The first South Poll Grass Cattle Association annual meeting and field day will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the farm of Greg and Jan Judy in Clark, Mo.
Activities will kick off at 10 a.m. with well-known grazier Greg Judy welcoming attendees to his farm and explaining his method of high stock density grazing.
Association President Teddy Gentry will also speak on the makeup and purpose of South Poll cows. Gentry is the founder of the four-way cross which includes Hereford, Angus, Senepol and Barzona breeds of cattle.
Gentry says the field day will be an opportunity to learn about progressive grazing methods and to see South Poll cattle as they fit into the efficient production of quality grass-fed beef. He describes South Poll cows as a "gentle, higher productive mama cow that is heat tolerant without having a Brahma base."
Visitors will be able to view Judy's cattle and some of the best bulls, mama cows and calves that Gentry has raised on his Bent Tree Farms in Fort Payne, Alabama.
The meeting will also feature tours of the Judy farm from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
The organization will sponsor a silent auction throughout the day that would include a purebred South Poll heifer that Gentry will bring from Alabama along with many other interesting items.
The evening will close with a 5 p.m. campfire guitar pull in which Gentry, the bass player from the legendary country music band Alabama, and other Nashville songwriters will perform. Attendees must have paid an attendance fee to the annual meeting to attend the guitar pull.
Preregistration for the annual meeting will be needed, with a $35 per person fee being charged by the association for entrance to all the activities. Youngsters 16 and under will be admitted free. Anyone registering after June 1 will be charged a $50 fee. To register online go to www.southpoll.com under downloads or contact Jan Judy at 573-874-1816 or Jerry Voss at 573-694-1681. A map to the Judy Farm can be found at www.greenpasturesfarm.net.
Registration forms and fees may be mailed to South Poll Grass Cattle Association, c/o Lisa Jeffery, 292 Co. Rd. 7, Fort Payne, AL 35967, Jerry Voss at P.O. Box 109, Linn, Mo. 65051 or to Jan Judy at 21975 Devil’s Washboard Rd., Clark, MO 65243.
Executive board members of the association will hold their annual meeting on Friday afternoon at the farm.