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“It is with great pride that we introduce ASA’s new field team,” said ASA Executive Vice President Wade Shafer. “This is a very impressive team with a wide array of expertise. Each member has extensive experience in the cattle industry and is highly motivated to serve, and we feel very privileged to have secured their services. Each representative will be attending sales and other member and industry events in their area — make sure to catch up with them when you have a chance.”

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VOLUME 22 – NO. 1

Linking SimGenetics to Commercial Cattle

Table Of Contents

IN THIS ISSUE 6 Management Practices for Developing Heifers, Part II By Dr. Jack Whittier, Colorado State University

14 Leading a Double Life By Dan Rieder

26 Studying Abroad By Dan Rieder

34 Industry Insight — Considerations for Bull Selection Coordinated by Jackie Atkins, Ph.D. and Paulette Cochenour

54 Prevention of Baby Calf Diseases By Marie S. Bulgin, DVM; V. Michael Lane, DVM; and Bruce C. Anderson, DVM

DEPARTMENTS 74 Industry Update 104 Rates & Policies 108 Calendar of Events 114 Ad Index About the cover: Percentage Simmental cows crowd the feed bunk on a winter morning at Wesner Livestock Enterprises, Chalmers, Indiana. Photo by Hannah Wine.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Linking SimGenetics to Commercial Cattle Published By the Register 2 Simmental Way Bozeman, Montana 59715-9733 USA 406-587-2778 • Fax: 406-587-8853 register@simmgene.com Business Manager Linda Kesler

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Contributing Editor Dan Rieder

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Eastern Area: Jessie J. Driggers (2014) 3649 Hugh Driggers Road Glennville, GA 30427 912-237-0608 driggsimm@yahoo.com Jimmy Holliman (2014) PO Box 266 Marion Junction, AL 36759 334-872-8530 hollijl@auburn.edu Brian DeFreese (2015) 7643 St Rd 25 S West Point, IN 47992 765-491-7421 bdefrees@purdue.edu Bill McDonald (2015) 2147 Walnut Spring Road Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-230-6225 info@mcdonaldfarms.com

North Central Area: ASA Publication, Inc., Board Chairman Jim Butcher Vice-Chairman Jimmy Holliman

Dale Miller Bob Lanting Jessie Driggers

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Wade Shafer

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Kevin Thompson (2014) 5125 53rd Street Almont, ND 58520 701-843-8454 kevinandlynette@westriv.com Harold Williams (2014) 2952 310th Street Orient, IA 50858 641-344-4786 hjwilliams@wildblue.net Roger Finke (2015) 13 14th Avenue NE Berthold, ND 58718 701-453-3157 srf@srt.com Dr. Calvin Drake (2016) 540 Deep Creek Road Manhattan, KS, 66502 785-587-5968 cdrake@interkan.net

Western Area: Dale Miller (2014) PO Box 174 Gildford, MT 59525 406-376-3109 7dm0174@ttc-cmc.net Jim Butcher (2015) 2470 Wolverine Creek Road Lewistown, MT 59457 406-350-0467 butcher@3riversdbs.net Robert J. Lanting (2016) 2181 B. North 2300 East Twin Falls, ID 83301 208-655-4257 lant4257@filertel.com Susan S. Russell (2016) 24614 Road G Sugar City, CO 81076 719-267-3265 wwfeed@centurytel.net

South Central Area: Blake Nelson (2014) PO Box 172 Warner, OK 74469 918-484-2291 mblakenelson@hotmail.com Scott Cowger (2015) 9024 N. Manning Ave. Kansas City, MO 64157 816-304-0371 cowgers@aol.com Jon Willis (2015) 2876 Simmental Lane Marietta, OK 73448 580-276-4884 jonwillis99@yahoo.com Tim Smith (2016) PO Box 330 Giddings, TX 78942 512-587-7896 smithgenetics1@gmail.com


MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

OF DEVELOPING HEIFERS AFFECTS LIFETIME PRODUCTIVITY, PART II By Dr. Jack C Whittier, Colorado State University

Editor’s Note: Part I of this two-part series, appeared in the Late Fall issue of SimTalk and specifically addressed “Heifer Management to Produce Early Calving Cows,” and “the Effect of Calving Distribution on Progeny Performance.” Dr. Whittier presented this paper to the 2013 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting.

Differences in Lifetime Productivity of Heifers Conceived by AI or Natural Service A study done by Colorado State University and recently published (French et al., 2013) evaluated 6,693 records from 1,173 females at the CSU John E. Rouse Beef Improvement Center (BIC) located in Saratoga, WY. The objectives of the study were: 1) determine the effect of conception to AI or natural service (NS) as yearlings on lifetime productivity, and 2) compare lifetime productivity among females that were the offspring of an AI or NS sire. In herds that use AI, such as BIC, it is a standard practice to conduct AI at the beginning of the breeding season, and follow later with clean-up bulls for natural mating. Therefore, the opportunity for NS sires to produce early born calves is compromised under these circumstances. It is also quite common for heifers to be synchronized for estrus in some manner when AI is part of the ranch management practice. This practice will also skew the data for AI toward the early part of the calving season compared to non-synchronized breeding with either AI or NS. Since both of these practices were used at BIC in the data reported by French et al. (2013) we must recognize that the results likely contain a bias toward AI. As further explanation of the CSU study, each year yearling heifers were inseminated 3 to 4 weeks before the cows. This is also a common industry management practice. As a result of this practice the production records from the dams at BIC were classified into 4 different categories: 1) heifers that conceived to AI (H-AI), 2) heifers that conceived to NS (H-NS), 3) cows that conceived to AI (C-AI) and 4) cows that conceived to NS (CNS). This delineation was made to isolate the effect of the parity of the dam of a female on its lifetime productivity.

In addition, due to the genetic objectives at BIC related to investigation of high-elevation (brisket) disease, the same sires used for AI were used for NS with the heifers; different AI and NS sires were used with the cows. Lifetime revenue from females in the CSU study was estimated using the sum of the weaned calf value for all calves produced by these females. Calf value was computed based on local auction market prices over the period from 1991 to 2010. These estimates reflected varied prices for various weight and sex classes. Using this approach, it was possible to compute lifetime revenue for each female category of females (H-AI, H-NS, C-AI, and C-NS) as classified above. The overall purpose of the present paper is to discuss the effect of management practices of developing heifers on lifetime productivity. There are some additional principles that can be drawn from the CSU study (French et al., 2013) to add to the work of Lesmeister and Funston already discussed. Principle #7 (French) – Yearling heifers that respond to estrus synchronization and conceive early to AI produce greater lifetime revenue than heifers that conceive to natural service. When Lesmeister et al. (1973) published their study on cow records from the 1950s and 1960s, estrus synchronization was not done, other than experimentally. Therefore, as Lesmeister and co-workers point out in their publication, “All cows could not be expected to be in estrus the first day of the breeding season due to the length of the estrous cycle.” With advances in estrous cycle management over the intervening 50 years, it is common, especially in heifers, for a high percentage of synchronized females to be in estrus on the first day of the breeding season. The majority of females that are not in estrus in synchronized herds are not cycling – either due to being non-pubertal or anestrus cows. In cows, anestrus likely results from short postpartum intervals at the beginning of the breeding season in later calving cows. “Females that conceived to AI as a yearling were older and heavier (P = 0.02) at the time of AI than were females that conceived to a clean-up bull via NS. Females that conceived to AI as a yearling also had greater (P = 0.04) average weaning weight for calves produced during their lifetime and weaned more (P < 0.0001) weight and more (P < 0.0001) total calves throughout their lifetime than did females that conceived to NS as a yearling [Table 1].” (French et al., 2013) CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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HEIFERS AFFECTS LIFETIME PRODUCTIVITY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6

Table 1. Measures of heifer’s own performance and summarized performance of its calves among females that conceived at AI or natural service (NS) as yearlings.

Performance of heifer PPI1 (d)

Lifetime revenue2 ($, actual price basis)

n

Lifetime weight weaned (lb)

Lifetime calves weaned

$2,483

4,530

2,363a

5.2a

87

$1,561

909

1,398b

3.0b

5

$922

965

2.2

Conception Classification

n

Age of heifer at 1st AI (d)

Conceived to AI

871

429a

92

Conceived to NS

302

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Difference

Performance of progeny

a,b Means within a column without a common superscript differ (P < 0.05). 1 PPI = postpartum interval; defined as the number of days between the calving date of the female and the subsequent date of AI. This number is the average PPI across all years that the female was in the herd. 2 Lifetime revenue produced per female was calculated using prices from Torrington Livestock Market LLC (Torrington, WY) from 1991 to 2010. See original manuscript for further explanation of how this was calculated.

The use of AI in beef herds allows use of proven sires with documented genetic merit. Lamberson et al. (1993) stated that AI offers the advantage of making available many sires with outstanding genetic merit, a situation that would not be economical for most commercial producers for use in NS. As noted above, heifers at BIC were mated to the same sires AI and NS, therefore, some of the potential advantages of AI compared to NS are not fully reflected in the article by French et al. (2013). As further explanation why this was done at BIC, the authors state: “One of the goals of the BIC was to produce seedstock Angus bulls specifically adapted to high-altitude environments. Because of this, ranch management inseminated heifers to bulls produced by the ranch and then used these same bulls via NS on their females. This facilitated genetic improvement of the herd while also using sires that could perform in the environment. This

decision to AI heifers to the same bulls used for NS is noteworthy because it reduced some of the benefit of using elite genetics through AI but also reduced the risk of introducing genetics that were not adapted to the high-altitude environment. The average weaning weight of calves from females conceiving to AI may have been greater if outside sires with improved genetics for growth had been used (Ellis, 2005) but also would have increased the risk of mortality in offspring associated with nonadapted genetics.” (French et al., 2013) However, the advantage of females conceiving to AI was demonstrated indirectly due to earlier conception in both females that conceived to AI and those sired by AI when compared to NS (Table 2.) This table reports the female’s response, based on the dam classification, based on age of dam and whether progeny resulted from AI or NS.

Table 2. Measures of female’s own performance and performance of calves by dam classification.

Performance of Female

Performance of progeny

PPI2 (d)

Lifetime revenue3 ($, actual price basis)

450a

88

40

421b

C-AI

618

C-NS

320

n

Lifetime weight weaned (lb)

Lifetime calves weaned

$2,223

926

2,147

4.6

88

$1,949

175

1,918

4.2

427b

87

$2,253

2,928

2,129

4.7

403c

84

$2,313

1,454

2,180

4.7

n

Age of heifer at 1st AI (d)

H-AI

195

H-NS

Dam Classification1

a,b,c,d Means within a column without a common superscript differ (P < 0.05). 1 H-AI = female born to a primiparous heifer and the offspring of an AI mating; H-NS = female born to a primiparous heifer and the offspring of a natural service (NS) mating; C-AI = female born to a multiparous cow and the offspring of an AI mating; C-NS = female born to a multiparous cow and the offspring of an NS mating. 2 PPI = postpartum interval; defined as the number of days between the calving date of the female and the subsequent date of AI. This number is the average PPI across all years that the female was in the herd. 3 Lifetime revenue produced per female was calculated using prices from Torrington Livestock Market LLC (Torrington, WY) from 1991 to 2010. See original manuscript for further explanation of how this was calculated.

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HEIFERS AFFECTS LIFETIME PRODUCTIVITY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

French et al. (2013) summarized the results of their study in the implications section of their paper as follows: “Replacement females that conceive earlier in the breeding season, accomplished via the use of estrus synchronization and AI, have increased longevity. Furthermore, estrus synchronization with AI can be an effective management tool to produce replacements that are older at breeding, become pregnant early in the breeding season, and have the potential to consist of superior genetics.” (French et al., 2013)

Summary The primary focus of this paper has been on the benefits of managing heifers to conceive early in their first breeding season. This practice produces cows that have greater lifetime productivity due to more growing days of their progeny before a set weaning date, which results in greater weight weaned. It also provides for longer postpartum intervals to prepare for the subsequent breeding season, therefore increasing the probability of conception early in the breeding season to facilitate early calving the next calving season. Combined, these factors result in greater lifetime productivity of heifers that calve early relative to herdmates. The use of estrus synchronization and accompanying AI are tools available to increase lifetime productivity and facilitate earlier calving. Over the past several years, the traditional practice of developing replacement heifers to a target weight of 65% of expected mature weight has been questioned. Funston and Deutscher (2004) and Funston et al. (2011) reported that prebreeding rate of gain has minimal effect on heifer pregnancy rate. This has led to changes in management by some producers in an attempt to reduce input costs for heifer development while not compromising reproductive performance. Approaches such as developing heifers at a rate of gain and target weight at first breeding lower than traditionally used (55 vs. 65% of mature weight) appear to be a viable practice for heifers with improved genetic merit for growth and reproduction available in today’s beef industry. In addition, exposing a higher number of heifers during a short breeding season and retaining pregnant heifers into the herd will serve to improve the lifetime productivity of heifers. The principles outlined in this paper will allow producers to identify heifers that match the production environment and contribute to having early calving cows in the herd.

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References: Burris, M. J., and B. M. Priode. 1958. Effect of calving date on subsequent calving performance. J. Anim. Sci. 17:527–533. Cundiff, L. V. 1970. Experimental results on crossbreeding cattle for beef production. J. Anim. Sci. 30:694–705. Dunn, T. G., and C. C. Kaltenbach. 1980. Nutrition and the postpartum interval of the ewe, sow and cow. J. Anim. Sci. 51(Suppl. 2):29. (Abstr.) Funston, R.N., J.A. Musgrave, T.L. Meyer and D.M. Larson. 2012. Effect of calving distribution on beef cattle progeny performance. J. Anim. Sci. 90:5118-5121. Funston, R. N., and G. H. Deutscher. 2004. Comparison of target breeding weight and breeding date for replacement beef heifers and effects on subsequent reproduction and calf performance. J. Anim. Sci. 82:3094–3099. Funston, R. N., J. A. Musgrave, T. L. Meyer, and D. M. Larson. 2011. Effect of calving period on ADG, reproduction, and first calf characteristics of heifer progeny. Proc. West. Sect. Am. Soc. Anim. Sci. 62:231–233. Ellis, W. 2005. Beef artificial insemination economics. J. Anim. Sci. 83(Suppl. 1):332. (Abstr.). Kill, L. K., E. M. Mousel, R. A. Cushman, and G. A. Perry. 2012. Effect of heifer calving date on longevity and lifetime productivity. J. Anim. Sci. 95 (Suppl. 1):131. Lamberson, B., J. Massey and J.C. Whittier. 1993. Crossbreeding Systems for Small Herds of Beef Cattle. University of Missouri Department of Animal Sciences Extension Factsheet G2040. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G2040. Accessed May 18, 2013. Lesmeister, J.L., P.J. Burfening and R.L. Blackwell. 1973. Date of first calving in beef cows and subsequent calf production. J. Anim. Sci. 36:1-6. Núñez-Dominguez, R., L.V. Cundiff, G.E Dickerson, K.E. Gregory and R.M. Koch. 1991. Heterosis for survival and dentition in Hereford, Angus, Shorthorn, and crossbred cows. J Anim Sci 69:1885-1898. Patterson, D. J., R. C. Perry, G. H. Kiracofe, R. A. Bellows, R. B. Staigmiller, and L. R. Corah. 1992. Management considerations in heifer development and puberty. J. Anim. Sci. 70:4018–4035.

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Leading a Double Life A North Dakota breeder lives a rather subdued existence when he is at home with his commercial Simmental herd,

but then goes on the road where he turns into a

modern-day daredevil.

By Dan Rieder

J

osh Rivinius (pronounced RehVeen-Yus), 34, earns his living from two primary sources. He maintains a productive commercial herd of 94 Simmental-influenced females on leased property near Elgin, North Dakota. In addition, he attends an estimated 80 professional rodeo performances annually, where he works in the perilous position of bullfighter. “Since I’m gone so much, the cattle are a real escape for me,” he explains. “When I’m on the road, everything is so hectic, but when I come home, everything returns to normal. I can go out and just relax, working with my cows.” During his youth, Rivinius competed in steer wrestling and bareback bronc riding at the high school level. Then, after graduation, he decided to join the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), not as a competitor, but as a lifesaving bullfighter. (See sidebar article “A Bull Rider’s Best Friend”) Prior to graduation, he had frequently worked on the ranches of various Rivinius cousins and uncles. “This area is full of my relatives. My grandpa lived a mile south of here, his brother lived nearby, it was all kind of one big Rivinius circle,” he laughed. His own parents, Doug and Jolene, lived in Elgin, where Doug trained horses and worked for the local school district. “We always had horses and did a lot of riding,” he says. 14

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You’ll find the “Flying 4” bra nd (left) on Josh’s cows and calves enjoying summe r grass of North Dakota.

A cousin, Al Rivinius had grown up on the Stone Butte ranch, named for an area landmark. Al’s dad, Edwin, had established Simmental on the ranch back in 1971, when he AI’d his Hereford cows to Bismark, one of the famed bulls that was among the first imports from Europe. “They had pretty much continued to produce straightbred Simmental from then on, although they mixed in some Red Angus on occasion to moderate size in their cows,” he points out. When Al decided to get out of the cattle business and move into the oilfields, Josh was ready to take over. “I had grown up around their Simmentals and that was really the only breed I’d had much experience with. I got my start in 2003 when I bought six purebred cows of my own. Al and I ran our cattle together for several years and then I bought out his herd in 2011 and blended them together,” he continued.


Josh, who is single, lives in a house on the Stone Butte Ranch, but has formed his own Flying 4 cattle operation. “I wanted a unique cattle brand, but every time I submitted one to the State Office, they turned me down because somebody else had already filed on it. Finally, I picked the number four and put wings on it, and that’s what I use today,” he said. Since attending an American Breeders Service A.I. school in 2011, he has handled his own breeding, achieving an 85% settling rate the first year, although that figure dropped off a bit in his second year. “That first year, everything worked like a charm, and I can’t really explain why my success rate dipped last year,” he said. Cleanup bulls are turned in to finish the job . He favors red cattle. “I still have 11 black cows, but I’m phasing them out. I don’t mind the blacks, but I like red cattle better, especially red, whitefaced ones with goggle-eyes that have a little Fleckvieh look to them,” he explained. “I’ve enjoyed the heterosis I get from using some percentage bulls on my purebred cows. I’ve found that a touch of Red Angus genetics helps clean up udders. However, I don’t want to dilute my Simmental cows too much, because I like that lengthy frame they possess,” he commented. Rivinius puts up 35 acres of corn and 250 acres of hay to get him through a feeding period that can run from December through April. He combines some of the corn and lets the cows work the cornstalks during the late fall.

This past year, his heifer calves sold to his neighbor, former North Dakota Stockman’s CEO Wade Moser, who specializes in production and reselling of bred heifers. Flying 4 steer calves went to another neighbor, Blaine Ottmar, who is in the process of establishing a feeding enterprise. Calving begins around February 1, when North Dakota winters can be brutal. Rivinius relies on technology to help him through the calving season. First, he ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy and to identify gender. Ultrasound also projects approximate calving dates, helping to determine when cows go into the calving barn. And, he depends on TV cameras to monitor calving progress. “I have eight cameras that allow me to keep an eye on things from the house. I have three heated pens with temperature constantly around 40 degrees, and one other general area. I leave the lights on real low,” he said. “Every pregnant cow gets run through the pens — I make sure the calf is dry and has nursed, keep them in an unheated pen for a day or so and then kick them outside. It’s a system that I wouldn’t be without.” He’s seen no reason to regret his decision to focus on Simmentals. “I really like this breed. In particular, I like their dispositions and the beefier, bigger framed cattle. Some people claim they eat more, but they also raise a bigger calf, and you get a bigger resale value when you salvage the cow,” he concluded. “I like a bull that produces good females – good mothers with maternal traits. I want that extra length and width that Simmental are known for.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 00

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By TNT Tuition EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 131 $TI: 84

By 3C Macho M450 BZ EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 99 $TI: 67

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JF Foundation 8010U

KLS Halfblood X217

R&R Chamberlain X744

WLE Quota U547

By WSJ Encore EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 107 $TI: 62

By SP The Answer 813 EPDs: CE: 15 $API: 141 $TI: 72

By Mr. NLC Upgrade EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 95 $TI: 78

By SVF/NJC Built Right N48 EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 116 $TI: 66

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Silveiras Watchout 0514

S S Incentive 9J17

Silveiras Style 9303

SP The Answer 813

By B C Lookout x Style’s sister EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 84 $TI: 56

SS Objective T510 0T26 EPDs: CE: 17 $API: 138 $TI: 78

By Gambles Hot Rod EPDs: CE: 16 $API: 126 $TI: 61

By SAV Final Answer 0035 EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 138 $TI: 68


CCR Sure Fire 5028Y

SAS T101 Sweet Meat

K-LER Make It Rain 696S

STF Royal Affair Z44M

By Dikeman’s Sure Bet EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 138 $TI: 77

By HTP SVF In Dew Time EPDs: CE: 3 $API: 112 $TI: 69

By Foundation 724N EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 118 $TI: 62

By Lock N Load EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 103 $TI: 61

Oval F Ringleader R579

CNS Pays To Dream T759

DJ Salution S502

GWS/SCF Rendition T310

By HC Hummer EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 125 $TI: 69

By Dream On EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 147 $TI: 72

By Warehouse EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 108 $TI: 64

By Trademark EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 108 $TI: 61

FBF1 Combustible Y34

Wheatland Mr. Bojangles 97X

FBFS Warsaw 068W

SS/PRS Tail Gater 621Z

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 129 $TI: 67

By Wheatland Bull 680S EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 104 $TI: 64

By Sure Bet EPDs: CE: 15 $API: 127 $TI: 59

By HTP/SVF Duracell T52 EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 124 $TI: 69

Westfall Voyager 721P

W/C Catchin A Dream 27X Rubys Wide Open 909W

WAGR Dream Catcher 03R

By Power Surge EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 104 $TI: 56

By Dream Catcher EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 130 $TI: 66

By Dream On EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 154 $TI: 74

By The Foreman EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 95 $TI: 64

GLS New Direction X184

HTP/SVF Duracell T52

Yardley High Regard W242

PRS Blazin Hot W192

By Better Than Ever EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 110 $TI: 69

By Dream On EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 134 $TI: 73

By Yardley Impressive T371 EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 78 $TI: 55

By Dew It Right EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 128 $TI: 72

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WS Hot Beef X38

SAS Big Bruzer Y131

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 104 $TI: 66

By WS Beef Maker EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 160 $TI: 90

By King of the Yukon (outcross) EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 109 $TI: 66

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Leading a Double Life A Bull Rider’s Best Friend Right after high school, Rivinius made a teenager’s decision to become a professional bullfighter. He prepared by going to a three-day school under the direction of Jason Kraft, a family friend and a former bullfighter himself. “Jason was well-known as ‘the guy’ around here when it came to bullfighting. That school was a bullriding/bull-fighting combination and helped prepare me for what was ahead,” he said. “I’ve been at this for 16 years and what I like best is being able to help somebody in trouble, putting some control on an uncontrollable situation. That’s a rewarding feeling. You can’t think about your personal safety. You have to have the mindset that you may get run over at any time. The danger is always there, but you can’t think about it,” he reasons. He admits that he’s been injured a few times. “I broke my neck, my collar bone, a few ribs — a few things like that,” he says matter-of-factly. “I usually work with one other bullfighter, and we rely on each other on those occasions when we get in trouble ourselves.”

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Rivinius points out that he is not a barrel man or a clown, as bullfighters are often referred to by casual fans. “Those are the guys who interact with the announcer and provide additional comic entertainment for the crowd. Once we step into that arena, we’re 100% business and don’t want to be distracted by anything,” he stated. He notes that rodeo bulls are the absolute opposite of Simmentals. “In your Simmental herd, you select for that docile disposition, but bucking bulls should be just as rank as they can be. In fact, there are breeding programs based on science, designed to produce lines of bucking bulls, many which have a high percentage of Brahman breeding. An outstanding bucking bull will often go into stud service in an effort to multiply his genetics,” he continued. He prepares for the action much as any other successful athlete would. He stays in good physical shape, wears football cleats, a lightweight girdle and a flak jacket. He also goes over the list of bulls to be turned out that day. “You can’t predict what a bull is going to do, though. You just treat them all with respect and then react.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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Leading a Double Life He’s worked local, regional and national rodeos. His most prestigious event to date was the Ram National Circuit Finals in Oklahoma City, but he’s also worked the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming; the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City; and the July 4th Deadwood, South Dakota Rodeo, among others. A dues-paying member of the PRCA, he depends largely on his performance and reputation to fill

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out his bullfighting schedule. “During the National Finals in Las Vegas, the PRCA holds their Annual Convention and I’m able to pick up a lot of assignments at that event. The National Finals are Rodeo’s World Series and Super Bowl wrapped up in one spectacular package. Someday, I’d like to work that event. That would be realizing a lifetime goal,” he summarized.

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Purebred Triple C Beef Maker x Triple C Majic Man M211 Full sister was top 20 at AJSA National Classic in 2013, shown by Elder Family, IA.

4 3.1 81 122 5

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW MB REA $API $TI

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9 1.7 69 104 8

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1/2 Blood Connealy Final Product x FF Pref Beef S591

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW MB REA $API $TI

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW MB REA $API $TI

6 1.4 78 124 6

11 .1 80 127 12 28 68 .43 .55 137 87

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CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW MB REA $API $TI

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CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW MB REA $API $TI

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Studying Abroad A Montana college student spends six months studying and working in Australia.

By Dan Rieder

“I

wanted an overseas experience and narrowed it down to Ireland and Australia,” says Montana State University (MSU) student Becky Townsend. “I wanted to take some courses that would support my Agricultural Business major and wouldn’t interrupt progress toward my degree.” Townsend, who grew up on a cattle ranch near White Sulphur Springs in south-central Montana, ultimately decided to attend the University of Western Australia (UWA), located in Perth. Perth, a modern city of more than a million people, is the primary trading center for the entire western sector of the island nation. Along with Kaitlyn Tomschin, an MSU pre-vet student from Wilsall, she arrived in Perth this past February and spent five months on the UWA campus. “UWA offered several classes that were equivalent to my MSU classes. I took four classes: Statistics, Marketing, Philosophy and International Ag Economics,” she reported. “I made some good friends and one girl I met is planning on coming here to visit.” Among the highlights of her experience was a 10-day excursion into the famed Australian Outback. “That was unreal. The cattle out there are held in huge pie-shaped pastures with central water supplied by wells and windmills. They call the headquarters a ‘station,’ which is where Kaitlyn and I stayed. I’d estimate that it easily takes well over 100 acres to keep a cow. There is not much in the way of forage out there. The weather was mostly hot and dry,” she recounted.

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Becky Townsend with her Australian host, Tim Cartledge.

“Kaitlyn went on back to Montana when we’d completed our studies. However, I had made up my mind that I wanted to see more of Australia and decided to pursue an internship, which I needed to satisfy my MSU curriculum requirements,” she explained. “Because my family was using Simmental bulls on our commercial cow herd and since my older brother, Will, was employed by the American Simmental Association, ASA put me in contact with Simmental seed stock breeder, Tim Cartledge.” Cartledge, who has visited the US on a number of occasions, was well-acquainted with ASA CEO Wade Shafer and had visited several U.S. breeders. His operation is located near the small town of Meningie in South Australia, about 90 minutes by automobile from Adelaide. The Cartledge family graciously opened their home to the Montana cowgirl, who stayed with them for five eventful weeks. “I pretty much followed Tim and his son, Henry, around the place, helping them with whatever needed doing. They were very helpful, were never too busy to answer my questions, even though they were right in the middle of their calving season,” she said.

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“South Australia is in the temperate zones and so July and August, when I was there, it was winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Temperatures were generally in the 40s and 50s and it rained quite often,” she commented. She was surprised to learn that Cartledge is an ASA member and registers his cattle through ASA. “He’s of the opinion that many of his fellow Australian breeders are lagging behind the US when it comes to breed improvement. He mentioned ridiculously high birthweights and calving problems among several issues. So, he relies on American expertise and science. He is very progressive and puts great emphasis on ASA’s indexes. ASA evaluates his herd and sends him all the data – and he also buys most of his semen from US suppliers.” Like many American Simmental breeders, Cartledge is targeting commercial Angus cattlemen as buyers of the 100 bulls he sells each year. “That’s a new concept down there so Tim is educating his customers as he goes. More and more, Australian commercial breeders are realizing the advantages of heterosis,” she said. Cartledge runs 500 cows, all black, another unusual trait largely unknown to Australian Simmental breeders. She noted a couple of major differences between Cartledge’s operation and her own family’s. “Their soil is very sandy and the cattle hooves don’t wear like they do in Montana. They actually breed for hooves that have an increased angle to them,” she said. “They also have a major problem with kangaroos. It has been estimated that an adult kangaroo will eat as much grass as three sheep or three-fifths (0.60) of a cow. Although kangaroos are protected, they can be thinned down legally. It’s a little like the feral pig infestation in many areas of the United States.” 30

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Townsend prepares a calf for weighing, under the watchful eye of an anxious mother.

Back Home Three families make their living on the Townsend’s spread at White Sulphur Springs. Becky’s own family includes her parents Tod and Jane plus her brother, Will, who at 25 is two-and-a-half years older than Becky, and his wife, Shoni. The second family on the place are her Uncle Trent and Aunt Connie, whose three grown children: Troy, Tyler and Megan are grown and living elsewhere. Also on the ranch are her grandparents, Herb and Connie. Very active in state and national cattle activities, Connie is a past-president of the American National CattleWomen’s organization. The Townsend operation includes a cowherd of 1,400 females, along with a farming enterprise that produces wheat, barley and hay. Steer calves are fed for additional weight gain in their own feedlot. “Up until the last few years, we used Charolais bulls on our mostly commercial Angus cows,” she explained. “Now, we’re kind of phasing out the Charolais and moving more and more toward Simmental.” During her high school days, Becky’s activity schedule revolved around sports and 4-H. At 5’11”, she played center on the Hornet basketball team, was a pillar of strength for the volleyball team which advanced to the state tournament during her career, and also ran the hurdles and triple-jumped for the track team. In the absence of an FFA program, she competed in “Skills, USA,” a shop-oriented version. Now a senior at MSU, she expects to graduate at the end of Fall Semester of 2014. “I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with that degree,” she said. “I’m looking at a couple of options and eventually, I’d like go back to the ranch.” “I think I could live in Australia,” she concluded. “The people are very friendly and I found the pace a lot like my home state of Montana – relaxed and laid back. All in all, I had a memorable, pleasant experience.” T

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Industry Insight Considerations for bull selection Coordinated by Jackie Atkins Ph.D. and Paulette Cochenour

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John Grande Lennep, Montana

Chris Ives Inez, Texas

Tim Sutphin Dublin, Virginia

Tell us about your operation and your performance goals for your herd.

John Grande Grande Ranch is a commercial cow/calf operation in central Montana. We are a foothills ranch with elevations ranging from 5,200 to 7,000 feet, so while we raise the majority of our own feed, we focus on commercial cattle rather than on raising crops for sale. Our cowherd consists of Angus, Simmental, and South Devon genetics. We have had an AI program in place for over 20 years and AI our yearling heifers and about two-thirds of the mature cows. We use one herd as recipients in an embryo transplant program placing embryos from customers in our commercial cows and raising calves for them on a contract basis.

We retain ownership of steer calves and sell directly to the packer. Heifer calves are either sold as replacements or finished. Consequently, our goals are for performance throughout the supply chain. We expect 87-90% of our yearling heifers to be bred in a 35-day season, and expect 93-95% of our mature cows to breed in a 45-day season. Calves must be able to survive through birth, weaning, and finishing. We expect a steer to go on feed at 650 pounds, gain better than 4 pounds a day and convert feed at less than a 6 to 1 ratio. The steers should finish at 85% Choice or better and 70% yield grade 3 or better.

Chris Ives Our family’s ranching operation dates back to the 1930s when my Great Grandfather purchased the land we live on today. Much has changed agriculturally since the 30’s including, improved grasses, pasture rotation, and medications. The old saying “the more things change the more things

stay the same” keenly applies to our ranching practices. Daddy has always said, “You can’t complicate cattle.” For my father and I, harmonizing modern improvements and good ole fashion common cow sense has yielded success for many years.

Tim Sutphin Located in southwest Virginia, we are primarily a cow/calf operation, also we sell replacement heifers, operating a custom bull test, background feeders, and have a ewe flock. We run 750 Simmental/Angus cross cows, calving in fall and spring. 95% of the cowherd is AI sired. All cows are 34

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A distinguished panel examines the process of bull selection.

Berry Anderson Princeton, Oregon

Jim & Sharon Zwonitzer Horton, Kansas

grade 2 or 3; and heifers that breed first service, produce profitable steers, maintain fertility and longevity (12 to 14 years), and thrive on homegrown forage. Today the largest premium is for producing an extra pound of carcass, generally bigger is bet-

Matt Pearce Okeechobee, Florida

ter. At home, we need a moderately sized cow with a mature weight of 1,300 pounds that will breed back, wean a heavy calf (650-700 lbs.), and maintain body condition. The beauty and fun in cattle breeding is finding that balance.

Berry Anderson Tree Top Ranches, Princeton, Oregon, is an eastern Oregon high desert cow-calf operation. The ranch consists of six units totaling 750,000 acres, 6,000 cows, and 1,000 replacement heifers. The ranch has good grass but has a lot of lava rock and rough terrain. At times the cattle have to travel long distances between water sources. About half the cattle winter out and the remainder are fed for 60-70 days during the winter.

Our main production goals are: • The cows calve unassisted and have a live calf. • Cows breed back in a 60 day breeding season. • Cows wean a good calf every year for 10-12 years. • Replacement heifers have to breed natural service out in the rocks where they have to run as a cow, and breed up within 45 days. • Replacement heifers must wean a live calf and breed back or they will be placed in the feedlot and marketed.

Jim & Sharon Zwonitzer Jim and Sharon Zwonitzer run a commercial cow/calf operation located near Horton, KS. They have about 275 head of SimAngus™ cows. The majority of their cows calve in the spring but they have a few fall calving cows. They typically send the cattle west to pasture in the Flint hills during

the summer and reserve their Fescue pasture for winter grazing (to avoid fescue problems during periods of high temperatures). They also farm corn, soybeans, and wheat. They wean and background their own calves and sell for finishing.

Matt Pearce We are a family owned cow/calf operation that runs 1,500 cows over five counties through South Florida. Our operation is based on selling our calves off the cows. Our goals are to get conception rates in the mid 80 percent and wean a calf that

weighs 575 pounds in July. We are buying bulls that are rugged, stout and can travel. Our climate is hot, wet and tough. It takes a rugged bull to stand the environment we raise cattle on. (Industry Insight continues on page 38)

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Considerations for Bull Selections

Q

Describe your method for selecting bulls that fit your operation/goals.

John Grande Our first step in bull selection is to sort the cows into herds to be exposed to bulls, through AI and natural matings that reflect the breed makeup we want in order to retain an acceptable level of heterosis. Generally, cows that are high percentage Angus or South Devon/Angus cross will be mated with high percentage Simmental bulls. Cows that are more than one-fourth Simmental will be bred to either South Devon or Simmental/Angus cross bulls. The next step is choosing individual sires. We retain our own replacement heifers, so we are looking for bulls that provide the entire maternal package rather than selecting terminal sires. We look for bulls of moderate size (generally frame 5 to 5.7) with an acceptable calving ease EPD and a high All-Purpose Index (API). Most of today’s genetics have acceptable milk and growth, so we look at these as threshold traits, rather than selecting for

maximums. We also select for carcass traits; however, with marbling and yield grade being considered in API we can focus our selection on this index. The goals I mentioned above can be expressed as traits — calf survivability, post-weaning gain, marbling, yield grade, heifer pregnancy rate, feed conversion, which are all economically relevant traits that go into API. The last step in choosing our AI sires is working with our seedstock partners. We work very closely with seedstock producers in testing young sires. We AI our cows to a combination of proven bulls for reference sires, and to unproven bulls. By collecting individual birth weights, weaning weights, and carcass data, and entering these in the ASA database through Total Herd Enrollment (THE), we improve the accuracies of EPDs in the database, which helps us and others in future selection of both sires and replacement heifers.

Chris Ives The ultimate goal for any rancher is twofold: Get the most bang for your buck at the ring, and keep the banker happy. Our approach to selecting bulls has been to utilize registered, aged bulls (4-5 years old) with high performance records placed on Brahman influenced crossbred cows. The benefit we see in aged bulls is the maturity and the low level of maintenance, which is sometimes not in

younger bulls that tend to require more oversight, especially during teething. South Texas weather is severe and unpredictable. Brahman-influenced crossbred cows paired with registered Simbrah bulls provide the herd with the resilience necessary to withstand dry summers and cold winters while producing favorable calves at market.

Tim Sutphin We use high-accuracy AI bulls that do several things well. On heifers, we use +10 CED, minus birthweight, Angus bulls with above average frame and top 25% MB and REA. On cows, heterosis is maximized using Simmental, SimAngus, and Angus sires striving for 50% Simmental 50% Angus calves. For growth, bulls slightly above breed average yearling weight and at/or below breed average frame size are used. For carcass, top 5-10 percent for MB, REA, TI and/or $B bulls. Our forages allow use of bulls with above average milk. Docility and soundness are important.

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Clean-up bulls are expected to produce calves that grow quickly, get big, and grade. We select larger framed (upper 6 or 7), Simmental, SimAngus, and Angus bulls with top EPDs and carcass ultrasound results. Maternal traits are not considered. With DNA technology improving EPD accuracy, outliers are sorted faster and less costly. Genomic results will be important in future purchases. The packer buyer of our cattle has referred to them as freaks because steers typically grade 90% choice without yield grade 4’s and with HCWs of 900 lbs. The “secret” is combining Simmental and Angus genetics. (Industry Insight continues on page 42)


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Sioux Empire Farm Show — Simmental Show and Sale, Expo Building, Sioux Falls Show 8:30 am • Sale 11:30 am Selling 26 Bulls and 15 Females Contacts: Kipp Julson 605-351-9088 Jeremy Lehrman 605-530-5909

February 8, 2014

Black Hills Stock Show — Simmental Show and Sale, Rapid City Show 8:00 am • Sale 1:00 pm Selling 50 Bulls and 15 Females Contacts: Steve Eichacker 605-421-1152 Kristi Effling 605-769-1308

February 14, 2014

Watertown Winter Farm Show — Simmental Show and Sale, Codington County Extension Building, Watertown Show 8:00 am • Sale 1:00 pm Selling 22 Bulls, 22 Females and 5 Steers Contacts: Rod Hurlbut 605-233-0229 Auction Block Phone 605-882-6303

Watch our website: www.southdakotasimmental.com South Dakota Board Members:

Juniors watch for new payouts for 2014 Futurity. Spot Light and State Fair Special.

Kipp Julson, Garretson 605-351-9088 Ryan Miller, Winfred 605-480-3012 Deb Ford, Bruce 605-327-5614 Scott Werning, Emery 605-682-9610

Jeremy Lehrman, Spencer 605-530-5909 Cam Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs 605-350-2018 Junior Coordinator: Cathy Eichacker, Salem 605-425-2391


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Considerations for Bull Selections

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Describe your method for selecting bulls that fit your operation/goals.

Berry Anderson • A bull has to be able to breed cows, travel in rough country, and stay with the cows. To do that he has to be structurally sound with good feet and legs. I don’t buy bulls that are over fed. Fat is pretty, but it usually only covers up problems and causes problems. I have learned by sad experience that bulls fed for a long term in the feedlot will only last about two weeks in our environment. • Hybrid vigor is the cheapest economic trait that you can buy — it is free! It is just as important in bulls as it is in cows. I only use composite or hybrid bulls. They stay with the cows. • To build cows that work in our environment, the genetic value of their sires must include moderate frame, moderate milk, heavier muscling with

depth and volume. This kind of cow seems to have natural fleshing ability and longevity. • To keep our calf buyers happy, we have to be able to produce calves that gain on grass and in the feedlot, have a good feed conversion ratio, excellent carcass quality, and be very uniform. I rely on EPD’s and in-herd ratios to find bulls that will produce these kinds of individuals. The ASA’s, $API index, and Dollar Profit Index that Lee Leachman developed are very helpful tools. • Bulls also have to look the part: They need to look like a bull, not an over-fat show steer. I don’t like wild bulls but I do like bulls that have got a little bit of go to them; then they will travel.

Jim & Sharon Zwonitzer The Zwonitzer family are very loyal customers of the Irvine Ranch. Jim emphasized just that the Irvine’s are very honest and have the highest integrity. He really likes their bulls since they come from excellent breeding, perform well on his crossbred cows, and are docile. He buys calving ease Angus bulls for his first calf heifers and using purebred Simmentals or SimAngus on the

balance of his herd. He wants bulls with a frame score between 5.8 and 6.2, homozygous black, and homozygous polled. He usually buys one of the top bulls from the Irvine Ranch Sale and another a little lower in the group. He bases his decisions mainly on growth traits like weaning and yearling weights while limiting the birth weight to below 92 pounds.

Matt Pearce Our bull selection process is simple. We look at performance numbers, structure and price. Since 2005, we have utilized SimAngus genetics on our cowherd and have had excellent results. We market our calves on Producers Cattle Auction and sell them delivered off the cow at weaning in July. Our goal is to deliver a 575# calf that will also perform well in the feedyard. We try to select bulls that have high WW EPDs along with above average IMF and REA numbers. We are trying to get as

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many pounds produced each year off the land we manage. We target a high weaning weight because we do sell calves right off the cow. We buy 10-15 bulls a year for our operation as well as buying another 20 bulls for neighbor ranches. Our bull purchases are based highly on the relationship we have with specific breeders. I don’t attend many sales but rely on the guidance and relationship with the breeder.

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Wheatland Bull 680S x Ellingson Ms. Ganuff 02K EPDs: 5 5.5 71 115 2 24 60 $API 96 $TI 61 Adj. BW: 97 lbs. • Adj. WW: 876 lbs.

THSF Freedom 300N x Ellingson Ms. Force U825 EPDs: 9 -.1 65 98 15 26 58 $API 123 $TI 66 Adj. BW: 89 lbs. • Adj. WW: 808 lbs.

Ellingson Dominator W905 x Ellingson Ms. 680S Y117 EPDs: 10 3.1 89 136 10 19 63 $API 132 $TI 79 Adj. BW: 95 lbs. • Adj. WW: 850 lbs.

Wheatland Bull 680S x Ellingson Powerline S649 EPDs: 2 6.9 78 125 1 23 62 $API 102 $TI 65 Adj. BW: 104 lbs. • Adj. WW: 870 lbs.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 • 1:00 pm CST Rugby Livestock Auction, Rugby. ND

Selling: 65 Simmental and SimAngusTM Yearling Bulls 35 Open Heifers / Show Prospects 10 Bred Heifers Other sires include: Ellingson Klondike Y123, TNT Tanker, Dikeman’s Sure Bet, R Plus Hard Rock 145X, Remington Lock N Load, SRS Preferred Beef, LFEBISS Black Advance. Bulls will be SEMEN TESTED and GUARANTEED BREEDERS. WS Beef Maker R13 x Ellingson Ms. Teddy U894 EPDs: 11 .9 67 101 11 32 65 $API 134 $TI 75 Adj. BW: 93 lbs. • Adj. WW: 790 lbs. For catalogs and information:

Terry Ellingson & Family Phone: 701-384-6225 Cell: 701-741-3045 Sale Day Phone: 701-776-6393

ER K33B x Ellingson Beefmaker Y135 EPDs: 7 2.8 91 137 10 19 65 $API 128 $TI 83 Adj. BW: 97 lbs. • Adj. WW: 839 lbs.

Wheatland Bull 680S x Ellingson Dynamite U834 EPDs: 4 6.3 81 132 2 19 60 $API 87 $TI 65 Adj. BW: 106 lbs. • Adj. WW: 844 lbs.

SS Upscale X25 x Ellingson Ms. Pstock M256 EPDs: 6 3 81 121 11 22 62 $API 115 $TI 74 Adj. BW: 85 lbs. • Adj. WW: 823 lbs.

WS Beef Maker R13 x Ellingson Long Cut N358 EPDs: 9 2.7 73 100 11 26 62 $API 117 $TI 74 Adj. BW: 98 lbs. • Adj. WW: 800 lbs.

5065 125th Ave. NE • Dahlen, ND 58224

email: tellings@polarcomm.com Guest Consignors: McDonald Farms, Inkster, ND • 701-248-3654 Strommen Simmentals, Arthur, ND • 701-967-8320

The catalog and updated information (homozygous polled test, ultrasound and scrotal measurements) will be available online.

www.ellingsonsimmentals.com or www.simmental.org


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FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION By Jackie Atkins, Ph.D.

It’s fitting that this new update from the Director of Education comes at a time when there are many new educational activities going on at the ASA. One of these activities is our new science forum. The purpose of this forum is two-fold. First, we aim to provide information on timely topics and subjects our readers want to better understand. Second, this forum provides a platform for our readers to ask questions, comment, or communicate with one another about the provided posts. To date, we have multiple posts in the following subjects: genetic evaluation, genetic conditions, and DNA testing. We invite you to reply to any of these posts with your own ideas or questions. To access the forum go to www.simmental.org/forum. You will see board indexes on a variety of subjects.

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JBS Big Casino x Indy Purebred • ASA# 2770746 • WWR: 117 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs:

10 3.8 82 118 13 23

64 113 77

Maternal Brother to Big Casino

Black Diamond x Desperado Purebred • ASA# 2770681 • WWR: N/C CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs:

Dream On x Lucky Dice 008 Purebred • ASA# 2770710 • WWR: 110 11 3.5 65 94 17 26

59 119 66

65 102 62

Shear Force x Big Sky Purebred • ASA# 2770705 • WWR: 109

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs:

6 3.4 67 106 10 31

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs:

17 -0.5 70 99 14 26

62 147 80

Olie x Aberdeen 3/4 SM • ASA# 2770680 • WWR: 104 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs:

Mo Better x Daytona Purebred • ASA# 2770702 • WWR: 127 1

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Dream On x Shear Force Purebred • ASA# 2770785 • WWR: 111

JBS Big Casino 336Y x Lucky Man Purebred • ASA# 2770773 • WWR: 119

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PREVENTION OF NEW CALF DISEASES By Marie S. Bulgin, DVM, V. Michael Lane, DVM, and Bruce C. Anderson, DVM, all with Caine Veterinary and Teaching Center, University of Idaho. Prevention of disease is, of course, preferred to treatment. One key to prevention, according to some, is to keep things simple or as natural as possible. But in nature or the wild, disease of the newborn often causes rates of loss that would be unprofitable for livestock producers. And while it might be wise to keep things natural or simple, the fact is, the situation has been made unnatural by putting up fences, crowding the animals, fixing the calving season, and giving the cattle no choice as to feed. Is there a way to prevent that occasional loss? Or, if excessive problems occur, how can losses be minimized? Part of the answer is for producers to keep thinking, keep abreast of new developments, and continue to learn from other knowledgeable people. The following should be read with the realization that there is a lot of new information concerning calf problems and some increase in understanding, but the problems haven’t been mastered. Many problems can now be avoided, however, and some can be managed well enough to minimize losses. The term “baby” calf, as used here, refers to the very critical age period — the first week or two of life — after which a well-started calf, on a wellmanaged, healthy cow, usually flourishes. As part of a preventative medicine program, a representative number of cattle should be sampled for blood selenium, zinc, and serum copper. Appropriate micronutrient supplementation will prevent or reduce the severity of diarrhea outbreaks. When in the midst of a disease problem, good investigative efforts, usually by a team, are aimed at determining exactly what factors accounted for the problem. The team might include a practicing veterinarian (and his/her professional contacts in many disciplines), county extension agents, nutritionists, epidemiologists, and producers. The whole story might be difficult to discover, but often enough, the discovery of important contributory weaknesses in management, health programs, and nutrition, etc., can lead to remedial measures that will stop the disease processes. Early intervention is important so that proper samples can be taken while the cause is still detectable, and remedial measures can be instituted at a time before the situation gets out of hand. A word of caution is in order. Subpar husbandry of the cattle usually cannot be overcome by anything that comes through a needle, a tube, or a balling gun! The damage can be minimized on an emergency basis in some cases, but a full investigation should point to needed changes that lead to total prevention. 54

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Prevention of Neonatal Calf Diseases Three factors are extremely important in determining whether a calf remains healthy, survives a disease, or dies. Managers must recognize all these factors: 1. The amount of immunity the calf receives from the dam via colostrum. 2. Kind and amount (dose) of infectious disease agents in the calf’s environment. 3. Stress is a factor that facilitates or encourages the establishment of disease.

Immunity Specific immunity to infectious disease is available to the calf only through the first milk (colostrum). The colostrum contains antibodies that are absorbed from the intestine into the calf’s blood stream and search for and destroy viruses, bacteria, and some parasites. It follows that the cow has to do a good job of manufacturing these antibodies, and to do that, she has to be doing well herself for the many months before calving. If she is not given the proper nutrients to be in excellent health, not only will she not produce good colostrum, but she may produce a calf that is weaker and smaller than desirable. A newborn healthy calf will usually get up and find the milk supply within a few hours. Keep in mind that if the cow has been lying in some scours from an earlier calf in the pen or pasture, the newborn may ingest massive doses of pathogens (germs) before it finds the colostrum. In some cases, this automatically results in severe diarrheal disease and quick death. The newborn calf has the capacity to absorb the colostral antibodies into its bloodstream only for the first 12 to 24 hours of life. Difficult birth and stress may dramatically shorten the duration of this ability and thus reduce the amount of protection against life-threatening pathogens. After the first 12 to 24 hours, unabsorbed colostral antibody is digested like any other protein. It is valuable for its food composition, and may even help retard infectious organisms in the intestine. Milk replacers or milk don’t have this protective effect. To receive enough protective antibodies, the beef calf should consume at least 2 to 3 quarts of colostrum in the first 12 hours after birth. Sick cows, cows with blind quarters, and perhaps some first-calf heifers, may not produce that quality and quantity. Also, some heifers may not bond with the calf soon enough. When in doubt, first milking colostrum obtained from dairies, frozen and stored in advance, can be fed to the deficient calf — 2 quarts CONTINUED ON PAGE 58


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right away and 2 quarts 6 to 8 hours later. In the case of first-calf heifers, prolongation of the time before the calf gets up and tries to suckle may interfere with bonding. Therefore, when supplementing the calf of the first-calf heifer, probably no more than 3 cups should be fed at a time. Dairy cow colostrum tends to be a little less concentrated in terms of antibody, hence the need to feed a little more than the 2 to 3 quarts of beef-cow colostrum mentioned previously when supplementation is the only source of colostrum. It would be wise to check the quality of the dairy colostrum with a “colostrometer” before purchase.

Vaccinations The protective spectrum of the colostrum can be enhanced by vaccinating the cow against the diseases that may threaten the newborn calf. The antibodies manufactured in response to the vaccine given at the proper time (read directions) appear in the colostrum. Target disease agents are, for example, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Clostridium perfringens, rota virus, corona virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBR), bovine virus diarrhea virus (BVD), and others. The effectiveness of some of these vaccines is sometimes questionable, with apparently great results on one farm and poor results on another. Some of the apparent failures of vaccines are due to not following directions or vaccinating cows that are not in good enough condition to mount a good response to the vaccine. Also, the vaccine organisms may differ slightly from the ones carried in the herd; and, therefore, protection by vaccination may not be optimal in such a case.

Infectious Disease Agents (Pathogens) Since many of the calf disease agents are carried by the cows, those agents will be in the calf’s environment in large doses when it is born, especially if all the cows are crowded in an area that also serves as the maternity area. Whether or not an agent causes a disease, depends on how potent its disease-causing ability (pathogenicity) is, the number of organisms the calf is exposed to (dose), and the amount of antibodies carried by the calf (strength of immunity). Infections through the navel (navel ill) occur at birth, especially under conditions of heavy contamination of wet muddy maternity areas. From the navel, the infections commonly spread to joints (joint ill), belly cavity, heart-sac, and brain. Clean calving areas and the

practice of soaking the navel with strong tincture of iodine soon after birth seem to be important and logical factors for preventing navel infections. One management objective is to keep the environmental load of pathogens at the lowest possible level. The area where the calf is born is of particular concern because the time before suckling is when the calf is most susceptible. Therefore, the calving area should not be the area where (possible disease carrying) cows have been congregated before calving. The calving area should be chosen so that calves will not be born in muddy areas contaminated with feces and urine, and individual cows should be placed in this calving area only when calving is imminent. Since diseased calves shed vast quantities of infectious organisms, and calves may show diarrhea as early as 2 to 3 days of age, a system of segregation should be designed to prevent exposure of young healthy calves to large doses of infectious organisms shed by unidentified carrier cows and sick calves. Ear tagging and dipping of the navel with strong tincture of iodine at birth should be followed by moving the cow-calf pair from the calving area to a cow-calf area. Should any calf in this second area begin to show signs of illness, the pair should be moved to a sick pen/hospital area for thorough evaluation and treatment if indicated. The calving area and the second cow-calf area should be as free as possible of gross contamination with excretions of sick animals. The location and design of the sick pen area should take into account the weather conditions and treatment ease. Adequate shelter, power for CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

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heat lamps, and dry bedding are minimal requirements. Water troughs should be low enough for calves, and loose salt (1/2 sodium chloride and 1/2 potassium chloride) should be accessible by the scouring calf. Low blood potassium is characteristic of some of the most depressed scouring calves. This type of arrangement has been helpful in preventing or minimizing diarrhea outbreaks, and in providing adequate supportive care for sick calves. With the water and salt available, some calves will actually treat themselves. If a calf is too dehydrated and depressed, the manager will have to supply adequate amounts of the right type of balanced electrolyte/fluid, perhaps by esophageal feeding. Of all the calf disease agents, Salmonella species, a bacterium, is probably the most fearsome. Fortunately it is not as much a problem in beef herds as it is in dairy calf-raising facilities. When it occurs among beef calves, it can often be traced to a saleyard dairy calf grafted on one of the beef cows. It is advisable to purchase calves for this purpose from dairies where there is good calf-rearing husbandry and little disease. There are no guarantees, however, since wild mice can carry the Salmonella bacteria. The grafted calf and cow should be kept separated from the rest of the cowcalf herd for at least 10 days.

Stress Stress refers to situations and conditions that appear to make an individual more susceptible to disease than usual. Extremely cold weather, wet cold weather, wind chill, very hot weather, lack of food, breathing of dusty or otherwise polluted air, and pain are commonly cited as stressful contributors to serious disease outbreaks. For newborn calves, lack of adequate energy supply (milk) and cold, damp, windy weather are common sources of stress. Milk is the only source of energy for the newborn calf. The energy derived from it helps create heat as well as to sustain the functions of vital organs and defense mechanisms. To offset extremely cold weather (zero degrees fahrenheit or lower), the cow also has to produce more heat, thus her energy goes more for heat and less for milk. To compound the problem, many people falsely believe that there is such a syndrome as milk scours, and cut down on the cow feed with the intent of decreasing milk production and stopping the scours outbreak in the calves. This strategy seems to work — calves stop passing so much liquid feces. However, by withholding milk you don’t stop the disease, just the flow of fluid. Diarrhea is actually nature’s way of flushing out unwanted 62

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toxins and pathogens. Therefore, withholding milk from calves, particularly those with diarrhea, takes away their only energy source (important for keeping warm) and the major supply of desperately needed liquid for rehydration and flushing. In light of this, we recommend that nursing cows receive increased amounts of dietary energy during adverse winter weather and that calves have available shelter. A rule of thumb for supplementing cows is, for each 1 degree drop below 10°F, there is at least a 1 percent increase in energy requirement. If the weather is unusually wet and windy, the demand may be 2 percent energy increase per degree drop. However, too often, a cow cannot physically consume enough feed to meet extreme energy needs, especially if the forage is of poor quality. Corn, wheat, or barley supplements may be necessary. These calculations can be made easily by most farm animal veterinarians and county Extension Agents with their ration-formulation computer programs. Energy conservation is possible through use of windbreaks for cows and calves, and specifically designed, portable shelters for calves only. Sanitation in these shelters is important. Frequent moving and rebedding may be necessary, depending on the concentration of calves in the shelters. Editor’s Note: Reprinted from CATTLE PRODUCER’S LIBRARY CL648 This publication was prepared in cooperation with the Extension Beef Cattle Resource Committee and its member states and produced in an electronic format by the University of WisconsinExtension, Cooperative Extension. T

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Doll Simmental Ranch Raising Top Simmental Since 1968

34th Annual Production Sale Offering the Best of Both Breeds

Raising Charolais since 1958 and m Sim entals since 1968

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:30 P.M. CST Kist Livestock, Mandan, ND

Offering... 60 Spring Simmental Bulls 90 Spring Charolais Bulls 5 Open Simmental Heifers WFL Mr.Westway 50X CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW 10 2.9 73 106 15 19 55 DOC CW YG MB BF REA $API $TI 6 36.4 -.20 -.25 -.044 .64 102 61 Selling the second set of calves in our 2014 sale on March 4. He sired the top-selling group in our 2013 sale.

A156 BD: 3/2/2013 Act. BW: 94 lbs 205 Wt.: 905 lbs Sire: Ellingson 680S W939 Dam: DCR Ms. T747 Make X269 CE BW WW YW MCE 6 4.3 90 125 7 DOC CW YG MB BF 10 49.4 -.39 .11 -.105

5 Open Charolais Heifers Act. WW: 925 lbs

Milk 18 REA 1.01

MWW 63 $API 118

$TI 79

Volume discount, feeding and delivery available. Carcass data and all the other performance will be available at sale time.

A very special thanks to all our customers, past, present and future.

Herd Sires: A316

BD: 3/15/13 Act. BW: 89 lbs 205 Wt.: 829 lbs Act. WW: 835 lbs Sire: WFL Mr. Westway 50X Dam: PSR Miss Teddy U814 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW 8 3.1 73 104 14 19 55 DOC CW YG MB BF REA $API $TI 6 35.7 -.19 -.17 -.068 .49 103 63

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BD: 3/16/13 Act. BW: 95 lbs 205 Wt: 900 lbs Sire: Ellingson 680S W939 Dam: DCR Ms. Vegas X380 CE BW WW YW MCE 6 4.2 83 117 9 DOC CW YG MB BF 11 45 -.42 .09 -.084

Act. WW: 870 lbs

Milk 19 REA 1.20

MWW 61 $API 119

WFL Mr. Westway 50X, Triple C Bravehart S165, Prairie Wind Sabre 21W, Ellingson 680S W939, ERIXON Game Face 59Y

AI Sires: $TI 74

New Trend Way Cook 6W, Traxs Rushmore X103, DCR Mr. Beef Maker X13, WS Beef Maker R13, Dikemans Sure Bet, Nichols Manifest T79, DCR Mr. Beef Maker T47, DCR Mr. Beef Maker T32, MRL 128W, DCR Mr. Highlander X425

Contact us:

Doll Simmental Harlan: 701.843.8771 A339 BD: 3/18/13 Act. BW: 96 lbs 205 Wt.: 855 lbs Sire: WFL Mr. Westway 50X Dam: DCR Ms. Red Caesar W207 CE BW WW YW MCE 6 4.1 74 108 14 DOC CW YG MB BF 7 40.1 -.18 -.15 -.057

Act. WW: 840 lbs

Milk 25 REA .63

MWW 62 $API 99

$TI 62

A391 BD: 3/25/13 Act. BW: 88 lbs 205 Wt.: 875 lbs Sire: WFL Mr. Westway 50X Dam: DCR Ms. Maker W274 CE BW WW YW MCE 11 2.7 78 110 13 DOC CW YG MB BF 9 38.7 -.27 .04 -.058

David: 701.843.7947 dollfarm@westriv.com Act. WW: 835 lbs

Milk 25 REA .87

MWW 64 $API 120

$TI 73

Charles: 701.843.8673 dollboyz@westriv.com 3991 36th St. New Salem, ND 58563


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SS/PRS Gunslinger 824X

CARD Uproar 49Y

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ASA# 2588018 The hottest sire in the country!

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ASA# 2571741 Calving ease with outstanding profile!

$60,000 valuation Combustible daughter at NAILE sale!

Ruby’s Wide Open 909W 14

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58 126 76

ASA# 2623651 First progeny are winners! Uproar daughter at Cardinal Cattle

Featured Gunslinger daughter at Hecksel’s.

Many-time winner for Kaehler.

High-selling heifer for Foster Bros, TX.

MIR daughter featured in Drake’s sale.

MIR sale feature at Paulsen’s sale.

K-Ler Make It Rain 696S

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

7 3.4 71 100 6

15 .3 62 89

95 64

ASA# 2492312 He sires awesome quality! Calf Champion for Morgan Phillips at NAILE!

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

11 .3 55 81 ASA# 2376230 The outcross pedigree sire that simply produces ultracomplete progeny!

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Multiple Champion for Richie Family.

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FBF1 Supremacy Y93

Long’s Shear Pleasure W6

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10 2.4 59 84 12 18

48 106 63

ASA# 2588017 Adding amazing body depth and soundness! This Supremacy daughter was a NAILE Class Champion and World Beef Expo Res. Champion.

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ASA# 2496326 Has been a great calving-ease, baldy maker for breeders around the country.

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One Eyed Jack was thought by many to be the best bull in Denver.

866-356-4565 Entire lineup online at:

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Mr. Hoc Broker X623

KLS Halfblood X217

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

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ASA# 2531081 Grand Champion at the NAILE, Royal and Denver!

15 -.12 64 93 12 22

GLS New Direction X184 54 141 72

ASA# 2537824 Awesome Calving Ease and profile! $190,000 Broker Heifer

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

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75 104 7

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ASA# 2536539 Outstanding calving ease outcross!

Halfblood progeny are cool lookin’!

The top 2 New Direction heifers at the GLS Sale brought $16,500 combined.

JF American Pride 0987X

Flying B Cut Above 755S

STF Shocking Dream SJ14

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

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ASA# 2573743 His first progeny verify his individual greatness!

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ASA# 2341498 The ultimate Dream On outcross!

Bull calf champion at NAILE by A.P.

Yardley High Regard W242

Champion % Simmy at NAILE Jr. Show by Fat Butt

$75,000 High Regard daughter at Jones Show Cattle, OH.

High Regard feature for Hara Farms, OH.

EPDs: CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

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Call for your free book

866-356-4565 Entire lineup online at:

Hudson Pines/Circle M National Junior Heifer Farms sold for $11,000. Show Champion Female Exhibited by Vickland.

www.cattlevisions.com Semen available on the best Angus and Clubbie sires too.


KENNER SIMMENTALS

Roger, Jeanette, Erika, Jessica & Brett Kenner

5606 57th St. NE Leeds, ND 58346 Phone 701-466-2800 Fax 701-466-2769 www.kennersimmental.com

www.northdakotasimmental.com

Curtis Olafson 13043 84th St. NE Edinburg, ND 58227 701-993-8240 or 8450 Performance colafson@polarcomm.com Predictability www.bataolafson.com Personal Service Phone: (701) 384-6225

Terry Ellingson & Family

SRF Simmentals Roger Roger and and Susan Susan Finke Finke family family 35500 35500 114th 114th Ave. Ave. NW NW • • Berthold, Berthold, ND ND 58718 58718 701-453-3157 701-453-3157 Roger Roger • • 701-453-3105 701-453-3105 Todd Todd email: email: srf@srt.com srf@srt.com Edge of the West Female Sale — January 13, 2014 Edge of the West Bull Sale — April 4, 2014

SYS SIMMENTALS Gary Sys 9400 205th Ave. SW Douglas, ND 58735 701-722-3244

5065 125th Ave. NE • Dahlen, ND 58224 tellings@polarcomm.com • www.ellingsonsimmentals.com Annual Production Sale, February 15, 2014

www.alabamasimmental.com

Timberland Cattle

Registered Simmental, SimAngusTM and Angus Spring Female Sale, 1st Saturday in May Fall Bull Sale, 3rd Saturday in November Sales will be held at the Farm, 15281 Co. Road 49, Vernon, AL Bill Freeman, Owner • Thomas Pennington, Mgr. www.timberlandcattle.com • timberlandcattle@centurytel.net 205-695-6314 or 205-712-0359

SIMMENTALS T TN Kevin & Lynette Thompson

5125 53rd St. Almont, ND 58520 701-843-8454 www.tntsimmentals.com Annual Bull Sale • Friday, February 14, 2014

New Set of Bulls Off Test SimAngus™ & Balancers

Visitors always welcome. Only 15 miles off I-94

14 – 19 mo of age, ready to serve & settle your cows. Docile, screened for good temperament. Management & genetics targeted for your success from this long time reputation proven program. Feedlot buyers prefer feeder cattle from these that swim to the top of the gene pool. Top quality fall bred heifers.

Harriman Santa Fe (Bob) Montrose, MO 660-492-2504 bharriman39@hotmail.com

www.missourisimmental.com

SHO-ME Simmentals Home: 417-776-1867 Mobile: 417-437-3224 Steve & Beth Gramith 6682 E. Hwy. 86 Neosho, MO 64850 Breeding, Raising & Marketing Quality Fleckvieh Fullbloods www.sho-mesimmentals.com

LUCAS CATTLE CO. Registered Simmentals, SimAngusTM & Angus Cattle Forrest & Charlotte Lucas, Owners Cleo Fields 417-399-7124 RT 91 Box 1200 Brandn Atkins Cross Timbers, MO 65634 417-399-7142 Office 417-998-6878 Jeff Reed Fax 417-998-6408 417-399-1241 www.lucascattlecompany.com Visitors Always Welcome

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Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch ATHENS, TX

Jane and Bill Travis Web site: www.simbrah.com e-mail: billtravis@bigplanet.com Cell: 214-850-6308

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9876 PLANO RD. DALLAS, TX 75238 Office: 214-369-0990 Ranch: 903)-670-3241 Home: 214-348-1618


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Female Select Sale/Herd Bull Select Sale Visitors Always Welcome

www.coloradosimmental.com

www.breedingcattlepage.com/ TNSimmAssoc/

www.oregonsimmentalassociation.com

Steve Slate 4437 Highway 49 W Vanleer, TN 37181 931-206-5026 slatefarms@att.net www.slatefarms.com

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch Birthplace of the first Polled Black Simmental Bull Made in Montana Sale • February 1, 2014 Troy Wheeler, Cattle Manager: 406-949-1754 Don and Nancy Burnham • Gary Burnham 2515 Canyon Ferry Road • Helena, MT 59602 406-442-4702 • ASA No. 174 E-mail: burnhams@mt.net

Mike, Margo, Crystal, & Katelyn Alley 8925 SW Green • Culver, Oregon 97734 Home: 541-546-8171 • Cell: 541-948-3521 E-mail: mjalley@madras.net • Fax: 541-546-6420 www.barckcattle.com

TRAXINGER

Reds, Blacks • Bulls and Females Private Treaty Sales

“Mark of Performance”

Mike and Terri Traxinger 11409 411th Avenue Claremont, SD 57432 605-294-5812 Mike’s cell 605-294-7227 mtrax@nvc.net www.traxinger.com

www.southdakotasimmental.com

Eichacker Simmentals

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25446 445th Ave • Salem, SD 57058 Steve & Cathy Eichacker 605-425-2391 or 605-421-1152 email: es@triotel.net

Peck Simmentals Breed of Excellence

Available by Private Treaty SimAngus™ Bulls, Bred Cows and Heifers Kipp Julson • 605-351-9088 48670 252nd St. • Garretson, SD 57030 doublejfarms@alliancecom.net www.doublejsimmentals.com Private Treaty Bull Bid Sale — January 25, 2014 at the ranch. Females by Private Treaty in the Fall.

Bill & Marianne Peck 129 Yellowstone Trl • Whitehall, MT 59759 406-287-5669 • pecksimm@gmail.com www.pcksimm.8m.net

Annual Bull Sale • March 7, 2014

Benda Simmentals Jim and Jay Benda 26106 366th Ave. Kimball, SD 57355 605-778-6703

Jim: 605-730-6703 (Cell) Jay: 605-730-0215 (Cell) bendaranch@midstatesd.net

Black and Red Breeding Stock

Hill’s Ranch Simmentals Box 186 Stanford, MT 59479 406-566-2479

hillssimmentalmt@yahoo.com • www.hillsimmental.com

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Annual Production Sale March 21, 2014

Simmental Angus SimAngusTM

Steve & Mary Gleason • Jake, Becky, Ben, Joe & Sam 12410 Blazingstar Rd • Maple Hill, KS 66507 Phone: 785-256-6461 • Steve: 785-640-8060 • Jake: 785-640-8062 www.Sunflowergenetics.com

www.kansas-simmental.com

ROCK CREEK RANCH

Ralph Brooks

B L A C K , P O L L E D S I M M E N TA L S

7440 Lake Elbo Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502 H: 785-537-1214 C: 785-556-0385

Jim & Jean Houck, 250 Road 392, Allen, KS 66833 • 620-443-5700 Jeff & Lori Houck, 3031 Road G, Americus, KS 66835 • 620-443-5751 Toll Free 866-687-4656 • www.houckrockcreekranch.com

ralphbrooks13@gmail.com

THE MOSER RANCH

SimAngus • Simmental • Angus

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Harry & Lisa Moser & Family Wheaton, KS 66521 Phone/Fax 785.396.4328 www.moserranch.com

22nd Annual Sale • November 8, 2014

Dixson Farms, Inc. Carol Dixson, Kevin Dixson, & Lyle Dixson, D.V.M. 13703 Beaver Creek Rd • Atwood, KS 67730 785-626-3744 • drlyle@live.com www.dixsonfarms.com

DX Joe Mertz 785-456-9650 Bob Mertz 785-456-9201 Harold Mertz 785-456-9605 7160 Zeandale Road Manhattan, KS 66502 www.rivercreekfarms.com

24th Annual Production Sale February 12, 2014

Cow Camp Ranch

Kaser Brothers Simmental Stephen Kaser

Kent, Mark and Nolan Brunner 3553 Upland Rd. Lost Springs, KS 66859-9652 785-466-6475 Kent 785-466-1129 Nolan 785-258-0173 Mark Black and Red Purebreds nolan@cowcampbeef.com Angus • SimAngus Halfbloods

Spring Bull Sale - Friday, February 28, 2014

H 785-346-5181 • C 785-346-6077 629 County 388 Drive Osborne, KS 67473

www.washingtonsimmental.org www.texassimmentalsimbrah.com

Trinity Farms

Angus • SimAngus • Simmental Robb & Debbie Forman Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-201-0775

Mike & Paulette Forman Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-968-4800

www.trinityfarms.info

Trinity Farms Generations of Excellence Sale • March 1, 2014

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SIMBRAH Sarah J. (Sally) Buxkemper

2617 CR 400 Ballinger, Texas 76821 325-442-4501 sbuxkemper@wildblue.net www.rxsimbrah.com

Heat Adapted Cattle Simbrah TM SimAngusTM TM SimAngusTM HT Simmental

December 13, 2014

Genetics That Work

JRW Farms, LLC Richard Woolwine, Owner 562 Marson Trigg Road Seminary, MS 39479

Brad Woods 601-441-0539 Johnny Ingram 601-408-4186 www.jrw-llc.com


Berger’s HerdMasters Angus x Simmental Hybrids Both Red and Black

www.nesimmental.com

Loren & Peggy Berger 308-532-0939 9339 E. Autogate Rd. 308-520-3836 Stapleton, NE 96163 berger@nque.com www.bergersherdmaster.com

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Triangle J Ranch

J&C SIMMENTALS

Darby & Annette Line

Black Simmental Bulls & Females Purebred to Percentage Jay & Kim Volk Clark & Leslie Volk Bob & Jeanette Volk 402-478-4565 402-478-4503 402-478-4350 volkjk@aol.com • 20604 US Hwy 30 • Arlington, NE 68002

35355 Arrow Road • Miller, NE 68858 308-627-5085 Darby Cell Just 30 minutes of I-80 www.trianglejranch.com

Bull Sale — January 25, 2014 Female Sale — December 6, 2014

Annual Production Sale last Sunday in January

www.illinoissimmental.com

Just 20 minutes off I-80

“Red and Black, Polled, Pigmented Simmentals”

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Verlouis Forster Family 74096 Road 434 Smithfield, NE 68976-1039 Ph/FAX 308-472-5036 Verlouis Ph 308-876-2316 Alan Email: alan_forster@hotmail.com

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Western Cattle Source Jock & Brenda Beeson 100 Wohlers Drive Crawford, NE 69339 308-665-1111 (home) 308-430-2117 (mobile) 308-430-0668 (mobile) Email:wcsbeeson@bbc.net

Owner: Jim Berry

Commercially Targeted Seedstock

Cattle Manager: Robbie Duis 815-558-4129 6502 Rt. 84 South Hanover, IL 61041 815-591-3731

www.wildberryfarms.net

Our Business Is Bulls Nick, Andrea, Shane, Shelbi, Brevin, Natalie & Haylie 303 Northern Heights Drive • Seward, NE 68434 402-643-4429 • 402-641-2936 Cell a.sloup@juno.com • www.sloupsimmentals.com

James, Merlin, and Delores Felt, Renee & Matt Schulte

Larry and Suzy Rhodes Anthony Rhodes 9350 Rte 108 Carlinville, IL 62626 217-854-5200 rhodesangus@royell.org

57977 857 Road • Wakefield, NE 68784 402-287-2488 home • 402-369-1069 cell delores@feltfarms.com • www.feltfarms.com Herdsman, James Felt 402-369-0513 cell • jamesfelt02@gmail.com

Ohlrich/Felt Farms Bull Sale February 1, 2014 • Norfolk, NE Foxy Ladies Bred Heifer Sale November 29, 2014 • West Point, NE

ETR

Cattle Company

Kim and Kathy Klotz, Owners 1369 196th Rd Seward, NE 68434 402-588-2423(H) • 402-499-1596(C)

www.oklahomasimmental.com

Lazy U Ranch Dave & Debbie Umfleet 20858 West 10th St N • Haskell, OK 74436 918-693-9420 • davelazyu@aol.com TM Simmental & SimAngusTM Bulls Bulls & & Females Females

Dustin Jones, General Manager PO Box 828 • 11917 Hilltown Rd. Cameron, OK 74932 479-220-2131

Willis Simmentals W S

5759 Enville Rd • Marietta, OK 73448 willissimmentals@arbuckleonline.com

Quality Simmental Breeding Cattle

10 miles east on Hwy. 32, 1/4 mile north on Enville Road.

Bobby 580-276-2781(ph. & fax)

Jon 580-276-4884

www.breedingcattlepage.com/ Simmental/iasimmassoc/

Jass Simmentals Reds and Blacks Available Steve, Alan & Mark Jass 1950 Quincy Avenue • Garner, Iowa 50438 641-587-2348 or 641-587-2174 641-860-0645(c) or 515-689-6219(c) www.jassimm.com • email: jassimm@peconet.net

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www.breedingcattlepage.com/ vsa/index.htm

www.mnsimmental.com

Lanting Enterprises, LLC

Contact us about our Private Treaty Sales.

2181 B N 2300 E Twin Falls, ID 83301-0643 208-655-4257 208-731-6646 Bob’s Cell 208-655-4371 John’s Home lant4257@filertel.com

Promise Land Ranch Mike & Cathy Stoltey Family 374 Promise Lane • Plummer, ID 83851 208-686-1515 (H) • 208-699-2335 (M) michael_stoltey@yahoo.com

Sargeant Farms Simmental Cattle BULLS

AND FEMALES AVAILABLE BY PRIVATE TREATY

Owner • Howard E. Sargeant Box 400, Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-464-3345 • 651-464-2662

Dr. Lynn Aggen Office: 507-886-6321 Mobile: 507-421-3813 Home: 507-886-4016

Farm Manager: Adam Trest 52309 Fleming Logging Road Sandstone, MN 55072 320-245-2830 • 320-630-3608

Performance with Quality

Matt Aggen Mobile: 701-866-3544 Home: 507-772-4522 Email: mattaggen@hotmail.com

Harmony, MN 55939 www.oakmfarm.com

Felt Outfitter 7011A

Watch for these bulls at the National Western Simmental Pen of Bulls Show, January 19, 2014

Olrichs/Felt Farms Bull Sale Saturday, February 1, 2014 • 1:00 pm Olrichs Ranch • 55943 E. US Highway 275 • Norfolk, NE Felt Outfitter 117A

BD: 2/11/2013 • 1/2 SM, 1/2 AN Harker’s Outfitter x Ruby Dark Horse 117Y BW: 75 lbs. • Adj. WW: 854 lbs.

Felt KECH 53A

BD: 2/1/2013 • 5/8 SM, 5/16 AN, 1/16 CS KECH Mr. X612 x Felt Macho 539W BW: 80 lbs. • Adj. WW: 817 lbs.

Felt Farms Merlin, Delores, Renee & James Felt, Herdsman Home - 402-287-2488 • James - 402-369-0513 • www.feltfarms.com 70

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BD: 3/23/2013 • 5/8 SM, 3/8 AN Harker’s Outfitter x Felt Hardcore 7011Y BW: 80 lbs. • Adj. WW: 939 lbs.

Felt High Regards 980A

BD: 3/13/2013 • 1/2 SM, 1/2 AN Yardley High Regard x BBB TC Freedom BW: 85 lbs. • Adj. WW: 856 lbs.

Catalogs available upon request.


S A V Pioneer 7301

• 150 bulls, 80 fancy open heifers, • Angus, SimAngus™, & Simmental • BVD, TRICH, Fertility & Gain Tested VIRGIN BULLS

95% of the sale offering is AI sired by breed leading sires!

Saturday

MCM Top Grade 018X

March 1, 2014 • 1:00 PM Join us Febuary 28 for cattle preview & dinner

RC Club King

Visit: www.trinityfarms.info for more information Video clips will be available for viewing mid February via our website or LiveAuctions.TV where you can also sign up to bid.

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Call anytime and ask about our unique

“BULL CHIT” PROGRAM

Dependable Cattle Raised by Dependable People! Robb & Debbie Forman 509-201-0775 Mike & Paulette Forman 509-968-4800


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ASA# 2729896 3/4 SM LRS Crossroads 875Y x LRS Luckyman 937W CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 11 1.9 79 125 12 29 68 143 85

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ASA # 2729738 PB MCM Top Grade 018X x LRS Ms. Pref Stock 059X CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 11 .4 61 98 14 31 61 143 75

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ASA# 2729707 1/2 SM A A A Ten X 7008 S A x LRS Ms. Surebet 104Y CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 15 -.1.1 74 127 11 26 63 178 97

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752A ASA# 2729870 PB MCM Top Grade 018X x LRS Ms. Dakota 559R CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 10 1.5 69 109 13 34 68 139 79

31A ASA# 2738655 1/2 SM A A R Ten X 7008 S A x SRS W35 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 10 .6 76 127 10 25 63 151 90

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ASA# 2729938 1/2 SM S A V Pioneer 7301 x LRS Ms. Kilowatt 5517R CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 11 1.8 75 122 7 29 67 122 76

ASA# 2729690 1/2 SM TJ Sharper Image 809U x LRS Ms. Predestined 029X CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 8 2.1 85 134 12 26 68 139 87

ASA# 2729869 PB MCM Top Grade 018X x LRS Ms. Dakota 559R CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 10 1.5 69 109 13 34 68 139 79


INDUSTRY UPDATE Voluntary Traceability Proposed

Farmland Prices Escalate

Grocery Prices Rise Steadily

A potential voluntary, incentivebased program for tracing calves and feeder cattle was proposed during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver in early August. The system would support beef exports and domestic demand. The concept would also be in support of USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) system, and would work as a public-private partnership with private, non-profit oversight to assure confidentiality of data in the system.

US cropland values have increased by 13% over 2012 levels. Average values are now listed at $4,000 per acre, after dipping dramatically in 2009, farmland has seen steady increases in value ever since. The Northern Plains and Corn Belt saw the biggest increases, with values up 25% and 16.1% respectively. North Dakota farmland saw the largest percentage increase among individual states — up 41.5% to $1,910 per acre with South Dakota right behind with an increase of 30.2% to $3,020 an acre. New Mexico, on the other hand, saw a decrease in value of 10% and Texas farmland values were down by 3%.

Household spending on food has increased by 17% during the fouryear span between 2009 and 2013, according to a recent cost analysis. The inflation-adjusted, consumerspending index shows an additional cost of $316 per month per family. That increased bill is due in part, to widespread drought, but is also the result of consumers being more willing to pay for premium groceries than previously. As a sign of the improving economy, consumers are dining out more frequently and don’t mind paying extra for a higher-priced, quality meal.

Announcing The Blockbuster Cattlemen’s Group, a partnership of cattlemen in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas who breed functional working beef cattle offer yearling and adult bulls for sale out of the group’s herd of donor cows. No surprises from calves with our bulls. Our cow families are often four or five generations deep. Call 814-591-2125.

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KS Killimanjaro A392

KS Zuri A895

Benfield Substance x Ellingson Blackperfector CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 14 -.8 68 105 8 22 57 129 75

TRAXS Black Gold x SRS Fortune 500 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 7 5.2 83 127 8 24 65 126 76

WS All in W111 x KS Saturn U390 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 12 1.2 76 111 16 32 70 128 73

PB KS Gambia A4324 LFEBISS Black Advance x KS Kayla J497 (Preferred Stock) CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 4 4 77 118 7 24 63 100 66

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KS Mopar A890 MJ Top Gear (Freedom son) x S A V Final Answer CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 11 .2 67 107 14 24 57 126 73

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www.kennersimmental.com

Roger, Jeanette & Erika Kenner PB KS Miss Oxford Z474 WS Oxford X41 x HC Hummer 12M CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI EPDs 13 1 67 99 13 22 56 127 69 AI Bred to SAV Final Answer

5606 57th St NE • Leeds, North Dakota 58346 Phone 701-466-2800 Erika 406-581-1188 • erika.kenner@gmail.com Herdsman: Bryan Leapaldt 701-466-2553 • 701-739-8764 Cell


INDUSTRY UPDATE Nebraska Could Become Top Feeder State Over the past five years, there have been steady indications that Nebraska may be headed to the number one ranked state in terms of feeding cattle, displacing Texas in that position. The prediction came from University of Nebraska researchers who identified “proximity to processing plants” and “corn stockpiles” as the key factors in the shift. At the same time, prolonged drought has forced cattle to move north in search of greener pastures prior to moving into feedlots. Nebraska currently ranks first among all states in terms of commercial cattle slaughtered.

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Meat Inspectors Attacked The owner of a small Montana meat processing plant located near Helena, has been charged with assaulting two state inspectors after his license was suspended for 90 days following a series of violations. Inspectors from the Montana Department of Livestock suspended the licensed after discovering what were described as “putrid conditions, including fly infestations, bones and skin on the plant floor, freestanding garbage and oders from a rotting carcass.”

Elk Feed Grounds Suspected CWD Source Wyoming’s continued use of winter elk feed grounds have been implicated in the spread of brucellosis in the past, and could be contributing to the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) as well. A consortium of organizations, including the Wyoming Outdoor Council, believes that the feed grounds should be phased out. The feed grounds date back to 1912 for the expressed purpose of preventing winter kill in the elk herds, reducing elk damage to cattle ranchers and preserving of forage supplies. Today, there are 23 feed grounds in Wyoming, the only state with such an extensive program.

Spring 2014 EPDs

Ground Water Levels Dropping Water levels in US aquifers dropped drastically during the eight-year period between 2000 and 2008, at a rate almost three times as great as any comparable time period in the 20th century. The accelerated decline in subterranean reservoirs is attributed to a variety of factors, most of them linked to a rising population. Prolonged periods of drought leading to less moisture filtering into the aquifer as replacement water is also a contributing factor. Agricultural irrigation is the single biggest draw on aquifers, with the energy industry the second largest user. CONTINUED ON PAGE 82

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Sale of Plum Island Questioned

Obesity Shrinking

Legislators from the Northeast are unhappy with the transition of the animal disease research center from Plum Island to Manhattan, KS, and are threatening to block the sale of the Island to a private party. The federal government has announced that it will sell the 843-acre island, located just off Long Island once the existing laboratory has been closed. It has been valued between $50 and $80 million prior to any required cleanup. The legislators say that the island is “vastly undervalued, and should be preserved for future generations.”

According to a comprehensive report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of obesity among low-income preschoolers declined in 19 states and US territories between 2008 and 2011. Because obesity rates have rising steadily over many decades, even small progress is welcome. The reversal is significant for two primary reasons: 1) Chronic diseases that typically accompany obesity account for a huge share of national health care costs; and 2) Obesity in childhood practically guarantees a lifelong struggle with weight management.

Clay Ekstrum 605-778-6185 (H) 605-730-1511 (C)

John Ekstrum 605-778-6414

Raising Simmentals since 1970

Ekstrum Simmentals & Simm/Genetics 36220 57th Street, Kimball, SD 57355

Email: clayekstrum@midstatesd.net www.ekstrumsimmentals.com

Ekstrum Simmentals Annual Bull Sale February 15, 2014, 1:00 pm, Kimball, SD CCE EKR PLAINSMAN 770A ASA#2784921 Sire: KOP True North 103Y Dam: BDV Viola T43 BD: 2/10/13 • Act. BW: 94 lbs • Act. WW: 880 lbs EPDs: CE: 8 BW: 2.6 WW: 67 YW: 93 MCE: 10 MM: 33 MWW: 66 $API: 93 $TI: 64 Outcross to Gunner, Top Gun, Red Caesar, Rushmore and Freedom pedigrees CCE EKR TONTO 806A ASA#2784971 Sire: LFE Black Lakota 385W Dam: CCE EKR Ms TC 806U BD: 2/19/13 • Act. BW: 99 lbs • Act. WW: 860 lbs EPDs: CE: 8 BW: 3 WW: 73 YW: 112 MCE: 12 MM: 16 MWW: 52 $API: 91 $TI: 63 Outcross to Upgrade, Dream On, Club King and Shear Force pedigrees CCE EKR OAHE A1 ASA# 2785067 Sire: KOP True North 103Y Dam: Ankony Miss Canace R169 ET Bull BD: 2/17/13 • Act. BW: 95 lbs • Act. WW: 790 lbs EPDs: CE: 5 BW: 4.5 WW: 72 YW: 102 MCE: 11 MM: 34 MWW: 67 $API: 89 $TI: 66 Outcross to Gunner, Top Gun, Beef Maker, Beef King, Rushmore and Freedom pedigrees

Sale will be broadcast live via the internet by Prairie Productions.

For pictures and video of the bulls go to ekstrumsimmentals.com

Other Sires Represented: MRL 128W, TNT Top Cut P274, KS Bravado P68, MRL Red Stone 126Y, TH Black Edition 8R, Trax's Rushmore X103, Trax’s Solo Y39, MRL Black Out 226Y, SAV Final Answer 0035.

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Mid-Size Farm Numbers Down USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey finds that the average farm size is now 234 acres. However, over the past 30 years, there are now fewer average-sized farms and considerably more of both larger and smaller farms. Four out of five farms are smaller than average at just 45 acres each. As technology and farm organization improves, so does the number of acres worked by larger operations. The majority of cropland is owned and operated by farms of more than 2,000 acres.

Farm Household Income to Decline Farmers will apparently have a smaller income this year, with projected 2013 farm income decreasing by 2.5%. USDA’s report lists the median total farm household income to reach $66,989 for the year, down $1,691 from 2012. Most recent data indicate that the total is a combination of farm and off-farm income. Farm income alone is predicted to fall while off-farm income is expected to increase by a small amount. Research shows that 91% of farm households claim income from offfarm jobs. Most common off-farm occupations are in professional or management positions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 86


Plan to attend the following events, or contact Montana Simmental Association members to see what they have to offer you!

MSA Members Bull and Private Treaty Sales Date

Ranch/Sale

City

Phone

February 1, 2014

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch Bull Sale

Helena

406-949-1754

February 3, 2014

Gateway Simmental Breeding Value Bull Sale

Lewistown

406-538-9695

President:

February 5, 2014

Begger’s Diamond V Ranch Genetic Source Bull Sale

Wibaux

406-796-2326

February 13, 2014

Lassle Ranch Simmental – 20th Annual Bull Sale

Glendive

406-486-5584

February 17, 2014

Bulls of the Big Sky Bull Sale

Billings

208-267-2668

Robert Hayes Wilsall, MT 59086 406-578-2354 rhayesparton@hayesranch.com

March 1, 2014

Hill’s Ranch Production Sale

Stanford

406-566-2479

March 1, 2014

Trinity Farms Generations of Excellence Sale

Ellensburg, WA

509-968-4800

March 18, 2014

Open Gate Ranch Sale

Simms

406-467-2082

April 19, 2014

Nelson Livestock Co. Production Sale

Wibaux

406-588-3371

May 1, 2014

Nelson Simmental and SimAngus™ Bull Sale

Glasgow

406-228-2024

Private Treaty

Peck Simmental

Whitehall

406-287-5669

Private Treaty

Walking 5 Ranch

Broadview

406-667-2251

Private Treaty

Rocking L 4 Ranch

Bonners Ferry, ID

208-691-6656

December 6, 2014

Montana’s Choice Simmental/SimAngus™ Sale

Billings

208-267-2668

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Vice President: Jeff Koch Big Timber, MT 59011 406-860-0211 jskoch@itstriangle.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Maureen Mai Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 208-267-2668 rymocattle@gmail.com


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Farmers Gets 15.5% of Food Dollar In the latest update of the USDA’s “Food Dollar Series,” which estimates the farmer’s share, its is revealed that for every dollar spent in the US on domestically produced food, US farmers received 15.5 cents. That figure was up from 14.1 cents in 2010. However, after purchasing inputs to make their products, the farmer’s share was just 6.6 cents of every dollar. Inputs include fertilizer, utilities, interest on loans, labor and equipment costs among other expenses.

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Data from several key categories was used to determine the top 10 cities for meat eaters in the US. Only the most populous 100 cities were considered in the survey, which was conducted by a real estate blog site. Surprisingly, most of the cities on the list are in areas not generally considered critical for production of the nation’s beef supply. Ranked first is Orlando; followed in order by Cincinnati; Atlanta; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Birmingham; Tulsa; Baton Rouge; Miami; Honolulu; and Tampa. In all, there are 11 cities listed because Honolulu and Tampa tied for 10th place.

Ag Workplace Deaths Decline Results released from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the agriculture sector has experience a decline in fatal work-related deaths, a trend that parallels the overall reduction in US work force. In 2012, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from 4,693 fatalities in 2011. In addition work-related injuries also declined, to 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, compared to 3.5 per 100,000 the previous year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 90


Bata Brothers/Olafson Brothers Joint Simmental Bull and Female Sale February 11, 2014 • 1:00 PM CST

Sale location: Rugby Livestock Auction, Hwy. 2 West, Rugby, North Dakota • Visit our website at: www.bataolafson.com for updated information and videos • Selling: 70 Yearling Bulls 55 Bred Heifers 4 2-year-old bulls

This auction will be broadcast live at www.DVAuction.com. Real time bidding will be available via the internet.

OLF A37

BBS A207

EPDs: 19 -2.4 81 154 16 28 69 $API: 155 $TI: 85 OLF Otis Y43 x OLF Patriarchs Girl W84 Adj. BW: 80 lbs. • Adj. WW: 787 lbs. This Otis son has a phenomenal set of EPDs with a 156 point spread from birth to yearling weight. He follows the pattern set by Otis of low birth weight, high performance and great phenotype.

OLF A74 EPDs: 11 3.7 84 133 12 22 65 $API 122 $TI 77 MLC Mr. Justice W744 x OLF Miss EL X20 Adj. BW: 106 lbs. • Adj. WW: 857 lbs. This Mr. J son is a powerful package of muscle and performance. Probably the thickest and most expressive muscled calf we have ever raised.

BBS A31 EPDs: 4 5.4 87 126 9 24 67 $API 84 $TI 69 KOP True North 103Y x BBS Miss Topcut S19 Adj. BW: 95 lbs. • Adj. WW: 834 lbs. Homozygous Polled. Several sons sell sired by the $29,000 Kop True North. Total outcross pedigrees for red cattle.

Auctioneer: Tracy Harl

SALE DAY PHONE: 701-776-6393 OLF Reference Sires:

BBS Reference Sires:

OLF Otis Y43 MLC Mr. Justice W744 (Mr. J) BDV True Grit 11X DCR Mr. Beefmaker X13 WS Beefmaker R13 LFE Black Lakota 385W NLC Patriarch 24P

BBS Black Eye X94 BDV True Grit TESS Black Renegade LFE Wildcard 563X KS Gemini U68 MLC Mr Justice Kop True North 103Y RFS Red Iron T20

EPDs: 5 5 80 126 11 23 63 $API: 107 $TI: 66 MLC Mr. Justice W744 x TNT Miss April N134 ET • Adj. WW: 849 lbs. Homozygous Polled and super thick. Maternal sister is a donor at Kenner Simmentals. Two ET mates sell.

OLF A205 EPDs: 8 3 81 128 11 26 66 $API 119 $TI 74 MLC Mr. Justice W744 x OLF Miss Legacy R229 Adj. BW: 100 lbs. • Adj. WW: 879 lbs. Our high weaning weight calf. Really thick and deep ribbed. He is one of the youngest calves in our offering but he is one of the stoutest.

OLF Y108 EPDs: 4 5.5 77 118 3 21 59 $API 127 $TI 72 SS Ebony’s Grandmaster x OLF Miss Perfector N621 Adj. BW: 101 lbs. • Adj. WW: 654 lbs. Our high-selling heifer in the 2013 sale, going to Erika Kenner, Leeds, ND, for $6,500. More like her sell in this year’s sale.

BBS A19 EPDs: 6 5.3 79 109 -1 23 63 $API 83 $TI 65 KOP True North 103Y x BBS Miss Red Eye U6 Adj. BW: 91lbs. • Adj. WW: 796 lbs. Homozygous Polled. Typical of True North’s, big ribbed, soggy and easy fleshing.

BBS A55 EPDs: 4 5 82 134 10 26 67 $API 86 $TI 67 Tess Black Renegade 42W x BBS Miss Topcut T46 Adj. BW: 95 lbs. • Adj. WW: 849 lbs. Wide topped with big time performance. Renegade is our 680S herdsire. Dam has a 107 weaning and 114 REA index.

Many bulls are being tested for Homozygous Polled. View our catalog online at: www.simmental.org

Mark 701-331-3055 Joe 701-944-2732 jpbata@polarcomm.com 6322 Highway 35 Adams, North Dakota 58210

Curtis Olafson 13043 84th St. NE Edinburg, ND 58227 Performance 701-993-8240 or 8450 Predictability colafson@polarcomm.com www.bataolafson.com Personal Service


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Michigan Plant Vandalized An animal rights group has claimed responsibility for vandalizing a Michigan meat processing plant and freeing cows from the facility. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) released an email following the incident admitting the property destruction “Meat is Murder” was spraypainted throughout the plant, which is located at North Branch, MI. Other damage included glued door locks, damaged vehicles, and destroyed chicken cages. The ALF is notorious for attacking numerous such facilities across the country, in the name of “freedom for the animals.”

New Beef Cookbooklet Published

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Forty of the Beef Checkoff Program’s most popular recipes are highlighted in a new 80-page “cookbooklet” now available. Entitled Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner, the publication was coordinated by the Federation of State Beef Councils. Recipes are divided into several categories: Breakfast; Salads; Soups, Stews and Chilis; Small Plates and Appetizers; Sandwiches and Burgers; Grilling; Skillet Dishes and Stir Fries; and Slow Cooking. It can be purchased for $6 plus shipping and handling at www.beefstore.org.

Antibiotic Resistance Grows Economic losses from Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in the US cattle industry are estimated at nearly $1 billion annual. However, that figure may increased as drug resistance has been shown to be increasing in the primary pathogens that cause BRD. A three-year survey of BRD case records by Kansas State University researchers indicates continued drug resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica, one of the primary causal pathogens of BRD. CONTINUED ON PAGE 94

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Farmers Markets Likely Pathogen Haven

New Cattle Virus Identified

MARC Planning 50th Celebration

Raw, whole chickens purchased from farmers markets are apparent sources of significantly higher levels of bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses when compared to those purchased from grocery stores. At least, that was the result of a study by researchers at Penn State University. In one sample of 100 whole chickens, 90% tested positive for campylobacter and 28% harbored salmonella. Those figures compare area grocery stores, where 28% of whole chickens contained campylobacter and 20% had salmonella. The study runs contrary to the widely held belief that locally purchased food is safer.

A new virus that causes neurologic symptoms similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been identified and its genome mapped by scientists at the University of California-Davis. The new virus is unlikely to pose a threat to humans or the food supply, but the new findings are important because they provide researchers with a simple diagnostic tool that can reassure ranchers and consumers by ruling out BSE as the cause of neurologic symptoms in cattle.

During 2014, the US Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), Clay Center, NE, long regarded as the Gold Standard for livestock research, will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a national research facility. Formerly the Blaine Naval Ammunition Depot, MARC was developed to house large populations of beef cattle, sheep and swine. Today on 34,000 historic acres, MARC breeds 6,700 beef females, 2,300 ewes, and farrow 1,000 litters of swine. According to Center Director, Dr. E. John Pollak, the scientific enterprise is staffed by 48 scientists working in five research units: Genetics, Breeding and Animal Health; Environmental Management; Reproduction; Nutrition; and Meat Safety and Quality.

Announcing The Blockbuster Cattlemen’s Group breeds functional, sound, working Simmental cattle from a herd of proven donor cows. Yearling and adult bulls are now available, including SimAngusTM, purebred Simmentals, black and black with white blaze baldie. Dams of bulls available for visual reference. Call 814-591-2125.

Blackleg Confirmed in Cattle Deaths Clostridium chauvoei, more commonly known as Blackleg, is a bacterial infection that occurs more often during drought, has been confirmed as the cause of deaths in cattle in two Arkansas counties. With ultra-dry conditions and corresponding short supply of forage, cattle tend to graze closer to the ground. The cattle then ingest small soil particles that may contain the blackleg bacterium. The disease is easily and inexpensively prevented by a widely used vaccine.

New Artificial Heart Developed Artificial hearts are used as a stopgap measure while patients wait for a donor transplant heart. Those manmade hearts can last for years, but are not regarded as a permanent solution. Plus, the artificial heart requires a “driver” worn outside the chest, increasing infection possibilities. Now, Carmat has built the first implantable artificial heart, located completely inside the chest cavity, and relies on tissue from a cow’s heart as a vital membrane involved in pumping the blood. Valves in the device are also made of cow tissue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 98

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 12:30 PM at the ranch, Wibaux, MT

150 Black Simmental, SimAngusTM and Angus Sell 60 of them are 18-month-old 35 Purebred Simmental – 100 SimAngusTM –15 Angus Most will be homozygous Black and all are Polled

Angus cow with a seven-month-old bull calf

Wh y Buy Fr om Begger ’s Diamon d V? Extra Profitability. Because. . . . • We know as a commercial producer you sell your cattle based on weight and how they look (quality). How value is determined varies, whether it is in the auction market, in the country, by video or on the rail. Be assured quality and performance has been the basis of our program from the beginning. • Reputation — take away all the numbers, all the EPDs and fads . . . Begger’s Diamond V Ranch has strived to raise only high-quality cattle for over 38 years. • At Begger’s Diamond V Ranch you are not just buying a bull, you are buying a program. • Our 38 years of AI’ing and embryo transfer gives you access to the top genetics of the Simmental and Angus breeds, which allows you access to the very best genetics. • You will experience fewer time consuming management problems, especially with calving ease and calf vigor, udders, fertility, feet, legs and disposition because we cull our herd for such problems. • You are selecting from the top end, the bottom has already been culled. • Our cattle are raised in an unpampered environment to ensure that they will work for you. • EVERY bull has an efficient, hard-working mother that does her job in eastern Montana’s tough environment.

Bill Begger: 406-796-2326 482 Custer Trail Road Wibaux, MT 59353 darbegger@yahoo.com

www.beggersdiamondv.com View video and sale catalog online mid January

• Responsibility — We accept the responsibility to provide you with only predictable genetics. They must meet our standards before they meet yours. • Our success depends on yours and we expect your purchases to work for you. We stand behind them 100%. • Bulls are 5.5 to 6.5 frame with extra depth with volume and fleshing ability. • Bred for calving ease, fast growth, efficiency, maternal strength and carcass quality putting more profit in your pocket. • Bulls are developed for ranchers on a high roughage ration with very little starch and plenty of exercise. • Every bull was born, raised and developed on our ranch. • Maternal and direct calving ease is a must. If they are not born easily and alive, nothing else matters. • All bulls sell free of BVD and all genetics defects! Bulls sell with complete performance records, ultrasound data and EPDs. • Daughters of these bulls will make outstanding replacements that are trouble free, easy keeping and profit driven; their calves will be in high demand and top market sales. • We have connected ourselves with market opportunities that should make your calves more valuable helping you receive premiums and top markets. We offer free keep until April 1st, a breeding soundness exam, and free delivery up to 500 miles. Two-year-old heifer with a seven-month-old bull calf


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Carcass Quality Affected by Diet A two-year study by researchers at Clemson University indicates that different types of feed supplied to cattle can make a big difference on cattle weight and on the quality and nutritional value of the beef produced. Feeds studied were alfalfa, Bermuda grass, chicory, cowpeas and pearl millet. Steer performance was improved for finishing cattle grazing alfalfa and chicory, while higher carcass quality and higher taste test scores were observed in cattle finished on alfalfa and cowpeas. Cattle finished on Bermuda grass and pearl millet had the highest levels of healthy fatty acids.

Salmonella Incidence Reduced USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports a reduction in positive tests for Salmonella in meat and poultry for 2012, although a slight increase did occur in steer and heifer carcasses at 1.1%, up from 0.5% for the previous reporting period. The incidence of salmonella in poultry is higher than in beef, and the report shows a decline to 4.3% in poultry down from 6.5% in 2011. Pork was measured at 1.3% in 2012, down from 3.3% in 2011.

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March 8, 2014 Lebanon, TN Fatt Butt bred to Ranch Hand.

Researchers in Helsinki, Finland, have found that beetles living in cow dung may help reduce emissions of methane, a gas that is closely associated with global warming. Their study found that the beetles build tunnels through the manure to create an aerating effect, causing an easing of anaerobic conditions, thus preventing carbon dioxide from converting to methane. One major concern of the Helsinki research team of scientists is that many dung beetle species are declining in numbers worldwide.

Cargill Earns Tenderness Recognition

Ohio Beef Expo

March 15, 2014 Columbus, OH

INDUSTRY UPDATE

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Call today, still accepting consignments.

Cargill has become the first major beef processor to earn certification under USDA’s new tenderness marketing standards. The company laboratory in Wichita, and plants in Dodge City, KS; Schuyler, NE; Fort Morgan, CO; and Friona, TX, have been certified for future harvest, fabrication and packaging of certified tender products. Cargill began testing on producing a consistently tender beef product back in 2000, focusing on a product concept that would translate into an increase in demand. Current plans call for the introduction of the certified tender products in the early months of 2014.

Selling breds, opens, bulls, pregnancies, embryos, both Simmental and SimAngusTM.

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Burger King Delivers Doug & Debbie Parke Drew & Holli Hatmaker 153 Bourbon Hills • Paris, KY 40361 859-987-5758 • 859-987-0709 Fax 859-421-6100 Cell • pleent@aol.com www.parkelivestock.com

Burger King has announced expansion of its innovative home delivery program. The fast-food giant’s delivery program, already in effect in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Phoenix, Denver and Washington, DC, has now added Boston. CONTINUED ON PAGE 102


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INDUSTRY UPDATE An company spokesman said that “as its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets.” Customers are able to order through the Burger King website or by telephone on a minimum food order of $10.

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Harris-Teeter has operated 212 stores in eight southeastern and mid-Atlantic states, along with Washington, DC. In comparison, Kroger owns and operates 2,419 stores in 31 states. Kroger’s also owns Ralphs, Frys, Smiths and Food 4 Less. Under terms of the deal, Harris-Teeter will become a Kroger subsidiary and continue to operate under its original name.

Food Insecurity Rampant USDA has reported that the percentage of US households that are “food insecure” remains essentially unchanged from the previous year at 14.5%, or a total of 17.6 households. The percentage rate as “severe,” described as very low food security, also remains unchanged at 5.7%. In 2012, 49.0 million people lived in food-insecure households — a figure that includes 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children. Not surprisingly, rates of food insecurity were much higher than the national average for those households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, households headed by single men or women, and in minority households.

Kroger Buys Harris-Teeter Consolidation in the retail food business continues as Kroger, the country’s largest traditional supermarket operation has reached an agreement to buy the HarrisTeeter chain for an estimated $2.44 billion.

Beef As Night-time Snack In a survey commissioned by Wendy’s Hamburgers, found that Millenials want quality meals, often hamburgers, when picking a destination for a late-night snack. The survey indicated that burgers were chosen over tacos, and that beef and cheese were among the “most craveable” ingredients. The survey of 1,000 Millenial-age consumers was completed by Braun Research, an independent company, also found that the targeted audience valued convenience (79%), quick service (78%), and food costs under $5 (73%).

Ag Graduates in Demand A summary of annual data from 16 universities, mostly from the Midwest, shows that 2013 college graduates with agricultural majors are making 5% more money than starting salaries in 2012. On average, graduates of technical and biosystems engineering, industrial technology and packaging services made the highest starting salary — $50,732. Environmental sciences, fisheries, forestry and wildlife biology graduates earned the lowest starting salaries at $30,447.

Pork Fastest Growing Protein An assessment of foodservice menus found that pork is outpacing all others as the fastest-growing protein in the industry over the past two years. A study by Techtonic found that total pork sold through foodservice outlets reached a record 9.2 billion pounds, a volume increase of 462 million pounds or 2.6%. Of 24 pork product categories that were reviewed in the study, 22 saw positive growth in sales. American’s preference for bacon led the fastest growth on a per-pound basis, with bacon alone, climbing 102 million pounds.

Smithfield Sale Moves Forward Smithfield Foods has won national security clearance for its proposed $4.7 billion sale to a Chinese meat processor. The approval comes despite deep-seated skepticism by many members of Congress who expressed concern over the wisdom of such a transaction. Smithfield and its proposed buyer, Shauanghui International, have argued that there is no danger of the American food supply being compromised. Although the deal has cleared the federal Committee on Foreign Investments, it was still required to pass a vote from the company’s shareholders.

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A507 1/2 Blood • Tank x Inevitabull

Online bidding available at www.lmaauctions.com

Sale Day Phone: 402-372-2493

A024 1/2 Blood • Tank x Ambush

Selling 140 Bulls 120 Black Yearlings; 15 Fall; 5 Yearlings • ASA Adjusted WW and YW, as well as latest EPDs • Fertility tested and BVD PI tested free • Buyers receive $100 to take bull(s) home sale day or day after. Other delivery options.

A16

Other Sires Include: High Regard, SAV Brilliance, BC Lookout, High Voltage, Steel Force, Welsh’s Do It Right, HOC Broker, BWL Hardcore, Zoom Zoom, Duff New Edition, In Dew Time, TJ Sharper Image, JS Sure Bet.

PB • Zoom x Blackman

8A PB • In Dew Time x Magnetic Lady

Sale Consignors Sloup Simmentals Nick, Scott & Bill Sloup Seward, NE 402-643-4429

57A 3/4 Blood • STF Shocking Dream x Duff New Edition

Anderson Simmentals Jay & Phyllis Anderson St. Paul, NE 380-246-5361 Handsaker Simmentals Gary & Sue Handsaker Jared Meinhardt Nevada, IA 515-231-7042 BADJ Cattle Co Adam Stutsman Beaver Crossing, NE 402-641-2282 Katie Trail Nebraska City, NE 402-381-6769

Laaker Land & Cattle Company Brian Laaker Arlington, NE 402-720-4734 Zeis Simmentals Dave Zeis Valley NE 402.720.1967 CRR Simmentals Clint & Stacey Robinson Arlington NE 402.672.3556

Z650 Fall PB • High Voltage x Kiss Me Not

Fall 1/2 Blood • High Regard x Basic Instinct

Alvie Bender Simmentals Alvie Bender Seward NE 402.643.2049 102 River Ridge Cattle Co. Roger Brummett & Roger Robison Bedford, IA 712-287-3529 or 913-710-2880

Z050

A833 1/2 Blood • Duff New Edition x Dream On (Perfection)

Z042

View catalog in full color: www.jandcsimmentals.com

1/2 Blood • BC Lookout x Sheriff Taylor

158Z Fall 3/4 Blood • BWL Hardcore x Maximus 391


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imTalk is an 8 1/8 x 10 7/8 inch publication produced by the Register, the official publication of the American Simmental Association. Published four times annually, SimTalk is a glossy, full-color publication with a circulation of 50,000+ and targets commercial users of SimGenetics. Advertising in SimTalk provides a unique opportunity to brand and trademark your program to thousands of potential customers. If you are serious about communicating with the commercial beef business, consider an advertising presence in every one of our four annual issues. Space and four-color rates for SimTalk: Space Rates

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Send all ad materials to: register@simmgene.com or Fax: 406-587-8853 A non-refundable fee of $50.00 will be assessed if a client does not meet deadlines or if the client commits to advertising and cancels after the deadline or if the ad must be dropped to ensure on time publication. Advertising materials (including photos) must be in SimTalk office by the dates listed above. SimTalk, which mails by bulk rate, assumes no responsibility for actual receipt date. Design Charges Advertising rates are for camera-ready ads only. Additional design charges will apply to any ad that is designed by ASA Publication, Inc. Layouts & Proofs Although every effort will be made to provide proofs on all ads, proofs are guaranteed only if all ad material arrives in SimTalk office prior to deadline. Terms All accounts are due and payable as invoiced. Interest charges of 1.5 percent per month (18 percent APR) will be added to accounts 30 days past due. If an account becomes 60 days delinquent, all ASA Publication, Inc. work may be suspended until full payment is made. After review by the ASA Executive Committee, ASA privileges may be denied to those with accounts over 90 days delinquent.

Advertising Content SimTalk and its staff assume no responsibility or obligation to verify the accuracy and truthfulness of advertising copy submitted to SimTalk. However, SimTalk reserves the right to reject any advertising copy or photo which SimTalk deems unsuitable for publication for any reason, including copy or photographs which are false or misleading. SimTalk assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and truthfulness of submitted print ready ads. Advertisers shall indemnify and hold harmless SimTalk for any claims concerning advertising content as submitted. Advertising containing pedigrees or statements regarding performance must conform to records kept by the American Simmental Association. Copy deviating from official records may be changed as necessary without advertiser consent. Editorial Policy Opinions expressed are the writers’ and not necessarily those of SimTalk. Photographs are welcome, but no responsibility is assumed for material while in transit or while in the office.

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All of the bulls will be PAP tested.

Most bulls are sons of Mytty In Focus, Triple C Bettis S72J, Rito 954, Sand Ranch Hand, Nichols Manifest, SAV Final Answer 0035 and KS Vegas X130.

Mytty In Focus • ASA#: 2326312 CE

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW DOC

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18 31.3 .14 1.00 .03 .11 168 82

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Rito 954 of 7E2 5050 • ASA#: 2690276 CE

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SFI Look Ahead A85T

SFI Perfect Timing A6

Brooks Driver A31

B C Lookout x SFI Miss Betty Lou ASA# 2750237 • SimAngus™ ½

SVF Dream Master T50 x SFI Luvy Duvy X13N ASA# 2757238 • Purebred

WAGR Driver 706T x Brooks Valentine Edition ASA# 2765759 • SimAngus™ ¾

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Brooks Image A13

Diamond D APride 11G 9A

TJ Sharper Image 809U x Brooks Miss Final Answer ASA# 2765755 • SimAngus™ ½

JF American Pride 0987X x Miss Kansas 11G ASA# 2761482 • Purebred

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Adolph 10A

Abraham 17A

Triple C Bettis S72J x Trudy 16T ASA# 2737201 • Purebred

Triple C Singletary S3H x Megan 9M ASA# 2737176 • Purebred

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Dikeman’s Sure Bet x Diamond D FS-11G 9Y ASA# 2761484 • Purebred 6

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Diamond D Sureb 9Y 14A CE

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.47 145 79


CALENDAR JANUARY 2014 11 13 17-2/8 18 18 20 21 22 25 25 25 25 25 25 26 27 31 31 31

Drigger’s Simmental Farm Private Treaty Bull Sale — Glennville, GA Edge of the West Female Sale — Mandan, ND (pg. 66) Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo — Fort Worth, TX SimMagic on Ice — Denver, CO University of Florida Bull Test Sale — Greenwood, FL (pg. 118) National Western “The One-Volume XXI” Sale — Denver, CO (pgs.70,76,96,121,124) Wild Wild West Simmental Sale — Brighton, CO (pg. 121) Sioux Empire Farm Simmental Show & Sale — Sioux Falls, SD (pg. 40, 101) Double J Farms Private Treaty Bull Bid Sale — Garretson, SD (pgs. 36-37, 67) Forster Farms 35th Annual Simmental Production Sale — Smithfield, NE (pg. 23) J&C Simmentals Annual Bull Sale — West Point, NE (pgs. 69, 103) Lazy S Bull Power Sale 2014 — Mayerthorpe, AB Nichols Farms’ Private Treaty Bull Sale — Bridgewater, IA (pg. 11) Virginia Club Calf Producer’s Eastern Elite Production Sale — Harrisonburg, VA (pg. 4) Triangle J Ranch’s Annual Production Sale — Miller, NE (pgs. 28-29, 69) Fort Worth Junior Simmental and Simbrah Show — Fort Worth, TX Buzzard Hollow Online Bull Sale — Granbury, TX (pg. 46) Forth Worth Simmental and Simbrah Bull Shows — Fort Worth, TX Forth Worth Simbrah Female Show — Fort Worth, TX

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Forth Worth Simmental Female Show — Forth Worth, TX Klain Simmental 32nd Annual Production Sale — Turtle Lake, ND Loonan Stock Farms 39th Annual Production Sale — Corning, IA (pg. 61) Olrichs/Felt Farms Bull Sale — Norfolk, NE (pgs. 69, 70, 96) Prickly Pear Simmental’s Made In Montana Sale — Helena, MT (pgs. 56, 67, 84) Red Bluff Bull Sale — Red Bluff, CA Rock Creek Ranch Spring Private Treaty Bull Sale — Allen, KS Springer Simmental’s Value Based Genetics Sale — Decorah, IA (pg. 76) The Cowtown Classic National Sale — Fort Worth Trauernicht Simmental Nebraska Platinum Standard Bull Sale — Beatrice, NE (pg. 117) Gateway Simmental’s 34th Annual Breeding Value Bull Sale — Lewistown, MT (pgs. 84, IBC) James Creek Simmental Annual Private Treaty Sale, Vol. XI — Heaton, ND (pg. 86) NCBA Convention — Nashville, TN Wicks Cattle Simmental & SimAngus™ Production Sale — Richardton, ND Begger’s Diamond V Big Sky Genetic Source Bull Sale — Wibaux, MT (pgs. 84, 97) Stavick Simmental’s King of the Range Bull Sale — Aberdeen, SD (pg. 52) Hook Farms Annual “Bred for Balance” Private Treaty Sale — Tracy, MN (pgs. 20-21) Berger’s Herdmaster’s Hybrid Bull Sale — North Platte, NE (pg. 93) Black Hills Stock Show and Sale — Rapid City, SD (pg. 40, 101, 113) Dixie National Simmental Sale — Jackson, MS Grass-Lunning Bulls-Eye Bonanza Sale — LeRoy, MN (pg. 47) Kenner Simmentals’ 18th Annual Sale — Napoleon, ND (pg. 75) Rhodes Angus Open House Bull Sale — Carlinville, IL (pg. 116) Rydeen Farms’ Vision XVI Simmental and SimAngus™ Sale — Clearbrook, MN (pg. 31) Iowa Beef Expo — Des Moines (pgs. 45, 100) Benda Ranch Annual Production Sale — Kimball, SD (pg. 53) Dakota Power Bull Sale — Valley City, ND (pg. 55) Bata/Olafson 17th Annual Joint Simmental Bull and Female Sale — Rugby, ND (pg. 89) Werning Cattle Company 33rd Annual Production Sale — Mitchell, SD (pg. 99) River Creek Farms 24th Annual Production Sale — Manhattan, KS (pgs. 19, 68) Traxinger Simmental Bull Sale — Houghton, SD Wilkinson Farms/C Diamond Ranch Breeding for the Future Sale — Napoleon, ND (pgs. 24-25) Bichler-Johnson “Quality Not Quantity” Production Sale — Linton, ND (pg. 85) Clear Springs Cattle Co.’s Bull Sale — Mobridge, SD (pg. 101) Hart Simmental Beef Builder Bull Sale — Frederick, SD (pg. 105) Lassle Ranch Simmental’s 21st Anniversary Production Sale — Glendive, MT (pgs. 73, 84) Mader Ranches 25th Anniversary Bull Power Sale — Carstairs, AB (pg. 57) TNT Simmentals 29th Annual “Genetic Explosion Sale — Almont, ND (pgs. 66, 81) Watertown Winter Farm Show & Sale — Watertown, SD (pg. 40) 7P Ranch 20th Annual Spring Bull Sale — Tyler, TX (pg. 9) Bar CK Cattle Company’s Money Make Bull Sale — Culver, OR (pg. 115) CONTINUED ON PAGE 112


Schmig Simmental Ranch 31st Annual Production Sale Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 1:00 PM at the Ranch Lunch Served at 11:30

Sellin g 33 Polled, Pur ebr ed, Simmen tal Year lin g Bulls

SRS Right On 22R BULL 2A 3A 4A 7A 9A 11A 12A 13A 14A 15A 17A 20A 23A 24A 25A 27A 28A 31A 32A 34A 36A 37A 38A 44A 45A 46A 47A 48A 49A 53A 54A 55A 56A 63A

COLOR RED BLK BLK BLK RED RED BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK RED BLK BLK RED BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK BLK

SIRE WS BEEF MAKER TNT TANKER U263 SRS RIGHT-ON SRS RIGHT-ON MR HIGHLANDER MR HIGHLANDER TNT TANKER U263 TNT TANKER U263 TNT TANKER U263 TNT TANKER U263 TNT TANKER U263 WS BEEF MAKER SAND RANCH HAND MR HIGHLANDER WS BEEF MAKER SAND RANCH HAND MR HIGHLANDER SRS RIGHT-ON TNT TANKER U263 SRS RIGHT-ON SRS RIGHT-ON SRS RIGHT-ON TNT TANKER U263 RS Y86 RS Y86 WS BEEF MAKER RS Y86 RS Y86 RS Y86 RS Y86 RS Y86 RS Y86 SRS RIGHT-ON RS Y86

Reds & Blacks High-Performance & Calving-Ease Bulls Bulls are Performance Tested With the ASA Ultrasound Information Will Be Available We Can Keep Bulls At No Charge Until May 1st Free Delivery Up to 250 Miles

DAM’S SIRE RED CAESAR LUCKY DEAL WS BEEF MAKER TNT TANKER U263 BODY BUILDER TNT GUNNER SRS RIGHT-ON GW LUCKY BREAK TRADEMARK POWERLINE SRS RIGHT-ON SRS RIGHT-ON WS BEEF MAKER SSR RED GOLD SRS RIGHT-ON TNT TANKER U263 BODY BUILDER WS BEEF MAKER SSR RED GOLD CNS DREAM ON CNS DREAM ON CNS DREAM ON SSR PREFERRED S7 WS BEEF MAKER WINCHESTER BLK JOKER WS BEEF MAKER CNS DREAM ON TRADEMARK PPSR NOPHALT LBR CROCKETT TRADEMARK TNT TANKER U263 WS BEEF MAKER

DOB 3/19/13 3/19/13 3/19/13 3/23/13 3/24/13 3/23/13 3/25/13 3/25/13 3/26/13 3/26/13 3/27/13 3/28/13 3/31/13 4/1/13 4/1/13 4/2/13 4/2/13 4/2/13 4/3/13 4/4/13 4/5/13 4/10/13 4/11/13 4/17/13 4/17/13 4/18/13 4/19/13 4/19/13 4/19/13 4/24/13 4/25/13 4/24/13 4/25/13 5/14/13

BW 80 80 85 85 87 110 86 85 85 80 90 68 72 80 75 70 90 86 105 80 94 95 88 75 85 65 70 78 84 80 85 70 80 90

WW 879 782 849 821 801 842 844 766 884 770 787 812 845 825 889 868 778 818 877 756 724 834 829 829 800 818 770 822 769 737 773 702 895 843

CE 8 4 7 5 2 7 5 7 5 6 5 14 14 5 11 9 5 9 4 12 10 9 4 12 11 11 13 10 10 11 5 13 7 8

BW WW YW MCE 3.5 86 123 12 2.5 68 109 14 4.9 82 123 9 4.1 83 131 12 3.7 63 90 10 4.5 76 108 11 3.1 72 112 14 1.4 64 98 15 3.5 86 130 12 1.0 65 102 14 3.0 63 99 16 0.7 75 112 11 0.4 77 109 13 2.3 68 103 11 2.6 89 133 11 0.8 78 123 14 3.1 62 93 11 3.7 83 129 11 4.1 80 129 12 1.2 53 76 10 3.9 59 89 11 5.0 75 113 10 4.0 77 119 13 1.1 63 94 11 2.4 65 93 11 0.6 72 104 10 0.4 58 76 8 1.7 69 106 12 2.4 53 67 7 0.0 48 70 11 3.6 62 90 7 -0.8 43 60 9 3.0 82 130 11 3.9 72 101 10

TNT Tanker U236 MM MWW CW YG MRB REA 26 69 47 -0.30 0.26 0.92 25 59 39 -0.42 -0.07 1.17 24 65 50 -0.13 0.23 0.65 23 64 54 -0.21 0.16 0.95 28 59 29 -0.13 0.07 0.61 25 63 40 -0.19 0.06 0.68 25 61 41 -0.29 0.01 1.00 23 55 31 -0.44 -0.11 1.11 20 63 52 -0.35 -0.13 1.25 26 59 32 -0.48 -0.3 1.32 24 55 34 -0.36 0.09 0.90 28 65 37 -0.17 0.36 0.84 22 60 35 -0.36 0.23 0.92 30 64 35 -0.08 0.05 0.47 25 70 52 -0.19 0.38 1.03 22 61 44 -0.37 0.06 1.02 21 52 30 -0.23 0.08 0.73 24 65 52 -0.25 0.22 1.01 27 69 53 -0.28 -0.09 0.94 24 50 17 -0.29 0.26 0.67 23 53 29 -0.25 0.23 0.79 18 55 44 -0.19 0.32 0.76 22 60 46 -0.30 -0.11 1.04 26 57 28 -0.24 0.37 0.71 18 50 29 -0.35 -0.06 0.91 28 64 32 -0.29 0.26 1.01 22 51 15 -0.42 0.21 0.90 21 55 35 -0.30 0.20 0.89 23 49 13 -0.34 0.11 0.68 28 52 12 -0.25 0.06 0.60 23 55 29 -0.27 -0.04 0.66 25 46 4 -0.34 0.06 0.70 24 65 51 -0.19 0.17 0.74 24 60 35 -0.33 0.22 0.88

API 125 111 122 122 99 112 110 99 104 100 114 140 135 111 142 123 110 129 103 129 121 129 103 128 110 137 118 125 107 106 96 110 123 113

TI 82 65 76 76 61 69 68 63 72 59 64 82 80 66 88 76 63 79 69 65 64 74 66 74 62 78 68 73 59 58 59 57 78 71

SCHMIG SIMMENTAL RANCH Dennis & Joanne Schmig A special thank you to everyone who purchased cattle from us this past year! 15559 473rd Ave Thyen Farms will again be a guest Stockholm, SD 57264 email: djschmig@itctel.com consignor, selling Black Angus Bulls PH: 605-676-2320 • Cell: 605-880-1893


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(Cont.) Calvo/Hall Red Angus Bull Sale — Valentine, NE Dixson Farms, Inc., Private Treaty Sale and Open House — Atwood, KS (pg. 74, 94) Double Bar D Farms Annual Bull Sale — Grenfell, SK (pg. 79) Ekstrum Simmentals Annual Bull Sale — Kimball, SD (pg. 82) Ellingson Simmentals Annual Production Sale — Rugby, ND (pgs. 43, 66) JRW Farms’ 1st Annual “Spring Round-Up” Bull Sale — Seminary, MS (pg. 39) Kappes Simmental’s Annual Production Sale — Aberdeen, SD (pgs. 110-111) Kline Simmental Ranch 2nd Annual Bull Sale — Hurdsfield, ND (pg. 72) Bulls of the Big Sky — Billings, MT (pgs. 51, 67, 84, 112) Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Simmental Show and Sale — Kearney, NE Power By Design Private Treaty Sale — Hecla, SD Dakota Classic Production Sale — Lisbon, ND Illinois Beef Expo — Springfield, IL Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale — Springfield, IL Dakota Xpress Bull and Female Sale — Mandan, ND (pgs. 32-33, 66) R&R Cattle Co.'s Annual Production Sale — Chamberlain, SD (pg. 92) Gold Bullion Group’s Annual Bull Sale — Wamego, KS (pg. 107) 41st Annual MN State Simmental Sale — Rochester, MN Hofmann Simmental’s Annual “Buy Your Way” Bull Sale — Clay Center, KS (pg. 41) Ishee Bred Simmentals Private Treaty Bid Sale — Laurel, MS (pg. 86) Mid-America Sale — Springfield, IL Sandy Acres/Pischel Simmental Bull Sale — Creighton, NE Sunset View Farms’ Family Traditions Bull Sale — Auburn, KY (pg. 88) Prochar & Triangle Stock Farm 3rd Annual Bull Sale — Glenevis, AB Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace In the Hole” Bull Sale — Turtle Lake, ND (pg. 95) Chestnut Angus Annual Bull Sale — Pipestone, MN Cow Camp Ranch Annual Spring Bull Sale — Lost Springs, KS (pgs. 68, 124-125)

MARCH 1 Flying H Genetics Spring Bull Sale — Arapahoe, NE (pg. 1) 1 Hill’s Ranch Production Sale — Stanford, MT (pgs. 84, 87) 1 Kentucky Beef Expo Simmental Sale — Louisville, KY (pg. 98) 1 Ruby Cattle Co. Performance Bull Sale, Lamoni, IA 1 Trinity Farms Generations of Excellence Sale — Ellensburg, WA (pgs. 68, 72, 84) 1 Walsh Simmental Bull Sale — Hubbard, NE 4 Doll Simmental Ranch 34th Annual Production Sale — Mandan, ND (pg. 63) 4 Houston International Simmental/Simbrah Sale — Houston, TX 5 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo-Simmental/Simbrah Open Shows — Houston, TX 5 Janssen Farms “JF Scalebuster” Bull Sale, Dunlap, IA 6 Pleasant Hill Farms March Madness Bull and Heifer Sale — Bowling Green, KY (pg. 100) 7 Eichacker Simmentals’ Annual Bull Sale — Salem, SD (pgs. 67, 113) 7 KSU’s Annual Legacy Sale — Manhattan, KS 7-16 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show — Mercedes, TX 7 Snake River Annual Bull Sale — Twin Falls, ID 8 Gonsior Simmental Production Sale — Fullerton, NE 8 Great Lakes Beef Connection — Clare, MI (pg. 78) 8 Tennessee Simmental Association’s Spring Sale/Tennessee Beef Agribition — Lebanon, TN (pg. 98) 9 WI Simmental Association’s Spring Spectacular Sale — Lancaster, WI 10 Keller Broken Heart Ranch Annual Production Sale — Mandan, ND (pgs. 66, 91) 12 Lechleiter 26th Annual Bull Sale — Loma, CO (pgs. 67, 106) 13 Cattleman’s Kind Bull Sale — San Saba, TX 13 Schmig Simmental Ranch 31st Annual Production Sale — Stockholm, SD (pg.109) 14 74-51 Bull Sale, Marshall, OK (pg. 48) 14 Koester/Leland Red Angus Annual Production Sale — Sidney, MT (pg. 52) 14 Performance Tested Bull Sale at Western Illinois University — Macomb, IL 15 Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch 22nd Anniversary Annual Bull and Heifer Sale — Fort Collins, CO (pg. 121) 15 Barker Cattle Co. Bull Production Sale — Burley, ID 15 Cattlemen’s Choice Bull Sale — Fredonia, KS 15 Flying H Genetics Spring Bull Sale — Lowry City, MO (pg. 1) 15 Ohio Beef Expo/Eastern Spring Classic Sale — Columbus, OH (pg. 98) 15 Polivkas Powerline Cattle “Complete Dispersal” Sale — West Point, NE 15 Red Hill Farms 9th Annual Bull and Female Sale — Lafayette, TN (pg. 126) 18 Open Gate Ranch Sale — Simms, MT (pgs. 27, 84) 21 3C Christensen Ranch and NLC Simmental Ranch 43rd Annual Bull & Heifer Sale — Wessington, SD (pg. 60) 21 Gengenbach Cattle Company's 6th Annual Production Sale — Grant, NE (pg.114) 21 Sunflower Genetics’ Annual Sale — Maple Hill, KS (pgs. 44, 68) T 22 Back to the Basics Sale — Fountain Run, KY

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EPDs:

CE

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

9

.9 64 109 8

CE EPDs:

CE EPDs:

22

CE

54 110 70

EPDs:

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

9 1.3 73 121 9

24

61 122 78

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

11 .4 83 129 10 21

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

8 4.2 86 127 7

18

CE

62 120 81

62 111 78

CE EPDs:

EPDs:

CE EPDs:

70 136 84

17

58 117 79

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

11 2.1 79 128 8

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

13 1.4 84 127 10 28

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

9 1.5 83 115 5

CE EPDs:

24

64 125 80

BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

17 -.2 72 98 14 21

58 161 82


AD INDEX Alabama

Colorado

T-Heart Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90

Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 121

Wild, Wild West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Gibbs Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Little Mountain Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Moore Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Timberland Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Bridle Bit Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Campbell Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Lechleiter Simmentals . . . . . . . . 67, 106 Multimin USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Arkansas

National Western Stock Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70, 76, 96, 121, 124

TW Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Premium Sourced Cattle, LLC. . . . . 119

Florida Florida Simmental Association . . . . 118 Hill & Hill Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Georgia Georgia Simmental Simbrah Association . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Idaho Lanting Enterprises, LLC. . . . . . . . . . 70 Promise Land Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Illinois Allied Genetic Resources . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 33, 44, 51, 59, 60, 68, 71, 72, 73, 78, 80, 81, 86, 90, 95, 97, 99, 113, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, IBC Hopewell Views Simmentals . . . . . . . 69 Loschen Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Martin Cattle Sales, Larry . . . . . . 45, 90 Rhodes Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 116 Wildberry Farms Simmental Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 123 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 21 -4.5 87 143 11 33 76 218 117

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 18 -.6 59 92 15 24 53 143 72

Indiana Clearwater Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Iowa 102 River Ridge Cattle Co. . . . . . . . 103 Bielenberg Angus & Simmental. . . . . 71 Brink Fleckvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 10 .7 69 121 6 35 70 92 65

CE BW WW YW MCE Milk MWW $API $TI 8 2 86 126 15 26 69 162 92

Brink Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Handsaker Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . 103

Volume Discounts • Ultrasound • Delivery

HRM Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Iowa Beef Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Iowa Beef Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45, 100 Iowa Simmental Association . . . . . . . 45 Jass Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 69 Long’s Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Loonan Stock Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Nichols Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 CONTINUED ON PAGE 116

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Iowa (continued)

Diamond D Simmentals . . . . . . . . . 107

Springer Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Dikeman Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 107

VanAernam Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Dixson Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . 68, 74, 94

VWF Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Gold Bullion Group . . . . . . . . . . 68, 107 Hofmann Simmental Farm . . . . . 41, 68 Jensen Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Kansas

Kaser Brothers Simmental . . . . . . . . 68

ART-JEN Simmental Farm . . . . . . . 130

Klein Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Brooks Simmental Ranch . . . . . 68, 107 Cow Camp Ranch . . . 68, 124, 125, 129

Pelton Red Angus • SimAngus • Simmental . . . . . . . . . 80 River Creek Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 68 Rock Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . 68, 129 Sanders Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Schaake Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 SEK Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Sunflower Genetics LLC . . . . . . . 44, 68

Moser Ranch, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Kentucky

OPEN HOUSE-BULL SALE “I buy fed cattle throughout Illinois, eastern Iowa and southwestern Minnesota for several packing companies; and the calves that I buy from Rhodes Angus are consistently the top grading set of calves I will procure every year. His Angus and SimAngus™ feds really hit the mark.” Larry Dolan, President of Dolan/Ludeman Company, Peoria, IL

20 SimAngus™ and 20 Purebred Angus Bulls Being Offered

Burks Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . 100 Cowles’ Pleasant Hill Farms . . . . . . 100 DP Sales Management . . . . . . . . 88, 98 Estes Brothers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Estes Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Family Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 HTP Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo . . 98 Kentucky Proud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 March Madness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Sunset View Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 88, 96

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 12:30 PM Schedule 10:00 am – View Bulls 11:30 am – Lunch Provided 12:30 pm – Final Bidding is Decided

Louisiana Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90 Global Fleckvieh Genetics . . . . . . . 130 Rugged R Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Robinson Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 CONTINUED ON PAGE 118

GW Lucky Man 644N

GW Premium Beef 021TS

SAV Final Answer 0035

SAV Bismarck 5682

20 SimAngus™ Offerings Sired By: GW Lucky Man, GW Premium Beef, LFI Do It Again W269

20 Angus Offerings Sired By: SAV Final Answer, SAV Bismarck, Sitz New Design 458N Feel Free to contact us: Office: 217-854-5200 Cell: 217-473-5868 Email: rhodesangus@royell.org

Or Visit Us: Larry and Suzy Rhodes Anthony Rhodes 9350 Rte 108 Carlinville, IL 62626

We are located 5 miles west of Carlinville, IL, on the north side of State Highway 108. *GPS may provide inaccurate destination point.

Complete Performance and Ultrasound Information will be available by January 22, 2014. 116

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CLASSIFIEDS ◆ Purebred Black and Red Simmental, SimAngus™X, Simbrah Bulls, Semen, Embryos. 316-799-2477.

◆ It Pays to Advertise! Cost: $2.00 per word, $24.00 minimum, must be pre-paid. Copy: Must be submitted in writing, along with full payment. Count as one word each: entire address number; entire street; entire phone number; entire name. Mail your classified ad copy and your payment to: the SimTalk Classifieds, 2 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715.


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Maryland

JC Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Hook Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21

Blockbuster Cattlemen’s Group. . 74, 94

Salinas Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Oak Meadow Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Triple Z Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Ruffy Brook Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . 31 Rydeen Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Michigan

Sargeant Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Freedom Run Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Minnesota

Great Lakes Beef Connection . . . . . . 78

Clear Springs Cattle Company . . . . 101

Green Valley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Eberspacher Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47, 99, 105, 110, 117

J Bar J Ranch, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Grass-Lunning Simmentals. . . . . . . . 47

Mississippi Ishee Bred Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 86 JRW Farms, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 68 Little Creek Farm, LLC . . . . . . . . . . 130 Rockhill Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Missouri Cattle Visions. . . . . . . 16, 17, 64, 65, 90 Flying H Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90 Harriman Genetics, Bob . . . . . . . . . . 66 LMAAuctions.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Lodestar Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lucas Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 68, 108 Rotert Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

January 18, 2014

SHO-ME Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

University of Florida Bull Test Sale Greenwood, FL Over 100 Bulls on proven test site to sell.

Steaks Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC

April 11, 2014

Begger’s Diamond V . . . . . . . . . . 84, 97

Florida Simmental Association’s Annual Meeting • 6:00 PM UF Greenwood Bulltest Site, Greenwood, FL

Bulls of the Big Sky . . . . 51, 67, 84, 112

Montana

Gateway Simmental & Lucky Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84, IBC

April 12, 2014

Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90

Southeast All Black Classic • Noon UF Greenwood Bulltest Site, Greenwood, FL Offering up to 90 lots of black purebred Simmentals, Angus, and SimAngusTM Quality Cattle.

Hill’s Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 84, 87

Officers:

Miller Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

President: Ken Godfrey 4855 Arrowhead Drive Marianna, FL 32446 850.209.7919 kegodfrey12@gmail.com

Vice President: Larry Warden 3061 Hillview Lane Marianna, FL 32446 850.718.5332 lgwarden@embarqmail.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Craig Roberts 838 Maple Street Chipley, FL 32428 850.849.9314 biafarms10@yahoo.com

Koch Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Lassle Ranch Simmental. . . . . . . 73, 84 Leland Red Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . 52 Montana Simmental Association . . . . 84 Montana’s Choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Nelson Livestock Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Open Gate Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 84 ORIgen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 59, 60, 90 Peck Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 84

Visit us at

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 67, 84 Rocking L 4 Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 CONTINUED ON PAGE 120

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Montana (continued)

CRR Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Sloup Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 103

Universal Semen Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . 90

Felt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 70

State Line Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Walking 5 Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Flying H Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Swanson Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Forster Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23, 69

Trail, Katie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

GeneSeek a Neogen Company . . . . 56

Trauernicht Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . 117

J & C Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 103

Triangle J Ranch . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29, 69

Kucera Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Vogler Semen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Laaker Land & Cattle Company . . . 103

Volk Farms Incorporated . . . . . . . . . . 96

Ohlrichs & Felt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Volk Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Nebraska Alvie Bender Simmentals . . . . . . . . 103 Anderson Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 103 BADJ Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Berger’s Herdmaster . . . . . . . . . . 69, 93

Western Cattle Source . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Zeis Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

New York Hudson Pines Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

North Carolina Fred Smith Company . . . . . . . . . . . 129

North Dakota Bata Brothers Simmentals . . . . . . . . 89 Bichler/Johnson Simmentals. . . . . . . 85 Black Tie Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 C Diamond Simmentals. . . . . . . . 24, 25 Dakota Power Bull Group . . . . . . . . . 55 Dakota Xpress. . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 33, 66 Doll Simmental Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Ellingson Simmentals . . . . . . . . . 43, 66

❖ Full Fleckvieh

Hanson, Kevin & Cody . . . . . . . . 32, 33

❖ 88% of the 2013 bull sales went to repeat customers.

James Creek Simmental . . . . . . 86, 130

❖ Bull offering extremely uniform whether you need one bull or a group of bulls.

Keller Broken Heart Ranch . . . . . 66, 91

❖ All bulls will have ultrasound data.

Kenner Simmental Ranch . . . . . . 66, 75

❖ Breeding program designed to Generate for the Commercial man – Heterosis, Predictability, Offspring uniformity, Increase Payweight, and improve female ability to generate more profit.

Kline Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 72

❖ Excellent dispositions and fertility. ❖ Diluter Free to generate those black baldies ❖ Videos and pictures available on website February 13

www.brinkgenetics.com ❖ Contact us for catalog. ❖ Selling private treaty/all bulls prepriced

Brink Simmentals 23098 Gunder Rd • Elkader, IA 52043 Jerry: 563-245-2048 • Preston: 563-880-2075 jbrink@alpinecom.net

Koester Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Kunkel, Dusty & Kayla . . . . . . . . . 32, 33 M&J Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 McDonald Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Olafson Brothers Simmentals . . . 66, 89 Rust Mountain View Ranch . . . . . . . . 95 SRF Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Staigle, Wade & Merri . . . . . . . . . 32, 33 Strommen Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 43 SYS Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 TNT Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . . 66, 81 Triple H Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wilkinson Farms Simmentals . . . 24, 25

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Oklahoma 7451 Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Griswold Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ETR Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Lazy U Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Willis Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

11th Annual

Ohio Ohio Beef Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 59, 86, 106 Stock Options Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Oregon Bar CK Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . 115

Saturday April 5, 2014 • 1:00 PM

Pennsylvania Blockbuster Cattlemen’s Group. . 74, 94

“Our cows work for us; so our bulls will work for you.” South Carolina Baxley Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

South Dakota 3C Christensen Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Benda Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Benda Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Black Hills Stock Show . . . 40, 101, 113 Double J Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 37, 67 Eichacker Simmentals . . . . . . . . 67, 113 Ekstrum Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90 Hart Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Kappes Simmental . . . . . . . . . . 110, 111

Guest Consignor: since 1763

2070 Walnut Springs Rd. Blacksburg, VA 24060 info@mcdonaldfarms.com

www.McDonaldFarms.com 540-552-2520 540-230-6225 (C)

NLC Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 60 R&R Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Jim and Kim McKenzie 196 Kimberlin Rd. Rural Retreat, VA 24368 276-620-889 Member of AGR and Performance Advocate

S/M Fleckvieh Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Schmig Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . . 109 Sioux Empire Farm Show . . . . . . . . . 40 South Dakota Simmental Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Stavick Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Traxinger Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Watertown Winter Farm Show. . . . . . 40 Werning Cattle Company . . . . . . 67, 99 CONTINUED ON PAGE 126

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Tennessee

Texas

Cooper Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

7P Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

LNA Spinks Clay Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Blockbuster Cattlemen’s Group. . 74, 94

Red Hill Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Bois d’Arc Land & Cattle Co. . . . . . . . 68

Slate Farms & Cattle Company . . . . . 67

Brush Country Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Tennessee Beef Agribition. . . . . . . . . 98

Buzzard Hollow Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation . . . . . . . 86, 130 Pine Ridge Ranch . . . . . . . . . 12, 13, 66 RX Simbrah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Shipman, Jered, Auctioneer . . . . . . . 90 Smith Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Flying F Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Virginia Black Creek Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 G&B Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 McDonald Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Wehrmann Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Washington Trinity Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68, 72, 84

Wisconsin ABS Global, Inc. . . . . . 3, 19, 36, 67, 86 Accelerated Genetics . . . 7, 86, 90, IBC Genex Cooperative, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 2, 19, 44, 56, 60, 71, 72, 77, 90, 95, 116, 121, 127, IBC

Canada Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd. . 130 Circle 3 Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh . . . . . . . . . . 130 Diamond T Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Double Bar D Farms . . . . . . . . . 79, 130 Mader Ranches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Pearson Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Associations American Simmental Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC, 49, 50, 56 Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation . . . . . . . 86, 130 Georgia Simmental Simbrah Association . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Iowa Simmental Association . . . . . . . 45 Montana Simmental Association . . . . 84 South Dakota Simmental Association . . . . . . . . . 40

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Livestock Services

Cattleinmotion.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

ABS Global, Inc. . . . . . 3, 19, 36, 67, 86

Conover Auction Service . . . . . . . . . . 76

Accelerated Genetics . . . 7, 86, 90, IBC

DP Sales Management . . . . . . . . 88, 98

Allied Genetic Resources . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 33, 44, 51, 59, 60, 68, 71, 72, 73, 78, 80, 81, 86, 90, 95, 97, 99, 113, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, IBC

DVAuction . . . . . . 23, 31, 43, 46, 51, 52, 78, 79, 80, 88, 89, 92, 93, 95, 97, 113, 115, 125

Cattle Visions. . . . . . . 16, 17, 64, 65, 90

GeneSeek a Neogen Company . . . . 56

Eberspacher Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47, 99, 105, 110, 117

Genex Cooperative, Inc. . . . . . . . 2, 19, 44, 56, 71, 72, 77, 90, 95, 116, 121, 127, IBC Genex Custom Collection . . . . . . . . . 90 LiveAuctions.TV. 19, 45, 47, 57, 72, 107 LMAAuctions.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Martin Cattle Sales, Larry . . . . . . 45, 90 MCS Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Multimin USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ORIgen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 59, 60, 90 Ritchey Livestock ID . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 SEK Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 59, 86, 106 Shipman, Jered, Auctioneer . . . . . . . 90 Stock Options Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Superior Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . 59 Superior Productions. . . . . . . . . . . . IBC U.S. Premium Beef . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Universal Semen Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . 90 Vogler Semen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Zoetis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Miscellaneous ASA Performance Advocate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 122, 126 Best of the Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64, 65 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Facebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 47, 48, 117 Instagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 National Western Stock Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70, 76, 96, 121, 124 Sales Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 SimGenetics Profit Through Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC, 56 SimTalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49, 50 Sire Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Total Herd Enrollment (THE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 53, 67, 68, 69, 70 TraitTrac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 48 YouTube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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