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CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICERS

PRESIDENT David Daley, Ph.D., Oroville

A Fresh New Face works to help CCA’s Cause

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Mark Lacey, Independence

by CCA Second Vice President Mike Miller

SECOND VICE PRESIDENTS Pat Kirby, Wilton Mike Miller, San Jose Mike Williams, Acton TREASURER Rob von der Lieth, Copperopolis

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Billy Gatlin VICE PRESIDENT OF 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 CCA Office: (916) 444-0845 Fax: (916) 444-2194

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As someone who has had a lifelong respect and admiration for my fellow cattle producers, I was honored to be asked to consider serving as second vice president for the California Cattleman’s Association and to represent all of you members. I was officially chosen by the CCA Nominating Committee at the 100th Annual CCA & CCW Convention in early December, where I was also elected by the membership. I have been a CCA member since 1990. I served two terms as president of Santa Clara County Cattleman’s Association and still serve as a board member for that group. I represented them on the CCA Water and Environment committee for a number of years and as a CCA board member. I have served as the chair of the Ag and Food Policy committee for CCA for the last four years. Like many of you, I enjoy attending the activities of CCA like the Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast, Midyear Meeting and our annual convention. These are each great opportunities to interact with people in our industry and learn about the latest developments that affect us and our livelihood. Perhaps most importantly, these kinds of events serve to help us interact with those who can help us make a difference in Sacramento and Washington. CCA has also given me an opportunity to connect with many other people who affect the ranching industry. I grew up in Salinas, about a block

from the California Rodeo Salinas grounds and so it is no surprise I wanted to be a cowboy from the time I was a small boy. I was involved in FFA and worked on farms and ranches during school. After college I got a job at Fat City feedlot. That was the beginning of my career. For the next 23 years I worked for ranches in Nevada and California. Then 16 years ago I leased some ground and bought some cows. Today I run cows on about 50 percent public land and 50 percent private ground. I’ve spent a lot of that time dealing with agencies, which has been an education, as most of you are well aware. Being a member of CCA has helped me to better manage not just my cowherd, but also the variety of relationships that impact my ability to run my cowherd. Working with agencies and individuals who may not fully understand or appreciate what we as ranchers do can be an interesting experience. But in order to continue this way of life, educating those around us is vital. While CCA has benefitted me, I hope I can in turn use my professional and personal beef production experience to help benefit CCA. I look forward to what the next two years have in store; from working closer with the other officers and staff in Sacramento and traveling the state to meet more of you and seeing old friends, too.

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MARCH 2017 Volume 100, Issue 3

ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES

ON THE COVER

CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN

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BUNKHOUSE Legislative breakfast a one-of-a-kind opportunity

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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD sharing your product in Taiwan

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 10 Water board imposes additional regulations PROGESSIVE PRODUCER UC Rangelands works for producers

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HERD HEALTH CHECK California Beef Council promoting your brand

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FUTURE FOCUS Conservationists share message with cowboy poets

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SPECIAL FEATURES

California ranchers in Nashville Black hides still bringing premiums CCA takes wolf issue to higher ground Cowgirls carrying on family legacy Success in CCA’s second decade Is your ranch’s future secured?

READER SERVICES Cattlemen’s Report Buyers’ Guide Obituaries & New Arrivals Advertisers Index

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This month’s cover photo was taken by outdoor photographer Cody Duncan in Santa Barbara County. As always, the March issue features Angus and Red Angus breeders and news from those respective breed associations.

UPCOMING CCA MEETINGS & EVENTS March 1 San Joaquin/Stanislaus Cattlemen’s Meeting Waterloo Restaurant, Stockton, 6 p.m. March 7 Kern County Cattlemen’s Meeting Idle Spur Café, (n Western Stockman’s Market) McFarland, 6 p.m. Msrch 9

Inyo Mono Alpine Cattlemen’s Meeting Tallman Building, Tri County Fair Grounds, 5 p.m.

March 10 Fresno/Kings and Tulare County Cattlemen’s Meeting Wyndham Hotel, Visalia, 6 p.m. March 13 March 16 March 21 March 22 March 25

March 28-30 April 8 May 24 & 25 June 21-23

Contra Costa-Alameda Cattlemen’s Meeting Livermore Merced/Mariposa Cattlemen’s Meeting Henderson Park Community Rec. Building Snelling, 5 p.m. CCA Executive Committee Meeting Sacramento CCA Steak & Eggs Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day Sacramento Sonoma Marin Spring Dinner Dance Veterans Memorial Hall Building Petaluma, 6 p.m. NCBA Legislative Conference Washington, D.C. Calaveras County Cattlemen’s Meeting Angel’s Gun Club, Angels Camp, 5:30 p.m. CA & AZ Feeder Meeting San Diego CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting March 2017 Coalinga California Cattleman 5


BUNKHOUSE

MORE THAN A MEAL

CCA reminds significance of annual breakfast by CCA Office Administrator Jenna Chandler With CCA’s 100th year in full swing, lately all of us in the office have all been thinking about the history and memories of not just CCA as a whole, but many of the yearly events that make the organization what it is today. As the day inches closer and the office gets busy with preparations, I realize that I have an interesting perspective on one of CCA’s most historic traditions, the annual Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast. The honored event is celebrating its 39th annual this year, and in all of those 39 years I dare to say that I’m probably one of the few to have the unique pleasure of experiencing it from both sides, as both a guest of the event AND as a staff member, hosting the event; during my time in the legislature as a staffer for two members and now as part of the CCA team. It’s that experience that has served to drive home just how important this event really is for CCA and the beef cattle industry in California. There are two main events that the whole “building” (what legislators and staff call the Capitol) looks forward to each year; the Beer and Beverage Distributors’ BBQ (no real surprise there) and CCA’s steak and eggs breakfast. Apologies to other associations, but that’s some pretty tough competition. For some legislative members and staff, CCA’s legislative breakfast is the first time they ever get to talk with true ranchers or even people involved with agriculture at all. Legislators are constantly pulled in about a million directions. They have 15 meetings from 15 different groups per day and they all want something. Vote for this, don’t vote for that, run this bill, but don’t you care about this issue? What about the children? And as staffers, they get the other 30 meetings that the member doesn’t have time to take themselves. Second verse, same as the first, then do it all again the next day. It’s an exciting environment, but it can certainly be exhausting, and hard sometimes to truly understand and connect with each issue that comes up. That though, is what makes CCA’s legislative breakfast so effective. The setting is different and the mood is too. It’s not researching, debating and defending anymore. It’s not bills, committees, policy consultants and meetings. It’s good food, interesting speakers, pearl snaps, fancy boots and cowboy poetry. People who have never seen a cow in real life are wearing cowboy hats (a rarity around the capitol building, aside from Assemblyman Bigelow of course!). Hands are shaken that might have never even been in the same county before, let alone the same room. Because of all of that, the figurative walls are down. This is where real change in California happens, real conversations with old friends and new, around the table and the bounty that the folks like you in the industry work so hard to put there. Legislative breakfast closes the gap. 6 California Cattleman March 2017

Legislators can see the steak on their plate and look next to them to see the person who made it happen. CCA becomes more than just an organization that is in support or opposition on a bill analysis sheet, it is people, faces, families JENNA CHANDLER and legacies that they can see in the flesh. That is a powerful bridge, and one that’s hard to ignore. Those interactions are the ones that open doors, making the legislator meetings following the breakfast more effective. The legislative calendar is jam packed and the busy day has started, but bellies are still full from breakfast and the foundation created in the morning is in place to build on in those Capitol meetings. In those meetings, CCA members are finally able to get down to real business with their representatives. From there, bridges and working relationships are forged that last throughout the legislative session and beyond. That’s why it’s not only a fun event, but why it’s such an important tradition for CCA, and why you shouldn’t miss it. So, dust off your boots and hat. Make sure you come and meet your representatives and even meet representatives who aren’t yours to talk and discuss with, explain, advocate, and maybe most importantly, listen to each other. Join CCA for the 39th annual Steak and Eggs Legislative Breakfast on March 22, and build the legislative relationships that help CCA achieve success, but don’t forget to enjoy a great steak while you’re at it.

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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD

THE NEXT GENERATION

Getting Younger Taiwanese Consumers’ attention from the U.S. Meat Export Federation

To attract a younger generation of Taiwanese consumers to U.S. beef, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently held a series of events showcasing American-style barbecue. The campaign, which began with U.S. beef seminars focused on new cuts and culminated with “Live Your Passion, Let’s Go Party for U.S. Beef BBQ” social events, was funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas. More than 100 restaurants and food stands in Taiwan participated in the promotion. “To say that barbecue has become a big part of the Taiwanese culture would be an understatement – barbecue restaurants from all over the world have established themselves here,” explained Alex Sun, USMEF marketing manager in Taiwan. “The barbecue culture in Taiwan is very different from other kinds of food culture in that it’s a channel for the young generation. Taiwan’s younger consumers worship celebrities and stars, especially from Japan and Korea, and the barbecue cultures from these two countries are gaining traction in the Taiwanese foodservice market.” Social media played a big role in the year-long promotion. An event website and Facebook page were established to share information and to attract attention. Consumers who went to participating restaurants uploaded their photos on the Facebook page to enter a drawing for prizes. Taiwanese food bloggers were invited to interview people at the restaurants and a media luncheon brought

together many different barbecue restaurant chains – an unprecedented undertaking in the Taiwanese foodservice market, Sun noted. USMEF also reached out to Taiwan’s barbecue restaurants in advance of these consumer events to introduce them to the advantages of using U.S. beef and recruit them to participate in the promotions. “We wanted to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about U.S. beef,” said Davis Wu, USMEFTaiwan director. “We had several demonstrations featuring Kevin Woolf, an American barbecue expert. USMEF has been highlighting U.S. top sirloin cap, and we asked Woolf to prepare this cut at the seminar and present it in an American-style barbecue.” Discussions during the seminars carried over to the barbecue promotional events, as some foodservice operators and importers inquired about cuts like brisket and top sirloin cap, showing that USMEF’s barbecue promotions successfully created attention for alternative cuts that are a good fit for barbecue. “Our strategy was to work with restaurants and retailers throughout the campaign to make sure that consumers, whether they choose to dine out or prepare meals at home, always make U.S. beef a top option,” said Wu. 2016 was an outstanding year for U.S. beef exports to Taiwan, with volume up 25 percent year-over-year to 44,053 metric tons. Export value was up 14 percent to $362.8 million – a new record. U.S. beef holds more than twothirds of the imported chilled beef market in Taiwan, its highest market share in any Asian destination.

Kevin Woolf, an expert on American-style barbecue, demonstrated the use of U.S. beef top sirloin cap.

‘Live Your Passion, Let’s Go Party for U.S. Beef BBQ’ was the theme of a recent U.S. beef promotion in Taiwan

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK

CCA REMIND OF DEADLINES, WORKS ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IMPACTING RANCHERS by CCA Government Affairs Staff Deadlines for Filing Water Measurement and Reporting Forms Extended On Jan.1, new regulations concerning the measurement, monitoring and reporting of water diversions adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board in early 2016 took effect for water users with diversions greater-than-orequal-to 1,000 acre-feet annually (smaller diversions must come into compliance with the regulations by July 2017 or January 2018 depending on the size and type of diversion). The regulations require any water user with a diversion more than 1,000 acre feet of water to have installed a measurement device at his or her point of diversion capable of accurately measuring the rate of diversion and recording such data on an at least hourly basis. As of Jan. 1, however, the Water Board had not yet made available three forms by which diverters could request relief from the regulations in the form of an extension of time, an alternative compliance plan or a measurement method in lieu of a measuring device. For this reason, the Water Board has extended the deadline by which those with diversions more than 1,000 acre-feet annually may file these forms. For those diverting more than 1,000 acre-feet of water under a permit or license, the new deadline for filing these forms is April 1, 2017. For those diverting less than 1,000 acre-feet of water under another right (e.g. a riparian or pre-1914 right), the filing deadline is July 1, 2017. To avoid potential noncompliance and fines from the

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Water Board, CCA strongly urges any diverter of more than 1,000 acre-feet annually who has not yet installed an appropriate measurement device to consider filing a request for an extension of time or other alternative compliance form by the new deadline. The forms can be found at the Water Board’s Website at http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/ waterrights/water_issues/programs/diversion_use/water_ use.shtml. For more information, please contact Kirk Wilbur in the CCA office. CCA Works to Address New Electronic Log Book Requirement for Trucks California ranchers depend on accessing buyers not just in California but also out of state and as a result, cattle are frequently moved long distances to the Midwest by livestock haulers. Commercial truck drivers are obligated under federal law to follow an Hours of Service (HOS) schedule that limits how long a driver can operate a vehicle before resting. In general, drivers are allowed to drive a vehicle no more than 11 hours in a 14-hour window prior to resting for 10 consecutive hours. Other provisions exist for trucks with sleeper berths and those utilizing a “weekly limit” however it’s clear that the nature of hauling our cargo (live cattle) does not always fit within the stated HOS schedule. Operating pursuant to the HOS schedule is validated and enforced by the use of log books. In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopted


a rule requiring truck drivers to transition to the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) no later than Dec. 18, 2017. Although the use of an ELD may be appropriate for certain commodities, it will provide for strict compliance for livestock haulers operating under the HOS schedule. As a result, we expect long hauls like those that originate in California to buyers in the Midwest to be impacted and in order to comply may require two drivers, offloading cattle to comply with the mandatory 10-hour rest period or changing trucks and/or drivers somewhere along the way. Any of these alternatives are likely to increase freight costs and in circumstances where cattle need to be offloaded and reloaded unnecessarily, cause additional stress on the animals. Taking action on behalf of our members, CCA brought a resolution before the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at their annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., in February to direct their staff to work with CCA and other state affiliates to rectify the challenges that are expected to come with the implementation of the rule in December. Specifically, the resolution states: WHEREAS, livestock haulers must adhere to Hours of Service standards that regulate how long a single individual can operate a truck before taking a mandatory rest period, and WHEREAS, strict enforcement of the Hours of Service standards will compromise animal welfare by forcing livestock to be transferred between trucks or remain on a trailer for an extended period of time while the driver rests, and WHEREAS NCBA opposes any policy on enforcement

of extended layovers of livestock on trailers due to transportation regulations, and supports an “hours of service” exemption to allow cattle to be transported to their final destination where they may receive proper care, feed, and water, and WHEREAS, cattle producers often need to transport livestock distances further than currently allowed by the Hours of Service standards, and will incur increased costs and/or decreased cash prices as a result, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, NCBA work with Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to create a permanent exception from the Hours of Service mandate for the transportation of livestock and exempt all not-for-hire and for-hire intra-state commercial agriculture hauling from the mandatory use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, NCBA recognizes the priority objective shall be a full exemption from the Hours of Service mandate for the transportation of livestock, but should that exemption not be achievable, to seek other forms of regulatory relief which will avoid situations: 1. Where animal welfare may be jeopardized. 2. Which increase costs to cattle producers for the transportation of livestock. 3. Which results in a shortage of trucks available to haul cattle. With a new Administration now in place in Washington, D.C., we look forward to working with Secretary Elaine L. Chao in her new role as the 18th Secretary of Transportation and those who will be appointed soon to head the FMCSA to address this issue prior to the implementation of the rule.

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Mosey on Down

Californians attend Cattle Industry by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead More than 250 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) members from California did more than mosey in Nashville, Tenn., at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show – they showed up in full force representing the Golden State in Music City joining ranchers and beef cattle enthusiasts from across the U.S. and the world in what resulted in record-breaking attendance at more than 9,300 attendees to round out the week. “I am proud of the number of ranchers from California who showed up in Nashville,” said CCA President Dave Daley. “Our presence shows the nation that California cares and we are doing good work on the national level too, which is especially evident when you look at how California ranchers are serving the beef community on a national level.” The beginning of the week began with American National CattleWomen (ANCW) meetings, where California CattleWomen swept the ANCW awards this year as all three ANCW accolades were awarded to California ladies. Celeste Setrrini, Salinas, was awarded ANCW Outstanding Promoter of the Year; Candace Peterson, Farmington, was awarded ANCW Outstanding Educator of the Year and Nadette Raymond, Anderson, was awarded ANCW Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year. California ladies have been no strangers to the ANCW awards program. The level of commitment California

cattlewomen bring to the greater beef community is apparent and showcased through these award winners who join a group of CCW members previously honored in recent years by ANCW as well. Prior to the official start of the convention, many meetings began taking place leading up to the week’s agenda. As part of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) Excellence in Agriculture Leadership Program, CCA’s Malorie Bankhead presented to a panel of NCBA officers and staff with fellow program participants from across the country. As part of the two-year program, the participants were split into three groups and assigned a current topic of concern to the beef industry to study using a systems thinking approach the group learned about in Texas last summer at a KRIRM seminar. Bankhead and her group tackled the question, “Why is there widening disconnect between cash prices and the cattle futures market.” Several California beef cattle scientists took center stage at some Cattlemen’s College sessions mid-week including University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist of Rangeland Science, Ken Tate, Ph.D., who spoke about managed grazing to optimize sustainability of rangeland and pasture-based systems and University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., who spoke on Cattlemen to Cattlemen about managing genetic

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NCBA President-elect and California rancher Kevin Kester talks with Cattlemen to Cattlemen during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show.


to Music City

Convention and NCBA Trade Show risk to improve fertility and using genetics to select for healthier cattle. Attendees were afforded opportunities at the convention like exploring the nearly-nine-acre NCBA trade show featuring the NCBA Learning Lounge and hundreds of exhibitors ranging from cattle breed associations to the latest technology advancements, cattle marketing services, equipment and more! The general session speakers captivated their audiences with gut wrenching and thought-provoking stories. The speakers included Mt. Everest survivor, Dr. Beck Weathers who shared the story of his near-death experience on the mountain, and former President George W. Bush’s press secretary and FOX news The Five personality, Dana Perino who shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Bush administration and an insight into what the political arena may have in store looking ahead. Clements rancher and CattleFax President, Jeff Sparrowk, addressed the crowd at the CattleFax 2017 U.S. and Global Protein and Grain Outlook Seminar Thursday morning before CattleFax CEO Randy Blach and CattleFax long-range weather forecaster Art Douglas, Ph.D. reviewed the state of the cattle business. Attendees also had the chance to take advantage of a little bit of fun outside of the business meeting and policy discussions in Nashville by visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Cowboy Night at the Grand Ol’ Opry featuring artists like Josh Turner, who emceed the first general session, and country music icon Trace Adkins. The 2017 California Young Cattlemen’s Committee officer team attended the convention, thanks again to the special support of Laird Manufacturing, as well as several other California Young Cattlemen’s Committee members from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Chico (Chico State), California State University, Fresno and University of California, Davis. The Chico State Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon Team, made up of Joel Wisniewski, Kenzi Wattenburger, Julie Allen and Heather Foxworthy, won the National Cattlemen’s Foundation National Collegiate Quiz Bowl on top of their national championship last fall, too! The top four Academic Quadrathlon teams were invited to compete in the Jeopardy-style tournament testing their beef industry knowledge in the NCBA Trade Show. The team was recognized Friday morning at the Best of Beef Breakfast in addition to other award recipients in the beef industry this year. Also recognized was former ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., Kenzi Wattenburger, Julie Allen, Heather Foxworthy and Joel Wisniewski.

King Ranch Leadership Prtogram members (L to R): Hank Willemsma, Cody Fry, Sarah Ryan, Malorie Bankhead, Wyatt Prescott and James Stuart

CCA Officers Mike Williams, Billy Flournoy, Dave Daley, Ph.D., and Jack Lavers accepted an affiliate award on behalf of CCA. Rebecca Barnett, Melissa Hardy, Laird Manufacturing’s David McComb, Rebecca Swanson and Steven Pozzi. March 2017 California Cattleman 13


...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 CCA President Billy Flournoy, Likely, who was awarded NCBA’s Top Hand honor for recruiting the most new NCBA members (a whopping 63!) and for recruiting the most membership revenue in 2016. CCA officers and members also took a proactive role in NCBA’s policy development process. Of all the events that take place at the Cattle Industry Convention, helping to craft and influence NCBA policy from a California perspective is the most important. CCA has nine voting seats on each NCBA policy committee and with strong attendance from CCA members at the convention, the majority of those seats were filled by California ranchers. Market volatility management remained at the forefront of many of the policy discussions. Cow-calf and feeder predominant states throughout the country committed to working together to find more transparent solutions to price discovery and purchasing live cattle on the cash market while maintaining the flexibility to utilize contracts and other market tools to mitigate risk. CCA took a specific leadership role in the Cattle Marketing Committee by presenting a resolution to direct NCBA to seek an exemption for livestock haulers from federal regulations mandating the use of an electronic logging device (ELD) that will be implemented in December of this year. The resolution was adopted by the committee and affirmed by NCBA’s Board of Directors. For more details about the resolution and the issue in general, please see this month’s edition of Lately’s on page 10. In addition to helping shape policy in committee meetings, several CCA members lead the charge in 14 California Cattleman March 2017

leadership positions within NCBA. strong team of leadership and staff to carry out work on those priorities.” Past CCA President, Kevin Kester, Kester also looks forward to Parkfield, served as NCBA’s 2016 Vice traveling across the nation, meeting President and past CCA President, producers and hearing what is top of Tim Koopmann, Sunol, is currently mind for them. serving as the Property Right and To learn more about policy-specific Environmental Management (PREM) discussions and decisions that took committee chair. place in Nashville, visit www.beefusa. “I am honored to be able to serve org. Next year beef industry members as the chairman for NCBA’s PREM will “blaze a trail to Phoenix” for the committee and have enjoyed the sense of civility and attention to detail 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 31-Feb. 2, that are practiced by the members,” Koopmann said. “This past committee 2018, so CCA is hopeful for another great California turnout. meeting included debate on a regulatory agency issue that was primarily a concern of western states. Members from several states discussed the regulatory concerns, and the resulting NCBA directive was drafted specifically for the impacted western states so as not to interfere with states that are working successfully with the regulatory agency. This example of being able to discuss, adapt and make decisions is why I support membership in both CCA and CCA President Dave Daley accepted a Tophand NCBA.” recruiting award on behalf of past president Billy Before the close of the Flournoy. convention, the NCBA board of directors meeting took place to wrap up policy decisions, where Kester was elected to serve as NCBA PresidentElect. “I am very honored and excited to serve the cattle and beef industry as president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,” Kester said. “It is a very interesting time, and we need to take advantage of opportunities to form new relationships in Washington Past CCA President Tim Koopmann during a DC. NCBA has a list of committee meeting of the Property Rights and priorities to start the year and a Environmental Management Commitee.


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hile the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low, the relative demand for quality and premium bids for Angus calves fared better. “It pays to use Angus genetics in any market,” said Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) director of industry information. That’s what the 2016 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) calf price tracking study found in the latest edition of a prdoject started in 1999. Data has been analyzed by Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz since the 2014 study. “The difference in calf prices between those two years is very wide,” he said, “but the rate of decrease in the Angus premium has been less than the overall feeder cattle price decrease.” Feeder cattle futures lost nearly half of their value in that time, with a 48.3 percent drop, Schulz said. The lighter, 5-weight calves targeted in HTP surveys fell more sharply, by nearly 56 percent. Angus steers held onto more value with a setback of just 32.2 percent in their premium over non-Angus steers in the same two years (see Figure 1). Auction prices for Angus heifers did not hold up as well as bids for their brothers. They still sold at a premium to non-Angus heifers, but that premium was 45.7 percent less than in 2014, easing off nearly as much as the decline in feeder cattle futures. “Last fall’s Angus heifer premium

was in the face of some very bearish prices for all heifers, as fewer producers were interested in buying replacements for breeding,” Suther said. “Also, this comes just two years after the highest Angus heifer premium ever recorded here, driven by rapid herd expansion.” Price projections for calves are part of the math used to calculate a maximum bid price when buying replacement heifers, Schulz noted. These are lower now than they were in the fall of 2015 and definitely the fall of 2014, and market psychology amid great uncertainty last fall likely affected bidders’ projections for prices down the road. “In 2014, I heard talk — and not just a little of it — of feedlots FIGURE 1

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breeding heifers and selling them as replacements.,” the economist said. “Heifers at that time made up the smallest percentage of total cattle on feed we’ve seen in the history of the data going back to 1996.” In a market with such a demand for heifers, what a buyer is compelled to pay to meet goals is sometimes more than they are “willing to pay,” Schulz added. All of that contributed to the high heifer price and record Angus premium two years ago. Logically, the genetics and productive potential of those heifers improved by last fall, but fed cattle hit a low mark in October and bearish sentiments ruled. Bidders lowered ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 18


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 their expectations to worst-case scenarios and Angus premiums returned to earlier trend lines. Angus heifers in the 2016 data brought a $3.75 per hundredweight (cwt.) premium over non-Angus. Although that does not compare well with the record $6.89, Suther noted, it is only a couple of pennies less than the average Angus heifer premium for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 studies. Eleven auction markets across the country, from California to Kentucky and New Mexico to North Dakota, submitted data as part of the survey last fall that compared auction prices for more than 16,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics. Angus steers and heifers averaging 568 and 557 pounds, respectively, brought a combined average of $4.24/cwt. premium over their non-

Angus contemporaries with similar weights and condition, compared to nearly $7/cwt. in the historically high cattle market. The analysis model adjusts for variance and range of weights to identify Angus premiums independent of weight. In all, 330,530 cattle in 15,346 lots have been a part of this ongoing project in 22 surveys since its inception in 1999, running both spring and fall for the first eight years with 700-lb. cattle reported in the spring. The premium since 2008 and every other fall has averaged $5.98/ cwt. for Angus steer calves and $4.24/ cwt. for Angus heifers. Over the years, participating auction markets were asked to submit sale data on cattle known to be Angus vs. non-Angus spanning four different sale dates. Other items noted included whether cattle were weaned, vaccinated or preconditioned. Most of the markets from

the original study in 1999 are still providing data for the ongoing HTP project, which has involved 15 reporting partners in all. Over the tenure of the study, California and Wyoming markets have consistently had the highest Angus premiums and Missouri was among the top three states for Angus premiums last fall. Some auction market managers commented that each year of this study becomes more difficult for them to find non-Angus type cattle for which to report pricing data. That comes as no surprise, as the percentage of Angus cattle in the U.S. beef herd continues to rise. Some markets have stopped participating because of this lack of non-Angus comparisons, but the 2016 survey of 11 markets was the largest number of locations in a single survey year. For more information on how to aim for high-quality beef production, please visit www.CABpartners.com.

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PROGRESSIVE PRODUCER UC RANGELANDS Supporting Working Landscapes by Tracy Schohr, University of California, Davis The mission of UC Rangelands, a University of California (UC) research and information center, is to develop and advance science-based knowledge to diverse management and policy stakeholders to promote agricultural and environmental sustainability on California’s grazing lands. “We are excited to launch UC Rangelands, which will continue to bridge the gap between research, policy and onthe-ground management,” states Leslie Roche, Ph.D., the UC Rangelands Director and Cooperative Extension Specialist in Rangeland Management at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). “UC Rangelands brings together a strong interdisciplinary network of scientists and educators from across the university and cooperative extension to provide solutions to the complex challenges facing California’s rangelands.” Learn more about research and extension across California’s Rangelands in the featured projects below or by visiting rangelands.ucdavis.edu. COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

UC Rangelands is a network of campus- and countybased UC researchers working to connect solution-oriented research with the needs of local communities, natural resource managers and policymakers. The network employs interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to address a broad range of issues in management, conservation and enhancement of grazinglands—which include rangelands and pasturelands. The group partners with stakeholders, including ranchers, rangeland managers, conservation organizations, local-state-federal agencies and policymakers.

Adaptive Rangeland Decision-Making and Coping with Drought Working with CCA, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Wool Growers Association and others, we have launched a series of mail survey and interview projects to better connect research and policy with how decisions are made on the ground. Since 2011, we have compiled rancher perspectives and experiences from 507 mail surveys and 150 interviews with cattle and sheep ranchers. These efforts have provided key insights into rangeland conservation decision-making (Lubell et al. 2013), management for long-term economic and ecological sustainability (Roche et al. 2015), adaptive grazing management for multiple goals (Roche et al. 2015), and coping with and adapting to drought (Macon et al. 2016, Roche 2016). Results have revealed flexibility in management is a key component, particularly for increasing ranch capacity to adapt to and cope with drought. This group also found information resource networks (education, quality and number of information sources, generations in ranching), goal setting 20 California Cattleman March 2017

for sustainable natural resources (e.g., forage production), and management capacity (number of management practices and programs actively used, diversity of land ownership types in operation) all enhanced individual capacity to cope with drought. Having recently completed the last round of followup drought interviews with cattle and sheep producers across the state, UC Rangelands better understands which strategies were found to be effective during the recent historic drought, as well as learn about their current outlooks and recovery strategies. Given the clear importance of information networks, UC Cooperative Extension continues to work with stakeholders to share new tools for peer-topeer learning, public education and extending knowledge to larger management and policy audiences to increase outreach impact.

Public Lands Grazing, Microbial and Nutrient Pollution and Human and Ecological Health There continues to be great concern that microbial pollution by grazing livestock degrades water quality on multiple-use rangelands. Given the importance of clean water on these shared landscapes, there has been growing stakeholder interest in water quality conditions across a range of common resource use activities. During the 2016 summer grazing-recreation season, in collaboration with the US Forest Service (USFS) and local stakeholders, UC Rangelands conducted a cross-sectional survey of microbial water quality conditions associated with livestock grazing, recreation and residential use on three multiple-use watersheds in the central Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade ranges of California. UC Rangelands: 1) quantified fecal indicator bacteria (FIB; fecal coliform and E. coli) concentrations in surface waters; 2) compared results to water quality regulatory benchmarks and; 3) examined relationships between water quality, environmental conditions and land use. Relative to the EPA’s national E. coli FIB benchmarks – the most contemporary and relevant standards – 82 percent of the 680 samples collected were below the recommended criteria value of 100 cfu 100 mL-1. Recreation sites had the lowest mean FIB concentrations, followed by grazing and residential sites, respectively. The results suggest livestock grazing, recreation, and provisioning of clean water can be compatible goals across these multiple-use landscapes. UC Rangelands will be continuing a collaborative monitoring program with USFS and local communities in 2017. Enhancement of Irrigated Pasturelands Irrigated pasturelands are at the nexus of integrated plant and animal production. Until very recently, these agricultural landscapes have been overlooked in terms of integrated


management, production potentials and environmental benefits. These critical land resources allow livestock producers to meet annual forage demands for their operations, offer flexibility to accommodate annual grazing constraints on public land grazing allotments, and provide short-term alternative forage sources in years with below average precipitation. Irrigated pastures are especially important to sustaining economic viability of livestock operations during drought years when productivity of dryland resources is severely reduced. The UC Rangelands team recently received funding support from Western SARE and the California Department of Water Resources to initiate an integrated research and extension program on irrigated pastureland enhancement strategies to address these important issues. Over the next year, we will be working with local cooperative extension advisors to enroll study sites and host field workshops.

for actionable science addressing multiple challenges across grazinglands— including sustaining water resources, coping with drought, habitat conservation, and enhancing livestock production and profitability. UC Rangelands also recently kicked off our Rustici Rangeland Science Tour series, which takes the conversations from the Symposiums to the field. These tours focus on key regional issues and create opportunities for networking and on-site demonstrations. In July 2016, the first Rustici Rangeland Tour was held in the Warner Mountains of northeastern California, where post-wildfire grazing management, meadow and riparian health monitoring, grazing lands water quality and aspen and juniper ecology and management on California’s public rangelands was discussed. To subscribe to the UC Rangelands newsletter, or for additional information on future events, please contact Tracy Schohr at tkschohr@ucdavis.edu or (916) 716-2643.

EXTENSION EDUCATION

Rustici Endowment

In addition to our collaborative research approaches that directly integrate extension education, UC Rangelands also provide field-based workshops and tours, outreach publications and policy briefs, online information hubs, and educational symposia. UC Rangelands also regularly share our most recent updates via quarterly newsletters, the UC Rangelands Blog and social media. The Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium is the flagship extension event of UC Rangelands. The goal of the Symposium is to engage ranchers, land managers, researchers, and policymakers in finding solutions to some of the most complex challenges on working rangelands. The 2017 Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium will be held March 23-24, at the UC Davis Conference Center. This year’s theme will focus on partnerships

The Russell L. Rustici Rangelands and Cattle Research Endowment was established within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis through a generous gift from the estate of Russell L. Rustici. The endowment established research funding for three positions, including that of UC Rangelands Co-director Ken Tate. In addition to a research endowment that funds competitive projects. The goal of the endowment is to support problem-solving research that will benefit California range cattle producers while promoting collaboration and strengthen networking among research faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists, county-based Cooperative Extension advisors and range cattle producers. In 2016, there were five research projects funded by the Rustici endowment totaling over $450,000. In all 32projects have been funded for a total of almost $2.5million since inception of the endowment in 2012.

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TAKING ACTION CCA SUES TO DELIST GRAY WOLF By CCA Director of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur

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n Jan. 31, CCA filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court for the County of San Diego challenging the California Fish and Game Commission’s June 2014 decision to list the gray wolf as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The suit alleges that the “endangered” listing of the gray wolf under CESA was improper for three reasons. First, the subspecies of gray wolves present in California originate from Canada and are not native to the state, as the law requires. Secondly, the Commission focused too narrowly on wolves in California, ignoring their robust and healthy population throughout their range in the western United States. Lastly, the Commission impermissibly listed the species based on what was, at the time, only occasional presence in the state by a single wolf. CCA and its co-plaintiff, the California Farm Bureau Federation, are represented by the donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation, a nationwide leader in litigation aimed at ensuring limited government, private property rights and sensible environmental protections. PLF represents CCA on several other property rights and environmental cases. “The Fish and Game Commission took a big bite out of its own credibility with this unjustified listing,” said Damien Schiff, PLF Principal Attorney. “The agency managed to label the gray wolf as ‘endangered’ only by myopically and illegally ignoring its population outside California.” Endangered status for gray wolves could have a significant impact upon ranchers whose livestock fall prey to the apex predators and to the local rural economies that are dependent upon agriculture. CCA President Dave Daley, Oroville, said the lawsuit is necessary for ranchers to ensure the humane treatment of their livestock. “Under California law, you can’t even pursue a species that is listed as endangered,” Daley said. “If a rancher sees a wolf attacking one of his or her calves, he or she can’t chase the wolf away without breaking the law. Ranchers are not seeking open season on wolves, we just want sensible wolf management that also allows us to protect our livestock. That will require delisting the gray wolf.” CESA’s Prohibition on Effective Wolf Management The California Endangered Species Act prohibits “take” of a listed species. “Take” is defined under state law as “to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill” a listed species. 22 California Cattleman March 2017

In other words, while the gray wolf is listed as endangered, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is powerless to terminate problem wolves. If a wolf becomes a problem depredator, turning to domestic cattle to satisfy its hunger on a habitual basis, the Department’s hands are tied; they can do nothing to stop the depredation. If a rancher sees a wolf stalking or actively attacking a calf, he or she cannot even shoot the wolf with a rubber bullet or a beanbag round. And if a rancher identifies a threatening wolf while on an ATV or other motorized vehicle, he or she can’t even chase it away (though it should be noted that, despite CESA’s prohibition on pursuit, the California Wolf Conservation Plan does permit ranchers to chase away a wolf while on foot or on horseback). How is a rancher supposed to protect their livestock against wolves, then? The answer proposed by environmental groups and wolf advocates is to use “noninjurious harassment” methods to deter wolves from their property and animals. Unfortunately, non-injurious harassment methods are costly, only temporarily useful and are never 100 percent effective. Examples include fladry (flags placed upon the fenceline which move with the breeze, deterring predators from the property), bright, strobing lights along the fenceline, radio activated guard boxes, (or RAG boxes, which frighten radio-collared wolves with audio and light) and range riders. These non-injurious harassment measures are often prohibitively expensive, especially on range that is hundreds or thousands of acres in size. Additionally, hazing such as fladry and lights are often only effective for six months to a year, as wolves come to recognize that the devices do not pose a real threat, requiring ranchers to incur the cost of switching to a new non-injurious method. RAG boxes would be of absolutely no use at present, as they are only triggered by radio-collared wolves, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife has yet to collar a single wolf within the state. Even more laughably, wolf advocates have suggested that when ranchers see wolves on the ranch, they can throw rocks up into the air (not at the wolf, as that would be a potential injury prohibited by CESA), as though a wolf might be frightened by a distant rock, or can bang pots and pans, because naturally a rancher would have cookware out on the range. In a video about the lawsuit released by PLF, Kathy ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 DeForest, Adin said, “It really gives me great concern to not be able to have the tools available to protect our livestock that are effective. I think the gray wolf is a beautiful animal. I don’t want to see them all eradicated, but with the gray wolf being…on the California endangered species list we have absolutely no way to protect our livestock.” For the Department of Fish and Wildlife or ranchers to have any meaningful tools to manage wolves, it is absolutely necessary to delist the gray wolf from CESA. To be clear, ranchers still wouldn’t be able to kill wolves, as they would still likely be protected as a non-game mammal, but the Department would be free to amend its Wolf Conservation Plan to permit some management methods. In fact, at the time the Commission listed the gray wolf, the Department and its Stakeholder Working Group (of which CCA is a member) were considering whether and when injurious harassment and pursuit of wolves might be permitted under what was then being developed as the “Wolf Management Plan.” Examining the Lawsuit The first claim of CCA’s lawsuit argues that the Commission acted illegally by listing a subspecies of wolves that is non-native to the state of California. CESA requires that a species or subspecies be native to California to be eligible for endangered species status. While the Commission found that gray wolves were historically native to the state, there is no dispute that the only subspecies of wolves ever present within the state’s boundaries are now completely extinct. The subspecies of wolves currently in California is Canis lupus occidentalis, also known as the northwestern wolf or the Canadian timber wolf. The subspecies is native to Northwestern Canada, and only arrived in California after being transplanted into the Yellowstone National Park and moving into Idaho, Oregon and, finally, northern California. It is undisputed that this particular subspecies of wolf was never historically present within California’s boundaries, and thus is a non-native subspecies. The second claim of the lawsuit is based on a provision in CESA that requires the Commission to find that a species is endangered “throughout all, or a significant portion, of its range.” In listing the gray wolf as endangered in June of 2014, the Commission interpreted “range” to be limited to California’s boundaries (where there was only one

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occasionally-present wolf, OR-7, at the time) instead of the species’ range throughout its geographic range in the West (where the species has enjoyed robust species growth and population health). CCA’s lawsuit alleges that the Commission’s definition of “range” is an “underground regulation” in violation of California’s Administrative Procedures Act—in effect, the Commission created a rule without undertaking the required formal public rulemaking process. If the Commission had looked at the full geographic range of the gray wolf, it would be far more difficult to justify a finding that the species is endangered or threatened. The lawsuit’s final claim argues that listing of the gray wolf under CESA was improper because gray wolves were not present and did not actively occupy any part of the state at the time they were listed in June of 2014 (OR-7, the only wolf known to have ventured into the state, was then in Southern Oregon). The argument is a strong one: even Commission Rogers, just prior to casting his vote to list the species as endangered, suggested that listing was not then legally justified when he said “while the present situation is equivocal, the future situation is more clear, if not certain. To me, it is not a question of if, only of when. Wolves will arrive, there will be a population that fits the requirements of CESA.” The Work Ahead CCA is hopeful of a victory in the lawsuit against the Commission. However, even if the gray wolf is delisted from CESA, it remains a federally-listed endangered species. For appropriate wolf management to become a reality, then, the gray wolf must be removed from the federal Endangered Species Act.
A 2013 petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sought to do just that, and by 2014 it looked like the federal government might delist gray wolves. Nevertheless, the species remains a federally-protected species.
CCA, along with our partners at the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, has reached out to the Trump administration to urge the federal government to finalize delisting of the species. Additionally, CCA is considering a lawsuit along with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Washington Cattlemen’s Association to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take final action on the petition to delist the species. Ultimately, environmental groups will never cease in their efforts to extend absolute protection to predator species in California. One clear example of their unyielding efforts is a petition before the Commission from the Center for Biological Diversity and Project Coyote, strongly opposed by CCA, which seeks to end night-time hunting and trapping of coyotes in Northern California on the grounds that gray wolves may be mistaken for coyotes and harmed. The groups are countered by CCA, however, which will likewise never yield in its fight to secure your right to protect your livestock from predators throughout the state. Fighting for delisting of the gray wolf is merely one piece of that puzzle. The case is California Cattlemen’s Association, et. al. v. California Fish and Game Commission. For more information visit http://www.pacificlegal.org.


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AdVAnce is a calving-ease bull with length and eye appeal that offers a Marbling ePd among the elite of the breed, along with strong growth ePds and balanced overall performance. Owned with express Ranches and Basin Angus Ranch, his progeny have been dominate at weaning and yearling weight in numerous extremely strong contemporary groups in herds across the country. the AdVAnce calves are long-bodied, heavy-muscled and will push down the scales.

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GARLINGER CATTLE RANCH

The Legacy of Teamwork By CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead

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he family members who make up Garlinger Cattle Ranch embody every essence of the word team, and uniquely so. The cow-calf operation covers pastureland in the Salinas Valley in the Gabilan Mountains and is managed by five sisters, their spouses and their mother. The family also grows and leases farm land for crops including lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, peas, bok choy and more. The 137-year-old ranch was homesteaded by Hans Hansen, which would later be run by his grandson, Del Garlinger. Del and Pat Garlinger were married in 1942. After having three daughters together, they tried for a son, and ended up with twin girls, leaving them with five very capable women to help them run the ranch when the time came. Before Del Garlinger passed away in 1984, he left the cattle business to his daughters and their husbands, because they had expressed the desire to carry on his legacy. Daughter Joanie Ketcham says Del was the most honest person you’d ever find. He never owed anyone a penny in his life, except for the one time he took his neighbor up on a deal to expand the ranch, but he paid him back in full, as quickly as possible. The sisters were all told at a very young age that the ranch would not support all of them, so they’d have to go out and get their own jobs. No matter where their careers took them, they always stayed true to their love of their family ranch. Ketcham was always her father’s right hand “man” when it came to the cattle, and today, she manages the cattle herd. Ron and Debbie Blomquist also help with the daily cattle work and live on the ranch. For the Garlinger Cattle Ranch sisters, carrying on the legacy their parents provided them is so important. Ketcham worked as a nurse in San Luis Obispo in preoperation and post-operation for 44 years, but she says her 26 California Cattleman March 2017

cows and horses were always her first love. “Dad would always teach me things as he was going,” Ketcham said. “Every Sunday I would go roping with him, and I learned so much when we were out riding or driving around the ranch.” Ketcham says her two sons Ross and Tyler are really capable cowboys and help out on the ranch in addition to her nieces and nephews, too. Ketcham takes pride in helping run the ranch as a woman, but she says she tells her friends, there’s no doubt about men being phyisically stronger, so it’s nice to have sons to help. Between the six of them, the Garlinger sisters and their mom work really well together. On the ranch, each sister has a specific job. Their husbands are involved with the cattle, too, and have a part in the cattle ranch. None of them grew up in ranching, but now they really enjoy it. Pat Garlinger, ranch matriarch, lives life to the fullest each day at the young age of 94 and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions. “She keeps very involved,” Ketcham said. “But she lets us make the decisions.” What began as a Hereford operation slowly brought in Red Angus genetics. Then the family had a vote among the nine of them. The vote was seven to two, favoring the addition of black Angus genetics. Today, the Garlinger Cattle Ranch has mostly black Angus calves on the ground. Daughter Kathy Paolino handles the ranch’s farmland leases and together she and her husband Louie are the chefs for the ranch brandings and cattle pregnancy testing. They have two children, Khristin and Louie. The ranch branding, which takes place each year in the


fall, draws over 100 people who come to watch and help. More folks come to help with the spring pregnancy tests too. Paolino says the experience is really fun for people who didn’t grow up on a ranch. Paolino worked a nurse, then she had children and became a professional volunteer, she jokes. She has volunteered for family services for about 45 years on central coast to gather clothes for those in need and put on the group’s fashion show fundraiser for about 10 years. She has also helped with scholarship and charity programs that help give teachers money for their classrooms. Paolino says her parents instilled a sense of responsibility and hard work ethic into her and her sisters. “I think because of those valuable lessons, we are responsible and don’t mind hard work,” Paolino said. Mary McMahon and her husband, Mike, live in Red Bluff and have two daughters, Amy and Jennifer. McMahon serves as the ranch treasurer, and she, her husband and their daughters also ride and rope at the brandings. As children, McMahon said she and her sisters worked a lot helping with the cattle. She said jokingly their dad may have wished for a son, but the sons of other farmers and ranchers in the area were all out driving hot rods it seemed. “My dad and mom gave us really good values,” McMahon said. “We would run all over the ranch, lope down the road and ride up in the hills. We loved living on the ranch.” Judy Gordon and her husband Paul live in San Luis Obispo are responsible for maintaining the Garlinger family ranch house that was built in 1947. Though no one lives in it anymore, it serves as a place for people to stay as they come and go to help on the ranch. They sometimes call it the “Garlinger Ranch Hotel.” “When we come here it’s like I’m back ‘home,’ because it’s where I grew up,” Gordon says. “Many folks may have had to sell their childhood home, but we are lucky that we still get to enjoy ours.” Family members aren’t the only ones who enjoy the beauty the ranch has to offer. Several years ago, the ranch hosted Ketcham’s nursing class reunion party. “We spent the weekend and they loved being out and learning about the cattle,” Ketcham said. “I love the way people appreciate being out here on the ranch, because it sure is beautiful.” Gordon says she loves that her family is so large and they all support one another. She says they all have their own expertise and combine their talents to ensure success on the ranch. Gordon spent 26 years of her career at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Health Center as a health systems computer scientist and also acts as the ranch’s secretary. “I’m so proud of us, and dad would be proud of us-his five little ragamuffins,” Gordon said. Jane Brem and her husband Ed serve as general managers of the cabin, where the crew all meet after working cattle, as well as the cookhouse on the ranch. Their children are Gavin, Matt and Whitney. Brem was also in charge of the construction during a remodel of the old cookhouse on the ranch. The area farmers all met and had their lunches in the cookhouse years ago, and she can remember eating there as a little

one day with her father. As a kid, Brem was always really active trying to beat the boys, and she got injured on the jungle gym. Del had to pick her up at school, so he brought her to the cookhouse with all the ranchers. Since the remodel, it serves as a place for many nieces and nephews to stay when they come to help out on the ranch. Gordon was a teacher and had many teaching jobs ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 over the course of her career. She says her parents taught her and her sisters how to be self-sufficient and make something of themselves. Pat Garlinger, is proud that her daughters and their husbands took over the cattle company. When Garlinger was a little girl, she would go watch the rodeo parades and made a goal to be hostess one day. She didn’t grow up on a ranch, but she got to ride an aunt’s horse. When the opportunity came up to compete in the contest, she did not take home the title the first time, so she tried again and won Miss Salinas California Rodeo in 1940, eventually being inducted into the Salinas California Rodeo Hall of Fame. As time went on, and she met and married her farmer and rancher husband, they always went to the rodeos as a family. That was the biggest thing in Salinas, according to Garlinger, explaining the difference between saying “ro-day-o” versus “ro-dee-o” from Salinas to different parts of California. Following in their mother’s footsteps, four of her daughters won the hostess title of the Salinas California Rodeo when they were old enough to compete. Garlinger attributes their

horsemanship to the practice they got working cattle with their father. “It’s a happy life,” Garlinger said. “I’m so proud of my family. They are hard working and good people. I enjoy seeing them take such good care of the cattle and produce such good cattle herds.” Garlinger has nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren who she is very proud of as well. One piece of advice Garlinger offers fellow cattle producers is to hang in there and try to keep up with new technology. Taking good care of your land is paramount, according to Garlinger. She recommends using it as the gift that it is, because after all, ranchers are only given a short amount of time with it to raise cattle. Providing the best care for the land they possibly can is the Garlinger family’s number one priority, and the Garlinger sisters wish to carry on the legacy and the ranching tradition their parents provided them using the lessons they were taught as little girls that have stuck with them as adults as they have passed them onto their children, too, continuing the success of the ranch as the dynamic team they are.

To read more about the Garlinger Cattle Ranch, pick up a copy of CCA’s commemorative coffee table book Since 1917—A Century of Family Legacies in the California Cattlemen’s Association.

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INDICATIONS: Cattle - Single-Dose Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle; and for the control of BRD in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle at high risk of developing BRD associated with M. haemolytica, P. multocida, H. somni and M. bovis. Cattle - Multiple-Day Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. Swine: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis. RESIDUE WARNINGS: Cattle: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Swine: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 5 days of receiving a single-injection dose. HUMAN WARNINGS: For use in animals only. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes. In case of dermal contact, wash skin with soap and water. Consult a physician if irritation persists following ocular or dermal exposures. Individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to quinolones should avoid this product. In humans, there is a risk of user photosensitization within a few hours after excessive exposure to quinolones. If excessive accidental exposure occurs, avoid direct sunlight. For customer service, to obtain a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or to report adverse reactions, call Norbrook at 1-866-591-5777. PRECAUTIONS: The effects of enrofloxacin on cattle or swine reproductive performance, pregnancy and lactation have not been adequately determined. The long-term effects on articular joint cartilage have not been determined in pigs above market weight. Subcutaneous injection can cause a transient local tissue reaction that may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Enroflox 100 contains different excipients than other enrofloxacin products. The safety and efficacy of this formulation in species other than cattle and swine have not been determined. Quinolone-class drugs should be used with caution in animals with known or suspected Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders. In such animals, quinolones have, in rare instances, been associated with CNS stimulation which may lead to convulsive seizures. Quinolone-class drugs have been shown to produce erosions of cartilage of weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species. See Animal Safety section for additional information. ADVERSE REACTIONS: No adverse reactions were observed during clinical trials. ANIMAL SAFETY: In cattle safety studies, clinical signs of depression, incoordination and muscle fasciculation were observed in calves when doses of 15 or 25 mg/kg were administered for 10 to 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, inappetance and incoordination were observed when a dose of 50 mg/kg was administered for 3 days. An injection site study conducted in feeder calves demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue and underlying muscle. In swine safety studies, incidental lameness of short duration was observed in all groups, including the saline-treated controls. Musculoskeletal stiffness was observed following the 15 and 25 mg/kg treatments with clinical signs appearing during the second week of treatment. Clinical signs of lameness improved after treatment ceased and most animals were clinically normal at necropsy. An injection site study conducted in pigs demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue. Norbrook Laboratories Limited, Newry, BT35 6PU, Co. Down, Northern Ireland I01 March 2015 The Norbrook logos and Enroflox® are registered trademarks of Norbrook Laboratories Limited.

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1927-1937 BOOM OR BUST

Cattlemen Persevere Amid Great Depression by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen

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istory is plagued with stories of feast and famine. Rarely do we read of average economic times or decent weather patterns, especially in the agriculture world. Sensational stories are those that are best remembered, for better and for worse. The second decade for the California Cattlemen’s Association, which ranged from 1927 to 1937 provided no exception to this rule of thumb. Following World War I, which was an interesting time for inception of the CCA, cattle producers – and Californians in general – experienced a few good years with few major setbacks. But as with most things in life, good things often come to an end. In early 1929, cowboy humorist Will Rogers is quoted as having said, “You give the country four more years of this unparalleled prosperity and they will be so tired of having everything they want that it will be a pleasure to get poor again. The sad irony is that Will Rogers wasn’t far off from what was literally on the horizon, because just a few months later would begin what is still known today as one of the most daunting times in United States history. When the U.S. stock market initially crashed on Oct. 24,1929 – a day still known as Black Thursday – it brought hard times to California, the nation and eventually the world. For business owners and millions of individuals, fear and failure became as common as optimism and prosperity had been before the markets collapsed. The great crash soon led to the Great Depression. Businesses and banks throughout the state closed their doors in the 1930s; thousands of individual investors and depositors lost everything. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, California farm income in 1932 fell to half of what it had been in 1929. The number of building permits in 1933 was less than a tenth of what it had been just eight years earlier. Many property owners lost their farms and homes. Unemployment in the Golden State reached a staggering 28 percent in 1932, and just two years later in 1934, one-fifth of all Californians were dependent upon public relief. Californians who lived through the 1920s and 1930s must have felt as though they were on a roller coaster. In whirlwind cycles of boom or bust, a decade of spectacular prosperity was followed by the worst economic collapse in the state’s history. 30 California Cattleman March 2017

The years 1928-1934 were dry; both literally and figuratively. Income was scarce for most Americans and the well-known Dust Bowl era managed to make things worse. As the Depression unfolded its wrath, thousands of new Dust Bowl refugees from the heartland of America streamed into California seeking a better life. The LA Times reported in drought coverage in 2015 that the “Dust Bowl” drought, is remembered for its length and severity. Farmers watched helplessly as water levels dropped. By 1934, The Times reported that fruit was falling off trees prematurely, especially crops that relied on rain rather than irrigation. Cattlemen desperately sought pastures suitable for their livestock. Just as in today’s world, CCA works around the clock, despite all that is going on in the world and other major social, political and economic issues. According to California Cattleman magazine archives, among some of the hot button issues of the late 1920s through the 1930s were the topics of marketing, cattle theft, importation of Argentine beef, tariffs on U.S. beef and railroad freight increases for cattle. In a Nov. 25, 1934 Fresno Bee article, then CCA President Phil Klipstein shared his concern over an increase in freight rates. “Cattlemen do much shipping by railroad and without doubt they will take action against the railroad proposal for higher freight rates. It is pointed out that cattle prices are considerably lower than they were before the war, and freight rates are much higher than they were at that time. Producers of livestock are opposed to any truck legislation which is not in the public interest and which is designed to deprive them of this new, fast method of transporting animals. Efforts will be made to continue the program to keep cattle off the main highways, whereby trails are constructed near the highways to be used in driving animals in order to avoid automobile traffic.” Despite the concern over freight rates and tariffs, some good things happened for producers as well. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929 assisted the cooperative movement by helping to gather market information (that was useful in limiting production and generating new market outlets), and by helping co-ops enforce production and marketing rules. In addition, the 1929 Act provided up to $500 million through the Federal Farm Board to loan to cooperatives so they could buy and


to continue to make this state great can help it see better store commodities to hold them off the market. One major set back for cattlemen during this decade days and ensure that California is still the land where was two outbreaks of foot and mouth disease. According people gravitate to prosper. to University of California archives, both outbreaks EDITOR’S NOTE: As the California Cattlemen’s impacted 953 California cattle herds, resulting in the loss Association celebrates its centennial year in 2017, this article is of 113,446 animals. part of a year-long series addressing each of CCA’s 10 decades. As the depression worsened, voters looked to the nation’s elected officials for leadership and reassurance. Millions of Americans gathered around their radios on March 4, 1933, to listen to the inaugural address of their new president. “Let me assert my firm belief,” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But politics in California continued to resound with fear and uncertainty. Gov. “Sunny Jim” Rolph attempted to win public favor by openly encouraging and defending a lynching. Upton Sinclair, a former socialist, won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1932 but was defeated in a campaign of unprecedented viciousness. Perhaps the take home message of this UCCE © decade is not the catastrophic struggles of Americans during the depression, but rather the amazing tenacity that Americans demonstrated amid such a terrifying time. Cattlemen disposing of cattle after the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 1929. Despite all of the fear and chaos of that era, it is important to note that many wonderful things were also taking place in the Golden State. California welcomed the world during the Los Angeles Olympics, which took place in 1932; the Golden Gate Bridge was finished in 1936, just two months after the Hoover Dam was dedicated by Roosevelt. In 1929, Alturas cattleman P.S. Dorris represented CCA as president of the association and was succeeded by E. Floyd Forbes of Marysville; Philip A. Klipstein of Bakersfield; William A. Freeman of Santa Paula; and Hugh Baber of Chico, who completed his term as president in 1939. Each of these businessmen were ranchers first in addition to being advocates for the rest of the state’s ranchers. Just as the association exists today, these leaders represented CCA on issues up and down the state and in Washington, D.C. That is not where the parallels between CCA leaders 80 years ago and today end. In addition to helping the state’s ranchers mitigate the economic and dry weather crisis, the select cattlemen who represent CCA -- both yesterday and today – are educated on issues in their own back yard and beyond and work to ensure beef production interests in the state are protected. As these United States and the great state of California currently sit in a tumultuous time filled with uncertainty, the lessons learned by Californians of prior generations can teach SF CHRONICLE © residents today that this state has seen hard times, is seeing hard times and may see hard times in the future, but the perseverance of its residents Opening Day of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 28, 1937 March 2017 California Cattleman 31


COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR CHECKING IN ON YOUR BEEF CHECKOFF Implementing BQA practices saves time and money from the California Beef Council Consumer App Brings New Level of Technology to Beef Promotion After months spent designing, developing and finetuning, the California Beef Council (CBC) recently launched its much-anticipated consumer mobile app, “BEEFabulous.” The app, which is available for free download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play stores, is the first of its kind for the nation’s beef industry, and provides all things related to beef in the palm of your (or the consumer’s) hand. Whether you’re looking for recipes, need to put

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together a grocery list, or are interested in finding nearby deals or savings on beef items at a local market, this app is intended to not only make shopping trips and meal-planning simple, but also encourage consumers to include beef as a staple on the grocery list. And while BEEFabulous has no shortage of useful production-related information, including videos on cattle handling and ranch life, background on sustainability, and key facts about nutrition and protein benefits, the overall goal of the app is to serve as consumers’ one-stop-shop for their beef meal planning. BEEFabulous also has a direct tie-in to the CBC’s traditional retail promotions and campaigns. Any time the CBC is partnering with retailers on a promotion that provides cost-saving incentives on beef products, app users will be able to find the nearest retailers in their areas where they can cash in on the savings – and thus, hopefully contribute to greater movement of beef during such promotions. “Consumer research indicates that as many as 90 percent of consumers use their smartphones while they are grocery shopping, so we wanted to create something that links California’s ranchers and beef industry with shoppers looking to create a great meal,” said Annette Kassis, CBC director of consumer and brand marketing, and designer of the app. “What’s more, BEEFabulous allows the user to make it their own, by creating their own grocery lists, developing lists of favorite recipes, and easily sharing recipes and tips to their social media accounts.” BEEFabulous was created by CBC staff, but funding for development of the app was provided by the Federation of State Beef Councils, helping stretch California beef producers’ dollars even further. Download the app today! On your smartphone, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store and search for “BEEFabulous.” After the free download, explore the app for recipes, videos about raising cattle and beef production, nutrition information, and tools to create your own grocery list. Impressive Results for Holiday Promotion In a recent article, the CBC shared some of its initial successes with Ibotta, which is one of the most frequently used smartphone apps for shopping that is making waves in the marketplace. As a quick refresher on how Ibotta works, the company partners with leading brands and retailers to offer rebates on groceries, electronics, clothing, gifts, home and office supplies, restaurant dining and more. The consumer or user then unlocks the qualifying rebate on the app, purchases the item at the store, and verifies the purchase for a rebate that comes in the form of


cash or gift card from Ibotta. The CBC was one of the first State Beef Councils in the country to partner with the company, in part because of the app’s wide use and success, and the ability to tap into multiple retailers throughout the state. Ibotta has been downloaded over 18 million times, has paid out more than $100 million in cash back to its users, and has experienced massive growth – in both size of the company and in numbers of partnering retailers – since its launch in 2012. In addition, 79 percent of app users are female, and 89 percent are under age 45, which speaks directly to our target market.

Beef Council’s web site lately (www.calbeef.org), you’re in for a few surprises. The CBC launched its redesigned site in late 2016, offering a more visually appealing, mobile-optimized and user-friendly interface that provides information more in-line with what consumers are looking for, such as nutrition information and the story of California’s ranchers and beef producers. The new site also includes some great recipes compiled from the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. web site, as well as many other resources for producers and other stakeholders. We hope you’ll find this updated site and the information provided to be even more helpful to you as a beef producer, and a valuable resource to share with your communities and consumers.

Over the 2016 holiday season, the CBC partnered with Ibotta on another promotion that provided consumers with enticing rebates on popular beef roasts, and looKing for the best the West has to offeR racked up some impressive numbers: • Over 1.6 million total impressions for beef through the Ibotta app and supplemental advertising • A total of 14,261 holiday roast units sold in California • 38,370 brand engagements, in which consumers answered a poll question about beef, and added beef to their shopping list through Second Annual the app • A 37.2 percent redemption rate of the rebate, which is significantly higher than most of the traditional s at u r d ay coupon incentives offered through retail promotions five star land & livest0ck Through Ibotta, it is also possible Wilton, California to boil down other information that helps inform future campaigns or ccepting ntries ow through pril promotions. For example, we know for this particular campaign, the top >> bred & open fall & spring heifers five retailers where beef was purchased >> fall bred cows & spring pairs were Walmart, Stater Bros., WinCo >> donors, embryos, pregnancies & more Foods, Ralphs, and Safeway. As part of this campaign, in-store activities also sa l e m a n ag e r wsaa sale c0mmittee took place, including placement of david hoLden ........... 530.736.0727 matt macfarLane over 105,000 “holiday roast brochures” jim vietheer ............ 916.834.2669 916.803.3113 cell graham hooper....... 208.539.1712 featuring popular beef roast recipes in m3cattlemarketing@gmail.com Brad cox .................. 541.840.5797 www.3cattlemarketing.com major retailers throughout California. auctioneer: rick machado 805.501.3210 Watch & Bid Live The roast rebate offered through Ibotta proved so successful, that the sponsored by the budget for rebates was exhausted in just 22 days. Intended to run from November 23 to December 31, the final rebates were scooped up by consumers December 14. While this is a sign of success, as it means more beef offers were redeemed more quickly than anticipated, it also helps inform follow us on expectations and timelines for future promotions. Thanks to Mark & Abbie Nelson for Hosting the Sale Again! THD ©

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Red Angus DNA Scores Align with Carcass Results Cattlemen and women frequently ask if DNA scores are truly predictive of phenotypic results. A recent study completed by the Red Angus Association gathered DNA data on a set of Red Angus calves and followed the cattle through harvest, collecting phenotypic data. The results illustrated the Igenity® DNA scores accurately predicted carcass weight, marbling score and overall carcass value. The cattle were raised and owned by Bob and Elaine Yackley of Onida, S.D., and fed at a custom feed yard. A total of 91 head of 2015-born steers comprised the group that was DNA tested with Igenity Silver and followed through harvest to obtain carcass data on each individual animal. The top 25 head with the highest DNA scores for Average Daily Gain (ADG) and marbling were compared to the bottom 25 head, which exhibited the lowest combined DNA scores for the same two traits. Summarized results for the two groups are shown in the table. This comparative analysis reveals that the top-DNA-scoring steers produced heavier carcass weights as a result of faster rates of gain (21-pound advantage). They also had higher average marbling scores and higher quality grades, with notably more upper-two-thirds Choice grade carcasses. Even in a softened fed-cattle market, the difference in value between the two groups was $50.60 per head favoring the high-DNA-scoring steers. Weight and marbling make a big difference when selling cattle on a grid. “These cattle had the right combinations of genetics and management in addition to being fed to the correct endpoint,” explained Gary Fike, RAAA director of commercial marketing. “The fact that out of the 50 head in this comparison, there was only one Yield Grade 4 in

the low-DNA group and none among the top-DNA steers, is a testament to that.” Fike, who organized and conducted the field study, further noted that these results demonstrate how DNA can be successfully used in commercial operations. “This is real-world data,” he said. “By using

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DNA testing and eliminating lowscoring animals for the traits of interest, producers can be confident they are building superior genetic value into their herds. That is why we recommend testing all replacement heifer candidates and culling lowscoring females before breeding.”

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RANGELAND TRUST TALK COWBOY CONSERVATIONISTS ATTEND POETRY GATHERING TO HELP FIND PRODUCER LED CONSERVATION SOLUTIOns from California Rangeland Trust Director of Communications Jessica Kong Partnership of Rangeland Trusts (PORT) leaders Producers led the way to combine environmental convened at the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering conservation goals with ranchers’ interests and best in Elko, Nev., on Feb. 4, 2017 – the world renowned practices. First on the scene was CCALT. Montana Land festival that honors the arts, culture, and traditions of the Reliance – which became affiliated with the state livestock rural West. They were invited to form a panel discussing association when PORT was formed – California Rangeland “Keeping Working Lands in Working Hands” for the good Trust, and the others followed suit to help ranchers place of land and people. conservation easements on their land. An agricultural According to a recent study, 2.5 million acres of farm conservation easement is a restriction placed on a piece of and ranch land in America are lost every year. Between 1982 property to protect its resources in perpetuity where the and 2012, 44 million acres were developed. The description landowner either sells or donates the development rights. of the panel in the event program stated, “While people The subsequent valuation of the land reduces its taxable are aware of this substantial and continual diminishment value. In addition, funded easements provide cash flow of America’s agricultural land base, what most Americans and donated easements can offer significant tax deductions. are unaware of is the response by ranchers and farmers to Other conservation easement types include a bargain sale preserve these private lands.” Enter PORT. – where part of the easement value is funded and part is PORT is an association of locally based, agriculturally donated – and mitigation easements which are funded by oriented land conservation organizations established to developers or mitigating groups to offset expected adverse leverage resources to enhance the voluntary conservation impacts of development. and stewardship of America’s ranchlands. These seven Conservation easements are held by a qualified statewide land trusts – California Rangeland Trust, nonprofit or government agency which must monitor the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), easement annually to ensure the terms of the easement are Montana Land Reliance, Northwest Rangeland Trust, Texas upheld. Ranchers choose to partner with PORT members Agricultural Land Trust, Ranchland Trust of Kansas, and because these cattlemen’s land trusts are run by ranchers Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust – have had remarkable who understand the business. impact. Each is associated with their respective state Bo Alley, Executive Director of Wyoming Stock livestock organizations and together they hold more than Growers Land Trust, explained how energy development 1,283 conservation easements that ensure over 2.2 million and agriculture go hand in hand in his talk: Energy acres throughout the western states will stay ranchland Development, Water Rights and Conservation Easements. forever. Erik Glenn, executive director of CCALT, and Rick Knight, professor of wildlife conservation at Colorado State University and CCALT board member, gave a brief introduction to PORT and went on to serve as the panel moderators. Nita Vail, chief executive officer of California Rangeland Trust, opened her ‘Conservation Easements 101’ presentation with a short video – the Cowboy Conservationists. Supplying local food, bolstering rural economies, and preserving our Western heritage are the obvious benefits of ranching. What many people don’t know is that ranching is also critical to endangered species habitat, urban water supply, and carbon sequestration. Latest research shows that 75 percent of endangered species habitat is on private land. Many threatened or endangered plant and animal species even require managed livestock grazing to maintain suitable habitat. According to the Rangeland Watersheds program at UC Davis, rangeland watersheds supply 85 percent of California’s drinking (L to R): Dr. Rick Knight, Colorado State University; Bo Alley, water. Close proximity to rangeland is also vital to the Pictured Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust; Nita Vail, California Rangeland bee populations that pollinate California’s crops. Trust; Erik Glenn, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust 36 California Cattleman March 2017


Alley was followed by Erik Glenn, CCALT, who spoke on Ecosystem Services and Conservation 2.0. Colorado has been looking at a new way to value the environmental or ecosystem services provided by conservation easements, such as flood and erosion control, carbon sequestration, natural purification of water, habitat, soil retention, pollination, and recreation. According to one report, PORT member-held easements provide more than $804 million in ecosystem services per year. Fourth generation Montana rancher and Director of the Montana Land Reliance, Phil Rostad, concluded with Conservation Easements from a Landowner’s Perspective. Rostad and his brother inherited a ranch with no estate plan in place and only a $625,000 exemption. The conservation easement subsequently placed on the ranch – conservation easements are the only post mortem thing that can affect estate value – reduced the ranch value by 35 percent, allowing them to pay a much lower estate tax. The landowner’s benefits – financial, generational transfer, and preservation of open spaces – make conservation easements very attractive to ranchers. But the need is great. While California Rangeland Trust has conserved nearly 300,000 acres in California, there are almost 500,000 acres on the waiting list. In addition to securing public funding to help purchase easements, California Rangeland Trust is launching a newer initiative to encourage private donations to meet the demand. While PORT members are working hard to place conservation easements, everyone who stays informed becomes part of the solution as well. The message about producer-led solutions to private land conservation and its importance to our well-being, societal benefit, and prosperity was well received by the cowboy poetry goers – by attending the panel discussion, they too are Cowboy Conservationists.

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Water for Life’s Kyle Moreno with Merial’s Richard Linhart, DVM, and Craig Bosworth.

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Col. Rick Machado Col. Trent Stewart Col. Max Olvera Pedigrees read by Jason Jackson

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Champion Balancer - Cardey Ranches

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Cooper Cattle accpeting the Jack Owens Ideal Range Bull Award.

2017 HALTER CHAMPIONS BY BREED Angus Champion – Lot 192 - Zanoline Cattle Co., Healdsburg Reserve – Lot 38 - Cardey Ranches, Turlock Charolais Champion & AOB Champion – Lot 237 – Cardey Ranches, Turlock Reserve – Lot 247 – Rafter DN Charolais, Powell Butte, Ore. Hereford Champion – Lot 299 – Morrell Ranches, Willows Reserve – Lot 298 – Morrell Ranches, Willows. Polled Hereford & Supreme Champion – Lot 336 – Murphy Herefords, Lockeford Reserve – Lot 339 – Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Santa Rosa SimAngus Champion – Lot 408 – Hinton Ranch, Montague Reserve – Lot 416 – Strickler Livestock, Orland Red Angus Champion – Lot 380 – Owings Cattle Co.., Powell Butte, Ore. Reserve – Lot 379 – Owings Cattle Co.., Powell Butte, Ore Balancer Champion – Lot 205 – Cardey Ranches , Turlock Maintainer Champion – Lot 316 – Brocco Show Cattle, Sonoma. Shorthorn Champion – Lot 389 – Stateline Cattle Co., Malin, Ore.

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High-selling gelding Bay Roan of Texas, a 2009 Bay Roan from Jarrod McClenahan, Galt, sold to Peter Baldwin, Makawao, HI, for $39,500.

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THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS plan for it today by Matthew D. Scott, Esq., Licensed to practice in California

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y practice is driven by the idea that all people should have access to high-quality estate planning services. Having a plan will help you gain peace of mind and control over your family’s future. And I believe these services can and ought to be affordable. Farmers and ranchers especially need an advocate who understands the daily challenges of making a living in a harsh economic and regulatory climate, and who can help to implement strategies that will save time, costs and hassle for themselves and their families. I am passionate about helping families to avoid the undue expense, complication, and hassle that comes from dealing with the probate courts. You can avoid these pitfalls by creating a comprehensive estate plan with the help of an experienced and

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skilled lawyer. Some of the major components of a full estate plan are: Living Trust Consider transferring your assets into a a living trust to avoid probate, which is the court-supervised administration of estates. When you hear the word “estate”, what comes to mind? It is a fancy way of describing your “stuff.” Everyone has an estate, and therefore everyone has an estate plan – it just might not be the one you make yourself. Every state in America has a set of laws that govern the administration of a person’s estate following death. These laws are applied to estates through the probate process. You can override the default provisions of the law by preparing your own estate plan, starting with a living trust. Let’s compare a living trust to a corporation. What comprises a corporation? Is it the buildings it owns? The people it employs? The products it makes and/or sells? None of these! It is the legal structure (spelled out on a pile of paper) that governs the daily activities of the company. Similarly, a living trust is a legal structure (spelled out on a pile of paper) that governs a family’s assets now and in the future. Most people don’t realize it, but without a trust, your estate is going to probate – whether or not you have a will, if your estate’s fair market value is above a certain number (which varies from state to state). In California, where I practice, that number is $150,000. In other words, if your property totals more than $150,000 in value (not subtracting the loans or liens against it), you need a living trust to avoid probate of your estate. (How many people in your field do you know with less than $150,000 in assets?) For larger farms and estates, you will want to get solid advice about more complex estate planning techniques that will save money and speed up the transition to your beneficiaries. Do not leave an experienced financial planner out of the mix. Build a team of professionals to work on your behalf, which includes your lawyer, tax professional, financial planner, and insurance agent. Last Will and Testamentt This is not to say that because you have a living trust you don’t need a will. You do – a special kind of will that works in tandem with your living trust. It is called a “pour-over will”, and it does just what it sounds like: it “pours” your tangible, personal property into your trust. This avoids any probate necessity of the “stuff ” you have lying around the home or farm that doesn’t have a legal title, such as farm equipment, tools, animals, and all the other objects you own and use every day.


While we’re talking about what the will does, let’s talk about what it does NOT do. Just because you make a living trust and a pour-over will, your assets are not automatically all included in the trust. There are a few important steps to take beyond signing these documents. For starters, your real property needs to be formally transferred into the trust with new deeds. Get legal advice on how to do that, because you do NOT want to do it incorrectly. I have seen so many situations where a loved one had thought his property was properly transferred to the trust, only to discover too late that it was not. Guardianship nominations If you have minor children, you should make plans for guardianship if you pass away while the children are still under age 18. This simply means that you have the right to nominate a person or persons who will have legal and physical custody of your children, if you die prematurely while they are minors. I place the guardianship nominations into the pour-over will, which is the only document that becomes public record following a person’s death. In California, the law requires the original will be “lodged” (filed) at the local superior courthouse. This prevents the original will from being lost, damaged, tampered with or destroyed, and it thus preserves your guardianship nominations intact. Powers of Attorney Every adult in America should have a health care directive and durable power of attorney. These documents grant decision-making authority on another person in the event you cannot speak or act for yourself, whether due to a physical or mental incapacity. The thought of losing one’s ability to act for yourself is not enjoyable, but neither is the prospect of having to get court intervention if you fail to plan. You can plan ahead by signing powers of attorney for financial management and health care. This avoids the court-supervised process known variously as conservatorship or guardianship, and it ensures that you continue to oversee your own affairs by a proxy you have named, because you trust them. As a rancher, you should make a contingency plan in the event you are injured or ill. Who will keep things running if you are not able? Who will make important day-to-day decisions if you cannot speak? Who is in charge if you are sick or hospitalized? Consider naming a fellow cattleman (who is willing) to step in for you. They understand the business and will be a much better choice than someone who is not aware of what is going on. Spouses may or may not be a good choice, for a variety of reasons, including emotional attachments, lack of knowledge or information on basic operations, etc. Get advice from a trusted professional about all your options when naming a person to step in during your incapacity. Raised on a dairy farm, Matt Scott knows the importance of succession planning in the agriculture industry. For more information about his law practice, with offices in Elk Grove and Roseville, visit www.matthewscottlaw.com or call (916) 509-7262

FOUR COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ESTATE PLANNING Over the years, I have heard a number of excuses for why people don’t plan ahead. Some of the major ones are debunked here. 1.“IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE.” It doesn’t have to be. Consider a typical home worth $300,000. If not placed into a proper trust, the home will have to pass through probate, as I mentioned earlier. This process is overseen by the courts and governed by the laws of your state. In California, the attorney’s fees for assisting with probate are pre-established by statute, and they’re based on a percentage of the value of the estate. In my $300,000 example, attorney’s fees in California would be a whopping $9,000, not to mention the additional expenses of court fees and costs, which could be tens of thousands. I probably don’t have to point out that farms are usually worth much more than $300,000…. Imagine the astronomical costs if you leave it all to the courts! Contrast the probate courts with a typical married couple’s estate plan, which includes a living trust, wills, durable powers of attorney, and health care directives, which would certainly cost you a fraction of what probate fees alone would be. On top of the cost savings, you get peace of mind by knowing your wishes will be carried out, and your heirs won’t be presented with unexpected bills at an especially difficult time of grief and confusion. 2.“IT’S TOO TIME-CONSUMING.” It doesn’t have to be. Farmers and ranchers are busy people. Find a lawyer who takes a no-nonsense approach to estate planning. Many offer a free initial consultation. Discuss your concerns with the lawyer. Ask what you should be asking – in other words, find out what you need to know. Take the time now to plan ahead, and you’ll save a bundle later on. I tell my clients and prospective clients: “It’s your money – you’re either going to spend a little of it now to plan ahead, or your family’s going to spend a lot of it later to pick up the pieces, and it won’t be anything like what you desired for them.” 3.“IT’S TOO COMPLICATED.” It doesn’t have to be. It’s really all about finding the right lawyer to help you, and getting your questions answered correctly. And don’t forget the power of building a team of professionals around you, as I mentioned above. You should not be expected to know all the answers, which is why you need people you can trust to fill in the gaps for you. 4.“IT’S ONLY FOR THE RICH.” It doesn’t have to be. Whether you own a thousand acres or lease a small farm, whether you own your home, have minor children, or have concerns about your health care and finances, you need to make a plan. That plan can and ought to be tailored to your specific situation, and it should be reviewed periodically to ensure it continues to meet your needs. All of the information contained in this article is intended as general information and should not be considered legal advice for your particular situation. You should seek out personalized advice from a competent and experienced professional in your particular state and region. Farmers and ranchers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to estate planning, and I have covered only the very basics in this article. Having been raised on a dairy farm, I appreciate and salute the noble work you do, and I wish you the very best as you plan your family ranch’s future. March 2017 California Cattleman 43


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MORE THAN A JOB Greg Schafer joins million unit club with no plans of slowing down from All West/Select Sires

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reg Schafer didn’t grow up on a farm. Yet this former college basketball player is now an experienced, Angus cattle rancher and 27-year employee of All West/ Select Sires who just reached the impressive 1 million unit sales mark with many years to come! Growing up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Schafer took a summer job working with registered Shorthorn cattle in 1968 and returned the following year to continue work on the same farm. He joined the show circuit at this time and quickly realized his passion for working with cattle. Upon high school graduation Schafer attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., on a basketball scholarship and recalls being the only player studying agriculture. Much to his coach’s dismay, Schafer was often distracted by rodeo and other agricultural pursuits while attending university, including learning artificial insemination taught by the local Select Sires representative. Shortly after learning this skill, Schafer worked for Curtiss Breeding Service for a period of three months, where he had to take part in yet another training program to become an A.I. technician. Schafer recalls, “We bred cows in lab coats back in those days!” Schafer was then hired by Illinois Breeding Co-op, now Prairie State Select Sires, where he worked various positions serving as a relief technician and eventually claimed a route of his own. After taking part in the evaluations

of the original famous daughters of Glendell Arlinda Chief, Schafer got involved in a tour of the daughters hosted by Select Sires. Among these tourists were Superior Sires’ Tom Olson and Lloyd Vierra. A dairyman on that tour offered him a position as his herdsman in California and Schafer moved west for the first time in 1974. In 1976, Schafer moved yet again to Ontario, Canada to work for Roundtree where he managed their embryo transfer recipient herd. He then worked at what became Viapax, also located in Ontario, where he managed the donor barn as well as 600 Holstein heifers. Schafer acknowledges times when technologies used today were unheard of. “We had to have enough heifers cycling every day to use natural heat. All of the embryos were put in fresh.” Schafer learned much about the great cows of the breed while taking part in the relatively new pursuit of embryo transfer. At peak performance, there were over 26 All-Canadian and All-American cows housed in the Viapax barn. “I will tell you,” Schafer said, “when you’re putting $10,000 semen in a donor cow, you’re pretty careful how you handle it.” When his Canadian work permit expired, Schafer was faced with the decision to either immigrate to Canada permanently or return to the United States. “I liked Canada, but I did not want to be a Canadian,” said Schafer. He moved his family to Texas where

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GREG AND LOUISE SCHAFER he worked for a dairy farmer who had not bred a cow A.I. or even dehorned his 200 head of milking cattle in several years. “You haven’t lived until you dehorned cows milking 100 pounds per day!” Schafer exclaimed. After one last move back to Illinois where Schafer bred for Prairie State and started his own small cattle herd, he made his final move back to California in 1983 to work as a herdsman in Oakdale until the dairy went out of business. Schafer decided to move on from


the cattle business and went to work as a car salesman in Oakdale for several years. He made a great living doing this and enjoyed the sales experience he received. While making a truck sale to Tom Olson, many years after their first meeting in Illinois, he was offered a position that he could not refuse at Superior Sires, which would later become All West/Select Sires. On Nov. 1, 1989 Schafer was hired by Superior Sires as a Select Mating Service evaluator where he evaluated just under 39,461 cows per year. Schafer defines this time in his career as a great area of learning and growth. Young aspiring cattle students often ask him, “How do I get your job?” to which he responds, “You have to make a lot of mistakes. It takes a certain amount of challenges and trials to land on your feet and gain a little confidence. Experience like that just takes time.” Greg has certainly put in his time with 27 years of experience in the A.I. industry. This experience allowed

him to eventually take on a sales representative role, which he has held at All West for over 16 years. “I’ve put in lots of miles and made lots of friends,” Schafer said. “I’ve been fortunate to watch several operations through generations, working with their grandfather, then their father and now their grandchildren’s generation.” After many moves in and out of the United States, what has kept Schaferin All West territory for so long? “People always say it’s a big family, and it really is. We genuinely care about each other,” said Schafer. “The entire Select Sires organization finds really good people, and if they get there, they generally don’t leave.” Schafer added, “I would like to thank my customers and even competitors who have pushed me and allowed me to reach this million-unit mark. I honestly never though I’d reach it, but I’m really grateful to get there!” Schafer plans to continue selling semen and running Angus cattle in

Northern California until he no longer can. “People do ask ‘When are you going to quit?’” said Greg, “I like my customers and I like my job…why would I quit?” Not only do Schafer’s customers admire his hard work, but All West/ Select Sires staff do as well. “We are very excited for Greg to reach this million-unit mark of sales,” said All West’s California Director of Operations Bill Genasci. “Greg is such an integral part of our success in California. He loves this industry to the core, and that’s evident in his relationships with his customers and the number of units sold. He 100 percent believes in the bulls, programs and products that he promotes. His big personality has become a legend in our office and we’re glad to have him as a co-worker and a friend. Congratulations to Greg, and his wife Louise, on reaching this milestone!”

Genetics AND Service? The best of both worlds at All West!

“There’s no other option for me than A.I. Being in the purebred business, we have to use A.I. in order to stay on top of genetic trends and add significant sires to our gene pool. From a financially feasible standpoint, it just makes sense. I have access to genetics that we normally wouldn’t have access to because instead of buying the whole bull for tens of thousands of dollars, I can capitalize on his genetics by purchasing semen for $25-40 per straw.” Joe Fischer, Bruin Ranch, Auburn, CA

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“Synchronization protocols are one area that having someone such as the All West Beef Team to consult with makes us feel very comfortable! We are using a 14-day CIDR protocol on the yearlings and 2-year-olds, and a 7-day CIDR protocol on the cows. We’re really happy with the results! Calves are very easy to market because they are all consistent. And the All West Beef Team is second to none. As fast as we can bring them cattle, they can get them bred!” Will Harrison, Elwood Ranch, Bella Vista, CA

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Cattlemen’s Report KLAMATH BULL SALE Klamath Falls, Ore. • Feb. 4, 2017 Col. Eric Duarte

2 Lim-Flex...................................................................... $7,500 16 Hereford.................................................................... $3,081 2 Balancer....................................................................... $3,050 94 Angus......................................................................... $2,836 6 Red Angus................................................................... $2,733 3 SimAngus.................................................................... $2,700 1 Limousin..................................................................... $2,700 3 Charolais...................................................................... $2,650 18 Polled Herefords...................................................... $2,458 1 Shorthorn.................................................................... $2,400 146 Bulls......................................................................... $2,869 John Jackson, Livermore; Dave Dal Porto, Oakley; Walt Whitaker, Gustine; and Chris Castello, Tracy, ar Ward Ranches Bull Sale on Feb. 19 in Gardnerville, Nev.

LUDVIGSON STOCK FARM’S WESTERN CLASSIC BULL SALE Madras, Ore.• Feb. 11 Col. Trent Stewart 76 Red Angus herd bulls and range bulls................. $3,181

QUAIL VALLEY ANGUS RANCH BULL SALE Prineville, Ore. • Feb.. 12, 2017 Col. Trent Stewart 25 two year old bulls..................................................... $3,280 40 fall yearling bulls...................................................... $3,575 31 yearling bulls............................................................. $2,375 40 bred heifers............................................................... $1,232 31 open Heifers................................................................ $721

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Lambert Ranch, with operations in Oroville, Chester and Altruas, Caldwell, Idaho. • Feb. 15, 2017 held its inaugural Modoc Sale on Feb. 17 at the Niles Hotel in Col. Trent Stewart and Col. C.D. “Butch” Booker Alturas, where they offered top polled and horned Hereford bulls 381bulls........................................................................... $4,351 to progressibe West Coast beef producers.

133 Herefords................................................................ $4,711 213 Angus....................................................................... $4,051 35 Red Angus................................................................. $4,809

LAMBERT RANCH’S MODOC SALE Alturas • Feb. 17, 2017 25 polled and horned Hereford bulls......................... $3,486

HOFFMAN RANCH BULL SALE Thedford, Neb. • Feb. 17, 2017 Col. Rick Machado and Col. Lex Madden 15 yearling Hereford carload bulls........................... $20,800 48 yearling Hereford bulls........................................... $6,214 36 Hereford two year olds.......................................... $6,805 49 Angus yearlings........................................................ $4,862 Darrin and Wade Eden, Willows; Matt and Lucas Owens, Willows; 35 Angus two year olds................................................ $6,386 36 yearling SimAngus bulls ......................................... $4,632 and Adam Texeira, Nipomo. 48 California Cattleman March 2017


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12 SimAngus two year olds ........................................ $6,000 231 total bulls................................................................. $6,735

WARD RANCHES 11 annual“Meat & Guts” Bull Sale Guest breeders Dal Porto Livestock and Rancho Casino Gardnerville, Nev. • Feb. 19, 2017 th

Col. Eric Duarte 38 Angus......................................................................... $3,791 30 Optimizer.................................................................. $3,192 68 Bulls........................................................................... $3,527

Col. Rick Machado, Shandon; and Jason Hoffman, Hoffman Ranch, take the mic at the annual Hoffman Ranch Bull Sale in Thedford, Neb.

TEIXEIRA CATTLE CO. “Performance Plus” Bull Sale Terrebonne, Ore. • Feb. 20, 2017 Sale Managed by Cotton & Associates Col. Trent Stewart 65 fall yearling bulls...................................................... $5,204 36 spring yearling bulls................................................. $4,105 101 total bulls ............................................................... $4,812 30 registered females.................................................... $2,025

Shaw Family Patriarch Greg Shaw welcomes the crowd to Shaw Cattle Co.’s annual bull sale in Caldwell, Idaho, Feb. 15.

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IN MEMORY TOM VESTAL, DVM, & MARIE VESTAL Thomas Jered Vestal, DVM, passed away at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital on Jan. 8, surrounded by his loving family. Vestal was born on March 28, 1939, in McCloud, to Hardy and June Vestal. He spent the majority of his life in the Fall River Valley and spent his youth working on the family ranch. Vestal graduated from Fall River High School in 1956, and moved to Davis, to attend University of California, Davis. He graduated with honors in 1962 as a veterinarian. He spoke fondly of his time at Davis and about his brothers at Alpha Gamma Rho and was an active member in the McArthur FFA, ultimately receiving the American Farmer Degree. Establishing a veterinary practice back in the valley and running the family ranch kept Vestal busy, but meeting Marie made his life complete. For his 77 years Vestal did the things he loved; veterinary medicine, raising working quarter horses, roping, riding and enjoying the sport of rodeo. He was especially proud of his three children and grandchildren; he will be greatly missed. RALPH LOYA

On Feb. 1, 2017, Ralph Loya suddenly departed from this earth and moved to his heavenly home. His Catholic faith in the Lord had given him a full life’s purpose; to pursue God’s dream. Loya was born in Santa Rosa, on May 6, 1943, to Jesse and Rose Loya, migrant workers from Northern California. The family later settled in Hanford. The family worked for the Joe Mattos Dairy on 15th Avenue, which was the beginning of Ralph’s love for agriculture and animals. As soon as he was of age, Ralph joined the Armona 4-H Club and later Hanford High School FFA. He was a big part of the beginning and a legacy of the success of the Hanford FFA Chapter. During his high school years at Hanford, Ralph was named MVP of the 1960 football team, which was the first Valley winning team. He was also on three FFA state-winning judging teams with his brother, Jesse -- a brother duo record that continues to this day. 56 California Cattleman March 2017

Alma Marie Vestal passed away at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital on Jan. 9, surrounded by her loving family, not even a day after her husband, Tom, passed. Vestal was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Glen and Gladys Griffin. In December of 1947, she and her sister Marjorie moved to Lake Tahoe and grew up taking care of each other. Vestal graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School and at age 18 moved to Fair Oaks, to work at Aerojet in Sacramento. In the summer of 1965, she traveled to the Fall River Valley and met the love of her life, Tom. On Nov. 25, 1965, they were married. For the next 51 years, Vestal loved the ranch and her cows, but especially her family. She loved to bowl, play cards and follow her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and adventures. She will be greatly missed. Tom and Marie are survived by their children, Mark (Diana) Vestal, Tami (Brian) Humphry, and Hardy (Chelle) Vestal, and nine grandchildren. Marie is additionally survived by her mother, Gladys Gust; sister, Marjorie (Robert) Stephens; and sister, Gayelynn (Tim) Callen. Combined services were held Jan. 28 at the Intermountain Fair Grounds in McArthur. Memorial donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation, PO Box 10, McArthur, CA, 96056, or a charity of your choice.

Inspired by his mentor, Emile LaSalle, his high school ag teacher, Ralph was the first of his family to attend college, going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and majoring in Animal Husbandry (Animal Science today). While at Cal Poly in 1963, he met the love of his life, Mary Jane Avila, and on Sept. 24, 1964 the two were married. Soon after, they decided to start their family with the birth of their daughter, Kathleen, followed two years later by their son, Rick. Of course, the pride of Ralph’s life was his grandkids, Tiana and Austin Avila. While attending Cal Poly, Ralph was a member of the Los Lecheros Club, the Boots and Spurs Club and he was president of Alpha Zeta. He was also the only Animal Husbandry Major that received an award as the Outstanding Dairy Cattle Judge, and he was a member of the 1963 National Outstanding Livestock Judging Team. Inspired to be a teacher, Ralph started his career at North Salinas High School and a year later came back to Hanford High School as an Ag Teacher, where he excelled as a coach and mentor. While at Hanford High, he coached over 13 State Champion Teams. In addition, his students showed more livestock champions than we can count. After 10 years, Ralph became an instructor at Reedley Jr. College. It all started in January 1976 as he began


to help build the most successful agriculture program in the state of California, starting Livestock Judging and Livestock Show Teams and building champions. His philosophy was always “Students First.” His gift was his ability to develop students to their greatest potential. Ralph had many accomplishments over his life and career including being nominated as the 2003 and 2004 Regional Agriculture Teacher of the Year, and in 2005, he was named State Agriculture Teacher of the year. In 2008, Ralph was inducted into the Hanford High School Football Hall of Fame and, not to be outdone, he was inducted into the CATA Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2009. He was considered one of the best county fair livestock judges in the Western states. There are so many lives that have been touched by him and his legacy will live on for many, many generations. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Rose Loya. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane (Avila); daughter Kathleen and husband, Richard Avila of Madras Ore., and their children, granddaughter Tiana Avila (Fiancé Kyle Gladding) and grandson Austin Avila; son Rick and wife, Nicole Loya of Hanford; brother, Jesse Loya, of Morro Bay, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, a very special foreign exchange student, Robin Townsend Lennon, of Melbourne, Australia. He was currently serving on the Kings Fair Foundation, VoAg School Farm Foundation and several school advisory boards. The Kings Fair will never be the same without his famous greeting to all: “Welcome to The Kings Fair!” A “Celebration of Life” was held Feb. 10. The family asks that any contributions in his memoriy be made to the Hanford FFA Memorial Scholarship Fund in Ralph’s name. Make checks payable to: Hanford FFA - Ralph Loya Scholarship Fund and mail to: Hanford High School, 120 E. Grangeville Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230

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Conlin Supply Co, Inc.................................................... 2

Merial...... ....................................................................... 35

Universale Semen Sales............................................... 55

Corsair Angus Ranch................................................... 50

Multimin, USA............................................................. 21

Veterinary Services, Inc............................................... 54

Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic................................... 40

Murphy Herefords........................................................ 40

VF Red Angus.........................................................17, 53

Crouthamel Cattle Co.................................................. 15

Noahs Angus...........................................................40, 51

Vintage Angus Ranch............................................60, 52

Dal Porto Livestock................................................23, 51

Norbrook ....................................................................... 11

Western Fence & Construction.................................. 54

Diamond Back ranch................................................... 54

O’Connell Ranches....................................................... 51

Western States Angus Assn......................................... 33

Donati Ranch................................................................ 50

O’Neal Ranch................................................................ 19

Western Video Market................................................... 3

Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc.......................................... 54

ORIgen........................................................................... 55

Wulff Brothers Livestock............................................. 51

58 California Cattleman March 2017

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LEGEND

5019

V A R LEGEND 5019 AAA REG: 18066037

SIRE: V A R DISCOVERY 2240 MGS: SYDGEN CC&7

MULTI-TRAIT EXCELLENCE WITH LEGENDARY POWER • V A R Legend is the Lot 1 featured bull from the 2016 VAR Bull Sale that has tremendous mass and substance necessary to back up his incredible performance data. • V A R Legend is the number 1 YW son of proven sire V A R Discovery 2240. He also ranks #2 for WW and #1 for $Feed and #5 for CW. • V A R Legend is bold ribbed with a big, square hip. Use Legend to add muscle performance and Angus character with a breed-leading EPD package. • His dam is an impressive maternal powerhouse which has progeny sales averaging over $30,000 at VAR. His grandam is the legendary Sitz Henrietta Pride 643T.

EPDS

TRAIT

+3 +1.6 +80 +149 +.39 +1.50 +25 +20.1 +29 +68 +.64 +.75 +82.17 +138.0 +180.58

CED BW WW YW RADG SC DOC HP Milk CW Marb RE $W $F $B

Semen: $30

BREED RANKINGS 1% 1% 1% 10% 10% 10% 1%

1% 1% 1%

Certificates: $40

OWNED WITH: LISONBEE ANGUS RANCH, UT WILLMORE ANGUS, ID

SITZ HENRIETTA PRIDE 643T- Full sister to Sitz Upward 307R and grandam of V A R Legend 5019..

HENRIETTA PRIDE 1044 - The dam of V A R Legend 5019.

V A R HENRIETTA PRIDE 5010 - The $40,000 full sister to V A R Legend 5019 at Spruce Mountain.

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