The PDCA held their annual meeting in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Dexter Cattle Breeders group show and sale in May. ( OVDBA is one fantastic group of go-getters! Not much info out there. No minutes or PDCA discussion at all on their website.
The summer volume of the PDCA Journal is in mailboxes. The PDCA AGM was held in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Dexter Breeders show and sale in Ohio. ( This is such a great group of Dexter owners and they have accomplished so much in such a short period of time). Seems the only issues for discussion were timeliness in registrations. The dinner was pot luck and provided by the ladies of the OVDBA. What a great idea! In today's economy it is financially expedient, and there is nothing like a smorgasbord of home cooked choices! Mouth is watering. I need to go get lunch!
The Journal is chock full of interesting articles. There is an article about Organic Livestock production, another about farm fencing. Articles titled, "Young calves, Summer Heat and Water Consumption" one entitled "Livestock Mineral Needs" which details needs and a description of symptoms connected to deficiencies for a long list of vitamins and minerals, another " Can Storage of Vaccine Affect it's Efficacy?" by the Oklahoma State Extension office, the next is titled, "Records for the Cow Herd", and an interesting perspective titled, "Little Things Mean a Lot". Members Ruth Stone and Allyn Nelson co-authored an article, " Cattle Show Hints". and there is another article by Dennis Stein of Michigan State University which discusses paperwork involved in transitioning a farm from one generation to another. Susan Duncan a PDCA member contributed an article entitled, "Agricultural Entrepreneurship-Dexter Style" and there is another article titled, " Raising Grass Fed Beef Cattle - 5 Important Facts You Should Know". Russ Daly, South Dakota State University Extension contributed an article, " Vaccinating Pregnant Cows: Reproduction, and Nationwide Agribusiness provided an article on "How to Save On Farm Insurance", ( my farm insurance carrier who has never complained or questioned a single claim I've submitted and there have been some large ones based on losses from an electrical surge and a claim for a new totaled truck by someone who hit one of my yearling bulls, and then there was the young boy who was working for the farm that delivers hay to me who fell through the floor of the hay wagon and sued me for his broken jaw and hospital stay - this is a GOOD company). Oops, I am easily detracted. . . . .. .
They publish the PDCA breed standard which is very detailed and covers two pages and is very easy to follow and understand. I like the presentation so much I am adding it on another thread.
Another article follow the breed standard; "Thoughts on Timing" by Curt Pate which relates to the handling hows and whys of cattle, A recipe for " Spicy Mexican Beef Bake", manager messages and classified and at the end of the classified section a page which lists venues where Dexters are shown or exhibited.
It is a nice little publication chock full of useful information.