By Leon LaSalle, MSGA Director, North Central District
Greetings from North Central Montana where haying season is in full swing! It is not nearly as productive as last year’s record production, but we are still thankful for what we are getting. We had a dry, cold spring, which has definitely affected our production in the hay fields, and our native range is still looking good.
Since I last provided an update in February, the North Central Stockgrowers hosted the March Board meeting in Havre and treated board members, staff and local businesses to a meet-and-greet prime rib lunch.
I have been attending the local affiliate’s meetings on a regular basis to keep MSGA’s presence on a local level. One of the items that came out of this was MSGA working with North Central Stockgrowers to help sponsor the banquet for Montana Range Days, held at Beaver Creek County Park in June.
The North Central Stockgrowers wanted to provide the participants with a high quality BEEF dinner for their dedication to Range Days. Scott Young of Bear Paw Catering and the Havre Eagles Club served a magnificent prime rib dinner to highlight how high quality forage can produce high quality beef. Many of the long time instructors and participants commented that it was the best meal they ever had at Range Days.
North Central Stockgrowers is issuing a challenge to the South Central Stockgrowers to follow our lead and sponsor next year’s Range Days banquet. It is our hope that we have started a tradition that will carry on for years to come much like Montana Wool Growers tradition of providing a barbeque lunch for range days.
I also want to thank Fred Wacker and Terry Haughian for all their hard work on a great Mid-Year meeting. I never thought I would get to help herd cattle through Miles City or any other city for that matter.