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Billy Flournoy, Likely FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

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by CCA First Vice President David Daley, Ph.D.

As we wind through the late days of summer, all of us in the cattle business in California are hopeful that the continuing press obsession predicting El Niño will return and lead to a wet winter is accurate. Frankly, I have never had a lot of faith in weather forecasters, so even though I am typically an optimist, I will believe it when I see it! I’m still making sure I have plenty of hay on hand. As I have had the pleasure to visit with members throughout the state, I have come to realize that many of you only know me as a Chico State professor of animal science in charge of the beef program. I have always thought of myself as a cattleman first and an educator second. Unless you are from my area, you are probably not aware that I run a pretty typical range cow-calf operation, relying on foothill winter feed on the east side of the Sacramento Valley and then moving cows to federal permits and private logging ground in the summer in the Plumas National Forest. My family came to Butte County in 1850 as immigrant miners from Ireland. They settled in the foothills east of Oroville on land where my folks still live. They survived as miners, loggers and cattlemen. Everyone was pretty diversified at that point, just to feed their families. Our earliest family diaries that we still have from 1880, record driving cattle up into Plumas County, long before there was a USFS or Taylor Grazing Act. We still take our cattle to the same land in the Sierra Nevada over 130 years later. The first official permit was finally issued to my Granddad in 1919. My kids are the sixth generation in a business that they truly love. All of my family were always cattlemen, loggers or teachers. By accident more than design, I chose two of the three professions! I remember growing up with the challenges of a revolving door of Forest Rangers, range cons, archaeologists, botanists, recreation specialists –and the list goes on. We always


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wondered what would happen next year and who would create an unworkable solution to a perceived problem. But we adapted and survived, changing practices when we had to, but staying focused for the long term. And, to be honest, most of those folks were reasonable if you were willing to work with them as well. This year, all permittees in the Plumas were hit with a 20 percent cut in AUMs – regardless of site specific range conditions. So we had to adapt. The decision was made unilaterally, even though most of our country was in pretty good shape. We run in a steep, timbered, browse range with little grass – cattle do well on a shrub called “sweet birch”– a ceanothus. Even in a very dry year, our mountain country gets 50 inches of rainfall. It is the watershed that is supposed to fill Lake Oroville. I have great respect for the generations who came before us in the cattle business in California. There is a lot of variability in how we run cows from Modoc to Imperial counties — and everything in between. But the consistent message is that we have always had issues, yet we have adapted and survived. Sometimes it seems that the challenges are insurmountable, but when I look to the demonstrated leadership of the past and the tremendously bright, committed young people I see in CCA’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee, I remain optimistic for the future of the cattle business. The sixth generation on the Daley Ranch is counting on it!

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SEPTEMBER 2015 Volume 98, Issue 8



BUNKHOUSE CCA welcomes new office administrator


YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 12 Cannabis vote comes to California HERD HEALTH CHECK 18 Preconditioning in your weaned calves PROGESSIVE PRODUCER Cooperative Extension keeps research working for you


BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD Beef export number in first half of 2015


COUNCIL COMMUNICATOR 62 Checkoff dollars influencing consumers at retail level FUTURE FOCUS Young cattlemen prepare for careers in industry


CCA publication recognized for excellence Ranchers working to feed hungry stomachs NCBA Summer Conference hits on hot topics CCA and PLF engage on WOTUS suit WVM marketing trends show what buyer wants Setting the course for sustainability Predicting carcass quality Dynamic duo in state legislature Secretary Vilsack pays ranchers visit Fieldmen are go-to guys for beed producers


Buyers’ Guide Obituaries and New Arrivals Advertisers Index


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This month’s cover features GB L1 Domino 177R, a horned Hereford bull born and raised at Pedretti Ranches in El Nido. As one of the top Hereford bulls in the country, he has the balance of EPDs that the folks at Pedretti Ranches prides themselves on. His impressive numbers tout light birthweight, above average weaning and yearling performance, high milk and carcass numbers for both rib eye area and marbling. Pedretti Ranches has sold an interest in this bull to both Hoffman Herefords in Nebraska and Cooper Herefords in Montana. He has been used by these breeders and many top registered hereford breeders across the country. Pedretti Ranches run both a spring-calving herd that calves in March and April as well as a fall-calving herd which welcomes new babies throughout September and October. Because of their breeding program, the Pedretti Family is able to offer different ages of bulls for sale throughout the year. Pedretti Ranches works tirelessly to raise quality performance bulls for commercial producers throughout the West. All bulls are raised and fed at the ranch and sold private treaty on a first-come-first-served basis. Performance data and EPDs are made available to customers to aid in the selection of bulls that will fit their needs. With more than 60 years in the Hereford seedstock business, improving the herd still remains a top priority for the Pedrettis who use only Line 1 Hereford bulls on their cows, whether they come out of their own herd from or are purchased from other top programs across the country. If you are looking for the heterosis, carcass and mothering ability offered by the Hereford breed, make sure you give Pedretti Ranches a call to see what they can do for you. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Gino Pedretti �������������������������������������������������������������������������209/756-1609 Mark St. Pierre ����������������������������������������������������������������������209/233-1406 Gino Pedretti Jr. ��������������������������������������������������������������������209/756-2088 Gino Pedretti III ������������������������������������������������������������������209/756-1612 Nick Brinlee ���������������������������������������������������������������������������209/233-1403 Justin Sandlin �������������������������������������������������������������������������209/233-1404 E-mail ���������������������������������������������������������

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BUNKHOUSE FROM THE LEGISLATURE TO LIVESTOCK Aggie Returns to Roots by CCA Office Administrator Jenna Chandler Hello, my name is Jenna, the newest staff member here at CCA. I couldn’t be happier to join such a great team and get back to my roots! I spent my childhood on the backs of horses; growing up in, what was then, the small town of Lincoln. It was there that I developed a love for watching things grow, from alfalfa to livestock. Those days running barefoot (sorry Dad) through the pastures and caring for all manner of animals, great and small, formed so much of who I am. There were so many things to learn and no shortage of work to help you learn them. You know as well as I do, the value of that “education” and what it means for your character. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It sparked my love of agriculture, and I didn’t look back. After high school I attended the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, where I majored in Animal Science and minored in English. While there I worked at the UC Davis Dairy in milk quality and herd management, as well as on a research study to reduce the stress of pigs during transport. I also spent some time

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working at the Hopkins Avian Facility, focusing on layers and broilers. After college, I turned my attention to a somewhat different area JENNA CHANDLER of interest; legislation. I worked for the California State Assembly under two members, serving the 33rd and 6th districts in varying capacities from communications, to constituent services and policy. At the Capitol I got to experience firsthand how important it is to have advocates for the industry there. Working for both rural and suburban districts, I got to see how complex issues like water, rangeland management, transportation and public health can be so challenging with competing interests. These opportunities were priceless and gave me the tools to help communicate our ranch story in a day and age where so few get to experience it themselves anymore. That is one of the biggest reasons I am so excited to join CCA, to help be a part of the puzzle, part of the solutions that mean the ranching way of life can sustain for generations to come. The transition over to CCA has been great. As ffice administrator I get to be involved in so many of the day to day operations that I feel like I have gotten to know the organization at lightning speed! One of the biggest things I am looking forward to is the annual CCA & CCW Convention in November. The office is in high gear, preparations are in full swing, and I am so excited to finally see everything in action. I have spoken to so many of you over the phone already and I can’t wait to meet you and hear about your operations in person! I am so thrilled to be getting back to my agricultural background in a professional capacity at CCA. I can finally combine both my education and legislative experience to help serve our members and the industry. Stay well and I hope to see meet your all at convention! Go CCA! Go Beef! And go UC Davis Ags!

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YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK NOT ALL ISSUES COME TO THE GOLDEN STATE FIRST Marijuana Vote Makes Its Way to California We’ve all likely heard the claim that what’s done in California first will at some point spread east—except when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. During the last election cycle, Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and all signs indicate that California voters will be given the chance to determine if we should follow in those states’ footsteps next year. Proponents of a statewide proposition to legalize recreational use of marijuana are already preparing language for the 2016 general election. Ranchers experience firsthand the impacts of illegal marijuana cultivation. Threats to public safety and immense environmental damage have confronted ranchers throughout California on both private and public lands. California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996 that authorized the use of medical marijuana. Most counties have authorized the issuance of medical marijuana cards to patients with a prescription, and some counties have promulgated regulations to control, and in some cases, limit cultivation. In preparation of a ballot measure next year, the California legislature is actively working this year to further regulate cultivation and production of marijuana. A series of bills have been introduced by legislators including both Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) who represent the “Emerald Triangle.” Both legislators recognize that lack of regulation on cultivation has caused environmental damage, water theft and a strain on resources for local law enforcement to shut down illegal grows. In addition to requiring environmental agencies to regulate cultivation, Assemblymember Wood’s bill, AB 243, also proposes, for the first time, to tax legal cultivations authorized under Proposition 215. Those tax revenues would provide funds to local and state law enforcement to go after illegal cultivators and clean up environmental damage that has been done to private and public lands. Under AB 243, counties will still have the authority to prohibit cultivation altogether. Additionally, AB 243 will develop a unique-identifier system for each plant that is

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legally cultivated and require that a legal distributer pay a tax per plant. AB 243 has advanced through the Assembly with bipartisan support and is awaiting approval in the Senate. California’s Proposition 215, numerous other states’ medical-marijuana laws and Colorado and Washington’s legalization of recreational use all fly in the face of federal law that still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance. President Obama directed the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to scale back federal enforcement for operations authorized under state law, however this is by no means a permanent fix, especially given that future presidents could reverse this policy. The waters are still muddy, and it will be absolutely necessary to address the conflict between state and federal law, regardless of what California voters decide to do next year. CCA members have adopted comprehensive policy directing staff to secure additional funding for local law enforcement to specifically target illegal marijuana cultivation, increase awareness of the environmental damage being done by illegal marijuana cultivation throughout the state and address the increase in crime and lawlessness that has escalated in our rural communities. CCA continues to advocate for these objectives to be met by our policy-makers in Sacramento. As the state prepares for a likely debate on legalizing recreational use next year, feel confident that CCA is working on your behalf to ensure that confronting the impacts of illegal drug operations remains the first and foremost priority in that discussion.

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selling 65 value-added angus Bulls

BW +1.6 WW +59 YW +105

At The Heritage Bull Sale, you will see consistent quality, outstanding performance, fertility, soundness and superior EPDs. With productive cows behind every bull, each is loaded with tremendous value. The 2015 offering features bulls by some of the breed’s leading sires listed at right. Selling long-yearlings and fall yearlings, including many heifer bulls!

DOB: 1/1/14




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BW +3.6

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WW +71 YW +124

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$W +64.41 $F +70.50 $G +39.75

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Rabobank says AS herd Rebuilding picks up, so does diversification FAR group Senior Analyst Sterling Liddell. “Although it will depend on The beef cow population in the United States is expected to grow by Liddell believes the addition of the factors such as exports and weather, over three million head in the next Corn Belt states and Dakotas to the I expect a total of 3.5 to 4 million three to five years. The economic conventional cow-calf areas will bring head more than the 2014 low of 29 signals for building/rebuilding the herd the U.S. cowherd back to pre-drought million beef cows. Of that total, 1.7 are clear, and in the next four to six levels. million head will come from newly years, the location of the U.S. cow herd “Once this repopulation is developed capacity in the central U.S. is going to look considerably different completed, the beef cow herd will – areas typically focused on row crop than it did before the 2011 drought, have returned to near 2011 levels,” says production.” according to a new report released in early August by the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group. The report, “Beef Cow Repopulation: The Case for Diversification,” is co-authored by Senior Rabobank FAR analysts Sterling Liddell and Don Close, and builds on research released in February 2015. It finds the geographic distribution of the U.S. cow-calf herd in the next four to six years will be more concentrated—shifting away from a dispersed population to one that is in areas not typically associated with heavy cow-calf production. This shift will create opportunity for new winners to emerge, and will challenge historical models of calf production, feeder acquisition and crop-producing businesses. “The initial growth phase will be relatively quick, and will flatten out,” says report co-author and Rabobank FAR group Senior Analyst Don Close. “We are going to see the process happen in two phases and in different geographies than we would have a few years ago. The excess capacity in the southwest and high plains will fill out first. Once that area has repopulated, It’s what’s on the inside that defines us. rebuilding will occur in the central You know it, and we know it. U.S. – mainly the Dakotas and into the Because we share the same values. Ingenuity, commitment, sense of pride… Corn Belt.” “The combination of the These are the values that built this country; repopulation in areas of the Southwest They are the values that built this company. and High Plains to conventional levels, plus the addition of confined and Ritchie, proud to be a partner semi-confined cow-calf units in the to the American Cattlemen since 1921 row crop producing regions of the central U.S. will lead to unified, central | Proud Sponsor of: states cowherd,” says Close. Report co-author and Rabobank 14 California Cattleman September 2015

a SaMPle oF the QUalIty oF PerForManCe-teSted, lonG-yearlInG anGUS BUllS SellInG SePteMBer 12 ...

Bravo Iron Mtn 4018

Bravo 2037 UPWard 4045

Sav Iron Mountain 8066 x Sav net Worth 4200

Crouthamel Upward 2037 x vermilion dateline 7078

ceD BW WW YW milk marB re $W $B +3 +3.5 +53 +97 +15 +.92 +.32 +27.13 +98.32

ceD BW WW YW milk marB re $W $B +8 +1.7 +54 +98 +26 +.34 +.43 +42.71 +92.95

Saturday, September 12

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Bravo Cavalry 4016

Connealy Cavalry 1149 x dPl In Focus e557 ceD BW WW YW milk marB re $W $B +7 +1.8 +61 +100 +21 +.58 +.36 +49.62 +105.22

Bravo Iron Mtn 4039

Sav Iron Mountain 8066 x Mytty In Focus ceD BW WW YW milk marB re $W $B +6 +2.1 +56 +98 +18 +.80 +.19 +36.02 +89.24

40 Head of angus Yearling Heifers

Sale Books Bravo daSh 4007

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Sitz dash 10277 x tC rito 416 Sale ManaGed By

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vdar really Windy 4097 x Bt right time 24J

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SILVEIRAS S SIS GQ 2353 Reg. 17322546

This past many times ROV Champion has one PHENOMENAL set of heifer calves selling! We are also selling one fancy, correct and powerful full sister!

EXAR CLOUDY GIRL 9719 Reg. 16256573

This powerful donor was the Champion Female at the 2010 Oklahoma Junior Angus Preview Show and the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo and Reserve Winter Calf Champion at the 2009 NAILE ROV Show. Her daughters are starting to garner purple as EXAR Cloudy Girl 3761 (pictured) was Reserve Champion Division VI Owned Junior Heifer at the 2014 NJAS. THIS DONOR SELLS!!!

sale manager

Matt Macfarlane (530) 633-4184 Fax (530) 633-4201 Cell (916) 803-3113

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SILVEIRAS SARAS DREAM 3345 Reg. 17564803

The 2015 National Western Super ROV Angus Show Reserve Champion Female. Selling an outstanding show prospect that is a maternal sister by Dameron First Class out of the great Saras Dream S609 donor. Pages could be written about the list of winners out of this famous cow.


The Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Female at the 2015 Western National Angus Futurity Western Regional Junior Show for David Schultz, Riverdale, CA. Selling a set of maternal sisters by the 2014 Denver Champion, DDA Dameron Northern Light. Class Winner National Junior Angus Bred and Owned Show for Davis Schultz, Riverdale, CA

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100 Lots of Quality Angus Genetics! OCTOBER 10, 2015 Selling Celebrating 41 years of Angus Tradition! 3 p.m. Firebaugh, CA

FEATURING: Our best set of Spring Show Heifer Prospects.....EVER! Spring bred cows and bred heifers as well as fall pairs, flushes, embryos and pregnancies from our elite donor lineup!

SILVEIRAS SARAS DREAM 4540 Reg. +18082267

SILVEIRAS ELBA 4538 Reg. +18080724

SILVEIRAS SARAS DREAM 4374 Reg. +17995332

SILVEIRAS WENDY 4535 Reg. +18084791

Calf Champion Division 1 Owned Show for Hannah Barrett, Dahlonega, GA.

Won Owned Summer Heifer Calf Champion at the 2015 Western Regional Junior Angus Show and class winner at the 2015 NJAS for Charlize Guess, Tulare, CA.

This lineup of females is the most powerful to date. The Silveira Bros. program has produced winners all across the United States. Come be with us for a great weekend of Angus cattle in California!

Class Winner at the NJAS for Sonny Guess, Tulare, CA.

Won Owned Late Heifer Calf Champion at the 2015 Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show by Evan Henning, Janesville, WI. Class Winner at 2015 NJAS.

Rick & Allison Blanchard (559) 217-1502 Darrell Silveira (559) 217-1504 Garrett Blanchard (559) 978-2778 Carole Silveira (559) 240-6004 Matt Leo, Herd Consultant (209) 587-5338 P.O. Box 37, Firebaugh, CA 93622 September 2015 California Cattleman 17



Adding value that can pay off through the feedlot from Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC In times of high cattle prices, it’s not uncommon for producers to want to capitalize on prices as quickly as possible. And, it’s no different for this year’s valuable calf crop. Producers are gearing up to cash in on their investment in producing and raising a healthy calf, but there are a few reasons to slow down and evaluate if this is the most profitable path. Could waiting a few months longer realize additional payoff? “Preconditioning calves is one way that a farm or ranch can really add value, whether those cattle are staying on the farm or moving into a stocker or feedlot scenario,” says Chris Forcherio, Ph.D., beef research manager at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center. “The producer implementing a preconditioning program may receive a higher premium, and no matter where the calf goes after that, the opportunity for improved health and performance should be adding value from that program.” Preconditioning, which commonly includes a vaccination, nutritional and management program to help calves through a stressful timeframe, can be an investment, but it can be an investment with potentially bigger payoffs down the road. Below are four reasons preconditioning makes ‘cents’: Improved health As many producers know, weaning can be a very stressful time for calves. Stress may cause them to go off feed, become immunocompromised and more susceptible to disease, or even result in death. “Calves that are preconditioned with an effective vaccination program and started on a high-quality nutrition program may be better equipped to handle this period of stress,” says Forcherio. Research shows that preconditioned calves may have a significant reduction in treatment costs, as much as $29.50 per head, as well as 3.1 percent lower mortality rate in comparison to non-preconditioned calves. Investing in animal health with preconditioning can help cattle get through a stressful period, meaning potentially less treatment cost and more calves down the road. Additional weight gain and increased feed efficiency Selling calves at a later date that have gone through a preconditioning program (45 days or more) will have added

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weight versus calves that are sold at weaning. Additionally, research shows that calves that have gone through preconditioning have 7.2 percent better feed efficiency. Another study shows that preconditioning can add up to $61 per head to the value of heifers or $11.04 per hundredweight to the initial weaning weight. Seasonal market payoff Preconditioning may provide an opportunity to sell calves in a more favorable market. In many instances, spring-born calves are weaned in October and are either sold at that point, or they are preconditioned to be marketed roughly 45 days later in November or December. Seasonal price indicators show that it may be more profitable to wait for higher prices in November or December, but that it varies based on market scenarios. “Market prices for cattle can really fluctuate, and it’s important to have a tabs on the market value at any given time, in comparison to what you’ll be investing in a preconditioning program,” says Forcherio. “Cattle producers should always have a goal in place before starting a program.” Management premium Despite the additional costs of vaccination and nutrition, research shows that conservatively, preconditioning may capture $50 to $75 per head of additional value.3 Whether you keep the set of calves on your operation for further development, or are looking to sell those calves to a stocker or feedlot operation, this added value can mean potential profit in the form of healthier animals and the resulting premiums. When considering a preconditioning program, there are several critical management elements to keep in mind. Make sure preconditioned calves are acquainted with feed bunks and water troughs. Fresh, clean water should be offered at all times. In addition, calves should be offered a high-quality, balanced diet with the appropriate amount of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins. A variety of Purina® Animal Nutrition products are available to help get preconditioned cattle off to a great start, including Accuration®, Precon® and Stress Care 5™ starters and supplements. These products are all part of the Purina Great Starts® calf feeding program, which allows the producer flexibility to meet the needs of their operation, all with the same goal of enhanced performance and profitability.

D R waylon b167

O’Connell ten x 4711

DOB: 7-26-2014

Sire: Baldridge Waylon W34 • Dam’s Sire: G A R New Design 5050 BW +.6

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YW +123 MILK +26

YW +109 MILK +22

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RE +1.05

RE +.84

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$W +54.16

$B +167.82

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D R black granite b202

DOB: 7-30-2014

Sire: Connealy Black Granite • Dam’s Sire: C R A Bextor 872 5205 608

O’Connell black granite 4712

DOB: 7-30-2014

Sire: Connealy Black Granite • Dam’s Sire: HARB Pendleton 765 J H

BW +1.5

BW +.9

WW +71

WW +71

YW +117 MILK +33

YW +124 MILK +30

MARB +.89

MARB +.66

RE +1.05

RE +.67

$W +88.87

$W +82.95 $B +148.31

$B +132.96

DOB: 7-29-2014

Sire: A A R Ten X 7008 S A • Dam’s Sire: G A R New Design 5050

reference SIRES Connealy Black Granite Baldridge Waylon W34 A A R Ten X 7008 SA

Connealy Confidence 0100 Rito 12E7 of 5F56 Sitz Top Game 561X

PA Fortitude 2500 Connealy In Focus 4925 Connealy Capitalist 028

Connealy Consensus 7229 Rito 9Q13 of Rita 5F56 Sydgen Trust 6228

VDAR Really Windy 4097 DFA Hero 6017 VDAR Black Cedar 8380 All bulls

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woodland, california colusa, california Septemberdan 2015 California Cattleman 19 carl & Heidi wulff > 916-417-4199 & Barbara o’connell > 530-632-4491

Thomas Angus Ranch Fall Female & Bull Sale

Thomas Ester 3759

Thomas Heiress 3679


CED +7 BW +1.1 WW +62 YW +108 Milk +22


CED +5 BW +1.6 WW +64 YW +110 Milk +20

MRB +1.00 RE +.93 $W +56.36 $F +60.55 $B +159.62

MRB +1.10 RE +.80 $W +56.77 $F +62.13 $B +150.31

Sire: Baldridge Waylon W34 • Dam: Thomas Ester 7256 MGS: GAR Predestined

Sire: Baldridge Waylon W34 • Dam: Thomas Heiress 9523 MGS: GAR Predestined

Due to calve 10/25/15 to Thomas Earnan 3984.

Due to calve 9/1/2015 to GAR Prophet 6128.

Thomas Lucy Rose 4292

Thomas Idoldee 4328


CED +8 BW +1.2 WW +58 YW +101 Milk +35


CED +5 BW +3.2 WW +63 YW +110 Milk +34

MRB +.88 RE +.47 $W +66.70 $F +45.24 $B +113.14

MRB +.93 RE +.58 $W +62.72 $F +47.29 $B +98.87

Sire: PA Power Tool 9108 • Dam: Thomas Lucy Rose 6361 MGS: Rito 1I2 of 2536 Rito 6I6

Sire: PA Power Tool 9108 • Dam: Thomas Idoldee 0049 MGS: SS Objective T510 0T26

Due to calve 3/7/2016 to Quaker Hill Firestorm 3PT1.

Due to calve 3/1/2016 to GAR Prophet 6128.

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Baker City, OR

Thomas Waylon 4733



250 Bulls & 200 Females MRB I+.78 RE I+.72 $W +70.16 $F +91.76 $B +179.32

CED +1 BW +2.8 WW +76 YW +132 Milk +30

Thomas Waylon 4804

Thomas Consensus 4830


CED -2 BW +3.8 WW +76 YW +130 Milk +22

MRB I+.99 RE I+.58 $W +67.99 $F +58.78 $B +120.83

Sire: Connealy Consensus 7229 • Dam: Thomas Eileen 8574 MGS: GAR Predestined

Thomas Dawn 11122


CED I-2 BW +3.7 WW +69 YW +130 Milk +32

Sire: Sitz Upward 307R • Dam: Thomas Dawn 6064 MGS: Bluegass New Design 205 SALE 131 Robin Ct. MANAGED Howell, MI 48855 BY: 517-546-6374


CED +2 BW +2.2 WW +67 YW +109 Milk +25

MRB I+.92 RE I+.78 $W +59.98 $F +94.59 $B +171.80

Sire: Baldridge Waylon W34 • Dam: Thomas Primrose 8949 MGS: TC Total 410

Females Will Sell Immediately Following Bulls

Sire: Baldridge Waylon W34 Dam: Thomas Carol 1636 MGS: Sitz Upward 307R

MRB +.34 RE +.95 $W +56.63 $F +92.21 $B +163.60

Due to calve 10/17/2015 to R/M Complete 2C70.

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STATEWIDE RESEARCH SPECIALISTS SERVE RANCHERS by California Beef Cattle Impovement Association Board Member Tracy Schohr This article is the first in a series of articles to showcase the individuals within the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) that serve as technical advisors to ranchers across the state and highlight their technical expertise. This first article will serve as an overview of Cooperative Extension and feature the statewide specialists that are housed at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). For over a century, UCCE has worked with local community members, including ranchers, to develop and provide science-based information to solve economic, agricultural production and natural resources issues. Today, there is a network of over 380 UCCE advisors and specialists located throughout California. These individuals serve as experts to media outlets, elected officials, public land managers and regulatory agencies. Healthy Animals The Animal Science Department at the UC Davis is home to UCCE Specialists that serve California’s ranchers and feedlot industry. The specialists cover a myriad issues concerning livestock production, nutrition and genetics. If you have questions regarding nutrition for your cattle, UCCE Specialist Peter Robinson, Ph.D., can be a resource. His research has focused on cattle nutritional management and developing ration evaluation software. Robinson has collaborated with county UCCE advisors to explore the ability to utilize rice straw as a livestock forage, along with studying the nutritional value of various other agricultural by products. A resource for beef cattle producers on genetic issues is Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. She focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her research is centered on animal genomics, biotechnology, genetic engineering and cattle breeding. Van Eenennaam’s current research projects include selection for cattle that are less susceptible to bovine respiratory disease, identifying fertility genetic markers in beef cattle and software to manage recessive genetic conditions in mating decisions.

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She is also looking at the use of applied reproductive technologies in beef cattle production, approaches to use precise genome editing in cattle breeding and a project to sequence and identify novel antigenic proteins in the bacteria that causes foothill abortion. Jim Oltjen, Ph.D., serves as the UCCE Animal Management Systems Specialist. During his tenure as a specialist he has worked on a variety of topics important to ranchers. Today, his primary focus is on building computer decision support software and strengthening the Beef Quality Assurance Program, along with developing standardized performance analysis for cattle and sheep ranches. The California Beef Cattle Improvement Association works closely with specialists Van Eenennaam and Oltjen who serve as advisors. Their unmatched efforts have brought international conferences, renowned technical seminars and workshops to California ranchers on topics centered on animal health and genetics. Most recently, Van Eenennaam hosted hundreds for the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference at UC Davis in August. Healthy Environments UC Davis is home to UCCE Specialists that serve California’s beef industry on environmental topics. These specialists work to address a board range of topics balancing prosperous livestock production operations, natural resources management objectives and creating healthy communities. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., is a UCCE Specialist focused on livestock systems air quality, along with quantification and mitigation of agricultural air pollutants. Mitloehner has conducted extensive research on air quality, specifically looking at dust emission and microbial sampling in feedlot settings. He also studies the impacts of heat stress on livestock and studies animal behavior. Mitloehner’s work aims to improve California’s air quality by identifying pollutant sources and mitigating air quality impairments. ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Extended-Release Injectable Parasiticide 5% Sterile Solution NADA 141-327, Approved by FDA for subcutaneous injection For the Treatment and Control of Internal and External Parasites of Cattle on Pasture with Persistent Effectiveness CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. INDICATIONS FOR USE LONGRANGE, when administered at the recommended dose volume of 1 mL per 110 lb (50 kg) body weight, is effective in the treatment and control of 20 species and stages of internal and external parasites of cattle: Gastrointestinal Roundworms Lungworms Dictyocaulus viviparus Bunostomum phlebotomum – Adults and L4 – Adults Cooperia oncophora – Adults and L 4

Cooperia punctata – Adults and L4 Cooperia surnabada – Adults and L4 Haemonchus placei – Adults Oesophagostomum radiatum – Adults Ostertagia lyrata – Adults Ostertagia ostertagi – Adults, L4, and inhibited L4 Trichostrongylus axei – Adults and L4 Trichostrongylus colubriformis – Adults Parasites Gastrointestinal Roundworms Bunostomum phlebotomum Cooperia oncophora Cooperia punctata Haemonchus placei Oesophagostomum radiatum Ostertagia lyrata Ostertagia ostertagi Trichostrongylus axei Lungworms Dictyocaulus viviparus

Grubs Hypoderma bovis

Mites Sarcoptes scabiei var. bovis

Durations of Persistent Effectiveness 150 days 100 days 100 days 120 days 120 days 120 days 120 days 100 days 150 days


+28 POUNDS AVERAGE Looks like our secret is out.

LONGRANGE averaged 0.28 lbs./day more Average Daily Gain (ADG)1 2.5 lbs.

Difference ADG 0.24*

2 lbs. 1.5 lbs.


Difference ADG 0.40 2.33 1.93


Difference ADG 0.30* 1.84


2.14 1.79

1 lb. .5 lb. 0 lb.

DECTOMAX/ivermectin Pour-on

Conventional Dewormers


All Study

*Statistically significant


DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin) should be given only by subcutaneous injection in front of the shoulder at the recommended dosage level of 1 mg eprinomectin per kg body weight (1 mL per 110 lb body weight). WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Withdrawal Periods and Residue Warnings Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 48 days of the last treatment. This drug product is not approved for use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Animal Safety Warnings and Precautions The product is likely to cause tissue damage at the site of injection, including possible granulomas and necrosis. These reactions have disappeared without treatment. Local tissue reaction may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Observe cattle for injection site reactions. If injection site reactions are suspected, consult your veterinarian. This product is not for intravenous or intramuscular use. Protect product from light. LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin) has been developed specifically for use in cattle only. This product should not be used in other animal species. When to Treat Cattle with Grubs LONGRANGE effectively controls all stages of cattle grubs. However, proper timing of treatment is important. For the most effective results, cattle should be treated as soon as possible after the end of the heel fly (warble fly) season. Environmental Hazards Not for use in cattle managed in feedlots or under intensive rotational grazing because the environmental impact has not been evaluated for these scenarios. Other Warnings: Underdosing and/or subtherapeutic concentrations of extendedrelease anthelmintic products may encourage the development of parasite resistance. It is recommended that parasite resistance be monitored following the use of any anthelmintic with the use of a fecal egg count reduction test program. TARGET ANIMAL SAFETY Clinical studies have demonstrated the wide margin of safety of LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin). Overdosing at 3 to 5 times the recommended dose resulted in a statistically significant reduction in average weight gain when compared to the group tested at label dose. Treatment-related lesions observed in most cattle administered the product included swelling, hyperemia, or necrosis in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin. The administration of LONGRANGE at 3 times the recommended therapeutic dose had no adverse reproductive effects on beef cows at all stages of breeding or pregnancy or on their calves. Not for use in bulls, as reproductive safety testing has not been conducted in males intended for breeding or actively breeding. Not for use in calves less than 3 months of age because safety testing has not been conducted in calves less than 3 months of age. STORAGE Store at 77° F (25° C) with excursions between 59° and 86° F (15° and 30° C). Protect from light. Made in Canada. Manufactured for Merial Limited, Duluth, GA, USA. ®LONGRANGE and the Cattle Head Logo are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2013 Merial. All rights reserved. 1050-2889-02, Rev. 05/2012

Comparing more than 15,000 head in nine states, stockers treated once for parasites with LONGRANGE gained an average of 28 lbs. more over DECTOMAX® (doramectin), CYDECTIN® (moxidectin), SAFE-GUARD® (fenbendazole) and ivermectin-treated cattle – even when used in combination over 103 days.1 And at today’s market prices, that adds up to an extra $56 per head. Not bad for around a $5 investment.

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Scan to watch video and enter, or go to IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not treat within 48 days of slaughter. Not for use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows, or in veal calves. Postinjection site damage (e.g., granulomas, necrosis) can occur. These reactions have disappeared without treatment.

®JOHN DEERE is a registered trademark, and ™GATOR is a trademark, of Deere & Company. Deere & Company neither sponsors nor endorses this promotion. ®LONGRANGE and the Cattle Head Logo are registered trademarks of Merial. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. ©2015 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. RUMIELR1455-B (01/15)

Difference ADG 0.28*

Thanks to LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin), parasite control will never be the same.

Available in 500 mL, 250 mL and 50 mL bottles. Administer subcutaneously at 1 mL/110 lbs.


Data on file at Merial.


Dependent upon parasite species, as referenced in FOI summary and LONGRANGE product label.


LONGRANGE product label.

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 UCCE also has Livestock Waste Management Specialist Deanne Meyer, Ph.D., whose research activities focus on current and future needs of livestock operators related to environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance and economic feasibility. Specifically she is looking at topics such as the interactions between manure management and utilization, along with water and air resources and dietary manipulation to reduce nutrient excretion. In 1995, in the midst of the development of the California Rangeland Water Quality Management Plan, UCCE hired two statewide specialists to assist ranchers on this topic. Ken Tate, Ph.D. and Rob Atwill, DVM, have been providing expertise on water quality issues important to ranchers for over two decades. Tate’s research focuses on water quality, riparian areas, rangeland restoration, mountain meadows and grazing management. He has assisted ranchers in providing factual data to determine access to public lands grazing leases and creating sustainable stocking rates. Tate has also collaborated on hundreds of research projects with other specialists across the west on rangeland management. Atwill’s most recent work focuses on wildlife and livestock contributions to water quality impairments. His research specialties include the study of waterborne zoonotic disease, best water quality management practices for livestock and agricultural producers, along with microbial food safety. Tate and Atwill are recognized as national and international leaders in the science and management of surface water quality of rangelands. Together, they have worked with private land owners, agency land managers and regulatory agency staff to understand the fate and transport of surface water pollutants and to implement practices that reduce these pollutants. Also, joining the UCCE team in 1995 and providing vital resources to ranchers is Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D. His research focus is on invasive weeds, where he has identified mechanisms to manage invasive species in California’s diverse landscape. DiTomaso has assisted local UCCE advisors to bring rangeland management tools to producers and has published numerous technical guides as a resource for rangelands managers to reduce species such as medusahead and starthistle. DiTomaso also researches topics such as sustainable food systems. Recently, two new statewide specialists joined this dynamic team to assist ranchers in California. Elise Gornish, Ph.D., and Leslie Roche, Ph.D., will bring a new generation of expertise to UCCE. Dr. Gornish began in January and Dr. Roche will officially begin her position in this month. Gornish kicked off her research in California in 2013 focusing on medusahead head and fire interaction on invasive species, including post-fire grazing. She has numerous long term trials underway that will provide key answers to rangeland managers. As the statewide specialists in restoration ecology, her focus includes invasive species management, grassland ecology, population ecology, climate change, grazing management and fire. 24 California Cattleman September 2015

This month, Roche will officially continue her tenure of working with California ranchers as the UCCE Specialist in Rangeland Management. She will continue to build on her research that looks at the effectiveness of adaptive grazing management to restore and enhance soil, plant, water and agricultural production services. Additionally, she will serve as a resource to ranchers and land managers on ecosystem management, soil, plant ecology and wildlife topics. “We are excited to see a growing team of specialists available to assist ranchers in California,” said CCA Executive Vice President Billy Gatlin. “The Cooperative Extension provides an unmatched technical capacity to assist our state’s ranchers and land managers. These specialists provide science-based solutions to improve livestock production and enhance California’s natural resources.” Resources For a century, there has been a growing network to provide technical information to local communities – connecting farmers and ranchers to land grant campuses. The importance of this network has never been greater than it is today. Ranchers are faced with managing rangelands that have undergone years of drought, responding to scrutiny on the environmental impacts of livestock production and are dealing with new regulations concerning the care of livestock. This article profiles only a few of the statewide specialists that work within a team of over 60 to address agricultural concerns across California. The UCCE specialists featured in their article work closely with their counter parts based at the county level serving as livestock and natural resource advisors. If you are facing challenges with your operation, the team of specialists, in cooperation with local advisors, that will be featured in future articles in this series are ready, willing and able to assist you in finding answers to your questions.

UCCE RESEARCH SPECIALISTS Rob Atwill, DVM (530) 754-2154

Jim Oltjen, Ph.D. (530) 752-5650

Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D. (530) 754-8715

Peter Robinson, Ph.D. (530) 754-7565

Elise Gornish, Ph.D. (530) 752-6314

Leslie Roche, Ph.D. 530-754-8988

Deanne Meyer, Ph.D. (530) 752-9391

Ken Tate, Ph.D. 530-754-8988

Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D. (530) 752-3936

Alison Van Eenennaam (530) 752-7942


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Most Improved from the California Cattlemen’ s Association Eighteen months after the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Officer Team made the decision to move all publishing and design duties of CCA’s official publication in-house for the first time in several decades, the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) recognized the California Cattleman with one of its highest honors, the James Flanagan Award for the Most Improved Publication. The award was announced at the final awards banquet of the Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., on July 28. In 1919, the California Cattleman became the official publication of the California Cattlemen’s Association. Since that time it has been a source of information that West Coast beef producers can count on to not only deliver news and information about how cattlemen and women can improve their bottom line, it has also been the sole source of infomation about rules, regulation and legislation that will impact family ranching and feedlot businesses in the Golden State. Just as with any business or

and Drovers. publication, over the decades the California Cattleman has changed LPC has become a vital driving publishers, editors, writers and force in the livestock publication advertisers. Despite changes in the industry, involving scholastic and publication, the one committment that governmental matters as well as CCA has always offered to its members maintaining a steady vigilance on its regarding this periodical is that it will members to aid them in improving be a quality magazine that readers and their publications esthetically, members of the association can rely financially and in content. Today the on. organization spans the species that “We were very pleased to hear of represent the livestock industry with the award recognition. It has been more than 100 livestock publications. a combined effort of a lot of individuals, but namely our small staff based in the Sacramento office,” said CCA President Billy Flournoy, a beef producer from Alturas. “The decision to move the magazine in-house not only made sense in terms of the experience our staff had, but it also made sense financially for our association. I think readers and members would agree the change has been positive. It is a product we can all be very proud of. This award is certainly a bonus.” First presented in 1988, the Flanagan Award was named for past president James Flanagan of the Florida Cattleman. He also initiated the Publications Contest and the Actiongram AGWIRED© newsletter. Past winners of the award including recognizable California Cattleman Managing Editor Stevie publications like BEEF Magazine, Ipsen accepts the James Flanagan Award from LPC Executive Director Diane Johnson. Beef Today, the Angus Beef Bulletin

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Applications being taken for Beef Industry Internships in D.C. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 1, 2015. NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, Kristina Butts, said this is a great opportunity for students with an interest in the beef industry and public policy. “The internship gives college students the opportunity to work alongside staff on a range of issues that impact U.S. cattlemen and women,” Butts said. “The internship is designed to work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill; to assist with NCBA and PLC’s regulatory efforts; and to work closely with the communications team.” Producer-led and consumer-

focused, NCBA is the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing America’s cattle producers. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing cattle and sheep ranchers that utilize federal lands. The organizations work hand-in-hand on many issues, sharing office space in the heart of the nation’s capital. Summer 2015 intern Chris Pudenz said the internship has been a great experience and has him considering job opportunities in D.C. in the future. “I’ve learned so much about policy issues that impact the beef industry in far-reaching ways: Country-of-Origin Labeling, the “waters of the United States” regulation, international trade agreements, the potential impact of foreign animal diseases, and many more,” said Pudenz, who is a junior at Hillsdale College studying economics.

“The work I do is always valued, and I know that I’m working alongside first-rate NCBA staff to help U.S. beef producers every day. Before this summer, I had no desire to work in a Congressional office, but now I’m seriously considering working on Capitol Hill after I graduate from college. I didn’t really know what to expect from this internship before I arrived in D.C., but looking back I can’t imagine having spent the summer any other way.” The full-time internship will begin Jan. 11, 2016 and end May 13, 2016. To apply, interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students should submit the application, college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume to More information about the NCBA public policy internship is available on www.


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earts elping feed the ungry

by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead


n the United States, one in six people struggle with hunger. Experiencing food insecurity because of price, availability or both, those 1 in 6 people don’t know where their next meal will come from. Maybe this has been you or maybe a neighbor or a friend. Regardless of how we are tied to hunger, we can all sever those ties by becoming a part of the solution to help stop hunger from spreading in our communities and throughout the world. September is hunger action month, declared by Feeding America, and represented by the color orange. In order to increase understanding surrounding the issue, CCA extends a sincere thank you to those seeking a solution by working to raise food for a growing population and participating in programs aiming to eliminate hunger.

Farmers Feeding the World Due to his heavy involvement in the beef industry, a friend suggested Jesse Larios, Brawley, be a part of the Farm Team program of Farmers Feeding the World, a special program of the Farm Journal Foundation dedicated to sustaining agriculture’s ability to meet the vital needs of a growing global population through education and empowerment. This program, in his friend’s opinion, was right up Larios’ alley. As an active and passionate rancher who takes great pride in raising protein for a growing population and who grew up experiencing hunger firsthand, Larios was the perfect fit for the program. Upon receiving the offer to join the movement, he jumped at the chance. Larios was in the second group of farmers who joined the effort, and since his induction into the program two years ago, he has served as the lead farmer in California. “It took me less than 60 seconds to decide that I wanted to be a part of Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World network,” Larios said. “It gives you that feeling that you want to tell your mother and grandmother about, because you are doing good.” The Farm Team provides a platform for conveying messages to decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and at home about solving hunger issues. The farmers and ranchers who make up the group, now representing 14 key agricultural states, travel to D.C. to meet with their states’ federal lawmakers and other key influencers as the need arises to review important topics related to the hunger crisis. 30 California Cattleman September 2015

CCA member Jese Larios, a cattle feeder from the Imperial Valley traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators to discuss important topics surrounding hunger. Here he is pictured with Rep. Juan Varga. (DCA).

Members of the Beef Community Working to Eliminate Hunger The farmers and ranchers who are a part of this program, Larios being one of two cattle feeders in the group, hold monthly conference calls to share information from their home states and collaborate with each other. They also receive updates on current hunger issues from the professional Farm Journal Foundation staff in Washington, D.C. Calling or meeting with elected officials is one of Larios’ favorite parts of the program. It gives him the chance to become more acquainted with his elected officials and to learn what they have in common with each other. Larios says he couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this group, because it makes his heart swell with pride. “I know that my grandmother, if she were still alive, would be proud of me,” Larios said. “She experienced hunger more than I would have liked her to, and she taught me tools to prevent me and my family from ever having to experience what she did.” For that, he is eternally grateful and uses his participation in this program as a pay-it-forward impact to help make a difference. The farmers and ranchers who are a part of Farmers Feeding the World all have a commonality between them: the desire to help eliminate hunger. They want to help influence key decision-makers and teach farmers across the world various techniques that will help them fight hunger and ultimately continue improving the lives of those who experience it throughout the world. “Through U.S. agricultural development programs, we are educating other farmers to help them expand on their own abilities to farm,” Larios said. “We are giving them the tools to achieve the greatest pride anyone can ever feel— providing food for their family.” Through education, the group aims to inform farmers across the globe how to grow their own food and eventually create an abundance to sell at local markets. Then they might ultimately become essential trading partners of the U.S., says Larios. Regardless of the size or location of their operation, U.S. farmers and ranchers strive each day to feed a growing population that is expected to increase by at least 2 billion people by 2050. Using the newest technologies that

efficiently use resources that would otherwise be discarded is no small feat, says Larios. Larios is proud to help produce an essential protein more efficiently, making it affordable for the consumer to put good food on their tables. Being surrounded by a great team that makes the country and the world a better place to live is enriching to Larios, and participating in Farmers Feeding the World helps him accomplish that. In the near future, Larios plans to build the California Farm Team for the Farm Journal Foundation. If you hold a passion for producing food for the greater good it provides while defeating world hunger, and would like to help convey that important message to influential people, this program is for you. Contact Jesse at if you are interested in becoming a part of the California Farm Team to help put an end to hunger and help share agriculture’s story.

Range to Table Recognizing a need within her community, Cheryl LaFranchi and her husband Frank Mongini, DVM, of Oak Ridge Angus, Calistoga, began a special project in 2011 to provide beef to a local food bank in Sonoma County. Generous people in the cattle community are abundant, but coming up with the cash to write a check for donations can be difficult during certain parts of the year, so LaFranchi says she and her husband came up with an alternative; an inkind donation, if you will. More like in-kindness. The couple has always enjoyed giving to various charities, and keeping their community close to their giving hearts, they thought of an idea several years ago that would assist others on a broader scale by collaborating with other ranchers to help those who don’t have enough food to eat or feed their families. “We thought, maybe we can do a little more,” LaFranchi said. “We had the resources to move forward with our idea, so we did, and it worked!” In 2011, LaFranchi and Mongini developed their idea into a program they named Range to Table, an effort that ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 September 2015 California Cattleman 31


Cheryl LaFranchi and Frank Mongini, DVM, work closely with the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County to help ranchers provide much-needed beef protein to families in need.

...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 takes cattle from generous donors and fellow ranchers, feeds them, processes them and donates the meat to a food bank that distributes the powerful protein, a food source many food banks across the country lack, to those experiencing food insecurity in their community. Between LaFranchi, Mongini and the Oak Ridge Angus Ranch, Stephanie Larson of the Sonoma County University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the Norgrove family of Bear Republic Brewing Company, local ranchers, Marin Sun Farms processing facility, Golden Gate Meat Company and Redwood Empire Food Bank, the project has been wildly successful and is currently in its fourth year. The Norgrove family, owners of Bear Republic Brewing Company, has been in partnership with Oak Ridge Angus Ranch for 19 years and was eager to become involved in the Range to Table program. Brewers grain, the byproduct of their business, is a nutrient-dense feed source for the cattle that end up on the ranch as part of the program. The biggest year the program has seen to-date was 2014, when LaFranchi and Mongini received 18 head to feed on their ranch. In total, about 30 local ranchers have donated an animal over the years that the program has existed. The cattle, of all varieties, are fed at Oak Ridge Angus Ranch for approximately one year until they weigh between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds, then they are sent to the processing facility. Since the program’s establishment, over 15,000 pounds of beef have been donated to the food bank, which helps serve the 82,000 people who visit the food bank each month. That’s Redwood Empire Food Bank Director, David Goodman, speaking with local cattle ranchers to encourage involvement in the Range to Table program.

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approximately one in six people in Sonoma County. Rather than cutting and wrapping each animal after harvest into individual retail cuts, the beef is ground and made into one-pound packages of hamburger patties and distributed to the food bank. The beef gives back to members of the community who may be living with food insecurity or have fallen on hard times. For example, last December Napa and Sonoma Counties saw storms that brought monstrous floods to the area and forced many people to take shelter away from their homes. The ground beef went to those shelters, which were housing people displaced by the storm and the damage it inflicted, to help feed those in need. Looking ahead, LaFranchi envisions the program growing up to 25 to 30 head per year with a title sponsor to purchase cattle going into the program, in addition to the donations the program receives from local ranchers. Achieving this goal would provide two head per month to the food bank on a consistent basis. Knowing the generosity and kindness of farmers and ranchers, the program is searching for cattle in order to continue providing good nutrition and increasing food availability for others. “We’re not asking for the best calf you’ve ever raised or the steer calf you bought on the video sale,” LaFranchi said. “If you’ve got a free-martin heifer or a twin that didn’t take to a cow, we will gladly accept them. We’ve even taken a jersey bull calf and a Holstein calf. Cattle that don’t fit in your load are the ideal candidates for our program.” There are several ways to become involved. If you’re ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 interested in donating a calf, contact Cheryl or Frank at (707) 292-1013 or contact Stephanie with UCCE at (707) 565-3443 if you have a cow to donate. Pick-up or delivery of a cow or calf can be arranged in Northern California.

Hunger U

together, we can put an end to hunger. With a large trailer with TVs mounted to its side showcasing the Global Food Insecurity Index, ranking countries from most food secure to most food insecure based on factors like affordability, availability and quality and food safety, our main goal was to initiate conversations that opened up the minds of those passing by. We had games, activities and prizes, but at the end of the day we were asking for their commitment to activate change in the hunger crisis any way they could. One of my favorite explanations of how something so small can make such a large impact to those wanting to make a difference was the idea of becoming aware of food waste. Awareness, though seemingly miniscule, is an action toward progress, too, and we reminded folks of that. In the U.S. we waste approximately 30 percent of the food we buy, which means that we purchase too much food at the grocery store and let it rot or expire or push it around on our plates until it gets cold and ends up in the trash. You can prevent this from happening by making a list before you go the store so you know exactly what and how much of something you need. Portioned purchasing has really helped me focus on reducing my personal food waste footprint, as I like to call it. Maybe this strategy can help you too. On the HungerU tour we handed out t-shirts that had the word “growl” spelled out in the shape of a stomach with duplicated letters arranged like the sound your stomach makes when you’re hungry. On the back it said, “All stomachs speak the same language,” making a profound conclusion about hunger. It doesn’t matter where hunger exists in the world. Hunger is an issue that knows no bounds, but we can all do our part to help stop it. Whether by growing or raising food, donating time or food to a local food bank, helping package meals to send to those in need or keeping ourselves aware of the issues, we can all play a part in the solution. We just have to take the first step to make a difference. To learn more about HungerU, the tours and their crewmembers since the tour I was a part of, visit www.

In the Fall of 2013, following my graduation from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, I embarked on a journey that would forever change my perspective on hunger and would eventually become a driving focus in my agricultural career. Prior to joining the staff of the California Cattlemen’s Association, I served as a crewmember of HungerU, a special project of the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World initiative. For the better part of three months, I joined two other young women from Michigan and Arizona as we traveled down the East Coast from New York to Florida, stopping at 19 college and university campuses along the way. At each stop we encouraged college students to take action against the worldwide hunger crisis and informed them about the role modern advancements in agriculture play as part of the solution. We spoke with students who were already creating change on their campuses and in their communities by organizing food drives, managing food kitchens for hungry students or participating in food In 2013, 15% of Californians were food insecure. That’s 5,731,740 people, waste programs. We spoke with foreign or 1 in 7. 25.1% of those people are children. That’s about 1 in 4 kids who exchange students who grew up in an wake up with their tummy’s growling. environment where hunger prevaled and listened as they shared their stories with According the 2014 Feeding America Hunger in America report, of the 46.5 us. Some of those stories were hard to million people in the U.S. its network of food banks serve: hear as the students shared the sacrifice their families experienced trying to get 69% of food insecure people had to choose between food and utilities food on their table or ways in which others 67% of food insecure people had to choose between food and transportation tried to do the same but failed. We spoke 66% of food insecure people had to choose between food and medical care with students involved in agriculture who 57% of food insecure people had to choose between food and housing were excited to help farmers and ranchers 31% of food insecure people had to choose between food and education continue producing more with less to provide for a growing population. We also Resources: spoke with students who had no idea how expansive the hunger crisis truly is in the U.S., in our own backyards. The opinions of students, staff and faculty alike, though diverse, unearthed one common goal: (Redwood Empire Food Bank) 34 California Cattleman September 2015


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SUMMER CONFERENCE ADDRESSES DIETARY GUIDELINES, WOTUS & TRADE Over 600 cattlemen and women gathered in Denver, in Brazil, these rules were pushed through without the Colo., this week to discuss the policy priorities for the necessary risk assessments and jeopardize the health of the cattle industry for the upcoming year. Throughout the domestic herd. NCBA will continue to work with Congress meeting, the various policy committees and the administration to ensure the reviewed expiring policies and discussed proper process is followed before proposed policy brought forward allowing inspection and exports from from the National Cattlemen’s Beef these areas with a history of Foot-andAssociation’s state affiliates. According Mouth Disease. to Philip Ellis, NCBA President and NCBA continues to work with the Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman, the state and federal governments to ensure leadership of the association renewed multiple use on public grazing lands. their dedication to the policy priorities Ranchers are closest to the lands and the for 2015. best stewards of the natural resources, “The Cattle Industry Summer ensuring productive use, maintaining open space and Conference is the time when our producer members are mitigating fire hazards. NCBA will continue to ensure these able to gather and tackle the business of the association,” uses are accounted for in future range management plans said Ellis. “From continuing and renewing current and expiring policy, to discussing and passing policy to tackle the and wildlife habitat decisions. upcoming and emerging issues, this is our chance to work together to ensure NCBA remains on the forefront representing our membership.” The Dietary Guidelines for Americans process continues with Congressional oversight. NCBA The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications members remain committed to working with the for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The annual administration and Congress to ensure the final W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National guidelines reflect the highest quality science and Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who the role of lean beef in a healthy diet. plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. Each The EPA has finalized their “waters of the $12,000 award recognizes superior achievement in academics and United States” rule, and NCBA’s membership leadership, and will allow graduate students to further their study in stands firmly opposed to this land grab by the fields that benefit the cattle and beef industry. administration. NCBA continues to work with “By helping to make my student loan debt much more manageable, the W.D. Farr Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my interests at law Congress to rein in the administration’s regulatory school so that I may become a great legal advocate for farmers and onslaught and has joined with other land use ranchers,” said 2014 scholarship recipient, Ariel Overstreet-Adkins. groups in litigation again the agency. “Knowing that my friends in the cattle industry support my efforts has NCBA members continue their strong been a constant source of encouragement in the face of a challenging support of trade, which adds value to our cattle and rigorous law school curriculum.” and returns over $350 for each head of cattle Adkins received the award during her final year of law school at the sold. With the passage of Trade Promotion University of Montana, where she focused her studies on property, land Authority, NCBA supports finalization and use, natural resource and water law. She said Farr’s legacy has set an example for others to aspire toward. passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership and other W.D. Farr was the first president of the National Cattlemen’s pending free trade agreements. With preferential Foundation, and served as president of the American National trade agreements currently in place, and other Cattlemen’s Association, which would later become the NCBA. His career countries actively negotiating, the United States spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform cannot afford to fall behind in this critical area. beef grading, water conservation and banking. While COOL has for many years been a cost To apply for the scholarship, graduate students planning to pursue a to the industry without benefit to producers or career in meat science or the beef industry should submit a cover letter, consumers, the NCBA urges the Senate to act curriculum vitae, a description of applicant’s goals and experience, a quickly in passing repeal language, following the statement of belief in the industry as well as a review of the applicant’s graduate research and three letters of recommendation. For more strong bi-partisan action in the House. information and to apply, visit Although USDA/APHIS finalized their import rules for Northern Argentina and a region


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LAUNCHING LEGAL ACTION Pacific Legal Foundation & CCA Team Up To Challenge Waters of the U.S. Rule by Pacific Legal Foundation Senior Staff Attorney Tony Francois Pacific Legal Foundation recently filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), to overturn a new federal regulation called the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, under which federal agencies will try to regulate vast areas by pretending that millions of acres of privately-owned dry land are actually the federal government’s water. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dishonestly described the WOTUS rule as a simple clarification of what water bodies are subject to federal permitting power under the Clean Water Act, an early 1970s federal environmental law intended to clean up rivers polluted with industrial waste. Along with requiring permits before releasing industrial pollution into rivers and lakes, the Clean Water Act also prohibits dumping truckloads of fill into navigable water bodies. The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved quickly beyond these common sense purposes to build a bureaucratic empire out of tyrannizing ordinary citizens and small landowners over the smallest

and least-obvious technicalities of the Clean Water Act. As part of this, the feds reinterpreted the scope of “navigable waters” under the Act to include far more than one would reasonably consider navigable, or even consider being water: drainage swales, vernal pools, small seasonal creeks, remote tributaries and small isolated water bodies. Some of these features hold water for as little as a few weeks a year, during big rain storms. As a result of this mission creep, a wide swath of upland activities, like homebuilding and road construction, fell under the power of federal permit writers, even when done miles from any water body that will float a boat. The feds have also redefined “filling” navigable waters in hyper-technical ways, to encompass just about anything more than dumping out a bucket of dirt. The net result is that if you smooth out a low spot on your ranch that fills with a few inches of water during the rainy season by scraping a few yards of dirt into it, the Army Corps of Engineers says you need its permission. A Clean Water Act permit to “fill navigable waters” is not like going to

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the county to pull a grading permit. The average application time is more than two years, at an average cost of over a quarter of a million dollars. Chump change to our money-noobject federal government, but out here in the real world, that is an absurd cost, in both time and money, just for permission to use your own land. But the time and money to get the permit are just the beginning. If you need one, an Army Corps permit requires you to mitigate impacts to “navigable waters” by preserving or restoring similar wetlands elsewhere, ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 at a ratio of three-to-one or greater. The Supreme Court of the United States has not looked kindly on this expansion of federal power. Congress’ power to legislate is limited to the specific powers enumerated in the Constitution; issuing extortionate land use permits is not one of them. In several cases, starting with Riverside Bayview Homes in 1985, the high court has emphasized that the federal government may not simply “follow the water” uphill from actually-navigable rivers through tributary networks to regulate more remote places. Riverside Bayview Homes allows the Corps of Engineers to require permits to fill wetlands that abut actually-navigable water ways, but acknowledges that the Army Corps regulations counterintuitively classify as “water” many areas commonly understood as “land,” and makes clear that there are limits to the Corps’ authority to do this. Then, in the 2001 decision in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), the Supreme Court held that the feds may not regulate isolated water bodies under the Clean Water Act. And most recently, in the 2006 Rapanos v. U.S. decision (in which PLF represented the successful challenger before the high court), the Supreme Court held that the feds may not regulate tributaries to navigable waters on the mere basis that they are tributaries. The feds response to these legal rulings has been to continue their push beyond the outer limits of


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he advent of video sales for beef cattle has provided cow-calf producers with a number of marketing opportunities beyond getting their cattle in front of a large set of buyers. The video sale representatives have an understanding of what buyers are looking for and work with consignors to consider implementing management practices that will bring better prices for their calves. Cow-calf producers have a myriad of choices to consider when developing a marketing plan. These include breeding decisions like, ‘What kind of bulls should I use?’ as well as management questions like, ‘Should I sell off the cow or wean for 30 days?’ Consigners also can choose to participate in preconditioning programs. Many producers manage their cattle to be sold in a specific market niche (i.e. WVM Natural). A recent study by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and Virginia Tech examined calf sale data from Western Video Market (WVM) from 1997 through 2013. The goal of the study was to estimate the effect on price received by calf producers for several market factors. Table A defines the parameters of cattle that were included in the study.

though the pooled data reflects the entire study period—it does not necessarily reflect a trend. Distance from Omaha, Nebraska Cattle from the western states bring less money than cattle in the Midwest. This is a function of the cost of freight to get cattle to where the majority of the major feed yards and processing plants are located in the Midwest. The pooled data notes a price discount of $0.71/cwt for each 100 miles from a video sale cattle delivery location to Omaha. For example, if cattle were shipped from Cottonwood, to Omaha, Neb. and the distance is approximately 1600 miles, cattle sold in Cottonwood could expect to receive $11.36/ cwt less for the identical cattle marketed from the Omaha area. Figure 1 notes the discount price trend by year over the study period. FIGURE 1. PRICE DISCOUNT PER 100 MILES FROM OMAHA




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Because of the price differential associated with western cattle, this study considers the location of the cattle when the analysis for management variables is done. Preconditioning Preconditioning in this study was defined as calves receiving vaccinations (including intranasal protection) for viral respiratory diseases (IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV). They received either two administrations of killed vaccine or one administration of a modified live product prior to shipment. Based on the trend data in this study, preconditioning appears to be a practice that cow-calf operators have embraced. Figure 2 outlines the percentage of cattle marketed across the study period that have received

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The pooled data notes producers receive a premium of $1.20/cwt across the study period for cattle marketed as WVM Natural. The year-by-year results are shown in Figure 5. FIGURE 5. 1999-2013 Premium for WVM Natural Calves

Over the 17-year study period the percentage of consignors that precondition their cattle has increased from about ten percent to over 90. The 1997-2013 pooled data notes a $1.89/cwt premium associated with this management practice. Using a 600 lb. calf as an example, buyers pay an $11.34 premium for this practice. Weaned more than 30 Days Many cow-calf producers wean their calves 30 days (or more) prior to shipping. Figure 3 notes the trend across the study period. FIGURE 3. PERCENT OF CATTLE SOLD WEANED MORE THAN 30 DAYS, LESS THAN 30 DAYS OR NOT WEANED PRIOR TO SHIPMENT

In 1997 fewer than five percent of calves sold were weaned more than 30 days. In 2013 over 40 percent were. Buyers have responded favorably to this practice as reflected by the $3.13/cwt premium that is paid for weaned cattle across the study period. Natural Cattle sold as WVM Natural can never have been implanted, fed ionophores or animal by-products nor received antibiotics. The percentage of consignors who market their calves as WVM Natural increased sharply through the early part of this study and then leveled off between 30 and 40 percent. Figure 4 outlines this trend.

When the data is considered by year, it shows that in 2011, 2012 and 2013 the premium was greater than $1.20/cwt. Conclusion The study results reported here show that premiums are available for some marketing efforts. However, figuring out how to best market calves requires a good working understanding of what buyers are paying a premium for and the costs associated with implementing that management practice. For example, if there is a predicted premium associated with weaning calves for 30 days of $18.78/head ($3.13/cwt) and the cost of providing additional feed for the animals was $20/head, weaning the calves for 30 days doesn’t make economic sense. Take the time to consider what management parameters buyers are interested in. Visit with your marketing representative and discuss different marking options that may fit into your ranch operation. They are buying and selling cattle every day and have experience with how other operations are implementing these practices. They also know the latest marketing trends. Read market reports and publications to keep updated on market conditions. It is important to realize that implementing just one practice will not necessarily equate to better prices. As a consignor, you need to put the various options in context. For example, if you make the decision to target natural programs, but don’t have a good vaccination program in place, any premium you may receive could be lost by cattle health problems. The most important factor associated with marketing your cattle is your ability to offer quality cattle consistently to your customers.. The authors acknowledge and thank Western Video Market for their efforts associated with this article.

FIGURE 4. Percent of Calves Sold as Western Video Market Natural, 1997-2013

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SCENES FROM WESTERN VIDEO MARKET’S ANNUAL JULY SALE For many California beef producers who market their cattle through the Western Video Market, based in Cottonwood, their biggest payday of the year comes during WVM’s annual summer sale in Reno, Nev. As such WVM’s largest event of the year is attended not just by buyers and consignors but also of by family, friends, seedstock suppliers, pharmaceutical

representatives, bankers and other well-wishers who enjoy seeing hard work pay off for these cattlemen and women. Pictured here are just a handful of folks who attended this year’s event July 13 through July 15. CCA extends a sincere congratulations to WVM and its consignors on another incredibly successful sale.

Col. Jake Parnell, Sacramento, and Col. Rick Machado, Shandon, work the microphones during the 2015 Reno event.

Col. Max Olviera, Turlock, takes bids as calves continue to bring record prices.

Col. Rick Machado announces lots as WVM Co-founder Col. John Rodgers, Visalia, takes the mic as auctioneer.

WVM Representative Donald Doverspike catches up with Riverbend Ranches’ Steve Harrison, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Angus breeders Bryce Borror, Tehama Angus Ranch, Gerber, and Tom Donati, Donati Ranches, Oroville, attended the sale.

Commercial cattleman Jerry Hemsted, Bengard Ranches, Cottonwood, pictured with Dave Thompson, Chiloquin, Ore.

Farm Credit West’s Megan Huber, Woodland talks with WVM consignor Dean Hunt, McKinleyville.

O’Neal Angus Ranch’s Betsy Cardoza, Madera, with Vintage Angus Ranch’s Doug Worthington, Modesto.

The annual auctioning off of a saddle benefitting Water for Life is one of the highlights of the annual WVM Consignor’s Dinner. Pictured are this year’s donors and buyers.

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Matt Macfarlane with the California Cattleman and M3 Marketing catches up with Bar R Angus’ Craig Reinhardt, Sloughhouse, and Gudel Cattle Co’s Kris Gudel, Wilton.

Pictured here are (L to R): Roger Porterfield, Dorris; Snyder Livestock’s Lucy Rechel, Yerington, Nev.; WVM Co-founder Ellington Peek, Cottonwood; and Tom Nonella, Klamath Falls, Ore.

State Climatologist says Do Not Count on El Niño to End Drought In mid-August, California State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued a statement to Californians warning them that the forecasted El Niño may not have the kind of moisture in store that would drastically improve California’s water depleted natural resources. “California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions,” Anderson said in his statement. “Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a wetter winter. Unfortunately, due to shifting climate patterns, we cannot even be that sure.” The current drought has resulted in observations of new, record-high temperatures and record low snowpack for California. Five of the lowest 10 snowpacks on record have occurred in the last decade, including the past four years. The seasonal snowpack is a key element to California’s water resources management, modulating winter precipitation into spring runoff for beneficial use through the dry summer. As California heads into a new water year (October

1 to September 30) with a potential fifth year of drought and expectations of El Niño impacts in play during the winter, questions mount on what can be expected of winter temperatures, precipitation and snowpack for California. Unfortunately, a historical look at past years with similar El Niño conditions as currently forecasted provide little guidance as to what California might expect this winter. Of the seven years since 1950 with similar ENSO signals (1958, 1966, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1992, and 1998) three were wet years, one was average and three were dry (with water year 1992 perpetuating a drought). Past years were cooler than the temperatures we are experiencing now which will impact the rain/snow boundary for any storms that materialize this winter. For more detail and information on the unpredictable nature of the El Niño phenomenon, visit: ENSO_handout4.pdf.


Attention: Yolo County Cattle Producers The Yolo County Cattlemen’s Association (YCCA) will be holding a vote to repeal the Modified Point of Origin (MPO) regulations currently in place in the Yolo County brand inspection area. Only cattle producers (beef and dairy) who are property taxpayers, lessees or residents of the MPO area are permitted to vote.

WHEN: Oct. 22, 2015 TIME: 4 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Esparto Fire Hall 16960 Yolo Ave. Esparto, CA

In order to proceed with amending California Code of Regulations (CCR), section 850, the proposal to repeal the regulation must be passed by two-thirds margin of those voting. Only one vote per family, partnership, corporation or other business entity. If you qualify to vote you should plan to attend. To read the code, Google search California Department of Food and Agricultural Code and scroll down to Sections 21111 through 21112.

USFWS Extends Deadline for Feedback New ESA Regulations On July 16, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a 60-day extension for comments regarding proposed new regulations for petitions to list species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The comments, originally due July 20, will now be due by September 18. Under the proposed rule, petitioners would be required to solicit information from state agencies (such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) for species which occur within the boundaries of those states before submitting listing or critical habitat designation petitions for those species to the USFWS. Additionally, the proposed rule would limit petitions to a single species. According to USFWS and NMFS, the proposed rule is intended “to improve the content and specificity of petitions and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petitions process to support species conservation.” Over the coming year, the agencies intend to release additional proposed regulations aimed at: (1) improving transparency and the quality of scientific peer-review; (2) incentivizing voluntary conservation efforts; (3) focusing resources to achieve better success; and (4) engaging the states in the listing process. CCA is in the process of carefully reviewing the newly proposed rules for ESA petitions, and will provide the USFWS and NMFS with comments on the proposal in advance of the Sept. 18 comment deadline. CCA will track the other proposed regulations the agencies intend to release throughout the year, as well. September 2015 California Cattleman 45

Charting the Course

U.S. Roundtable Sets Course for Countinuous Improvement

In March 2015, a group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) with a founding membership of 93 stakeholders. USRSB’s mission is to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in U.S. beef sustainability through leadership, innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Utilizing the definition for sustainable beef released by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), the USRSB will develop sustainability indicators relevant to the various beef systems in the United States, as well as a means to verify sustainable progress in a transparent manner that can be shared. Similar to GRSB, the USRSB will not mandate standards or verify the performance of individual beef value chain participants. “Research tells us American consumers are increasingly interested in the social, economic and environmental impacts of the beef they purchase,” said Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, vice president of Cargill Value Added Meats and chair of USRSB. “For the first time, the entire U.S. beef value chain, including representatives who raise cattle and produce, market and sell beef, in addition to representatives from the NGO community and allied businesses, are coming together to establish metrics and criteria that will be used to benchmark the present and help measure improvements in the sustainability of American beef going forward.” There are five membership constituency groups of USRSB -producers, allied industry, processors, retail and civil society. Membership responsibilities and requirements include supporting the vision, mission and work of USRSB; supporting and contributing to the outcomes of the working groups; providing leadership in

and from respective areas in the beef value chain; being a member of one of the five identified beef value chain constituencies; and paying annual membership dues. “The announcement regarding the formation of a U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is welcome news to GRSB and our membership,” stated Cameron Bruett, head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at JBS USA and past-president of GRSB. “The United States is a world leader in beef production and will play a key role in meeting the global challenge of feeding the world in a sustainable manner that allows future generations to thrive. With the establishments of regional multi-stakeholder beef sustainability roundtables in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Colombia and now, the United States, it is clear that the international commitment to sustainable beef enjoys tremendous momentum.” On July 14 and 15, more than 120 beef producers, retailers, foodservice operators, processors, academics, allied industry partners and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Denver for the first U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly meeting. Their common goal: continuously improving beef sustainability. The primary outcome of the two-day event was the alignment of members to five objectives: 1) the establishment of sustainability indicators; 2) development of a method to verify those indicators; 3) creation of a program philosophy for implementing sustainability objectives; 4) generation of field projects that prove sustainability concepts; and 5) establishment of goals for progress. “Cattle producers are committed to raising a sustainable, safe and nutritious product for consumers around the world,” said USRSB Chair-Elect John Butler, a Kansas cattle producer.

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“The USRSB allows everyone in the beef value chain to work together to positively shape the industry for future generations.” Throughout the two-day event, attendees reviewed sustainability efforts in the crop, dairy and potato industries, as well as results of beef sustainability pilot projects in Florida and Canada. The three USRSB working groups -- Indicators and Goals for Progress, Verification and Field Projects -- met to discuss their objectives, scope of work and next steps. USRSB members also voted to ratify the following Board of Directors during the business meeting: Allied: Mark Shaw, Micro Technologies; Jennie Hodgen, Merck Animal Health Civil Society: Nancy Labbe, World Wildlife Fund; Chad Ellis, Noble Foundation Processor: Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, Cargill (Chair); Cameron Bruett, JBS Producer: John Butler, Beef Marketing Group (Chair-Elect); Ben Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association Retail: Brittni Furrow, Walmart; Susan Forsell, McDonald’s Corporation Over the coming months, the USRSB hopes to grow membership and allow working groups to focus on development of their respective plans of work. Learn more at

Schafer Ranch • J/V Angus • Amador Angus SEPTEMBER 19



1 PM (PDT)


M i d Va l l e y



Offering a large selection of calving ease, performance, and carcass sires!

Amador 4246, (s) New Day 454, A negative bw epd bull whose performance and eye appeal make him a sale highlight!

J/V 441, (s) EXAR Upshot, A long-bodied, performanceoriented bull who boasts a $B index of over +150!

Schafer 1430, (s) Ingenuity, He’s a true performance bull with unprecedented carcass figures. $B is over +177!

Amador 4106, (s) Ten X, A sale highlight with a +73 ww epd and +135 yw epd combine for a $B of over +178!

J/V 427, (s) Upward 1006, a soft-made easy-moving prospect whose power will surely be found sale day!

Schafer 1431, (s) Limelight, A sale highlight that will definitely get attention with his +72 ww epd and +125 yw epd!

Large sire groups from the breed’s most proven curve benders!

Sired By Upshot • AAR Ten X • All In • Prophet Rito 9m25 • New Day 454 • Upward 1006 and more!

• All bulls are DNA tested with the

50K panel!

• All bulls have been performance tested! • All bulls have been fertility tested and are fully guaranteed! • A majority of the bulls are AI sired by breed-leading sires! • Selling a large percentage of calving-ease bulls! • Videos will be available on each bull. Call for more info!

for more information, contact any of these breeders

Greg and Louise Schafer 6986 County Rd 6 Orland, CA 95693 (h) 530-865-3706 (c) 209-988-6599

Ed and Josh Amador 5136 Laird Rd Modesto, CA 95358 Ed Cell 209-595-3056 Josh Cell 209-499-9182

Bill and Marie Traylor 844 Walnut Ln Winters, CA 95694 (h) 530-795-2161 (c) 530-304-2811

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Producers Invited to antibiotic workshop at UC Davis Oct. 6 The Farm Foundation NFP has organized a workshop targeted at stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals. The event is scheduled for Oct. 6, at Gladys Valley Hall in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, 1 Shields Ave., in Davis. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidances for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These actions mean some drugs will see label changes allowing only therapeutic uses, and veterinary oversight will be needed in the form of a veterinarian’s prescription for the drug, direct administration by a veterinarian, or a veterinary consultation on disease management protocols. This free workshop is targeted to pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers in California, Oregon, Washington and Western Nevada. Pre-registration is requested and can be done online at This is one of 12 regional workshops Farm Foundation will host across the nation in the next three months. The Oct. 6 workshop will include presentations by local producers, members of the local veterinary community and representatives from the regional feed industry. Officials from FDA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will also participate. A major part of the agenda is designated for producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to identify and discuss the management challenges ahead. The workshop is also an opportunity for other stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements. To gauge awareness of the changes being put in place by FDA on the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals, Farm Foundation NFP is asking stakeholders to complete a brief survey. The survey is also intended to learn more about the potential implications of these changes. The survey is open to all livestock producers, feed suppliers and veterinarians, whether or not you attend a workshop. To complete the survey visit: https://adayanatrial. Survey results will only be gathered and reported in the aggregate. Survey results will be shared with workshop participants. Farm Foundation will convene a national summit in late fall for farmers, ranchers, feed suppliers, veterinarians, academics and government agency staff to address the issues identified in the regional workshops. This will also be an opportunity to advance the conversation on the industry’s adaptation to the changing landscape of antimicrobial drug use. FDA’s GFI 209 and GFI 213 call on animal drug sponsors of approved medically-important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove production uses (i.e., to promote growth or improve feed efficiency) from their product labels, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products-to treat, control or prevent disease

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under the oversight of a veterinarian. Manufacturers of products containing these medically-important antimicrobial drugs have voluntarily agreed to submit changes to their product labels to comply with the GFIs no later than December 2016. FDA also revised the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to facilitate the increased veterinary oversight of medicated feeds called for by GFI 209 and 213. Successful adaptation to the policy changes is critical to public and animal health, ensuring consumer confidence in food safety and the future viability of animal agriculture in the United States. For more information, contact Sheldon Jones, Vice President Programs, Farm Foundation, NFP at sheldon@ or 630-601-4151 or Mary Thompson, Vice President Communications, Farm Foundation, NFPmary@ or 630-601-4152.

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Predicting Carcass Outcome

Zoetis test allows Angus producers to predict carcass quality from Zoetis Animal Health A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to affordably and accurately predict carcass quality (marbling), yield grades, grid merit and tenderness in a range of straightbred or crossbred British and Continental breed animals that are less than 75 percent Black Angus. This easy-to-use new tool, named PredicGEN™, evaluates key carcass traits to inform producer decisions regarding replacement females, sire assignment and value predictions for feeder and fed cattle certification and marketing programs. PredicGEN aids in the selection and mating of replacement females and the marketing of feeder and fed cattle progeny for traits driving USDA quality grade and yield grade, carcass value and consumer satisfaction. The tool gives producers the ability to better differentiate value among young breeding and feeding animals, providing a more timely yet affordable option to traditional carcass and tenderness data collection. “PredicGEN enables us to connect the beef supply chain, from cow-calf producer to consumer, by informing selection, breeding and marketing decisions,” says Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director of technical services at Zoetis. “Ultimately, PredicGEN enables more rapid across-breed improvement in carcass and consumer traits, better informs price discovery of feeder and fed cattle and at the same time supports consumer-eating satisfaction and associated beef demand.” As carcass grid merit continues to impact the value of fed cattle, the ability to transfer that value throughout the beef supply chain rewards cow-calf producers for improving carcass- and consumer-related traits, adds Andersen. By utilizing PredicGEN along with the selection of superior sires based on GE-EPDs, commercial cow-calf producers gain the insight to help ensure market-topping prices for feeder and fed cattle, Andersen says.

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PredicGEN was developed using data from more than 10,000 harvested animals with recorded carcass marbling scores, USDA yield grades and high density genotypes. External validation of PredicGEN was completed across a range of commercial feed yard conditions, revealing favorable associations between genomic predictions and expressed carcass performance. PredicGEN results are presented as easily interpreted scores ranging from 1 to 100, with 50 as the benchmark average amongst the Zoetis reference population, now consisting of roughly 20,000 tested animals. PredicGEN scores for individual traits as well as the carcass grid merit index can then be used in a variety of selection, breeding and marketing decisions. Practical applications of PredicGEN were demonstrated in a collaborative study between Zoetis, Gardiner Angus Ranch, Triangle H Grain and Cattle, and Top Dollar Angus1. A group of 104 commercial, mixed-continental breed heifers were evaluated using PredicGEN and found to have an average marbling prediction of 36 (14 points below average). The top two-thirds, based on predicted genetic merit for marbling (average score of 44), were retained and bred to two proven Gardiner Angus bulls in the top 1 percent of Dollar Beef ($B) ranking. The resulting progeny tested with PredicGEN had an average marbling score of 72 (22 points above average), graded 95 percent Choice and higher, and generated $113 in carcass grid premiums. The results of this trial illustrate the significant increase in carcass value created in one generation through use of superior sires combined with PredicGEN results to inform selection, mating and marketing decisions. PredicGEN is intended for use in straight-bred and crossbred British and Continental breed beef animals that are less than 75 Percent Black Angus and thus is not suited for GeneMax® tests offered through Angus Genetics, Inc. and Zoetis. Similar to PredicGEN, GeneMax® Focus™ includes predictions for marbling, sire matching and feedlot gain, but is distributed exclusively through Angus Genetics, Inc. for use in animals that are 75 percent or more Black Angus breed composition. GeneMax® Advantage is also for 75 percent and higher Black Angus replacement females and includes the full complement of maternal, feedlot and carcass trait predictions delivered as economic indexes and outlier reporting. PredicGEN is the latest addition to the Zoetis portfolio of genomic tools for beef cattle producers. Through their range of genomic products, Zoetis enables cattlemen to make more informed decisions regarding genetic advancement, resulting in competitive, profitable beef operations. To order tests and learn more about PredicGEN and how it can be used to help inform selection, mating and marketing decisions, contact a Zoetis representative or visit

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BRUIN 076E EARNAN 3303 • 10/28/13 REG 17874842

bw +3.3 ww +76 yw +125 m +26 mb +.59 rea +.75 $w 89.78 $b +141.67

T HURSDAY , S EPTEMBER 24 At the Circle R anch Headquar ters, Ione, CA Prime Rib Lunch at Noon • Sale at 1 pm Auctioneers: Rick Machado and John Rodgers


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SET SAIL SAN DIEGO Soak up some sun and new ideas for your operation! CATTLE INDUSTRY CONVENTION NCBA TRADE SHOW

January 27-29, 2016 San Diego, California


McPhee Red Angus As good as the best and better than the rest!


10: 30 A M • L UNC H AT N O ON • • B U L L S SEL L AT 1: 00 PM •


S ELLI N G • Bu lls • 65 Fall Year lings • Females • 30 Open Year ling Heifer s


Featuring the progeny of

BROWN COMMITMENT X7787 • He was a past sale highlight at RA Brown, TX. • Sired last year’s high selling bull to Alta Genetics for $25,000, McPhee Trophy 36 (reg# 1597069). • Sired all three high selling bulls in last year’s sale! • Moderate, powerful, and athletic! • His first females in production look fantastic!

Call or email for a catalog! For more information, go to www.

McPhee Red Angus Nellie, Mike, Mary, Rita & Families 14298 N. Atkins Rd • Lodi, CA 95240 Nellie (209) 727-3335 • Rita (209) 607-9719

Home of many champions! Including the 2015 Midland Bull Test High Indexing Red Angus!


FIRST-HALF OF YEAR SHOWS BEEF EXPORT VALUE STEADY, BUT VOLUME DOWN 10 PERCENT from the U.S. Meat Export Federation June export data, recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), reflected a challenging first half of 2015 for U.S. beef exports. Export volume in June was down 8 percent from a year ago to 96,716 metric tons (mt), while export value fell 9 percent to $578.9 million. This was the second consecutive month that export value fell below last year’s level, resulting in first-half value being steady with 2014’s pace at $3.26 billion. First-half volume was down 10 percent to 527,109 mt. “We were aware that beef exports would be facing obstacles in 2015, and that keeping pace with last year’s record performance would be difficult,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “The first-quarter slump was partially due to the West Coast port labor impasse, as well as intense competition from countries that continue to recognize opportunities in several markets. We were expecting to see a stronger rebound in the second quarter – and that did not materialize.” Seng added that, while marketing budgets remain flat, competitors are ramping up efforts to capture a larger share of the global beef market. Competition continues to be a major factor, along with a strong U.S. dollar that is providing a price advantage for several competitors with slumping currencies. Australian beef production was expected to decline in 2015 as the industry entered herd-rebuilding mode after several years of poor grazing conditions. But with disappointing rainfall in Australia and attractive slaughter cattle prices, beef production and exports remained recordlarge in Australia through the first half of the year – though some slowdown was seen in July. China is one of the few markets that never reopened to U.S. beef following the 2003 BSE case, and lack of access to China has become a major obstacle for U.S. beef, especially with competition intensifying in so many other markets. China’s beef imports were relatively small until 2012, but demand has soared over the past three years, with Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Argentina and Canada being the primary suppliers. Beef exports strong to Korea and Taiwan, but most markets lower yearover-year Beef exports to South Korea overcame a slow start in 2015, finishing the first half up 8 percent in volume (61,190 mt) and 12 percent in value ($423.7 million). June exports were the largest in more than two years at 12,622 mt (up 54 California Cattleman September 2015

30 percent) valued at $81.8 million (up 17 percent). “The Korean market could see a brief downturn in July, as economic activity slowed severely in June due to the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS),” Seng cautioned. “This had a very negative effect on hotel and restaurant traffic and caused a backup in beef inventories. But consumer activity has since recovered, so the impact of MERS on exports should be short-lived.” First-half beef exports to Taiwan were up 2 percent in volume (16,506 mt) and 13 percent in value ($150.5 million). June was an especially strong month, hitting a record volume of 4,185 mt (up 32 percent from a year ago) valued at $33 million (up 13 percent). Exports to Japan were down 2 percent from a year ago in both volume (109,010 mt) and value ($676.7 million) – a respectable performance considering the slow start to the year (due in part to port congestion, which slowed demand for chilled beef) and the tariff advantage now enjoyed by Australian beef following implementation of the JapanAustralia Economic Partnership Agreement. U.S. beef remains subject to a 38.5 percent tariff in Japan, while import tariffs on Australian chilled and frozen beef are now 31.5 percent and 28.5 percent, respectively. Other first-half results for U.S. beef exports included: • Exports to Mexico fell 7 percent in volume (108,112 mt) and 2 percent in value ($534.1 million) as the weakness of the peso versus the U.S. dollar has had a growing impact on beef demand in recent months. • The Hong Kong market began to slow near the end of 2014, and that trend continued in the first half of the year, with exports falling 18 percent in volume (59,045 mt) and 12 percent in value ($434.4 million). • Buoyed by strong demand in the Dominican Republic, exports to the Caribbean were up 3 percent in volume to 11,893 mt and 16 percent in value to $83.2 million. January-June beef exports accounted for 13 percent of total production and 10 percent for muscle cuts only (down from 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in the first half of last year). Export value averaged $291.70 per head of fed slaughter, up 7 percent year-over-year.


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Sire: EXAR Upshot 0562B Dam’s Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682 BW +1.2 • WW +59 • YW +105 • MILK +27 MARB +.61 • RE +1.10 • FAT +.031 • $B +134.19

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1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon minced garlic

1. Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef roast and 1/3 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn roast to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours, turning occasionally. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator. 2. Remove 1/4 cup of reserved marinade for ratatouille; set aside. Toss vegetables (except tomatoes) with remaining marinade. 3. Remove roast from marinade; discard marinade. Place roast in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals or over medium heat on preheated gas grill; arrange vegetables (except tomatoes) around roast. Grill roast, covered, 25 to 35 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill eggplant and bell peppers 7 to 11 minutes; zucchini and yellow squash 8 to 12 minutes (on gas grill, eggplant 6 to 8 minutes; bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash 7 to 11 minutes) or until tender, turning occasionally. 4. Remove roast when instant-read thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 10 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.) 5. Meanwhile, cut grilled vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Combine vegetables, tomatoes, basil and reserved 1/4 cup marinade in large bowl; toss to coat. Carve roast diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Season roast and ratatouille with salt and black pepper, as desired. Serve roast with ratatouille.

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Perfect Pairing Husband-Wife Team Tackle Tough Issues In Legislature by CCA Office Administrator Jenna Chandler


imilar to the savory combination of a medium rare filet and a perfectly-aged cabernet, it is hard to find a more perfectly-balanced match than husband and wife team Sen. Ted Gaines and his wife, Assemblymember Beth Gaines. But, just like beef and wine, just because the two complement one another doesn’t mean they don’t stand just fine on their own. With so many state legislators, 120 to be exact, and so much to do with your own operation, it can be hard to get to know your representatives. As strong supporters of agriculture and the western way of life, the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is highlighting this dynamic duo who call the rolling hills of El Dorado County home. In an area well known for its gold country history and its specialty crops such as apples, wine grapes and blueberries, both Gainses are extremely proud of the roots many multi-generational farmers and ranchers have planted in their own backyard. Ted and Beth Gaines are the parents of six children, five girls and one boy. County fair aficionados, you can often find the Gaineses checking out livestock at the Placer County Fair, eating corn dogs at the El Dorado County Fair or judging mutton busting at the Folsom Pro Rodeo. Agriculture is alive and well in their districts and one of the primary economic drivers there. Both lawmakers got their start in the insurance industry and still operate a thriving local insurance brokerage with the help of their daughter, Haley. This, in fact, was why they first became involved in politics. After facing the constant barrage of confusing state mandates and stifling regulations, they knew they wanted to do something about it. They wanted to stand up for the small family run businesses across California, the kind of businesses with just two employees like theirs, mom and pop. After some time in local politics as a county supervisor, Sen. Gaines was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006 and then the Senate in 2011. Beth Gaines was elected to the Assembly in 2011, succeeding 58 California Cattleman September 2015

her husband. They presently serve in the legislature together. Sen. Gaines currently represents California’s 1st Senate District. Including portions of the counties of Modoc, El Dorado, Alpine, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sierra. The 1st District is cow country and is one of the largest and most rural districts in the state. With such a farming-centric district, agriculture priorities top his list. Sen. Gaines has, in fact, long been a friend to cattlemen. In 2012, working alongside CCA, he echoed rancher’s concerns that the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (RWQCB) fecal coliform standards are impossibly-stringent, calling for the Board to relax those standards to conform to the higher limits allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other RWQCBs. Sen. Gaines has also been an ally in the fight against the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) proposed Grazing Regulatory Action Program (GRAP). At a GRAP listening session in Redding in January, he cautioned the SWRCB against imposing “regulations on grazing before really learning from ranchers about existing efforts to protect water quality on California rangelands,” and made it clear that a statewide regulatory program for grazing was ultimately unworkable. The north state senator was also an outspoken critic of the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to list the gray wolf as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act, recognizing that the decision greatly impaired the wolf management plan being developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with the input of diverse stakeholders, including CCA. One of his biggest battles to date has been with the hot button issue of the State Fire Prevention Fee. Given the rural geography of the 1st District, the majority of it is classified as a State Responsibility Area, therefore subject to the fee. Along with other rural regions of California, the passage of this bill into law in 2011 meant the addition of a new fee per habitable structure, including outbuildings,

on farms and ranches across the state. After an unsuccessful referendum and a 2012 legislative attempt at completely overturning the fee, this year Sen. Gaines’ legislation sought to chip away at it instead, this time by way of a payment extension in the event of a dispute. Instead of being charged a late fee for nonpayment of a fee that was in contention, Gaines’ bill would provide a grace period until the claim is settled. Transportation issues have also been an area of focus for the senator. Last year he introduced legislation to exempt farm vehicles from excessive DMV registration fees and this year he sought to lower transportation costs with a proposal to eliminate the California Air Resources Board’s tax on transportation fuels. As the other half of the power couple, Assemblymember Beth Gaines, also serves in the Legislature, representing the 6th Assembly District. Although a smaller and somewhat more urban district, she represents parts of El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer counties that have long been ranch land. “California is a huge component of the global food supply,” said Beth Gaines. “Whether they represent an urban or rural district, it is vital that legislators prioritize agriculture so that farmers and ranchers here can continue to feed not only our own families, but those across the country and around the world.” Through her tenure as a member, her legislation has focused on cutting through governmental red tape and reining in out-of-control state bureaucracies; the same bureaucracies and red tape that cost ranchers and small business owners alike, time and money to navigate. Labor regulations and American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) reform have topped her legislative list. Both Ted and Beth Gaines have also been allies in the contentious battle over California’s water. With the Senator as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Beth Gaines being a member of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, they are often the first to see some of the most hotly debated water legislation that comes down the line. Additionally, they have both been outspoken in the recent fight against new encroachments on decades old water rights and the state mandates on agricultural water use. Last year, Assemblywoman Gaines even authored AB 2619, a bill that would prioritize water for human use, including farming and ranching, over other, often political, non-critical uses. With actual, real world experience instead of just wellwritten talking points, Ted and Beth bring a family business,



common sense perspective to the important decisions that the legislature makes every day. Although not ranchers themselves, the Gaineses and ranchers go together about as well as, say, steak and potatoes. They are as strong of ally as any rancher would hope for in the legislature, not to mention they are the most accessible as elected representatives come. Next time you are in Sacramento, stop by and say hello, and extend a thank you to them for continuing to ensure that the state of California remains one of the best places to raise cattle.

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AES CattleWomen Fall Roundup Dinner & Dance When: Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m. Where: Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth $30 for adults and $15 for kids 17 and under. RSVP by October 1

Come kick up your heels and give back to the youth in Amador, El Dorado and Sacramento counties! Enjoy a night filled with old and new friends, delicious tri-tip dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music! All proceeds will go toward the AES CattleWomen scholarship fund to award students in the three counties who excel academically and extracurricularly and plan to enter into a career in the beef industry. To purchase tickets contact Jeannie Varozza at (530) 676-2598 or or a member of the AES CattleWomen.


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Benefit from heterosis without sacrificing carcass merit and customer satisfaction. 85% of a set of Purebred Brangus steers recently harvested received a Quality Grade of Choice or higher with 42% qualifying for CAB, while 100% reached the TENDER level on the Warner-Braztler Shear Force Test.

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® Enroflox 100 (enrofloxacin) 100 mg/mL Antimicrobial Injectable Solution

For Subcutaneous Use in Beef Cattle, Non-Lactating Dairy Cattle and Swine Only. Not for Use in Female Dairy Cattle 20 Months of Age or Older Or In Calves To Be Processed For Veal. Brief Summary: Before using Enroflox® 100, consult the product insert, a summary of which follows. CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Federal (U.S.A.) law prohibits the extra-label use of this drug in food-producing animals. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Each mL of Enroflox 100 contains 100 mg of enrofloxacin. Excipients are L-arginine base 200 mg, n-butyl alcohol 30 mg, benzyl alcohol (as a preservative) 20 mg and water for injection q.s. INDICATIONS: Cattle - Single-Dose Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle; and for the control of BRD in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle at high risk of developing BRD associated with M. haemolytica, P. multocida, H. somni and M. bovis. Cattle - Multiple-Day Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. Swine: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis. RESIDUE WARNINGS: Cattle: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Swine: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 5 days of receiving a single-injection dose. HUMAN WARNINGS: For use in animals only. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes. In case of dermal contact, wash skin with soap and water. Consult a physician if irritation persists following ocular or dermal exposures. Individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to quinolones should avoid this product. In humans, there is a risk of user photosensitization within a few hours after excessive exposure to quinolones. If excessive accidental exposure occurs, avoid direct sunlight. For customer service, to obtain a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or to report adverse reactions, call Norbrook at 1-866-591-5777. PRECAUTIONS: The effects of enrofloxacin on cattle or swine reproductive performance, pregnancy and lactation have not been adequately determined. The long-term effects on articular joint cartilage have not been determined in pigs above market weight. Subcutaneous injection can cause a transient local tissue reaction that may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Enroflox 100 contains different excipients than other enrofloxacin products. The safety and efficacy of this formulation in species other than cattle and swine have not been determined. Quinolone-class drugs should be used with caution in animals with known or suspected Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders. In such animals, quinolones have, in rare instances, been associated with CNS stimulation which may lead to convulsive seizures. Quinolone-class drugs have been shown to produce erosions of cartilage of weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species. See Animal Safety section for additional information. ADVERSE REACTIONS: No adverse reactions were observed during clinical trials. ANIMAL SAFETY: In cattle safety studies, clinical signs of depression, incoordination and muscle fasciculation were observed in calves when doses of 15 or 25 mg/kg were administered for 10 to 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, inappetance and incoordination were observed when a dose of 50 mg/kg was administered for 3 days. An injection site study conducted in feeder calves demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue and underlying muscle. In swine safety studies, incidental lameness of short duration was observed in all groups, including the saline-treated controls. Musculoskeletal stiffness was observed following the 15 and 25 mg/kg treatments with clinical signs appearing during the second week of treatment. Clinical signs of lameness improved after treatment ceased and most animals were clinically normal at necropsy. An injection site study conducted in pigs demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue. Norbrook Laboratories Limited, Newry, BT35 6PU, Co. Down, Northern Ireland I04 March 2015 The Norbrook logos and Enroflox® are registered trademarks of Norbrook Laboratories Limited.

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Single-Dose BRD Treatment & Control Same Active Ingredient & Dosing Regimen as Baytril速 100 Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Federal law prohibits the extra-label use of this drug in food-producing animals. Cattle intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Use with caution in animals with known or suspected CNS disorders. Observe label directions and withdrawal times. See product labeling for full product information.

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CBC aims to show consumers value of your product by California Beef Council Director of Producer Relations Jill Scofield Showcasing Beef’s Value for Retailers For decades, the California Beef Council’s (CBC’s) promotional partnerships with retailers large and small have provided various incentives for consumers to purchase beef, educated shoppers on beef choices and cooking methods and, more importantly, garnered impressive results in beef pounds moved, even amid climates of high food prices. These partnerships, which increasingly incorporate significant broadcast and digital media components as well as integrate other commodities or products that complement beef, are an important component of the CBC’s longstanding retail programs. However, the mutually beneficial connection with our retail partners doesn’t end there. The CBC and Beef Checkoff also work to offer retailers opportunities to learn more about effective ways to market and sell beef at the grocery store level, ensuring your product remains a cornerstone of their marketing and business strategies. In early June, the CBC joined National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) staff for a gathering of over 250 meat case managers, store managers and corporate leaders from Save Mart Supermarkets. The attendees were from over 100 Northern Nevada and Northern California store locations, and came together for a strategy session and roll-out of the retailer’s new Angus 43 beef line. The program featured an in-depth presentation from Laura Hinton, Strategic Account Manager from the

NCBA (and former CBC employee), which focused on the value that beef brings to their business, total cart ring and value of targeted millennial consumers shopping in their stores. Together with Hinton, the CBC’s Christie Van Egmond also offered Beef Checkoff retail resources to the grocery store and meat case managers in attendance. The gathering was so helpful to the retailers that the CBC and Checkoff staff have been asked by Save Mart to return for an additional regional meeting with store managers to help increase their understanding of beef and beef processes. The topic areas will include how beef is raised and processed, nutritional benefits of beef and details about cuts of beef and merchandising ideas. “It’s important that the CBC and Beef Checkoff are seen as valuable partners and resources for retailers throughout the state,” said Van Egmond, Director of Retail and Foodservice Marketing for the CBC. “Thanks to your checkoff investment over the years, we as an industry have amassed valuable research and information about consumer preferences, effective beef merchandising strategies and shopping habits. It only makes sense we work together to share these resources and help our retail partners successfully market beef to their shoppers.” Fighting Misperceptions By now, we are all tired of discussing, hearing about or thinking about the dreaded d-word. And with September upon us, here’s hoping for a much-anticipated return to rainy weather so we can start focusing on better, wetter times ahead. As California ranchers and beef producers are all too aware, drought has been at the forefront of business decisions for years – long before California residents began ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 64

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 62 com, and many others.” limiting their showers or letting their lawns turn brown. “This particular article,” Kassis notes, “has garnered Over the summer months, the severity of the drought 1,227,314 impressions with top reader click-throughs coming and its implications on consumers and California’s way of from online sources including NBC News, McClatchy/The life came to a forefront, with many throughout the state Sacramento Bee, MSNBC, TMZ and QPolitical.” seeming to finally grasp what those involved in agriculture You can find (and share) this and future stories on have realized for a long time – water has been increasingly scarce, and in order for us to produce the things we need, like California beef production at california-beef-council . food and fiber, we need to cut back on other areas of water consumption. Many in the agricultural community have come together Learn More About Your Checkoff to develop informational resources, place opinion pieces Download the CBC’s latest annual report at www.calbeef. in key California media outlets, and create fact sheets and org, or sign-up for a monthly Checkoff update by e-mailing talking points to help all of us stay on the same page in terms of defending our various industries and enlightening consumers on the truth behind water use in agriculture. As part of this communal effort, the CBC launched a series of online articles focusing on modern beef producers and Page 0 Estrayed Cattle in California the challenges they face. The first story, Holding 2nd 3rd Holding 2nd 3rd Brand 1st Loc. Brand 2nd Loc. Brand 3rd Loc. Location of Seizure Brand 1st Loc. Brand 2nd Loc. Brand 3rd Loc. Location of Seizure launched in mid-July, covered the drought LS - No Dixon, CA 95620 LH - No Madera, CA 93637 specifically and its impact on ranchers Earmark Earmark and beef producers. Mike Smith, of Case#: 14E-058 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 05/19/2014 Case#: 14E-057 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 05/27/2014 Harris Ranch and chair of the CBC, RH - No Ontario, CA RR - No Santa Ysabel, CA Earmark 91762-7482 Earmark 92070 and Parkfield rancher Kevin Kester, Case#: 14E-064A (9870) Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/05/2014 Case#: 14E-068A Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/13/2014 shared how the drought has changed RH - No Galt, CA 95632 LH Galt, CA 95632 Earmark Earmark the landscape for the California beef community and what’s being done about Case#: 14E-071 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/18/2014 Case#: 14E-069 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/18/2014 RH - No Los Banos, CA LS - No Los Banos, CA it. Earmark 93635 Earmark 93635 “We’ve been dealing with this historic Case#: 14E-070E Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/25/2014 Case#: 14E-070B Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/25/2014 drought for the past few years...since RR - No Los Banos, CA RS Byron, CA 94514 Earmark 93635 Earmark before California homeowners started Case#: 14E-070D Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/25/2014 Case#: 14E-072 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 06/30/2014 letting their lawns die,” Smith is quoted in LR McFarland, CA RH - No Earmark Earmark the article as saying. “Suddenly people are waking up to the severity of the drought Case#: 14E-081A Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 08/01/2014 Case#: 14E-074 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 07/14/2014 RR - No Vacaville, CA 95687 LH - No Phelan, CA 92371 and their first reaction is to point fingers. Earmark Earmark California agriculture seems to be a Case#: 14E-093 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 08/20/2014 Case#: 14E-094A Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 08/20/2014 favorite target.” LH - No Santa Ysabel, CA LR - No Santa Ysabel, CA Earmark 92070 Earmark 92070 Kester added, “We’ve had to reduce 1 1 Case#: 14E-096A Head Count: Date of Estray: 08/26/2014 Case#: 14E-096B Head Count: Date of Estray: 08/26/2014 our herd size significantly just to sustain RH Avenal, CA 93204 LH - No Felton, CA 95018 Earmark Earmark in this drought, and we’ll have to take more drastic measures if the drought Case#: 14E-103 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 09/06/2014 Case#: 14E-102 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 09/09/2014 LH Visalia, CA 93279 LH - No Tracy, CA 95304 continues.” The impact, he said, goes Earmark Earmark beyond just a smaller herd: it also means Case#: 14E-107A Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 09/10/2014 Case#: 14E-115A Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 09/15/2014 a loss of years of building up the genetics LS - No LH Porterville, CA 93257 RH - No Acampo, CA 95220 Earmark Earmark of his cattle. “Recovery from that-even Case#: 14E-113 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 10/03/2014 Case#: 14E-121A & B Head Count: 2 Date of Estray: 10/15/2014 with rainfall-will take years.” LR LH Tulelake, CA 96134 LR - No LH Scotts Valley, CA “This article was a first in a series Earmark Earmark 95066 designed to help educate consumers about Case#: 14E-140 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 11/21/2014 Case#: 14E-145 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 12/10/2014 RS - No Mira Loma, CA LH - No Moorpark, CA 93021 the realities of beef production,” said Earmark 91752 Earmark Annette Kassis, the CBC’s Director of Case#: 14E-144 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 12/15/2014 Case#: 15E-015C Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 02/25/2015 Consumer and Brand Marketing. “We are LH - No Moorpark, CA 93021 RH - No Visalia, CA 93291 Earmark Earmark launching these stories through a variety Case#: 15E-015D Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 02/25/2015 Case#: 15E-021 Head Count: 1 Date of Estray: 03/13/2015 of online resources to help broaden the reach. 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Secretary of Ag announces disaster relief while in California from the California Cattlemen’s Association In late June, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with local ranchers and CCA members in Sunol after announcing additional drought disaster relief for California. In a press conference before a ranch tour at the Koopmann Ranch in Sunol, the Secretary, along with Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, announced an additional $130 million in California drought aid as part of a partnership to restore forestland in California. In addition to the partnership, $13.7 million will be allocated to farmers and ranchers through the Natural Resource Conservation Services Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Drought-stricken communities will also have access to $6 million through Rural Development’s The roundtable discussion hosted by the Koopmann family featured Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Also “As several years of historic drought continue to plague pictured here are Carissa Koopmann-Rivers, Melinda Koopmann, parts of the Western United States, there is a significant Tim Koopmann, Natalie Jensen and Clayton Koopmann. opportunity and responsibility across federal, state and private Vilsack said when ranchers can be specific about lands to protect and improve the landscapes that generate how regulations impact them in a discussion with their our most critical water supplies,” said Vilsack. “Healthy representatives, those details help provide the best way for forests and meadows play a key role in ensuring water quality, them to address the concerns. The dialogue of the roundtable yield and reliability throughout the year. Looking beyond expressed the important need to keep the ranching business this particular drought, resources announced today will help and livelihood alive and well for many generations to come. us add resiliency to natural resource systems to cope with “The U.S. has the best farmers and ranchers in the world,” recurring drought and changing climate patterns.” Vilsack said. “If you’re the best baseball player in the world, The roundtable discussion and tour, hosted at the you get paid millions of dollars. If you’re a farmer or rancher, Koopmann Ranch in Sunol included about 20 local ranchers, you get criticized.” California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and Secretary Vilsack said the best way to get around the criticism that Vilsack. so many consumers place on farmers and ranchers is to share A wide variety of topics including water and drought, your stories. By sharing the hard work you do everyday there support of the next generation of the ranching community, concern about regulations placed on ranchers, and others is a greater chance of making the general public aware of were discussed with both Secretary Vilsack and Secretary what makes agriculture so special and they may gain a greater Ross. knowledge of where their food comes from, Vilsack said. 66 California Cattleman September 2015

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1,118 +/- acres. Only 50 minutes from San Francisco, the lands are USDA Certified Organic, producing Grass Fed Wagyu Beef Cattle. To the North, the land borders about two miles of the Estero Americano. To the South there are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. A ranch home within sounds of the ocean, barn, equipment garage, corrals, shop, natural spring ponds, reservoirs, quarry, & wildlife habitat. *Video Available on You Tube. Marin County, California $17,000,000

The 8,940±-acre Keene Ranch is located just 8 miles from Tehachapi, 2 hours from downtown Los Angeles, between Golden Hills and Bear Valley, making this a prime development opportunity. A cattle ranch with oak covered grasslands, pine trees, and year round springs. Equestrian ranch with amazing trails and beautiful valleys: a ranch teaming with wildlife, deer, elk, bear, quail, and more. *Video available on You Tube. Kern County, California $11,635,000 – Price Reduced!




3680 +/- acres, 19 parcels. Yosemite is just 25 miles away. Fenced/cross-fenced for livestock, with springs and ponds supplying year round water. Raise livestock, horse back riding, hiking, hunting, vineyards and of course gold mining. Located in the D-6 zone, hunt for trophy black tail deer and black bear as well as turkey, quail and doves and the golfer will be happy with several golfing choices! *Video available on You Tube. Mariposa County, California $4,999,000

This is your classic California winter grass ranch. 5101 deeded acres that usually runs 300 pair from November 15 to May 15. It is 21 miles from Red Bluff, CA and is currently in the Williamson act. The ranch sits at 1000 ft. elevation and rises to a high of 1520 ft. elevation. Miles of trails and beautiful scenery make the camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding fantastic experiences, all without ever leaving your own ranch! *Video available on You Tube. Tehama County, California $ 3,999,500

Organic alfalfa ranch located just outside of Dorris, CA. Certified Organic. 553 acres with 525 acres under irrigation. Four Reinke 3 wheel drive automated Pivots with phone link remote, 700 ton capacity pole barn, well w/new 300 HP Turbine, new pump, new 350 Hp VFD & all new electrical & power systems. Alfalfa, clover & rye planted in 2013 and 2014. Soil deep ripped & amended for high yield performance. Siskiyou County, California $3,900,000 – Price Reduced!

8,184 +/- deeded-acre property is located in Glenn County about 5 miles from Stonyford, CA. The ranch has 7 year round ponds and in the northern end of the property you have over one half mile of Briscoe Creek, a year round creek with trout. The headquarters has a great barn, shop, guest cottage and caretaker home. Runs 200 pair for the season or 100 pair year round. *Video available on You Tube. Glenn County, California $6,250,000




288 acres with 185 acres of irrigated cropland growing high altitude alfalfa hay. There are 3 wells, all tied together with underground mainline. Main home & 2 additional homes, hay barns, livestock barn, shop, equipment storage and several outbuildings. You can run about 50 pair for the summer in the east field, more or less depending on rainfall. Video available on YouTube. Shasta County, California $3,495,000

997 +/- acres with gorgeous custom home, immaculate equestrian facilities; 9 stall barn w/indoor arena, office, tack room, heated wash racks, guest apartment, shop, two more barns, shop/garage, manufactured home, outdoor arena, round pen, irrigated horse pastures and several dry lot turnouts w/ water, 3 large outdoor run in shelters, hundreds of acres to ride, & beautiful views of Mt. Shasta! Siskiyou County, California $2,990,000

This 1,989 +/- acre property is a classic recreational ranch located about 3 minutes from the town of Lodoga, and approximately 23 miles from Maxwell, CA. Just 145 miles from San Francisco. Eight ponds, six wells, 120’ x 60’ shop, barn, bunk houses, run 200 pair for season, great black tail deer, turkey and pig hunting. The property borders the East Park Reservoir known for its bass fishing and great boating. *Video Available on You Tube. Colusa County, California $2,900,000


SLO RECOGNIZES CATTLEMAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR The San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen’s Association and San Luis Obispo Cattlemen’s Association recogized their CattleWoman and Cattleman of the Year in July at the MidState Fair in Paso Robles. Lorraine Cagliero and Chuck Pritchard, both of Paso Robles, were honored for 2015. Cagliero has taken a family heritage with deep roots in the area and, through her work and dedication to ranching, community and family, grown a legacy for generations to come. She was born to a pioneer family west of Templeton, the daughter of Lawrence and Ruby Jespersen. As a young girl, her family had a Grade B Dairy on Los Osos Valley Road. In 1954, her dad and uncle purchased an alfalfa ranch north of Paso Robles and leased two other properties. Lorraine says, “Life was simple but good.” In 1956, the Cagliero Family purchased the ranch across the LORRAINE CAGLIERO road from the Jespersen’s. Five years later, in 1961, Lorraine married Pete Cagliero, and, “moved across the road.” In the following 40-plus years, she and Pete built a life around ranching and raising the three children they were blessed with: Dena, Jon and Phillip Cagliero. At the Cagliero Ranch, now known as the Slash C Ranch, they managed a cow/calf operation, grew alfalfa and harvested grain. In 1986, that they purchased 3,000 acres in Vineyard Canyon, which is known as the Vineyard Wildlife Ranch. The ranch produces alfalfa, grain and forage hay and has a cow/calf operation. The ranch also has a private hunting club - the Slash C Hunt Club. The ranch is historic, the friars from the San Miguel Mission planted the first vineyard in 1797 to provide wine for the communion at the Mission, which is how Vineyard Canyon got its name. The friars also made tile and Adobe bricks from the soil on the ranch. Cagliero has been a CattleWomen’s member for 37 years; served on Cuesta College Foundation Board; French Hospital Foundation Board, and has been involved in special projects at the San Miguel Mission. She has chaired and helped with many fourth grade field trips, fashion shows, beef cook-offs and fundraising projects. Lorraine and her husband Pete raised their children well in the ranching and farming tradition. Each of them (John, Phillip and Dena) raised 4-H beef and all three children graduated from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), as did their spouses (Samantha, Tracy and, son-in-law Steve Price). Pete passed away in 2004. The Slash C Ranch is now owned by their son, Jon Cagliero and his wife, Samantha. At the Vineyard Wildlife Ranch, Jon does all the farming and Phillip does the accounting. The ranching life is now being instilled in yet another generation. Lorraine has five grandchildren. Except for the youngest (who is not yet old enough to compete), they all have shown 4-H steers, heifers and lambs Lorraine says she, “Loves supporting the young people,” and indeed there has been a lot of support - the 68 California Cattleman September 2015

family has purchased animals at the Mid-State Fair Auction for more than 50 years — a tradition that continues. As might be expected of a true cattlewoman, Lorraine enjoys the Black Angus cattle, which she describes as “beautiful”; loves hosting the family’s annual cattle brandings and seeing all the grandchildren and family in the ring. They end the day with a barbecue — as she says it’s all about “neighbors helping neighbors.” She says that she is, “Very grateful to have made many wonderful friends through CattleWomen.” In recognizing Lorraine Cagliero as the 2015 CattleWoman of the Year, the CattleWomen’s Association says on behalf the organization, and all of San Luis Obispo County, that they have been fortunate and are grateful to have a friend and supporter in her. Chuck Pritchard was born to Stewart and Eleanor Wreden Pritchard and raised in San Francisco, but his family’s pioneer roots in the Carrisa Plains were stronger than his city birth certificate. He is a fourth generation rancher/ cattleman in San Luis Obispo County dating back to 1898 when his great-grandfather, Henry Wreden, purchased the CHUCK PRITCHARD 60,000 acre San Juan Ranch in an estate sale from the bank and county. His aunt’s family, the Sumners homesteaded in the Bitterwater Valley in the 1800’s and continued to purchase surrounding properties as they became available. Along with his wife of 55 years, Frances “Fran” Pritchard — the couple has raised four children — Craig, Don, Jeff and Paula — and have been very active in agricultural advocacy groups over the years in both support and leadership roles following the principle that as Chuck says, “when much is given, much is expected.” Chuck earned degrees in Farm Management and Animal Science, in June 1962, from Cal Poly. His life-long love of ranching began at the early age of three, when he would travel with his grandparents to spend vacations and summers with his uncle C.H. Wreden and aunt Lillian Sumner Wreden. When he was six, his grandmother bought a Morgan mare from Sandy Sumner to begin his riding experience — bareback, at first, then graduating to his granddad’s old Visalia saddle when he was big enough and had developed some balance. He started driving when he was five years of age sitting on his uncle’s lap and steering the 1935 Ford pickup truck. We’re told the truck survived without too much damage and no-one was apparently injured. In 1962, following graduation from Cal Poly, the Pritchards headed to the “Little San Juan Ranch”, a 8,200 acre dryland grain and cattle ranch (one-sixth of the old San Juan that had been divided in six separate ranches by the heirs upon the death of Henry Wreden I), where they were given the opportunity to lease the dry land farming portion of the operation of the ranch and began the building of the ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 70



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Districts, which he served as president; 1991 “Distinguished Service Award” California Soil and Water Conservation Society. The emphasis of the operation has been on resource management, both in the line of work in their ranch management and in pursuit of good range management concepts in their environmental endeavors, using cattle as a management tool, Chuck says, “Hopefully some of the efforts have been helpful in at least providing the ranchers perspective in the arena of ideas and maybe implementation of good resource management.” Acknowledging his many accomplishments, dedication and commitment to the cattle industry, his fellow cattlemen and women — in addition to his outstanding contributions to managing resources — it is clear why his cattlemen’s association peers have chosen Chuck Pritchard to be their 2015 Cattleman of the Year.

Pritchard family operation. Over the years it grew to include 6,000 acres of dry land grain farming and the start of the cattle operation with the purchase of the Angus herd from the “Alley” estate. In 1986, after several years of leasing, dry farming and grazing the Bitterwater Ranch, they purchased it and the Bitterwater Land and Cattle Company evolved as a family owned partnership by the six Pritchard partners, which it remains today. It is comprised of 8,500 acres owned and 1,500 acres managed by family members, run about 250 head of pairs and replacement heifers. All of the farming acres having been converted to grazing CRP. All of the family members have outside occupations, but are actively involved in the management and operation of the ranch as full partners Resource management has been of supreme importance and so, it follows, that Pritchard’s achievements have been recognized extensively by his peers and organizations over the years. He has worked tirelessly to bring people together to understand the issues important to agriculture to form comprehensive solutions and policy recommendations. A partial list of his services currently includes: California Association of Resource Conservation Districts; Board Member and Past President of Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Regional Conservation District; Council Chairman of the Grazing Lands LOT 89 Conservation Initiative; Range Management Advisory Committee to the State Board of Forestry; California Agricultural Leadership Alumni Association (1975 class); California Cattlemen’s Association (member and chair of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Public Lands Committee); California Farm Bureau Federation; San Luis Obispo County Ag Liaison Committee; Cooperative Extension Workgroup. In 1969, Pritchard was recognized POLY FINAL ANSWER 4000 by the Atascadero Junior Chamber of REG NO. 18031641 Commerce as the “Outstanding Young Farmer” and over a lifetime he has not only proven that his selection was correct, but it was followed by many local, state and national awards over the years including: the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Distinguished Service Award at its national conference for his service and achievements in establishing funding for private rangeland management; California Association of Resource Conservation Districts “Director of the Year Award” in 2006 for his lifelong achievement in resource conservation in the State of California; the California State KEELA RETALLICK-TRENNEPOHL Biodiversity Council 1998 “Biodiversity Beef Cattle Specialist Conservation Award for Outstanding Spirit (805) 756-2685 and Enthusiasm”; 1993 “Distinguished Leadership Award” by California Association of Resource Conservation 70 California Cattleman September 2015

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In The Field

It’s a labor of love for breed and publication representatives by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead and Managing Editor Stevie Ipsen

As traveling salesmen go, it’s not uncommon for an automobile to double as an office. Salesmen are known for burning the midnight oil and spending a great deal of time on the road. But in most industries, the job title of a “salesman” generally includes vacations, sick days and weekends off. In the beef business, someone long ago decided that the term “field man” was much better suited to breed and publication representatives, whose job it is to not just sell ads and represent a publication but to also lend advice, take pictures, evaluate cattle and teach about new trends and technologies, all while working plenty of nights, weekends and holidays. Another key difference between most traveling salesman and a beef industry fieldman is the love for what they do. It probably woudn’t be a long shot to say that many salesmen are not passionate about what they do. But it is fair to say that those in the beef industry do it because they love it and can’t imagine doing anything else. As the fall sale season officially gets underway, there are a handful of dedicated individuals who will be standing ringside at production sales, working as a liaison between buyer and seller, helping sell top dollar for seedstock producers and buying quality bulls for commercial cattlemen in California and other parts of the country. Three of the familiar faces that beef enthusiasts will see working ringside at auctions this fall are American Angus Association Regional Manager Terry Cotton, American Hereford Association Regional Manager Mark Holt and California Cattleman representative Matt Macfarlane. With more than 60 years of publication and ringside experience between the three of them, it is no wonder that their opinions are among some of the most respected in the beef industry and why both seedstock and commercial beef producers turn to them for advice on what to buy and what to sell. In his second stint as a regional manager, Terry Cotton says he started out more than 30 years ago representing California and the Pacific Northwest. At that TERRY COTTON 72 California Cattleman September 2015

time the American Angus Assocition, based in St. Joseph, Mo., had just purchased the Angus Journal and entered into the publising business. Having a great deal of sale ring experience, Cotton left the regional manager position to represent Angus Publications., Inc. (API) on a national scale, working sales in all areas of the U.S. “My most recent venture as a regional manager began in June 2014, when the association merged the public relations departent and API in to one Angus Media Center,” Cotton said, “I am thankful to the breeders for the warm reception since coming west once again. This is a wonderful region of the country to work in.” Cotton oversees the four Southwestern states - California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah – and is known for providing Angus producers nationwide with some of the best ringside help in the business. Mark Holt, who joined the Kansas City-based American Hereford Association (AHA) 12 years ago, says his job offers all that he expected it to and more. From a back ground as a high school agriculture instructor and Angus ranch manager to working for one of the country’s top semen suppliers – all jobs he enjoyed – Holt was eager to join AHA because it encompassed all the MARK HOLT things he already had a passion for; agriculture and breed improvement within the seedstock sector. “I knew there would be a lot of travel and I wouldn’t get rich, but I was excited for longterm career options that came with this position,” said Holt. “I was comfortable with the production side of my job and helping producers on the ranch, but what I didn’t expect was to enjoy the auction work as much as I do.” The job of a fieldman in representing both buyer and seller is an interesting one. Though it is the job of the ranch holding the sale to hire the fieldmen as ring staff, often times ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 74

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...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 72 interested buyers will trust ring help with buying decisions on their behalf. This is where Holt says reputation is paramount. “Both the seller and the buyer need to have confidence that I am doing what is in both their interests,” Holt said, “Buying bulls with someone else’s money is something that fieldmen take very seriously. We have an obilgation to work hard for cattlemen and women on both sides of the business deal. If anyone were to be treated unfairly, it is our neck on the line.” In the beef business it is not uncommon for competitors to also be friends. Such is the case for many regional managers and fieldmen. California Cattleman representative Matt Macfarlane is also fond of working ringside. Also owning his own marketing and sale management business while still working for the California Cattleman and representing the California Cattlemen’s Association means there is always a lot on his plate. “This time of year is extremely hectic, but at the same time I always look forward to this time of year,” says Macfarlane. “Not only do I get to spend all day working with people I enjoy and working MATT MACFARLANE with cattle, I also enjoy the other ringmen and auctioneers I work with. Though they are my competitors, some are my favorite people to be around.” In addition to being able to spot good bulls and take bids from ringside, fieldmen must also be equipped with background information about different breeds and how breeding decisions may impact a program’s production goals. Having been raised around a variety of breeds and seedstock opertions, Macfarlane says his experience helps guide customers toward decisions that will benefit their cowherd and bottomline. “From time to time, breeders will be looking to make a change and they reach out to experienced representatives who will give them sound advice on what breeds or kinds of genetics will work for them,” Macfarlane says. “Not only am I willing to help them, but I take it very personal in helping them make sound decisions. If I give them bad advice, they won’t be back.” For Macfarlane, who deals with all types of seedstock, he must always be a student of the industry so he is ready to relay any new information to customers. For Holt and Cotton, their knowledge is more centered on their respective associations, policies and breeds. “Breeders depend on regional managers to be their link to their association’s program and services,” Cotton said. “For example, the American Angus Association is a service organization for its members and with the advanced technology by which breeders select and market their Angus seedstock, we must be aware of the various platforms that suit each particular region.” Cotton says his favorite part of Angus business is the people, both the Angus breeders and the commercial cattlemen who utilize Angus genetics. 74 California Cattleman September 2015

“To see the advancement in both commercial and purebred sectors and the demand for their product give all of us the realization that our programs do work,” Cotton said. As for Holt, he says he has come to the realization that he is in more of a people business than a cattle business. “Obviously this line of work revolves around the cattle business, but it is more about working with different personalities, learning what matters to people and helping keep their needs met,” Holt said. Holt, who assists Hereford breeders in the seven western states, says breeders operate differently in all areas of the country but what separates California producers is their diversification. “Sure, we see beef producers who are diversified in terms of farming but in California, the majority of beef producers have some other kind of family business that is not necessarily agriculture related,” Holt explained. Cotton also noted a difference in California seedstock producers saying that they are quick to adapt to emerging technology that can benefit their operation. “I find that they latest technology in agriculture is utilized more in California that in any other region of the U.S. Beef producers on the West Coast are more willing to adapt to technology as it emerges and I think a lot of that is due to Californians willingness to grasp agriculture technology as a whole,” said Cotton. Holt echoed Cotton’s sentiments saying seedstock and even commercial breeders in California are typically more intense and leading edge. “Everything moves faster in California,” Holt laughed. Having been raised in several areas of the western U.S., Macfarlane is familiar with all types of beef producers and says he thinks several factors lead to California beef producers’ need to be innovative. “California seedstock producers are some of the most innovative and progressive in the business. All cattle producers in California face unique challenges and issues that put extra pressure on them to think outside the box and really make an extra effort to achieve profit in such a highly populated and highly regulated state,” Macfarlane said. “We also have a variety of programs here on the West Coast that seedstock producers are catering to, from more traditional markets like Harris Ranch or feedlots in the Northwest and Midwest, or to grass-fed and niche programs.” Regarless of what publication or breed association they represent, it seems the opportunity to see some of the most pristine ranches in the country and play a part in their success is what all fieldmen enjoy. Holt, Cotton and Macfarlane all agree that while California is faced with unique challenges in terms of beef production, producers here also face unprecedented opportunity. “I think in large, California is widely misunderstood,” Holt said. “Before my position with AHA, I didn’t know as much about California as I do today. Once you get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, some of the most amazing cow country can be found in California and the producers who are there are well aware of its advantages.” As sale season moves into high gear, these fieldmen say they are excited for what the upcoming months have in store. “Producers are retaining heifers and building back their herds, demand for beef is high and rain is in the forecast,” Macfarlane said, “From my standpoint, there couldn’t be a better time to be in the California beef business.”

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CCA Turns 100 in 2017 The California Cattlemen’s Association will kick off its 100th year with the 100th Annual California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) & California CattleWomen, Inc. (CCW) Convention in 2016. CCA staff is seeking CCA members who would like to serve on the 100 Year Committee to help prepare for the 100th Annual Convention and various other events throughout the landmark year. The first brainstorming call will take place prior to the 99th CCA and CCW Annual Convention this year in Sparks, Nev. before the committee meets in person in November at the convention. Another special project for the 100-year CCA anniversary includes a 100-year coffee table book. California ranching families who have been ranching in California for 100 years or more will be featured in the book. There will be more details on this project soon. To sign up to serve on the CCA 100-Year Committee or express interest in the 100-year coffee table book, please contact Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office at (916) 4440845 or via e-mail at no later than October 1.

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CALIFORNIA YOUTH MAKE BIG SHOWING IN TULSA From July 15 through July 18, 14 young California Angus enthusiasts and their families braved record temperatures and humidy during the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla., to demonstrate something they love best – exhibiting Angus cattle. Being no strangers to heat and hardwork, the impressive group of exhibitors were determined to accomplish what they set out to do at home, more than 1,500 miles away. From their showing their own stock to working together as a team, the California group made an impressive showing, to say the least. The team had many class winners and division champions. Perhaps the biggest win of the week came from Brentwood’s Dawson Dal Porto who, along with his heifer DPL Sandy 3105, won Reserve Grand Champion Female, one of the top awards given at NJAS. Because of the distance Californians generally have to travel to national shows, Californis not usually known for being represented by a large contingency of young producers. However small, it is important to note that while not large in exhibitor numbers, California still had nearly 50 individual animals entered in the show. In fact, the group of 14 showmen took home the Herdsman award for the 46-60 head category. What’s more is that they group also won Best Five Head and Best Owned Five Head. Other awards given to Californians during the week include Sydney Schnoor, Chowchilla, being recognized with her third consecutive girl’s Silver Pitcher Award for excellence in the showring. Macy Perry, Prather, was also elected to serve on the National Junior Angus Board of Directors. Californian Matt Leo, Snelling, was tasked with serving as a judge for the steer show at this year’s NJAS. Congratulations to this outstanding group of young beef leaders and exhibitors!

Dawson Dal Porto, Brentwood, and DPL Sandy 2105 took the title of Reserve Grand Champion Owned Female during the 2015 NJAS in Tulsa, Okla. 80 California Cattleman September 2015

OTHER 2015 NJAS CALIFORNIA WINNERS BRED & OWNED BULL CLASS 7 – Dawson Dal Porto, Brentwood, with DPL Cypress R57 BRED & OWNED BULL CLASS 9 – Matt Fenn, Waterford, with RW Custom 403 OWNED HEIFER CLASS 2 – Sonny Guess, Tulare, with Silveiras Elba 4538 OWNED HEIFER CLASS 10 – Sydney Schnoor, Chowchilla, with Dameron FR Sandy 4178 BRED & OWNED HEIFER CLASS 6 – Matt Fenn, Waterford, with RW Black Class 409 BRED & OWNED HEIFER CLASS 7 – Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, with SR SRF Lucy 950 OWNED JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 4 – Sydney Schnoor, Chowchilla with Seldom Rest BRME Bardot 890 OWNED JUNIOR RES. CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 4 – Tyler Coleman, Modesto, with Dameron Northern Miss 480 OWNED JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 5 – Shayne Myers, Colusa, with ECR 2604 Peg 4144 OWNED JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 7 – Tyler Coleman, Modesto, with SR CKF Wendy 4006 OWNED JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 1 – Tyler Coleman, Modesto, with DVF Lucy 4106 RES. OWNED INT. CHAMPION HEIFER DIVISION 2 – Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, with SRF S Sis Covergirl 934

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FUTURE FOCUS WORKING TOWARD A FUTURE IN THE BEEF INDUSTRY by Young Cattlemen’s Committee Chair Ashley Budde As summer comes to a close many of our Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC) members are returning to our California university and college campuses eager to start a new semester or quarter and inch closer to graduation. For those of us who recently graduated, we are excited for what is ahead of us as young agriculturists. Let’s take a look at how a few our members spent their summers. Patricia Thompson, Sacramento, is a recent graduate of California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and 20142015 president of the Fresno Young Cattlemen’s Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with a focus in livestock business management. She has since put her degree to the test during her internship with MWI Veterinary Supply as a sales intern in Northern California. “I have been traveling all over Northern California visiting PATRICIA THOMPSON different [veterinary] practices and helping them order supplies online and strengthening bonds with our customers,” Thompson said. As a former veterinary assistant herself, Thompson understands the need for a good working relationship between the supplier and customer. She has enjoyed her time working with the outside sales representatives in the Sacramento office and has learned a great deal from the practices she has had the opportunity to visit. Thompson hopes to continue working with MWI and aims to become part of their Northern California sales team. Alden Caldwell, San Luis Obispo, is a senior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in agriculture communications with a concentration in animal science and minoring in meat science. Caldwell spent her summer interning for Zoetis as a sales intern in the Pacific Northwest and California. She ALDEN CALDWELL enjoyed meeting and speaking with 82 California Cattleman September 2015

producers about the benefits of genetics testing. “This internship offered me the opportunity to assist in feeding the world,” Caldwell said. She provided information about Zoetis’s HD 50K and new i50K programs for purebred Red and Black Angus herds as well as the GeneMax Advantage test for commercial heifers. Her goal for this summer included targeting smaller and new producers who can benefit greatly from the use of genetic testing. As a native Oregonian, Caldwell enjoys being able to talk to producers about the benefits of genetic testing and how it can help producers greatly enhance the genetic potential and profitability of their herds. Caldwell has had numerous opportunities to travel with Zoetis and the sales team she worked with. She says her most exciting trip was to watch American Pharoah race in the Kentucky Derby! I myself am finishing up my seven-month internship with Harris Feeding Company, Coalinga. I have not only enjoyed my time in Coalinga, but I have taken away a wealth of knowledge from the great team of individuals here at the feedlot. I am a fresh graduate of Fresno State majoring in animal science with an ASHLEY BUDDE emphasis in livestock business management. During my internship, I worked closely with the mill supervisors to learn how day-to-day operations run at the largest feedyard on the West Coast. I also spent much of the early part of my internship learning to operate the continuous blending system that is one of the last in operation. I also made the decision to continue my higher education and attend graduate school in the Midwest. I will be pursuing a Masters degree in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis in feedlot cattle. As the school year takes off, the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee is very excited to see the new and familiar faces as we make our state-wide tour of our chapters to share about the opportunities YCC affords members. Check in for updates on our YCC Facebook page and always, please share your experiences with us so we can feature you in our blog and in this column.

2015 California Cattleman Writing contest Winners recieve cash prizes and chance to be published in this magazine!

2015 Writing Topics The best kind of mama cow The most important product evolution in the beef industy in the past 25 years Why consumers should feel good about eating beef In the next 10 years, what will be crucial to the future of the beef industry?

Contest Rules: • Authors must write a feature article focusing on one of the topics to the left.

• Feature articles must not be time sensitive and can run in magazine at anytime.

• Articles must have quotes from at least two expert sources to substantiate information within article.

• Articles must be between 900 and 1,500 words long and should be relevant to California beef producers.

Entries must be e-mailed to by October 30, 2015 Open to all high school and college-age students. Must by YCC member to enter.

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As a 4th generation Tulare County rancher, past president of Tulare County Cattlemen’s Association and an active member of the CCA, Greer offers insight into his participation in the beef industry. Greer raises beef cattle in Exeter, with his wife Jessica and son Hud. Question: What does being involved in the beef community mean to you? Answer: Involvement begins at the county level, and it’s great to help grow involvement as an officer and director. You get to see your friends at meetings and events, but the group as a whole helps you think more about the big picture, not just things on your home ranch. Question: So, what’s your day job? Answer: I’m a full-time rancher. We run cows and calves and stockers in California and stockers in Wyoming. In a typical day I’m always traveling to our ranches to check cattle and monitor projects we’re working on, and if I’m lucky I can make it back to the office by the end of the day to do some work there. Mostly I’m either in my truck, on the ranch, or on my cell phone—when there’s service. Question: Why do you ranch? Answer: I like everything about ranching. We’re blessed to make a living raising cattle and even more so to be leading the way of life we are fortunate enough to live. My hope is that our son will hopefully be so inclined to take on this way of life himself one day. The best part of the beef business is raising the best protein on the planet. American beef producers are truly the best there are. Couple that with raising the best protein on the planet and being the best we can be, and you’ve got a recipe for greatness. Question: Why are you serving on the CCA Executive Committee? Answer: As a rancher, it’s so easy to not be involved. I’m not saying ranchers are lazy. We are the farthest things from that. I’m saying time is important and being involved is time consuming, so you’ve got to make it count. I enjoy the different perspectives that I learn about by serving on the CCA Executive Committee. When you put a guy who manages a grow yard near the Mexican border or a guy who ranches up near Oregon and then a guy like me in the central region of the state, together, you most likely you won’t get us to agree on what to have for lunch! (Unless it’s beef, of course.) But it’s that opinion sharing that really opens doors. We have to expand on the common ground that we all share to get the job done with fellow ranchers and legislators to form solutions instead of create more 84 California Cattleman September 2015


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problems. I enjoy serving on the Executive Committee, because it provides a good education and a wider viewpoint for me. Question: What issues matter most to you in the beef industry? Answer: There are two issues in California that will rise to the top every time: water and the ability to pass your operation onto the next generation. Unfortunately, the first issue is ultimately out of our hands and 100 percent up to Mother Nature’s discretion. We’re playing from behind on the rain situation, and we’re also playing catch up with the comprehensive water plan. If ranchers can continue to stay involved in the shaping of California water and its future, we might come out okay in the end. Question: Why should someone join CCA? Answer: I would say those who aren’t CCA members should absolutely join! There are other lobbying bodies in the state, but CCA is the only one that solely represents beef producers. After joining, get involved, listen to others, voice your own opinions and stay involved. If we as beef producers are present and engaged, we’ll have a better time at doing what we love to do—Raise the best protein on Earth!

Not a CCA Member?

JOIN TODAY! CCA is the ONLY group working SOLEY to protect California beef producers. • Because you have to be at home tending to the herd and need to have a presence in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., the California CAttlemen’s Association is your eyes and ears on all things legislative and regulatory.

• Whether you own cattle or not, you can support CCA efforts. producer members, supporting members and young members are welcome at all CCA functions and have access to all publications and information.

• Being a CCA member gives you a voice and a vote on how your association will lobby on your behalf.

• CCA Provides members-only educational opportunities to help your beef operation and bottomline.

• Being a CCA member gives you access to a full-time staff who can answer your questions about hot button issues at the local, state and federal level.

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hand.” The Bixby name goes back to the 1850s when members of the pioneering family drove 2,000 sheep across the country to Hollister. Eventually some of the family settled in the Long Beach/ Los Alamitos area and delved into ranching, agriculture WILLY CHAMBERLAIN and other businesses. Interested in politics and in preserving agriculture, Willy Born on the Fourth of July 1940, ran and won Santa Barbara’s Third District Supervisor seat. William (Willy or Firecracker as he He served for 18 months and helped produce the lease was some times called) Bradford management agreement between the county and the Santa Ynez Chamberlin passed away at his ranch Airport Authority, a non- profit membership organization. Later home, surrounded by his family, on July he served for many years on the airport board, and then became 28, 2015. Willy loved everything about Rancho Chairman. As a long time member of the Agricultural Advisory committee, he made sure that everything was completely right. Los Potreros and had a life long affair As one member said, “His experience was invaluable but he was with it. His father, Ted Chamberlin had purchased the ranch so darn particular.” in 1929 and Willy, his brothers and sisters grew up riding the Willy’s college social club, The Tortugas, held frequent range, herding cattle, bucking hay and changing sprinkler pipe. reunions at the ranch. One year they hatched a plan to create In 1962 he graduated from Claremont McKenna College where an endowment for students who were in good academic he played football, skirted trouble, joined a social club, The Tortugas, and enrolled in the ROTC. Upon graduation, the new standing, and who play “smart,” work “smart,” enjoy life, push boundaries and look you in the eye at all times. Lieutenant was stationed at Ft Eustis, Va. for two years. In 1986 he was a Picadore Maverick in Rancheros as well He returned to Los Olivos to help manage the ranch and as a Ranch member of the Santa Barbara Trail Riders. He threw himself into community affairs. He served on the Los liked parades and racing his mule, Tia, whom he called “his Olivos and Midland School Boards and was President of the mainstay.” He often trailered his animals up to Mammoth or to Santa Barbara County Cattlemen’s Association. a family camp in the Sierras where he could amble through the Willy was one of 30 young men chosen throughout pine trees and rendezvous with his cousins. Willy spent his life California for the second class of the newly created California supporting agricultural land preservation, helping others and Agriculture Leadership Foundation. The two- to three-year collecting friends. program is designed to help train up and coming leaders in the He is survived by his wife, Ann Peterson Chamberlin, California agricultural community. from whom he is separated, Jerrie Gove, his companion, of Elected to the Bixby Land Board in 1965, he was in the 11 years, his former wife, Gail Wagenseil Gelles, his daughter, midst of in his 50th year on the Board and in the 10th year of Ann Martha Chamberlin and her husband, Sami Revah, his his Chairmanship of the Board. A fellow board member “had son, Russell Chamberlin and his fiancee, Monika McCoy, two great admiration for his ability to listen and to lead with an even grandchildren, Olivia and Layne Chamberlin, his sister Sarah Chamberlin and her husband, Ben Bottoms, his brother Fred CHARLEY ROYAL Chamberlin and his wife, Johanna and a nephew and several Charles Wayne Royal, Bakersfield, was born April 21, 1945 nieces. He passed away on June 29. He was predeceased by his daughter Beth Chamberlin and Royal, a 50-year employee and “yardman” for Western helped to establish, The Beth Chamberlin Endowment for Stockman’s Market in McFarland, was known for his Cultural Understanding under the auspices of UCSB’s Arts dedication to the livestock community in Kern County. He and Letters. Donations can be made in his honor to the Beth is survived by his wife Linda, also a dedicated employee of Chamberlin Endowment, to the CMC Tortuga Endowment or Western Stockman’s Market. Graveside services were held in to the Santa Ynez Historical Society.

his honor on July 2.

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RETALLICK & TRENNEPOHL Keela Retallick, Ph.D., and Chris Trennepohl were married July 4 in Morro Bay. The bride, who is a beef cattle specialist at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, is the daughter of Kevin and Keri Retallick of Glen Haven, Wis. The groom is the owner of True North Cattle and Consulting. His parents are Tom and Judy Trennepohl of Middletown, Ind. The couple makes their home in Morro Bay.

MCNAMES & ANSTEAD Claire McNames and Richard Anstead were married July 18 in Etna. The bride was formerly a staff member at the California Cattlemen’s Association and is currently employed by University of California, Davis. Her parents are Tim and Judy McNames of Etna. The groom currently works as a pest control advisor for Centers & Associates. His parents are Rod and Sharon Anstead of Arbuckle. The couple has made their first home in Arbuckle. 92 California Cattleman September 2015

FARRAH & SCHOHR Amanda Farrah and Steven Schohr, Oroville, were married June 20 in Oroville alongside best man Joseph Schohr. The bride, an agriculture education instructor and volleyball coach in Marysville is the daughter of Kathleen Mcnair-Farrah, Redondo Beach and the late Charles Farrah. Parents of the groom are Carl and Susan Schohr of Schohr Herefords, Gridley. The couple has made their home in Oroville. DOWLING & JOHNSON Theodora Dowling and Dave Johnson, both of Etna were married Aug. 7 in Etna. The bride, who works as an agriculture freelance writer was formely employed by the Public Lands Council in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Bernard and Beverly Dowling, Etna. The groom is the son of Mark and Shelly Johnson, also of Etna. The couple makes their first home in Etna

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9 Peaks Ranch...................................................95 Agriclear............................................................35 All West-Select Sires.........................................47 Amador Angus.................................................47 American Ag Credit...........................................7 American Hereford Association.....................47 Arellano Bravo Angus......................................15 Baldy Maker Bull Sale......................................55 Bar R Angus................................................13, 86 Beef Solutions Bull Sale...................................41 Black Gold Bull Sale.........................................19 BMW Angus.....................................................47 Borges Angus Ranch........................................47 Broken Arrow Angus.......................................47 Broken Box Ranch............................................90 Bruin Ranch......................................................51 Buchanan Angus ..............................................47 Bulls Eye Breeders Bull Sale............................37 Byrd Cattle Company......................................47 C2-It Cattle Company......................................47 Cal Poly Bull Test..............................................47 Cal Poly Foundation........................................47 California Assn of Texas Longhorn Breeders.40 California Bureau of Livestock ID.................47 California Custom............................................90 California Outdoor Properties.......................47 California Wagyu Breeders, Inc......................90 California-Nevada Hereford Association......47 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show..47 Cattle-PAC.........................................................47 Cattlemen’s Livestock Market...........................3 Central Valley Dodge.......................................91 Charron Ranch.................................................47 Cherry Glen Beefmasters................................47 Circle AK Ranch...............................................47 Circle Ranch......................................................51 Co Bank...............................................................7 Conlan Ranches California.............................90 Conlin Fence Company...................................90 Conlin Supply Company.................................29 Corsair Angus ranch........................................47

CSU, Chico, College of Ag...............................89 Dal Porto Livestock....................................39, 87 Diamond Back Ranch......................................90 Diamond Oak Cattle Company......................37 Donati Ranches...........................................19, 86 Double M Ranch..............................................37 Eagle Pass Ranch..............................................47 Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc..............................90 Escalon Livestock Market................................47 Farm Credit West...............................................7 Five Star Land and Livestock..........................13 Five Star Land Company.................................90 Flood Bros. Cattle.............................................37 Freitas Rangeland Improvements...................47 Fresno State Ag Foundation............................89 Furtado Angus..................................................47 Furtado Livestock Enterprises........................91 Genoa Livestock...............................................88 Gonsalves Ranch........................................37, 87 Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo.........................................................47 Harris Ranch Beef............................................57 HAVE Angus.....................................................47 Heritage Bull Sale.............................................13 Hogan Ranch ...................................................88 Hone Ranch.......................................................88 Hufford’s Herefords....................................55, 89 International Brangus Breeders Assn............47 J/V Angus....................................................47, 87 Kerndt Livestock Products..............................91 Lambert Ranch...........................................65, 89 Leachman Cattle of Colorado.........................73 Little Shasta Ranch...........................................89 McPhee Red Angus....................................47, 89 Merial Animal Health......................................23 Mid Valley Bull Sale.........................................47 Next Generation Bull Sale...............................65 Noah’s Angus Ranch........................................47 Norbook Animal Health..................................47 O’Connell Ranch........................................19, 87 Oak Ridge Angus..............................................33

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ORIgen...............................................................91 Orvis Cattle Company.....................................47 Pacific Trace Minerals......................................40 Pedretti Ranches.............................................1, 5 Pitchfork Cattle Co...........................................89 Powell Scales.....................................................47 PRP Companies................................................47 Rancho Casino..................................................39 Ray-Mar Ranches.............................................47 Ritchie Manufacturing.....................................14 Riverbend Ranches...........................................47 Sammis Ranch..................................................47 San Juan Ranch.................................................47 Schafer Ranch.............................................47, 87 Schohr Herefords..............................................89 Shasta Bull Sale.................................................47 Shasta Livestock Auction Yard..........................6 Sierra Ranches...................................................47 Silveira Bros.......................................... 16, 17, 88 Silveus Rangeland Insurance..........................47 Skinner Transportation...................................90 Sonoma Mountain Herefords...................47, 65 Southwest Fence & Supply Co........................90 Spanish Ranch...................................................47 Tehama Angus Ranch................................27, 88 Teixeira Cattle Co.......................................63, 87 Thomas Angus Ranch................................20, 21 Leachman/Topline............................................73 Trayham Ranches.............................................47 Tri-State Feed....................................................47 Tumbleweed Ranch..........................................88 Turlock Livestock Auction Yard.......................9 Universal Semen Sales.....................................91 Veterinary Services, Inc...................................90 VF Red Angus...................................................89 Vintage Angus Ranch......................... 10, 11, 88 Western Fence & Construction......................90 Western Stockman’s Market............................41 Western Video Market.......................................2 Westwind Angus...............................................47 Wulff Brothers Livestock...........................19, 87

IS BULL SELECTION BASED ON HELPING YOUR COWHERD? More than 10 years ago, the American Angus Association developed the $B index to identify cattle that would increase revenue to producers that fed and owned Angus cattle through slaughter. THE $B INDEX IS A TERMINAL INDEX! Most Angus breeders have used $B to breed and market to an extreme. Now, data from the Meat Animal Research Center shows that the average Angus cow is larger than the average cow of any other studied breed, including Simmental, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, and Hereford. It’s no wonder, since $B includes postweaning growth as well as carcass weight, effectively doubleemphasizing a larger, higher growth phenotype in the index.

In order to maximize profit in a commercial beef herd, we need a more balanced approach. Granted, gain and carcass traits are critical to the beef industry as a whole, and must not be ignored in breeding balanced trait, profitable cattle. However, in today’s market there is no benefit to raising larger cows. A bigger cow eats more feed and does not bring in a bigger paycheck at the end of the year. We know this is especially true if you run cows where they have to work for a living.


If your cows have to work for a living, you may want to check into our program. Contact us for more information, or to request a Sale Catalog.

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Jayden, Braxxton and Hayley (as Rhett naps) are pointing down the BCC driveway, where everything we do is “All About the Genetics!”

it’s all about the genetics BCC customers know that statement to be so true, after their dominating performances at recent video sales in Steamboat Springs, Reno and Winnemucca. Special congratulations to those BCC genetic partners who use our bulls exclusively – on average, they realized close to a $10/cwt. premium over market – on 800 lb. steers that’s $80/hd. – or over $5,000 more in their pockets on a truckload!

our customers more profitable, we feel testing for feed efficiency is of paramount importance. 2015 is our 9th year of testing every Angus bull for Residual Feed Intake (RFI) and in that time we’ve built one of the largest privately owned databases of efficiency information in America. Today, we have customers with multiple generations of BCC genetics selling more pounds of calf than ever before and doing it with considerably less feed.

BCC genetics are simply different than what you’ll find anywhere else. When you buy a bull, you are buying the cowherd and management practices that created him…it’s that simple. If you match your cowherd to your environment, you’ll discover there aren’t many ranches in the West that can sustain an 1,800 lb. cow; yet, many purebred breeders are selling bulls with huge growth EPDs that will create these inefficient, hard-fleshing, monstrous cows. Do you want to buy a bull from a cowherd that is run in similar fashion to how you run your cows, or do you want to buy a bull from a cowherd with pampered, overfed, 1,800 lb. cows that have never seen a rough day?

At BCC, our only business is the purebred cattle business. We concentrate on problem-free, low maintenance cattle that won’t cost money – they’ll make it.Year after year, our customers’ calves top video, auction market and purebred sales from coast to coast and border to border. Our valued customers have access to the network of feeders, marketing cooperatives and other breeders who want cattle with BCC blood behind them. You don’t just buy a bull here - you buy a part of our program – and the added value and buyer confidence we have worked hard to establish for over 30 years. Again in 2015, we have placed a significant portion of our loyal customers’ calves, and would like to work for you too.

With feed cost accounting for almost 70% of the total cost of maintaining a cow, the largest detriment to profitability for beef producers is the cost of feed. In keeping with our goal of making

If you’re interested in genetics that will make your business sustainable for the future, plan to join us Friday afternoon, September 4!

15th annual Byrd Cattle Company ‘it's all about the genetics’ Angus Bull Sale

Friday, September 4 – 3:30 p.m.

At the ranch, los molinos, california

All bulls sell Zoetis HD 50K tested with RFI, DMI and ADG data

Our Famous BCC Dinner and Party will Follow the Sale!

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