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MARIAS RIVER LIVESTOCK ASSOCIAITON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

The Marias River Livestock Board of Directors met on Thursday, September 12th at the Marias River Golf and Country Club House at Shelby, MT. In attendance were: Senator Bruce and Doreen Gillespie, Dennis Garcia, Bob and Diana Thompson, Casey Buffington, Clayton Gernaat, Maggie Nutter, Lindsey Habets, Paul Turner, Marvin and Becky Kimmet, Dean and Carrie Lerum, Trina Bradley and Wendy Connelly. Bob Thompson called the meeting to order and Carrie Lerum read the minutes from the last meeting. Paul moved and Casey seconded to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried. Carrie passed around the Treasurer’s Report. The ending balance in checking is $13,596.43.

Bob Thompson thanked all of those in attendance for they support of MRLA and announced that he will not be running for President in October.

The Nominations Committee announced the slate of officers up for election in October.

President- Trina Bradley, Vice-President- Clayton Gernaat, Pondera Co. Director- Wendy Connelly

Clayton moved and Trina seconded to host an annual meeting On October 9th with an alternate date of October 16th. Motion carried. Dennis moved and Clayton seconded to invite all Land Board office candidates to come to the October meeting. Motion carried.

Lindsey Habets reported on the Marias Fair Beef Breeding Contest. It had thirteen participants. Grand Champion Bred Heifer was won by Bret Stoltz. Reserve Champion Bred Heifer went to Shiloh Neal. Grand Champion Cow/Calf pair went to Coalter Littrell. Reserve Champion Cow/Calf pair went to Wyatt Berkram. She complemented the youth on their top notch quality animals and for the hard work they put into their projects. Carrie reported that the top Jr. Sheep Public Presentation winner was Jordan Leach. The top Pre-Jr. Sheep Public Presentation winner was Barretta Winkowitsch. 

Maggie agreed to put together a newsletter to notify our members the date and time for the Annual membership meeting. The newsletter will also announce the slate of officers up for election, bull bucks participants, provide Rib Tickler dinner information and show the winners of the 4-H contests.  It should only cost MRLA around $50-$60 to produce the newsletter. 

Carrie updated the board on the Rib Tickler dinner plans. Trina moved and Dennis seconded to charge $40 per ticket for the dinner. Motion carried. Tickets will be available through the MRLA website, by a board member or by Maggie Nutter. Bob will make three children’s horses for the youth auction and we will attach a key for a gun to one of the horses to entice more people to bid. We are not to spend more than $575 on a gun for the auction. Carrie asked those present to start approaching potential sponsors for the Rib Tickler.

Clayton moved and Dennis seconded to put the money raised from the gun raffle into the general fund and ear mark it to cover travel costs for board members who travel across the state to attend meetings.

The Young Ag Couples Conference is Oct. 4-5, 2019 in Butte, MT. Trina moved and Clayton seconded to send a married couple to the conference and pay for two registrations and hotel room. Motion carried.

Clayton moved and Trina seconded to charge $60 per sponsor for a business card size ad on the MRLA web site with no limit to sponsors and the sponsorship will last one calendar year. Motion carried.

Maggie talked about her strategy for the fall membership campaign. 

Clayton moved and Casey seconded to pay $500 to rent the Coyote Club, provide liability insurance for the Next Generation conference. Motion carried.

Maggie talked about Farm Bureau Front Range policy development. 

Senator Gillespie is organizing a town forum for bears with representation from FWP.

Clayton moved and Dennis seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carrie Lerum, Secretary/Treasurer



MARIAS RIVER LIVESTOCK ASSOCIAITON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, President Bob Thompson called the meeting to order at 6:26 p.m. at the Alibi Restaurant in Shelby, MT. In attendance were: Bob and Diana Thompson, Paul Turner, Clayton Gernaat, Trina Bradley, Wendy Connelly, Dennis Garcia and Carrie Lerum. Carrie read the minutes from the last meeting. Trina moved and Clayton seconded to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried.

Carrie read the Treasurer Report.

For Old Business, Bob opened up discussion on the raffle tickets. To save money MRLA will not purchase a booth to sell raffle tickets at the Marias Fair. Board members will try to walk around the fair grounds and beer garden to sell tickets instead. Bob will contact the Livestock Committee to see if we could draw the winners during the 4-H Livestock Auction on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

The BQA event was in an excellent facility. The workshop was set up well for the lecture and live cattle demonstrations. There was poor attendance. MRLA ended up paying for the entire workshop because no sponsors were found. Usually beef check-off money is used to help pay but they were not able to because of the law suit. 

There was some discussion on the direction MRLA should go and how board members can contribute to help with covering issues that affect our members. 

Trina reported the results of the survey that was emailed to members. 28 out of 106 surveys were completed. 

67% - want the fall meeting to be combined with the Rib Tickler

88% - thought the Rib Tickler is a good event for MRLA

What would you like to see MRLA do in the Future?

Keep up the good work 

Increase membership to stay viable

Continue to be a voice for livestock producers regarding political issues

Have nothing to do with Bill Bullard/R-Calf

More hands-on/On-site seminars

Stay current on the issues, keep the rest of us informed, and keep relevant speakers coming

Midget bowling

Change the dates of the Rib Tickler – Conflicts with MSU Ag Weekend

More education activities and outreach

To save money, the Rib Tickler could be done biannually

Focus on goals that matter and are fixable

85% - are current members of MRLA

John Balkenbusch and Kathleen Rankin offered to be a director on the MRLA board. 

Trina suggested that the membership committee should work with the Blackfeet Nation to get more members.

Trina offered to write a letter to the Dept. of Livestock, Mike Honeycutt, to repeal the mandatory tric testing on bulls in Pondera and Glacier County. Paul moved and Trina seconded to take this action. Motion carried.

The FSA is looking for County Committee members.

The next meeting is Friday, August 9th at 7 p.m. at the Marias Valley Golf Course Club House.

Clayton moved and Trina seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Sue Lerum, Secretary 



MARIAS RIVER LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION

MID-YEAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Monday, June 3, 2019

President Bob Thompson called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. in the conference room at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Shelby, MT. The pledge was said. Then Bob introduced Mike Honeycutt who is the Executive Director for the Department of Livestock. He spoke on “Guide to Direct Marketing of Producers Beef”. Then Lisa Schmidt with the Land of Grass Ranch spoke about her business of marketing grass fed beef. 

The Montana Stockgrowers Report was given by Bryan Ratzburg. In April, the executive team went to DC and met with Senators and Representatives to talk about current issues. The Mid-Year meeting will be at Miles City, MT. 

Bob then introduced Rep. Llew Jones who gave a presentation on the 2019 State legislative session. Senator, Butch Gillespie also reported on the 2019 session. He also informed the membership that he is helping to organize a Grizzly Bear Planning Session to be held in Valier or Choteau, MT. It will focus on people being affected by grizzlies.

Doreen Gillespie gave a report from the Livestock Loss Board. She reminded the audience to pay the per capita or else you won’t get paid if you have a loss.

At this point, Bob called the meeting to order and Carrie read the minutes from the Annual Membership meeting held on October 2, 2019. Clayton Gernnat moved and Wendy Connelly seconded to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

Carrie Sue passed around the Treasurer’s Report.

Trina presented a condensed version of the MRLA policy. Clayton moved and Paul Turner seconded to approve policy. Motion carried.

Clayton proposed to provide free MRLA membership to any youth who are members in 4-H or FFA in Glacier, Toole, Liberty and Pondera counties. Clayton moved and Carrie Lerum seconded the motion. Clayton offered to prepare a form for the youth to apply. Motion carried.

Trina Bradley announced that we will continue to sell raffle tickets at the Marias Fair and announce the winners sometime during the fair. Bob will talk to the Fair manager and see if we can sell tickets at the grandstands then announce the winner during the rodeo on Friday night.

The next meeting will be on July 10th at the Alibi in Shelby, MT at 6 p.m.

Trina moved and Paul seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Sue Lerum, Secretary  


Marias River Livestock Association

Unofficial Minutes

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bob Thompson called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. In attendance were Bob Thompson, Trina Bradley, Wendy Connelly, Casey Buffington, Clayton Gernaat, Paul Turner and Wesley Sarmento.

Trina read the minutes from last month’s meeting. Clayton moved and Paul seconded to approve the minutes as read. Motion passed.

Trina passed around the treasurer’s report as Carrie could not be at the meeting.

Old Business

Bob reported that the June Midyear meeting is all set up. Vicki Sullenes, Lisa Schmidt and Mike Honeycutt will be in attendance to speak. The meeting will be held at the Comfort Inn in Shelby at 6 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019.

There was some discussion about the proposed packing plant in Great Falls. No one is quite sure what ever happened.

Wesley Sarmento, MTFWP biologist, gave a presentation on his management in 2018. He is now working on a brochure for ag producers to help mitigate grizzly confrontations and conflicts.

The newsletter was discussed. Due to the lack of sponsors for the print newsletter, an electronic newsletter seems the way to go. Paul moved and Casey seconded to send a digital newsletter to our mailing list and post it on our website. Motion passed. Clayton moved to try three or four different formats for the newsletter and see how it goes by August. Casey seconded. Motion passed.

Clayton and Casey gave an update on the BQA certification workshop planned for Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Conrad. The event will be held at the Joe Russell indoor arena. Hi-Hog will provide panels and whatever other equipment is needed. More information about the workshop will be available soon.

Cut Bank Chamber dinner - MRLA sponsored a table, so it will be decorated with livestock deco and the MRLA cups that Maggie ordered.

New Business

Policy - our policy is a bit messy right now, so we are going to clean it up and present it for the membership to vote on at the midyear meeting.

The nominating committee was discussed, but the board needed information from Carrie to proceed.

The next board meeting will be held Wednesay, May 1, 2019 in Dunkirk.

Trina moved to adjourn, Clayton seconded. Motion passed.


OFFICIAL MINUTES

 MARIAS RIVER LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Vice President, Trina Bradley called the meeting of the MRLA Board of Directors to order at 6:10 p.m. at the Marias River Electric Conference Room in Shelby, MT. In attendance were: Trina Bradley, Wendy Connelly, Clayton Gernaat, Paul Turner, Maggie Nutter and Carrie Lerum. Clayton moved and Paul seconded to accept the minutes as read. Motion carried. Carrie gave the Treasurer’s Report. Clayton moved and Wendy seconded to accept the report as read.

Old Business:

Maggie brought the raffle tickets for each board member to take and sell. We need to sell 410 tickets to break even. 1st prize is one set of 4 tires from Cut Bank Tire Inc. 2nd prize is a Savage 6.5 Creedmoor gun from Shelby Paint and Hardware. 3rd prize is a Henry Lever Action 17 HMR gun from Bullhead Sports in Conrad, MT. The drawing will be on June 3, 2019 during the MRLA Mid-Year membership meeting in Shelby, MT. Carrie will keep track of the tickets and money for this fundraiser.

The Mid-Year Membership meeting will be held at the Comfort Inn Conference room in Shelby, MT. Bob and Casey are on the planning committee for this event. Coffee, water and cookies will be served.

Clayton gave a report on the BQA event. Joe Russell from Conrad, MT has agreed to have the event at his building but he has hemp stored inside of it right now. Hopefully, it will be moved before the event. Maggie asked that we confirm the speaker, facility and equipment that will be used by the end of March so we can advertise the event in the April newsletter. 

Paul reported that he has a poem that he would like to read for the Rib Tickler dinner. Diana has a theme of the “Wild West”. The Civic Center is reserved for the event, but still looking into other venues.

New Business:

The Cut Bank Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the 2019 Annual Banquet. The theme is “Know Your Roots- Celebrating our Farmer and Ranchers”. The Electric City Coffee Bar & Bistro of Great Falls will be catering with locally based farm to table style dinner menu. A $750 sponsorship gets us a reserved table for 8, 8 complimentary dinner tickets, 8 free drink tickets, listed on all advertising materials, and recognition at the banquet. The Nick Crawford Band will be the entertainment. Clayton moved and Wendy seconded for MRLA to pay $250 and then we find 8 people who can attend and pay $65/person. Motion carried. We need to let them know by March 20, 2019.

Maggie gave a legislative update on some bills that we need to be talking to our legislators about. We also need to be communicating with Daines and Tester about the grizzly bear delisting resolution. 

Wesley Sarmento will come to the April meeting and present a summary of what he did in 2018.

MRLA is no longer going to be using Black Sheep Sports for our merchandise. They don’t return messages or phone calls. Now we are using “Fly Girlz” in Choteau, MT. They can order the same products as Black Sheep Sports. 

Colleen Gustafson attended the Blackfoot Stockgrowers meeting in March. She reported that it went well. All the leases are going to stay the same as last year.

Friesen Foods will be hosting Ag Expo in Great Falls, MT on April 4th. It will be focused on the cattle industry. 

Maggie is trying to contact Mr. Burnett who is an expert on plant based protein production. There is talk about building a plant in Great Falls, MT to process the peas for an ingredient for the plant based protein. She would like him to come and speak to our membership about his goals for that industry.

CHS backed out of sponsoring the Postrider newsletter. Clayton and Paul are going to contact some other possible sponsors. 

Trina reported that she participated in a Grizzly Bear Live Stakeholder Challenge with students online. There were four- fifty minute sessions. They didn’t get a chance to answer all of the questions, so they are working on that as well. She will be doing a pod cast in a couple of weeks. 

The next MRLA meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Alibi restaurant in Shelby, MT.

Clayton moved and Paul seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Sue Lerum  


MARIAS RIVER LIVSTOCK ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Bob Thompson called the meeting of the MRLA Board of Directors to order. In attendance were: Dean and Carrie Lerum, Bob and Diana Thompson, Joe and Kathy Kipp, Clayton Gernaat, Brice Gernaat, Maggie Nutter, Paul Turner, Trina Bradley, Wendy Connelly, Dennis Garcia, and Casey Buffington. Clayton moved and Trina seconded to accept the minutes as read. Carrie gave the Treasurer’s Report. Correspondence was read. Paul moved and Dennis seconded to become members of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce for $95.00. Motion carried.

Bob Thompson said that Wylie and the Wild West have been secured as the entertainment for the Rib Tickler dinner, but we will need to get 2 hotel rooms for his band. Carrie will talk to the Comfort Inn about possible trade for advertising on the event tickets for 2 rooms.

Dean reported on the Next Generation Conference. The speakers on Friday were good. It was well attended. The Civic Center’s bathrooms were out of order for a while on Friday morning. The food was good.

Bob updated the board that the Mid-Year membership guest speakers will be Lisa Schmidt and Vicki Sulenes. We will need a new venue because Ringside Ribs has closed. Possibilities are: Marias River Electric conference room, Exhibit building at the fairgrounds, Marias Golf Course.

Casey Buffington and Clayton Gernaat are actively working on the BQA training in Conrad. The date will be June 22, 2019. Bill Pelton will charge $3500. The morning session will be inside and hopefully there will be an afternoon session working with live cattle in the afternoon. It was suggested to line up an alternative indoor arena in case of inclement weather. There was some discussion on who to ask for sponsorship of the event. We want to make sure not to ask those businesses who have been approached for the Rib Tickler dinner and the Next Generation Conference.

The winners of January’s membership drive prizes were LeAnne Kavanagh from Cut Bank, who won the family photo session, and TI Livestock from Grass Range won the Trey Gowdy tickets. The membership committee will explore doing another membership drive later this summer. The Facebook live reports are getting lots of views and good reach. Maggie asked that we please comment or share the posts to increase viewership.

Wesley Sarmento is very ill and we are not sure when he will be able to give his presentation to the MRLA board. 

Black Sheep Sports finished the baseball caps and Wendy brought them to the meeting. Everyone on the board got a hat. Paul moved and Dennis seconded to sell the hats for $15 each. Motion carried. Clayton moved and Dennis seconded to charge 25% over the cost plus shipping with the option for pickup at Black Sheep Sports for the MRLA vests and jackets that will be for sale on the MRLA website. Motion carried.

Our special guest, Joe Kipp, spoke about Senate bill 133. The bill will require those who report livestock loss and request compensation must be confirmed to have paid the previous year’s per capita fee by George Edwards. The Blackfeet nation is not exempt within the boundaries from the per capita fee; they are excluded because of enmity. However, non tribal cattle on fee land are required to pay. Joe invited MRLA board members to come to the Blackfeet Nation Stockgrowers meeting on Wednesday, February 13th at 6 p.m.in Browning. He explained how the 1895 Treaty gave the Blackfoot Nation grazing rights on Glacier National Park and the Badger Two Medicine areas. He also told the board that the first bison herd was reintroduced to the Blackfeet Nation by him in 1980. He suggested that we tour the Double T ranch that currently runs 600-700 head of bison on the reservation.

Bob and Trina reported on the APR Living with Wildlife Conference in Lewistown, MT. There has been good media attention for the rancher’s side of this issue. It is important to keep liking and sharing the Facebook posts to increase outreach of this issue.

Clayton will forward CHS contact information to Maggie and Carrie for the newsletter so we can get them billed and the newsletter can get printed. Trina volunteered to prepare a form that had Sponsor name, contact information, an ad provided and photo to be used for the newsletter.

Burnett will come and give a presentation about Alternative Proteins such as lentils and chickpeas. It would be good to build a line of communication between the livestock and grain producers so they can work together.

Maggie asked for compensation for fuel and lodging for any of the board members who attend meetings or workshops for MRLA. Dennis moved that Maggie can start a gun raffle to offset the fuel and lodging costs. Wendy seconded. Motion carried.

The next MRLA meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Marias River Electric Conference room at 6 p.m.

Clayton moved and Paul seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Sue Lerum, Secretary  


MARIAS RIVER LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Bob Thompson called the meeting of the MRLA Board of Directors to order. In attendance were: Paul Turner, Clayton Gernaat, Trina Bradley, Bob Thompson, Diana Thompson, Maggie Nutter, Casey Buffington, Carrie Lerum and Dean Lerum. Trina moved and Clayton seconded to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried. Carrie gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Old Business:

Proposed Budget- Trina moved and Clayton seconded to approve the 2019 proposed budget. Clayton moved to reconsider the budget and it was seconded by Paul. Motion carried. Trina moved and Paul seconded to exclude dues paid to MT Stockgrowers and increase the sponsorship to the Cattle Producers Forum to $500.00. Motion carried. Paul moved and Casey seconded to put $250 back in the general budget. Motion carried. Trina moved and Clayton seconded to accept the 2019 budget as amended. Motion carried.

Rib Tickler- Bob reported the Kyle Shobe and the Walk ‘Em Boys would cost around $3500- $4000 (hotel rooms needed). Wylie Gustafson would cost $1000 by himself or $2000 with his band (no hotel rooms needed). Clayton moved and Trina seconded to hire Wylie and his band to perform for the Rib Tickler dinner on November 16th. Motion carried.

Wesley Sarmento isn’t coming to the MRLA meeting in February because he is out of town but will come in March instead to give is report.

Black Sheep Sports can make MRLA hats for $9 each. A plain jacket with the MRLA logo on the front will cost $40.25. We still need to find out if they can direct ship product ordered from our website.

Paul volunteered to run the MRLA booth at the Next Generation conference.

Bison- Maggie will try to schedule a tour of the Bison Ranch at Browning in late May or early June. She will also contact Joe Kipp to see if he can come to our meeting in February.

New Business:

Trina read the User Agreement she prepared for MRLA trailer use. Clayton moved and Casey seconded to accept the User Agreement with some minor changes that Trina noted. Motion carried.

2019 MRLA COMMITTEES were planned.

MID-YEAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

DATE: June 3, 2019

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: BOB THOMPSON AND CASEY BUFFINGTON

SPEAKERS: Lisa Schmidt 

BEAR EDUATION-

COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRINA

QUALITY ASSURANCE-

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CLAYTON GERNAAT, CASEY BUFFINGTON

DATES: 3rd week of June

MARIAS FAIR 4-H CONTESTS-

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CARRIE LERUM, LINDSEY HABETS, JANET HAWKS, WENDY CONNELLY

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING-

DATE: WED. OCT 2, 2019

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: TRINA BRADLEY, WENDY CONNELLY AND DENNIS GARCIA 

SPEAKERS: COREY STAPLETON?

RIB TICKLER DINNER-

DATE: Nov. 16th

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CARRIE LERUM, DIANA THOMPSON, ROBIN BRADLEY, AND DENA FRITZ

ENTERTAINMENT: WYLIE GUSTAFSON AND HIS BAND

POSSIBLE AUCTION ITEMS: RODEO WEEKEND

BISON COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: MAGGIE, POSSIBLY JULIA ARNOLD AND MARVIN KIMMET

TRAILER-

COMMITTEE MEMBER: PAUL TURNER 

MEMBERSHIP AND PROMOTION-

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CLAYTON, TRINA, MAGGIE AND CARRIE

Trina told the board that she met with Vicki Sulenes, who is a Federal Meat Inspector. She learned a lot about beef sales and the proper way to label, sell, and advertise beef from our ranches. It was decided to ask Lisa Schmidt to come and speak at our Mid-Year Membership meeting about how she sells beef on her ranch. We will also invite Vicki Sulenes.

Bob went over the upcoming events and meetings for each month in 2019. 

Bob handed out an update on ELD. They did not permanently exempt livestock transporters from the ELD mandate. It is exempt “Until Further Notice”. 

Trina is going to try to put together a door prize for the Calvin’ Fever workshop from MRLA. 

The next MRLA Board of Director’s meeting will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Ringside Ribs in Shelby, MT at 6 p.m.

Paul moved and Clayton seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carrie Sue Lerum, Secretary