Stockmen honor Mel Morris, name new officers

Jackson County Stockmen’s Association held their annual meeting January 14, at the Jackson County Expo.   According to Association Secretary Jeremy Kennedy, 28 members and two guests attended the afternoon business session where committee heads gave reports.

Treasurer Mel Morris, giving his final report,  stated that the general account had a balance of $10,703, and two CDs, one a variable rate with balances of $5762 and $5440, for a total balance of $21,908.  For personal reasons, Morris has decided to step down from the office of Treasurer.

At that time, President Randy White, presented Morris with the Top Hand Award for his outstanding performance of duties on behalf the organization.  The crowd responded with a standing ovation in appreciation for Morris’ outstanding work to the  Stockmen’s Association.

Animal health, as always is a hot topic.  Don Rowlett gave his report and concluded that better records must kept to insure herd health.  Following a lengthy discussion, President White asked Rowlett to put together a position paper on the subject and bring it to the February meeting for further discussion.

Steve Slavak of the BLM, Lead rangeland specialist, gave a quick overview of BLM Operations.  Slavak said that every lease document has been challenged at every stage.  Southern Oregon has some of the lowest grazing aums that he has seen.  He encouraged members to challenge rangeland health assessments.

President White reported that Jackson County was second in the state with 17 new memberships.  Only Baker County was higher with 19 new members.  White also reported on the OCA meeting held in Bend and reported that Lee Bradshaw has been named vice president, District 5k, OCA.

As a final order of business, nominating committee chair Ron Anderson, nominated the following: Randy White, President, Hugh Charlie, Vice President and Jeremy Kennedy, Secretary/Treasurer.  With no other nominees, Don Rowlett moved to cast a unanimous ballot for the nominees and the motion carried. 
By Ralph McKechnie
for the Independent


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