Letter from the Presidents:                                               5/13/13

Dear Members-

We hope this letter finds your grass growing fast, and your Devon cattle slicking off and gaining weight.

The combined NADA and ADCA Boards met this past month at the site of this September’s Devon Event (Canton, NC), and we are happy to report that our meetings were extremely productive.  To begin, all members (of both Boards present at the meeting) unanimously re-affirmed the intent to merge.  We then set to work on several action items, which included the voting of the new name: RED DEVON USA

Additionally, we chose a new third-party registry provider…Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (www.clrc.ca).  This decision was thoroughly discussed and although Associated Registries has been nothing but professional and thorough in its service to the ADCA, they are unable to meet our needs for online pedigree applications.

Also discussed were the numerous tasks left to complete before final closure.  Among these are: Finalization of the By-Laws, Legal logistics, Registry Transition and future Registration Protocols, and the timeline for DNA Requirement Implementation.  We all left with individual duties that progress toward a proposed timeline to closure scheduled for sometime near the beginning of August.

Last, but not least, we toured the facilities for our fall event, and enjoyed a pasture walk at the picturesque Lenoir’s Creek Devon, hosted by Charlie and Martha Trantham.  Believe us, you do not want to miss the opportunity to experience the oldest Devon herd in the US, with Devon cattle grazing since 1849!!  The Trantham’s are well-known for their tremendous hospitality, and treated us to a meal of Devon-burgers with all the fixins, as well as desserts provided by their daughter Robin and son-in-law Michael (owners of Lenoir’s Creek Beef and Bakery).  I can’t think of a better way to have finished our meetings than to enjoy food and new friendships amongst the cattle at Lenoir’s Creek!

Please make sure to book your reservations at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center (www.lakejunaluska.com) for September 25th – 28th .  Our celebratory event will be on September 27 & 28th, with pre-conference speakers on Thursday, September 26th.  We will be posting the complete agenda within the next month or so, but it definitely will be a memorable time, and one that we would strongly encourage you to participate in as we join forces to bring our beloved Red Devon to the forefront of a changing cattle industry.

Blessings,

Greg Hickl and Jeremy Engh