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July/August 2016

2016 Bull Buyer’s Guide In this special issue,...:

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• DATA: We gather and publish all “real world” data for our customers to sort through. This includes calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weights, as well as genomically enhanced epd's using Zoetis 50K on each and every bull. Their sisters and dams are measured for size, udder scores, feet, and maternal ability to raise a worthy calf each and every year. All the cows that do not fit this criteria leave the breeding herd. • MATERNAL BACKING: The most recent Pathfinder® report published by the American Angus Association shows 42 active Pathfinder® dams currently working in the Tehama Angus program - the largest Pathfinder® herd in California. Tehama Angus continues to select on production, not on the current trend of the year. • HISTORY: Tehama Angus has over 70 years of breeding behind almost every bull in the sale! Continually improving our cowherd has created a foundation to breed consistency.

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CALIFORNIA

CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

OFFICERS

On The Road Again

PRESIDENT

Billy Flournoy, Likely FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

David Daley, Ph.D., Oroville SECOND VICE PRESIDENTS

Mark Lacey, Independence Jack Lavers, Glennville Mike Williams, Acton TREASURER Rob von der Lieth, Copperopolis

STAFF

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Billy Gatlin

VICE PRESIDENT GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Justin Oldfield

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Kirk Wilbur

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Lisa Pherigo

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Malorie Bankhead

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Jenna Chandler

PUBLICATION SERVICES OFFICE & CIRCULATION

Office: (916) 444-0845 Fax: (916) 444-2194

MANAGING MAGAZINE EDITOR

Stevie Ipsen (208) 996-4922 magazine@calcattlemen.org

ADVERTISING SALES/FIELD SERVICES

Matt Macfarlane (916) 803-3113 m3cattlemarketing@gmail.com BILLING SERVICES

Lisa Pherigo lisa@calcattlemen.org

from CCA President Billy Flournoy

There’s certainly been no shortage of miles on my rig this year, but I’m no different than anyone else in this organization, as I’ve run across some of you along the trail. We’ve made it to places near and far to represent the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), including Wyoming, Washington, D.C., San Diego and of course, up and down the state meeting with you at your local association meetings. Before we know it, fall meetings will be upon us, and it will be time to hit the road again. After just completing the CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting, it’s inspiring to see everyone come together. While we gather together to talk about important issues within our industry, we should always keep in mind those who didn’t grow up like some of us did - working long, hard days with the cattle in the outdoors too. I like to strike up conversations with people wherever I go. You never know what you might learn about someone, their connection, or non-connection to agriculture, and as it turns out, you might know some of the same people. On my way to Washington, D.C., for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference, it just so happens that I started a conversation with a young lady heading to D.C. just like I was, out of Sacramento. As we continued our conversation, I learned that she was the Sacramento County District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert. Knowing that it’s important to involve anyone who wants to be, I extended an invitation to her to come to our Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast. You know something, she showed up! It’s leaders like her who act on their word who are appreciated more than they know. I sure was glad to see her again at the Sutter Club. It was even a pleasure to sit next to Gov. Jerry Brown at the breakfast who was able to make it this year and visit with folks like his neighbor Jim Keegan, in the north country. The meeting went really well, and I’m looking

forward to convention when we can do it again. It’s been an honor to serve the good people of the California Cattlemen’s Association as president these past couple of years. I’m looking forward to catching up with you at our 100th Annual CCA & CCW Convention in Sparks, Nev. With the way things are looking these days, I think we are bound to make it to 200 years, easily. I just know it won’t be in my lifetime or yours. That’s why we’ve got to support our young people coming up in our industry. They’re doing a great job of getting involved, but if we could help give them a tip of our hats, we’d be doing our jobs better by bringing them along getting ready for the future. Until then, keep ‘er steady!

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos try on their cowboy hats with CCA President Billy Flournoy.

CCA President Billy Flournoy with Gov. Jerry Brown at CCA’s Legislative Breakfast.

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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ON THE COVER

JULY • AUGUST 2016 Volume 99, Issue 7

ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN Positive results from midyear meetings

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BUNKHOUSE Make your vote count in 2016

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 12 Water litigation benefits ranchers VET VIEWS 16 Keeping cool about heat stress in calves FROM THE SALE RING 28 2016 market is anyone’s guess

In this year’s July/August Bull Buyer’s Issue the cover features a photo taken by Janet Jones, Oroville. The photo of two Hereford bulls was the People’s Choice Award Winner in the 2015 CCA & CCW Photo Contest at the groups’ 99th annual convention in Sparks, Nev. For more information on this year’s photo contest and how you can see your photos featured in this publication, see page 133.

FROM COAST TO COAST 30 Kansas cattleman shares national perspective BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD A Malaysian Celebration

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COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR Burgers abound this summer

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PROGESSIVE PRODUCER What you should consider when buying bulls this season

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CHIMES History of California’s cattlewomen

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FUTURE FOCUS CCA affording YCC members new opportunities

98

RANGELAND TRUST TALK Getting youth into the great outdoors

110

CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT CCA recognizes future industry leaders

120

SPECIAL FEATURES

Legislators looking out for you 14, 106 Young producers passionate about ranching 18 Protecting your herd from anaplasmosis 38 The beef breakdown in carcass fabrication 48 Mineral program can pay you back in spades 56 Keeping in compliance with water board guidance 78 CCA members make decisions at annual meetings 82, 90

READER SERVICE

Buyers’ Guide 124 Obituaries 130 Wedding Bells and New Arrivals 132 Advertisers Index 134

UPCOMING CCA & CCW EVENTS JULY 13 TO 16 SEPT. 24 DEC. 1 TO 3

2016 CATTLE INDUSTRY SUMMER BUSINESS MEETING Denver, Colo. SACRAMENTO FARM-TO-FORK FESTIVAL Downtown Sacramento

100-YEAR 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!


‘Partners for Performance’ Angus Female Sale Sat., october 8

firebaugh, ca, 3 p.m. Selling 100+ Angus Show Heifers, Bred Heifers, Open Heifers, Cow-Calf Pairs, Pregnancies and Embryos don’t miss this opportunity to invest in genetics, including these that have been in the winner’s circle this past year...

2016 Western Regional jr. Angus Show Grand Champion Owned Female and 2016 Western National Angus Futurity ROV Reserve Intermediate Champion Female for Charlize Guess.

Grand Champion Female at the 2015 Oregon State Fair ROV and NILE ROV Angus Showd, 2015 Oregon State Fair Jr. Angus Show Reserve Champion and 2016 California Jr. Angus Field Day Champion for Brandon Pacheco.

Sire: Silveiras Watchout 0514 Dam: Silveiras Saras Dream 1349 • Dam’s Sire: Silveiras Style 9303

Sire: SCC First-N-Goal GAF 114 Dam: Silveiras Erica Diana 0318 • Dam’s Sire: Gambles Hot Rod

SilveiraS SaraS Dream 4374

SilveiraS erica Diana 4390

2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional jr. Angus Classic Division Champion for Matthew Antonio.

2106 Western Regional Jr. Show Senior Heifer Calf Champion and 2016 WNAF ROV Reserve Sr. Heifer Calf Champion for Sonny Guess.

Sire: Silveiras Watchout 0514 Dam: Silveiras Wendy 0011 • Dam’s Sire: Silveiras El Capitan 6510

Sire: PVF Insight 0129 Dam: Silveiras Elba 6540 • Dam’s Sire: Gambles Hot Rod

SilveiraS WenDy 5330

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‘Partners for Performance’ Bull Sale wED., SEPtEMBER 7, FIREBAuGH, CA StEAk LunCH 11:30 A.M., SALE At 1 P.M. Selling 125 angus and red angus Bulls, including Sons of these Breed-leading Sires and more ...

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5% 15% 15% 25% 10% 10% 15% 4% Sale manager matt macfarlane 916 803-3113 Rick & Allison Blanchard .....559 217-1502 mmacfarlane@wildblue.net Silveira Bros. and tri-t/toledo bulls sell m3cattlemarketing.com Darrell Silveira ......................559 217-1504 fully guaranteed. they are Zoetis HD50K tested, auctioneerS rick machado Garrett Blanchard ................559 978-2778 tested Pi negative for BVD and semen-tested. John rodgers

Carole Silveira ........................559 240-6004 Matt Leo, Herd consultant .........209 587-5338

Bring your trailer sale day for a $50 rebate per bull, or take advantage of free delivery. THD

address: P.O. Box 37, Firebaugh, CA 93622 EMAIL: silveirabros@msn.com FAX: 559 674-9097 © July • August 2016 California Cattleman 7


BUNKHOUSE Decision 2016

cca highlights upcoming election by CCA Vice President of Government Affairs Justin Oldfield When you hear the word “election,” it’s nearly impossible not to immediately focus your attention on the upcoming presidential election between presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. California voters not only had the opportunity to cast their vote for president in the primary election held on June 7, but to also vote determine which two candidates from each qualifying California Senate and Assembly district will be eligible for the general election in November. The June primary marks the third “open primary” election that has occurred in California where the top two vote getters, regardless of party, are eligible for the general election. Many races, like those in 2014, will include a Republican running against a fellow

Republican and a Democrat running against another Democrat. Future elections will ultimately determine if the pundits were originally correct that the open primary system affords the ability to elect moderate Democrats where before, the system favored those reflecting the party base. That said, the election of several moderate Democrats over the last few election cycles demonstrates things are moving in that direction. Although California legislative races have not captured the level of attention that the Presidential race has, they are not less important. California laws and regulations more often than not are responsible for impacting our bottom line to a greater degree than those laws or regulations that originate in Washington, D.C. Let’s take a closer look at a handful of legislative races that unfolded in the most recent election. The Senate is currently controlled by Democrats holding 26 of the 40 seats and only one shy of capturing a two-thirds majority. In all, 21 votes are needed to pass a bill and 20 votes are needed to kill a bill. Likewise, Democrats in the Assembly hold 52 of the 80 seats and are only two shy of capturing a twothirds majority. In this case, 41 votes are needed to pass a bill and 40 votes are needed to

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JUSTIN OLDFIELD kill a bill. Ensuring that we build strong relationships with key Democrats, while at the same time preventing a super majority, is absolutely necessary. Take for example the recent vote by the Assembly to block the movement of a proposal that would require agricultural employers to pay overtime after eight hours a day or five days a week compared to the current 10-hour day, six-day workweek. The bill died with only 37 votes in favor because over 12 key Democrats voted no or did not cast a vote, which carries the same effect. We should never take our Republican supporters for granted, and we don’t, however to be successful, any organization in Sacramento must act without preference to party. Key races to watch this fall include Assembly District 65, Assembly District 66 and Assembly District 35. Fortunately, Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) stands an excellent chance of maintaining his seat against Steve Fox who was ousted by Lackey in 2014. Lackey is a strong ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


CCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Zone 2 - Peach

Zone 1 - Yellow

1 2

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

Siskiyou Modoc Lassen Fall River-Big Valley

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

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Zone 5 - Green

Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Calaveras San Joaquin-Stanislaus

Tuolumne

Zone 7 - Tan

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Zone 4 - Pink

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

Monterey San Benito San Luis Obispo

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

Billy Flournoy, President

CALIFORNIA BEEF CATTLE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

OFFICERS President: Cheryl Lafranchi, Calistoga Vice President: Rita McPhee, Lodi Secretary: Karen Sweet, Livermore Trearurer: Carole Silveira, Firebaugh

Bob Erickson, Zone Director 6

athena1@citlink.net • (530) 640-4717

bobericksonequipment@yahoo.com • (209) 652-3536

Dave Daley, First Vice President

ddaley@csuchico.edu • (530) 521-3826

Mike Williams, Second Vice President

Dale Evenson, Zone Director 7 osuzeq2@yahoo.com • (805) 712-2589

Justin Greer, Zone Director 8

mbw61@aol.com • (805) 823-4245

jgreer@gandgranches.com • (559) 289-0040

Jack Lavers, Second Vice President

jackjlavers@gmail.com •(661) 301-8966

Bev Bigger, Zone Director 9

Mark Lacey, Second Vice President

bev.bigger@farmcreditwest.com • (805) 340-3755

Rob von der Leith, Treasurer

trevfr8as@msn.com •(559) 805-5431

mjlacey@wildblue.net • (760) 784-1309 rvdlieth@aol.com • (916) 769-1153

Trevor Freitas, Feeder Council Member Jesse Larios , Feeder Council Member

Mike Smith, Feeder Council Vice Chair

msmith@harrisranch.com • (559) 301-0076

Buck Parks, Zone Director 1

buckparks@yahoo.com • (530) 640-0715

lariosjess1@gmail.com •(760) 455-3888

Mark Nelson, At Large Apointee kmarknelson@gmail.com •(916) 849-5558

hugoklopper@frontier.com • (707) 498-7810

rbmaf@juno.com •(805) 377-2231

Wally Roney, Zone Director 3

Darrel Sweet, At Large Apointee

bjr@billieweb.com •(530) 519-3608

dsweet@cattlemen.net • (209) 601-4074

Mike Bettencourt, Zone Director 4

Willy Hagge, At Large Apointee

cowboyjay@gmail.com • (916) 837-4686

CBCIA ADVISORS Keela Retallick, Ph.D., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Aaron Lazanoff, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Randy Perry, Ph.D., CSU, Fresno Dave Daley, Ph.D., CSU, Chico Jim Oltjen, Ph.D., UC Davis Dan Sehnert, UC Davis Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., CSU, Chico Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., UC Davis Ken Tate, Ph.D., UC Cooperative Extension

openshaw4@gmail.com •(530) 521-0099

Rob Frost, At Large Apointee

mbteamroper@aol.com • (209) 499-0794

CBCIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tim Curran, Ione Tracy Schohr, Gridley Kasey Deatley, Ph.D., Chico Lana Trotter, Porterville Carissa Koopmann Rivers, Winters Ryan Nelson, Herald

YOUNG CATTLEMEN’S COMMITTEE

Myron Openshaw, At Large Apointee

Hugo Klopper, Zone Director 2

Jay Schneider, Zone Director 5

OFFICERS Chair: Heston Nunes, Cargill Beef

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bill@melolandcattle.com • (760) 996-1032

ALLIED INDUSTRY COUNCIL

Merced-Mariposa Madera Fresno-Kings

Southern California San Diego-Imperial Ventura

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Bill Brandenberg, Feeder Council Chairman

Affiliate leadership

Zone 6 - Purple

Zone 9 - Orange

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CCA

wandnhagge@frontiernet.net • (530) 640-1023

Cindy Tews, At Large Apointee beefnmore@aol.com • (559) 970-6892

OFFICERS Chair: Crystal Avila, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Vice Chair: Alise Azevedo, CSU, Chico Secretary: Katie McDougald, CSU, Fresno Publicity Chair: Rebecca Swanson, CSU, Chico

For more information on any of these groups or to contact any of their leadership, visit the CCA website at www.calcattlemen.org/affiliates

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A Tip of the Hat

proponent for CCA and won the primary with over 50 percent of the vote. To learn more about Lackey, see the article on page 112. Holly George, the first woman Races in Assembly District 65 and 66 are hired as a livestock advisor by less certain and Democrats desperately want University of California (UC) to recapture both seats after losing them Cooperative Extension, retired on in 2014. In District 65, Democrat Sharon June 30 after a 33-year career as a Quirk-Silva beat the incumbent Republican UC Cooperative Extension livestock Young Kim with 53 to 47 percent of the advisor. She has spent the last 28 years serving Plumas and Sierra vote. Quirk-Silva vowed to run again after counties. losing her Assembly seat to Kim in 2014. George graduated from Cal Likewise, Republican incumbent David Poly San Luis Obispo with a Hadley only captured 45 percent of the Bachelor of Science degree in vote compared to the 48 percent captured animal science and a credential by former Assemblymember Al Maristuchi to teach high school agriculture. and additional seven percent captured by After nearly a year working on another Democrat in the primary with the sheep and cattle stations in New risk that those votes may now go to support Zealand and Australia, she studied Maristuchi. Both incumbents will need to work grazing strategies on rangelands hard to keep their seats and help ensure a better at Utah State University to earn her Republican turnout for the November race. Master of Science degree in animal It was not uncommon to find seats science. vacated by an incumbent to be sought by not In 1983, she started working in two or four, but numerous candidates. Take Alameda and Contra Costa counties for example the U.S. Senate seat that will be as a UC Cooperative Extension vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Over livestock, range and land-use 30 candidates ran for the seat and ultimately advisor. In 1987, George moved north to become the livestock and current California Attorney General Kamala 4-H youth development advisor Harris and past California Sen. Loretta for Plumas-Sierra counties, where Sanchez, both Democrats, will face off in she later became UC Cooperative November. Harris captured over 40 percent of Extension director for the counties the vote leaving Sanchez far behind with only and started the local UC Master 18 percent of the vote. The closest Republican Gardener Program. candidate, Duf Sundheim, captured only eight During the 1990s George percent of the vote. organized annual Three-Forest Unfortunately, longtime supporter of CCA Permittee meetings for ranchers and candidate for Congress, Assemblymember interested in livestock grazing on Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), lost the Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe his race to replace retiring Rep. Lois Capps. national forests. These meetings led Republicans and Democrats split their her to collaborate with colleagues votes with a large field of nine candidates. from California State University, Democrat Salud Carbajal and Republican Justin Chico, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Donald Fareed will now vie for the seat and Resources Conservation Service Republicans are hopeful that this seat may be and UC Cooperative Extension to flipped in November. develop workshops and educational Just as the Presidential election is bound to materials on rangeland monitoring and native plants. heat up very soon, don’t forget to focus your To help ranchers comply with attention on the state legislative races that will irrigated lands regulations, she make a difference this fall. CCA will continue engaged scientists, Regional Water to support candidates of either party who Quality Control Board staff and work to support the industry and accomplish ranchers in a project to examine the your legislative objectives. Should you have any impact of livestock grazing on water questions about specific candidates and their quality and discuss policy. In 2011, stance on agriculture and beef production the State Water Resources Control issues, feel free to contact the CCA office at Board approved her proposal to (916) 444-0845. 10 California Cattleman July • August 2016

work with local landowners and monitor water quality in the Upper Feather River watershed, which saved the HOLLY GEORGE landowners an estimated $80,000 for additional studies. George collaborated with Davis artist jesikah maria ross on “Passion for the Land,” a multimedia project that featured 12 rural residents in Plumas and Sierra counties describing how they preserve the community’s heritage while protecting agricultural lands and natural resources for future generations. After viewing the Passion for the Land videos, the Plumas County Planning Commission added optional agriculture and water elements to the county’s General Plan Update. In 2005, she worked with local ranchers and farmers and agriculture interest groups to organize Barns, Birds and BBQ, an event in Sierra Valley for the public to learn about agriculture stewardship, conservation and biodiversity. In 2013, she took a sabbatical leave to study rural community development by linking agriculture, art, local food, recreation and tourism. Since then she has brought together local artisans, agriculturists and business and conservation members to explore opportunities for collaboration. The group will launch the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail in October. In retirement, George, who has been granted emeritus status in UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, plans to remain in Quincy and participate in community development activities. She also looks forward to creative ventures like woodworking and mixed fiber arts.


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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK Challenging Federal Assertion

Hawkes Decision a Victory for CCA and Property Rights On May 31, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, unanimously holding that landowners have the right to go to court to challenge federal agency assertions of Clean Water Act jurisdiction. Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, whenever the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that they had Clean Water Act jurisdiction, that determination was only appealable to the federal agencies, not to neutral courts. The plaintiff in the case, a Minnesota business called the Hawkes Company, was represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), which regularly partners with CCA to protect ranchers’ private property rights. CCA threw its support behind PLF and the Hawkes family by filing an amicus curiae brief in the case (“amicus curiae” means friend of the court, and is a brief filed by a party not involved in the lawsuit who nevertheless has an interest or stake in the outcome). CCA and our partners in the amicus brief—the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Building Association, the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation and the California Business Properties Association—were represented by Peter Prows, an attorney at the law firm of Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP. According to PLF, in this case the Hawkes “sought to harvest peat moss, for landscaping, in nearby peat bogs. The Corps claimed jurisdiction over the property as regulated wetlands, even though a Corps reviewing officer found the jurisdictional determination erroneous. This put Hawkes in an untenable position: Hawkes could abandon all use of the land at great loss, seek a federal permit (which Corps officials openly opposed) for a few hundred thousand dollars, or proceed to use the land without federal approval subjecting Hawkes to fines of $37,500 a day and criminal prosecution.” Under prior law, the Hawkes could only appeal the Corps’ determination to the agency itself. However, the Supreme Court’s decision allows the Hawkes family and other property owners to avail themselves of the courts to settle whether the Corps has jurisdiction over the property under the Clean Water Act—a vital check against federal agencies seeking to vastly expand their reach. According to Prows, CCA’s argument as amicus appears to have influenced some of the justices’ opinions in Hawkes.

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In his concurring opinion in the case, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that “the reach and systemic consequences of the Clean Water Act remain a cause for concern . . . the Act’s reach is ‘notoriously unclear’ and the consequences to landowners even for inadvertent violations can be crushing.” According to Prows, the amicus brief of CCA and our industry partners was the only brief to make the argument that judicial oversight of federal agencies is necessary to “mitigate at least some of the concerns about the potentially unconstitutional vagueness of the Clean Water Act and its implementing regulations.” It would appear, then, that CCA’s argument in the case was informative for Justice Kennedy, as well as Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who joined Kennedy’s concurring opinion. As most CCA members will recall, CCA is currently involved in another legal challenge to the EPA and Corps regarding the agencies’ interpretation of the Clean Water Act. That case, Washington Cattlemen’s Association et. al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et. al., is one of a dozen challenges to the agencies’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, finalized by the agencies last year. While Hawkes is not directly related to the WOTUS litigation, Prows believes that Kennedy’s concurring opinion in Hawkes may signal good news in the likely event that the WOTUS lawsuits eventually make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As Prows notes, “the agencies wrote the [WOTUS] rule specifically to appease Justice Kennedy” based on previous Clean Water Act decisions authored by the Justice, so “Kennedy’s newfound suspicion towards the Clean Water Act also suggests that the new WOTUS rule may be in trouble.” Indeed, Justice Kennedy’s concerns regarding the Clean Water Act were much broader than the jurisdictional determinations at issue in Hawkes, as Kennedy concluded that “the Act . . . continues to raise troubling questions regarding the Government’s power to cast doubt on the full use and enjoyment of private property throughout the Nation.” CCA is currently involved in nearly a dozen lawsuits as either a named party or as amicus, and will continue to keep you well-informed on the progress of these lawsuits. For more information on Hawkes or CCA’s other litigation efforts, contact Kirk Wilbur in the CCA office.


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by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes Illegal marijuana growers have created a huge problem for California ranchers that law enforcement has been unable to address due to lack of resources. Recently, my Republican colleagues and I took action to end this growing problem. Across the state today, dangerous individuals are growing marijuana illegally in both rural and urban communities. This endangers public safety, with the violence and gang activity that typically accompanies illegal drug production. It also threatens local water supplies. In many rural areas, rogue individuals siphon away water relied upon by farmers and rights holders to fuel their growth operations. The health of our salmon population and other fish is also affected

when water supplies are taken away to grow marijuana. Illegal marijuana grows also impact the environment. Natural habitats for many different wildlife species are disrupted when land is cleared and toxic chemicals are introduced into the environment. Urban production in homes and businesses also hurts the environment with the significant amount of electricity required to fuel the heat lamps involved in production. Right now, local law enforcement doesn’t have the manpower or the resources to effectively combat this problem. Securing state funds to help local law enforcement stop illegal marijuana production has long been an important priority for Assembly Republicans. I am pleased to say that help is on the way. Republicans, led by Assemblymembers Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus), were able to secure $1.8 million in recently-negotiated legislation (Assembly Bill 2243) to help local law enforcement leaders stop these dangerous grows and keep our communities safe. But that’s not all cattlemen throughout the state should be happy about. This legislation will also secure funds help preserve valuable farmland and beautiful open spaces across California that have been disappearing due to development. It secures $6.1 million annually for the Williamson Act, which preserves ag land and open space. Right now, the Williamson Act

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ASSEMBLYMEMBER CHAD MAYES protects roughly 15.4 million acres – or about 50 percent of the state’s farmland. Under the program, agricultural land owners voluntarily enter into agreements with counties not to develop their land. In exchange, they get a property tax break from the county. But state funds to make up for the lost revenue have been suspended during the Great Recession. Lack of funding has resulted in some Williamson Act contracts being cancelled. The $6.1 million will protect agricultural land and open space from being developed. This bipartisan legislation is an example of what can be accomplished when the two parties set aside their differences to do what’s right. Working together, we have taken a meaningful step to protect our communities and preserve California’s agricultural economy. Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, represents the 42nd Assembly District in the California Legislature.


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VET VIEWS Taking a Toll

Ramifications of heat stress in beef cattle from South Dakota State University Extension Service Animal agriculture loses around $2 billion a year due to heat stress. History has taught us that heat stress does not have to last a long period of time to have a profound impact on production. A publication by Dr. T. R. Bilby reminds us that in 1999 Nebraska producers lost more than $20 million in cattle deaths and performance losses and that in just two days in July of 1995 a combination of heat and humidity caused the deaths of over 3,700 cattle in a thirteen county area of western Iowa. These economic losses were a result of heat stress reducing such things as milk production, heifer growth, increasing cow and calf mortalities, health-care costs and reductions in reproductive performance. Reproduction is the main factor limiting production efficiency in the cow/calf industry. Infertile females can be categorized into three groups: females that fail to become pregnant, become pregnant but fail to calve, or become pregnant late in the breeding season and fall out of the annual production cycle. At an 85 percent pregnancy rate each exposed female that fails to become pregnant cost the producer an estimated $94. In addition for each one percent deviation from an 85 percent pregnancy rate, a $6.25 increase or reduction in that value is seen (ex: 84% = $100.25 and 86% = $87.75). In a time of drought, many factors compound the

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impact of infertility within a herd. Heat stress is an issue that has been recognized within the dairy industry for decades, but is often overlooked in the beef industry, until a time of drought. The impact of heat stress can be seen in males and females, and without proper management could have devastating reproductive ramifications. Bulls While most people consider the impact of heat stress on female fertility, the impact of heat stress in our bull herd during the breeding season should also be taken into account. Semen quality is shown to decrease when bulls are exposed to ambient temperatures of 86 degrees for five weeks or 100 degrees for two weeks. This is seen with a decrease in sperm concentrations, motility, and an increase in abnormal sperm cells in each ejaculate. Following a period of heat stress sperm quality does not return to normal for approximately two months. Cows and Heifers Following a summer of heat stress and drought, it is likely that producers will see a reduction in reproductive performance. Overcoming a low plane of nutrition due to drought stricken pastures is compounded by heat stress, causing a reduction in fertility. The effects of heat stress can be seen throughout all stages of the pregnancy but are most prevalent early in gestation. Heat stress will reduce the quality of oocytes (eggs) available for fertilization, resulting in a reduction in conception rates. Embryos of heat stressed cows have reduced developmental competence in early stages, but heat stress can also have a major impact on embryo growth up to 17 days. Pregnancy is recognized by the females on day 18 of her 21 day estrous cycle. Thus, with a reduction in embryo growth, the maternal recognition of the pregnancy may be compromised. In addition, the uterine environment is compromised due to redirection of blood flow, away from the core of the body, as a cooling mechanism. This also contributes to early abortions. In addition, heat stress will reduce the dominance of ovulatory follicles and can cause an increase in twinning during the subsequent calving season. With heat stress causing a reduction in embryo quality and oocyte competence, in addition to a reduction in semen quality and viability, producers are likely to see a reduction in reproductive performance following a summer of record temperatures and extreme drought. Providing shade, cool clean water and increasing the bull to cow ratio may be management practices that should be considered when cattle are experiencing heat stress.


Zoetis, Angus genetics Announce comprehensive EPD Calibration Zoetis and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) were pleased to announce in June the completion of the world’s largest and most comprehensive genomic calibration for beef cattle and associated integration into genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). With this new calibration, Angus breeders and commercial users of Angus genetics can now make even more dependable and informed decisions using DNA test results incorporated into weekly genetic evaluations. With genotypes for more than 100,000 animals and the updated training encompassing more than 15 maternal, growth, efficiency and carcass traits, this calibration supports every Angus dollar index. “The value of GE-EPDs powered by HD/i50K continues to grow,” said Kent Andersen, Zoetis Director of Genetic Technical Services, U.S. Cattle-Equine. “With this latest calibration, we’re able to offer a broader variation for traits related to maternal efficiency, including heifer pregnancy, calving ease and mature cow weight. This increased level of genetic variation will enable our customers to benefit from more accurate GEEPDs for young Angus animals, while supporting more dependable selection, mating and marketing decisions.” This calibration supports all recognized genomic testing options for registered Angus seedstock. From

Zoetis, this includes HD 50K and i50K. This is the fifth calibration executed by AGI and Zoetis. HD 50K and i50K tests include parentage verification and enable sire assignments for commercial Angus users of GeneMax® Focus™ and GeneMax® Advantage™, as the markers used in those tests are also included in the HD 50K and i50K genotyping platforms. “We’ve now tested notably more animals than there are genetic markers in the commercial tests used by seedstock producers,” continued Andersen. “The number of Angus animals with genotypes used in GE-EPDs is currently in excess of 225,000 animals. Both phenotypic data and the accuracies built through the calibration process work to better characterize the genetic merit of registered Angus cattle — and set the stage for further advancements in the science of genetic prediction.” Since June 2011, Zoetis R&D has partnered with the American Angus Association® and AGI, the organization’s genetic services subsidiary, to train marker effects using registered Angus animals from the historic and current population, with both DNA information and performance records submitted by Angus breeders. For more information on this new latest genomic calibration for GE-EPDs, please contact your Zoetis representative or visit www.angus.org/AGI.

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ith the average age of the American rancher exceeding 60 years old and the world’s population approaching seven billion people, it doesn’t take a vivid imagination to realize that there is a growing need for young farmers and ranchers to find their way in the food production business. Yet it seems there are fewer and fewer young people willing to go back to their roots and become the future of the beef industry. Perhaps it’s not that young people are leaving the agriculture field permanently. It may be that it isn’t until later in life that they return to their family operations. Or it takes starting their own family to realize that a rural lifestyle offers things that not just any 9-to-5 job can provide. Nevertheless, it seems there is a common belief that young people are leaving their agriculture roots behind. However true that notion may be, the fact remains that for those choosing to stay in production agriculture from a young age, there is no where else they would rather be.

JOE FISCHER – BRUIN RANCH –

major influence in his life and decision for the operation and says there isn’t to make a career out of ranching, anything he’d rather be doing to though he was never under the provide a living for his family. impression it would be easy. “I have the dream job, but over the “Whatever my parents have put years here I have realized that any job is together to this point has been through great when you work for and with great hard work and sacrifice,” Fischer says. people,” he says. “ The owner of Bruin “My childhood was full of long nights, Ranch has been extremely supportive after my dad got home from his day and encouraging of my personal and job, helping do all the necessary tasks professional growth on a daily basis but associated with commercial cattle.” from an overall perspective as well.” Fischer also gained passion for After more than a decade with a future in agriculture as an FFA Bruin Ranch, Fischer said the highlight member. The experiences he gained of his time there happened this year there, along with the peer pressure when on two separate occasions in two of a friend, influenced his decision different places, bull buyers purchased to attend California Polytechnic State replacement females from other Bruin University, San Luis Obispo, where bull buyers. he was able to futher his knowledge “I am humbled by the fact that of the commercial cattle business successful cattlemen and women put through working with commercial and their trust and the future of their seedstock producers involved in Cal program in my hands,” Fischer said. Poly’s annual Bull Test Sale. “I always intended on finding a job in agriculture, I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon,” Fischer said. “I graduated from Cal Poly on June 11, 2005 and started at Bruin Ranch on June 15, 2005.” First hired as a herdsman for Bruin Ranch, a purebred Angus operation based in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley, Fischer’s responsibilities grew quickly. Today, as ranch manager, he is Joe and Abbee Fischer with their children involved in every aspect of production and marketing Bennett, Myles, Paxton and Marydith.

The small ranching community of Valley Springs is where Joe Fischer says his “cattle-centric” upbringing gave him the drive to be a beef producer. While he considers himself a second generation cattleman, his greatgreat grandparents and much of his extended family have roots in the cattle business. Like many kids raised in beef production, Fischer says the perserverance of his parents has been a 18 California Cattleman July • August 2016


“It is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.” When it comes to his future goals, Fischer said continuing to produce a consistently high quality product with unrivaled customer service is paramount. He also wants to grow the number of bulls that are sold without compromising the personal touch that Bruin Ranch is able to offer to those who invest in their genetics. Fischer said raising Angus seedstock gives him an out-of-the-gate advantage to reaching his goals. He credits a strong breed association for giving Angus breeders that advantage. “The Angus breed has become so large that there is perhaps as much diversity within the breed as there is across other breeds, thus lending the options for producers to breed cattle that fit and suit their respective environments,” Fischer explains. “At Bruin, I believe that we have developed cattle that can serve as the maternal building blocks of a commercial cowherd in the west and we chose from a wide array of genetics to drive us toward that goal.“ Like seedstock producers from other breeds, something else Fischer says he is conscious of and is always looking to add to is helping improve his customers’ bottom line. “Other than pickups and feed, the largest cost to any commercial cattleman is their genetic source. I want to continue to find innovative ways to add value to our customer’s cattle and protect their investment,” Fischer says. Regardless of his age or the product he sells, Fischer said there is one thing all customers want. “They want you to do what you say you are going to do. From my perspective the only advantage I have is that hopefully I have more years ahead of me to create a lasting impact on this business,” he said. While building his own career and a name for Bruin Ranch, Fischer says he is always mindful of the roots that helped him get where he is today. Without the help of his father, a cousin and one of his great uncles he wouldn’t have gained the experience he did at such a young age. He said perhaps the bit of advice he most often turns to is from his grandfather who managed several ranches in his lifetime. “One of the most important things he said to me was, ‘you can learn something from everyone, even if it’s

“Finding daily joy and a love for what not to do.’,” Fischer said. Because of that advice, he tries to your work is, to me, more important make thoughtful decisions that will than any amount of wealth and within drive Bruin Ranch forward. production agriculture there are many “The generation interval is so long opportunities for just that.” in this business that it takes a long time to make a positive impact and, JEFF CLARK genetically speaking, bad decisions can – R. EMIGH LIVESTOCK – set you back several years,” Fischer Raised a self-proclaimed city kid, explained. Jeff Clark said he wasn’t exposed to In addition to his own family, livestock until he went on a trip with Fischer credits his customers for also his grandmother to the sandhills of teaching him a thing or two. Nebraska at age 10. From that point “The older generation can be forward he set out to make a livelihood more progressive than some younger of working with livestock. folks give them credit for,” he said. “I was just enamored with the cattle “I am blessed to be connected to the grazing in grass up to their bellies,” commercial industry, and I am grateful Clark said. “I wanted to know how I for the relationships I have with our could live around that for the rest of customer base, many of whom are my life.” twice my age or more. I have learned Living within the city limits of so much from those individuals about Pleasanton, he didn’t have the means to how nimble they have had to be and have livestock, but through a friend he how they have had to think outside learned about 4-H and began showing the box in order for their businesses to hogs at age 11. thrive.” “I was just a kid so I was basically Fischer says trying to learn from those who have paved the way before at the mercy of my parents to get to him is the best way to make it in not the club farm in Sunol where I kept just the beef business, but likely in any my hogs,” Clark said. “It gave me a business. great start. I learned how to care for an There is one piece of advice from animal and got a taste of what it was a mentor that he was particularly like to have livestock.” intrigued by, “He told me that by As he progressed in the 4-H and being a ranch manager I have the most prepared for college he made plans secure job in the world. At the time to attend Cuesta College in San Luis I was making a relatively small salary, Obispo. There he met was starting a young family and was working just about as hard as a guy ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 can work, so naturally, I thought he was crazy. He went on to explain that with the distribution of wealth changing in the world, more and more open space would be owned by individuals or companies who have no idea where to start with respect to management. There will always be a demand for food and while a very small percentage of us will be monetarily wealthy, we will make enough money and have the time of our lives while doing it.” As for himself, Fischer said every day presents a new challenge, but that there are things he finds reward in each day. “The people are second to none. From the feed salesmen to the commercial cattlemen who AMY H PHOTOGRAPHY © purchase our cattle, the folks who I deal with on a day to day basis are some of the greatest minds and souls Jeff and Kaleigh Clark with their children this world has to offer,” Fischer said. Everett and Jenny. July • August 2016 California Cattleman 19


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at both. “The company encourages me to involve my family,” Clark said. “All our company leadership is young with young families so I am in a very supportive atmosphere.” In his job role, Clark oversees the cattle and sheep breeding herds for Emigh Livestock. As someone who enjoys learning about the different facets of the industy, Clark said the position has been perfect for him. From working with people from different backgrounds to learning about the sheep and lamb industry, Clark said no two days are the same and the learning curve has been an exciting one. “To be honest, I wasn’t enthused about working with sheep because that wasn’t my background, but I have learned so much about running cattle and sheep together and the huge differences in running a purebred versus commercial operation,” Clark said. “I had to switch focus from all the data I had to track and the supplements I had to give in the purebred business. Now my goal is to spend the least amount of money, use the least amount of feed but getting the greatest amount of return.” Clark said the way the cattle and sheep operation has taught him to utilize natural resources has opened his eyes to a whole new world of resource management. “At first there were a lot of things that I didn’t see the purpose in, but now can see clear as day, “ Clark said. “Sometimes young people don’t value tradition as much. But usually those traditions are in place for a reason and someone had to learn the hard way to put that practice in place.” Similarly, Clark says young people want to take advantage of all the new tools and state-of-the-art sciences that sometimes the older generation sees as a waste of money. “But the smart ones know you have to spend money to make money and are willing to change for the sake of being more profitable or meeting the consumers’ needs,” Clark said. Being young and ambitious, Clark said he thinks his background has already began to improve the way the operation runs its beef herd. “Having worked in the purebred business, I was surprised that we had no eartags,” Clark said. “Now we have electronic ID tags, and with that we can track our data and performance much

Aaron Lazanoff, who had just went to work for Cal Poly. After two years at Cuesta, he transferred to Cal Poly. Lazanoff introduced him to then beef unit manager and instructor Mike Hall, who hired Clark to work at the Cal Poly Beef Department. “At Cal Poly, Aaron and Mike helped me to do what I wanted to do since I was 12 years old and wouldn’t have ever had the means to do otherwise,” Clark said. “It was literally the best experience ever.” True to Cal Poly’s motto – Learn by Doing – Clark said he got a firstclass education. He went on to be a manager for Cal Poly’s Bull Test Sale and while working in the beef department, met his wife, Kaleigh. Following graduation, the two went to Yuma, Colo., where Clark worked first as an intern and was then hired on full-time for Five Rivers Cattle Feeding. In order to be closer to home, Clark and his wife moved back to California, where he worked a short stint at a small cattle and hay operation before going to work for Sierra Ranches near Modesto. “It was a great opportunity to put to use a lot of the knowledge I learned on the bull test at Cal Poly but also to get more experience in a top quality seedstock setting that uses immaculate recordkeeping and practices like embryo transfer,” Clark said. That is also where he learned about one common pitfall ranchers experience, the work/life balance. “I have a wife and kids and if I make plans for dinner and then suddenly have to pull a calf, I am going to be an hour and a half late. You never get to say, ‘well it’s five o’clock, I’m going home.’,” Clark said. After working at Sierra Ranches, Clark went to work for a building materials manager and found the work schedule that provided stability for his family but quickly realized something was missing. “I found myself checking the cattle market in the middle of the day or trying to stay in touch with people from the cattle business. That is where my passion was really at,” he said. Today, as the breeding herd manager at R. Emigh Livestock, Rio Vista, Clark said he feels like he has finally landed at a spot where he can manage both family and work and excel 22 California Cattleman July • August 2016

more efficiently.” In time, Clark said he would like to improve all the herds’ efficiencies. Being relatively new to his position, he is currently evaluating everything to see where the operation can improve, taking advantage of any programs or markets that would benefit their bottom line and tightening up any health protocols to keep them more streamline. In addition to his college mentors, Clark said he has implemented some of what he learned from cattlemen like Vintage Angus Ranch’s Brad Worthington and Laolo Camarena (formerly with Vintage Angus), who had years of experience and taught him things about cows you just can’t learn from a textbook. He said he thinks any successful cattleman uses things they’ve learned from other ranchers. “I think older cattlemen would be surprised at just how much us younger guys look up to them,” he said. “I also think the older generation of ranchers would be surprised to know how many young people actually want to remain in agriculture but just don’t feel like there is the opportunity. There are a lot of kids like I was who want to get into the business but the startup costs make that livelihood incredible hard to obtain.” Clark said just because he feels like he found his calling in life doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. There are people who were raised in agriculture who don’t want to continue down that path. He cautions them to really consider what they would be giving up, because there are some people who aren’t as fortunate to have that kind of family legacy and opportunity. “I’m happy to get up and go to work. Farmers and ranchers work as close to God as possible without working in a church,” he said. “When I consider all the beauty and scerenity, I am extremely blessed to do what I always set out to do.” For those searching for a career path, Clark says the opportunity in agriculture is incredible. “The population is growing and we need to sustain them,” Clark said, “I would encourage young people to get involved in any club or enterprise they can. Learn and network because meeting people and learning from them will take you far. Meet people but talk about yourself as little as possible. You can learn so much by just listening to


people.” As for the advice he would give his own children when searching for a career to suit them, he says the answer is simple, “As cliché as it sounds, I want them to do what they love. If you do that, you will never work a day in your life.”

JARED PATTERSON – GENOA LIVESTOCK -

Helping produce high-quality protein for a growing population was a large part of why Jared Patterson, Minden, Nev., says he decided staying in production agriculture was the right choice for him. Patterson grew up on a small family-owned cattle and farming operation in south central Idaho, where he was very active in sports, 4-H, FFA and the Idaho Junior Hereford Association. He said being involved in those extracurricular activities unfolded a great passion for agriculture, specifically good Hereford cattle. He eventually began raising his own Hereford cattle and building a small, yet reputable cowherd. Patterson attended Casper College in Wyoming where he received an associate’s degree in Animal Science then furthered his education at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., where he graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. At both institutions, Patterson was a member of competitive livestock judging teams. “In college, I gained an appreciation for all agriculture, not just certain segments of ag, but actually the importance agriculture plays into today’s societies. It’s mind blowing,” Patterson said. “I think the world’s population would be surprised about how much agriculture influences their daily lives, from the clothes they wear, to the food they eat, to the fuel they put in their car.”

“I think it’s safe to say we would be lost without agriculture, so ultimately my educational experiences only strengthened my desire to stay in agriculture as I want to continue to play a role in the blueprint of today’s world as well as tomorrow’s,” Patterson said. While the decision to stay in the farming or ranching business doesn’t come easily for everyone, Patterson said it was never been difficult for him because he enjoys the lifestyle. So the decision to go straight from college to running Genoa Livestock, a reputable Hereford operation in Minden, Nev., came with little hesitation. “One of my major concerns coming to Genoa Livestock, was selling cattle to older, more experienced cattlemen. That was a situation that was unfamiliar to me,” Patterson said. “Yet, there hasn’t been any major drawbacks for me. Experienced cattlemen were once in my shoes, we both understand good cattle and the type of cattle we need for today’s industry.” Patterson said whether someone is a young, new cattleman or an older, more experienced producer, it’s essential to build relationships with customers and understand their needs and type of cattle they want. “We need to know what they want us to produce for them,” he said. “We need to be accountable and they need to be profitable.” Patterson said the most intriguing aspect for him when starting in his position at Genoa Livestock, was that he had the opportunity to start at the bottom of the red meat production cycle and begin to build and continue breeding good reputable Hereford cattle that will perform, be profitable and buyers will come back for. Initially, Patterson said managing the ranch while being younger than the other employees presented challenge, but over time those challenges have disintegrated. “I have always been involved in

Jared Patterson, manager, Genoa Livestock this lifestyle and I know the cattle business, especially ranching, is labor intensive and time sensitive. This job isn’t five days a week and eight hours a day,” Patterson said. “So trying to have employees adapt to the schedule and working environment can be very difficult in terms of managing people. Yet from my perspective, once these employees understand your scheme and approach, they begin to fulfill their duties. It starts to be a time of incentives and acknowledgments to make sure those good employees stay for the long haul.” Patterson said he was always been taught with mentality of learn by doing and teach by doing. He explains that if a young manager takes this approach to prove himself, eventually older employees understand the capabilities and attributes that young managers possess. Then it begins to be a level playing field. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 When it comes to the misinterpretations that older cattlemen can have about the younger generation, Patterson said sometimes the skillset and knowledge of younger cattlemen can come into question. “I’ve been mentored and influenced by some of the most prestigious and successful cattle producers in the Hereford breed, so as a young beef producer I am going to put forth their knowledge plus my progressive spin of newer modernization and technology to be more efficient and effective to keep up with the times.” Patterson said he has been fortunate to have great examples in his life to help him learn the value of hard work and the ropes of the Hereford business and cattle business as a whole. “No doubt about it, my biggest mentor from a seedstock cowman’s perspective has been Ron Shurtz,” Patterson said. “But I have also been blessed with the presence and influence of many great cattlemen. To name a few that have really left their mark: the late Ken Tracy and Frank Rodgers, Scott and Mark Holt and Shane Bedwell. But growing up in my dad’s and grandpa’s back pocket and learning the ropes of beef cattle production has molded me into the cattleman I am today.” Patterson said in addition to the people involved in the Hereford breed, he enjoys that Herefords are hardy, docile, high-performing and effective

in crossbreeding programs while being able to thrive in a variety of environments. “I couldn’t be happier with the progressive mindset and direction the breed is heading,” Patterson said. “I think we’re at a time in the breed where good Hereford cattle are and will continue to leave there mark on a black cow. I see so many more black cow-based producers capitalizing on the opportunity to inject Hereford influence in their cow herd.” At Genoa Livestock, Patterson says he has put a strong emphasis on a great mama cow in order to focus on producing cattle that are fertile, highly maternal and low-input, yet have rapid performance and will excel from an end product standpoint. “We utilize breeding tools such as expected progeny differences (EPDs), actual data and now most importantly phenotype to make our cowherd better,” Patterson said. “My goals for the ranch are to build on the consistency of good cattle and doing that, becoming a premier quality source in the west for Hereford genetics.” Being fortunate to live the lifestyle he does, Patterson said he wishes more young people would consider how vital production agriculture is in the world today. “Starting a new career in agriculture can be challenging,” he says. “But if you are a student of the game, keep an open mind, continue learning and build on the platform to help the footprint of production agriculture, there won’t be a day you

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work that you won’t learn something good or bad.” “The number of graduates going back to the farm or ranch is dwindling. It’s as important as it’s ever been to do more with less,” Patterson said. “There are so many uneducated people that don’t have a clue about how important agriculture is to their daily lives. We as young agriculturists need to continue to be advocates for our industry and educate the consumers that red meat is a wholesome, safe product and that doesn’t just come from a meat shelf at Walmart.”

MORGON PATRICK –NOBMANN CATTLE –

In his upbringing in the far reaches of northern Mendocino County, Morgon Patrick, has learned about anything and everything the rural lifestyle has to offer in his short lifetime. From the lumber and hunting industries to his family raising their own beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs and vegetables, there isn’t much that involves the outdoors that he hasn’t experienced. Patrick said it was his upbringing and ability to work hard that led him to the life he lives today with his wife Amanda and their three boys, Wyatt, Waylon and Westin. “I got a pretty solid start in animal husbandry just through life on our own home operation, but I also did day work doing hay, fencing, brandings and cattle gatherings in high school,” said Patrick, who grew up in the small town of Laytonville.


Following high school, Patrick enrolled in junior college and studied agriculture and administration of justice but said that he always found his herd management and preveterinary classes to be the most interesting. Topics he said he found most intriguing were things like genetics and artificial breeding. Patrick said his education helped prepare him for his future jobs but his life experience fueled the fire. “The idea that the average cattleman could tap into the best genetics in the country fascinated me,” Patrick said. “I helped a guy breed his cows one time when I was young. He bred them to an up-andcoming bull called Bon View New Design 036. I obviously didn’t know it at the time, but he probably couldn’t have made a better decision.” Following college, Patrick said he did a variety of work to pay the bills. He started with construction, did fencing and day work. Shortly after he and Amanda were married, they went to work on a ranch as a team on a Brangus cow-calf operation. “We artificially inseminated cattle and used a good balance of progressive and old-style fundamental management,” Patrick said. “After that, I worked as a lone man for a cow-calf and yearling rawhide operation in the north state where there was rugged country, wild cattle, half a century old facilities and fences that made it a step into the past.” In all the experience Patrick has gained on various operations, he is able to put a little bit of knowledge from each to work at Nobmann Cattle Co. Today, Patrick works for Nobmann Cattle Co., where he runs the fall herd of commercial cattle between ranches in Los Molinos, Vina and a Harvey Valley public lands allotment in Lassen County. Patrick also runs the company’s developing seedstock herd. Nobmann Cattle Co. is a cowcalf operation comprised primarily of Angus cattle. Five years ago Nobmann Cattle started with a good quality Angus cattle and has been

working on improving its genetics through the bulls and cattle they purchase. At Nobmann Cattle, most heifers are kept and older cattle are culled from a set of strict criterion to ensure cattle are profitable and that only the best genetics are kept in the herd. The whole operation runs in Tehama and Lassen counties and currently runs close to 900 mother cows. Though Patrick is what most longtime ranchers would consider a pup, he said he relates well to older cattlemen. “I was brought up in the cattle business with old school cowboy practices. I resisted things like the calf bands and tables, electric irons and the like for quite some time,” Patrick said. “But every time I used one of those things, I saw the utility of it and how they could help lower stress and speed up production.” Patrick says sometimes the older generation believes that the younger generation is over educated and under experienced, mostly believing that they can make just as much money annually without changing with the times. “As younger cattlemen, we believe with all the technology at our hands we can improve things like feed efficiency, carcass value, grading, conformation, reproduction and the list continues,” Patrick says. “But younger cattlemen think that the older generation can’t keep relevant while using older methods for all of the above, which also is a misconception.” In his current position, Patrick says the genetic aspect is something he really enjoys. “Genetics, artificial insemination and embryo transfer have always fascinated me and I’m enjoying being part of it. I’ve always had a pull towards health and animal husbandry, so taking care of herd health and nutrition have always come first for me,” he said. Patrick said he has a few key goals in mind at Nobmann Cattle, but first on the list is to turn out a great beef product for consumers.

Morgon Patrick, Nobmann Cattle Co. “I would rather grade high and have a higher carcass value than try to turn out an average product that we could achieve with less investment,” Patrick said. “I would also like to get to the point where we are being asked about sale cattle instead of asking to sell them. I also would like to grow our seedstock operation into a registered Angus program that sells a small number of elite bulls and heifers every year.” Patrick said his father instilled being a workaholic into him through his own actions. Early on he knew that working in agriculture was no small commitment. “Going into production agriculture as a career is a huge decision. Anyone considering doing so needs to know it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” Patrick said. “Knowing that you’re doing your best to raise quality food for the people who can’t is very satisfying. But whether it’s 115 degrees or 20 below, whether its day or night, you’ll be outside working and you will never get everything done and tomorrow will add new work to your list. So if you so choose to do it, you have to fully commit yourself to it and it can be a fulfilling lifestyle.”

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FROM THE SALE RING FALL MARKETING SEASON ON THE HORIZON

CALIFORNIA SEEDSTOCK PRODUCERS OFFERING TOP STOCK by California Cattleman Advertising Representative Matt Macfarlane, M3 Marketing What a difference a year can make! At this time last year, we were (and for the most part still are) in the midst of a tough drought, but California was blessed with a very good year of moisture and in most places in the Golden State cattle had better gains over the winter than they have had in quite some time. We hope we can continue this trend and hope it makes up for the decline we have seen in the cattle market. Speaking of differences within the year, the pressure on the market has slowly gotten stronger as we roll into the fall bull marketing season. As I am knee-deep in bull photos, advertising copy, pedigrees and phone calls, we definitely see some tightening of the belt. In the past year we have witnessed a rapid increase in the nation’s beef herd with lots of heifer retention. Producers responded to record-breaking calf prices by retaining more females than they have in more than five years. The results are beginning to trickle into the marketplace. Starting this spring, placements into the nation’s feedyards reflected the increasing numbers of replacement cattle outside feedlots, and the placement trend is unlikely to change in the near future – especially if key areas continue to get some needed moisture. How will beef demand respond to the inevitable increase in supplies of beef ? No one questions the fact that more cattle will tend to lower prices for beef, the question is by how much. Will prices decline as number of cattle processed continually increases? Will box prices for choice

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cuts pushed well under $200, as futures prices are implying, stimulate demand for beef ? Will a weaker dollar encourage more exports to key countries? These are all questions I certainly do not have the answers for but I am sure will be brought up and begin to be answered in the MATT MACFARLANE coming months. There is no mathematical calculation to find the right balance between beef production and price. It must be discovered over and over. Searching historic trends and production levels are never successful, because they fail to include all the current factors that make this day and time different. They also fail to include those factors in demand we have not yet identified. The market will simply dictate where we go, and as cattle producers, we need to continually work on keeping overhead down and managing for the long term. During this uncertain time, one thing remains for certain; CCA continues to fight on your behalf. The midyear meeting in Sacramento last month was definitely active as our leadership continues to work diligently to fight the issues affecting you as a producer. Please continue to support them in Sacramento. If you are not a member, you simply need to be. These issues affect ALL OF US. Pay your fair share as you are reaping the benefits whether you are a member or not. As far as the upcoming bull season goes, I have had the privilege to view, photograph and evaluate many bulls from May through September. The advertisers in this book continue to impress me. The genetic improvements you can make to your commercial program is as good as anywhere in the U.S., and those bulls are right her in California. Please consider purchasing from those who continue to support CCA and all its efforts by promoting in the best marketing tool on the West coast, the California Cattleman. If you need any assistance, I will be front and center at nearly every bull sale in the state. Call me at no obligation, I’d love to help you anywhere I can. Thank you and have a great fall!


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FROM COAST TO COAST RESPECT AND CREDIBILITY

NCBA working nationally to keep cattlemen ahead by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner In the many years I have been involved with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), I have always been impressed with how cattlemen put their high personal values to work every day and in every way. Everywhere throughout the organization, members constantly put the good of the whole industry ahead of personal or home ranch or state gain. I believe there is a calling and reward for volunteer service in an organization like NCBA, being part of something positive, something bigger than ourselves. A short time back I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the beef industry at two Congressional hearings. The agriculture committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate wished to gather information on the current state of the livestock sector. Certainly, many issues are affecting both the cattle industry and animal agriculture as a whole. Trade and markets, safety of our U.S. herds and flocks and how government regulation affects our industries were undoubtedly the big three areas of focus. Trade is increasingly important to the meat industry and especially beef. The maturing domestic market contrasts to the growing global demand for our product. We need competitive market access to those global markets. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will give us great opportunity to expand beef trade into growing comsumer markets. Even more importantly, it will level the playing field with our major competitor, Australia, into our largest market in Japan. Australian producers already have a declining tariff rate into Japan. We have lost market share worth more than $300 million in only 18 months. Cattlemen have been leaders in championing trade and especially TPP and we will continue to lead the way. Recent cattle market volatility was also of great interest to Senators and Representatives. As many of our members are aware, NCBA is working directly with the CME Group to identify solutions to market volatility. While it is often tempting to respond with accusation and request for government intervention, the clear vision supplied by NCBA policies continues to direct that no government solution to an industry problem would be accepted. In fact, some misguided government initiatives were

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cited during testimony as bad ideas, efforts that will only make our pricing problems worse. Two singled out as unwarranted were the USDA’s proposed GIPSA rule which would jeopardize our ability to be rewarded for better-thanaverage cattle and beef which benefits producers and consumers alike, and attempts by Congress to ban packer ownership TRACY BRUNNER of cattle. Those cattle represent only 5 to 6 percent of annual harvest and have already been proven to increase processor efficiency and provide better producer cattle prices overall. Lastly, it was interesting to see that time and again, across all of agriculture, government regulation was cited by producers as the single biggest factor hindering farms and ranches. Federal government overreach on topics such as “Waters of the United States,” or the outdated Endangered Species Act restrict private property rights, lower land user returns, stifle investment and ultimately make food less available and more expensive. I was honored to be your voice in these proceedings in the halls of Congress. Your messages about the importance of expanded fair market access, global food security and less government intervention in our markets and our business were delivered and heard, loud and clear. Not because of the messenger, but because of the amazing credibility of our organization. I once heard a Senator say, “I have always admired the cattlemen. Since my childhood, cattlemen were always the leaders in my home community. Wherever and whenever it was needed, they donate time, money and work for the betterment of the whole community. When citizens take part in government, I see that same unselfish spirit of self-reliance and conscience come through as well.” I would certainly agree. Respect and credibility. We must continue to earn it every day.


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TOP BEEF CHEF

Local chefs compete in a game of high stakes by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead

Sacramento area chefs, food critics, and family members and friends of local ranching family, the Van Vlecks, gathered on a warm Monday evening in May at the Leland Stanford Mansion in downtown Sacramento for the first-ever Sacramento Top Beef Chef Competition. Five chefs from top restaurants in the region including Josh Todd from The Kitchen, Adam Schultz from The Waterboy, Dane Blom from Grange Cuisine, Pedro Depina from Esquire Grill and Dan Moore from Mulvaney’s B & L gave it their best shot in the kitchen of Leland Stanford’s historical Mansion with only 20 minutes each to prepare their beef bites for the panel of judges waiting in the other room. The Mansion is usually reserved for California’s Governor and top officials hosting international dignitaries. That night, it was for ambassadors of beef! The beef ? All chefs and their teams were faced with the center-cut ribeye. Van Vleck’s beef, a specialty Wagyu cross breed Snake River Farms, was on the menu in a variety of different preparations. The name of the game was for the chefs to create something fancy enough that met their culinary standards, but low-key enough that an average consumer may be able to duplicate their dishes at home. In the quaint dining room with wooden floors and low hanging chandeliers eagerly waited the food critics ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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who would ultimately decide the winning chef of the first Sacramento Top Beef Competition. The “stakes” were high, as a 15-day culinary trip to Europe to attend an esteemed conference and expand culinary expertise was on the line for

the winning chef. The panel of judges included California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross, Sac Foodie Ali Zamanian, Darrel Corti, owner of Corti Brothers grocery in Sacramento, and Narsai David, food and wine editor at San Francisco’s KCBS radio station. As the panel of judges let their taste buds do the work, outside the mansion, waiting for guests to arrive, sat a farmhouse familystyle table layout with lovely flowers, white linens and facts about beef adorning its plates. Guests began to arrive and gathered in the courtyard to visit and mingle with each other over a beverage. The chefs were tasked with creating a consumer“Family is what it’s all about,” said Stan Van Vleck, the owner friendly dish from the center-cut ribeye with the of Van Vleck Ranch, which has been a part of the Sacramento high-quality standard of their culinary expertise. Valley for 160 years. “That’s why we’ve brought you here today to help us celebrate 160 years strong and recognize the region’s chefs for what they do to help promote our industry with consumers and the special edition coffee table book greater public.” As the beef meals were brought out on platters, guests’ eyes swelled to the size of their own dinner plates in amazement of the beautiful dishes. Each chef explained a bit about their meal before they began to disappear from the table one fork full at a time. Jim Crane, sales representative from Snake River Farms, a part of Agri Beef Pre-order copies for you, your family and your Co., explained a bit about what Snake friends before Oct. 1 to receive special River Farms is. What began in 1968 as a pre-sale prices! ranching and feeding operation has grown to encompass the entire beef lifecycle. The company’s namesake comes from Pre-order until Oct. 1: $40 per book + flat rate shipping* the Snake River, which is near one of the company’s main feedyards. Crane explained After Oct 1: $50 per book + flat rate shipping that the Wagyu beef the guests would be - Call the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 enjoying does not fit the USDA grade scale for special pricing on orders of 5 or more books and actually exceeds the Prime USDA grade. Crane said this is why Snake River Farms uses the Japanese marbling scale, *Pre-ordered books can be picked up in person at the which accurately measures the internal fat 100th Annual CCA & CCW Convention Dec. 1-3 in of the premium Wagyu beef. Sparks, Nev. or shipped for an additional flat rate fee. Guests enjoyed the dishes, and after Detach and fill out the form below and mail with a check or sampling each, only then did everyone call the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 to pay over the phone by credit card. realize what a chore the panel of judges had in store at the beginning of the Name: ______________________________________ evening. To find out who won the Phone number: _________________ extraordinary culinary adventure, turn to Please reserve _____ coffee table books @ $40 each = _______ page 92 to read about the Van Vleck Ranch Shipping: $14 (up to 2 books) = _______ tour, where the winner was announced! + $7 per each add’l book x _____ books = _______ Guests were invited back the following ___ Yes, I will pick up my order in person at Convention Total: _________ week for a tour of the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murrieta to continue celebrating ___ No, I won’t be able to make the convention, please ship to: 160 years strong! _____________________________________________________________________ This event was made possible by the _____________________________________________________________________ Van Vleck Ranch family, Sacramento Make checks to California Cattlemen’s Association and mail to: California Cattlemen’s Association, Attn: 100 Year Coffee Table Book Farm to Fork, Snake River Farms, the 1221 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 California Beef Council and the California < No refunds will be granted > Cattlemen’s Association.

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Update on CME Livestock Messaging Efficiency Program CME Group continues to work January and April. CME pleased that, with NCBA to address the concerns of clearly, the messaging policy is having cattlemen related to volatility in futures an impact on messaging behavior markets. One of the requests from and will continue to monitor its NCBA was that CME include livestock effectiveness over time. contracts in the Messaging Efficiency While CME believes that including Program (MEP). Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle in the MEP is making the futures market A message is something sent by a more efficient by governing message buyer or seller to enter a new order, behavior, it’s important to note that modify an existing order or cancel an this change alone is not expected existing order on the CME Globex to dampen the impact of volatility. electronic trading platform. The Volatility in livestock futures markets MEP is designed to ensure efficient is driven by a variety of factors messaging – that someone doesn’t continually enter orders, modifications including, but not limited to, a lack of and cancellations without trading. Each product has a benchmark message-tofill ratio. In the case of Live Cattle futures, that ratio is 20:1 – meaning 20 messages for each one fill. As a hedger you put an order in the market and expect it will get filled. You might have to move it or modify it if market conditions change, but not that frequently. On the other hand, market makers who provide liquidity to hedgers may be more regularly changing orders to frame the current market price and to manage the positions they are carrying. That means their message-to-fill ratio might be higher. The MEP allows both participants to message as they need to, within the ratio, so that market liquidity does not suffer. Less than a week after CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy addressed the Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee in San Diego, the exchange added livestock to its MEP on February 1. Since the livestock messaging policy has been in place, the ratio of messages to orders filled in the Live Cattle futures market has been reduced by 15 percent, while overall volume was relatively unchanged. For January 2016, before the policy went into place, the average messageto-order ratio was 4.64:1. In February 2016, the first month of the policy, the ratio decreased to 4.37:1. In April, the most recent month there is data for, it dropped even further to 3.93:1 – that’s a decrease of 15 percent between 36 California Cattleman July • August 2016

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Warm weather means ticks and anaplasmosis are on the prowl by Kim Holt for the California Cattleman

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naplasmosis, the most prevalent tick-transmitted disease of cattle in the United States, is complicated, unpredictable and costly to the U.S. livestock industry at a price tag of more than $300 million per year in death losses, lowered productivity and reproductive disorders. The infectious disease is caused by the rickettsia pathogen, Anaplasma marginale, which invades the red blood cells of an animal, eventually causing anemia which can lead to death. The disease is found on all six continents, especially in countries with warmer climates. It has been detected across the United States, more commonly found on the east and west coasts. John Maas, DVM, a former extension veterinarian from the University of California, Davis, reports that anaplasmosis is very endemic in many parts of California. There are pockets in Idaho, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington where it presents itself in a similar manner, and that an increasing number of outbreaks are being seen in the Midwest, upper Midwest and northern states because of cattle movement, especially in the dairy industry. Experts peg the cost of a single case of this disease at 38 California Cattleman July • August 2016

around $400 per animal. Hans Coetzee, DVM, a veterinary researcher at Iowa State University estimates that if anaplasmosis is introduced into a previously naïve herd – one without any immunity or exposure to this disease – it can result in a 3.6 percent reduction in calf crop, a 30 percent increase in cull rate and a 30 percent mortality rate in clinically infected adult cattle.

Which animals are affected?

Anaplasmosis affects cattle of all ages; however, its severity is usually greater among older, healthy animals on a higher plane of nutrition. Deer, elk and other wild ruminants are also infected as carriers of the disease. Though they exhibit no illness, they can serve as reservoirs of infection for other animals.

How is it transmitted?

The disease commonly occurs during warm months when ticks and biting insects are abundant. It’s not contagious but is spread, rather, by the transfer of blood from an infected animal to a susceptible animal. Transmission can be either biological or mechanical. One of the most common ways this disease spreads


is through ticks. In the U.S., anaplasmosis is transmitted biologically by Dermacentor, or wood ticks. Once in the tick, the parasite can remain active throughout the tick’s lifecycle, and can be transmitted several months later. Mechanical vectors include biting insects, such as horse flies, stable flies and mosquitoes that can transmit the blood from an infected to a susceptible animal. Humans also facilitate mechanical transmission of this disease through the use of contaminated equipment used during vaccination, ear tagging and tattooing, implanting, dehorning and castration.

progresses, an animal may have a fever, be off feed, depressed, dehydrated, constipated, have decreased milk production, jaundice, abortion, show rapid or difficult breathing and have severe anemia (pale gums and eyes). Maas says anaplasmosis falls into a group of diseases that cause sudden death, so if cows are found dead, it’s best to get them posted and diagnosed. He also points out that even if you don’t see any sick animals, it doesn’t mean your herd doesn’t have the disease. In fact, you could have a lot of it. “That’s what’s tricky – it can fool you,” Maas said.

What happens when cattle become infected?

How is it treated?

Once susceptible cattle are infected, the organism multiplies in the bloodstream and invades an animal’s red blood cells. In an attempt to fight off infection, the animal’s immune system destroys the infected red blood cells, and uninfected blood cells are destroyed as well. When the number of blood cells being destroyed exceeds the number of blood cells that the body can produce, the animal becomes anemic. If an animal under 12 months is infected, it undergoes a 45-90-day incubation period, has a very mild illness which is rarely noticed and becomes a lifetime carrier. The severity of the disease increases with the age of an animal, with those two years of age and over displaying the most severe symptoms. According to Maas, cattle over two years of age become very ill and about 50 percent die unless treated early. Additionally, the severe anemia caused by anaplasmosis can cause sterility in bulls or may cause abortion in cows. Once cattle become infected with anaplasmosis, they remain persistently infected for life or “immune carriers.” Maas explains, “They are immune to becoming sick from the agent, but are carriers of the agent. If you were to take a small amount of blood from one of these ‘immune carriers and put it into a susceptible cow, that cow would become infected and sick.”

What are signs and symptoms?

If cattle are closely observed, weakness may be the first clinical sign that is noticed with this disease. In an outbreak, dead cows are frequently the first sign. As anaplasmosis

Cattle affected with anaplasmosis are typically treated with tetracycline antibiotics. It is most effective if given in the early stage of disease. Cattle in later stages may be so anemic and oxygen deprived that they become anxious, aggressive and even die from the handling stress. For very weak cattle, antibiotic treatment isn’t recommended.

How is it controlled?

Anaplasmosis is a complicated disease, so control can be difficult, requires planning, and the need to vaccinate will vary from herd to herd. Maas stresses the location of a herd is important in determining whether or not problems will occur with this disease. “The cattle and deer that might be reservoirs and the ticks that naturally transmit the disease are the primary factors,” he explains. For example, herds raised on permanent pasture in California’s central valley, without ticks, deer and carrier cattle, have little risk of anaplasmosis. They are disease-free and without immunity unless vaccinated. Therefore they are susceptible to infection. Maas says that if these cattle are introduced to oak foothill pastures, especially during a bad tick year, they’ll become infected, get sick and half will die if left untreated. “When cattle are raised in the coastal foothills, Sierra foothills, and many mountain areas of California, they become infected early in life, have no clinical disease when ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 July • August 2016 California Cattleman 39


...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 infected and are ‘immune carriers.’ If new, susceptible cattle come into these areas, they are at risk.” Likewise, if these carrier cattle go to valley pastures, they may act as sources of infection, especially via blood transfer through contaminated equipment and biting flies. Maas says, “Many cattle herds are between these two extremes and it is common for a percentage of adult animals to become infected and sick every year. These are herds that need to vaccinate routinely to prevent losses.” He adds that it’s common for bulls to come from anaplasmosis-free areas to be very susceptible when introduced into areas where the disease is common. “Remember, when bulls become infected and are successfully treated, they are often sterile for many months,” Maas said.

How is it prevented?

Preventing anaplasmosis in a herd depends on the risk. In the previous illustration, the risk for valley herds is introduction of carrier cattle and transfer of blood from these new additions. Herds in the foothills or mountains need to make sure incoming cattle are from anaplamosis areas or have been vaccinated. Intermediate risk herds should review their vaccination program with their veterinarian, Maas advises. “If a rancher wants to know the level of carriers in the herd, take blood samples from 10 head of cows that have been in the herd their entire life and have a lab test see if they are carriers,” Maas said. “Then producers can make much better decisions with their vet.” A product manufactured in Louisiana is the only killed vaccine available to prevent clinical disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture allows its sale as an experimental product, as okayed by a state’s state veterinarian. In California, it’s available through the California Cattlemen’s Association.. A live vaccine is also available in California, but it can only be given to young cattle, 11 months of age and younger. With vaccination, Maas says one has to keep these points in mind: vaccination prevents clinical disease; vaccination does not prevent cattle from becoming infected; some states and

What You Can Do John Maas, DVM, explains that anaplamosis can rear its ugly head in several different situations: • Sporadic cases can arise when, in endemic herds, less than 100 percent of the cattle are infected with this disease and are “immune carriers”; • When unprotected cattle are brought into a herd already infected and “protected” from anaplasmosis; • When an entire herd is moved to a new area. • When animals that test positive for the disease are brought into a naïve herd (more often seen in dairies). CCA also offers the killed anaplasmosis vaccine exclusively to its members. To learn more, contact the CCA office today! foreign countries do not allow importation of cattle infected with Anaplasmosis or, in some cases, vaccinated cattle; and there is a significant time delay from the time cattle are vaccinated until they are protected. He says it’s particularly important to protect susceptible cattle coming into an anaplasmosis area. “Make sure that when you buy bulls or replacement heifers they are protected – either they are raised in anaplamosis areas or they have been vaccinated,” Maas advises. He advises producers work closely with a veterinarian because “it’s a really confusing disease” and one neighbor can be quite different from another depending on where they run cattle in summer, where they calve out their cows. “Just the little things can make a big difference from one ranch to another,” Maas said.

Anaplasmosis versus Foothill Abortion Ticks are notorious for transmitting disease agents, notes former University of California, Davis, Extension Veterinarian John Maas. Anaplamosis and Epizootic Bovine Abortion (EBA), better known as foothill abortion, are two examples of tick-transmitted diseases of cattle. While the ticks differ, so do the diseases, as ranchers in California who have to deal with both well know. Many have learned to manage around both EBA and Anaplamosis by incorporating knowledge of both diseases into their breeding and range management programs. Anaplasmosis is an infectious anemic disease caused by the rickettsia pathogen, Anaplasma marginale. As outlined in the main article, it is commonly found in countries with warmer climates and is biologically transmitted by hard-shell ticks. EBA is a bacterial disease transmitted by the bite of a soft-bodied tick commonly known as the Pajaroella tick 40 California Cattleman July • August 2016

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BEEF AT HOME AT ABROAD CELEBRATING U.S. BEEF’S RETURN TO MALAYSIA from the U.S. Meat Export Federation The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently partnered with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in a “Welcoming U.S. Beef Back to Malaysia” ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. Funded by the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and the Beef Checkoff Program, it was the second activity organized by USMEF since U.S. beef re-entered Malaysia in December 2015. Prior to that date, the market was not technically closed, but no U.S. plants were eligible to export to Malaysia. More than 70 people gathered at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur – including importers, processors, retailers and media representatives

– to hear James Stiegler, acting deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy, deliver opening remarks. “We held a U.S. meat foodservice seminar prior to this event, to educate and update buyers about U.S. beef,” said Sabrina Yin, who oversees USMEF operations in Southeast Asia. “But this was a great way to thank our partners in the meat trade for their continuous support in getting U.S. beef back in the country. Malaysia’s imports of U.S. beef were growing before our plants lost eligibility in 2012. We hope to regain some of that momentum and expand U.S. beef ’s presence.” Dishes served at the reception

Pictured left to right, James Stiegler, acting deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy, joins Jamie Friend of Iowa’s Thunder Ridge Beef and Joani Dong of FAS-Malaysia at the ceremony. 42 California Cattleman July • August 2016

included U.S. beef rillettes with kiwi, beet and orange gel; premium roast U.S. striploin and tenderloin accompanied with roasted root vegetables and shallot jus; openfaced mini beef burgers; and braised beef brisket in barbecue sauce. U.S. beef cuts such as striploin and tenderloin were popular with attendees. The event attracted social media attention across the region, with the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia posting on its Facebook page, “Halal U.S. beef is back in Malaysia! Look for halal U.S. beef on the menu in your favorite restaurants!” and “Look for U.S. beef in your favorite grocery stores and restaurants. And try it in your favorite beef rendang recipe!” U.S. beef exports to Malaysia could gain further momentum with approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Although tariffs are not currently an obstacle for exporting to Malaysia, the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter of TPP is specifically aimed at reducing unwarranted non-tariff trade barriers that have often slowed U.S. exports.


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CALIFORNIA ANGUS BREEDER REPRESENTED AT BEEF LEADERS INSTITUTE in Dakota City, Neb.; Sysco in Cleveland, Bryce Borror, Gerber, joined Additionally, Grimes said having the an elite group of American Angus Ohio; and a retail tour at Buehler’s opportunity to tour facilities like Trans Association members by attending the Milltown in Wooster, Ohio. Ova and CAB was incredible because it 9th annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) Participants were able to experience shows what her family’s operation aims June 20 through 24. BLI is a complete all areas of the beef business, interact to produce. pasture-to-plate experience for young with production experts and develop a “It makes me a better breeder,” leaders in the Angus industry that larger vision to improve their operations Grimes said. “As producers, we need explores quality genetics, performance back home. to keep in mind what will make our programs, genomic technology, herd “You should never be done customers money, and, ultimately, what health and much more. This year’s class learning,” says Justin Uhrig, Hermosa, will provide the consumer a safe and consisted of 20 individuals from all S.D. “As a producer, it is mind-boggling wholesome product.” areas of the country who experienced a to see how much CAB and the A complete list of 2016 BLI whirlwind week developing relationships Association have advanced our breed. participants follows. For more and exploring all aspects of beef The dedication they have has created information on how to participate in the production, from the feedlot to the opportunity and advancements for the leadership event, visit www.angus.org. consumer. Angus breed as a whole, and it’s an Applications for the 2017 class will be A California native, Borror manages opportunity that continues to grow.” available online starting next winter. the Tehama Angus Ranch and serves as a director of the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association. Borror attended the BLI tour with the goal of learning how to use American Angus Association tools and resources to market his cattle, as well as better understand the entire industry. CCA is the supplier of herd health essentials YOU need! “Traveling along on this BLI tour, I never thought I would be inside and Anaplasmosis is an infectious parasitic learn how DNA sequencing happens, 65% of California cattle are at risk of disease in cattle, spread primarily selenium deficiency, which can cause how breakeven costs in a feedlot are by ticks and blood sucking insects health problems such as White Muscle calculated and how a packing plant like mosquitoes. This parasite causes Disease, abortions, retained placenta, operates,” Borror said. “It was a great severe anemia, weakness, fever, lack infertility and others. experience to see everything up-close of appetite, depression, constipation, decreased milk production, jaundice, One Pacific Trace Minerals Se365 and personal.” abortion and sometimes death. selenium bolus per animal prevents The mission behind BLI is to selenium deficiency for a year. provide young producers, between the The killed anaplasmosis vaccine protects ages of 25 and 45, the opportunity to cows and bulls of any age from infection and requires a booster given 4 to 6 network with their peers in the Angus weeks after the initial vaccination breed, while learning more about their organization and the entire beef Available in 10 or 50 Dose Bottles CCA Member Pricing business. Participants were selected 1-19 boxes: $240 per box * 10-40 doses: $8.50 per dose * through an application process and 20 + boxes: $216 per box * 50 +: $7.50 per dose represent bright leaders within the * 10 dose/$85 minimum Bolus gun: $84 per gun Angus breed. * 60 boluses per box Flat rate shipping: $10 per order “Events like this are truly priceless,” Shipping & Handling says Lindsey Grimes, Saint Joseph, First box: $10 Additional boxes: $7 per box Mo. “They bring everything back into Bolus gun: $10 per gun perspective; you learn what is truly Anaplasmosis sold only important, and you get a refresher on to CCA members. everything from the seedstock side to These products sold & the packer. It makes you recognize and shipped within understand the big picture.” California only. Throughout the event, the group toured throughout the Midwest and *Non-members pay $288/box, at any quantity ended in Wooster, Ohio, at Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) headquarters. Along the way, participants were able PLACE YOUR ORDER BY CONTACTING THE CCA OFFICE to visit GeneSeek Neogen Operations TODAY AT (916) 444-0845. in Lincoln, Neb.; J’s Steakhouse in Fremont, Neb.; Weborg Feeding Co. in Pender, Neb.; Trans Ova in Sioux City, Iowa; a Tyson beef processing facility 44 California Cattleman July • August 2016

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COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR Checking In On Your Beef Checkoff

Summer partnerships geared to move beef by California Beef Council Director of Producer Relations Jill Scofield Summer is officially upon us, and while much of California enjoys a year-round grilling season, there is definitely an uptick in the barbecues firing up as the days get hotter and longer. This summer, the California Beef Council (CBC) is partnering with a number of retailers, brands and media organizations to carry out large-scale beef promotions designed to drive more beef sales at the retail level. The promotions go beyond simply a retail partnership that features savings on beef products for a specific time period: these integrated campaigns also feature promotional partners who increase the CBC’s bang for the buck by cost-

sharing campaign efforts. Here’s a glimpse of what these summer promotions will look like. Stay tuned in future months for results of these campaigns! Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® This promotion, which launched May 1 and extends through Sept. 30, features bottleneck hanger booklets offering delicious burger recipes and beef coupons on bottles of Sutter Home wines. A total of 100,000 of these beef-friendly bottleneckers will be distributed at retailers throughout the state. This unique partnership also included the CBC’s participation in

Sutter Home’s “Build a Better Burger ® ” contest. Held May 19, the national competition has been taking place each year since 1990, and is the wine industry’s first major recipe contest. The grand prize winner of this contest, which draws recipes from all over the country, received a $25,000 grand prize. According to a press release from Sutter Home Family Winery, “The idea behind Build a Better Burger® has always been to take America’s favorite wines and pair them with America’s favorite food—the burger,” explained Wendy Nyberg, Vice President of Marketing for Sutter Home. “Passionate everyday cooks don’t hesitate to experiment with flavors, and we love to see that creativity in the burger recipe entries as well as wine pairings.” Beef & Johnny’s Seasonings As America celebrates Independence Day with beef-filled cookouts and barbecues, the CBC teamed up with Johnny’s Seasonings to promote unique beef and seasoning combinations, as well as provide savings on select beef cuts. From June 29 to July 29, this summer grilling promotion will drive shoppers to the meat case for extra savings on beef and Johnny’s Seasonings. The savings will be available through Ibotta, the popular mobile app that provides users with cash rebates on participating brands and items. Through this partnership, shoppers can benefit from two offers, plus a co-branded beef and Johnny’s Seasonings bonus offer. During the month-long promotion, a $2.00 rebate on beef and a $1.00 rebate on Johnny’s Seasoning Salt will be available through Ibotta at participating retailers. Additionally, shoppers who purchase both items can qualify for an additional $.50 rebate.

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Ibotta currently works with more than 150,000 U.S. retailers. Working with such a company is in-line with a growing trend, particularly among millennials; according to a shopper survey conducted by Progressive Grocer, roughly 43 percent of millennials use a mobile app when grocery shopping. In addition to the savings, the promotion will also feature a number of activities designed to reach consumers both as they are making their grocery decision, or on their path-to-purchase before they arrive at the store, and at the point-ofsale. These activities will include an extensive radio broadcast, digital and social media advertising campaign, store-level events featuring Johnny’s BBQ truck, in-store signage with CBC and Beef Checkoff logos. Beef & Reser’s Starting in early August and extending through the Labor Day weekend, the CBC is continuing its partnership with Reser’s deli salads later this summer. Hinged on the idea of easy, convenient and delicious meals, this partnership will pair beef and select Reser’s salads for extra savings for shoppers. The promotion will feature broadcast radio advertising, billboards, and an extensive digital campaign, targeting the markets of Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. And similar to the cross-promotion with Johnny’s Seasonings, the Beef & Reser’s promotion will include rebate savings through the Ibotta app to help drive beef sales during the promotion. “The California Beef Council is continually striving to make the biggest impact with producers’ checkoff dollars,” noted Bill Dale, Executive Director of the CBC. “These partnerships not only provide ways to promote beef at the retail level – with the ultimate goal of driving sales increases – but they also involve brand partners who help fund these comprehensive campaigns, which extends our reach to consumers.” For more on CBC promotions and programs, be sure to visit our NEW Web site at www.calbeef.org and like us on Facebook!

California Beef Council Unveils New Logo The California Beef Council has been promoting beef on behalf of California producers since 1954, when it was the first State Beef Council in the nation to be formed. And though it’s unclear just when the CBC logo was created, it may very well have been around just as long. This summer, the CBC is evolving its brand identity with a new logo, giving a modern twist to its consumer-facing marketing materials and campaigns. “As we look to find the best ways to engage and resonate with California consumers, we felt it was time to take a fresh look at our logo,” said Annette Kassis, the CBC’s Director of Consumer and Brand Marketing who oversaw the logo re-design. “Our new logo is bolder, cleaner, and overall, will pop in our marketing materials and advertisements much more so than our previous logo.” The logo isn’t the only update coming to CBC marketing and communication efforts. This summer will also mark the launch of a redesigned Web site. Coming soon to www.calbeef.org, an updated, visually appealing site that incorporates graphic and intuitive navigation will be unveiled. The updated site will contain information consumers and influencers are seeking about beef and beef production – recipes, nutrition information, background on how beef is raised, and producer profiles to familiarize site visitors with the men and women who work hard to produce high-quality beef. The site will also provide resources for producers, from background on current issues to materials and messages to help in talking about beef production with consumer audiences. “Given that so many of our campaigns are digitally driven, and that consumers spend a large amount of time online, we are updating our site to provide content that is more in-line with what consumers are looking for in a format and design that is clean, user-friendly and visually appealing,” said Kassis. “Additionally, the site will be much more mobilefriendly than our existing online presence.”

What’s more, producers will be glad to know that neither the logo nor the Web site required hiring external (and often pricey) graphic designers. All design services and web site development were provided by the design team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – another example of your checkoff dollars at work! That’s not the end of changes at the CBC, however. Later this summer, the CBC is planning to launch a consumer-based mobile application. “BEEFabulous” – in line with the CBC’s popular foodservice app, “BEEFlexible” – will provide consumers with everything they need to know about beef from the palms of their hands. Recipes, nutrition information, cooking guidelines, production information, and even geo-targeted resources to help consumers find current beef specials in their area. Look for more on that exciting tool in a future California Cattleman update!

To Learn more about how the California Beef Council, is putting your checkoff dollars to work, find us online at www.calbeef.org. or email Jill Scofield at jill@calbeef.org to receive producer communications from the CBC.

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THE BEEF BREAKDOWN

THE FABRICATION PROCESS FROM CARCASS TO CUTS

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f you have ever purchased a quarter, a side or a whole beef carcass, chances are you have wondered why you have received less meat than expected. The average weight of a live steer or heifer ready for harvest is 1,300 pounds! So how much of this product should you expect to receive in edible meat products? STEER TO CARCASS In order to change a 1,300-pound beef animal into edible meat product, butchers first have to convert it into a carcass by removing the hide, head and internal organs. On average, only 62 percent of the animal’s original weight remains, resulting in an average carcass weight of 806 pounds. The meat industry calls this percentage the “dressing percentage,” which varies between animals due to many factors including hide thickness, presence of horns, whether the animal was grass- or grain-fed, etc. The items removed in the conversion of an animal to a carcass are often not desired by consumers here in the United States, but you likely can request to have organ meats such as tongue, heart and liver wrapped and saved for you. The beef carcass, which now only contains fat, bone, connective tissue and meat, is then chilled and hung for approximately 14 to 21 days. Chilling of the carcass converts muscle to meat. Once the meat is chilled properly, the carcass is then “aged” for the rest of the 14- to 21- day period. During this aging process the meat develops flavor, and most importantly, becomes more tender. Unfortunately, a small amount of weight is lost during the aging process due to water evaporation. CARCASS TO CUTS After the carcass is properly aged, it is ready to be broken down into retail cuts. On average, 21 percent of each carcass is inedible bone, fat and connective tissue. Once the carcass is fabricated and inedible objects are removed, a whole carcass will yield about 639 pounds of edible beef product. Each beef carcass contains more than 200 muscles. Some of these muscles will become mouthwatering steaks such as Filet Mignon, while others may have little value as a steak or a roast and are directly converted into ground beef products. Ground beef is also made up of bits and pieces that are trimmed from steaks and roasts during the preparation process. Approximately 38 percent of the 639 pounds of edible beef products will be converted into ground beef. The remainder is cut into your favorite steaks and roasts as specified. 48 California Cattleman July • August 2016

WHAT ARE PRIMALS? An important fact is that all steaks and roasts are not created equal. The carcass can be split into four major portions called primals. These four primals, the Chuck, Rib, Loin and Round, all possess different taste characteristics because they are made up of different muscles with different tenderness levels, different fat content and varying flavor profiles. For instance, the Chuck and Round are most commonly seen in roast form, but Round Roasts are much leaner (have less fat) than those from the Chuck and therefore will have a less intense flavor. The Rib and Loin are commonly cut into the steaks which are talked about most frequently – Ribeye Steak, Strip Loin Steak, Tenderloin Steak and Top Sirloin Steak. These primals can also be cut into highquality roasts, but that will reduce the number of steaks available from the Rib and Loin. Generally, steaks and roasts from the Loin are leaner than those from the Rib. For a full breakdown of yields and possible retail cuts from each primal, see the page at right Most butchers will provide an order sheet that allows you to select the cuts and portions you desire from all of the possible options. These figures are averages based on a 1,300 pound, Yield Grade 3 Steer. Not all carcasses are created equal and carcass data will vary based on breed, size, fatness level and cutting method. For more information about these cuts, nutrition information or for recipes, visit our Interactive Butcher Counter on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was provided by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and was published in the April issue of National Cattlemen. This information is also available at www. beefresearch.org.


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PROGRESSIVE PRODUCER Keeping Your Bulls In Business

Managing bulls for the breeding season by Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT, Assistant Professor of Clinical Livestock Reproduction, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine Herd bulls are not only critical to the reproductive success of the herd, but they also serve as the quickest way to alter the genetic composition of the herd. With a relatively small number of bulls, as compared to cows, care must be taken to prevent injuries and diseases that could remove a bull from the breeding pool and lower your bull-to-cow ratio. Attention should be given to bulls all year long, not just when they are turned in with cows or removed from cows. That being said, the “bull year” can be divided into the pre-breeding period, the breeding season and the post-breeding period. Pre-Breeding – 60 days before breeding Working with your veterinarian, all bulls in the herd should undergo a breeding soundness examination every year, ideally 30-60 days prior to the breeding season. This will allow adequate time for finding replacement bulls, if necessary, as well as a mature response to vaccinations given at that time. The breeding soundness exam is more than just a “semen check.” It is a comprehensive assessment of the bull’s ability to be a satisfactory breeder for the herd. Bulls intended to breed cows or heifers on pasture must not only be fertile, but also healthy and able to see, walk and mount cows in heat. Important considerations for a physical exam include signs of lameness or poor conformation, healthy visual eyes, an appropriate body condition score (ideally 6 to 9 at the start of the breeding season) and signs of respiratory disease or gastrointestinal disease (bloat, diarrhea, etc.). The reproductive system is the focus of the breeding soundness exam: • Penis/Prepuce – Should be able to fully extend penis, without attachments/adhesions, and should be free from warts, injuries or other signs of infectious conditions. • Scrotum and scrotal contents (testicles, epididymis) – The scrotum should not have any wounds or signs of trauma. Sperm are produced within the testicles and then matured and stored in the epididymis until breeding. These are identified and compared for symmetry, texture and size. The scrotal circumference measures the widest part of the scrotum and is a reliable indicator of testicular mass and daily sperm production. There are breed differences for scrotal size, but in general all bulls over 15 months of age should have a scrotal circumference of at least 30 cm, and bulls 2 years and older should be at least 34 cm. • Semen is collected with either an artificial vagina 52 California Cattleman July • August 2016

(trained bulls) or using electroejaculation (most herd bulls) and must meet minimum standards for individual sperm motility (more than 30 percent) and normal morphology (less than 70 percent). These are both important for sperm function and the ability to attach to and fertilize the egg. Disease testing in new bulls can be useful for specific conditions such as Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) or Johne’s Disease, but this will depend on your own herd biosecurity goals. Annual testing for trichomonosis (“Trich”) is highly recommended, especially for new additions to the herds, as this can be an economically devastating disease if introduced into your herd. Though different testing modalities exist, a one-time qPCR test (looking for DNA specific for tritrichomonas foetus) on a preputial scraping sample is a very sensitive and specific test your veterinarian can perform. Testing for Campylobacter fetus venerealis (“Vibro”) is not typically performed, because we have good vaccines for the disease that are highly effective and, in certain instances, can eliminate the disease from young bulls. This 30- to 60-day period prior to breeding is the optimal time to vaccinate your bulls. For the most part you can vaccinate your bulls using the same vaccination plan as your mature cows. Annually boosting their vaccines is required, and accomplishing this ahead of breeding allows their immune system to adequately respond and be prepared for potential disease exposure. They will need protection from the respiratory/ reproductive viruses (IBR/BVD/BRSV/PI3), leptospirosis and clostridial diseases (tetanus, blackleg, redwater, etc.). In terms of venereal diseases, Campylobacter fetus venerealis (“Vibrio”) is essential for all beef bulls, as it is a common bacterial cause of infertility. Vaccinating cows for trichomonosis will help increase pregnancy rates in an infected herd, but there is limited evidence for their benefits in bulls. Vaccines should not be relied upon to prevent the introduction of trichomonosis and are not required for every herd. Breeding Season Having a defined breeding season will lead to a defined calving period, can help to reduce labor costs and allow you to identify potential problems with herd fertility, venereal disease or fetal losses due to infectious abortion. The following are a few common issues with bulls that may arise during the breeding season: • Loss of Body Condition – Bulls during the breeding season are working, and can be expected to lose


some body condition. Starting with a 6 to 9 body condition score will allow some loss of condition without an effect on overall health and prevent early over-conditioning, which can also alter with sperm production and ability to efficiently mount cows. Breeding Injuries • Penile Hematoma – One of the most serious injuries a bull can sustain during breeding is a penile hematoma (“broken penis”). 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). You typically won’t see the injury occur, but will immediately see a large swelling between the bull’s scrotum and the prepuce. The bull will not be able to breed cows. This should be addressed as soon as it is detected, and working with your veterinarian there are various medical and surgical treatments that can be discussed. Since there is often a guarded prognosis for return to function, culling and replacing the bull may be the best economic decision but will depend on his value and genetic merit. • Preputial (Sheath) Prolapse – This can occur in any breed, but are more common in bos indicusinfluenced breeds with a more pendulous prepuce (Brahman, Brangus, etc.). Whether they injure their prepuce by direct trauma (often by stepping on it) or through a breeding injury, the consequences are the same. 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. This swelling and prolapse can be treated with supportive care (local wound care, antibiotics and

anti-inflammatory drugs), but occasionally surgery is required to remove the scar tissue preventing normal function. There is generally a better prognosis for return to breeding than with penile hematomas. Managing and treating breeding injuries can be difficult depending on the individual bull and the injury sustained. This is an economic decision to 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. Post-Breeding When removing bulls from the cows examine them for any abnormalities in their overall health, lameness, penis/prepuce, etc. Immediately following breeding is the opportune time to address health concerns with your veterinarian and decide which bulls to maintain until the next breeding season. Ranches that manage two separate breeding/calving seasons (such as spring and fall calving) will have different demands and a shorter time period to rejuvenate bulls than once yearly calving operations. This is a time for bulls to rest, restore adequate body condition and prepare for the next breeding season that should not be ignored. Maintenance energy, protein and mineral requirements should be met, and the bulls should be kept separate from other bulls of unknown vaccination, trichomonas and health status to ensure the health of your herd. Herd bulls are critical to the success of the herd and require yearlong attention to keep your investment ready for the next breeding season. Should you have questions regarding developing a specific health plan for your bulls or to address bull injuries consult your veterinarian. Additionally, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is available to assess bull injuries using the latest technology.

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Checkoff Plays Active Role in Joining the Forces by Federation of State Beef Councils Chairman Steve Hanson

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ometimes being the chairman of an organization is little more than an honorary position. You lead some meetings, you get new passages for your biography. I’m thankful being chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils is much more than that. The role of the Federation Chairman mirrors that of the Federation itself. We’re an organization that represents organizations – the country’s 43 Qualified State Beef Councils, to be exact. The Federation is the state beef council voice at the national level in the beef checkoff, helping assure the Beef Checkoff Program is a partnership between state and national interests – which is important if you want to have a truly grassroots program. Qualified State Beef Councils collect the $1-per-head checkoff assessment in their states and are allowed to keep half of what they have for research, education and promotion programs that are identified by the boards in their states. The remaining 50 cents is sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), which administers the national Beef Checkoff Program, subject to USDA approval. The Federation is where we help get those halves coordinated, assuring efficiency and effectiveness by keeping state “boots on the ground” part of the equation. Still Important Having served as a member and chairman of the Nebraska Beef Council, I understand how important the grassroots component of the checkoff is – and has been since the checkoff began. There are more than 700 producers who sit on state beef council boards, and we expect as much out of the money we spend at the state level as we do from funds we forward on to CBB. About 100 of the 700 producers on state boards also serve as Federation directors nationally. Those directors weigh in by evaluating and approving those checkofffunded projects conducted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. They also serve on joint checkoff advisory committees reviewing all contractors and contracts that are pieces of the checkoff. There’s another way state beef councils impact 56 California Cattleman July • August 2016

the $1-per-head checkoff: They provide representatives who sit at the decision-making table for all checkoff programs. The Federation elects 10 members of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC), which determines how the national 50 cents of the dollar will be spent. The Cattlemen’s Beef STEVE HANSON Board elects the other 10 members. As chairman of the Federation, I act as the vice-chairman of the BPOC. Yes, in the end I’m still only one voice of 20. But having experience with the structure, format and intent of the BPOC, and having a seat at the head of the table, I work diligently to make sure proposals that come before the body get the honest, careful consideration they deserve. Expanding Markets As Federation Chair I also have the opportunity to serve on the executive committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, which manages international marketing programs for U.S. beef. USMEF’s mission is to increase the value and profitability of U.S. beef and other meat industries by enhancing demand for our products in export markets. Certainly, that’s a mission of the Federation, as well. When you look at the entire picture, it may sound complicated. But when you get right down to it, the construction of the Beef Checkoff Program helps assure that all voices are heard, and that the checkoff remains a program controlled by grassroots beef producers who pay into the program. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the terrific team of producers who are overseeing the 2016-17 program of work and have the chance to represent my fellow beef producers at the national level.


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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 Selling 75 Angus Bulls at the Ranch Near Calistoga 2016 Offering Includes Sons of these leading A.I. Sires

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At a 4-ounce per day intake, the mineral costs $.15/ day. $1,200 per ton ÷ 2,000 pounds = $.60 per pound $.60 per pound × .25 [4 ounces = .25 pounds] = $.15/ day The cost per year would be $54.75. $.15 per day × 365 = $54.75 per year

Now, let’s say the cows nutritional needs are not being met because she is consuming a “cheap” mineral source, and doesn’t conceive on her first time coming back in to heat. Assume the price of a 600-pound feeder calf is worth $1.50 per pound. If a calf weighs 80 pounds at birth, it needs to gain 2.5 pounds per day to reach 600 pounds at weaning (205 days of age). Remember that most operations wean all calves in one day.

21 days × 2.5 pounds per day = 53.3 pounds If a calf is born just one cycle (21 days) later, a producer is losing 53.3 pounds of weaning weight. At $1.50 per pound, that is $79.95 per head you can miss out on or $25.20 MORE than the cost of a “good” mineral program for the entire year.

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CHIMES CALIFORNIA CATTLEWOMEN A LOOK BACK OVER 65 YEARS by CCW President Sheila Bowen California CattleWomen, Inc. has been an active, vibrant organization since 1951. At the annual CCA & CCW convention this year CCW will celebrate 65 years as a state organization. In 2017, our “older brothers,” the California Cattlemen’s Association will be a grand 100 years old. It is an exciting time to witness our associations reaching these outstanding accomplishments. Both of these state beef organizations have a long history of service to the cattle ranching community and both organizations are looking forward to celebrating in December at the 100th CCA & CCW Convention held at the Nugget Resort and Casino in Sparks, Nev. In the lead up to this celebration, we thought it would be fun to look back at how the California CowBelles came to be. Ranch women have always been an important part of the cattle industry. Many of them work alongside their husbands and contribute to the decision-making, bookkeeping and ranch work. In the early years, the CCA Annual Convention was held in San Francisco, as this was where CCA headquarters was located. At that time, women did not play an active roll at the conventions. Instead, women would shop, sight see, visit and then join their husbands in the evening after discussions had been had and decisions had been made. All of this would change when Helen Carver of Delano attended the annual CCA Convention in Fresno in 1951. Carver was a charter member of the Kern County CowBelles which had formed three years prior in 1948. Kern County was the first cowbelle unit in California. At the Fresno convention, ladies enjoyed a fine afternoon with a luncheon and a fashion show. Although Carver had requested a few minutes to speak to the ladies, the busses arrived to pick up the ranch wives before she had a chance to present her idea. Carver ran HELEN CARVER for the podium and called for order. A quick show of hands from the ladies in attendance brought the California CowBelles into existence. The women were very much in favor of having this organization, and officers were quickly elected as women were heading for the busses. Helen Carver became the first president, Jere Sheldon was vice president and Nona Willaims was elected secretary. It only took five minutes to vote the association into existence and elect the officers. Women were very interested in the organization, and it 64 California Cattleman July • August 2016

soon grew from 58 members to 2,400 members by the year 1966. According to a “Brief History of Cowbelles,” dated May 24, 1965, “The initial purpose of all cowbelle groups is the same; to promote friendship between ranch women, better public relations and to assist the cattlemen in promoting the welfare of the cattle industry.” By 1956, the Cowbelles were participating in many projects including the Beef for Father’s Day Program. Beef roasts equal to the weight of the first baby born on Father’s Day were presented in the hospital. Thousands of beef cookbooks were published. Many were sold to cowbelle units for promotion purposes and were donated to schools for home economic classes. Local activities were so great in the county units that an annual book called The Roundup was published for an exchange of ideas and to leave a historical record of our organization’s yearly activities. It is still published each year and distributed at the annual convention. In 1963, Sonoma County built the first Red Barn on their fairgrounds. Soon many other local units had Red Barns too. Cowbelles used the barns to promote beef and many were large enough for festivities and meetings. In 1965, CCA and the California Feeders Association donated money for a Red Barn to be built on the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. This barn started a state fair promotion for the California CowBelles. The local fair promotions brought such great responses that a workshop was held at the state meetings for an exchange of ideas on beef promotion. Beef promotion at the Los Angeles County Fair, as well as Livestock Tours at the Grand National Livestock Show at the Cow Palace created much public interest. The Cowbelles have always worked closely with the California Beef Council and promote many of their publications and materials. When the first California Beef Cook-Off was held in 1974, the Beef Council and Cowbelles worked together to insure its success. Around this time the Cowbelles developed the state truck sign project. Cowbelle units statewide promoted beef with clever signs on cattle trucks and even a few busses. It was in 1987 that the “CowBelle” name was changed to CattleWomen in cooperation with the change at the national level. California CattleWomen, Inc, has been very effective on legislative issues helping to defeat adverse legislation and to promote the passage of agriculture friendly bills. CattleWomen participate in legislative visits at our state capitol and in Washington, D.C. In 1992, (Sacramento) and again in 2009 (Sonoma) California CattleWomen was privileged to host the National Beef Cook-off. CattleWomen from throughout the state worked very diligently to make these truly premier


events. The National Beef Ambassador Contest came to California in 2000 (San Francisco) and again in 2012 (Sacramento). As the host state, cattlewomen from across California turned out to work and make sure the shows ran smoothly and were top-notch events. California CattleWomen hosted the American National CattleWomen Region VI Meeting in 2008 (Sonoma) and in 2014 (South Lake Tahoe). Excellent speakers and field trips were planned to make these meetings worthwhile for our in- and out-of-state guests. Cattlewomen have always had a heart for educating children and providing youth development opportunities for young people. In recent years one focus area has been on Ag in the Classroom. Many units hold annual agriculture days. Cattlewomen are also known to invite classrooms of children out to the ranch to learn about livestock production first hand. At these events children are often exposed to animals, ranch practices, nutrition and agriculture in general. These experiences provide important knowledge about where and how our food is produced. Each year, local units and the state association provide scholarships to college students that collectively total over $100,000 per year. Local units sponsor numerous fair awards to 4-H and FFA competitors. They provide opportunities for kids to hone their knowledge and public speaking skills through the Beef Ambassador Contest. In 2010 the California CattleWomen compiled and published a book called, Some California Ranches Their Stories and Their Brands. For many ranch families, the book is a treasured keepsake. Each year CCW has a presence at Tulare World Ag Expo where our trivia wheel attracts hundreds of people to our booth. Those folks leave with a bit more information than when they arrived. Ag Day at the Capitol is an event where we partner with the CCA and the Buckhorn Grill, Sacramento, to serve over 1,800 tri-tip sliders on the grounds of the state capitol. CCW uses this as an opportunity to share beef brochures and information about the cattle business. The California CattleWomen has a long and proud history. The organization was created to promote the beef industry. Women throughout the state have dedicated their time and energy with great devotion to educate the public about beef. Because California is a world leader in food production, and one of the most productive agriculture regions on earth, and because the production of cattle and calves is California’s fourth largest commodity, the California CattleWomen will focus on promoting a better understanding to consumers as to where their food originates; the quality controls used towards its safety; the impact the beef industry has on the economy of California; and the overall, far reaching contributions the beef industry has to society as a whole. AUTHOR’S NOTE: I would like to extend a special thanks to CCW Past President Karen Rasmussen for sharing information on the history of CCW.

FSA County Committee Nomination Period NOW OPEN The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016. “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.” To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at http:// www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017. Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms. To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSA county office or visit http://offices.usda.gov to find a county office near you. July • August 2016 California Cattleman 65


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CHB and National Beef Packing Sign Value-Added Program Agreement Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) LLC and National Beef Packing recently signed an updated packer and process agreement for National Beef ’s CHB value-added line of product. “National Beef has been a great partner with CHB since 2008 and this agreement will strengthen the partnership,” says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) executive vice president. “This agreement will give CHB the ability to approach existing and new retail and food service customers with a value-added program that will give access to quality ground beef, cut steaks and a variety of other products.” National Beef Vice President of Value Added, Tom Klein, says since the inception of their partnership with CHB in 2003, National Beef has focused on growing business and the CHB brand primarily through boxed beef. “As both consumer preferences and the competitive environment

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says. Ward says this was a significant day for CHB LLC. “We continue to grow and create demand for highquality, tender beef supplied by cattlemen that understand the value of adding Hereford genetics to the U.S. cow herd.” CHB and the AHA work together with more than 6,000 family ranchers from across the USA to produce a healthy, wholesome and nutritious product. The Hereford breed was bred for taste and tenderness for royalty more than 350 years ago, and it is the second largest breed organization in the country today. The heritage is strong, and the story is true, that’s why Certified Hereford Beef is “Excellence Built by Tradition.”

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BAR 6JimCHAROLAIS Ansbach

43861 Burnt Ranch Rd. Mitchell, OR 97750 (541) 462-3083 Annual Bull Sale • Jan. 21, 2017 • Madras, OR

BIANCHI RANCHES Robert, Chris & Erica Bianchi

6810 Canada Rd. Gilroy, CA (408) 842-5855 • (408) 804-3153 Erica’s cell (408) 804-3133 Robert’s cell Bianchiranches@aol.com Bulls and females available at the ranch. Call early for best selection. Watch for bulls at leading sales as well.

BROKEN BOX RANCH Jerry and Sherry Maltby

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2415 E. San Ramon, Fresno, CA Randy Perry (559) 278-4793 http://fresnostate.edu/jcast/beef Cody McDougald • Student Herdsman (559) 284-4111 Bulls available each June during our private treaty bull sale, as well as leading fall sales.

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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.

JORGENSEN RANCH Fred & Toni Jorgensen 25884 Mollier, Ave, Orland, CA (530) 865-7102

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NICHOLAS LIVESTOCK CO.

Nicoli Nicholas 6522 Vernon Rd., Nicolaus, CA • (916) 455-2384 Breeding Charolais cattle for 56 years, 150 bulls available private treaty in 2016.

ROMANS RANCHES

Bill & Cindy Romans • (541) 538-2921 Jeff & Julie Romans • (541) 358-2905 romansranches@hotmail.com www.romanscharolais.com Annual Production Sale • March 14, 2017 • Harper, OR

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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Wild Horse and Burro Program On June 22, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. For over 40 years, the BLM’s Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act has raised concerns from public lands ranchers and local communities over the welfare of the animals being managed and the natural resources they rely on. Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman J.J. Goicoechea testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association that the very animals and resources the BLM is charged with managing are suffering irreparably. “The BLM has shifted from the multiple-use principals contained in the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and the later Federal Land Management and Policy Act,” said Goicoechea. “Today, horse populations are so out of control that all other resources on the landscape suffer. The latest land use areas and allotments to come under attention are within what is now being called the Antelope Complex in northeast Nevada where the wild horse and burro population is anywhere from 574 to 2,083 percent higher than the Appropriate Management Level.” The local economies across the west rely on natural resource-based industries and multiple use of public lands. These land use areas also contain over one million acres of sage grouse habitat. “With the negative impact on rangeland health of overpopulation of wild horses, one can assume that sage grouse habitat is also being negatively impacted,” said Goicoechea. “Those of us who make a living caring for animals, whether our own livestock or client animals, have a moral obligation to manage populations in balance with natural resources, to prevent damage to the resources, and above all to provide for the overall health of the animals. Starvation and dehydration are inexcusable and inappropriate methods of population control.” While wild horse gathers and the administration of fertility drugs to curb reproductive growth have been used for nearly 20 years in an attempt to bring populations of wild horses within appropriate levels, these programs have suffered from severe flaws. “The process of rounding up horses and releasing them back into the management areas, sometimes after 70 California Cattleman July • August 2016

fertility drugs have been administered, and other times just because the number of horses determined to be rounded up was met, has trained horses to hide in Pinion Juniper woodlands or escape outside the boundaries of the management areas,” said Goicoechea. “We must give the agency tasked with management of the horses and burros all the tools in the tool box. Even in the best scenario, fertility drugs must be re-administered every two or three years, an impossible and impractical solution to such a massive problem. Funds must be made available for more permanent surgical sterilization, spay and neuter.” While wild horses and burros are part of the western landscape on public and federal lands, efforts must be taken to manage these herds at appropriate management levels. “By the time we wait even four or five more years, the wild horse population will double again if current policies remain in place,” said Goicoechea. “If we remove other multiple uses to make room for more horses, we will see impacts to wildlife, sensitive plant species and rural economies, not just domestic livestock.”

THEN & NOW

According to the 1916 Report of the Agriculture Experiment Station at the University of California, in the 11 Western States there were over 400,000,000 acres of federal land used for livestock range. According to the Public Lands Council, today in the 14 Western states, approximately 250,000,000 acreas is designated for livestock grazing.


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USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. “Wildfires have caused devastating losses for many farmers and ranchers,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Over the past several years, wildfires have increased in severity, intensity and cost as the fire season has grown longer, and drought and increased temperatures contribute to dangerous conditions. Natural disasters such as wildfires are unavoidable, but USDA has strong safety-net programs to help producers get back on their feet.” The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance to producers who agree to defer grazing on damaged land for two years. In the event that presidentially declared natural disasters, such as wildfires, lead to imminent threats to life and property, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing conservation practices to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Farmers and ranchers with coverage through the federal crop insurance program administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) should contact their crop insurance agent to discuss losses due to fire or other natural causes of loss. Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. When wildfires destroy or severely damage residential property, Rural Development (RD) can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing. Under a disaster designation, RD can issue a priority letter for next

available multi-family housing units. RD also provides low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities. For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of USDA, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation’s wildfires. Today, fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s. Since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest

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New UNR research reduces salmonella in meat products from the University of Nevada, Reno An old technology that uses natural bacteria predators, called bacteriophages, is the focus of new research at the University of Nevada, Reno. The technique is being used to reduce salmonella bacteria in meat products. Assistant Professor Amilton de Mello, from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno, presented his research at the international American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) conference in late June. “We were able to reduce salmonella by as much as 90 percent in ground poultry, ground pork and ground beef,” de Mello reported. “We’re excited to be able to show such good results; food safety is an important part of our work and salmonella is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the nation’s food supply.” Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food borne illnesses in the United States. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps. In people with weaker immune systems, or in young children and the elderly, it can be fatal. It is estimated to cause one million foodborne illnesses in the United States every year, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. De Mello’s research treated meat products infected with four types of salmonella by applying Myoviridae bacteriophages during mixing. Bacteriophages are commonly found in our environment. They are viruses that can only harm specific bacterial cells and are harmless to humans, animals and plants. In the experiments, the salmonella bacteria was inoculated on refrigerated meat and poultry trim, then the treatment was applied to the meat before grinding. The bacteriophages invaded the cells of the bacteria and destroyed them. “On the final ground meat products, there was a 10fold decrease of salmonella,” de Mello said. “The results are very encouraging, and we’re hoping this can be adopted by the meat industry to increase food safety.” De Mello was invited to speak about his research at the 69th Annual AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference in San Angelo, Texas. Overall, his research focuses on positively impacting meat industry operations, production costs, meat quality attributes and animal welfare. His broad research program approaches important “from farm-to-table” steps such as animal welfare, meat quality and food safety. His current research is related to pre-slaughter physical conditions, value-added products, pre- and post-harvest food safety interventions, effects of physiologic parameters on muscle-to-meat transformation, 76 California Cattleman July • August 2016

beef nutritional values and control of salmonella and E. coli during processing. The meat science program at the University was invigorated with the hiring of de Mello in December 2015 and the opening of his new meat research lab. In addition to his research, he teaches about the meat industry, food safety and quality systems and advanced meat science in the University’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Sciences. “We are creating a very broad meat science program,” he said. “We have meat-quality projects. We have experiments involving animal welfare and food safety. We offer students research and teaching experiences by using our main meat lab and three collaborating ones here on campus. Students can go to our Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station in the morning, follow animal harvest activities in our USDAinspected meat processing plant, learn about animal welfare practices and spend the afternoon in the lab developing research.” The University’s experiment station houses the meat processing plant, feedlot facilities, cattle working areas and 650 acres of irrigated pasture, all just 15 minutes from the main campus in downtown Reno. “Amilton brings an abundance of energy and expertise to the program,” Bill Payne, dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, said. “He’s one of 10 new faculty in the College who will allow us to better connect with and support agricultural producers in ways that have not been possible for many years.

Amilton de Mello conducted research on salmonella reduction in meat products in his meat science lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.


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KEEPING IN COMPLIANCE SWRCB Guidance on Measurement and Reporting Regulations by CCA Director of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur changes in the law through legislation By now, most CCA members Diversion and Use Reporting and through our lobbying efforts are well-aware of SB 88, a budget Under the new regulations, all water before the SWRCB. For instance, trailer bill passed as part of the 2015 rights holders must report annually CCA has co-sponsored legislation, AB budget which required the State Water on their diversion and use of water, 2357 (Dahle), which would provide Resources Control Board (SWRCB) regardless of the size of diversion relief from the regulations for stock to adopt emergency regulations for (unlike other provisions of the ponds that are not filled year-round. the measurement and monitoring of emergency regulation, this requirement AB 2357 passed out of the Assembly all water diversions over 10 acre-feet even applies to diversions under 10 per year and which required annual with overwhelming support, and as acre-feet annually). This is a significant reporting of all water diversions of press time was before the Senate change in the law, as statement holders regardless of size. CCA was adamantly Committee on Natural Resources were previously only required to report opposed to SB 88; unfortunately, and Water. Additionally, because every three years and registration because the legislation was a budget the emergency regulation gives the holders previously only reported trailer bill it avoided the typical hearing Deputy Director of the Division of every five years. Reports must be filed process, and there was very little Water Rights the discretion to raise the electronically, via the SWRCB’s Report opportunity to voice opposition to the reporting threshold above 10 acre-feet Management System (RMS) available bill and even less opportunity to defeat on a watershed-by-watershed basis at https://ciwqs.waterboards.ca.gov/ it. On Jan. 19, the SWRCB formally after Jan. 1, 2017, CCA will actively ciwqs/ewrims_online_reporting/login. adopted an emergency regulation for lobby the SWRCB to exempt the jsp (RMS will also be used to report measuring and reporting the diversion smallest diverters from the emergency the monitoring data required by the of water. regulation’s requirements nearer to that emergency regulations for diversions In May, the SWRCB released effective date. over 10 acre-feet). Deadlines for information via its website intended to Nevertheless, the emergency reporting are found in the chart below. assist diverters in complying with the monitoring and reporting regulation emergency measuring and reporting adopted in January is current law, and Measuring and Monitoring regulations. The purpose of this article is set to go into effect for the largest Under the emergency regulations is to convey those details to CCA diverters on January 1, 2017. Given adopted in January, all water rights members who are affected by the this reality, CCA would like to provide holders who divert 10 or more acreregulation. (The SWRCB’s Website for feet of water annually will be required diverters with information about how Water Use Reports and Measurement to install a measuring device at their to comply with the regulations as early can be accessed at http://www.swrcb. point(s) of diversion. The requirements as possible to ease the compliance ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/ for these measuring devices vary based burden upon ranchers. programs/diversion_use/water_use. on the size and type of the diversion, shtml.) CCA remains WATER USE REPORT DEADLINES DIVERSION/ strenuously opposed to STORAGE PERIOD PERMITS LICENSES STATEMENTS REGISTRATIONS CERTIFICATES these onerous regulations, 2015 JULY 1, 2016 JULY 1, 2016 JULY 1, 2016 VARIES NOT REQUIRED and is actively seeking 2016 AND BEYOND APRIL 1, 2017 APRIL 1, 2017 JULY 1, 2017 APRIL 1, 2017 APRIL 1, 2017 78 California Cattleman July • August 2016


TYPE OF DIVERSION

INSTALLATION REQUIRED REQUIRED DEADLINE ACCURACY* MONITORING

WHO MAY INSTALL/ CERTIFY

Direct diversion > 1,000 afa

Jan. 1, 2017

10%

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as demonstrated in the table above.. Larger diversions will have to be fitted with a measuring device earlier, and those devices will have to be capable of measuring the rate of diversion more accurately and more often than smaller diversions. Additionally, larger diversions will require an engineer, contractor or other professional to install and certify the device, whereas smaller diversions may be equipped with measuring devices by anyone experienced in the practice. In the wake of the emergency regulation’s adoption, water diverters throughout the state expressed a great deal of confusion and concern regarding how to measure the rate of diversion for their water rights. Recently, the SWRCB has sought to respond to these concerns by developing “water measurement guidelines,” available at the SWRCB

website at http://www.waterboards. ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/ programs/measurement_regulation/ water_measurement.shtml. Currently, the SWRCB’s website provides guidance for measuring flow in pipes and closed conduits, measuring flow in open channels, measuring flow from wells drawing from surface streams, measuring stable low-flows with a timer, and measuring storage in reservoirs. CCA recommends reading the full guidance documents on the SWRCB’s website. Further questions about how measuring methods apply to a particular diversion should be addressed to the SWRCB’s Division of Water Rights at (916) 341-5300 or via e-mail at dwrmeasurement@waterboards.ca.gov. Vendors The SWRCB has provided a partial list of water measurement

*The diversion rate measured by the device must come within 10 or 15% of the “actual value” of the diversion rate, as determined by laboratory or field tests.

device vendors so that diverters may begin researching and comparing available devices and their costs. That list is available online at http://www. waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/ water_issues/programs/diversion_use/ wm_vendors.shtml. Additionally, the SWRCB has suggested that it will hold a “gauge fair” in Sacramento this summer, with a webinar option for those diverters not able to make the trip to Sacramento. The SWRCB has not yet provided any specific details regarding “gauge fairs,” but CCA will provide updated information about potential fairs in our weekly Legislative Bulletin e-newsletter and our monthly Hot Irons newsletter. Costs of Compliance Not surprisingly, the cost of ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 80

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...CONTINUED FROM 79 complying with these emergency regulations will vary greatly based upon the size and type of diversion, as well as upon the number of diversions on a given ranch. According to the SWRCB, the costs of measuring devices could range from $300 (the low-cost estimate for a staff gauge in a stock pond with a capacity between 10 and 50 acre-feet) to $19,100 (the high-cost estimate for the full range of equipment needed to measure a direct diversion greater than 10,000 acre-feet per year—an open channel flow device, pressure transducer, staff gauge, data logger and telemetry). According to the SWRCB, these figures take into account installation by a qualified individual. It is important to note, however, that engineering firms and ranchers have disputed the accuracy of these cost estimates. Indeed, even the SWRCB notes that “the costs of measuring and monitoring water use are case specific and can vary widely based on the specific situation.” In fact, there are a number of costs not included within the SWRCB’s estimates. For instance, the estimated costs are per diversion, meaning the cost of compliance will be significantly larger for ranchers with multiple points of diversion. Additionally, the estimates do not factor in the costs of maintenance and repair, the costs of complying with Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements required by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife where installation requires streambed alteration, the costs of NEPA compliance where necessary for installation of devices on federal lands, and various other attendant costs. While diverters may apply for

financial assistance through a variety of state and federal programs, many of those programs require cost-sharing of up to 50 percent, requiring significant expenditures by ranchers in order to comply with the regulation, and not all applicants can be awarded financial assistance. (For more information on potential sources of funding, see the SWRCB’s financial assistance webpage at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/ waterrights/water_issues/programs/ measurement_regulation/docs/ measure_grant_summary.pdf) Diverters experiencing financial hardship may petition the SWRCB for additional time to comply, but only in cases where the diverter has applied for financial assistance and is awaiting a grant or loan award. Finally, in circumstances where compliance with the emergency regulations would be economically infeasible, diverters may petition the SWRCB for “alternative compliance” (see below). Measurement Methods and Alternative Compliance Diverters may petition the SWRCB to allow a measurement method rather than a measurement device at the point of diversion. However, the burden is on the diverter to develop the measurement method, and they must be able to demonstrate that the measurement method is capable of accounting for the rate of diversion within the accuracy standards required for measurement devices under the regulations. The SWRCB has encouraged multiple diverters from a single surface supply to develop measurement methods on a local or regional basis. However, the emergency regulations have clarified that reports of Watermasters will not be deemed to fulfill the requirements of the

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emergency regulations, and even where a collaborative measurement method is used, individual diverters will still be required to individually report their rates of diversion to the SWRCB. Finally, the SWRCB does allow for diverters to file for “alternative compliance” in circumstances where strict compliance is not feasible, would be unreasonably expensive or would negatively impact public trust resources. The SWRCB specifically mentions that alternative compliance will be considered for “points of diversion that are inaccessible for portions of the year due to snow” and “locations with concerns for vandalism or theft,” which have been concerns for a number of ranchers. Additionally, the Deputy Director for the Division of Water Rights may grant alternative compliance for “substantially similar plans,” meaning ranchers may not have to petition for alternative compliance on a caseby-case basis where a category of alternative compliance has already been granted. That said, alternative compliance plans will still be required to “attain reasonable compliance with the measurement requirements of the regulation,” and they must document the method of alternative compliance and the specific reasons alternative compliance is requested. Additionally, those plans are subject to being posted online and being subjected to public scrutiny and comment. For additional information on the emergency regulations or CCA’s efforts to provide legislative or regulatory relief from the emergency regulations, please contact Kirk Wilbur in the CCA office. CCA will continue to keep you apprised of all developments related to the emergency monitoring and reporting regulations.


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Feeding the Future

2016 California & Arizona Feeder Meeting by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead More than 200 California Feeder Of course, you can’t attend a is digestible for consumers. In 1989, Council and Arizona Cattle Feeders’ beef meeting these days without a only six cuts of beef were classified Association members, along with certain generation coming up in the as lean. In 2013, 38 lean cuts of beef industry professionals and guests, conversations. Millennials are a driving have become available to consumers, participated in the California and focus behind many consumer driven and that’s a great thing, Johnson said; Arizona Feeders’ Council Meeting in strategies in figuring out just how to but it’s unbelievable to the average San Diego May 25 through 27. help these folks keep beef in the center consumer. Thirty-eight seems like way The meeting kicked off with a of their plates. The opening speaker too many, so consumers want to know reception at Stone Brewery where suggested helping Millennials figure out if their favorite cut of beef is lean. guests were met with various Stone how to cook certain cuts will be a great Chances are, it probably is, it’s just brews to try along with a variety of asset for the future of beef. about having a deeper conversation meaty appetizers to taste. Old friends Gary Smith, Ph.D., distinguished with a consumer about their options. made new ones in the outdoor patio professor emeritus, Colorado State Johnson says there’s room for setting while an eclectic mixture of University, woke the crowd up with improvement in the nutrition aspect of Latin music played in the background. thought provoking issues in the the beef community. California Feeder Council beef industry touching on consumer “Beef needs new friends,” Johnson Chairman Bill Brandenberg, officially demand along with two improvements said. “We’ve got to get a divorce from opened the business portion of the he predicts would help the beef unhealthier foods. It’s not me, it’s you, meeting on Thursday morning, along industry: fabrication and the names of French fries.” with Bill Sawyer, Arizona Cattle beef cuts. She said no one can argue with Feeders’ Association Chairman, and “If the consumer wants something beef ’s nutritional pattern, but it’s the Bill Sanguinetti, Chairman of the polka-dotted, we should make some,” combination of healthy foods that California Beef Council, who was Smith said. “Their wants are their make our hearts strong. In regards to holding its meeting in conjunction with wants, and we can let the market decide the health profession, Johnson said the feeder councils. their demand.” doctors don’t really get a lot of great While the topics of the meeting Shelley Johnson, director of nutrition training, but they seem to agenda ran the gamut, one theme stood nutrition outreach at the National think they have a lot of great advice to out among them all: the importance Cattlemen’s Beef Association give in this arena. of the task at hand that cattle feeders addressed common myths in the beef “If your doctor told you to eat and calf raisers have ahead of them in community in her presentation. more veggies,” Johnson said, “Don’t helping to feed the future. The growing Beef has a great story to tell, it’s just population shouldn’t come as a surprise about sharing the story in a way that ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 84 to anyone, as speakers at industry-wide meetings for the past several years have been warning others of the forecast that by 2050 the population will have exponentially increased, and who will be faced with the challenge to feed those hungry mouths? Farmers and ranchers. Although it is a task definitely not put out to pasture by Brian Meier, National Sales Bill Brandenberg, CCA Feeder Council Chair and anyone who proudly makes Manager, Del Monte Meat Bill Sanguinetti, California Beef Council Chairman their livelihood as previously Company, Allen welcome the group of cattle feeders and industry mentioned, naturally there’s Brothers Angus/The Chefs’ experts to the 2016 joint meeting Warehouse speaks about some proverbial sweat starting building beef demand to form on their brows. 82 California Cattleman July • August 2016

through checkoff relationships.


Barry Carpenter, North Doug Stanton,­IMI Global, American Meat Institute, spoke spoke about value added marketing opportunities for the about challenges facing the beef industry at home and abroad. beef industry.

Mark Corrigan, Ph.D., spoke about holstein growth dynamics at the end of the feeding period.

Rick Berman, Berman and Company spoke about the real cause versus the dangerous cure of antibiotic resistance.

Shelley Johnson, NCBA, gave a Grady Bishop, Elanco, spoke beef nutrition update. about the drivers of change in the landscape from farm to food.

Dave Zino, NCBA, spoke about building beef demand through beef checkoff relationships.

Jordan Levi, Arcadia Asset Management spoke about the future of the cash market.

Brad Johnson, Ph.D.Texas Robert O’Connor, DVM, Duane Lenz, Cattle-Fax, gave Tech, spoke on alternatives to Foster Farms, spoke about animal a beef industry overview and antimicrobial-based feed additives. welfare and antibiotic use. outlook report.

Gary C. Smith, Ph.D., Food Safety Net Services, gave an update on current beef industry issues.

Chico State YCC members (L to R) Cerissa Kay Freedenberg, Joel Wisniewski, Angela Faryan, and Jase Northup, enjoying the Harbor Cruise.

Sherri Jenkins, JBS Animal Welfare, spoke on animal welfare from a packer perspective.

Linda and Mike Williams enjoying the beautiful views of the San Diego bay on the dinner cruise.

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 82 you think they would be a lot easier to choke down if you had a steak to go with it? I certainly do.” Finding the balance will be critical going forward, she concluded. She and the NCBA nutrition team will be attending medical conferences during the rest of 2016 and 2017 to see where they stand on the issue and where the NCBA beef team can help. As speakers continued to share their thoughts throughout the morning, one man stood between the group and lunch, but his talk made brains tingle more than stomachs grumble. Randy Bergman, president of Bergman and Company is the man behind HumaneWatch.org, the group calling places like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on their bluffs. Bergman challenges the concept of thinking inside the box and encouraged attendees to “just imagine.” The bold, humorous and attention-grabbing Humane Watch advertisements are seeking to change public opinion and make a call to action to call out the HSUS for what they really are. Their purpose is two-fold. Bergman says the beef industry must strive for the common knowledge factor. “Have you ever told someone something and when they ask you how you know that to be fact, you say, ‘I don’t know, I just know,” Bergman said. “That is achieving a level of common knowledge that doesn’t necessarily need a scientist behind it.” He said that’s what has happened in this day and age when everyone becomes an expert on the Internet. Information spreads quickly and it doesn’t have to be true or false, but when something hits, it takes off like wild fire. A lot can be said about the gap that exists between

consumers and the food that they eat. In fact, most consumers are at least three generations removed from production agriculture. According to a 2014 survey presented by Doug Stanton, vice president of sales and business development for Where Food Comes From- IMI Global , 94 percent of consumers have no connection to agriculture, but 86 percent of them are concerned about where their food comes from. This presents a challenge for those in production agriculture. But according to Grady Bishop, senior director of market access for Elanco, agriculturists have a responsibility to become more transparent. During his talk, he asked the rhetorical question, “How do we maintain the credibility of previous authoritative voices?” As speakers wrapped up the first day’s schedule, attendees prepared for the evening’s entertainment. Beautiful views were a-plenty onboard the Hornblower dinner cruise while attendees got to enjoy each other’s company over a delicious Harris Ranch prime rib accompanied by live music performed by Frank Junfin from Kunafin. The meeting wrapped up the following morning with more speakers covering topics like value added marketing in the beef industry, challenges facing the beef industry, a review of a Holstein growth research project and a board meeting for each respective association. The California Cattlemen’s Association Feeder Council extends a sincere thank you to the sponsors who helped make the meeting possible and would like to also invite feeder members to attend next year’s meeting May 25 to 27 in San Diego. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for next year, please contact Lisa Pherigo in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or lisa@calcattlemen.org.

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CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN ATTEND ELITE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Representing the California Cattlemen’s Association, Jason Glenn and Jeff McKee participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Over 50 cattle producers from across the country and across the industry attended the conference. Glenn and McKee were selected by fellow producers and CCA leadership to participate in the 2016 class. Jason Thomas Glenn was born in Roseville, and grew up in the small town of Loomis. Jason attended Del Oro High School. While in high school he worked for Roseville Livestock Auction. During this time he found his passion for the livestock industry. In 2000 Jason graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, where he studied Animal Science. While at Cal Poly, he worked for many of the local livestock markets including Templeton, Visalia and Famosa. After graduation he was employed by Robert L. Beechinor at 3-Brand Cattle Company in Bakersfield, procuring cattle for a feedlot and packing house. In 2008 Jason and his business partner Dustin Burkhart started L7 Cattle. Together they have a successful order buying business which

purchases feeder cattle and packer cows for various customers throughout the nation. They also conduct special beef sales at Overland Stockyards in Hanford, and are representatives for Superior Livestock Auction. L7 Cattle owns and operates two small grow yards in the central part of California with the help of Gusty Hooper who is a partner, and manages both facilities. Jason lives in Paso Robles, with his wife of ten years Jaime Glenn and their two children; daughter Reagan, age 10; and son Thomas, age 8. Jason is actively involved in his son’s sports and his daughter’s involvement in horses. The family is currently involved in the local 4-H program raising sheep and chickens that will be shown in the upcoming Mid-state Fair. Jeff Mckee is currently the manager of the Santa Margarita Cattle Company on the Central Coast. He is a graduate of Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and serves on the board of directors for the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association. Jeff grew up on his family’s cowcalf operation in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and still stays involved in the family operation. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 88

California was represented by Jason Glenn, Paso Robles (left), and Jeff McKee, Santa Margarita (right), at the 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference.

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With the beef industry changing environmental regulations. Following the ...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 86 issues update, the participants were given rapidly, identifying and educating leaders At Cal Poly he was a Herdsmen, the opportunity to visit one-on-one with has never been so important. As a Bull Test Manager, and did several grassroots trade association representing members of their state’s congressional internships in Colorado and Texas. the beef industry the NCBA is proud delegation, expressing their viewpoints Through college Jeff met his wife to play a role in that process and its Alie who also studied Animal Science. regarding the beef industry and their future success. Over 1,000 cattlemen and They both share a deep appreciation cattle operations. John Deere then for California ranching traditions. hosted a reception in the evening at their women have graduated from the YCC Rancho Santa Margarita is a Mexican program since its inception in 1980. office. land grant ranch and has had cattle Many of these alumni have gone to The following morning, the group on it continuously since the ‘1780s.’ A serve in state and national committees, then traveled to Aldie, Va., for a tour cow-calf herd is used to manage the and barbeque at Whitestone Farms, one councils and boards. YCC is the many resources on the ranch. Through cornerstone of leadership training in of the nation’s elite purebred Angus intensively managed grazing, they have the cattle industry. operations. added to the amount of perennial grasses, increased the diversity of annual grasses, promoted oak tree regeneration, and maintained the health of riparian areas and wildlife. The Santa Margarita Ranch is also home to vineyards, event venues, several agricultural tourism ventures and historical buildings. This diversity gives McKee the opportunity to show the value and importance of cattle grazing to a wide variety of people who may not have any other connection to agriculture. NCBA’s YCC program is an opportunity for these young leaders to gain an understanding of all aspects of the beef industry from pasture to plate, and showcase the industry’s involvement in policy making, issues management, research, education and marketing. Beginning at the NCBA headquarters in Denver, Colo., the group got an inside look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and the work being done on both the state and national level to address these issues on behalf of the NCBA membership. While in Denver, participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program and CattleFax provided a comprehensive overview of the current cattle market and emerging trends. At Safeway, the participants received a first-hand account of the retail perspective of the beef business and then toured the JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner feedyard, one of the largest in the nation, and the JBS Greeley packing and processing plant. From Denver, the group traveled to Chicago where they visited McDonald’s Campus and OSI, one of the nation’s premiere beef patty producers. After 800-969-2522 dwinnett@andreini.com the brief stop in Chicago, the group concluded their trip in Washington, General Insurance Brokers D.C., for an in-depth issues briefing License 0208825 www.andreini.com on current policy issues including international trade and increasing 88 California Cattleman July • August 2016

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE CCA & CCW MEMBERS MEET IN SACRAMENTO by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead The Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento was filled to the gills with members of the ranching and legislative communities and cowboy hats, galore for the 38th annual Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast. Some of those folks wearing their newly furnished lids, as the old cowboy term goes, were members of the legislature and their staff who got the unique opportunity to mingle with their ranching constituents from across the state over coffee during the early morning get together. For the past several years, the annual California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast has been held in conjunction with the CCA and California CattleWomen, Inc. (CCW) Midyear Meeting. Some CCA and CCW members, legislators and staff are familiar faces by now, whose attendance is at this point tradition, but this year, a special guest in particular was able to attend as well. After everyone had been seated, and just before CCA president Billy Flournoy, Likely, stepped up to the podium to welcome guests, surprise guest Governor Brown joined the group after trying on a couple of cowboy hats for size, himself. Flournoy invited the governor to say a few words, and though brief, he remarked about how well California was doing and encouraged ranchers to keep up their good work. Legislators, one by one, stood to introduce themselves and some even came to the podium to extend their thanks to CCA for assistance with certain bills in the legislature. Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicholas) was the last to speak before breakfast and ended with a political pun, noting how there was no shortage of “red meat” in the room. Then

things grew quieter as busy mouths enjoyed a steak and conversation over breakfast. The sea of cowboy hats could be found in the state Capitol later that morning, having checked all pocket knives at the door with CCA staff, an age-old habit of some ranchers who had forgotten them in their pockets after it was too late for them to be left in pick-up trucks. Everyone then headed up to a committee room to divide and conquer the morning’s scheduled meetings. “I enjoy visiting the offices of legislators,” said Salinas rancher Mollie Dorrance. “I remember what my first visit was like a couple of years ago. I was shy and timid, but now I enjoy speaking up on the issues that are really important to our family ranch.” Mollie and her brother Clifton always extend an invitation for a ranch visit to the legislators they see. “No one has taken us up on it yet,” said Clifton Dorrance, “but we like to make the effort to show that we’re willing to bridge that gap just in case they’ll accept our offer.” For a change of scenery, the rest of the Midyear Meeting was held at McCellan Park, the location of the former McClellan Air Force Base, at the Lion’s Gate Hotel. Guests were invited to take a load off and meet up with their friends and fellow members of the cattle community from across the state at the General’s House that evening at the welcome reception. Things quickly got down to business as meetings began early the next morning, giving attendees the opportunity to learn from speakers during the informational forums that covered topics like antibiotics and SB 27, SB 88, CHP transportation and a drought and weather update. State Climatologist, Dr. Michael Anderson with the Department of Water Resources said Mother Nature’s antics are to blame for the lack of El Niño-like weather patterns this winter and spring. He seemed to share the frustrations of ranchers, because he said the weather community was confident, as the group noted, of their predictions. However, he

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mentioned that they hold no exception to Mother Nature’s mercy. Charts and graphs popped up on the projector screen that showed the break or “hiccup” as he called it, in the pressure that caused the anticipated storms to basically disintegrate. However, though the amount of rainfall was less than expected, the snowpack is greater than it has been over the last four years. What can be looked forward to in the future? Anderson says early predications show signs of a possible La Niña, but he concluded by stating that predictions can be shaky because of Mother Nature’s on-a-whim actions, which can disappear like the rain clouds YCC state officer team (L to R) Katie McDougald, the beef industry was counting on this year. But Crystal Avila and Rebecca Swanson, handed out he assured the group that he and his team will cowboy hats to legislators at the Legislative Breakfast. do their best to continue to create up-to-date information. Throughout the morning, the CattleWomen met for their educational workshop as well. They heard from Brian Little, California Farm Bureau Federation, about on-farm safety and learned about various protocols to follow for on-farm helpers and employees. Three CattleWomen members also spoke on a panel about the diversification they have implemented on their ranch as added income sources. Barbara O’Connell shared about the farm stand she operates, Amanda Barrett shared about the Rankin Ranch guest ranch and her Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Nicholas) family’s branded beef program, and Deb Cockrell addresses guests at the CCA Steak shared about the Cockrell Ranch guest ranch, and Eggs Legislative Breakfast. as well. The ladies presented their processes, successes and challenges to the group in the workshop providing inspiration and knowledge for those who may be interested in started an extracurricular on-ranch activity themselves. After an outdoor lunch under what welcomed shade there was in Sacramento’s nearly triple digit temperatures that afternoon, members split into various policy meetings where they heard from guest speakers and discussed topics surrounding specific issue areas. The evening concluded with a reception, sponsored by Elanco, and a dinner where guests continued conversations that took place throughout the day. The meeting wrapped up CCA Second Vice Presidents Mike Williams (left) and Jack Lavers with Gov. Jerry Brown. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 92

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 91 the following morning with each organization’s respective board meetings. The nuts and bolts details about specific items within each organization were discussed, getting everything set up for a successful convention later this year. The CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting is a supreme example of what these associations are about—working together to move the needle for common good within the beef community. Any level of involvement is crucial for the betterment of a community. In today’s day and age it truly does take a village of folks who are interested and passionate

about different things, but all with a common goal in mind, to result in positive action. Whether you are a cattle rancher, a legislator, a staff member, an agency member, an ally or an opponent, the Midyear Meeting brings together a diverse group of people to provide the platform to make your voice count within the bigger picture. We hope you’ll join us in Sparks, Nev., at the Nugget for the 100th Annual CCA & CCW Convention where we will build on the great work done at the Midyear Meeting and celebrate 100 years of CCA and 65 years of CCW along with the comradery and positivity that has come from these grassroots member-driven organizations.

Ventura County Cattlemen’s Association members (L to R) Bert Lamb, Bud Sloan, DVM, Kim Sloan and Rob Frost visit with Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (D-Oceanside).

CCA members (L to R) Kevin and June Kester, Mollie and Clifton Dorrance, Crystal Avila and Randy Burtis visit with Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)

California Highway Patrol Officer Jaime Nunez spoke about transportation guidelines.

Brian Little of the California Farm Bureau spoke to CCW members about farm labor safety.

State Climatologist Michael Anderson, Ph.D., shed some light on the weather events of the year.

Jeff Stott, Ph.D., provided an update on the Foothill Abortion vaccine trial.

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CCW members (L to R) Barbara O’Connell, Amanda Barrett and Deb Cockrell share about their ranch diversification experiences.

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LIVING LEGEND Van Vleck Ranch Celebrates 160 Years by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead

A bubblegum pink bus parked outside of the Grange restaurant in Downtown Sacramento where guests were supposed to meet to embark on a tour of the historic Van Vleck Ranch, based in Rancho Murrieta. Celebrating 160 years is reason to celebrate in style, I thought, but surely, that’s not our bus. The people getting on that bus didn’t seem like they were preparing to spend the day on a ranch. The clothes they were wearing didn’t scream “I’m about to embark on a ranch tour!” Sure enough though, minutes later, the pink bus left and the Sacramento Visitors Bureau bus pulled into its place. On the way to the ranch, tour host, Stan Van Vleck, spoke a little bit about the ranch before the group reached the other guests meeting us in the ranch’s barnyard. The Van Vleck Ranch, founded in 1856, currently consists of mostly an Angus cow/calf operation and a yearling program, with a percentage of Wagyu genetics used within the herd, which ultimately end up in the Snake River Farms Wagyu program finished out into premium Wagyu beef. The Van Vleck family holds deep ties to the land and environment and takes great pride in producing beef and has for many generations. Teamwork was the theme of the day during the tour. Van Vleck welcomed the group to the family ranch and thanked them for their efforts in the Farm to Fork movement. “When we were thinking of people to celebrate with,” Van Vleck said, “we couldn’t think of a better group than local chefs and the farm to fork team who have helped make our successes possible.” It is absolutely a team effort, he stressed. And on a working cattle ranch that cooperation and collaboration of the team is imperative. Building

a 160-year legacy isn’t something that happens overnight. Difficult decisions must be made and intelligent choices can sometimes be the most challenging. Faced with the decision to continue the ranch’s legacy after the passing of ranch patriarch Stan Van Vleck, Sr., Van Vleck knew it was his responsibility to carry his family’s legacy forward. “We asked ourselves, ‘Do we stay, or do we go?’” Van Vleck said. “We ultimately decided our family can make it happen together, and we did just that.” Diversity is very important to the Van Vleck ranch as well as giving back to the community that has helped shape it. Van Vleck shared that in any given year 25-50 thousand people use the ranch for commercial purposes hosting events like mud runs and paintball tournaments. Importantly, they also donate use of their land to the Boy Scout and Girl Scouts, as well as emergency response training for Sacramento Sheriff Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire and Metro Fire, among others. All of those various community uses also bear testament to how much the ranch has changed over the years. “We use horses and all terrain vehicles on this ranch,” Van Vleck Ranch Manager Jerry Spencer said, “But I just find it really ironic that I trot out to pasture with my iPhone on my hip. That just speaks to how far technology has come and much we can utilize it in our roles these days.” On the next leg of the tour, Spencer gave a cattle handling demonstration on horseback with one of his dogs, Fancy. The other dogs wished they were in her spot showing off their skills and waited patiently for their turn on the flatbed pick-up truck

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in the driveway. The question was asked if someone else could make his dogs do what he could, met with an answer of, “Probably not.” Cattle dogs go into copious amounts of training and respond best to the vocal and physical cues of their owner and master. Spencer said that the dogs would probably listen to the man who trained them, but not really for anyone else who hadn’t spent time with them before, because the correct commands and the timing of them matters. After the cattle demonstration, the group loaded back into the bus, which took the attendees to the pond that gravity feeds to the irrigated pasture. Van Vleck spoke about the ranch’s ties to the environment and groups that are working with the Van Vleck Ranch to ensure its success. From there, the group traveled up the road to the river, past a few head of cattle grazing in the pasture with their new calves by their side. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 96

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 94 Passing a newly built cell tower on the ranch, Van Vleck explained they had agreed to donate the site to the county after it approached the Van Vleck family and said it was need to provide communications for emergency services to the eastern county. They have also dedicated over a 1,000 acres of their land in perpetual easements for the environment and agricultural purposes. This is another example of the dedication and strong relationship between the Van Vleck family and their community. He also mentioned that the ranch has other “partners,” hawks, geese, eagles, river otters, snakes and even bobcats. Stan warned guests of everyday occurrences on a ranch that might be a bit foreign to urban chefs. Mind the tall grass for rattlesnakes and watch out for pesky ticks bound to jump down from low hanging oak trees. Everyone will be fine,” Stan said. “We’ve mowed the grass, just don’t go wandering off.” Nicole Van Vleck, Stan’s wife, then welcomed the group to the lovely setting by the river and their family’s cabin. Awaiting guests were various appetizers including something called cowboy sushi, a very raw piece of Van Vleck beef with a spear of asparagus, over a mound of white sticky rice from Montna Farms, Nicole’s historic family rice operation, of which she is a managing partner. Also in the mingling area set next to the river, was the old covered wagon that served as a mess tent in the 1856 wagon train that brought Van Vleck’s great-great grandfather, Amos Van Vleck, and his family from Wisconsin to their homestead in California. As guests were seated for lunch at a long family-style table set on the cabin’s balcony, head chef Mark Berkner and his team from Taste in Plymouth, prepared to serve the afternoon’s meal. Snake River Farms New York Strip Steak salad, Zabuton Steak and a Black Pepper Pound Cake with sweet crispy beef on top tantalized the taste buds of guests. Van Vleck, once again thanked

end, some celebrated their first trip to a everyone for coming and reemphasized the reason they were real, working ranch, and even their first all there. A team effort is important time down a gravel road. This included among any group striving for success, the bus driver, Larry, who survived but the dynamic between culinary his maiden escapade on narrow, gravel experts, farmers and ranchers and roads, and he did a mighty fine job consumers, takes a special kind of navigating the tour bus on the ranch. equation in working together. One The Van Vleck’s legacy is 160 years that fits, and one that Van Vleck looks strong, and with leadership and the forward to continuing to be a part of. extraordinary vision that it possesses Darrell Corti, owner of Corti today, we’d be willing to speculate that Brothers grocery in Sacramento it will continue to thrive for at least 160 presented a special gift, as promised, to more. Stan and Nicole before the meal. “I told you I would bring you something as old as your ranch,” Corti said. “I looked in my storage cabinet, and this was as old as it gets, a bottle of Hedges & Butler cognac from 1858.” After some discussion, the decision was made to open the bottle and pass it around to share with Van Vleck Ranch Manager, Jerry Spencer, greets the everyone to celebrate 160 group and explains his role and the make-up of the years of the Van Vleck ranch. Ranch. After the delicious meal, the much anticipated results of the Sacramento Top Beef Chef were revealed. Among the five chefs who competed the week prior, Adam Schultz from The Waterboy was announced as the winning chef of the competition. Schultz was awarded a Sacramento Top Beef Chef competitors pictured with culinary trip to Europe winning chef, Adam Schultz from Waterboy. for a job well done and his steaks on the rare side! Before everyone got back on the bus to travel back to Sacramento, they were encouraged to pick up a Van Vleck Ranch 160 Years Strong baseball cap and an I Heart Beef insulated grocery bag filled with beef recipes and other information from Jill Scofield and Annette Kassis, representing the Guests listen to Stan Van Vleck share about the ranch’s California Beef Council. ties to the environment and partnerships that help As the tour came to an ground those ties.

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CCA members afford youth learning opportunites by YCC Publicity Chair Rebecca Swanson they face in the industry was interesting to see for California Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC) members and the state officer team were afforded several McDougald. One of her favorite things that YCC has opportunities by the California Cattlemen’s Association allowed her to do is meet with legislators, hear how they (CCA) and the CCA Feeder Council this spring and are addressing the topics and problems that face the beef summer. Eight YCC members received sponsorships to industry, and being able to understand what actions they attend the California and Arizona Cattle Feeder’s Meeting are taking to help the agriculture industry as a whole. in San Diego in May thanks to the CCA Feeder Council, “The legislative breakfast, as well as the meeting Nutra Blend, Zinpro, Elanco and ButterSpur Cattle with our individual representatives, has to be one of my Feeders and a special thanks to Jesse Larios for helping to favorite events this year,” said McDougald. “Since this organize sponsors. was my first year attending, I can’t wait to add it to my The YCC officer team was also given the opportunity calendar again next year!” to attend CCA’s Legislative Breakfast and the CCA & YCC Publicity Chair Rebecca Swanson, Chico California CattleWomen Inc. (CCW) Midyear Meeting in State, was enthusiastic about her time in Sacramento this Sacramento. YCC also held their annual spring fundraiser, summer. raffling a rifle at the Midyear Meeting, donated by Hogue Inc. of Paso Robles. YCC Vice Chair Alise Azevedo, from California State University, Chico (Chico State), appreciated the time she was able to spend at the CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting. “I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to several influential speakers present on important topics at the Midyear Meeting,” Azevedo said. “It was motivating to hear different concerns that various ranchers and individuals involved in the beef industry had on these important topics.” Cattlemen across the state shared different point of views on the topics and it was highly interesting to witness them in these discussions, she shared. The YCC team also had the opportunity to mingle with different cattlemen and speakers to further discuss important topics. “We were also able to share our goals and involvement with others,” Azevedo said. “As a part of the next generation of individuals choosing to get involved in the beef industry, I found this experience remarkable to attend and would encourage other members to take the opportunity to attend meetings such as this one.” YCC Secretary Katie McDougald, California State University, Fresno, was excited about her experience at the Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast. “Every trip to Sacramento for a CCA event is sure to have some excitement, as well as many learning experiences and the Legislative Breakfast YCC members enjoy each other’s company at the California was no different,” said McDougald. & Arizona Feeder Meeting Welcome Reception (L to R) Being able to meet with legislators representing Katie Roberti, Jordan Sparrowk, Angela Faryan, Crystal California, seeing ranchers interact with them and Avila, Cerissa Kay Freedenberg, Joel Wisniewski and Jase listening to them share their stories and hardships Northup. 98 California Cattleman July • August 2016


“While looking over a room filled with cowboy hats worn by members, legislators, and legislative staff at Legislative Breakfast, I felt eager to spend the coming hours meeting with legislators to discuss the issues the beef industry faces,” said Swanson. “I was proud to stand with producers from my home area as they passionately discussed the issues they face in California.” The following day at the Midyear Meeting she was happy to engage in several meaningful conversations with producers about their past and present struggles and successes, as well as accepting great advice for the future generation of the industry. “I was intrigued by the informational forums and all of the producers’ input and questions regarding the different topics that lead to another wonderful learning experience.” Crystal Avila, YCC Chair, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, said, “Midyear Meeting was a great opportunity for young cattlemen to gain knowledge on bills affecting cattle producers in California, as well as network with industry professionals.” One of the biggest challenges cattlemen have in the state is following all the rules and regulations put forth by elected officials who have little-to-no understanding of agriculture. It is critical for the cattle industry to bridge the gap between the producers and consumers – the individuals making the laws without first-hand knowledge, Avila said. “As the next generation, our number one priority is preserving this lifestyle; a lifestyle of producing the safest and best quality beef in the world,” said Avila. “If we want to continue having agriculture in the state of California, we have to continue fighting for our rights to do so, and I am thankful for the opportunity to attend the meeting and expand my knowledge on the challenges cattle producers are currently facing.” YCC members would not be able to attend these events and learn all that we do without the support of cattlemen and cattlewomen, and their willingness to educate the next generation of the beef industry, as well as participating in fundraisers and contribute to CCA and the Feeder Council, who in turn provides opportunities for members. We would like to extend our warmest appreciation to those who support YCC. If you are interested in supporting YCC or getting students to an event in your area, please contact YCC Advisor Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or malorie@ calcattlemen.org. July • August 2016 California Cattleman 99


IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER DEBATE CONTINUES ON WHAT CONSTITUES IDEAL MATURE COW SIZE

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ew topics today are cussed and discussed as widely as ideal mature size for the average beef cow. This is not the first time I have joined in and likely won’t be the last, but two recent articles in the Journal of Animal Science provide an interesting platform on the roles of mature size, weaning efficiency and environment. Paul Beck’s team at the University of Arkansas evaluated the role of mature size on two groups of cows that weighed 1,020 and 1,258 pounds (pounds at variable stocking rates locally. Across the Plains to the northwest, Derek Scasta led efforts at the University of Wyoming to examine five groups varying 100 pounds from 1,000 to 1,400 pounds on semi-arid rangelands. As you can gather, these settings stand out for their contrast. Arkansas

cattle grazed fertilized, warm-season pastures inter-seeded with ryegrass, while the Wyoming cattle grazed native range. Stocking rates per acre were markedly different as well, from 140 pounds on the range to 1,273 pounds in Arkansas. Such differences limit our ability to directly compare results, but they reinforce the importance of environmental context to cow size. With respect to stocking rate anywhere, we have to consider two factors: mature cow size in weight – not frame, because requirements are based on mass not height – and grazing acres not to include land reserved for haying. And while the forage environments were very different in this case, there were several similarities between the trials. Fortunately for the researchers, though not for ranchers, both experiments spanned the drought

years of 2011 and 2012 so widespread as to affect both regions. Drought provided a natural limit for studies of cow size in the context of limited resources. That was not a key focus of the Arkansas work, but the Wyoming group suggested planning the herd’s genetic potential around the possibility of sustained drought from global climate change. I’ll note that other research has shown virtually no correlation between selection to include superior beef marbling and any other economically important traits, across the wide range of environments where cattle are raised. In these trials, the Angus-based herds were evaluated in October for weaning efficiency based on pounds of calf weaned divided by mature cow weight. In both herds, the smallest cows had the greatest weaning efficiency; that is, they weaned more pounds of calf per unit of mature weight, which was no surprise having been reported in other studies. The different stocking rates evaluated in Arkansas showed increased weaning efficiency per acre as stocking rate increased, regardless of cow size. That may point to short-term opportunities that don’t need to wait for genetic change, but stocking rates taken to extremes require caution to ensure sustainability over time. In Wyoming, researchers further determined the efficiency of weaned-calf weight relative to forage intake using metabolic animal-unitequivalent calculations. “Equivalent” is the operative word in that formula, assuming the forage intake relationship for all cattle is dependent only on mature weight. While it’s mathematically correct to assume a consistent relationship, we know there ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 102

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Ranchers Encouraged to Attend Farm-to-Fork Festival 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. 24 ,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) host a booth at this event and are putting out a call 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.farmtofork.com/events/farmto-fork-festival/.

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Senate Holds Oversight Hearing on Sage Grouse Management On June 28, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining held an oversight hearing on the Federal sage grouse plans and their impact to successful ongoing state management of the species. Brenda Richards, Idaho rancher and president of the Public Lands Council, testified on behalf of the PLC and NCBA. “Ranchers across the west have a vested interest not just in the health of their livestock, but in the rangelands that support their herds and the wildlife that thrive alongside them,” said Richards. “The businesses they operate form the economic nucleus of many rural communities, providing jobs and opportunities where they wouldn’t exist otherwise. Additionally, ranchers often serve as first responders in emergency situations across vast, remote stretches of unoccupied federal lands. Simply put, public lands ranchers are an essential element of strong communities, healthy economies, and productive rangelands across the west.” Across the west, roughly 22,000 ranchers steward approximately 250 million acres of federal land and 140 million acres of adjacent private land. With as much as 80 percent of productive sage grouse habitat on private lands adjacent to federal permit ground, this makes private partnership essential in increasing sage grouse numbers. However, concern remains that local stakeholder input is being ignored by the Bureau of Land Management. “Items such as Focal Areas, mandatory stubble height requirements and withdrawals of permits impose radically severe and unnecessary management restrictions on this vast area in opposition to proven strategies,” said Richards. “Rather than embracing grazing as a resource and tool for conservation benefit, these plan amendments impose arbitrary restrictions to satisfy requirements for newly minted objectives such as Focal Areas and Net Conservation Benefit. Wildfire, invasive species and infrastructure are the major threats to sage grouse habitat and they are all most effectively managed through grazing.” According to the latest data from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ August 2015 report – Greater Sage Grouse Population

Trends: An Analysis of Lek Count Databases 1965-2015, the number of male grouse counted on leks range-wide went from 43,397 in 2013 to 80,284 in 2015. That’s a 63 percent increase in the past two years and contributes to a minimum breeding population of 424,645 birds, which does not include grouse populations on unknown leks. “The results of these voluntary, local conservation efforts around the west are undeniable; habitat is being preserved and the sage grouse populations are responding,” said Richards. “Proper

grazing specifically addresses the biggest threats to sage grouse habitat, while reduced grazing allows these threats to compound. To arbitrarily restrict grazing when it’s needed most is a recipe for failure. Local input and decades of successful, collaborative conservation efforts must be the starting point for future Federal involvement, not an afterthought as it is now being treated.” Public lands ranchers encourage the BLM and Federal agencies to work with them to continue to conserve and protect sage grouse habitat.

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the state, the Antelope Valley is one area in which agriculture has actually increased since the mid1990s, in large part due to the influence of the carrot industry. In tune with his own constituents in agriculture, as well as those across the state, Lackey has been a friend of CCA since his election in 2014. He has, in fact, not only been a friend, siding with cattle ranchers on many ASSEMBLYMEMBER issues such as water and TOM LACKEY land use, but he has actually been a true champion for CCA this year, authoring CCAsponsored AB 1960. Lending his expertise and gravitas as a Highway Patrol officer for 28 years, this agriculture transportation matter seemed a perfect fit for him. It also falls right in line with his commitment to streamlining government and reducing excessive regulations by working to fix a burdensome fee and inspection process on certain ranch vehicles, otherwise exempted for various alternative uses. The bill would bring necessary reform to the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program administered by the California Highway Patrol, making the lives of ranchers across the state easier. The bill has received unanimous, bipartisan support in committee and stands a good chance of being signed into law by the governor later this year, largely because of the assemblyman’s hard work. As well received as this bill has been and as smoothly the process may seem to an outsider, Lackey makes no bones about the steep learning curve of new members and how frustrating it can be a times. “The work up here is no joke,” the Assemblyman says. He looks, however, upon the mountain of issues he faces daily as new and exciting. “Even getting something that is commonsense enacted into law can sometimes ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 108


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 106 be a monumental challenge, but that just reminds me to work harder on bringing people together.â&#x20AC;? And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that he succeeds in doing just that. With just his work on AB 1960 alone, he has brought together CCA and almost a dozen other agriculture organizations to work toward a reasonable fix. That personal philosophy of looking past partisan politics and working together has served him well in the Assembly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans have become tired of [partisan politics] and instead [want to] focus on problem solving. This has been my guiding focus while serving in the Assembly,â&#x20AC;? Lackey said. He cites that problem solving focus as one of the reasons he has worked so hard for CCA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not an official member of the CCA, the organization in extremely important to our state and its involvement at the Capitol is crucial to ensuring that voices from every background are heard.â&#x20AC;? To that end, the involvement the assemblyman urges, needs to come from more than just associations, but from individuals as well. When asked if he had any tips for CCA members wanting to get involved with their government, his first recommendation is possibly the

most obvious, but most overlooked: show up. Call, write, attend events like the annual CCA Legislative Breakfast, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shy! He recommends coming prepared, as legislative member time is limited and valuable, but he reminds us that the offices in the Capitol are just as much ours as they are legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be intimidated, come in and bend their ears once in a while! Although not a cattlemen himself, Assemblymember Tom Lackey knows how critical organizations such as CCA are, that their involvement at the Capitol is crucial, and has shown his commitment to work on their behalf for commonsense good. As much the beef community wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind if all representatives were cattlemen themselves, who understand the industry and the pressures producers face from state government day in and day out, unfortunately, that just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the reality. The reality is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives like Lackey who get the beef industry one step closer to that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beef Majorityâ&#x20AC;? that CCA members and staff are always working toward. He may not spend his days at work on horseback, doctoring cows or worrying about what the grass is looking like, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there for the people that do. And because of it, CCA members should be pleased to have Assemblymember Tom Lackey in their corner.

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RANGELAND TRUST TALK WHERE YOUR FOOD GROWS & GRAZES

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH RANCH TOURS by California Rangeland Trust Director of Communications Jessica Kong All California Rangeland Trust wanted to do was show elected officials the relevance of ranching in the effort to get youth outdoors when they began bussing local urban youth to nearby ranches last summer. “We weren’t prepared for the outpouring of support within the community or the effectiveness of this program,” said Rangeland Trust’s Chief Executive Officer Nita Vail. “While we set out to educate the next generation of lawmakers and influence current officials, we were stunned by the transformation of the kids that played out before our eyes. It was one of the most touching things I have ever witnessed.” The Rangeland Trust’s pilot program, Raley’s Where Your Food Grows and Grazes, bussed youth to six ranches near Sacramento, in the late summer and fall of 2015. Once there, ranchers provided an immersive educational experience that left a marked impression on the participants who got to make their own take-home keepsakes. The program was developed in partnership with Raley’s and each trip concluded with a behind-thescenes tour of a Raley’s grocery store. According to one student, “[The field trip was] the highlight of my year! … the perfect amount of education and fun!” Land trusts across California face dwindling public funds and an increasingly disconnected populace. The California Council of Land Trusts created the Conservation Horizons initiative which published a report,

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Keeping Conservation and Land Trusts Vital for the Next Age. The report found that 95 percent of Californians live in urban areas and more than half the populace over the age of six do not participate in outdoor activities. It found that the increasing minority populations are historically underrepresented in outdoor activities as well. Conservationists aren’t the only ones concerned. Ranchers, educators, grocers, and even multinational corporations have been watching these trends with growing unease. Raley’s Director of Public Relations & Public Affairs Chelsea Minor said, “When children have respect for where their food grows and grazes, they are both inspired and empowered to make healthier choices. Many students lack a basic understanding of where fresh food comes from, and even fewer have ever stepped foot onto a farm or ranch.” Some of the kids were terrified when they stepped off the bus. Accustomed to walking on asphalt and concrete, they were convinced snakes hid in the grass. The size of the livestock shocked them. Quickly the earbuds came out, the phones put in pockets, and eyes lifted as nature, the animals, and the people invited them to step from their digital world into the physical. One tour host, Emily Taylor, said, “[Our] ranch tour combined the skills of a 5-Star chef, Texas Longhorn breeder, successful large-scale cattle rancher, farrier, goat breeder and an apiarist, each of whom offered diverse

Boys and Girls Club participants attended a tour and field day at Yolo Land and Cattle Co., in Woodland.


and unique expertise. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase both small and large ranching and farming operations and to let the minds wander for these High School Culinary Students, bringing the connection from Farm-to-Table that much closer.” Experiences such as gathering eggs from the hen house, making an omelet under a chef ’s tutelage, and then eating it, brought “Farm-to-Fork” to life for these students. Because the program was so successful, Raley’s decided to not only join the Rangeland Trust in renewing the program, but to more than double their support as well. With increased support, the program is expanding geographically in 2016 to include the East Bay and Stockton areas. AT&T recently joined Raley’s as a major sponsor of the Rangeland Trust field trips for 2016. While Where Your Food Grows and Grazes connected urban youth with agriculture, perhaps the most significant impact was the connection they made with each other. On the ranches, kids accustomed to communicating via “insta” and “snaps” learned to connect face-to-face. And in working to facilitate this change, the community is connecting too.

PEEK Honored by HIstorical society In May, longtime cattle barron Ellington Peek was honored at the Historic Cascade Theatre in Redding by the Shasta County Historical Society, the same month that his family business, Shasta Livestock Auction Yard celebrated its 50th year in business. At the event, the program was narrated by son Brad Peek. Videos throughout the event featured local cattlemen, family and friends giving accounts of Peek’s background and family life. Among those who shared stories of Peek’s life and cattle career were his wife, Betty; Roy Graves, John Owens, Ernie Peters. From the various auction barns Peek has ran to the generosity he showed his fellow man and the friends who helped him along the way, the stories told certainly illustrated the life that Peek has loved and led. Many of the stories told are also summarized in Peek’s memuir “When to Buy, When to Sell.” The Historial Society announced that the event will be summarized into a DVD that will be available tot he public. An anniversary sale will also be held Sept. 9 for the Cottonwood auction yard, commemorating its 50th annivesrsary. For more information about the DVD, contact the Shasta Historical Society at (530) 243-3720. To learn more about the anniversay sale at Shasta Livestock, contact the sale barn at (530) 347-3793.

THE PUREBRED BREEDERS’ CONNECTION TO THE COMMERCIAL CATTLE INDUSTRY.

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A Rare Jewel

Honoring treasured Kern County cattlewoman with lasting legacy by Kern County CattleWoman Glenda Rankin

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he Carver family is proud to call Mona Grisedale Carver their mom and grandmother, and 150 Kern County CattleWomen are proud to call her their mentor. Mona is among an elite group of Californians who can say she has never lived in the city. Two years after Bob and Eva Grisedale, Mona’s parents, purchased their California ranch in the foothills of the Greenhorn Mountains, Mona was born. She joined her two brothers on the morning of September 17, 1930. At 5 a.m. her mother had decided it was time to go to the hospital, which was 25 miles down a dirt road. Her dad thought he’d better pump water for the cattle first, so Mona was born in their 1928 Chrysler just two miles from home. One might say Mona was a “tomboy” as she grew up with her two brothers, and was the only girl at her country school. She always wore jeans and had a boy hair cut — and never had a doll. The country was suffering from the economic woes of the Great Depression. Both parents worked hard to manage, and the Grisedale children learned to entertain themselves. They had no toys. Mona’s brothers built trucks and trailers from scraps of

to cook, sew and play the piano – wood and pieces of tin. They spent hours gathering “galls” (small round but there was only one problem. A balls found under the oak trees) person would have to be indoors to which became their cows. They made do these things, and Mona wanted branding irons from baling wire, and to be outside. Mona has always been heated the wire on their mom’s wood very aware of her environment. She cook stove and branded the “galls.” banded a California Condor before it They pretended to be cattle ranchers, was classified as endangered, and she and they spent days moving their cattle worked with University of California, on their hands and knees. Their mom Davis, on Foothill Abortion research. spent days patching their overalls. In the early days, there were no During this time, the men often telephones, radios, indoor bathrooms worked away from home at any or refrigerators. The Grisedales raised job they could find. Bob poisoned goats and chickens to eat during the squirrels on the plains while Eva ran the ranch, and cared for their children as best she could. Times were tough, but Mona’s childhood was rich in memories. She still has two of the trucks that her brothers built so long ago. Mona helped her father on the ranch. Her mother tried her best to domesticate this young lady Mona Grisedale Carver with the toy trucks her brothers by teaching her built during the Great Depression.

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summer, as there was no way to keep their beef cool. Mona rode horseback four and one-half miles to the Granite School. In her teens, she rode the bus, attended and graduated from Kern County High School in Bakersfield. At the age of 17, she married Bill Carver, the bus driver, and moved from her family’s ranch to the small town of Glennville. In 1959, Mona was asked to return to the family cattle ranch and help manage. That’s when she said the real work began. She was the ranch bookkeeper, in charge of watching the waters, looked after first calf heifers and raised the leppy calves. On gathering and branding days, Mona prepared meals for 12 to 14 cowboys, and sometimes fed as many as 50 people. Still today, at 85, Mona runs a small herd with the help of her son. She became the local historian because of detailed record keeping over the years. She loves her cows and the land, and has been an active member of the Kern County CattleWomen for 55 years. Mona was named CowBelle of the Year in 1976 and CattleWoman of the Year in 1995. She prides herself in educating “city folk” and wants everybody to stop and remember when enjoying that wonderful, nutritious steak or hamburger that it all started with the hard work of a rancher and his or her stewardship of the land. EDITOR’S NOTE: As CCA prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017, the association will be accepting articles honoring some of California’s cattlemen and cattlewomen who have blazed trails and added to the legacy of California ranching. If you have a story idea or would like to submit an article similar to this one, please contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845.

Other Facts About Mona Carver

• Worked in the U. S. Post Office at Glennville. • Banded a “California Condor” before they were classified as endangered. • Did research on the Adobe Lily and stopped it from being put on the endangered list. • Worked with the University of Davis on Foothill Abortion providing her ranch for research. • Chairman of Veterans’ Lap-robe Committee – sent over 150 lap robes to Veteran hospitals. • Grand Marshall of the Greenhorn Mountain Rodeo in 2011. • Calls herself “UPS West” as she holds packages for neighbors who live off-road with locked gates. • Holds weekly Bible Study in her home on Friday mornings. • Lifetime member of the Kern County Historical Society. • Local Historian – has given many slide shows and tours of the area. • Kept diary since 1945. • Kept rain records since 1959. • A source of local historical information for family and neighbors & settled a few lawsuits. • Chairman of the local cemetery committee. • Full care of both her parents, and two brothers for 40 years. • Very involved for 55 years in the Kern County CattleWomen. • Created the “Brand Napkin” for Kern County CattleWomen – thousands have been sold to help support the scholarship program. • Won “Human Interest Story” at state level with “Dear Holly Letter.” • Wrote script for Lori Brock Museum – Kern County.

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BQA CERTIFICATIONS REACH 2,000 THIS SPRING Nearly 2,000 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified, thanks to the latest free-certification opportunity supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). The program also reached its highest certification completion success rate this year, jumping up to 65 percent. In the six-year history of BQA, more of those who signed up during the free certification window completed the program throughout the latest offering that ran the end of January through April 15. Through the sponsorship of the BQA certification program, BIVI provides financial support for the Beef Cattle Institute, which developed the certification module. This makes the BQA certification free for producers, helping NCBA certify more cattle handlers around the nation. The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry including cow-calf, stocker, feedyard, and dairy operations. The program covers best-management practices, such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products; using low-stress cattle-handling From Pacific Trace Minerals principles; and eliminating injection-site blemishes. “I was taught at a young age there is a right way and a wrong way to do Se 365 selenium bolus for nutritional business. In any business there is a supplementation of beef cattle. proven process for success. In the cattle • treat once a year • industry the benchmark is the BQA way,” says Janet Crow, beef producer for beef cattle over from Missouri. 3 months of age. “I had been raising cattle on my own for about 15 years. I’ve always looked for new knowledge and ways to work more efficiently. The key to selling more beef is to educate the public on the true facts of beef production. The public needs to For sale & use in know that beef producers are passionate California Only about what goes on their plates. BQA and beef checkoff dollars help promote — Organically Listed— the benefits of lean beef and gives us CCA member: $240/box o f60 the tools we need to be environmentally CCA Non-Members: $288/box cmaas@pacifictraceminerals.com sustainable, raise quality beef products, shipping additional www.pacifictraceminerals.com and do business right on the farm.” Although the free-certification ORDER FROM OR PICKUP AT: period has passed, it’s never too late to California Cattlemen’s Association demonstrate your commitment to quality 1221 H Street Sacramento, CA • (916) 444-0845 and become BQA-certified through your state trainings or online at www.bqa.org/ 116 California Cattleman July • August 2016

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Beefmaster Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) has released the breed’s first-ever genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) evaluation. GE-EPDs utilize genomic test results in addition to pedigree, performance and progeny data for increased reliability of an animal’s EPD. GE-EPDs are the most effective genetic selection tool developed to date. The ability to include DNA derived information in combination with traditional performance EPDs has led to greater genetic improvements at a faster pace, in other species and in other cattle breeds. GE-EPDs will no doubt have the same impact on the Beefmaster breed. Development of Beefmaster GE-EPDs has been in progress at BBU since 2009, as a project that was envisioned by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (BEEF). This project helped to build a diverse panel of Beefmaster genetics to be the foundation genetics for the calculation of the GE-EPDs. “BEEF and its leadership is to be commended for their vision, dedication and tenacity for taking on this project several years ago and seeing it to fruition,” says BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “Were it

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Hats off Each year in this issue, the California Cattlemen’s Association pays tribute to university graduates from across the state who have excelled in their respective educational programs. 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.

JORGE MENDOZA JILLIAN CASSACA Willows Fortuna ANIMAL SCIENCE Will be working at Tehama Angus Ranch in Gerber to further knowledge in the beef cattle industry.

JACOB FREITAS Fresno

JENNIE MULLEN Kneeland

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION & SCIENCE

CODY MCDOUGALD O’Neals

JOHN TRAINI Oakdale

ANIMAL SCIENCE ANIMAL SCIENCE Plans to return to a diversified farming and Plans to pursue a career in the livestock operation. beef industry.

Will be interning at the Colorado State Beef Improvement Center in Wyoming and then plans to teach high school agriculture.

ANIMAL SCIENCE Hopes to pursue a career in the livestock feed sector.

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Class of

This year CCA recognizes graduates from California State University, Chico; California State University, Fresno; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and the University of California, Davis. 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 look so bright. CCA extends congratulations to the entire class of 2016!

AGRICULITURAL BUSINESS

Hopes to remain actively involved in the beef industry and also work for a company that is directly tied to the agriculture industry.

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CERISSA FREEDENBERG Visalia

JOEL WISNIEWSKI Wendell, Idaho

JOHN WOODCOCK Clovis

NATHAN YERIAN Tracy

ANIMAL SCIENCE Will be starting a career with Animal Health International as a sales representative.

ANIMAL SCIENCE Plans to work in meat technology sector of the beef industry.

ANIMAL SCIENCE Plans to attend veterinary school and work as a large animal practicioner.

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Will be attending veterinary school at UC Davis.


HECTOR ROJO Ontario

PAIGE GILLOOLEY San Carlos

Pursuing a career in beef management.

Pursuing a career in the cowcalf industry while remaining actively involved in agricultural education.

ANIMAL SCIENCE

STACY STROING Red Bluff

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Will be attending graduate school at UC Davis.

ANIMAL SCIENCE

ALEKSY HUFF Santa Cruz ANIMAL SCIENCE Plans to attend veterinary school.

KATIE ROBERTI Loyalton ANIMAL SCIENCE ANIMAL SCIENCE Will be starting job with Agri- Will be interning for the Beef in Boise, Idaho. American Maine-Anjou Association. JORDAN SPARROWK Clements

CARINNE COOK Greenville

SHAYNA ALLISON Bishop

Will be attending veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial University.

Assuming an assistant trainer position at Carr Performance Horses until applying for graduate school.

Plans to attend graduate school for ruminant nutrition.

ALDEN CALDWELL White City, Ore.

DANIELLE WOOD Susanville

ANIMAL SCIENCE

JUSTICE RASMUSSEN Angels Camp

ANIMAL SCIENCE

ANIMAL SCIENCE

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Will be working for SunFed Plans to pursue a master’s Beef following graduation. degree in agricultural education.

KELLY MCEWEN Sonora

ANIMAL SCIENCE

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Will be working for Panorama Grass-Fed Beef.

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Trevor Freitas, his wife Farrah and their three boys Evan, Cole and Jett live on their family’s home ranch in Tipton. Trevor began working at Mendes Calf Ranch in 1996 and is currently the general manager overseeing the calf raising facilities, as well as the farming operations that include row crops and almonds. In addition to serving on the CCA Executive Committee, he currently serves on the CCA Feeder Council and as an alternate on the California Beef Council Board of Directors. Question: What does being involved in that beef community mean to you? Answer: For me, it’s about being part of a community where everyone takes a lot of pride in what we produce. I’ve met many great people in the industry, and it means a lot to know that there is always someone you can turn to for help in the beef community when you need it. Question: What’s your day job? Answer: Along with some great help, I manage the

day-to-day operations for both calf facilities at Mendes Calf Ranch that raise mainly Holstein steer and dairy heifer calves from birth to around 300 to 400 pounds. I’m a pretty hands-on person, so I really enjoy being outside looking over calves on a daily basis or sorting calves that are getting ready for shipment. I spend a good deal of my day making decisions along with our foreman about calf health and performance. Question: Why do you do what you do? Answer: I love the daily challenge that goes along with

feeding cattle and take pride in producing a product that people consume all over the world. There is never a dull moment on the ranch, and I often tell people when you think you have calves figured out, they will teach you a lesson every time.

Question: Why are you serving on the CCA

Executive Committee? Answer: I serve, because I like to be someone that’s informed about the industry and help where I can to solve the issues we are facing. I am already looking to my sons as the next generation of producers and would like to insure they have a chance at it just like I did. Question: What issues matter most to you in the beef industry?

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FEEDER COUNCIL MEMBER TREVOR FREITAS TREVOR@MENDESCALFRANCH.COM PHONE NUMBER 559-805-5431 Answer:: I think public perception matters most to me. I want everyone to understand what we do and why we do the things we do. We have to inform and address legitimate consumer concerns with facts if we want the industry to be viable. Regulatory issues are another huge concern. It is becoming increasingly burdensome to operate a ranch in California with all of the government oversight and constant stream of new legislation. Question: Why should someone join CCA? Answer:: CCA has been there to help for issues we

have faced from county to state levels and is a great organization to turn to for a better understanding of industry and legislative issues. The staff at CCA has done an excellent job representing California cattlemen and women. At some point as a producer an issue that effects your operation personally will make you understand why it is so important to be a part of an organization like CCA. The issues are never going to stop coming, and it will always take a group effort to make a difference for the industry.


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In Memory DALE BAGLEY

Oliver “Dale” Bagley, born July 22, 1941, passed away April 1. Many hearts are heavy but God has welcomed a man, saved by his faith, and loved by many. Dale was born to Mark and Lettie Bagley, raised in Nevada City and graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1960. He attended Sierra College and completed his surgical residencies in Philadelphia abd San Francisco, teaching in both colleges. He attended California College of Podiatric Medicine and graduated in 1966. Dale opened his first medical practice in Cupertino. In 1976 he opened his Redding and Red Bluff offices. Many of his associates, patients and employees became friends through out his 47 years in medicine. He spent many summers on family ranches in Montana. His dreams grew into having his own ranch in Millville where he has bred and raised registered Herefords and Angus for the past 38 years. Dale thoroughly enjoyed his ranching career, his employees and fellow cattlemen. Family participated in cattle sales, fairs and shows, winning numerous awards. Dale and Jane have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Mexico, England, Nova Scotia and through many states. Many times trips included immediately family, nieces and close friends. Most recently Dale traveled with grade school/high school friends to Kenya and Tanzania, experiencing incredible adventures. This man was known for loving people from all walks of life, having life-long friends and never cutting a visit short! Dale will be missed by many, as we hold cherished memories close to our hearts. He leaves his wife Jane, of 38 years, his five children, Jennifer, Jim, Julie, Janae and Destiny and sons-in-law Brett Christie and Jerrod Davis. He has 10 precious grandchildren and is affectionately called Papa Moo Cow or Papa for short by Grace and Ava Christie, Trent and Reese Black, Ellie and Annie Davis, Jordan, Dalen and Kaden Jones, and Gabriel Bagley/Ward.

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He is preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Jim Bagley. Memorial services were held June 18 in Redding. Memorial

donations can be made in Dale’s name to “California Nevada Hereford Association,” P.O. Box 1645, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

AL MENDOZA Alfred “Al” Mendoza, Jr. A resident of Tracy, Alfred (Al) Mendoza, Jr. passed away unexpectedly June 6 at the all too early age of 62 doing what he loved most – caring for his cows with his wife, Laurel, by his side. A Fremont native and the son of a fourth generation cattle rancher, Al was born June 17, 1953. He spent his early childhood with his father and brothers on the ranch. As he grew up, he found a love for motorcycles, and raced dirt bikes and owned several Harleys, building one from scratch. He also bowled league, and liked to mountain bike and ski. Along the way, he gained a large group of friends who enjoyed the same interests. At the same time, Al enjoyed a lifelong career at EBMUD, where he began as a laborer, and retired as an assistant superintendent. He was well loved and respected by those he worked with, further expanding his wide circle of friends. Upon retirement, Al turned full time to cattle ranching, and did so with dedication and joy. Al is survived by his loving wife, Laurel Mendoza, brothers Robert and Frank, sister Marlene, Diane and Joyce. He also is survived by his stepsons Justin and Brandon. Al was greatly loved and respected by all those he met along the way, and leaves behind a very large and diverse circle of people who call him their friend. We will all miss his warm heart, bright eyes, and ever-present smile. Memorial services were held June 12 in Fremont. NICK TORRES Nick Torres, Fallbrook, passed away May 24 following complications of brain surgery. Torres, a devoted husband and father is known for his dedication to his family, friends and community, where he served as an advocate and mentor to youth in agriculture. Nick and his wife Debbie were married for 35 years and are the parents of three girls: Dena, Nicole and Kariann. They are also the grandparents of 8 children; 7 boys and a girl. In addition to his own hobbies and interests, Nick was very supportive of the California CattleWomen, Inc., where his wife donates much of her time to the Ag in the Classroom Committee. The two enjoyed traveling together to industry meetings and events. Memorial services were held June 2 in Temecula. The family has set up a scholarship in Nick’s memory. Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund can send donations to: California CattleWomen Heritage Foundation: Nick Torres Scholarship, C/O Melody Lake, 791 Sparrow Drive, Fernley, NV 89408.


PHYLLIS CASTELLO Phyllis H. Castello passed away on May 30, at home with her family by her side in Tracy. She lived in the Livermore and Tracy area her entire life. Phyllis graduated from Livermore High School in 1957. She married the love her life, Anthony Castello in 1963 and together they ran a beef ranch in Tracy. She also worked as a loan officer for Bank of America. Phyllis was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Phyllis was a member of the Alameda County Cattlewomen’s Association (Cowbelles), where she held several offices including president and was Cowbelle of the year in 1987 and she was active at the state level serving as an officer and on committees such as the National Beef cook off. She also served as an associate director of the Livermore Stockmen’s Rodeo Association. Phyllis spent the last 30 years dedicated to her work at the

Alameda County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction and the Auction Boosters program. She truly enjoyed working with the youth, sharing her knowledge and love for the agriculture and beef industries. Phyllis loved to share a laugh with her family and friends, a good martini and the beach. Phyllis is survived by her children Peggy (Castello) and Richard Moore, Chris and Elizabeth Castello, and Annamarie Castello all of Tracy. She is also survived by her grandchildren Alexandra, Courtney and Carly Castello all of Tracy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Anthony J. Castello of Tracy, her brothers Gene and Donald Bettencourt, and her sister Elaine Castro all of Livermore. Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central is honored to service the Castello family. Funeral Services took place on Thursday, June 9. Donations may be sent in Phyllis’s name to: Jr. Livestock Auction Boosters Sponsorship Fund, PO Box 3176, Livermore, CA 94551.

LUCKY GRAVETTE Cletus “Lucky” Gravette, age 83, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 1, 2016 in Livermore, California. He was born November 21, 1932 in England, Arkansas. Lucky was one of the last true cowboys. He spent his life ranching and riding at his 7UP ranch in Livermore for the past 63 years. He competed in team roping, cattle penning and wild cow milking at the local rodeos. He has been a mentor and has guided many young cowboys and rodeo riders starting their careers. He was a past president of the Alameda Contra Costa Cattlemen’s Association and has held positions on committees for the California Cattlemen’s Association and served as Grand Marshall

at the 93rd annual Livermore Rodeo. His knowledge of the cattle industry and his animal care practices have always been above the norm. Lucky had a natural way with his horses and a special bond with his many working ranch dogs. Lucky served in the Korean War from December 1948 to December 1951 earning 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. Lucky is survived by his wife of 39 years Terese Gravette, his daughters Debra (Gravette) Clark and Sherri Hale, his son David Gravette, his stepdaughters Cathy Pasut and Nancy Pasut, his step-sons Jim Pasut and Brian Pasut, his 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be sent to Hope Hospice of Dublin, CA. 6377 Clark Avenue, # 100, Dublin, CA. 94568. A private service was held on Wednesday June 8, 2016. A celebration of life was held June 25.

LAWRENCE COELHO Lawrence James Coelho was born on Sept. 5, 1937 in Tulare, CA to Olivia and Joe Coelho. He peacefully passed away on May 22, 2016 with his family by his side at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Shirley, their 5 children and spouses, Lawrence Coelho Jr., Debbie and Michael Thompson, Steve Coelho, Brian and Stacy Coelho, and Ronnie and Dottie Coelho. His sister Leatrice Rector and brother Joe Coelho II; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren. In addition to his mother-in-law Audrey Hoffman. Lawrence graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1955 and then began his career in the meat packing industry working for Tulare Meat Company. In 1981 he went into business for himself opening Coelho Meat Company in Tulare. In 1993 he opened Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford where he continued to grow his businesses over the years providing to the local economy and making many jobs

available. Lawrence did a lot for the people around him and for the community. He was an active parishioner of the St. Aloysius Church. He supported many local groups such as the Tulare County Fair, Fatima Celebration, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Tulare Elks Lodge and Valley Roadsters and whatever weekly event there might have been. Through the years his interests included spending time at the coast, driving his dune buggy, snowmobiling, destruction derby, building and showing collector cars, or being at the race track on the weekends. His hobbies almost always included some type of engine, family and friend. He was recently the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Tulare County Fair, named the Cattleman of Year for the FresnoKings County Cattlemen’s Association and recognized by the California Livestock Marketing Association. Services were held May 26, in Tulare. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Memorial Fund, 627 Beatrice Drive Tulare, Ca. or Valley Children Hospital, 9300 Valley Children Place Madera, CA 93636-8762. July • August 2016 California Cattleman 131


WEdding Bells NEW Arrival AVILA & LITTLE Amanda Avila and Jared Little were married June 11 at a ceremony in Hanford. The bride is the daughter of Sam Avila, Cholame, and Terry and Katie White of Exeter. Parents of the groom are Craig and Karen Little, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kristi Little of Hanford. The groom is an agricultural chemical sales rep for Gowan Company. The bride is a Kindergarten teacher in Hanford where the couple has made their first home. COCHRANE & KASPER Jane Cochrane and Peter Kasper were married June 18 at the Navajo Ranch surrounded by family and friends. The bride is currently employed by Prince Agri Products and is the daughter of Bill and Susan Cochrane of Paso Robles. The groom is employed as a partner in a large dairy and is the son of Tom and Joanne Kasper of Melba, Idaho. The couple has made their first home in Nampa, Idaho. YOUMAN & MCLAUGHLIN Kimberlee Youman and Rob McLaughlin were married June 11 in Lake Tahoe. The bride is currently a mobile dairy classroom instructor for the California Dairy Council. She is the daughter of Denise Youman, Madera, and Marty Youman, Paso Robles. The groom is employed as a financial advisor for Waddell and Reed. He is the son of Dan and Susan McLaughlin, Fortuna. The couple has made their first home in Stockton.

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MAC HANSEN Mac Ellis Hansen, was eagerly welcomed by Darrell and Reba Hansen, Elk Grove, on May 22. Mac weighed in at 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Dave and Sue McDonald, Canby, Ore., and Mel Hansen, Wilton and Nancy Hoskins of Santa Rosa. Mac was also welcomed by many excited aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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Cattlemen’s Report SHAW CATTLE CO. FEMALE SALE Caldwell, Idaho • June 4, 2016

Auctioneer: Col. Matt Simms 118 head total averaged.................................................$6,552 57 Hereford...................................................................$6,360 48 Angus.......................................................................$7,014 13 Red Angus................................................................$5,690

2016 WESTERN STATES ANGUS ASSOCIATION FEMALE SALE Five Star Land and Livestock, Wilton • June 18, 2016 Sponsored by the Western States Angus Association Auctioneer: Col Rick Machado Managed by Matt Macfarlane Marketing 45 Live Lots averaged...................................................... $4563 3 Pick of the herd.......................................................... $11,416 1 Pregnancy ................................................................. $11,500 11 Fall Bred Cows........................................................... $4,032 13 Fall and Spring Bred Heifers ..................................... $3,531 13 Spring Pairs .............................................................. $3,989 4 Open Fall Heifers ........................................................ $3,813 52 Embryos.................................................................... $1,060

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Advertisers’ Index 9 Peaks Ranch........................................................135 Allflex USA.............................................................103 Amador Angus................................................77, 124 American Ag Credit..............................................101 American Angus Association................................ 56 American Hereford Association..........................126 Andreini and Company.......................................... 88 Arellano Bravo......................................................... 51 Avila Cattle Co......................................................... 69 Baldy Maker Bull Sale............................................. 87 Bar R Angus.....................................................33, 124 Bar Six Charolais..................................................... 69 Barry Ranches........................................................113 Beef Quality Assurance........................................... 66 Beef Solutions Bull Sale.......................................... 81 Bianchi Ranches...................................................... 69 Black Gold Bull Sale................................................ 25 BMW Angus..........................................................124 Bovine Elite, LLC...................................................129 Broken Arrow Angus............................................124 Broken Box Ranch...........................................69, 128 Bruin Ranch............................................................. 81 Buchanan Angus Ranch.......................................124 Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale..................................... 73 Byrd Cattle Co.................................................13, 124 Cal Poly Bull Test Sale...........................................105 California BullFest................................................... 75 California Custom.................................................128 California Wagyu Breeders..................................128 Cardey Ranches.....................................................118 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market................................ 31 Charron Ranch......................................................124 Cherry Glen Beefmasters.....................................126 Chico State College of Agriculture...............24, 127 Circle AK................................................................112 Circle Ranch............................................................. 81 CoBank...................................................................101 Conlan Ranches California..................................128 Conlin Supply Company, Inc................................. 36 Corsair Angus Ranch............................................124 Dal Porto Livestock.........................................63, 125 Destron Fearing.....................................................108 Diamond Back Ranch...........................................128 Diamond Oak Cattle Company............................. 73 Donati Ranch...................................................25, 125

Double M Ranch..................................................... 73 Duarte Sales............................................................111 Eagle Pass Ranch..................................................... 95 Edwards, Lien, Toso, Inc.......................................128 EndoVac.................................................................... 45 EZ Angus............................................................20, 21 Farm Credit West..................................................101 Five Star Land and Livestock................................. 33 Five Star Land Comoany......................................128 Flood Bros. Cattle.................................................... 73 Freitas Rangeland Improvements.......................... 60 Fresno State Agriculture Foundation......69, 72, 127 Furtado Angus...............................................109, 125 Furtado Livestock Enterprises.............................129 Genoa Livestock..............................................75, 126 GMA Angus............................................................. 37 GMA Land.............................................................102 Golden State Farm Credit.....................................101 Gonsalves Ranch.............................................73, 125 Harris Ranch Beef................................................... 62 HAVE Angus .........................................................125 Heritage Bull Sale.................................................... 33 Hogan Ranch.........................................................126 Hone Ranch............................................................126 Huffords Herefords.........................................87, 127 ImmVac.................................................................... 45 J/V Angus.........................................................77, 125 Jorgensen Ranch...................................................... 69 Justifly....................................................................... 17 Lambert Ranch................................................41, 126 Lander Veterinary Clinic......................................129 Little Shasta Ranch................................................127 M3 Marketing........................................................128 McPhee Red Angus.........................................97, 127 Mid Valley Bull Sale................................................ 77 Mrnak Herefords West.........................................118 Multimin, USA........................................................ 54 New Generation Supplements............................... 59 Next Generation Bull Sale...................................... 41 Nicholas Livestock Co............................................ 69 Noahs Angus Ranch..............................................125 O’Connell Ranch.............................................25, 125 O’Neal Ranch........................................................... 15 Oak Knoll Herefords............................................... 68 Oak Ridge Angus..................................................... 57

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ORIgen....................................................................129 Orvis Cattle Compnay..........................................127 Pacific Trace Minerals...................................116, 128 Pedretti Ranches...................................................... 85 Phillips Ranch........................................................112 Pitchfork Cattle Company....................................127 Rancho Casino......................................................... 63 Ray-Mar Ranches......................................20, 21, 125 Razzari Auto Centers............................................119 Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale................................ 67 Riverbend Ranches................................................117 Romans Ranches..................................................... 69 Sammis Ranch.......................................................125 San Juan Ranch......................................................126 Scales Northwest....................................................116 Schafer Ranch..................................................77, 125 Schohr Herefords.......................................35, 75, 127 Shasta Livestock Auction Yard............................... 11 Sierra Ranches..................................................43, 127 Silveira Bros....................................................6, 7, 126 Silveus Insurance Company.................................104 Skinner Livestock Transportation.......................128 Snyder Livestock Company, Inc............................ 89 Sonoma Mountain Herefords........................41, 127 Southwest Fence....................................................128 Spanish Ranch..................................................54, 126 Stockman’s Market................................................... 29 Tehama Angus Ranch.......................................3, 126 Teixeira Cattle Co..................................................125 Thomas Angus Ranch...........................................107 Traynham Ranches.................................................. 87 Tri State Livestock Credit Corporation................ 74 Tumbleweed Ranch...............................................136 Turlock Livestock Auction Yard............................ 61 Universal Semen Sales..........................................129 Veterinary Services, Inc........................................128 VF Red Angus........................................................127 Vintage Angus Ranch...................................126, 136 Visalia Livestock Market........................................ 24 West Coast Charolais Breeders.............................. 69 Western Fence and Construction, Inc................128 Western Stockman’s Market................................... 71 Western Video Market.............................................. 2 Wulff Brothers Livestock................................25, 125 Zoetis......................................................................... 93


ought to come from a Range Cow! All 9 Peaks cows run outside on public lands allotments

Rebecca getting cows settled after moving them to our forest allotment

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