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Learning From The Greatest Generation by CCA First Vice President Dave Daley, Ph.D. It was good to see so many Californians at the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show in San Diego in late January. Over 500 CCA members and friends attended the impressive display of the United States cattle industry – with close to 7,000 total in attendance. Educational opportunities, an incredible trade show and open policy discussions packed the event, along with some unique and fun opportunities to socialize with likeminded cattle producers. Perhaps most notably for our state and organization is the fact that Kevin Kester, past CCA President, from Parkfield, was elected to serve as vice president of NCBA. Kevin has given tirelessly to our industry on many critical state and national issues for the past decade. Having Kevin in that role will help ensure that western issues important to our membership, will be clearly transmitted to NCBA and to Washington, D.C. Congratulations and thanks to Kevin, June and the entire Kester family! California’s cattlemen and women are proud of your continuing leadership. Spring tour for CCA officers and staff is in full swing, as we attempt to cover this big state and meet with our members at local cattlemen’s meeting and other events. This is a great opportunity to raise issues that you want us to be aware of and respond to on a statewide level. These local meetings provide that direct voice so please don’t be shy! I have already had a chance to meet some of you on tour, and I hope to see more of you in the next couple of months. The drought is a long way from over, but we are sure in better shape in most of the state than we have been for a couple of years. Snowpack is significantly better than last year, stock water is available and the grass is doing well in many parts of the state. For those in my neighborhood, this is

the best February we have had for some time in the Butte County area and I hope many of you across the state can say the same about your respective areas. Though we are somewhat relieved, it is important to remember, that reservoirs are still way below average and we are going to have to have an incredibly wet spring to get us even close to where we want to be. But for now, I am thankful for green grass! On a different note, I wanted to share a quick perspective that all of us deal with us in our own way and time. My dad passed away a few months shy of 90 years old in early February. He lived a long and remarkable life and there is much to celebrate. This has caused me to reflect is the number of funerals I have attended in the past couple of years, celebrating the “greatest generation.” Those octogenarians who grew up during the depression, WWII and watched a remarkable change in the world in 80 years. These people were ranchers and farmers who were the leadership of the cattle industry, of agriculture and of rural communities. They are the epitome of hard work, integrity, respecting others, helping a neighbor and making do when times were tough. I have so much admiration and respect for that generation and what they have taught us. They have been our rock solid leadership of CCA for decades. Though I try to be optimistic, I am worried how we can sustain those values into the future. That is up to each of us. So, do me a favor, and make that visit to the well-respected individuals while you can and truly listen to them as they have much to teach. I learned more from my Dad and men and women like him than I could ever learn in my formal education. I value that immensely and will miss him (and them) greatly.


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This month’s cover photo comes from Settrini Ranches near Salinas and was taken by Celeste Settrini of CS Connections, a public relations firm representing all facets of the western way of life. For more information, visit Settrini Ranches is a predominantly Red Angus commerical herd utilizing genetics of California Red Angus seedstock breeders. A multi-generational family operation with a 101-year legacy, Settrini Ranches is run by Celeste and her brother John alongside their mother Anita. The operation markets cattle through Western Video Market.

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BUNKHOUSE Tour meetings bring opportunity for members and staff


BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD Year-end dollar figures for U.S. beef in Korea


YOUR DUES DOLLARS AT WORK 10 Water board imposes additional regulations PROGESSIVE PRODUCER Producers utilizing the CAHFS Laboratory


HERD HEALTH CHECK Applying BQA principles to real life production



SAN JOAQUIN-STANISLAUS CATTLEMEN’S MEETING & DINNER Waterloo Restaurant, Waterloo 6 p.m. cocktails • 7 p.m. dinner


KERN COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Idle Spur Restaurant (Famosa Livestock), McFarland dinner at 6 p.m.

FUTURE FOCUS 40 Chico State symposium offers producers array of education




California in the spotlight Red Angus breed improvement In the end, CAB says its about taste Lifelong cattlewomen take on author roles Red Bluff recap A.I. and the commercial cowherd Getting to know your CCA Executive Board


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Angus & Red Angus producers working for you 36 Cattlemen’s Report 52 Buyers’ Guide 54 Obituaries & New Arrivals 60 Advertisers Index 62

TULARE COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S MEETING Wyndham Hotel, Visalia 6 p.m. cocktails • 7 p.m. dinner


Tallman Building, Tri County Fair Grounds 5 p.m. cocktails • 6 p.m. dinner


Cattlemen’s Restaurant, Livermore 6 p.m. cocktails • 7 p.m. dinner



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CCA Spring Tour Both Business and Pleasure by CCA Office Administrator Jenna Chandler I can hardly believe that I have already been working for CCA for nine months! From the Cattle-PAC event to convention, I feel like I am finally getting to know our members. Over the phone and in the few minutes that I was able to pause at convention, I have had some great conversations with so many of you, and I can’t wait to continue that as time goes on. One of the ways that I have been getting to know you better is by attending local meetings. With 2016 well underway, that also means our spring meeting schedule is in full swing. The meetings have been another perfect opportunity for me to get to familiar with everyone and to continue those conversations with you, this time on your home turf! So, up and down the state to meetings I head, and I have truly valued each and every one of them so far. Sometimes, I even have to pinch myself and ask if I am really getting paid to do this. I’m fairly certain that I have tasted some of the best beef dishes in the country while spending some great time talking with and learning from our members, but most importantly, listening to you. I very much enjoy hearing about your operations, things that are going well, things that could be better and ways

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to get help you reach success. After each of these meetings I have a better grasp on how important the work is that CCA does, and all of the ways that work is accomplished on behalf of our members. Not only have these meetings given me a chance to know our members better but even my own home state. As a native Californian, I always thought I had a pretty good grasp of all of the little nooks and crannies of our golden state, but boy was I wrong. That’s one of the most gratifying things about each different meeting and what makes them each so distinctive. At every single one, each local association brings to the meeting what makes their region so unique. From the delicious meals, production techniques and all the way down to the cowboy poetry, each area is steeped in its own traditions and has something special to offer, evident in the flavor of their meeting. It really is those differences in regions, practices and perspectives that make CCA so strong. I have learned so much already from attending these meetings and they have really just begun. The people, production practices, concerns and engagement differ, but the reality is, they don’t steer too far

JENNA CHANDLER from each other at all. I hear varying versions of the same thing over and over. Everyone really has similar best interests at heart. And that’s what unites us, each county, each local association and each region. Everyone wants to leave a healthy, thriving business to their kids and a legacy for the industry they love. That’s why these meetings make me even more proud to work for CCA; to be a part of ensuring what matters to you happens. So if you haven’t already, come out to your local meeting when CCA stops by. Talk to your CCA staff and officers, hear the latest news from Sacramento, bid on auction items, eat some great food and, of course, have a great time! If we haven’t met on the local meeting trail yet, I can’t wait to visit with you, too!


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BEEF AT HOME AND ABROAD Korea’s 2015 Beef Imports Set New Value Record, including big gains for U.S. Chilled Beef from the U.S. Meat Export Federation South Korea’s beef imports set another new value record in 2015, increasing 9 percent year-over-year and eclipsing $2 billion for the first time. Import volume was 331,305 metric tons (mt), up 5 percent from 2014 but trailing the 2003 record of 363,943 mt. That year the United States was the primary supplier with 68 percent market share, supplying nearly 250,000 mt. In 2015, U.S. market share was nearly 35 percent, down slightly from 2014, while Australia’s share increased from 55 to 57 percent. Korea’s imports of chilled beef climbed to a record 50,924 mt, up 11 percent year-over-year, driven by strong growth from the United States (15,799 mt, +39 percent) and a small increase from Australia (34,983 mt, +3 percent). Retail promotions of U.S. beef, renewed interest in short ribs and chuck short ribs, as well as increased availability of popular Asia cuts such as chuck flap tail, top blade and boneless short ribs helped boost chilled U.S. exports. Interest in the chuck short ribs is particularly high in Korea’s retail sector, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all retail sales of imported beef. “While 2015 was a challenging year overall for U.S. beef exports, the Korean market was a star performer,” said Philip Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and chief executive officer. “USMEF is particularly excited about the gains achieved in Korea for chilled U.S. beef cuts. We have worked very hard to develop a loyal customer base within Korea’s retail sector, and those efforts are now paying significant dividends.” Reflecting smaller production, Korea’s high domestic cattle and beef prices underpinned the demand for larger imports. Hanwoo carcass prices spiked in the second half of the year, setting new records in October before easing slightly at the end of the year. Prices averaged $7.70 per pound in 2015, up 11 percent year-over-year, and started 2016 on a high note—averaging $8.05 per pound, up 19 percent. Continued tight domestic supplies, with production expected to bottom around 2017, should continue to support beef imports, and the U.S. is in a strong position to gain market share as 8 California Cattleman March 2016

Australia’s beef production continues to slow. For example, USMEF-Seoul price monitoring in January showed increasing competitiveness of U.S. short ribs compared to Australian product. Although Korea’s currency started 2016 on a weaker trend versus the U.S. dollar, tariff rates on imported beef dropped again with the start of the new year and it is likely that large volumes cleared customs in January as importers waited for the lower duties. The duty on U.S. chilled and frozen beef is now 26.7 percent, down from 29.3 percent in 2015 (and compared to 40 percent in 2011, prior to implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement). Australian beef pays 32 percent and the duty for Canadian beef is now 34.6 percent, through their respective free trade agreements.

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Selling 160 Angus Bulls & 75 Angus heifers 55 Hereford bulls & 20 Hereford Heifers 10 Red Angus bulls & Heifers

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Selling 5 ET brothers out of the dam of CCA Emblazon 702 CED+11 BEPD+.1 WEPD+70 YEPD+118 MEPD+26 CW+65 Marb+.91 Rib+.62 SC+1.14 $W+77.99 $F+86.85 CED+11 BEPD-.1 WEPD+73 YEPD+129 MEPD+19 SC+.71 CW+44 Marb+.36 Rib+.58 $W+71.63 $F+97.83 $B+131.19 $B+182.37 Low birth with $W top 3% & $B top 1%

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Selling sons, daughters of CCA Emblazon 702 CED+15 BEPD-1.0 WEPD+56 YEPD+100 MEPD+21 CW+36 Marb+.55 Rib+.54 SC+.58 $ W+62.07 $F+59.92 $B+124.33 Calving ease built to function in western range conditions.

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CCA ON FRONT LINES AS WATER BOARD ADOPTS NEW DIVERSION & MONITORING REGULATIONS by CCA Government Affairs Staff At its Jan. 19 hearing, the State Water Resources Control Board (SRWCB) adopted emergency monitoring and reporting regulations for diversions of water. The regulations are broad and complex, with the reporting components impacting every water diverter in the state and the measurement and monitoring requirements impacting any water right holder who diverts more than 10 acre-feet annually. The emergency regulations were required by SB 88, which, despite staunch opposition from CCA, was passed as a budget trailer bill as part of the 2015-16 California Budget (and therefore bypassed the typical hearing procedures for legislation). The SWRCB began considering the emergency regulations in October, and while the lobbying efforts of CCA and other stakeholders did result in improvements from the earliest draft regulations, the final regulations are still quite troublesome for California’s ranchers and other water rights holders. On the reporting side, the emergency regulations require that all water rights holders report annually on their diversion and use of water. This regulatory change was required by SB 88, and is a significant change for statement and registration holders, who had previously only been required to report every three and five years, respectively. On the monitoring side, the emergency regulations require water diverters who divert over 10 acre-feet of water annually to install monitoring devices that have the capability to record the direct rate of diversion. The SWRCB is implementing the monitoring requirements on a phased approach. Those who divert at least 1,000 acre-feet of water annually must install monitoring devices capable of measuring the volume of water diverted on an hourly basis by Jan. 1, 2017. The devices must be accurate to within

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10 percent (meaning that the “measured volume” must be within 10 percent of the “actual volume” of water diverted, as determined by laboratory or field testing). Diverters of more than 100 acre-feet annually must install a measurement device no later than July 1, 2017, and the device must be accurate to within 10 percent. For direct diversions of 100 acre-feet or more, the device must be capable of recording the volume of water diverted on a daily basis. For a reservoir or stockpond with a capacity of 200 acre-feet or more, at least daily recordation is required (otherwise weekly recordation is required). Those diverting at least 10 acre-feet annually must install measuring devices no later than Jan. 1, 2018 which is accurate to within 15 percent. For direct diversions over 10 acre-feet and diversions to storage over 50 acre-feet, recording must occur at least weekly. For a reservoir or stockpond with storage less than 50 acre-feet (but greater than 10 acre-feet), recordation must occur at least monthly. All diverters required to monitor under the regulations will be required to report their recorded data annually and to do so online at the SWRCB’s website. There is potential for some relief under the regulations, as the SWRCB can elect to raise the reporting threshold in certain watersheds above the 10 acre-feet threshold (for instance, requiring only those with diversions greater than 25 acre-feet to monitor and record their diversions). However, the regulations may also become more onerous in certain circumstances. For instance, when flows in a particular watershed are projected to be insufficient to satisfy all claimed water rights in that watershed, the emergency regulations allow the SWRCB to require reporting on a monthly, weekly or daily basis, rather than the standard annual basis (though the reporting frequency cannot exceed the recording frequency for a particular

diverter.) While the emergency regulations allow for time The final regulations do provide for some limited extensions for diverters who must comply with CEQA or flexibility in measuring, allowing diverters to propose a other legal requirements, the SWRCB has not considered “measurement method” in lieu of measurement devices, the significant additional costs that would be incurred allowing multiple diverters to share a measurement device by diverters who must undergo additional permitting to at a common point of diversion and allowing diverters to comply with the monitoring and reporting regulations. apply for “alternative compliance.” However, it remains CCA is working with engineering firms to better unclear in which circumstances such relief will actually be understand the burdens of compliance and will continue granted by the SWRCB. to work with the SWRCB and other government bodies While the final regulations are extremely troubling, to seek relief for water diverters in advance of the CCA and other stakeholders were successful in achieving regulation’s effective dates. For additional information on some significant improvements from the draft regulations. the emergency regulations, contact Kirk Wilbur or Justin For instance, the earliest deadline for compliance has Oldfield in the CCA office. been delayed to Jan. 1, 2017 from the originally-proposed July 1, 2016. Additionally, the final regulations clarify that stockponds will not be aggregated for purposes of the regulations. In other words, if a ranch has many stockponds, but all are under 10 acre-feet, a rancher will not come under the regulation’s monitoring requirements. Furthermore, where the draft regulations required all applications for alternative compliance be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis, the final regulations allow the SWRCB to approve broad categories for alternative compliance (with staff suggesting at the Jan. 19 hearing, for instance, that highelevation stockponds inaccessible in the winter months would likely be granted alternative compliance). Additionally, where SB 88 had permitted the SWRCB to require monitoring and reporting for diversions under 10 acre-feet of water annually, CCA and other stakeholders ensured that the SWRCB never seriously considered regulating such small diversions. Nevertheless, CCA still has considerable concerns about the final regulations. Compliance with the regulation’s deadlines for installation and certification devices may be infeasible in some circumstances, as questions Hit them hard with Noromycin® 300 LA remain regarding the availability of - the industry’s most economical, broadadequate measurement devices, the spectrum 300 mg oxtet available without a prescription. availability of qualified professionals to install and certify them and the costs of Delivers the same dose of oxytetracycline compliance. as Liquamycin® LA 200 and Bio-Mycin® 200 SWRCB staff presented fairly in a lower dose volume. conservative cost estimates for compliance, focusing primarily on Observe label directions and withdrawal times. Not for use in lactating dairy animals. Adverse reactions, including injection site swelling, restlessness, ataxia, trembling, respiratory abnormalities (labored breathing), collapse and possibly death have been the cost of the measurement devices reported. See product labeling for full product information. themselves. However, these conservative estimates fail to account for the costs of installation, maintenance and other expenses. Additionally, installation may require compliance with CEQA or Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration agreements.


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CALIFORNIA TAKES CENTER STAGE Beef enthusiasts sail to San Diego By CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead With harsh winter weather patterns top-of-mind lately for cattlemen and women in the Midwest and Eastern U.S., California beef producers welcomed more than 6,700 ranchers and beef industry professionals from across the nation to thaw out in sunny San Diego for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show that took place the last week in January. Though it wasn’t a full portrayal of cattle ranching in California, and even though ranchers in the Golden State don’t herd their cattle on surf boards, it was a great location to steal a few days away from the ranch, discussing issues and shaping grassroots policies that matter most to ranchers from every corner of the country. In order to properly give attendees a taste of California agriculture, the event began with the pre-convention agriculture tour dinner, where visitors met over a delicious meal at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center before embarking on the tour the next day. California tour guides included CCA’s Justin Oldfield, Elk Grove, Monterey County rancher June Kester, Parkfield and Casey Anderson, from the San Diego County Farm Bureau, who answered questions on their respective buses in between stops highlighting the diversity of California agriculture. Tour stops included Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Mellano and Company flowers, Rancho Guejito and Orfila Winery. Later that afternoon, CCA First Vice President Dave Daley, Ph.D., Oroville, helped kick off the Cattlemen’s College sessions on a panel discussion titled, “Whole Herd Makeover” before meetings officially got underway Wednesday. Other California Cattlemen’s College speakers included Alison Van Eenennam, Ph.D., University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and her talk entitled GMO’s Use in Animal Agriculture. Californians Jimmy Maxey, Fresno, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chairman and American National CattleWomen (ANCW) President Melanie Fowle, Etna, addressed the general sessions of the convention, headlining featured guests television chef Robert Irvine and Navy Seal Robert O’Neills, where both motivated and inspired the audience while underlining the importance and meaning behind American armed forces. Of course, the ever-popular and exceedingly large trade show was an exciting meeting place to catch up with 12 California Cattleman March 2016

old friends and make new ones at the booths of over 340 companies and organizations in the beef and agriculture industries. “The meetings are always a great place to get caught up on what is going on in Washington, D.C., and hot issues that NCBA staff are working on,” said CCA President Billy Flournoy, Likely. “But it’s the trade show where you can really visit with folks you haven’t seen in a while and get caught up on what’s going on in their neck of the woods.” There was no lack of exercise taking place at the convention, to say the least. Between the early morning BEEFit 5k Run-Walk and the seven acres of trade show to travel on foot, those with daily step goals to reach did not have any worries about exceeding them. New to the trade show this year were the outdoor exhibits where attendees could enjoy a free Wendy’s burger and chocolate Frosty and take a look at the latest and greatest farm and ranch equipment. Some attendees even took them for a spin in the ride and drive area. The demonstration arena in the trade show was a sight for sore eyes and welcomed producers looking for handson learning opportunities from Ron Gill, Ph.D., and Curt Pate, who gave animal handling demonstrations on foot and horse back. Executive director of the California Beef Council (CBC), Bill Dale, Sacramento, also worked cattle with his stock dogs for audiences throughout the week. Producers in need of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) recertification had to look no further than the bleachers of the demonstration arena where trainings were offered by the California BQA team, Jill Scofield, CBC; Malorie Bankhead, CCA, and UC Cooperative Extension’s Jim Oltjen, Ph.D, Davis. As usual, the important meetings were well-balanced with fun and relaxing evening opportunities like the USO show aboard the USS Midway, the longest serving Navy aircraft of the 20th century and listening to Martina McBride as she sang her heart out at what she said was a show she had a gut feeling was going to be great. The showing of California cattle industry members was nothing to scoff at and in fact, many California attendees were recognized for their efforts on behalf of the beef industry in various ways. California CattleWoman Barbara O’Connell, Colusa, was awarded as ANCW Outstanding Educator of the Year for her dedication to teaching

young people and students about beef and Glenda Rankin, Caliente, was recognized as ANCW Outstanding Promoter of the Year for her endeavors in the beef promotion arena. CCW President Sheila Bowen, Glennville, was also elected to serve on the ANCW officer team as secretary. California was also well represented at the Best of Beef Breakfast Friday morning as recognitions were bestowed upon award winners at what emcee Russell Nemetz coined the “Beef Oscars.” Ventura County rancher Bud Sloan, DVM, Santa Paula was recognized with the 2015 Trail Blazer award bestowed by BEEF magazine to a U.S. beef producer who pioneers volunteer efforts on behalf of the U.S. beef industry. Sloan was recognized for his dedication to creating the Ventura NCBA Vice President-Elect Kevin Kester, Parkfield and CCW County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business in order President and ANCW Secretary Sheila Bowen, Glennville. to stand up for agriculture in the area that was otherwise getting swept away by local government. On top of individual awards, CCA was drawn to win a one-year lease on a New Holland tractor or baler among a pool of state associations that met the criteria for outstanding NCBA member recruitment efforts. CCA President Billy Flournoy recruited a whopping 61 new NCBA members and earned fourth place in the Top Hand Club competition, which also includes Kevin Kester for his recruitment efforts, as well. Among a robust showing of young leaders in the cattle community for Young Beef Leader and Collegiate CattleWomen events and activities, were several California Young Cattlemen’s Committee members from California State University, Chico; California State University, Fresno; and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, ANCW President Melanie Fowle, Etna, at the first general including the complete YCC State Officer team thanks to the session of the convention. support of Laird Manufacturing and CCA’s Allied Industry Council. In an effort to inspire and motivate young leaders in attendance, California beef industry members Celeste Settrini, Salinas; as well as Daley, and Bankhead served as leaders in the ANCW Collegiate Leadership Roundtable workshop providing insight into what leadership means in the beef industry as the students head for their prospective careers in a question and answer, speed-dating style format. Several Californians were elected into leadership positions at the convention. At the CattleFax Board of Directors meeting, Clements cow-calf and stocker operator and former NCBA Marketing Committee Chairman Jeff Sparrowk, Clements, was elected to serve as CattleFax President. CCA Officers Mike Williams, Billy Flournoy, Dave Daley, Ph.D., At the NCBA Board of Directors meeting to finalize the and Jack Lavers accepted an affiliate award on behalf of CCA. convention, California rancher, beef industry advocate and past CCA president Kevin Kester was installed as NCBA Vice President. Previously serving as vice chair and chair of NCBA’s Policy Division, Kester will expand on his leadership efforts within the organization to help keep fellow cattle industry members afloat in a fluctuating market, and moving forward in an effort to sustain the widely-loved industry for many generations to come. Needless to say members of the California ranching community not only showed up in a big way in San Diego, but also show up in momentous ways on their ranches and in their local communities every day as well. If you weren’t able to “Set Sail for San Diego,” maybe next year you’ll be able to “Mosey on down to Music City” to join Bud Sloan, DVM, and his wife, Kim, Santa Paula, at the Best of fellow beef producers in Nashville, Tenn., for the 2017 Cattle Beef Awards Breakfast where Sloan was recognized with BEEF Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Feb. 1-3, 2017. Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. March 2016 California Cattleman 13

More Scenes from San Diego

CCA’s Malorie Bankhead, UC Davis’ Jim Oltjen, Ph.D., and California Beef Council’s Jill Scofield presented at BQA workshops in San Diego.

Members Nick and Debbie Torres enjoying the tradeshow.

CBC’s Bill Dale presented a stock dog demonstration during the tradeshow.

YCC officers were treated to a trip to the convention courtesy of Laird Manufacturing. The officers are pictured here with Laird’s David McComb.

Glenda Rankin (left) was recognized by ANCW as outstanding promoter of the year. She is pictured with daughter Amanda Barrett and CCW’s Judy Ahmann.

Barbara O’Connell was recognizd by ANCW as the outstanding educator of the year. She was joined in San Diego with her family.

Jean Barton, Cheryl Foster and Melanie 2016 ANCW Officers, including CCA members Cindy Tews, Sam Avila and Fowle at the Powder River Booth in the trade Californians Melanie Fowle and Sheila Brooke Helsel at the trade show. show. Bowen. 14 California Cattleman March 2016



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Decade of Red Angus Breed Improvement Pays Dividends From the Red Angus Association of America In a time when commercial cattlemen are demanding profitmaximizing genetics, Red Angus breeders are stepping up to offer genetically superior bulls representing a decade of unrivaled breed improvement. This achievement is a result of Red Angus producers employing the breed’s genetic selection tools to fulfill their charge of providing commercial cattlemen and women with reliable, profit-generating herd bulls. The Spring 2016 bull sale season will provide buyers with the tremendous opportunity to obtain genetics resulting from the best of the Red Angus breed. Evaluation of the most-used Red Angus sires is an excellent gauge of breeder selection decisions and its resulting impact on breed improvement. Specifically, through assessment of weighted averages – which accounts for the number of progeny produced by each sire and weights average EPDs accordingly – we are able to quantify the positive direction in which members are taking the breed.

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By comparing the 100 most-used sires from the reported 2015 vs. the 2005 calf crops, producers will notice phenomenal improvement in all Economically Relevant Traits (ERTs). Considering the power of ERTs and their direct impact on profitability, it should be no surprise that the genetic selection tool with the greatest improvement is the HerdBuilder index (2005 – $93 vs. 2015 – $142). Thus, Red Angus seedstock producers’ implementation of science-based selection tools has delivered an improvement of $49 per female exposure! As commercial cattlemen continue to rebuild the nation’s cowherd, the demand for superior cowherd-building maternal genetics remains high. Red Angus seedstock producers have anticipated and prepared for this need as the cowherd-building set of traits (HB, CED, CEM, ME, HPG and STAY) is unparalleled by any other traits in improvement. This foresight provides commercial producers with an unrivaled suite of cowherd building ERTs with the added benefit

of a decade of exceptional genetic improvement. Red Angus cattle continue to excel throughout the beef-supply chain. While Red Angus females thrive on the range, the steer calves remain in high demand due to their performance in the feedyard and on the rail. This is easily explained because in the past decade Red Angus producers have further advanced the breed’s genetic superiority in maternal, growth and carcass traits. Multi-trait advancement is exactly what Red Angus has accomplished on behalf of its commercial customers. Red Angus breeders’ relentless effort to further improve the genetics of the breed has resulted in tremendous genetic improvement in the past decade. The Spring 2016 Red Angus bull sale season will offer commercial producers the opportunity to capitalize on these genetic advancements, and the RAAA’s commercial marketing department stands prepared to assist farmers and ranchers by adding value to their calf crop.

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HERD 124 GRID 53 CED 13 BW -6.8 WW 55 YW 91 MK 24 ME 4 HPG 11 HERD 148 GRID 50 CED 10 BW -1.7 WW 69 YW 102 MK 16 ME 0 HPG 13 CEM 4 STAY 10 MB 0.75 YG 0.07 CW 14 REA 0.28 BF 0.06 CEM 6 STAY 14 MB 0.45 YG 0.02 CW 28 REA 0.29 BF 0.02

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PROGRESSIVE PRODUCER Determining A Cause getting answers from diagnostic laboratory by Theresa Chao, veterinary student, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine On Jan. 9, the Food Animal and Reproduction Medicine (FARM) club, a student organization of the University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, held the 5th Annual Beef Improvement Symposium. The symposium attracted many local ranchers and producers as well as veterinarians and students. The speakers presented many interesting topics and engaged the audience with lectures, discussions and handson wet lab. One of the highlights of the day was the talk on “Diagnostic Investigations of Herd Mortalities” by Leslie Woods, DVM, from California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS). Woods has been a diagnostician and pathologist at the veterinary diagnostic laboratory since 1983. The laboratory runs various tests for infectious agents, toxins, parasites and more. CAHFS helps ranchers, veterinarians and large animal practitioners to determine the cause of herd mortalities so further losses can be prevented by effectively treating other animals in the herd. Woods presented symposium attendees a list of differential diagnosis of high herd mortality events with sudden death and no clinical signs. High on the

differential list for beef cattle includes infectious diseases and poisonings, as seen in Table 1 below. A good history, including information about the animal, feed, water, environment, and processing (vaccination, deworming, shipping and movement) help the laboratory to further narrow down the list. Toxic plants are a common cause for herd mortality and are a concern to many beef producers. An example is vetch toxicosis, which has spiked in the number of cases during the past two years. Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth), woolly-pod vetch (Vicia villosa spp dasycarpa), and purple vetch (Vicia benghalensis) are the three species found in California. Although hairy vetch is the one mentioned in the literature, Woods found that purple vetch was the culprit in many of the vetch toxicosis cases that the lab investigated. Clinical signs of vetch toxicosis include hair loss on a large portion of the body, itchy and crusty skin, diarrhea (may be bloody) and respiratory distress. Histologically, granulomatous inflammation in skin, heart, kidneys and liver tissues are observed in necropsies. Histopathology suggests vetch toxicosis is a type IV hypersensitivity



INFECTIOUS DISEASES Anthrax, Anaplasma marginale, Clostridial diseases, foreign animal disease

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TOXIC Nitrates, cyanide, cardiotoxic/ neurotoxic plants, ionophores, grain overload, selenium toxicosis, copper deficiency, algal/cyanobacterium blooms

reaction, which means the affected animals must have been previously exposed to vetch, and thus, vetch toxicosis is typically seen in cows and bulls, but not in yearlings. Vetch was initially introduced into California to control soil erosion and to use as green manure to return nutrients/nitrogen to soil. If disregarding the toxic effect, vetch itself is in fact a good forage for livestock as 3.5 percent of its dry matter is nitrogen. The mechanism behind hypersensitivity reaction caused by vetch species is still unknown. One of the theories is that due to the severe drought conditions, there was a decrease in total forage production and diversity, thus cattle consumed a much higher percentage of vetch in their diet than before. To prevent vetch toxicosis, Woods recommended ranchers relocate animals that have been exposed to vetch, to a vetch-free pasture for the following year. Another strategy is to move animals off the vetch pasture from spring to midsummer, since vetch sprouts in spring and dies out from the heat during mid-summer. Woods also addressed another common concern among beef producers: hemorrhagic disease outbreaks in deer population. Currently, the widely known hemorrhagic disease in deer is bluetongue, a critical disease that restricts movement and trade of livestock. However, based on a 25year retrospective study from 1990 to 2015 in California, only 5 cases of deer hemorrhagic disease outbreak were caused by Bluetongue virus; 26 percent of the 471 necropsies done on the deer were actually caused by cervid adenovirus. Unlike the Bluetongue virus, deer adenovirus does not affect livestock. According to Woods’ study, cattle

and sheep inoculated with adenovirus do not develop clinical signs; they also do not replicate or shed the virus. Furthermore, whether the neonates received colostrum or not, does not affect the susceptibility of calves and lambs to deer adenovirus. In conclusion, deer hemorrhagic disease outbreaks in California are likely due to deer adenovirus, not Bluetongue virus. Under these circumstances, it is unnecessary to restrict movement or relocate livestock due to deer hemorrhagic disease outbreak in the region. Hopefully, this information will save a lot of time and effort for many cattlemen and cattlewomen. Another interesting advancement in plant toxicity that Woods shared with the audience was regarding Adonis aestivalis, also known as the summer pheasant’s-eye. The plant is extremely toxic to horses, containing cardiac glycosides that cause

myocardial necrosis. But interestingly, cattle are resistant to toxicosis from Adonis aestivalis. Why cattle are not susceptible to the cardiotoxin is still unknown, but Woods suggested that if feeding hay containing Adonis to cattle, it is important to keep the hay away from horses. If producers encounter a herd mortality event, Woods encouraged them to work with their veterinarian and send in samples of the animal or the carcass to the CAHFS Laboratory for diagnostic testing. “When experiencing high mortality in your herds, the sooner you have the animals examined by your veterinarian and the lab, the better…[because] the best information comes from a fresh carcass, and it will allow you to act sooner to prevent further loss,” said Woods. The Annual Beef Improvement Symposium, sponsored by the California Beef Cattle Improvement

Association, provides a great learning environment to everyone in the community and creates opportunities to network and exchange knowledge with one another. UC Davis FARM club welcomes all to come to the symposium in the future! For more information on the CAHFS Laboratory, visit them online at or by photo at (530) 752-8700.

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Unruh Appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture at Chico State John Unruh, Ph.D.,chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program at Kansas State University, has been named dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. Unruh will begin his position Aug. 1, replacing Dave Daley, who has served as interim dean of the College of Agriculture since 2014. Unruh holds a doctorate degree in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in meat science and beef production from Kansas State University. He grew up on a diversified crop and registered cattle farm near Warden, Washington, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences from Washington State University. He has taught in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University since 1988, and in 2009 was appointed chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program. “I am excited to work with the outstanding faculty and staff at California State University, Chico to serve students and the agriculture community,” Unruh said. “The diversity of agriculture in Northern California and the high quality hands-on learning opportunities in the College of Agriculture put

Chico at the forefront of agricultural education.” Unruh’s appointment is the result of an extensive nationwide search for the next dean of the College of Agriculture. Search committee chair and agriculture professor Brad Dodson said the college is pleased to have recruited Unruh. “Dr. Unruh has a strong reputation for teaching, research and program development,” Dodson said. “He has coached two national champion meat judging teams, led nine agriculture study abroad trips, and won numerous awards for his teaching and service. Hands-on learning and student success are at the forefront of everything he has done in his career.” With four undergraduate degree programs and an online master’s degree in agricultural education, the College of Agriculture has more than doubled its enrollment in the past seven years. Its integrated agricultural curriculum, combined with the highquality living laboratory provided by the University Farm, prepares future agricultural leaders for the challenges of feeding the world and nurturing local communities. Learn more about the College of Agriculture at www.

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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. 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increasing the odds for great tasting beef by Miranda Reiman, industry information assistant director, Certified Angus Beef, LLC You have to eat it. That’s really the only way to know if a steak is going to be good or not. So it is with all “experience goods.” Wine and beauty products are other examples. That’s why it is so important to have a system in place that helps predict product performance, says Daryl Tatum, Colorado State University meat scientist. The wine industry has its ratings and flavor descriptions and the beef community its quality grades. In a new research review, “Recent trends: beef quality, value and price,” Tatum combined the results of several studies to provide a comprehensive overview of the grading system’s ability to predict sensory performance and value of beef. The results say consumers who want more than a “run of the mill” eating experience should reach for premium Choice or Prime. With Prime, there’s a 97 percent chance of having a good eating experience, and that is 93 percent with premium Choice, but low Choice moves to 82 percent. Select is a “roll of the dice,” Tatum explains, with a one-

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in-three chance of having a negative experience. “After sorting for brands, what’s left in the Choice box isn’t too special,” Tatum says, noting that at least a third of the total Choice category is sold in branded beef and premium programs. Moving up on the grading scale helps improve the odds dramatically. The odds of a good eating experience are 2.9 times greater when trading up from low Choice to premium Choice. Economic signals reflect that reality. “Sensory performance does align with the price difference in the trade,” he says. From 2012 to 2014, the average carcass grid values showed a $13.64 per hundredweight (cwt.) premium for Prime, on down to a $10.09/ cwt. discount for Select. Charting those amounts along with the meat sensory measurements shows a linear relationship. To the grading system critics, Tatum says, “When I look at these things, it seems to be working pretty well. I don’t think we’d have been able to trade beef at the prices we have been without some performance

behind it,” he adds. History demonstrated what happened when marbling wasn’t part of the equation as beef got leaner and the industry tried to compete with other proteins on price alone. “Demand kept tanking,” Tatum says. “A lot of the quality signals and trends that we see today, began back then.” He referenced the opposite trends for commodity beef versus the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, which got its start in 1978 and saw dramatic sales increases at a time when beef sales were declining overall. Yet, much of the early science suggested marbling was not as important in younger animals. One study found it accounted for as little as 10 percent of the variation in eating quality. But work done in 2013 shows marbling explains up to 61 percent of the variation in overall product performance consisting of juiciness, tenderness and flavor attributes. “Advances in technology and improved methodology have allowed us to uncover some of those relationships and we’re doing a better job of measuring the differences,” Tatum says. From sensory science to instrument grading, there are more tools that add precision to measuring the relationships between marbling and eating quality. Today’s science is convincing and fits well with the economics, Tatum says. The only way to be sure that an “experience good” is going to give you a good experience is to make use of trusted marketing parameters so that it becomes more of a “search good,” something you seek out repeatedly because of more favorable experiences. A certain brand, variety and vintage will increase your odds, but, “you never really know until you uncork the bottle,” he says. Or take that first juicy bite. To read the entire report, visit www.

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King Ranch Leadership Program welcomes new class The King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) welcomed the second class of its Excellence in Ag Leadership Program on Jan. 26, at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Diego. Among the classmembers is CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead, who will be using the skills she learns in the leadership program to further her beef industry knowledge and enhance the skills she puts to use working for California’s cattlemen and women. The Excellence in Ag Leadership Program, a two-year distance-education program designed to further develop the next generation of leaders in the ranching industry, began in 2014 with its inaugural class of 20 ranching professionals. As their two-year training came to a close, they joined the second class of 16 participants, which includes KRIRM graduate students, at a one-day workshop prior to the start of the convention. Participants of the program are selected and identified as high potential leaders with assistance from NCBA and state cattlemen’s associations. At the one-day workshop, new participants began their training as they received results of a personal 360-leadership assessment completed by their managers, co-workers, peers, and direct reports. The assessment identified the unique leadership strengths of each participant. To complete the distance-education program, participants will also attend three KRIRM lectureships held in Kingsville, Texas, which will focus on strategic planning, human resource 24 California Cattleman March 2016

management, and systems thinking; participate in leadership webinars with industry leaders; and work on challenging industry projects that create opportunity for these leaders to collaborate, learn, and use the skills learned during the training and educational sessions. All workshops and lectureships utilize top experts in the ranching industry, ultimately allowing for the participants to become greater leaders to make a positive impact on the industry. The program will also help participants identify, understand, and capitalize on unique strengths to develop personal, organizational, and community leadership skills. Ryan Rhoades, KRIRM associate professor at the helm of the program, explained that developing the next generation of leaders is among the strongest leverage points for the ranching industry as complex issues and challenges will inevitably arise. Rhoades, along with the leadership of KRIRM and NCBA, looks forward to the positive impact of the program and its participants. Senior Director of Governance and Leadership Barb Wilkinson of NCBA was present at the workshop in San Diego, representing the partnership and commitment both KRIRM and NCBA have in the development of these ranching professionals. “This is truly a unique opportunity to learn more about their strengths, network with industry professionals, and position themselves to be an effective leader of our industry,” Rhoades said. “We hope to build a network of future leaders that will make decisions and be the voice of our industry.”

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GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY KEY TOPIC Sparrowk Elected CattleFax President AT WORLD AG EXPO IN TULARE The challenge of feeding a growing universal population with the difficulties of climate extremes and expanding urbanization requires sound policies to ensure food security around the world. The Farm Journal Foundation welcomed key panelists to discuss global food security and agriculture policies during the “Global Food Security Forum” Feb. 10, on the grounds of the World Ag Expo. Dr. Stephanie Mercier introduced the session, which included special guest U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden. California Cattle producer Jesse Larios of Foster Feed Yard and Associate Director of the Institute for Food and Agriculture at Fresno State University Bill Erysian, PhD along with other key leaders. “I’ve met many inspirational farmers from around the world, and while the languages we speak, the crops we grow, and the production methods we use may differ, one thing rings true in every conversation: we share the same passions and the same challenges in feeding a growing world population,” said Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. As the lead farmer for the California Farm Journal Foundation Farm Team Larios, shared his perspective as a local producer. “I am very thankful to belong to this great group of farmers that are leading the fight on something I hold close to my heart; fighting hunger. In this day of age hunger is just morally incorrect. With today’s advances, no one should sleep hungry,” Larios said. “Education is central to global food security. Including agriculture education for our own armed forces working around the globe side by side with local producers,” said Dr. Bill Erysian. “Discussions like this are vital to getting the word out.” At the Global Food Security Forum, members of the local and global farm community heard from policymakers and thought leaders about the important role U.S. agriculture can and must play in ensuring the world produces enough food to feed an ever-growing population. The Farm Journal Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining agriculture’s ability to serve the vital needs of a growing world population with education and empowerment.

a past chairman. He is also a past president of the California Cattlemen’s Association Marketing Committee. President-elect is Todd Allen of Newton, Kan. Re-elected as executive vice resident was Randy Blach of Centennial, Colo. Jerry JEFF SPARROWK Adams of Broken Bow, Neb., CattleFax, a member-owned was elected to replace Jerry organization serving producers Kuenning of Imperial, Neb., in all segmments of the beef representing the North Plains. cattle business, also held their Dale Smith of Amarillo, Texas, annual business meeting in San was re-elected to a fourDiego last week during the year term representing the Cattle Industry Convention Southwest region where they elected officers for Other directors currently 2016. Jeff Sparrowk, a cow/ serving terms for CattleFax are calf and stocker operator Tom Jensen of Omaha, Neb., from Clements, was elected as Treasurer; Jamie Willrett president. He has been actively of Malta Ill.; Don Quincey of involved in the National Chiefland, Fla.; Pono Von Holt of Kamuela, Hawaii; and Mark Cattlemen’s Beef Association Frasier of Fort Morgan, Colo. (NCBA), and has served as



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Cultivating Rock Star Readers A peek inside the Five Star Ranch Children’s Book Series by CCA Director of Communications Malorie Bankhead


hat first began as an idea, born after many multiple milewalks between the neighboring ranches of two friends, resulted in a project meant to build up the future using the foundations of their past. Wilton ranchers Abbie Nelson and Cathy Echeverria both grew up with fathers who loved to cultivate creativity and share stories. Imagination and reading were important pillars of their childhoods; two things they wanted to pass down to the next generation. Echeverria spent her younger years in Honduras where her father worked as a mining engineer, so travel was not foreign to her. She would spend hours gallivanting in the rain forest with her two sisters and in the evening time, their father would share made-up stories with them about the lively critters of the jungle. “It’s almost like he taught us valuable life lessons using his fictional characters to keep us in line,” Echeverria said. “It worked; those stories were our favorite.” Remembering her childhood

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pleasures, Echeverria brought characters like Jerry P. Ant, Bumble B Bee, Leticia the ladybug and Peter the potato bug to life with the memory of her father’s stories, where they would ultimately live in harmony with the animals on Nelson’s ranch on the pages of the Five Star Ranch children’s book series. Both Nelson and Echeverria hold strong ties to the agriculture industry, heavily involved in the cattle and horse communities. Nelson’s great-grandfather, Thomas Ryan, was one of the first to import Angus cattle from Scotland in the mid-1800s and has served as an inspiration to her as a leader in the beef cattle industry, herself. Nelson and her husband Mark run Five Star Land and Livestock, a purebred Angus seedstock and performance cutting horse operation. Abbie has also served in several leadership roles in the cattle industry, most notably as the first-ever woman to be elected to the American Angus Association Board of Directors. Her previous roles also include president of the California Beef Cattle

Improvement Association and the California Angus Association, among other roles in different organizations. Echeverria and her husband John operate Echeta Ranch, a performance cutting horse operation in Wilton. Echeverria also runs a small herd of commercial Angus cattle in addition to their horse business. For her, calving and foaling seasons are her favorite, as caring for the livestock on her ranch remains her chief passion. Their similar backgrounds, lifestyle and passions made developing a strong friendship easy, eventually evolving into a long-time partnership as co-authors for a big idea they turned into a reality. Each time they would get together to walk, which they both agree is their favorite part of the journey’s beginning, they would share memories of their childhoods and their fathers’ stories with each other. Eventually, the idea to create children’s books was born. “It didn’t take us much time to realize that we could really make these stories come alive, ” Nelson said. “We decided a series of children’s books would be a perfect way to bring



The Five Star Ranch

Vivi Is Missing

By Cathy Echeverria & Abbie Nelson Illustrations by Linda Rosser

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Book 2

The Five Star Ranch

The Rodeo By Cathy Echeverria & Abbie Nelson Illustrations by Linda Rosser

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agricultural awareness to kids who don’t have a background in agriculture.” Each book in the Five Star Ranch series shares underlying messages with hopes of teaching children valuable lessons, in addition to expanding their knowledge of ranch life. The mission statement of the books is emblazoned on their back covers: To create stories that entertain and educate young readers about rural ranch life, real and imaginary. Working with various illustrators for each book, the artists were able to breathe life into the characters that Nelson and Echeverria are so very fond of. Echeverria’s personal favorites are Jerry P. Ant, the co-leader of the critters along with Oscar the bull, the leader of the animals in the stories. Nelson’s favorites are Ike the cow dog and Peter the Potato Bug, who has attention deficit disorder. Aiming to give new readers a fullpicture view of the characters in the books and introduce them all for the first time, the two authors set out to create the outline of The Field Trip, the first book of the series, where a class visits the Five Star Ranch. Vivi is Missing, the second book in the series, tells a story about Vivi the missing heifer calf and the teamwork her friends and family displayed in order to find and save her. The Rodeo, most recently released, shares the adventure that Peter the Potato Bug inadvertently takes when he and his blue balloon kite hitch a ride to the rodeo on Big Red, the roping horse. “We feel very fortunate to have been able to raise our children in agriculture on working ranches,” Echeverria said. “We want to be able to share that experience with urban children who didn’t get that chance.” Nelson says they envision their stories impacting more than just children, but parents, teachers, families and friends too. Their ideal audience is children of millennial parents who grew up on ranches, but have since moved to the city in their adult life and want their children to have a connection to rural life, as well. While wildly popular among the agriculture savvy crowd, the authors hope to push the books outside of their comfort zone. “We really want these books to reach beyond the agriculture community, too,” said Nelson. “In order to really serve their purpose, urban children should read or hear the stories, as well.”

Nelson says reading to children seems to be going by the wayside. The two hope their books increase opportunities for parents to read to their kids, while providing an educational opportunity about ranching to their readers too. As they describe the characters and explain the plots of the books, the light in their eyes reveals the true place their passion for these books comes from— their heart. “Our hearts are in it,” Echeverria said. “When something like this comes from the heart, it’s not just because our fathers did it, it’s our passion too.” The process, though seemingly simple, has been quite a journey. Time seems to play the greatest factor. “It’s challenging to find a balance,” Echeverria said. “We’re real ranch women too. We have chores to get done and animals to care for and by the time we get around to thinking about the books, we’re tired.” But that doesn’t stop them. On to book four now, the pair says creating the stories is fun for them. They meet together to work on the books in their studio on Echeverria’s ranch. “Working on the stories never gets stale,” Echeverria said. “It’s always exciting, and we do feel like we are making a positive contribution to the next generation.” For this dynamic duo, that’s what their project is all about. They are hopeful the success of their stories will reach far beyond the cattle community, and they are excited to help their stories reach the minds of young urban readers, too. Looking for opportunities to get their books into classrooms, the pair is excited to work with the California CattleWomen and their Agriculture in the Classroom program. Nelson and Echeverria have traveled many miles within the past several months to cattle industry venues like the California Cattlemen’s Association and California CattleWomen, Inc. Convention in Reno, the American Angus National Convention and Trade Show in Kansas and, most recently, the Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego. Books leave the booth in their colorfully, hand-packaged bags to young readers across the country. “Folks will go up to their hotel rooms at these events, read the books, and come back because they want more sets to send to their grandchildren, March 2016 California Cattleman 29

friends or neighbors,” Nelson said. One returning customer said her granddaughter likes to read them over and over again, making it clear that the books are a hit with the kids who read them. Sometimes Nelson and Echeverria have guests in their booth, too. Abbie’s husband Mark, an esteemed cattleman himself and past president of the California Cattlemen’s Association, is the most popular tag along, according to Echeverria, because of his humor and quick wit with booth visitors. The pair is thankful for the team who has helped the Five Star Ranch children’s books transform from a dream into a reality. “We are grateful for those who

have helped this project grow, especially the bright ideas and hard work from Wendy Scribner and PRP Companies,” Nelson said. “We look forward to achieving new heights for our books in the coming future.” Next up in the series is a story about Chico the Chihuahua and Ike the cow dog in a tale about friendship. The book introduces young readers to a few Spanish words and instills the values of acceptance of others and open-mindedness. In books to come, main character Ryan will get married and he and his wife will have their first child, Jhett, mirroring their current real life scenario, and he will begin communicating with the critters and animals on the ranch too. Looking to the future, book four will be released soon, followed by five and six, whose story lines are already complete. The authors hope to develop a relationship with Amazon to eventually market the Five Star Ranch series through that popular online channel and have a goal in mind to develop a smart phone application for children to read short stories about the characters in the series. They

“We really want these books to reach beyond the agriculture community, too. In order to really serve their purpose, urban children should read or hear the stories, as well.”

-Abbie Nelson

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even talk about creating a pre-teen chapter book one day. There are several ways to follow along with the critters and animals in the Five Star Ranch children’s book gang. If you are interested in having the Five Star Ranch children’s books series for sale in your store, please contact Abbie or Cathy. You can find their emails and ordering options in the Five Star Children’s Book ad on page 31. If you’d like to purchase the books, visit www. and print out an order form. Books 1, 2 and 3 are sold in a set for $45 along with other items like a coloring book and children’s items. Keep up with Ike, Oscar, Jerry and the whole crew and fuel the imagination of the young people in your life with the Five Star Ranch Children’s Book series, today!


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The Five Star Ranch

The Rodeo

Vivi Is Missing

By Cathy Echeverria & Abbie Nelson Illustrations by Linda Rosser

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The Field Trip OUR MISSION:


To create stories that entertain and educate young readers of rural ranch life, real and imaginary.

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recommended for ages 3 and up

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recommended for ages 3 and up

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HERD HEALTH CHECK KEEPING SPRINGTIME BRANDING STRESS TO MINIMUM Implementing BQA practices saves time and money from South Dakota State University Extension Branding of livestock has served as an important method of permanent identification for thousands of years. Use of brands as identification is important to be able to determine ownership of an animal in public grazing land situations, on large acreages where cattle may be lost or mixed with other herds, and ranches that have cattle owned by more than one person. Branding also provides an opportunity to conduct other herd and health management practices, including vaccinations, castration, dehorning, body condition scoring of cows, etc. Despite the necessity of branding and its associated benefits, it can be a stressful event for livestock and producers alike. Animal health and well-being may become compromised in cases of acute stress response. It is worthwhile to consider making changes to the branding routine to help reduce stress and minimize the impact of this event in the herd. Ideally, castration, dehorning, and branding should occur prior to three months of age but needs to be completed at least three weeks before calves are weaned. Younger calves recover more quickly with fewer complications and are easier to handle. In larger herds, it works well to break cattle into small groups at branding time. If possible, use portable panels out in the pastures to minimize the stress of gathering and moving allowing cattle to stay in familiar surroundings. Pens should be relatively small, but not so small that crowding becomes problematic. Both hot-iron and freeze branding techniques are capable of causing pain, as indicated by behavior responses (tail flicks, kicks, vocalization, etc.), heart rate increase, and cortisol responses in several studies; 32 California Cattleman March 2016

however, the pain is typically acute. Handling procedures during branding are important to help minimize stress. There are several methods used to administer brands and vaccinations, including calf tables, roping and wrestling, and Nord forks. If using a calf table, it is important to have the facilities set up correctly to ease animal movement and safety. Avoid crowing the alley, and make sure that the table allows easy and safe access to the calf. Although roping does not appear to be a low stress handling technique, it can actually be less stressful than other methods if done correctly by a skilled roper. The distance between the pen and the branding site should be minimized, and calves should always be drug out by both heels. It also helps to allow calves immediate access to their mothers following branding. There are several techniques utilized for castration, including banding using rubber rings, the open surgical technique frequently

performed at branding, and the Burdizzo method that involves a plier-like clamp. Calves castrated surgically initially exhibit more stress than banded calves, but both groups resume normal behavior soon after the operation is completed. Some studies have found that banding causes chronic pain that may persist for several weeks. Some studies have indicated that analgesics, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can reduce chronic pain following castration, although treatment may be difficult when cattle are on pasture. Since some of the common NSAIDs are available only through a veterinary prescription, producers should consult with their veterinarians to determine which, if any, treatment is appropriate for a given situation. In addition, it is important to consider the healing time associated with each method and the experience level of the branding crew when deciding which method to use.

Horns are removed to increase handling safety, reduce injuries and bruising, and increase feedlot performance. Horns may be removed prior to two months of age by “disbudding” or removing the hornproducing cells. If horns are already attached to the skull, the procedure is referred to as dehorning. Dehorning methods include heat cauterization, liquid or paste and mechanical dehorning. Injecting a local anesthetic before dehorning and providing NSAIDs for long-term pain can help reduce the stress response. Again, a veterinarian should be consulted for specific recommendations. Dehorning through genetic selection by using polled bulls should be considered as a long-term solution for the problems associated with horned cattle. Reducing pain and stress in calves at branding are important considerations for producers. It is a good idea to think about methods currently being used at branding time and decide if there are alternatives that could work well for their herd. As the late, great Bud Williams used to say, “If you’re working livestock and you’re working hard, you’re doing it wrong.”

BRANDING TIME & BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln It is spring and that means its branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding it is important to review BQA guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles: • Discuss calf vaccination protocols with your veterinarian to ensure a strong herd health program. • Make sure everyone is focused on the importance of “low stress cattle handling” … the lower the stress the better response we will get from the vaccines selected. • Select vaccines that can be administered subcutaneous when possible. • Keep vaccines out of ultraviolet light and in a cooler at proper storage temperatures. • Prepare (mix) modified live vaccines as needed and not more than one hour prior to administration. • Use clean administering equipment (syringes). • Select proper needle size for young calves, recommend using 16-18 gauge, 1/2 to 5/8 inch needles. • Change needles every 15 head or each time the syringe is reloaded. • Give all injections in the neck region. • Maintain the proper processing records.

BQA is a commitment to the beef consumers that producers are using the Best Management Practices (BMPs) to produce safe, wholesome beef products. Product quality and integrity starts at day one of a calf ’s life through focusing on care, well-being and health of those animals entrusted into the producer’s stewardship.

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Red Angus Releases New EPDS The season for bull sales is here and busy cattlemen will now have the most up-to-date information available as they make genetic selections to be used in their herds. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Spring EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements. The Red Angus breed has been dedicated to Total Herd Reporting (THR) for two decades, creating an accurate database of Red Angus genetics and subsequently, EPDs trusted by ranchers. EPDs are displayed with their in-breed ranking percentile to assist cattle producers with their trait selection decisions. “With THR data, we are provided with comparisons between all animals in each contemporary group,” said Larry Keenan, RAAA director of breed improvement. “Since EPDs rely on measured variation within a contemporary group, THR provides for reliable EPDs and faster gains in EPD accuracy by ensuring that the variation in the performance of each calf is counted.” Red Angus’ strong foundation of THR data combined with genomic data from high-density DNA tests provides EPDs with unsurpassed reliability. The information from the genomic data can be as informative as a bull’s first calf crop or a cow’s lifetime production record. And, since the genomic data is incorporated directly into the EPDs, cattle producers don’t have to learn how to interpret new data. The information will be delivered in the form of higher accuracy EPDs. For more information on EPDs, visit the “Genetics” page on the RAAA website, Producers can also access individual animals’ EPDs and breed percentiles, or calculate the projected EPDs of specific matings on the website. 34 California Cattleman March 2016

Red Angus Association of America Acquires Interest In Top Dollar Angus The Red Angus Association of America recently acquired a major share in Top Dollar Angus, Inc. RAAA President Kim Ford made the announcement at BrainTrust during the Red Angus activities held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. “This is a tremendous day for the RAAA to become directly involved as an owner in Top Dollar Angus,” said Ford. “The Red Angus breed believes strongly in value-added genetic programs and has a long history of innovative thinking as a breed association. Top Dollar Angus is a pioneer in bringing distinct feeder calf marketing based on superior genetics to the U.S. beef business. We view this purchase as an investment that will bring greater rewards to cow-calf operations that consistently purchase high-geneticmerit bulls and match those genetics with good health management and nutrition programs. And if it’s good for commercial cattlemen and women, it’s positive for Red Angus.” Tom Brink, founder of Top Dollar

Angus Inc., will retain an ownership interest, and will continue to serve as president. The firm will operate as a separate, stand-alone entity from the Association. “In working with ranchers and farmers across the nation over the past two years, it is apparent that cattlemen with superior Red Angus and Angus beef genetics are actively seeking to differentiate their calves,” said Brink. “Top Dollar Angus helps accomplish that important task. By partnering with the RAAA, the program will be strengthened, become more visible, and be more able to successfully serve commercial ranchers and farmers. Those men and women raising the beef industry’s best calves deserve a premium price, and Top Dollar Angus is now in an even better position to help make that happen.” In the future, Top Dollar Angus will seek to raise additional capital from a limited number of outside investors.

Boogie Sperry Ranch For Sale Paradise Valley, NV • 1,000 ACRE RANCH FOR SALE BY OWNER • • ALL WATER RIGHTED • • MANY IMPROVEMENTS • Ranch would make excellent summer pasture, purebred ranch, alfalfa ranch, horse ranch or run a cowherd year around. Call Duane Boggio (775) 578-3547 PO Box 34, Paradise Valley, NV 89426

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BAR R ANGUS A modest-sized, but top-tier Angus operation, Bar R Angus began in the show ring in 2000 and soon expanded to the commercial market. Today, after raising several top herd sires, donors and show heifers, Bar R reached a longtime goal in 2012 when they bred and raised the National Champion Angus Bull at the National Western Stock Show. Moving forward and expanding their genetics from coast-to-coast, Bar R’s breeding philosophy is to raise the best possible cattle phenotypically with a complementary EPD profile. At Bar R Angus, we strive to produce cattle that are accepted in any environment. We know structural correctness with powerful phenotype is crucial. Bulls are marketed each year through the Heritage Bull Sale in Wilton. Learn more about us at or give us a call. We’d love to show you our operation!

Craig & Julie (J.J.) Reinhardt Sloughhouse, CA (916) 712-3696 •

CARDEY RANCHES & ROAD RUNNER ANGUS Roadrunner Angus/Cardey Ranches are proud of our heritage. We, along with our son, David Olson and his family, work hard as a team to maintain a terrific set of cows and a bull battery that gets the job done well. Our calves are born in the eastern foothills without assistance - only Mother Nature. Our full intent is to raise cattle that will go on to excel in anyone’s program regardless of where they run cattle. We invite you to our ranches anytime to view the cow factory and sires we use in our program. Our cattle rank highest in our priorities next to our family. We really appreciate the outstanding job Snyder Feedlot does with our bulls on test. Cattle are our only business and have been for over 50 years. We pray we can add another 50 years to our traditions and many more!


BAR T BAR The Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., is owned and operated by Bob and Judy Prosser of Winslow, Ariz. An agribusiness since 1924, Judy Prosser represents the third generation of the Chilson family. Today, the ranch consists of 1,150 commercial cows, 800 replacement heifers, 350 registered Balancer, Angus and Gelbvieh cows. The Prossers hold an annual bull sale each spring where they market 200 feed efficiency-tested bulls. The Prosser family does not take the stewardship of their land and livestock lightly. They take pride in producing quality seedstock and quality beef for the consumer, which, in turn, provides for their economic sustainability. All their relationships are built on trust and integrity and they strive for a quality of life that promotes life-long learning and excellence in the agriculture industries. To learn more about Bar T Bar, see their ad on page 35 or visit them online at

The Prosser Family • Winslow, AZ (928) 289-2619 (winter) (928)477-2458 (summer)


Based in Brentwood, Dal Porto Livestock is a registered Angus operation that caters to the commercial producer. In addition to the registered Angus herd, David and Jeanene Dal Porto run a large herd of commercial cows which are serviced by Dal Porto bulls. Resulting progeny are retained and fed out. Employing this practice allows the Dal Portos to evaluate genetic progress, and best produce a product that works for customers. David currently serves on the American Angus Association Board of Directors and Jeanene serves on the California Angus Association and the Western States Association Board of Directors The Dal Porto Family will be hosting their 25th annual Bull Sale on Sept. 15, in Denair, with Rancho Casino, where nearly 140 bulls will be marketed to cattlemen from across the country. To learn more, visit or see their ad on page 23.

Dating back to the early 1850s the EZ brand was well known in the ranching circles as a largescale commercial cattle operation. EZ Angus was born in 2012, when Tim and Marilyn Callison transitioned to the purebred business with a goal of raising high quality Angus cattle. In the past few years EZ Angus, based in Tulare County, has acquired some of the breeds most elite genetics and top donor cows. They currently run more than 600 purebred Angus cows throughout California. On Sept. 3, in partnership with Ray-Mar Ranches of Oakdale, EZ Angus will host their first bull sale at Escalon Livestock Market in Escalon. To learn more about EZ Angus’ operation, sale offering and breeding philosophies, give them a call or see their ad on page 15.

David & Jeanene Dal Porto and Family Brentwood, CA (925) 634-0933 •

Chad Davis & Travis Coy Porterville, CA

Don & Diana Cardey Turlock, CA (209) 634-5491 36 California Cattleman March 2016

Chad (559) 392-8772 • Travis (559) 392-8772




Five Star Land and Livestock is a family operation that has been in business for more than 100 years. Today, there are six generations involved in the Angus cattle industry, both purebred and commercial. Accomplishments include many championships in the show ring and bull tests but today the operation is concentrated on breeding cattle for the cow/calf operator. Five Star focuses on multi traits that increase the bottom line of their customers. Join them at the Heritage Bull Sale at the ranch in Wilton Sept. 4. Go to www. for more information or see our ad on page 27. The Nelson Family welcomes inquiries and visits.

Ludvigson Stock Farms was founded by Lars and Joan Ludvigson in the early 1950s in Iowa as a conventional farming business. A commercial Angus cowherd was added to LSF in the 1970s and evolved into the seedstock business in the early 80s, producing registered Simmentals. In the fall of 2008, after becoming a well-known Red Angus operation, Ludvigson Stock Farms made the decision to move its bull sale west to Park City, Montana. Ludvigson Stock Farms and the LSF prefix are known throughout the Red Angus breed as well as the entire beef industry. LSF cattle are known for their low birth, growth, carcass and maternal characteristics while maintaining some of the most eye appealing Red Angus in the breed today. Be assured that when you purchase LSF genetics you can have the confidence that your investment will be worthwhile and will be in high demand in the industry.

In 1955, Bill and Zola Noah bought 10 head of registered Angus heifers in The Dalles, Ore. for $200 per head. Bill, Zola and middle son Randy moved to Cambridge, Idaho, in 1971 with 69 cows and 1 bull. They began participating in local bull sales but chose to start the tradition of private treaty sales. Today, the fourth generation operation is based around, productive black cows and the traits that we believe made Angus the great breed that it is: Strong maternal females, moderate-framed cattle with a balance of traits that can perform in any environment. The Noah Family offers both bulls and females private treaty and invites your to contact them about this year’s offering. To learn more visit them online at or see their ad on page 20.

The Ludvigson Family

Randy & Kate Noah (208)257-3727 Nathan & Melissa Noah (208)257-3686

Mark & Abbie Nelson and Family Wilton, CA Abbie Nelson (916) 712-3696 Ryan Nelson (916) 804-6861


The Bill & Zola Noah Family

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Operating since 1878, O’Neal Ranch, now with locations in Madera County and the Sierra Valley, includes a large commercial herd and a purebred Angus herd. The commercial and purebred herds run right alongside each other on the same range. The seedstock operation holds an Angus bull sale each September, offering genetics that the family also introduces into their commercial herd. The Cardoza and Jameson family has a philosophy that if bulls are not good enough for their own commercial cows, they are not good enough for their bull-buying customers. If you want to see how O’Neal bulls perform, the family welcomes anyone to look at their commercial calves. O’Neal Ranch focuses on growth, performance and carcass, while still maintaining the importance of calving-ease. O’Neal Ranch looks to the future when picking A.I. sires. Their selection criteria includes looking for cutting edge genetics that come from proven cow families.

Since the early 1900s, the cattle business at Poncetta Farms, Bakersfield, has evolved from a dairy and shorthorn business to a multigenerational Angus and Shorthorn operation. First purchasing Angus cattle in 2010, Poncetta Farms has quickly become a top quality program consisting about 60 cows focusing on well-rounded cattle comprised of the best of all traits but specifically focusing on calving ease and performance in all the cattle. With about 30 Angus females, the modest sized operation emphasizes quality over quantity and is looking to build in the future. In addition to the cattle business the Poncetta family operates a custom hay service and does custom farming in addition to running the family farm. Poncetta bulls are marketed a several consignment sales throughout the year as well as via private treaty off the ranch. To learn more, visit them online at

Gary & Betsy Cardoza and Family Madera, CA (559) 999-9510 •

The Poncetta Family Bakersfield, CA (661) 978-3320 • (661) 978-0955 March 2016 California Cattleman 37

RANCHO CASINO ANGUS David and Carol Medeiros, Denair, run Rancho Casino Angus and have been in the purebred Angus business for more than 40 years, a lifelong dream. They run their cows in the eastern foothills and valley of Central California. The cowherd is run with a minimum of labor and are expected to wean a calf every year with a minimum of supplements. Performance is measured at birth, weaning and yearling along with ultrasound carcass data on yearling bulls. All cattle are now DNA tested for performance traits and parentage. Rancho Casino has held its annual production bull sale since 1992 along with Dal Porto Livestock of Brentwood, selling approximately 140 bulls per year. Th 25th Anniversary Annual Bull Sale will be held Sept.15, at the ranch in Denair.


RAY-MAR RANCHES One of California’s largest seedstock operations, Ray-Mar Ranches runs about 1,200 cow-calf pairs on their California ranch. Family patriarch Ray Alger has more than 50 years of diverse experience in agriculture, from beef to dairy to feedlot operations. In building their herd, the Algers have adhered to strict culling and emphasize a balance of traits when selecting seed stock animals. They have also been testing genetic markers for tenderness among herd sires and dams as well as monitoring feed efficiency among their herd. As their Angus operation has grown, Ray-Mar Ranches sold bulls private treaty until 2004 when they held their first annual “Commitment to Performance” Bull Sale. Presently, they offer about 150 to 200 Angus bulls to California commercial producers. To learn more about Ray-March ranches, visit them online at or see their ad on page 15.

Known across the country by showmen and commercial beef producers alike, the Blanchard and Silveira families at Silveira Bros., based in Firebaugh, strive to produce the best genetics that can perform in any environment. The mission at Silveira Bros. is to produce multi-trait performance Black and Red Angus seedstock for the commercial producer. They strive to produce Angus bulls that: can be used on heifers and cows; excel in weaning and yearling performance; and transmit superior carcass traits. All with the emphasis on calving ease genetics using A.I. to the nation’s most highly-proven sires, and extensive embryo transfer from Silveira Bros. highly-proven donor cows. Silveira Bros., holds separate female and bull sales at the ranch in the fall as well as an Internet sale each spring. To learn more about their program, visit them online at www.silveirabros. com or see their ad on page 7.


David & Carol Medeiros and Family Denair, CA (209) 623-6015 •

Ray & Mary Alger and Family Oakdale, CA (209) 847-0187

Rick, Allison & Garrett Blanchard Darrell Silveira Firebaugh, CA • (559) 217-1502



Spring Cove Ranch was a dream of Arthur H. Butler. Through many changes in the last 92 years, one thing has remain constant, there have always been registered Angus cattle grazing the ranges of Spring Cove. Through the years, the goals have been to produce all-purpose Angus cattle that will perform under the variety of range conditions of the West. Spring Cove has always strived to keep birth weights moderate, weaning weights heavy and cows maternal, never following current breed fads. The Butler family breeds functional cows that work under range conditions. The annual Cattlemen’s Connection Bull Sale is held the second Monday in March. To learn more about the offering visit them online at or see their ad on page 9.

Tehama Angus Ranch is a diversified farming operation raising purebred Angus cattle, almonds, walnuts and a variety of feeds. Tehama Angus is one of few ranches to be operated by four generations of the same family for over 70 years. Tehama Angus is renowned for providing purebred Angus genetics that increase growth and carcass performance as well as maternal traits. Tehama Angus has stringent criteria creating females that calve easily, breed back within a 50-day season, maintain perfect udders, and continue to raise an extraordinary calf every year. Tehama Angus genetics are built on a solid foundation with over 70 years of performance records for each calf born. The Borror family welcomes visitors to the ranch anytime to view bulls for the “Generations of Performance” fall bull sale and the cowherd that stands behind them. To learn more about Tehama Angus Ranch, visit them online at www. or see their ad on page 33.

The Borror Family Art & Stacy Butler Gerber, CA Bliss, ID (208) 352-4332 • (530) 526-9404 • 38 California Cattleman March 2016

VINTAGE ANGUS RANCH Vintage Angus Ranch (VAR) is a family-owned operation that has grown into a breed leader for high quality multi-trait Angus seedstock. Today VAR hosts two annual sales. The “Carcass Maker” Bull Sale in September, markets bulls to leading A.I. studs, purebred cattlemen from across the country and top commercial operations across the West. VAR also holds the annual Female “Genetic Gold” Production Sale, a highlight event for Angus breeders from coast-to-coast, having sold females into 30 different states. VAR may enjoy interest in their breed-leading genetics across the world, but their goal to produce cattle that will perform in the hill country of California and raise performance to the top of the Angus breed has never changed. Value for our commercial customers is our top priority. We want our last bull through the ring each year to leave more genetic value than featured bulls in other sales. Giving our customers the most for their investment is Vintage Angus Ranch.

2016 CALIFORNIA ANGUS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT................................................. Brad Worthington (209) 613-0723 VICE PRESIDENT........................................................ Susan Perry (559) 287-0653 SECRETARY................................................................J.J. Reinhardt (916) 712-3696 TREASURER.............................................................Betsy Cardoza (559) 822-2386 DIRECTORS 2014-2016 Brad Worthington Jamie Traynham Susan Perry Hadley Pitts

2015-2017 Darrell Hansen Matt Avila Rick Schultz Susan Levisay

2016-2018 Jeanene DalPorto Justin Schmidt Bill Traylor Jason Judge

JUNIOR ADVISOR Amanda Leo...........................(209) 563-6931 AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL DIRECTOR David Dal Porto......................(925) 634-0933 Jim & Sue Coleman Modesto, CA • (209) 521-0537

ZANOLINE CATTLE CO. Zanoline Cattle Company runs a small herd of registered Angus cows in the hills outside of Healdsburg. Sam and Jan Zanoline have a very select group of cows that are productive, stout and functional. They strive to produce cattle with longevity and profitability that are extremely high in quality. The Angus bulls and females produced at Zanoline Cattle Company have tremendous phenotype; being sound, thick, long, deep and attractive, without sacrificing the performance numbers to please the most discriminating commercial cattleman. Bulls are marketed off the ranch or at the Red Bluff Bull Sale. Heifers are sold privately. Their daughter and son-in-law, Frank and Christina Ward help in the marketing of their cattle and breeding decisions each year.

REGIONAL MANAGER Terry Cotton..........................(816) 390-3227


Sam and Jan Zanoline Healdsburg, CA (707) 433-9706 March 2016 California Cattleman 39

FUTURE FOCUS Chico State Hosts Beef Symposium

ranchers travel far & wide for first-class education from California Young Cattlemen’s Committee Publicity Chair Rebecca Swanson In partnership with the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association (CBCIA), the Young Cattlemen’s Association (YCA) of California State University, Chico, (Chico State) hosted the 2016 Beef Symposium. This two-day event on Feb. 19 and 20, drew more than 100 producers and students from around the state. On Friday, almost 40 YCA members attended an exclusive tour in Cottonwood. The tour began at Shasta Livestock Auction Yard, where Holly Foster, Oroville, spoke to the group about the operations of the Western Video Market. Foster provided the group an overview of the auction yard’s operation, before taking the group on a tour of the facilities, where students had a chance to see firsthand how the livestock auction business works. The group watched a portion of the auction and toured the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic on the grounds, before eating a delicious beef lunch prepared by the Branding Iron Restaurant. At the conclusion of meal, the group continued their way to one of the Bengard Ranches. The manager of Bengard Ranch’s cattle operation, Jerry Hemsted, Cottonwood, explained the cattle operation and their grazing program, vaccination protocols, breeding calendar and answered questions from students. Hemsted took the group through the walnut and prune orchards, just two segments of their vastly diversified agricultural operation. To conclude the tour, the group traveled to Oroville and joined the Butte County Cattlemen’s Association for their annual Red Meat Dinner. The group was able to meet many beef producers and others from within the industry, as well as hear updates from the local cattlemen and cattlewoman groups, the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Beef Council.

Event chair and Chico State student Rylee Pedotti welcomed the attendees which included producers and students from across the state. 40 California Cattleman March 2016

The tour was made possible with the generous support from the Napa-Solano Cattlemen’s Association, LeSaffre and the Butte County Cattlemen’s Association. To kick off Saturday’s event at the Chico State University Farm, Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., Chico State College of Agriculture program coordinator welcomed everyone to the 2016 Chico State Beef Symposium. John Paterson, Ph.D, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, gave a keynote address on the topic of consumer perception and how it continues to change as time goes on. Mike Karle, DVM, owner of Mid-Valley Vet in Orland, along with Dennis Wilson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., California Department of Food and Agriculture, each gave a presentation on the judicious use of antibiotics, and held a panel discussion, moderated by Kasey DeAtley, Ph.D., of Chico State, in which several attendees were able to ask questions. Ken Tate, Ph.D., of UC Davis presented on the topic of ranching and water quality in California and where the industry is headed in the future, in regards to water quality. The morning portion concluded with a California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) update by Malorie Bankhead, CCA staff. During lunch, attendees could browse the tradeshow, enjoy a tri-tip meal prepared by Chico YCA members and participate in both a silent and live auction before breaking into smaller groups for a series of workshops in the afternoon. Guests were allowed to choose their favorite two to attend. The first workshop was in Range Cattle Nutrition, presented by Leslie Roche, Ph.D. of UC Davis, DeAtley and Doyle. Attendees were able to learn about the GrowSafe

Synposium attendee and Chico State graduate Cain Madrigal and other participants had the opportunity to feel inside the rumen of a cow through an external canula.

systems used to conduct nutrition studies at the Chico State Farm Beef Unit, as well as look at the pastures and learn about the nutrition within them. Attendees were also able to look into the rumens of cannulated heifers and pull out different feedstuffs for evaluation. Other workshops included an opportunity to earn a Beef Quality Assurance certification by Jill Scofield, California Beef Council and Jim Oltjen, Ph.D., UC Davis. A workshop focused on social media was moderated by Bankhead and included panel members Brooke Helsel, Meet Your Beef blog, Clovis; Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau; and Jesse Larios, Foster Feedyard, Brawley. The panel spoke about their experiences with social media and interacted with attendees about how social media can be best utilized in regards to advocating for the beef industry. The carcass fabrication and new product development workshop presented by Michael Chao, Ph.D., Chico State, allowed attendees to see first-hand how carcasses are fabricated and learn about new product development at the Chico State Meats Lab. Chico State YCA was exceptionally proud and grateful to have such a great group of speakers, workshop presenters and trade show vendors and would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many companies, partners and YCC members who generously supported this event. The Chico State Beef Symposium is tentatively planned to take place every two years. We hope to see you in 2018!

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2016 Red Bluff Bull Sale Judges Guy Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho; John Venable, Corning; Eldon Krebs, Gordon, Neb.; and Committee member Ron Anderson, Red Bluff.

Bob and Susan Hoenck with Carl and Heidi Wulff.

Col. Trent Stewart sold the dog sale alongside Matt Macfarlane, who read pedigrees.

Cory Reid, Bryan Owens, and Chuck Macfarlane during bull sifting.

2016 Andy Peek Memorial Scholarship Recipients pictured with the Peek Family

Col. Rick Machado and Col. Jake Parnell during the Western Video Market Replacement Female Sale.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (left) and Sen. Jim Nielsen (right) presented sale manager Adam Owens with a celebratory resolution in honor of the 75th anniversary of the bull sale.

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2016 Sale Staff (L to R): Eric Drees, Matt Macfarlane, Logan Ipsen, Mark Holt, Jayson Jackson, Jake Troutt, Col. Rick Machado, Terry Cotton, Pete Crow, Justin Holmberg and John Dickinson.

Richard Linhart, DVM, and Craig Bosworth, both with Merial Animal Health.

Golden State Farm Credit’s, John Martinson, Regina Byrd and Amy Anderson.

Water for Life Boardmember Glenn Barrett briefly spoke at the bull sale.

Bull, Gelding, Mule, Stock Dog & Replacement Heifer Results RED BLUFF BULL SALE RED BLUFF GELDING SALE

Champion Angus - Zanoline Cattle Co.

169 Angus....................... $4,783 5 Balancer....................... $5,750 26 Charolais.................... $3,763 1 ChiAngus..................... $5,600 1 ChiMaine..................... $2,800 38 Hereford.................... $5,486 6 LimFlex....................... $3,108 18 Polled Hereford....... $4,892 20 Red Angus................. $4,600 2 Shorthorn.................... $3,750 13 SimAngus.................. $4,988 6 Simmental................... $7,667 305 Total Bulls............... $4,816

Stockhorse & Conformation Champion - Chet & Angela Vogt Cutting Champion - Emily Jones Snaffle Bit Champion- Dylan Sponseller Head Horse Champion - James Ferreira Heeling Horse Champion - Nonella Livestock Craig Owens Ideal Ranch Horse - Sharon Edsall 75 Geldings.................... $10,070


High Selling Dog from Kirk Winebarger............ $12,750 17 Dogs.......................... $6,318 Res. Champion Angus - Gohr Cattle


Adam Owens, Sale Manager Marianne Brownfield, Bull & Dog Secretary Trish Suther, Gelding Secretary


Col. Rick Machado Col. Justin Holmburg Col. Trent Stewart Col. Max Olvera

2016 HALTER CHAMPIONS BY BREED Angus Champion – Lot 222 - Zanoline Cattle Co., Healdsburg Reserve – Lot 113 - Gohr Cattle, Madras, Ore. Charolais Champion – Lot 259 – Cardey Ranches, Turlock Reserve – Lot 257 – Bianchi Ranches, Gilroy Hereford & Supreme Champion – Lot 278 – Chandler Herefords, Baker City, Ore. Reserve – Lot 277 – Barry Ranch, Gresham, Ore. Polled Hereford Champion – Lot 358 – Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Kenwood Reserve – Lot 339 – Jason Autry, Gustine Simmental & AOB Champion – Lot 412 – Hinton Ranch, Montague Reserve – Lot 416 – Strickler Livestock, Orland

Champion Hereford & Supreme - Chandler Herefords

Champion Polled Hereford - Sonoma Mountain Herefords

SimAngus Champion – Lot 400 – Little Shasta Ranch, Montague Reserve – Lot 405 – Little Shasta Ranch, Montague Red Angus Champion – Lot 380 – Lazy J Red Angus, Prineville, Ore. Reserve – Lot 376 – Lazy J Red Angus, Prineville, Ore. Shorthorn Champion – Lot 389 – Cardey Ranches, Turlock Chiangus Champion – Lot 271 – White Cattle Co., Burns, Ore. Lim-Flex Champion– Lot 332 – Haugen Limousin, Los Molinos

Calving Ease Champion - Poncetta Farms

Charolais Champion - Cardey Ranches

2016 RANGE-READY CHAMPIONS BY BREED Angus Champion – Lot 37 – Cardey Ranches/ Roadrunner Angus, Turlock Reserve – Lot 148 – Oak Ridge Angus, Calistoga Hereford Champion – Lot 288 – Jon England Ranch, Prineville, Ore. Reserve – Lot 283 – Jim England Ranch, Powell Butte, Ore. Charolais Champion – Lot 257 – Broken Box Ranch, Williams Reserve – Lot 247- Bianchi Ranches, Gilroy

Champion Shorthorn - Cardey Ranches

Champion SimAngus - Strickler Livestock

SimAngus Champion - Lot 395 – Double D Cattle, Terrebonne, Ore. Reserve – Lot 393 – Double D Cattle, Terrebonne, Ore. Red Angus Champion – Lot 364 – 6R Ranch, LLC, Powell Butte, Ore. Reserve – Lot 363 – 6R Ranch, LLC, Powell Butte, Ore. Balancer ® Champion – Lot 237 – Louie’s Cattle Service, Burns, Ore. Reserve – Lot 236 – Louie’s Cattle Service, Burns, Ore.

2016 SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS Champion Red Angus - Lazy J Red Angus

Champion Simmental and AOB - Hinton Ranch

Champion Range Ready - Cardey Ranches/ Roadrunner Angus

Jack Owens Ideal Range Bull - Cardey Ranches/Roadrunner Angus

Calving Ease Champion – Lot 163 – Poncetta Farms, Bakersfield Jack Owens Ideal Range Bull – Lot 33 – Cardey Ranches/ Roadrunner Angus, Turlock 2016 Outstanding Consignor Award - Cardey Ranches/ Roadrunner Angus, Turlock

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SONOMA MOUNTAIN HEREFORDS Producing champion hereford genetics for the commercial cattleman Thank you to all of our 2016 Red Bluff Buyers: Carrick Ranch, Weed, CA Zwanziger Land & Cattle, Weed, CA Lone Star Ranch, Inc., Ferndale, CA JC Partners, Corning, CA

2016 RED BLUFF CHAMPION POLLED HEREFORD SMH DURANGO DOMINO 4040J - Sold to Carrick Ranch, Weed, CA Jim, Marcia & Jamie Mickelson Bobby, Heidi & Weston Mickelson

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(707) 527-5948 • (707) 481-3440 Bobby Mickelson, Herdsman (707) 396-7364 5174 Sonoma Mountain Rd. • Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Recipe Time: 20 minutes • Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS 12 ounces cooked corned beef brisket, coarsely chopped 5 cups thinly sliced savoy cabbage (about 1 pound) 5 cups mixed salad greens (about 3-1/2 ounces) 3/4 cup roasted parsnips 3/4 cup roasted carrots 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts LEMON-DILL DRESSING 1/2 cup reserved Lemon-Mustard Sauce 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Whisk Lemon-Dill Dressing ingredients in small bowl. Set aside. 2. Combine corned beef, cabbage, greens, carrots, parsnips and walnuts in large bowl. Add Lemon-Dill Dressing; toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. 44 California Cattleman March 2016

Champion Calving Ease Bull at Red Bluff!


DOB: 2/6/14 • AAA Reg: 18253814 Sire: GCC Bismarck 107 • MGS: SydGen Corona 6078 BW +.4

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RE +.41

FAT -.061

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Thank you to Doug Reed of Red Bluff for purchasing this Champion!

We breed for easy calving and performance!

Also selling bulls and World of Bulls & Famoso Bull Sale in 2016

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Jack Owens Ideal Range Bull • Buyer: Gary Silva Herald , CA OTHER 2016 BUYERS: Powers Ranch, Myrtle Point, OR (2 bulls) Joe Russ, Ferndale, CA Holdenried Ranch, Kelseyville, CA Russ Cattle Co., Eureka, CA Fred & Sandra Hanks, Arcata, CA Emmerson Investments Redding, CA (3 bulls)

Thank you to our loyal buyers!

Champion Shorthorn Gary Silva Herald, CA

Champion Charolais Gary Silva Herald, CA

Champion Angus Range Ready M & A Livestock Red Bluff, CA


Don & Diana Cardey • Turlock, CA (209) 634-5491 • (209) 634-1857

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California Beef Ambassador Alumni HIRED BY GELVbIEH ASSOCIATION The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA), Broomfield, Colo., recently announced the hiring of Kim Rounds, Grass Valley, as an association intern. Rounds will be assisting members in recording of data, DNA testing, membership questions, bull customer assistance and any other aspects of AGA KIM ROUNDS operations. Rounds grew up on her family’s ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where they raised commercial cattle and she showed her own string of club calves. Rounds, who is a past member of CCA’s Young Cattlemen’s Committee, previously served as the California representative on the National Beef Ambassador team, traveling around the country promoting beef with the American National CattleWomen. Rounds graduated from Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, Colo., in May of 2015 with a degree in animal and equine sciences. During her time at CSU Kim was very involved with many aspects of CSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences. She served as the vice president of the Versatility Ranch Horse Team, 46 California Cattleman March 2016

teaching assistant for the Legends of Ranching Sale and training program, ag ambassador, chair on the board of student organization funding as well as co-chair for the event and promotions committee for the CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team. “I am excited to learn more about the advancements Gelbvieh is making in both data collection and producer services,” Rounds said. “In the last 18 months the AGA has been fortunate in sourcing the most talented staff available. The educational background in animal and equine sciences that Kim possesses will serve her well in participating as a vital team member as an intern at the AGA. The staff in place will help further her education in the beef business while Kim provides service to the AGA membership and customer base,” said Myron Edelman, AGA executive director. Rounds will be with the association throughout the spring and can be reached at the AGA office at 303-4652333 or at The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

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Implementing A.I. To Beef Up Cowherd Numbers & Quality by Stan Lock, beef large herd development manager, Genex Cooperative, Inc. In recent years, one of the most asked questions was: when are we going to rebuild beef cow numbers in the U.S.? No doubt the drought over the western U.S. took its toll and restocking will require more time as the range recovers. Another obstacle for cattlemen is the availability of water in many western states as demand from cities, industries an other agricultural sectors continue to grow. Many acres of grazing land have been converted to row crops thinking $8 corn would last longer than it did. Let’s face it, when the markets shift, the future looks bright, so many tend to jump on the bandwagon. In order to be successful in the cattle business you have to be passionate about what you do and enjoy the lifestyle regardless of the price of feeder cattle. These are just a few reasons rebuilding cow numbers will be challenging, and I’m not sure we need to be in a hurry to get back there. However, it can be done in a profitable manner by building marketing equity with the end producer in mind. Marketing equity is a value premium that a producer realizes because the product is easily recognized and is superior in quality and reliability. Genex customers such as John Barnhart, owner of JB Cattle Co. of Vienna, M0.; and California beef producer Herb Holzapfel, Willows, have capitalized on marketing equity for years by producing reliable products that consumers recognize. The consumer of the future will want to know the production history of the commodities they purchase. They will demand products that identify how the animals were handled and cared for, are from known places of origin, and are healthy and safe. JB Cattle Company is a family operation in the rolling hills of the Ozarks where fescue is the main forage available. This can be a stressful environment, as temperatures will vary from below zero in the winter to 100 degree highs with extreme humidity in the summer. Barnhart uses Genex high accuracy sires to build “designer cattle” for this area. He wants cows that calve on time and can perform on stockpiled grass with very little feeding of harvested forage while still delivering a marketable package. The JB fall-born steers have been marketed the last 14 years on the April or May Superior Livestock video sale for August delivery. Barnhart sees a premium for these steers, not only because of the exposure Superior Livestock gives him, but also from being able to market pot-loads of cattle that are consistent in size and type. All heifers are retained for replacements, and

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then JB markets all bred cows when they reach seven years of age. About 80 percent of these females are A.I. sired by proven bulls Freightliner, New Day, Final Answer, Objective 3J15 and Right Answer. They see a premium for these females because of the consistency and quality from being A.I. sired. JB produces their own cleanup sires from their small registered herd using these same genetics. Currently, 1200 units of Thunder have been used in 2013 and 2014 to produce the next group of elite calves for this program. JB works closely with Dale Edwards, Genex Independent contractor, in utilizing the Genex chute-side service program to accomplish the synchronization and A.I. in a timely manner. Holzapfel Ranch runs over 1,000 cows between two ranches, one in Willows and one in the high desert area of north central Oregon. With over 25 years of A.I. using high accuracy sires, Holzapfel is able to offer many half, threequarter and seven-eighths siblings to his bred heifer market. Uniform groups of steers are marketed via the Western Video Market online auctions when they reach 750 to 800 pounds. In fall 2014, Holzapfel Ranch A.I. bred over 1,200 cows and heifers utilizing Genex sires. With dedication to his A.I. program Holzapfel predicts that 90 percent of his cow herd will be sired by well-rounded sires Net Worth and Density within the next two years. Holzapfel says he avoids using extreme calving ease sires on mature cows and prefers a six-frame female. He contends that you cannot get close to having consistency and uniformity of your calf crop without using high accuracy A.I. sires. Geoff Bitle, Genex Independent Contractor, helps the ranch achieve this by assisting with their A.I. program. Here are two different operations that recognize the value in building marketing equity by utilizing high accuracy sires to produce consistent cattle. By doing so, Holzapfel and Barnhart market a uniform set of steers that command premiums, as these cattle are known to produce 60 to 70 percent Certified Angus Beef® carcasses. The real bonus is the lifetime value of the females produced from these programs. Chute-side customer service and high accuracy A.I. sires make it easy and affordable for cattle producers to add marketing equity to their herds. With cattle prices having been at an all-time high, and the size of the national cow herd finally on the rise, now is the time to build marketing equity in your herd so you can be prepared for the future.

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Dale Evenson is a second generation central coast rancher, who operated a herd of Hereford cattle for 25 years and currently raises Brangus cattle. In addition to raising cattle, Evenson also grows diversified crops including wine grapes, pistachios and cereal grains like barley, oats and wheat. Evenson served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association from 2013-2014 and was named San Luis Obispo County Agriculturist of the Year by the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau in 2014.

Question: What does being involved in the beef community mean to you? Answer: My involvement in the beef industry gives me the satisfaction of helping others to become more aware of the critical issues in the county, state and federal government. I like to help others in my county and stay activated with local producers and growers. Question: So, what’s your day job? Answer: I work for a local retail farm supply company that sells feeds, seeds, fencing, pesticides and clothing as a pest control advisor to help farmers manage pests that may harm their crops. I also assist customers with plant nutrition and water and soil management. Question: Why do you ranch? Answer: Every day on the ranch is a new day. Ranching stimulates the mind to keep moving forward. It also keeps the body active when doing a second job on top of your day-to-day work. I value ranching for the opportunity it affords me to interact with other growers in the area. It’s also humbling to know that farming and ranching is one of those places where you are 1 to 2 percent of the population who is feeding the rest. Question: Why do you ranch and why do you choose to respresent your area on the executive committee? Answer: I am gathering more information that is current as an executive committee member to help relay information to other members who are busy and help them get updated on current issues.

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Zone 6 covers Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo counties Question: What issues matter most to you in the beef industry? Answer: Laws and regulations that curtail a smooth operation for raising beef are most important to me. Regulations sometimes create paperwork or blockages that build “fences” which prevent someone from running a cattle operation smoothly. Regulations are a bump in the road, and we have to work with them to continue on. More regulations are coming from the consumer base, and in heavily populated areas, more consumers often means more regulations. We must work together to work through them as we continue to work with our consumers. Question: Why should someone join CCA? Answer: The California Cattlemen’s Association provides members with the camaraderie of like-minded folks and brings people who have a common interest in producing a high quality food together. As a member of CCA, you will be aware of regulations and can provide input to make it a bit easier for those in ranching and farming. CCA will also help you know various tools available to you to make your operation run smoothly.

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Bob Erickson, Zone Director 6

Dave Daley, First Vice President • (530) 521-3826

Mike Williams, Second Vice President • (209) 652-3536

Dale Evenson, Zone Director 7 • (805) 712-2589 • (805) 823-4245

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Jack Lavers, Second Vice President •(661) 301-8966

Mark Lacey, Second Vice President • (559) 289-0040

Bev Bigger, Zone Director 9 • (760) 784-1309 • (805) 340-3755

Rob von der Leith, Treasurer •(559) 805-5431 • (916) 769-1153

Bill Brandenberg, Feeder Council Chairman • (760) 996-1032

Jesse Larios , Feeder Council Member

Mike Smith, Feeder Council Vice Chair • (559) 301-0076

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Hugo Klopper, Zone Director 2 • (707) 498-7810

Wally Roney, Zone Director 3 •(530) 519-3608

Mike Bettencourt, Zone Director 4 • (209) 499-0794

Jay Schneider, Zone Director 5

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Myron Openshaw, At Large Apointee •(530) 521-0099

Mark Nelson, At Large Apointee •(916) 849-5558

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Willy Hagge, At Large Apointee • (530) 640-1023 Cindy Tews, At Large Apointee • (559) 970-6892

ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR ASSOCIATION? As a grassroots membership organization, CCA is driven by not just membership dues dollars but also be member input about the direction California beef producers want to see their association to go. Just like CCA can not operate with out dues dollars, CCA can not fully function without the input and participation from members up and down the state. By joining CCA and participating in the policymaking process, you have a direct voice as to the direction of your association and the issues CCA works on on your behalf. To learn more about how you can participate on the state level or to voice your concern on any issue of importance, contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845, your local president or your zone director, found in the list at left. Interested in serving your fellow beef producers as a member of the CCA Board of Directors? Contact CCA or your local association president to find out more. March 2016 California Cattleman 51

Cattlemen’s Report BAR SIX CHAROLAIS AND BAR 9 ANGUS “Cowman’s Kind” Bull and Horse Sale Madras, Ore. • Jan. 23, 2016 Col. Dennis Metzger

64 Charolais bulls ......................................................... $4,278 14 two-year old Charolais bulls................................... $3,803 37 Angus bulls .............................................................. $3,982 3 SimAngus bulls........................................................... $5,000


California cattlemen Adam Teixeira and Dan Russell each bought bulls at the Performance Plus Bull Sale in Terrebonne, Ore., Feb. 15.

KLAMATH BULL & HORSE SALE Klamath Falls, Ore. • Feb. 5, 2016 Col. Eric Duarte 90 bulls............................................................................ $4,487 8 heifers.......................................................................... $7,787 4 Horses.......................................................................... $5,638

QUAIL VALLEY ANGUS RANCH BULL SALE Prineville, Ore. • Feb.. 14, 2016 Col. Trent Stewart 24 two-year-old Angus bulls........................................ $5,028 54 fall yearling Angus bulls.......................................... $4,002 39 yearling Angus bulls................................................ $4,424 50 commercial Angus-bred heifers............................. $2,300 30 commercial Angus heifer calves............................ $1,062


Eddie Veenendahl, Visalia; Rod Wesselman, Moses Lake, Wash.; and John Teixeira, Pismo Beach, at the Teixeira Cattle Co.’s Performance Plus Bull Sale on Feb. 15.

TEIXEIRA CATTLE CO. “Performance Plus” Bull Sale Terrebonne, Ore. • Feb. 15, 2016 Sale Managed by Cotton & Associates Col. Trent Stewart 60 fall Angus and SimAngus bulls.............................. $6,400 37 yearling Angus bulls............................................... $6,100 17 registered females.................................................... $3,380 7 commercial females................................................... $1,400 V-A-L CHAROLAIS “Just Quality” Bull Sale

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Nyssa, Ore. • Feb. 16, 2016 Col. Trent Stewart

105 Charolais bulls........................................................ $4,678 45 Angus bulls............................................................... $3,257 5 Brangus bull................................................................ $3,740


Harlan and Kendalee Garner on the block with Col. Trent Stewart withJosh Bucholtz (left) and True Garner below during the V-A-L Charolais “Just Quality Bull Sale in Nyssa, Ore., Feb. 16. 52 California Cattleman March 2016

KESSLER ANGUS BULL SALE Milton-Freewater, Ore. • Feb. 16, 2016 Col. C.D. “Butch” Booker 118 Angus bulls............................................................. $5,629

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SHAW CATTLE CO. BULL SALE Caldwell, Idaho. • Feb. 17, 2016 Col. Trent Stewart and Col. C.D. “Butch” Booker

138 Hereford bulls........................................................ $5,988 231 Angus bulls............................................................. $5,150 25 Red Angus bulls....................................................... $4,800

HOFFMAN RANCH BULL SALE Thedford, Neb. • Feb. 19, 2016 Col. Rick Machado and Col. Lex Madden 141 Hereford bulls ....................................................... $7,434 35 SimAngus bulls........................................................ $5,257 76 Angus bulls .............................................................. $7,221 279 commercial open females..................................... $1,343 47 commercial bred heifers......................................... $2,332


Greg Shaw of Shaw Cattle Co, Caldwell, Idaho, welcomes a huge crowd of buyers to the family’s annual bull sale on Feb. 17.

WARD RANCHES “Meat & Guts” Bull Sale Guest breeders Dal Porto Livestock and Rancho Casino Gardnerville, Nev. • Feb. 21, 2016 Col. Eric Duarte 34 Angus bulls............................................................... $5,043 29 Optimizer bulls........................................................ $3,610

COLYER HEREFORDS & ANGUS “Best of the Best” Production Sale Bruneau, Idaho, Feb. 22 Col. Kyle Colyer and Col. C.D. “Butch” Booker 124 Hereford bulls........................................................ $8,188 64 Angus bulls............................................................... $8,464 28 yearling Hereford heifers........................................ $4,401 2 flushes........................................................................ $20,500


American Angus Association’s Terry Cotton with Col. Eric Duarte at Ward Ranches’ “Meat & Guts” Bull Sale on Feb. 21 in Gardnerville, Nev.


Jeff Ward, Laramie, Wyo.; Hoffman Ranch’s Denny Hoffman and Californian Graham Blagg at Hoffman Ranch’s Bull Sale in Thedoford, Neb., Feb. 19.


Ward Ranches’ Gary Ward (right), presents a jacket to longtime bull buyer JW Dell’Orto, who was the 2015 American Salers Association Commercial Breeder of the Year March 2016 California Cattleman 53

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IN MEMORY Robert Daley Robert (Bob) Daley was born June 19, 1926 and passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on February 6, 2016 at the age of 89. He passed away on his ranch near Forbestown where he was born and raised, and where his ancestors settled during the 1850s. He was preceded in death by his father and mother (Garrett and Mildred Daley), his sister (Ruth Finmand), brother (Warren “Buck” Daley), his baby sister Florence Daley who died at six years of age when Bob was just thirteen, and most recently his son-in-law Richard Cueva. In 1948 he married the love of his life LaVerne Dorf, and they worked side by side for the next 67 years. Together, they raised 5 children; LaNell (Kelly) Little, Elizabeth (Merle) Anderson, Susan (Richard) Cueva, Dave Daley and Don (Michelle) Daley. Bob was the proud Grandpa of 11 grandchildren (LaNell – Owen and Brandon Hostetler, Shane Little and Kimberly Scott; Elizabeth—Nathan Anderson; Susan—Shannon Cueva; Dave—Kyle, Kate and Rob Daley; Don—Dylan and Hannah Daley; 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bob attended Oroville High School where he played baseball, and graduated in 1943. He would often tell stories to the grandkids about herding cattle after school on the hills east of the high school, long before there were any homes in the area. After graduation, he had brief stints at Yuba College and the Army, before returning to his

Louis Madsen Louis Madsen was born on Oct. 3, 1937 and passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7. Louis was a resident of Livermore at the time of his passing. He attended grammar school and graduated from Livermore High School in 1955. Louis joined the U.S. Army where he learned to cook. A Celebration of his Life will be held time and place to be determined. In lieu of flowers please donate in his memory to: Continuum Hospice 7677 Oakport Street, Ste 110, Oakland, CA 94621. 60 California Cattleman March 2016

mountains to run cattle for the rest of his life. Bob grew up running cattle, logging and dabbling in gold mining. But he was a lifelong cattleman and that was the work he truly loved. Bob and LaVerne wintered cattle in the foothills of south Butte County and trailed cattle to the country above Feather Falls every summer. They spent countless days in the mountains caring for the cattle. He loved nature and was a natural teacher for all of the grandkids. Bob served as President of Butte County Cattlemen, and President of the Plumas Tahoe Cattlemen’s Protective Association. He was named Butte County Cattleman of the Year, along with his brother Warren “Buck” Daley in 1983. Bob was a proud member of the Forbestown Masonic Lodge #50 for almost 60 years and was devoted to the organization. He was Master in 1967, received the Hiram Award for Service in 1990, and his 50 year Masonic pin in 2008. His volunteerism and commitment were typified by his years of work on the Forbestown Masonic barbecue. Until very recently, he rarely missed a meeting and he took his responsibility as a Mason very seriously. Bob’s greatest passion and love was family. With his generational connection to the area, he had lots of cousins and “shirttail” relatives—Bob’s term for his distant cousins and friends---and he enjoyed it when they stopped by. He loved the big family holiday gatherings and looked forward to seeing all the cousins, nieces, nephews and grandkids. He never seemed to think it was a “real” family gathering unless there were at least 50 there to share the day! And that was normal on every major holiday for his family. Bob Daley was the product of a different time. Born in the 20s, raised during the depression, grown to adulthood during WWII, he worked all his life watching the world change around him. It was a simpler time. For 89 plus years he held true to his values of hard work, integrity and treating all people with respect. He valued and cared deeply about his family, his friends, his cows and the land. He will be greatly missed by all. He was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace, Dad. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 21 at Southside Community Center, in Oroville. Memorial Donations can be made to Forbestown Masonic Lodge #50, the Butte County Cattlemen’s Association, or the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are with Scheer Memorial Chapel in Oroville.

Elliot Dow Elliot Richard Dow was born Easter Sunday April 22, 1984 to Jay S. Dow Jr. and Susan Bailey-Dow. Elliot seemed to come into the world wearing boots and twirling a rope. He was born with the heart and soul of a cowboy and spent his life time becoming one of the finest cowboys Lassen County ever produced. Elliot grew up in the tules of Wendel, the meadows of Buntingville, the trees of Harvey and the rangelands of Grasshopper where he learned to ride and rope at a very early age. He became a ranch hand on the family ranch and began working long hours at an age when most boys could barely manage a few household chores. He also spent many hours on the Bailey ranch learning about horses from his Uncle George. Elliot attended Shaffer Elementary school then went on to Lassen High School. Elliot took a steer to the fair each year as part of 4-H and later FFA. His passion for cattle, horses and the ranching life led Elliot to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree which started with two years at Lassen Community College and was immediately followed by two years at California State University, Chico. Elliot graduated in 2006 with his degree in animal science at which time he returned home to continue his lifelong goal of working on his family’s ranch where he managed the cattle operations until the spring of 2015 at which time he separated from the family ranch to further establish his own herd of cattle. Elliot broke horses, team roped and competed in ranch rodeos. He was giving, easy going and mischievous. He loved to have a good time and believed you didn’t have to be a blood relation to be considered family. He was quiet, yet he didn’t know a stranger. Elliot is survived by his parents, his older brother Willis, his extend family, and countless friends. His passing has left our hearts aching. He will forever be missed by all who knew him. Donations can be sent to the Lassen County Farm Bureau at P.O. Box 569 Susanville, CA 96130 where a scholarship fund is being set up in Elliot’s name.



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