2010 DBCAA Annual Meeting Report

September 30, 2010

World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI

 I.         The Annual Meeting of the DBCAA was called to order by Vice-President Ellen Bohn at 1:00 p.m., and business proceeded according to the previously published agenda.  Attendees introduced themselves:  John  & Marjorie Kuszlyk (New York), Barry & Cheryl Near (Wisconsin), Norm Larson (Wisconsin), Ellen Bohn (Wisconsin), Peter, Christina, Randy, Wesley & Matthew Winch (Wisconsin) Jim Versweyveld (Wisconsin), Cory Upson (New York via phone), Miriam & Martha Hoffman (Illinois),  Henk Hermsen (Holland).  Winifred Hoffman was also in attendance, but graciously offered to staff the DBCAA trade show booth during the meeting.

II.           The Treasurer’s Report was discussed and reviewed by Jim Versweyveld.  Quarterly financial results from 2009 and 2010 were presented.  The secretary urged the timeliness of registrations as a significant source of income.  The group discussed the need for additional line item detail, particularly as it relates to ALBC labor rates. Christina Winch moved to accept the report, Marjorie Kuszlyk seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  The Registrar’s Report was distributed and reviewed by Jim Versweyveld.  John Kuszlyk moved to approve the report, Barry Near seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.  The Executive Committee report was presented by Ellen Bohn.  Discussion included the request from interested parties from Brazil to be included in DBCAA programs.  Also discussed was a definition of Heritage Cattle developed by the ALBC.  Both issues were referred to the Executive Committee.  Marjorie Kuszlyk moved to approve the report, Peter Winch seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.  The Bulletin Editor’s Report submitted by Winifred Hoffman was presented by Ellen Bohn.  Christina Winch moved to approve the report, Barry Near seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.  The Classification Report was discussed by Jim Versweyveld.  Marjorie Kuszlyk discussed activities of the joint breed type conference.  Upcoming 2011 Classification Schedule will be printed in the Bulletin.  Marjorie Kuszlyk moved to approve the report, Barry Near seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.  [Copies of the complete reports are available from the Secretary upon request.]

            III.  Breed Promotion

A. Expo Display-  Those in attendance enjoyed seeing the 2nd annual display of Dutch Belted Cattle at World Dairy Expo.  Appreciation was given to the Bohn family for bringing their cows and supporting the effort with their time and talents.  Expenses and advertising were discussed and breeders in attendance expressed a desire to continue with future exhibits.

B. The Dutch Belted show at the New York State Fair was discussed by Marjorie Kuszlyk.  The inaugural show had 27 animals exhibited by 6 exhibitors.  Plans are in place to continue to expand this important breed promotion opportunity.

C. Website Report.  Webmaster, Angie Haag-Eggenberger provided a report on the DBCAA website, www.dutchbelted.com  that was presented by Ellen Bohn.  The website continues to be a valued resource for breeders and for individuals interested in additional information about the breed.   Christina Winch moved to accept the Webmaster’s report, John Kuszlyk seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

            D.  Plans for 125th Anniversary (2011).  Next year, 2011, is the DBCAA 125th Anniversary.  Breeders discussed ideas for recognizing this important milestone.  Jim Versweyveld suggested an addition to the Bulletin cover to highlight the event.  He will present the idea to Winifred Hoffman, Bulletin Editor.  The World Dairy Expo display will also include signage recognizing the anniversary.

            E. Closing Comments.  Henk Hermsen, visiting Dutch Belted Breeder from Holland gave closing remarks to the group.  He expressed warm greetings from Kees Buys, Secretary Lakenvelder Association.  On behalf of the Lakenvelder Association, Mr. Hermsen presented a model Dutch Belted cow to DBCAA Secretary, Jim Versweyveld.  He urged the importance of working together on breed advancement and wishes to continue to share both information and genetics.

IV.  Next Meeting.  The 2011 DBCAA will be held again at World Dairy Expo with time and location to be announced in the March Bulletin.

 

At 2:45 p.m., Peter Winch moved to adjourn the meeting, Marjorie Kuszlyk seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

                                                                  Respectfully Submitted,

                                                                  Jim Versweyveld, DBCAA Secretary