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CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION ______________ Since 1917
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Better Days Lie Ahead
by CCA Second Vice President John Hammon
I was elected to serve as one of the CCA Second Vice Presidents in December of 2019. I was honored and humbled to be selected by my fellow cattlemen to help contribute to this great organization. Who knew that a short three months later, our world would change forever? It seems like a lifetime ago. So much has changed in the last twenty months. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real. I feel it is safe to say that we were all caught off guard when the pandemic hit in early 2020. None of us had ever experienced anything like it before. We found ourselves faced with a new threat that affected us everywhere from the local level to an international level. We had to learn a whole new way of life while continuing to try and persevere. How could things possibly get worse? Then the fires hit and it seemed like all of California was set ablaze. If it wasn’t our ranch, then it was our friend’s ranch or our neighbor’s ranch. We were all personally affected in one way or another. We watched helplessly as forests and ranches burned. We watched in horror as entire towns burned to the ground. Our hearts ached as we thought of all of the livestock and wildlife that needlessly lost their lives in these fires. We came together as a community and we held out hope that next year would be better. None of us would guess that 2021 come along and tell 2020, “hold my beer.” But things haven’t gotten any better. The pandemic continues to rage on and at times it seems like it will never go away. Maybe it is just here to stay and this really is the new normal. I hate the thought of that and long for the way life used to be. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our society in a multitude of ways. Beyond the health and medical implications, it seems to have divided our nation politically and taken a huge toll on businesses, families and relationships. This year we have faced social and political upheaval, market instability and record drought across the state. As if
this wasn’t enough, the fires are back. Again, we watch as our fellow ranchers are burned out. We watch as towns are incinerated. Livestock and wildlife are again losing their lives and it all seems so pointless. We can prevent these massive fires, or at least limit them and yet we seem to be gridlocked in our attempts to solve the problem. Prescribed burns, controlled grazing and a policy of fire suppression could alleviate most of this, yet we are locked in a vicious cycle of endless studies and committees that never really come up with a solution. Through all of this, we as ranchers continue to believe that next year will be better. Why do we do what we do? Why do we continue to think that next year will be better? Why do we continue to be optimistic? There must be something in our DNA that gives us hope for the future. When faced with unimaginable obstacles, there is a common thread amongst us that tells us that we have survived the hard times in the past and we will survive the hard times that face us now and in the future. The world around us is constantly changing and we find ourselves in situations where we must learn to adapt to those changes. We are a strong community that pulls together to help each other in times of need. I am proud to be a part of this community. As I near the end of my two-year term, I would like to thank my fellow officers that I have served with. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work alongside all of you. I would also like to thank our wonderful staff in Sacramento. They do a tremendous job of keeping this organization moving forward and I’m forever grateful for all that they do. As we head into the fall with winter soon approaching, let’s pray for rain and continue to hope that next year will be better.
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OCTOBER 2021 Volume 104, Issue 9
ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN Challenging times continue into 2021
BUNKHOUSE New face, fresh perspective
ON THE COVER
This month's cover photo comes from Inyo County outside of Bishop and was taken by Michelle Cornelius.
YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 8 End of session sees good results for landowners HERD HEALTH CHECK 22 Nutrition needs in dry times RANGELAND TRUST TALK Sardella ranch proactive in fighting fire
Fight the fight on taxes Late Midyear events brings ranchers together Tailgating brings opportunities for beef Gaining a grasp on price discovery issue 2021 Convention preview Insuring your pasture, range and forage
Cattlemen’s Report Obituaries Wedding Bells and New Arrivals Buyers’ Guide Advertisers Index
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CHARTERING AN UNCONVENTIONAL COURSE TO RANCHING ENTHUSIASM by Ryan Donahue for the California Cattlemen's Association My journey into a job in communications at the California Cattlemen's Association has been, let's say, circuitous. say, circuitous. In the interest of time, I'll sum up my curriculum vitae as such. I graduated film school in 2001, became a photographer soon after, opened an exotic wildlife rescue facility and children's educational center, left that to open a few restaurants, including a meat-centric tavern (you're welcome) and finally did some restaurant consulting work until I landed here at CCA. You may ask, how does this translate to a communications job with CCA? The one consistent thread through all of these jobs was that I was tasked with communications in some form or another. Over time the media landscape has changed significantly. I began shooting on film and hand delivering slides to my editor at the LA Weekly where now I use my phone for media as much as professional equipment. It's my feeling that the most important tenet in marketing/ communications is authenticity regardless of the medium. That's been my focus throughout all these jobs. My interest in working in communications with CCA was piqued after a few ranch tours (I do not come from an agricultural background) and how my understanding of ranch operations was over simplistic and in some cases, just plain wrong. I believe everyone unfamiliar with ranches would greatly benefit from a ranch tour. Being that is not feasible, my job is bringing the ranches to them through media. I'm tasked with capturing images, video, audio and stories from ranchers and feeders and disseminating content to create a clearer picture of the fine and work done by them. A few decades ago, there simply weren't as many tools to tell these stories and there wasn't the insatiable need by consumers for complete transparency in all things. It may seem quaint but there is an analogy I'm fond of. In film school I was enamored by the Western genre. Westerns are often pigeonholed as simplistic stories of good vs. evil but in school we were taught about complex characters most of whom exhibited traits of both. There was one constant; the genre was (and still is) insecure about being taken seriously. Attempting to inject legitimacy, most stories of the old west incorporate a journalist or, at 6 California Cattleman October 2021
minimum, a storyteller whose function is to cement that the goingson were accurate and most importantly, recorded. Where over a century of dubious history can delegitimize a western film, ranchers and producers need to overcome their physical remoteness (and the fact that ranching is a bit time consuming). It’s important for CCA and it’s members alike to make every effort documenting and broadcasting stories from cattle ranchers and producers. Since starting at CCA and working in concert with CCA’s Director of Communications Katie Communications Katie Roberti, Roberti, we've sought out to tell your stories through photography, videography, podcasts and the written word. We had breakfast (at 6am) in the cookhouse of the Flournoys in Likely, toured the devastation of the Bear Fire with Dave Daley,, chatted with the Koopmann Family about direct Daley to market beef; talked about drought, tiger salamanders, succession planning and so much more. Most importantly, we recorded it. Katie runs a bi-weekly podcast dubbed Sorting dubbed Sorting Pen, Pen, which addresses issues and policies vital to ranching. By the time of publication Sorting publication Sorting Pen will Pen will have released its fifth episode which is available for download via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on the CCA website, www.calcattlemen.org. We produce a second podcast through the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council, Stories Council, Stories from California Cattle Country, which Country, which aims to convey the practices and concerns of cattle ranching families and producers to people unfamiliar to ranching. This podcast, also bi-weekly, presents a forward-facing form of storytelling familiarizing people to the good work you do. It is available as all the same streaming platforms as Sorting Pen. Pen. We're excited to roll out more content over the coming months and would love any feedback you may have. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK
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CCA SEES SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS IN FIRE-FIGHTING SESSION by Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur The 2021 California Legislative Session gaveled to a close just before 9 p.m. on Friday, September 10. After the COVID-19-plagued 2020 Session, this year’s session proceeded in a much more conventional manner – though lobbying efforts were still largely conducted remotely – allowing legislators to focus on priority issues such as housing and COVID-19 recovery. In the wake of 2020’s catastrophic wildfires – and in the shadow of 2021’s ongoing wildfire season – the legislature also turned its focus to CCA’s single greatest priority: wildfire prevention and forest resilience. Thanks to that alignment in priorities and the significant efforts of CCA members, particularly CCA’s Fire Subcommittee, the 2020-21 session was an extremely successful year for the California Cattlemen’s Association. Most notably, AB 1103 (Dahle), which would establish a statewide framework for local “Livestock Pass” programs, and SB 332 (Dodd), which incentivizes prescribed fire application by minimizing practitioners’ financial liability, each sailed through both houses of the Legislature without taking a single “no” vote in policy committees, fiscal committees or on the floors of the Assembly and Senate. (A third CCA-Sponsored bill, AB 434 (R. Rivas), which sought to provide state land management agencies greater discretion to lease state lands for livestock grazing for firefuels suppression and other purposes, became a two-year bill and will be heard in 2022.) CCA’s successes also extended to the 2021-22 Budget, which appropriated more than $1 billion for wildfire prevention and forest resilience efforts, made significant investments in prescribed fire and other fuels treatments and established a $20 million Prescribed Fire Liability Pilot Program to support prescribed fire practitioners. Below are the bills that rose to the forefront of CCA’s advocacy efforts this year – though by no means every bill CCA engaged on this session (note, for instance, that a number of “two-year bills” which CCA engaged on this year, but which were eventually shelved until the 2022 session, are not discussed in this article). Governor Newsom has until October 10 to act on bills advanced to his desk. AB 9 (Wood) - Community wildfire preparedness and mitigation CCA-Supported ENROLLED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S ACTION AB 9 would formally establishment within the Department of Conservation the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity (RFFC) Program. 8 California Cattleman October 2021
The RFFC Program would support local and regional efforts to develop and implement projects that create fire adapted communities and landscapes by improving forest health, community wildfire preparedness and fire resilience. AB 9 would also establish within the Office of the State Fire Marshal a Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation. AB 332 (Committee on Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials) – Treated wood waste CCA-Supported SIGNED INTO LAW AB 332 re-authorizes the Department of Toxic Substance Control to institute “alternative management standards” for the disposal of treated wood waste, which includes discarded agricultural fence posts. Prior such provisions expired on Dec. 31, 2020, rendering treated wood waste “a fully regulated California-only hazardous waste” and creating disposal challenges for producers. AB 332 contained an urgency clause, and thus went into effect when the Governor signed the bill on August 31. AB 558 (Nazarian) – Plant-based school lunches No CCA Position HELD IN ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE AB 558, a follow-up to Assemblyman Nazarian’s failed AB 479 (2019), would have provided reimbursements to schools for including a “plant-based food option” or “plant-based milk option” in school lunches. While CCA did ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 not take a formal position on the bill, we did communicate to key legislators concerns about the bill – and highlighted the nutritional benefits of beef and milk, as well as California ranchers’ leadership on GHG emission reductions. Ultimately, the bill did not receive a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee this year. AB 888 (Levine) - Mobile slaughter operations: livestock No CCA Position ENROLLED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S ACTION
definition of “farm risks” farm equipment and permanent structures primarily used for agricultural production, allowing producers to insure their farm or ranch equipment and structures under the FAIR Plan. SB 322 (Laird) – Grazing land: California Conservation Ranching Incentive Program CCA-Supported HELD IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
SB 322 would have created the California Conservation Ranching Incentive Program and would have authorized the Director of Conservation to enter into 3-year contracts with CCA-sponsored AB 2114 (Bigelow, 2018) provided an owners or lessees of productive rangelands, grazing lands or exemption from licensing requirements under the California grasslands determined by the director to be important for the Meat and Poultry Supplemental Inspection Act, enabling cattle conservation of grassland birds, soil health and biodiversity. to be slaughtered by a mobile slaughter operation (MSO) at Such contracts would have required the Department of the cattle producer’s property after the animal has been sold Conservation to pay the owner/lessee a specified amount to to a consumer. AB 888 would primarily extend that licensing restore, enhance and protect the grassland habitat character of exemption to on-farm mobile slaughter of other livestock, but the land. would also require producers (including cattle producers) that have MSO operations conducted on their property to register SB 332 (Dodd) – Prescribed fire liability with CDFA and to maintain records related to the sale and CCA-Sponsored ENROLLED & AWAITING slaughter of the livestock. GOVERNOR’S ACTION AB 1103 (Dahle) –Livestock Pass programs CCA-Sponsored ENROLLED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S ACTION
Under existing law, when Cal Fire responds to a prescribed fire that becomes uncontrolled or escapes containment lines, the agency can recover from the prescribed fire practitioner the costs it incurs in suppressing that fire. SB 332 would AB 1103 would facilitate county adoption of “Livestock Pass” programs, providing ranchers and their managers access immunize prescribed fire practitioners against cost recovery to their property during a wildfire or other emergency event to from Cal Fire unless the practitioner acted in a grossly care for livestock and to provide local expertise to emergency negligent manner. CCA believes this immunity from cost recovery will remove a significant disincentive to burners’ use responders. While some counties have already developed similar programs, many counties lack the resources to develop of prescribed fire. and implement such programs. AB 1103 would establish SB 539 (Hertzberg) - Property taxation: taxable value a statewide training program for Livestock Pass holders, transfers codify a requirement that law enforcement and emergency No CCA Position ENROLLED & AWAITING responders give ranch access to Livestock Pass holders, and GOVERNOR’S ACTION establish certain minimum standards for administration of the programs, facilitating adoption of county Livestock Pass SB 539 is ‘clean-up’ legislation intended to implement programs throughout the state. the intergenerational transfer provisions of Proposition 19 (2020). SB 539 defines the “family farm” (a term appearing AB 1289 (Kalra) - Smart Climate Agriculture Program: in Proposition 19) at the parcel level and clarifies that a plant-based agriculture “family home” and any “family farm” upon which it is No CCA Position HELD IN ASSEMBLY AGRICULTURE located are eligible for individual exclusions from property tax COMMITTEE reassessment under Prop. 19, providing tax relief from Prop. 19 to many farmers and ranchers. AB 1289 would provide grants to agricultural producers to assist them in transitioning their land from livestock production or feed crop production to plant-based agriculture. SB 703 (Hurtado) – Diseased animals: laboratory services While CCA did not take a formal position on the bill, CCA-Supported ENROLLED & AWAITING we worked to “correct the record” regarding agricultural GOVERNOR’S ACTION production in California, California agriculture’s leadership on minimizing GHG emissions, the environmental benefits SB 703 would give the California Department of Food of ranching and feed crop production and the nutritional and Agriculture the authority to set certification standards value of beef and dairy. Additionally, we noted that AB 1289 for veterinary labs providing diagnostic services relating would likely exacerbate groundwater pressures in critically to reportable conditions that are classified as “emergency overdrafted basins. conditions” and “regulatory conditions.” SB 703 exempts laboratories which are already state- or federally-certified to SB 11 (Rubio) – FAIR Plan eligibility for farm equipment provide diagnostic services relative to emergency or regulatory and structures conditions, including in-house veterinary labs which have No CCA Position SIGNED INTO LAW been certified by the California Animal Health and Food California’s insurer of last resort, the FAIR Plan, excludes Safety Laboratory for the limited purpose of reading trichomonosis samples. “farm risks” from coverage. SB 11 exempts from the 10 California Cattleman October 2021
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CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR SOUND TAX POLICY from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association With more than 40 percent of farmland expected to transition in the next two decades, Congress must prioritize policies that support land transfers to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. When doing this, it is imperative that lawmakers take into consideration the complexity of family-owned businesses and the implications changes to federal tax policy would have on them long-term. Helping lawmakers understand the complexity of family-owned agricultural businesses, specifically farms and ranches, is a top-priority for NCBA’s Government Affairs team. In April, President Biden announced his American Families Plan. Through this plan, Biden proposed changes to several provisions of the tax code to raise approximately $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. Longstanding tax provisions being threatened include steppedup basis and like-kind exchanges – both critical tools that farmers and ranchers utilize when planning for generational transfer. After Biden announced his plan, there was legislation introduced by members of Congress that, again, called for the elimination of stepped-up basis, a decrease in the estate tax (Death Tax) exclusion limits, and an increase in the death tax rates. The proposals are misguided and would be disastrous for family-owned businesses in rural America. From the beginning, NCBA has said that a budget cannot be balanced on the backs of farmers and ranchers. We, along with members of Congress and trade groups representing rural America, have led efforts to oppose changes to federal tax policy that would adversely affect family-owned businesses. NCBA has been at the forefront of many of these efforts. While we have been aggressive in our efforts since these misguided proposals were announced, fighting for sound tax policy for America’s cattle producers is something that NCBA has been doing long before these proposals. The government affairs team in D.C. has 12 California Cattleman October 2021
worked for years to build relationships on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staffers, so NCBA is seen as a trusted partner in the industry and a reliable source for information. In addition, the team has worked quickly to build relationships with the Biden administration. We understand the importance of having an open dialogue with the administration and have been part of numerous conversations with Biden’s team regarding the needs of cattle and beef producers in regard to sound tax policy.
NCBA is on the steering committee of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition (FBETC) – a coalition comprised of associations representing rural Americans and family-owned businesses. Last summer, we began to have conversations regarding the need for research about the importance of stepped-up basis for family-owned businesses. As a result of that, last spring, FBETC released an EY study quantifying the impact a repeal of stepped-up basis would have on family businesses. The study proved what NCBA had been saying for a long time — familyowned businesses and the local economies they support would be hit hardest by a repeal. The data from this study has been a critical tool in NCBA’s efforts to educate lawmakers on how repeal would adversely affect a vast number of their constituents. In addition, NCBA has excellent relationships with both the House and Senate Agriculture Committee. After the Biden administration claimed that a majority of family farms would not be affected by the changes to long-standing tax provisions, NCBA knew that simply was not true and had extensive conversations with committee staffers regarding the need to combat that misinformation. Ultimately, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee John Boozman and Ranking Member of the ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 House Agriculture Committee GT Thompson requested a study through Texas A&M that proves the negative impact of transfer taxes on family-owned businesses. The study found that if stepped-up basis were to be eliminated and the estate tax exemption was decreased (to $3.5 million per individual and $7 million per couple), 98 percent of the representative farms used in the study would have seen an average tax increase of $1.4 million. This information has been critical in the education efforts our team has been a part of.
We also worked with our state affiliate associations to send sign-on letters to their state’s delegation from agricultural groups within the state. We hosted a briefing call to inform state executives on recent policy developments and provided them with communications materials including a draft letter, social media graphics, a press release and an op-ed for them to place in local newspapers.
LETTERS TO CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION
In March, NCBA worked closely with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Jason Smith (R-MO) to secure introduction of The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2021. This bicameral legislation held members of Congress accountable to maintain a public record of support for full, permanent repeal of the Death Tax. NCBA also secured reintroduction of the Preserving Family Farms Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Jackie Walorski (IN-2), would allow cattle producers to take advantage of the Special Use Valuation and protect family-owned businesses from the devastating impact of the federal estate tax, commonly referred to as the Death Tax.
In addition to our grassroots campaign, NCBA has directly sent letters to lawmakers and D.C. staff have worked with members of Congress to draft and secure support for numerous letters that were sent to Congressional leadership and the administration. Immediately after President Biden announced his American Families Plan, we worked with Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) to draft a letter opposing changes to stepped-up basis. More than 130 GOP House members signed on to that effort. We worked with Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to draft a letter to President Biden regarding preservation of stepped-up basis. We played a significant role in circulating that letter to garner support from other Senators. The letter was signed by every single member of the Senate GOP caucus. This sent a strong message to the administration, as it indicated overwhelming support for preservation of this critical tax provision.
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NCBA has spearheaded grassroots advocacy efforts to help members of Congress understand how changes to the federal tax code would adversely affect their constituents in rural America. Through our grassroots letter campaign, we drafted a letter for NCBA members to send to their elected officials in Congress. This letter outlined the importance of federal tax policy that facilitates generational transfer. A total of 688 letters were sent to member of Congress!
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In an effort to inform staffers on Capitol Hill about the importance of sound, federal tax policy for rural Americans, we launched the “Beltway Beef: Tax Talks” podcast. Through interviews with tax experts and NCBA members, we share the real-life stories of cattle and beef producers as well as the devastating impacts that the President’s proposal would have on rural America. To listen to the podcast visit https://soundcloud.com/ beltway-beef/tracks.
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SUMMER MEETING BRINGS REUNION by CCA Communications Director Katie Roberti More than two years since the last CCA/CCW Midyear Meeting happened in Rancho Murieta, the annual event was finally able to be held once again this year in person. On August 25 and 26, cattlemen and women from across the state met in Paso Robles to partake in the event. Although the meeting was held in the latter part of summer instead of its usual occurrence in June, the opportunity to gather as membership was more than welcomed. Hosted at the Paso Robles Inn, over the two days CCA and CCW business was conducted, guest speakers provided updates on a variety of issues—including carbon markets, price discovery, cattle health, sustainability and more—and funds were raised for CCA’s Political Action Committee (Cattle-PAC). The sections below provide a brief recap of news and policy discussions from the meetings and highlight the success of the 2021 Cattle-PAC Dinner Dance and Auction. Meeting Brings Big Announcements Following a morning of board meetings for CCA affiliates and committees—including the California Cattlemen’s Foundation, Cattle-PAC, Allied Industry Council and the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association—the General Session was the official welcome for all CCA and CCW attendees. After a brief welcome from CCA President Tony Toso, Toso, Hornitos, the microphone was passed to CCA Executive Vice President Billy Gatlin to provide introductions of CCA staff and updates. Several big announcements came from the staff update, including the introduction of two new members of the CCA office’s team. Earlier this summer, Katherine Dickinson joined the CCA staff as the office’s Administrative Assistant. As the first point of contact for incoming calls to the CCA office, Dickinson's introduction at the meeting provides a face to the name for members who have called or will eventually call the office and speak with her. In addition to managing the office phone, Dickinson now handles all selenium bolus and Anaplasmosis orders that come into the office. She is also helping coordinate tour meeting dates with local associations and processing membership renewals. At the Midyear Meeting, it was also announced that Ryan Donahue had joined CCA's staff. With a restaurant and foodservice industry background, Donahue brings a unique perspective on reaching new audiences. Donahue is working alongside CCA’s communication efforts to further expand the tools and messages used to carry out the Association’s mission. (Read more about Donahue’s background and journey to joining CCA’s staff by reading his Bunkhouse column in this issue.) 16 California Cattleman October 2021
One of the communications tools Donahue is already assisting with is the production of CCA’s new podcast, Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast. Podcast. The podcast was launched just before the Midyear Meeting and was further highlighted at the event. As of press time, the podcast now has five episodes published. New episodes are being released every other Monday, consisting of a discussion with CCA leadership and experts on issues specific to ranching and producing beef in California. To tune into the podcast, listeners can visit calcattlemen.org/podcast and listen via their web browser at no cost and without having to sign up for an account or download software. Episodes are also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The California Cattlemen’s Foundation (CCF) also brought some big news to the Midyear Meeting, announcing that CCF has hired its first employee. In July, Victoria Rodriguez was named CCF's Public Policy Advocate. Through this role, made possible by support from the California Cattle Council, Rodriguez is now working to educate state and federal policymakers about the environmental benefits, nutritional contributions and ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
WSR Insurance’s Julie and Matt Griffith, Williams, enjoying the evening at the CattlePAC Dinner Dance and Auction.
Bengard Ranches’ Haley (Pezzini) Mallory and Tracy Pezzini, Salinas, pose for a picture at the Cattle-PAC Dinner Dance and Auction.
CCA President Tony Toso Mike Williams, Acton, shares welcomes cattlemen and beef industry sustainability women to Paso Robles. goals unveiled at the Cattle Industry Convention in September.
Nic Buckley Biggs, a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford presented on “Carbon Markets & Ranching.”
Cathy Jauch, Plymouth; Jean Barton, Red Bluff; and Kendra McKluskey, Red Bluff, gathered before dinner at the Cattle-PAC event.
Tony Francois, Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation presents in the General Session.
CCA Price Discovery Subcommittee Chair Seth Scribner, Paso Robles leads a discussion on Price Discovery.
CCA President Tony Toso, Hornitos, and former CCA President Myron Openshaw, Oroville share a laugh.
Sam Avilia, Hanford takes his turn trying a key to win the ATV, just not the correct one.
CCA and CCW members, along with supporters of the industry from the Central Coast came out to support the Cattle-PAC.
©CAL POLY Bottles of CCA Private Reserve Scribner Livestock’s working pup, Selecting the winning key at back-to- Col. Rick Machado, Shandon, did Whiskey are available for purchase Megan was a crowd favorite among back Cattle-PAC auctions, Kaitlin a great job conducting the auction at the CCA office year-round. Bottles the auction items. Thank you to the Pickering, Paso Robles started the benefitting Cattle-PAC. are $100 and proceeds go directly to Seth and Wendy (pictured) Scribner, Honda Rancher ATV being raffled off. Cattle-PAC. Paso Robles for this generous October 2021 California Cattleman 17 donation.
...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 economics of cattle grazing and beef production, and is focused on advancing the policy priorities of California’s cattle ranchers before those state and federal policymakers. As regulatory and policy initiatives impacting California’s beef producers arise, Rodriguez will be communicating ranch practices to lawmakers and translating the complex regulatory initiatives for ranchers to understand. In her first two months on the job, Rodriguez’s primary focus has been advocating for cattle ranchers before the State Water Resources Control Board as it takes drastic measures to curtail water diversions due to the worsening drought. Also working on behalf of CCF, Jack Rice, Rice, Fortuna, and Noah Lopez, Lopez, Woodland, of Western Resource Strategies, LLC were introduced as the faces behind the Rancher Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). In addition to the funding of CCF's Public Policy Advocate position and RTAP, California Cattle Council's Executive Director Justin Oldfield, Oldfield, Elk Grove, furthermore presented on other action and work in which the Council has recently engaged. One of the projects presented was a series of new videos featuring ranchers sharing about the impact of the drought on producers, consumers and the environment. These videos were previewed to attendees and are part of an ongoing digital media campaign the Council has deployed. The short videos and other recent investments the Council has made can be viewed at https://calcattlecouncil.org/recentworks. Fire Takes Center Stage During Policy Discussion The state’s catastrophic wildfire season dominated the policy discussion at Midyear Meeting, particularly with CCA Fire Subcommittee Chair (and San Luis Obispo County native) Anthony Stornetta, Stornetta, Atascadero, deployed to battle the Dixie Fire, the largest single blaze in state history. Wildfire took center stage at the first General Session, with a presentation from Tony Francois, Senior Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. Given the historic, catastrophic wildfire seasons which have gripped the state in recent years, CCA asked Francois whether anything could be done in the courts to force the US Forest Service and other land managers to better manage fire-prone forests without those efforts being derailed by litigious environmental groups. “There’s actually no federal law that actually requires the Forest Service to remove the fuel until it’s at a safe level,” Francois explained. “There’s a lot of federal laws that allow them to do that…but at the end of the day, if you took the Forest Service to court…the courts have consistently said they don’t have to follow their plan.” “What we need is something that actually takes those federal agencies outside of that discretionary decisionmaking paradigm – all that red tape – and move them over into mandatory action…like a court order,” Francois said. A novel litigation strategy may provide a solution: Local governments can sue federal land management agencies under federal public nuisance laws to force the feds to abate dangerous forest conditions which threaten cities and towns. “An ideal way to bring this would be for a county to identify…two or three projects that everybody knows would be really useful for protecting existing communities,” Francois explained. The lawsuit would ideally identify the 18 California Cattleman October 2021
risks posed to local communities by specific fire hazards under the jurisdiction of the federal agency and detail how projects previously identified or proposed by the federal agency would, if implemented, abate those hazard conditions. Seeking an expedited hearing, the plaintiffs would request an order from the court requiring the federal agency to implement those targeted projects prior to the beginning of the next fire season. Francois noted that this legal strategy has not yet been tested in the courts, but he is eager to see – and perhaps to represent – a county or city bringing a nuisance suit against the U.S. Forest Service or another land management agency to force targeted fuels reduction and other wildfire prevention projects. Wildfire was, unsurprisingly, also the topic of the only policy resolution to come out of Midyear. CCA’s Board of Directors approved an interim staff directive which calls upon the Association “to encourage [the US Forest Service] to revise its let-burn policy to instead focus on aggressive suppression during the fire season, in line with Chief Moore’s Aug. 2, 2021 memo.” The directive, moved by CCA Second Vice President Rick Roberti, Roberti, Loyalton, is borne of frustration that the Forest Service’s “let-burn” policy has allowed otherwise-manageable fires such as last
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year’s Bear Fire and this year’s Tamarack Fire, Dixie Fire and others to instead balloon to catastrophic size. Other policy highlights of the Midyear Meeting included a Price Discovery discussion led by CCA Price Discovery Subcommittee Chair Seth Scribner, Scribner, Paso Robles, and a presentation from Mike Williams, Williams, Acton, about the U.S. cattle industry sustainability goals unveiled by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville in early September (Williams is a member of NCBA’s Sustainability Goals Task Force). More information on both topics can be found in the “Your Dues Dollars at Work” column of the September edition of California Cattleman. Cattle-PAC Event Provides Reunion and Raises Critical Funds While attendees caught up with one another throughout the two days, Wednesday evening's Cattle-PAC Dinner Dance and Auction at the MidState Fairgrounds provided the best opportunity to celebrate the commencement of in person events, all while supporting a critical cause. In addition to good company, attendees spent the evening enjoying the favorable climate of the Central Coast, the Chad Bushnell Band playing live music and the fun ambiance of Jimmy’s Watering Hole paired with a delicious dinner. Col. Rick Machado, Machado, Shandon, was the auctioneer for the evening and had a program full of donations to sell—from Western artwork to destination lodging and travel experiences to unique bridles and much more. Helping further raise funds, a silent auction engaged
additional bidders, keys were purchased to raffle off a Honda Rancher ATV, people participated in a cornhole tournament and CCA Private Reserve Whiskey bottles were sold. Over $100,000 was raised at the event thanks to the generosity of so many donors, bidders, sponsors and more. “Cattle-PAC is always a challenge for various reasons,” CCA Immediate Past President Mark Lacey, Lacey, Independence said. “It's not a tax-deductible donation, and sometimes people are worried about who the money is going to get spread around to politically, so it's always a little harder to raise money for Cattle-PAC. But we had a lot of good things for people to bid on, and we got some very generous bidders." These funds are critical to keeping pro-livestock, probusiness officials in office and securing victories for years to come. Those who were unable to attend the event but are interested in supporting the Cattle-PAC can contact the CCA office about joining the Cattle-PAC 200 Club at any point during the year. Additionally, select bottles of CCA Private Reserve Whiskey are available for purchase at the CCA office year-round. Bottles are $100, and proceeds go directly to Cattle-PAC. With CCA’s 2021 summer meeting in the books, leadership now looks forward to the 105th CCA/CCW Convention and Tradeshow coming up December 1-3. The event will take place at, the same location it was held in 2019, the Peppermill Reno. Registration for the event and the CCA rooming block are now open. To see the meeting schedule, register and reserve your room visit calcattlemen. org/events.
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TAILGATING TIME Taking Beef Outside the Box by Ryan Donahue for the California Cattlemen's Association
My approach to tailgating is informed by my experiences in working in restaurants so I figured I'd take some lessons from off-site restaurant catering and apply them to tailgating. There will no doubt be some overlap between the two approaches but perhaps some tricks can be gleaned here.
Mise en place
Mise en place is a French term that translates to 'everything in its place'. In a restaurant setting cooks prepare all of the ingredients they will be using during service. If you were making cheeseburgers you would, pre-cut the buns, slice the vegetables, make the sauces and form the patties. Ideally you would have enough of all of these for your entire shift. In addition to prepared ingredients you would also make sure to have enough towels, pans and utensils on hand. These items, when organized, is your mise en place. Some cooks will go as far as packing away their knives during service to show how confident they are in their preparations. It may sound corny but visualizing your cook space while imagining the cooking you'll be undertaking will help you not forget any essential items. Tailgating should be no different. Your setup should be organized and improved over time. (It's a good habit to photograph your cooking area with your phone for future reference.) In addition to hand tools and the food, you'll need a safe way to store and transport everything. I use restaurant deli containers as they seal well, come in different sizes, are safe for hot and cold food and can either be disposed of or re-used (depending how much you feel like cleaning up). Coolers can be utilized for both hot and cold applications. You can use heated foil wrapped potatoes to provide heat if needed (however do not later consume these potatoes unless you completely heat them through again as they can be a breeding ground for foodborne illness).
I've seen some tailgating heroes out there swinging for the fences making things like racks of ribs, roasts, even whole animals. While I admire their gumption, I feel such cooking requires so much effort that some of the more pleasant elements of tailgating, like smack talking or cornhole, are missed. One alternative would be to simplify the food by sticking with things like hot dogs or frozen burgers but I think there's a way to provide delicious food while not being a slave to the grill.
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I prefer doing the heavy lifting at home and partially or completely cooking my food the day prior to game day. I'm often surprised how the general public assumes that at a restaurant, meals are ordered and then cooked from scratch as if say fried chicken could be butchered, battered, brined and fried in 10 minutes. A lot of food, even at the finest restaurants, is par cooked and either held hot or cold to shorten cooking time. Smaller cuts like skirt steak or carne asada can be cooked from raw relatively quickly but if you'd like to serve them with caramelized onions a problem is presented. The solution is preparing items prior, at home, where you have all of your tools and ingredients. This method is quite effective for tailgating as you don't have to sacrifice the quality of food for ease of assembly. I've been giving a lot of thought to my go-to tailgating food for the year factoring in that I want something delicious, unique and easily prepared prior. I think I've got it... Pastrami.
Bear with me. Now as far as total time involved in the cook Pastrami isn't saving anyone any time (though the majority of time is waiting around). However, it's delicious and has that portability we discussed and I love to cure and smoke meat. After a five-day cure and five hours on smoke you're a hot plate (or grill) and five minutes away from slingin' reuben sandwiches. The pastrami can live in it's jus in a disposable, aluminum pan on the hot surface where the sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing can stay refrigerated in a cooler. All you have to do is make toast and assemble. (As much as I love butter, I find that aerosolized cooking oil makes for a much tidier cooking situation... just be careful with it around an open flame.) Sandwiches also make cutlery and plates optional. Any unused pastrami can be wrapped and thrown in the cooler and even consumed after the game because it's also delicious cold.
Pastrami is a new adventure for me and it would be a mistake for me to pencil out a recipe prematurely. There are plenty of recipes available online that provide a good starting point. Pastrami is a commitment to multiple cooking sessions if you intend on getting it the way you want but with a good brine, the recipes are more or less bulletproof—if you have the time and the appetite(s). If you don't have the time or inclination...carne asada.
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HERD HEALTH CHECK IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES, WHAT COULD I EXPECT WILL BE THE NUTRITIONAL EFFECTS ON THE COW HERD? from Multimin, USA Reduced forage intake caused by drought can have an adverse effect on reproductive efficiency, especially if cows are thin at calving. Cows that enter the winter in poor body condition can have lower survivability, but they also have a greater chance to have a weak calf, produce an inadequate quality and quantity of colostrum for their calves, have a calf with a reduced weaning weight and fail to rebreed during the next breeding season. Adult cows need to calve in a body condition score (BCS) of 5.5-6.0 while bred heifers need to be in even better condition than adult cows. When facing drought conditions during the breeding season it appears the rancher has two choices to consider: supplement the deficient nutrients and/or reduce the size of the cow herd to match reduced forage available. When dealing with drought, remember to provide the big nutrients first by asking two questions: Is there adequate protein and/ or energy (TDN) in the diet? What symptoms are the cows showing during or after a drought? Do you observe an increase in respiratory sickness (immune system), is there decreased reproductive efficiency (lowered conception), a change in hair color (red hair on an Angus) and finally did cows not “clean” after calving (retained placenta)? If you answered yes to these observations, then there may also be a mineral deficiency. Both macro minerals (required in larger quantities, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium) and micro minerals (required in smaller quantities such as copper, zinc, selenium and manganese) can cause decreased conception, delayed estrus, abnormal estrus, depressed immunity and reduced forage intake. Subclinical trace mineral deficiencies probably occur more frequently than recognized by most producers and may be a larger problem than an acute mineral deficiency. This is because the rancher does not see specific symptoms that are characteristic of a trace mineral deficiency. With a subclinical deficiency, the animal grows or reproduces at a reduced rate, uses feed less efficiently and operates with a depressed immune system. However, the major disadvantage to free-choice minerals is lack of uniform daily consumption by animals. Factors which influence consumption of loose minerals include: (1) soil fertility and forage type, (2) season of year, (3) available energy and protein, (4) individual requirements, (5) salt and mineral content of water, (6) palatability of mineral mixture and (7) physical form of the minerals. An injection of trace minerals containing copper, zinc, selenium and manganese provided by MULTIMIN® 90 can quickly overcome some of these problems by complementing the free choice fed mineral containing these trace minerals. Antagonists in water or forage such as molybdenum, sulfur and iron can reduce the availability & digestibility of trace minerals.
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Feed and/or water sources that are high in sulfur caused by drought can induce a copper deficiency in cattle despite adequate copper intake. This is because sulfur and molybdenum separately or together can form insoluble complexes in the rumen with copper and markedly reduce its availability to the animal. High dietary molybdenum in combination with moderate to high dietary sulfur results in formation of thiomolybdates in the rumen which greatly reduce copper absorption. Independent of molybdenum, high dietary sulfur reduces copper absorption probably by the formation of copper sulfide. Selenium bioavailability is also reduced by high dietary sulfur and high dietary iron can also reduce copper bioavailability. This is one reason that an injection with MULTIMIN® 90 will overcome ruminal effects on absorption caused by antagonism because research shows that plasma copper, selenium and zinc concentrations increase rapidly after injection compared to an inorganic form fed as a supplement. Work from Iowa State University found a significant boost in trace mineral status within 14 days after calves received an injection of MULTIMIN® 90 compared to calves fed an inorganic and chelated-organic mineral combination which reached the same level after 28 days. The group supplemented with only inorganic minerals took about 45 days to reach the same trace mineral status as the MULTIMIN® 90 calves. Summary Drought causes a decrease in forage intake which results in decreases in protein, energy and trace mineral consumption. Cows showing poor body condition (<5) have a greater chance of having a weak calf, producing an inadequate quality and quantity of colostrum for their calves, having a calf with a reduced weaning weight and failure to rebreed during the next breeding season. During a drought, water quality from ponds may be lowered due to an increase in sulfate and iron. These two minerals plus forage molybdenum cause an antagonism in the rumen which reduces bioavailability of copper and selenium. A MULTIMIN® 90 injection overcomes these antagonisms and has a faster uptake into the blood stream than feeding an inorganic source of minerals. Thin cows with a body condition score of less than 5 caused by drought appear to be a good candidate for a MULTIMIN® 90 injection. The use of an injection with MULTIMIN® 90 in conjunction with feeding a loose mineral makes practical sense to prevent a decline in reproduction, immunity and proper response to vaccines.
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Elements of Price Discovery
Part one of a series on understanding and addressing Price Discovery from the California Cattlemen's Association Price Discovery Subcommittee In order to understand the elements of price discovery, we first have to look at the type of transactions prevalent in today’s live cattle trade. USDA recognizes four unique trades in their Livestock Mandatory Reporting system, and it is these four that we will focus on. Negotiated Price – Mutually agreed upon price negotiated prior to delivery. Example: Steers sell at $120 per hundred pounds (cwt.) Negotiated Grid – Mutually agreed upon price negotiated prior to delivery with grid incentives or deducts applied. Example: Steers sell at a base price of $120/ cwt and premiums would apply for yield greater than 65 percent, Choice-Prime greater than 80 percent, etc. and possible deducts for yield grade 5. Forward Contracted – Price based on futures market on or near delivery. Example: Steers sell for delivery in third week of August at $1/cwt over the August Live Cattle Futures Price. Formula Price – Delivery occurs prior to pricing, typically uses the USDA 5 Area Weekly published price for week when cattle are harvested and grid incentives or deducts applied. However, the price is not published until after the harvest/delivery has occurred. Example: Steers for delivery this week, receive premiums for grid (i.e. yield, Choice-Prime percentage, etc.), and the base price for the transaction is not known until next week when the USDA publishes the National Weekly Cattle And Beef Summary Report. Formula pricing is frequently referred to as Alternative Marketing Arrangements (AMAs). So then after understanding the basic trade mechanisms, what is meant by price discovery? That is not an easy answer. The beef industry tends to incorporate many different elements under the umbrella of Price Discovery. These elements are best categorized as follows: Consolidation – Regulations in food safety, employment laws and environmental arenas have rewarded conglomerates who can allocate the resources necessary for compliance. Overtime, the four largest packers have evolved to control 80 to 85 percent of the live cattle market. There is no doubt regulations are the main force monopolizing the packing industry and we will continue to see increases in consolidation with today’s regulatory environment. 24 California Cattleman October 2021
Supply and Demand – Remember the supply-demand curve from your first economics class? Well for the past two years we have seen peak supplies. Originally the industry was set to work through a huge influx of cattle on feed or “wall of cattle” in 2020. Then with the onset of COVID-19, packing plants were forced to decease harvest capacity as their large labor forces dealt with the effects of a pandemic. COVID-19 forced specialized laborers to stay at home and slowed chain speeds throughout the plants to address worker separation requirements and so on. More cattle continued to enter the system during this time and yet “hook space” was not available for the cattle already on feed. Luckily the forecast is to bring supplies current in 2021 and with drought prevalent in much of the United States we will quickly transition away from the over-supply situation. Lack of Robust Cash Trade – As the industry trends toward formula transactions, the economic fundamentals that lead to “Price Discovery” are lost. Four main elements contribute to the weekly change in live cattle pricing: change in boxed beef cutout values, change in Live Cattle Futures, change in prior week cash prices and size of the trade (large lots bring premiums). The problem arises from “change in prior week cash price” where very little cash trade actually exists, and thus no new information enters the system. Nationally in 60 percent or more of the live cattle transactions price is not known at the time of the sale and the seller becomes a “price taker.” Transparency – Larger packers (those who harvest 125,000 head or more annually) are required by USDA to submit their transactions twice daily. USDA then compiles the data, often omitting portions of the data due to confidentially clauses and publishes daily and weekly reports under the Livestock Mandatory Report Act. Confidentiality clauses exist to prevent the reverse engineering of transactions and identification of competitor bids. Lack of transparency also exists because formula trade becomes the “carry all bucket” for trades not clearly defined as negotiated, forward contract or negotiated grid. Convergence – In a model where feeders trade exclusively with one packer, that packer inherently knows their supply numbers much more so than the public who
rely on the USDA Committed Cattle Reporting. Therefore, packers have insight of “cattle on feed” above and beyond the balance of the industry and price cattle (or establish the “cash market”) with knowledge independent of the future market. Such a model contributes to the lack of convergence between the live cattle cash market and futures market. Due to the involvement of significantly more entities in the feeding sector, convergence is much more likely to occur with the feeder cattle futures market. So then how do we address price discovery? To do so we first need to understand the trade organization’s role in the process. With the big four packers controlling 80 to 85 percent of live cattle market, no single producer or entity has enough of a voice or market share to influence the process and even if they did, more than likely they would suffer some sort of retaliation. Therefore, this is an issue best spearheaded by a trade organization, and for those of us in California, that would the California Cattlemen’s Association. Next, we need to look at the tools available to CCA. Those come in the form of supporting or opposing existing regulation, identifying a legislative sponsor and putting forth for new legislation, or working directly with the industry for a non-legislative fix. Since CCA is a state level trade organization and price discovery is a national issue, we channel our lobbying efforts through our national affiliate the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Similarly, a legislative sponsor would be pursued at the national level rather than through the state. However as, with any of the legislative approaches, be careful what you wish for. As even the best of intentions often become convoluted through the amendments process. In the second article in this series on price discovery, we will take a detailed look into the proposed legislative bills, President Biden’s Executive Order and the Department
of Justice’s ongoing investigation. However, for now we will focus on the non-legislative approach. This approach requires an understanding of how different segments of the beef industry benefit and suffer from insufficient price discovery. An Alternative Marketing Arrangement (AMA) that mitigates risk for the feeding sector can be viewed negatively from the eyes of a cow-calf producer and yet without a stable feeding sector calf prices could be further suppressed. Or an AMA might send quality signals back down the supply chain in the form of a branded beef program. No one has yet come up with a comprehensive cureall approach, although we have seen significant progress addressing one or more of the price discovery elements. For instance, NCBA formed a working group comprised of ranchers throughout the country who collectively conceived the framework for the 75 percent of Robust Cash Voluntary Program often referred to as the “75% Rule.” We are now in the third quarter of this program with measurable results. Also on Aug. 8, 2021, USDA announced the publication of two new reports, the National Daily Direct Formula Base Cattle Report and a National Weekly Cattle Net Price Distribution Report. Both reports are aimed at addressing the transparency component of price discovery. Similarly, as the beef cycle transitions away from an over-supply of cattle on feed we will see the supply-demand curve move to a more favorable position for producers. Look for the second article in this price discovery series in a future issue of the California Cattleman where we will give an update on the proposed legislation (i.e. Sen. Deb Fischer’s Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021 and Sen. Chuck Grassely’s 50-14 bill), President Biden’s July 7 Executive Order targeting consolidation and the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into market-disruptive beef packing plant closures.
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2021 CCA/CCW CONVENTION & CATTLE INDUSTRY TRADESHOW DECEMBER 1-3 • RENO, NV
Top reasons to attend this year!
NO MORE ZOOM MEETINGS
POLICY AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
After a year of muting and unmuting during the virtual meetings of 2020 it is exciting to be gathering in person again. Guest speakers and industry updates will be had with no buffering.
Come Thursday to participate in the policy-making process—one of the best ways to get involved and make your voice and vote count. You will also get to meet CCA leadership and staff.
CATCH UP WITH OLD FRIENDS & MAKE NEW ONES Whether it is in the tradeshow or while watching the NFR together on Thursday night, there will be plenty of time for catching up with your friends in the industry.
#4 NETWORK AND DANCE IN THE TRADESHOW
Over 100 tradeshow booths were at the 2019 event. Don’t miss out on all this year’s tradeshow will have to offer including time to dance as the Buck Ford Band will play on Wednesday evening.
WE’RE BACK AT THE PEPPERMILL SPA & RESORT Following a great event at the Peppermill Spa and Resort in 2019 it will be fun to be back there in person again! Keep reading to get the details on making your hotel reservation by 10/27.
Call the Peppermill Spa and Resort to make your lodging reservations by using the toll-free number (800) 282-2444. Visit calcattlemen.org/convention2021 for details about booking online. Reservations for the discounted rate within the CCA room block must be made by OCTOBER 27, 2021.
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RANGELAND TRUST TALK
FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE AT SARDELLA RANCH by Madison Goss for the California Rangeland Trust In the summer of 2013, a fire came through the Sardella Ranch. Where most would see devastation, Michael Sardella, owner of the Sardella Ranch in Tuolumne County, saw an opportunity. Sardella has been a resident of the Sonora area his whole life. Since his family settled onto the ranch in 1957, he has witnessed firsthand the effects that population growth and development have on small towns in America. “It started with a Burger King, and it just grew from there,” Sardella recalled. The area around the Sardella Ranch was previously bordered by ranches similar in size to his, but now, most of the surrounding area has been subdivided into lots ranging in size from five to 40 acres. These areas, once open and teeming with oak trees and wildlife, have been converted to residential neighborhoods and commercial properties. Sardella on the other hand stands proud with a fully intact ranch that is protected in perpetuity through a conservation easement with the California Rangeland Trust. To maintain the beauty and health of the land, cattle are used to graze the property, but like any other ranch, each year brings a small but continuous build-up of noxious weeds, tough shrubs, and overgrown areas, even despite grazing. These heavy-brush areas have led to less space for the cattle to graze and wildlife to roam. In turn, the presence of these types of flammable fuels coupled with dry conditions and limited rainfall increase the risk of wildfires that can ravage through ranches and destroy nearby communities. When the fire came through the Sardella Ranch in 2013, the fuels burned hot and fast. Not only did the fire threaten the ranch but also the surrounding subdivisions. But thanks to the handy work performed by Cal Fire, they were able to keep the flames at bay, save the nearby community and save Sardella’s ranch and with it the basis for his livelihood. The fire wiped out most of the heavy-brushed area toward the back of the ranch, but it did not completely clear out the overgrown areas. “[Cal Fire] almost did too good of a job,” Sardella joked.
After the fire, Sardella sang Cal Fire’s praises in a letter to the editor in the Union Democrat. Democrat. This letter made it to Jeff Sanders, who at the time was the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras division fire chief. A year later, in the summer of 2014, Sanders stopped by to thank Sardella for his kind words. Sanders asked Sardella if there was anything else that Cal Fire could do for them, and Sardella shouted, “Burn it again!” From there, a partnership was born. Sanders went back to his superiors and came up with a plan that would be mutually beneficial for the Sardellas, Cal Fire, the environment and the local community. With Sardella's persistence and knowledge about his land, Cal Fire has been able to utilize the Sardella Ranch for the C-234: Intermediate Firing Methods class. Adam Frese, the current pre-fire division chief for Cal Fire, explained that the class aims to teach fire professionals different burning techniques to protect and get the most out of prescribed burning. The Sardella Ranch has been the primary location for this class for the last six years. The training focuses on a 100-acre area of land in the back of the property that is easily accessible to the fire crews. The goal of the project is to clear out the overgrown areas and minimize noxious weeds, like Medusa Head and Tarweed. Lately, California has seen a dramatic increase in the number of wildfires that occur. According to Cal Fire’s incident archive, last year, nearly 10,000 fires burned over 4.2 million acres – more than 4 percent of the state's roughly 100 million acres of land – making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California's modern history. Each year, the fire season starts earlier and becomes more and more detrimental. Many Californians have come to fear the word “fire,” but
Along with a grazing management plan, Sardella partners with Cal Fire to maintain the landscape through prescribed burning.
Mike Sardella partnered with the California Rangeland Trust in 2013 to conserve the Sardella Ranch in perpetuity.
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when it is done the right way, it provides ecological benefits. For Cal Fire, working on ranches, like the Sardella Ranch, has been a valuable tool for educating and preparing the area for wildfire season. “Fire, when utilized properly, is a natural part of the environment. By reintroducing low-intensity fire to this area, we are able to increase the productivity of that land,” Frese explained. Since welcoming Cal Fire classes on the ranch, Sardella has seen a positive and dramatic difference on the landscape. “You can walk through that area again,” Sardella explained. “It is so nice to see the variety of wildlife that have made their way back through the ranch.” With the combination of prescribed burning and a proper grazing management plan, Sardella’s ranch is truly a sight to see. His neighbors get the benefit of marveling at the variety of trees and lush green grasses covering the hillsides in the spring and when blessed with a little rain, the vibrant colors of wildflowers carpeting the pastures. A local realtor once told Sardella that his ranch adds value to the properties around him because each place comes with an expensive view. Sardella wants his ranch to be viable and productive forever. By maintaining the health and resiliency of his land through grazing and prescribed burning, along with protecting the ranch through a conservation agreement with the Rangeland Trust, he is working hard to ensure his ranching legacy will carry on for generations to come. As Sardella puts it, “Everybody wants to strive for a legacy; they want to be rich and famous, but this land is my legacy.”
Cal Fire utilizes the Sardella Ranch for the C-234: Intermediate Firing Methods class.
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New California Veterinary Emergency Team to Coordinate Training, Response In August University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) leaders, veterinarians and California legislators unveiled a new emergency program to help rescue animals in disasters. Called the California Veterinary Emergency Team and administered by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the program will support and train a network of government agencies, individuals and organizations to aid domestic animals and livestock during emergencies. California is providing $3 million a year for the California Veterinary Emergency Team, under legislation authored by Sen. Steve Glazer and incorporated into the state budget recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The program will be modeled after the UC Davis-led Oiled Wildlife Care Network, created in 1994 to mobilize volunteers and professionals to rescue and treat shorebirds and other wildlife that are injured during oil spills. “We want to create a robust, coordinated effort statewide to help animals during disasters,” said Michael Ziccardi, director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and executive director of the One Health Institute. “The California Veterinary Emergency Team will bring together state and county agencies and organizations charged with emergency response to help them organize, train and adopt best practices.” Current need A primary goal of the new California Veterinary Emergency Team is to increase response capacity and help standardize disaster response across counties, bringing together disparate and fragmented groups. Currently, the California Animal Response Emergency System, or CARES, within the California Department of Food and Agriculture is charged with managing evacuation and care of animals during emergencies. They also work with community animal response teams and nonprofit organizations. “Recent wildfires have overwhelmed the state’s ability to safely evacuate and care for household animals and livestock,” Sen. Glazer said. “Twice in the past five years we have had to call on Texas to send an emergency team to assist. That puts not just animals at risk but also increases the danger for residents and first responders if people stay behind fire lines because they fear their animals will not be cared for. We need this new team to help train, coordinate and lead the hundreds of volunteers who are eager to help. Our goal is a team that is ready to respond anywhere in the state with a mobile command center, a clinic if necessary, and the veterinarians, equipment and medicine to get the job done.” The California Veterinary Emergency Team would be available to mobilize response to disasters anywhere in California, operating under a memorandum of understanding with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Office of Emergency Services. Between disasters, the team would recruit, train and drill volunteers, conduct research and train veterinarians and veterinary students on best practices in shelter and emergency medicine. 30 California Cattleman October 2021
Leaders in the field UC Davis has provided leadership in veterinary disaster response through its Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT), Wildlife Disaster Network partnership formed with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and its Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital disaster patient care. UC Davis VERT and hospital teams typically triage, evaluate, treat and/or rescue more than 1,000 animals in the field in every fire. During the 2018 Camp Fire alone, the teams helped more than 1,500 animals, including 70 that were brought in for treatment at the hospital. “The he funding of the California Veterinary Emergency Team provides unprecedented resources that will bring multiple partners across the state of California together to enhance recruitment, coordination and training of volunteers, volunte veterinarians and veterinary students in best practices in disaster response and sheltering of animals in disasters,” said Michael Lairmore, former dean and distinguished professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Lairmore said the university is committed to working with partners across the state to ensure that the California Veterinary Emergency Team program is successful. Developing the California Veterinary Emergency Team is expected to take some time. It’s anticipated the program will be in an organizational phase during this fire season.
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Insurance for Lack of Precipitation in California Exists?
Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance sales close December 1 by CCA Communications Director Katie Roberti
For those who have attended CCA events or local cattlemen’s association meetings in recent years, lack of precipitation insurance—known as Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Insurance—is something most have probably heard about, read about or potentially acquired about obtaining at one point or another. Over the last decade, WSR Insurance Services (WSR), (WSR), the exclusive insurance broker of CCA, has helped hundreds of CCA members and other livestock producers throughout the Western States obtain the insurance. “Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) is a USDA subsidized crop insurance product available to ranchers and perennial hay growers that provides protection for a single peril – Lack of precipitation,” WSR explains on the Ranch Protection page of their website. “It is an area-based policy that uses [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] NOAA data to pay indemnities when precipitation is below historical averages.” With relief—from dry conditions plaguing California rangelands once again—currently on the minds of many in the ranching business, now may be the time to consider if the PRF program is an option (for those who have not already). Anyone potentially interested in exploring if the insurance program makes sense for their operation still has time to do so before sales of coverage for next year closes on Dec. 1, 2021. While the deadline is quickly approaching, fortunately, Jim Vann,, Woodland, and Matt Griffith, Vann Griffith, Williams, of WSR help ranchers determine if PRF is the right fit on a case-by-case basis. “What Jim and I do, [is] we go meet with producers," Griffith said. "We pull up their history of how PRF would work at their location, and their history actually started in 1948.” 32 California Cattleman October 2021
Griffith explains through PRF, ranchers are insuring their historical rainfall amounts in two-month windows, and with that, there is no upfront premium. The policies are area-based and cover the size of areas that are 17x17 miles on a grid system. "What we are looking for is volatility at the end of the day," Vann said. "Do we get rain? Do we not get rain? Over time, let's just take like January and February, you get a lot of volatility over the last 20 years of getting normal rainfall and not getting normal rainfall. That's what we are trying to insure…to create that policy to where we have a timeframe where we have less precipitation. That claim will then offset your losses for not having the rainfall, not creating grass growth to create pounds on cattle.” Working with Silveus Insurance, Insurance, a computer program called RangeCalc is used to help determine how to set the policies up and for what 60-day intervals. “It [RangeCalc] shows which intervals are going to be most advantageous to your operation,” Griffith said. “We combined that information along with the recommendation from the rancher on when the timeline is most important to them to set up a policy where we try to encompass as many intervals as we can that make sense so that you have coverage for the whole year.” Griffith says the philosophy on how he and Vann write PRF policies enables them to make sure that if a rancher does owe a premium at the end of a policy, the operation can offset the cost of the premium through gains elsewhere such as increased stocking capacity or higher weaning weights. “We sit down, and we go over the performance of the last 70 years, make sure it’s a good fit for the operation and ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 we can usually be done in an hour, hour and a half or so,” Griffith said. "It is required for a producer to be enrolled at FSA and have a 1026 form on file. That's for all crop insurance to receive the subsidy just to say you are not disturbing what's categorized as a wetland. Other than that, the application process is fairly simple." Although California producers are currently in a drought, something to note is that this program is not reliant on any drought declaration or designation. “Each 60-day window that we insure is its own miniinsurance policy. You don’t have to have a drought year to receive benefit for PRF because once your 60-day interval ends, we just start at zero on the next interval,” Griffith said. “So even though we’ve had a couple of years of severe drought, we’re insuring historical precipitation amounts in two-month intervals, so the drought that we’ve experienced the last couple of years doesn’t affect that historical average a tremendous amount because you are just adding one more year to 70 years’ worth of data,” Griffith said. While investing in PRF makes sense for some, WSR is upfront that the program is not a good fit for every ranch. “We don’t write every policy from potential customers that come in,” Griffith said. “We sit down, and we do an overview, and there are a lot of times we tell people we wish we could help, but because of the location, the NOAA history, where the weather stations are, it might not be the right program for you." "We always come into it with the philosophy of give us a budget. We'll start there, and then we build up from that if the person wants to," Vann said. "Nobody says you have to do all of your acres." Vann encourages producers to turn in all leases, permits, deeds, etc., during the sign-up process for the program and getting documentation squared away with FSA. “We want to look at all the ranches you have because some areas are going to be better for this program versus others…so if we can't look at it all and we are only looking at what FSA has, we may be missing some of your best ranches to put this coverage on, and so it only helps you, in this case, to build out a better policy.” About a year ago, USDA’s Risk Management Agency commissioned a review of PRF and subsequently issued a series of “Alternative Recommendations” proposing significant changes to PRF, which beginning in 2022, would have caused the program to cease functioning as intended as a valuable risk management tool for livestock producers and forage growers. CCA sent out an e-blast encouraging members to comment and urge RMA not to disrupt the program. Fortunately, no significant changes ended up being made to the program. The most significant change is the sales deadline. Previously set at November 15, the deadline has been pushed back to December 1. While the deadline is now December 1, Vann advises producers not to delay reaching out as working with FSA and ensuring the documents needed are all in place takes time. In September, WSR’s Jim Vann and Matt Griffith were “I still tell everybody, November 1,” Vann said. featured on Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Those interested in learning more about the program or Podcast and gave a deep dive into PRF insurance. Listen getting in touch with WSR should visit https://www.wsrins. to the episode now at calcattlemen.org/podcast or on your com/ranch-protection/ and fill out the contact information preferred platform for streaming podcasts to learn even form at the top of the webpage. Potential customers may also more about the program and other services offered by WSR, call the toll-free number (877) 920-8500 to speak with a the exclusive insurance broker of CCA. WSR Insurance agent. 34 California Cattleman October 2021
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Beef Promotion Operating Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2022 Checkoff Plan of Work The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) will invest approximately $38.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2022, subject to USDA approval. In action at the end of its September 9-10 meeting in Denver, Colorado, the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) approved Checkoff funding for a total of 13 “Authorization Requests” – or grant proposals – brought by nine contractors and subcontractors for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2022. The committee, which includes 10 producers from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and 10 producers from the Federation of State Beef Councils, also recommended full Cattlemen’s Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions Nine contractors and three subcontractors brought 15 Authorization Requests worth $47.4 million to the BPOC this week, nearly $8.5 million more than the funds available from the CBB budget “I know I speak for all of the cattlemen and women on the BPOC when I say we take our roles on this committee very seriously,” said CBB and BPOC Chair Hugh Sanburg. “We examine all of the Authorization Requests very carefully to determine which proposed initiatives and activities will provide the greatest return on Checkoff investments. “Each year, we’re incredibly impressed by the amount of thought and innovation that our contractors put into their new plans. Our biggest challenge is determining how to allocate our limited amount of Checkoff dollars to these contractors so that we can make optimal progress toward our primary goal: driving beef demand. I personally thank all our contractors and committee members for their remarkable efforts and careful consideration as we make decisions that will propel the beef industry forward." In the end, the BPOC approved proposals from 9 national beef organizations for funding through the FY22 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget, as follows: • American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture $926,000 • Cattlemen’s Beef Board - $1,850,000 • Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education - $500,000 • Meat Import Council of America / Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative - $494,760 • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association - $26,010,440 • National Institute for Animal Agriculture - $79,160 • North American Meat Institute - $430,440 • United States Cattlemen’s Association - $210,000 • United States Meat Export Federation - $8,400,000 Broken out by budget component – as outlined by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 – the FY22 Plan of Work for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and 36 California Cattleman October 2021
Research Board budget includes: • $9,558,830 for promotion programs, including beef and veal campaigns focusing on beef ’s nutritional value, eating experience, convenience and production • $8,810,000 for research programs focusing on pre- and post-harvest beef safety, scientific affairs, nutrition, sustainability, product quality, culinary technical expertise and consumer perceptions. • $7,654,780 for consumer information programs, including Northeast influencer outreach and public relations initiatives; national consumer public relations, including nutrition-influencer relations and work with primary- and secondary-school curriculum directors nationwide to get accurate information about the beef industry into classrooms of today’s youth. Additional initiatives include outreach and engagement with food, culinary, nutrition and health thought leaders; media and public relations efforts; and supply chain engagement. • $2,627,190 for industry information programs, including dissemination of accurate information about the beef industry to counter misinformation from anti-beef groups and others, as well as funding for Checkoff participation in the annual national industrywide symposium about antibiotic use. Additional efforts in this program area include beef advocacy training and issues/crisis management and response. • $8,400,000 for foreign marketing and education, focusing on 13 regions, representing more than 90 countries around the world. • $1,850,000 for producer communications, which includes investor outreach using national communications and direct communications to producers and importers about Checkoff results. Elements of this program include ongoing producer listening and analysis; industry collaboration and outreach; and continued development of a publishing strategy and platform and a state beef council content hub. The full fiscal 2022 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget is approximately $42.7 million. Separate from the Authorization Requests, other expenses funded include $244,000 for program evaluation; $470,000 for program development; $200,000 for Checkoff communications resources; $550,000 for USDA oversight; $270,000 supporting services and litigation; and $2.1 million for CBB administration. The fiscal 2022 budget represents a decrease of approximately 1 percent, or $386,000, from the $43.1 million FY21 budget. For more information about the Beef Checkoff and its programs, including promotion, research, foreign marketing, industry information, consumer information and safety, contact the Cattlemen’s Beef Board at 303-2209890 or visit DrivingDemandForBeef.com.
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CALIFORNIA’S LOCAL MEAT SUPPLIERS STRUGGLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS UC Davis Report Suggests Ways to Build Resilience By Amy Quinton for the University of California, Davis The University of California, Davis, Food Systems Lab has released a white paper showing the need to support California’s small and mid-scale meat suppliers and processors in order to build a more resilient meat supply chain. It describes how the meat supply chain and rural economies could benefit from regulatory changes and more collaboration among producers and other stakeholders in the system. The pandemic shut down meat processing plants in 2020, as did recent ransomware attacks on JBS, the nation’s largest meat supplier. Report authors said this highlights the need to support small- and mid-scale suppliers. “COVID and the ransomware attacks put a spotlight on how the concentration of the meat supply chain increased vulnerability in the food system,” said report co-author Tom Tomich, founder of the UC Davis Food Systems Lab and distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. “We need to level the playing field so small- and midscale farms have an easier way to bring their product to market.” The report says the lack of access to slaughter facilities, limited capacity of cut and wrap facilities, and concentration of marketing channels create conditions in which small- and mid-scale farms and ranches struggle to stay in business. “These challenges are exacerbated by policies that tilt the playing field against small operators. Fortunately, new state and national legislation and programs are developing that could increase resilience in our food systems,” says Michael R. Dimock, Roots of Change program director and lead author for the report. “We need cities and counties to help fix the problems because local land use policies often impede development of resilient supply chains.”
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years, California has lost half of its federally inspected meat processing plants, and the remaining facilities are unable to meet demand. Many of the 46 USDA-certified slaughter plants operating in California are closed to smaller producers. “This means that smaller ranchers must drive hundreds of miles to reach a facility or have to wait months due to limited capacity,” said Tomich. The report said a combination of federal, state and private investments could provide a broader geographic distribution of plants of differing scales. It also suggests expanding mobile, on-farm slaughter operations for sheep, goats and hogs, similar to those for beef.
Regulatory barriers and opportunities Complex inspection requirements and other regulatory barriers make it difficult for small- and midscale producers to compete with big suppliers. The report suggests California create its own meat inspection program equivalent to the federal program to serve smaller ranchers. Prioritizing public procurement of local, high-value meat would also help expand market access for smaller producers.
Broader benefits of smaller operators The report notes other beneficial roles of small- and mid-scale livestock operations, apart from the potential to increase resilience in our food system. Livestock grazing is a cheap and effective way to reduce wildfire risk. Supporting local meat processing also helps rural economies and creates community-based jobs. The report was based on 27 interviews with people representing a wide spectrum of activities and points of view within the meat supply chain throughout the state. Authors are Courtney Riggle, Allan Hollander, Patrick Huber and Thomas Tomich of the UC Davis Food Systems Lab, and Michael R. Dimock with Roots of Change. Funding for the study came from the TomKat Foundation and USDA Hatch Program.
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SEPT. 3, LOS MOLINOS, CA Col. Rick Machado
94 ANGUS BULLS
EZ ANGUS RANCH BULL SALE
Dan Byrd, Joe Correia and Rein Doornenbal at the "Distinctly Different" Byrd Cattle Co. Bull Sale.
American Angus Association's Jake Pickering with Robert Staley and Wally Roney at the Byrd Cattle Co., Bull Sale in Los Molinos on Sept. 3.
SEPT. 4, FARMINGTON, CA Col. Rick Machado Managed by Parnell Dickinson, Inc.
148 ANGUS BULLS
HERITAGE BULL SALE
Five Star Land and Livestock, Bar R Angus and J/V Angus SEPT. 5, WILTON, CA Col. Jake Parnell Managed by Parnell Dickinson, Inc
65 ANGUS BULLS 4 FALL PAIRS 6 OPEN FALL HEIFERS
$6,261 $3,075 $1,240
O’NEAL RANCH “PERFORMANCE PLUS” BULL SALE
Donati Ranches' Rocky Donati talks with bull buyer Tom Tobias at the Black Gold Bull Sale on Sept. 9.
Dan Ellis, with Genex's Matt Reints and Superior Livestock's Blake Tucker at the EZ Angus Bull Sale in Farmington.
SEPT. 7, MADERA, CA Col. John Rodgers
73 ANGUS BULLS
BLACK GOLD BULL SALE
Donati Ranches, O’Connell Ranches, Wulff Brothers Livestock SEPT. 9, COLUSA, CA Col. Rick Machado Managed by Matt Macfarlane Marketing
124 ANGUS BULLS
TEHAMA ANGUS RANCH “GENERATIONS OF PERFORMANCE” BULL SALE
SEPT. 10, GERBER, CA Col. Rick Machado and Col. John Rodgers
121 FALL YEARLING ANGUS
Bull buyers Jeff White and Ed Bosworth Certified Angus Beef's Paul Dykstra with at the Tehama Angus Ranch Bull Sale in Col. John Rodgers and Bill Borror at the Gerber on Sept.10. Tehama Angus Bull Sale. 40 California Cattleman October 2021
ARELLANO BRAVO & DIABLO VALLEY ANGUS BULL SALE
with Diablo Valley Angus and Dixie Valley Angus SEPT. 11, GALT, CA Col. Rick Machado
89 ANGUS BULLS
RANCHO CASINO & DAL PORTO LIVESTOCK BULL SALE
Angus. America’s Breed. Jake Pickering,
Regional Manager Arizona California Nevada Utah
SEPT. 16, DENAIR, CA
Col. Rick Machado and Col. John Rodgers
129 ANGUS BULLS 24 FEMALES
Contact Regional Manager Jake Pickering: Cell: 530.415.5484 email@example.com
MID VALLEY BULL SALE AMADOR ANGUS & SCHAFER RANCH
3201 Frederick Ave. | St. Joseph, MO 64506 816.383.5100 | www.ANGUS.org
SEPT. 17, MODESTO, CA
Col. Rick Machado
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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 American Angus Association® programs and services. Put the business breed to work for you.
© 2020-2021 American Angus Association
GENOA LIVESTOCK BULL SALE SEPT. 20, MINDEN, NV
Col. Rick Machado
43 HEREFORD BULLS 1 FLUSH 4 SPRING PAIRS 4 FALL BRED HEIFERS 4 SPRING BRED HEIFERS
$5,962 $10,750 $7,186 $8,250 3,500
WATCH FOR MORE SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER SALE AVERAGES IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THIS PUBLICATION.
Ashley Wagner-Gragnani and O'Neal Ranch's Betsy Cardoza at O'Neal Ranch's "Performance Plus" Angus Bull Sale.
Justin and Arlene fields with Richard Vargas at the Genoa Livestock Production Sale on Sept. 20.
Stepaside Farm's Lalo Camarena and JV Angus' Bill Traylor at the Heritage Bull Sale in Wilton on Sept. 5.
Morgon Patrick, Lee Nobmann and Jason Gagnon at the Arellano Bravo Bull Sale in Galt on Sept. 11.
Bill Lyons, Jr, with David Absher at the Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale in Modesto.
Nathan and Doni Rosasco with Randy and Lettie Beeman at the Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale on Sept. 15.
David Dal Porto with Domenic Cianfichi Tierra Kessler, Randy Kessler and Bill at the Rancho Casino and Dal Porto Borror at the Rancho Casino and Dal Livestock Bull Sale on Sept. 16. Porto Livestock Bull Sale in Denair. October 2021 California Cattleman 41
Gordon Contival, Sr.
Rancher Gordon James Contival Sr. died Aug. 29, peacefully surrounded by family. He was 93 years old. Gordon was born to George Contival and Irene Everett on Sept. 18, 1927 in Cienega, at his grandparents' homestead. He was born early, tiny but tough and family lore says that his grandma kept him warm in a box on the door of the wood stove. He was raised in rural San Benito County until his father George Contival started a dairy in South San Jose. Gordon helped his father on the ranch milking cows and attended school in Morgan Hill until he was drafted into the Army during WWII. He was stationed in the Arctic at Baffin Island at a weather station. After the war ended, he was released and came home to be a cowboy at the Coe Ranch. Gordon remained an active member of American Legion Post 0444 in Morgan Hill. Once a cowboy, always a cowboy, Gordon went on to wear his hat and boots for the rest of his life. As his family grew he started driving a feed truck, first for L.W. Prouse in Coyote, then Gunter Bros. in Morgan Hill. Good friends finally convinced him to try out for a job as a groundskeeper with the Morgan Hill Unified School District where he worked until he retired in 1992. Outside work was only part of his life. In the eastern Morgan Hill foothills, he raised Suffolk sheep, Angus and Hereford Cattle and Border Collies. In the 70s as his sheepherding kids were growing up and moving away he started using a Border Collie to round up his sheep. He caught the sheep dog trial bug and spent the rest of his life traveling with his late wife, kids and friends, winning many sheep dog trials and a few cattle dog trials too, always making more great friends along the way. After he retired
Wiiliam Henry Adams
Bill Adams an antique cowboy, retired firefighter died Aug.4. William Harry Adams was a fifth generation Californian, born in Morgan Hill to Chester Adams and Meda McChesney and raised on his family ranch in the Uvas Road area. He attended the one-room Llagas School, Live Oak High, and Cal Poly where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. He was married soon after to Karen Leso and they had three daughters. After Bill divorced, he met his wife, Loreen Loftus Manning, and they were married in 1988, starting their 34 years together. Bill's passion was ranching, and he worked on various ranches in Nevada, Colorado and California before settling with his young family back in Morgan Hill. Bill bought a share of the Adams Family Ranch where he and his family raised horses, milk cows and other livestock. For seventeen years he also leased the 2,000acre Thomas Ranch above Anderson Lake where he pursued his ranching dream and ran 200 head of cattle. Bill was a San Jose firefighter for 27 years and loved to cook for the team at his station. He was well known for his delicious chili. Bill loved to participate in the Firefighter's Rodeo, winning a few belt buckles in the team penning competition. After Bill retired from the fire department in 1999, he also retired from ranching and went to saddle-making school. He then turned his love of leatherwork from a hobby into a family-run business and started Tumbleweed Saddlery out of his shop at the ranch. He and Loreen also traveled for many years to rodeos and western fairs selling his saddles and tack, along with other adventures including Australia, Norway and Denmark, and much of the U.S. Family was very important to Bill and he worked extensively on his genealogy. He was proud of his ancestors. Bill was a storyteller about his ancestry and loved talking about his heritage, 42 California Cattleman October 2021
he had many students and friends that regularly came to practice working their dogs out in the pasture at his Morgan Hill ranch. He was a lifetime member of the Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association and sponsored a trial at the Santa Clara Fair for many years. Over the years as he and his late wife Mary raised their children, Gordon was a 4-H leader and FFA supporter. He used to host kindergarten field trips at the ranch, and he gave many sheep shearing demonstrations at his grandchildren's schools. For many years Gordon hauled sheep right into downtown San Jose so people could experience his amazing Border Collies at the "Bark in the Park." Gordon is survived by children: Terri Arduain, George Contival (Julie), Linda Lego, Peggy Hebert (Danny), Rosemary Feldman, Laura Rockwell (Sam), Gordon Contival Jr., Sandra Brisendine (Sandy was also his loving caregiver for eight years), and Rick Contival (Sherry). He was the proud grandparent to 19 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren. Gordon was predeceased by his older sister Georgette Fleisher and his wonderful wife Mary Catherine Contival. He and Mary enjoyed raising and showing sheep, being part of the Santa Clara County Fair and traveling for dog trials and family vacations that sometimes included children and grandchildren. Always the cowboy, he was quite a spectacle in Hawaii wearing his traditional cowboy hat, Hawaiian shirt, jeans shorts and of course cowboy boots. Gordon will be interned with Mary at their family plot in Burney. A memorial gathering will be planned for a future date. remembering details with ease. He was also a poet and wrote numerous poems for family and friends, once winning a talent contest on a Princess Cruise for his cowboy poetry. Bill was a longtime member of the Morgan Hill Lions Club. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, brother, brother-inlaw and friend and will be missed by many. He is survived by his loving wife Loreen Adams, his brothers Raymond Johnson (Sally) and Wallace Adams, sister Patricia Near, brother-in-law Robert Loftus, his daughters Melissa Dean (Mark), Rebecca Pasquinelli (Tim), and Sarah Simon (Joe), stepsons Eric (Ann) and Michael (Maya) Manning and his grandchildren Eliza, Eric (Rebekah), Evan and Ethan Dean, Michael Hobbs, Gabriella and Reece Pasquinelli, Brandon (Jessica), Morgan, Shea, Brady, Maysen, Dominic (Hannah) and Brayden Manning and great grandsons Ben Hobbs and Darien Manning, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Chet and Meda Adams, brother Walter Johnson and sister Winifred Baker. Bill valued his camaraderie with his fire department comrades and with his ranching friends. Those days were some of his best. Bill was quite the cowboy; roping, riding and the love of the land. Bill was an old soul and a man to be trusted. He still believed that a handshake was a bond. Bill fought the good fight against his cancer, multiple myeloma, for eight and a half years. He beat the odds and fought like he lived, with determination, strength, positivity and a "can do" non-complaining attitude. He gave it his all and fought right to the end, many times, that he had "a good run" and was so fortunate for his good and happy life and that he was able to do everything in his life that he set out to do. Bill has left us with a rich history, a legacy of love and large cowboy boots to fill!
James LeRoy Roeder passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 77 years old. Jim was born in Seymour, Ind. on April 23, 1944. He was the firstborn son of John and Eva Roeder. He attended Immanuel Lutheran grade school in Seymour, where he graduated as class valedictorian. He graduated from Seymour Senior High School in 1962. While in high school he earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He earned the honors of “Most Outstanding Athlete” in 1962, and “Most Outstanding Male Senior” in 1961 and 1962. Jim also won the South Central Academic Achievement Award in 1961. In basketball he was elected to the All-Regional and All-Semi State teams. In track he won the conference championship in 1962 for broad jump. His coaches nicknamed him “Cody” for his fast running ability. The nickname stayed with him throughout his life. After graduating from high school he attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. where he received a four-year athletic/academic scholarship. He was named the “Most Outstanding Defensive Player” for football in 1965. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1965 Jim married Babs Bailey, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. They had a successful marriage for more than 56 years. He attended the masters of business administration program at Indiana University after graduating from Wabash. In 1968 their daughter, Lisa, was born and in 1969 the three of them moved to California to the foothill town of Auburn, for a new job adventure with Arvin Industries. In 1971 their son, Brad, was born. In 1972 Jim embarked on a very successful business and legal career. While living in Auburn he was involved in Auburn Youth Soccer, Auburn Swim Team and Auburn Little League Baseball, where he served as president in these organizations. He graduated from McGeorge Law School in Sacramento in 1976. He practiced law as a private attorney until 1985, when he was appointed by Gov. Dukemejian to the Placer County Superior Court. He served in that capacity until 2005 when he retired from the law. Upon retirement Jim went back to his roots and passion for being around his horses and cattle in the Sierra Valley. Spending time in the saddle and time at the family cabin was where he was the happiest. When he retired he started the Roeder Cattle Company, which he continued to operate and enjoy until his death. Jim was involved in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as chairman of the National Grievance Review Committee. In 2019 he established the Roeder Athletic/Academic Scholarship at Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, Ind. Jim was a man of character, steadfast faith in God, a strong work ethic, wisdom, and a crushing handshake that would bring you to your knees. Jim is survived by his wife, Babs, daughter Lisa (Caine), son Brad (Keri), granddaughters Elizabeth Sussman and Makenzee Roeder. He is also survived by his brother Max (Connie) and nephews Scott, Jason and Brett Roeder along with their wives and children. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Plumas Sierra Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 693 Loyalton, CA 96118 or Hospice of the Foothills 11270 Rough and Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 or Jim and Babs Roeder Academic/Athletic Scholarship at Trinity Lutheran High School 7120 N. Co. Rd. 875 E. Seymour, IN 47274. A celebration of life was held Sept. 25 in Auburn.
wedding bells Toso & Adem
Gianna Toso and Uhuru Adem were married on Sept. 4 at the Veater Ranch in Coarsegold surrounded by family and friends. The bride, daughter of Tony and Danette Toso,, Hornitos, is employed as an enterprise account Toso representative for Agrian in Clovis. The groom, son of Liz Clarke, Granite Station, is employed by California State University, Fresno, as the rodeo team coach. The couple has made their home in Clovis.
NEW ARRIVALs AINSLEY MARTINEZ
Ainsley Isabella Martinez was welcomed to the world on July 27 by parents Joe and Callie Martinez, Martinez, Winters. Ainsley arrived weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 and one-quarter inches long. Grandparents are Kevin and Linda Borror, Borror, Gerber; and Francis and the late Tony Martinez. Great grandparents are Bill and Sandy Borror, Borror, Gerber and Jean Barton and the late Bill Barton, Red Bluff.
Chase and Kara Dougherty, Decatur, Texas, welcomed their first child, Calgary Holden Dougherty on September 2. Calgary tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 and one-quarter inches long. Grandparents are Kevin and June Kester, Kester, Parkfield and John and Lori Dougherty, Powell Butte, Ore.
Petersen & ComPany agricultural real estate Irrigated Pasture Potential
757± total acres. Shirley Creek runs through the ranch, making annual S.E.W.D water a great option for irrigated pasture. Corrals on north end & 2 solar powered wells supplying water troughs could make this an allstar cattle operation. Buy 2 parcels or all 4. $5,500 per Acre
408± Total Acres with Three Parcels 408± acres of range land along Highway 26 in Valley Springs. 3 parcels, including a residential lot. There is a reservoir and 2 windmills. Land is currently fenced for cattle. 2,880± sq. ft. shop offers plenty of storage for your tractors or feed. $4,771 per Acre Joe Petersen & Tyler Blagg ● (209) 368-8010 www.AgLand.org ● DRE #01489372
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M i d Va l l e y
Thank you for a tremendous sale season! Join us again in 2022!
31st annual Bull Sale Sept. 15, 2022 in Denair 5031 Jersey Island Rd • Oakley, CA 94561
BAR BAR KD KD RANCH RANCH Elevating Angus to Greater Horizons
Look for our “Distinctly Different” Angus bulls annually at Red Bluff and Modoc Bull Sales!
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CALL US FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TREATY CATTLE OR OUR ANNUAL BULL SALE!
1485 SW King Lane • Culver, OR 97734 Ranch: (541) 546-2547 Cell: (541)480-9340 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org visit us online at: www.barkdangusranch.com
Thank you to our 2021 bull buyers!
Annual Bull Sale: Sat., September 1, 2018 Female SaleSale: • Oct. 11,October Porterville Inaugural Female Mon., 15, 2018
VISIT US AT WWW.DONATIRANCH.COM!
916.712.3696 • 916.803.2685 email@example.com
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SEPT. 9, 2021 • WILLIAMS, CA
Tim & Marilyn Callison............................... Owners Chad Davis ..................................... 559 333 0362 Travis Coy ...................................... 559 392 8772 Justin Schmidt................................ 209 585 6533 Ranch Website ................. www.ezangusranch.com
• Calving Ease with Growth • CONTACT US ABOUT SEMEN FROM THESE IMPRESSIVE SIRES...
O’Connell Aviator 7727
Hoffman Bomber 8743
VDAR PF Churchhill 2825
VDAR Mirror Image 6207
SIRE: Musgrave Aviator MGS: R B Tour Of Duty 177
SIRE: VDAR Churchill 1063 MGS: VDAR Really Windy 4189
LOOK FOR US AT LEADING SALES IN 2021.
SIRE: Casino Bomber N33 MGS: S A V Final Answer 0035 SIRE: W R A Mirror Image T10 MGS: BCC Bushwacker 41-93
Nathan, Melissa & Kate Noah (208) 257-3686 • (208) 550-0531
Joe Sammis • (530) 397-3456 122 Angus Rd., Dorris, CA 96023
O’Connell ranch Gerber, CA
Call us about females available private treaty. Join us Sept. 9 for our annual Black Gold Bull Sale!
Scott & Shaleen Hogan
R (530) 200-1467 • (530) 227-8882
Join us October 9 for our Partners for Performance Female Sale Contact us for information on cattle available private treaty.
Registered Angus Cattle Call to see what we have to offer you!
Thank you 2021 bull buyers!
DAN & BARBARA O’CONNELL 3590 Brown Rd, Colusa CA (530) 458-4491
Celebrating Angus Tradition Since 1974
O’NEAL RANCH You can take to the bank! PERFORMANCE-TESTED EFFICIENT, QUALITY ANGUS BULLS NOW AVAILABLE!
— Since 1878—
“Thank you!” to our 2021 bull buyers! O’NEAL RANCH BULLS OFFER THE COMPLETE PACKAGE GROWTH • PERFORMANCE ADAPTABILITY • CARCASS Gary & Betsy Cardoza
(775) 691-1838 • firstname.lastname@example.org HONERANCH.COM
PO Box 40 • O’Neals, CA 93645 (559) 999-9510
Offering bulls at California’s top consignment sales! Call today about private treaty offerings!
RED RIVER FARMS 13750 West 10th Avenue Blythe, CA 92225 Office: 760-922-2617 Bob Mullion: 760-861-8366 Michael Mullion: 760-464-3906
Your ad could be here! Contact Matt Macfarlane at (916) 803-3113 for more information.
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Thank you to our 2021 “Generations of Performance” Bull Sale buyers!
Registered Hereford Cattle & Quarter Horses
thank you to our 2021 Buyers!
Annual Sale First Monday in March 42500 Salmon Creek Rd Baker City, OR 97814
Ranch: (541) 523-4401 Bob Harrell, Jr.: (541) 523-4322
CHAROLAIS Feedlot • Rice • Charolais 2015 AICA Seedstock Producer of the Year
Jerry & Sherry Maltby
A FAMILY TRADITION Angus and SimAngus Cattle John Teixeira: (805) 448-3859 Allan Teixeira: (805) 310-3353 Tom Hill: (541) 990-5479 www.teixeiracattleco.com | email@example.com
PO Box 760 Williams, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: (530) 681-5046 Office (530) 473-2830 www.brokenboxranch.com
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79337 Soto Lane Fort Rock, OR 97735 Ken 541.403.1044 | Jesse 541.810.2460 email@example.com | www.huffordherefords.com
THANK YOU TO OUR BULL SALE SUPPORTERS!
Contact Clinton Brightwell for assistance marketing or buying your Hereford Cattle! (417) 359-6893 OFFICE@VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM WWW.VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM
11500 N Ambassador Drive, Suite 410 | Kansas City, MO 64153 | (816) 842-3757 | firstname.lastname@example.org
MCPHEE RED ANGUIS
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CONTACT US FOR CATTLE AVAILABLE PRIVATE TREATY OFF THE RANCH
Oroville, CA LambertRanchHerefords.com
REGISTERED HEREFORD CATTLE
Call us today for information on private treaty bulls or females. 14298 N. Atkins Rd • Lodi, CA 95248 Nellie, Mike, Mary, Rita & Families Nellie (209) 727-3335 • Rita (209) 607-9719 website: www.mcpheeredangus.com
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 & 2021 BULL BUYERS FOR BELIEVING IN OUR PROGRAM!
“THE BRAND YOU CAN COUNT ON”
Call us about our upcoming consignments or private treaty cattle available off the ranch.
Chris Beck • 618-367-5397
BARRY, CARRIE & BAILEY MORRELL Barry: (530) 6825808 • Carrie: (530) 218-5507 Bailey (530) 519-5189 email@example.com 560 County Road 65, Willows CA 95988
P.W. GILLIBRAND Cattle Co.
Horned and Polled Hereford Genetics
Private treaty bulls available or watch for our consignments at Cal Poly! Dwight Joos Ranch Manager P.O. Box 1019 • Simi Valley, CA 93062 805-520-8731 x1115 • Mobile 805-428-9781 firstname.lastname@example.org Simi Valley, CA
LITTLE SHASTA RANCH
Genetics That Get Results! OMF EPIC E27
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Reliable products you are looking for with the dependable service you need.
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Vaccines Mineral Medicines Supplements ...and more! Antonia Old • (209) 769-7663
OFFERING HEREFORD BULLS BUILT FOR THE COMMERCIAL CATTLEMAN Bobby Mickelson (707) 396-7364
Jim Mickelson (707) 481-3440
P.O. Box 2689 • Petaluma, CA 94953
SPANISH RANCH Your Source for Brangus and Ultrablack Genetics in the West!
Premium Livestock Feeds “PERFORMANCE THROUGH WWW.BARALEINC.COM ADVANCED (888) 258-3333NUTRITION” • Williams, CA Matt Zappetini 526-0106 • Mineral Mixes with(530) Ranch Delivery • email@example.com • Hi Mag - Fly Control - Rumensin - Custom Mixes • Performance Through • Complete Feeds and Finish Mixes • Advanced Nutrition www.baraleinc.com • (888) 258-3333
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Williams, CA Matt Zappetini (530) 526-0106 email@example.com
Ranch Deliveries Available with our Truck and Forklift! We
also offer custom formulations to meet your sp
We oﬀer blends that contain: Molasses - Zinpro® Performance Minerals - Availa® 4 - Added Selen
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specializing in oil pipe • chain link • barb wire
(805) 649-1568 Lic # 773420 firstname.lastname@example.org
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SHOULD YOU ORDER THE ANAPLASMOSIS VACCINE?
Anaplasmosis is an infectious parasitic disease in cattle, spread primarily by ticks and blood sucking insects like mosquitoes. The killed anaplasmosis vaccine protects cows and bulls of any age from infection and requires a booster given 4 to 6 weeks after the initial vaccination. Find out below if you should order the vaccine!
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• A.I, CIDR & heat synchronization • Extensive experience • Willing to Travel • Well-versed in dairy & beef pedigrees
You don’t need it, but should still support the California Cattlemen’s Association
JORGE MENDOZA • (530) 519-2678 email@example.com 15880 Sexton Road, Escalon, CA
KNIPE LAND COMPANY
Lostine Timber Tract - OR
9,772± acres of timber and grazing land in Wallowa County. 2 1/2 Miles of Bear Creek frontage, some USFS frontage, great hunting and fishing, and the potential to yield 39 home sites at 240 acres each. $9,319,000
Jamieson Cattle Ranch - OR 346± acres has 277± acres irrigated, 3 pivots, sale yard, 2 feedlots with CAFOs, & pasture. 4 homes, 2 shops, crop storage and above ground fuel tanks are included. $4,999,000
(208) 345-3163 knipeland.com
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Do you own cattle?
3300 Longmire Drive• College Station, TX 77845 (800) 768-4066 • (979) 693-0388 fax: (979) 693-7994 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do they graze in areas where Anaplasmosis is a problem?
(Consult your local veterinarian to find out)
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Advertisers’ Index Western Video Market..........................................2
Farm Credit West................................................21
Freitas Rangeland Management........................34
Red River Farms..................................................45
Fresno State Ag Foundation...............................47
American Angus Association............................41
American Hereford Association........................46
Shelly Ellis Photography.....................................49
Animal Health International..............................47
Bar Ale Feeds........................................................47
Sonoma Mountain Herefords............................47
Bar KD Ranch......................................................44
Bar R Angus.........................................................44
Bovine Elite, LLC.................................................48
Broken Box Ranch...............................................46
Knipe Land Company.........................................48
Tehama Angus Ranch.........................................46
Buchanan Angus Ranch.....................................44
Lambert Ranch............................................... 3, 46
Teixeira Cattle Co................................................46
Little Shasta Ranch..............................................47
Thomas Angus Ranch...........................................9
Byrd Cattle Co......................................................44
Turlock Livestock Auction Yard..........................7
Cattlemen's Livestock Market............................23
McPhee Red Angus.............................................46
VF Red Angus......................................................46
Vintage Angus Ranch.................................. 46, 52
Conlin Supply Company, Inc.............................29
Noah's Angus Ranch...........................................45
CSU Chico College of Ag...................................47
Watkins Fence Company....................................48
Dal Porto Livestock.............................................44
West Wind Angus..................................................3
Dixie Valley Angus....................................... 44, 51
P.W. Gillibrand Cattle Co....................................47
Western Poly Pipe................................................39
Pacific Trace Mnerals..........................................47
Western Stockman's Market...............................31
EZ Angus Ranch..................................................44
Petersen & Company..........................................43
Wraith, Scarlett, Randolph Insurance...............33
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“PERFORMANCE, GROWTH & CARCASS GENETICS”
-Thank You ! TO ALL OF OUR 2021 ARELLANO BRAVO BULL SALE CUSTOMERS! We appreciate your faith in our program to build yours!
STERLING BOND 007
Sire: Poss Maverick • MGS: Poss Easy Impact 0119
Sire: Connealy Confidence Plus • MGS: SydGen CC & 7
Owned with Danny Poss, Poss Angus
Owned with Sexing Technologies
LOOKING FOR BREED LEADERS THAT WILL ADD POUNDS TO YOUR CALVES AT SALE TIME AND LONGEVITY TO YOUR COWHERD?
CONSIDER SEMEN FROM THESE AND OTHER DIXIE VALLEY ANGUS A.I. SIRES!
Lee Nobmann, owner • Morgon Patrick, managing partner
(530) 526-5920 • email@example.com www.dixievalleyangus.com • follow us on facebook!
PRIVATE TREATY BULLS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON THE RANCH
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THE BULL SALE
VINTAGE ANGUS WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR 2021 BULL BUYERS... 181 BULLS GROSSED $1,762,500 2021 “CARCASS MAKER” BULL SALE CUSTOMERS
Arellano Bravo Angus, Walnut Grove, CA Atwood Ranch, Kenwood, CA Manuel Becerra, Ceres, CA Bengard Ranches, Salinas, CA BJ Ranch, Catheys Valley, CA Black Creek Ranch, Danville, CA $M +62 Bradley Bros Cattle, Lincoln, CA $W +100 Brazil Cattle Co., Turlock, CA Robert Brunker, Oakdale, CA $F +119 Byrd Cattle Co., Waterford, CA $G +72 Centennial Livestock, Fresno, CA Christensen Angus Ranch, Okarche, OK $B +191 Costa Land & Cattle, Los Banos, CA Robert Cree, Waterford, CA $C +310 JW Dell’Orto, Mokelumne Hill, CA CED +14 | BW +0.7 | WW +99 | YW +177 | CW +81 | MARB +0.99| RE +01.10 Stan & Robin Dell’Orto, Mokelumne Hill, CA A special thank you to Arellano Bravo Angus, Walnut Grove, CA, for their $350,000 selection DGN Livestock, Stanfield, AZ of V A R Conclusion 0234, sired by KCF Bennett Summation, dam Sandpoint Blackbird 8809 John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA Alton Emery, Paso Robles, CA Faith Ranch, Modesto, CA Leisel Finley, Ione, CA Flying RJ Ranch, Live Oak, CA Kelly Fogarty, Oakdale, CA Jon Pedotti, Cambria, CA William Fogarty, Oakdale, CA Charles Perkins, Santa Barbara, CA P.O. BOX 582993 Mike Frey, Kingfisher, OK Mary Piasecki, Prather, CA ELK GROVE, CA 95757 Jody Fuller, Lemon Cove, CA Rancheria Land & Livestock, LLC, Wasco, CA ARELLANOBRAVOANGUS@GMAIL.COM Gina Gallo, Napa, CA Redfern Ranch, Dos Palos, CA OFFICE: (916) 686-1529 Gansberg Ranch, Markleeville, CA Roy Richards, Merced, CA Garlinger Cattle Co, Atascadero, CA RLB Cattle Co, Bakersfield, CA Ruman Ranch, Sloughhouse, CA Genex Cooperative Inc, Shawano, WI Santa Margarita Cattle Co., Santa Margarita, CA Gilliland Livestock Inc., Davis, CA Scribner Livestock, Paso Robles, CA Grigory Ranch, San Ardo, CA Select Sires Inc, Plain City, OH Grimmius Cattle, Hanford, CA Sun Up Enterprises, Turlock, CA Carl Hammond, Etna, CA Tharp Cattle Co., Naylor, MO Hoover Cattle Co., Moraga, CA Dennis Thomas, Mabank, TX Ryan Hopson, Crescent, OK Vestal Ranch LLC, McArthur, CA Jackson Land & Cattle, Livermore, CA Wagner Land & Cattle, Escalon, CA JLB Ranch, Fort Worth, TX Whittle Ranch, Altaville, CA Mackenzie Johnson, Montage, CA Williams Livestock, Buellton, CA Carol Kenyon, Empire, CA Kern Cattle LLC, San Jacinto, CA Ben Kimbler, Tollhouse, CA JIM COLEMAN, OWNER Leo Acquistapace, Santa Maria, CA DOUG WORTHINGTON, MANAGER A special thank you to Kern Cattle Co. for Lone Valley Ranch, San Luis Obispo, CA BRAD WORTHINGTON, OPERATIONS Maretti and Minetti, Guadalupe, CA their $50,000 selection of V A R Intimidator MIKE HALL, BULL SERVICES (805) 748-4717 Joe Murray, Oakdale, CA 2702 SCENIC BEND, MODESTO, CA 95355 0486, sired by ss enforcer E812, dam a full Old Stage Angus, Tipton, CA (209) 521-0537 sister to Alternative | Reg # 19824582 Overmier Cattle, San Audreas, CA WWW.VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM OFFICE@VINTAGEANGUSRANCH.COM Paul Righetti Ranch Company, Santa Maria, CA
REG #19697625 VAR CONCLUSION 0234
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