GLEN ROBERTSON -- Award-winning organic farmers Cyril and Myriam Schneider opened their barn doors to host the annual meeting of the Glengarry Holstein Club.
Last month, many club members interested in promoting both red and black Holsteins gathered at Dameya Holsteins near Glen Robertson to discuss ways to enhance the breed profile and to encourage farmers to become members of the club.
Surrounded by 35 milking red Holsteins and some calves in the barn, about 20 people sat and listened to a variety of speakers who gave reports on 2016 activities.
A unanimous agreement was that the annual family night fundraiser was by far the group's biggest moneymaker where about 300 people turned out for the 2016 event and helped raise $2,500 for 4-H while being entertained by Paddy Kelly and Ashley MacLeod.
Resolutions included adding a summer calf class at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) held in Toronto, Nov. 3- 12, this year.
The group agreed to add junior members to the main family membership plan.
Fees to join the club have increased to $100, which is on par for the rest of the province, Glengarry having been the cheapest for many years.
Membership sign-up has declined from 103 to 86 this year which according to president Kris MacLeod is simply because farms are bigger and farmers are less.
Though the Holstein Link magazine went out to about 4,000 households, it was suggested that encouraging on-line reading would be beneficial.
The group is also planning to focus on the average farmer like the up and coming young ones and is now accepting applications for the "Outstanding Dairy Woman Service Award".
Andrew MacMillan was recognized for his win of the Master Breeders Shield, which will be presented at the black tie gala April 8.
As the meeting came to a close, the Schneiders, including daughter Danyca, took guests on a tour of their barn and red Holsteins.