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CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION combating climate change by CCA President Mark Lacey About 10-12 years ago I sat in a meeting at UC Davis where we discussed prioritizing grant funding for livestock research, and there was a consensus among the university folks that climate change should be a top priority. I listened to the conversation and I couldn’t connect the dots because at the time I was facing real threats from water quality and animal rights issues, not from some nebulous theory that had rebranded itself from global warming to climate change because the messaging wasn’t resonating with the public. Fast forward to present day and I would say that all roads lead to climate change as the No. 1 threat to our business. I wouldn’t call myself a climate denier it’s just that I have sort of tuned out a lot of the discussion because most of the commentary is ridiculous hyperbole that diminishes the legitimacy of the issue. I mean on the news now all weather is “extreme” and “mega storms.” The climate activists are like Claude Rains in Casablanca. They are shocked to find out there are tornados in “Tornado Alley” and that there are hurricanes during the “Hurricane Season.” Then there is the member of congress from New York that says the world is going to end in 12 years. Not 11, not 13, 12! This coming from someone that walks outside then checks the weather app on the phone to see what the weather is going to be like, and says getting rid of cows and airplanes will save the planet. The worst part is that now climate change is an excuse for everything weather, wildfires and migration. And everyone has a theory about the impacts. One common thread is the repeated fallacy that livestock production is a major cause of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is utterly ridiculous. That’s not to say that cattle don’t produce methane, but at such a small percentage compared to the other GHG’s that total elimination of livestock would make no difference. That, however, does not keep climate activists from misrepresenting the facts. You know what they say, “if you repeat the lie

enough pretty soon people start to believe it.” So now climate change is like a clown car full of anti-grazing groups, animal rights groups (PETA), vegan groups (HSUS), policymakers and regulators. All of them trying to get out. Not because they necessarily believe eliminating livestock production will stop climate change, but because tactically it fits their anti-cattle agenda, and helps their fundraising. Most of these groups have been around for at least 20 years and have a long history of condemning cattle production based upon each organization’s ideological agenda, but not climate change. Now they have a “cause célébre” that unifies their efforts behind one issue that effectively accomplishes what they all want, to eliminate cattle production. So how do we have constructive conversations with people that believe everything they can’t regulate is because of climate change, and everything they can regulate causes climate change? Our strategy at CCA has two elements. First, is to lobby against further legislative/ regulatory mandates that impact producers. Second, is more of an educational process. Over the last couple of years CCA and the California Cattlemen’s Foundation have been facilitating events for policymakers where they are provided presentations from experts in the fields of air quality, water quality, nutrition (meat protein vs. plant protein), economic contributions of livestock, the value of grazing for fire protection and sustainability so they can hear factual information from credible scientists; facts they don’t often get to hear in the echo chamber in the Capitol. For their role in this educational program I would like to thank all the University of California scientists and the University Extension for all their work and support of ranchers and livestock producers. You can participate in the next one March 25 at Steak and Eggs breakfast where Dr. Don Layman will discuss the misconceptions of plant based protein diets. Hope to see you there.

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ON THE COVER

This month’s cover photo was taken near Copperopolis by Terrance Emerson. As in the past, this month’s issue features the Angus breed in addition to SimAngus, Simmental and Brangus. Perspectives from each of these respective breed associations is found in this month’s editorial.

MARCH 2020 Volume 103, Issue 3

ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN Combating climate change

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BUNKHOUSE Consumers getting wise to fake meat

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 8 NCBA policy in 2020

UPCOMING INDUSTRY MEETINGS & EVENTS

CHIMES CCW in the Lone Star State

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CALIFORNIA CATTLE COUNCIL Hitting the ground running

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MARCH 4 YUBA-SUTTER CATTLEMEN ANNUAL DINNER MEETING Hillcrest Landing, Yuba City

RANGELAND TRUST TALK Leaving a legacy

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Californians participate in 2020 industry event Drown selected among peers as representative Angus points out quality correlation Simmental data vital to beef improvement Genetic views from Brangus Recapping 2020 Red Bluff festivities Implementing A.I. in your program

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

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READER SERVICES

CALIFORNIA CATTLE COUNCIL SPRING MEETING Inn at the Pier, Pismo Beach

MARCH 12 FRESNO/KINGS & MADERA CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Clovis MARCH 13 MARCH 16

TULARE COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Double LL Steakhouse & Saloon, Visalia CONTRA COSTA/ALAMEDA CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Terra Mia, Livermore

MARCH 17

INYO-MONO-ALPINE CATTLEMEN’S MEETING American Legion Hall, Independence

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KERN COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Woolgrowers, Bakersfield

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MERCED/MARIPOSA CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Woolgrowers, Los Banos

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CCA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING Sacramento

MARCH 25

CCA STEAK & EGGS BREAKFAST Sutter Club, Sacramento

MARCH 26

SAN JOAQUIN-STANISLAUSE CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Waterloo, Stockton

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BUNKHOUSE

fake meat, fake news

industry and americans ever-vigilant to “facts” by CCA Executive Vice President Billy Gatlin If you were to believe the media there’s a mass vegan wave sweeping the country as people switch out their beef burgers for vegan alternatives like Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger. There’s no doubt these vegan alternatives have been catapulted into the mainstream by Hollywood celebrities and events like the Oscars and Academy Awards substituting meat for a vegan and vegetarian options. Restaurants like Carl’s Jr. and Burger King have joined several other restaurants in offering vegan burgers. Just last month Denny’s devoted a full day to giving away vegan burgers to its customers. If you’re tempted to try one, free is the right price. Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, two of the most popular vegan burger options, are novel new products whose demand is largely driven by curious meat-eating consumers and vegans and vegetarians who crave a product that tastes like beef. While these products have enjoyed tremendous growth over the last year, they are not replacing consumers’ demand for beef burgers. Burger King’s introduction of the Impossible Whopper increased sales of their all-beef Whooper. Even more telling is that per capita meat consumption continues to climb in the U.S. Meanwhile, the proportion of consumers identifying as vegan remains stable at around 1 to 2 percent of the U.S. population. While the number of vegans remains constant, it’s safe to assume that the popularity of vegan products like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger will continue to rise. The public will remain curious and want to sample these products. The novelty of these products will continue to draw celebrity endorsers looking to cash in and make big bucks promoting these products. Fast food chains will continue to expand their offerings of these products to bring in new customers and drive an increase in sales. All of this will continue to drive media attention. Meanwhile, meat and beef demand will quietly be increasing. While I am not concerned with the immediate impact these products will have on beef demand and sales, I am concerned with the messages that are being attached to these vegan products: that they are healthier and better for the environment than beef. These claims could have a lasting impact if they go uncontested. We cannot let the public be duped into believing that eating one of these ultra-processed products is better for their health than beef, or that importing some ultra-processed ingredients from around the world to be assembled in a factory is better for the environment than a beef burger sourced from California farmers and ranchers. We cannot afford to get sucked into the media hype of these products and must resist the urge to respond to every headline. On the other hand, we cannot afford to be dismissive of the powerful corporations producing these products and the lies they will peddle to boost their sales. These corporate giants are beholden to their Wall Street investors and venture capitalists and they will do anything to drive profits and deliver big paydays for their investors. 6 California Cattleman March 2020

The media and those that thrive off controversy will try to make this about ranchers being opposed to something new that’s threatening their livelihood. They’ll claim we are stuck in the past and that we refuse to embrace change. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This isn’t rancher vs. vegan. This isn’t rancher vs. farmer. Or any other rancher vs. “them” narrative that BILLY GATLIN someone might try to create. Every rancher I knows eats vegetables. I encourage you to eat your vegetables. Ranchers are not only pro-vegetable, they are pro-farmer. Ranchers and their families have been eating plant-based diets for centuries. Steak and potatoes is almost as ubiquitous as peanut butter and jelly. Personally, a tri-tip dinner doesn’t quite seem complete without some fresh California asparagus. Ranchers are not trying to eliminate vegetables from the dinner plate. Ranchers have no interest in eliminating the Impossible Burger, Beyond Burger or the next lab created food product. Boca Burgers have been around for three decades and food giant Kraft still sells millions of these veggie burgers every year. Ranchers aren’t trying to eliminate fruits, vegetables or any combination of them. We’re pro nutrition and pro balanced diet. We also embrace desserts, beer, wine and all the finer things produced by farmers and ranchers. We were “foodies” before it was even a word. The real issue, and what ranchers find offensive, is having a corporation create an imitation beef product in a lab, source ingredients from around the world, assemble those ingredients in a factory and try to convince consumers that their product tastes the same as real beef. And when they fail to replicate the taste of real beef, they resort to fear tactics and lies. These companies are spending millions of dollars on advertising campaigns to make false claims about beef nutrition and beef production to help sell their products. All while boldly claiming they want to eliminate their competition – animal agriculture. The truth is beef wins on taste, nutrition and environmental protection. We have a brand that’s worth imitating, which means it a brand worth protecting. That’s the message we must deliver. While we are not a billion-dollar corporation and don’t have access to the deep pockets of venture capitalists, we do have the truth on our side and that’s invaluable. We will not be discouraged. We will continue promoting beef while highlighting the lies and half truths many of these corporations are attempting to deliver to consumers. Once consumers know the truth about fake meat products, I believe they will enjoy the same fate as the “healthy” fake butter alternative, margarine.


READING BETWEEN

ARE ALTERNATIVE BURGERS HEALTHIER THAN REAL BEEF? As publicity for vegan and plant-based products continues to grow, it isn’t easy to know what’s real when it comes to the nutritional value of these foods.

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK

CALIFORNIA RANCHERS HELP NCBA SET POLICY AND PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE and regulation to end deceptive labeling of ‘fake meat’ From February 5 through February 7, thousands of ranchers from across the country descended upon San • Ensure favorable implementation of the Japan and Antonio, Texas for the annual Cattle Industry Convention & European Union trade deals, the US-Mexico-Canada National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show. Agreement (USMCA) and the Phase 1 China trade Among the attendees were nearly 200 ranchers and allied agreement industry representatives from the Golden State. • Aggressively pursue and defend final rules cementing On Thursday, February 6, NCBA members gathered key regulatory wins, including: in committee meetings for informational updates and to • The Navigable Waters Protection Rule (which debate NCBA policy. On February 7, the NCBA Board replaces the flawed Waters of the U.S. Rule) of Directors voted on the committees’ policy proposals, • Endangered Species Act modernization and establishing interim policy which will be considered and species-specific delistings (such as the gray wolf) potentially ratified at the 2020 Summer Business Meeting in • Favorable Hours-of-Service and Electronic July. Logging Device rules New policies adopted by NCBA membership include • Comprehensive reform of the National international trade policy reaffirming NCBA’s support for Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) voluntary origin labeling and its support for USDA oversight • Favorable BLM grazing regulations rolling back and verification of such voluntary labels; property rights and ‘range reform’ environmental management policy seeking to minimize the impacts upon agriculture of emergent federal regulations CCA will actively work with NCBA throughout 2020 to of chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances promote policy priorities that align with policy set by CCA (PFAS); and federal lands policy supporting “off-season membership, including advocating directly to California’s targeted grazing on federal land to assist with prevention Congressional Delegation at the PLC and NCBA Legislative and control of catastrophic wildfire.” Conference in Washington, D.C., March 30-April 2. NCBA’s Board also approved live cattle marketing policy sponsored by CCA and four other state affiliates aimed at improving USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Livestock Sutter Club Mandatory Reporting, intended to provide present market March 25th valuations for livestock. The policy establishes an NCBA working group to identify improvements to Livestock Mandatory Reporting in the leadup to 2020 Congressional reauthorization of the program. In addition to laying out its detailed policy positions, NCBA set out its policy priorities for 2020, including several pressing issues familiar to California ranchers. Those policies include: COME MEET WITH LEGISLATORS & STAFF IN SACRAMENTO!

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• Advance legislation (such as the Real MEAT Act)

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Remember the Alamo Thousands gather in San Antonio to celebrate policy victories and work towards future beef industry wins by CCA Director of Communications Katie Roberti In early February, more than 8,000 people, including close to 200 Californians, headed south to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show. As with each year’s convention, many cattlemen and women made plans to see the sights of the city hosting the event. From enjoying restaurants along the San Antonio Riverwalk to taking a short drive to experience Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, there was something for everyone to enjoy. However, there is one historic landmark in San Antonio that is visited by millions of people each year and even remembered by those who haven’t ever seen it—The Alamo. Built in 1718, the Mission today is remembered mostly for the Battle of the Alamo, where for 13 days fewer than 200 Texans (in the middle of a war to gain independence from Mexico) held off a Mexican force outnumbering them by the thousands. While the Texans did lose this battle of the war, Texas eventually gained their independence from Mexico because of this historic battle and a few years later became a state. It is the Texans’ heroic ability to resist and endure as they were outnumbered in the battle that is still remembered and honored to this day. Much like the Texans were at the Battle of the Alamo, as beef producers in the United States today, sometimes it is difficult not to feel outnumbered. With less than 2 percent of our country’s population directly involved in agriculture, the number of Americans working in the beef industry is even smaller. Misinformation about livestock production in the media and attacks against animal agriculture are nothing new, but unfortunately, these battles aren’t going away. But while the Texans didn’t get help from other troops,

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fortunately, United States cattle producers, have backup in Washington, D.C. This backup is NCBA’s policy team that works every day on Pennsylvania Avenue to fulfill the mission “to serve the beef industry by improving the business climate and growing global beef demand.” This team—which recently appointed NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, named the best lobbying team in D.C.—was active in leading many meetings throughout the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention, but was on full display at the D.C. Issues Update on Thursday of the event. As Lane led the update before handing it over to NCBA’s various policy teams, he started with recognizing the recent victories that led to a historic year for NCBA’s policy division—the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, the Japan and European Union trade deals, the Phase-One Agreement with China, the proposed reform of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and modernization of the Endangered Species Act, to name a few. Although the fruition of these wins all took place within a close timeframe, Lane made it clear these victories didn’t just happen overnight. These wins are products of years of cattle producers and agricultural allies battling and enduring on the frontlines for beef in Washington, D.C. While there was time to celebrate these wins and plenty of fun to be had at this year’s Cattle Industry Convention and in the NCBA Trade Show, the staff of NCBA’s policy division was quick to address it is now time to focus on what needs to happen next to cement current progress and ensure future wins. With presidential campaigns in full swing, the next few months are critical in Washington, D.C., as Congress will soon shift their attention to campaigning and work in our nation’s


capital will come to a hault, Lane said. NCBA’s D.C. staff echoed this, as one-by-one they gave updates on what is being worked on now in Congress and the Administration. Outlined priorities for the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, transportation issues, animal disease traceability, fake meat, trade and market access and public lands were all discussed. Still, three opportunities for producers to help now stood out. 1. Ask members of Congress to support H.R. 4919: The Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination Act (TREAD Act). NCBA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs, Allison Rivera explained how this bill would improve the Hours of Service rules for agriculture haulers and the other transportation issues it would fix. The bill currently has 17 cosponsors, including Californians Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA); Rep. Doug LaMalfa (RCA); and Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA). 2. Encourage your member of Congress to cosponsor S. 3016/H.R. 4881: The Real Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully (MEAT) Act. According to NCBA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, Danielle Beck, the Act would codify the definition of beef, reinforce existing misbranding provisions and enhance the federal government’s ability to enforce the law by granting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) additional authority. 3. Submit your comments in favor of reforming NEPA. NCBA is encouraging ranchers and livestock producers to express their support for NEPA reform by submitting comments at policy.ncba.org by March 10.

“Founded in 1989, WVM has been a proponent of BQA programs and guidelines for nearly as long as BQA has been around and encourages adoption of BQA practices with its producers, buyers, and auction partners. During broadcast auctions where buyers are limited to seeing video of cattle, having a BQA certification shows that producers follow industry standards for high quality animal handling and health care. As BQA programs have grown in recognition throughout the U.S., WVM has seen that lots of cattle from BQA certified producers are more likely to be sold at a premium, yielding benefits to both producers and buyers who recognize the value of the program.” Jill Scofield, director of producer relations and BQA coordinator with the California Beef Council shared further support for WVM and the commitments they have made to incorporating BQA. “I can think of few other marketers, sales yards or organizations that serve as industry leaders in the area of promoting the value and importance of BQA to beef producers as much as WVM,” Scofield said. As the industry looks ahead to future wins, there will be challenges to overcome. But as obstacles are faced, let the symbol of the Battle of the Alamo and recent successes of the beef community be a reminder that our industry is more prepared to deliver the victories of tomorrow when the work is endured together.

Although recent D.C. victories were a buzz around this year’s convention and policy was a focus of many meetings, there was business and fun beyond policy to be had in San Antonio. Other highlights included visits from USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and former NASA astronaut, Cpt. Scott Kelley at the opening general session, the always informative and well-attended CattleFax Outlook Seminar, the NCBA tradeshow spanning eight acres of ground filled with a maximum capacity of exhibitors and entertainment including a private NCBA Professional Bull Riding Invitational. One of the highlights of the week was California-based Western Additionally, Californians had highlights of their own at Video Market being honored with the national BQA Marketer this year’s convention. of the Year Award. Accepting the award were WVM’s Col. John CCA President Mark Lacey received the first place Top Rodgers, Callie Wood, Brad Peek, Holly Foster and Justin Niesen. Hand Award for recruiting 14 new NCBA members. This is the third year Lacey has been in Top Hand Club, NCBA’s member-driven recruitment program. Additionally, Paige Stanley, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded one of two $15,000 W.D. Farr Scholarships. With a background in animal science, Stanley is studying the relationship between grazing management and ranch viability in the U.C.’s Environmental Science Department. Finally, to close out the Convention on Friday, Western Video Market (WVM) of Cottonwood, was awarded the 2020 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Marketer of the Year Award. Each year, these awards recognize industry leaders who have a strong commitment to establishing BQA in their operations while encouraging others to take part in BQA as well. NCBA, a contractor of the Beef Checkoff, released the CCA members convene before the Board of Directors Meeting. following statement announcing WVM as this year’s winner of From left to right, Dave Daley, Tom Talbot, Tony Toso, Mike the BQA Marketer of the Year Award. Williams and Tim Koopmann.

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More Scenes From San Antonio

Sam Avila and Cindy Tews attend the Region VI meeting.

Art and Heidi Richards catch up with Rob Wesley Woolery of Hat Creek and Bailey Morrell of Willows take a break from von der Lieth after attending the Region VI working at the Colorado State University meeting. booth and explore the NCBA Tradeshow.

The Hanson family of Susanville takes advantage of all 8 acres the NCBA Tradeshow had to offer. From left to right, Brad, Robin, Darcy, Jack and Wyatt.

Karen and Darrel Sweet take a break between the Region VI meeting and start of policy meetings on Thursday.

Tracy Schohr and Carolyn Roberti receive their free Quarter Pounders provided by McDonalds at the McRig.

Daniel, Barbara and Dan O’Connell take time for a family photo between meetings.

Natalie Koopmann and Angela Faryan, represent Zoetis in their booth at the NCBA Tradeshow.

Western Video Market’s Justin Niesen, Col. John Rodgers and Holly Foster make their way around the NCBA Tradeshow.

Many CCA members made visits to the Alamo. From left to right, Ryan Imbach, Jennifer Houston, outgoing NCBA President brings the Board of Directors Meeting to order. Tim Koopmann, Melinda Koopmann, Katie Roberti, Tracy Schohr, Markie Hagmen, Jack Hanson, Weston Roberti, Darcy Hanson, Rick Roberti and Carolyn Roberti. 12 California Cattleman March 2020


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California’s CattleWomen Turn Out in Texas by California CattleWomen, Inc., President Callie Martinez

we produce. Woodall highlighted the legislative wins which The 2020 Cattle Industry Convention, held San the beef industry has had including President Trump getting Antonio, Texas, Feb 5-7, was great. Monday morning of us back into China after being out for 16 years. The U.S. the convention was kicked off with the President’s Council has a strong percentage in Japan as the tariff is now at 27 meeting. This meeting was set-up in a new way, giving percent down from 38 percent. The other highlight was the state presidents across American National CattleWomen (ANCW) the opportunity to network with each other. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 We had already submitted our President’s Reports for ANCW to put together a book with every state and region’s reports. California was highlighted once again, for our fantastic Powder River Raffle Fundraiser. The Executive Board Meeting also took place on Monday morning. It was brought before the Executive Committee by Mary Jo Rideout, Arizona to fund $7,500 for the national president’s travel back to Penny Zimmerman’s term and through Wanda Pinnow’s. The 2020 Executive Committee was announced President Evelyn Greene, Alabama; PresidentElect Reba Mazak, Florida; Vice President Pam Griffin, Arizona; Recording Secretary Desta Crawford, Texas; Parliamentarian Lana Slaten, Alabama. Also, a Past President Ad Hoc Committee has been added to include Jill Ginn, Texas, and Susie Magnuson, Colorado. Monday afternoon we had two full buses out on agricultural tours of the area. Both buses toured Texana Feeders in Floresville, Texas and Dean and Peeler Meat Works in Poth, Texas. Texana Feeders was established in 2001. Texana is a 15,000-head feedlot that starts their cattle on open range before moving them to the lots to be finished. Texana is feeding on two labels, Angus and Wagyu. The second stop was Dean & Pealer Meat Works. This is a state-of-the-art CCW’s members Sarah Drown with President Callie Martinez, and federally-inspected custom meat processing plant and Past President Sheila Bowen, Debbie Torres, Past President Cheryl Foster and Valley Urricelqui. retail market. It was established in 2017. Everyone had the opportunity to go through their facility then buy some beef jerky or other products at this tour stop. The day finished up with a BEEF Dinner at the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum. Tuesday, was full of ANCW meetings and award presentations. Collin Woodall, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, gave an update on how things are going in Washington, D.C. Woodall started off his presentation with fake meat and said that in his opinion, if the meat immitations are indeed safe, then the USDA should regulate the plants that are used to make them. He also said such products can’t be labeled as “clean meat” because of the array of preservatives and other ingredients used to make them. NCBA has also introduced legislation which restricts the use of beef terminology in products like the Beyond Meat burger. It was highlighted that BQA certification is doing a CCW members showing their pride for the American National better job talking to consumers and promoting the product CattleWomen at the annual meeting. 14 California Cattleman March 2020


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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 last Farm Bill has fixed funding for a U.S. bank for foot and mouth disease. ANCW presented their yearly awards to the members who stood out for their involvement over years. California had a handful of ladies recognized. Our own Sheila Bowen, Cheryl Foster, Melanie Fowle, Tara Porterfield, and Debbie Torres were recognized as Platinum Spurs. The 2020-2021 Collegiate Beef Advocacy Team was announced and California has Sarah Drown from San Diego County is on the team. It was reported that we had close to 100 ladies in attendance at the meeting. In total the ANCW/NCBA Convention had 7,000 pre-register, with an additional 2,000 more estimated to register on-site. The tradeshow had 389 exhibitors, making the event sold out with a waitlist. The event took over 11 hotels and had 14,000 pounds of beef donated from a variety of packers. At opening General Session on Wednesday, February 5 attendees had the opportunity to hear from Capt. Scott Kelly. Kelly shared of his year in space which was a really hard to thing to do. He shared of his career path up to being an astronaut. He really didn’t think it was a possibility for him. He started his career by going into the Navy eventually becoming a fighter pilot. During Kelly’s time in the Navy he learned that it is okay to take risks and not being afraid to fail. It was in 1996, that Scott and his twin brother Mark Kelly headed out to Texas to learn how to fly. It was after 2011 when

he had spent six months in space that he wanted to spend a year in space. Captain Kelly shared that after being in space for a year, he learned a lot about leadership and that teamwork is incredibly important in space. He also said that is was great to work with the different cultures. In conclusion Captain Kelly shared that if we dream it, we can do it, as the sky is the limit. For those CCW members who couldn’t join us at the national meeting, I hope you will make plans to be there next year as these events are where the path forward is decided for our respective organizations and where we learn from our counterparts across the country how we can work together to make the beef industry the best it can be.

Berkeley Student honored with scholarship in san antonio Paige Stanley, a student from the University of California, Berkeley, received $15,000 W.D. Farr Scholarships for 2019-2020 from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The scholarships were presented to the students on Feb. 7, during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio. The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. Twenty outstanding applications from graduate-level students in universities across the country were received this year. W.D. Farr was the first president of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and served as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which would later become NCBA. His career spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform beef grading, water conservation and banking. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007. 16 California Cattleman March 2020

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY NATIVE SELECTED AS COLLEGIATE BEEF ADVOCATE Three young beef leaders have been selected and will agribusiness at OSU with the goal of continuing her serve as the American National CattleWomen’s Collegiate education after she completes her undergrad. Beef Advocates for 2020—one of which has California “My plan is to go to law school when I graduate next roots and is no stranger to the need for ranching advocates May and stay involved in the ag industry,” Sarah said. “I in the West. come from California so I see how legislation and all kinds Sarah Drown, a fifth-generation rancher of Santa of stuff impacts agriculturalists in our state and I have a Isabel, Calif., and current student at Oklahoma State passion and a desire to represent them and help them in University (OSU) will spend the next year serving as a any way that I can. That’s what I want to do as an attorney.” Collegiate Beef Advocate. Sarah is the daughter of Glenn On top of receiving a scholarship at the end of the and Margaret Drown. Glenn is an active member of the program, Sarah will be participating in various networking San Diego-Imperial Cattlemen’s Association and Margaret and educational opportunities within the beef industry is active with the San Diego County Cowbelles. throughout the upcoming year. “The American National CattleWomen’s (ANCW) “We are very fortunate we have a lot of opportunities Beef Advocacy Program was created for beef industry to travel, hone our advocacy skills for the beef industry and advocates interested in bridging the gap between the become leaders and speakers in the industry,” Sarah said. farm and the fork,” according to the program’s webpage. Some of the travel Sarah and the other advocates “This program connects the Collegiate leaders to the will partake in this year includes attending the NCBA beef industry where they can have unlimited access to Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., Cattle Industry leadership, their peers, cattlemen and cattlewomen and Summer Business Meetings in Denver, ANCW Women beef industry professionals. They will grow as individuals, in Ranching Education and Development events, as well strengthen their leadership skills and establish networks.” as other meetings on a local, state and national levels, The 2020 Cattle Industry Convention & National potentially including the National Western Stock Show. Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Tradeshow in To learn more about the Collegiate Beef Advocacy San Antonio marked the start of the program for this Program and for information on how to apply to serve as year’s three advocates—hailing from Iowa, Louisiana and an advocate for 2021, visit ancw.org or email California. After a packed year of representing the cattle ancw.cbap@gmail.com. industry, the young beef leaders will complete their time as advocates at next year’s convention in Nashville, Tenn. Growing up on her family’s cow/ calf operation in San Diego County, Sarah’s background in the beef business, paired with her leadership experience through 4-H and FFA, as well as her agricultural studies at OSU, led her to the program. “Once I got into FFA, I got really involved in the leadership aspect and found a love for the agriculture industry,” Sarah said. In addition to serving as a Collegiate Beef Advocate, Sarah is Newly selected collegiate beef advocates include California’s Sarah Drown (left) as well as also studying agricultural Iowa student Madison Forbes and Louisiana’s Fallon Plaisance. communications and

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PLC NAmes GLOVER AS NEW Executive Director The Public Lands Council (PLC), in late January announced that Kaitlynn Glover joined the organization as its executive director. In this role, Glover will serve as the chief lobbyist for the organization, representing cattle and sheep producers in western states. The legislative and regulatory portfolio focuses on protecting grazing on federal land, and includes the Clean Water Act, tax policy, the Endangered Species Act, property rights and other matters that affect livestock producers in the West. “I’m passionate about the work of the PLC and look forward to working with the incredible leaders who volunteer their time to lead the organization,” said Glover. “My top priority will continue to be executing the policy developed by public lands grazers across the West to ensure a strong future for agriculture and healthy public lands. I look forward to leveraging my experience and bringing new perspectives to the many important issues impacting the West.” Glover comes to PLC from Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) office and brings additional experience in international affairs from her work with the agricultural 20 California Cattleman March 2020

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TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? by Nicole Lane Erceg for Certified Angus Beef

Are we there yet? The thought ran through my mind several hours into a long drive. The talk had worn thin, songs on the stereo now felt stale and both my husband and I were beyond ready to reach the final destination. No hard feelings, these trips are often full of fun, quality time together. But we’d passed the tipping point of good times and were steadily sliding down the other side of the bell curve. Have we reached that point in the quality beef ride, too? We rounded out 2019 with 72 percent of the harvest reaching the Choice grade and 8.6 percent Prime. There’s more premium beef on the market than ever before. Could we be approaching our destination, maybe even delivering too much of a good thing? For decades the National Beef Quality Audit tried to find out if there is an ideal quality grade mix, only for the market to tell us it’s determined by evolving economic signals from consumers. As we’ve gotten better at consistently producing more premium beef, consumption and demand have grown. Our product today is worth more and that value flows back to producers. CattleFax estimates that if demand had not grown in the last 20 years but remained flat, fed cattle would be worth $20 per hundredweight (cwt.) less. We’d be out $270 per head there, and calf prices would be $50 per cwt. lower than they are today. Premium Choice qualifying carcasses can earn up to $50 per head above the bottom third of the category — totaling an added potential value of $90 above the cash market. For those grading Prime, it can mean as much as $200 above cash on value-based packer formula, grid and

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contract markets. But not every consumer can afford premium quality beef, right? Well, let’s look at the other side of that coin. The Select grade category gets smaller each year, rounding out 2019 at only 16 percent of the mix. In 2018 the Red Angus Association published a white paper on its disappearance, predicting by 2025 Select will be merely a shadow in an industry that’s moved toward higher quality. In practical terms, it already is. The marketability of Select grade beef keeps sliding. As restaurants and grocery chains have learned to appreciate a more highly marbled, consistent product and the value it drives in their business, fewer are willing to accept anything less. We’ve transitioned away from the days where packers had a short list of where to send their limited supply of Prime product to now only a handful of customers that will take the cheaper, lower end. Those who see this boost in quality as the offramp — a chance to drive away from that long journey toward higher carcass quality — may have a bumpy road ahead. The drive is far from over and there’s much to be won by keeping a focus on genetics with that “taste fat” premium potential. As the bar for average rises, we may see the quality grades shift. Opportunity on the premium end could mean a segmented Prime category, similar to graduated Choice today. We haven’t reached a tipping point. For cattlemen, more of a good thing is a great thing. The drive toward carcass quality isn’t over yet.


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Cobb to lead Certified angus beef production team Describing beef supply and demand as a bit of a chess the ranch gate to the way the whole beef community is interconnected,” CAB President John Stika says. “That is match, Bruce Cobb says he’s learned the game through what’s really exciting about Bruce and the experience he various roles in the past three decades. brings.” Starting March 1, the Texas native will take on a new “In addition, I really think he’s going to fit really well vantage point as executive vice president of production for into the culture at CAB, which has been a hallmark of our Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). success,” he says. “Cobb brings diverse perspectives, with “I’ve been able to participate on both sides of the industry, demand development and then supply and I enjoy the wellbeing of producers from the production but also the demand side.” figuring out: how can we satisfy the consumer and the end user by what 55 BullS & 20 ReGiSteReD FeMAleS we’re doing on the production side?” he says. “Blending those two pieces is where the good stuff is.” Klamath Falls, Oregon Since 2005, Cobb has been at the helm of Consolidated Beef Producers, the country’s largest cattle marketing cooperative. He and his team traded 700,000 head of cattle annually across the West and Midwest. “It’s clear we’re on the right track as it relates to quality. You can look at how consumers have responded just Sale 1 p.m. SAle Site in the last four to five years and how lunch 11:30 a.m. Double J Farms: 13383 Harpold Rd., Klamath Falls, OR the brand has grown,” Cobb says. “The challenge will be how do we get at those intangibles? These producers care for the animals. They care for the environment and the land. They want to do what’s right.” But the “opportunity is still there” to communicate and capture the value CC SHOOteR 108 12-1-2018 tMK SOutHeRn CHARM 117F 9-16-2018 A & B Shooter 3421 x V A R Discovery 2240 BuBS Southern Charm AA31 x SCC Beyond 106x tMK in those facts, he says. Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B 144 6 2.1 59 100 23 i.84 i.73 56 156 CeD 19 6Bw -2.0.5 ww 5356yw 8895MK 2222 MB .47i.83 Re .46 i.39 $w 58.1256$B 85.91 That’s just one of the challenges CeD 19 Bw -2.0 ww 53 yw 88 MK 22 MB .47 Re .46 $w 58.12 $B 85.91 CeD 12 Bw -1.7 ww 61 yw 102 MK 27 MB .88 Re .71 $w 66.85 $B 147.0 Cobb looks forward to in his new role. As executive vice president, he will oversee the brand’s supply development, producer communications and packing divisions, while serving as the voice of the producer to the greater company. CC tenx 106 11-24-2018 BlACK OAK 104C 899 3-20-2018 Algoma Golden ten x 773B x Connealy Black Granite tMK Payweight 104C x Connealy thunder Premiums for the brand are built Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B 15 -1.0 54 91 28 i.32 i.61 64 135 -1 2.7 63 102 20 .54 .77 60 133 at the packing level, so cattlemen will also benefit from Cobb’s ability Catalogs Sent by Request Only: BullS AlSO Sell SiReD By: KM Broken Bow 002 • lD Capitalist 316 Matt Macfarlane to help packers further identify sales V A R empire 3037 • JSl Program 1331 916-803-3113 Basin Payweight 1682 • lHR upward 1806 m3cattlemarketing@gmail.com opportunities. BiD liVe Online AuCtiOneeR “It was important to us that we eric Duarte: 541-891-7863 www.liVeAuCtiOnS.tV found somebody so grounded in the starlight CC Cattle BlaCk Oak angus land & livestOCk production side that they had credibility Mark & Carlotta Poole todd and tessa Koch tyrel & Brooke Kliewer THD 805-797-0769 503-705-2550 with the cattlemen we serve, but also todd@tkmfarm.com carlottapoole@hotmail.com 541-891-2528 © that they were able to see beyond

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CATTLE COUNCIL PUTTING PRODUCERS’ DOLLARS TO WORK AS ROADMAP TAKES SHAPE by California Cattle Council Executive Director Justin Oldfield Since our last update in California Cattleman, the California Cattle Council (Council) has been busy working to complete the necessary tasks that will allow the organization to fully realize its mission to serve as a strong advocate for California cattle producers. The most critical and ongoing effort is the adoption of a strategic plan. The strategic plan will serve as a roadmap for the Council and ensure the organization and its resources target the most significant issues that face the industry today. We remain on track to roll out a plan this spring. In addition to reinforcing the mission, vision and larger strategic priorities of the Council, the plan will also provide metrics to evaluate short and long-term success of each project or initiative. The Council sought early on to capture feedback from cattle producers across the state. An anonymous survey was released and made available during December and January to provide an opportunity for producers to individually participate in the strategic planning process. I can report back that numerous producers elected to complete the survey and for that we are thankful. Producers expect Council funds to be invested effectively and the Council firmly embraces this commitment. Once the strategic plan is completed, the Council will bring the full weight of its resources to bear by pushing forward with the larger and more comprehensive campaigns, projects and initiatives to promote and defend California’s cattle industry. We also understand that producers want to see an immediate return on their investment since collections began in November of 2019. The Council established an interim budget that will carry the organization through the end of March and in doing so allocated a portion of the interim budget to fund shovel ready projects that will serve an immediate benefit to cattle producers. The Council received numerous high-quality proposals and in January, after careful review, selected a series of proposals to fund. For example, the Council was excited to award a grant to the University of California Cooperative Extension to complete a study that will calculate the amount of forage consumed by livestock on an annual basis, enabling us to quantify the greenhouse gas and particulate emissions that otherwise would be released had the forage been burned and not grazed. In addition, the project will assist the Council and 26 California Cattleman March 2020

our industry partners in promoting new opportunities for grazing with decision makers as a means to effectively reduce fuel loads and slow the intensity of wildfires, particularly on public lands. The Council also pledged a contribution to Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., to support his ongoing work to highlight the factual, not sensationalized, environmental footprint of animal agriculture. For those that do not know or who have not had the opportunity to hear Mitloehner, he is a world-renowned scientist specializing in air quality and livestock production. Science, research and data continues to show that beef and dairy production in the United States has a minimal greenhouse gas impact and in fact provides significant benefits to sequestering carbon, diverting byproducts to feed rather than landfills and producing high quality organic fertilizers in the form of compost. The Council is also partnering with CCA to host a series of tours for legislative officials in Sacramento. The tours will provide an opportunity to promote California’s cattle industry and the social, economic and environmental benefits provided by you each and every day. Further details on shovel-ready projects supported by the Council can be found on our website at www. calcattlecouncil.org. As always, the website is an excellent resource to find agendas for upcoming meetings and past meeting minutes. Council board meetings are open to producers and we always encourage those interested to attend. We continue to thank you for your support and patience while the Council works to complete our strategic plan. Never hesitate to contact me at (916) 444-2697 or justin@calcattlecouncil.org if you have questions, ideas or simply would like to learn more about the Council and the value it will provide to this great industry.


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by Jackie Atkins, Ph.D., Director of Science and Education, American Simmental Association International Genetic Solutions (IGS) partner organizations, representing 18.9 million beef cattle, gathered in Bozeman on October 22-24, 2019, for a meeting of the minds. Thirty guests including executive vice presidents, breed improvement staff and consultants, and the IGS Science Team, participated in meetings filled with bigpicture discussions of the power of the IGS collaborative, ideas on how to continue to improve data collection and integration into the genetic evaluation, new ways to benefit from economies of scale within this group and technical updates on the genetic evaluation. Ample time for brainstorming during the meetings led to tangible action items for future developments. Topics included: • The “why” behind IGS by Dr. Wade Shafer • Advice to IGS and its partners for continued success by Dr. Matt Spangler • Updates to the Genetic Evaluation since the first launch of IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT by Dr. Lauren Hyde • New improvements and developments in genomics by Dr. Mahdi Saatchi • Updates to growth trait predictions by Dr. Bruce Golden • New bull lookup features by Ryan Boldt • Educational awareness efforts for foot/leg assessment by Ryan Boldt Wade Shafer gave a compelling presentation starting with a video of Simon Sinek’s TED talk entitled, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Sinek is the author of the

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book “Start with Why” about how successful companies build their business by starting with the “why” behind what they do instead of the “what.” Sinek talks about “the Golden Circle” with “why” as the bullseye, followed by “how” and the “what” is the outermost circle. Successful leaders and companies start in the center of the circle with “why,” then “how” and finally “what.”

Shafer extrapolated the golden circle principle for IGS.

The “why”=Better serve the beef industry by more effectively leveraging our resource for genetic improvement. The “how”=Leveraging data and technology through massive and unprecedented collaboration. The “what” =The largest and most powerful beef cattle genetic evaluation in the world. Shafer talked about an article in the May, 6, 2017, issue of The Economist about data being the world’s most valuable resource. Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft all have something in common with IGS. Data is our lifeblood. The IGS collaboration now has 18.9 million animals and over 230,000 genotypes from 17 different organizations. Not only is it the largest beef cattle database, but it also has a large amount of connectivity among the different organizations. Shafer shared a table of sires (see table on page 30) with progeny from more than one data source. IGS has more than 30,000 sires represented in at least two different databases and nearly 6 million progeny records from these sires. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 30


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association contributes. By pooling all the information into one genetic evaluation, all associations gain better genetic predictions than any could do alone. The IGS advisory meeting further developed the synergy of sharing and learning from our partners in beef cattle genetic improvement. Talks from the science team, brainstorming among the partners, and bonding over meals proved a valuable and productive time for all. We are excited about what the future holds for this group.

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ASA Launches Feet and Leg Scoring Recommendations There has been a significant amount of buzz in the industry lately when it comes to structural soundness in genetic evaluation. With workshops educating breeders across the country, multiple presentations happening at national conferences, and articles in countless publications, feet and leg structural evaluation obviously matters to beef producers — seedstock and commercial alike. The American Simmental Association science team has been hard at work developing further understanding of the genetic control of feet and leg structure in beef cattle and encourages members to start thinking about structural evaluation in their own herds. While not new to dairymen, feet and leg structure evaluation is in its relative infancy for the beef industry. Through a research project at Kansas State University funded by the American Simmental Association (ASA), Red Angus Association of America, and the Kansas Global Food Systems Initiative, multiple traits related to feet and leg structure were evaluated and tested in the most comprehensive research project of its kind in beef cattle. Approximately 4,000 animals from both the Red Angus and Simmental breed populations were scored for 14 traits relating to structure. Bob Weaber, Ph.D., professor and extension beef cattle specialist at Kansas State University led the project. “The objectives were to understand the genetic relationships among hoof, leg, and limb angulation attributes — especially any differences between the front and rear limbs. We also wanted to test the granularity of the scoring system to determine information loss using a simple categorical system,” Weaber commented. The study provided insight for ASA and International Genetic Solutions (IGS) breed partners to develop educational material and recommendations for breeders to start evaluating their own herds. Three traits were identified to be issues in the breed population worth exploring further: 1) Claw set and divergence; 2) Hoof angle and heel; 3) Hock angle or rear leg side view. Curvature or divergence in claw set disrupts the surface area on the base FIGURE 1

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of the hoof. This often appears as a scissor or corkscrew claw, where the most severe cases result in one claw growing outward and crossing over the other claw. Cattle often experience shortness of stride and apparent painful movement with this phenotype. Hoof angle and/or heel depth issues can lead to shallowheeled cattle, which can cause toes to grow out and lengthen. Inversely, too much depth of heel results in a rigid hoof and pastern angle, limiting an animal’s flexibility of motion. Though the previously mentioned traits affect hoof conformation, structure issues also manifest themselves in the limbs of cattle, notably the hock and rear leg set. Cattle with extreme straightness are limited in their mobility as are animals that experience over-flexion of the hock joint. FEET AND LEG RECOMMENDATIONS Developing a set of educational guidelines for feet and leg structure for ASA members to better select and evaluate their own animals has been a high priority for the ASA science team. While much of the research regarding the use of feet and leg data in genetic evaluation, as well as structure’s impact on economically-relevant traits is still ongoing, membership can contribute to this research by voluntarily sending any data they collect on three traits: Claw Set, Hoof Angle, and Rear Leg Side View (See Figures. 1–3). Weaber stressed the importance of breeders familiarizing themselves with feet and leg structural evaluation. “Seedstock cattle will continue to be evaluated for a wide range of economically important traits for the foreseeable future. Commercial cattle producers making sizeable investments in genetics are elevating their expectations relative to foot and leg conformation and durability. As such, seedstock producers seeking repeat customers for high-value bulls should strive to breed cattle with foot and leg longevity in mind,” Weaber emphasized. For more information on ASA’s feet and leg scoring, contact the association or go online at www.simmental.org. FIGURE 3

Recognizing the importance of sound feet and legs in beef cattle, ASA has designated foot set traits. Displayed here are claw set and divergence, hoof angle and heel, and hock angle rear leg side view.


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by International Brangus Breeders’ Executive Vice President Darrell Wilkes, Ph.D.

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t seems apparent that the primary opportunity to continue improvements in beef production efficiency and carcass value will come from genetic advancement. This may not surprise anybody. What might surprise you is to learn that experts in poultry production believe that 90 percent of their future gains in productivity will come form genetics also. Poultry scientists round out the remaining 10 percent of potential gains under the categories of nutrition at five percent; environment at three percent; and health at two percent. This is a bit surprising to me. I had been led to believe that the poultry industry already had their ducks in a row regarding genetics (attempt at poultry humor intentional). I vividly recall my days in graduate school sharing a large basement office with other graduate students who were working on pig genetics. They spoke with excitement and anticipation that someday, maybe sometime, pigs would convert feed at 4-to-1 and would wean eight pigs per litter. “Wow,” they said, “Such gains would be incredible.” Well, they underestimated their own science. Professional breeding companies and high tech integrators came into play in the pig industry and they now convert feed at 2.2-to-1 and wean over 11 pigs per litter. A leading pig genetics company claims they are currently achieving a faster rate of genetic improvement than ever before in their history. After all, the gains they’ve made, one would think that their rate of improvement would be hitting a plateau. The opposite is true.

Beef production has also had dramatic increases in productivity. Compared to just 30 years ago, we are producing about 25 percent more beef with about 10 percent fewer beef cows. The total cattle inventory has shrunk from about 130 million in 1976 to less than 95 million in 2019 while beef production has increased by 20 percent. This advancement is pretty easy to explain. In simple terms, we have produced faster-growing cattle that reach a heavier finish weight sooner. This has come about through advancements in genetics, nutrition and health – significant changes in business models which encouraged cattle placement into feedlots at a younger age. Instead of placing 18-month-old cattle in a feedlot, the industry is sending 18-month (or younger) cattle to the packer weighing 1,300 to 1,400 pounds. The total savings in feed alone is almost impossible to calculate. If the beef industry is going to continue this trend in productivity gains, I submit that most of it must come from genetics. Gains from nutrition, management and health will continue, of course. One could argue, however, that the trend to place younger cattle into feedlots might not have much room for growth moving forward. Our genetic improvement curve should get steeper in the years ahead compared to the curve we’ve seen in the past 30 years. Today, when we add the benefits of massive databases with ultra-powerful computers along with the power of genomics (DNA testing), we can buy a virgin bull with the same degree of genetic assurance that once required 20-30 progeny records to create. With higher fertility semen and very effective synchronization protocols, seedstock breeders who utilize artificial insemination (AI) can stack pedigrees

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and produce extraordinary genetic packages by the thousands. I was amazed to discover that nearly 10 percent of the Brangus registrations come from embryo transfer; which means that breeders are not only skimming off the very top of the sire pool to make the next generation, they are also cherry-picking the cows. We have the tools to producer beef more efficiently while not compromising quality. According to recent reports by USDA’s Economic Research Service, beef steak, on average, sells for about double the price of a pork chop and about triple the price of a chicken breast. This concerns some folks. I personally think it’s great. Consumers have a choice. Nobody is forcing them to choose beef when they could dine cheaper on pork or poultry. They are willing to pay more for beef because it’s worth it to them. I learned that in Econ 1010. While we strive to continue the gains in productivity, we need to remember the premium that consumers willingly pay for beef comes with an expectation that it tastes great. Now, back to genetics. With the extraordinary tools we have available today, we can actually improve the quality of beef simultaneously with improving production efficiency. For decades, it was postulated that beef quality and production efficiency were antagonistic. That isn’t true. With modern genetic evaluation tools, we can identify animals that excel in both – quality and efficiency. Brangus breeders are committed to offering the very best genetics available to produce high quality beef in harsh environments. Your investment in registered Brangus genetics is one of the highest return in investments you can make. Visit www.GoBrangus.com to find a Brangus breeder near you. Invest in Brangus genetics. The payback is there.


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FINALIZATION OF BREXIT OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR US BEEF TRADE As the ink dries and the book closes on the movement affordable and high-quality beef products such as what the known as Brexit, questions arise as to what is next in terms U.S. produces. The U.K. only produces about 60 percent of trade for a European giant—and how that could impact of the food that it consumes, leaving a large opportunity. U.S. cattle producers. This is an untapped market with high potential, and if this While Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) administration’s history of willingness to strike trade deals was finalized late last month, what that truly signifies is the in favor of the U.S. beef cattle industry is any indication, beginning of a transition period that will last throughout Brexit is just another opportunity to get more American 2020. While under agreed upon terms, Britain will operate beef on plates across the world. under EU rules until the end of 2020, by leaving the EU CCA staff will continue to monitor the situation and the country is free to strike out trade deals on its own, keep you updated as negotiations develop. now unbeholden to EU guidelines and regulations. While throughout the rest of the year it will be business as usual in terms of trade, this historic exit offers a unique opportunity for agriculture in the United States. For decades, British trade has been bound by restrictive guidelines, negotiated by a large bureaucratic system in Brussels and heavily influenced by other European nations. While if the duration of the Brexit 5thAnnual movement itself is any indicator, negotiations between the United Kingdom (U.K.) and the EU could s a t u r d ay drag into 2021, the U.S. government has been clear that solidifying a bilaterally beneficial trade deal with modesto Jr. College ag pavilion Modesto, California the U.K. as soon as possible is of the highest priority. >> bred & open fall & spring heifers But what does that mean for U.S. >> fall bred cows & spring pairs beef ? For years there have been long>> donors, embryos, pregnancies & more standing, non-science-based barriers to trade with the European market. th Especially at a time when some British sa l e m a n ag e r wsaa sale c0mmittee agriculture interests are understandably Brad cox .................. 541.840.5797 matt macfarLane protective in their views of foreign david hoLden ........... 530.736.0727 916.803.3113 cell trade, the battle may be somewhat jim vietheer ............ 916.834.2669 m3cattlemarketing@gmail.com uphill. The British media and even graham hooper....... 208.539.1712 www.m3cattlemarketing.com some farm groups have teamed up auctioneer: rick machado 805.501.3210 Watch & Bid Live with environmental activist groups in sponsored by the an effort to disparage other countries’ agriculture on issues ranging from environmental footprint to animal welfare practices. While the details have yet to be worked out, The U.K.’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Theresa Villiers has already ruled out ending follow us on the EU’s current ban on chlorinated Join Us on Our New Date at the 2nd Saturday in May chicken and hormone-treated beef. a portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the wnaf in reno, nevada But, also for decades British consumers have not had access to

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The Supreme Champion drive at the 2020 bull sale.

Col. John Rodgers and Matt Macfarlane on the block during the stock dog sale.

Loomix’s David Absher and Water For Life’s Kyle Marino.

West Wind Angus’ David Holden and Little Shasta Ranch’s Stan Sears.

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Alicia Niesen and Holly Foster following Thursday’s Western Video Market Sale.

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RANGELAND TRUST TALK HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Tompkins Family committed to seeing legacy preserved by Markie Hageman for the California Rangeland Trust “It had to be the Rangeland Trust,” Don Tompkins exclaimed as he talked about he and his wife’s decision to partner with the Rangeland Trust. Don has close ties to members and friends of the organization. He even attended college with several ranchers who partnered with the Rangeland Trust to conserve their ranches early on. “John Lacey and I were classmates at Cal Poly. I have a picture where we’re standing side by side in the Boots and Spurs club. There were a bunch of us that were classmates at Cal Poly together and that meant a lot to me.” Don and Merrie Tompkins are the charmingly dynamic duo of the TS Ranch, a commercial cow-calf operation nestled in the foothills of Guinda in Yolo County, California. The sprawling 3,496-acre ranch was taken over by Don in 1976 but was first purchased by Don’s father and mother, Henry Willis Tompkins and Mabel Tompkins, in 1948. There were many reasons why they wanted to ensure the conservation of their ranch forever. “Not only because of the history but also to keep it as an open range and in ranching forever. This is all ranchland for cattle, and it has been that way since the early 1800s,” Merrie stated. Both Don and Merrie are self-proclaimed history buffs

that care deeply about their roots. Most people don’t buy two separate gun safes just to fill them with genealogy binders documenting years of family history dating back to the 1300s, but that’s precisely what the Tompkins did. The fear of repeating history, however, was reason enough to protect their land. Don’s great-grandfather built a 5,306-acre ranch in Peachtree Valley in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, when the land was dispersed to the grandchildren, only a fifth of the land remained in the family. The rest of the ranch was sold, and the grandchildren moved away. Don somberly explained how he didn’t want his ranch to face the same fate. “Some members of the family lost every bit of their property because their kids weren’t interested in taking it over. Because of all that and growing up knowing all that, and because I love the history of the family, that’s why. When the Rangeland Trust came into activity, I was one of those applicants… That’s our story. It all goes back to that ranch.” The TS Ranch’s wide-ranging history runs much deeper than the Tompkins, though. What is now land for a cattle operation had ties to the famous Confederate Civil War General, Stonewall Jackson. A portion of the land was also a haven for an African-American community who The sprawling 3,496-acre TS Ranch in Guinda, California will remain a working landscape forever thanks to the partnership between the Tompkins family and the Rangeland Trust.

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farmed the land as a source of income in the 1800s. Merrie said she keeps in touch with descendants of these families and mentioned how they used to farm livestock and tree crops on the very hills where the cattle now roam today. Deeply rooted in history, it’s obvious that the land on the TS Ranch holds great value to numerous families. Conserving the ranch will not only preserve the memories already made by past and current generations, it will also allow for future generations to create memories of their own. Don and Merrie have high hopes for the future of the land and find comfort in knowing it will be taken care of when they are gone. Their son, Mark, with the help of their daughter, Marylyn, will uphold family traditions and management practices once they take over the operation. “He plans to lease it out with the same kind of practice that we’re doing now,” Don said. Those practices are the same ones Don learned from his father. Their son, while not in the cattle business himself, still helps by building fence, “up to my standards,” according to Don, and completes chores when Don and Merrie can’t do them. He

knows how the land should be managed and will keep it well cared for. As for right now, the couple is looking forward to refurbishing a wooden barn and extending another hay barn. Both projects will help them keep up with their daily tasks. Don and Merrie are ages 85 and 82, respectively. Their ages might seem like an inhibitor to living a ranching lifestyle, but they don’t show any sign of slowing down. After 59 years of marriage, they have a system down. “He drives the truck for all the hauling of the water, and I get the gates,” said Merrie. They have worked hard to manage the land Don’s father left to them, and it shows in their dedication to conserving the ranch. A large portion of the easement value is being donated by the Tompkins, rather than receiving total easement funding, to ensure the ranch’s continuity after their passing. In an emotional confession, Merrie told of her promise to Don’s father regarding the ranch. “I made a promise to his dad on his deathbed, cause his dad, his mother, and I were close. I made a promise to him, before he passed with cancer, that I would work my best to keep this a ranch and carry on his wishes that he was already doing. I told him I would do it. He knew I would keep the promise.” With the Rangeland Trust’s partnership, Merrie and Don are fulfilling that promise.

Merrie points to a photo of Don’s parents as she recalls the promise she made to care for and protect the ranch. By partnering with the Rangeland Trust, she did just that.

Don and Merrie Tompkins, the dynamic duo of the TS Ranch.

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bull himself or his calves. Is the bull structurally sound on his feet and legs? Does he take a long, easy stride on a big foot? And is he heavily muscled? Phenotypic design is still a very important indicator of how the calves will look. If you can’t physically see the bull, look for calves sired by him, or ask others who you trust who might have seen him or his calves for their input. Once you have found the bulls you want to mate your females to, contact your local semen sales representative to order and purchase semen in time for your breeding dates. Be sure they have the semen available or can have it to you when you need it. And feel free to ask them questions about particular bulls. Some of these bull stud representatives spend a lot of time looking at calves and examining the bulls they represent. They might be able to suggest a bull for you.

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Getting your cows prepared for A.I. is not much different than preparing them for natural service. You’ll want to make sure they are on a good plane of nutrition, at an ideal body condition score (BCS) between 5 and 6 and have cycled at least once since their last calf was born. Also be sure to give any vaccinations at least 21 days prior to their breeding date. One of the ways that Lazy JB Angus makes sure their cow herd is in top reproductive shape is using the VitaFerm® Concept•Aid® mineral. VitaFerm Concept•Aid is a vitamin and mineral supplement for beef cattle specifically designed for reproductive success when fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. The ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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a somewhat clean area to work. If record keeping is critical to your herd’s success, be sure to have someone available to record each cow and what bull she is bred to as she comes down the chute, this will take the guesswork out of your records and should eliminate the need for parentage testing, unless required by your respective breed association. “Make a solid, wise, sensible, well-thought out investment, it should pay off in the end,” Creamer encouraged. Artificial insemination is a valuable tool to add merit to your herd, introduce genetics from across the country and tighten your calving window. Selecting bulls to compliment your cows will improve your calf crop, and when your cows are on a premium mineral program like VitaFerm Concept•Aid with the Amaferm advantage, you should experience improved conception rates while your calves hit the ground with improved vigor.

mineral contains high levels of Vitamin E for reproductive tract repair, organic trace minerals for more stability and higher bioavailability and Amaferm®, a precision-based prebiotic that impacts intake, feed digestibility and nutrient absorption for optimum health and performance. Amaferm is also research-proven to increase the energy available to the animal resulting in more milk production as well as to the ability to initiate and maintain pregnancy and fertility. “Don’t cut corners. This includes cows you buy and bull buying decisions, but it also includes nutrition and vaccination programs. If you cut corners, at the end of the day when you go to sell calves, you’re not going to have any more calves born in the same time frame, you may have open cows or your calves might not be healthy, so having a goal and not cutting corners is huge,” Creamer said. The final step to take full advantage of the labor-saving benefits of A.I. is to estrous synchronize your cows so you can get them to cycle and come into heat Anaplasmosis is an infectious parasitic disease in cattle, spread at the same time, which means breeding primarily by ticks and blood sucking insects like mosquitoes. The and calving at the same time. There are killed anaplasmosis vaccine protects cows and bulls of any age several methods of synchronization, and from infection and requires a booster given 4 to 6 weeks after the although it might take a little longer to set initial vaccination. Find out below if you should order the vaccine! up your cows for breeding, the benefit of a shortened calving period with a more Do you NO uniform set of calves to sell is well worth YES own cattle? the effort. Estrous synchronization means you will only have set up a group to breed once instead of checking individual heats on each cow before you turn them out with a clean-up bull. Do they You don’t need it, graze in Breeding Day but should still areas where If you are not familiar with proper A.I. YES Anaplasmosis support the techniques, not comfortable mass breeding is a California multiple cows or simply don’t have the problem? Cattlemen’s proper equipment, don’t worry. There are (Consult your local plenty of people in the industry trained Association veterinarian to find out) and equipped to A.I. groups of cows. Once again, contact a rep where you buy your Do you want to prevent semen. He or she is likely trained or the company he or she represents will have A.I. the effects of the disease technicians in the area. Coordinate your including severe anemia, breeding date to take place approximately weakness, fever lack of nine months or 283 days prior to when appetite, depression, YES you want to calve. VitaFerm provides both constipation, decreased a gestation table and gestation calculator milk production, for simplified figuring. Once you know jaundice, abortion and the day you want to breed, you need to possibly death? decide which synchronization protocol bets fits your operation and set up the sync accordingly, so your cows come into heat ORDER TODAY BY CALLING (916) 444-0845! on your selected breeding day. Available in 10 or 50 dose bottles Proper facilities like a working chute 10-40 doses: $8.50 per dose with a head gate are necessary to ensure 50+ doses: $7.50 per dose the safety of both the animal and the *10 dose minimum and $10 flat rate shipping SOLD ONLY TO CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERS person doing the A.I. It is also important to have access to a warm, not hot, water bath to thaw the semen, paper towels, and

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Cattlemen’s Report

60TH ANNUAL KLAMATH FALLS BULL & HORSE SALE Feb. 2, Klamath Falls, Ore. Col. Eric Duarte

119 bulls.......................................................................$3,371 24 open heifers............................................................$1,289 LAMBERT RANCH MODOC BULL SALE with consignor Bar KD Ranch Feb. 14, Alturas Col. Eric Duarte 32 Hereford Bulls........................................................$2,910 24 Angus Bulls............................................................$4,131 TEIXEIRA CATTLE CO. “PERFORMANCE PLUS” BULL SALE Feb. 17, Terrebonne, Ore. Col. Trent Stewart

V-A-L CHAROLAIS BULL SALE Feb. 18, Nyssa, Ore.

Col. John Coote 93 Charolais Bulls.......................................................$4,375 SHAW CATTLE CO. BULL SALE Feb. 19, Caldwell, Idaho Col. C.D. ‘Butch’ Booker and Col. Trent Stewart 206 Angus Bulls..........................................................$5,010 169 Hereford Bulls......................................................$4,348 20 Red Angus Bulls....................................................$4,950 75 Commercial Pairs..................................................$2,252 25 Commercial Open eifers .....................................$1,430 Only 2020 California Cattleman advertisers are represented in this sale report.

122 Angus Bulls..........................................................$6,239 3 SimAngus Bulls.......................................................$3,750 KESSLER ANGUS BULL SALE Feb. 18, Milton-Freewater, Ore. Col. C.D. ‘Butch’ Booker 113 Angus Bulls..........................................................$4,949

Ron Anderson with Molly and Mac McGiffin in Terrebonne, Ore., on Feb. 17 for Teixeira Cattle Co.’s Bull Sale.

Ringmen Kris Gudel and Clinton Brightwell with Ken Read of Bar KD Ranch on Feb. 14 for the Lambert Ranch and Bar KD Sale in Alturas. 46 California Cattleman March 2020

Steve Lambert and Billy Flournoy at the Alturas Bull Sale event on Feb. 14 at the Niles Hotel.


AngusLink and EarthClaims Announce Service Partnership Producers seeking to document their added value on Angus feeder calves just got a more cost-effective option. EarthClaims, LLC, and the American Angus Association® have reached an agreement to provide bundled verification services. The bundled service includes certification under the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Program (G.A.P.) certification from EarthClaims with options for age and source, Angussired genetics, non-hormone treated cattle (NHTC) and NeverEver 3 (NE3) verification by AngusLinkSM, a USDA Process Verified Program (PVP). By working together, the companies are able to streamline the enrollment and audit process while offering the programs at a reduced cost. “AngusLink is growing rapidly as cattlemen look to capture the value of their Angus feeder cattle,” said Mark McCully, American Angus Association CEO. “Now being able to combine G.A.P. certification allows these programs to put more dollars in cattlemen’s pockets.” The partnership also delivers convenience for busy ranchers. “EarthClaims and AngusLink business activities are complementary, and producers will enjoy being able to have one auditor perform the G.A.P. audit in conjunction with the NHTC and NeverEver 3 audit,” said Ginette Gottswiller, American Angus Association director of commercial programs. “We are delighted to join with the American Angus Association to offer combined services,” said Jay Friedman, EarthClaims CEO. “G.A.P. certification brings market premiums in addition to those based on the Association’s excellent PVP programs. Joining with America’s largest breed association to offer EarthClaims’ consumer-centric verifications makes sense and aligns with both our missions.” EarthClaims is an industry leader in animal welfare third-party verification services and the exclusive provider of G.A.P certification in North America. The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed registry in the U.S. and operates AngusLink, a USDA PVP that verifies age, source, Angus-sired genetics, NHTC, NE3 and Calf Management. For more information, call the American Angus Association at 816-383-5100 or EarthClaims, LLC, at 202-596-5592.

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. Jake Pickering, Regional Manager Arizona California Nevada Utah 10376 N. Baird Ave. Fresno, CA 93730 530.415.5484 jpickering@angus.org

A reliable business partner is difficult to come by. Contact Jake Pickering to locate Angus genetics, select marketing options tailored to your needs, and to access Association programs and services. Put the business breed to work for you. To subscribe to the Angus Journal, call 816.383.5200. Watch The Angus Report on RFD-TV Monday mornings at 7:30 CST.

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IN MEMORY JOHN TISCORNIA

NEW ARRIVALS CHARLOTTE CONNOLLY

John was born Dec. 1, 1938, in Stockton, the son of Vincent and Kathryn Segale Tiscornia, and passed on his ranch near San Andreas PRESLEY NIESEN Jan. 30, at the age of 81. John was a sixthgeneration resident of Calaveras County descended from San Andreas, Murphys, Jesus Maria and Mountain Ranch pioneer families. The Tiscornia family has been in business in the county continually for over 150 years with John being a cattle rancher and general partner of Tiscornia Ranches L.P. until his death. John was a lifelong resident of San Andreas educated at San Andreas Elementary, Calaveras High School, and the University of California, Davis. He was a former Calaveras County Supervisor and served on County advisory committees for agriculture, hardwoods and wildlife. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and the Wild Sheep Foundation. He was a member of the Angels Gun Club, Calaveras County Historical Society, Calaveras and California Farm Bureaus, and Calaveras, California and United States Cattlemen’s Associations. John is survived by his wife, Yvonne Tiscornia, of San Andreas; son, Cole (Gretel) Tiscornia, of Angels Camp; daughter, Jehanne (Jimmy) Bias, of Prosper, Texas; and grandchildren, Vincent Tiscornia, Wyatt Tiscornia, Elle Bias and Drew Bias. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara (Don) Kathan, of San Andreas; and nephews, Steven Kathan and Alan (Gina) Kathan; and his dogs, Chauncey and Clint. John loved his family, friends, animals, ranch and country. He is deeply missed by many. At his request, there will be no services. Memorial donations are preferred to the Andy Peek Livestock Scholarship, PO Box 558, Cottonwood, CA 96022, or Team Angels Youth Shooters, PO Box 842, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

The Tulloch family welcomed the sixth generation to the family ranch on Nov. 29, 2019 when Brian and Alyson Connolly, Ramona, were blessed with the birth of Charlotte Marilyn Connolly. Charlotte is the first grand child of Ben and Kelly Tulloch, Pine Valley, Steve Connolly, San Diego and first great grandchild of Bill and Betty Anne Tulloch, Ramona and Kathy Coull, San Luis Obispo.

Presley Marie Niesen entered the world eagerly, albeit early on Jan. 25. Weighing just 3 pounds 10 ounces and measuring 16 inches long, Presley was welcomed by parents J.C. and Mandy Niesen, Gerber. She is the granddaugher of Robbie and Pam Sproul of Pearce, Ariz., and Walt Niesen, Willits and Lori Niesen, Williams.

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Amador Angus Ranch................................................. 48 American Angus Association..................................... 47 American Hereford Association................................. 50 American Simmental Association.............................. 29 Animal Health International ..................................... 52 ArrowQuip.................................................................... 23 Bar KD Ranch............................................................... 48 Bar R Angus.................................................................. 48 Bar T Bar Ranches........................................................ 27 Basin Bull Fest............................................................... 24 Bovine Elite, LLC.......................................................... 52 Broken Box Ranch........................................................ 50 Byrd Cattle Co.............................................................. 48 Cardey Ranches............................................................ 37 Cattle Visions..........................................................31, 45 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market....................................... 9 Charron Ranch............................................................. 48 Chico State College of Agriculture............................. 52 Conlin Supply Co., Inc................................................... 2 Dal Porto Livestock................................................21, 48 Dixie Valley Angus.................................................55, 48 Donati Ranch................................................................ 48 EZ Angus Ranch.....................................................15, 49 Freitas Rangeland Management................................. 41 Fresno State Agricultural Foundation....................... 52 Furtado Angus.............................................................. 49 Furtado Livestock Enterprises.................................... 52

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Bull Sale & Test

Yerington, NV

STERLING MANNING 902 STERLING STONEWALL 910 STERLING ACCLAIM 921

Sire: Quaker Hill Manning 4 EX9 • MGS: Baldridge Xpand x743

Sire: Jindra Stonewall • MGS: Basin Payweight 1682

Sire: Jindra Acclaim • MGS: Baldridge Waylon W34

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+11

-.3

+80

+136

+36

+59

+.69

+.83

150

+1

+3.7

+92

+171

+36

+100

+.77

+.71

227

+8

-.7

+76

+145

+32

+75

+.79

+.63

206

STERLING PACIFIC 904

STERLING COLONEL 913

Sire: Hoover No Doubt • MGS: G A R Prophet

Sire: Baldridge Colonel C251 • MGS: V A R Discovery 2240

STERLING DELUXE 926 Sire: Diablo Deluxe 1104 • MGS: Baldridge Waylon W34

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+9

+1.7

+90

+155

+18

+65

+1.22

+.71

186

-4

+3.3

+89

+156

+27

+64

+.77

+1.00

170

+7

+1.9

+74

+130

+28

+69

+1.03

+.50

166

STERLING MANNING 907

Sire: Quaker Hill Manning 4 EX9 • MGS: Baldridge Xpand x743 CED +10

BW +1.4

WW +75

YW +131

MILK +33

CW +55

MARB +.99

RE +.73

STERLING STONEWALL 917 Sire: Jindra Stonewall • MGS: V A R Discovery 2240

STERLING ROCK 927

Sire: K C F Bennett TheRock A473 • MGS: AAR Ten X 7008 SA

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147

+4

-.1

+76

+143

+36

+71

+.62

+.85

187

+8

+.9

+80

+138

+21

+56

+1.12

+.76

188

STERLING DELUXE 909 Sire: Diablo Deluxe 1104 • MGS: WR Journey -1X74

STERLING COLONEL 919 Sire: Jindra Acclaim • MGS: Baldridge Waylon W34

STERLING RAMESSES 929

Sire: Springfield Ramesses 6124 • MGS: Baldridge Waylon W34

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+9

+1.5

+83

+140

+22

+62

+.83

+.51

160

+6

+2.2

+85

+154

+18

+66

+.90

+.82

193

+15

-1.4

+68

+124

+36

+48

+1.06

+.86

171

Lee Nobmann, owner Morgon Patrick, managing partner 8520 5th Ave E., Montague CA 96064

(530) 526-5920 • morgon@nobmanncattle.com


V A R SIGNAL 7244

V A R SIGNAL 7244 AAA REG: 18748511

SIGNAL YOUR WAY AHEAD

• VAR Signal 7244 is a true multi-trait sire with 14 traits in the top 1% to 10% of the breed. • VAR Signal 7244 was the second top-selling bull of our record-selling 2018 bull sale. • VAR Signal 7244 is from a breed-leading proven cow family and his dam is the mother of multiple herd bulls including VAR Legend 5019. • VAR Signal 7244’s first progeny are on the ground. They have depth like their sire, a good hip like their sire, great fronted like their sire and are coming at a moderate birth weight. • VAR Signal 7244 is a medium-framed bull with depth, bone and muscle; he is docile, free-moving and stands on a good foot. Check out his top 3% of the breed foot EPDs. • Make a sound breeding choice with Signal.

EPDS

TRAIT

+9 +1.2 +81 +144 .33 +1.05 +31 +.34 +.37 +15.4 +24 +72 +0.48 +0.64 -0.024 +83 +83 +122 +49 +172 +306

CED BW WW YW RADG SC DOC CLAW Angle HP Milk CW Marb REA Fat $M $W $F $G

$B $C

BREED RANKING

2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 10% 2% 10% 2% 4% 3%

10% 1%

OWNERS

WALLSTREET CATTLE CO, MO. VINTAGE ANGUS RANCH

SEMEN $40 • CERTIFICATES $40

VINTAGE HENRIETTA PRIDE 7043 - The $120,000 flush sister to V A R Signal 7244 purchased by Express Ranches and Pollard Farms.

VINTAGE HENRIETTA PRIDE 7246 - The $100,000-valued full sister of V A R Signal 7244 owned by EZ Angus and Vintage Angus.

2702 SCENIC BEND, MODESTO, CA 95355 (209) 521-0537 OWNER, JIM COLEMAN MANAGER, DOUG WORTHINGTON OPERATIONS MANAGER, BRAD WORTHINGTON

WWW.VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM OFFICE@VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM

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