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CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION ______________ Since 1917
WHAT WE DO IS WORTH THE FIGHT from CCA President Tony Toso
As I am putting together my thoughts for the July/August issue, we have just celebrated Memorial Day weekend. There is nothing more sobering than the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day and there is nothing more American than the Fourth of July. They are powerful, inspiring days that easily compel me to reflect upon and appreciate those who made the ultimate of sacrifice for our great country and the freedoms that we enjoy. On these two days we celebrate the roots of the great American experiment and the foundation of our nation’s exceptionalism. Here we are 246 years later and the changes that we know to expect, have come and gone over and over again. Change will continue and as those who came before us have done, we too will accept those challenges moving into the future as we will do our best to honor the past and yet work hard to preserve what has been handed down to us and to pass that on to our kids and grandkids. Through all of this change and all of the challenges we have faced, our foundation, our soul as a nation if you will, has been anchored by agriculture. Our ability to feed ourselves and a hungry world, better and safer than anyone, anywhere, is undeniable and respected worldwide. At the forefront of American agriculture is the rancher. The rancher is that modern day link to our humble beginnings and the part of our agrarian heritage that has stood the test of time. We honor our traditions; cherish the ranching lifestyle and we teach the reasons to respect it to our youth to keep those values, traditions and the ranching way of life alive. To protect these values, the California Cattlemen’s Association, continues to work on issues that make a difference to cattle producers and our communities all across California. For example, the CCA Fire Subcommittee has made and continues to make, a tremendous impact on the wildfire
problem in our state with the livestock pass program and burn boss liability standard relief bill. In 2022, we are hopeful to see SB 926 (Dodd) pass, which would implement a Prescribed Fire Claims Fund. In addition, CCA killed an onerous bill that would have placed a moratorium on new feedlots, packing plants in our state. We have also kept vigilant to fight against the push to incentivize plant-based diets in our school lunch programs. As we move forward into the heart of 2022, CCA-sponsored AB 2415 (Lackey), would extend for three more years the current agricultural vehicle exemption from the California Highway Patrol’s Basic Inspection of Terminals program. SB 880 (Laird), would permanently extend the availability of UC Extension water measurement courses that qualify ranchers to install their own water measurement devices. As you can see your staff and fellow ranchers are hard at work on these and many other issues to protect the ranching families and our way of life here in California. Often, I get asked about the time and commitment it takes to serve our association and the cattle industry. I have never counted that cost, nor do I care to. Like you, I take great pride in what we do and when I think about our great history as a country and industry it is important that we all help to protect it. When we see those calves load up each spring and we have that sense of producing something real that helps feed the world, we do it with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. But more than anything, when we can do that and accomplish those goals with our families, there really is nothing like it and that truly is priceless and well worth the fight.
SERVING CALIFORNIA BEEF PRODUCERS SINCE 1917 Bolded names and businesses in editorial represent only current members of the California Cattlmen’s Association or California CattleWomen, Inc. For questions about your membership status, contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845. The California Cattleman (Publication #8-3600) is published monthly except July/August is combined by the California Cattlemen’s Association, 1221 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, for $20/year, or as part of the annual membership dues. All material and photos within may not be reproduced without permission from publisher. Periodical postage paid at Jefferson, Mo. National Advertising Group: The Cattle Connection/The Powell Group, 4162-B Carmichael Ct, Montgomery, AL 36106, (334) 271-6100. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: California Cattleman, 1221 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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ON THE COVER
JULY • AUGUST 2022
Volume 105, Issue 7 ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN Worth the fight
WORKING RINGSIDE Ebbs and flows of cattle marketing
YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK Legislative review
BUNKHOUSE New player on the team
CALIFORNIA CATTLE COUNCIL Eyes on fire
BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD Another billion dollar month for beef
NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Use your voice CHIMES What we do matters
RANGELAND TRUST TALK Conservation awards bestowed
CHECKING IN ON YOUR BEEF CHECKOFF Pasture-to-Plate tour resumes
FOUNDATION FOCUS Hospitality at Circle Ranch
CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT CCA recognizes standout students
Beef on dairy premiums Your best bet for the right bull Assisting ranchers with regulation details Feeder Meeting packed with attendees, information Farm bill on horizon Managing through drought Online shopping Expensive water shortage Midyear meeting in Rancho Murieta History of California barns Marketing Op-ed from industry legend
Obituaries Weddings and New Arrivals Buyer’s Guide Advertisers Index
The cover of this year’s Bull Buyers Guide was taken by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen at the Gansberg Ranch in Markleeville. The Gansberg Ranch, owned by Chris and Faye Gansberg, is home to a large commercial cow-calf herd that is largely Angus-based with many generations of Hereford influence.
UPCOMING CCA MEETINGS & EVENTS JULY 25-27
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YOLO COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Esparto FALL RIVER-BIG VALLEY SWEET 16 TEAM BRANDING McArthur
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LOVING WHAT YOU DO AND WHO YOU DO IT FOR by M3 Marketing’s Matt Macfarlane for the California Cattleman Having been influenced by California cattle business my entire life and making it my livelihood for well over 20 years, I never cease to be amazed by the way it evolves. Year after year, I grow more appreciative of the positive attitudes of California livestock producers, the care and consideration they have for one another and the passion they portray for their way of life. As a marketer who works closely with producers in all sectors of the business, it goes without saying that I love selling cattle. I love finding cattle that fit a producer’s needs. I love traveling with people I trust and admire. I love the anticipation that sale seasons bring. Simply put, there isn’t much I don’t like about what I do. Of all the benefits of my job, the people I do it with and do it for are the best part. When you spend more time with producers than your own family at certain times of the year, those are the people that become like family. I don’t think there are many industries where the people you work for care about their “help” like this business does. From the time I was a young father making my way in sale management, my clients have shown great consideration for me. From being with my daughters at a softball tournament to joining my wife on a much-deserved vacation, my clients are concerned about my well-being and that of my family. Spending many weeks away from my family throughout the year, I can’t tell you how much it means to me when my clients ask about my family and encourage me to spend time with them. Cattle ranching is a family pasttime and I appreciate that about as much as anything this business offers. When my clients feel the pinch, I feel it too – both literally and figuratively. When my clients have to sell cows to make ends meet, I feel it more deeply than on just a business level. In recent years, I have witnessed both commerical and seedstock clients who have been increasingly plagued by water cut backs in all parts of the state and harsh regulations in farming and cattle production. I have watched, often helplessly, as they have tweaked their operations to make it work with the current regulatory climate in their area. It has been hard to watch and no doubt harder to live. Marketing jobs come and go but our human connections last forever. In a time when gas prices are at an all-time high, groceries are at an all-time high and home prices are at all time highs, it becomes hard to stomach that regulations in farming and ranching are also at an all-time high. Unfortunately cattle
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prices are not at an all time high. Though we have seen prices much lower, and our video sales this summer have been as good as we ahve seen, the current prices we are seeing are not enough to offset the other financial and regulatory burdens on producers’ plates. It is a good reminder that despite the change in our industry, the human interactions we have are irreplaceable. As we prepare to enter another West Coast bull sale season, I can assure you that the purebred genetics being offered are as outstanding as you will find anywhere in the country. The folks who raise bulls in this region have been indisputably impacted by the political and regulatory climate more than producers in other parts of our nation. Yet, these passionate producers are still going to work each and every day to raise a product they are proud of and that will help your operation prosper regardless of the challenges they face at home. If you need to buy a bull this fall, I sincerely hope that the advertisers in this issue have your support because they certainly deserve it. On another note, though very relevant to the challenges our way of life is facing, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the industry legends our state has recently lost. Cotton Rosser and Nellie McPhee are names I have known my entire life. These great people and industry advocates leave a void that will long be felt and will likley never be filled. Not only did they work to better their own operations and be better stewards of the land and livestock in their care, they always aimed for improvment around them and worked to help the public value their lifestyle. As we move forward as promoters of Calfiornia ranching, I hope we will respect the lives of previous generations and remember what they did to get us where we are today. May the path forward pay homage to them and the way we fight for it be something they would be proud of. In order to ensure beef operations of all kinds in our state can continue for generations to come, support for groups like CCA is vital. I hope you will join me in continuing to pay your dues, supporting your fellow ranchers and speaking up for the ranching way of life. I hope to you see you at a bull sale near you soon!
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SECRETARY VILSACK DIRECTS USDA FOREST SERVICE TO TAKE BOLD ACTION TO RESTORE FORESTS, IMPROVE RESILIENCE, AND CURB CLIMATE CHANGE
On June 22, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a memorandum to the USDA Forest Service directing the agency to take bold actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis. Secretary Vilsack made his announcement in recorded remarks at the inaugural US Chapter Summit held to discuss how the coalition can support federal efforts to conserve, restore and grow forests across the country. “Globally, forests represent some of the most biodiverse parts of our planet,” Secretary Vilsack told the summit, “yet drought and intensifying and catastrophic wildfires are threatening our forests to such a degree that many are not able to regenerate on their own.” “This is why I am directing Forest Service Chief Randy Moore and Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Homer Wilkes, Ph.D., to take a series of immediate and near-term actions to build carbon stewardship and climate resilience in our national forests.” The actions directed in Secretary Vilsack’s memorandum include identifying forests at risk, how those areas are currently managed, and analyzing how potential data gaps might be resolved. The Forest Service analysis will then be used to develop a decision support tool to enhance carbon stewardship, wildlife habitat, watersheds, outdoor recreation and more. In addition, the memorandum directs the Forest Service to take more immediate actions, including developing plans for increasing the safe use of prescribed fire, fostering innovative markets for sustainable forest products, conducting an inventory of oldgrowth and mature forests, accelerating reforestation, and boosting nursery capacity to grow more tree seedlings for post-fire recovery and other planting efforts. Finally, the memorandum instructs the Forest Service to include guidance on how to use new data, tools and traditional ecological knowledge in their plans and recommendations, and in ways that help to advance equity and environmental justice, while leveraging and building on upcoming and ongoing efforts in carrying out the memorandum’s direction. These plans include the forthcoming Forest Service strategies for climate adaptation, reforestation and recreation. Secretary Vilsack also highlighted the Forest Service’s 10-year “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis” strategy, which aims to 10 California Cattleman July • August 2022
treat 20 million acres of national forests and 30 million acres of other federal, state, Tribal and private lands over the next decade to improve conditions and reduce wildfire risk across the landscape. USDA and partner agencies also announced earlier in June that federal wildland firefighters would receive a substantial pay raise to bring their pay into alignment with their state and local government counterparts, and build a more stable, permanent wildland firefighting workforce to better protect forests from catastrophic wildfire and ensure their continued role in mitigating the climate crisis.
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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK CAPITAL ISSUES COVER THE GAMET, FROM FIRE AND WATER TO TAXES AND REGULATION by CCA Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur CCA enjoyed significant legislative success in 2021, most notably with two CCA-sponsored bills signed into law which took effect January 1 of this year. The first, AB 1103 (Dahle), established a statewide framework for “Livestock Pass” programs – several of which have subsequently been established throughout the state in recent months. The second, SB 332 (Dodd), promotes the use of prescribed fire by minimizing prescribed fire practitioners’ financial liability for the uncommon circumstance in which controlled burns escape their designated burn area. In the second year of the 2021-22 Legislative Session, CCA has sought to build upon last year’s success by continuing to support prescribed fire and other forest resilience policies under consideration in Sacramento. Additionally, CCA has sponsored two bill to preserve policies that enhance the viability of agricultural operations within the state. Finally, CCA has successfully worked in the Capitol this year to amend or defeat legislation which threatened to harm ranching operations, and we continue to oppose harmful measures still pending before lawmakers. As the Legislature heads into its Summer Recess, this article provides an update on CCA’s lobbying efforts in
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2022 (note that some legislation was still pending before policy committees as of press time, so the below may not reflect some bills’ final disposition as of July 1, when Summer Recess began). August 31 is the last day of the 2021-22 Legislative Session, after which Governor Newsom will have until September 30 to sign bills into law or veto them. CCA will provide a final update on the Association’s legislative year in the November edition of California Cattleman. CCA-Sponsored Legislation AB 2415 (Lackey) – Agricultural vehicle exemption from Basic Inspection of Terminals program Current Status: Will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee June 28. Vote History: Passed Assembly 72-0. The Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program, administered by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), requires commercial trucking fleets to have their vehicles, maintenance records and driving records inspected by CHP at least once every six years. Even minor violations can result in severe consequences, including suspension
of a motor carrier permit. In 2016, CCA-sponsored AB 1960 (Lackey) exempted agricultural vehicles from BIT inspections. That exemption is set to expire January 1, 2023 – meaning agricultural vehicles would be subject to BIT inspections after that date. AB 2415 would extend the BIT exemption for ag vehicles an additional three years, until Jan. 1, 2026, and would provide CHP time to complete a still-pending report about the exemption required by AB 1960. SB 880 (Laird) – Water measurement self-certification Current Status: Will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee June 28. Vote History: Passed Senate 39-0. In 2015, budget trailer bill SB 88 required water rightsholders to install a water measurement device on any water diversion greater than 10 acre-feet per year. In 2016, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) regulations required these measurement devices to be installed by a “qualified individual,” defined as a professional engineer or certified contractor for diversions greater than 100 acre-feet per year. Given the costs of labor – including travel to often-remote diversions – hiring such qualified individuals was estimated at a cost of $1,800-$15,000 per diversion. To avoid these steep costs, CCA sponsored AB 589 (Bigelow) in 2017, which allowed ranchers to self-certify as a “qualified individual” for purposes of installing their own measurement devices upon completion of a UC Cooperative Extension measurement course. AB 589 is set to sunset on Jan. 1, 2023. Given the success of the courses and the SWRCB’s approval of the training, SB 880 seeks to indefinitely extend the availability of these UCCE water measurement and reporting courses. Other CCA-Priority Legislation CCA-SUPPORTED AB 267 (Valladares) – CEQA exemption for fuel reduction projects Current Status: Will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee June 29. Vote History: Passed Assembly Floor 62-2; Passed Senate Nat. Res. & Water 7-0. Under existing law, prescribed fire, thinning and fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire are exempt from California Environmental Quality Act analysis when those projects have undergone equivalent review under the National Environmental Policy Act. This exemption is currently set to sunset on Jan. 1, 2023. AB 267 would extend the exemption an additional three years, until Jan. 1, 2026. CCA-OPPOSED AB 558 (Nazarian) – Plant-based school lunches Current Status: Will be heard in the Senate Education Committee June 23. Vote History: Passed Assembly Floor 47-7-22. AB 558 would incentivize local educational agencies to provide “plant-based food options” and “plant-based milk
options” in school meals by providing a reimbursement of up to $0.30 per meal for such options – well in excess of the additional cost of providing those options. In opposing the bill, CCA has highlighted the nutritional benefits of beef and California ranchers’ leadership on GHG emission reductions. CCA defeated a previous version of this legislation, Nazarian’s AB 479, in 2019, and succeeded in having AB 558 held in the Assembly Education Committee last year. As a two-year bill, AB 558 was revived in early 2022, limping out of the Assembly with just 47 votes in January (with seven legislators voting against the bill and 22 not recording a vote). CCA-SUPPORTED AB 1773 (Patterson) – Williamson Act subvention payments Current Status: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Vote History: Passed Assm. Agriculture Comm. 9-0; passed Assm. Local Gov’t Comm. 8-0. AB 1773 would have appropriated $40 million from the General Fund in the 2022-23 Fiscal Year “to make subvention payments to counties…in proportion to the losses incurred by those counties by reason of the reduction of assessed property taxes.” While AB 1773 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, its intent has been reflected (though at a lower appropriation level) in the 2022-23 State Budget: The Budget Bill passed by the Legislature in mid-June, SB 154, includes $25 million for Williamson Act subvention payments. CCA-SUPPORTED AB 2479 (Wood) – Forest restoration and protection: wildfire prevention. Current Status: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Vote History: Passed Assembly Natural Resources Committee 9-1. AB 2479 sought to hold the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) accountable for promised investments in prescribed fire, requiring CAL FIRE to detail how it would increasingly utilize prescribed fire to treat at least 50,000 acres per year by 2025 and how it would achieve “historic fire frequencies” and maintenance of “desirable fuel loads” by 2030. The bill also sought to prioritize forest restoration investments on lands with “permanent, enforceable mechanisms,” such as lands with conservation easements. CCA-SUPPORTED AB 2613 (R. Rivas) – Solid waste cleanup grants for farmers and ranchers Current Status: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Vote History: Passed Assembly Natural Resources Committee 11-0. CalRecycle operates the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program to assist in the cleanup of illegal dumping on agricultural lands. However, ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 July • August 2022 California Cattleman 13
...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 the Program is oversubscribed and Program funds may be used by cities, counties and other public entities to cleanup parcels zoned for agriculture but which are vacant or otherwise not actively used for agricultural purposes. Allows ranchers to directly access cleanup funds via grants distributed to cities, counties and resource conservation districts and would have prioritized funding for cleanup of active agricultural operations. CCA-OPPOSED AB 2764 (Nazarian) – Moratorium on Commercial Animal Feeding Operations Current Status: Held in the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Vote History: N/A. Sponsored by radical animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (or “DxE”), AB 2764 would have prohibited the creation or expansion of “commercial animal feeding operations” with annual revenues over $100,000 – effectively an outright moratorium on such operations (as originally introduced, the bill sought to similarly constrain development and expansion of slaughter facilities). The bill was contrary to state and federal efforts to strengthen and expand the beef supplychain, and CCA was able to ensure that the legislation did not so much as receive a policy hearing in the California Legislature. CCA-SUPPORTED SB 856 (Dodd) – Wild pigs: validations Current Status: Will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee June 28. Vote History: Passed the Senate 35-0. SB 856 seeks to reduce the population of wild pigs in the state by implementing an annual hunting validation authorizing the take of any number of wild pigs. Unfortunately, as originally introduced, SB 856 had several defects which prompted CCA to oppose the bill. For instance, as introduced, SB 856 would have limited farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to take property damaging pigs at nighttime, when pigs are most active. The legislation also initially sought to outlaw hunting wild pigs within enclosed preserves – businesses sometimes used to supplement farm and ranch income which serve wounded warriors and others unable to engage in conventional hunting activities. CCA negotiated amendments ensuring that landowners may immediately take property-damaging pigs at any time and to “grandfather” existing hunting preserve operations, and now supports the bill as amended. CCA-SUPPORTED SB 926 (Dodd) – Prescribed Fire Liability Pilot Program: Prescribed Fire Claims Fund Current Status: Will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee June 28. Vote History: Passed the Senate 38-0; passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee 10-0. Last year, CCA supported the appropriation of $20 14 California Cattleman July • August 2022
million in the Budget Act of 2021 to fund a prescribed fire claims fund administered by CAL FIRE. This year’s SB 926 would implement and operationalize the Prescribed Fire Liability Pilot Program to administer the claims fund, detailing how prescribed burners and landowners may apply for – and be awarded – coverage for losses resulting from permitted prescribed fires. If signed into law, the legislation would complement last year’s CCA-Sponsored SB 332 (Dodd), which immunized prescribed fire practitioners and landowners from liability for CAL FIRE costs incurred in suppressing escaped prescribed fires. SB 926 has an “urgency clause,” meaning it would take effect immediately upon being signed into law by Governor Newsom. CCA-SUPPORTED SB 977 (Laird) - California Conservation Ranching Incentive Program Current Status: Will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee June 28. Vote History: Passed the Senate 39-0. A follow-up to last year’s CCA-supported SB 322 (Laird), which failed to advance out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, SB 977 would establish the California Conservation Ranching Incentive Program. This Program would provide block grants to government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other “eligible entities” to support landowners’ efforts to enhance, restore and preserve California rangelands. Specifically, ranchers would be able to access grant funds by entering into agreements to engage in practices that result in conservation benefits such as carbon sequestration or providing habitat for birds and other wildlife. Other Bills of Interest NO CCA POSITION SB 54 (Allen) – Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act Current Status: Will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee June 27. Vote History: Passed the Senate 29-7. This bill seeks to reduce the amount of plastic used in single-use packaging and food service ware, and to ensure that such products sold in California are recyclable or compostable. While CCA has not taken a position on SB 54, the Association worked with the author’s office to ensure that the bill does not conflict with packaging requirements under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and other federal laws and that there is a “health and safety” exemption for packaging which come into direct contact with raw meat products. Similar legislation regarding plastics used in shipping – AB 2026 (Friedman) – contains a similar exemption for “packaging for raw, uncooked, or butchered meat.”
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CLM ANNUAL FALL BRED COW AND PAIR SALE
WEDNESDAY WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Breakfast: 9 a.m. • Sale: 11 a.m.
Butcher Cows ................................... 8:30 a.m.
– EARLY CONSIGNMENTS –
NEW PLUMAS/LASSEN COUNTY AND WESTERN NEVADA REPRESENTATIVE:
Cow-Calf Pairs/Bred Cows ..... 11:30 a.m. Feeder Cattle ......................................... 12 p.m
AUCTION MARKET Address ..12495 E. Stockton Blvd., Galt, CA Office...........................................209-745-1515 Fax ............................................... 209-745-1582
Website/Market Report ...www.clmgalt.com Web Broadcast ......www.lmaauctions.com
Upcoming Western Video Market Sales: August 15-16 • September 13
SATURDAY, JULY 30
20 Bred Heifers from Sun Up Enterprises: Foothill-rasied & bred to Vintage Angus Ranch calving-ease Angus bulls. 100 Bred Heifers from Renz Ranch: Foothill- and Anaplas-raised & bred to calving-ease Angus bulls. 100 3-Year-oOd Bred Cows from Lazy L Livestock: Foothill-exposed & bred to Angus & Hereford bulls. 15 Bred Heifers & 40 Young, Bred Cows from Red House Beef: Foothill-exposed & bred to high-quality Angus bulls. July • August 2022 California Cattleman 15 100
Sunday, September 5th Selling 80 Spring & Fall Yearling Bulls
Five Star Land & Livestock • Wilton, CA • 1 P.M. Heritage Bulls are designed with the commercial bull buyer in mind We select for balanced traits of calving-ease with rapid growth to weaning and optimum carcass merit, but we do this without sacrificing the convenience traits of structural soundness, docility, and maternal strength. Our genetics are validated through DNA testing and our commitment to performance has produced top bulls that have gone on to make an impact in both commercial and seedstock herds alike. WATCH FOR THESE STANDOUTS SELLING!
John Dickinson ...................916-806-1919 Jake Parnell ....................... 916-662-1298 Luke Parnell ...................... 805-431-1267 Bull Videos/Sale Book Link: ParnellDickinson.com SALE BOOK REQUESTS: TEXT 916-806-1919
BAR R HOMETOWN 1011
BAR R ENTICE 1014
G A R Home Town X Bar R Jet Black 5063
MOGCK Entice X Bar R Brilliance 1112 CED 8
FALL YEARLINGS BY STERLING PACIFIC 904 SELL FROM
FIVE STAR LAND & LIVESTOCK
Watch for these yearling prospects by Sterling Pacific 904, the 2020 Snyder Bull Test Champion that gained 4.2 lbs./day on test, and had the highest ultrasound points after charting a 6.82% IMF with a 16.4 adjusted REA measurement! These bulls have moderate birth, outstanding growth with carcass merit that can take any program to the next level – plus they are backed by proven Five Star females. ID SIRE x DAM'S SIRE
STERLING PACIFIC 904
136 Pacific 904 x S A V Brilliance 8077
139 Pacific 904 x Connealy Consensus 7229
140 Pacific 904 x Connealy Consensus 7229
145 Pacific 904 x Basin Payweight 1682
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WATCH FOR THESE STANDOUTS SELLING THE DAY BEFORE LABOR DAY ... BAR R 6065 SECURITY 1036
BAR R 4061 KNOW HOW 1010
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 16 0.3 72 128 22 64 0.52 0.81 51 154 251
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 3 2.8 71 129 21 64 0.67 0.93 51 174 277
BAR R 4003 KNOW HOW 1004
Stevenson Security X S A V Bismarck 5682
Hoover Know How X S A V Bismarck 5682
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 12 0.2 65 136 16 58 0.57 0.89 49 169 268
BAR R 4006 BOMBER 1022
Hoover Know How X S A V Bismarck 5682
BAR R JET FUEL 1008
BAR R 211 JET FUEL 1028
Casino Bomber N33 X S A V Bismarck 5682
EXAR Jet Fuel 9706B X S A V Bismarck 5682
EXAR Jet Fuel 9706B X Sitz Upward 307R
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 11 -0.2 68 119 28 48 0.94 0.76 61 151 257
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 7 3.1 78 130 22 56 0.57 1.08 54 157 258
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 12 1.2 69 135 26 71 0.94 0.64 50 191 298
Stevenson Security X 2 Bar Ranch Hand 4710
EXAR Monumental 8886B X baldridge Xpand x743
BAR R MONUMENTAL 1031
BAR R 5074 KNOW HOW 1007
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 11 0.7 68 131 35 64 0.83 1.17 36 169 255
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 4 1 74 125 34 51 0.54 0.89 68 139 248
CED BW WW YW MILK CW MARB RE $M $B $C 10 -0.7 57 116 18 50 0.60 0.85 58 164 271
BAR R SECURITY 1025
Hoover Know How X S A V Bismarck 5682
SONS OF THESE BREED LEADERS & MORE SELL DB Iconic G95 G A R Home Town Sitz Resilient 10208 Sterling Pacific 904 Baldridge Alternative E125
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EXAR Jet Fuel 9706B Stevenson Security MOGCK Entice Hoover No How Jindra Stonewall
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V A R Power Play 9075 Casino Bomber N33 SF Magnify 8019 Wilks Sure Fire J6151 EXAR Monumental 8886B
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BAR R ANGUS
FIVE STAR LAND & LIVESTOCK
12211 Pear Lane, Wilton, CA 95693
Home 530-795-2161 Cell 530-304-2811 firstname.lastname@example.org 844 Walnut • Winters, CA 95694
CRAIG & J.J. REINHARDT
Mark & Abbie Nelson & Family
916-712-3696 • 916-803-2685
Abbie: 916-804-4990, email@example.com Ryan, Hailey, Jhett, Cort, Nash & Indy: 916-804-6861 Hilario Gomez, Ranch Operations: 916-804-8136
firstname.lastname@example.org 6925 Bisbee Dr., Sloughhouse, CA 95683
BILL & MARIE TRAYLOR
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the next chapter
lifelong agvocate ready for the big leagues by Associate Director of Communications Maureen LaGrande When I was in the seventh grade my mother took my sister and I to tour her alma matter, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While there she shared with us all the cherished memories of her college experiences in the agriculture department, with hopes that my sister or I may like the school as well. During this tour I turned to her and said, “There is NO way I would ever go to a college you went to, we are totally different people.” Fast forward ten years I look back and laugh at my younger self. Let’s just say as I aged, my opinion of my mom’s alma matter had changed as well. As summer of 2017 came to an end, I was off to Cal Poly to study agricultural communications. I truly believe my choice to attend Cal Poly allowed me to be entering the work force in a job that I have always dreamed of having. Growing up in rural Sites, Calif. I enjoyed the simple things in life such as the breeze running through the oak trees and the bawling of neighboring cattle throughout the night. During my summers I spent my time driving around rice fields and almond orchards with my dad eagerly listening to all his farming stories. Trading in the rural country for the city of San Luis Obispo (SLO) to attend college was quite a change, but full of endless possibilities. Right off the bat I found myself mesmerized by the exquisite cuisine, beaches, the proximity of a grocery store and of course the breathtaking views. While I missed the peacefulness of home, the city of SLO was the next best place to be. During my time at Cal Poly, I was active in Cal Poly’s Young Cattlemen’s Association (YCA) club where I learned current issues and connected with others in the industry. Being part of YCA led me to serving as an intern at CCA’s Annual Convention, where I gained my first real experience of the Association. What a thrill it was to shadow the CCA Staff, help members in attendance and mingle with all those who were there to celebrate industry accomplishments. While my internship was only during the duration of the convention, I knew that CCA was a place that I wanted
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to work. Participating as a YCA member led me to sign up for the Cal Poly Bull Test Enterprise, another highlight of my college career. Serving as the Bull Test Secretary I gained office experience, met all the great consignors and enriched myself in the history of the Cal Poly Bull Test. As an agricultural communications major, I learned of so many different outlets to communicate the story of agriculture through design, writing, speaking and photography. Of all these photography was my favorite. I found that an image itself could tell a story—whether it is through the dirt on a farmer’s hands or a newborn calf basking in the warm sunlight. My camera is an item that I tote with me everywhere ready to capture a moment that can live on forever. Unfortunately, my college career was intercepted by COVID and my hands on classes turned into ZOOM University. While we all learned to adapt, I was thrilled when I was accepted into Cal Poly’s Master of Agricultural Education Program to spend a little more time in SLO. During this last year I enjoyed all that the Central Coast had to offer including cute coffee shops, long beach walks and time spent with college friends. The master’s program furthered my knowledge of agricultural communication practices, helping to prepare me for a future career. As I walked across the stage in Spanos Stadium in June to accept my diploma, I closed a chapter to begin anew. I am thrilled to start my career as the associate director of communications here in Sacramento and be a part of the CCA team. I look forward to meeting all our members and to continuing to advocate for the beef industry.
g O’Connell Ranch
Formerly THEBlack Gold Bull Sale
1002 G A R Home Town x Spring Cove Reno 4021
AAA *20213478 1-27-21 BW 61 WW 598/WWR 92 YW 1,134/YWR 98
1005 Connealy Emerald x Spring Cove Reno 4021
AAA *20213480 1-28-21 BW 84 WW 712/WWR 110 YW 1,208/YWR 105
CED BW WW YW MILK DOC CLAW ANGLE +16 -1.3 +69 +136 +37 +28 +.53 +.41 CW MB RE $M $W $F $G $B $C +72 +1.41 +.86 +73 +73 +128 +96 +224 +364
CED BW WW YW MILK DOC CLAW ANGLE +3 +2.7 +83 +145 +22 +28 +.57 +.49 CW MB RE $M $W $F $G $B $C +56 +.84 +1.16 +58 +68 +91 +75 +165 +272
1006 G A R Home Town x Baldridge Colonel C251
1007 Connealy Emerald x Connealy Right Answer 746
AAA *20213482 2-10-21 BW 92 WW 689/WWR 106 YW 1,209/YWR 104
CED BW WW YW MILK DOC CLAW ANGLE +7 1.4 +64 +118 +21 +27 +.59 +.46 CW MB RE $M $W $F $G $B $C +45 +1.04 +.84 +76 +59 +93 +78 +170 +296
Tom & Sally Donati, Oroville, CA Dan & Barbara O’Connell, Colusa, CA 530-693-1634, donatiranch.com 530-632-4491, oconnellranch.com Rocky Donati: 530-693-1640 Daniel O’Connell: 530-632-3902 CONTACT THE SALE MANAGER TO REQUEST A SALE BOOK
MATT MACFARLANE MARKETING Matt Macfarlane: 916-803-3113 email@example.com
SUMMER + SPRING
Check Out these Sale Bulls with EPDs and $Values in Red which Denote the Top 35% or Better for Non-Parent Angus Bulls
AAA *20213481 1-31-21 BW 84 WW 691/WWR 106 YW 1,206/YWR 104
OROVILLE, CA THURSDAY
CED BW WW YW MILK DOC CLAW ANGLE +11 .8 +79 +136 +20 +31 +.56 +.46 CW MB RE $M $W $F $G $B $C +47 +1.12 +1.10 +69 +69 +87 +85 +171 +291
BULL VIDEOS AND ONLINE LIVE BIDDING ON SALE DAY Auctioneer: Rick Machado 805-501-3210
Selection > Aof Large Heifer Bulls Performance, > Complete Fertility and Genetically Tested with HD50K > Anaplas Vaccinated > Free Delivery
Clarity >> Connealy Connealy Emerald Valley Growth Fund >> Deer Baldridge Alternative E125 316 Exclusive >> Musgrave G A R Home Town >> G A R Greater Good Ashland >> GD AR RJudgement R Triumph F348 >> DTehama Tahoe B767 Power Play 7018 >> VAR 44 Lucky Charm
Bulls can be viewed anytime at Clarot Feedlot, Modesto, CA. Call Joe Clarot: 209-678-5030.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE VALUE OF WHAT OUR GENETICS CAN DO FOR YOU
62 Head: Donati Ranch Heifers, Fed at NA Timmerman, Inc. Inc. in 2022: 100% Choice + or Better (62.90 % Prime, 37.10% Choice +) with 63.98% Hot Yield – $91.67 Premium per head Over Market
83 Head: Donati Ranch Steers, Fed in Texas & Harvested in 2021 99% Choice + or Better (64% Prime, 35% Choice) with 63.33% Hot Yield
Higher Premiums 3 STEPS TO SECURE HIGHER PREMIUMS FOR BEEF
1 CALF CARE
3 MARKET ACCESS
by Lauren Kimble, ProfitSOURCE supply chain logistics, Select Sires Inc. No matter a dairy’s size, location or breed preference, a beef x dairy (BxD) strategy is a viable source of profit. It is no secret that a beef-cross calf can bring over $100 more than a dairy calf. Previously, packers were pressed to sort through beef, dairy and beef-cross cattle. However, the recent influx of crosses into the U.S. beef supply chain has pushed packers to identify superior and inferior BxD cattle, too. In fact, as presented at the 2022 Midwest American Society of Animal Sciences (ASAS) meetings, BxD cattle of known, elite genetics strongly outperformed commodity BxD in average daily gain (ADG) and dry matter conversion in the feedlots, as well as in percentage of carcasses graded Choice on the rail. Cheap cleanup semen just won’t cut it anymore, but how do we ensure the packers know what they’re getting? How do we influence the chain so that these higher prices at the end of the line are reflected in what is paid to the dairy producer at the beginning? This is where Select Sires’ ProfitSOURCE® program comes into play. The program emphasizes three key needs to garner the best return on your investment. From calf care at birth, identification and record-keeping for confident traceability and strategic partners for secure market access, ProfitSOURCE is the industry’s most complete program for value-added BxD and straight-bred beef embryos. CALF CARE ProfitSOURCE BxD calves have an edge over commodity calves when it comes to care. Proper colostrum management means a more vigorous immune system for life and lower risk assumed by the calf ranches. ProfitSOURCE calf care requirements build trust, so the premiums paid
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by the calf buyer to the dairies remain high. For more information about Select Sires’ elite BxD calf care products, check out our Herd Management Solutions portfolio. TRACEABILITY Program calves have a significant advantage over commodity calves in traceability. Herds enrolled in specific supply chain programs enter calf EID and parentage, and calves are then known through their lifetime. As consumers demand the farm-to-table story, our partners are willing to pay more for a calf of known, elite genetics. What’s more, we can use data collected throughout each calf ’s lifetime to determine how our genetics perform, whether it’s health, efficiency or carcass merit. This in turn allows us to build an elite lineup of BxD genetics tailored to both the dairy and our partners’ needs. MARKET ACCESS Supply chains are not one-size-fits-all. ProfitSOURCE offers many options to fit the needs of the dairy and make the most out of each pregnancy. Whether it be enrolling in a defined supply chain, or using our elite genetics independently and selling on the open market, ProfitSOURCE has an option to complement each dairy. Remember, our unique partnerships set us apart from the rest of the industry and provide consistent market access for the long haul – so if your dairy is located in a region of the U.S. where a program is available, it is a strong option. Not to worry, though – the ProfitSOURCE tags are recognized on the open market too, with calves performing well everywhere from local sale barns to Superior Livestock video auction.
7AN698 BIGK/WSC IRON HORSE 025F
7AN623 CRAWFORD GUARANTEE 9137
7AN528 DEER VALLEY GROWTH FUND
Morgan Johnsrud Beef Program Manager
Clint Sexson Large Herd Specialist
BULLS AND PEOPLE! P.O. Box 1803 Turlock, CA 95381 1-800-426-2697 firstname.lastname@example.org www.allwestselectsires.com
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SELLING 170 BULLS SAT., SEPTEMBER 3
EZ Angus’ Tejas Ranch • 22950 Milton Road, Farmington, CA Lunch: 11:30 a.m. • Sale: 12:30 p.m. with Live Broadcast
This year’s offering includes 170 performance-tested bulls with complete DNA evaluation. Bulls are vaccinated for anaplas and tested PI-negative for BVD. We offer FREE DELIVERY to California and surrouding states. Every bull selling is backed by the EZ Angus Breeding Guarantee!
EZAR GETTYSBURG 1061 SIRE: WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 DAM: Paf Rita 7096 (Connealy Confidence Plus)
Breed-leading performance with top 1% rankings for Weaning Wt., Yearling Wt., ADG, Carcass Weight and Ribeye with a top 3% ranking for Marbling. He scanned a 117 IMF Ratio and 113 Ribeye Ratio. He ranks in the top 1% for $Beef and $Combined Indexes. His dam, pictured below, is a big-bodied, stout-made female that serves as our lead donor.
TEXT JOHN DICKINSON TO REQUEST A SALE BOOK: 916-806-1919 Paf Rita 7096 – Dam of 1061, 1024, 1145 and 1076
LIVE INTERNET BROADCAST ON SUPERIORPRODUCTIONS www.SuperiorLivestock.com
SALE BOOK AND BULL VIDEO LINKS WWW.EZANGUSRANCH.COM FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR SALE DETAILS
Tim & Marilyn Callison ........................................................ Owners Chad Davis ............................................................559 333-0362 Travis Coy .............................................................559 392-8772 Justin Schmidt ......................................................209 585-6533 Website ......................................................www.ezangusranch.com 22 California Cattleman July • August 2022
John Dickinson ............... 916 806-1919 Jake Parnell ................... 916 662-1298
SALE BULLS FEATURE BREED-LEADING GENETICS THE PORTION OF THIS YEAR’S OFFERING RANKING IN THE TOP 35% OF THE ANGUS BREED INCLUDE: • 55% for Calving-Ease Direct • 76% for Weaning Weight EPD • 78% for Yearling Weight EPD
EZAR CAVALRY 1024
SIRE: WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 MGS: Connealy Confidence Plus CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 8 2.4 97 167 18 91 1.18 0.99 75 223 364
EZAR HOME TOWN 1037
SIRE: G A R Home Town MGS: V A R Discovery 2240 CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 5 4.0 86 159 24 75 1.33 1.25 37 225 329
• 62% for Residual Avg. Daily Gain EPD • 54% for Ribeye EPD • 77% for Marbling EPD
EZAR FIREBALL 1058
SIRE: GB Fireball 672 MGS: TEX Playbook 5437 CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 13 0.5 71 131 33 63 1.23 0.99 69 198 326
EZAR CAVALRY 1076
SIRE: WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 MGS: Connealy Confidence Plus CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 6 2.1 80 146 30 86 0.86 1.31 81 208 351
• 66% for Carcass Weight EPD • 83% for Beef Value ($B) • 88% for Combined Value ($C)
EZAR CAVALRY 1145
SIRE: WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 MGS: Connealy Confidence Plus CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 7 2.1 101 172 17 84 1.00 1.20 75 205 341
EZAR CAVALRY 1241
SIRE: WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 MGS: Basin Payweight 1682 CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 7 1.7 73 131 25 64 1.17 0.88 78 195 331
BULLS SELL BY THESE BREED LEADERS AND MORE:
EZAR JET BLACK 1306
SIRE: Bar R Jet Black 5063 MGS: EXAR Denver 2002B CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 7 1.9 72 130 29 69 0.87 1.04 69 186 310
EZ ANGUS RANCH ANNUAL FEMALE SALE
NEW DATE: SAT., OCTOBER 8 PORTERVILLE, CA
WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 Basin Deposit 6249 G A R Home Town GB Fireball 672 EXAR Guru 8719B Basin Paycheck 8016 E&B Plus One Vermilion Spur E143 Bar R Jet Black 5063 EXAR Fundamental 9186B SydGen Enhance EZAR Gold Rush 6001
EZAR HOME TOWN 1198
SIRE: G A R Home Town MGS: EXAR Monumental 6056B CED BW WW YW Milk CW MA RE $M $B $C 10 0.1 79 134 29 71 1.51 0.83 60 216 340
21984 Avenue 160
Porterville, CA 93257
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NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL MODEL IN BULL BUYING by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen Bull selection is one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions for cow-calf producers of any size or scope. Choosing which bulls’ genetics will influence future calf crops has implication for both immediate and future profitability of producers. The results of your bull buying decisions will be immediately seen in the first subsequent calf crop. Whether a producer retains heifers or bull calves, the genetics in the selected bull have the potential to be passed down to future generations within the herd. Commerical and seedstock producers alike should consider that as they shop for bulls this fall, the new genetics they are looking to introduce to their cowherd will make a permanent impact on their herd. Other production decisions regarding nutrition or management may have temporary effects but mating decisions create a permanent outcome that will not just impact the production outcome for the year ahead but for literally generations to come. While bull selection can be and expensive endeavor, looking at it as a long-term investment into the operation, can make the expense easier to justify, but can also make the decisions more daunting. Sierra Nevada-based commercial cattleman Chris Gansberg is known in the bull marketing arena for having a keen eye for good bulls. Though he runs a large number of Angus-based cows Chris is the first to admit that he still loves a good Hereford bull. “We run in some different country so we need a bull battery that covers all the bases. I look for good feet, legs and structural soundness but I also need bulls that meet the demands of the consumers since the calves we raise will go on to the feedlot,” Gansberg explained. “But in all honestly, like all things in life you get what you pay for in today’s bull market. It’s hard to find $2,000 bulls anymore and if you do, they probably aren’t very good ones.” Another factor that is important to Gansberg is how the bulls are raised and how they rank in terms of docility. “I need to know the people I am buying my bulls from and know that they aren’t going to send me something that will run me down. Temperment is getting more important to 24 California Cattleman July • August 2022
me every day. I am not getting any younger and bulls at my place have to be safe to be around,” he said. While a lot of considerations go into what the ideal bull may look like for your operation, the bull-buying process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It is important to know your budget and the traits you should be considering in a prospective purchase. There are a myriad of other factors that can help you narrow down the perfect bull for you and your cowherd. Access to scientific data for beef cattle genetics has grown exponentially in recent decades. What once would have just been a phenotypic decision with little reassurance is now a phenotypic choice backed up by genotypic evidence of what expected results of a mating might actually look like. Nothing is certain when it comes to cattle breeding but with the use of genomic data provided by today’s beef industry, the outcome is much easier to predict. This data, in the form of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) gives a clear picture to ranchers that they were not able to foresee until as recently as the 1990s and even at that the accuracy continues to improve. “I try to stay on the forefront of genetics so my cowherd can continue to improve but things change so fast that it can be hard to understand what the numbers mean,” Gansberg said. “I think that is where it becomes really important to communicate with your seedstock suppliers and breed experts to make sure you are understanding the data. There will always be someone who knows more about the numbers than I do and if I reach out to them, they will always help me interpret the data. That is the best thing about this business. People will always help you.” Even though there are opportunities to improve production and profitability through sire selection tools, there are still many other factors to consider. From a multitude of traits, breed differences, operational goals in different regions and management practices from one ranch to the next, bull selection leaves a lot to consider. Some ranchers feel like they are left to make these decisions alone, the fact is that those merchandising the bulls can be just as
helpful as the data behind the bulls. Austin Flynn, who serves as the regional manager for the American Angus Association (AAA) in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona is an example of one of the most helpful tools a commercial producer – or a seedstock breeder, for that matter – has in his or her arsenal. The role of a “field man” like Flynn is not just to assist in association matters but also to be of service prior to sale day to help buyers and sellers succeed. Flynn arrived with his job at the association from esteemed EZ Angus Ranch, based in Porterville, where he built on his knowledge of commerical and seedstock outfits. Not only do field men have real-world production experience that is valuable to the associations and publications they represent, but they can be a real asset when it comes to evaluating cattle and evaluative data. “From taking bids for someone who can’t be at the sale to looking at a bull before the sale or on sale day, breed representatives and publication representatives can be a big help to people looking for the right bull,” Flynn said. “Not only do we understand EPDs and what they mean, but we cover a lot of ground, see a lot of cattle and know what else is out there to consider. I love sharing my honest opinion with cattlemen and women and helping them find the best bull for their buck that will bring the most benefit to their herd and bottomline.” In reality, there is no one type of bull that is optimal for all operations. No matter how superior a bull is genetically, bull selection depends on factors such as management, calving season, on-the-ranch help, age of calves at marketing, potential for retaining heifer calves and nutrition program. Before selecting bulls that might fit anyone’s needs, operational goals should be set and the management and breeding practices that fit those goals need to be determined. For example, a full-time commercial producer with several hired hands who observe the cattle multiple times a day might not prioritize calving ease in a bull as much as an operation with limited help or vast calving ground. An operation with limited forage may desire more moderatesized cattle that are extra efficient at converting lower quality forage.
Before narrowing down your bull selections, consistent record keeping on the herd will help identify areas of strength and weakness in the herd and guide you towards the type of genetic change you want to see. Once operational goals and breeding programs have been determined a producer can focus in on specific traits and data to guide their selection options. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) When selecting a bull, EPDs will help predict future bull performance. EPDs are the estimation of an animal’s genetic merit. They are compared to a breed average (not zero). It is cruicial to remember that EPDs cannot be compared across breeds. A key trait that influences profitability and is considered by many bull buyers is calving ease as it has an immediate potential to influence profitability. The majority of calf loss is due to dystocia (difficulty calving). Dystocia not only leads to higher labor costs, but the loss of a calf is an obvious financial blow. Something else to consider is that dystocia can cause delayed rebreeding for a cow resulting in lighter, younger calves at weaning and/or marketing the following year. The calving ease EPD takes into account numerous factors including birth weight. A common rule of thumb many producers follow is that a one pound increase in birth weight increases the probability of dystocia by two percent. Though birth weight is a clear indicator of calving ease, there isn’t always a direct connection. A larger frame score cow should have no problem giving birth to a larger calf but a cow with a smaller frame score cow might. Someone who markets bulls for a living might tell you that focusing solely on low birth weights when selecting bulls can be misleading. While low birth weight might mean a drop in dystocia, low birth weight can also be followed by lower weaning and yearling weights, which isn’t something any producer wants. “There is definitely a balance to using EPDs in your bull selection. Making your purchasing decisions soley on one trait can lead you astray if the other traits of the bull ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 are significantly worse than breed average,” Flynn explains. Other traits that are common areas of interest are milk production and fertility. Higher milk production may lead to increased weaning weights. But high milk production can also increase energy requirements for a cow even when she isn’t raising a calf. If the cow-calf operation has low forage availability, selecting for high milk production could lead to feed shortages and undernourished cattle. And for an operation that doesn’t keep any heifers that will go on to raise calves, the milk production trait would become far less relevant. Bull fertility is linked to higher semen quality and quantity and also leads to lower age of puberty for that bull’s daughters. PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS QUALITY Again, there are potential trade-offs between birth weight and performance. A low birth weight may increase calving ease, but it is sometimes correlated with lower weaning weight. However, there are many cases where a low birth weight is warranted, i.e. breeding heifers. A low birth weight can be compensated for by selecting for higher milk production; however, as milk production increases, the nutrient requirement of cows will also increase, though that isn’t a direct 1:1 correlation. Selection for superior growth can lead to calving difficulty and cows too large for the existing grazing resources. When calves are marketed also affects bull selection. If calves are sold at weaning, producers can focus on traits associated with a higher weaning weight, such as milk production and weaning weight EPD. When ownership is retained, weaning weight is less of a priority, and the focus may shift to traits like yearling weight and carcass indicators (carcass weight, ribeye area, fat thickness and marbling). EPDs can help remove some of the guessing game when it comes to carcass quality as visual appraisal of muscling does not have a strong link to carcass quality. CONFORMATION & STRUCTURAL SOUNDNESS Though a lot of this article considers scientific data when selecting bulls, the way a bull is built will directly affect his longevity. Structural soundness is also passed along to the
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cow herd. For these reasons, it is important for bull buyers not to rely too heavily on EPDs. Prior to the formulation of EPDs, visual appraisal was really all that a buyer had to considers. Today, conformation is still evaluated through visual appraisal. Key factors to look for are the bull’s ability to walk out easily without discomfort, the slope and angle to the joints of the legs, free from defects of the claws (like when the toes cross over each other or turn up) and joints free of swelling and inflammation. Healthy legs and feet are particularly important for operations that require cattle to cover a large amount of ground or rough terrain. Body condition is also a factor to consider on sale day. If a body condition score is low, the bull’s performance will be reduced when they go to work and they lose weight during the breeding season. Conversely, if a body condition score is too high, sperm quality and stamina can be negatively affected. “Body condition will also depend on when you plan to turn the bull out with cows,” Flynn says. “If he is going out to breed the day after the sale, then how the bull looks on sale day definitely matters. But if he is a big fat bull who isn’t going to be turned out for a month, he has time to get in the condition that will work for your particular operation. But no seedstock producer wants to pay to feed a bull unnecessarily just like no commercial producer wants to bring a bull home and put weight on him before turnout.” Temperament is another consideration for bull selection. This trait can be evaluated through EPDs as well as visually. Aggressive, nervous or waspy bulls may be undesirable due to safety concerns and can cause damage to facilities. On the other hand, as temperament is moderately heritable, overly docile cows can pose a problem if calving on pasture where predation could be a concern. At the end of the day, it is clear there is no one-size-fitsall model or a bull that is best for all producers. The right genetics depend on the individual operation. The west coast has quality seedstock available for all operations. There are many different types of bulls and breeds available to allow all commercial producers the opportunity to find the right bulls for them. Effective bull selection requires an understanding the available genetics as well as an integral understanding of your own operation. Bull buying time is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your program, set goals and reach out to the seedstock suppliers who you think are able to work with you to make those goals reality.
SONOMA MOUNTAIN HEREFORDS Bulls Available Private Treaty Year Round
Horned and Polled Hereford Bulls Raised in the mountains and ready to go to work for you. Long yearlings available.
Call today to come and take a look.
Go to our website to view all sale bull information. Or contact: Jim Mickelson (707) 481-3440 JMMick@sonic.net
SONOMA MOUNTAIN HEREFORDS
Bobby Mickelson (707) 396-7364
P.O. Box 2689 Petaluma, CA 94953 sonomamountainherefords.com July • August 2022 California Cattleman 27
HEREFORD WELCOMES NEW WESTERN REGIONAL MANAGER
Colt Cunningham recently joined the American Hereford Association (AHA) and Hereford World team as the field representative for the Northwest. He will attend Hereford sales and events in the region and help AHA members with genetics and marketing. Along with promoting the breed, Cunningham will also help Hereford breeders and commercial users of Hereford genetics leverage available AHA programs. “We are pleased to have Colt Cunnignham join the AHA field staff for the northwest –Territory 1,” says Joe Rickabaugh, AHA director of seedstock marketing. “Colt has participated in many facets of the seedstock and commercial cattle industry through high school and college. It is exciting to have a young man with his interests and strengths join our team. He will be a key individual for the Hereford breeders in the Northwest.” Cunningham is the third generation raised on a centennial ranch in northeastern Oklahoma, which produces commercial and purebred cattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Cunningham served numerous leadership roles in youth organizations, such as FFA, and has a long list of success in livestock judging, showing cattle and saddle bronc riding. Cunningham also has work experience in the cattle feeding sector. “I’ve always liked good cattle and good people, and I know this territory is filled with both,” Cunningham says. “I’m really looking forward to working with some of the best cattle producers in the United States.”
NEW PARTNERSHIP EXPANDS HEREFORD MARKET OPPORTUNITY
The American Hereford Association and Jake Drost of JRD Cattle Co., Klamath Falls, Ore. recently formed a unique partnership, whereby Drost will serve as an independent order buyer matching buyers with sellers of Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder cattle. “Hereford genetics add cattle-feeding value through feed efficiency and carcass quality,” Drost says. “However, here in the West, buyers are sometimes unable to reward the added value because of numbers and how cattle are assembled. I aim to bridge that gap and provide producers of Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder cattle with increased market opportunity.” Drost grew up in the cattle business and maintains a passion to continue learning how specific traits and management practices impact cattle feeding performance and end-product merit As an AHA commercial marketing partner, Drost will continue to build AHA’s relationships within the cattle feeding sector, while helping market producers’ cattle. He also will help producers broaden their knowledge about the gamut of variables driving feeder cattle value. “The American Hereford Association is excited to announce this innovative partnership,” says Jack Ward, AHA executive vice president. “Jake’s experience adds momentum to our quest of helping producers capture more value for Hereford and Hereford-based genetics.” Drost can be reached at email@example.com or by (806) 884-5426.
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BW 2.5 Fat 0.027
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SIRE: SR TKC 2018 BR BELLE AIR 8036 ET MGS: H H FAST FORWARD 2268Z ET BD 2/26/21 • RATIOS: BW 85 • WW 120 • YW 101 • IMF 152
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MCE 2.9 CHB $119
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CALIFORNIA CATTLE COUNCIL
WILDFIRE REMAINS A PRIORITY ISSUE FOR THE CATTLE COUNCIL by California Cattle Council Executive Director Justin Oldfield The California Cattle Council (Council) made significant progress in 2021 raising awareness about the role cattle grazing and prescribed fire have on making our range and forest lands fire resilient. The Council’s campaign included significant resources, radio advertisements and digital media spread on the internet and social media directly to those that need to hear our message. Our ability to target regulators, lawmakers, legislative staff and urban Californians that comprise the majority of the state’s voting base is more advanced than ever. As such, the Council can maximize the use of our resources and ensure a strong return on investment. As the Council prepares for the launch of an even larger and more comprehensive public affairs campaign this fall, we’ve taken the opportunity to double down on our wildfire campaign. Beginning June 15th, a third phase of the Council’s wildfire campaign was launched. You may hear our radio ads or our videos on the internet and we certainly hope you do, however please remember ranchers are not the targeted audience. That said, we do think it’s critical you stay apprised of what the Council is doing on your behalf. The Council is of course your organization and the resources we spend are a product of your investment. If you happen to see our ads on Facebook or other social media platforms, please share them. This provides an additional opportunity for your friends and fellow ranchers to see the work the Council is doing on the industry’s behalf. It’s also important to demonstrate the basis behind the campaign – increase grazing opportunities and prescribed fire on the landscape – is supported by the grassroots.
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The message for this iteration of the wildfire campaign has been refocused to demand money, talk and the momentum building to do more to address our unmanaged landscapes is translated to action. The Council understands that seeing action on the ground is the true maker for success. It should be recognized though that the work performed by the Council, CCA and our other partners has and continues to make a difference. Grazing, prescribed fire and other tools to increase the fire resiliency of our landscapes are becoming better accepted and recognized every day. Please visit the Council’s website to see our advertisements, radio ads, etc. for yourself. If you have not already signed up for our monthly newsletter, please also take the opportunity to do this on our website. The newsletter and other important information from the Council will be sent directly to your email. Please be on the lookout for the next update from the Council which will set out to discuss the details of our next campaign that will be launched later this year.
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BRAVO RAMPAGE 1005
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CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 10 0.1 68 122 25 0.79 0.79 85 158
CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 8 2.0 61 105 27 0.42 0.77 61 138
BRAVO ALTERNATIVE 0128
BRAVO NO DOUBT 1031
Baldridge Alternative E125 x S A V Net Worth 4200 CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 5 2.9 62 116 21 0.74 0.77 36 167
Hoover No Doubt x N Bar Emulation EXT CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 1 2.6 61 111 14 0.44 0.53 49 141
BRAVO POWER TOOL 1008
0.86 0.52 56 147
V A R Seismic 5400 x A & B SpotLite 3065 CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 12 -0.4 77 136 27 0.80 0.76 54 160
0.94 0.69 58 175
BRAVO ALTERNATIVE 1044
CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 5 3.0 62 116 22 0.74 0.77 40 167
BRAVO NIAGARA 1013
CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 5 1.2 56 110 28 0.78 0.77 57 152
Sell SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market, Galt, CA • 12:30 p.m.
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S S Niagara Z29 x Bon View New Design 1407
80 Performance-Tested Angus Bulls
Baldridge Alternative E125 x S A V Net Worth 4200
BRAVO ALTERNATIVE 1071
Hoffman Power Tool 39G x Baldridge 38 Special Baldridge Alternative E125 x A A R Ten X 7008 S A 323MARB RE $M $B $C CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B $C CED BW WW YW MILK 4
BRAVO SEISMIC 4492
Bravo Rampage 7217 x Hyline Right Time 338
SALE MANAGED BY
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DIABLO NO DOUBT 5552
Hoover No Doubt x K C F Bennett TheRock A473 CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 11 -0.5 68 128 26 0.77 0.62 46 156
DIABLO CONFIDENCE PLUS 5572 Connealy Confidence Plus x G A R Prophet
CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 6 3.3 83 149 34 1.07 1.34 64 202
Powerful prospect here out of the 1033 donor (Prophet x Upward) that has been productive across the country, including a $60,000 daughter that topped the 2022 Dixie Valley Female Sale. This bull offers top 5% Growth with a top 10% Marbling ranking and is in the elite 1% of the breed for Ribeye. He also ranks in the top 1% of all non-parent Angus bulls for both $Beef and $Combined Indexes.
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DIABLO LONE STAR 5560
Connealy Lone Star x A A R Ten X 7008 S A CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 11 0.8 64 112 27 0.66 0.72 47 124
THE 2022 OFFERING WILL FEATURE SONS OF: • Baldridge Alternative E125 • GB Fireball 672 • Connealy Lone Star • Hoover No Doubt • Connealy Confidence Plus
• G A R Quantum • Hoffman Power Tool 39G • High Point Werner Cut Above • V A R Payweight 7112 • V A R Signal 7244
SALE BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE
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Adhemar Arellano 916-996-9855 Timoteo Arellano 916-826-3063 10365 Gilliam Drive Elk Grove, California
DIABLO NO DOUBT 5584
Hoover No Doubt x A A R Ten X 7008 S A CED BW WW YW MILK MARB RE $M $B 10 0 57 106 31 0.58 0.42 79 129
Diablo Valley Angus
Dennis Lopez 209-814-2440 10000 Armstrong Rd. Byron, California
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Four Water Issues RTAP Can Help With by Noah Lopez for the Rancher Technical Assistance Program At CCA’s 2022 Midyear Meeting in Rancho Murrieta last month, I had the opportunity to visit with friends, discuss issues and learn from excellent speakers. This event also marked one year since we launched the Rancher Technical Assistance Program at CCA’s 2021 Midyear Meeting in Paso Robles. RTAP, which is provided by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation and funded by the California Cattle Council, provides free regulatory assistance to all California cattle producers. The RTAP team includes myself and Jack Rice. Ranchers can call or email us with their questions and Jack and I will go to work to provide detailed and specific assistance in answering those questions and understanding those issues. Since launching RTAP, we’ve had the opportunity to help ranchers from all over California. Cattle producers from Modoc County to Los Angeles have called or emailed with an extraordinarily diverse range of questions. We’ve been asked about everything from taxes to transportation and helped cattle producers with issues ranging from CDFW lake and streambed alteration agreements to assistance for losses from wildfire. While questions come on a myriad of issues, it’s no surprise that water is the most common topic. As drought conditions continue, there are four water related issues I would like to highlight – drought assistance, water right curtailments, water measurement and use reporting and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Drought Assistance: California’s historic drought is presenting real hardships for California ranchers. We’ve
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heard from folks all throughout the state about how the drought is impacting their ranches: less feed, increased hay prices, dry stockponds, no water for irrigation … the impacts of drought can be very challenging. While nothing can entirely undo the effects of drought, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) assistance programs can provide some help. Many ranchers are already aware of available assistance programs, but often the alphabet soup of acronyms and the long list of eligibility requirements and application deadlines take more time and energy than many ranchers have to spend on this type of work. This is where RTAP can help. RTAP has developed a one-page fact sheet that provides the relevant information about FSA drought assistance programs. This fact sheet can be found at calcattlemen.org/drought. We also encourage producers to reach out to us directly to learn more about the programs and how they may be useful on your ranch. We can walk through each program step by step and even help get you in touch with the correct staff at your local FSA office. Water Right Curtailments: The drought has also led the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to adopt emergency curtailment regulations in several watersheds. These emergency regulations were first adopted in 2021 and can only remain in effect for one year. But, with continuing drought, curtailment regulations are being readopted for another year. At the time of this writing, the SWRCB had adopted emergency curtailment regulations for the following watersheds: Scott and Shasta Rivers, Russian River, Sacramento-San Joaquin River ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
RANCHER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
A REGULATORY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO ALL CALIFORNIA CATTLE RANCHERS
EXAMPLES OF ISSUES THE RTAP TEAM CAN HELP WITH:
• • • • • • • • • • •
Drought and wildfire assistance programs State and federal vehicular/transportation regulations Water diversion measurement and reporting Property taxation and other tax issues SWRCB water rights applications Access to public lands and grazing opportunities Rangeland monitoring Air quality regulations and permitting Depredation and take permit compliance Rangeland water quality regulations and planning Various state and federal permitting issues
Contact the RTAP team at email@example.com or (916) 409-6902. RTAP is provided by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation and funded by the California Cattle Council. Learn more at www.calcattlemenfoundation.org/RTAP. July • August 2022 California Cattleman 37
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stages, GSAs have begun implementing their GSPs. SGMA implementation has and will have impacts on ranchers with land in the basins. In some cases, this has included water well monitoring requirements, allocations and even fees. For several producers RTAP has provided “SGMA Snapshots” that help ranchers understand where their basin is in SGMA implementation and what issues are yet to be determined. If you have questions about SGMA implementation in your area, please reach out to us. While there is no doubt that water issues will continue to exist in California, here at RTAP we’re hoping and praying that this winter brings lots of much needed rain to our state. In the meantime, if you have any water questions, or for that matter any regulatory questions at all, please contact us. Our goal is to be an asset to ranchers and help in any way we can. We can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (916) 409-6902. More information about the Rancher Technical Assistance Program can be found at calcattlemenfoundation.org/rtap.
Delta, Mill Creek and Deer Creek. Several ranchers reached out with questions related to curtailment orders and how to respond. We’ve checked curtailment statuses as well as helped ranchers understand notices received from the State Water Board. RTAP has and can also help ranchers navigate the required online response. If you have questions about curtailments, notices, or response requirements please contact us. Water Diversion and Use Reporting: Signed in 2015, Senate Bill 88 required the SWRCB to create and adopt regulations requiring all California water diverters to measure and report their diversions annually. This resulted in what is commonly referred to as SB 88 regulations. The regulations include different measurement frequency and accuracy requirements depending on the size and type of the diversion and apply to both direct diversions and diversions to storage, such as a stockponds. The State Water Board has begun publishing a list of diverters deficient in SB 88 reporting. RTAP has helped many ranchers on this list understand why they are on the list and how to become compliant. In many cases RTAP has done extensive work to analyze multiple water rights and even helped ranchers get in touch with engineers and contractors to perform the necessary field work for compliance. “I reached out to the Rancher Technical Assistance Another change that has made SB 88 Program and was provided with specific information a hot topic this year is legislation from last year that altered the due dates for SB 88 about my SB 88 water measurement and reporting reporting. This year reports for all water question. The compliance process was explained and diversions were due April 1st and starting resources and links were sent to me. I recommend RTAP next year all reporting will be due Feb. 1. On to any rancher with regulatory compliance questions.” Feb. 17, RTAP hosted a webinar to go over these changes and provide an overview of - AG, Inyo County SB 88 regulations. If you have any questions about SB 88 regulations, deficiencies or any “The RTAP team did an excellent job of explaining other water rights questions please reach out to us. stockpond registrations and their regulations. They The Sustainable Groundwater helped clarify how the State Water Board defines a Management Act (SGMA): SGMA, passed stockpond.” in 2014 by the State legislature, ushered in MS, Siskiyou County a new era of groundwater management in California. In short, the law requires that groundwater basins, designated by the “I reached out to the RTAP team, Jack and Noah, California Department of Water Resources with questions I had regarding water permitting and (DWR), be managed sustainably. The process started with the formation of regulations. I was impressed with their knowledge, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) courtesy and responsiveness, which helped me truly made up of one or more local agencies understand the complex regulations in a manner for me (often water or irrigation districts and to move forward. I strongly recommend RTAP to anyone sometimes local governments) overlying the groundwater basin. GSAs are responsible needing assistance in dealing with regulatory agencies for drafting and implementing Groundwater as they are experts and can dive in quickly to get the Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that manage answers and help needed.” groundwater basins sustainably and avoid - LM, San Luis Obispo County undesirable results from groundwater overdraft (over pumping). Throughout the state, and at varying 38 California Cattleman July • August 2022
What Can The RTAP Do For You?
Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale
September 14, 2022 • Wednesday at 1:00 PM
Gonsalves Ranch Bull Development Center, Modesto, CA
S S Niagara
Jindra Megahit KCF Bennett The Rock VAR Discovery CCR Premium Revenue CCR Trail Boss
+6 55% MARB
+69 25% $M
+140 10% $W
+27 40% $F
+21 35% $G
+.41 15% $B
+.45 30% $C
Joey 209-765-1142 Mike 209-531-4893 Riley 209-968-3006 7243 Maze Blvd., Modesto, CA
Diamond Oak Cattle
+10 25% MARB
+0 25% RE
+78 10% $M
+134 15% $W
+32 15% $F
+23 25% $G
+.46 35% $B
+135 15% $W
+29 30% $F
+15 60% $G
+.58 85% $B
+.56 85% $C
Double M Ranch
Matt Macfarlane 916-803-3113
Roger & Andy Flood 530-534-7211 636 Flag Creek Rd., Oroville, CA
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FEEDERS ADDRESS WIDE RANGE OF LOCAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES AT ANNUAL MEETING by CCA Director of Communications Katie Roberti Of all the annual meetings and events CCA puts on, there probably isn’t one that packs more business, speakers and fun into a short schedule than Feeder Meeting. The 2022 event held May 25-27 in San Diego was evidence of that again. After being canceled in 2020 and postponed to August in 2021, this year’s meeting resumed being held in May and attendance was back to the level it had been at prior to the onset of the pandemic. A little entertainment was also welcomed back with the 2022 Welcome Party sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim being held on the Toyota Beach in Petco Park’s outfield during a San Diego Padres baseball game. For the program, over a dozen speakers were on the agenda including well-known meat advocates on social media, leaders from Mexico and Brazil’s beef industries and CattleFax’s Duane Lenz—an annual speaker at the event. CCA Second Vice President and former chair of CCA’s Feeder Council Trevor Freitas, Tipton, says getting all the feeders together and tackling some of the issues facing the industry is the goal of the annual meeting. Months of preparation and planning from the leadership of CCA’s Feeder Council and CCA staff went into organizing this year’s event that offered timely updates, relevant discussions and the opportunity to connect with those in the industry in California and globally. Two updates this year specifically focused on giving attendees a look at beef industries in other countries: Mexico and Brazil. SilvaTeam’s Marcelo Manella spoke about beef production in Brazil and the country’s current industry issues. “Everything is a worldwide market now,” Freitas said. “You almost have to bring in those international speakers to cover what’s going on in those regions.” From Mexico, Juan Ley, president of the Mexican Beef Exporters Association and Rogelio Perez, director of the Mexican Beef Exporters Association, explained the current state of the beef industry in Mexico and how the country ranks worldwide in beef production. Perez’s presentation showed that Mexico ranks 10th among countries for beef and veal exports. Another fact he touched on is that together, North and South America produce almost 50 percent of beef and veal worldwide, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture. Following the updates on Mexico and Brazil, the three speakers engaged attendees by taking questions on a panel moderated by CCA Feeder Council Chair Jesse Larios, Brawley. For Larios, what stood out to him from the updates and discussion is how aligned Mexico and Brazil’s issues are with ones the U.S. beef industry is facing. “We have to know what’s [happening] on the other side 42 California Cattleman July • August 2022
of the world to understand how we are going to tackle the issues, not just in California or as the United States but as a worldwide industry,” Larios said. Another timely presentation on the impact of events happening abroad came from Rabo AgriFinance’s Vice President Analyst Andrick de la Payen Diaz Vega. This update provided a look into the “grain drain” occurring due to the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine. “It’s a lot of moving parts right now in the feeding industry in regards to what is going on worldwide,” Freitas said. The impacts of unrest in the Ukraine weren’t the only red flag for feed commodities discussed while gathered in San Diego. In California, freight costs and feed delays are two realities feeders currently face with few solutions. “One thing that came up in the side conversations is freight costs,” Larios said. “Freight is killing every level of the industry—it is adding so many costs. Before, you could ship calves from California to anywhere in the U.S., but now you’re having a hard time because freight costs so much.” Larios says the same issue is true for shipping live cattle right now. In addition to the extra costs, recent railroad delays in feed deliveries are causing feeders across the state to anticipate and be prepared for the possibility of shipments arriving late—sometimes two or more weeks later than planned. “The last six months have been really bad as far as feed deliveries from the Midwest coming out to California in both the Imperial Valley and the Central Valley,” Freitas said. ‘We’ve all been struggling. At times it’s been literally within hours of running out of corn in either the Imperial Valley or the Central Valley.” CCA has helped organize meetings with high-level officials in California with hopes of mitigating delays in the future, but the need to seek federal assistance is now likely. Freitas says the issue, stemming from primarily a lack of labor, is difficult to tackle because Union Pacific is a private company. “I know cattle feeders in the Imperial Valley [who] came so close that they had to call other feedyards and say, ‘Can I borrow corn, because I am running out.’” Larios says “It’s changed the way we have all started operating— stockpiling corn like we’ve never seen,” Freitas says. With volatile cattle markets and prices dominating industry discussions over the last two years, a few presentations on issues within those subjects also made their way onto the agenda. Beef industry expert Cassandra Fish gave a presentation titled “Current State of U.S. Fed Cattle Processing Capacity and Its Implications.” Following
the update from Fish, Agri Beef Executive Vice President of Business Development Wade Small spoke on “Packers Concentration in the West.” Small later returned to the speaker podium to discuss the influence dairy cattle are having on beef. From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, (NCBA) attendees heard from chief veterinarian Kathy Simmons on cattle implants and what future regulations could mean for feeders. Additionally, chief executive officer Colin Woodall was present for the meeting and gave a rundown on the good, the bad and the ugly issues NCBA staff is working on in Washington, D.C. Outside of direct industry updates, the opportunity to hear from two well-known meat advocates was made possible at this year’s meeting in part thanks to support from the California Cattle Council. One of those guests was Shawn Baker, M.D, the author of The Carnivore Diet and co-founder of the company Revero. Baker’s presentation titled “Beef, The True Superfood!” showed the positive health impacts of switching to an all-meat diet. Additionally, Jess Pryles—meat specialist, live fire cook, author and founder of Hardcore Carnivore—spoke about her experiences advocating for meat, specifically on social media. Having grown up in the major metropolitan of Melbourne, she shared about her journey of developing a passion for busting myths about meat and the people producing animal proteins. To hear more about how she is continuing to strengthen her resume as a credible source for the truth about meat, listen to season 2, episode 12 of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast. Other updates included speakers from JBS USA,
Compass Ag Solutions, Jefo Nutrition, Inc and CattleFax. This year’s event was the final CCA Feeder Meeting for CattleFax’s Duane Lenz as he looks forward to retiring in the coming months. After providing the CattleFax outlook and overview, Lenz was given a special thank you from CCA’s Feeder Council for all the time and updates he’s given to the group over the years. With this year’s meeting also marking the end of Larios’ time as chair, Joe Dan Cameron, Brawley, started his twoyear term as chair of CCA’s Feeder Council at the business meeting. Mike Sulpizio, Brawley, now serves alongside Cameron as vice-chair. Next year’s Feeder Meeting will likely be back in San Diego. If you have not attended the meeting previously and are interested in potentially participating, save the date for the last week in May and stay tuned to https://calcattlemen.org/ events for details on it to come. “I feel that we have really excelled bringing in top level speakers,” Larios said. “This meeting is so full of information that we invite all segments of the industry.” For additional details, reach out to CCA Director of Finance and Events Lisa Brendlen, who leads the charge of organizing the event alongside CCA’s Feeder Council leadership. She can be reached at email@example.com or (916) 444-0845. To hear more about this year’s meeting, tune into the conversation had with Freitas and Larios on season 2, episode 11 of Sorting Pen. All Sorting Pen episodes are available for free on major streaming apps and through your web browser at https://calcattlemen.org/podcast.
The 2022 Feeder Meeting Welcome Party held on the Toyota Beach in Petco Park’s outfield and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
As always, the meetings were packed with attendees and valuable information about the beef industry.
CCA Feeder Council Leadership: CCA Feeder Council Chair Joe Dan Cameron, Outgoing Chair Jesse Larios and Immediate Past Chair Trevor Freitas. July • August 2022 California Cattleman 43
Cassandra Fish, presented on the current state of U.S. fed cattle processing capacity.
Agri Beef ’s Wade Small spoke on packers concentration in the West and dairy’s influence on beef.
Rogelio Perez, Mexican Beef Exporters Association, shares Mexico rank in world beef production
Rabo AgriFinance’s Andrick Payen Diaz Vega spoke about Ukraine’s grain impact.
NCBA’s Colin Woodall provided an update on what NCBA is working on in Washington, D.C.
Nikki Richardson, JBS, talked about JBS’ steps to build and invest in their team post-COVID.
Well-known social media meat advocates Jess Pryles and Shawn Baker, M.D., spoke at this year’s Feeder Meeting and attended the event.
Duane Lenz giving the CattleFax update.
Chris Gwyn, Jefo Nutrition, presents on nutrition for receiving cattle.
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Marcelo Manella, Director, SilvaTeam, providing an update on Brazil’s Beef Industry.
Juan Ley, Mexican Beef Exporters Association, talks about the current state of Mexico’s beef industry.
Juan Ley and Rogelio Perez of the Mexican Beef Exporters Association and SilvaTeam’s Marcelo Manella taking question on a panel following updates on Mexico and Brazil’s beef industries.
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THE 2023 FARM BILL WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO CATTLE PRODUCERS? from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Every five years, Congress is tasked with reauthorization of the Farm Bill, the multi-million-dollar bill that funds numerous agricultural and food programs governed through the United States Department of Agriculture. Farm Bill reauthorization is a critical priority because without it, the continuation of some agricultural-related programs would cease and much needed policy updates to Farm Bill programs would not be made. In fact, failure to reauthorize the Farm Bill would result in reverting to versions of the Bill passed in the first half of the 19th century that simply will not work for today’s producers. As the deadline for the 2023 Farm Bill approaches, preliminary conversations around Farm Bill priorities are underway between Congress and industry groups. While the Bill does not need to be reauthorized until next year, Congress will engage with stakeholders in the agricultural and food industry for months to determine the components of the Farm Bill. Writing this Bill is a huge undertaking as it encompasses 12 titles spanning from nutrition to crop insurance to conservation. While a large portion of the overall Bill is allocated toward nutrition assistance programs, cattle producers benefit from the Bill through a variety of ways. As a result, NCBA’s Government Affairs team is already engaging with key members of Congress to ensure cattle producers benefit from both new and existing provisions in the Bill. Even in early conversations, our team stressed the importance of continued funding for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB) to protect against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), secured in the 2018 Farm Bill. This is an important tool as the cattle industry works toward proactive preparedness in the case of a foreign animal disease outbreak. As part of our 2022 Policy Priorities, NCBA is focused on the financial sustainability of farms and ranches. One way we can promote that is through ensuring the continuation of USDA risk management and disaster assistance programs. It is critical to protect these programs for producers, and make sure they meet producer needs as severe weather conditions, including snowstorms, hurricanes and drought continue across the country. In addition, conservation is anticipated to be a key focus for many. As discussions around conservation drive the focus of the Bill, we are working to ensure that conservation measures included are voluntary and allow cattle producers across the country to do what they 46 California Cattleman July • August 2022
do best – conserve the land and natural resources in a way that is suitable to their region of the country and the type of operation they are running. While there are several provisions NCBA will advocate for, the Government Affairs team is also working to ensure certain provisions are not included, such as a separate livestock title. Cattle producers across the country benefit from programs administered through other titles in the Farm Bill, but efforts to create a separate livestock title would not be beneficial to the industry as it could increase government oversight and regulations on certain programs and business practices and it opens the door to unwanted policy initiatives. As debate ramps up between industry groups and Congress, NCBA has already been engaged in conversations to ensure decision makers understand how cattle producers benefit from this legislation. In addition, the team is working to ensure we have the critical relationships to help secure beneficial provisions. However, like any other NCBA policy, our official priorities will be determined by membership. State affiliates will have the opportunity to present policy recommendations to our current Farm Bill Directives, and members will vote to determine NCBA’s official next steps at Summer Business Meeting in July. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your state affiliate or NCBA staff with questions you have regarding this process and how you can get involved.
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FREE WILDFIRE PUBLICATION SIMPLIFIES UNDERSTANDING FUEL-REDUCTION PERMITS ON PRIVATE LAND As Californians prepare for another year of drought and an anticipated intense fire season, landowners and organizations across California have been working to reduce forest fuels – flammable woody material – that can endanger their properties and communities. For many of them, however, their urgent efforts hit a sizable speed bump: a massive rulebook that describes, amid a thicket of other information, the permits required before people can treat or remove fuels – as well as a litany of attached requirements, restrictions and stipulations. “The California Forest Practice Rules are 410 pages, in font size 6,” said Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension forest advisor for Humboldt and Del Norte counties and registered professional forester. “Trying to figure out what permit vehicles make sense in the rulebook is not easy even for the experienced professional forester.” To assist private landowners and community groups in deciphering the rules and determining their most cost-effective options, Valachovic took the lead in writing a new guide, “Planning and Permitting Forest Fuel-Reduction Projects on Private Lands in California,” available as a free resource in the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources catalog. “We tried to create a system where all the permits are laid out side-by-side, and put in a decision tree framework to help make it easier,” said Valachovic, highlighting the publication’s tables that break down the project goals and parameters a permit applicant should think about when weighing their choices. Considerations include whether the project is pre- or post-wildfire, the location and dimensions of trees targeted for removal, the conditions of the site before and after the project, potential time limits, commercial options and, crucially, budget constraints – given that the permitting process could comprise up to one-third of total project costs. Chris Curtis, the unit forester for CAL FIRE’s HumboldtDel Norte Unit, said that he and his colleagues are grateful for this new tool and plan to use it as an “over the counter” handout for community members. He added that the charts summarizing timberharvesting regulations and possible funding sources are especially helpful. “These give a landowner a starting place to sort through the many commercial timber harvesting documents and fuel-modification project funding source options available,” Curtis said. “A landowner is selfguided to a few options that will seem most appropriate, and this will facilitate a resource professional to assist that 48 California Cattleman July • August 2022
person in selecting the most appropriate permitting.” Just as a homeowner would talk with a contractor before tackling a construction project, landowners and community groups must consult with an range, pasture and forage advisor 9 (RFP), Valachovic said. RPFs have the specialized knowledge of forest practice rules and regulations related to water, air quality and endangered species protections, and the license to file the permitting documents. “Landowners come to me and we start talking about goals and objectives,” she said. “We start thinking about potential timelines – which goals are short-term, which are long-term – and how we can put an operational plan together to help those landowners achieve their goals.” Among the many practical tips outlined in this guide, Valachovic emphasized one in particular: for landowners dipping their toes into fuel reduction for the first time, keep the project “simple and realistic.” And while even smaller projects could be more expensive this year due to higher costs for gas, equipment and supplies, she said that now is still “a great time to plan,” as fuelreduction projects can take months to develop and execute. In the short-term, however, Valachovic stressed that the extremely dry conditions across the state make it imperative for Californians to harden their homes, manage the fuels (i.e., landscape plants, stored wood, tall grass, etc.) immediately adjacent to their homes, and devise and review family emergency plans; see UC ANR’s Wildfire Preparation page for detailed information and resources. “There are a lot of immediate actions that people can be doing this year to help mitigate their wildfire risks and prepare for the unexpected,” she said. In addition to Valachovic, co-authors of “Planning and Permitting Forest Fuel-Reduction Projects on Private Lands in California” are Jared Gerstein of BBW Associates and Brita Goldstein, UCCE staff research associate in Humboldt and Del Norte counties; both are registered professional foresters.
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HERD MANAGEMENT KEEP OR CULL DURING A DROUGHT? from South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension With drought conditions impacting much of the western U.S., management practices on the cow/calf operation are being adjusted to compensate for the shortage of forage and other resources. One of the adjustments started back in May for some producers was choosing to reduce herd size or purchasing more feed to make it through the summer and into winter. Depending on the going price for cattle, feed price and location, this choice varied from producer to producer. Things to Consider As we get near the end of August and conditions have improved some but have not reversed, producers face the decision on how to tackle weaning and prepare for next spring. Early weaning has been implemented in many cases to save pasture yet this fall. Now to keep and feed or sell weaned calves is the next big decision in the near future. Weaned heifer calves and bred heifers become a particular concern as replacement female programs may not follow the traditional system this year if feed is in short supply to get through the winter. Ask yourself these questions: can I afford not to develop replacement heifers for next year? Should I sell heifer calves and buy back bred heifers or cows? Heifers or cows; which will make best use of feed resources available? Adding up the dollars and cents will ultimately be the best way to make this decision. While recent rains may delay some of these decisions, applying some intensive selection and management can assist you in keeping the “right” females this year, and sell the rest to ultimately improve the herd. These can be
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a key step to success, regardless if you are experiencing a drought or even during normal years. REPLACEMENT HEIFERS Keep the oldest heifers and feed the youngest. Females born earlier in the calving season are more likely to reach puberty and breed earlier. Furthermore, by breeding early their first year, they are more likely to breed back early each year, thus, returning more dollars to the operation due to larger calves each weaning. Cull any heifers from cows you have or will likely cull. Some traits can pass on more than others. Disposition and udder quality being some of those more highly heritable traits. Therefore, if her mom caused you trouble before she paid herself off on the ranch, it’s likely that any daughters kept as replacements may follow in the same path. Feed to 55 percent of mature body weight by breeding. The debate to feed to 65 percent versus 55 percent mature body weight can vary from operation to operation. Yet, when feed resources are short, planning to develop them only to 55 percent will likely get you farther down the road. Yes, less heifers will breed during the designated time, but more emphasis would be placed on heifers that can get bred on the resources they have. Ultimately, they ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 52
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 50 maintain themselves on less resources and saves the farm money on feed costs by the time they enter the mature cow herd. BRED HEIFERS Shorten the breeding season. Second to feed costs, fertility is a large component driving profitability on the ranch. Placing emphasis on fertility by shortening the breeding season, or only keeping heifers that breed early in the season is one way to separate the pack, so to speak. These females that breed early are more likely to remain in the herd longer than counterparts that conceive on their second or third cycles. Eliminate poor doers. Heifers that aren’t keeping up with the pack, or are taking in extra feed compared to the rest, may need to be eliminated. Find heifers that are ahead of the game on less resources and are bred early and have greater chances to stick around until spring. Feed to 85 percent of mature body weight by calving. Anything that is hard doing get rid of, before she becomes a 2-year old. If she is struggling to keep up with the pack as a yearling, her second calving experience will likely require extra feed inputs also. MATURE COWS Eliminate any aged cows that will need extra feed this winter. Market them early before the flood of cull cows comes to town or feed them through the winter on cheaper feedstuffs, while adding white fat to create a more marketable product come early New Year. Composition. Bad feet, legs, udder, teeth and lumps will make it hard for cows to successfully make it through the winter. Furthermore, come calving time these problems will not get better and make for more sleepless nights. Compare cow size to weaning weight. If cows are not weaning calves near 40 percent of their mature body weight, they may need to be evaluated before staying around. Also, if a cow has been late calving consistently and also weaned a light calf, it’s likely that she is not covering her costs and her spot could be replaced with a more profitable female. The Bottom Line Each operation is unique and will change from year to year. However, drought forces unexpected changes so it’s critical to have a strategy to keep only the “right” females that will benefit the operation. Always consult your management team of lenders, nutrition and health professionals and extension specialists to assist you in making the best decision for short and long term plans of the operation. 52 California Cattleman July • August 2022
Winter pasture available for lease in northern California Six leases will be available for up to 5 years (a basic year and 4, one-year option periods) at Beale Air Force Base, Yuba County: Lease A = 3,185 acres Lease B = 3,065 acres Lease C = 3,228 acres Lease D = 801 acres Lease F = 2,348 acres A sixth lease, identified as Lease H = 819 acres, may be available this or the following year.
- All acreages given are approximateTo graze mature bulls, pregnant cows, or cows with suckling calf less than six months in age. Grazing season is November 1- May 31 with the possibility of an early start or extension, conditions permitting. Solicitation for the leases with a site visit date will be posted at SAM.gov in August 2022. For further information, contact: Tamara Gallentine 9 CES/CEIE, 6425 B St., Beale AFB, CA 95903 email: email@example.com 530-634-2738
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HYDRAULIC CATTLE CHUTE YOUR 6-STEP
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matter most to you. For example, consider chutes that offer more than one way
Buying a new hydraulic cattle chute or upgrading to hydraulics from a manual
to squeeze cattle, such as a 3-way squeeze with options for parallel, v-squeeze,
chute can be both thrilling and daunting. There is so much information out there
on cattle handling equipment, that sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe or ignore. Having the right cattle chute for your operation is critical. That’s one fact all ranchers know to be true.
especially with consumers’ concerns shifting toward purchasing ethically raised
consider the following factors before making a final decision. Stick to this shopping
your cattle’s perspective.
meat. When considering your new hydraulic chute, think about the chute from
guide so you’ll be able to work confidently, knowing that your new hydraulic chute
Cattle have natural instincts to move toward light and balk at loud noises and dark,
will serve your operation for years to come.
YOUR SHOPPING GUIDE Budget Considerations
Setting your budget is the first major step. If you haven’t owned a hydraulic
cattle chute before, or are upgrading from an older model, get to know your options
shadowed areas. Cattle should be able to flow through your chute with little to no delay once they have been introduced to it, making processing as smooth
and determine which may be best for your operation and bottom line. Sometimes,
• Wearable parts and hydraulic lines – Are they easy to locate and replace?
breaking the bank. Take time to also investigate the potential business you’ll be
you from manufacturer defects and wear and tear. Make sure you do business with a company that stands behind its products and prioritizes customer service. Sometimes, parts will need replacing because we have worked them beyond their useful life.
• Flooring – Is it ribbed steel, rumber, or a true rubber floor?
• Controls – Are they easy to use and access?
Access & Features
Ensure your chosen hydraulic chute also allows full access to the animal for the tasks you’ll be performing. There’s no point getting a chute if you can’t get access
where you need it most. If you’ll be vaccinating your cattle frequently, look at the side access and needle access areas. If you have a cow-calf operation, you will likely find the addition of a vet cage handy.
If you do require replacement parts, you should be able to trust that they will be
If you manage a feedlot operation and prefer having extra control, think about
can be ordered online or by phone and delivered to your operation quickly to
them to be hydraulic or manual operation or fixed in place.
readily available. Aim to select a hydraulic chute with easy-to-replace parts that
that is designed to give cattle easy entry and exit. Along with this, a well-made
• Frame construction – Will it stand up over time?
explore all your options, so you can get the cattle equipment you need, without
Cattle are unpredictable. Warranty should be provided on any chute to protect
The design of a cattle chute goes hand in hand with cattle flow. Search for a chute
Also, consider looking into equipment grants available in your area. Ensure you
Construction & Design
year after year. Compare the construction of the chutes at the top of your list and
stuck with a chute that can’t live up to what you need it to do.
buying from, and if they offer warranty and financing.
hydraulic chute should be able to withstand time, consistent use, and your cattle,
investing more upfront will lead to a higher return over time, and won’t leave you
Animal science has become a larger focus for cattle equipment manufacturers,
A high-quality hydraulic cattle chute needs to be durable and functional to make your job easier. With so many options available, it’s important to research and
Capacity & Adaptability
Today, most chutes are made to handle all sizes of cattle. Some chutes, however, have complicated or limited adjustments that can leave you feeling frustrated or
worn out before the real work has even begun. Remember when investing in a new hydraulic chute, it should make your work easier, not harder.
Consider your business, and its future. Whether you’re a feedlot or cow-calf
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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD ANOTHER $1 BILLION MONTH FOR BEEF EXPORTS from the U.S. Meat Export Federation U.S. beef exports maintained a remarkable pace in April, topping $1 billion for the third time this year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). April pork exports were well below the large totals posted a year ago, while lamb exports continued to trend higher. Beef exports totaled 124,408 metric tons (mt) in April, up 3 percent from a year ago and the fifth largest on record, while export value soared 33 percent to $1.05 billion – second only to the record $1.07 billion posted in March. For January through April, beef exports increased 5 percent from a year ago to 478,260 mt, valued at $4.05 billion (up 38 percent). “Global demand for U.S. beef continues to overcome enormous obstacles, from inflationary pressure to logistical challenges to the recent lockdowns in some of China’s major metropolitan areas,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Most encouraging is that even as beef exports climb to unprecedented levels in our largest Asian markets, demand is strengthening in other regions as well, fueled by a strong rebound in the foodservice sector.” Halstrom cautioned that April results did not capture the full impact of recent COVID-19 lockdowns in China, some of which continued through May and into early June. The pressure inflation imposes on consumers’ discretionary income and the rising strength of the U.S. dollar versus some key trading partner currencies are also growing headwinds for U.S. red meat exports. April pork exports were 212,876 mt, down 21 percent from the large volume reported a year ago. Export value was $600.6 million, down 20 percent. Through April, pork exports fell 20% from a year ago to 842,804 mt, valued at $2.31 billion (down 18 percent). “The sharp decline in China’s demand for imported pork continues to weigh heavily on the year-over-year results for U.S. exports, and the COVID lockdowns dampened demand even further by limiting consumer spending and slowing activity in the wholesale market and the meat processing sector,” Halstrom explained. “We do expect exports to China to regain some momentum in the fourth quarter of this year – certainly not back to the peak volumes of 2020, but improving over current levels. Meanwhile shipments to Mexico remain on a record pace and exports to Japan and several Latin American markets trended higher in April.” Record exports to Taiwan highlight huge month for beef exports April beef exports to Taiwan reached new heights at 7,466 mt, up 41 percent from a year ago, while value climbed 36 percent to $87.1 million. Through April, exports to Taiwan increased 45 percent from a year ago to 56 California Cattleman July • August 2022
25,889 mt, while value soared 85 percent to $314.3 million. In just four months, export value for Taiwan was already nearly halfway to last year’s annual value record of $668 million. Beef exports to Japan trended higher in April, increasing 5 percent from a year ago to 26,663 mt, while value climbed 29 percent to $220.6 million. This pushed January-April exports to 98,842 mt, down 2 percent from a year ago but still slightly ahead of South Korea as the largest volume destination for U.S. beef. Export value to Japan increased 24 percent to $814.8 million. This included a 47 percent jump in beef variety meat export value – consisting mostly of tongues and skirts – which reached $191.2 million. April exports to Korea, the leading value market for U.S. beef, were down slightly from last year at 23,212 mt, but export value still increased 26 percent to $231 million. January-April export value already topped $1 billion ($1.02 billion, up 49 percent), a record pace for any single destination. Export volume is also ahead of last year’s record pace, increasing 7 percent to 98,657 mt. Other January-April results for U.S. beef exports include: Beef demand in China/Hong Kong continues to expand, though at a more moderate rate than in 2021. Despite COVID lockdowns having a massive effect on China’s foodservice sector, April exports still increased 11 percent from a year ago to 23,137 mt, valued at $212.7 million (up 27 percent). Through April, exports to China/ Hong Kong increased 28 percent in volume (85,374 mt) and 49 percent in value ($795.1 million). Beef exports to the ASEAN region have strengthened in 2022 and momentum accelerated in April, with a new record volume to the Philippines (2,718 mt) and the sixth highest month on record for Indonesia (3,083 mt). Through April, exports to Indonesia increased 6 percent to 7,830 mt, while value soared 78 percent to $47.8 million. Exports to the Philippines followed a similar trend, edging 1 percent higher in volume (6,010 mt) but climbing 69 percent in value ($45.9 million). With demand also increasing in Vietnam, region-wide exports increased 8 percent to 19,373 mt, valued at $143.7 million (up 66 percent). Fueled by variety meat demand in Egypt and larger muscle cut shipments to Kuwait, Qatar and Israel, beef exports to the Middle East continue to rebound. Through April, exports to the region increased 11 percent to 23,536 mt, valued at $101 million (up 41 percent). The foodservice sector in several Gulf Region markets has regained momentum in recent months, buoyed by increased tourism and rising oil industry revenues.
A foodservice rebound is also underway in the Caribbean, where January-April beef exports increased 42 percent to 8,945 mt and value more than doubled to $80.1 million (up 106 percent). Growth was led by record volumes to the Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands, while shipments rebounded to other main markets including Jamaica and the Bahamas. April beef export value equated to $489.59 per head of fed slaughter, up 33 percent from a year ago and the second highest on record. The January-April average was $478.03 per head, up 39 percent. Exports accounted for 15.6 percent of total April beef production, up from 15 percent last year and the highest ratio since September 2021. The ratio for muscle cuts was 13.6 percent, up one full percentage point from a year ago. January-April exports accounted for 15 percent of total production and 12.8 percent for muscle cuts, up from 14.4 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively. Red Meat Exports Deliver Value Back to Corn and Soybean Producers Record-level red meat exports of $18.7 billion in 2021 had a major impact on the corn and soybean industries, according to an independent study by the Juday Group. The study quantified the returns that red meat exports brought to corn and soybean producers in 2021 nationally, and at state levels for leading cornproducing and soybean-producing states. “The study validates the red meat industry’s collaborative approach to export market development,” says U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Chair-elect Dean Meyer, who produces corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs near Rock Rapids, Iowa. “Beef and pork exports drive value directly back to my farm and this study helps confirm the return on this investment for all corn and soybean producers.” Corn and soybean growers support the international promotion of U.S. pork, beef and lamb by investing a portion of their checkoff dollars in market development efforts conducted by USMEF. Key findings from the Juday Group study, which utilized 2021 export data, include: Nationally, beef and pork exports accounted for 537 million bushels of corn usage, equating to $2.94 billion (at an average corn price of $5.48/bushel). Pork exports accounted for 99.3 million bushels of soybean usage nationwide (the equivalent of 2.36 million metric tons of soybean meal), which equated to $1.3 billion (at an average soybean price of $13.13/bushel). Beef and pork exports accounted for 3.4 million tons of DDGS usage, equating to $716 million (at an average price of $209.92/ton). “The industry-wide collaboration to promote value-added U.S. red meat in international markets works to the benefit of the entire red meat industry,” says Mark Legan, a hog farmer from Coatesville, Ind., who serves on the USMEF Executive Committee. “Red meat export growth results in greater demand for feed inputs and added value at every step of the supply chain. This study demonstrates the significance of global trade to the bottom line of American farmers and ranchers.” July • August 2022 California Cattleman 57
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BEEF IN ONLINE SHOPPING BASKETS from the Beef Checkoff Program While the number of people shopping online for groceries was already growing, the COVID pandemic launched e-commerce popularity into hyperdrive. When COVID brought the world to a screeching halt, 67 percent of consumers ordered groceries online. And even though people are getting back to more normal routines with work, school and play, the ease and convenience of buying groceries online has kept 63 percent of consumers continuing with online shopping habits, with nearly half saying they will continue to use pick-up/delivery for groceries in the future. The good news for beef is that consumers are becoming more comfortable shopping for fresh beef online as well. More than 40 percent of consumers purchase fresh beef when ordering groceries online, which is up 18 percent compared to May 2020. Consumers are also happy with their online beef purchases, with 82 percent of consumers satisfied with the Ground Beef they received. Based on these changing buying behaviors, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor of the Beef Checkoff, is focusing on e-commerce as a way to connect with consumers where they are shopping and encouraging them to add beef to their carts. NCBA has developed several successful Beef Checkoff-funded programs promoting beef to online shoppers. In November and December 2021, NCBA partnered with Sam’s Club to promote beef and the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand during the holidays on the retailer’s digital properties. Holiday beef digital ads were placed on the Sam’s Club website and app directing consumers to a page where they could add beef to their shopping cart. Almost 40,000 consumers interacted with the ads, and those ads drove more than $8 million in beef sales with 8.6 percent new buyers to the beef category. The return on ad spend for the campaign was $41.72, which means that for every Checkoff dollar spent on the project, nearly $42 was returned in beef sales. In addition, the effort was supported by 14 state beef council partners which helped increase the overall reach and impressions and also brought additional beef sales to individual states. Promoting beef through online shopping platforms also complements other promotional efforts. For example, 58 California Cattleman July • August 2022
when the Federation of State Beef Councils, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, partnered with Daytona International Speedway to sponsor the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. In February 2022, promoting beef to consumers at home reached a broader audience and extended the positive beef message beyond NASCAR fans. Funding provided by 13 state beef councils made an e-commerce campaign with Kroger possible, which drove the beef message home for families while they were shopping for groceries online. The Kroger Beef 300 promotion in January and February generated more than 5 million impressions and resulted in $982,000 in beef sales. With 45 percent of purchasing households new or lapsed beef shoppers, the effort also inspired those who haven’t purchased beef online to put beef in their online baskets. Efforts encouraging consumers to buy beef online go beyond the retail level by targeting foodservice as well. A recent partnership with McDonald’s and Door Dash yielded big results for beef. During the first week of November 2021, McDonald’s promoted two beef offers on the DoorDash delivery platform and utilized the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. logo, which paired well with the famous golden arches in this national campaign. Ads featuring the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. logo appeared on mobile app and website versions of the DoorDash homepage and McDonald’s store page. McDonald’s also promoted the offer heavily through social media channels such as Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
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THE NUMBERS ARE IN
DROUGHT COST CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE $1 BILLION IN 2021 from the University of California Cooperative Extension The 2021 drought directly cost the California agriculture sector about $1.1 billion and nearly 8,750 full- and part-time jobs, according to estimates in a new analysis led by UC Merced researchers. Once the effects on other economic sectors are considered, total impacts are estimated at $1.7 billion and 14,634 full- and part-time jobs lost. The Economic Impacts of the 2021 Drought on California Agriculture Preliminary Report, released Feb. 24, analyzes the impacts of last year’s drought in the Central Valley, the Russian River Basin and northern intermountain valley areas. The researchers developed these preliminary estimates of economic impacts using surveys, reviews of hydrological information and remote sensing data gathered from those areas and comparing them to average conditions, as well as to the 2012-2016 drought. The report identifies at least an additional 395,000 acres of idled land — roughly 385,000 acres in the Central Valley alone with respect to pre-drought conditions due to drought-related water cutbacks. Several regions in the Sacramento Valley, the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, Tulare County and Kern County were the most affected. Other drought-affected areas include the Russian River Basin and intermountain agricultural areas in Siskiyou, Shasta and Modoc counties. The crops most significantly affected by increased fallowing include rice in the Sacramento Valley, cotton in the San Joaquin Valley, and grain and field crops statewide. “In comparison with the 2012-2016 drought, conditions were much worse for the Sacramento Valley
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and the Russian River Basin, yet the statewide impacts have not been as severe as in 2015 — the deepest point in the last drought,” said School of Engineering Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara, lead author of the report. “Should dry conditions persist throughout 2022, a higher tier of adaptation measures may come into play to reduce economic impacts on agriculture and communities that host thousands of households relying on agriculture for a living.” The report also highlights strong commodity prices that have helped mitigate some economic costs of the 2021 drought. Milk prices rose because of global demand, raising revenues and offsetting some of the droughtrelated effects of higher production costs. The dairy sector also explored alternatives to hay and winter grains that, in some cases, increased cow milk productivity. The beef cattle sector also had to adapt to scarce winter pastures and higher forage prices, but the state’s beef cow herd increased, as did its share of the national cow herd, leading to potential revenue gains. While Californians are familiar with drought, the 2020-21 water years were the second driest two years on record. Although precipitation deficits were widespread, drought conditions were more severe in the Sacramento Valley and the North Coast regions. A lack of atmospheric rivers and a below-average snowpack depleted most reservoirs and aquifers in 2021, the report states. “This has been a fast-paced drought and it shows how climate change increases the challenges we face ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 62
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 60 in managing water in California,” said researcher and coauthor Alvar Escriva-Bou, an engineering and policy expert at the Public Policy Institute of California. “Sadly, we are going to see more and more droughts like this, so we need better tools to anticipate and minimize the socio-economic impacts.” But drought is not only defined by the water supply, the researchers wrote. Warmer temperatures and already dry conditions increased crop irrigation demands and widened the gap between water supply and irrigation needs. “Warming has impacted seasonal water availability, namely through reducing spring snowmelt runoff and through increasing atmospheric thirst,” said Professor John Abatzoglou, climate expert and co-author in the report. “These factors in concert have intensified drought severity and impacts in the state and increased the need for actionable solutions to cope with drought.” The drought hit during the early implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) sustainability plans. The Act is designed to avoid the undesirable consequences of unsustainable groundwater use. Groundwater sustainability plans for critically overdrafted basins were submitted in 2020 and plans in other priority basins are due early this year. These plans remain in progress throughout the state for these and other priority basins. California’s increasingly variable supply of surface water and overdrafted groundwater aquifers present serious challenges for meeting societal needs, the report
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points out. “It is no surprise that California leans more heavily on groundwater to help meet its water supply needs during drought. SGMA is now well underway, and it is shaping how we respond to drought, especially in the valley. Despite the very real economic impact, this report also indicates an enormous capacity for innovation and adaptation in the agricultural industry, not limited to augmenting cattle feed with almond hulls —typically a byproduct — and also direct investments in aquifer recharge techniques and technologies,” said report co-author Professor Joshua Viers. “These innovations, coupled with better information about water application and use, will ultimately help us manage scarce water supplies more effectively.” Funded by a $1.5 million research grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, MedellínAzuara, Abatzoglou, Viers and Escriva-Bou have worked since last fall to develop this economic analysis, along with decision-support tools for the agriculture industry during droughts. Other authors include UC Merced Environmental Systems graduate students Spencer Cole and José M. Rodríguez-Flores and Professor Daniel A. Sumner from UC Davis. “In the weeks to come, the research team will work with its expert advisory panel, stakeholders and partner groups to update ongoing drought conditions and impacts on the agricultural sector, as well as data and assessment tools, to inform drought management and decision making,” Medellín-Azuara said.
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NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE YOUR VOICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Don Schiefelbein Volatility in the cattle markets has been a challenge for all of us over the past few years. Cow-calf producers, stockers, backgrounders and feeders alike all benefit when the market is transparent, and all participants play by the rules. The challenges in our markets have also captured the attention of Congress. A few weeks ago, I was invited to testify before the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on meatpackers and market conditions. Currently, we face a shortage of beef processing capacity at a level not seen in several decades. I emphasized the importance of financial support for small, regional processing facilities to increase hook space and return leverage to the side of the producer. I also urged Congress to press the Department of Justice to complete their investigation into the four major meatpackers that was first launched in 2020. After two years, we have yet to hear the results of the investigation, but we need answers before considering new regulations. In the meantime, our industry is facing new challenges from inflation, rising input costs and labor shortages, and I asked Congress to focus on these concerns too. One of things that stood out to me when I visited Washington, D.C., is how NCBA commands the
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attention of lawmakers and their staff. There is an organization ready to lobby Congress on every imaginable issue, but NCBA is different — not only because people enjoy seeing our hats — but because of our time-honored policy process rooted in a diverse membership. Since 1898, NCBA has been a forum for cattle producers in every sector and region to discuss issues and build consensus. In my family’s operation, we all come with different perspectives, but we talk together, debate and move forward with a united front. NCBA policy is set the same way. We each have vastly different business practices and we face different regional conditions, but we all come together to drive policy forward. Through collaboration, we send a powerful message to policymakers. As a member, I’m honored that you invested in NCBA, and I thank you for trusting us to represent your interests. Testifying before Congress is only one example of how NCBA works to improve conditions for cattle producers, but every day we are notching victories on policies that keep the government out of our way or make our jobs a little easier. I know that being a cattle producer is not an easy life, but it’s a rewarding one steeped in heritage and tradition. That is why NCBA fights for you. You have important work to do running your farm or ranch, which is why we have a dedicated team in Washington to advocate for you. Every day, NCBA monitors hours of debate on Capitol Hill, meets with agency staff, and reviews the hundreds of rules churned out by regulators each week. It’s an overwhelming workload for one person, but your membership in NCBA supports this crucial work that protects the entire cattle industry. Next month you will have an opportunity to add your voice to the policy process at NCBA’s Summer Business Meeting in Reno, Nevada. I am always encouraged when members have thoughtful conversations about our future policy priorities, and I look forward to connecting with you in Reno. Thank you for your continued involvement in NCBA!
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of their EPD or genomic profile. We also place emphasis on the basic traits of eyes, udder, feet and disposition. These traits are described by many as “convenience traits” and again if our cattle are not problem free in these areas, we limit their genetic influence in our herds. Our opinion is that the most profitable beef cattle in any production system are those that can function with very little need for additional labor or supplemental feeding. Our ultimate goal is to create a small framed, low maintenance cow that can wean a big stout calf and do it without any other inputs from us. That goal is the same in both our Charolais and Angus herds. 2021-2022
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The Sun Sets ON CCA MIDYEAR MEETING IN RANCHO MURIETA
by CCA Director of Communications Katie Roberti For the first time since 2019, the CCA & CCW Midyear Meeting was back at the Murieta Inn and Spa in Rancho Murieta at the end of June. Outside of CCA’s Annual Convention held at the end of each year, the Midyear Meeting is one of the best opportunities for members to come together to discuss current cattle industry issues with fellow producers and hear from industry leaders, agencies and affiliate organizations. It is a critical time for members, the voices of the Association, to determine the organization’s direction and influence the future of ranching in California. This year’s Midyear once again met those needs for CCA. “As always Midyear serves our membership well as it is an excellent opportunity not only to get ‘the family’ together, but to make sure we are hearing from our membership on issues that are important to them, and getting ideas for policy development and how we move our organization forward,” CCA President Tony Toso, Hornitos, said. California’s wildfire crisis and solutions to mitigate it were heavily discussed throughout the event. On Wednesday, Anthony Stornetta, Division Chief-Operations with Santa Barbara County Fire Department and CCA Fire Subcommittee Chair, gathered the Subcommittee to continue working on those efforts. Discussions on wildfire continued in the Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee Meeting on Thursday as Len Nielson, staff chief for prescribed fire and environmental protection with Cal Fire provided an update. Specifically, Nielson presented the “Strategic Plan for Beneficial Fire Prescribed Fire planning and process State Certified Burn Boss Liability.” Unsurprisingly, a whole host of questions were asked by members during the presentation. Nielson engaged with attendees and answered the questions throughout his allotted time. Although the policy meeting went longer than scheduled, the discussion could have carried on even further and parts of the presentation weren’t able to be addressed due to time constraints. 68 California Cattleman July • August 2022
To hear about some of the subjects Nielson presented on, listen to season 2, episode 14 of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast. Stornetta co-hosts this episode with CCA Director of Communications Katie Roberti as Nielson sits down with the two for an update. In the conversation, hear about the role ranchers and prescribed burn associations have in helping the state reach its goals for prescribed fire, available grants and partnerships for those who want to participate, the 2022 Prescribed Fire Strategic Plan and more. In addition to wildfire, the 2023 Farm Bill and federal transportation issues being worked on currently in Washington, D.C. were discussed during the Ag Policy, Marketing, Tax and Credit Committee Meeting. Allison Rivera, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Executive Director of Government Affairs, virtually joined the meeting to share on those issues and take questions on both subjects. Also participating in the Midyear Meeting virtually from Washington, D.C., was Kaitlyn Glover, the executive director of the Public Lands & NCBA’s Natural Resources. Glover spoke in the Federal Lands Committee Meeting on the federal legislative and regulatory issues the Public Lands Council is currently tackling on behalf of cattle ranchers. CattleFax General Manager Duane Lenz made the trip to Rancho Murieta to provide an outlook on the industry and discuss accessing and using federal reports and other available data to make informed marketing decisions. The presentation from Lenz was the first workshop in a new workshop series on cattle markets made possible through a grant provided to the California Cattlemen’s Foundation by Western Extension Risk Management Education and the USDA National Food Institute of Food and Agriculture. Lenz additionally spoke to CCA’s Leadership Series at the meeting. Although Lenz has been coming to CCA events to present the CattleFax Outlook for decades, this year’s Midyear was unique, as it marked Lenz’s final event with CCA as he is retiring soon. You can learn more about
Lenz’s 33-year career with CattleFax and the changes he’s seen over the years by listening to the recent episode of Sorting Pen, “Sorting through Duane Lenz’s Career w/ CattleFax.” In the episode, a few issues touched on in the outlook given at Midyear are also discussed. Listen to Sorting Pen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other streaming platforms. In the Cattle Health Committee Meeting, multiple presenters from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) attended. One of those was Marissa Silva, DVM, a veterinarian specialist with the CDFA who spoke on California’s Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship Program. Outside of policy committee meetings, progress was made in a handful of board meetings held by groups
including the CCA Fire Subcommittee, Allied Industry Council, CCA’s Cattle-PAC, the California CattleWomen, the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, the California Cattlemen’s Foundation and other CCA committees. The hard work accomplished at the annual event was paired with plenty of time for attendees to socialize, reconnect and enjoy the beautiful venue. With the 2022 Midyear wrapped up, the countdown to the 106th Annual CCA & CCW Convention and Tradeshow begins. Save the dates for Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev., and plan on coming to be part of the important industry discussions that will take place. Keep an eye out for details on registering to be announced soon at calcattlemen.org/events.
Past CCA President Tom Talbot, DVM, shares some insight during the Cattle Health Committee Meeting.
Industry legend Duane Lenz shares some thoughts on his storied career for an upcoming podcast.
Lenz gives his final CattleFax market update at a CCA meeting to a eager audience of CCA and CCW members.
CCA Treasurer Bev Bigger talks with Mike Williams, another Central Coast beef producer.
Several speakers from CDFA presented information during the meeting.
Allison Riviera, with NCBA’s Government Affairs Team gave a legislative update from Washington, D.C.
Fire Subcommittee Chairman Anthony CCA Second Vice President Sheila Bowen CCA First Vice President Steve Arnold Stornetta discusses one of the “hottest” topics catches up with past CCA officer Cindy Tews. speaks during the board meeting. of the meeting. July • August 2022 California Cattleman 69
BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED Gratitude & Service for those Who Serve by California Cattlemen’s Association Member June Kester
Hello from Parkfield, California, population 18 and the earthquake capital of the world. I am June Silva Kester. I live on a beautiful ranch and raise cattle, kids and grapes. My husband Kevin and I have our grandchildren living and playing on the ranch. The grandkids represent the 7th generation of our ranching family. Besides my faith, family and livestock, I have a huge respect and need to give back to all our men and women in the military, veterans or currently enlisted. I thank them every chance I get; if you look military or are in a uniform, I am the lady that comes up and says “God bless you for your service to our country.” Because I have been so richly blessed by the freedoms in our country, I feel it is my duty to give back to our service men and women and I am asking for your help in that endeavor through a couple of different causes I am passionate about.
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This started on a ranch next to ours in Parkfield. It is a faith- based organization that is about saving lives, restoring families and changing legacies. These programs take place all across America, on military bases, at outposts and on rural ranch lodges. Each facility allows these men and women to appreciate the peace of nature and have an “unplugged” experience. Thanks to Cattlemen and Cattlewomen, chefs at these facilities prepare healthy and nutritious meals. We also started taking in our first responders. It is estimated that 21 veterans and first responders a day take their own lives because they aren’t getting the help they need. Please help us find as many men, women and families as we can, is all I ask from you. Also, Might Oaks Warrior Programs has helped thousands of men, women, families and marriages. I have witnessed the healing of our men and women riding on the back of a horse on these magnificent ranches. Please help me find them, too, to help get them into one of these lifechanging programs.
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memorials in D.C., at no cost to them. I have had the honor of being the guardian for six World War II and Korean War veterans so far. I can tell you there is no greater feeling than to serve the men and women who have kept our great nation free. I hope you will join me in showing gratitude and hospitality for the men and women who have sacrificed for our well-being and safety here at home.
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I would appreciate anyone who is reading this to help me with these two organizations. Each one is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that gives Veterans and currently enlisted military, a trip of a lifetime, at no cost to them. For some, it is a life changing trip. Help me find veterans who have not gone to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials that have been built in their honor. We need to find them today, as we are losing 600 veterans a day. There are 130 Honor Flight hubs all over the United States that are waiting to take our fine Veterans. We just need to find them and get them signed up to go. On my first flight as a guardian, there was a 102-year-old veteran, so age is not a factor if they want to go! We ask that you, your family members, neighbors and friends from church thank our veterans for their service to our country and then ask them if they have been on Honor Flight. I will do the rest. We just need a way to contact them, so I can find the closest hub to where they live. Again, it does not cost them a dime and never will. I am humbled to be a volunteer for both of these organizations and plan on helping with both until there is no longer a need. Please go to the Honor Flight and Mighty Oaks Warrior programs websites to learn more. With your help, we can provide the assistance needed for the Veterans and first responders who have and do defend our freedoms.
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Supreme Court Rejects R-CALF Lawsuit, Effort Against Checkoff comes to an end On June 27, the Supreme Court of the United States denied R-CALF’s lawsuit against 13 state beef councils and the Beef Checkoff. This ruling effectively ends yet another R-CALF attack on the Beef Checkoff and prevents the activist attorneys at Public Justice, from further diverting Checkoff and beef industry resources. “For too long we have allowed R-CALF and their attorneys to divide our industry and draw attention away from the important job of beef promotion and research. The Supreme Court’s rejection of R-CALF’s petition confirms the Beef Checkoff, and its overseers, are adhering to the letter and spirit of the laws that protect and guide producer investments in the program,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. NCBA intervened in the lawsuit in its early days to help defend state beef councils from R-CALF and their activist attorneys, who falsely attacked state beef councils and the cattlemen and women who volunteer their time to support the industry as Checkoff leaders. Multiple court decisions rejected these allegations and reaffirmed the work and direction of the Beef Checkoff and those who guide it. “R-CALF has repeatedly attacked the Beef Checkoff, engaging lawyers who are closely aligned with extremist animal rights groups like PETA and others, in an attempt to further their efforts,” said Woodall. “It’s time that our industry stands up to R-CALF and insists that they end these attacks on the Beef Checkoff and the volunteer cattle producers who direct it.”
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Austin FLYNN TO WORk for California Angus breeders The American Angus Association® welcomes Austin Flynn of Porterville, as the regional manager for Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Flynn joins the Association with several years of experience in cattle management and production practices. “I admire the Angus breed’s reputation as an industry leader and continuous push to help commercial cattleman improve their product by adding value to their calves.” Flynn said. “I look forward to traveling throughout the region to meet the members, learn about their diverse operations and help provide Association services.” Flynn began his role in region 11 on June 13 and will soon hit the road attending Angus events. In the regional manager position, Flynn will work with breeders to promote Angus cattle, improve management practices, inform cattlemen and women about Association programs and services and help locate Angus seedstock. He can also advise producers on marketing opportunities available through the Association, including advertising in the Angus Journal, Angus Beef Bulletin and other avenues. “We are thrilled to add Austin to the regional manager team,” said David Gazda, Association director of field services. “His experience in the beef industry will allow
him to be a great asset to the members and commercial cattlemen in his region.” Flynn comes to the Association from EZ Angus Ranch, where he served as the assistant manager, overseeing the cow/calf herd, breeding details and preparing the cattle and video marketing tools for sales. Prior to his position at EZ, he worked for both Basin Angus Ranch and Perry Show Cattle, where he gained relevant skills in seedstock production and customer relations. Flynn studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara before transferring to Oklahoma State University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Contact Flynn at email@example.com or (559) 361-9701.
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DOES YOUR CAUSE MATTER? by California CattleWomen, Inc., President Julie Barnett California CattleWomen, Inc., membership has been busy getting back to some usual business in a postpandemic world. Multiple members and units have been able to return to activities in the classroom. Many have held promotional, social events and fundraisers for scholarships. Reported volunteer hours continue to go up as members get energized and excited to again be connecting with our communities and consumers. Siskiyou, MidValley and Amador-El DoradoSacramento units recently shared they had opportunities to connect with students. Our newest unit, Inyo-Mono CattleWomen participated in an Earth Day event to share the environmental benefits of cattle and ranching and made good connections with attendees with an invitation to return for next year’s event. CCW also returned to Bishop Mule Days for another successful opportunity to connect with urban and semi urban attendees alike. Parades, fairs and community celebrations have all provided Cattlewomen units opportunities for in person connection and promotion opportunities with consumers. Units and members have been very active promoting “June is Grilling Month” on their social media platforms — giving consumers recipes and ideas about using beef as the star of their graduation, Father’s Day and summer kick off celebrations. Thanks to the California Beef Council, we have strong resources that are easy to share virtually and in person where we can create opportunities for connection with consumers. Stepping Up to the Challenge With the renewed interactions with the public, we have had a realization there are new and renewed challenges of how to handle the latest round of consumer questions and concerns about beef because of misinformation or misinterpretation of information. It continues to be clear that being about the purpose of Cattlewomen – of promoting beef and the ranching lifestyle – is more important than ever. Our cause matters. To help our membership, CCW continues to look for opportunities to learn from good teachers inside and outside our industry to obtain advocacy training. We are in an accelerated season of cultural change in how we engage in person or through social media as industry and producer advocates and we are endeavoring to grow the skills of our membership to be able to meet the consumer where they are. We began our stepped up training at the Midyear Meeting, where Joe Proudman, assistant director of communications for the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR) Center at UC Davis center presented information on how to handle those 74 California Cattleman July • August 2022
surprises that suddenly land in front of us via the news or on social media. Often, the story behind the headlines are without context or good information. Did you know that there is science saying that you can see cow burps from space? Yes, this was a recent example. A major news media release about the topic helped CCW decide to step up our knowledge on how to handle new surprise information happening in the environmental science research realm. Thank you, CLEAR Center, for the great information and training! In person and online attendees learned so much. Convention will be our next big step learning event – Michele Payn, international and national speaker, trainer and IPPY award-winning author of the acclaimed books Food Bullying, Food Truths from Farm to Table and No More Food Fights, will be a keynote speaker and workshop leader in Reno! Michele has spoken to major trade organizations, has presented advocacy training to MICHELE PAYN
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 74 agriculture support industries, and taught economic development organizations. Testimonials about her presentations state that she does not come to give a status quo pep talk, she is known to be entertaining while providing tools to her audience to leave with functional ideas and information to be better advocates for the industry. She will help us learn the power of touching hearts to move minds. She helps her audience learn to connect the science to the consumer where it can matter on a personal level. I am personally so excited to learn from Michele! I can hardly wait for you to connect with her at the 2022 CCA/CCW Convention. You can learn more about Michele at causematters.com. Will you be at convention ready to grow your advocacy with connection efforts? It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Our Cause Matters – Beef is Real Food for Real People Cattlewomen are helping the industry be up to the challenge to connect with consumers about their food and help them feel better about beef and beef production. We are creating opportunities to learn and grow, to learn what our consumers want to learn about and become better at connecting the dots. California Cattlewomen, Inc. has understood the ongoing challenge and have taken steps to provide tools and training. We will continue learn to build better customer connections and relationships to help those we meet feel confident about picking up beef at the meat case. We do it because we know our cause matters. If you know someone who would like to help us make an impact for beef, visit cattlewomen.org and click “Join Us” in the menu bar to find the Interest in Membership form to help them get connected.
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Beef Ambassadors selected
The California Beef Ambassadors candidates competed in an online contest sponsored by California CattleWomen, Inc., and the California Beef Council in April. Chairman Salene Duarte held another great, well run contest which created opportunities for contestants to share their solid knowledge about beef. The judges were challenged to select the 2022 ambassadors from a group of strong, well qualified candidates that undergo Master’s of Beef Advocacy training as part of their preparation for the contest. Good training and solid information make strong ambassadors and better trained ambassadors for the local level after the contest concludes. This year’s Senior ambassadors are: Ashley Jordan – Overall 1st in Central Region – Santa Clara County Molly Fowler – 2nd Overall, 1st in Northern Region – PlacerNevada area Kassidy Zulliger – 2nd Northern Region – Shasta County The Junior Ambassadors are: Luke Steele – 1st Northern Region – Shasta County Samantha Prouty – 2nd Northern Region – Tehama County Fallon McNeil – 1st Southern Region – Kern County Summer is a great time to start preparing for next year’s local and state beef ambassador contests. If you know a potential Beef Ambassador or would like to compete, reach out to Maddison Easley, CCW Second Vice President of Promotion at ccwpromo. com to learn more and to connect with a local CattleWomen’s unit for resources and information.
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RANGELAND TRUST TALK TIPPING OUR HATS TO CALIFORNIA RANGELAND TRUST’S RANCHING PARTNERS by Alyssa Rolen, communications director, California Rangeland Trust California Rangeland Trust’s landowner partners demonstrate the importance of protecting the state’s working landscapes in their words and actions every day. Through their decisions to voluntarily conserve their ranches, they are helping preserve the best of the Golden State for future generations. For that, the Rangeland Trust could not be more grateful. So, to honor and celebrate the landowner partners who represent the history, hard work, integrity, and resilient spirit behind the organization’s success, the Rangeland Trust hosted the inaugural Landowner Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, June 21 in Rancho Murieta. Sponsored by California Outdoor Properties and held in conjunction with the California Cattlemen’s Association’s Midyear Meeting, the event welcomed nearly 80 landowner partners and friends to the Murieta Inn and Spa. Upon arrival, guests mingled over glasses of “trailblazers”— the Rangeland Trust’s whiskey-based signature drink aptly dubbed as a tribute to the incredible landowners and supporters who continue to blaze trails in conservation— and feasted on an exquisite spread of meats and cheeses that was almost too beautiful to eat. After catching up with one another, guests headed inside the hotel ballroom for dinner. Rangeland Trust Chairman, Andy Mills, kicked off the evening as emcee by welcoming friends and introducing the ranchers in attendance who partnered with the Rangeland Trust to conserve their properties. “Look around you and see that you are not alone in the commitment you’ve made,” Andy passionately stated. “You are part of a community, one that is growing because more people want to join you and be part of this movement to stand up for private working lands and ensure they and the people who steward them are here for the long haul. You are inspiring others, and not just people in the ranching community.” Following introductions, Rangeland Trust Director Clayton Koopmann led the invocation. Guests enjoyed a mouthwatering dinner of beef short ribs and potatoes. As stories of ranch stewardship and heritage were told across the tables, the shared sentiment and passion for the western way of life and deep desire to preserve it was palpable. As the program resumed, Mills asked guests to join him in a moment of silence to remember and honor two incredible ranching partners who both passed away late last year—Jerry Russell of the Sagehorn-Russell Ranch and Don Tompkins of the TS Ranch. He emotionally stated, “Each of these ranchers had a deep conservation ethic and true passion for the land; they are greatly missed.” Next, Mills recapped the history and formation of the Rangeland Trust. He proudly announced that over its 24-year span, the organization has helped more than 80 ranching families voluntarily conserve over 365,000 acres of pristine rangeland. While this is an impressive number, Mills was quick 78 California Cattleman July • August 2022
to note that it still has more work to do with over 95 families representing over 230,000 acres of rangeland awaiting funding for conservation. Mills invited the Rangeland Trust staff management team to talk about current happenings and initiatives. Conservation Director, Jackie Flatt, reported that in 2021, six ranches totaling more than 21,000 acres were conserved through funding from government grants, mitigation partnerships, and private sources. Now looking at 2022, Flatt anticipates the closing of an impressive 15 conservation project thanks to the nearly $20 million secured in 2021 by the conservation staff through competitive grant submissions. On the private fundraising front, Shannon Foucault, Development Director, enthusiastically reported that support from private donors for conservation projects is growing. In 2018, over 200 donors rallied together to conserve the 300-acre Rock Front Ranch in Santa Barbara County, which marked the first Rangeland Trust project to be funded entirely by contributions from the community. Then, in 2020, amid the pandemic, success was repeated on the Bloom Ranch ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 80
Merrie and the late Don Tompkins of the TS Ranch were awarded the 2022 Conservationist of the Year Award in recognition of their achievements in volunteer conservation.
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 78 in Tuolumne County. Now, the Rangeland Trust is seeking private support to close the funding gap to conserve the Spanish Ranch in Santa Barbara County. With each of these opportunities to engage donors, the Rangeland Trust is leveraging the passion of Californians who care about working lands conservation, while helping to build a future for greater civic engagement in this vital cause. Foucault also explained how the Rangeland Trust is focusing on building a local presence in communities throughout the state, recalling that during the uncertain times of the pandemic, some of the organization’s strongest financial support came from regions where the organization had a strong local presence. Foucault stated, “We have conservation projects spanning from Siskiyou County to San Diego County and from the Nevada border to the Pacific Ocean. These lands are part of the fabric of your local communities. We may be statewide, but we are in your backyard, and the people we are working to help are your neighbors.” Communications Director, Alyssa Rolen discussed the work the Rangeland Trust is doing on the policy front and through its storytelling efforts. In 2019, as part of the organization’s strategic plan, Rolen recounted how the Rangeland Trust set out to change the way Californian’s think about and value working lands and the people who steward them. To achieve this goal, the organization commissioned an ecosystem services study to determine the value of what Californians gain from private rangelands. UC Berkeley scientists determined that ranches conserved through the Rangeland Trust provide $1.44 billion in environmental services annually and that Rangeland Trust conservation easements return $3.5 for every dollar invested. With this data, staff are utilizing this research to demonstrate to policy makers why rangeland conservation is a smart investment. To illustrate this, Rolen shared that a recent tour of the Spring Valley Ranch in Williams, hosted by Bob Slobe and Kim Mueller, provided an excellent opportunity to educate political leaders, including California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Secretary Wade Crowfoot and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross, about the importance of keeping working lands intact and viable. Since the tour, CNRA leadership has informed the Rangeland Trust that $250 million is being allocated to conservation programs through the Wildlife Conservation Board over the next two years. The Rangeland Trust is also focusing on telling the stories
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of its ranching partners through the blog, newsletter, podcast and across social media. “Your stories are the Rangeland Trust’s greatest capital,” said Rolen. “Several of you here tonight have shared your stories with us, and let me tell you, it is making all the difference in being able to communicate the importance of keeping agricultural lands available and viable. With your help, our message is being heard loud and clear, so thank you for your willingness to share your stories.” Next, the 2022 conservation awards were presented. The Conservation Impact Award recognizes individuals who have excelled in environmental protection and made significant contributions to the advancement of conservation. DaleCesmat Dale-Cesmat was announced as this year’s winner. Dale-Cesmat had a longstanding career with the Natural Resource Conservation Service where she served as the State Rangeland Management Specialist and took a pragmatic approach to helping ranchers develop management plans that worked for them and their operations. “I have worked over four decades with many land trusts, but primarily with [the Rangeland Trust] helping them protect working ranches from development,” Dale-Cesmat humbly stated. “I love the rangelands of California and my passion for protecting these open spaces, wildlife habitats, waterways and working lands made it never seem like work.” The Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes achievement in volunteer conservation by a private landowner. The 2022 Conservationist of the Year award was presented to the Merrie and the late Don Tompkins. In 2020, after two decades of patiently waiting for funding to be secured for the conservation easement, the Tompkins worked with the Rangeland Trust to conserve their beloved TS Ranch in Guinda. Rather than receiving the total easement value, a large portion of the value was donated by the Tompkins to ensure the ranch’s continuity after their passing. After honoring the conservation award winners, Koopmann returned to the stage to close out the program by reciting a few of his original cowboy poetry works. Through beautifully articulated words strung together with a dash of humor, Koopmann perfectly summed up the ranching community’s grit, innovation and commitment to care for the land and livestock despite daily struggles and challenges. Hanging onto every word, a strong sense of pride and gratitude for California’s ranching culture overwhelmed the crowd. It is that same sense of pride, commitment to environmental stewardship and love for the land that we tip our hats to the landowner partners that inspire and give us all hope for the future.
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Golden state’s oldest barns demonstrate broad spectrum of history across state Compiled by Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen For the vast majority of Americans, agriculture and history are not the first topics that come to mind when thinking of California. But no matter what area of California you consider, the agricultural roots in our nation’s 31st state far precede it as a vacation destination, celebrity mecca or political powerhouse. Shown here are what are recognized by the National Registry of Historical Places (NRHP) as California’s oldest
agricultural barns. As with all history, detailed records have not been kept on each of these structures, but what is documented enforces the fact that as one of our countries largest states, the agricutural significance of California’s history extends to all of it’s borders. Though it very well may be likely that older barns have existed, these are the ones that still stand today and have been researched and accepted by NRHP.
OLD ADOBE BARN | LA GRANGE | CIRCA 1850 Old Adobe Barn, also known as Adobe Post Office, is a historic barn in La Grange. It is the oldest building in the town being built prior to 1850 by the first French settlers in the area. It was used as a post office. The barn is made of adobe bricks on the side walls, and of wooden planks on the southern facade. Constructed of adobe bricks, the barn is a representative example of a distinctive architectural technology practiced by the Spanish pre-1850 and by some of the first Californians. The slightly raised slate foundation is also typical of building practices of this period.
DE TURK ROUND BARN | SANTA ROSA | 1891 The De Turk Round Barn in Santa Rosa, was a round barn that was built in 1891 by Santa Rosa Winery owner De Turk. It was used for his champion trotter horses until his death in 1896. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It was significant as one of very few round or polygonal barns surviving in Northern California. Nestled in the charming historic West End neighborhood, the stunning DeTurk Round Barn is among California’s oldest truly round buildings. Isaac DeTurk, one of the county’s first winery owners, built the barn in 1891 as a horse stable for his prize-winning stallion. A renovation in 2011 has brought this historic building into the current century. The building serves as a popular wedding venue in the Santa Rosa area. 82 California Cattleman July • August 2022
THE MCCAULEY AND MEYER BARNS | YOSEMITE | 1883 The McCauley and Meyer Barns in Yosemite National Park are the last barns in the park that retain their original characteristics as structures built by homesteaders. The McCauley barn and the two Meyer barns represent different construction techniques and styles of design. The McCauley Barn was built about 1883 by Irishborn James McCauley, who operated hotels in the Yosemite Valley. McCauley’s ranch was to be his winter home, since Glacier Point, where he operated the Glacier Point Mountain House, was not suitable for winter living. McCauley purchased the land in 1883 and began to live full-time at the ranch in 1897. McCauley’s son Fred inherited the ranch after James’ death in an automobile accident in 1911. Fred dispersed the property, which became known as “Foresta” and was unoccupied after 1955. The National Park Service acquired the ranch in 1974. The barn is a wood structure, with a log cribwork core using V-notched joints, measuring 40 feet (12 m) by 80 feet (24 m). A long center bay is flamed by two more open bays along the long axis of the barn. The overhanging gable roof structure is peeled logs, once covered with wood shingles but now covered with sheet metal. The logs were not chinked, and are presently sheathed with vertical boards. The design is unusual. The “Mormon Pole Barn” style dates to the 1850s in the Genesee Valley. George Meyer operated a homestead established by his brother Henry in the 1870s in Big Meadow. A ship carpenter in Germany, Meyer married James McCauley’s niece Elizabeth in 1900, acquiring the McCauley Ranch in 1923. Meyer Barn No. 1 is a saltbox-shaped timber-framed
structure built in the early 1880s. The principal portion of the barn measures 30 feet (9.1 m) by 20 feet (6.1 m), with a lean-to addition 30 feet (9.1 m) by 16 feet (4.9 m). The barn is sheathed in vertical wood siding with a steeplypitched metal roof. The framing is believed to have been built flat and raised into position in five bents. Meyer Barn No. 2, nearby Barn No. 1 in Big Meadow, is similar in character to the McCauley Barn, measuring about 50 feet (15 m) square, with a hipped roof. It was built in the late 1870s. The center consists of a 25-foot (7.6 m) high saddle-notched log crib that supports the center of the steep roof. The crib was surrounded by stalls for livestock on three sides. The exterior wall is a frame structure covered in vertical board sheathing. The log roof structure was covered with shingles, now by sheet metal. The barns were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1978.
BOWERMAN BARN | TRINITY | 1878 The Bowerman Barn is a historic barn located on Guy Covington Drive southwest of Trinity Center. The barn was built in 1878 by Jacob Bowerman, a local cattle rancher. Bowerman built the barn by hand with whipsawn pine wood and board and batten siding, and the barn is a relatively uncommon example of such a hand-crafted design. The barn served as part of Bowerman’s ranch, which originally included a ranch house, milk house and wagon shed, all of which burned down. Bowerman sold beef and dairy products to wholesalers and businesses in Minersville, and his business played a significant role in the development of the regional economy. Bowerman died in 1917, and the barn was subsequently used for sheep farming and storage until the U.S. Forest Service purchased the property in 1974. The barn was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 1981 July • August 2022 California Cattleman 83
EDGEMOOR FARM DAIRY BARN | SANTEE | 1913 Edgemoor Farm Dairy Farm Barn was built as part of a dairy farm in 1913 in Santee, in San Diego County. Edgemoor was part of a Spanish land grant to Maria Antonio Estudillo who married Miguel de Pedrorena, a native of Madrid. By the 1850s, through a variety of ways, individuals obtained portions of the grant and began to farm. Walter Hamlin Dupee purchased Edgemoor Farm in 1913 and built it into a national award-winning dairy farm, polo pony ranch and early tourist attraction. Such was his prominence that the Guernsey Breeders Association in 1921 called his place “the foremost authority and breeder in the U.S.”, having given the most grand champions at this ranch founded by John and Walter Dupee. Dupee said, “I am interested in pure breeding stock, modern equipment and scientific methods, which I place at the disposal of all dairymen.” A series of personal setbacks and problems
brought Dupee to sell Edgemoor to Godfrey L. Strobeck. On May 16, 1986, the Santee Barn was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
THE PEREIRA OCTAGON BARN | SAN LUIS OBISPO | 1916 The Pereira Octagon Barn of San Luis Obispo is a historically and culturally important structure located on the southern outskirts of San Luis Obispo, California. It was built in 1906 by Henri LaFranchi (a young ItalianSwiss immigrant and the owner of a small meat market), John Damaso (an Azorean immigrant and a carpenter by trade) and a third, unknown man (identified only as a “milk farmer”). Since there were no other octagonal barns in the area, the builders may have worked from patterns of octagonal construction in farm journals or catalogs. The first user of the barn was Italian-Swiss immigrant Antonio Stornetta, who leased the barn for his Santa Fe Dairy operation until 1917. Joaquin and Josephine Pereira, with Josephine’s sister Eleanor and Eleanor’s husband Manuel Garcia, purchased the property in 1920 and made it part of an adjoining dairy operation in the Los Osos Valley. They were typical of many first- and second-generation Portuguese Americans, who followed in the footsteps of the Italian-Swiss in the dairy business. The Pereira-Garcia operation was called the Home Dairy. It had a pasteurization and bottling plant at 719 Higuera Street and made daily milk deliveries throughout the city of San Luis Obispo. Dairy operations continued into the 1950s when small-scale dairy operations were no longer economically viable. The barn then supported a small-scale cattle operation and
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some row-crop farming. The property was purchased in 1994 by John and Howard Hayashi, who three years later entered into a lease agreement with the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The Land Conservancy has restored the barn, which will be used as a community gathering place The Octagon Barn (5000 sq. ft.) is made with redwood timbers and has a new, custom shingled replacement redwood roof. There is a cupola on top reaching over 40 feet above the floor. The barn is accompanied by a 2,000-square-foot milking parlor (1938) and a calf barn.
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deworming ahead of breeding, you will provide extra immune support so the body can focus on reproduction. The reproductive tract plays an integral role. For virgin heifers, taking pelvic scores and rectally palpating the reproductive tract ahead of breeding can save time and money – allowing you to avoid spending resources on females that aren’t ready or won’t breed. Sexson recommends against AI for cows that have a tough time calving because their reproductive tracts might be damaged. Make sure to take note of any cows needing assistance during the calving season. Handling cattle using low-stress techniques matters, too. “At the chute when breeding cattle, a technician can see and feel an obvious difference between cattle that have been mishandled and those that are handled carefully,” says Sexson. “Stressed or mishandled females won’t be easy to breed, and this can negatively affect breeding rates.” Breed using visual estrus detection The traditional method of estrus detection is to watch cattle mount one another and look for hair being rubbed on the backside. But there are existing tools to make this easier. Tools such as breeding indicator patches help visibly show estrus activity so you can save time by not watching cattle all day. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 88
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 86 A breeding indicator patch helps identify when cattle are expressing high estrus intensity indicated by more mounting activity. As mounting activity occurs, the patch surface ink rubs off to expose a bright indicator color. Sexson routinely uses breeding indicator patches when AI breeding, and his preferred protocol is split-time AI. He applies breeding indicator patches after pulling CIDRs (controlled intravaginal drug release) and then observes the results 60 hours later. At this point, Sexson likes to see 55 percent to 65 percent of cattle expressing high estrus intensity by observing at least half of the surface ink rubbed off the patches. “If I wait another 12 to 18 hours, which would be 72 to 78 hours after applying the patches, estrus expression rises to 75 percent to 85 percent of the herd,” says Sexson. “That high level of estrus intensity across the herd drives up conception.” High estrus intensity occurs when at least 50 percent of the surface ink is rubbed off breeding indicator patches. Cattle can be bred with more success when estrus intensity is high. High estrus intensity also leads to less embryonic losses after breeding. Should patches have less than 50 percent of surface ink rubbed off, consider using cheaper straws of semen because the likelihood of pregnancy is reduced.
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“Using a breeding indicator patch in any breeding protocol is an insurance policy to let me know if anything might have gone wrong during the process and to better time breeding across the herd,” says Sexson. Set realistic expectations, see economic returns Getting 100 percent of the herd to settle and breed to first service AI is a lofty goal. However, it isn’t necessarily realistic. Having half the herd or more breed to AI is more in line with industry standards and is beneficial to overall herd profitability. “If you have 100 cows, and you want 50 percent of them calving the first 10 days of the calving season, your bulls are not going to accomplish that,” says Sexson. “It’s not that the bulls can’t breed the cows. The cows just aren’t going to be set up in such a fashion that you’re going to get 50% of the calves in 10 days.” Sexson says it’s possible to get 60 percent or 70 percent of the herd bred in the first 30 days with natural service if your management is good. With AI, you can get 70 percent of the herd successfully bred on the first service. This puts you in position for most of your herd to calve in the first 10 days. Frontloading the calving season with AI helps raise weaning weights because the average age of calves rises. You can also reap the benefits of uniform calf crops at marketing to help benefit your bottom line.
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COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR PASTURE-TO-PLATE EDUCATION by Makenzie Neves, director of producer communications, California Beef Council After a two-year hiatus, the California Beef Council (CBC) brought back its annual Pasture to Plate Beef Tour. The in-depth experience immersed foodservice, retail and nutrition professionals in the beef lifecycle production process, engaging participants in an open and transparent conversation about the beef industry. The tour consisted of several stops in the Central Valley that included: a cowcalf ranch, dairy farm, calf ranch, auction yard, feedyard and a beef processing plant. Insightful guest speakers spoke on current beef topics, and tour stops provided a chance for participants to mingle with cattle ranchers and dairy farmers. The tour welcomed over 20 participants, representing different companies such as Costco, Smart & Final, WinCo Foods, Jack in the Box, Panda Express, UC Davis Health and more. Attendees and producers were able to have important conversations. Attendees received a pre- and post-tour survey, and sentiment toward the beef industry positively shifted for the attendees as a whole. After experiencing the tour, every participant felt the positives of the beef industry strongly or somewhat outweighed the negatives and no participants reported to have felt the negatives of the beef industry outweigh the positives. Here is what one participant had to say about their experience: “This is a wonderful tour to promote transparency within the industry. Everyone that is involved within the industry should know the information that was provided on this tour to fully understand the environment. I will absolutely be keeping my eye out for more tours hosted by the CBC and others to further expand my knowledge in
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this field. Thank you to all that put this on. You are truly doing an amazing job. Looking forward to the next one!” – Costco, Assistant Buyer- Grind Sizzled in California The CBC is kicking off their seven-week summer grilling “Sizzled in California” campaign, which includes 15-second SmartAudio spots and mobile/geo-fencing location-based display ads that drive consumers to the campaign landing page, SizzledInCalifornia.com. The campaign landing page includes a link to our beef offer, video content, sweepstakes entry portal and a selection of curated summer grilling recipes. Our beef offer allows consumers to earn $2 cash back on a $10 or more purchase of middle meat beef cuts through the Checkout 51 mobile app. In addition to the online and digital elements, the CBC has partnered with Neptune Retail Solutions to deploy in-store point-of-sale (POS) in the meat case at more than 450 California retail locations. The in-store POS provides a scannable QR code to drive consumers to the SizzledinCalifornia.com landing page. Visit SizzledInCalifornia.com for more information. Nutrition Program Update In line with the California Beef Council’s priorities, the CBC has placed an extra emphasis on communicating beef ’s nutritional value and importance to consumers. This short five-minute video shows producers some of ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 92
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 90 our nutrition outreach programs, and highlights CBC’s efforts this spring to promote and strengthen beef ’s value proposition, grow consumer trust and share beef ’s sustainability story all through nutrition education and communication. Check out the nutrition update video https://youtu.be/zJMVloYGOh8 at Calbeef.org/ producers to learn more! CBC Disney and Hulu Collaboration The CBC has partnered with Disney and Hulu to create short lifestyle videos that feature beef nutrition messaging with the CBC’s Registered Dietitian, Kori Dover. These videos will air across ABC Local, ABC, ABC News, Disney, ESPN, FreeForm, FX, Hulu and Nat Geo, as well as CBC social media channels. Be sure to watch our Facebook and Instagram, @californiabeefcouncil to check them out!
grilling meals and place beef as the top protein above other meat and plant-based proteins. The campaign will mirror the national summer grilling campaign flight which will run the length of the summer, from June 6 through August 30, in order to capitalize on the peak summer grilling season. The campaign will include video ads on YouTube that feature beef ’s new spokesperson Tony Romo, Google paid search digital ads and summer grilling audio ads on Spotify. The video, digital and audio ads will be targeted to consumers in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana,and funded by state beef councils from Idaho, Iowa, North Dakota and Montana. Media spend will follow relative consumer population of the seven states where ads will be targeted. Funding for this campaign keeps beef top-of-mind for California consumers during the summer grilling months, and allows the California Beef Council to leverage statelevel producer checkoff dollars in other areas.
Western States Campaign With summer heating up, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) on behalf of the national beef checkoff, is kicking off the Western States Regional Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to inspire consumers in the Western U.S. to choose beef for their outdoor
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THE INDUSTRY NEEDS A REFEREE by Col. Joe Goggins, Northern Livestock Video Auction There has been a lot of discussion the last few years about fed cattle marketing and finding solutions to make it a fairer and more equitable situation on a consistent basis for both the producer and the feeder. I’ve had the great opportunity to sit in and be a part of many of these conversations, and one thing is blatantly obvious: the cattle industry of the United States will never totally agree or unify on any solutions that have to do with the way we market fed cattle. It’s plain and simple. However, I do believe that we, the U.S. cattle industry, had better come together and unify on some key issues that deal with fairness and incentives, not only for those of us in production agriculture; these issues also impact main street, rural America. We need to keep it alive and well. Something we can all agree upon within the livestock industry is the great need of a referee at the highest level of the livestock food chain, in order to hold the packers accountable. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the bipartisan Senate Bill 3870, or the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022 (Special Investigator Act). The summary of this bill states that it would establish the Office of the Special Investigator for Competition Matters. “Specifically, the office must use all available tools (e.g., subpoenas) to investigate and prosecute violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (P&S Act) […] the bill grants the office the authority to bring any civil or administrative action authorized by that action against a packer,” the summary writes. I believe that the Special Investigator Act, if passed, will give this industry that much-needed referee. It is not asking us to change the way we market our fed cattle, rather, it is simply putting someone in a career position to make sure the packing industry is playing by the rules of the P&S Act. I firmly believe that this position needs to be a career position, and not one that is politically appointed; the intent of the position should be to remain neutral and consistent in the way the P&S Act is enforced. The Office of the Special Investigator would also be very helpful in providing
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input on how the 100-year-old P&S Act could be updated to fit the times and ways of modern-day business. The way I like to illustrate my support of the Special Investigator Act is that, as young people growing up in America, we have all been taught how to be good, competitive citizens. We’ve played football, basketball and baseball. We’ve done speech and drama, showed cattle in 4-H and FFA, we’ve done the Little Britches rodeos. In all these endeavors growing up, we have literally had a judge or a referee. If we ever stepped out of bounds or broke the rules in any way, we came to realize at a young age that there are consequences and penalties for these violations. In the livestock industry, I think we can say in unison that all we want is someone who will enforce the P&S Act with a team of dedicated staff that has the ability to investigate the tough issues facing producers and hold bad actors accountable. Since I am in the mood, one other issue that we as an industry, and as a country, need to address is food independence. The United States of America can’t lose much more acreage out of food production if we are going to hold onto our food independence. When we are forced into a position where we have to import more food than we produce, we are no longer a superpower. Our top bargaining chip when it comes to world trade is not our energy, it’s not our technology. It’s our food. We must come up with some ways to incentivize folks to keep their land in food production for the masses. We must add some margin to these grassroots operations if we want these young people to stay involved in agriculture. Our lawmakers have never been more willing to help rural Americans than the present. They just need wellthought-out, common-sense solutions from a unified front. I absolutely believe that we, as one industry, can go to work and get this done. Let’s put our differences aside, come together and do something meaningful for ourselves and most importantly, the next generation!
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BULL SALE SEASON IS HERE by Clint Rusk, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, American-International Charolais Association In the U.S., the National Charolais Sale is the annual event that signals the beginning of the four-month period in the winter and early spring we often refer to as “Bull Sale Season.” This year’s National Charolais Sale featured exciting genetics consigned by progressive Charolais breeders from across the United States. With active bidders from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., the rapid pace of the sale was fueled by a large face-to-face crowd and numerous online bidders. I was fortunate to get a firsthand view of the sale from the auction block standing behind auctioneer, Col. Justin B. Stout. I watched as Mr. Greg Hubert (sale manager), Colt Keffer (sale consultant) and Mr. David Hobbs (AICA Vice President of Operations) received bids via cell phones on the elite investment opportunity in the popular Charolais bull, M&M Outsider 4003. A one-third revenue sharing interest in “Outsider” sold for $200,000 to kick-off this year’s National Charolais Sale. The camaraderie and enthusiasm in the sale arena at this event was electrifying! What an exciting way to begin 2022 with this sale grossing over half a million dollars! With only one month left of summer, the fall bull sale run out west is about to begin and we expect to see the same demand for good bulls! As a commercial cattle producer, you are aware of the importance of selecting the best bulls possible for your herd. Since your herd bulls provide at least half of the genetic make-up of your herd, it is imperative that you invest both time and money to select the best bulls possible to advance the profitability of your herd. For those of you who start the breeding season by synchronizing your replacement heifers, you know the artificial insemination (AI) sires you select will have a major impact on the level of success you have at the beginning of the calving season nine months after the first heifers are bred. It is important to consider calving ease direct, birth weight, scrotal circumference and maternal traits if you plan to keep replacement heifers out of your first calf heifers. If you sell your calves by the pound at weaning, you will also want to consider weaning weight EPDs. Choosing proven sires whose EPDs have high accuracy values (closer to a value of one) will help minimize the variation in your calf crop. Many of you have or will soon attend a sale to purchase herd bulls to put with your cows after they have been bred AI or, in some cases, instead of using AI, these will be your new herd
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bulls. My advice is to choose wisely because all bulls are not created equal. If you retain ownership of your calf crop through the feedyard, you will also want to consider carcass traits (backfat, carcass weight, marbling and ribeye area) when selecting your AI sires and or your new herd bulls. During my first three months at AICA, I received many phone calls from Charolais breeders asking me to visit with packer buyers about the carcass merit of Charolais and Charolaisinfluenced cattle. As many of you know, Charolais and Charolais-influenced cattle have plenty of advantages in the feedyard. First and foremost, these cattle are very efficient at converting feed to gain. This efficiency is partially derived from the Charolais advantage in muscularity and their ability to produce carcasses with large ribeyes per hundred weight. Certain bloodlines of Charolais cattle are also known to produce a high degree of marbling, which is the intramuscular fat found within the muscle that gives meat its desirable flavor. In January, I visited with Charolais breeders who have been breeding Charolais cattle that excel in carcass merit (marbling and muscle) for several generations. These breeders talked about the success they have experienced increasing marbling and muscling in the bulls they sell their customers, as well as in the calves their customers are producing. Because of the extra carcass merit found in Charolais and Charolais-cross calves, these animals are excellent candidates for premiums offered by carcass based “grids” such as “GeneNet” and “Sterling Silver.” Last month, I learned one of the major packers is now offering a premium for market cattle weighing over 1,600 lbs. In my opinion, this is good news for Charolais breeders and those who buy their bulls, as Charolais cattle tend to be leaner (less fat) at heavier market weights than some breeds. Thus, Charolais and Charolais-cross cattle should produce a lower percentage of Yield Grade 4 and 5 carcasses at 1,600 lbs., making them a breed of choice for packers seeking heavier market cattle. Best of luck as you plan your strategy for selecting AI sires and choosing your new herd bulls. As a final reminder, choose wisely, the bulls you purchase will certainly impact next year’s calf crop and if you keep their daughters as replacement heifers, your new bulls will influence your herd for many years to come!
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FOUNDATION FOCUS FIRST RATE HOSPITALITY AND EDUCATION AT CIRCLE RANCH by Ryan Donahue, associate director of communications, California Cattlemen’s Foundation On May 16, the California Cattle Council bused a group of chefs, butchers and other hospitality professionals to Circle Ranch in Ione for the opportunity to learn about a product critical to their respective industries: beef. Circle Ranch was ideal because of its proximity to Sacramento, relative beauty and its wonderful and most hospitable owners in Tim and Jill Curran. It should be noted that hospitality professionals are a wily bunch, nocturnal and Mondays are often their day off. Despite these factors we were able to cajole them to join us for a trip to the ranch in Ione 40 miles southeast of Sacramento. We often say the best way for people to better understand ranches and dairies is for them to actually visit one. Given the relative remoteness of most of these operations, such visits are not always feasible. However, we have created a program where we bring hospitality professionals for ranch and dairy visits a few times a year with the intention of creating a better connection between producers and those that serve as the ambassadors of ranch and dairy products to the consumers. We find if we can bridge the physical distance between producers and the typically more urban hospitality professionals that wonderful things tend to happen. We met on a Monday morning in a parking lot in midtown Sacramento with mimosas and donuts, loaded onto the bus and made our way to Ione. An ancillary benefit of these outings is that the restaurant workers, butchers and other industry professionals who have demanding schedules have some time to intermingle with one another without being stuck in a kitchen or behind a counter. The mood on the bus was lively to say the least. When we arrived at Circle Ranch, we were greeted by the Currans where Tim welcomed the group and gave an overview of ranch operations. Our lunch was already on the smoker. We were given a walking tour of the ranch and were lucky to hear from Tim and Jill about many aspects of their operations. Circle Ranch is primarily a cow-calf operation though that sells seedstock, primarily SimAngus bulls. The
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Curran’s moved some of their more experienced cows to the pasture nearest the meeting space. The group took a walk into the pasture in an attempt to view the animals more closely, but the heifers maintained a healthy distance. Perhaps they’re a wily bunch as well... We sat down to a prime rib lunch and heard from Haydn Clement a technician from the Chico State Meat Lab. Haydn hosted a variety of questions about beef production, specifically addressing the processes and timelines after animals are harvested. The conversation also covered the topic of anatomy and where some of the lesser-known cuts are located and their functionality on the animal. The presentation ended with Haydn removing an aged rib primal from a cooler using it as a visual aid to explain the benefits and processes involved in aging beef. Chef and business owner Aimal Formoli was a guest on the visit and commented, “It’s easy to forget that as operators how far downstream we are in meat production... that there are complex things going on throughout the whole system and the better educated we can be on that system can benefit us in our business.” The half day we spent at Curran Ranch was mutually beneficial for the ranch and the hospitality professionals alike. Often in events such as these, one side could feel a bit put out for the effort or the time it takes. In this instance we were thanked by both the hosts and the guests. A large part of it no doubt is due to the Curran’s amazing hospitality. Another reason is that even though ranches and restaurants/ butchers bookend a complex industry, their aims are largely the same; to provide a responsibly raised and sourced product in the most delicious way possible. When asked about the Curran’s hospitality, beverage industry professional said, “It’s those little finer touches that really make for a great experience. Going out to visit Tim and Jill was incredible. With them greeting us when we got off the bus, having flowers on the table... Even Tim who seems like a generally quiet person, opened up and was incredibly humble to let us in his space.”
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Producer Voices Heard at WOTUS Roundtable then get the Sackett ruling from the Supreme Court, we are In June, the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), just going to drag out this uncertainty. I think we are better an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association off waiting until the Sackett decision is made and then move (NCBA), hosted a Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) roundtable forward with a final rule,” said Gary Mason, the former with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers. deputy secretary for environment of the Kansas Department This roundtable was one of 10 accepted by the EPA of Health and Environment. and Army Corps. In July 2021, the EPA announced that This roundtable is just one of many ways NCBA has rather than facilitate public engagement — the typical engaged on WOTUS. In addition to filing a brief before course of action for major rulemakings — the agency the Supreme Court in the Sackett case, NCBA launched a would instead ask private organizations to entirely plan and grassroots campaign that provided more than 1,700 cattle propose a roundtable with representatives from agriculture, producers with the opportunity to submit a letter to the conservation groups, developers, water and wastewater EPA. As we wait for the EPA to continue the WOTUS managers, industry, Tribal leadership, environmental justice rulemaking process, NCBA will be a steadfast advocate for groups and state and local governments. cattle producers. “Cattle producers are grateful for the opportunity to share their perspective on WOTUS and explain how rules crafted in Washington will impact the daily operations of farms and ranches across the country,” Anaplasmosis is an infectious parasitic disease in cattle, spread said NCBA Environmental Counsel Maryprimarily by ticks and blood sucking insects like mosquitoes. The Thomas Hart. “To be successful in their killed anaplasmosis vaccine protects cows and bulls of any age operations, cattle producers need a clear, from infection and requires a booster given 4 to 6 weeks after the limited WOTUS definition that finally initial vaccination. Find out below if you should order the vaccine! provides much-needed certainty after years of shifting rules.” Do you NO YES Producers in Kansas also voiced own cattle? a similar perspective on the need for regulatory certainty. “We supported the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, particularly because it gave some bright, bright lines for our producers Do they to decide, do I need to talk to EPA, or do I You don’t need it, graze in need to talk to the state regulatory agency,” but should still areas where said KLA Vice President of Legal and NO YES Anaplasmosis support the Government Affairs Aaron Popelka. is a Another key point that roundtable California participants made was the need for problem? Cattlemen’s voluntary incentives rather than regulation. (Consult your local Association veterinarian to find out) “Changes in practices, whether it’s adoption of new management strategies, are much better incentivized by education Do you want to prevent rather than regulation,” said Shawn Tiffany, the effects of the disease a Kansas producer and KLA presidentincluding severe anemia, elect. weakness, fever lack of Dan Meyerhoff, executive director of NO appetite, depression, YES the Kansas Association of Conservation constipation, decreased Districts agreed and said, “If we increase regulations and make things more milk production, You stringent, it’s going to hinder the voluntary jaundice, abortion and don’t conservation efforts that I think are very possibly death? need to successful in here.” order it While this roundtable was not directly ORDER TODAY BY CALLING (916) 444-0845! tied to the EPA’s ongoing WOTUS Available in 10 or 50 dose bottles rulemaking, a common theme among 10 dose bottles: $8.50 per dose participants was the need to pause 50 dose bottles: $7.50 per dose rulemaking while the Supreme Court considers the case of Sackett v. EPA, a direct *10 dose minimum and $10 flat rate shipping SOLD ONLY TO CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERS challenge to the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act. “If we write a rule now, finalize it and 102 California Cattleman July • August 2022
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Burger by Ryan Donahue for the California Cattleman
I‘ve spent a lot of time thinking about cheeseburgers. In my time in restaurants my partners and I tinkered and tweaked every component in an effort to create burger nirvana. Over time we did win some awards but like anything else, such perfection is a moving target and can never truly be attained. This burger represents the closest I’ve gotten in the last few years. It’s simple (in form) yet decadent. It’s also a pain to make. That said, it’s worth the effort. This burger is a homage to “Steak Au Poivre” which is a black pepper-encrusted steak (usually filet mignon) served with a sauce consisting of reduced cognac, cream, butter, beef stock, green peppercorns, shallots and thyme leaves. Note: The “Fancy Cheese Sauce” can be made ahead of time and stores nicely for more than a week in a sealed container in a refrigerator. This cheese sauce can be used in a myriad of ways. Mix it with some sturdy noodles and it makes for a spectacular mac ‘n’ cheese or even use it as a fondue cheese.
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• 80/20 Ground Beef - 1.5 pounds or 1/3 pound per person • Soft Burger Buns • Kosher Salt • Coarse Fresh Ground Black Pepper (lots) Fancy Cheese Sauce • Fresh Thyme - 1 Bunch (2TB picked) • Shallot - 1/2 cup finely diced • Butter - 1/2 pound (2 sticks) • Brandy or Cognac 1/8 cup (a good splash) • Heavy Cream - 1 pint • Beef Stock - 2 cups • Green Peppercorns - 3.5 oz jar (chopped... keep the brine) • Sliced White American Cheese (it may claim to be Swiss) - 24 slices (you’ll need 12)
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Make sure to have your ingredients prepared and ready to go. In restaurants such preparation is termed mise en place (roughly translated to putting in place) where all your components in a dish are prepped and measured. This cook is fast and there’s no time to be chopping while cooking. Add one stick of butter to a pan at medium high heat. Once the pan is hot and the butter is bubbling add the shallots and green peppercorns. Cook until fragrant with the shallots being translucent (about three minutes). Add a knob (or chunk) of butter. Add 2 Tbsp. picked thyme leaves. Add Brandy/Cognac. (Note: The alcohol could ignite on its own). Use the stick lighter to ignite the contents of the pan. Once the alcohol is burned off add the beef stock and green peppercorn brine. Reduce to a consistency thicker than water. Reduce the heat to medium and gradually stir in the heavy cream. Once the cream is incorporated stir in the American cheese four slices at a time. From this point it’s all feel. There’s really no limit to the amount of cheese that can be added. What you want is to cook the sauce to a consistency just a bit looser than melted nacho cheese. Salt to taste. If making burgers immediately hold the cheese in the pan (lidded) on your lowest burner setting or in the oven at 200°. If saving for later, store the sauce in a lidded container and refrigerate. Portion your ground beef into the size of a tennis ball (about 6 ounces). Heat your cast iron or flat top grill to a medium high heat (if you have an IR thermometer heat to 420°). While your cooking surface heats toast your buns. Once buns are toasted place beef ball(s) on the cooking surface and smash with an oiled-up spatula to a half inch thick. Depending on the size of your cooking surface you may able to do one, two or even four at a time. Crack coarse black pepper on the uncooked side of the burger patty. Be aggressive. Once the bottom of the patty develops a brown crust (about 2 minutes), flip and salt the cooked side. Once cooked, allow the patties a 5-minute rest. Serve on the toasted bun with a healthy dollop of the fancy cheese. Enjoy!
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Top of the Class
Each year, CCA recognizes graduates from agriculture programs at each of California’s major university agriculture programs. The following students were nominated and selected by their university professors for their standout performances during their undergraduate career.
SARAH BARTELL Bakersfield
MAKAILA HALL Dunlap
ANIMAL SCIENCE Has a current position in the livestock industry.
ANIMAL SCIENCE Plans to pursue a career in the livestock industry.
CCA members should be pleased to see the future of our industry being so dedicated to their cause and to the agricultural way of life. CCA extends congratulations to the class of 2022 for the perseverance they have shown in working to obtain an education!
ROSS MAY Atwater
ANIMAL SCIENCE Is attending veterinary school at the University of Arizona.
MAKAILA NOWELL Clovis
KAYTLYNN WEBER Fresno
Is pursuing a career in livestock management.
Plans to become a high school agriculture teacher.
JEREMY SCHWARTZ San Carlos
SOFIA MCANDREWS Encinitas
Is employed by Western Crop Insurance Agency.
Will be working for the OW Ranch in Montana.
Plans to be a veterinary technician for large animals.
BROOKE TUCHMAN North Tustin
MADISON KINDBERG Escalon
MAHLON OWENS Red Bluff
Will be working for the USDA Will be attending a Masters as an agent for the Stockyards and program at UC Davis in the Packers Division. Animal Biology Graduate Group. 106 California Cattleman July • August 2022
SEDAR KANE Cottonwood
Will be working at a Red Angus operation in Colorado.
NATALIA MARIN Fairfield
ABIGAIL RODRIGUEZ Watts
Will pursue graduate studies in Animal Biology at UC Davis.
I will be working towards DVM in large animal medicine.
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In Memory COTTON ROSSER
ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor and life long advocate for the western way of life, Cotton Rosser passed away June 22 at his home in Marysville. He was 93. Cotton Rosser was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1995. Rosser and his son, Reno, operated the Flying U Rodeo and Rosser Rodeo stock contracting companies based in Marysville. They produce about 50 rodeos a year. In 1985, Rosser was named PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year. Cotton was named the 2019 Legend of ProRodeo. Rosser is a pioneer in the rodeo industry, who was ahead of his time in developing the entertainment side of rodeo. Rosser received the PRCA Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement award in 2015. “A lot of rodeos we have had for 60 years, like the Cow Palace, Red Bluff (in California) and Reno (Nev.),” said Cotton, who served on the PRCA Board of Directors for many years. “They even put a statue up in Reno of me (in 2014). It just doesn’t get much better. I have raised a good family and I really tried to help rodeo. Some people say if you’ve seen one rodeo, you have seen them all, and I have always said I don’t think that’s quite true. Rodeo is the greatest sport in the world, and I’m glad to have been a part of it for the last 70 years.” Cotton was still riding a horse into the arena up until this April, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Rodeo is the only thing I know,” Cotton said. “It doesn’t get better than that when you ride into the arena and they play the national anthem and there is a full house.” For more than 60 years, Rosser was known for his spectacular, flamboyant opening ceremonies at rodeos on the West Coast and for many years at the National Finals Rodeo. He searched out ideas from sources as remote from the sport as ice shows and circuses, looking for that special something he can add to his productions. The other side of Rosser is his history as a top cowboy, who started competing in all of rodeo’s standard events as a teenager and later as a member of his college rodeo team at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. As a professional, he won buckles, saddles and trophies. Among his many titles, one of Rosser’s highlights was winning the all-around title at the 1951 Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco. Cindy is being inducted as a notable into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 16, and she acknowledged her dad’s passing will make that event more emotional. Cotton is survived by his wife, Karin, and children, sons, Lee, Brian, Reno and daughters, Cindy and Katharine and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 108 California Cattleman July • August 2022
Justin B. Nuckols, 54, passed away on June 11, at Horse Corral Meadow. He was born March 9, 1968, in Porterville to Robert (Bob) Nuckols and Gail Goins Nuckols. Justin was the 4th generation to attend Hope Elementary School in Porterville, graduated from Porterville High School in 1986, and attended College of the Sequoias and Fresno State University. While at Fresno State, he met the love of his life, Michelle Gutsch. They were married September 2, 1995. Together they made their home in Porterville and raised two incredible sons, Tanner, 22, and Carson, 19. Justin was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Anyone that knew Justin, loved him. He was big-hearted and committed to his family and friends. His wittiness kept people laughing with his one-liners and incredible sense of humor. He was a 4th generation cattle rancher and farmer and had a passion for preserving the family’s ranch heritage. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at Fresno State, where he made many lifelong friends. He was a member of 4-H and FFA and a strong supporter of his sons’ 4-H and FFA activities and never missed a chance to be involved with the boys, including making trips to Texas Tech University during the past 3 years to visit them at school. He was a member of the Tulare County Farm Bureau, Tulare County Cattlemen’s Association and California Cattlemen’s Association. Every night, you could find him working in the shop. He was a master fabricator and mechanic. He could fix anything and if he didn’t have the tool to do it, he’d make it. Justin and the family spent their summers up at Horse Corral Meadow, the cattle ranch in the Sierras that’s been in the family for over 100 years. His appreciation for that land and the family history there were so close to his heart. He loved the back country, especially Cloudy Canyon, Dead Man and the Roaring River area. His Grandpa Lewis told him the history of that area. He continued the tradition of maintaining the log corrals and fences at Horse Corral. Each year he took the cattle and horses there for the summer, along with family and friends to enjoy what he called, “God’s Country.” Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis and Betty Goins and Bob and Emma Nuckols. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Gutsch Nuckols; his sons, Tanner Nuckols and Carson Nuckols; his mother and father, Gail Nuckols and Bob Nuckols; his sister, Adonas Nuckols; and numerous family members. A Celebration of Life was held June 25, at Nuckols Ranch in Porterville. Memorial donations can be made to: Tulare County Farm Bureau Education and Scholarship, 737 N. Ben Maddox Way, Visalia, CA 93292 (note the contribution is in memory of Justin Nuckols); and Fresno AGR Alumni, 610 S. Lassen, Kerman, CA 93630 c/o Chris McKenna.
On June 25, Nellie Mae McPhee joined the love of her life, Roy McPhee, in heaven. Nellie—known as “Granny” to friends and family alike— was a remarkable cattlewoman, devout Catholic and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Nellie was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Longmont, Colo., to Pearl and Carl Osborne. Her family relocated to Antioch, when she was about 12 years old. In 1961, Nellie joined a bowling league while she was living in Pittsburg, and working as a secretary at the U.S. Steel Company. It was at the bowling alley where she first met Roy, whose “marvelous” bowling skills and “ridiculous” cowlick interested her far more than her own bowling average. After playing hard to get, Nellie finally gave in to a lunch date with Roy. The two were married in 1962, and after that, they were rarely found apart. Roy and Nellie later moved to Lodi, and in 1971, they started a small herd of registered Red Angus cattle, which grew into McPhee Red Angus. That herd soon became the largest Red Angus herd west of the Rocky Mountains and was recognized in 2005 as “one of the most influential herds in the breed.” Nellie was active in her community and loved joining her friends and family in a game of Mexican Train
John Sparrowk passed away on May 11, 2022. John was born Nov. 17, 1960 in San Luis Obispo, the first-born of three kids. He grew up under the guiding influence of his father, Jack Sparrowk, and his mother, Judy Adams. His father and stepmother, Beverly, have a large ranching operation across northern California and southern Oregon. The ranch shaped who John became later in life, giving him a love for the outdoors and agriculture. Following the Sparrowk family tradition, John attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for his college education. He later worked a variety of jobs. But always seemed to come back to ranching, which was his true passion. Up until his passing, John worked on his father’s ranch in Clements. John later married Kim Sparrowk and in 1997, he welcomed his son Jarod to his family. John was
dominoes—even though she didn’t hold the winning title perhaps as often as she would have wished. Her quick-witted tongue and sly sense of humor made her a friend to many, and she was always quick to let you know what she really thought about something. Nellie was recognized in 1992 as the San JoaquinStanislaus CattleWoman of the Year, and then in 2018 as the San Joaquin-Stanislaus Cattleman of the Year. Nellie was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Delta Omega, LockefordClements Garden Club, Lodi Republican Women, California Cattlemen’s Association, American Red Angus Association, California Beef Cattle Improvement Association and Beef Improvement Federation. She was also an active supporter of 4-H and FFA. In her legacy, Nellie leaves behind four children, Michael (Pam) McPhee of Linden, Kurtis (Pamela) McPhee of Sonora, Mary (Robert) Miller of Linden, and Rita McPhee of Lodi; many grandchildren, Michael (Shayni), Becky (Jose), Lukas, Anna, Royce, Rose, Karey (C.R.), Louie (Allison), Bradley (Jamie), Christina and Jennifer (TJ); 15 great-grandchildren and another on the way; and numerous nephews and nieces. Nellie is preceded in death by her husband, Roy; sister, Carol Rich; and brothers, Carl Osborne Jr. and Clifford Osborne. A visitation was held Tuesday, July 5 from 1-5 p.m. at the Lodi Funeral Home with a rosary held July 6, a rosary will take place at St. Joachim’s Church in Lockeford. a funny, playful and caring father. John instilled his strong Christian ideals into his son and built a life of opportunity for him. Twelveyears later, John met his wife Lora at the Cowboy Church at the Clements Buckaroos. His relationship with Lora blossomed into a lasting bond that would continue for the rest of John’s life. They had planned to move to a home in the middle of nowhere where they could leave a wood stove on around the clock, which if you knew John, you would know how much he loved his fires. John was a quiet and solitary man, often choosing to do his own thing. You would often find him wandering around during family events quietly observing the scenery. Or you would see him wandering around at home at 1 a.m. since he was an early bird. John was also well-known from his one-line zingers that would have everyone laughing. And even though he often preferred to spend time by himself, he had a very large group of people he called friends and family. He will be missed by many. July • August 2022 California Cattleman 109
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farrier Charles Eugene Davy parted ways with his loved ones to join the love of his life in heaven on May 31. His wife, Julie Mae Davy, and he shared humor, generosity and love as they both battled cancer. They fought courageously together for many years. Charles was born Dec. 27, 1943 at Scotia Hospital. He was the second of four siblings born to Charles and Lois Davy. He spent his first years of life in Shively before moving to a dairy farm in Ferndale. The family parted ways with their dairy farm and moved to Grizzly Bluff where they raised beef cattle. Charles attended and graduated from Fortuna High School in 1962. He experienced and persevered through the ‘64 flood. After graduation he decided to pursue a major in agriculture at Fresno State. He returned to Humboldt and worked at Eureka Office Supplies while doing farrier work in the evenings. While working at Eureka Office Supplies he met his first wife, Ruth Linton, and had their two children, Karmen and Jennifer. Charles shared a love for horses and agriculture with his daughters. As a jack-of-all trades, he could fix or build anything and he dedicated countless hours to his hobbies. He roped, participated in sheep dog trials, dabbled in woodworking and photography, bronc riding, fishing, hunting and raising suffolk sheep and Angus cattle. He was recognized in Boone and Crockett records of North American big game. He trained multiple horses and was a marksman shooter in the National Guard. He also loved tinkering on his tractor. He both loved and hated that darn thing, but it had a very important purpose, as he used it to keep Esther Lane’s road maintained so the mail truck could deliver to his neighbors. Charles was also well known for being one of Humboldt’s oldest and most loved farriers. In 2002, Charles married his soulmate Julie Mae Lane. Together they took on the world, making many memories along the way. They shared horse trail adventures, traveling, lots of fun-filled family activities such as barbecues and apple squeezes and raised many critters on their mini farm. Together they traveled to Vermont, Maine, Hawaii and explored the ancient ruins in Mesa Verde, Colo. They also shared a calling to their church. Charles was a soft spoken, kind and generous man who made people feel grateful for the time they got to spend with him. He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh. Charles never lost his humor or work ethic despite the many health obstacles thrown at him. He was always helpful and useful, even as recently as two weeks ago, when he helped his daughter and granddaughter care for their goats where more than one laugh was shared amongst everyone. Charles always made everyone feel welcome and he will be missed by all who knew him. Charles is preceded in death by parents, Charles and Lois Davy, wife Julie Davy, and sister Judy Bolsted. He is survived by his children Karmen Davy, Jennifer Davy, children he gained through marriage Sarah and Tyler Sumner, Mary McLean who was like a daughter to him, grandchildren Kelsey Davy, Jaycie Davy, Britnee Davy, Hannah Underhill, Hayden Underhill, and, six soon to be seven, greatgrandchildren that brought him absolute joy, his brothers George Davy, Bob Davy, his nephews, and niece Bob Davy Jr., Annette Vandehouf, Kyler Davy, Josh Davy, and Adam Davy and their children. He also leaves behind his horse Bob, his dog Sam and numerous chickens. A funeral service was held July 9, in Arcata. Memorial contributions can be made in Charles’ name to Saint Albans Church at 1675 Chester Ave, Arcata, CA 95521. 110 California Cattleman July • August 2022
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Markie Hageman and Austin Jones were married on May 21 in Hilmar. The bride is the daughter of Michael Hageman, Notasulga, Ala., and Jenny and Robert Britton, Auburn, Ala. The groom hails from Hilmar and is the son of Tim and Janice Jones. The couple has made their first home in Hilmar where Austin is a grower relations representative with Gallo Winery. Markie works for Edwards, Lien and Toso, along with continuing to manage the social media advocacy page she created, Girls Eat Beef Too.
Wren Marie Mancino was born April 13 to parents Joey and Kealie Mancino of Waukee, Iowa. She weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Wren’s grandparents in California are George and Candice Mancino of Hollister.
Cody and Alyssa Haines, Clovis, welcomed their first child Weston Anthony Haines on May 19. He weighed in at 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Tony and Danette Toso, Hornitos and John and Tracy Haines of Waxahatchie, Texas.
Dean Allen Daley was born May 14 to Kyle and Jordan Daley, Oroville and welcomed by big sister Juniper. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Dean’s grandparents are Dave Daley, Cyndi Daley, and Brad and Lisa Bidlack, all of Oroville.
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$1,900 + .38/per head $1,900 $1,650 $1,400 $1,150 $900 $650 $450 $300 $150
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: $100 (ASSOCIATES CANNOT OWN CATTLE)
$20.00 $10.00 $10.00 $25.00 $25.00 $20.00 $20.00 $25.00
Humboldt-Del Norte Inyo-Mono-Alpine Kern County Lassen County Madera County Mendocino County Merced-Mariposa Modoc County
Statewide Stewards of the Land
Applicant’s Birth Date:_______________
CCA Supporting Member
if over 25 years of age Applicant’s expected date of Graduation:
(Available to non-producers that own land on which cattle could or are run.) (Available to non-producers who support the industry.)
Cൺඅංൿඈඋඇංൺ Bൾൾൿ Cൺඍඍඅൾ Iආඉඋඈඏൾආൾඇඍ Aඌඌඈർංൺඍංඈඇ
CBCIA is an affiliate of CCA and is a producer driven organization that fosters beef cattle improvement and economical production based on information and education. Regular Members: Associate Members: Young Cattlemen:
$15.00 $25.00 NA $20.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $25.00
Must own fewer than 100 head of cattle. Must be 25 years of age or younger or a full-time student
- OR -
Step 3: Total Payment
$35 $35 $5
LOCAL ASSOCIATON MEMBERSHIP: (Circle up to four below) Amador-El Dorado-Sac Butte Calaveras Contra Costa -Alameda Fall River-Big Valley Fresno-Kings Glenn-Colusa High Desert
Young Cattlemen’s Committee
(includes Feeder Council Associate, Allied Industry membership and second membership. Second membership does not include Allied Industry voting rights.)
Step 2: Other Optional Dues Nൺඍංඈඇൺඅ Cൺඍඍඅൾආൾඇ’ඌ Bൾൾൿ Aඌඌඈർංൺඍංඈඇ
Yඈඎඇ Cൺඍඍඅൾආൾඇ Mൾආൻൾඋඌඁංඉ
Monterey County $25.00 Napa-Solano $20.00 Plumas-Sierra $10.00 San Benito $20.00 San Diego-Imperial $10.00 San Joaquin-Stanislaus $5.00 San Luis Obispo $30.00 Santa Barbara $25.00
□ Check payable to CCA
Local (All) $ TOTAL
Card #___________________________________ Exp______/________ CVV__________________ Name on Card ____________________________ Signature ________________________________ Santa Clara Shasta County Siskiyou County Sonoma-Marin Tahoe Tehama County Tulare County Tuolumne County
$25.00 $20.00 $10.00 $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 $5.00 $10.00
Ventura County Yolo County Yuba –Sutter
$35.00 $25.00 $25.00
July • August 2022 California Cattleman 117
9 Peaks Ranch.......................................................... 79 All-West/Select Sires............................................... 21 Amador Angus Ranch..........................................112 American Ag Credit................................................ 75 American Angus Association................................ 53 American Hereford Association..........................114 Animal Health International...............................115 Arellano Bravo Angus.......................................34. 35 Arrowquip................................................................ 55 Bar 6 Charolais......................................................... 99 Bar Ale Feeds........................................................... 16 Bar KJ Angus............................................................ 93 Bar R Angus Ranch...................................16, 17, 112 Beale Air Force Base............................................... 52 Beef Solutions Bull Sale ......................................... 51 Bovine Elite LLC....................................................116 Broken Box Ranch...........................................99, 115 Bruin Ranch............................................................. 51 Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale..................................... 39 Byrd Cattle Company...................................6, 7, 112 Cal Poly Bull Test Sale............................................. 61 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market................................ 15 Circle Ranch............................................................. 51 CoBank..................................................................... 75 Conlin Supply Co., Inc............................................ 62 CSU Chico College of Agriculture......................115 Dal Porto Livestock.........................................49, 112 Diablo Valley Angus..........................................34, 35 Dixie Valley Angus........................................112, 119 Donati Ranch...................................................19, 112 Duare Sales............................................................... 52 Eagle Pass Ranch..................................................... 33 EZ Angus Ranch........................................22, 23, 112 Farm Credit West.................................................... 75 Five Star Land and Livestock...........................16, 17
Freitas Rangeland Improvements........................105 Fresno State Ag Foundation...........................66, 115 Genoa Livestock..............................................11, 112 Gilliland Livestock.................................................. 63 Gold Country Horse Sale....................................... 73 Grimmius Cattle Co................................................ 89 Harrell Hereford Ranch........................................114 HAVE Angus..........................................................113 Heritage Bull Sale..............................................16, 17 Hogan Ranch.........................................................113 Hone Ranch............................................................113 Hufford’s Herefords.........................................28, 114 Hygieia Laboratories............................................... 47 J/V Angus...........................................................16, 17 JMM Genetics........................................................116 Jorgensen Ranch...................................................... 99 Kessler Angus Ranch............................................113 Knipe Land Company...........................................116 Lambert Ranch................................................10, 112 Little Shasta Ranch................................................115 Mason Morse Ranch Co......................................... 72 McPhee Red Angus.........................................67, 114 Morrell Ranches.....................................................144 Mrnak Herefords West........................................... 72 Nicholas Livestock .................................................. 99 No. 7 Simmentals..................................................... 94 Noahs Angus Ranch..............................................113 O’Connell Ranch.............................................19, 113 O’Neal Ranch.....................................................9, 113 P.W. Gillibrand Cattle Co.....................................114 Pacific Trace Minerals...........................................115 Pedretti Ranches...................................................... 45 Performance Advantage Bull Sale......................... 65 Phillips Red Angus................................................105 Rancher’s Technical Assistance Program............. 37
118 California Cattleman July • August 2022
Rancho Casino Angus............................................ 49 Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale............................ 85 Red River Farms....................................................113 Rhoades Ranch........................................................ 29 Romans Ranch Charolais....................................... 99 Sammis Ranch.......................................................113 Scales Northwest....................................................105 Schohr Herefords...................................................114 Shasta Farm & Equipment..................................... 92 Sierra Ranches............................................30, 31, 115 Sonoma Mountain Herefrods........................25, 115 Spanish Ranch..................................................76, 115 Stegall Cattle Company.......................................... 97 Stepaside Farms...............................................66, 113 Stokrose Angus......................................................103 Sweet Pro.................................................................. 95 Tehama Angus Ranch.......................................3, 113 Teixeira Cattle Co............................................77, 113 Thomas Angus Ranch............................................. 71 Traynham Ranches.................................................. 59 Tumbleweed Ranches...........................................114 Turlock Livestock Auction Yard......................40, 41 VF Red Angus........................................................114 Vintage Angus Ranch...................................114, 120 Visalia Livestock Market........................................ 91 Vitaferm/Biozyme................................................... 88 Ward Ranches.......................................................... 87 Watkins Fence Company......................................116 West Coast Brangus Breeders..............................115 Western Charolais Breeders................................... 99 Western Poly Pipe..................................................105 Western Stockman’s Market................................... 81 Western Video Market.............................................. 2 Wraith, Scarlett and Randolph............................111
“PERFORMANCE, GROWTH & CARCASS GENETICS” WATCH FOR DIXIE VALLEY GENETICS AT THESE FUTURE EVENTS! AUG. 19, 2022 • GENETIC ALLIES ONLINE SALE OCT. 2022 • THE GREAT Y69 ONLINE SALE
OCT. 2022 • DEADWOOD PROGENY ONLINE SALE JAN. 14, 2023 - DIXIE VALLEY BULL SALE
ADD TO YOUR HERD’S GENETIC FOUNDATION BY CONSIDERING THESE AND OTHER TOP SIRE PROSPECTS FROM DIXIE VALLEY ANGUS:
Owned with Poss Angus and Reverse Rocking R
BALDRIDGE HEADSTART Sire: Spring Cove Reno 4021 MGS: Connealy Confidence Plus
Sire: Poss Maverick • MGS: Poss Easy Impact 0119
STERLING BOND 007 Owned with Sexing Technologies
Sire: Connealy Confidence Plus • MGS: SydGen CC & 7
STERLING PACIFIC 904 Owned with Brookhouser T-Bone Angus
STERLING LEGACY 0106 Sire: Connealy Gary MGS: V A R Discovery 2240
Sire: Hoover No Doubt • MGS: G A R Prophet
STERLING ADVANTAGE 809
Owned with Revolution Genetics Sire: Connealy Confidence Plus • MGS: Connealy Consensus 578B
LEE NOBMANN, OWNER • MORGON PATRICK, MANAGING PARTNER
(530) 526-5920 • email@example.com www.dixievalleyangus.com • follow us on facebook!
PRIVATE TREATY BULLS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON THE RANCH
VINTAGE ANGUS RANCH Thursday, September 1, 2022 29th Annual “Carcass Maker” Bull Sale
Selling 200+ “Multi-Trait Excellence” Bulls • LaGrange, CA • 12 Noon VAR HOMELAND 1315
20034168 CED 7
VAR DOWNRIVER 1147
VAR TRADEMARK 1031 CED BW 13
VAR HEMISPHERE 1181
YW CW MARB RE $M $W
CED BW 6
YW CW MARB RE $M $W
19996031 CED 5
VAR HOMESTEAD 1065
19976716 CED 10
VAR FIREHOUSE 1374
VAR MISSION 1004 CED BW 15
CED BW 16
YW CW MARB RE $M $W
VAR FIREBACK 1282
19976669 CED 5
VAR COMMISSION 1397
VAR ENFORCEMENT 0609
20033040 CED 12
VAR CROSSWIND 1361
YW CW MARB RE $M $W
20032874 CED 9
Join us Sept. 1 as we offer the largest selection of high quality Angus bulls on the West Coast! CALL OR E-MAIL TO GET A SALE BOOK!
JIM COLEMAN, OWNER DOUG WORTHINGTON, MANAGER BRAD WORTHINGTON, OPERATIONS MIKE HALL, BULL SERVICES (805)748-4717 2702 SCENIC BEND, MODESTO, CA 95355 (209) 521-0537 • WWW.VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM OFFICE@VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM