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Bull Buyer’s Guide

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Committed to Serving You from CCA President Dave Daley

During the past six months, I have had a chance to visit with many of you at local and state meetings. I am continually impressed by your commitment to be engaged and serve the California beef community. We know that we are challenged by many issues and we realize that not all of our members agree on everything, but we have a fundamental agreement on the importance of protecting and promoting beef production on the West Coast. Most recently, I made a quick trip to northeastern California for the spring tour of the Modoc County Cattlemen’s Association in Fort Bidwell. For those of you who have never been, it is an absolutely spectacular part of California, tucked away in the far northeastern part of the state. By the time we were done with our tour with the Bureau of Land Management, we were within a couple of miles of both Nevada and Oregon. We looked at juniper control and the effect of a juniper removal project which not only enhances sage grouse habitat significantly, but has the potential to return the rancher allotments to forage production instead of an invasive juniper forest. I was lucky enough to pick up our Past CCA President Billy Flournoy as I passed his ranch in Likely. I had the best tour guide in the state. Two days after Modoc, I was in Shell Beach to attend the California Beef Council (CBC) meetings. Although we focused on entirely different issues, the use of checkoff funds rather than public lands and endangered species, I was again impressed by the breadth of the effort to educate and promote beef to California consumers. The CBC is engaged in some really creative efforts in digital marketing and outreach to reach an ever-changing and younger consumer. The traditional models are evolving quickly and our beef production system needs to be

prepared to effectively communicate and market to this rapidly changing demographic. My thanks to those producers from all sectors who serve on the Beef Council, as well as to the dedicated staff of CBC. As I have traveled the state and seen the disappearance of rangelands to houses, orchards and vineyards, the importance of public lands grazing becomes more evident. This includes the Forest Service, BLM and California State lands. Over 50 percent of California is owned by the state or federal governments. Ranchers must have access to those lands—some of them grazed by the same families for over 150 years—if the ranching legacy of this state is to continue. And, no surprise, the federal and state bureaucracy has made that option increasingly challenging. With public lands issues in mind, we are working with staff and the Public Lands Council in Washington, D.C. (our public lands voice), to create a forum for local dialogue between ranchers and agency personnel exploring challenges and opportunities. During the next couple of years, we hope to host a series of workshops around the state engaging national forests, the BLM and ranchers specific to their ecosystems. Our first workshop is scheduled for Aug. 25 in Susanville, primarily looking at issues in the Lassen, Modoc and Plumas National Forest. Watch for details and encourage your friends and neighbors to attend. Although the travel is extensive as president, I am thoroughly enjoying my time seeing different production systems throughout California. My commitment as president is to get to every local and county meeting at least once during my term—and twice if I can! I hope to see many of you along the trail.

SERVING CALIFORNIA BEEF PRODUCERS SINCE 1917 Bolded names and businesses in editorial represent only current members of the California Cattlmen’s Association or California CattleWomen, Inc. For questions about your membership status, contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845. The California Cattleman is published monthly except July/August is combined by the California Cattlemen’s Association, 1221 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, for $20/year, or as part of the annual membership dues. All material and photos within may not be reproduced without permission from publisher. National Advertising Group: The Cattle Connection/The Powell Group, 4162-B Carmichael Ct, Montgomery, AL 36106, (334) 271-6100. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: California Cattleman, 1221 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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JULY • AUGUST 2017 Volume 100, Issue 7



BUNKHOUSE CCA needs your engagment


YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 12 CCA results at end of legislative session PROGESSIVE PRODUCER 16 Is your bull ready to breed? FROM THE SALE RING 34 2017 market outlook FROM COAST TO COAST 36 PLC on the gray wolf BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD Beef export numbers look promising


COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR Sharing your product from pasture to plate


CHIMES CCW members head to Elko for Region VI meeting


The cover of this year’s Bull Buyer’s Guide features a photograph taken by photographer Debbie Bell of Clements. The photo, taken on the Russ Ranch near Ferndale, shows the rugged type of terrain many California-bred bulls will travel this breeding season. Throughout this edition of the California Cattleman, you will find advertiserments from some of the nation’s top seedstock producers who are raising cattle that will perform for you. Whether your cattle run in the rocky foothills, the dry central coast or the high desert, California purebred breeders provide genetics second to none.


FUTURE FOCUS CCA affording YCC members new opportunities


Sept. 22 Cattle-PAC Fundraiser Harris Ranch, Coalinga

RANGELAND TRUST TALK Getting youth into the great outdoors


Sept. 23

CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT CCA recognizes future industry leaders



Parnell family shares love of industry 22 CCA recognized by legislature 30 Wiedemann family continues to roll with the punches 38 Foothill Abortion: approaching the journey’s end 46 What does $B mean for your pocketbook? 56 CCA from 1968-1977 60 Estate tax and its hit on U.S. beef producers 64 Bull buyers answer common questions 68 CCA going to bat for you at legal level 74 What do your cows eat? 86


Buyers’ Guide 126 Obituaries 132 Wedding Bells and New Arrivals 133 Advertisers Index 134

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Farm- to-Fork Festival Sacramento

101st CCA & CCW Convention The Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, Nev.

Does your local cattlemen’s association or cattlewomen’s unit have an upcoming event they would like to share with other beef and ranching enthusiasts? Please contact the CCA office to have your events listed in this publication!

EZ Angus RAnch BuLL sALE: This sale will feature 135 performance-tested bulls with complete ultrasound information, Zoetis i50K DNA results, a rigorous breeding soundness evaluation, anaplas vaccination and tested PI Negative for BVD. We offer FREE DELIVERY in California and every bull that sells is backed by the EZ Angus Breeding Guarantee! Call or text to be added to the mailing list to receive a sale book, or email The sale offering is very favorable for the $Value Indexes within the American Angus Association, where producers can make broad improvement across multiple traits balanced across the industry’s current economic benchmarks. Sale bulls in the elite 25% of the Angus breed include: • 82% for $Wean Value – the perfect index to maximize weaned pounds in your operation. • 60% for $Feedlot Value – for those looking to attract calf buyers for maximum gain. • 74% for $Grid Value – the ideal tool for anyone targeting either QG or YG premiums. • 83% for $Beef Value – the industry appealing figure that captures both growth and carcass. EZAR discovERy 6001 Sire: VAR Discovery 2240 • Born 1/1/16 Dam: VAR Blackcap 1059

CED BW WW YW Milk MA RE 10 .4 71 133 34 1.02 .70

$W $B 75.28 181.38

This Discovery son will lead off the 2017 EZ Angus Bull Sale with definite herd bull appeal. Dam of this bull was the highselling heifer from the 2011 VAR Sale and then worked in the donor program for Express and Pollard before she was acquired by EZ Angus in the 2014 EXAR Sale, where she also produced the $175,000 top-selling bred heifer. A maternal sister to this bull was also the 3rd high-selling heifer at the 2017 Bases Loaded Sale. A tremendous opportunity here on a young prospect that has the individual performance, the DNA, the breed ranking and more importantly – the LOOK.

rEfErEnCE SirES: • V A R Discovery 2240 • V A R Generation 2100 • Basin Advance 3134 • AAR Ten X 7008 SA • V A R Index 3282 • WR Journey-1X74 • Connealy Black Granite • Baldridge Waylon W34 • G A R Prophet • Basin Rainmaker 4044 • V A R Reserve 1111 • EXAR Denver 2002B

EZAR pAywEight 6022

Sire: Basin Payweight 1682 • Born 1/14/16 MGS: EXAR Upshot 0562B CED BW WW YW Milk MA RE $W $B 10 1.1 70 121 31 .91 .90 79.81 156.11

EZAR discovERy 6002

Sire: VAR Discovery 2240 • Born 1/1/16 MGS: S A V Bismarck 5682 CED BW WW YW Milk MA RE $W $B 10 -1.6 66 114 31 1.18 1.05 82.19 159.55

sale Management

John Dickinson................................... 916 806-1919 Jake Parnell ...........................................916 662-1298

Tim & Marilyn Callison..................................... Owners Chad Davis ........................................ 559 333-0362 Travis Coy......................................... 559 392-8772 Justin Schmidt ................................... 209 585-6533 Website



21984 Avenue 160

Porterville, CA 93257

sAtuRdAy, sAtuRdAy,sEptEMBER sEptEMBER22 Selling Selling 135135 Bulls: Bulls: Escalon Escalon Livestock Livestock Market, Market, Escalon, Escalon, CA,CA, 12:30 12:30 p.m.p.m.

EZAR EZAR gEnERAtion gEnERAtion 6036 6036

EZAR EZAR gEnERAtion gEnERAtion 60186018

EZAR EZAR AdvAncE AdvAncE 6027 6027

EZAR EZAR AdvAncE AdvAncE 6049 6049

EZAR EZAR JouRnEy JouRnEy 6045 6045

EZAR EZAR discovERy discovERy 6029 6029

Sire: VAR Sire:Generation VAR Generation 2100 •2100 Born •1/10/16 Born 1/10/16 Sire: Basin Sire:Advance Basin Advance 3134 •3134 Born •1/25/16 Born 1/25/16 Sire: VAR Sire:Generation VAR Generation 2100 •2100 Born •2/1/16 Born 2/1/16 MGS: CMGS: A Future C A Future Direction Direction 5321 5321 MGS: SydGen MGS: SydGen Trust 6228 Trust 6228 MGS: Summitcrest MGS: Summitcrest Complete Complete 1P55 1P55 CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B 9 .1 9 58.1 100 58 331001.00 33 .65 1.00 67.96 .65 67.96 140.59 140.59 6 1.16 631.1 103 63 341031.00 34 1.21 1.00 69.37 1.21 69.37 169.16 169.16 7 1.07 551.0 100 55 30100 .7930 .75 .79 60.75 .75 60.75 154.68 154.68

• Born •2/16/16 Sire: WR Sire: Journey-1X74 WR Journey-1X74 Born 2/16/16 Sire: VAR Sire:Discovery VAR Discovery 2240 •2240 Born •1/26/16 Born 1/26/16 Sire: Basin Sire:Advance Basin Advance 3134 •3134 Born •2/19/16 Born 2/19/16 MGS: EXAR MGS:Upshot EXAR Upshot 0562B 0562B MGS: GMGS: A R Ultimate G A R Ultimate MGS: EXAR MGS:Denver EXAR Denver 2002B 2002B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B 11 0 11 550 107 55 27107 .9027 .47 .90 64.15 .47 64.15 144.17 144.17 10 .510 61.5 105 61 33105 .7733 1.02 .77 76.69 1.02 76.69 162.78 162.78 9 1.59 631.5 104 63 30104 .7630 1.03 .76 61.99 1.03 61.99 154.54 154.54

EZAR EZAR gEnERAtion gEnERAtion 6J08 6J08 EZAR EZAR gEnERAtion gEnERAtion 6F69 6F69

EZAR EZAR tEntEn X 6J63 X 6J63

Sire: VAR Sire:Generation VAR Generation 2100 •2100 Born •4/1/16 Born 4/1/16 • Born Sire: AAR Sire:Ten AAR X 7008 Ten XSA 7008 SA •4/11/16 Born 4/11/16 Sire: VAR Sire:Generation VAR Generation 2100 •2100 Born •3/23/16 Born 3/23/16 MGS: Summitcrest MGS: Summitcrest Complete Complete 1P55 1P55 MGS: Connealy MGS: Connealy Consensus Consensus 7229 7229 MGS: Summitcrest MGS: Summitcrest Complete Complete 1P55 1P55 CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W $B $B CED BW CEDWW BW YW WW Milk YW MA Milk RE MA RE $W $W$B $B 6 1.56 581.5 112 58 25112 .9325 .82 .93 62.23 .82 62.23 153.71 153.71 8 1.18 641.1 115 64 35115 .6835 1.23 .68 67.52 1.23 67.52 158.84 158.84 5 0.95 710.9 114 71 37114 .7737 1.30 .77 87.58 1.30 87.58 159.49 159.49



Follow Follow us onusFacebook on Facebook to find to out findmore out more the EZ theAngus EZ Angus Ranch Ranch Inaugural Inaugural Female Female Sale Sale scheduled scheduled for Mon., for Mon., October October 15, 2018, 15, 2018, at theatranch the ranch near near Porterville, Porterville, Calif.Calif. July • August 2017 California Cattleman 7

BUNKHOUSE Be Engaged, Get Involved

cca works around the clock but needs your support by CCA Vice President of Government Affairs Justin Oldfield As a member of CCA, you empower your voice to be heard in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., collectively through the organization every day. You have a fulltime staff working for you to stay on top of issues impacting the cattle industry and to engage in both legislative and regulatory arenas where necessary. This is certainly a benefit of being a member of CCA. That said, you still have some work to do. Nothing is more powerful than engaging directly with your elected officials both in the California legislature and in Congress. Your participation in the legislative process strengthens CCA’s day-to-day lobbying efforts. This was made apparent as recent as June 1, when several controversial bills failed the house of origin deadline and without a two-thirds majority vote, will be ineligible to be heard later this year. All bills that begin in the Assembly must be in the Senate (and vice versa) by midnight on June 2. Specifically, AB 975 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) was one of several bills that missed the house of origin deadline. AB 975, staunchly opposed by CCA and a diverse group of business, agricultural and property rights stakeholders, did not receive the necessary 41 votes in the Assembly to advance to the Senate. AB 975 sought to expand the characteristics for what rivers are eligible to be listed as wild and scenic under state law and to increase current and future designated protection areas to include all land within a quarter mile

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of each side of a designated segment of a river. As drafted, the bill was a significant threat to California farmers and ranchers. CCA and the coalition opposed to the bill worked JUSTIN OLDFIELD diligently to prevent the author from garnering 41 votes to move the bill. Once the author realized she would not be able to overcome the opposition, AB 975 was moved to the inactive file. The bill’s inability to garner 41 votes now means it will be virtually impossible to garner 54 votes to be eligible to be heard again this year. Although CCA staff spent a significant amount of time talking directly with legislators and staff, your response to the two action alerts that were sent out just prior to the vote was very effective in helping to secure several key votes that ultimately helped lead to the bill’s demise. Even if you differ with your elected representative in your political affiliation, it’s important to not assume what their position will be on any given issue and to engage. Reaching out to your legislators just prior to a vote can sometimes feel like your voice is being heard only at the last minute. But, just prior to a vote is actually the best time to reach out. Your legislators are focusing on the bill at hand and are receiving pressure from organizations like CCA. Your voice and action keeps the pressure on and active engagement until the very end can greatly influence your legislator to vote your way. When you receive an action alert from CCA, please respond even if doesn’t seem like a priority at the time. If you are not receiving action alerts, contact Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office to be put on CCA’s Legislative Bulletin and e-mail list. You can always count on CCA to go to bat for you every day. CCA is a grassroots organization and you empower our strength. Please help CCA to help you when addressing legislative and regulatory challenges by engaging directly with your elected leaders when called upon. Remember, just like your CCA staff, your elected representatives work for you.

THInk AbouT IT .... In what business would you make decisions that will financially impact your family and your business for the next 30 years without having an adequate amount of information? If you haven’t been buying feed efficiency tested bulls you’re doing it in the cattle business! Chances are you’ve only been exposed to half the profit equation, as most bull sellers provide you data reflecting output – but what about the input? Think about it this way – you wouldn’t buy a pickup to pull your trailer that only got 6 miles to the gallon if you could buy one that looked the same, performed the same, cost relatively the same and got 15 miles to the gallon would you? You might be making that type of mistake when you buy bulls!

a b s o lu t e

Powerful sons sell

THE BULL for the Western environment. Bigtime calving ease-to-growth spread, outstanding carcass merit, documented feed efficiency and moderate milk – all in one package.

After a decade of feed efficiency testing every bull we’ve sold at Byrd Cattle Company, we know there can be substantial differences in the amount of feed each bull consumes – even when they’re gaining the same amount of weight. Some of the most popular “mainstream” Angus genetics of today will only convert at 10:1 – meaning they need to consume 40 pounds of feed to gain 4 pounds. BCC genetics will convert substantially better, as we work with a genetic base that includes bulls that have been tested to convert better than 4:1 – or less than 16 pounds of feed needed to gain 4 pounds. That’s a difference that adds up in a hurry when you have a pen lot on feed!

TCA v i s i o n a ry

His sons sell

The #1 proven, feed efficiency bull in the Angus breed, who still hits all the other economically important targets.

The largest detriment to profitability for beef producers today is the cost of feed, accounting for almost 70% of the total cost of maintaining a cow. In keeping with our goal of making our customers more profitable, 2017 is our 11th year of testing every Angus bull for Residual Feed Intake (RFI) and in that time we’ve built one of the largest privately-owned databases of efficiency information in America. Today, we have customers with multiple generations of BCC genetics selling more pounds of calf than ever before and doing it with considerably less feed. At BCC, our only business is the purebred cattle business. We concentrate on problem-free, low maintenance cattle that won’t cost money – they’ll make it. Year after year, our customers’ calves top video, auction market and purebred sales from coast to coast and border to border.

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His first sons sell

This $50,000 sire ranks at the top of the breed for numerous traits. He’s tough to beat for calving ease, marbling, muscle, growth and feed efficiency.

call or email to be added to our mailing list Dan - 530-736-8470 Ty - 530-200-4054

Our valued customers have access to the network of feeders, marketing cooperatives and other breeders who want cattle with BCC blood behind them. You don’t just buy a bull here – you buy a part of our program – and the added value and buyer confidence we have worked hard to establish for almost 40 years. Again in 2017, we have placed a significant portion of our loyal customers’ calves, and would like to work for you too.

If you’re interested in genetics to make your business sustainable for the future, plan to join us septeMber 1!

17th annual byrd Cattle Company

‘It’s all about the genetics’ Angus bull Sale

Friday, September 1 – 3:30 p.m.

At the ranch, los molinos, california

for more on the bulls, visit

125 Angus Bulls Sell – Zoetis i50K tested with Residual Feed Intake (RFI), Dry Matter Intake (DMI) and Average Daily Gain (ADG) Data.

P.o. box 713, Red bluff, CA 96080

our Famous bCC Dinner and Party will Follow the Sale

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Zone 2 - Peach

Zone 1 - Yellow


Zone 3 - Light Blue Shasta-Trinity Plumas-Sierra Tehama Butte Glenn-Colusa Yuba-Sutter Tahoe (Placer-Nevada) Yolo



Humboldt-Del Norte Mendocino-Lake Sonoma-Marin Napa-Solano

Siskiyou Modoc Lassen Fall River-Big Valley

Zone 4 - Pink

San Mateo-San Francisco Santa Cruz Santa Clara Contra Costa-Alameda

Zone 5 - Green

Zone 6 - Purple

Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Calaveras

Merced-Mariposa Madera Fresno-Kings

San Joaquin-Stanislaus


Zone 7 - Tan

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Zone 8 - Turquoise Santa Barbara Tulare Kern Inyo-Mono-Alpine High Desert

Monterey San Benito San Luis Obispo

Zone 9 - Orange Southern California San Diego-Imperial Ventura

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CCA committee leadership POLICY COMMITTEES AG & FOOD POLICY Chair: Jack Lavers Vice Chair: Ramsay Wood

CATTLE HEALTH & WELL BEING Chair: Tom Talbot, DVM Vice Chair: A.E. “Bud” Sloan, DVM


CATTLE MARKETING Chair: Col. Jake Parnell Vice Chair: Holly Foster

FEDERAL LANDS Chair: Mike Byrne Vice Chair: Buck Parks


PROPERTY RIGHTS & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Chair: Adam Cline Vice Chair: Clayton Koopmann

2017 CCA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Dave Daley

Zone Director 5 Gib Gianandrea

First Vice President Mark Lacey

Zone Director 6 Bob Erickson

Second Vice President Mike Williams

Zone Director 7 Anthony Stornetta • (805) 823-4245 • (805) 391-0044

Second Vice President Pat Kirby

Zone Director 8 John Hammon • (209) 604-3719 • (559) 623-1538

Second Vice President Mike Miller

Zone Director 9 Bud Sloan • (408) 929-8425 • (805) 340-0693

Treasurer Rob von der Lieth

Feeder Council Member Paul Cameron • (530) 521-3826 • (760) 784-1309 • (916) 769-1153

Feeder Council Chairman Mike Smith • (559) 301-0076

Feeder Council Vice Chair Trevor Freitas • (559) 805-5431

Zone Director 1 Ramsey Wood • (530) 680-8985 • (209) 256-3782 • (209) 652-3536

Feeder Council Member Jesse Larios •(760) 455-3888

At Large Appointee Myron Openshaw •(530) 521-0099

At Large Appointee Mark Nelson •(916) 849-5558

At Large Appointee Rob Frost

Zone Director 3 Wally Roney

At Large Appointee Darrel Sweet

Zone Director 4 Mike Bettencourt

At Large Appointee Jerry Hemsted •(530) 519-3608 • (209) 499-0794 •(760) 427-6906

Zone Director 2 Hugo Klopper • (707) 498-7810

CCA affiliate leadership •(805) 377-2231 • (209) 601-4074 • (530) 949-6294

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CALIFORNIA BEEF CATTLE IMPROVMENT ASSOCIATION President: Cheryl Lafranchi Vice President: Rita McPhee Secretary: Celeste Settrini

YOUNG CATTLEMEN’S COMMITTEE Chair: Rebecca Swanson Vice Chair: Steven Pozzi Secretary: Rebecca Barnett Publicity Chair: Melissa Hardy

For more information about CCA’s Board of Directors or commiittees, please contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845.


clM RepReSentativeS Jake Parnell .............................. 916-662-1298 George Gookin .......................209-482-1648 Mark Fischer ............................209-768-6522 Rex Whittle.............................. 209-996-6994 Kris Gudel ................................. 916-208-7258 Joe Gates ..................................707-694-3063 Abel Jimenez ........................... 209-401-2515 Jason Dailey .............................916-439-7761

Sale eveRy wedneSday Butcher Cows .......................................8:30 a.m. Pairs/Bred Cows .............................. 11:30 a.m. Feeder Cattle ........................................... 12 p.m.

auction MaRket Address ...12495 Stockton Blvd., Galt, CA Office...........................................209-745-1515 Fax ............................................... 209-745-1582 Website/Market Report Web Broadcast

weSteRn video MaRket Call to Consign: Aug. 7-8, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Special Sale Schedule Wednesday, JUly 19

Special Feeder Sale, 12 p.m.

satUrday, JUly 29

Annual Bred Cow & Pair Sale, 11 a.m. Featuring 800 Bred Heifers and Cows, including 5 loads of foothill- and anaplas-exposed bred heifers, 4 loads foothill-exposed 2nd calvers, plus many more consignments on sale day.

Wednesday, aUgUst 16 Special Feeder Sale, 12 p.m.

satUrday, sePteMBer 9

Arellano Bravo Production Sale, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, sePteMBer 13 Special Feeder Sale, 12 p.m.

tUesday, sePteMBer 19

Thomas Angus Ranch Bull Sale, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, sePteMBer 27 Special Feeder Sale, 12 p.m.

If you can't make the sales, be sure to register and bid live on THD ©

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CCA outlines results of legislative efforts The California legislature has completed the first half of this year’s legislative session with the passing of the house of origin deadline on June 2. All bills that began in the Assembly must have been in the Senate and all bills that originate in the Senate must have been in the Assembly by midnight on June 2, or, without a two-thirds majority vote and a waiver of the house rules, would be ineligible to be heard for the remaining part of this year’s session. The Senate and the Assembly adjourned late in the night on June 1, leaving several controversial bills behind. AB 975 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) was one of several bills that missed the house of origin deadline. AB 975, strongly opposed by CCA and a diverse group of business, agricultural and property rights stakeholders, did not receive the necessary 41 votes in the Assembly to advance to the Senate. AB 975 sought to expand the characteristics for what rivers are eligible to be listed as wild and scenic under state law and to increase current and future designated protection areas to include all land within one-fourth of a mile of each side of a designated segment of a river. As drafted, the bill was a significant threat to California farmers and ranchers. CCA and the coalition opposed to the bill worked diligently to prevent the author from garnering 41 votes to move the bill. Once the author realized she would not be able to overcome the opposition, AB 975 was moved to the inactive file. The bill’s inability to garner 41 votes now means it will be virtually impossible to garner 54 votes later to be eligible to be heard again this year, which means it’s effectively dead.

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Legislation sponsored by CCA and introduced in the Assembly successfully moved to the Senate. Specifically, AB 589 by Assemblymember Bigelow (R-O’Neals) - CCA’s bill addressing SB 88 – passed out of the Assembly on May 31 with a 76-to-0 vote. The bill seeks to establish a course taught by the University of California Cooperative Extension that would allow course participants to self-certify a measuring device and avoid costs associated with consulting a professional engineer or approved contractor. AB 589 is an important bill that will not only help address compliance costs but also provide a legislative vehicle moving forward to address further complications with the implementation of SB 88. Furthermore, AB 243 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), which puts in place the framework to form a California Beef Commission (Commission), also passed out of the Assembly and is now awaiting a hearing by the Senate Agriculture Committee. AB 243 implements a resolution adopted unanimously by CCA’s Board of Directors that directed staff to work with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to increase the Beef Checkoff by an additional $1.00 under two conditions: (1) the additional dollar must be used exclusively to benefit California ranchers, and (2) the additional dollar must be refundable. AB 243 will accomplish both objectives. AB 243 will NOT increase the checkoff in California. If signed by the governor, AB 243 only provides ranchers the opportunity, through the referendum process, to vote on creating and funding a Commission. Every California rancher will ultimately have a vote on whether or not to create and fund the Commission. The bill also ensures the additional $1.00 assessment, if approved by a vote of the state’s producers, will be fully refundable without prejudice. More information about the proposed Commission and a detailed frequently asked questions document outlining the provisions of AB 243 are available on the CCA website under the legislative watch section of the political action tab. CCA was also successful in holding SB 726 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) which sought to impose a California-only estate tax and AB 8 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) which would have provided discretion to the Department of Fish and Wildlife when issuing depredation permits to take mountain lions in their respective policy committees earlier this year.

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identifying breeding injuries in bulls by Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT, DABVP, assistant professor of clinical livestock reproduction, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine Breeding bulls are an integral component of any cowcalf operation. Optimizing their reproductive health is essential for the current breeding season and future genetic improvement of the herd. Bulls are constantly threatened with potential infectious disease, dominance challenges from other bulls and injuries sustained during breeding. While many of these conditions are beyond your control, there are some that can be prevented. For others, early detection is the key to improving the prognosis for returning to breeding. For this discussion let’s focus on a few specific conditions you can recognize before, during or after the breeding season. Early Detection of Reproductive Issues The season should begin with a breeding soundness examination by your veterinarian. All bulls, new and old, should undergo an exam at least once yearly to ensure their breeding potential. This includes a comprehensive reproductive exam involving a physical assessment of their scrotum, penis/prepuce and semen collection and evaluation. Depending on your herd health management plan, this may also include vaccinations, mineral supplements and testing for economically important

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diseases such as trichomonosis. Conditions to identify before the breeding season: Persistent Frenulum – An attachment between the penis and the prepuce, which can vary in severity. While this can be normal at birth, any attachment should be gone once the bull has gone through puberty. If this is present at a breeding soundness exam, the bull should not be used for breeding as this can be a heritable condition. Penile Warts What it is – Masses along the penis that are caused by a virus, bovine papilloma virus. These are potentially contagious and can interfere with breeding. This is typically a problem in younger bulls and rarely affects older bulls. How to identify it – You will see a small, irregular nodule or nodules along the penis. If it is large the bull may not be able to extend his penis out of the prepuce, or you may notice bleeding during a breeding soundness exam or breeding. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 Identifying Injuries During the Breeding Season Begin the breeding season with your bulls in adequate body condition. Bulls during the breeding season are working and can be expected to lose some condition each year. Starting with a 6 to 9 body condition score will allow some loss of condition without an effect on overall health, and limits over-conditioning that can affect sperm production and quality. Maintaining muscle strength will help to prevent leg injuries, foot injuries and hip trauma. Once bulls are turned in with cows or heifers they should be visually assessed daily for any health related issues. Even if a close-up inspection is not possible they can often be adequately observed from a distance using binoculars or a telephoto lens. This is critical to both the early detection of trauma and being able to confidently put a timeframe on the injury (you will know it occurred since your last visual). With this information you can work with your veterinarian to determine treatment options and a realistic prognosis for returning to breeding this season. Conditions to identify during the breeding period: Penile Hematoma (“broken penis”) What it is – One of the most serious injuries a bull can sustain during breeding. This occurs when a bull is mounting a cow and, instead of entering the vulva, thrusts his penis against her hind legs or hip. The penis bends and ruptures, leading to significant bleeding outside of the penis and the formation of a hematoma (under the skin and tissue of the prepuce). How to identify it – You typically won’t see the injury occur, but will immediately see a large, well-demarcated swelling between the bull’s scrotum and the prepuce. The bull will not be able to breed cows.



Preputial (Sheath) Prolapse What it is – The prepuce protects the bull’s penis when it is not erect or breeding cows. It can be injured from direct trauma (often by stepping on it) or through a breeding injury. Either way, the consequences are the same. This is more common in bos indicus-influenced breeds with a more pendulous prepuce (Brahman, Brangus, etc.) than bos taurus breeds. How to identify it – Variable signs. Swelling occurs quickly as it is the lowest part of a bull’s abdomen, and subsequent tissue infection can lead to scar tissue formation. The penis is trapped inside the prepuce, and breeding is not possible. Scrotum Abnormalities What it is – The scrotum, which protects the testicles and epididymi, can become swollen for a variety of reasons. Testicular or epididymal infection, abscesses, intestinal hernias or even an increased amount of abdominal fluid can lead to scrotal enlargement and affect normal sperm production. Wounds or skin infections can also affect the ability of the scrotum to function properly. How to identify it – Any sudden change in the size or shape of the scrotum is concerning. A change in the color, thickness or contour of the scrotum should also be investigated further. Managing and treating breeding injuries can be difficult depending on the individual bull and the injury sustained, but early detection will give you the most options. This is an economic decision that should be discussed between you and your veterinarian. Depending on the value of the bull and the severity of the injury, replacing the bull may prove to be the most economically justifiable course of action. 18 California Cattleman July • August 2017




Keeping Your Herd STD Free Trichomoniasis, or trich, is a costly sexually transmitted disease that can quickly spread during breeding season. There is currently no approved treatment for trich, and with such a volatile beef market, it’s a disease beef producers can’t afford to ignore. Trich can reduce a calf crop by nearly 50 percent due to early embyronic loss or abortion;1 it can also delay conception causing lighter weaning weights and infected cattle to be culled and replaced, thereby losing the herd’s genetic improvement.

Is your herd at risk for trich? With the implementation of many state regulations, such as mandatory trich testing and reporting, producers

“With our common grazing situation, trich can gain a foothold.” – Dr. Rod Ferry, DVM Lakeview Animal Hospital, with clients in OR, CA and NV

have the ability to know now, more than ever, if their herd is at high risk for the disease. “Knowing the trich status of your bull herd is essential, especially in

of the disease. Female cows are also potential carriers. While they tend to not be lifelong carriers, it’s important to test your female cows too. Be sure to report any positive trich cases to your state’s animal health agency.


trich-prone areas,” said Dr. John Davidson, senior professional services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim. “Disease surveillance is the best method to detect the presence of the venereal pathogen in the herd. Ideally, trich tests should be performed during the bull breeding soundness examination before turnout and after breeding is complete.” Ranchers with little to no understanding of trich are 3.3 times more likely to have an infected bull.2 Visit to up your knowledge of the disease and to find your state’s regulations.

You’ve got trich…now what?


Test your herd: If one case of trich is found on your herd, test all the other bulls. Any bulls that are found positive should be culled. Trich is a lifelong infection and bulls are carriers

Keep accurate records: While it can be a daunting task, record keeping is your friend. Ear tags and other identification systems are helpful to keep track of the location of bulls and cows that may be in multiple breeding pastures.


Vaccinate: “If the risk is high enough, it’s worth the expense to vaccinate,” said Dr. Ferry. While there is no approved treatment for trich, there is currently only one vaccine available that has been proven to reduce the shedding of Tritrichomonas foetus, the diseasecausing organism – TrichGuard.® Reproductive health of the herd shouldn’t be an avoided conversation. Talk to your veterinarian or your Boehringer Ingelheim rep about keeping this disease off your ranch.

References: 1 Rae DO. Impact of Trichomoniasis on the cow-calf producer’s profitability. J Am Vet Med A550C, 1989;194:6. 2 Rae DO. Crews JE. Greiner EC. Donovan GA. Epidemiology of Tritrichomonas foetus in beef bull populations in Florida. Theriogenology. 2004;61:605—618. TrichGuard is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. ©2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. BOV-0469-REPR0617

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Amid business and politics, ranching and family remain the ties that bind by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen


sk nearly any young cowboy whom they want to be like when they grow up and you will probably hear one of two responses – dad or grandpa. To many longtime members of the California Cattlemen’s Association, the name Col. Jack Parnell is one they know and respect. For the newer generation of CCA members, Jack’s grandson Col. Jake Parnell, Sacramento, may be a more familiar name. Regardless, to know any of the Parnells is to be sure of one thing – their love of cattle and agriculture run as deep as their love of family. Jack Parnell is a California-raised rancher, businessman, politician and a family man. Simply saying his talents and career endeavors are diverse would be an understatement. Those who worked in the auction business with Jack also know him to be one of the greatest purebred auctioneers to grace the auction block; though his auction career may not have had the longevity he had originally hoped for. In his early cattle marketing career, Jack says he worked with some of the greatest in the business. Legends like Ham James, Paul Good and Ray Sims were some of his mentors. Early in his auction career, he said he worked second or third string to some of the best but went on to sell more than 150 seedstock production sales every year, primarily in the Angus business. The production sale trail is a busy one and for a cattleman and horseman like Jack, there was still a full-scale ranch – as well as banking, golf course and restaurant businesses – to run at home while he was on the road. “The thing about family businesses is that they 22 California Cattleman July • August 2017

really do depend on the whole family,” Jack said. “I loved my career as an auctioneer but it wouldn’t have been nearly as pleasant without the ranch and family there to come home to.” After working for the Pacific Stockman and Stockman Weekly in the 1960s, Jack’s cattle marketing career led him to the publishing business when then CCA Executive Secretary J. Edgar Dick approached him in 1965 for advice about improving the quality of the CCA magazine, the California Cattleman, Jack assured Dick he was the man for the job and for the next seven years, he published this monthly publication. After moving on from the magazine to focus on his auction career and myriad of other businesses, Jack kept in close contact with his friends and colleagues at CCA but says he was surprised when a couple of cattlemen and longtime CCA Executive Secretary Bill Staiger paid him a visit at the Parnell family’s Headquarters House Restaurant in Auburn. “Bill was a good friend but I was certainly caught off guard when he showed up and asked me to consider throwing my hat in the ring to become California’s Secretary of Agriculture,” Parnell said. “I asked him, ‘What in the heck would I want to do that for?’” Auctioneering, Jack said, was one of his greatest loves and he would have been perfectly happy continuing in that career forever. “They were unquestionably the greatest times in my life. I don’t remember a time when I was happier in a line of work,” Jack said. After Jack and his wife Susan (now deceased) reflected on all the blessings California agriculture had brought to their family, lending his time and talents to

the department for a few years was the least he could do, he said. Little did he realize that his stint in public service wouldn’t be as short-lived as he had anticipated. Jack Parnell served as deputy secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 1983 to 1984, director of the California Department of Fish and Game from 1984 to 1987 and became CDFA Secretary in 1987. After President George H.W. Bush’s election in 1989, Jack received a call to service that would thrust him even further into the public spotlight and take him away from home. As he debated his options, Gov. Col. Jack Parnell during his tenure as California Cattleman George Deukmejian’s encouragement to become the publisher (left) and while serving as USDA Deputy U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Secretary (right). helped him make the final decision, Jack said. Jack gives a great deal of credit to his son, Jack Randall (Randy) – who is also an auctioneer – and his wife Julianne for helping run the family operation while he was away as well as his other children Lon and Jill who helped with the other businesses. “Living in a condominium in Washington, D.C., was about as out of place as I could get from living on a ranch my entire life,” Jack said. With their children and grandchildren right on or near the ranch, being away was difficult, but the opportunity to serve the nation was one that Jack said he took very seriously. “Our grandchildren were growing and it was very hard to not be there with them day-in and day-out,” Jack said. “I had some very good experiences but when the time came, I was eager to return home.” During his tenure with the government, Jack served for a time as the acting USDA Secretary and while at the USDA worked not just to enhance, promote and protect agriculture as most people know it, but also on a much broader level. In the early 1990s, Jack worked on bio-terrorism and nuclear warfare strategies Jack C. Parnell while serving at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. that were of extreme importance to the department of agriculture and to the first President Bush’s administration. Comparing the problems in government then to the issues we are seeing in the world today, Jack says the issues are definitely magnified today and the world is a tumultuous place to live but we also have greater access to government information that the country didn’t have 30 years ago because of the Internet and mass media. “There is no doubt the world is a different place and that the country needs to unify. In order for the country to get back on track, we need lawmakers who are willing to be in it for the long haul because Col. Randy Parnell and Col. Jake Parnell on ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 it is going to be a bumpy ride that will take a lot of determination and some time to sort out,” Jack said. “Being in politics is a hard line of work,” he said. “It is easy to sit back and criticize, but the men and women who serve in government have a very difficult job. Not that we shouldn’t criticize because it is our government as well, but until you’ve seen it first hand, you have no idea how hard the job really is.” From the outside looking in, Jack must have made his stint in politics look intriguing, because Randy’s son Jake sought early on to be a lobbyist and worked for a brief time in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office. “Every little boy wants to do what their dad and grandpa do,” Jake said. “I was no different. I was a really good baseball player and had opportunities to do more with sports but from watching my dad and grandpa, I knew agriculture was where I wanted to be and public policy is somewhere I thought I could make a difference.” While in college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Jake mentioned to his dad that he wanted to attend an auctioneering school. Without missing a beat, Randy paid the money and Jake was enrolled at Col. Max Olvera’s World Championship School of Auctioneering in Bakersfield. Randy said it was an investment well made, though it may have taken some time to manifest itself. “Of course it makes a parent proud when their child takes an interest in what they do for a living,” Randy said. “Jake has always been good at anything he’s set out to do so I was excited for him to learn about auctioneering too.” “I didn’t know if it was something I really wanted to do, but my dad was really good at it and my grandpa was really good at it, so I wanted to at least give it a shot,” Jake said. “So I spent spring break of my junior year of college at auctioneering school.” “Initially I was glad I went and I sold a few charity auctions from time to time but my focus was still on working in the Capitol,” Jake explained. “It didn’t take me long in the Capitol building to realize that wasn’t the life I wanted to live.” But working in the Capitol still proved to change his life’s course, because during that time he met his future wife, Molly (Hogan) Parnell, who also worked in the Schwarzenegger administration. Jake left his job at the capitol to sell livestock feed for Cargill and admits it wasn’t his cup of tea either. But one year while at his family’s longtime bull sale, World of Bulls, in Galt, someone approached him about managing Cattlemen’s Livestock Market for owner Frank “Butch” Loretz. “At first I questioned the idea. I mean, my dad and my grandpa were the really good auctioneers. But cattle and being ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 24 California Cattleman July • August 2017

Randy, Jack and Julianne Parnell.

Jake and Randy working a sale together.

Randy, Luke and Jake at an auction event.

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“I like the people I work around and the art of this business. We do business with a handshake, through word of mouth, where honesty and integrity really matter.”

where honesty and integrity really matter.” That’s not to say that running an auction yard is easy. Jake said it is a stressful job because his clients are also people he cares deeply about. “I take very personally the job of selling a client’s cattle or selling cattle to a client,” Jake said. “This is their livelihood and CLM plays a big role in their success.” Now that he has found his inborn passion for cattle marketing, Jake says he would one day like to own his own auction yard if the opportunity presents itself because at the end of the day, his love of the business, the flexibility for his family and his childrens’ exposure to cattle production make it a perfect fit. “I love seeing my kids get dirty and knowing that they will have the same kinds of memories with me that I had with my dad and grandpa,” he said. “If there is anything I want my kids to take away from my career or Molly’s career, it is that honesty and hard work matter and that you can’t truly be a success without either of those.” Though politics run in the Parnell family, Molly has also found a place in the political arena. Named one of Sacramento’s most influential women in 2016, Molly owns Golden State Strategy Group, a political strategy and fundraising company specializing in political fundraising programs nationwide. She is also the former chief financial officer for the California Republican Party. Though Molly was raised far from a rural upbringing, she and Jake are aiming to give their children all the exposure to agriculture that they can. “For the first year I knew her, every time I went

outdoors and being around cattlemen was what really made me happy, so it just made sense,” Jake said. Jake has managed CLM since 2007 and from the people he works with to seeing his own kids being raised in a down-to-earth environment, he and Molly say they couldn’t be happier. Randy says Jake became an auctioneer in a similar manner that he himself did because it wasn’t his first career choice initially either. “My dad was No. 1 in the auction business so it was intimidating to think of following in his footsteps,” said Randy, who attended the University of California, Davis, with the ambition to become a veterinarian. “But my dad invited me to attend an auction school ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 and I took the opportunity. I sold back up for him at a lot of sales and eventually made my own way in the business. I love it now but I didn’t find the auction business, the auction business found me.” Randy says his favorite part of auctioneering is also the people. No matter what the industry, he finds he is surrounded by good people, which is what he says makes his children a success at what they do. Randy says both of his sons, Jake and Luke, are people people and that is why they thrive in their careers. Jake echoed his dad’s sentiment, saying the people he works with make him excited to go to work each day. “There aren’t many lines of work where you get to work alongside your best friends. Whether it’s the ringmen, sale staff, buyers or sellers, I like the people I work around and the art of this business. We do Jake and Molly Parnell with children Ben, Jack and Parker. business with a handshake, through word of mouth, 26 California Cattleman July • August 2017

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 to a cattle sale, she would ask me if I was going to another rodeo,” Jake laughed. “But now she can carry on an everyday conversation with ranchers and you’d never know she is a city girl from San Diego. It is just as important to her that our kids are involved in agriculture early on as it is to me. She sees the way that it benefitted me and my family and she wants that for our children as well.” Jake and Molly have a son, appropriately named Jack, and twins – a girl and a boy – Parker and Ben. Jake also works with his brother Luke and business partner John Dickinson to run Parnell-Dickinson, Inc., a full-service livestock and fundraising auction company. Luke lives in Auburn with his wife Erin and son Finnegan. He is a Cal Poly graduate and though he’s not an auctioneer, Luke also followed in his grandfather’s footsteps as a banker. Luke works as chief credit officer for Community 1st Bank in Auburn. Now parents themselves, Jake and Molly and Luke and Erin know the juggling act their parents had to perform to give them the opportunities they had when they were young. Like their own parents, they have learned how to keep multiple irons in the fire and still successfully get the job done, both at work and at home. “You do what you have to do to make it happen,” Jake said. “We are busy running businesses but we always know that our family comes first, even if it means I take my kids out to ship cattle with me or that Molly doesn’t take on a new client so she can be home with the kids at night.” Though Jack now lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, with his wife Michelle, where they raise Clydesdale horses and still work in a variety of businesses, he says nothing makes him prouder than seeing all of his children and

grandchildren getting opportunities in agriculture. Randy and Julianne also have a home in Idaho but now spend most of their time in Auburn to be near their grandchildren. “I know how important grandparents were to my kids’ upbringing so I don’t want to miss any opportunities with my grandkids,” Randy expressed. Jack said he too was raised around a grandfather who taught him to never settle, never give up and to make your way in the world and he tried to pass that advice on to his family. “My hope is that if my grandchildren and greatgrandchildren learn anything from being raised around agriculture it is the importance of working hard and being honest,” he said. “I don’t care what they do in life, but I want them to be happy and work hard...But it does make me happy to hear little Jack already working on his auctioneer chant!”

Col. Jack Parnell and his namesake Jack Parnell, with mother Molly Parnell.

Pictured (L to R): Jake, Molly, Jack, Julianne, Randy, Erin and Luke Parnell. 28 California Cattleman July • August 2017

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Lawmakers recognize CCA for 100-year anniversary by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), along with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), honored the California Cattlemen’s Association on June 12, in recognition of 100 years of contributions to the California beef industry. The pair presented a resolution to the association on the Assembly floor, accepted on behalf of the organization by John Lacey, the association’s 32nd president and Centennial Cattleman honoree. Assemblymember Bigelow addressed the Assembly floor first by sharing his personal ranching history. His family has been ranching in California since the mid 1800s, and he stressed the importance of the positive work

ranchers do in California and the helpful work CCA does on behalf of those ranchers. “The California Cattlemen’s Association has educated, advocated, and fought for a lifestyle and industry that defines my heritage. The Bigelow family has contributed to California’s beef production for four generations, and I plan on continuing that legacy for my children and grandchildren,” said Assemblyman Bigelow. “I am honored to recognize the California Cattlemen’s Association for 100 years of hard work and dedication for ranchers throughout our great state.” The California Cattlemen’s Association has been representing California ranchers and beef

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producers since 1917 and has proudly done so to help California land stewards continue producing a protein that represents the fourth top agricultural commodity in the state. “There is no question of the importance and value that the California Cattlemen’s Association and its work on the ground has contributed to the people of Imperial County,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. “I am proud to join my colleague in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of the California Cattlemen’s Association.” As Assemblymembers gathered around Lacey for a photo to commemorate the moment, phrases like “There are cattle in my district. I should be in this photo!” and “Cattle ranchers are great people!” could be heard. Lacey was recognized by CCA in December 2016 at the 100th annual convention with the Centennial Cattleman award, honoring his dedication and commitment to the California and U.S. beef community over a lifetime of leadership and achievements. “It is a great honor to accept this resolution as a cattle rancher and as a past president of CCA,” said Lacey. “The recognition is exciting for CCA and helps launch the association into its next 100 years.”

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UCCE livestock advisor Roger Ingram retires, succeeded by Macon University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) livestock and natural resources advisor Roger Ingram, Auburn, retired June 30 after 31 years of efforts to sustain the ranchers and rangelands of Nevada and Placer counties. Ingram joined Nevada County UCCE in 1986, after serving for three years as an extension agent with Texas A&M University, his alma mater. During his first seven years in Nevada County, Ingram also had a role with the 4-H Youth Development program, which he gave up in 1993 when he began working with Placer County ranchers. In 2007, Ingram also accepted the role of UCCE county director in Placer and Nevada counties. Ingram had a long career with UCCE, but the focus was constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the community. “My position has involved a lot of different jobs,” Ingram said. “That’s the strength of UC Cooperative Extension. When new issues emerge, you can shift the program.” Early on, Ingram devoted his attention to grazing management. When research began to show the benefits of low-stress livestock handling, Ingram brought in experts from around the country to provide hands-on demonstrations. Local ranchers learned that low-stress techniques were easier and safer for handlers and reduced livestock injuries, which helped the bottom line. Since maintaining profitability was a key to keeping land and ranchers in the agriculture business, Ingram worked actively on numerous programs to boost revenues. One such effort was producing niche products, like grass-fed beef, which offered the potential for higher economic return to the ranch. In time, Ingram and a consortium of growers Ingram brought together helped form High Sierra Beef to market area ranchers’ high-quality specialty meat to local restaurants, stores and families. In time, one of the board members bought the company and still operates it today. Ingram worked with community leaders to launch PlacerGrown, a branding effort to add value to local products. Later a similar program, Nevada County Grown, was established for Nevada County. Beginning farmers and ranchers and a new generation of land holders were a priority for Ingram’s educational program. In 1992, he and fellow livestock advisor Dave Pratt created the California Grazing Academy – an intensive three-day training program that has continued to provide innovative grazing information to farmers, ranchers and land management professionals

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for 25 years. To date, more than 665 individuals have attended and now manage over a million acres of rangeland. “At the Grazing Academy, our emphasis was on experiential learning,” Ingram said. “We spend 50 or 60 percent of the time in the field, working with cattle, designing fences, drought planning and studying ecology.” When the similar need among goat producers became apparent, Ingram launched the California Browsing Academy in 2003. This later became the California Multi-Species Academy as interest in sheep production grew in the foothills. Modeled on the grazing academy, the multi-species academy also had an emphasis on experiential learning to reinforce classroom instruction. Ingram became more focused on soil health in range and irrigated pasture later in his career. He said soil health is an area where more research is needed to understand the grazing management principles that will improve the soil and provide ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration. Ingram’s contributions to supporting small-scale ranchers was recognized when he was presented with the Pedro Ilic Award for Outstanding Educator in 2013. The award is named for a Fresno County small farm advisor whose untimely death in 1994 prompted the small farm program to annually honor those who carry out his legacy of personal commitment to smallscale and family farming. In 2014, Ingram received the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership from the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Dan Macon, a Placer County sheep producer who most recently served as an assistant rangeland specialist at UC Davis, will succeed Ingram as livestock and natural resources advisor in Placer and Nevada counties beginning July 1. Cindy Fake, the UCCE horticulture and small farms advisor in Placer and Nevada counties, will take on Ingram’s county director duties. The University of California has conferred on Ingram the honor of emeritus status. For the time being, he plans to stay in Placer County and will help with beginning farmer and small business planning programs. In retirement, Ingram will work with his own sheep and Border Collie sheep dogs. He will also be training to walk all or part of the 500-mile-long Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain in 2018 or 2019. He said he will take time to travel and looks forward to watching lots of major league baseball games.



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BULL SALE SEASON ON THE HORIZON by California Cattleman Advertising Representative Matt Macfarlane, M3 Marketing What a winter we had! We were blessed with a tremendous moisture and feed year throughout the state. On a recent trip over Donner, it looks like runoff is still coming strong and plenty more to come for summer water. Cattle prices remained strong for the most part throughout the spring and summer marketing events. The combination of a wet winter and strong market keeps me optimistic about the upcoming fall bull sales. Heifer retention has also increased with the increased forage and herd numbers seem to be slightly increasing. Two big headlines right now are making waves and could adjust the market. First, he offering for sale of JBS’ feeding interests in the U.S. has created a stir. “Selling these assets is central to a strategy designed to reinforce JBS’ competitive advantage in the global food industry,” according to a JBS news release. “The sale of feedyard assets will more closely align the JBS business model with key U.S. competitors and allow the company to concentrate its efforts on its core food and value-added products businesses.” If the announcement firms up the odds of JBS maintaining its beef packing plants in the U.S., the market will view it as positive. In the meantime, uncertainty increases with the fact that JBS had to liquidate Five Rivers and other assets and that there is apparently no buyer for Five Rivers lined up and ready to go right this second. Second, after much hard work and anticipation, the market for U.S. beef exported direct to mainland China has been opened and the first shipment of U.S. beef since December 2003 is on its way, courtesy of Greater Omaha Beef. The China beef market is estimated at $2.6 billion. Before the ban, 70 percent of China’s beef imports came from the United States, according to the U.S. Department

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of Agriculture. “In 2000, 4 percent of China’s population was middle class. By 2012, that was 68 percent and by 2022, they expect it to be 73 percent,” according MATT MACFARLANE to Beef Checkoff statistics. This means that the 68 percent represents 550 million people. Also according to the Checkoff, the people in China currently eat 12 pounds of beef per year (per person, on average), so if you do the math, that’s a big amount. Indeed this could be a big shot in the arm for our market. On a local note, the fall bull sale season is just around the corner. In the middle of sorting through loads of bull pictures, performance data, pedigrees and video, I am sure that if you are in need of quality bulls, there is plenty to choose from as you look through our advertiser base in this special summer issue. Western seedstock producers are some of the best in the country and California has as good of genetics as you can get. There will be plenty to choose from this fall in California, so please support those that choose to support CCA and it’s efforts in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The cattle business is forever changing, and staying on top of the issues that face us every day and battling for California cattle producers is why CCA exists. Please support them in their efforts as you are getting the benefit whether you are a member or not. I will be looking at thousands of bulls leading into fall. If you have any interest or need for bulls or females please let me know if I can help you out. I hope to see many of you along the trail this fall, please stop me to chat, or we can sit down for a tri-tip lunch!


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FROM COAST TO COAST PLC AND LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY CONTINUE TO WORKS TOWARD WOLF DELISTING from the Public Lands Council fully recovered – a conclusion As Public Lands Council (PLC) shared by USFWS when they leadership and staff travel around successfully delisted the Great Lakes the west attending state cattle and and Wyoming populations in 2012. sheep affiliate meetings, one issue However, due to overly litigious we are almost sure to hear about is environmental groups and their focus wolves. Their protected status under on keeping species listed under the the Endangered Species Act and ESA, that listing was overturned in their damaging effects on livestock federal court. are consistent hot topics wherever Earlier this year, the Wyoming western ranchers gather to discuss population was removed once issues. again from federal protection due When you start with an overly to a different court ruling. As of broad original rule protecting wolves this writing, that ruling has not in all of the lower 48 states, add a been appealed and the gray wolf series of state and region specific remains newly delisted in the State distinct population segments and of Wyoming. There is a similar case delisting efforts that have been pending in the D.C. Circuit Court upended by relentless offensive litigation, then roll in an experimental of Appeals for the remaining Great Lakes population and a verdict is populations of Mexican gray wolves expected sometime soon. Because in Arizona and New Mexico, the end result is a case study in how not to use that Great Lakes population has surpassed recovery goals by 300 the ESA. In 1978 the gray olf was classified percent, a successful delisting there could provide the necessary as an endangered population at the justification for USFWS to move species level through the contiguous forward with a broader delisting effort United States and Mexico. Wolf that includes the west coast. reintroductions followed, with Ranchers across the country Yellowstone National Park in 1995 are continuing to keep the pressure and Arizona and New Mexico’s on federal officials to finally return Mexican gray wolves in 1998. this fully recovered species to the Needless to say, as the packs have sound management of the individual thrived and become more aggressive states where they reside. Here in they have had an extremely Washington, D.C., the topic of wolf detrimental effect on ranchers’ cattle delisting is one that is never far down and sheep herds. Further east in the the to-do list of both Members of Great Lakes Region, the population Congress and groups like NCBA and now reaches into the thousands in PLC. states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Unfortunately, our financial Michigan. resources pale in comparison to the It is this Great Lakes population environmental activist groups who that forms the backbone of what constantly fund public relations the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) now considers an “essential campaigns and outreach efforts aimed at urban and suburban audiences population” and multiple studies that do not suffer from the impacts have proclaimed that population 36 California Cattleman July • August 2017

of wolf overpopulation. Using both the regulatory process and the judicial system as tools, these groups overwhelm the agencies and the court system with not only opposition to delisting gray wolves, but countless petitions to add even more new species to the endangered species list. Such petitions result in red tape, a barrage of legal paperwork and missed deadlines by government officials resulting in lawsuits by environmental activist groups. The lawsuits have led to millions of dollars spent, draining resources away from species recovery efforts and providing activists with the loophole they need to push their agenda. It is precisely because of this abuse that our industry has placed such a high priority on modernization of the Endangered Species Act. The current landscape for western livestock producers remains serious. Livestock losses for western ranchers continue to escalate, and will continue to do so until responsible management is restored. With one successful court win this year in Wyoming and another potential win pending in the Great Lakes, we are hopeful that the momentum is finally turning in our favor. In the meantime, we will continue to work with Interior Secretary Zinke as he builds out his new team at USFWS and look for opportunities to speed this process along.

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WIEDEMANN RANCH The Legacy of Adapting to Change by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead


ating back to 1967, the early history of the Wiedemann Ranch can be traced back to a small town in Northern Germany. Currently, the Wiedemann family operates a dry-land, cow-calf, suburban ranching operation in Contra Costa and Alameda counties with a 250-300 cow capacity. The family’s 3,000 acre base today is a remnant of a nearly 10,000 farming and ranching operation just 50 years ago. Jeff Wiedemann, Pleasanton, and his wife Nancy ranch in the heavily urbanized San Francisco Bay Area and their sons Clayton and Christian participate in the family ranching operations, as the fifth generation of Wiedemanns. “Our job is to make the transition from the past to the future,” Jeff Wiedemann said. “We are currently taking advantage of agricultural opportunities in this growing, urbanizing, but still productive, part of the state.” Growing up in the small town of San Ramon with a population of 100 people and working from a young age on his family’s cattle and farming operation had a lot of plusses for Jeff. “I’m sure I was more than a little naive and that the work and the community were challenging but at the time, it seemed very bucolic, wholesome and utopian,” Wiedemann said. “Looking over the fence today, I think the lifestyle still compares favorably to what goes on with our urban and suburban friends.” The riding, the cattle and working with nature were what he enjoyed most about his childhood, but as he grew up, ranching seemed obsolete in the rapidly urbanizing area as San Ramon’s population climbed to 60,000 people. However, Wiedemann soon realized that there were great opportunities and challenges to be had, and he wouldn’t be defeated. In fact, those challenges and opportunities on the horizon are what set him on his current path today. After his first year of college, he became first vice president of his local Farm Bureau chapter. He also has served as president and in various officer positions for the Contra Costa-Alameda Cattlemen’s Association for 18 years. He served as a 4-H beef leader and county fair board 38 California Cattleman July • August 2017

member as well as vice chair of a local agricultural land trust. He was also awarded Contra Costa-Alameda County Cattlemen’s Association Cattleman of the Year. Looking back over the last 50 years for his family, growth and urbanization have changed the dynamic of the ranching community in the area dramatically. “My predecessors were driven by a desire to build an agricultural business out of raw land without much infrastructure, without much regulation and even without much of a community,” Wiedemann said. “They just had a desire to grow, build and create a positive community to raise their families in.” Today, the Wiedemann family looks at growing their business differently than generations before them did. Seemingly drowned out by the disharmony of population growth and urbanization, Wiedemann says finding opportunities that complement their new environment rather than resist it is critical. “It’s not as much fun and it certainly is more hectic than it was before, but we can’t go back,” Wiedemann said. Yet, many of the positive aspects of cattle ranching that his deep family roots in ranching tie him to remain: the lifestyle and the ranching community . Wiedemann attributes his love for the industry to the influence of father and grandfather. “They taught me to work hard, but to try and work smart,” Wiedemann said. “They taught me to selflessly give back to the community and to respect other people

regardless of their circumstances. They taught me, by example, the importance of staying ahead of the pack by looking for and pursuing the future.” Likely because of their influence on him, Wiedemann enjoys the challenge of personal responsibility in ranching. He says ranching is pass or fail, depending on your own decisions and actions. He does not take lightly the responsibility of livestock well-being, marketing skills, challenges of regulations, the health of his land or maintaining a lifestyle that he can be proud of. Wiedemann says the most striking difference between now and 50 years ago, especially in the Bay Area, is how disconnected surrounding communities and neighbors are from the agricultural activities that go on around them in rural areas. “Not only do people not understand what we do, how we do it and why we do it,” Wiedemann says, “but they base their opinions on faulty, biased and harmful information derived from pop culture, biased media and agenda driven interest groups.” For Wiedemann, the beef production is pretty impressive. His family has produced cattle in three other states and can see the positive advantages in their soils, climate and seasons. His favorite memories stem from the quiet times enjoying the work and the surrounding environment on the ranch. Family wise, he was a 4-H beef leader and, for several years, the whole family packed up their show animals and headed out for the county fair. Everyone participated, they all had fun with other participants, the kids met new friends and had unusual experiences. After a week, he says they were all exhaused by the memories ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

“We are all proud of our industry. It’s like having an extended family all around the world.” – Jeff Wiedemann

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 were absolutely positive. When thinking about what it means to be a part of the beef cattle community, Wiedemann says everyone likes to be connected to something, and he enjoys being connected to the ranching community. “The beef cattle community is local, national and international. Wherever you go and whenever you find people in our industry, it’s always surprising how much we all have in common, culturally and professionally,” Wiedemann says. “We are all proud of our industry. It’s like having an extended family all around the world.” The Wiedemanns have ventured into the grass fed and locally grown markets over the last six or seven years. A byproduct of their two-year-old bred heifer marketing to other producers are some fat, well taken care of open heifers, according to Wiedemann. He says those cattle have been ideal for local marketing. He adds that the product was very well received by the public, however the processing, the trucking to cutting and wrapping facilities, the cold storage and the distribution options made the whole process only marginally profitable. Looking ahead for the beef cattle industry in California, Wiedemann says many ranchers are left scratching their heads. Given the climate and rangeland growing conditions, California will always be an attractive place to produce cattle, according to Wiedemann. He says going forward, producers may start to look differently than they do now, however. He wonders if they will be family ranchers making a living from the soil or well-heeled retirees living the good life in a pastoral setting. He also wonders if maybe even large corporate interests that can justify a vertically integrated pasture to plate structure might show up. He guesses a combination of all three will be visible, with the last profile playing a larger role as time goes on, but he and his family will do their best to keep the first one going strong. Carrying on his family’s legacy and his ranching roots means upholding the heritage, the lifestyle and the challenge and adapting to change when need be. “If we can be successful with our current business model and plans, adapt to a changing environment and enjoy a bit of luck, we should be able to grow and maintain a sustainable ranching operation by putting pieces of the puzzle in place,” Wiedemann said. This CCA member profile and more than 100 others can be found in CCA’s commemorative coffee table book, Since 1917—A Century of Family Legacies in the California Cattlemen’s Association. To get your copy of this limited edition book, contact the California Cattlemen’s Association at (916) 444-0845.

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JBS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO SELL FIVE RIVERS FEEDING Brazil's JBS S.A. announced in late June it has submitted an asset divestment program to its board of directors, in which it plans to sell Moy Park, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding and a 19.2 percent stake in Brazilian dairy company Vigor Alimentos to raise BRL6 billion ($1.82 billion). “The divestment program will reduce the company's net debt and, consequently, its financial leverage, strengthening JBS' financial structure,” the company said in a statement to investors. The world's largest beef processor added that its divestment plan considers “non-core and less strategic assets.” The $1.82 billion that JBS plans to raise by selling the assets would be in addition to $300 million from the sale of the company's beef operations in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to Minerva, announced on June 6. The divestment plan still has to be approved by the board and by shareholder BNDESPar, the investment arm of Brazil's national economic development bank BNDES. The holding company controlling JBS, J&F, signed a leniency agreement on June 5 to pay a BRL10.3 billion ($3.3 billion) fine to settle charges related to corruption and payment of bribes by its controlling shareholders to Brazilian politicians. Since then, the company's controllers have been looking for ways to raise funds in order to reduce the group's debt. JBS bought Irish poultry producer 42 California Cattleman July • August 2017

Moy Park from Marfrig Global Foods in June 2015 for $1.5 billion, as part of JBS' plans to expand business in Europe and improve geographic diversification. Five Rivers Cattle Feeding is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JBS, with combined feeding capacity of more than 980,000 head of cattle and farms located in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Idaho. The company also manages a 75,000 head capacity feed yard in Canada, according to information on its website.

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PRoducers applaud EPA’s Move to Resciend 2015 WOTUS Rule On June 27, the Environmental CCA will support the proposal Protection Agency (EPA) and to rescind the 2015 Rule. Ranchers are encouraged to file comments Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) supporting the 2015 Rule’s withdrawal, announced that they will rescind the as well, via the website 2015 Waters of the United States (search “EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203” (WOTUS) Rule, which threatened to and click the “Comment Now!” greatly extend the agencies’ regulatory jurisdiction and impose burdensome regulatory requirements upon ranchers and other landowners. The announcement comes on the heels of President Trump’s February 28 Executive Order directing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to rescind the rule and replace it with a definition of “Waters of the United States” that conforms to the more limited interpretation outlined by late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States. Rescinding the 2015 Rule is the first step in that process; once the 2015 Rule is repealed, the EPA will likely give notice of a proposed rulemaking establishing a more limited interpretation of WOTUS (CCA is working with our national affiliate, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), to advance specific language ensuring that the replacement rule is appropriately limited in scope). In the interim, the proposed rulemaking explains, the more limited pre-2015 interpretation of WOTUS will govern. Because the 2015 WOTUS Rule was stayed from implementation and enforcement by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2015 in response to numerous lawsuits (including one filed by CCA—see “Don’t Back Down,” page 74), the proposed rule would essentially codify the status quo. 44 California Cattleman July • August 2017

button). Comments are due within 30 days of the proposed rule’s publication in the Federal Register (as of press time, the rule has yet to be formally published). For more information, contact Kirk Wilbur in the CCA office.

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THE LONG ROAD TO RID CALIFORNIA BEEF PRODUCERS OF FOOTHILL ABORTION by CCA Office Administrator Jenna Chandler It happens every year before the CCA & CCW Convention. You buy your raffle ticket, cross your fingers and hope that you are the lucky one to win the Livestock Memorial Research Fund trailer or ATV. While winning a trailer is certainly exciting, the cause for the money raised is even more so, and certainly long awaited. Throughout each CCA president and officer team’s terms there has always been a “big issue” of the time; legislative, regulatory or otherwise, but one problem has persisted through almost all of them, Foothill Abortion Disease. For almost nine decades, Epizootic Bovine Abortion (EBA), more commonly known as Foothill Abortion Disease, has been a blight on the cattle industry in the West. Since the 1930s when ranchers started describing “abortion storms,” each and every calving season, it has cost the industry calves and money. The great news is, that a solution is on the horizon, and closer than it has ever been before. In those early days the nearest veterinary college was in Washington state, leaving little interest for research of cattle diseases in California. But because of such grave losses from what would eventually be labeled Foothill Abortion and a host of other diseases, livestock producers got together and pushed for change. As a result of their advocacy and legislative efforts, a veterinary school was established at the University of California, Davis. The first class, truly in existence in part because of EBA, walked into their first day of veterinary school in 1948. While the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was involved during those first years, it was on a limited basis and progress toward combatting the disease was slow. CCA did, however, make modest annual donations and important landmarks were reached. From its recognition as a unique disease in the early 1950s to the identification of the Pajaroello tick as the disease vector in the 1970s, research was headed in the right direction, albeit at a snail’s pace. Soon, though, that was all about to change. In 1985, Jeffrey Stott, Ph.D., was recruited to replace 46 California Cattleman July • August 2017

retiring professor, John Osbold, Ph.D. Since Osbold had been working on Foothill, it was somewhat assumed that Stott would continue to “carry the torch,” and “carry the torch” he has, to an absolutely astonishing degree. That same year, researcher Myra Blanchard was also hired. The pair has been tackling the foothill problem in some degree or another ever since. Again, in those early years of their tenure, progress was slow, until 1992 when the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), approached Stott and offered to pool resources. UNR had decided to liquidate their cow/calf herd and offered 20 pregnant heifers for experimentation. “This was like hitting the jackpot in research opportunities,” Blanchard said. Because of the long gestation period of cattle (one calf in nine months vs. multiple generations of mice in the same time period) and the high monetary value of cattle, they had previously only had five to eight head available for study each year and progress was painstakingly sluggish. Even investigating purposefully planned abortions resulted in a long, drawn-out schedule of: 1) infect; 2) wait four months for the abortion to occur; 3) finally get to study the aborted fetus in a flurry of activity; and 4) start all over again. But the availability of those 20 head changed that. Studies directed at those heifers and subsequent heifers made available for the next couple of years resulted in the development of a reliable source of infectious agent and ultimately the demonstration that transmission of the disease could be blocked by antibiotics. From then on, as other laboratory tests and procedures started to catch up with the needs of researchers in identifying the specific causative agent of Foothill Abortion, developments started to be made. In the late 1990s, Don King, a post-doctoral student in Stott’s lab, was able to identify the pathogen that caused the disease. Even then, it took five years of research to convince the scientific community that it was, in fact, a bacteria, as no bacteria

in this class had ever been described before. It was soon determined to be related to a strange group of soil bacteria, and some distant relative of a swine pathogen. The bacteria’s uniqueness is part of what has made a vaccine so elusive up until now, according to Stott. “It’s a wimpy bug,” he says. In fact, it doesn’t, even cause any noticeable disease process in adult animals, just the developing fetus. One of the biggest challenges has been that researchers couldn’t, and still can’t, grow the bacteria in culture, like in a Petri dish. It must be grown in special (read expensive), live, immunodeficient mice; “bubble boy” mice, as Blanchard calls them. “That’s why the vaccine is so finicky and must be handled so carefully. The bacteria lives in mouse cells and if you kill the cells, you kill the bacteria as well and the vaccine doesn’t work,” she says. But even with all of the uphill battles, history was made and the researchers succeeded in formulating a viable vaccine candidate. Although it seems like forever that producers have been waiting for a vaccine, going from identifying the pathogen to having a viable vaccine candidate in one decade truly is lighting speed for vaccine development. According to Blanchard, “the fact that it is an intracellular pathogen makes it more phenomenal. These are typically very hard to make effective vaccines for; tuberculosis and Johne’s disease […] are prime examples of how difficult it is to accomplish. Consider also that those bacteria can be grown in culture and there’s a lot more demand and money to work on those diseases compared to Foothill… and yet they still don’t have efficacious vaccines for those diseases and we do!” This is where the invaluable partnership and commitment of CCA members and the Livestock Memorial Research Fund came in. In 2009, when the experimental vaccine became a reality, researchers knew that expanded field

trials were the next step to get the solution to EBA closer to the market. With the greater contribution of CCA and the communication of the importance of the disease to lawmakers as well as state and federal departments of agriculture, the expanded field trials have become a reality. “Without CCA, it is very unlikely that we would be on the brink of providing relief to the industry in the form of a vaccine,” Blanchard says. And the field trials have been an informative adventure in themselves for researchers, local veterinarians and producers alike. Although the amount of paperwork, permits, checking, rechecking and then checking again is staggering, the proof ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 48


...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 47 is in the results and an amazing number of animals are being vaccinated. Between the initial smaller and now expanded trials, well over 25,000 animals have been vaccinated to date, with another 12,000-13,0000 more expected by the end of the year. But not surprisingly, CCA members and producers have questions about the vaccine as it gets closer to becoming more widely available. Owens Valley cattleman and Past CCA President Tom Talbot, DVM, has been involved with the vaccine development as both a veterinarian and CCA officer for decades, and when it comes to the trials, Talbot says, the number one question producers ask him about the vaccine is, understandably, “Does it work?” The great news is that the current vaccine appears to be more than 95 percent effective in preventing the infection in pregnant cows and their fetuses. Even more exciting is that it may provide lifetime immunity for the vaccinated cows, the idea being that as the vaccine protection wears, they will likely be bitten by ticks again, in essence “boostering” the vaccine naturally. And for those producers on the program, there’s no convincing needed, it HAS worked! Buck Parks, Adin, one of the first trial participants, has been on the program for 6 years. Facing substantial yearly losses in his family’s herd since the 50s, he jumped at the chance to participate and has noticed some significant changes in his herd because of it. Parks says that one of the biggest changes as a result of the foothill vaccine program is actually in his selection process. After the Foothill vaccine, he is now able to select more for quality than quantity. Knowing he would be facing twenty to thirty abortions or more each year, he found himself forced to retain more replacement heifers that he might have otherwise culled, just to ensure a certain number of successfully weaned calves. “That created a slippery slope situation for our overall herd quality. At a time when producing a quality product is what everyone tries to do, we felt like we were struggling to keep up. Now, with the help of the vaccine, we are not just seeing a better calf crop, but we are also able to be more selective about our replacement heifers,” Parks said. “Even

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though we have had foothill for years, I had no idea just how much it was affecting our herd and our bottom line until we got in this program.” While the researchers and the university are not directly involved with the marketing of a commercial vaccine, they are readily involved in the transfer of technology and are assisting the vaccine company in any way they need. The timeline will be dependent on the progress of the company as well as USDA approval and licensure of the product, but researchers and those involved with development are hopeful that a product could be on the market sometime in 2018. And it’s that historic possibility, along with such positive results, that has everyone abuzz about the vaccine. While the vaccine is exciting, Blanchard mentions that some of her favorite memories on the trial have been when whole, multi-generational families all come out to see the moment when their cattle were finally vaccinated against foothill, some even commemorating the event with a photograph. “It’s those moments we appreciate, when it goes beyond the science and becomes personal,” she says. And it’s that personal aspect, truly the people, that Talbot reminds us not to forget either. It’s the families, mothers, fathers, sisters, aunts and uncles, the tremendous losses and more importantly, the incredible hope. Talbot encourages us to remember all of those since the 1950s who have helped put the puzzle together, even if slowly and one piece at a time. It has taken a truly enormous breadth of knowledge from a huge number of dedicated people to get this far. From the entomologist who first realized that the areas affected with the disease happened to overlap with the range of the Pajaroello tick, to the researchers who suspected it was caused by a virus, to Stott and Blanchard traversing up and down the state on the trial, each of the small successes, and even the failures and rule outs, pushed one step closer to where we are now. A vaccine for Foothill Abortion Disease isn’t a distant dream anymore, but a close reality, and CCA and LMRF are proud to be involved. Talbot seemed to sum up many CCA members’ feelings about the research and the trial to fight EBA with his thoughts about his own participation: “If there’s a way to whip this booger, I want to be a part of it,” he says.


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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD BEEF EXPORTS MODERATE, BUT REMAIN WELL ABOVE YEAR-AGO LEVELS from the U.S. Meat Export Federation The latest reports show that in April, U.S. red meat exports slowed moderately from the red-hot pace established in March but were still significantly higher year-over-year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports reached 99,786 metric tons (mt) in April, up 13 percent from a year ago, valued at $550.4 million, up 14 percent. For January through April, beef exports were up 14 percent in volume (392,001 mt) and 18 percent in value ($2.16 billion) compared to the same period last year. April exports accounted for 13.6 percent of total U.S. beef production and 10.6 percent for muscle cuts only – up from 13 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively, last year. Through April, exports accounted for 12.7 percent of total beef production (up slightly from last year) and 10 percent for muscle cuts (up from 9.5 percent). April export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $283.52 – up 12 percent from a year ago and the highest of 2017. Through April, per-head export value averaged $271.57, up 11 percent. “While April was a very solid month for U.S. red meat exports, we remain in an extremely competitive situation across the world and must stay aggressive with our marketing efforts,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “It is especially gratifying to see our per-head return growing in 2017, even as slaughter numbers are on the rise. But this is also not lost on our competitors, who will quickly fill the void if we do not defend our market share. This is why the continued investment of checkoff dollars and USDA funding in international market development is so critically important.”

Asian markets continue to fuel beef export growth Leading market Japan continued to shine for U.S. beef in April, with exports up 15 percent in volume (23,540 mt) and 17 percent in value ($143.3 million). Through April, exports to Japan exceeded last year’s pace by more than one-third in both volume (97,951 mt, up 34 percent) and value ($570.6 million, up 35 percent). Growth to Japan has been driven by the surging volume of chilled U.S. beef, with the U.S. capturing 52 percent of Japan’s chilled imports, up from 39 percent market share during the first four months of 2016. U.S. chilled exports through April increased by 48 percent to 45,295 mt, valued at $320 million (up 43 percent), indicating widespread acceptance and a growing range of U.S. cuts available in both the retail and foodservice sectors. Beef exports to South Korea cooled to some degree in April but remained above last year’s strong pace at 11,837 mt (up 8 percent) valued at $78.5 million (up 17 percent). For January through April, exports to Korea were up 19

percent in volume (54,388 mt) and 27 percent in value ($346 million). Similar to Japan, the driver of growth to Korea is in chilled U.S. beef, with exports through April totaling 12,003 mt (up 84 percent) valued at $106 million (up 86 percent). Korean quarantine clearance data show this strong growth continued through May, with the U.S. share of Korea’s chilled beef imports climbing to 53 percent – up from 38 percent in the same period last year. The recent rebound continued for beef exports to Hong Kong, where a strong April performance pushed year-to-date exports ahead of last year’s pace. April exports were up 73 percent in volume (11,232 mt) and 67 percent in value ($66.6 million). Through April, exports to Hong Kong totaled ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 52


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 50 37,392 mt (up 2 percent) valued at $233.9 million (up 10 percent). Driven by excellent results in the Philippines and Vietnam, April exports to the ASEAN region more than doubled from a year ago in volume (3,783 mt, up 105 percent) and nearly doubled in value ($18.1 million, up 95 percent). April exports to the Philippines (1,522 mt) were the largest in two years and the volume shipped to Vietnam (1,035mt) was the largest since 2012. For January through April, exports to the Southest Asian region increased 62 percent from a year ago in volume (10,975 mt) and 48 percent in value ($59.9 million). Beef exports to Taiwan remained on a very solid pace, with April volume up 15 percent to 3,753 mt and value up 30 percent to $32.9 million. Through April, exports to Taiwan totaled 13,499 mt (up 24 percent) valued at $118.5 million (up 29 percent). This included chilled beef exports of 5,320 mt valued at $61.6 million. Mexico was the only major market in which April beef exports dipped below last year’s pace, totaling 17,525 mt (down 15 percent) valued at $69.2 million (down 23 percent). Through April, exports to Mexico were still up 7 percent from a year ago in volume (74,582 mt) but were 4 percent lower in value ($296 million).

important steps completed that will soon allow U.S. beef shipments to China to resume, ending a suspension that has lasted more than 13 years. We thank our U.S. government officials for their tireless efforts on this issue, and now look forward to exporting U.S. beef to this very important market. It is important to note that the market-opening agreement includes

requirements that will involve a period of adjustment for the U.S. industry. Meeting these requirements will add costs, and this will mean that U.S. beef is priced at a premium compared to other suppliers in the market. With that said, China holds exciting potential for the U.S. beef industry and for buyers in the market who have waited a very long time for the return of high-quality U.S. beef.

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Summer partnerships geared to move beef by California Beef Council Director of Producer Relations Jill Scofield Spring 2017 was another busy season for the California Beef Council, with a variety of consumer promotions, retail partnerships, and immersion experiences carried out to help both inform key influencers of important beef messages, and encourage California consumers to keep adding beef to their plates. Pasture to Plate Tour For several years, the CBC has held annual Pasture to Plate Beef Tours, bringing leaders in the foodservice, retail and sometimes nutrition industries to California beef operations, giving them an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how beef gets from the ranch to consumers’ plates. The 2017 tour was held April 30 to May 2 and immersed attendees in the beef production process. The 22 participants – representing more than 2,900 restaurant units, four different foodservice distribution companies, and 700 independent grocery stores – were able to learn first-hand about

each phase of the production process, its role and what each sector of the industry does to ensure a safe, healthy and nutritious product. The tour kicked off at Rancho del Rio in Sanger, where ranchers Steve and Michelle McDonald shared insight about their cowcalf operation and what it takes to ensure healthy calves, from genetics and breeding selection, to care and nutrition of breeding stock, to responsible use of antibiotics for sick cattle, among other factors. The ranch tour also included a discussion on the importance of Beef Quality Assurance practices and how they benefit the end product, as well as a live animal handling demonstration done by renowned stockman Curt Pate. Following the Rancho del Rio tour, the group started off its second day with a visit to Robert Vander Eyk Dairy in Pixley, where CBC board member and dairyman Bob Vander Eyk provided an in-depth tour of his family operation, along with insight

about the importance of animal care for both the dairy and beef industries. From there, the tour went on to Grimmius Calf Ranch that gave attendees a better understanding of the role of calf ranches in California’s beef industry and the amount of care and effort that goes into ensuring the safety, health and comfort of the calves. The next stop was Tulare Sales Yard, where Col. David Macedo provided a look at how livestock markets operate and offered the attendees’ a chance to watch a cattle auction – a first for most! The evening was spent at Harris Ranch Inn, where Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., presented on his research, debunking some of the myths that exist surrounding cattle and methane emissions. Following this, the attendees were able to have a thoughtful, open dialogue with beef industry leaders from every segment of production about their questions, thoughts and suggestions for continuing to help carry beef ’s story to the consumer. Rounding out the tour, the attendees were able to visit both Harris Feeding Co., and Cargill Meat Solutions for tours of a feedlot and packing plant, which offered a more complete and fullcircle perspective of the beef production process. Based on feedback provided by attendees, they found the experience Steve McDonald welcomes Pasture to Plate Tour attendees to his ranch in Sanger. to be eye-opening and of value to 54 California Cattleman July • August 2017

Tour participants included representatives from restaurants, Harris Ranch’s Mike Smith shares with tour participants the food distribution companies and grocery chains. inner workings of operating a feedlot. them. “I was very impressed with the high standards of cleanliness and with how content the animals seemed. Overall every stop of this tour was a major eye opener, every single person on this tour seemed to genuinely care about these animals and treated them very well. The quality of life these animals receive is amazing,” noted an attendee from Unified Grocers. Another attendee added, “I’m very impressed with the lengths the farmers go to provide the public/consumer with a safe product.” “These tours are an important way for the CBC to tell our industry’s story to people who have a direct link to the consumer. Providing them with an open and transparent look at every facet of beef production helps build trust, and helps them better respond to questions they receive from their customers. It removes skepticism and builds confidence in how beef is raised,” said Brad Scott, a dairy producer from Moreno Valley and CBC board member who regularly attends the Pasture to Plate Tours. The success of these tours is dependent on the participation and generosity of many California beef producers and operators, and the CBC is grateful to all who helped make another Pasture to Plate Beef Tour a reality. Spring Promotion Results This May, the CBC wrapped up another successful promotion with mobile retailer app Ibotta. The CBC began partnering with Ibotta in 2015, becoming one of the first State Beef Councils to partner with an increasingly popular consumer mobile app. Ibotta (pronounced “I bought a”) is one of the most frequently used smartphone apps, partnering

underscored for the CBC why with leading brands and retailers to offer rebates on groceries, electronics, partnerships with Ibotta make sense clothing, gifts, home and office from a beef promotion and sales supplies, restaurant dining, and more. standpoint. The various campaigns The consumer unlocks the qualifying done thus far have proven to be both rebate on the app, purchases the item successful and more cost-effective at the store, and verifies the purchase than some of the traditional retail for a rebate that comes in the form of promotions previously carried out. cash or gift card from Ibotta. What’s more, Ibotta promotions are As an added element, the brands state-wide and accessible through featured on Ibotta can use their placed almost every major grocery retailer rebate as an opportunity to engage in the state, versus being limited to consumers, either by sharing a short video, asking a poll question or sharing one specific retailer or company. And finally, the reach of Ibotta is another recipes or other key information. key draw. It has been downloaded over The CBC’s latest promotion 18 million times, has paid out more involving the popular app was carried out from April 12 to May 16, providing than $100 million in cash back to its consumers a $.50 rebate on any brand users, and has experienced massive fresh ground beef using Ibotta, which growth – in both size of the company was good at any participating California and in numbers of partnering retailers retailers. In addition to the rebate, the – since its launch in 2012. In addition, promotion included an advertising 79 percent of app users are female, campaign that focused on the Los and 89 percent are under age 45, which Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco speaks directly to our target market. and Sacramento markets. Radio spots Through July 25, the CBC is featuring on-air personalities in each of engaging in another promotion with the markets talked about how they like Ibotta, this time partnering with Sutter to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, Home Wines on its “Build a Better friends and family – with an emphasis Burger” campaign, offering rebates on on beef, of course. the purchase of ground beef, Sutter Over the five-week period, there Home Wines and added incentive for were over 1.85 million cumulative purchasing both products. brand impressions, 49,370 consumer engagements, and To Learn more about how the 18,590 rebates California Beef Council is redeemed by putting your checkoff dollars consumers. This is to work, find us online at www. a redemption rate of 41.9 percent, significantly higher or email Jill Scofield at than the Ibotta to receive industry average of producer communications from 23 percent. the CBC. This latest campaign July • August 2017 California Cattleman 55


Predicted beef dollars really add up by Certified Angus Beef ’s Miranda Reiman

Cattle genetics have made big improvements since the American Angus Association released its beef value ($B) index in 2004. Often called “dollar beef,” it was one of the first tools to combine expected progeny differences (EPDs) for feedyard and carcass traits with economic measures. At the time, the breed average was +$23.79, and $45.48 represented the top 1 percent. “Now today, we’re three times that, or higher,” says cattle feeder Sam Hands of Triangle H, Garden City, Kan. “So, are the cattle really three times better?” A recent demonstration project, co-sponsored by the feedyard along with Gardiner Angus Ranch, Top Dollar Angus and Zoetis, found the resounding “yes” in a $215.47 difference between divergent groups of calves from registered Angus parents. “High $B Angus outstrip low $B genetics with great consistency. However, we also recognize the importance of real-world comparisons,” say study authors in their summary report, “Field-Testing of $B in Purebred Angus Cattle.” They created a low $B group by purchasing older embryos in storage, and used current genetics from Gardiner Angus Ranch to provide high $B comparisons. Random recipient dams calved in a 44day window in April and May 2015 and raised calves until late fall weaning. By June 2016 they were on feed at Triangle H. “We were never told, ‘these are the superstars and these are the lesser achievers,’” Hands says, but he could see differences as marketing approached. “The better dollar-beef ($B) cattle were more efficient in reaching that end point quicker, and when they got done were just a little more expressive in their muscling.” Harvested in three drafts at 0.5-inch backfat, the high group was nearly 16 days younger with 27 lb. greater carcass weight. On an age-constant basis, that advantage jumped to 56 pounds. 56 California Cattleman July • August 2017

“Not only did they finish quicker, but they also graded better,” Hands says, noting a $48.65/head feed and yardage savings for the higher performing group. That’s exactly the answer Mark Gardiner was looking for. “Our customers use the index a great deal and many retain ownership and go all the way through the U.S. Premium Beef system,” he says, suggesting a sole focus on weaning value ($W) is like “quitting football in the third quarter.” The high $B cattle went 100 percent Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand and prime, with 72 percent of the latter. The low $B group made 52 percent CAB®, 44 percent low choice and 4 percent select because, as the paper suggests, top management, health and nutrition let both groups shine. “Feedlots don’t want a big surprise, so the more genetic guarantee we can provide, the more comfortable our feedyards are going to be in aggressively bidding on high-genetic Angus calves,” says Kenny Stauffer, Top Dollar Angus general manager. “Even if they have to pay more, in the end those calves produce greater profits for the cattle feeder.” The pedigree $B varied $93.69, but that doubles in the “estimated breeding value” for progeny, to $187.38. The actual data bested that by more than $28, coming in at that $215.47. “The EPDs and indexes are not just numbers on a page in a sale catalog; they’re very accurate tools that people can use,” Stauffer says. Genomic predictions followed as expected, with an average GeneMax® Advantage™ Feeder score of 94 out of a 100-point scale for the high $B group, compared to 27 for the lower ones. The i50k test for yearling weight, carcass weight, marbling and ribeye ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 58


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 56 showed the high $B cattle in the top 12.3 percent of the Angus breed, while the low $B were in the bottom 12.5 percent. The data points to all the advantages of selecting for more feedyard performance and carcass quality, yet many argue the cattle owner at harvest reaps all the benefits. “The bulls we use are in the top five percent for dollar weaning ($W) also, but it’s very short-sighted to stop at that point,” Gardiner says. “Even if you sell at weaning, the guys that are buying those are not going to buy them again if they don’t perform in the feedlot and on the rail.” Both groups were exactly the same in mature height though the high $B half were about 66 pounds heavier, and there was a $32.76 difference in the cow

energy value ($EN), favoring the low $B group. Gardiner explains that having high-growth males automatically hurts the $EN figure. If a female is taking up too many resources, she’ll come up open—a clue she can’t perform in that nutritional scheme, he says. The paper notes annual cow feed costs could be $65.52 higher for the better performing group. Subtracting that from the financial advantage of the progeny still gives the high $B nearly a $150-per-head advantage. “We all want low-input cattle, but we sell outputs for a living,” Gardiner says. In the end, net profit favors the more productive, higher quality cattle. “There’s not an Angus calf born out there that shouldn’t be destined to be efficient in the feedyard and hang up the value-added carcass on the rail,” he says.

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CCA makes move to ensure future by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen


s the story of the California Cattlemen’s Association continued, 1967 was an exciting year. Now a 50-year-old, established, reputable and effective lobby organization, the new location in Sacramento allowed CCA leaders and staff more convenient access to agency officials and elected government leaders. By now, California’s population had skyrocketed from nearly 16 million residents in 1960 to hitting the 20 million mark in 1970. The state would still grow another 19 percent before the year 1980, reaching 24 million. As current California residents are well aware, more people means many things, but these things for certain – more regulations, more taxes and more laws. In addition to the influx of people to California bringing with them a plethora of other issues, cattlemen were facing the day-to-day ups and downs of agriculture. At the CCA Convention in Fresno in 1968, Blair Smith was elected as the first man from Siskiyou County to ever serve at the helm of CCA. Smith was no stranger to the inner-workings of the trade association as he had served as a director of the CCA for

more than a decade and had been a vice president for three years prior to his election. According to the Fresno Bee, Smith listed the cattle industry’s No. 1 problem as maintaining a steady, profitable market for California livestock. It seems some things never change. “As cattlemen we have been pleased with the steadiness of the market for the past year. Even with the slight rise in prices, however, they still have not increased enough to ease the financial squeeze,” Smith told the paper. “Prices have not gained in comparison to rising costs for taxes, feed, equipment and other items the cattlemen must purchase to operate.” In today’s Internet age, we often take for granted the information we have at our fingertips. A revolutionary program that had been in the works for some time finally came to fruition in 1970 as a way to help cattlemen monitor the cattle market. The program, called “Cattle Fax” was unveiled and highly encouraged by CCA Executive Secretary Bill Staiger, which is further evidence of the innovative nature of beef production throughout time. The Red Bluff Daily News reported that Staiger told a group

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of Tehama County cattlemen, “For years, cattlemen have asked why CCA doesn’t provide information that will help them market their cattle. Well here is the program you’ve been asking for. We hope you’ll get behind it and help make it a success.” Staiger said the service would provide market updates for beef producers on weather forecasts, current prices and price forecasts. The newspaper reported that some in attendance “were skeptical by the idea such a service would adequately serve the nation’s beef cattle raisers.” This decade, fondly remembered by many CCA members as the Reagan Era, brought some support from the big white building in Sacramento. One specific measure, AB 1061, authored by an assemblyman in the Imperial Valley was designed to equalize the taxation imposed on livestock in California and to encourage the competitive position of California livestock growers. The bill, supported by CCA and other livestock interests was signed into law by Reagan in September 1969. “This new method of taxation is not only more fair, it will also encourage livestock feeding in California year round rather than moving to another state during the

lien period,” the bill’s author Victor V. Veysey told the Desert Sun. The bill, which was lobbied on heavily by CCA is evidence of the tenacity of CCA’s leaders and staff during this decade. Just like it does today, even in the 60s and 70s CCA was promoting ways to help enhance ranchers’ bottom line. But not all issues in this era were positive for producers. A program that still exists today is the CCA Cattle Theft Reward Program, which pays a reward to anyone who gives information leading to the prosecution of cattle theft of a CCA member. Though the reward is bigger today, it started in the mid 1900s at $100, a handsome reward for honest information. In the early 1970s, livestock theft had become a noticeable issue as the price of meat increased. According to the Desert Sun, “…the CCA estimated 5,000 to 6,000 head were rustled in the state each year by modern thieves driving pickup or camper trucks equipped with police radios.” “That’s slightly more than a million dollars a year on the actual reported losses,” Staiger told the Desert Sun. Association reports by Staiger state the State Bureau of Livestock Identification, which made 62 rustling arrests in 1971. At the time, the popular opinion by stockmen was to encourage tougher laws and tougher judges who didn’t consider cattle rustling a minor offense. But CCA members also knew part of answer to the complex equation was increasing the reward program to entice those with information to step forward. Staiger said, “We don’t advocate a return to the old days when ranchers took care of rustlers with a rope, but we still remember with approval a judge who sentenced several men to five-year jail terms for stealing one steer.” “I don’t happen to be a bleeding heart when it comes to enforcing the law,”

said Staiger. “We’re getting people to inform, but the judges in most cases seem to look at cattle rustling as a minor offense.” During this critical time for CCA and for the state’s cattle producers, it is important to note the longevity of two of CCA’s most intimate

supporters and leaders. Both J. Edgar Dick and William B. Staiger each served as CCA Executive Secretary for roughly 20 years. Dick served from 1947 to 1967 and Staiger worked for the association until 1985. Such a ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

Gov. Ronald Reagan signs bill AB 1061 into law in Sept. 1969 with the support of CCA members John Weber, Blair Smith and Will Gill and Executive Secretary William Staiger present.

Past CCA President Jack Owens and Tehama County Cattleman Ralph Arrowsmith hang reward signs for CCA. July • August 2017 California Cattleman 61

...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 61 time frame to remain at one job is an eternity by many of today’s career standards and without the perseverance of these individuals, CCA would not be the prosperous organization that we know today. With a tremendous increase in beef prices in 1973 and 1974, the timing in the increase of the reward program from $500 to $750 was critical. While the reward program didn’t pay out to crime reporters often, the program did help unite CCA’s membership and give members the faith that the association

had their back during a trying time. Livestock thefts didn’t go away overnight but through the vigilance of the ranching community, it became more difficult for thieves to accomplish. Just as the association was in the 60s and 70s, not every member today agrees on every issue, but WILLIAM B STAIGER J. EDGAR DICK as a whole beef producers EDITOR’S NOTE: As the California stood together for a common cause Cattlemen’s Association celebrates its and because of that, we still see this centennial year in 2017, this article is part of organization and the beef industry in a year-long series addressing each of CCA’s California prospering today. 10 decades.

Interesting Facts From The First 50 Years... 1917

CCA is officially formed in San Francisco as a marketing cooperative The first CCA Convention was held Nov. 3 1917 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.


Hubbard Russell from Los Angeles was CCA president. He went on to become a National Livestock Association President.


The feedyard industry in California boomed during the interwar period. World Famous Harris Ranch was founded in 1937.


31st annual CCA Convention was held in Bakersfield, home of then CCA President Leroy Rankin.


The California Beef Council was formed in 1957 when Gov. Goodwin J. Knight signed the beef promotion bill.


CCA moves headquarters to Sacramento in order to be more accessible to Downtown lawmakers and agencies. Sacramento in 1967.

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More than 200 years ago, founding father Benjamin Franklin famously noted that “in this world nothing is certain except death and taxes.” While taxes on transfers of wealth and property at death have been temporarily enacted throughout U.S. history as a means of raising revenue in times of crisis, death and taxation have been inextricably linked since 1916 when the federal estate tax, appropriately refered to as the “death tax,” became a permanent part of the U.S. tax code. The death tax has evolved quite a bit over the last 100 years, and proponents of the tax have successfully expanded its scope based on the assertion that it raises revenue while reducing income inequality. Current law provides an exemption of $5.49 million for individuals or $10.9 million for

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couples, with a marginal tax rate of 40 percent on transferred estates valued above those thresholds. It’s easy to see how some in Washington may see the death tax as nothing more than a minor inconvenience for the wealthy: after all, $5 million sounds like a considerable sum. However, those familiar with agriculture know that the death tax is a primary obstacle to keeping family-owned agricultural operations intact and viable as each new generation of producers inherits the family business. Just like every other small-business, farmers and ranchers pay income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes, payroll taxes and employee taxes. However, unlike some Main Street business owners ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 66



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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 64 or our nation’s wealthy elite, livestock producers operate a cash-poor, asset-rich business model. The value of their estate is tied up in the land they use to raise cattle and produce food and fiber for consumers around the world. While many family-owned agricultural operations might appear wealthy on paper, due to the debtintensive nature of the business, the vast majority of cattle producers simply do not have access to liquid assets equal to 40 percent of their businesses value. When a parent owner dies, the next generation is often forced to sell off equipment or land, lay off workers, or take out loans just to pay the IRS. When this is not enough to cover the tax burden, producers are often forced to dissolve the family business and the death tax becomes a death warrant for the family’s legacy. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has fought long and hard to kill the death tax, but gridlock in Congress spurred by the partisan rancor of previous administrations has made meaningful tax reform impossible. However, for the first time in a long time our nation’s beef producers finally have a reason to be cautiously optimisic. President Trump has made tax reform a critical priority for his administration, and this goal might finally be possible through the hard work and leadership of Republicans in Congress. It has been 31 years since Congress and the president worked together to reform the U.S. tax code. Our lawmakers cannot afford to overlook the fundamental differences that exist between our nation’s agricultural producers and the Paris Hiltons of the world, because our nation’s farmers and ranchers cannot afford to wait another 30 years for relief from the death tax. That is why NCBA will continue fighting for a tax code that strengthens the business climate for farm and ranch families while ensuring agricultural businesses can be passed to future generations. As Congress moves toward the consideration of comprehensive tax reform legislation, NCBA has been working hard to ensure lawmakers understand the real-life impact of the death tax on our nation’s farmers and ranchers. This spring we submitted a survey to our membership in an effort to better quantify the impact of the death tax on U.S. beef producers. While the results are not necessarily statistically valid, they accurately illustrate our long-standing assertion that this burdensome tax is a failed economic policy that hinders U.S. agricultural production. While 66 percent of total respondents from NCBA Region VI reported that their families have never been impacted by the death tax, those 66 California Cattleman July • August 2017

numbers shift significantly for multi-generational producers. For example, 67 percent of respondents who identified as 4th generation or greater have been impacted by the estate tax at least once throughout the duration of their families’ farm ownership (20 percent have been hit three times or more, 40 percent have been hit twice and 40 percent have been hit once). That number increases further to 71 percent when looking at 5th generation respondents. Additionally, 54 percent of respondents from Region VI reported spending between $5,000 and $10,000 annually on estate tax planning, 5 percent spend between $10,000 and $15,000, and a solid 15 percent spend more than $15,000 on estate tax planning each year. DETAILS FROM 2017 NCBA DEATH TAX SURVEY OF BEEF PRODUCERS

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e believe strongly in the value of crossbreeding and the benefits of heterosis or hybrid vigor. Crossbred calves are more vigorous at birth, they are more resistant to disease and they have increased performance levels or weight gain. In addition, crossbred beef cows have higher fertility levels, they are also more disease resistant and they are superior in terms of longevity, an often overlooked but very economically important trait in a beef herd. These combined factors result in the generation of more total pounds of beef being produced from a commercial cowherd when crossbreeding is utilized. We believe that Charolais bulls are the logical and best choice to use on the Angus-dominated commerical beef cowherd that currently exists in this country. They will infuse the benefits of heterosis and produce the “smokies” and “buckskins” that have been popular with cattle feeders and packers for decades Look for these Charolais breeders from throughout the West as your . or at leading source for Charolais genetics available off the ranch California, Oregon and Nevada sales.

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What You Want to Know Before You Buy Seedstock suppliers answer your sale time questions by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen


ith bull sale season fast approaching, commercial cattlemen will soon begin scouring various magazines and sale catalogs looking for herd sires to add to their bull battery. As many ranchers across the country can attest, some of the best seedstock producers can be found on the West Coast. The great thing about beef production — as a career — is that all ranching operations cheer for one another’s success. In the state of California, ranching outfits, whether seedstock or commercial, stocker or cow-calf, want propsperity for their peers. The same type of cameraderie cannot be said for many other lines of work. That said, seedstock producers are ready and eager to help customers find the right fit for their operation. This article serves to address questions purebred beef producers and those who help market their genetics are commonly asked about bull selection and the bull buying market. If your questions are not found here, however, you can rest assured that purebred breeders are always available

to take your phone call to help you narrow down your search for bulls that will fit your specific needs. Whether you are in search of calving-ease bulls or bulls that will add pounds to your calf crop at weaning or if you are in search of docile bulls you can count on to get your cows bred back, California producers have the bulls you need, coupled with unsurmounted quality you don’t need to leave the state’s borders to find. Some of the nation’s longestrunning, most reputable production sales can be found in the Golden State and in few places outside of California can you find as many progressive beef producers in one place. If one thing can be said about California’s farmers and ranchers, it is that they are forward-thinking. From meticulous production records to genetic testing, ration formulation and herd health protocols, California purebred breeders will stand behind the animals they market. When it comes to being progressive, you will find that up and down the state many purebred

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breeders have gone to great lengths to ensure their customers have access to the latest technology, in the form of DNA and genetic marker testing to back up their own production recordkeeping with solid science that will allow potential buyers to predict, more closely than ever, how a particular bull will impact their cowherd and calf crop. In terms of customer service, breeders have pulled out all the stops to make sure the commercial cattleman’s needs are met. Many will take it a step further by providing customer service and lending support at marketing time. Your success is their success and they are willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. Whether you are planning to hit a couple individual ranch production sales or find many breedres in a one-stop-shop consignment sale, the questions and advice found in this article can help you narrow your search for your next herd bull. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 70

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What is the question you get most often from potential bull buyers?

I often get asked if we have heifer bulls for sale. I respond by asking if they are breeding heifers or looking for a calving-ease bull for mature cows. I explain the difference between the two and how data is collected to create a numerical value to express it. I suggest customers look for a good structured bull with a moderate birth EPD, adequate growth and added carcass before just single-trait selecting for extremely low birth. -Bryce Borror Tehama Angus Ranch, Gerber


What is the question you get most often from potential bull buyers?

I get asked a lot about temperment and docility, I think because it is a trait that is not always measured accurately and there is no standardized tool for a customer to compare animals or breeds with. Most customers concerned with this have smaller herds and work and check cattle on foot and they may have had a bad past experience. We are a family-owned and run operation and we have children and grandchildren helping tag at birth and when processing cattle and therefore cannot tolerate any animal with an attitude for safetly resons. Inherently eliminating those type of cattle through the years has made it a non-issue for us in our cowherd. -Rita McPhee McPhee Red Angus, Lodi

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What do you predict prices will look like at bull sales this fall?

I’m cautiously optimistic about the fall bull sale market. We had record moisture and summer water seems to be more abundant. Heifer retention has increased, so calving ease bulls might be more sought after this year, even though they always seem to generate a premium. The spring and early summer commercial market was stronger than last year, although it’s appeared a little more volatile in some spots as we move into mid-summer. But a high percentage of fall calving operations sold at a higher level than 2016. All in all, I think it should be a profitable year for those raising quality bulls with soundness, longevity, complete performance evaluation and solid guarantees and programs that stand behind them. -Matt Macfarlane M3 Marketing, Rocklin

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What A.I. sires calves’ have you been impressed by recently?

In the purebred business from time to time, producers will ask you which sires have caught your eye and how you go about selecting your bulls. Producers will often ask which A.I. bulls have really impressed you and made a deep imprint on your herd. There have been quite a lineup of bulls, from the growth bulls SAV Resource and SAV International, along with our calving ease line up of SAV Platinum, Connealy Black Granite, Connealy Final Product and PVF Insight 0129 are bulls I’ve liked. Each of these bulls offers something to our herd from their performance, growth, carcass qualities or their calving ease traits. With these bulls along with the genetics in our cow herd, we believe that we can stand by the bulls we offer.


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If you could select for only one trait when evaluating a bull to purchase, what would it be?


If I could only focus on a trait or group of traits, I would select for maternal quality. I think it is important to build quality females that have functional, bold body shape, low-input, great udders and are built for longevity. In the selection process, I think the key is focusing bull selection on elite, proven cow families. In my opinion, adding a bull that competes at the highest degree in terms of building females can have the biggest impact on the future of a cowherd. -Jared Patterson, manager Genoa Livestock, Minden, Nev.

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Why are commercial producers so loyal to the Angus breed when selecting bulls?


Primarly, the draw to Angus bulls is the market. Black calves are often worth more. This is in part due to the marketing provided by the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef® over the years. Our genetic base is over 17,000,000 records. As breeders, we are gaining phenotypical qualities each year, adding market value. At Angus, breed improvement is always our goal.


-Abbie Nelson Five Star Land & Livestock, Wilton

What is drawing more producers to Hereford bulls?

Hereford bulls have seen a large increase in demand. It is the most logical cross on a black cow. It has been tried and true for years. The baldy calves tend to wean off at about 50 pounds heavier, and there is no better replacement than a baldy heifer.

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CCA staff and officers work tirelessly in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., lobbying the executive and legislative branches to protect your rights and interests. Nevertheless, state and federal legislators and regulators often enact laws and policies that undercut ranchers’ ability to ranch. All too often this regulation and legislation is agenda-driven, without justification in law. When legislators or regulators overstep their legal authority, CCA avails itself of the courts to ensure that your interests are protected. And when radical environmentalists go to court to harm your livelihood, CCA likewise enters the legal fight to ensure that your rights are protected. CCA is currently fighting a significant number of legal battles on your behalf. CCA is the plaintiff in a number of these suits, suing the state or federal government for violations of the law that would impact your ability to operate your ranch. In others CCA is a defendantintervenor, meaning that CCA has sought to get involved in instances when radical environmental groups have sued the federal government hoping to curtail your grazing rights. And in others, CCA has filed amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) briefs to ensure that courts have all the facts in deciding issues that are of interest to California’s cattlemen. This article is a comprehensive overview of these cases.

CASES IN WHICH CCA IS A PLAINTIFF When state and federal agencies skirt the law, CCA goes to court to check their overreach. Currently CCA is a plaintiff in three lawsuits, with one more on the horizon.

California Cattlemen’s Association v. California Fish and Game Commission On Jan. 31, CCA and the California Farm Bureau Federation, represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed a lawsuit against the California Fish and Game Commission in an effort to overturn the illegal 2014 listing of the gray wolf as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The lawsuit hinges on three legal arguments: (1) that the Commission erred by listing wolves when none were then present in California, (2) that the Commission’s interpretation of “range” under CESA is an impermissible “underground regulation,” and (3) that wolves now present in California are not a native subspecies, and thus not eligible for CESA protection. 74 California Cattleman July • August 2017

by CCA Director of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur In April, four environmental groups—Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Information Center and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center—intervened to oppose CCA’s lawsuit. No significant developments have emerged since that time, and the case is still pending in the Superior Court of San Diego.

California Cattlemen’s Association v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife On Feb. 24, 2016, CCA sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for failure to conduct legallymandated five-year status evaluations for 233 species listed as endangered or threatened under CESA (CCA is again represented by PLF in the suit). Status evaluations could result in information supporting the downlisting or delisting of these species, which would reduce regulatory burdens for California’s cattlemen. Indeed, some of the species have already been delisted or downlisted from the federal Endangered Species Act, suggesting that the species are recovering (for instance, the Modoc sucker has been federally delisted thanks in part to habitat restoration efforts by California’s cattle ranchers). Rather than agreeing to conduct the status reviews which are legally-required of the agency, CDFW has utilized stall tactics to hold up the litigation. In March, CDFW served CCA with more than 2,500 special interrogatories questioning how, specifically, CCA members are harmed by the CESA listing of each of the 233 species. Rather than answer the thousands of questions, CCA has sought to amend its lawsuit to seek public interest standing rather than alleging harm from each species’ listing. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for August 11.

Washington Cattlemen’s Association et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency On July 15, 2015, CCA and other organizations represented by PLF filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) seeking to overturn the agencies’ “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. The WOTUS Rule finalized by the EPA and Corps would have expanded the agencies’ jurisdiction and permitting authority significantly, well-beyond limits established in Supreme Court precedent interpreting the Clean Water Act.

CCA GOES TO COURT TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS Numerous other lawsuits were also filed against the EPA and Corps in response to the WOTUS Rule. On Oct. 9, 2015, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio stayed implementation and enforcement of the WOTUS Rule pending resolution of the various legal challenges to the Rule. Courts have yet to address the legal merits of the WOTUS lawsuits, however, as the parties have been wrangling over whether federal district courts or the circuit courts of appeal are authorized to initially hear challenges to the WOTUS Rule. Indeed, it now seems likely that the courts will never hear the legal merits of the WOTUS lawsuits; on Feb. 28, President Trump issued an Executive Order which set in motion the process of dismantling the over-expansive rule. Because the WOTUS regulation has already been finalized, however, it can only be repealed after undergoing the notice-and-comment procedures dictated in the Administrative Procedures Act. On June 27, the EPA announced that it was proposing a rule to rescind the WOTUS rule. CCA will support the repeal effort. The EPA and Corps will then institute a second rulemaking to replace the WOTUS Rule. President Trump’s executive order directs the agencies to consider the limited definition provided by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the case Rapanos v. United States, which limited waters of the U.S. to streams, oceans, rivers and lakes and expressly excluded “channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall.” CCA’s national affiliate, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), is actively working to develop specific language which will appropriately limit the new rule’s scope. So what effect does President Trump’s Executive Order have on CCA’s lawsuit against the EPA and Corps? CCA asked PLF’s Reed Hopper, the lead attorney in CCA’s lawsuit (and the same lawyer who argued and won the Rapanos case in 2006), what might happen next in court. Despite the Executive Order, Hopper says, the Supreme Court is still likely to determine whether district courts or courts of appeal should initially hear challenges to the WOTUS Rule. “It is all but certain that the WOTUS Rule will be reissued in a different form and the parties need to know where to file their challenges,” Hopper said. “I would be surprised if [the Supreme Court] did not proceed with the venue case as planned.” Indeed, many environmental groups have already vowed to file legal challenges to any revised rule which accords

with Scalia’s narrow definition of “Waters of the United States” from the Rapanos case, so the venue issue will be relevant in the future. Coming soon: CCA to sue US Fish and Wildlife Service over critical habitat designations for Yosemite toad and Yellow-legged frog In early June, the PLF Board of Trustees voted to take another lawsuit on behalf of CCA. CCA will challenge the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2016 designation of critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog, the Northern distinct population segment of the Mountain Yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad. CCA strenuously opposed the 2014 listing of the three amphibian species under the federal Endangered Species Act, which rejected sound science suggesting that cattle grazing is not ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 76

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 75 detrimental to the species and also opposed the subsequent designation of critical habitat. CCA’s lawsuit against USFWS will have its basis in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), a federal law which requires regulatory agencies to assess and minimize the impacts of regulations on small businesses. According to PLF attorney Reed Hopper, USFWS claims to be exempt from the RFA in designating critical habitat because the designations only regulate federal agencies, not small businesses. Hopper disagrees, arguing that “an agency should do an RFA analysis if the rule affects small business entities even if they are not directly regulated. Of course, under a critical habitat designation the landowners are directly regulated, not just the federal agencies.” CCA will file the lawsuit by the end of September.

CASES IN WHICH CCA IS A DEFENDANT-INTERVENOR Radical environmental groups often sue the federal government in an effort to curtail grazing on public lands. Such lawsuits directly threaten the livelihoods of ranchers with grazing permits on public lands, but the ranchers are typically not named as defendants in these suits. To ensure that these ranchers’ rights and interests are protected in such lawsuits, CCA often seeks to enter into the litigation as “defendant-intervenors.” In recent years, CCA has leaned on the public lands expertise of the Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC), a non-profit legal education program affiliated with the Lewis & Clark Law School which advocates on behalf of natural resource industries. WRLC currently represents CCA as defendant-intervenor in two cases.

Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center v. Stanislaus National Forest On March 28, the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) and Sierra Forest Legacy filed a lawsuit against the Stanislaus National Forest alleging violations of the Clean Water Act, California’s Porter Cologne Act (governing water quality within the state), the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act on three grazing allotments within the Stanislaus National Forest (the groups are also expected to amend their complaint to allege violations of the Endangered Species Act). On June 14, CCA intervened in the lawsuit to protect the grazing rights of three ranching families whose allotments are named in the suit (joining CCA as defendantintervenors are the three permittees, the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Stanislaus National Forest Grazing Permittees Association).

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A primary focus of CSERC’s suit is its claim that grazing has resulted in violations of federal and state water quality standards for fecal coliform in streams within the three allotments. CCA maintains that CSERC’s methods of sampling water quality are suspect, and CSERC’s claims are contradicted by water quality sampling conducted by other organizations, including UC Rangelands. The lawsuit is currently in the very early stages; CCA will continue to keep you informed about the progress of the case.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign v. Vilsack In 2014, CCA intervened in this lawsuit against the Modoc National Forest in order to defend a 2013 management plan for wild horses in the National Forest’s Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory. The wild horse population on the Devil’s Garden has exceeded the appropriate management level since 2002, by as much as 369 percent. In American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, WRLC represents CCA, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the Public Lands Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Modoc County and ranchers whose private lands and federal permits have been significantly impacted by the unchecked growth of the wild horse population. WRLC succeeded in handing ranchers a victory at the trial court level, with the district court judge upholding the wild horse management plan, allowing the US Forest Service to conduct gathers which would assist in limiting the wild horse population to the appropriate management level. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign appealed, however, and on January 11 the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the appeal. CCA is currently awaiting the three-judge panel’s opinion in the appeal.

One more to watch: Resource Renewal Institute v. National Park Service On Feb. 10, 2016 the Resource Renewal Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project sued the National Park Service (NPS) over ranching authorizations at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS), located in Marin County. Beef and dairy ranching are historical uses of Point Reyes, pre-dating the 1962 establishment of the National Seashore. Despite mutual understanding among ranchers and the federal government that agriculture would continue on the PRNS, agricultural practices have been under constant attack, with the most notable example being the 2012 decision by the U.S. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 78


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Court, deals with California Civil Code section 1009, which by its language prevents any public use of private property from resulting in an “implied public dedication”—that is, Department of the Interior not to renew the permit of the an involuntary easement over the property. Some California Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, forcing that business’s closure. courts have limited Section 1009 to preclude public dedication The current lawsuit claims that the NPS must update only where the public use of private property is recreational in its General Management Plan for the PRNS, last revised in nature, based on a legislative finding when the law was passed. 1980, and that NPS must do so prior to issuing its Ranch CCA has joined as amicus to ensure that no unauthorized Management Plan, a plan currently in production by the PRNS public use of private land may ripen into an involuntary public with a stated goal of providing long-term leases for ranchers at easement over the land. PRNS. While CCA is not a party to the lawsuit, CCA did put Lynch v. California Coastal Commission and Surfrider v. Martin’s Beach PRNS ranchers into contact with WRLC and urged the Both Lynch and Surfrider concern overreach on the part ranchers to seek intervention into the lawsuit. In late 2016, of the California Coastal Commission, which has sought to PRNS ranchers were granted defendant-intervenor status require permits for repairs or routine maintenance that the (some represented by WRLC, other represented by another plaintiffs are legally entitled to conduct. CCA has filed amicus firm).According to the case docket, the parties have been briefs in an effort to ensure the legal rights of ranchers in engaged in mandatory settlement conferences. CCA will keep California’s Coastal Zone. you posted on the outcome of this suit as details become available. CCA never shies away from a battle in court when it comes to defending your right to ranch. Unfortunately, civil litigation CASES IN WHICH CCA HAS FILED AMICUS BRIEFS is notoriously slow, so there’s no “quick fix” to the challenges facing California’s ranchers. CCA will continue to keep you Private property rights are of paramount concern to apprised of the progress of these legal challenges and any CCA and its members. As such, CCA makes every effort to others in which we engage; keep an eye on the California strengthen and defend private property rights on the state and Cattleman, Hot Irons and Legislative Bulletin, or contact Kirk federal levels. One way that CCA does this is by submitting Wilbur in the CCA office for additional information. amicus curiae (a Latin phrase meaning “friend of the court”) briefs. An amicus brief is filed by a non-party to a lawsuit who has a particular interest or unique legal argument relevant to that case. CCA routinely submits amicus briefs in cases where private property rights are at issue. The strategy has proven successful: for instance, when the US Supreme Court unanimously decided last year in US Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes that landowners have the right to go to court to challenge federal agency assertions Tehama County of Clean Water Act jurisdiction, PLF noted that Justice Cattle Ranch Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion appeared to rely in 2,690 acres next to part on arguments only made in CCA’s amicus brief. Paskenta, CA on Murr v. Wisconsin Thomes Creek. This case, argued by PLF before the United States The Rancho Bello Supreme Court on March 20, tackles whether government has (5) reservoirs, can take private property without just compensation merely several springs, because the landowner owns an adjacent lot (the Murrs perimeter and were prohibited by regulators from selling or making cross fencing, (6) productive use of a vacant lot, but regulators sought to separate pastures plus paved county road access. 200 winter avoid a compensable taking by treating the vacant lot and an adjacent lot on which a cabin was built as a single “parcel” for calving cows capacity. Headquarter improvements include, multiple barns, steel corrals, community water, power and conducting their takings analysis). CCA submitted an amicus brief in support of the Murrs to septic. This ranch also provides good hunting and fishing. ensure that landowners’ private property rights are protected New Listing, $2,780,000 from government overreach. Unfortunately on June 23, the Supreme Court ruled against the Murrs in a 5-to-3 decision. 275 Sale Lane

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A total of 80 Long-Yearling Angus and Hereford bulls from Traynham Ranches and Hufford’s Herefords sell at 1 p.m.

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Sire: Sitz Upward 307R Dam’s Sire: Isu Imaging Q 9111 BW +2.7 • WW +56 • YW +105 • MILK +30 MARB +.80 • RE +1.25 • $W +67.09 • $B +131.43

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CHIMES CALIFORNIA CATTLEWOMEN ATTEND REGION VI MEETING IN ELKO, NEV. by Past CCW and ANCW President Melanie Fowle A big shout out goes to both Nevada CattleWomen President Sidney Wintermote and Vice President Staci Emm for organizing both an educational and enjoyable Region VI meeting April 27 through 29. To kick off the Region VI meeting in Elko, Nev., Hamilton de Mello, Ph.D., assistant professor of meat food safety, College of Agriculture Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno, reminded the ladies that many common foods have higher amounts of hormones than beef produced with the use of hormone implants. The amount of estrogen from one serving of cabbage is the same amount of estrogen from over 1,000 servings of beef, using hormone implants. Of note, 75 g of beef without hormone implants is 1.1 ng (nanogram) and 75 g beef with hormone implants is 1.9 ng. (1 ng= 1 billionth of a gram). Mello went on to say that it takes long stress periods to make a dark cutter; only 5 to 15 minutes of acute stress will not make a dark cutter. Later that afternoon American National CattleWomen’s (ANCW) President-elect Gwen Geis, Gillette, Wyo., gave an update on ANCW, sharing information on the collegiate program, Women Leadership Workshops A and B to be presented at the summer meeting in Denver and the MOOVE (Make Our Outstanding Value Evident) membership contest, of which Regions II, III, IV and V turned in 100 percent of their contracts. Once again, the organization is operating in the black, e-Moos is coming out every two weeks, and webinars are available about once every two months. An election was held for the three Region VI positions on the ANCW administrative committees: By-Laws:Sidney Wintermote (Nevada); Membership/Communications: Cheryl Foster (California); Ways and Means: ReNee McKinnon (Utah). Friday continued with presentations and a tour of the Northeast Nevada Museum. I presented a power point entitled “Is Your Unit in a Stew?” Using four breeds of cattle, Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn and Balancers, I helped individuals determine which breed description best fit individual strengths and weaknesses. After breaking into breed groups, each shared how best to work with their personality type. Rex Steninger, Elko County Commissioner addressed the unique nature of Nevada with 88 percent of the state lands owned by the federal government. Then it was on 80 California Cattleman July • August 2017

to the social media workshop with Lindsay Chichester, Ph.D., of the University of Nevada, Reno. Ultimately, Facebook has the most posts at 3.3 million every minute. The best times to post information with the most impact is midweek 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, and nothing after 8 p.m. on any day. The day was capped off at the Northeastern Nevada Museum where Trent Loos, sixth generation rancher from Central Nebraska, spoke on telling our story with the correct message, a tour of the museum which included the impressive collection of the Will James artwork and books and entertainment by the Elko Euzkaldunak Basque Dancers. Saturday was entirely tours, starting with a visit to the Maggie Creek Ranch owned by the Searle family and managed by Jon Griggs. In 2015, this ranch was not only the Region VI Environmental Stewardship Award winner but also the national winner. Jon’s sense of humor shone when he told the group he would be doing a Power Point presentation. He reached down in his tool box to retrieve a battery-operated drill with a long drill bit which he used to point to key items on a flip chart. He shared that the ranch goal was to manage the creeks so they once again flowed on top of the land as they had years prior. Next stop was the California Trail Interpretive Center where folks learned the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2000-mile trek to find gold, land, and adventure. Between 1841 and 1869 up to 250,000 set out for California. Again, the Basque influence was experienced when a delicious family style lunch was eaten at the Star Hotel which opened in 1910. The tour ended with the touring of J.M. Capriola Co., which opened in 1929, and a tour of the former business of G.S. Garcia Saddle Co. which was right next door. As the afternoon concluded, all attendees felt that the entire convention had been worth the drive and/or flight. Kudos to Nevada CattleWomen!

TFemale Sale

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sunday, OCTOBER 1

Fort Klamath, Oregon Guest ConsiGnors:

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CCW AWARDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS by CCW Scholarship Chair Nancy Hawkins assisted on a research study in the lab I recently attended our county’s the major ag colleges as a junior or to high school graduation ceremony. The of Frank Mitolehner, Ph.D. an out of state student majoring in an valedictorian spoke of the importance Our California State University, ag or ag-related field who graduated of all the help he got from his parents Chico (Chico State), recipient is Johnny from a California high school. The and grandparents growing up, starting funds for these scholarships come from Rowe from Redding. He played football with training wheels on his bike. and ran track in high school but wasn’t donations from individuals and county He said that was the start of many involved in agriculture until he entered CattleWomen’s units in memory of a years of support and encouragement college. His interest in Agriculture lead friend or loved one who has passed throughout his life. As a scholarship him to pursue a B.S. in Animal Science away. recipient, he likened this award to those from Chico State. For two years he This year the recipients of our training wheels as more encouragement CCW Heritage Foundation Memorial worked with a Wildlife Biologist who and support on his way to his life’s owns Wildland Resource Managers. Scholarships are: career. He feels that this experience has been Cameron Ford from California, An article in the June issue of this beneficial and has related in many ways State University, Fresno (Fresno publication features an article on the to his school studies. His goal is to State.) Cameron is a first generation Lavers ranch in Glenville. Jack Lavers eventually own a Hereford cow-calf college student and will graduate with mentions the leadership roles he held ranch. a bachelor of science in Agricultural since he was a kid and attributes the Morgan Lyman from Plymouth is Education with an emphasis on leadership roles he plays today to the the winner of our open scholarship. Plant Science. Upon graduation he encouragement his mom and dad gave Morgan attends Oregon State will pursue his agriculture teaching him at an early age. credential. Cameron would like to have University in Corvallis, Ore., where she It is the hope of the California is a junior studying Ag Science with an a teaching position in Kern County. Cattlewomen that our memorial emphasis on Beef Cattle Management. Angelica Carrazco, the scholarship scholarships will be part of the ongoing recipient from University of California, She is co-president of the OSU encouragement that these outstanding young people need to reach their goals. Davis (UC Davis), was raised in Dixon. Collegiate Cattlewomen and a member of the Steer a Year club. She has a Her background is firmly rooted in Similar to the encouragement that summer internship with the Oregon animal agriculture as her parents and the valedictorian and Lavers received Cattlemen’s Association. Morgan grandparents are farmers and ranchers. as young people our hope is to give has a strong background in the cattle She is currently working on a masters these young students this extra nudge ranching and plans to have a career in degree in Animal Biology at UC Davis and support they need through our the beef cow industry. with plans to pursue a doctorate. At scholarship program. More training The CCW is proud to support these UC Davis she is the primary teaching wheels to keep them on the path to outstanding young leaders and future assistant for a domestic livestock their careers in the beef industry. cattlemen. production course. Angelica also Every spring the CCW awards five scholarships to students at each of the major agricultural colleges in California with one of them being an open scholarship awarded to a student from a junior college who will be attending one of MORGAN LYMAN CAMERON FORD ANGELICA CARRAZCO JOHNNY ROWE 82 California Cattleman July • August 2017


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Cozzitorto to Lead Angus PRoductions, Inc. Beginning June 30 An accomplished business executive and collaborative leader, Rick Cozzitorto took the helm as Angus Productions Inc. (API) president June 30. He brings decades of experience in livestock marketing, sales and encouraging teams to reach new heights. Cozzitorto will lead 40 employees at API, the industryleading communications arm of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. The company operates a multi-faceted media approach to serve quality-minded beef producers nationwide. “An Angus breeder himself, Rick Cozzitorto understands the great value behind the business breed, and is well suited to provide unrivaled marketing support and opportunities for Association members through API,” says Allen Moczygemba, American Angus Association CEO. “We’re fortunate to benefit from his expertise and look forward to his leadership on the team.” Over the course of his career, Cozzitorto has been involved in high-level sales and marketing, employee management, livestock publications, and as a young professional, served as an American Angus Association Regional Manager in the West. Most recently, Cozzitorto served as the executive director for U.S. cattle sales with Merck Animal Health, where he was an effective member of the national leadership team, in charge of recruitment, placement and talent development throughout the organization. Cozzitorto’s time with Merck Animal Health spanned nearly 12 years, during which he was promoted four times by demonstrating

outstanding performance and leadership. He’s led teams to accomplish multi-million dollar sales goals, and has a keen eye for identifying opportunities, establishing partnerships and creating new avenues for business development. “Building on the experiences I’ve gained so far in my career, the chance to come back to Angus and the breed’s outstanding organization was one I couldn’t pass up,” Cozzitorto says. “The people truly make the business, and some of the best people I know are Angus breeders or are affiliated with the Association.” Cozzitorto also brings to API significant experience in media sales and livestock publications. His time with the American Angus Association allowed him to see how the organization and API provides brand-building opportunities for Angus breeders. Also during his career, Cozzitorto was the co-founder and CEO of TC Publishing, which produced the California Cattleman magazine. He was also a former board member of the Livestock Publications Council. As API president, Cozzitorto will lead a dedicated team of professionals who serve Angus breeders through marketing and advertising services, including sale books, websites, advertising and custom marketing plans. API is also home to Angus Media’s unique range of print, television and digital programs, including the trusted Angus Journal®, the commercial cattleman’s Angus Beef Bulletin, weekly The Angus Report on RFDTV and the popular documentary series I Am Angus®.

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RICK COZZITORTO “The Angus breed has given my family so much over the years, and now it’s my time to give back,” Cozzitorto says. “With the incredible team assembled at API, we will be able to offer our members the best marketing options for their operations — and help keep them in business for generations to come.” A graduate of Texas A&M University, Cozzitorto earned a bachelor’s of science in animal science and industry, with a focus on business and marketing. His passion for Angus cattle has continued through the years, and he and his family have continued to be involved in the American Angus Association on many levels. His wife, Melissa, is active in the American Angus Auxiliary and the Kansas Angus Auxiliary. Their daughter, Alexandria, is the current Kansas Angus Queen and has gained much experience through the National Junior Angus Association. The Cozzitortos manage an Angus herd on their farm near Lawrence, Kan. For more information from API and the American Angus Association, visit

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UNIQUE DISCARDS ADD VALUE TO CATTLE DIETS by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead


o you recall the Skittles scandal that hit the news last year? Hysterics over candy fed to cattle erupted, but were soon squelched by thoughtful discussions about byproducts fed to cattle. By technical definition, a byproduct can be defined as an incidental or secondary product made in the manufacture or synthesis of something else. Feeding cattle byproducts of another product not only extends the lifetime and usefulness of a product that would have otherwise gone to waste, but it gives the secondary product value for another end user— beef cattle. Cattle are often called the ultimate recyclers, able to take something humans wouldn’t normally be able to eat and turn it into a nutrient packed protein source with many other added benefits as well. The question “What’s your super power?” is often exclaimed when the fact that cattle eat grasses to turn into delicious steak shows up in conversations. Feeding byproducts can be a win-win for a cattle producer, because he or she can offer their cattle a valuable nutrient source at often a lower input cost to their pocket book while boosting their cattle’s diet and sometimes helping the byproduct provider in the long run, too. Some of the byproducts cattle ranchers are feeding cattle wouldn’t be the first items to come to mind when thinking about ruminant feed stuffs, but after learning a little more, they become absolutely intriguing and add a little pizzazz (and valuable nutrients) to the cattle’s diets. John and Judy Ahmann ranch in the Napa Valley, so it makes logical sense that the byproduct they utilize is grape pomace. They get their pomace from two local wineries they have known for a long time, both within four miles of their ranch. The reason that grape pomace works so well for their cow/calf operation is because during the crush — the time after harvesting yet before pressing when the juice is squeezed from the grapes leaving the skins behind — the pastureland available to the cattle can be very dry with very little nutrients. As a supplemental feed, the wineries bring 86 California Cattleman July • August 2017

the crushings several times per day during the process, which include the grape’s skin, seeds, pulp and stem, to the cattle. The cattle know what’s coming and line up on the fence line eagerly awaiting their treat. Judy jokes that their cattle prefer Chardonnay the best! When the Ahmanns are feeding grape pomace, they also still supplement with mineral tubs and trace mineral, which can’t be found in the winemaking leftover. The Ahmanns have been feeding grape pomace for the last eight years. The unique diet supplementation began when they discovered that when neighboring wineries would spread their pomace back in the vineyards for fertilizing, the cattle would literally break down the fences to get to it. They soon decided to contact two local wineries to develop a relationship. “It worked out really well,” Judy said. “They were delighted, as all wineries need to remove the crushings from their sites, and our cattle would be pleased to enjoy the end result.” Not to mention the fence repair bill would be minimized. Judy said the wineries had previously been driving 35 miles to a dumpsite to drop off their pomace, and they had to pay per ton to dump it. Why not just drive it down the road to some very appreciative cattle? The relationship is also good for the area, because the region of the Napa Valley they live in had a mealy bug infestation and a farm advisor from University of California Cooperative Extension had quarantined some of the crushings to test. The Ahmanns explained the benefit of the crushings to their cattle, that the crushings didn’t leave the area and that the cattle ate them within 24 hours, so the farm advisor wrote a white paper about the benefits of grape pomace as an acceptable feed for cattle, doing no harm to the livestock or the pastures. Changing suit from fruit to vegetables, Mark Farr, owner of Corral de Tierra Cattle Company, a grass finished beef company in Monterey County, has experience feeding byproducts from the Salinas Valley on a trial basis due to several recent years of drought.

He has fed culled brussels sprouts, asparagus and a lettuce cabbage blend that did not meet requirements to be sold for human consumption. Sometimes a culled vegetable doesn’t meet standards simply for its size, like brussels sprouts. There may be absolutely nothing wrong with the product besides size, either too big or too small, it must be culled. Vegetable culls are a good supplemental feed to dry summer pasture, but do not act as a full replacement feed, Farr says. It is important to be sure the cattle have plenty of dry matter available, as most vegetable culls have high water content, he adds. He doesn’t plan to feed culls this year because of the superb grass yield and the expense of trucking culled vegetables to his cattle, but he says they were a great help through the drought. He also knows of ranching friends who feed culled onions to cattle and rice pulp from a sake factory. Farr has also experienced benefits to his rangeland as a result of feeding vegetable byproducts. He said he has seen increased winter grass growth on the feeding location in an old hay field of brussels dprouts. Probably due, he says, to increased organic matter and cattle congregation. He said he saw quick early growth and increased productivity in that particular area. Even universities have developed relationships to utilize byproducts in their nutrition program. For example, the Chico State Beef Unit feeds spent, wet brewers grain from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico. Brewers grain is fed as part of the starter and finishing feedlot cattle rations, which allows the beef unit to meet the nutritional needs of their feedlot cattle at a lower cost than utilizing other feedstuffs, while decreasing the waste of the brewing company. As a full circle tribute, the burgers served in the Sierra Nevada Taproom Restaurant in Chico are a product of Alturas Ranches, whose cattle are finished at the Chico State Beef Unit Feedlot and harvested at the Chico State Meats Lab. That proves to be a pretty productive symbiotic relationship. Chico State began utilizing brewers grain in their feedlot ration in 1999. Many microbreweries were developing in the area and had spent brewers grain that was being disposed of, thus Chico State wanted to explore its value in their operation. This began as a project in cooperation with Sierra Nevada

Brewing Company and flourished into a working relationship in which Chico State feeds the cattle that produce the hamburger meat for their Taproom Restaurant. The Chico State Beef Unit is very pleased with the cattle’s performance on the brewers grain, both in their feedlot setting and within the numerous studies conducted over the past several years. Brewers grain is high in protein and energy on a dry matter basis and is a more affordable option for the Chico State Beef Unit than other feedstuffs. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has been a long standing supporter of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture and the University Farm, which allowed the fostering of relationships between Dave Daley, Ph.D., Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., Kasey DeAtley, Ph.D., and leadership at Sierra Nevada. Byproducts can prove very valuable in a feedyard setting, and Foster Feedyard’s Jesse Larios, Brawley, shared that the feedyard utilizes a variety of byproducts including almond hulls, crushed walnut shells, dried distiller grains, beet pulp and straw from corn stalks, wheat, milo and Bermuda grass, but maybe most interestingly, bakery waste. “I can guarantee if I can gain a pound from looking at it, my cattle will gain a pound eating it,” Larios joked. Bakery waste can be anything made from flour like cereal or bread that has passed its expiration. It then goes to a plant to be ground and is turned into powder form and is then measured and priced based on its nutritional value. As a commercial feedlot, Larios takes pride in specialized individual input data to maximize productivity making livestock more efficient, and they achieve that utilizing all available commodities, many of which are byproducts. “These items might be a byproduct for someone who already used the primary service of the item, but I see them as a commodity,” Larios says. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 88

At right, cattle at Chico State utilize brewers grain from a local brewery for feed and below are John and Judy Ahmann’s cattle being fed discarded grape pomace.

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brings an interesting concept into play. Not only are cattle producers working overtime to figure out how to feed a growing population, but they’re acting on this necessity more efficiently than ever before. Perhaps feeding byproducts takes a one-bird-twostones-approach. Gleaning more than one use from one product to help produce delicious and nutritious beef for a growing population could tackle many more than two birds with something more environmentally beneficial, and a heck of a lot tastier, than just a single rock. Ranchers are problem solvers by nature, and the nature of their solutions has consumers hungry for more—beef, that is!

The feedlot utilizes the expertise of a nutritionist who specializes in maximizing efficiencies utilizing low cost commodities to provide a well balanced diet for their animals, but Larios notes they do pay attention to palatability. “We don’t want to feed something that may cause digestive stress to the animal,” Larios said. “Sometimes if you let the computer do it, it would tell you to use 100 percent bakery meal based on nutritional value in the ration, so we’ve got to make some changes that make sense there.” The feedyard has been feeding byproducts for as long as Larios can remember. “We feed byproducts as a commodity based off of nutritional value,” Larios said. “Our nutritionist looks at nutritional value as a consumer would look at the ingredients panel on a box of Wheaties.” Larios likens the use of byproducts fed to cattle to that of a FIELD REPRESENTATIVES unique scenario in a grocery store. “Imagine if you went to the ROB H. VON DER LIETH store and only saw the side of the Copperopolis, California (916) 769-1153 box and not the front of the box,” Larios said. “At the grocery store DAN WHEELER we are distracted by what a label Chandler, Arizona (480) 855-0161 might look like or what color the packaging is or whose face is on the HUGH CAHILL Lakeview, Oregon cereal box. At the feedyard, we look (541) 219-1021 at the nutritional value only and its benefit to the cattle.” RANDY ALVES Klamath Falls, Oregon Eliminating, or at least reducing, (541) 891-5348 food waste is very important to Larios, as he has a passion for (800) 778-8734 fighting the world hunger problem. (916) 570-1388 “Anything a human will throw in E-mail: the garbage, I will see if I can feed it to cattle,” Larios said. It is worth noting as an aside that nearly 40 percent of food brought home from the grocery store in America goes uneaten. In Larios’ mind, cattle can play an important role in helping to reduce waste, but he adds that humans can play a large role as well. As cattlemen and women make it their mission in life to continue their family ranching legacies over generations to come, producing more beef with fewer resources



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ince 1991, the beef checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) has delivered a set of guideposts and measurements for cattle producers and others to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. Early NBQAs focused on the physical attributes of beef and beef by-products – marbling, external fat, carcass weight and carcass blemishes. These cattle industry concerns have evolved to include food safety, sustainability, animal well-being, transportation and the growing disconnect between producers and consumers. As a result, over the past 25 years, NBQA researchers have made significant changes to the research, leading to an increasingly meaningful set of results. In fact, data from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit add tremendously to the core knowledge from preceding audits. Following is a summary of the research, as well as its implications for the industry.


The Face-to-Face Interviews provided understanding of what quality means to the various industry sectors, and the quality challenge priorities (Table 1). This research will help the industry make modifications necessary to increase the value of its products. Among the findings… ȇ

As it did in the previous audit, food safety surfaced as a key quality factor. In fact, to many respondents, food safety was believed to be implied as part of doing business;


The prevalence of branded beef items increased in the marketplace, which matched concerns about size inconsistencies in beef boxes. While size consistency was more important than size increase, large carcasses are making it harder for many further processors to meet customer specifications for thickness and weight;


Many companies were willing to pay a premium for guaranteed quality attributes. However, the average premiums companies were willing to pay were lower than in 2011. Tenderness and flavor continue to be the two beef quality factors that drive customer satisfaction;


BQA is not currently a recognized leader in consumer-facing channels, which is consistent with 2011 findings. Educating packers, retailers, foodservice, and further processing entities about the BQA program could improve Table 1. Quality Challenges - Ranked according to priority marketing weaknesses and negative public perceptions;


Product quality was the most cited strength of the steer and heifer sector of the beef industry. Retailers and foodservice companies identified marketing and lack of progression toward process transparency as the greatest industry weakness.




External Fat


Food Safety

Seam Fat

Overall Uniformity

Eating Satisfaction

Overall Palatability

Instrument Grading

Lean, Fat and Bone


Market Signals

Weight and Size

Overall Cutability



Carcass Weights

How and Where Cattle were Raised Visual Characteristics

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Figure 1.

Figure 1. Mobility score of fed cattle entering the packing plants


Mobility Score 2


Mobility Score 3

Mobility Score



Normal, walks easily, no apparent lameness


Exhibits minor stiffness, shortness of stride, slight limp, keeps up with normal cattle


Exhibits obvious stiffness, difficulty taking steps, obvious limp, obvious discomfort, lags behind normal cattle


Extremely reluctant to move - even when encouraged, statue-like

Source: North American Meat Institute (2015)

The Transportation, Mobility and Harvest Floor Assessments evaluated various characteristics that determine quality and value, including the number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that may impact animal value. The transportation and mobility assessments represented about 10 percent of a day’s production at each plant. The harvest floor assessment represented 50 percent of a day’s production – about 25,000 cattle. Research showed:


Mobility Score 1

ȇ Nearly 97 percent of cattle received a mobility score of 1, with the animal walking easily and normally, with no apparent lameness (Figure 1);

Figure 2. Bruise severity (% of bruises observed) Bruise Severity (% of bruises observed) 77.0


ȇ There was a decrease in black-hided cattle and an increase in Holstein-type cattle compared to the NBQA 2011, 57.8 percent vs. 61.1 percent and 20.4 percent vs. 5.5 percent, respectively;

Bruise Size Key

70 60 50


< 1 lb surface trim loss


1-10 lb trim loss


> 10 lb trim loss


Entire Primal

ȇ There were more cattle without a brand, more cattle with no horns, fewer cattle with identification, more carcasses with bruises, although bruising was generally less severe (Figure 2); ȇ The number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that impact animal value remain small; however, of livers harvested, more than 30 percent did not pass inspection and were condemned. Industry efforts to address these issues since 1995 have been generally encouraging.

40 30 20.6 20

The Cooler Assessments captured data on quality and yield grade attributes and carcass defects (Table 2). It also provides a benchmark for future beef industry educational and research efforts. The 2016 research showed:

10 1.7 0




0.7 Extreme


Table 2. Percentage distribution1 of carcasses stratified by USDA quality and yield grades USDA Yield Grade


Since 1995 there has been a continued increase in carcass weight. In 2016, 44.1% of carcasses weighed 900 lb or greater (Figure 3), which is 20.7 percentage points higher than in 2011. While total cattle slaughtered is the lowest in years, total beef production has increased. This suggests a positive sustainability outcome, producing more beef with the same amount of resources;


Heavier carcasses could result in an increased ribeye area which, in turn, could lead to a steak with an undesirable surface area. Consumers generally prefer thicker steaks with a smaller surface area.


There was a dramatic increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice (Figure 4), and a decrease in the frequency of Select. One of the reasons for this is the increase in dairy-type carcasses. While the greatest proportion of carcasses were within the lowest third of the grade for both Choice and Prime, the majority of carcasses qualifying for Select were in the top half of the grade.

USDA Quality Grade, % Prime






























with missing values for USDA quality or yield grades are not included. includes: Standard, Commercial, Utility, dark cutter, blood splash, hard bone, and calloused ribeye.


ȇ While the industry is improving the quality of beef being produced, that quality is being accompanied by an increase in size and fatness;

Figure6.3.Frequency Frequency distribution by carcass weight group Figure distribution by carcass weight groups 19.6%


18.4% 16.0%


13.3% 11.0%


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In a December 2016 Strategy Session, more than 70 individuals representing every sector of the beef industry met to review results of the research and discuss industry implications. Outcomes from that meeting provide quality guidance to the industry for the next five years.

<5 50

Instrument Grading Evaluation reviewed data that represented more than 4.5 million carcasses over a one-year period, and provided results that were similar to those observed through in-plant research, giving confidence to the increasingly prevalent assessments provided by instrument grading throughout the industry. The trends echoed those observed in 2011.

One essential need identified was for greater education and communication of BQA to the supply chain and consumers, and how increased certification of BQA followers could enhance respect for the program.

Weight Group (lbs)

Figure 4. Changes in Prime and Choice combined over time

Participants identified three categories for focused improvement:

Changes in Prime and Choice Over Time

80 71%

Food Safety and Animal Health ȇ Implement information-sharing systems, based on modern animal identification and record-keeping technologies, to improve global market access; ȇ


Improve uptake of preventive health strategies and good cattle husbandry techniques to ensure future effectiveness of antimicrobials;

70 61%

60 55% 49%






Continue efforts to improve supply chain safety interventions.

Eating Quality and Reduction of Variety ȇ Develop more measurable information systems to increase supply chain coordination; ȇ

Utilize advancements in genetic technologies to breed for carcasses with increased eating satisfaction, uniformity, and desirable end-product specifications;


Implement or refine sorting strategies to maximize uniformity of cattle, carcasses and end product. Systems to enable rewarding of increased uniformity should be developed.

Optimizing Value and Eliminating Waste ȇ Implement information-sharing systems, based on modern animal identification and record-keeping technologies, to assist in sending informed market signals to producers for greater (or lesser) valued carcasses and improve system efficiency; ȇ

Increase industry-wide uptake of proven genomic technologies and invest in the development, testing and acceptance of techniques to improve traits more quickly.







Table 3. Target Consensus for Quality Grade, Yield Grade and Carcass Weight Quality Grade Grade




Upper 2/3 Choice


Low Choice






Yield Grade Grade












Carcass Weight Range


<600 lb


600-900 lb


801-900 lb


901-1000 lb


>1000 lb


LOST OPPORTUNITIES Lost opportunities are calculated for each audit to give perspective to the value of industry losses for not producing cattle that meet industry targets. During the strategy workshop, participants set a target consensus for Quality Grade, Yield Grade and carcass weight. The target consensus is presented in Table 3. These goals, with the actual prevalence of each from the audit and summary prices for 2016, as reported by USDA, are used to calculate these values. Challenges arise each year in this exercise as prices sometimes are not reported, or changes in data collection occur. New issues for 2016 include lack of yearly prices for lungs and tongues as well as no collection of tripe condemnations. The total lost opportunities for previous audits are adjusted to 2016 prices to give an accurate comparison between years (Table 4).


The beef industry has spent the last quarter century significantly improving the quality of its product. However, there’s no denying room for continuous improvement. While the data show that those in the industry have a valuable story to tell, it’s no help that many in the industry don’t fully know the best way to tell it. In conclusion, the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit observed a decrease in cattle with hide brands, presence of horns, and an increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice carcasses. However, it is evident further improvement is needed with liver condemnations and carcasses with bruising. An important strategy for improved industry health and success was evident in the research: utilizing BQA and its principles to increase consumer confidence and enhance industry commitment would encourage greater beef demand, and improve industry harmonization. Carrying this BQA message throughout the industry all the way to consumers would benefit every audience.

Table 4. Lost opportunities in quality issues for NBQA-1991, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2011 and 2016 (using 2016 prices) 2016 2011 2005 2000 1995 1991 Quality Grade







Yield Grade







Carcass Weight




























The full Executive Summary and more information about the 2016 NBQA and previous audits can be found on the Beef Quality Assurance website at FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: National Cattlemen's Beef Association 9110 East Nichols Ave. Centennial, CO 80112 303.694.0305 July • August 2017 California Cattleman 93

Speaking Up For Beef 2017 California & Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Meeting by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead With a record-breaking attendance, the California & defending without getting defensive, you can create shared Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Meeting attracted cattle feeders, values to move forward on the topic of concern together. calf raisers and allied industry partners to San Diego to To encourage more beef producers to get involved, he catch up with one another, enjoy beautiful weather and added “If people are talking about you, you may as well hear from a wide variety of speakers. become a part of the conversation.” Brand new this year, the meeting officially began with Keith Belk, Ph.D., professor at Colorado State the Cattle Feeders Symposium, where attendees heard University in the Department of Animal Sciences and from several speakers on topics including cattle implants, Center for Meat Safety and Quality spoke about antibiotic judicious use of antibiotics, emerging diseases in cattle, resistance in beef production. He says the likelihood of vaccination protocols, feed additive technology and how to transmitting antimicrobial resistance to consumers is achieve efficiency in the feed yard. remote, and that post fabrication residues in beef cannot Later that evening, attendees made their way to the be found, because they do not exist thanks to food safety Knotty Barrel in the Gaslamp District of downtown San protocols. Diego to enjoy an unusually warm evening, for San Diego Belk touched on the technicalities between verbiage in May, among friends enjoying appetizers and brews, when talking about antibiotic resistance versus residue. He including tri-tip sliders and a tater tot bar! also said that the ability to monitor antimicrobial resistance 2017 California Feeder Council Chair Mike Smith, is becoming greater, explaining that in his lab at Colorado Selma, opened the business meeting the next morning State, he and his students have been working on DNA thanking everyone for coming and touting the impressive editing in order to attack “bad genes” to help with the lineup of speakers the group would be listening to over the problem. next two days. One of the underlying themes among speakers was CattleFax’s Duane Lenz kicked the morning off with continuing to improve transparency when advocating a beef industry outlook, sharing that a steady growth for the industry, a topic that isn’t necessarily new, but has in red meat production is currently paired with steady always been critical. Bruce Hoffman, DVM with Elanco, consumption. brought some alarming statistics with him to the meeting. “Demand is pretty good,” Lenz said. “Consumers have stayed with us.” Consumers are eating more at home these days, which is strange in a growing economy, Lenz said. Restaurant traffic is down, which means consumers are faced with important decisions at mealtime and beef advertisements at grocery stores help lead them to beef at the meat counter. Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., food and agricultural economist and author of The Food Police and Unnaturally Delicious, provided insight into communicating with consumers, a common theme for the day. Lusk independently surveys a group of about 1,000 consumers monthly to learn more about their viewpoints and concerns. In his consumer survey, folks are most concerned about the taste, safety, price and nutritional value of beef, in that order, Lusk said. Lusk says science and statistics are often not as persuasive as stories. In his information deficit model, he Speakers addressed current topics Wednesday afternoon explained that more information doesn’t always help get during the first ever Cattle Feeders’ Symposium to launch the someone on the beef producer’s side of the fence. But by CA & AZ Feeders’ Meeting. 94 California Cattleman July • August 2017

No, not anything to do with actual cattle, but in fact, he shared that only four people in the room of almost 300 had posted about beef on social media in the last month, 47 times in total. Four people. That’s it. In order to beef up our voices, we must be present on social media, Hoffman explained, because that’s where consumers live and gather their information. Hoffman encouraged attendees not to weaken when presented with an unruly consumer. He asked, “Can we be the voice of reason?” If yes, then do so, says Hoffman. The answer is undoubtedly yes, as most people genuinely trust farmers and ranchers and what they have to say. Following lunch, Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., took the stage to talk about reshaping the way we talk about sustainability in agriculture. When people are sick, they turn to doctors, and the

health industry is highly regarded, Mitloehner said. When people need to eat, they should depend on farmers and ranchers, but why do they seem to turn on them instead of to them, Mitloehner posed to the crowd. “There are people who want to destroy your legacy,” Mitloehner said. “Will you allow that?” There are accurate statistics about the good that agricultural production does, but sharing them with a personal story is key, Mitloehner said. He heavily encouraged attendees to become a part of the conversations in agriculture and animal production, noting key takeaways to use as the bedrock for future exchanges – both positive and negative. “Wake up to some of the discussions that are happening,” Mitloehner said. “When you don’t say ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 96

Alisa Harrison, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Issues Management, NCBA

Bruce Hoffman, DVM, beef technical consultant, Elanco Animal Health

Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs, NCBA

Duane Lenz, manager of operations and analyst services, CattleFax

Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., professor, University of California, Davis

Jayson Lusk, food and agricultural economist, author of The Food Police and Unnaturally Delicious

Jerry Woodruff, DVM, Professional Services Veterinary, Beef, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education, NCBA

Keith Belk, Ph.D., professor, Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Center for Meat Safety and Quality

CA Feeder Council Chair, Mike Smith and his son Clayton

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 95 anything, it suggests you have something to hide.” Alisa Harrison, senior vice president, global marketing and issues management with NCBA, spoke about NCBA’s long range plan and the programs that she and her team at NCBA are working on, including a “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner,” relaunch and identifying micro influencers on social media to help get beef ’s message to the older millennial parents who are making food purchasing decisions for their families. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs with NCBA, gave an animated update about the happenings in Washington, D.C., and his positive attitude suggests good things ahead for American beef. He shared about the positive connection he feels to the White House in that he has been in the White House more in the past 128 days than he had been in the past eight years of the previous administration. Woodall says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue lives by the theory that you can’t regulate people you don’t know, so he has made it his mission to get to know more farmers and ranchers across the United States. Similarly, Woodall says Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of Interior is “just like us.” He even rode his horse to work on his first day and has been reviewing monument designations made by previous administrations. In the past, Woodall joked that EPA could be mistaken as standing for “Eliminating Production Ag” but Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, spoke to the NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. this spring and received two standing ovations from ranchers. Needless to say, Woodall feels optimistic about winning some victories with EPA. To wrap up the afternoon, Woodall also touched on important current topics like trade, the Farm Bill and transportation issues, relaying positive news about each one. That evening, attendees and guests made their way by bus to Sea World for a private viewing of the brand new Orca Encounter show debuting this summer. Cowboy hats could be seen set against the backdrop of the ocean scene as the whales performed and showed the audience the traits and characteristics of whales in the wild, and during dinner at the park later than evening, it looked like everyone was enjoying the experience and having a whale of a time! The next morning, Josh White, executive director of producer education from NCBA, addressed both what’s new in the National Beef Quality Assurance Program and presented a beef industry sustainability overview. There is a new BQA module online at that is free and more interactive for the person earning their certificate. A new trucker certification is also available and Spanish versions of the training modules are coming soon. To conclude the morning’s speakers, Ty Lawrence, Ph.D., professor of animal science at West Texas A&M University presented a unique perspective on the history, issues and opportunities with yield grading. Over time, the way yield grades are measured has changed, Lawrence said, reminiscing on his meat judging days counting grid squares by hand. Today, cameras and computers are utilized to do a job humans can but faster 96 California Cattleman July • August 2017

and more accurately than ever before. However, the frame differences in cattle since the 50s are significant, but the prediction equation used is still based on those times. Things get especially interesting when Holstein cattle are put in the mix, as they more readily are these days. Lawrence suggests several solutions, including separating cattle types while figuring out where crosses best fit and reassessing the carcass yield equation to represent current carcass weights. Overall, speakers were well received and everyone enjoyed important discussions with one another during breaks and meals. Attendees left San Diego with new ideas and information to bring home and a renewed sense of the importance of becoming involved in conversations about cattle feeding and production agriculture in general to a growing consumer base. Thanks to several generous supporters, six California Young Cattlemen’s Committee members were able to attend and enjoy the meeting, as well. Read about their favorite parts of the experience on page 106. The California Feeders’ Council extends a sincere thank you to the sponsors who helped make this meeting possible. If you are interested in supporting future meetings, please contact Lisa Pherigo in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or via e-mail at We hope to see you in San Diego for next year’s meeting, May 24-25, 2018!

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INDUSTRY ELITE CALIFORNIA BEEF PRODUCERS ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCE from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association California cattlemen were well cattle market and emerging trends. At represented in the National Cattlemen’s Safeway, the participants received a firstBeef Association’s 2017 Young hand account of the retail perspective Cattlemen’s Conference. Normally, of the beef business and then toured each state sends two delegates to the the JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner feedyard, conference but this year, California one of the largest in the nation, and the had representation from the NCBA JBS Greeley packing and processing President-elect as well. Kevin Kester, plant. Parkfield, had the unique opportunity, From Denver, the group traveled to as NCBA leadership, to attend the Chicago where they visited McDonald’s conference with more than 50 cattle Campus and OSI, one of the nation’s producers from across the country premiere beef patty producers. After and across the industry attended the the brief stop in Chicago, the group conference. In addition to Kester, cattle concluded their trip in Washington feeders Joe Dan Cameron, Mesquite D.C., for an in-depth issues briefing Cattle Feeders, Brawley and Angus on current policy issues including Brown, El Toro Land & Cattle, Heber, international trade and increasing were selected by their fellow producers environmental regulations. to participate in the 2017 class. Following the issues update, the NCBA’s YCC program is an participants were given the opportunity opportunity for these young leaders to to visit one-on-one with members of gain an understanding of all aspects their state’s congressional delegation, of the beef industry from pasture expressing their viewpoints regarding to plate, and showcase the industry’s the beef industry and their cattle involvement in policy making, issues operations. John Deere then hosted a management, research, education and reception in the evening at their office. marketing. “As a feeder, it was amazing for me Beginning at the NCBA to witness so many facets of the beef headquarters in Denver, Colo., the industry chain first-hand and to foster group got an inside look at many of the relationships with producers from all issues affecting the beef industry and different walks of life,” said Joe Dan the work being done on both the state Cameron. “In the beef industry, we and national level to address these issues all work together toward the same on behalf of the NCBA membership. end result and it was refreshing to be While in Denver, participants reminded that we are all in this together were given an organizational overview and depend one another to make our of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff industry as success.” Program and CattleFax provided a With the beef industry changing comprehensive overview of the current rapidly, identifying and educating 98 California Cattleman July • August 2017

NCBA President-elect Kevin Kester and cattle feeders Joe Dan Cameron and Angus Brown represented California at this year’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference. leaders has never been so important. As a grassroots trade association representing the beef industry, the NCBA is proud to play a role in that process and its future success. Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni have gone to serve in state and national committees, councils and boards. YCC is the cornerstone of leadership training in the cattle industry.



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U.S. Stops fresh beef imports from brazil citing health concerns On June 22, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the suspension of all fresh beef imports from Brazil over more concerns about the safety of the products. Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting all meat products arriving from Brazil and has refused entry to 106 lots of beef — about 1.9 million pounds — due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions and animal health issues, USDA said. The rejection rate of 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef is substantially higher than the 1 percent rejection rate for shipments from the rest of the world, the agency noted. The suspension will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action that USDA finds satisfactory, USDA said. Perdue said the action was necessary to safeguard the nation’s food supply. “Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American

consumers. That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef,” Perdue said in a statement. USDA said its decision supersedes the Brazilian government’s own suspension of five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. Five beef plants in Brazil — three from Marfrig, one from JBS and one from Minerva — had their permits to export beef to the United States suspended last week by the Brazilian government after U.S. sanitary officials found non-conformities in reactions to vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The vaccine can sometimes cause reactions that provoke abscesses in the meat, the Brazilian association for meat exporting companies, ABIEC, said in a statement to the press. ABIEC said the suspended plants represent “a minimal fraction of the national production of animal protein,” and the Brazilian beef industry “follows the highest standards of sanitary surveillance and quality.”

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additional labor or supplemental feeding. These cattle many times are referred to as “low maintenance cattle”. In our opinion, Beef Value ($ B) is possibly the most misunderstood EPD that has ever been created. It is a powerful tool but it is a terminal index. If you are using Angus genetics in a terminal breeding situation, then we would not question your emphasis on $ B. However, if you are generating herd replacements with Angus genetics, we prefer to put emphasis on a combination of two other EPD’s – Weaned Calf Value ($ W) and Cow Energy Value ($ EN). Our breeding goals are to try to maximize $ W without going too far negative on $ EN.


Our ultimate goal is to create a small framed, low maintenance cow that can wean a big stout calf and do it without any other inputs from us. That goal is the same in both our Charolais and Angus herds. We think the functional ability of livestock is tied very closely to how they are designed from a phenotypic stand point. In our herds, the cattle must have an adequate amount body depth or volume, they must be heavy muscled, and they must be structurally sound. If they don’t meet these basic criteria, they are culled regardless of how good they are in terms of their EPD profile. We also believe in the value of the basic traits like, eyes, udder, feet and disposition. These traits are described by many as “convenience traits” and again if our cattle are not problem free in these areas, we limit their genetic influence in our herds. Our concern – don’t create cows that will need a welfare program in terms of additional inputs including feed to survive in our arid, western range environments. In our opinion, it will not work any better for you than it has for the federal government.

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Cattle Ranchers Beat the Heat in Coalinga 2017 CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead


he high temperatures in Coalinga certainly didn’t deter ranchers from across the state from gathering at the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant for the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California CattleWomen, Inc. (CCW) Midyear Meeting. This year’s well-attended and highspirited Midyear Meeting began with the Successful Ranching workshop, a part of the Surviving Drought Risk Management Workshop Series hosted by CCA. A myriad of speakers shared their insights with the audience, which included a significantly sized group of young ranchers, as well. Topics like risk management, loan opportunities, grazing lease strategies and government financing were covered by speakers like Duane Lenz of CattleFax, Joel Burns of F & M Bank, and certified rangeland manager Tim Koopmann, as well as Katie Delbar and Karri Jones from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. In his conversations about risk

Cattle Fax’s Duance Lenz

management, Lenz provided a sound piece of advice to the beef producers in the room. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” he said, advising new producers to know their breakeven costs. Joel Burns, who has a longstanding career in banking, posed that in his opinion agriculture and banking are probably the most related businesses. He also stressed the importance of maintaining a cash flow budget to help your ranching business stay on track. Following the workshop, meetings commenced and a welcome reception later on gave attendees a bit of a respite from the heat that awaited them before they made their way across the parking lot to the hotel— a blazing 91 degrees at 9 p.m. Early the next morning, members enjoyed a corned beef hash breakfast to fuel themselves for a busy day ahead. Though meetings began at 6 a.m. that morning, the informational forum formally gathered attendees for an informative morning together. Lenz again started the session

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off with an overview of the beef cattle market. He shared that beef demand in retail is down one percent compared to 3 to 5 percent in years past but it is also the third record high year for demand on the retail side of the market, on a positive note. He also touched on the relationship between U.S. beef and China and told attendees that it will be a process. He assured that it will be a good outcome, but it will take some time to sort details out before the process is streamlined. CCA President Dave Daley, Oroville, addressed AB 243. He discussed the details of the bill and the possibility of securing a vote to develop the California Beef Commission. In December at the Annual CCA & CCW Convention, the CCA Board of Directors voted to move forward to pursue a vote to add an additional dollar to the Beef Checkoff with the caveats that there should be a refund option and that money would stay in California, not go to be used on the federal level. Daley mentioned that there are 19

F & M Bank’s Joel Burns

CCW President Cheryl Foster with Daley and Harris Ranch’s John Harris

existing commissions for agriculture products in California, noting as a somewhat comical aside that even the spiny lobster industry is creating a commission. If the bill is passed, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be asked to set up a vote. Anyone who sold cattle within the year the vote will take place, will be allowed and asked to vote. CCA Second Vice President Pat Kirby, Wilton encouraged the beef community’s ongoing input and said, “Everyone is entitled to participate, and we hope you do.” Dennis Wilson, DVM, veterinary specialist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture went over the fine print on the results that SB 27, the new antibiotic regulations and what is in store for California beef producers come Jan. 1, 2018. A veterinarian needs to get to know you and your animals, Wilson said, and a relationship between the client and patient is crucial to authorize your veterinarian to make important decisions about your animals. In an effort to address the issue of veterinary coverage in California, Wilson mentioned that CDFA wants to work with producers and veterinarians to figure out how best to address the gaps that currently exist. As Jan. 1 approaches, CDFA will have an update that they will distribute and establish a baseline of data so as years go by they can monitor what is happening, better enabling them to make recommendations that are useful to producers. CDFA will also be administering a producer survey to learn more about antibiotic use in cattle production. “I’m very confident that you have a very good story to tell, we just need the numbers to prove it,” Wilson said. Daley encouraged CCA members to fill out the survey when it becomes available. Rounding out the morning’s informational forum, Damien Schiff, senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, an organization that has helped CCA with a substantial amount of work

defending ranchers and their ability to ranch in legal cases, took to the podium regarding some ongoing cases. These cases involve the California gray wolf, the endangered species act review, the Clean Water Act and Waters of United States, and a new case surrounding the Regulatory Flexibility Act which will challenge the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s position that the afore mentioned act never applies with critical habitat designations. “Both of our interests in protecting private property rights is important,” Schiff said. “And I believe together we can protect those rights.” You can learn in more detail about how CCA and PLF have worked together on numerous cases on page 74. When the informational forum concluded, committee meetings hit the ground running starting with CCA’s Federal Lands Committee and CCA’s Cattle Health Committee, both filled to the brim with standing room only. After having a chance to catch up with one another over a delicious beef salad lunch, it was off to more committee meetings again, this time reconvening with a second dose of CCA’s Federal Lands Committee in addition to CCA’s Ag Poly and Cattle Marketing Committee, followed by CCA’s Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee. The CCW workshop also kicked off after lunch where CattleWomen heard from former Assemblywoman and California Senate candidate Shannon Grove about the what’s what in the California legislature. Throughout the workshop, various cattlewomen units shared their history, a common theme at CCW meetings this year as the association turns 65. In an exciting afternoon plot twist, the California Beef Ambassadors were the judges for some cattlewomen who tried their hands in the contest areas ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 104

CCW members were excited to be in Coalinga with their fellow beef enthusiasts.

CCA Member Kyle Daley, Oroville and Chad Amen, Cottonwood, talk about issues during a break from meetings.

Siskiyou County CattleWomen Barbara Cowley and CCW President Cheryl Foster.

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 103 that the young beef agvocates participated in this spring! “Even though there was a schedule change moving the CCW workshop to the afternoon, I think it was a positive thing,” said Jean Barton, Red Bluff. “Sometimes the CattleWomen don’t get to attend informational meetings that the cattlemen do, and I think it was good for everyone to hear from those speakers and learn the information shared.” Acting as the cherry on top to an eventful meeting, everyone once again gathered in the ballroom to come in from the heat and enjoy a meal together. Folks may have found themselves shouting to be heard for the amount of conversation that was going on that night, sharing favorite parts of the meeting or continuing important discussions from the day. All in all, CCA and CCW thank members who were able to make it to Coalinga and work together to beat the proverbial heat that the beef cattle community often faces. We hope to see you in cooler temperatures Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the 101st CCA and CCW Annual Convention back at the Nugget Casino Resort to continue on the high notes where we left off in Coalinga!

CCA Officers: Feeder Council Chair Mike Smith, CCA Second Vice Presidents Mike Williams and Pat Kirby, CCA President Dave Daley and CCA First Vice President Mark Lacey.

Catching up over lunch are (L to R): UC Davis Animal Science Professor Jim Oltjen, Ph.D., foothill abortion researchers Myra Blanchard and Jeff Stott, Ph.D., and Gene Harlan, DVM.

Pictured (L to R) are: Bud Sloan, DVM, with wife Kim Sloan, Santa Paula and Linda Williams and CCA Second Vice President Mike Williams, Acton.

It was a packed house during meeting discussions during this year’s Midyear meeting. With a hot bed of topics, there was plenty of participation from CCA members passionate about preserving their way of life.

Dean Hunt, McKinleyville, and Past CCA President Rob Frost, Santa Paula had a chance to catch up during the annual meeting.

CCA is fortunate to have young, excited beef producers participating to ensure the future of their industry. Pictured (L to R) are: Chad Amen, Casey Miller, Kyle Daley, Doug Freitas, Brooke Helsel, Seth Scribner, Jared Kerr and Mike Farr.

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FUTURE FOCUS CALIFORNIA YOUNG CATTLEMEN’S MEMBERS GET UNIQUE CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITY by CCA Director of Communications and YCC Advisor Malorie Bankhead Thanks to several supporters including Nutra Blend, In his talk titled Influencing Consumer Market, he ZinPro, Mesquite Cattle Feeders, Foster Feedyard, Elanco, discussed the communication gap between producers Beohringer Ingelheim and Bayer, six California Young in the beef cattle industry and consumers. Hoffman Cattlemen’s Committee members attended the California & mentioned organic production of beef cattle and talked Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Meeting in May. The students would about the challenges that come with organic production. like to thank the people who helped them experience this This was the first time Fee had heard anyone talk about meeting and shared what they found most valuable about the consequences, and not just the challenges, of organic the meeting below. production. Kim Carlson, a University of California, Davis (UC “With organics being so trendy there is a surprising Davis), junior studying animal science and management with amount of information that is either not known or a livestock emphasis thought the 2017 California & Arizona misunderstood by consumers about production agriculture Cattle Feeder’s Meeting was a very fun and educational that goes into the label on their food,” Fee said. “Dr. experience from beginning to end. Hoffman invited us to be responsible communicators, “The amount of information and the education that I educators and advocates of our industry to help consumers received by attending was amazing—this was my first time make purchasing decisions based on facts and not just attending a meeting of this caliber,” Carlson said. labels.” The presentation she enjoyed the most was Ty Lawrence, Courtney Andreini, a UC Davis senior studying animal Ph.D., regarding beef yield grading. This subject was one science and management, thought the feeders meeting that was briefly touched upon in several of her animal was one of the most beneficial conferences she has ever science classes at UC Davis, yet she had never looked into attended. it in depth. She thought Lawrence’s presentation was very As a graduating senior, Andreini says this meeting was a intriguing and informational as he spoke about the history great way to the end the year. of yield grading to the many advancements we have now “I appreciated all of the guest speakers who presented to such as yield grading cameras. Additionally, Lawrence spoke the group,” Andreini said. “However, Dr. Jerry of and compared the different grading methods for other countries such as Britain. Carlson found the differences ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 108 between the methods very thought provoking, as she did not know of their existence before the presentation. Rebecca Barnett, a UC Davis senior studying sustainable agriculture and food systems with an emphasis in economics and policy says the meeting was an awesome experience to meet and network with passionate leaders and individuals within the cattle industry. “It gives me hope that there is still a strong future for the cattle industry, and I am excited to see what new opportunities open up in the future,” Barnett said. “This conference reminded me of why I am honored to have a leadership role among the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee as secretary and get to be a part of such a great industry full of hard working individuals.” Savanna Fee, a UC Davis junior studying Pictured (L to R): Courtney Andreini, UC Davis; Savanna Fee, UC animal science and management thought there Davis; Kim Carlson, UC Davis; Rebecca Barnett, UC Davis; Melissa were many great speakers at the Cattle Feeders’ Hardy, Cal Poly, SLO; and Steven Pozzi, Fresno State. Meeting, but for her, Bruce Hoffman, DVM, stood out. 106 California Cattleman July • August 2017

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 106 Woodruff spoke briefly on Wednesday of the conference about the effects of processing cattle on arrival compared to delaying the processing date 30 days and it really intrigued me.” In the classes she has taken this quarter, and with the producers she has met this past year, she says this is a concept that few agree on. The data Woodruff presented was intriguing to Andreini, and insinuated that delaying the processing date benefited cattle performance. “However, I truly appreciated how much he emphasized that this is not the final solution and that it depends on each operation,” Andreini said. “It was a well put together presentation and I really enjoyed it.” Steven Pozzi, a Fresno State sophomore studying agriculture business, didn’t have a large understanding of the cattle feeding business due to his background in cow calf operations before the meeting. “I had a great experience at the California & Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Meeting,” Pozzi said. “It was intriguing to learn about cattle implants, and the improved growth and efficiency added to calves with these products. He enjoyed listening to and talking with Frank Mitloehner, as he helped make Pozzi feel more prepared on how to educate people on the efficiency of feedyards. The event was a great learning experience for Pozzi, and he believes that it truly expanded his knowledge on the feeding industry as well as expanded his connections from the northern end of California all the way to the southeast corner of Arizona Melissa Hardy, a Cal Poly junior studying animal science. really enjoyed Dr. Jayson Lusk’s presentation on the public challenges facing the beef industry. “It is easy to become frustrated and discouraged when attempting to explain to the public what we really do in the beef industry when society is telling them a different story,” Hardy said. “Dr. Lusk shined light on ways to reach the public, as well as set the simple facts straight, and I am excited to use his suggestions moving forward as I continue to advocate for our industry.” The California Young Cattlemen’s Committee turns 25 in 2017, and with the support of ranchers and beef industry members, our students are able to gain priceless opportunities to further their passions and expand their networks in the beef community. For that, your support means so much! If you have an event you would like YCC members to help with in the Chico, Fresno, Davis and San Luis Obispo areas, please contact state YCC advisor Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or by e-mail at 108 California Cattleman July • August 2017

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USDA Secretary, lawmakers voice importance of crop insurance financially incentivized to eliminate wrongful claims. That In meetings shortly following his appointment as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recognized crop is why companies have invested millions in new technology insurance as an important part of the farm safety net and and training and education efforts. said the program is critical to the country’s food security The efforts have paid off, with instances of improper during recent Senate testimony about the proposed United crop insurance payments in 2016 at just 2.02 percent, States Department of Agriculture (USDA) budget. down from 2.2 percent in 2015, according to the Office of Committee members from both sides of the aisle also Management and Budget. This is significantly lower than the voiced support. government-wide improper payment rates of 4.67 percent in Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) described crop insurance as 2016 and 4.39 percent in 2015. “the number-one risk management tool for our producers,” As budget discussions continue—one thing is very clear. adding, “particularly as we look at a drought year and low Crop insurance is an excellent taxpayer investment and is commodity prices, it is vitally important.” working to constantly improve. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) meanwhile made it clear that farmers don’t make money off crop insurance and would rather plant a successful crop than receive an indemnity payment. Tester’s comment was aimed at a recent controversial statement Secretary Perdue made in the Senator’s home state, when the Secretary implied some farmers may buy insurance hoping it will pay out on a lost crop. The Secretary has since asked that these remarks not be misinterpreted as no farmer hopes to lose a crop. The numbers bear that out, proving that crop insurance helps farmers pick up the pieces after disaster, not profit. Over the past five years, the cumulative nationwide Aaron Tattersall Jim Vann loss ratio has averaged 0.91 (any 303.854.7016 530.218.3379 number below 1.0 means that insurance premiums paid were Lic #0H15694 Lic #0B48084 greater than what farmers received in indemnities). In fact, one of the reasons that crop insurance is so popular on Capitol Hill is its structure that promotes accountability and reduces waste. Crop insurance requires all losses to be verified by a trained, independent third party, and farmers Matt Griffith Dan VanVuren 530.570.3333 209.484.5578 have “skin in the game” by paying premiums and shouldering a portion Lic #0124869 Lic #0E44519 of losses. Even in the aftermath of the When it comes to PRF (Pasture, Rangeland, Forage), historic 2012 drought, America’s there’s no one better! farmers did not make money off crop insurance, but used it to survive losses and plant again the following year. In fact, farmers paid more than $4 billion in premiums and shouldered approximately $13 billion in losses before their policies kicked in. Furthermore, since crop insurance providers have dollars at risk on every policy, they are 110 California Cattleman July • August 2017

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BREEDING UP BRANGUS Understanding the Ultrablack® and Ultrared™ Programs from the International Brangus Breeders Association

In October 2005, the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) board of directors approved creation of the Ultrablack and Ultrared program to take advantage of the strengths of the Brangus and Angus or Red Angus breeds. Ultrablack and Ultrared animals are registered composite animals with validated and documented lineage that are between 12.5 percent and 87.5 percent Brangus breeding. The remaining 87.5 percent to 12.5 percent must be a registered Angus to be a Ultrablack or Red Angus to be a Ultrared. Ultrablack cattle are assigned a “UB” prefix and Ultrared cattle are assigned a “UR” prefix with all UB and UR animals receiving EPDs from the national cattle evaluation (NCE) analysis using a multi-breed model. For example, a registered Brangus sire (R00000001) mated to a registered and enrolled Angus cow (EA000000001) would produce a registered Ultrablack (UB0000000001) calf. The UB0000000001 calf could then be mated to a registered Brangus or registered and enrolled Angus to produce a registered Ultrablack (UB0000000002) calf. The IBBA documents the pedigree and breed composition as well as calculates adjusted performance data and ultimately provides EPDs for all registered cattle. These polled Ultrablack and Ultrared cattle combine environmental adaptability FIGURE 1. and maternal excellence of the Brangus breed with the exceptional marbling, calving ease and name recognition of Angus or Red Angus breeds. Like other composite breeds, Ultrablack and Ultrared cattle have a high level of hybrid vigor (heterosis) that results in improvement in overall 112 California Cattleman July • August 2017

reproductive performance, growth rate, weaning weight per cow exposed and optimization of mature cow size. Other convenience traits positively impacted by hybrid vigor generally include improvements in weaning rate, higher serving capacity, improved pregnancy rate, larger scrotal circumference, greater sperm production and reduced age at puberty. Ultrablack and Ultrared sired calves meet and/ or exceed industry standards for growth and performance in the feedlot phase. Additionally, these same calves maximize premiums in the packing plant because of their exceptional ribeye size and above average marbling scores. Use registered Ultrablack and Ultrared genetics to take advantage of hybrid vigor in order to produce cattle possessing maternal excellence in the pasture, profitability traits in the feedlot and unequalled carcass attributes in the meat counter.

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at least seven-eighths (87.5 percent) Brangus qualifies as a registered Brangus. Likewise, progeny from these bred

Angus Plus was created by a group of Brangus breeders

up (produced from Ultrablack® or Ultrared™ Appendix

wishing to maximize the amount of Angus influence

Program) animals recorded in the Brangus registry meet all

in their cattle and became a part of the Red Angus

requirements for registration. On Aug. 13, 2013, the Board approved that a Ultrablack

Association of America (RAAA) Registry in 2001. Originally, cattle qualifying as Angus Plus were defined

or Ultrared with a minimum of 87.5 percentBrangus

as Angus/Brahman derivatives with a minimum of 50

would be given an ‘R’ prefix registration number. The

percent Angus (red or black) and a preference for higher

first generation of a bred up Brangus from a Ultrablack

percentage Angus breeding.

(87.5 percent or greater Brangus) would receive a U1 in the

They placed an emphasis on lowering the Brahman influence below the traditional Brangus levels. With that said, on July 1, 2004, the RAAA changed the definition of an Angus Plus animal to cattle that were Brahman/ Angus derivatives that have been derived from purebred lines (Red Angus, Angus, Brahman, Red Brangus, and/ or Brangus) between 65 percent and 96 percent registered red or black Angus and a minimum of four percent registered Brahman. Unlike the RAAA, leaders at the IBBA have

“Generation” area on the registration paper (see flowchart below). Progeny produced from a bred up Brangus (“R” prefix and U1 generation code) parent mated to a registered Brangus will receive an “R” prefix and “2” generation code. Likewise, progeny produced from a bred up Brangus (“R” prefix and “2” generation code) parent mated to a registered Brangus (2nd generation or higher) will receive an “R” prefix and “3” generation code.


always stressed the importance of Bos Indicus influence in Ultrablack and Ultrared cattle by keeping the Brangus influence at a 12.5 percent level or higher for registry. This was further confirmed by the IBBA membership with continued conversation about a breeding up from Ultrablack and Ultrared to Brangus program.

Breeding Up Ultrablack and Ultrared to Brangus Status In early 2013, the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) membership approved the breeding up of Ultrablack® and UltraredTM cattle to registered Brangus. The membership agreed they are polled or scurred animals of Brangus and Ultrablack or Ultrared breeding which are black or red respectively (with no white in front of the navel). The rule states that an IBBA registered Brangus sire or dam mated to an IBBA registered Ultrablack or Ultrared sire or dam that results in 114 California Cattleman July • August 2017


Brangus & Ultrablacks Bred to Perform Join Us July 19, at the Western Region Brangus & Ultrablack Classic at the 2017 California State Fair, Sacramento, California Cattle Available Private Treaty at the Ranch and February of 2018 in Marana, Arizona, at the ‘Best in the West’ Sale ViSiT US Online Follow Us on Instagram @spanishranchcuyama THD ©


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RANCHERS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND FARM TO FORK FESTIVAL to action for fellow beef producers in California to join them. Maxine DeCosta, the CCW booth coordinator said, “This is a great opportunity to meet with our consumers and teach them more about where the beef they enjoy comes from. We’d love to have as many beef producers there as possible!” Admission to the festival is free. If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, please contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 and ask for Malorie. For more information about the festival visit www. farm-to-fork-festival/. July • August 2017 California Cattleman 115

The Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival is an annual event held in Sacramento that celebrates the region’s agriculture and helps consumers learn more about where their food and drink come from. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Capitol Mall. Sacramento, known for being the “Farm to Fork Capital,” hosts various vendors during this festival as well as cooking demonstration stages, live music, a kids’ zone, interactive booths and more! The California CattleWomen, Inc. (CCW) have a booth at this event and are putting out a call

RANGELAND TRUST TALK CONNECTING URBAN YOUTH TO THE RANCH by California Rangeland Trust Director of Communications Jessica Kong A year ago, California Rangeland Trust celebrated the renewal of funding for the Where Your Food Grows & Grazes youth ranch tour program that gives school kids a behind-the-scenes look at where their food comes from. The program, funded by Raley’s and AT&T, busses urban youth to a Raley’s or Bel-Air store and culminates in a visit to a nearby ranch. With less than 2 percent of the population working in agricultural production, urban populations are increasingly disconnected from the cultural, economic and ecological benefits provided by California ranchers. California Rangeland Trust has found that visiting a ranch is a transformative experience that builds appreciation for ranchers and fosters a love of land and animals. The Rangeland Trust’s Community Outreach Coordinator Jenna Lamberta set up five tours during the summer and fall of 2016. Once again, the land, animals and ranchers did not disappoint. Thanks to the Garamendi family of McSorely Ranch, Mockelumne Hill, kids that were scared to eat something they had picked – having never done it before – loved berrying once they literally got a taste. At O’Connell Ranch, Colusa, Dan and Barbara O’Connell organized an extraordinary line-up of presenters – including California CattleWoman President Sheila Bowen, Glennville, Jerry and Sherry Maltby,

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Williams, and Colusa FFA – who inspired high schoolers to pursue a career in agriculture. At Yolo Land & Cattle Co., Woodland, first graders fell in love with Scott and Karen Stone. They initially wanted to be rock stars and firemen when they grew up, but after petting horses, branding boards, and a cattle demonstration, decided they wanted to be “farmers” instead. At the Wood family’s Wood Ranch, in Vina, high schoolers witnessed an action-packed working dog and cow horse demonstration orchestrated by Darrell Wood, Bubba Kelley and Pete Fracchia. Thanks to Mark, Abbie and Ryan Nelson, students learned about the Certified Angus Beef® and seedstock operations at Five Star Land & Livestock in Wilton. A highlight was when football team members tried a hand at roping a dummy. Later, one of them, still sporting a grill in his mouth and pants down to his knees, told his friends he was going to be a cowboy when he grew up. Some of them had never seen a cow before. There’s no question that the incredible efforts of these ranchers and volunteers changed kids’ lives and the Rangeland Trust saw an opportunity to build off these successes through Spring 2017. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 118

Where Your Food Grows & Grazes field trip students at Spring Valley Ranch in Williams.



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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 116 The first field trip of 2017 brought a group of kids with a variety of disabilities to Pope Taylor Ranch in Ione. The students piled off the bus and were greeted by Emily Taylor, the CRT staff and individuals who work on her ranch. After a brief history of the property, students broke off into groups of 12 and rotated through the six stations; “Coop to Omelet,” “History of the Texas Longhorn,” “Busy Bees,” “Pasture Raised Chickens,” “Horse Shoeing 101” and the “Life of a Goat.” A first for many of the students, whether it was nailing a horse shoe onto a hoof, picking up a goat or making an omelet with eggs straight from the coop, this introduction to a working ranch helped shaped these students’ vision of how someday they might be able to participate and be part of a working landscape. One student now wants to be a farrier. Taylor said of the tour, “I feel very blessed to be able to share the feeling of being on a working ranch with students that might not otherwise have the opportunity. To give them the opportunity to experience the empowerment that comes from being surrounded by nature and open space. This message to me seems more crucial than ever.” Concurrently, a group of Rangeland Trust volunteers has been hard at work, crafting messages that address and dispel misconceptions surrounding ranching in California. While these messages were resonating with the land trust and ranching communities, this group believed there was a way to turn these messages into hands-on experience. This was the inspiration behind the conservation activity piloted at Bob Slobe and Kim Mueller’s Spring Valley Ranch tour in Williams. First, Matt and Julie Griffith, Williams, provided a great introduction to the beef industry and the students learned about conservation efforts on the ranch. Then, Rangeland Trust staff conducted an activity that connected the ecological benefits of grazing with private land ownership and conservation easements. As inner city kids discovered the way rangeland sequesters carbon and recharges groundwater for themselves, excitement skyrocketed. “Are ranches important?” the Rangeland Trust’s Alyssa Rolen asked the group of kids standing in the hot sun. “Yes!” they yelled. “What happened?” “The dirty water got to the ranch, and then… and then it disappeared!” a young African-American girl shouted. The teachers were so impressed that they want to begin using real-life examples and case studies from agriculture to bring STEM (science, technology, 118 California Cattleman July • August 2017

engineering, and math) subjects to life. “AT&T is dedicated to helping advance the education of our young students,” said John Jefferson of AT&T California. “We are proud to support CRT’s efforts to promote STEM education and the changing world of agriculture, which will help prepare students for future success.” It’s not just inner-city kids who are learning from these tours. With momentum building, the last ranch tour of the 2016-2017 school year brought the tour back to Wood Ranch and saw the addition of an activity that addresses myths in the beef industry. Even though this was an animal science class from a more rural area, much of the information was new to the students. After a brief overview of the beef lifecycle, students played the role of a rancher, making cattle stocking, processing, and treatment decisions experiencing how modern ranchers are able to produce more with less. They also played a game that showed how myths and halftruths spread. A highlight was a visual representation of the amount of estrogen found in four ounces of peas, cabbage, and beef from both a steer with a hormone implant and a steer without. Bubba Kelley of Crooked River Ranch Horses, who provided ranch horse and cow dog demonstrations with Austin Prince, said, “The visual of the hormone levels, along with the quiz, was very eye-opening for the kids.” The teacher will be even using these materials to continue to dispel beef myths in the classroom. Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager and Executive Director of Raley’s nonprofit Food for Families, was able to attend the Wood Ranch tour with Megan Riggs, Raley’s Community Coordinator. Whitman said, “Raley’s is proud of our partnership with the California Rangeland Trust – our program, Where Your Food Grows & Grazes, allows so many kids to understand where their food comes from and see firsthand the importance of land preservation. Together, we help our next generation of healthy eaters understand the importance of sustainability and food literacy. The California Rangeland Trust is a hard-working, dedicated group that shines as a responsible steward of our community investment.” With the close of the 2016-2017 school year, the youth ranch tour program is beginning to see impact beyond the ranch. Having attended two of the ranch tours this spring, Rangeland Trust Chief Executive Officer Nita Vail said, “We are so grateful for the incredible support from our community – from Raley’s and AT&T to our ranch hosts and volunteers – that has helped this program develop into something far greater than what we had initially imagined. As we look to the future, we are excited to see where this program leads.”


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Dolcini Named 2017 Outstanding Rancher by Sonoma County Fair The Sonoma County Fair Board and members of the local ranching industry have selected Sam Dolcini, Hicks Valley, as the 2017 Outstanding North Bay Rancher and the recipient of the J.W. Jamison Perpetual Trophy. “Steward of the Land” is a title well-deserved for Dolcini. With agrarian roots in Marin County dating back to the 1850s, you could say it’s in his DNA. From lessons on his family’s ranch to the one-room school house he attended to Boy Scouts, Sam learned a core message: To make the world better for those who come next. “In Scouts, we were taught to leave every campsite as good as we found it, better when possible, and nothing but our footprints when we left,” says Dolcini, “and that’s still my philosophy.” As a fifth generation rancher, Sam’s footprints reflect his family’s love for the land. He put himself through college, earning a degree in Agricultural Business and joining Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers—which he says was the ‘gateway’ to his career. “I see myself as part of a community helping the world to go ‘round,” says Dolcini. “We are connected as caretakers, privileged to make a living off the land and obligated to preserve the opportunity for the next generation… That’s why this award is so deeply gratifying. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers.” In addition to his family’s beef operation, Sam works as an agricultural recruiter and is a tireless advocate for all things agriculture. He represents Ag interests on the Marin County Farm Bureau, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Young Farmers and Ranchers and the State Farm Bureau. When asked what he’s most proud of, Sam cites a fence he built under deadline (and the bet he won), working to preserve land so families can stay on their ranches, helping to start youth Ag scholarships and inspiring people about agriculture. The Sonoma County Fair is proud to present the Outstanding North Bay Rancher award to Sam Dolcini. The Fair celebrated the honor during its annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 at the Fairgrounds and received the J.W. Jamison Perpetual Trophy. He will also be recognized on Farmer’s Day at the Fair, Sunday, Aug. 6 in Chris Beck Arena.

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Each spring, as college graduates make their way down new paths in life, the California Cattlemen’s Association pays tribute to those graduates from across the state who have excelled in their respective educational programs in California’s four-year agriculture colleges. In addition to accomplishing their goals within the classroom, each of the CCA Achievement Award recipients must also be involved in extracurricular activities pertaining to agriculture, demonstrate superior leadership


abilities and have goals to stay involved in the beef industry. With future goals to make a positive impact on the beef industy, this year’s class of graduates has set the bar high and CCA members should be pleased to see the future looking so bright. CCA extends congratulations to the entire class of 2017! Good luck as you find your way in this world. May the future of agriculture be brighter as a result of your efforts.


ANIMAL SCIENCE ANIMAL SCIENCE AGRICULITURAL ANIMAL SCIENCE Looks to pursue a career as a Has accepted and begun a BUSINESS & ANIMAL Has begun working for family game warden or work in the position with the Yuba-Sutter SCIENCE produce business as a Food animal science sector. Also Farm Bureau as their new Plans to attend graduate school in Safety Coordinator with starting a small cow/calf Program Coordinator. ruminant reproductive physiology. further plans of attending operation. veterinary school.



ANIMAL SCIENCE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION Attending Veterinary School Pursuing a career as a High and pursuing a career as a large School Agriculture Instructor. animal veterinarian.


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In Memory BOB MILLER Robert E. (Bob) Miller Jr. passed away June 7, at 77 years old after a brave battle with cancer. Born April 21, 1940 in Ashland, Ore., to Robert E. Miller Sr. and Goldie Miller, Bob grew up as a fourthgeneration Jackson/Siskiyou

BILL BURROWS Bill Burrows passed away June 6, at the age of 79. He was born to RG and Elda Burrows in Red Bluff. Feb. 23, 1938. Bill graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1957 and married his love, Karen Irene Coen, Jan. 25, 1959. After graduating from UC Davis with a Master’s Degree in Agriculture, he continued to live in the North State, spending 34 years working at and developing the Shasta College Ag and Natural Resources Department along with a passion for the development of holistic management practices on his own family ranch west of Red Bluff. He also served as a Tehama County Fish & Game Commissioner, always energetically involved in the management of Tehama County lands and resources. He loved the outdoors whether working hard or playing hard, hunting deep sea fishing, teaching his grandkids and great grands the joy in living life as a rancher and farmer! Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Margaret Studebaker. He is survived by his loving wife Kay, his son, David and wife Tory, daughter Memory Beasley and husband Gary, daughter Linda Oddon and husband Steven, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great- grand children. A celebration of his life was held June 17, 2017. Memorial donations can be made in Bill’s honor, to the Oak Woodlands Management Program through the Tehama County Fish & Game Commission, PO Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

County rancher. Growing up, Bob was known for his rifle marksmanship abilities and placed well in shooting competitions, as well as participating in the Boy Scout program. After graduating from Ashland High School he went on to complete a four-year degree in Animal Husbandry at Oregon State University. In 1968, Bob was hired as an OSU County Extension Agent in Burns, Ore., where he enjoyed working before returning to the family ranch. Bob and his wife Pat moved to Hornbrook, to be near his mom, Goldie in 2004. THELMA “SUE” OWENS Bob was a life-long NRA member and avid Thelma Owens passed away peacefully with her hunter who always enjoyed deer and elk hunting as family by her side Wed., June 7, at 95 years. well as fishing. Bob also cared about the communities She was born in Boswell Okla., and was very he lived in, believed in volunteerism, and dedicated proud of her heritage. She graduated from Boswell many hours of his time in having a strong voice for High School and continued her education receiving a supporting private property and grazing rights for our teaching degree in home economics from Sacramento rural areas and the ranching industry. He was a 4-H Jr college. Thelma taught kindergarten until moving horse leader; a founding member and past president to Red Bluff in 1955, where she worked for Minch of the Siskiyou County Sportsman’s Association; Wholesale Meat Co. It was while working there as a served a term on the Siskiyou County Cattlemen’s secretary she learned to love and respect the cattle people of Red Bluff. Board; member of the Hornbrook Grange and Thelma had special connection and love for the ranching life while water board; and was honored as the 2005 Jackson attending the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale in 1968 met Jim Owens, County Cattleman of the Year as he had been actively according to her the best thing that ever happened to her.They were married involved with that organization for many years, and the following year, June 17, 1969 in Reno, Nev. also served as a regional vice president and committee Thelma and Jim ran many cattle, dividing their time between Red Bluff, chair for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Ft. Klamath and Williams Ranch. She loved cooking for family gatherings, Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert brandings and the cowboys. Thelma was known across the country for her E. Miller Sr; mother, Goldie Miller; and son, Brian great lunches. Lee Miller. He is survived by his wife, Pat Miller Thelma was an active member of California CattleWomen, she was of Hornbrook; daughter and son-in-law, Tara and awarded Tehama County CowBelle of the Year in 1995, the same year Jim Chet Porterfield of Macdoel; granddaughters, Kady received Cattleman of the Year. She was a long standing member of Red Porterfield, Selah, Wash. and Kara Porterfield, San Bluff Emblem Club, a member of Wilcox Oaks Golf Club and the Red Luis Obispo; sister Ellin Spearin (Bill), of Sweet, Bluff Elks Lodge. She loved dancing, working in her yard, cooking, her Idaho; sister-in-law, Kathy Hansen (Vernon), Lodi; grandchildren and family. She enjoyed traveling and socializing with her old brothers-in-law, Bill Cook (Linda), Stockton and Bob friends and the Green Barn. Cook (Denise), Montague and many beloved nieces Thelma is preceded in death by her husband Jim Owens, son Rob and nephews. Wallace, son-in-law Rich Moore, daughter-in-law Laurie Owens, grandson A visitation and celebration of life were held June JR Owens, granddaughter Debbie Moore and sisters Othella and 16, in Yreka and Montague. Hazel. Survivors are son Pete Owens (Patrice), daughter Sheila Moore Memorial donations can be sent to United and daughter Paula Farrell (David).Eight grandchildren, 14 great Scholarships, Inc. for the Brian Miller Memorial grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1328, Yreka, CA 96097A celebration of life was held June 23 in Red Bluff. 1328; Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097; or to a charity of your choice. 132 California Cattleman July • August 2017

WEdding Bells LAWRENCE & LAMBERT Brittany Lawrence and Clayton Lambert were married June 3 in a ceremony in Chico. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Romona Lambert, Oroville, and Prents of the groom are Steve Lambert, Oroville and Cindy Benjamin. The couple has made their first home where the groom is employed on his family’s purebred Hereford operation, Lambert Ranch in Oroville. DORRANCE & LAMBERT Mollie Dorrance and Sam Lambert were married on the Dorrance family ranch outside of Salinas on June 3. Parents of the bride are Steve and Leslie Dorrance. Parents of the groom are Lloyd and Leslie Lambert. The couple now resides on the bride’s family ranch and are so appreciative and happy to be there.

NEW Arrivals TY HORTON Greg Horton and Lauren Horton, DVM, Bakersfield, welcomed a son, Ty Russell Horton, to their family on June 4. Ty weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 and one-half inches long. Ty’s Grandparents are Jim and Judith Huggins, Salinas and Gail and Russ Horton, Bakersfield. WILLIAM KASPER Peter and Jane Kasper, Nampa, Idaho, gave birth to a son, William Joost Kasper on June 20. William weighed-in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 and one-half inches long. He is the grandson of Bill and Susan Cochrane, Paso Robles, and Tom and Joanne Kasper, Melba, Idaho. HAYES DESIMONE-FRUTUOZO Hayes Anthony DeSimone-Frutuozo was welcomed to the world May 30 weighing 6 pound 10 ounces and measuring 19 and one-half inches long. Hayes is the son of Wade Frutuozo and Gabriella DeSimone, Likely. Grandparents are Mike and Dawne’ DeSimone, White City, Ore.; and Tony and Kendra Frutuozo, Cedarville.

Cattlemen’s Report SHAW CATTLE CO. FEMALE SALE Caldwell, Idaho • June 3, 2017 Auctioneer: Col. Matt Simms 133 total lots averaged..............................................$5,670.86 2017 WESTERN STATES ANGUS ASSOCIATION FEMALE SALE Five Star Land and Livestock, Wilton • June 18, 2017 Sponsored by the Western States Angus Association Auctioneer: Col. Rick Machado Managed by Matt Macfarlane Marketing 2 flushes averaged........................................................ $14,125 3 pregnancies................................................................. $8,950 13 spring pairs ............................................................... $4,269 16 spring calving heifers................................................. $3,284 8 fall calving cows........................................................... $3,881 8 fall calving heifers....................................................... $3,419 3 open fall heifers........................................................... $2,717 41 embryos ....................................................................... $726 19 units semen.................................................................... $50 MEMORY RANCHES HORSE SALE New Plymouth, Idaho • June 24, 2017 Auctioneer: Col. Rick Machado High seller...................................................................$31,000 Top 10 averaged...........................................................$17,200 All geldings...................................................................$9,000 3-year-old geldings .......................................................$5,600 Lot 6, LMP Comanche Glen, a 2012 gelding, sold at Memory Ranches’ Production Horse Sale for $31,000 on June 24, at the ranch near New Plymouth, Idaho.

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Advertisers’ Index

3L Farms, LLC.......................................................... 51 9 Peaks Ranch........................................................135 A-Bar Angus............................................................. 51 Amador Angus..........................................20, 21, 126 American AgCredit...............................................105 American Angus Association................................ 57 American Hereford Association..........................128 Andreini & Co......................................................... 52 Arellano Bravo......................................................... 27 Avila Cattle Co......................................................... 67 Baldy Maker Bull Sale............................................. 79 Bar 6 Charolais......................................................... 67 Bar R Angus.....................................................11, 126 Beef Solutions Bull Sale.......................................... 73 Bianchi Ranches...................................................... 67 Black Gold Bull Sale................................................ 45 BMW Angus..........................................................126 Boehringer Ingelheim, Vetmedica........................ 19 Bovine Elite, LLC...................................................131 Broken Arrow Angus............................................126 Broken Box Ranch...........................................67, 130 Bruin Ranch............................................................. 73 Buchanan Angus....................................................126 Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale..................................... 53 Byrd Cattle Co....................................................9, 126 Cal Poly Bull Test Sale............................................. 69 California Bullfest..............................................41, 97 California State University, Chico.................58, 130 California Wagyu Breeders..................................130 Cardey Ranches.....................................................120 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market................................ 10 Charron Ranch......................................................126 Cherry Glen Beefmasters.....................................129 Circle M Farms......................................................117 Circle Ranch............................................................. 73 CoBank...................................................................105 Colburn Cattle Co................................................... 51 Conlan Ranches California..................................130 Conlin Supply Company, Inc................................. 42 Corsair Angus Ranch............................................126 Dal Porto Livestock.........................................59, 127 Diamond Oak Cattle Co......................................... 53

Donati Ranch...................................................45, 126 Duarte Sales............................................................119 Eagle Pass Ranch..................................................... 65 Ebony Farms............................................................ 51 Edwards Lien & Toso, Inc....................................130 EZ Aangus Ranch.................................................. 6, 7 Farm Credit West..................................................105 Five Star Land and Livestock................................. 11 Five Star Land Company......................................130 Flood Bros. Cattle.................................................... 53 Fresno State Ag Foundation.................. 67, 100, 129 Furtado Angus.................................................99, 127 Furtado Livestock Enterprises.............................131 Genoa Livestock..............................................41, 128 GMA Angus Ranch................................................. 51 Gonsalves Ranch.............................................53, 127 H&H Angus............................................................. 51 Harrell Hereford Ranch........................................129 HAVE Angus..........................................................127 Heritage Bull Sale.................................................... 11 Hone Ranch............................................................128 Hufford’s Herefords.........................................79, 128 International Brangus Breeders Association.....113 J-H Feed Inc...........................................................130 J/V Angus.........................................................11, 127 Jorgensen Ranch...................................................... 67 Knipe Land Company...........................................130 Lambert Ranch................................................83, 128 Lander Veterinary Clinic......................................130 Little Shasta Ranch................................................129 M3 Marketing........................................................131 McPhee Red Angus.........................................71, 128 Mid Valley Bull Sale..........................................20, 21 Mrnak Herefords West.........................................120 Multimin USA......................................................... 63 Nicholas Livestock Co............................................ 67 Noahs Angus Ranch..............................................127 O’Connell Ranch.............................................45, 127 O’Neal Ranch........................................................... 17 Oak Ridge Angus..................................................... 37 ORIgen....................................................................131 Orvis Cattle Company..........................................128

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P.W. Gillibrand Cattle Co...............................49, 128 Pacific Trace Minerals...................................120, 130 Pedretti Ramcjes...................................................... 29 Phillips Ranch........................................................119 Pitchfork Cattle Co................................................129 Rancho Casino......................................................... 59 Ray-Mar Ranches..................................................127 Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale..............................109 Red River Farms....................................................128 Roadrunner Angus................................................120 Romans Ranches..................................................... 67 Sammis Ranch.......................................................127 Scales Northweset..................................................104 Schafer Ranch............................................20, 21, 127 Schohr Herefords.......................................41, 97, 129 Shasta Livestock Auction Yard............................... 33 Sierra Ranches..................................................25, 129 Silveira Bros................................................14, 15, 128 Silveus Rangeland Insurance...............................110 Skinner Livestock Transportation.......................130 Snyder Livestock Company, LLC.......................... 85 Sonoma Mountain Herefords........................35, 129 Spanish Ranch................................................115, 129 Superior Livestock...........................................63, 111 Swan Family Angus...............................................120 Tehama Angus Ranch.......................................3, 127 Teixeira Cattle Co............................................89, 127 The Stockman’s Market........................................... 31 Traynham Ranches............................................79, 81 Tri State Livestock Credit Corp............................. 89 Tumbleweed Ranch...............................................129 Turlock Livestock Auction Yard............................ 43 Veterinary Service, Inc..........................................130 VF Red Angus...............................................107, 128 Vintage Angus Ranch...................................128, 136 Western Charolais Breeders................................... 67 Western Stockman’s Market................................... 77 Western Video Market.............................................. 2 Wulff Brothers Livestock................................45, 127 Zoetis.......................................................................101


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VINTAGE ANGUS RANCH Thursday, September 7, 2017 24th Annual “Carcass Maker” Bull Sale

Selling 200 Bulls • At the foothill ranch La Grange, CA • 12 noon CED +2 BW +1.9 WW +71 YW +123 SC +1.55 RADG +.25 Milk +32 CW +54 Marb +.99

CED +8 BW +1.0 WW +66 YW +126 SC +1.99 RADG +.35 Milk +38 CW +63 Marb +1.03

















$B +157.69

V A R Discovery 6240

V A R Discovery 6293

REG: 18417046 • DOB: 3/10/16 SIRE: V A R Discovery 2240 • DAM: SJH Complete of 6108 2570

REG: 18417019 • DOB: 2/22/16 SIRE: V A R Discovery 2240 • DAM: 44 Blackcap 1752


Carcass Maker Bull Sale “Data Preview”

Reg. No. 18556618

Sire Generation


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Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better








Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better













Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




Breed Ranking 5% or Better




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Breed Ranking 5% or Better




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WW 68

YW 121





SC 1.15

CW 55

MARB 1.15 3%































81.10 1% 74.30

116.76 1% 94.39

183.64 1% 193.65


RE 1.20

$W 87.65

$F 93.79

$B 175.75

















37 1% 30

60 2% 73

1.07 5% 0.90

1.68 1%









































1.20 2% 0.86

93.89 1% 83.88

89.16 1% 107.16

182.22 1% 185.73










79 1% 77

136 1% 128


















1.18 0.55












37 1% 39

58 3% 60


















70 1%

81 1%



72 1% 73

118 2% 129








62 2%







$B +186.23



1% 1%

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