American Blonde d'Aquitaine Association

2016 ABAA Annual Membership Meeting Planned for Ohio

ABAA members should plan to be in Ohio for the annual meeting this fall.

Ken Boersma and Carrie Tomko invite you to attend the ABAA Annual Meeting at Swan Meadow Farm in Rittman, Ohio on October 1, 2016.


Attention Members

Half Price Registration Extended!

All ABAA paid members may register halfbloods and percentage cattle now up to the annual meeting October 1, 2016 at half price ($5) of the regular registration fee. You must register a minimum of five animals. Purebreds and Fullbloods are not included in this special rate.


2015 ABAA Annual Membership Meeting Planned for Tennessee


ABAA members should plan to be in Tennessee for the annual meeting this fall.  

Butch and Lynn Jarvis invite you to attend the ABAA Annual Meeting in Fall Branch, TN on October 9-10, 2015.  

Lazy J Farms
Butch & Lynn Jarvis
1275 Old Baxter Road
Fall Branch, TN
Lynn 423-765-6377
Butch 423-612-9135

A block of rooms has been reserved at the La Quinta Inn in Kingsport, TN.  To make reservations call (423) 323-0500 and ask for ABAA.


ABAA Annual Membership Meeting

Clayton and Barbara Bryant of Andalusia, Alabama recently hosted the American Blonde d’Aquitaine Association Annual Meeting. The members met for dinner Friday night, October 17, at David’s Catfish House. 
Members attending included President Jay Opoien from Buffalo, North Dakota; Treasurer Cliff Easley and his wife Carolyn from Bruce, Mississippi; Director Ed Moss and his wife Geri from Hulbert, Oklahoma; Director Bill 
Crabtree and his wife Mary from Denison, Texas; Director Butch Jarvis and his wife Lynn from Fall Branch, Tennessee; and Ken Boersma and Carrie Tomko from Rittman, Ohio. After dinner, they went to the Bryants’ home for dessert: Italian cream cake or fresh apple cake with coffee or tea. 

On Saturday morning, October 18, the meeting was held in the conference room at Holiday Inn Express. Their speaker was Woody Clark, president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, who is from the Andalusia area also. He spoke on some of the problems cattle farmers face today. 

During the business meeting 3 Directors were elected for three-year terms: Cliff Easley of Bruce, Mississippi; Bill Crabtree of Denison, Texas; and Butch Jarvis of Fall Branch, Tennessee. 

The group discussed ethics of selling breeding stock, but no action was taken.  

The Directors announced that in their meeting they voted to allow free Market Page advertising on the website only if the member had previously purchased a business card ad which costs $120 annually. Registrar Kathy Richburg is the contact person for payment and placement of an ad.

At the conclusion of the business meeting, Butch and Lynn Jarvis of Fall Branch, Tennessee agreed to host the next Annual Meeting. 

After the business meeting, everyone adjourned to Hilltop Restaurant where they were joined by a few family and friends of the Bryants. Everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet of pulled pork, brisket, potato salad, baked beans, and hot rolls. Chocolate or vanilla cake was also served.

The next stop was the Barton place where Barbara grew up. Her father had planted most of his property in pine trees, and Clayton (with advice from agronomists from Auburn University) has thinned the trees and planted grass to form a silvopasture. Clayton had prepared a trailer with hay bales, and everyone enjoyed seeing the Bryants’ Blonde cattle from the hayride. The next stop was the Bryant Farm, part of which was homesteaded in 1890 by Clayton’s great grandfather. Everyone climbed aboard the hay wagon again and saw more Blonde cattle. When they finished the tour, Barbara provided boiled peanuts for everyone. 

In the evening everyone had dinner together and enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of other Blonde breeders.


ABAA Annual Meeting Planned for Alabama


ABAA members should plan to be in Alabama for the annual meeting this fall.  Clayton & Barbara Bryant invite you to attend the ABAA Annual Meeting in Andalusia, AL on October 17 and 18, 2014.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, 16727 US Hwy. 84, Andalusia, AL  36421.
To make reservation call 1-334-427-2740 and ask for ABAA rooms before September 30 to receive the reduced rate of $99.95 per night
We will have dinner Friday, October 17, at David's Catfish House at 7:30 p.m.  The Bryants invite everyone to their house at 204 Sanford Road after dinner for dessert. 
The meeting will be Saturday, October 18, in the conference room at the hotel at 9:00 a.m.  The Bryants will provide lunch. After lunch, we will tour their farms, one where Barbara grew up and one where Clayton grew up. We will provide directions later. 

The closest airports are:
Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) Montgomery, AL
Pensacola International Airport (PNS) Pensacola, FL
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) Panama City, FL
Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) Dothan, AL

Most of the airports are about  2 hours from Andalusia.  Pensacola is closer, about 1 1/2 hours.