E-newsletter May 2019

49th AGM of Simmental AustraliaThe 49th Annual General Meeting was held last Thursday, the 16th of May, 2019 in Gympie Qld.

Very pleasing to see a terrific attendance to the AGM and some great ideas come out of the Member’s Forum after the formalities.
Right: Rob and Viv Laycock, Clay Gully Simmentals, receiving and appreciation award from Simmental Australia for opening their stud for our AGM tour.
There were two ballots put forward for this AGM with the results as follows:

Victoria had two representatives put forward for the Federal position in that state being Heather du Vallon and Peter Wenn. The vote went to Peter Wenn.

Queensland branch put forward a special motion for a second councillor with the vote having the majority FOR the motion, but with the motion needing 75% of the vote, was therefore unsuccessful.

After the AGM the Board met to allocate positions, with the new roles as follows:

President – Stuart Moeck

Senior Vice President: Scott York

Junior Vice President: John Hopkins

Treasurer: Peter Wenn

Marketing and Media: G Gillett and M Frankcombe

Technical: S Moeck, G Gillett with members P Cowcher, N Hopkins and M Rowlands.

WSFF representative: P Wenn.

We thank all the members who took the time to open their studs for the tours, the exhibitors of the Feature Show and those who came along to the AGM.
Also a huge thank you to outgoing-President, Tom Baker for his contribution to the breed in this position. Tom is now taking a break from the Executive but is still on the Board representing South Australia.

All the photos from the Stud Tours and the Gympie Show can be found here.

Below: Don Louis, of Nangur Simmentals, receiving an appreciation award from Simmental Australia for opening their stud for our AGM tour.

Member’s Forum outcome
The Member’s Forum followed the AGM and the following changes have been made:
* The Bylaws and Fee Schedule is now on the website under the Member Services menu.
* The Articles of Association are there as well.
* The Breed Improvement Fee, invoiced with membership, will be renamed Breed Promotion Fee, to alleviate confusion with a Breedplan membership. This fee allows us to promote a substantial win at the Royals, Beef or carcase competitions at short notice for greater impact.
* Following a letter to the Board requesting a revisit of fees charged to members, considered in the meeting prior to the AGM, the Board announced to the Forum that transfer fees would be reduced by 50% to $33 inc GST from the 1st of June.Spring Inventory  and Calf Recording S1 Forms
This year your Spring Inventory and S1 forms will be sent as a PDF to your member login in the Download files section for you to print if necessary. If you don’t have a member login then you will still receive the hard copy by post. Spring Inventory forms are due back at the office by the 30th of June.DNA Testing Subsidies
ASBA will be continuing to subsidise Low Density testing in 2019 where herds have submitted three traits for Breedplan in 2018. They will receive a 50% discount on the LD test itself in 2019, on a pro-rata basis. Please contact your Federal rep or EO for more information.

REMINDER: No Q calves can be registered without the sire being LD/50K tested. Please call the office to check or check for his status on Animal Enquiry (see below)

Sale Promotion Emails
Would you like us to promote your sale to all the membership via this service? We can produce an e-news advertisement with links to your website, PDF catalogue and Facebook pages all for 25c per email. We can then provide you with statistics of email opens and links clicked. Please contact us at the office for more information.

Who, what, where, when, why
Have your contact details changed? If you have updated your email address, website, phone numbers etc, please let us know. Please email the office at simmental@abri.une.edu.au    You don’t want to miss a thing….

Turn TurnAround Times
Please note when sending emails or phoning with enquiries that there can be a week turnaround depending on the work involved. If you need confirmation on your email being received then please turn on read receipts in your email options. The office will endeavour to get back to you as soon as the current workload allows.Breed Uniform  Please send your order in before 10am on Fridays as we have limited stock on hand.Do you have a logo?  We can put your logo on the animal search screen on the web so people see it every time they look up one of your animals. Send in your logo to simmental@abri.une.edu.au and we’ll upload it for $5.50 (standard photo upload price)
We can also upload a sale video of your animal of no more than 60 seconds and less than 1M is size, again for $5.50. We’ve had our first logo uploaded, check out AGO when you’re next on site.

Credit Card facilities are available  ASBA have credit card payment facility available – just phone the office with your details and payments can be made straight away.

EFT payments PLEASE ensure when making EFT bank payments, you use your herd member I.D letters in the description and send us an email with the workorder number you’ve paid for that would be appreciated. This ensures the payments are allocated to the correct account.

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