August 2021 Newsletter
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Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association
(Eat Hamburgers and Learn Cattle on the 2nd Tuesday of this month)
This month’s meeting is on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cooperative Extension Office, ARC Building
GPS address: 1175 South Brady Ave., Newton, NC. 28658
6:30 Short Business Meeting, 6:45 Testimonial
5:30 p.m. – Hamburgers served
6:30 p.m. – Business Meeting: Mr. Brandon Bowman, President and Dr. Amanda Whitener, Treasurer
6:45 p.m. – “My Story” Moving From Dairy to Beef (Utilizing Marketing & Genetics )
Speaker: Mr. Bryant Chapman
8:00 p.m. – Meeting adjourned–Except Board Meeting Room B
Ø Think about a family day trip in September or October, Brandon has some ideas and will be presenting.
Ø The Board will be discussing the Fall BBQ after the meeting.
Ø On August 10, (same as our meeting) the North Carolina Forage & Grasslands Council will be doing a forage tour at Running T Farms, owners are Josh & Brandi Teague, in Iredell county. Give Glenn Detweiler a call 405.219.1902 if you want to attend. A vehicle will leave from the extension office at 5:05 p.m. It is a 45-minute drive. Starts at 6 p.m. A meal is provided with an RSVP – contact Laura Elmore @ (704.873.0507).
Ø Hickory American Legion Fair is: August 31 thru Sept 6. Shows are: Wed. 6 p.m. Hogs; Thurs. 5 p.m., Skillathon;
Fri. 5 p.m., Open Cattle; Sat. 3 p.m., Junior Cattle Showmanship then Junior Heifer; Sun. 3 p.m., Junior Chicken; 4 p.m., Dairy Steer; Mon. Junior Market Lamb, 1:30 p.m., Open Sheep 2:30, Market Goat, 3:30, Sheep/Goat Costume, 5:00
Moving from Dairy to Beef Cattle, My Story – Bryant Chapman
Subtitle: A Practical way to use cattle genetics & marketing to make a living
First of all, thank you for asking me to come and speak. I hope you all have received some much needed rain and your cattle and crops are doing well. I look forward to coming to fellowship and share with you some details of our operation and how you all can possibly benefit from it. Many of you may know us or about us, we have strong roots in agriculture going back to my grandfather that started our dairy. We have always had beef cattle and have continually expanded the operation over the last several years. We will talk about the expansion and how we have tried to diversify to be sustainable.
We have several different entities within Chapman Cattle Company that are doing well for us. I will share with you about our freezer beef and pork business and how it has allowed us some flexibility when feeding out calves. We market fat cattle and have all natural verification to market lighter weight calves with some value added premiums. Having different outlets has been beneficial in helping us get as much value for our calves as possible. It also has given us different ways to showcase our genetics, which we will probably spend the most of the time talking about. Our genetics program is the base of our whole operation.
We specialize in Registered Angus and Registered Line One Horned Herefords. We offer breeding bulls for sale as well as replacement females, both registered and commercial. I will talk with you about our genetic selection methods as well as how we are utilizing Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer to further our program. I think we have some genetics that will interest you all and can be beneficial to your programs. We can help you put more pounds on your calves and create a balanced calf that will finish well as a feeder, or be a front pasture replacement for your herd. We have worked hard and continue to do so to try and make the best matings possible to produce cattle that will thrive and perform well in our area.Several key partnerships and relationships have helped us incorporate different genetics and cow families in the pursuit of making cattle that suit our operation. God has blessed us in more ways than we can count, and we are just thankful that he allows us to pursue our dreams and work with his animals. Bryant Chapman