The conference started with ice breakers to get to know everyone. Saskatchewan Roughriders Stu Foord and Neal Hughes were our guest speakers for the afternoon. They spoke about Winning at the Game. It was an emotional afternoon for Stu who just signed with the BC Lions the day before.
I gave my presentation on my trip to Argentina, which went over really well. Rob Smith gave his report on the state of the breed and what happened in 2011. From what I saw the horizon looks bright. To quote Rob, “We are Angus, hear us roar.”
We left for Optimum Genetics after lunch to view their semen collection site. They were very welcoming and answered a lot of questions on bull development, nutrition and health. We also talked about the process of preparing a bull to export semen to the states. Rod Wendorf showed us how to ultrasound and measure for marbling and rib eye size.
We returned to Regina to attend the Applause Dinner Theatre. This was for many of us the highlight of the trip. The actors and actresses often moved into our section and serenaded our GOAL Conference members much to the enjoyment of their peers.
We returned to the hotel to compete in the “Minute to Win It” competition. I was proud to make it to the top three of the competition only to lose to the girls in the Kleenex box competition. Becky Domolewski competed in the final against Megan Aheran from Texas. The competition came to a dramatic end as Becky won.
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