WALSENBURG — At the April 1 meeting of the Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers Association, the members discussed publishing a Huerfano County brand book. This would be an extensive report of all the registered stock brands in Huerfano County and the people who own them. The project is underway. “The original idea was to give them to law enforcement” as a way of identifying strays, explained Dave Stroh. The members decided to try and make the books available to the public via the libraries or another easily accessible area. Although the original thought was to have a pocket-size reference book, the books will need to be larger than that to fit all the information, which would make them a burden to carry around. So the board agreed that the library is most likely their best bet. Larry Fuller said that he talked to JT Schalla about the upcoming Ranch Rodeo in La Veta. Schalla promotes the rodeo and helps manage it. Fuller told the board they’re “finalizing everything.” He added, “We have plenty of time.” According to Fuller, most everything about the rodeo will be the same as last year, including the price for providing
the livestock, which would be around $2,000. The members agreed to accept the bids from this year’s announcer and auctioneer for the Ranch Rodeo. The members discussed details of sponsorship by the Signature newspaper last year as compared to 2015. “Last year, none of the outside advertisement did us any good,” Fuller said, referring to ads in out-of-town locations. He expressed his hope that this year will be different. The board also discussed the parade; possibly raising the gate fee from $5 to $7; and the barbecue before the rodeo. HBSA is considering talking with the local Farm Bureau about moving the barbecue from inside the 4-H building to a large tent just behind the grandstand inside the rodeo area for easier access and more convenience. Because of that possibility, the need for electricity and its availability was also discussed. HBSA also wants the public to know that the organization offers scholarships to certain students who apply. The students, who must be seniors in high school, do not have to be HBSA members or plan to go into agriculture to receive a scholarship from the association. Interested students should go to the guidance counselor’s office at either high school in Huerfano County to apply for a scholarship. HBSA received a letter from Sam McCay, who received a college scholarship from HBSA in the past. She has graduated and is working, and told HBSA that she is grateful for the financial aid she received from them.