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Hello everyone....just want to invite you all to attend the next meeting of the THCDA.

Attached to this e-mail is the information from THCDA president Mike McKinnerney. Hope you all can attend this meeting.

The January meeting of the THCDA will be held at Mr. Gatti's in Fredericksburg on Saturday January 6th at 2:00 p.m.

So far on the agenda:

Guest speaker (TBD later)
Reading of minutes.
Treasure's report.
Update from show and sale committee.
Discussion of old business.

If you would like to have something discussed at the meeting for possible action by the organization you need to let me know so that I can add it to the Agenda. In order to keep the meetings from dragging out only those things on the agenda will be discussed. The deadline for adding something to the agenda will be Monday January 1st.

My email address is or you may call me and leave a message at 325-456-4842.


Thank you
Mike McKinnerney / President.


Minutes of THCDA Meeting, Oct. 19, 2017, at San Saba Senior Center.

President Mike McKinnerney called the meeting to order at 6:55 p.m.

The minutes of the last meeting, Sept. 8 during the 11th Annual THCDA Show/Sale in Fredericksburg, were approved as presented by outgoing secretary James Hurst.

Robert Yelverton moved to approve, James Hurst seconded, and the members present approved.

Treasurer Chris Summers then presented the treasurer's report on the THCDA's 2016-17 year as well as the 2017 Show/Sale. Huntis Black moved to approve, Robert Yelverton seconded, and the report was approved as submitted.

After a discussion by members present on how to improve next year's show/sale, president Mike McKinnerney said he would appoint a show/sale committee to evaluate ways to improve next year's show and bring recommendations to a future meeting. THCDA Vice President Justin Marschall will chair the committee.

After a discussion about where to conduct the 2018 Show/Sale, Dale McKinnerney moved and James Hurst seconded a motion to conduct the 12th Annual Show/Sale in Fredericksburg. Motion passed.

Huntis Black then moved and James Hurst seconded a motion to have the show/sale committee begin to investigate alternate sites for the 2019 show/sale and report back the information such as quality of facilities, availability of internet services, facilities cost, etc. to a future meeting for discussion. Motion passed.

It was agreed that next year's Show/Sale dates would be the same weekend in September as this past Show/Sale. Those dates will be Sept. 7-8, 2018 in the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Livestock Barn.

After a discussion on whom to invite to judge next year's show, Chuck Dalchau moved and Chris Summers seconded a motion to invite South African Pieter van Schalkwyk if his schedule will permit him coming. He has judged the THCDA Show twice in the past and has expressed an interest in returning to Texas providing he can work that trip into his schedule. The show/sale committee will come up with a recommendation for auctioneer.

There being no other business, Huntis Black moved the meeting be adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectively submitted by

Garet von Netzer

THCDA Secretary


Texas Hill Country Dorper Association Minutes
Annual Meeting
September 8, 2016
The Texas Hill Country Dorper Association held their annual meeting Friday evening, September 9 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. President Robert Yelverton called the meeting to order at 5:41 pm
President Yelverton thanked everyone for their hard work making the associations show and sale a success and for their continued efforts to promote the Dorper breed. He then asked if anyone had any additions or corrections to make to the minutes for the July 13, 2017 meeting which they had received by e-mail. There were none and the minutes were approved as submitted.
The next item of business was the election of a president and secretary to server for the next two years. Travis Turley nominated Mike McKinnerney for president. The nomination was seconded by Edie McDaniel. President Yelverton asked for other nominations for president, then seeing there were none moved that Mike McKinnerney be elected by acclimation. The motion passed. The floor was then opened for nominations for secretary. Mike McKinnerney Chris Summers nominated Garet von Netzer, and the nomination was seconded by Maxie Jonas. There were no other nominations and Garet von Netzer was elected by acclimation to serve as secretary.
President Yelverton announced that the speaker we had invited from the HEB Meat Department was unable to attend our meeting due to his involvement in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
Chris Summers presented the treasurer's report. Mike McKinnerney moved the report be accepted as submitted, and Maxie Jonas seconded the motion. The motion carried and the report will be filed with the minutes.
Carlos Gutierrez and his family donated a ewe to be sold for Harvey relief and the next item of business was for the membership to vote on where to send the funds from the sale as well as any other funds raised by THCDA and designated for use as hurricane relief funds. Chris Summers presented a list of three possible candidates to receive the funds; Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association, United Way of Coastal Bend and the American Red Cross. The floor was opened for additional nominees. There were none. Following discussions about the three nominees, Connie Bernhard moved that the funds be given to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association. The motion was seconded by Susie Reese, and passed by a unanimous vote.
President-elect Mike McKinnerney spoke briefly about his upcoming term as president, and stated that no motions would be voted on at future meetings unless they had been previously published as agenda items prior to the meeting in which a vote was taken. He said our October meeting would be a show and sale report meeting and that our next regular business meeting would probably be in January or February of 2018. He asked the members to submit agenda items for that meeting to an officer or board member so they could be included on an written agenda when the time and location of that meeting is announced to the membership. Items brought up in the meetings that were not on the agenda would be tabled until the next meeting. He also announced that he planned to hold the meetings in various locations hoping it would encourage more members to attend.
There being no other business to be brought before the members, the meeting was adjourned

James A. Hurst
Texas Hill Country Dorper Association


News Release

2017 THCDA Show/Sale Sept. 8-9, 2017 in Fredericksburg, TX

For more information, contact Garet von Netzer, 830-997-3210

FRDERICKSBURG—A record number of buyers registered and bought a record number of sheep to highlight the 11th Annual Texas Hill Country Dorper Association's Show/Sale held Sept. 8-9 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn here.

The annual show/sale, one of the top shows in the country for many years, attracted a record number of registered buyers (124) from 10 states, who purchased 204 Dorper and White Dorper sheep. The previous record was 120 buyers a year ago who purchased a then-record 175 head of sheep.

The number of buyers also was a record with 65 purchasing sheep compared to 55 a year ago.

While the number of buyers exceeded those in past THCDA sales, the average sale price declined from a year ago. Last year, the sale's 175 sheep sold for an average price of $1,246 while Saturday's 204 sheep sold for an average of $902.

"We had a real good show and sale again this year," said outgoing THCDA president Robert Yelverton of Harper.

"We had lots of high quality sheep and a record number of entries this year. I'm not sure what impact hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have had on our show since we've had gasoline shortages in our state as a result of the interruption in the refiners around Houston."

Cherry Mountain Dorpers of Fredericksburg, operated by Vinson Kirchner, led the winners.

CM Dorpers had the champion haltered Dorper ewe, the champion unhaltered Dorper ram and the champion pen of three Dorper ewes.

The champion haltered Dorper ewe was purchased by Kathryn Black of Lipan, TX for $3,000, the champion unhaltered Dorper ram went to K & D Boers of Hamilton, TX for $1,300, and David Geistweidt of Comfort bought the champion pen of three Dorper ewes for $5,700.

Other Dorper winners and those who bought those entries included: champion Dorper ram, Holman Dorpers, Sonora, TX, bought by Kristi Brooks of Granbury for $3,750; reserve champion ram, Wilson Ranch, Sterling City, TX, bought by Preston Farris, Sonora for $2,750, and reserve champion ewe, Hanna Dorpers, Iraan, TX, bought by Melissa Wahrmund of Center Point, TX for $4,250 (top sales price of the show entries).

In the haltered White Dorper division, Mirror C Livestock of Millsap, TX exhibited the champion ewe, purchased by Dawn Cahill, Sonora for $1,600, while N&K Ranches of Eldorado, TX had the champion ram, bought by Casey Caldon, Monte Vista, CO for $3,500.

The White Dorper reserve champion ram was shown by Wilson Ranch and purchased by Casey Caldon for $2,100, while the Little M Ranch of Richland Springs, TX had the reserve champion ewe that went to Ethan Marschall of Harper for $900.

One Dorper ewe that was not even entered in the show and a South Texas family motivated to help hurricane victims grabbed everyone's attention during Saturday's sale.

The family of Dr. Carlos Gutierrez of Mission donated one of the family's Dorper sheep to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Dorper ewe was bought, then resold four more times to generate $7,000 for the THCDA to contribute to relief efforts.

In the association's business meeting Friday evening, members voted to send all THCDA contributions to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Foundation, which has set up a fund to support relief efforts for ranch families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"Our members voted to send THCDA contributions to the TSCRA Foundation because 100 percent of all monies go to recipients in need," said Chris Summers, THCDA treasurer.

"We've also learned that L & L Feed of Kerrville has pledged to match the first $5,000 of all contributions earmarked to help those ranching families in need, so our contributions will be enhanced even more."

"This country has given me and my family so much, this is just a way to give back," said Gutierrez, a family medicine physician who practices in Mexico. "We've seen all the destruction, and we just wanted to help in some way."

"My husband has a big heart, and when Harvey came through, we saw lots of people in need, this was just a way to help out," said Rosa Gutierrez.

"Those attending our show and sale also had other opportunities to contribute to help flood victims in the agriculture communities," said Yelverton. "We don't have a final total of those donations yet, but they will go on top of the sales proceeds for the Gutierrez' sheep."

Show judge was Wesley Glass of Sterling City, a past THCDA president.

The pens of three ewes and unhaltered sheep were judged Friday afternoon, while all haltered sheep were judged Saturday morning. The sale was Saturday afternoon.

Highlighting the association's annual meeting Friday evening was election of new officers for the 2017-18 year: President, Mike Mckinnerney of Richland Springs, and secretary, Garet von Netzer of Fredericksburg. Justin Marschall of Harper has another year to serve as vice-president, while Summers will continue as treasurer.