Planning Update – 2016 BWCAA Annual Meeting, National Cattle Show and Sale September 30 – October 1, Purcell, OK

The annual membership meeting, show and sale committees are making progress. Below is a summary of the events currently planned.

  • Thursday, Sept 29.
    • Show and Sale cattle arrival and check-in.
  • Friday, Sept.30. OSU Farm and Home Building
    • Registration and Refreshments
    • Two very informative and interesting speakers
    • More refreshments!
    • Annual Membership Meeting
    • Lunch (Fund-raising Auction)
    • BWCAA Board Re-organization Meeting
    • Fitting and Showing Clinic
    • Sale cattle late check-in
    • Evening Entertainment (Montgomery and Boles)
  • Saturday, Oct 1. (McLain County Event Center)
    • BWCAA National Cattle Show
    • Lunch
    • BWCAA Cattle Sale
  • Sunday, Oct 2
    • Cattle Load-out

Two excellent speakers have been secured for the Friday morning session. These include Kerry Cornelius from the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program who will speak on the economics of the cow/calf business including budgeting for the annual cost of owning a cow. Dr. Justin Talley, Livestock Entomologist from OSU, Stillwater, will cover management of external cattle parasites. Both topics should be of keen interest to our members.

Following our Annual Membership Meeting and Board Re-organization Meeting, a clinic will be held in the event center designed for new and experienced competitors in cattle shows. Members can learn the fine points in how to prepare an animal for show and the skills helpful in presenting the animal to the judge.

In the evening, weather permitting, we hope to have an opportunity to gather for fellowship and enjoy some great music.

The BWCAA National Show will begin early Saturday morning at the McLain Event Center. All cattle shown must be registered with BWCAA and be Standard Marked. In order to show an animal in the Show, a person must be a BWCAA member (Active, Associate or Junior) in good standing, but need not own the animal. The show classes have been expanded this year to include “pen-of-three” animals, as in 3 heifers of the same age and size. All Show animals will be halter broken and shown in the arena. Animals included in the pen-of-three classes can also be shown individually. Also expanded are the Showmanship classes which will include “Novice” competitors of all age groups. This is an opportunity for inexperienced competitors to try their hand at showing. It should be fun!

All bedding for the animals in stalls or wall-tied must be purchased on site.

We are in need of some volunteers to help with the Show and Sale, including an announcer, ring men for the Show to help youth with any uncooperative animals, etc. So, if you can help, please send a note to Sue.

The BWCAA Sale will be held immediately after the Show and the arena set up for the auction. All animals offered for sale must be registered with BWCAA and Standard Marked. BWCAA will be publishing and mailing out a 2016 BWCAA Show and Sale Catalog, by the 19th of August.  In order to be included in the Sale Catalog, the deadline for consigning animals is August 5, 2015. Entry forms for the Show and Sale will be available from the BWCAA website or can be obtained by calling the Association office.

Consignments may either be “Absolute” or “Reserved”. If “absolute”, the animal is sold at the price where the bidding stops. However, one may consign an animal at a “reserved” price, and if the reserved price is not met, the owner retains ownership. The Sale commission is set at 10% for all animals sold at the Sale auction and 6% for “reserved” animals that do not sell above the reserved price. We encourage photos of the animals consigned for the Sale for inclusion in the Catalog.

Be sure to plan ahead. Certain health certificates are required to transport cattle across state lines. You may need to schedule vaccinations for your heifers and bulls.

For accommodations, we hope many of you with RV’s will utilize the RV hookups at the event center. Also, we recommend Ruby’s Inn 405-527-5577, http://rubys-inn.com, the Executive Inn, 405-527-5582 or the Sleep Inn 405-307-0919, http://sleepinn.com/hotel-norman-okaloma-OK172?sousrce=yext.  Many of us stayed at Ruby’s Inn last year. It is located about 3-4 blocks from the meeting site. We found it to be clean and well managed, plus the restaurant had some pretty good food at reasonable prices.