIDALE. NSW 2351. Payment may also be sent by direct deposit to Westpac Bank, BSB 032607. Account Name: World Gallo-way Congress 2018 Melbourne. Account Num-ber: 348149. Book your room reservations with Best West-ern Airport Motel & Conference Center, 33 Ardlie Street, Attwood, Melbourne VIC, 3049. Phone: 03 9333 2200 or Fax: 03 9333 2696. When booking your reservation mention World Galloway Congress. Councilman Jon Bednarski from LaGrange, KY will be attending the 2018 Conference. Jon has volunteered to be the United States contact and can be reached at [email protected] or (502) 649-8706.
New Members Shane Avriett, HRC Belties, 2819 Diamond Bar Rd, Rathdrum, ID 83858, (208) 964-0548. Tyler Bagley, 11 Manzanelle Ct, Oroville, CA 94966. Greg Bailey, Bailey Kids 4H Farm, 54359 County Rd 31, Bristol, IN 46507, (574) 849-0919. C&B Farms, 419 Doty St, Mineral Point, WI 52565, (608) 482-2655. Chad Fuller, Holy Cow Farm, 1508 County Home Rd, Mocksville, NC 27028, (336) 345-8943. James Germann, 1616 Curry Rd, Sequin, TX 78155. Frank & Cindy Given, Rowan Oak Ranch, 6000 FM 455 West, Sanger, TX 76266, (940) 391-0052. Alonso Lopez Gomez, Rancho Puerto De Nieto, Salvador Quezada Limon 1512, Aquascalientes, 20040 Mexico, +521 (449)-155-2789. Todd Gosellin, 415 Palmer Rd, Thorndike, ME 04986. Beau Duick & Sara Griffith, PO Box 100, Watertown, MN 55388, (612) 720-1368. Lyndsey Grove, 1015 Heatwole Rd, Rockingham, VA 22802, (540) 271-2458. Aidan & Lane Harbage, Harbage Farms, 6759 Old Springfield Rd, South Charleston, OH 45368, (937) 462-9053. James Howell, PO box 335, Albany, OR 97321. Michael Hulstein, 408 S Main, Sioux Center, IA 51250, (715) 441-7525. Sam Hulst, Skh Cattle, 32130 State Hwy 56, Waltham, MN 55982, (507)
951-7357. Jesse Johnson, 3800 Columbia Rd 21, Taylor, AR 71861, (870) 953-0744. Jake Kristophel, 2276 Georgetown Rd, Volant, PA 16156, (724) 513-1291. Michael & Michelle LoPiccolo, 59 Treadwell Rd, Binghamton, NY 13905. Doug Mentlik, 3663 Whitney Lane, Glen Rock, PA 17327, (443) 436-6001. Pedro Nandino, 27 McDonald Rd, Edgewood, NM 87015, (505) 286-6247. Ethon Overton, 7105 E US Hwy 36, Rockville, IN 47872, (765) 592-3555. Eric Pate, 51121 Midway Creek Rd E, Eatonville WA 98328, (425) 238-7474. Brice Patrick, 13589 N 500 E, North Manchester, IN 46962. Jessie & Heather Perkins, PO Box 2661, Lapine, OR 97739, (541) 771-3323. Anna Price, PO Box 2467, Elk City, OK 73648, (580) 821-2371. Arnold Rapoport, 1756 Spery Rd, Cornwall, VT 05753, (518) 532-9986. Red Rock Ranch, 11536 130th St S, Sabin, MN 56580. Sage Mountain Ranch, PO Box 102, Stockton, UT 84071, (801) 860-2618. Matt Springer, 51755 K E Rd, Mesa, CO 81643, (970) 268-5267. Nick Thomas, 10612 US Hwy 60, Canadian, TX 79014, (806) 323-3444. Tolar Farms, 915 Munson Rd, Livingston, TX 77351, (936) 933-6665. Ed Weaver, Willow Oak Farm, N9342 State Rd 78, Blanchardville, WI 53516, (608) 574-1920. Della & Darrell Weems, 32944 K Ave, Adel, IA 50003. Nikki Wegner, W9244 Horseshoe Rd, Beaver Dam, WI 53916, (262) 224-7226.
2017 Louisville Wrap-Up
Michelle Ogle, Chairman Belted Galloway Show Committee Janie Tripp , Chairman Belted Galloway Junior Association Each year as we travel home from the North American International Live-stock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, we cannot help but think that this years show was the BEST EVER! And year-after-year, we pleasant-ly witness a new level attained in the quality of cattle and integrity of our breeders and exhibitors. The 2017 shows were spectacular! The open show included 59 animals and was live-streamed. We hope that many folks took advantage of watching it online. Our junior exhibitors enjoyed pre-show activities that included a fitting clinic, a junior meeting, photo contest, showmanship and a herdsman con-test. All of our awards and activities could not be held without the faithful-ness of our donors who contribute with generous donations. Our silent auction raised $505. Show sponsors levels included:
Platinum Level Plus over $200
Anderson Hill Farm (VT), Double M Ranch (TX), HC Sims Farms (PA) Magnolia Trace (MS), Meadowood Farm (NY) Sherwood Acres LLC (KY), Stones Throw (SC).
Platinum Level - $200 Fields Of Athenrye (VA), Klover Korners Farm (IL), Mitchell Ledge Farm (ME).
Gold Level - $150
Southdown Farm (NJ).
Silver Level - $100 Agri-Exposure, LLC (KY), Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association, Hav-A-Belt Galloways (WI), Pine View Farm (ME), Stewart Ranch (CA), TEK Cattle (WI), White Sulphur Farm (GA).
Bronze Level - $50 Antietam Farm (IL), K & E Wilkerson Farm (IA), Sutcliff Belties (IA), Wayside Valley Farm (IL). Hard work and attention to detail did not go unnoticed as Caroline Oatley (RI) and Marshall Finke (IN) were awarded the Herdsmen Awards. The BGJA has very talented photographers! Twenty-seven entries were entered in three categories that were split into two groups. First placings in the junior categories: Julian Hamilton (TX) black/white; Julian Hamilton (TX) color; Justin Posey (MS) all others. Firsts in the senior categories: Heidi Latta (NC) black/white; Heidi Latta (NC) color; Claire Posey (MS) all others. Wednesdays activities also in-cluded a scavenger hunt with members learning the grounds of the North American by retrieving items at various locations. We had an impressive line-up of BGJA members and 29 cattle at Kathi Jurkowski National Junior Show! Congratulations to Caroline Oatley (RI) who received the $1000 Jackpot for her Grand Champion Steer. The $500 Jackpot went to Kamryn Forrest (RI) with her prospect steer.
Show results and photos are found on pages 4-5 of this issue.
2018 Mandatory Testing
All bulls born on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be DNA
and hypotrichosis tested before registration. Fees for the manda-
tory DNA and hypotrichosis testing are $65. Bulls bo