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POSITIVE WAY TO END 2021 by CCA President Tony Toso
As we head into December and finish up the year’s business in Reno, I am once again amazed at how fast time flies. When I look back at 2021, I am grateful for the efforts and truly appreciate the hard work that has gone into these past twelve months by our committees and staff. To start, we have seen two of our three policy priorities of the CCA Fire Subcommittee become law, with a third having some pretty good promise for success as well. Hopefully we will now see more prescribed fire being utilized for wildfire mitigation and the opportunities for burn bosses to make them happen without the threat of being financially ruined through no fault of their own when they operate by the book. In addition, with the AB 1103 “Livestock Pass” framework now law, this statute now puts counties in position to utilize an organized structure to get a program off and running to allow for better access for producers to their ranches during times of emergency. Having been through the Detwiler Fire in 2017, I am hopeful we can make a tough situation just a little bit easier for producers. In the area of price discovery and market transparency, I am excited about the progress made by our subcommittee working on those issues. The price dilemma ranchers have been subjected to over the last century in one form or the other needs to be corrected. No easy task, but since when do we just let not good enough keep going? Well, we shouldn’t, and I am hopeful that this group of very savvy cattle producers can correctly analyze these problems and put together policy recommendations that help put more dollars back in the pockets of the rancher. Another area that is emerging as a great benefit to the ranching community is the Ranchers Technical Assistance Program, also known as “RTAP,” which is funded
by our dollar coming from the California Cattle Council when we sell cattle. This program has been a long-needed resource for our producers to help them navigate one of the most heavily regulated jurisdictions in the world (yes California). The assistance provided by Jack Rice and Noah Lopez is already providing dividends to ranchers trying to navigate regulations and I have heard glowing reports of how helpful this program has become. I am hopeful that this program can take a whole bunch of worry off the minds of my fellow ranchers. Finally, I can’t say enough about the great work and progress that Katie Roberti and Ryan Donahue have made with the two podcasts that have come out this year. “The Sorting Pen” targeting our fellow producers, and “Stories from California Cattle Country” are entertaining, informative and offer another great way to get information out to the public. If you haven’t listened in yet, do yourself a favor and check them out on your favorite podcast platform or on the association website at calcattlemen.org. This past year has been productive and incredibly busy. That said, the fight goes on and our leadership and staff are poised for another productive year. Issues like more grazing on state owned lands, wildfire insurance cancellations, environmental activism, sustainability, fake meat, transportation and the quest to get more dollars for our production will be at the forefront of our efforts. I look forward to working toward these goals, but we can’t do it without you and our fellow members. Collectively we can help protect our family operations and improve the stability of our ranches and preserves them into the future. Your membership is essential and appreciated, thank you!
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DECEMBER 2021 Volume 104, Issue 11
ON THE COVER
ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES CATTLEMEN'S COLUMN 2021 a good year for policy
BUNKHOUSE 6 Fire subcommittee makes progress for ranchers YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK Top 10 CCA wins in 2021 NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Focus on what you can control
COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR 16 Opening the gate to on-the-ranch learning BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD 22 Third quarter exports surpass the past HERD HEALTH CHECK 26 Cattle and horse stress in weather changes
Flournoy family achievement award California Angus breeders in the spotlight 2021 A Western Affair Is drought another new normal?
While the weather turns more brisk, this photo, taken on a North Coast ranch reminds us that no matter what area of the state cattle producers reside, they all join in waiting for the moisture our state needs this time of year so we have one less worry in the year to come. As 2021 winds to a close and we prepare to open the new chapter that 2022 will be, this isssue allows CCA members, officers and staff to reflect on a productive year for the beef community.
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DECEMBER 1-3 105th CCA and CCW Convention and California Cattle Industry Tradeshow Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno DECEMBER 18 Lassen Cattlemen’s Association Honey Lake Valley Grange, Susanville
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SUBCOMMITTEE MAKES STRIDES TOWARD FIRE LEGISLATION THAT WILL WORK FOR RANCHERS by CCA Executive Vice President Billy Gatlin Three years ago, then-CCA President Mark Lacey, Independence, appointed Tony Toso, Hornitos, to chair a newly formed Fire Subcommittee. Under Tony’s leadership, a well-qualified committee of CCA members identified three priorities: 1) Increase the use of prescribed burns; 2) improve access to livestock and property during a fire event; and 3) increase the use of grazing to control fuel loads. The Subcommittee had early success securing $1 billion in funding in 2018 to fund fuel load reduction and increase management of our state forests. Now under the leadership of Anthony Stornetta, Atascadero, the Subcommittee this year successfully secured an additional $1.5 billion over the next 3 years. In addition, this year two CCA-sponsored bills based on the Subcommittee’s priorities were signed by the Governor. These bills will provide liability protection for burn bosses and property owners and establish a Livestock Pass program for ranchers so they can access their property and livestock during a wildfire event. The Governor also included $20 million in the state budget to pay for damage from escaped controlled burns. CCA is continuing to work with Assemblyman Robert Rivas to expand grazing on state owned properties. The hard work of the CCA Fire Subcommittee, along with the support of CCA members, has delivered some major wins in the last three years. These victories did not come easy, but the Subcommittee remained resilient and persevered to overcome some major obstacles. They kept striking until the iron was hot. Perhaps most importantly we have shifted the narrative on controlled burns and ranchers’ critical role in helping the state become more fire resilient.
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
– William Butler Yeats
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There’s a tremendous amount of work ahead of us to ensure the money the state has allocated for fire mitigation efforts is used effectively and efficiently. It’s also critical that ranchers remain at the center of this effort and receive the resources and regulatory relief they need to reduce fuel loads on the over 30 million acres they collectively manage. We have a strategy, and given past success, we know we can continue to win. In 2022 there will be additional opportunities to highlight the beneficial role of livestock in preserving open space, providing wildlife habitat and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the state’s goals to create a climate resilient California. In its 30 by 30 Initiative and Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy, the Newsom Administration has demonstrated its ability to set audacious goals. In fact, no Governor has more goals than Newsom. What’s lacking in many of these goal setting documents is clear strategy on how to reasonably achieve these goals. CCA and our members have an unprecedented opportunity to influence and shape these strategies moving forward. Importantly, none of these goals frame livestock or grazing in negative terms. On the contrary they highlight the beneficial role of grazing and recognize that the state cannot achieve its goals without ranchers utilizing grazing to manage and maintain the land under their stewardship. Again, we are seeing the narrative around grazing shift. We are spending less time on defense and more time highlighting the critical benefits of grazing. This sets us up for success in 2022 and for years to come. While these small victories are noteworthy and worth celebrating, the hard work is just beginning and, in many ways, expanding. Each victory brings new opportunity and more work. Our success not only depends on your membership but your engagement. Every success we’ve had has been the result of a lot of volunteer hours from our CCA leadership and members. We need more hammers striking. Please consider contacting the CCA office or a CCA officer to learn how you can get engaged. Our collective efforts will deliver small and large victories that will protect our lifestyle and businesses for years to come, ensuring a bright future for the next generation of ranchers.
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WHAT YOUR CCA DUES have done #1 Facilitated creation of local “livestock pass” programs to give ranchers access during wildfires and other emergencies by sponsoring legislation #2 Secured $20 million in state funding to help shield prescribed burners from liability #3 Provides immunity to prescribed burners from CAL FIRE cost recovery through legislation #4 Secured $1.5 billion for wildfire resilience and forest health in the FY 2021-22 State Budget #5 Killed legislation which sought to promote plant-based meals in school lunches #6 Defeated legislation to incentivize conversion of livestock ranching to crop production #7 Active in a large coalition to defeat Prop 15, a measure which failed in the 2020 election #8 Secured state + federal assistance for ranchers impacted by drought, fire and market disruptions #9 Engaged policymakers directly with producers through legislative/regulatory ranch tours #10 The California Cattlemen’s Foundation created a Rancher Technical Assistance Program to assist in regulatory compliance for all producers, funded by the California Cattle Council
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CONTROLLING THE CONTROLLABLES
NCBA STAYS FOCUSED ON ISSUES WITHIN REACH from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Making a living in agriculture instills many profound lessons, but perhaps the first and hardest is this: Some things are beyond your control. Severe weather, drought, fire, global markets, the encroachment of foreign animal disease — many of the variables influencing a farmer or rancher’s bottom line are partially or entirely out of their hands. At least some degree of uncertainty is intrinsic to the cattle business and our producers face many unknowns as they work toward the future. Producers must take predictability and stability wherever they can find it, and that’s why minimizing volatility at the federal level is such a prominent part of NCBA’s daily work in Washington, D.C. When President Biden took office, we knew that a myriad of environmental issues would move to the top of the list for federal agencies. We expected — and have seen over the course of the year — a heavy focus on land designations, environmental regulations, climate change measures and more. This autumn, many headlines have broken in quick succession on these issues, and the seemingly constant government attention can feel unnerving. We are seeing the rapid-fire announcement of environmental policy changes because the White House is looking for wins. They need some cover to counter what is shaping up to be a messy, partisan end-of-year fight over the budget reconciliation package and infrastructure spending bill. With that in mind, NCBA is engaging on all fronts to fight back against knee-jerk environmental policy decisions that prioritize short-term media coverage over long-term stability, stewardship and planning. What’s In a Name? Since January when the Biden administration announced their goal to conserve 30 percent of American lands and waters by 2030, agricultural producers have been on high-alert. “Our members, particularly in the West, have voiced valid concerns throughout the year about how the White House’s America the Beautiful plan might be used to unilaterally take land out of production, out of grazing,” said NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources Kaitlynn Glover. “These are communities who know how quickly their lives and their operations can change at the whim of a federal agency.” Two developments in particular have brought these concerns to the forefront. In early September, the president issued a proclamation naming September as National Wilderness Month and voiced clear support for the use of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The problem? Wilderness designations are a very broad tool that prioritize preservation over conservation. Designations made under this act prohibit the use of motorized vehicles or mechanical tools, in many cases effectively banning the active management that is necessary to curb the risk of catastrophic wildfire, eradicate invasive 10 California Cattleman December 2021
species, maintain healthy habitat for wildlife and more. Reliance on wilderness designations and other tools that try to keep land as it is forever, deny the basic fact that ecosystems must be managed to be conserved. “When the administration prioritizes a blanket designation over targeted, active conservation plans, they send the signal that they only care about the name of a geographic area — not the condition of the natural resources on that land,” Glover said. “Conservation is an action verb, and it requires careful management and attention — like the kind of work cattle producers do.” About a month later, in early October, the administration announced they plan to expand the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by millions of acres. The move was deeply disappointing, and NCBA was quick to point out that after months of touting their intent to work collaboratively with state governments and gather local stakeholder input, the administration totally disregarded outreach on the ground. Instead, the administration opted for a unilateral federal designation, rather than working with local residents to craft a constructive, permanent plan. “Successful, durable management and protection of special places only works if those involved are committed to the same goal,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “These should not be partisan decisions, but what we saw in Utah was purely driven by partisan politics. For these landscapes, we must think in terms of decades, not election cycles. Long-term conservation strategies can take years to evolve, and it is completely unrealistic to keep whiplashing back and forth on these monuments from administration to administration, all while paying lip service to the idea of community input.” Glover agreed that the monument designation will work contrary to the conservation goals that the administration promotes on paper. “Preservation and conservation are fundamentally different things,” she said. “The former attempts the impossible task of freezing dynamic landscapes in time, prohibiting necessary interventions to keep ecosystems healthy. The latter lays out a strategic plan for active management that responds to changes and helps these ecosystems thrive. Unfortunately, monument designations are more about the kind of preservation strategies we know from experience do not work.” Glover added that this new emphasis on removing management tools on more than three million acres in these monuments is particularly out of touch at a time when catastrophic wildfires have covered more than five million acres this year alone. “Wildfire doesn’t care about whether an area has a special name or title — it cares about the availability of oxygen and fine fuels. That’s it. Enacting these designations, especially
in this way, disincentives stakeholder cooperation that is so desperately needed to prevent these landscapes from facing a fiery fate. If the administration really wanted to protect these landscapes, they’d work with those who are best equipped to do it: livestock producers, assisting state and tribal leaders, and local communities,” she said. NCBA is engaging proactively with the White House and federal agencies through the America the Beautiful Interagency Working group to make clear what ranchers support, what they oppose, and how their extensive knowledge and experience on the ground is critical for the administration to reach their conservation goals. “Despite these recent moves, the White House can’t sign a piece of paper and designate their way to achieving the goal of 30 by 30. They know it, and the agricultural community knows it,” Lane said. “Our priority right now is applying pressure to the administration to take the time to build out sustainable, long-term conservation plans. This requires a genuine dialogue with cattle producers. A well-considered, collaborative effort is ultimately better for the environment, the health of our natural resources and the rural Americans who live and work in these communities.” Retreading NEPA Reforms Another electric environmental issue this season has been the resurrection of the debate over the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA was first enacted in 1970 to “create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony”. While intended to provide a blueprint for assessing the environmental impacts of proposed actions on part of the federal government, it has since become a regulatory slog that often outweighs any potential environmental benefits. Cattle producers undergo NEPA reviews for many reasons. Common examples include the renewal of federal grazing permits, construction of rangeland improvements, or to determine eligibility for certain USDA programs and benefits. Because the policy had not been substantively updated in 35 years, the process has become so onerous and inefficient that something simple like grazing permit renewal can take four years or longer to complete. Beyond the direct impact to livestock production, NEPA was also exploited to block projects such as fence and road building on federal lands. NEPA even prevented important environmental projects, like the installation of water features on a federal grazing allotment, fuels management projects to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and critical soil stabilization activities after a fire occurs. That all changed when the Trump administration took steps to improve the timing, scope and delivery of NEPA in 2020. “Put simply, NEPA prior to 2020 did not work,” Glover explained. “The review process became so bloated over the course of its 50-year history that basic tasks to safeguard natural landscapes were impossible to accomplish. This inefficiency created a lot of uncertainty for producers, who were unable to predict what projects on their operation might get approved years down the road.” NCBA has consistently urged policymakers to update NEPA to address these challenges. As a result of our continued efforts, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published finalized guidance to update the NEPA process in July 2020. These changes
returned NEPA’s focus to the process — scope of activities and their associated impacts, how long an assessment should take, and how agencies should coordinate on the process. The guidance also instructed agencies to use the simplest process first. All of these changes made NEPA more precise, timely and efficient — yielding benefits both for our producers and for the long-term health of our environment. Now, the Biden administration has announced their intention to roll back the 2020 reforms and start from scratch with a comprehensive review and revision of NEPA guidance. “When there’s a change in administration, we expect some of this box-checking of campaign promises,” Glover said. “We expect some gestures to turn over policy and reflect new priorities. However, just because we expect it doesn’t make it any more functional or practical for the people actually impacted by these regulations. Perpetually repealing and replacing guidance — especially rules that were crafted after months of collaborative work between federal agencies, cattle producers, environmental groups and state leaders — adds to this sense of uncertainty.” What’s our next move? As the administration reverses progress from the 2020 rulemaking, NCBA will participate in the public comment period and continue having proactive conversations with the administration to push for a process that is timely, predictable and considerate of the economic impact of proposed decisions. The Solid Ground The portfolio of environmental issues that NCBA works on has been tumultuous lately. The administration is moving quickly — in many directions — to secure wins on paper. NCBA’s focus is always on protecting the viability of our producers’ businesses and sharing the excellent story we need to tell on conservation and stewardship. Even more basic than that, however, is our work to just get some solid ground for folks to stand on. A volatile, unpredictable regulatory landscape undermines not only the economic stability of agricultural producers, but also their very compliance with the environmental standards the administration wants to promote. We need clear rules and regulatory certainty.
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Likely Land and Livestock a model for family ranchers from the Modoc County Cattlemen's Association At the historic Hotel Niles on October 29, the Modoc watching all kinds of sports. He is a member of the County Cattlemen’s Association presented Likely Land Rancheros Vistadores, likes to recite cowboy poetry and is and Livestock with the Association’s 2021 Lifetime a former competition team roper. Achievement Award at their fall dinner meeting. The John was born in 1944 and married Sydney Williams. three Flournoy brothers who accepted the award, Billy, They have two sons, Daniel and Myles, and seven John and Dave, along with their spouses were surprised grandchildren, Maghan, Karlee, Avery, Elsie, Nash, Paisley by the award and the attendance of family members who and John. An All-Around Cowboy and Vietnam Veteran, traveled to Alturas to be there for the presentation of this John enjoys flying his Cessna 172 or sometimes referred prestigious award. to as the corporate jet. John recently served on the Board The following is an edited version of what was read at of Directors for Plumas Bank. If you’re lucky you might the meeting with the presentation of the award. also find him playing guitar and singing country music. The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Dave was born in 1952. Together with Kim they have cattlemen who are running the same brand in their family four children, Monica, Aaron, Cody and Kacy, and nine for the last 321 years in America. The Lazy F brand began grandchildren, Brandon, Kaylie, Adam, Christian, Cain, with Jacob Flournoy in the year 1700 when he came to Casey, Camden, Ty and Daniel. Dave loves racing. He America. It continued for five generations in Virginia then loves his family and his dogs. He enjoyed his time as a log on to Missouri and in 1864 it was brought to California truck driver and has hauled cattle for many decades. He by John Daniel Flournoy who settled in the South Fork has had a lifelong love of racing and in the past couple Valley in 1871. In 1917 he wrote “he only planned to stay years has renewed his passion when he started racing for a short time but the feed was so good and our stock again with his son Aaron. done so well that here I still am on the same place I first Bill, John and Dave are longtime members of the located on 46 years ago this fall.” Likely Volunteer Fire Department and active supporters Now in 2021, 150 years later, Bill, John and Dave Flournoy are still on that same place and the feed is still good and the cattle do very well. The ranch has been passed down and ran generation by generation. Bill, John and Dave have worked alongside their dad Don and granddad Arthur. Growing up the ranch was called D.F. Flournoy & Sons until 1973 when they became incorporated and came to be known as Likely Land and Livestock - which is what it is called today. Bill, John and Dave, all fourth generation ranchers were born and raised in Likely to Don and Shirley Flournoy at the original homestead. Billy was born in 1941 and married Athena Cook. They have two daughters, Dawn and Roxann; one grandson, Nic; one granddaughter, Gabriella; and two great grandchildren, Hayes and Maelyn. Billy is active in cattleman's and served as the 2015-2016 CCA President. He Flournoy brothers and business partners, Dave, John and Billy Flournoy of Modoc County's Likely Land and Livestock. enjoys buckarooing, attending rodeos and 12 California Cattleman December 2021
of the Likely 4-H Pine Burrs. They all enjoy keeping up with their good old friends, spending quality time with their adorable grandkids and always helping whenever and wherever they can - darn good neighbors and cattlemen. Together they have ran a successful cow calf operation, grew and put up all their own hay and evolved to big bales. They run a feedlot and mill their own ration of chopped hay for their weaned calves and have done so for over 50 years. Bill, John and Dave along with their dad Don received the Cattleman of the Year award in 1998. This year they are celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the home ranch. Modoc county and the cattle industry would not be what it is today without the Flournoys. CCA congratulates the entire Flournoy family on this achievement, thanks them for being leaders in California agriculture and looks forward to watching Likely Land and Livestock continue to thrive in Modoc County over the next 150 years. Likely Land and Livestock has been the focus of two recent podcasts from the California Cattle Council. Stories from California Cattle Country is a podcast that takes listeners to some of the most beautiful parts of this diverse state to learn more about the people and practices of ranches and dairies. All that makes up Likely Land and Livestock was the focus of two recent episodes. To learn more about the Flournoy family, see photos of the ranch and hear from the family listen to the episodes at https://calcattlecouncil.org/likely. This podcast is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council.
Myles Flournoy followed family tradition by stepping into a leadership position. He was installed as Modoc County Cattlemen's President following the family's award recognition.
Many in the Flournoy Family attended the meeting to see the family ranch receive such a unique honor.
The crew at Likely Land and Livestock was on hand to help celebrate the operation's award. December 2021 California Cattleman 13
Californians in angus leadership roles The 138th Annual Convention of Delegates assembled Nov. 8, in Fort Worth, Texas. Five directors were elected to the board of directors, as well as a president and chairman, and a vice president and vice chairman.The change in leadership comes as California's David Dal Porto, Brentwood, completes his term as president of the breed association. Newly elected officers were Jerry Connealy, Whitman, Neb., president and chairman of the Board; and Chuck Grove, Forest, Va., vice president and vice chairman of the Board. Barry Pollard, Enid, Okla., will serve as the Treasurer for the 2021-2022. Connealy says the Angus breed is positioned to continue leading the industry. “It’s so important that we keep thinking forward, that we keep coming up with new ideas, that we don’t become complacent,” Connealy says. “The Angus breed is at the top of the pyramid. The cattle industry has some really good years ahead of it … I’m excited to be in the position where I can help keep us moving in the right direction.” Elected to their first terms on the Board of Directors are Paul Bennett, Red House, Va.; John Dickinson, Sacramento; Greg McCurry, Sedgwick, Kan.; and Loran Wilson, Orleans, Ind. Elected to his second term is Jim Brinkley, Milan, Mo. Directors can serve up to two three-year terms on the Board and, if elected, serve additional one-year terms in office as president and chairman and/or vice president and treasurer. Bennett is a fourth-generation seedstock producer who grew up on his family’s operation, Knoll Crest Farm, (KCF) Inc. He graduated from Virginia Tech with an animal science degree, then returned home to run the farm with his brothers, Jim Brian and Paul, and nephew, Dalton. KCF focuses on annually generating 400 high-quality bulls to supply the commercial beef industry. A lifetime cattleman, Bennett has served as president of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association, as well as a board member of the Virginia Angus Association and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium. Brinkley was born and raised in northern Missouri on his family’s farming operation. Today, the family’s diversified farming operation is made up of more than 1,300 acres and 400 registered Angus cows. During Brinkley’s time on the Board, he has served 14 California Cattleman December 2021
on the Finance & Planning, Commercial Programs, Communications & PR, and Member & Affiliate Services committees, and as Chairman of the Commercial Programs committee. He also served on the Boards of the Angus Foundation, Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI), and as the Association’s representative on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) live cattle marketing policy committee. Dickinson is a fifth-generation Angus breeder and a former National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) chairman. He attended the University of Illinois and obtained a bachelor’s degree in animal science. After graduating, he served as a regional manager for the American Angus Association in the southwest territory of California, Nevada and Arizona. During his tenure, he coordinated the 2002 National Angus Conference and Tour in California, hosted one of the first Angus Boot Camp seminars at Cal Poly State University and performed some of the first age-and-source audits for the AngusSource® program. In 2007, Dickinson formed Parnell Dickinson, Inc., a full-service marketing firm that works in all facets of promotion, management, and cattle trade; both seedstock and commercial. McCurry was raised in south central Kansas, where he grew up working for his family’s cattle operation as a third-generation Angus breeder. McCurry and his wife, Pamela, live on their family’s operation, McCurry Bros. Angus. The operation manages 500 Angus cows in addition to farming corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and cotton. McCurry Bros. markets 150 Angus bulls private treaty each year and sells many females. McCurry has served on many committees and boards including serving as president of Kansas Angus Association, a Kansas FSA Board of Directors member and chairman, and a Reins of Hope Riding Academy chairman. Wilson is a lifelong Indiana cattleman. Following graduation from the Purdue Winter Course in 1973, having majored in animal science, he returned to his family’s operation. Regularly producing top-quality carcass cattle is the priority at Wilson Angus. The current operation consists of cow-calf pairs and a 300-head capacity finishing feedlot, where consistently producing carcasses that grade high-Choice and Prime is always the goal. Wilson has served as an adult cochair of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and as president of the Indiana Angus Association and Indiana Beef Cattle Association.
Tehama Angus Ranch Donates 2022 Angus Foundation Heifer Package offered at Cattle Congress
The sale of the Angus Foundation Heifer Package After 75 years of raising Angus cattle, Gerber-based Tehama Angus Ranch is still rooted in its goal of will take place Friday, Jan. 7, prior to the start of the 83rd improving the Angus breed through both the stock and National Angus Bull Sale during Cattlemen’s Congress. The the folks that raise them. This commitment is highlighted sale will start at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, through their donation of the 2022 Angus Foundation in Oklahoma City. For more information about the 2022 Heifer Package that will be sold at the National Angus Bull Angus Foundation Heifer Package, contact Thomas Sale in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Jan. 7, 2022. Marten, Angus Foundation executive director at tmarten@ "The Foundation has been able to put money into angus.org or visit www.angusfoundation.org. research projects and youth programs," said Bill Borror, Tehama Angus Ranch owner, Borror family patriarch and a past president of the American Angus Association. "It shows commitment by breeders for our next generation, and we would like to be part of that." The family believes in the Angus Foundation. Bryce Borror, Bill’s grandson, has previously benefited from attending Beef Leaders Institute, an Angus Foundation sponsored event. Their focus on the future and dedication to improvement makes the family proud to offer a pick of five heifers for the 2022 Foundation Heifer & HAPPY NEW YEAR Package. Join Us Ringside When asked about the offering, Bill Wednesdays at 12 p.m. says the cattle are the "best of the best. CLM REPRESENTATIVES They are the kind you want to raise." SPECIAL PAIR AND Jake Parnell .......... 916-662-1298 Bryce adds the offering also represents BRED COW SALE George Gookin ....209-482-1648 the program’s maternal focus. WED., DECEMBER 8 Rex Whittle.......... 209-996-6994 A maternal focus has been 4 Loads of Fancy Fall Pairs Mark Fischer ........209-768-6522 important since Tehama Angus Ranch from rough country, age-identified Kris Gudel .............916-208-7258 was started with the purchase of Bill’s with ranch tags. Calves weighing first 4-H project. From one heifer Steve Bianchi...... 707-484-3903 175 to 300 lbs. Cows exposed to to 50 cows and now 500, the family Jason Dailey......... 916-439-7761 44 Farms Angus Bulls starting 11-15. has a deep heritage within the breed, Brett Friend ........... 510-685-4870 PLUS MANY MORE especially in California where they were Tod Radelfinger... 775-901-3332 CONSIGNMENTS SALE DAY the first family to have an Angus bull WEEKLY WED. SCHEDULE sale. They saw value in the breed before SPECIAL FEEDER SALE Butcher Cows .................... 8:30 a.m. others thought highly of registered CUSTOMER APPRECIATION LUNCH Pairs/Bred Cows ............ 11:30 a.m. livestock. WED., DECEMBER 15 Feeder Cattle .........................12 p.m. "We are grateful for the Borror Last Special of 2021 family’s Angus roots and the AUCTION MARKET and Annual CLM Customer outstanding donation they made to 12495 E. Stockton Blvd., Galt, CA Appreciation Lunch Office........................ 209-745-1515 support the Angus Foundation and its Fax .............................209-745-1582 impact," said Thomas Marten, Angus Website..................www.clmgalt.com No Sales on the Wednesday before Foundation executive director. "We Christmas and New Year’s! Broadcast ..www.lmaauctions.com are also extremely fortunate to have our add-on sponsors. This year will 2022 Special Feeder Sales UPCOMING WESTERN be the 39th year with American Live WED., JANUARY 5 THD VIDEO MARKET SALES © THD Stock Insurance, 36th year with Lathrop © WED., JANUARY 12 January 6 • January 27 • March 3 th Livestock Transportation and 29 year with Trans Ova Genetics." December 2021 California Cattleman 15
CHECKING IN ON YOUR BEEF CHECKOFF
OPENING GATES BY BRINGING NUTRITIONISTS TO THE RANCH from the California Beef Council Delbar, and the CBC’s Director of Food and Nutrition Outreach, Kori Dover. The day’s presentations included background on the overall beef lifecycle, information about rangeland management and the importance of rangelands in California, and what life on a California cattle ranch looks like. Attendees were able to learn that most beef cattle are raised on grass, regardless of what class of beef they are, a fact that was surprising to many. “I think it went very well. The people who attended were educated and asked very good questions, and by the end of the day, they came around to realizing just where their food comes from,” noted Dan O’Connell. “I thought it was great because although these people prepare and offer guidance about food, they don’t necessarily understand how it’s grown. They were eager to learn and very engaging, and really sought to understand the information being presented,” added Davy. Engagement with Dietetic Internship (DI) programs throughout the state is something the CBC incorporates into its planning efforts each year. The DI programs represent the final step in a student’s path to a career in nutrition or as a Registered Dietitian. In a DI program, students have the opportunity to complete supervised practice in the field, in addition to graduate level coursework. In the past couple of years, however, it’s been difficult to hold such an immersive in-person event as the tour of O’Connell Ranch. “The overarching goal of this event was to provide hands-on learning about where the food system starts and why it’s important to be allies and share the correct story about how food is produced,” said the CBC’s Kori Dover. “In particular, understanding the important role cattle play as an essential part of the food system was a key take-away from the day.” Other key goals of the event were to show future health professionals why it’s essential to look at the whole food system, to develop critical thinking skills regarding livestock and livestock Nutritionists attended the event at O'Connell Ranch to learn more about beef industry. production, and to meet local
On a clear October day, a group of future registered dietitians gathered around a chute at O’Connell Ranch in Colusa as University of California Cooperative Extension Livestock Advisor Josh Davy, Red Bluff, explained to them the function and purpose of such contraptions. “It was great to talk about how cattle are managed, why we do what we do, and that it’s as much about the animals as it is us,” noted Davy about the event. The “event” was a California Beef Council (CBC) ranch tour held specifically for those heading into careers in the nutrition world. And the purpose? That’s best summed up by one of the participants, who shared her thoughts after the tour: “When you come to a situation like this where you don’t know a lot about what’s going on, you put up a wall because we’re accustomed to thinking a certain way, especially about beef and beef production. And then you come to a ranch and actually see what’s going on, and all those barriers fall.” Sharing the benefits of beef in a healthy diet and the role of cattle in the food system with multiple audiences – and in particular, the health and nutrition communities – is one of the cornerstones of the CBC’s work. Because the process of raising beef is among the most complex of any food, showcasing just what that process looks like as well as the beef community’s shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe and environmentally sustainable way is a key part of this conversation. That’s exactly why a group of over a dozen Dietetic Interns, program alumni, and instructors came together at the O’Connell Ranch with the CBC’s invitation. Dan and Barbara O’Connell, Colusa, graciously welcomed the group, and were among speakers that also included Davy, the California Rangeland Trust’s Michael
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California producers and hear their stories. “One question that surprised me was how do you get started in this business? That’s a very difficult question,” said Barbara O’Connell. “We started off on our own, and it’s working. But we were fortunate to have other income as we got started, so we weren’t totally reliant on the operation at first. But it’s not an easy thing to get into if your family isn’t already in the business.” The O’Connells also have a fruit and produce operation, with a robust produce stand that operates from July through November. Being able to showcase the versatility of the operation and discuss diversification on a cattle ranch helped attendees better understand a bigger piece of the food production puzzle. Such events have traditionally had a direct impact on attendees’ perceptions of beef and beef production, and
UCCE's Josh Davy shared insight on animal handling facilities.
feedback provided after the O’Connell Ranch tour suggests this one was no different. “Hearing from attendees after the event, both through conversations and a follow-up survey sent, it’s clear that they not only walked away from this event with a better understanding of beef production and cattle’s role in the broader food system, but that they also feel more comfortable recommending beef as part of a balanced diet,” said Dover. As the day’s events came to a close on that October day, one of the attendees hadn’t quite had enough. “She told me, ‘I haven’t pet a cow yet,’” said Barbara O’Connell. “I let her pet one of our bottle calves we happened to have on the ranch, and you would have thought I gave her a million dollars.”
Dan and Barbara O'Connell hosted the event at their family ranch in Colusa.
Michael Delbar talked with the group about land conservation and the California Rangeland Trust.
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Ranching Roots Celebrating our
at A Western Affair by Alyssa Rolen for the California Rangeland Trust
In October, friends of the California Rangeland Trust gathered at A Western Affair 2021 to celebrate our state’s ranching roots and the pivotal role ranching plays in the growth of healthy communities. Few know that some of California’s deepest ranching roots stem from Orange County, so it was a fitting return to where many of us began. Held in San Juan Capistrano, this year’s event was hosted by Rancho Mission Viejo, which is one of the last remaining working cattle ranches in the county. The weekend kicked off on Friday, October 1 with a special pre-party event at Rancho Mission Viejo’s Cow Camp – a private and secluded location known as the “spirit of the ranch.” Guests listened intently as seventh-generation Californian and Rancho Mission Viejo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Moiso, shared stories from the family’s 140-year history on the land. Joining Moiso was close friend and Rancho Mission Viejo’s Executive Vice President of Ranch Operations, Gilbert Aguirre, who spoke about his 50+ years spent working on the ranch. After listening to Moiso and Aguirre recount stories from days gone by, guests took to the arena to watch a captivating performance by charro, Manny Gonzales. The following day, folks assembled for the main event at Rancho Mission Viejo’s Amantes Camp. As they entered the ranch, they drove down a dirt road through a canopy of Oak trees – it was as if they were transported through a portal to a place in Orange County untouched by time. Upon arrival, the excitement in the air was palpable, and it was immediately clear that the evening would be one to remember. Guests were greeted by friendly faces, both new and familiar, and all agreed how refreshing it was to be able to connect in person again out on the open range. Cocktail hour was spent mingling with
friends over glasses of superb wine donated by Ranchos De Ontiveros and supplied by Vintage Cowboy Winery, along with signature drinks served out of Rancho Mission Viejo’s “Good Times” bar trailer. Guests also enjoyed the lively music performed by the James Kelly Band, and who could forget the bit of friendly competition that ensued in the silent auction area which featured an array of carefully curated western specialty items. After catching up with one another, guests took their seats for a magnificent dinner under the stars. Rangeland Trust Chairwoman Valerie Gordon welcomed guests and thanked the Rancho Mission Viejo family for hosting such a wonderful weekend. Michael Delbar, Rangeland Trust Chief Executive Officer, then thanked the event’s generous sponsors including: Hollencrest Capital Management, Personal Ag Management, Farm Credit, Cuesta College, Cook CPA Group and Mitch Rohrer at Wells Fargo Advisors. As the meal of mouthwatering steaks provided by Certified Angus Beef© were served alongside scrumptious Mexican cuisine prepared by El Adobe de Capistrano, the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 conservation awards were announced. The Conservation Impact Award recognizes individuals who have excelled in environmental protection and made significant contributions to the advancement of
Board members and staff at the annual A Western Affair in San Juan Capistrano.
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conservation, while the Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes achievement in volunteer conservation by a private landowner. Rangeland Trust Emeritus Council Member, Steve Sinton, took to the podium and recognized Al Jahns as the 2020 recipient of the Conservation Impact Award and Sally Friend and Michael Dennis as the 2020 recipients of the Conservationist of the Year Award. Both were honored during the virtual A Western Affair event held in April 2020, so it was extra special to acknowledge them in person. Next, Emeritus Council Members Darrell Sweet and Scott Stone presented the 2021 awards. Lynn Huntsinger, Ph.D., was announced as the winner of the Conservation Impact Award for her path-breaking research on rangeland social-ecological systems which is helping to change the way California values working landscapes. Richard Rominger, who sadly passed away earlier this year, was honored with the Conservationist of the Year Award. Richard was a leader in agriculture policy and worked tirelessly to advocate for policies that benefited farmers and ranchers. He also demonstrated his conservation ethic when he, along with his sons Bruce and Rick, partnered with the Rangeland Trust in 2018 and 2019 to conserve two pieces of the family’s property consisting of 2,300 acres. After honoring the group of conservation award winners, Ventura County rancher, Mike Williams, recited one of his original poems titled “So You Want to Be a Cowboy?” Mike’s beautifully articulated words perfectly summed up the ranching community’s grit, deep desire,
and passion to care for the land and livestock despite daily struggles and challenges. Hanging onto every word, a strong feeling of pride and gratitude was felt amongst the crowd for these rangeland stewards. Next, summing up this heartfelt moment, Rangeland Trust Legacy Council Member, Bruce Hart, stepped onto the stage and led the crowd in a toast to the land as a way of celebrating the 365,000 acres of pristine rangeland that have been conserved through the Rangeland Trust Col. Jake Parnell, introduced an exciting lineup of one-of-a-kind experiences available for bidding. Energy ran high as guests raised their paddles to further rangeland conservation efforts. Then, capping off the evening in the most perfect way, the crowd came together and raised over $100,000 during the event’s Fund-A-Need to conserve a newly acquired piece of the Bufford Ranch (located in the Walker Basin east of Bakersfield). The outpouring of generosity and support for rancher and landowner, Ernest Bufford, and his mission to conserve the land was inspiring, and it was a remarkable moment for all knowing that funding needed to conserve this ranch had been secured in just one single night. As the sun faded behind the trees, it was clear that A Western Affair 2021 was one for the books. The weekend filled with western wonder served as the perfect reminder of what is possible when people from all walks of life come together to help conserve the working rangelands that contribute to everyone’s wellbeing. Keep an eye out for details coming soon on A Western Affair 2023 which will celebrate the Rangeland Trust’s 25th anniversary!
Rancho Mission Viejo Chairman and CEO Tony Moiso welcomed guests for a special pre-party on Friday, October 1.
The late Richard Rominger was honored with the 2021 Conservationist of the Year Award.
On Saturday, guests gathered for A Western Affair 2021 at Ranch Mission Viejo’s Amantes Camp.
Lynn Huntsinger, Ph.D., was honored with the 2021 Conservation Impact Award. December 2021 California Cattleman 19
California Butter Burger Because everything is better with butter by Ryan Donahue for the California Cattlemen's Association
The Wisconsin butter burger is a hyper-regional burger born from the pride Wisconsinite's hold for local agricultural products, specifically Wisconsin butter and beef. This burger eschews the indulgent chef-ed up monstrosities found in many restaurants and instead offers one simple yet elegant topping, butter. While a butter burger seems gluttonous it's important to know that butter and mayonnaise have similar caloric properties (if that offers you any solace). The butter burger was one that I had to be talked into eating and I now regret waiting so long. For this recipe we also included stewed onions and American cheese. Stewing onions makes their flavor quite subtle and the American cheese serves more as a textural element than a flavor. It's critical to source a good (local) ground beef. If you're able, talk to your butcher and inquire what they would recommend.
• Good ground beef (90/10 or thereabouts) - onefourth pound per person • 1 pound good quality butter at room temperature (we used Straus Creamery European Style Unsalted Butter) • American Cheese (optional) • Onions - 2 onions per pound of beef • Burger buns (on the smaller side...the cheaper the better) • Kosher salt
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• Griddle or Cast Iron Pan • Large Spatula
• Pot for sweating onions • Napkins (lots of them)
process Portion your ground beef into the size a bit larger
than a golfball (about 4 ounces or a quarter pound). Don't over work the meat. If using, dice onions with a sharp knife. Add 2 Tbsp of butter to a pan on low heat and then add the onions. Sweat the onions and stir frequently avoiding caramelization until translucent, about 20 minutes. (If color starts to develop you can always add a splash of water to slow the cooking.) Heat up your griddle (we're aiming for 420 degrees) and toast all of the buns you intend to use while the griddle is coming to temperature. If using American Cheese this would be a good time to unwrap the slices (this cook is quick). Dress each toasted top bun with a generous amount of room temp butter, about 2 Tbsp (not a typo). Once it reaches temperature place beef balls (as many that will fit while allowing space). Using your spatula use both hands (a towel or oven mit could be useful here) and smash the patties to about a half-inch thick. At this temperature with this method the patty will be ready to flip in under a minute. Once you see beautiful brown edges on the bottom flip the patties. Season with salt, add a heaping scoop of onions and top with cheese. Once the cheese is melted transfer the patties to the toasted buns. Add the buttered top bun and enjoy immediately.
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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD
RED MEAT EXPORTS REMAIN ON RECORD PACE THROUGH THIRD QUARTER from the U.S. Meat Export Federation
Both U.S. beef and U.S. pork exports are on a record pace through September, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports posted one of the best months on record in September, with value climbing nearly 60 percent above last year. Pork export volume was slightly below last September, but value still increased 8 percent. Beef exports continued to soar in September at 123,628 metric tons (mt), up 20 percent from a year ago and the fourth largest volume of the post-BSE era. Export value jumped 59 percent to $954.1 million – the second highest month on record, trailing only August 2021. For the first three quarters of 2021, beef exports increased 18 percent from a year ago to 1.08 million mt, valued at $7.58 billion – up more than $2 billion (36 percent) from the same period last year. Compared to the record year of 2018, January-September exports were 7 percent higher in volume and up 24 percent in value.
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Pork exports totaled 219,687 mt in September, down 1 percent from a year ago, but value was 8 percent higher at $608.3 million. For January through September, exports were 1 percent above last year’s record pace at 2.24 million mt, while value climbed 9 percent to $6.23 billion. “Facing significant logistical headwinds and higher costs, these outstanding results are really a testament to the loyalty and strong demand from our international customers and to the innovation and determination of the U.S. industry,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. Variety meat exports a bright spot in 2021 Halstrom explained that a rebound in pork and beef variety meat exports, which took a step back last year amid COVID-related production obstacles, has been a strong source of momentum in 2021, reflecting exceptional global demand for high-value protein. “The increase in the variety meat capture rate, and the resulting increase in exports, is especially encouraging because the labor and transportation challenges certainly have not gone away,” Halstrom explained. “But these items are commanding a strong premium overseas, making it more feasible to get them into international commerce. Variety meat exports are a great complement to our strong domestic and international demand for muscle cuts, helping maximize carcass value.” China’s demand for U.S. pork variety meat has remained strong even as muscle cut exports to China have eased, helping push total January-September pork variety meat exports 17 percent above last year to 405,744 mt, valued at $949.1 million (up 26 percent). Beef variety meat exports, led by strong increases in Japan, Mexico, Central and South America and
the ASEAN region, were 10 percent above last year at 226,755 mt, with value up 19 percent to $762.2 million. Beef exports on pace to top $2 billion in three Asian markets Beef exports to leading market Japan posted a strong performance in September at just under 30,000 mt, up 24 percent from a year ago, valued at $215.8 million (up 73 percent). This pushed JanuarySeptember results 5 percent above last year at 246,380 mt, valued at $1.72 billion (up 17 percent). Japan, South Korea and China/Hong Kong are all on track to be $2 billion destinations for U.S. beef in 2021, with strong growth in chilled beef exports to Japan and Korea. Through September, chilled beef exports to Japan neared 120,000 mt, up 17 percent, with value up 25 percent to $1 billion. Chilled exports to Korea were up 25 percent in volume (65,600 mt) and 50 percent in value ($744 million). Total September beef exports to Korea were 23,363 mt, up 9 percent from a year ago, while value soared 67 percent to $207.5 million. Through the third quarter, exports to Korea were up 12 percent in volume (213,326 mt) and 30 percent in value ($1.71 billion). COVID-related restrictions on restaurants and other foodservice outlets were recently eased in both Japan and Korea, which should provide further momentum for U.S. exports. China has been a major source of growth for U.S. beef exports in 2021, with exports through September climbing 672 percent from a year ago to 138,041 mt, while export value was up 761 percent to $1.12 billion. Combined exports to China and Hong Kong were up 131 percent through September at 176,694 mt, valued at $1.49 billion – already shattering the previous value record of $1.15 billion set in 2014. Other January-September highlights for U.S. beef exports include: Beef demand in Mexico continues to rebound from last year’s low totals. Exports through September reached 147,719 mt, up 17 percent year-over-year, while value climbed 40 percent to $768 million, but these results were still below the pre-COVID levels reached in 2019. Taiwan has been another big growth market for chilled U.S. beef, with volume up 22 percent to 24,366 mt and value reaching $313 million (up 36 percent). U.S. beef accounts for more than 80 percent of Taiwan’s chilled imports. Total U.S. beef exports to Taiwan were up 14 percent in value to $472.7 million, although volume eased 3 percent to 47,000 mt. Led by a strong increase in Indonesia and larger shipments to the Philippines, beef exports to the ASEAN region climbed 23 percent from a year ago to 43,567 mt, while value was up 30 percent to $223.8
million. A strong rebound in Colombia and increased demand in Chile and Peru pushed exports to South America 24 percent higher than a year ago at 22,265 mt, valued at $118.4 million (up 71 percent). Peru is a top destination for U.S. beef variety meat exports, with January-September volume totaling 6,625 mt – up 2 percent from last year’s strong level and the fastest pace since 2014. Strong retail demand in several markets, notably Guatemala (5,712 mt, up 50 percent) and Costa Rica (3,375 mt, up 96 percent), helped put beef exports to Central America on a record pace at 14,896 mt, up 61 percent from a year ago, while value soared 89 percent to $91.5 million. September beef export value equated to $447.46 per head of fed slaughter, up 63 percent from a year ago. For the first three quarters of the year, export value averaged $389.08 per head (up 32 percent). Exports accounted for 15.7 percent of total September beef production and 13 percent for muscle cuts, up substantially from last year’s ratios of 12.8 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. Through September, exports accounted for 15.1 percent of total beef production and 12.8 percent for muscle cuts, each up nearly two full percentage points from a year ago.
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ANOTHER NEW NORMAL? California farmers and ranchers adapt to a drier future by Pamela Kan-Rice, assistant director of news and information outreach, University of California Cooperative Extension
policy changes that have improved the California water Despite recent rains, the 2020–21 drought has been unusually severe. Low precipitation, coupled with high system in the past and envisions how policy changes evaporation has affected irrigated crops and livestock might mitigate impacts of future droughts. Legislation pastures. Yet California farmers and ranchers are adept at such as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act adapting. Despite record-setting drought conditions and (SGMA) will facilitate adapting to new climate realities by hundreds of thousands of acres left unplanted, California incentivizing water trading and banking, which allow water farms and ranches, as a whole, may generate normal users to better allocate water across space and time. revenue in 2021, according to the authors of a new special Most groundwater agencies are still assessing the best issue of ARE Update focusing on the drought. way to bring their overdrafted groundwater basins into The 2020 water year (which ran from October compliance with SGMA, with almost 80 percent planning 2019 through September 2020), was dry and hot in to recharge groundwater through increasing supply (e.g., California, with the warmest April through September recharge or surface water trading) rather than reducing since 1895. It was followed by the third driest year since water demand (e.g., pumping restrictions). 1895 – receiving about half of the average 20th century “No one single solution exists for California's rainfall. Consecutive years with record-setting warm, dry water challenges, but there's a lot of potential to make conditions have led to higher evaporative demand. Some improvements to the current system,” said Ellen Bruno, regions, particularly the Sacramento Basin, have been hit special issue co-editor and UC Berkeley agricultural especially hard by this ongoing drought. economist. “Improving the allocation of water through California farmers have adapted to the resulting water various policy changes could help water users adapt to shortages by transferring scarce irrigation water to crops water scarcity.” that have a higher expected net revenue per drop of water, To learn more about the impact of the ongoing such as fresh produce and nuts, while leaving some fields drought on California agriculture, read the full Special unplanted. Due to decreased pasture forage, livestock Issue of ARE Update 25(1), UC Giannini Foundation of producers have had to cull mature cows and ship more Agricultural Economics, online at https://giannini.ucop. feeder cattle out of state. edu/publications/are-update. “The dairy industry has had strong production and good revenue, but has faced high feed costs in 2021 that reduced net returns,” said special issue coeditor Daniel Sumner, UC Davis agricultural economist. The drought's impact on farm revenues and prices in California has varied across crops and regions. Agricultural production on the coast (e.g., vegetables, berries and wine grapes), which accounts for 25 percent of farm output, is less likely to experience irrigation cutbacks during a drought. Consumers will notice few major price increases for California produce because farmers shifted water to these high-revenue crops in which California specializes. The special issue on drought Due to decreased pasture forage, livestock producers have had to cull mature cows and concludes with an explanation of ship more feeder cattle out of state. 24 California Cattleman December 2021
Farm Credit reminds residents Water for Food is Critical as drought conditions remain front of mind A new program released by the farm credit system "Cultivate California" is educating residents about farms’ need for water. As exceptional drought conditions linger, Farm Credit’s is utilizing the program to remind people about link between water and their food is more important than ever California is in the midst of one of its worst droughts on record. The federal government reports that showed that nearly half of the state – including the entire Central Valley – is in an exceptional drought as of mid-October. Overall, 2021 has been the ninth driest year in California since accurate records began being kept 127 years ago. Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir, is at 23 percent of capacity and Lake Oroville, the second-largest reservoir, is at 22 percent of capacity. No one knows how long these dry conditions will last, but the most recent drought lasted for 376 weeks, from December 2011 to March 2019. And the National Weather Service currently forecasts that drought conditions are likely to continue in California as a weak La Niña effect will likely see storms diverted to the Pacific Northwest this winter. And all of that is bad news for California agriculture. Which is why Cultivate California’s program aimed at educating Californians about the connection between consumers, the food they love and the water needed to grow it is so important as its messaging reaches 16 million people a year. Mike Wade, the program’s executive director, said getting out early this year with messaging about water was essential to counter messaging from other groups. “Californians continue to get inundated with negative messages about farming,” Wade said. “The Cultivate California program was designed to help bolster the natural support people have for agriculture and farms and to continue providing them with facts and information about the connection between their food and the water supply.” The need to counter misinformation about farmers’ use of water is why Farm Credit has been one of the program’s largest donors since 2018, said Curt Hudnutt, president and CEO of American AgCredit. American AgCredit, along with CoBank, Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit, Farm Credit West, Fresno Madera Farm Credit, Golden State Farm Credit and Yosemite Farm Credit, collectively contribute $100,000 a year to help Cultivate California inform Californians. The organizations are part of the nationwide Farm Credit System – the largest provider of credit to U.S. agriculture. “This year, many California farms had just 5 percent of their water supply this year to grow our food,” Hudnutt
said. “Cultivate California is one of the most successful groups we have to educate people about the impacts the drought has on our food supply, and the need to improve our water storage to protect all of us in future droughts, and we are proud to help support them in their efforts.” Wade said one important message this year is that farmers and irrigation districts need to have flexibility to transfer water supplies to areas in greater need without burdensome red tape. And he said improving the state’s water supply system is crucial. “We need to look long-term, which we should have done after the last drought,” he said. “Eighteen trillion gallons of water fell in February 2019 when the last drought ended, but we didn’t have the facilities to capture it and recharge our groundwater so we would have more supply available now. Hopefully our leaders will act so next time a drought occurs we will be better prepared.” Rob Faris, President and Chief Executive Officer Golden State Farm Credit, said it’s essential that more Californians are exposed to one of Cultivate California’s key messages – that the state’s farmers are producing more food but using much less water. “The value of the state’s farm production increased by 38 percent between 1980 and 2015 while our farmers used 14 percent less water,” Faris said. “Farmers continually invest in irrigation technology, such as new drip and micro-irrigation systems, soil moisture monitoring, remote sensing, and computerized irrigation controls. Today, nearly half of our 8.4 million acres of irrigated farmland use drip, micro or subsurface irrigation, and more savings are on the way. Farm Credit is committed to help our members finance these improvements.” Wade said Farm Credit’s support has been invaluable. “The support we get from Farm Credit is amazing and critically important,” he said. “It has helped attract other supporters as well, and the support and leadership we get from Farm Credit has been instrumental in helping this program succeed.” December 2021 California Cattleman 25
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Keeping your livestock healthy throughout the year allows your animals to be productive and avoid diseases. Unfortunately, weather conditions can present an obstacle to livestock’s health and well-being. But how exactly do weather changes and fluctuations affect the stress levels of your cattle and horses? What can changes in weather and stress levels mean for your livestock? To keep your livestock thriving, it’s important to understand how exactly the weather impacts their stress levels and what you can do to help ease the effects of difficult weather conditions. Body Temperature Regulation: Cattle and Horses Livestock can regulate their body temperatures like humans, but only so much. The regulation of body temperature is known as thermoregulation. The body uses thermoregulation to avoid cold or heat stress. Because thermoregulation is limited, it’s important to note the weather changes that can impact the body temperature of your livestock. 1. Thermoregulation in Cattle The body temperature of cattle is affected by their body condition, diet, conditions of their shelter and the thickness of their hair coat. Weather factors, such as wind and humidity, can also influence cattle’s body temperature. Cattle hair coats vary by breed in terms of color and thickness. The hair coat also affects their ability to release heat through their skin. In a warmer region, cattle with a thick hair coat may be more susceptible to heat stress. Cattle with a thinner hair coat are more likely to be tolerant of higher temperatures in warm regions. Alternatively, cattle with a thinner hair coat may become more stressed in a colder environment. Cattle body temperature can fall into three zones –– thermoneutral, upper critical (UCT) and lower critical temperature (LCT) zone. At the basal metabolic rate, cattle will be in the thermoneutral zone. So what exactly is the basal metabolic rate? It’s the amount of energy that is expended while cattle are at rest in neutral temperatures.
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Neutral temperatures typically fall between 31 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, though this range can vary depending on the breed of cattle and the conditions of their environment. Wind, humidity and cattle hair coat all affect the temperature range that is considered neutral for cattle. Upper critical temperatures are above the thermoneutral zone and increase the basal metabolic rate. The increased basal metabolic rate results in the body stimulating heat loss to maintain body temperature. When the temperature-humidity index is 80 or above, livestock may suffer from heat stress. Cattle produce little sweat and are not able to dissipate their heat efficiently, so producers often need to take steps to assist cattle with heat dissipation. Cattle most often fall into the lower critical temperature zone during especially cold months, such as January and February. In LCT, cattle can experience cold stress. The basal metabolic rate increases to produce heat that can maintain or raise body temperature. This means the animal also requires more energy so it can produce heat. Beware of extreme cold stress, which can result in hypothermia. 2. Thermoregulation in Horses Like cattle, thermoregulation in horses allows these animals to maintain, raise or lower body temperature. Unlike cattle, however, horses are more efficient at discharging heat in hot weather. Despite this, owners should still take measures to help their horses stay cool during hot, humid months. Horses use the following methods to maintain body temperature: Evaporation of sweat: A horse will produce sweat that then evaporates, cooling the animal down. In a humid climate, sweat may not be able to evaporate, preventing the horse from adequately cooling. Owners can assist with creating a less humid environment for their horses so that evaporation of sweat can occur. Convection: In this process, heat moves from inside the horse out into the air. Air movement and wind carry heat away from horses. To assist your horses further,
especially if there isn’t much wind on a hot, humid day, a fan can be implemented to help move the air. Direct radiation: Radiant heat comes directly off the horse and isn’t effective when the horse is standing in the sun. Providing them with shade can make the radiant cooling process more effective. Conduction: Conduction is similar to convection, except that the heat that has built up in the horse’s blood is transferred to the air. On days when the air temperature is especially high, conduction isn’t very effective. Respiratory loss: Horses can also lose a small amount of heat when they exhale. To determine whether it is too hot to work your horse, calculate the heat index. Add the temperature in Fahrenheit plus the percent of humidity. The sum is the heat index. If the heat index is less than 120, it is safer to work them. If the heat index is between 120 and 150, use caution when riding or exercising your horse. If the heat index is more than 150, it is important to avoid working them until the heat index has dropped. 10 Signs of Weather Stress in Livestock How much cold can cows tolerate and how much cold can horses tolerate before they experience weather stress? To keep livestock healthy and productive, you should be aware of the signs of stress. Knowing what to look for means you can improve your livestock’s conditions when the weather is posing extremes that can be detrimental to their health. Reduced milk production. During hot weather, dairy cows may experience reduced milk production due to stress. Feed intake drops in dairy cattle when temperatures rise, causing milk production to also drop. This decrease in milk production can have a major negative impact on the prosperity of the dairy business, so you’ll want to relieve your cows of weather stress as quickly as possible to ensure continued productivity. Changes in feed and water intake. In hot weather, cattle may consume less feed. Reduced feed intake can cause ruminal acidosis and decrease the animal’s production of volatile fatty acids. This, in turn, reduces the cow’s energy levels and fat content in its milk. In the heat, cattle and horses may also drink more water to stay hydrated and cool. Reduced conception rate. Calving alone puts stress on a cow. Combine the stress from calving with weather stress? Lowered fertility and fewer calves. Rapid respiration rate. Extreme cold weather can result in cold stress. Young animals are particularly susceptible to respiratory issues in cold weather conditions. Horses may also pant when they are dealing with heat stress, so if you are noticing rapid respiration in your cattle or horses, they may be experiencing weather stress. Standing when other cattle are lying down. When a cow is behaving differently from the other cattle, it’s a sign that something is wrong. A cow that stands while the others are lying down could be experiencing weather stress. Weight loss. Stressed cattle and horses may also experience weight loss due to a lack of appetite. The
weight loss may negatively affect an animal’s ability to stay warm and productive in cold weather. Frequent urination. Cattle and horses may also urinate more frequently when experiencing weather stress. Animals may urinate frequently to relieve stress or because of increased intake of water. Horses may also produce a greater amount of manure or experience diarrhea. Weakened immune system. Cold stress, especially prolonged cold stress, can increase the cortisol levels in a cow or horse and weaken the animal’s immune system. Stressed animals are more likely to become ill by contracting infectious diseases. Since diseases may spread quickly to other livestock, this can become a major problem for producers. Frequent yawning. In horses, frequent yawning may be a sign of stress. Yawning releases endorphins, so frequent yawning could be a coping mechanism for your horse as it combats stress. Rapid heart rate and excessive sweating. If you notice a rapid heart rate in your cow or horse, the animal may be suffering from heat stress. Trembling is a similar sign of weather stress that may appear in cattle and horses, especially if they are trembling in an ordinary situation without a stressful trigger, such as transportation or a visit from the veterinarian. Heat stress may also cause horses to sweat excessively. ASSIST PREGNANT CATTLE Pregnant cattle should be carefully monitored through the winter. Check with your veterinarian about any specific vaccinations they may need to keep them healthy through the winter, including nutritional supplements and deworming. Pay special attention to them through harsh weather, too. They need to be shielded from extreme temperatures and they have easy access to food and water, regardless of how deep the snow is. Remember a healthy, well-fed mother is going to pay big dividends later on. In fact, segregating pregnant cows into paddocks for close monitoring is always helpful. Doing so allows you to provide them with the right nutrition, water and shelter. Also, it keeps them close as they approach their due date. That allows you to be on scene and properly equipped to help during delivery. KEEP CATTLE COMFORTABLE Beyond all the efforts listed above, there are additional ways to bring comfort to your cattle, winter time or not. Providing sand beds for resting cows helps ease stress on knees and hocks. Some ranchers have gone a step beyond sand beds, installing sloped water beds to ease body stress and increase comfort. Bedding material is also helpful, especially if cows are wet and its cold out. Another simple solution to increase comfort is to give your cows space – such as extra bed spaces and spaces for feeding. By keeping your herd size at the appropriate level for your capacity, your cattle will be far less stressed and produce better for you. December 2021 California Cattleman 27
NCBA Urges Vilsack to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports citing safety concerns, threats to consumers On November 12, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) called on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. In the letter to the USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) uses to detect disease and other threats to consumers. NCBA also urged USDA to review Brazil's veterinary diagnostic laboratory system. The request follows two incidents of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Brazil this summer which the nation failed to disclose to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for at least ten weeks. Atypical BSE cases identified on June 11 and June 25 were not reported to OIE until September 3. "It's time to keep Brazilian fresh beef out of this country until USDA can confirm that Brazil meets the same consumer and food safety standards that we apply to all our trade partners," said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. "NCBA has long expressed concerns about Brazil's history of failing to report atypical BSE cases in a timely
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manner, a pattern that stretches back as far as 2012. Their poor track record and lack of transparency raises serious doubts about Brazil's ability to produce cattle and beef at an equivalent level of safety as American producers. If they cannot meet that bar, their product has no place here," added Lane. According to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Brazil took more than eight weeks to report two confirmed cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The OIE requires countries to report within 24 hours for any animal disease event that could be of international concern for public health emergencies. After the market devastation of 2003, American cattle producers have worked diligently to protect consumers and restore confidence both at home and abroad. Farmers and ranchers benefit greatly from the demand for beef that is built upon a commitment to integrity, transparency and the highest scientific standards. The consumer trust that our producers have worked so hard to build must not be jeopardized by any country that seeks to cut corners or conceal the truth about food safety concerns. Brazilian beef companies must prove that they are worthy of access to American consumers.
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Jan Franklin Davis, a rancher, a cowboy, and a true gentleman, from Atascadero, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 80. Jan was born April 27, 1941, in Orange County, graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1959, and then Santa Ana Community College. His early years were spent farming row crops, playing basketball and hunting throughout the western states. However, he fell in love with the ranching lifestyle from time spent working on the Irvine Ranch “round-ups.” After serving in the National Guard, Jan and his brother moved to the Central Coast in 1965 and started a cattle and farming operation. Jan had two sons, Dusty and Chad, with his first wife, Doreen Melendy. In 1977, he married Patti Lewis, and they had two daughters, JanaLee and Lacey. Jan saw each day as an opportunity. Over the years, he was heavily involved in the SLO County Cattleman’s,
successfully owned and operated the Templeton Livestock Market along with his partners, served as a director on the Mid-State Fair Board, and had other business ventures. However, it wasn’t uncommon to find Jan on a good horse with a loyal dog at this side. He loved being a cowboy. Jan’s family will always see him as larger than life, with a strong faith and encouraging and contagious smile. He was a humble coach, mentor and friend, who will be deeply missed by many, but his impact will never be forgotten. Jan is preceded in death by his father, James, mother Velda, brother Gary and son Dusty. Jan is survived by wife of 44 years, Patti; son Chad; daughters JanaLee Johnsen (Brian), Lacey Lockard (Wes); sister Judy Trick (Larry); and four grandchildren with one on the way, Garret, Jolie, Claire and Luke; as well as nieces, nephews and their families. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Jan F. Davis Memorial Fund to benefit youth in agriculture at the Mid-State Fair. Mail to SLO County Cattlemen, P.O. Box 302, Paso Robles, CA 93447.
RICHARD SHIFFRAR Richard Thomas Shiffrar passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 in Santa Maria at the age of 77 years old. He was born on July 22, 1944 in Santa Maria. He attended Arroyo Grande High School and Allan Hancock College, and played football at both schools. In 1968 he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and after graduation he ventured into the agriculture industry. As a first-generation Californian born to immigrant parents, Richard was a diligent and dedicated farmer. His work ethic was unrivaled, and he received great fulfillment from farming and ranching. His farming experience spanned over five decades and included planting vineyards, avocado orchards, seasonal row crops, flowers and blueberries. Richard and Susie Phelan met while growing up in Nipomo, California. They got married in 1970, and welcomed three children into their family: Lauri, Brian and Nell. Richard was a kind and dedicated father who selflessly provided for his family. He generously supported his three children in getting their college degrees, along with providing sage advice on all matters related to business and life. The grandchildren treasured visiting with him at the ranch whether it be riding on a tractor, feeding the cows, or watching his favorite hawks or owls 30 California Cattleman December 2021
fly overhead. His dog, Tip, was a constant joy for him and always by his side (when not chasing squirrels). He enjoyed outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hunting, camping and playing horseshoes. He appreciated art and antiques, as well as discussing football, politics and the stock market. For those family and friends lucky enough to enjoy his delicious barbeques, there will always be fond memories. A long-time resident of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, he was blessed with many close relatives and friends throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Susie Phelan Shiffrar, their three children and families: Lauri Shiffrar, Brian Shiffrar (Sara), Nell Shiffrar Greenberg (Joey), and grandchildren Emory, Donald, Vincent and Jacqueline. He was the youngest of twelve children and is survived by two sisters, Betty Tremper and Dolores Brum, along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Shiffrar, along with nine of his siblings. Richard will always be remembered as a man of integrity, a devout husband, a strong father and a loyal friend. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Donate at giving.calpoly.edu, select: CAFES Power of Doing Fund, and in the special requests for your donation write: In Memory of Richard Shiffrar. You may mail donations to: Cal Poly CAFES, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo 93407 on the check memo include: CAFES Power of Doing Fund.
William James Quinn, "Bill" age 80 of Cottonwood, passed away peacefully Sunday Nov. 7, 2021, surrounded by family after a three-year battle with cancer. Bill affectionally known to many as "Quinn" was born Oct. 28, 1941, in San Francisco. He attended St. Mathews in San Mateo, Cantwell High School in Los Angeles and attended Cal Poly and majored in Agriculture. In 1960 Bill married his high school sweetheart Sandra Erickson, they later moved to the Bay Area and had three children. Bill worked in the automotive industry for nineteen years, but always managed to still be a cowboy. He was captain and president of the Tassajara Fire Department in Danville, where he made lifelong friends. In 1979 Bill pursued a lifelong dream and moved his family to Bieber, "Big Valley," where he became a farmer, rancher and partner in a hay trucking and brokerage business. In 1989 he moved to the Redding area and went into real estate specializing in ranches and farms, he loved what he did and was still actively selling ranches until his death. Bill was an avid fisherman and duck hunter all throughout his life. He was a big believer in environmental and community involvement, he played a crucial role in shaping water policy, regulations,
and legislation during his lifetime. Some of the organizations he was involved with were, Trout Unlimited as a director, CAL Trout as founding governor and vice president; Delta Environmental Advisory Committee appointed by then Gov. Ronald Reagan; and California Waterfowl Association as director, chairman and president. Bill's biggest passion was family, and there were many gatherings such as the yearly branding and the annual New Years Day Family and Friends Skeet Shoot just to name a few. Bill is predeceased by his parents Frank and Ruth Quinn, sister Carol, brother-in-law Tony, brother Jeff, sister-in-law Vicki, sister-in-law Suzanne, and companion Kerry Fitzgerald. He is survived by his brother Bob, daughter Mary Ann Quinn, daughter Patty Jeantet (Dino), and son James William Quin; nephews, Kyle Matheney (Melissa) and Samuel Matheney; grandchildren, Nick Dunne, Chris Dunne, Tabitha DivineBackovich (Jared), Cory Nickels (Stephanie), James Quinn and Casandra Del Monte; great grandchildren, Hunter , Henley, Brylee, Brynna, Brett, Kaylie, and coming soon two more great grand babies. Also survived by bonus family members Michael and Max Fitzgerald. Memorial contributions can be made to California Waterfowl Association: 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd. Suite 200 Roseville, CA 95678.
ARLO JANSSEN Arlo Janssen, 82, died in Klamath Falls, Ore, on Nov. 4. He was born Jan. 8, 1939, to Herschel “Pete” Janssen and Marian Craig Janssen. He married Abbie Ryan on March 17, 1967, and they had one daughter, Andra Campbell, on Dec. 15, 1971. Arlo and Abbie divorced in 1973. Arlo was active in sports in high school and received a full ride scholarship to Kansas State University for basketball. In typical Arlo style, he walked into and out of his first classroom the same day. He served in the Army from 19611963, stationed in Paris. Arlo’s passion was showing cattle, and he hit the trail from his hometown of Lorraine, Kan, where he had a farm and started fitting and showing registered Hereford cattle. He formed Mid-America Cattle Co., a professional fitting and showing service, and hauled cattle all over the country. Arlo moved to Darby, Mont., continuing on with his fitting service. L1 Pacesetter was the 1983 and 1984 National Western grand champion bull and set the pace in the '80s as the twotime champion and one of best breeding bulls of all time. L1 Challenger was the 1984 reserve champion at the National Western, Show Bull of the Year and five-time Register of Merit (ROM) champion. Arlo exhibited the grand champion bull at five of the nine ROM shows that year. He was named Top Herdsman during the 1984 stock show.
Shifting between Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, Arlo continued showing cattle and spending the summers in the mountains on horseback, which was his other passion. Few people know how much Arlo loved horses and mules. He also loved the mountains, and his wish was to be cremated and his ashes spread in the mountains of Wyoming. Arlo judged several county fairs, state fairs and jackpot shows—including the 1972 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest in Lexington, Ky.; Western Junior Livestock Show in Rapid City, S.D., in 1981; the Arizona National in 2004; Western National Angus Futurity in 1987; and Cow Palace in San Francisco. In the mid '90s, Arlo purchased a handful of cows from Green Gardens Angus Farm, which was his dad’s and brother Dick’s operation. Arlo bred most of the cows to TC Stockman and made a run of his own in the registered Angus world, showing TJ Amigo and TJ Poppy to several championship banners. Having now acquired Roll of Victory Bull of the Year and Heifer of the Year on his own, he continued showing and fitting cattle for both himself and outside breeders. Arlo spent the last years of his life with his daughter in Klamath Falls, Ore. He is survived by Andra; his brother, Richard “Dick” Janssen; his sisters, Arvo Jo Walker and Joyce Cotton; two grandchildren, Colton Campbell and Caitlin Leslie; and many great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rachel Janssen. A celebration of life will be held Jan. 8, 2022, at the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City, Okla. December 2021 California Cattleman 31
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OUR BULLS ARE PROVING THEIR VALUE IN THE PASTURE, IN THE SHOW RING AND ON THE RAIL! CONGRATUL ATIONS T YLER DEERING OF THE PETALUMA FFA CHAPTER ON HIS DIXIE VALLEY BRED SUPREME CHAMPION CARCASS STEER AND RESERVE OVERALL STEER AT THE SONOMA COUNT Y FAIR WHERE WELL OVER 100 STEERS WERE EXHIBITED!
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STERLING BOND 007 Owned with Sexing Technologies
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT DIXIE VALLEY! WATCH FOR US IN 2022 AT SOME OF THE BEST BULL TESTS AND CONSIGNMENT SALES IN THE WEST INCLUDING RED BLUFF, KL AMATH FALLS, THE MIDL AND BULL TEST, CAL POLY BULL TEST SALE!
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CONCLUSION FLUSH SISTER VINTAGE BLACKBIRD 0201
SIRE: KCF BENNETT SUMMATION DAM: SANDPOINT BLACKBIRD 8809 REG # 19697625 • • • • • • •
FLUSH SISTER VINTAGE BLACKBIRD 0230
WHEN YOU REACH A CONCLUSION, you get:
Outstanding Beef Bull Phenotype Pedigree Mateable to Most of Today’s Females Remarkable CED and BW to Growth Spread Superior Carcass Merit Amazing Docility • Foot Improver • Extra Muscle Outstanding PAP Score Proven Dam with More Than $8 Million in Progeny Sales
JIM COLEMAN, OWNER DOUG WORTHINGTON, MANAGER BRAD WORTHINGTON, OPERATIONS 2702 SCENIC BEND, MODESTO, CA 95355 (209) 521-0537 • WWW.VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM OFFICE@VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM
V A R POWERPLAY DAUGHTER VINTAGE RITA 9405
SIRE: BASIN PAYWEIGHT 1682 DAM: SANDPOINT BLACKBIRD 8809 REG # 18717078
THE PROOF IS IN THE PROGENY
• VAR Power Play 7018 is a breed changer for type. In one generation he adds tremendous depth of rib and capacity to his progeny. A critical component for harsh western environments that demands fleshing ability and functionally sound cattle. Add in his multi-trait excellence data and you have a winning combination.
CALL VINTAGE ANGUS FOR SEMEN.
V A R POWERPLAY SON VAR PLAY MAKER 8582 VAR POWER PLAY 7018 IS A PROVEN BULL WITH OUTSTANDING PROGENY SALES. TO DATE 65 DAUGHTERS HAVE SOLD AT VINTAGE ANGUS FOR $1,653,750 TO AVERAGE $25,442. 113 SONS HAVE SOLD FOR $1,095,450 TO AVERAGE $9,694.