March 2022 Cattlemen's News

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FIELD REPRESENTATIVES March is here, and it feels like Spring! The last week or two brought ice and a little bad weather to finish up February. This week it’s supposed to be up in the 70’s, and I don’t know about you but I’m sure looking forward to it! If we get a few 70 degree days with as much moisture as we’ve gotten, this grass will really start to grow. Those wheat pastures will sure enough start to grow. We always sow a little Rye this time of year so we should start to have something for them to eat. I’m definitely ready for Spring and Summer when we can turn some cattle out on the grass and get them off the feed bill! This market has been rockin’ right along especially on those cattle that will graze. Some of them weighing 500 will bring up there in that $2.20 mark and that’s an awful good price. The yearling cattle market has been trying to trade a little lower as we get into March. Most of that is due to grain prices. With the Ukraine situation we have going on, this grain can’t make up its mind if it wants to go up or down and has had huge moves on the Daily Basis so it’s awful hard to tell exactly what’s goin on. If this grain takes off, these feeder cattle, especially through the first part of the year with the numbers of them we have on feed might struggle a little bit. The grass cattle are going to continue to bring something, as long as we have these little yearlings that have been weaned

all winter long and there is a big demand for them going to grass. We’ll roll over into some of these new crop calves born sometime last fall that are not weaned and have some meat on them, those type of cattle we’ll see get cheaper because they aren’t as valuable to graze as those other ones are. It’s a heck of a market! The fat cattle market is a little sideways $1.40..$1.41…$1.42. Those cattle are making some money but not as much as you might think because it just costs too much to feed them. The cow market has been on fire. We’ve been selling those cows up there in the .90 to $1.00 and bulls ups to $1.27. There is a big demand for hamburger. We saw something this week that we rarely ever see, the Select was higher than the Choice and that is just unheard of. We saw the Select bring $2 or $3 a hundred higher than the Choice. That just means there is a lot of demand for hamburger and these cows and bulls are a little short. We have sold a lot of them and they are needing hamburger so that makes that Select product worth a lot. Hopefully Spring is here to stay and grass will come on in a hurry! Things look pretty good and as always, I’m cautiously optimistic! Good luck and God Bless!



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Cattlemen’s News, published by Joplin Regional Stockyards, was established in 1998. With 10,000 customers and 450,000 plus cattle sold per year, this publication is an excellent advertising avenue for reaching customers from across the region. The publication puts today’s producers in touch with the tools and information needed to be more efficient and profitable for tomorrow. Circulation 10,000. Although we strive to maintain the highest journalistic ethics, Joplin Regional Stockyards limits its responsibilities for any errors, inaccuracies or misprints in advertisements or editorial copy. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content of advertisements printed, and also assume responsibility for any claims arising from such advertisement made against the Stockyards and/or its publication.

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Industry News 8 I Protect Your Herd and Your Flock 9 I Handle Vaccines and Animals Properly 20 I Filling Leadership Roles 26-27 I Successful BVDV Prevention Strategies Focus on Type 1b Management Matters 16-17 I Feeding and Raising Cattle in an Uncertain Future 18-19 I Preparing Now to Harvest Quality Hay 30-31 I Managing Yearling Bulls After Purchase 38-39 I Advice on Feeding Cattle in a High-Cost Environment 40-41 I Soil Health, Grazing, and Sustainability for the Spring Months 44 I Reducing Grass Tetany in Cattle Trending Now 10-11 I Beef’s Sustainability Story 12-13 I Missouri Dairy Cattlemen’s News Update 14 I USDA Introduces Market News Mobile App 22 I How to Properly Care for the Newborn Calf 28-29 I Your Barn’s On Fire… Now What? 32-33 I Risk Management in Today’s Market Extras 24 I JRS Value-Added Info 34-35 I Record Large U.S. Exports Training, Safety is Key 37 I Bull Clinic Schedule 36 I 43 I Show-Me Select Sale 42 I Spring Grain Bin Safety Tips


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The Great Feedstuff Debate By Justin Sexten for Cattlemen’s News Grass versus grain finishing would be considered in the top five debates amongst many beef consumers. Citing climate change, natural management and healthy eating as reasons for looking at alternative production models to the traditional system that produces tasty grain-fed beef.

As expected, traditional management resulted in higher marbling and quality grades. System costs were lowest for the short grass-fed group but when expressed relative to output, breakeven costs for the three grass-finishing systems were at a minimum 33% greater than the traditional system.

The production segment is more likely to debate the best calving time, sire breed, or feedlot design than whether or not cattle should be finished using grain. There is one time when the consumer and production debates intersect, when grain prices are high. Many research trials around forage-based alternatives to grain feeding coincides with expensive grains.

The research group didn’t evaluate per head profitability. One would assume grass-finished beef would be priced at a premium to the consumer. The higher break-even costs suggest this premium is needed at the production.

A recent article by Sarah Klopatek and co-workers from the University of California in the Journal of Animal Science revisited the grass versus grain topic, addressing the performance and economic perspectives but this time adding an environmental evaluation. The article’s justification centered around how the “food elite” perceive the impact modern management is having on climate change as well as the growing consumer interest in grass-fed beef. The experiment looked at four production models where all cattle grazed irrigated summer pastures for five months after weaning. After this stocker period the traditional cattle were grain-fed in the feedyard for 128 days. The remaining three groups grazed native range for another seven months. At the end of this grazing period the short grass-fed cattle were harvested (20 months), short grain-fed cattle entered the feedyard for 45 days, and the long grass-fed group grazed for another five months (25 months). This combination of experimental systems provided a wide range of production, financial and environmental comparisons consistent with normal western regional management. The performance aspects of the different systems were not surprising, short grassfed cattle gained the least and had lightest finish and carcass weights. The long grass-fed cattle finished at comparable weights to the short grain-fed group, suggesting five months of grazing resulted in similar total performance to 45 days in the feedyard. Dressing percent ranged from 50.3% for short grass-fed cattle to 61.8% in traditional cattle. Low carcass weights due to lighter final body weight and poor dressing percent impacted many aspects of the grass-fed systems. 6

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This experiment demonstrated research projects are not immune to problems faced by producers everyday. The authors highlighted the challenge of naturally raised program fallouts where cattle treated for pinkeye were no longer eligible for natural premiums. This was not included in the financial analysis but a good reminder for those evaluating alternative system budgets. From an environmental perspective the traditional system produced the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per unit of carcass weight. Global warming potential was 73% higher for long grass-fed cattle due to low carcass weights, extended days on feed and the methane emissions associated with digesting forages. The global warming potential for short grass and short grain-fed groups were 39% higher than traditional management. Traditional management was the most energy intensive system due to transportation and farming inputs associated with feed. Water use followed the crop and pasture irrigation inputs. Water use was lowest for the short grass-fed system due to limited irrigated pasture grazing whereas highest water use was observed in long grass-fed cattle who grazed irrigated pasture for five months. The limited water use by the short grass-fed system was offset by the highest land use area. Without feed or water inputs the land needed for the short grass-fed system was 8.8 times higher than the traditional system. Land use was comparable for short grain-fed and long grass-fed models, both requiring about 7.5 times more land than the traditional feedyard system. While the numbers are large, the real question is how else would this land be used if not grazed? This work highlights the challenges facing the modern food system. Consumers want environmentally sustainable tasty Continued on next page





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Continued from previous page protein. We already have multiple proteins with flavor that’s meh. While the demand for grass-finished beef may be growing, the taste panel data continue to support grain finishing as the path to tender, juicy and flavorful beef. No matter the production system, a steak sent back to the kitchen is unsustainable. This work suggests the environmental footprint of modern grain-based finishing systems is contrary to consumer perception. While there are areas to tweek at the finishing phase there are perhaps greater areas of opportunity closer to the cow herd. Ruminants are the best method to convert forages into protein. Management enhancing forage digestion will reduce system greenhouse gas output. Little research has evaluated the impact selection for increased genetic potential has on sustainability. As bull sale season hits full stride, consider raising your hand for a better bull on behalf of the environment. Justin Sexten is the Head of Industry and Network Partnerships Precision Animal Health at Zoetis.



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Protect Your Herd and Your Flock By Chris Chinn, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Earlier this year, USDA officials announced positive confirmation of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) in wild, migratory birds in states along the East Coast. The disease was detected in the Midwest in February, first in a commercial turkey flock in southern Indiana, followed by a commercial chicken flock in western Kentucky. These are the first cases of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020. African swine fever was detected in the Dominican Republic (and subsequently Haiti) in 2021, the first time the infection has been identified in the Western Hemisphere since 1984. Though it hasn’t been seen in the United States in more than 90 years, Foot and Mouth Disease is present in approximately two thirds of the countries in the world.

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What do these events mean for Missouri producers? It means we, in agriculture, need to be diligent about the health of our herds and flocks. We must have biosecurity plans in place. Not just to safeguard from a foreign animal disease on our farms, but also to help us navigate if the disease comes to Missouri. In the event of a disease outbreak involving highly contagious viruses, state and federal officials will immediately limit livestock movement to control disease spread. Producers who have a plan in place are in a better position to maintain business continuity, including movement of animals with no evidence of infection to processing facilities or other premises. Our Animal Health team has made it easy for you to create a plan. Visit our website at www.Agriculture.Mo.Gov and search for Secure Food Supply. This page is the starting point for pork, poultry, beef, dairy and sheep/wool producers. Click on the plan you need for your farm or ranch. Here you will find information on the importance of a plan and guidance for creating a plan. The first step is to request a Premises Identification Number with the MDA Animal Health Division by calling (573) 751-3377. If there is an outbreak, officials can more quickly establish a control area because of this information and contact the farmers and ranchers who might be impacted. I certainly want to know if there is a highly contagious disease near our family farm. At the onset of any foreign animal disease, movement of livestock in control areas will be by permit only. A well-developed and implemented plan of biosecurity and maintaining of herd health will minimize economic losses and allow for quicker movement allowances. As always, biosecurity protocols on the farm are vital. Be vigilant about cleaning and disinfection of equipment, as well as restricting sharing equipment from farm to farm. Be mindful with introducing new animals to the herd and separate sick animals from healthy ones. Keep chore clothes (particularly footwear) separate from what you wear to town or a neighboring farm. In many operations, a complete change of clothes is required before entry into a barn or other animal facilities. Beef and sheep operations might not need this level of vigilance, but producers should still be mindful of pathogens that can unknowingly arrive on the boots or clothes of others. Poultry operations, including backyard operations, should have control measures to prevent contact with wild birds, their feces and feathers, especially wild waterfowl. Feed and feed ingredients for all livestock should be stored in a manner that limits exposure to rodents and other wild animals. These are all basic, well-known biosecurity measures, but we all need a reminder from time to time.

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A foreign animal disease outbreak will be costly. Research suggests an outbreak in the beef industry could result in losses of more than $15 billion. Similar loss is potential if African swine fever enters the U.S., with projections even higher if the disease is confirmed in the feral pig population. Extensive international trade and travel present a constant risk of foreign animal disease entering the U.S. Protecting your farm or ranch with a biosecurity plan through the Secure Food Supply System can help ensure your farm is protected for the next generation.


Handle Vaccines and Animals Properly for Optimal Immune Response By Dave Sjeklocha, D.V.M., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health Successful immunization requires proper vaccine handling and administration, and animals that are in a physiological state to respond to vaccination. Follow these do’s and don’ts to achieve effective immunization: Do store vaccines at 35 to 45 degrees F. For modified live virus (MLV) vaccines, store and handle both the vaccine cake and sterile diluent according to label directions. Mixing the cake with warm diluent can greatly shorten or eliminate the effectiveness of the vaccine. Freezing is harmful as well and can damage both MLV and killed vaccines. For best results, store vaccines in a well-functioning refrigerator and avoid storing products in the door where temperatures can fluctuate. A refrigerator thermometer is a wise investment to monitor temperatures. Don’t reconstitute too many doses at once. MLV vaccines should be used within two hours of mixing. If you have 200 calves to vaccinate, don’t mix all 200 doses and then start vaccinating. It’s important to mix as you go and allow for unexpected delays. Discard any unused reconstituted vaccine at the end of the day. Do mix the vaccine carefully. When reconstituting an MLV vaccine, use a swirling or rolling motion versus shaking, which can damage the MLV within the vaccine. Don’t expose loaded syringes to sunlight. Once mixed, an MLV vaccine should be kept cool and out of direct sunlight. Setting a syringe down on a table or tailgate can cause the vaccine to warm up and lose effectiveness. Coolers Females bred to these can be purchased or constructed with openings to insert exciting sires and more syringes between vaccinations.

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Do protect vaccines from contamination. Always use a clean needle when filling a syringe from the bottle. Don’t reload a syringe from a bottle using a needle previously used to administer a vaccine to an animal. Sanitize syringes after use, using only hot water for MLV vaccine syringes. Soaps and disinfectants can be used for killed vaccine syringes, but rinse thoroughly. Don’t overlook employee training. Make continuing education for all employees a priority. Whether using an on-site or custom crew for processing, be sure to fully explain and reinforce protocols for proper vaccine handling and administration.

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Let’s Show and Tell Beef’s Sustainability Story By Rebecca Mettler for Cattlemen’s News Sustainability – it’s a term that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people in the beef industry. Yet, the very thing that is so hard to define is also vitally important to our industry’s storyline.

“My motivation is to regenerate the land, my business, and build a quality of life so that the next generations will simply only have to sustain and enjoy the resources, not rebuild them,” Vaught said.

Ranchers have the unique opportunity to tell a story where challenge and progress intersect passion and science because sustainability is all of those things and more.

For Autumn Fuhrman, Miami, Oklahoma, sustainability on her and her husband’s operation, Bar JAF Partnership, involves Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification, rotational grazing, responsible antibiotic use, and much more.

Pillars of Sustainability Beef industry sustainability can be broken down into three segments: social responsibility, economic viability and environmental stewardship, according to The Beef Sustainability Research project, a Checkoff-funded program. Environmental stewardship is focused on protecting and enhancing natural resources, ecosystem services, and ecological health; social sustainability includes worker safety, animal welfare, antibiotic and technology use, and the culture and traditions of beef producers; and economic viability deals with practices that support economic success without sacrificing the other two pillars of sustainability. Sustainability, as defined above within the three pillars, is something Bryant Vaught, owner of Lone Pine Land & Cattle, Aurora, Missouri, takes into account when making decisions for his operation. “I think it takes a lot of focus, discipline, and persistence to be truly sustainable at anything,” Vaught said. Vaught’s operation consists of a spring-calving cowherd, where he not only markets calves at Joplin Regional Stockyards through the value-added sales, but also finishes some steers to sell beef to the local community under the Vaught Farms brand up until the recent name change. He also sells a handful of commercial composite bulls and heifers each year.

“We take pride in raising the highest quality cattle we can and know that caring for them to the best of our ability is part of that,” Fuhrman said. “We are proud to be cattlemen and stewards of the land and know how important it is to take great care of our ground and natural resources.” Lone Pine Land & Cattle’s mission statement is to “never stop learning and growing as a regenerative agricultural business.” Vaught feels that this statement fits hand-in-hand with sustainability in many ways that go beyond the ecological realm of ranching. Along with his focus on regenerating the degraded and eroded soil, he puts forth dedicated focus on increasing his beef industry knowledge and business acumen. It’s Show and Tell Time Educating the public about the efforts ranchers have been putting forth for generations to improve the beef industry is important, and so is transparency, according to Fuhrman who, along with her ranch responsibilities, is an agricultural communications professional. She is the managing editor of Arkansas Cattle Business, the official publication of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, and also responsible for marketing/graphic design for Farmers Cooperative Association (FCA) located in southeast Kansas. Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page “We’re all out here doing the best we can with the resources we have and trying to learn to do better as we go; it’s good to show that,” Fuhrman said. Social media provides an excellent opportunity for producers to get their story in front of a larger audience and should be utilized for promoting sustainability practices. Fuhrman’s social media posts related to sustainability on their cowcalf operation are typically focused on cattle handling and cattle health. “I also think it’s important for consumers to recognize that in order to fill the protein demand of this country and other parts of the world, we have to make changes and adjustments to meet that need,” Fuhrman said.


responsibly produce high-quality beef products, so let that be known. Let the beef industry’s evolving sustainability story be something that we promote to consumers because consumers do care about our industry’s impact on the land and the community.




Vaught’s posts most often center around the low-maintenance qualities of his cattle and holistic management practices, including reduced dependence on synthetic inputs and stored feed. “In the past five years marketing beef, I would definitely say that customers really do care about the life of management of livestock,” Vaught said. Vaught has found that when selling to individuals in larger cities and at farmers markets, one of the first questions he’s usually asked is if his animals are grass-fed and/or non-GMO. Even though his finished cattle are not the answer to either of their questions, he can typically make people feel confident in their beef purchase once he explains how his cattle are cared for and fed silage and hay that was grown on the farm with minimal grain supplementation. “I think people really just want to see you raise a product that you are proud of and you feel is right, and that’s exactly what I do here,” Vaught said. For years, producers have embraced science-based sustainability efforts to more efficiently and







Missouri Dairy Cattlemen’s News Update By Reagan Bluehl for Cattlemen’s News SPRINGFIELD —Missouri Dairy members gathered last month in Springfield, MO, at the 2nd annual Missouri Dairy Expo to learn about the opportunity of improving their bottom-line using beef on their breeding stock.

ings to ensure the final carcass is the most desirable product. The timely topic is relevant following the recent announcement of American Foods Group (AFG) plan to construct a packing plant in Warren County.

Beef on Dairy is not a new concept; however, few Missouri herds take advantage of the opportunity to improve genetics in their cow herd while increasing revenue. This concept is not a “one size fits all,” so Joe Horner, University of Missouri agricultural economist, described financial implications of different management scenarios. He helped producers determine when the best time to sell the beef x dairy cross: day 3,500 lbs. or finish? That varies greatly based on the operation.

We, as an industry, want to identify ways to increase Missouri’s volume of dairy beef crosses. Currently, these larger framed animals travel all the way to WI to find size appropriate rails. We applaud the work of Director Chinn’s Ag business development team at the Missouri Department of Agriculture for helping AFG find home in Missouri, our proximity advantage is critical.

The symposium also featured meat scientist, Bryon Wiegand to discuss current research identifying ways to accelerate the time it takes to finish a dairy cross. Finally, dairy producers Tom Oelrichs and Bernie Van Dalfsen joined a panel with Chip Kemp, director of American Simmental Association and International Genetic Solutions’ commercial and industry operations. The dairy producers generously shared raw financials of their current finishing programs and spoke to what worked well and pitfalls to watch out for. Chip brought a national perspective of what packers need to see from specific mat-

Also during the Expo, Gene Wiseman, recently hired Legislative director, reported to the growing membership. Wiseman said legislators are optimistic that an agriculture omnibus bill will pass both houses and be headed to Governor Parson’s desk before session ends. MO Dairy will join other commodity groups to support an agricultural bill that extends ag tax credits, increases money assisting first-time farm owners, increases amount young farmers can borrow though state programs to purchase dairy cattle, and increases the number of loans per farm family. MO Dairy will also monitor the legislative budget process and encourage investment in Foremost Dairy, University of Missouri’s dairy research farm. Wiseman said this is an election year and congressional disContinued on next page

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Continued from previous page trict mapping is foremost on legislator’s agenda. We don’t expect a lot of legislation to be passed in election years however, are optimistic that out-state legislators are eager to invest in agriculture, Missouri’s leading economic driver.

Walter L. Atzenweiler

December 3, 1934 - February 24, 2022

Overland Park, Kansas - Larry Atzenweiler passed away on February 24, 2022 peacefully in his sleep. Larry was born on December 3, 1934 to Walter H. and Anna M. Atzenweiler in Topeka, Kansas and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry graduated from Southwest High School, in Kansas City, and then from Kansas State University a few years later. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While at K-State Larry was introduced to the love of his life, Rowena Jean Cook, from Columbus, Kansas. The two were united in marriage in 1958.

Missouri Dairy was established in 2020 following the merger of Missouri Dairy Association and Missouri Dairy Industry Alliance to become the singular voice for Dairy producers. Two goals center the group’s work: Legislative representation and Education. To achieve these goals the board hired Legislative director, Gene Wiseman and Education director, Reagan Bluel. These two work closely with the Board of directors: Alfred Brant (chair), Scott Maples (vice-chair), Sean Cornelius (secretary), Tom Oelrichs (treasurer), Sally Burd, John Schoen, Norris Sloan and Bernie Van Dalfsen. To learn more about Missouri Dairy, or become a member, please visit or reach out directly to or Reagan Bluehl is the MU Extension Dairy Specialist and Education Director at Missouri Dairy.

After college Larry served in the Army Reserves and then went to work for Butler Manufacturing as a sales training manager. In the early 1970’s Larry started the Atzenweiler Company and sold advertising for a few beef cattle publications. Then in 1971 Larry was one of the founders of the Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine, which became the official publication for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Larry worked for Missouri Beef Cattleman for over 40 years. Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, his daughter Ann (1979), and his wife Rowena (2020). Survivors include: son Andy (Gena) Atzenweiler and their children August and Stella; son David (Shirley) Atzenweiler and their children Alex, Lauren, Jacob, Dane, and Andy; his sister Mary Ann Woodcock of St. Louis, Missouri. Along with many nieces, nephews, and many friends. If you would like to make a donation in Larry’s name - a memorial fund has been set up with the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation. Please send donations to MCF, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 with Larry Atzenweiler in memo line. A memorial service will be held later this spring for Larry and Rowena. March 2022




USDA Introduces Market News Mobile App From the Missouri Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a new USDA Market News Mobile Application, providing producers and everyone else in the supply chain with instant access to current and historical market information. The initial version of the free app includes nearly 800 livestock, poultry, and grain market reports, with additional commodities added throughout the coming year. “USDA is focused on building more resilient and transparent markets and is taking steps to promote competition and fairer prices from farmers to consumers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This new Market News app helps create a more level playing field for small and medium producers by delivering critical market information to them where they are, when they need it.” Producers and other users can search for markets based on their location, by state, or by commodity. They also can add market reports to their favorites for easier access, share reports via text or email, subscribe to reports, and receive real-time notifications when a new report is published. For additional data analysis, the app lets you share the source data behind the reports via email as well. “One of the best features of the app is its simplicity,” Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Les-

ter Moffitt said. “The USDA Market News app was designed with small producers in mind. Regardless of whether you market livestock throughout the year or once a year, you can navigate through this easy-to-use tool and access the information you need on your mobile phone. Built-in tutorials help first-time users get the most out of their experience.” There are both iOS and Android versions available to download through the Apple and Google Play stores. Search for “USDA Market News Mobile Application” to download the app and begin exploring its potential. USDA will continue to expand the features of the app, including adding market information for all other commodities in the future. USDA Market News continues to expand its tools and resources to ensure producers benefit from the vast amount of market information available and understand how this information can provide actionable insight to inform marketing decisions at the farm and other points in the supply chain. This mobile app allows producers to access market data and reports, regardless of where they are, more effectively, efficiently, and on demand.

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Feeding and Raising Cattle in an Uncertain Future Formulating a nutrition plan that is flexible with environmental and market changes By Eric Bailey for Cattlemen’s News This year is shaping up to be a doozy in the cattle industry. Cattle prices have risen, but input costs are rising rapidly as well. Here are a few ideas and thoughts for feeding and raising cattle in an uncertain future.

central and northern Missouri in the last few months. If you run three cows per acre and pasture will rent for $65 per acre, then your cow-calf operation better return more than $195 per cow or else you would be better off renting it to someone else. There are far too many out there who do not know what their cost to run a cow for one year is. The University of Missouri Extension releases a cow-calf planning budget each fall. They are estimating that it will cost over $1,100 to run a cow in 2022. That includes both cash (feed) and noncash (pasture rental rate) costs. If you are not looking into alternatives to the commercial cow-calf business model already, I strongly encourage that you do. Cow-calf production is a poor cash flow business model in the good years. This year is going to be tough on cash flow, especially if we have any production disruptions.

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Keep an eye on the weather How many of you have a plan in place for drought? Perhaps you have a barn full of hay, but is that an adequate drought plan? According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 47% of Missouri is currently in drought. Going into the spring green up with poor soil moisture will hurt forage yield. We have gotten good moisture from snow in the last few weeks in central Missouri, yet drought persists. If drought conditions persist (or worsen) through May 15, it will likely be too late to recover any lost spring forage production. I strongly encourage you to keep an eye on the Drought Monitor over the next 90 days. It sounds crazy but selling cows before everyone else does is one of the most effective ways to work around a drought. Consider making a marketing plan for your cows, rather than feeding through another drought. Feed and fertilizer prices are up significantly. It may get really expensive to keep cows around if spring forage growth is inadequate. Consider May 15 to be a trigger date to execute a drought management plan. You will be at least 45 days ahead of everyone else. Flexible grazing units

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Successful cow-calf operations have incorporated flexible grazing units into their grazing plan. Flexible grazing units are cattle easily marketed. Retain calves after weaning to gain flexible grazing units. The ranch I was raised on marketed long yearlings most years. This meant fewer cows than the land could have supported but more valuable calves at sale. We calved in February and March Continued on next page

Continued from previous page and weaned in the fall. Calves grazed dormant range over the winter, continued to graze through spring, and were marketed in July of the following year. Here is the important concept. We were not set on selling a 900 lb steer in July. If forage availability was a problem, we sold calves and reduced mouths to feed. We did not feed calves purchased or raised feeds. A serious drag on cow-calf profitability is selective overstocking. This occurs when forage demand and forage availability only match up sporadically. By retaining calves after weaning, you now have the ability to reduce feed needs during times of shortages. Remember, the best managers do not make the most money in the good years. They lose the least money in the bad years! Please let me know if I can help you work through a challenging production year. Eric Bailey is the State Extension Beef Nutrition Specialist for the University of Missouri.

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Preparing Now to Harvest Quality Hay By Anita Ellis for Cattlemen’s News Hay season may seem like a long way off, but it is not too early to start preparing and to develop a plan. In fact, there are things we can do now to better improve our forage quality. Of course, there are different options to consider depending on how you manage your hay field throughout the year. Do you utilize a field for one or several cuttings in a year, or do you also graze or feed on that pasture during the fall and winter months?


Let’s first consider a scenario where cattle are grazed on stockpile or fed bales during the fall and winter months. When stockpiled fescue is strip grazed or hay feeding areas are moved, manure is distributed and thus provides nutrients back to the soil. If bales are provided, you can move bales and hay rings, or for even better manure distribution, unroll bales. If you cannot distribute manure, spread or harrow pastures before the spring green-up. Of course this is not the answer to completely replace nutrients in the soil. Grazing animals still remove nutrients. Per cow-calf pair, per year, about 10 lbs. of nitrogen, 3 lbs. of phosphorus, and 0.7 lbs. of potassium are removed. However, they are not as large of an exporter of nutrients as hay production. In a hay system, this can be up to 80% removal of nutrients. Three tons of hay can remove about 150 lbs. of nitrogen, 18 lbs. of phosphorus, and 120 lbs. of potassium. To aid in recovering nutrient loss, now is the time to begin frost seeding legumes. Legumes form nitrogen-fixing nodules on the roots, which allow them to use nitrogen from the atmosphere for the plant. Not only do these plants put nitrogen back in the soil and aid in soil fertility, but they also improve forage quality. Furthermore, in a fescue stand that may be prone to fescue toxicosis, a legume mixture can dilute this effect. Consider what legume mixture is best suited for your pasture. Legumes do not compete well with grasses in the presence of supplemental nitrogen. This is due to the grass canopy out-competing the legume. However, potash and phosphate at soil test recommendations are still needed. Because phosphorus and potassium are less prone to losses compared to nitrogen, these can be applied at any time. Another factor to consider is the lag time between planting and when legumes begin fixing nitrogen. The amount of nitrogen fixed in the soil by legumes increases over the following years from initial planting.

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Fertilizer prices have increased significantly this year. But for quality forage, do not skip a year to save money and end up becoming nutrient deficient. Because of the high prices, consider adjusting your yield goal to match your budget. But before the number crunching can begin, get a soil test! This provides information on what nutrients may be deficient and by how much. The University of Missouri Soil Lab analysis provides recommendations on fertilization rates. If this is still perplexing, you can contact your Extension Agronomy Specialist to help you decipher the results and come Continued on next page

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WWW.PRIMETIMELIVESTOCK.COM Continued from previous page up with a fertilizing plan. Another consideration is how to purchase fertilizer. Dealers that have blends will prefer to sell those but they may not be the most economical for your pasture. Purchase on a price per pounds basis of the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that is needed based off of your soil test. Water is often a limiting factor in growing forages. We tend to concentrate on fertility because we have some control on fertilization but not the weather. You can tune into University of Missouri Integrated Pest Management’s Forage & Livestock Townhall via YouTube for a weather update before each topic presentation. Less than ideal spring weather can also impact harvest timing. Too much precipitation keeps us out of the field and unable to harvest quality forage. However, when the weather allows, harvest is based off of forage growth and not the calendar. Harvest in the early boot or late vegetative stage to early reproductive growth stage to reach peak quality and tonnage. Seed stalks add little tonnage and are an indicator of reduced quality. During this time, the leaf-to-stem ratio decreases. One final consideration we can prepare for now is storage. By having adequate storage or preparing for storing outside, we can maintain quality and mitigate loss. If storing hay outside, consider setting up an area to reduce ground contact, covering bales, and keeping bales away from trees. Net-wrapping these bales will help shed water and help the bale maintain shape. Spring is a busy time of year, and too often hay-making becomes a lower priority. This year’s growing season can be an opportunity to improve hay quality by planning and preparing early. Anita Ellis is the extension field specialist and the central region Show-Me Select coordinator for the University of Missouri Extension. March 2022




Filling Leadership Roles By B. Lynn Gordon for Cattlemen’s News Is it your turn? We have all done it – said we were too busy to volunteer our time to an organization, an event, or a cause! We get consumed with the everyday elements of life and can’t find time to take on anymore. I am guilty of this too. I want to help, offer my assistance, my labor, my skillset but believe I don’t have enough hours in the day to do so. Over the last two years, our world has changed. We were forced to think inward more than outward. We worried about our health, our business, and our family members. As events and meetings were canceled, our focus on supporting community and industry organizations shifted to the back burner. Month after month, groups that typically rely on volunteer leaders were unable to meet and volunteers’ time became consumed with other things, or they lost interest due to lack of communication and connection. The number of people to fill needed leadership roles dwindled. As I thought about how this will impact our industry and our communities, I recalled my research where I interviewed twelve national beef industry leaders to provide a perspective on leadership. I wanted to learn more about “What Brings People to Leadership Roles” in the beef industry. What did these beef industry leaders say about their rise to leadership roles? First, they focused on their willingness to serve their industry. Second, they volunteered because of their commitment to the industry.

be involved,” stated one beef industry leader. The participants’ willingness to be active and become more visible demonstrated their value on being advocates for the organization. Their roles consisted of building membership, being vocal and optimistic, bringing people together, and empowering others. Unanimously, it was a natural progression rather than a chartered roadmap that carried these leaders to serve in a leadership capacity on national beef industry boards and associations. None of the leaders interviewed set out to be leaders, but they looked back and saw the progression and process they stepped through. As the stepping-stone process occurred, more doors were opened. The leaders were challenged with new experiences, which increased their involvement. “As opportunities arise and you see yourself being able to give something to that issue or position, you step forward,” one study participant recalled. Industry Devotion Leaders are often identified in the business world through their professional work or rank within a company or corporation, whereas grassroots agricultural producers volunteer their time to serve. Asked why they got involved, the answer was straightforward – because they want to give back to the industry and support its future. “When it’s an industry you believe in, you don’t mind devoting time,” said one participant proudly.

Showing Up The study participants, who represented all beef production segments, emphasized you can’t be a leader if you don’t show up. You can’t have a say in your industry’s future if your voice is not heard. These leaders realized this as they became active in their local, state, and national beef organizations. Several of them remember hearing the statement made by a fellow beef industry leader – “the world is run by those who show up.”

Pride for their industry, for future generations in agriculture, for their families and communities, and their role in producing safe, wholesome food energized these volunteers to devote time away from their farming or ranching business.

Universally, they demonstrated a willingness to be involved. As a result, the presence of these individuals at meetings and events was noticed. Soon their desire to take part and help the organization was recognized by fellow association members. They began filling roles as committee chairs, serving on boards, or leading special events.

However, they did not discount those who, due to family or business commitments, were unable to dedicate time to serve their industry. Still, they discovered if you have the opportunity to leave your home-based operation, serving your industry is extremely rewarding.

“You have to be willing to put in the time and have the attitude of wanting to

Humbled to call themselves leaders, the twelve beef producers filled roles during critical times in the beef industry such as the BSE crises, volatile industry issues, and challenging domestic policies.

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Future in Great Hands If the leaders in my study represent typical leaders in the beef industry, then as industry organizations restart meetings and events, cattlemen and cattlewomen will step up to the plate to lead. If you have not yet had the opportunity to offer your willingness to serve the beef industry, take advantage of this unique time in history to help organizations fill critical volunteer roles. Your involvement and dedication will impact the future of the beef industry, an industry. For more results from the study or a presentation on the topic, feel free to contact me at lynn@

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How to Properly Care for the Newborn Calf From the University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many beef and dairy calves will be born in the next three months. As spring calving season approaches, University of Missouri Extension experts stress the importance of properly caring for newborn calves. It is critical that newborn calves receive high quality colostrum, according to dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton and Scott Poock, MU associate extension professor of veterinary medicine. A calf may receive the colostrum directly from the cow, by bottle feeding or via an esophageal tube. Using an esophageal tube feeder is the best way to make sure a calf gets enough colostrum or for use when a calf is weak.

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Hamilton and Poock offer the “quick-quantity-quality” formula: Quick. Calves are born with naive immune systems, so they require the passive transfer of antibodies from colostrum. Absorption of colostrum antibodies (immunoglobulin G, or IgG) drops to zero just six to 12 hours after birth. The first feeding should be within two to six hours of birth and the second within 12 hours. Quantity. The first feeding should contain 4 liters for Holstein cows and 3 liters for Jersey cows. The second feeding should contain only 2 liters. Quality. The IgG concentration of colostrum must be accurately measured to ensure quality. This cannot be done visually; accurate measurement requires use of a colostrometer or Brix refractometer. When using a colostrometer, the colostrum must cool to room temperature to yield an accurate reading. For the first feeding, use only “green” colostrum, or colostrum with a density of 50 grams IgG per liter or more. A refractometer uses the Brix scale to measure IgG concentration. Quality colostrum on the Brix scale is at least 22%, which indicates IgG is greater than 50 g/l. Ideally, the colostrum will have a concentration of 50 g/l for the Holstein calf and 70 g/l for the Jersey calf. The refractometer does not require the colostrum to cool down to get an accurate reading, so it can take less time than the colostrometer. Most importantly, Hamilton and Poock say, all equipment must be kept clean.


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Other precondition programs are accepted, i.e., MFA Health Track, Purina® Plus Feeder Calf Program, Arkansas GoGREEN Program, Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program and Oklahoma’s OQBN. All programs require vaccination forms returned and receipts in a timely manner. This information should be provided your tag facilitator. All programs have to have tag tracing ability either Visual or Electronic to look up calves the day of the sale in case of any problems, i.e. bulls, bred heifers, lameness, sickness and all breed programs. *Vaccination forms will be mailed with tags.

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Successful BVDV Prevention Strategies Focus on Type 1b From Boehringer Ingelheim Thirty years ago, the majority of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) cases were caused by Type 1a. Now Type 1b has emerged as the most prevalent subgenotype of BVDV in the United States, accounting for roughly 70% of reported cases.1,2

“When you start with excellent records, and you recognize changes in reproductive performance, productivity or unexplained illness rates, you can begin to piece together a possible explanation,” advised Dr. Davidson.

One reason for the shift is that viruses often mutate to escape detection by the animal’s immune system. But some experts theorize that Type 1b may have gained dominance by taking advantage of gaps in protection left by vaccines that haven’t adequately stimulated immunity against this ever-increasing disease threat.

Identifying a problem that could be related to BVDV should trigger surveillance testing. In large operations, veterinarians may start with pooled ear notches or blood samples, which can help determine if BVDV is part of the issue. Any pools with positive results are followed up with individual tests to identify PI calves. All bulls, replacement heifers and dams of PI calves should be tested as well, and positives should be culled or isolated from the rest of the herd.

Once the virus gains a foothold in an operation, animals that are persistently infected (PI) with BVDV Type 1b expose susceptible cattle to the virus, and are considered to be a primary source for maintaining BVDV infections in cattle herds. “Whether you’re a cow-calf, stocker or feedlot operation, when your cattle are exposed to BVDV, I would say the odds are three to one they’re going to be exposed to Type 1b,” said John Davidson, DVM, DABVP, senior associate director of beef professional veterinary services, Boehringer Ingelheim. “If you’re a betting person and you take those odds, you’ll want to make sure your vaccine program lines up against that threat.”

Biosecurity to minimize exposure At the cow-calf level, it’s important to minimize exposure of cows and heifers to calves of unknown PI status. “I’ve seen numerous instances where an operation might have cattle with an unknown history on one side of a common fence line and vulnerable pregnant cows on the other, not aware that fence line contact between pregnant cows and PI calves was what eventually led to more BVDV PI cattle,” said Dr. Davidson.

Herd surveillance for PI cattle

It’s a numbers game. For operations that buy cattle from unknown sources, the odds are good there will be PI calves present. Infected calves can shed large amounts of virus, exposing other cattle at the local livestock market and on the trailer ride to the stocker or feedlot. On arrival, infected animals can leave virus around the feed bunk, in the water trough and through the chute during processing.

Good records are the cornerstone of any herd health program, but they’re especially important for identifying potential BVDV issues.

That’s why it’s important to quarantine new additions to the herd. “It’s a good idea to keep them in their own group for 14 to 21 days,

In addition to an effective vaccination program, sound prevention strategies frequently utilize herd surveillance for PI cattle and strict biosecurity measures to prevent BVDV from damaging the herd.

BVD VIRUS TYPE 1B IS ON THE RISE. Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) infection can disintegrate herd productivity. And if you’re using a vaccine, like Bovi-Shield GOLD®, that isn’t labeled for the most prevalent strain, your cattle could be at risk. Play it safe. Choose the only vaccines specifically labeled to protect against Type 1b: Express® FP and Pyramid® + Presponse® SQ. Know more at 1 2

Data on file, Boehringer Ingelheim and Data collected November 1, 2018 through November 1, 2020. Ridpath JF, Lovell G, Neill JD, et al. Change in predominance of bovine viral diarrhea virus subgenotypes among samples submitted to a diagnostic laboratory over a 20-year time span. J Vet Diagn Invest 2011;23(2):185–193.

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test their BVDV status, monitor them for disease and make sure they’re vaccinated before moving those cattle out into the general population,” Dr. Davidson added.

ing five modified-live virus vaccines and one killed vaccine. After administering the vaccines, researchers evaluated the effect the vaccines had on the calves’ immune response by measuring antibodies to BVDV subtypes including Type 1b, currently the most prevalent strain in the United States.

Establish a sound vaccination program According to Dr. Davidson, BVDV PI calves are preventable. “This is truly one of those diseases we can impact through selection of the right vaccine and giving it at the right time,” he explained. Producers should work with their veterinarians to choose the right vaccines for the unique disease threats on their operations.

Another study determined that heifers required a BVDV Type 1b antibody titer of 128 or higher at the time of exposure to BVDV Type 1b PI cattle to be protected against fetal infection.3 In order for an animal to be considered protected from, or immune to, the BVD virus, the vaccine must stimulate the production of a certain level, or titer, of antibodies.

Dr. Davidson recommends vaccinating cows with a modified-live virus BVDV vaccine pre-breeding. “It’s important to identify vaccines that have the PI prevention claims clearly indicated on the label,” he said. “Even further, make sure those package inserts also include language about the efficacy of those vaccines against the most common subtype of BVDV, which is Type 1b.”

In other words, even if heifers had received a BVDV vaccine, if it didn’t stimulate an antibody titer of at least 128, some cattle could still be vulnerable to fetal infection. This was especially true for heifers with titers of 64 or fewer. The Singer strain

Vaccinating cows against BVDV helps protect their health and reproductive efficiency, and enables them to deliver healthier, PI-free calves. That same pre-breeding vaccine also helps them produce antibody-rich colostrum, to protect calves from BVDV for several weeks to a few months. “If a calf is born with sufficient colostrum intake from a well-vaccinated cow or heifer, producers can then vaccinate that calf at around 30 days of age with a modified-live virus vaccine that includes antigens for BVDV,” noted Dr. Davidson.

The study found that two modified-live virus vaccines containing the BVDV Type 1a Singer strain induced higher levels of Type 1a and Type 1b antibodies than BVDV vaccines containing different Type 1 strains. It also resulted in a greater number of calves with BVDV Type 1b titers of 128 or higher, potentially providing greater protection against today’s most common BVDV subtype. “One of the most compelling parts of this research is the fact that only two vaccines were consistently able to hit that minimum-threshold titer of 128, while the others were not,” reported Dr. Davidson. He credits the Singer strain for that difference. “Compared to other BVDV vaccine strains, the Singer strain has demonstrated an ability to traffic through the animal tissues, exposing the vaccine virus to more immune tissue,” he added.4

Avoid the commodity mentality “If we’re going to utilize health programs to minimize disease and reduce our reliance on antibiotics to treat disease, it’s vitally important that producers and their veterinarians understand that all modified-live vaccines are not equal in preventing BVDV PI calves,” stressed Dr. Davidson.

“It’s really about awareness of the true threats, the economically important diseases in the industry, and finding the vaccines that best line up against those,” Dr. Davidson concluded. *Sources listed on page 29

A recent study, in fact, showed that different BVDV vaccines vary in their ability to stimulate a protective immune response against the virus.1 The scientists compared six different BVDV vaccines, includ-

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Your Barn’s On Fire… Now What? Manage risk against potential downsides in a high market By Samantha Athey for Cattlemen’s News You wouldn’t wait until your barn’s on fire to protect it with an insurance policy. Once that fire starts, it’s too late to manage your risk. The same idea applies to marketing your cattle – once the market dips, it’s too late for price protection. Cattle producers have seen the market weather its share of storms in the past three years – the Tyson Holcomb packing plant fire, COVID-19 pandemic, cyber-attacks, and most recently Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “These are exactly the kind of things that Livestock Risk Protection is designed for,” said Scott Clawson, northeast Oklahoma area agricultural economist for Oklahoma State University. “Even in good times when everybody is expecting the market to be strong into the fall to sell cattle, LRP helps you get a good level of coverage and to set a price floor in case something that nobody’s expecting happens.” Clawson explained LRP insurance is a cost-effective option to give cattle producers some disaster coverage. “You can secure 90% of what they expect calf prices to be in the fall for not an overwhelming cost… The shorter that policy length gets, the cheaper it gets.” In relation to LRP, Brian Youngblood, crop and livestock insurance producer with Specialty Risk Insurance, said the program

maxed out its daily limit set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency on Feb. 24 when the market saw a price dip due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. There are instances when LRP insurance isn’t available including when government daily or annual funding limits are reached and if an event occurs after trading hours that may result in market conditions significantly different than those to determine LRP program rates. “Overnight, everybody started purchasing coverage and some of the last few are still pending,” Youngblood said. “That’s why it’s crucial to be prepared and not wait until the last minute.” He advised producers interested in LRP complete their initial applications so they can secure coverage quickly when needed. Another consideration is the timing when LRP coverage can be secured. It can’t be written after Saturday morning until Monday at 4 p.m. This is important to consider when current events over the weekend impact cattle markets, Youngblood said. According to Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee livestock Extension economist, large cattle price declines have Continued on next page

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the cattle market. We don’t really have anything to hang our hat on from this specific situation.”

Clawson continued, “From the market perspective, it’s all about uncertainty, and whenever we have uncertainty, the markets tend to move down.”

Youngblood recommended producers calculate the price needed to cover their costs, especially with the current state of rising input costs, to help determine the desired coverage levels.

Regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it is easy to see a correlation on the grain markets because both countries are significant exporters of wheat and corn, Clawson explained. “If we expect trouble getting grain crops out of those countries - whether it’s for sanctions, war or whatever it might be - it’s pretty easy for the grain market to respond, and it did,” Clawson said. “When it comes to cattle, we have an extra degree of separation and we just think about the things we know can cause trouble in the cattle markets – energy prices, feed prices, fertility prices, etc. It puts us in a bit of a gray area in terms of what’s going to happen in

“There’s a lot of unknowns, and any time there’s a level of uncertainty, people are going to protect themselves and prices are going to move lower,” he continued.

“We know where we’re at in terms of beef demand, inventory and those types of things and we know those points of prices being higher,” Clawson said. “But I think it’s probably going to take some time to get a better feel of what’s going to happen with all the different markets that aren’t directly beef and cattle but certainly have an impact on beef and cattle.” Youngblood agreed, “There’s many unknowns in the market with cow numbers so low. The market has been trending higher, but these Black Swan events work against cattle prices.”


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tainly have its advantages, it is also important to realize that yearling bulls may require more attentive care after purchase than bulls marketed at later ages. Yearling bulls are still growing and developing, and they will now also be asked to trail and service females during their first breeding season. Moreover, yearling bulls often enter pasture conditions that offer less energy than that which was provided during their development program. This is an especially important consideration in spring breeding seasons, when cool-season perennial forages (e.g., fescue) are high in protein and moisture content but relatively low in energy. Due to the inadequate energy content and the high passage rate of this “washy” forage, cattle often struggle to maintain fill or meet their dietary energy requirements—even with ample availability of green grass. Considering this challenge and the greater energy requirements of yearling bulls simply for growth, yearling bulls are likely to lose condition more quickly than mature bulls over the course of the breeding season. The loss of body condition that a bull undergoes during the breeding season needs to be a managed decline rather than an unmanaged one. Allowing yearling bulls to become unacceptably thin and unthrifty during their first breeding season can have lifelong impacts, so protect your investment. Ensure Continued on next page


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Continued from previous page that yearling bulls are not overworked during their first breeding season, both in terms of the number of females they are asked to service and the length of the breeding season they are asked to cover. Though bulls do vary in their serving capacity, a long-standing rule of thumb is that yearling bulls be asked to service no more than 15-20 females during their first breeding season. We also strongly discourage the use of excessively long breeding seasons (e.g., seasons over 60 days in length) for yearling bulls. Young bulls need to be removed from females in order to gain back weight and continue growing. An appropriate ration or supplement should be provided after the breeding season in order to build back condition and support requirements for continued growth. Fibrous rather than concentrate sources of energy are recommended to maintain soundness; reach out to an Extension specialist in your region for specific recommendations. If you intend to use multi-sire breeding groups, turning out yearling bulls together with mature bulls is strongly discouraged. This creates unnecessary risk of injury for the younger, less developed bull. Additionally, remember that a bull breeding soundness exam ensures quantity and quality of sperm as well as physical suitability for mating, but it does not evaluate the libido or social rank of a bull. A group of females expected to be serviced by a yearling bull should be observed over the course of the breeding season. Ideally, observe the group for heat activity in the early morning and/ or evening hours. Though some bulls can simply be “shy” breeders, bulls ideally should be observed as interested, trailing and servicing females in heat. Heat activity within the group should also begin to taper off as the breeding season progresses. If it appears that a bull simply does not have adequate libido or if females continually return to heat, reach out to your seedstock supplier, veterinarian, and/or Extension specialist. For a more extensive discussion, a presentation on “Management of Natural Service Bulls: Practical Considerations” is available on the Mizzou Repro YouTube channel at Genna VanWye is a graduate research assistant at the University of Missouri. Jordan Thomas, a Ph.D., is the state cow-calf Extension specialist with the University of Missouri. Contact him at 573-882-1804 or thomasjor@


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Risk Management in Today’s Market By Derrell Peel for Cattlemen’s News With cattle prices higher and rising it might seem like risk management is less important now. While expectations of higher prices may change our view of risk and the approach to risk management, it should not be ignored. Financial considerations are one of the biggest factors in risk management. Highly leveraged producers have a greater need to manage risk than producers with a stronger equity position who can, if they choose, accept more risk. However, if the last couple of years have taught us anything, it is that black swans can happen anytime and completely overwhelm markets for some period. The idea is not to eliminate risk because, in most cases, profits are a return to taking risk but rather to manage risk to an acceptable level. For the vast majority of producers, the question is not whether risk management is needed but rather how much risk management is needed, and which of several alternatives risk management tools is most appropriate in a given set of circumstances. Risk management needs change over time as the financial structure of the business evolves and as market conditions change.

well. In addition to an objective assessment of the financial risk of the operation, risk management should allow the producer to sleep well along with significant others in family and often the lender that is involved as well. Risk is a major source of stress and raises mental health concerns.

There is certainly no single right answer for risk management. Different producers in seemingly similar situations may well have very different risk management plans for very good reasons. The choice of risk management tools is unique to individual producer situations in terms of varying financial situations, attitudes towards risk, and market expectations. How you handle risk emotionally is an important consideration as

For some, especially small producers, Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance may provide more needed flexibility but works very similar to put options. Unlike the fixed size of futures or option contracts, LRP can be used to cover as few as one animal. Other recent changes allow producers to insure unborn calves. Producers can choose the length of coverage

Producers may choose between tools to establish a fixed price, such as forward contracting, or an expected fixed price, such as a short futures hedge. Such tools may be less expensive to utilize but lock out market upside and may be less attractive in the current market when higher prices are expected. A futures put option is an alternative that establishes an expected minimum price but leaves some opportunity to capture market price increases. Options also have more flexibility in that producers can choose from a range of strike prices (and premium costs) to set the level of the minimum price and control risk management costs. It’s a bit like choosing a high or low deductible for auto insurance depending on how much risk you can stand.

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Record Large U.S. Exports By Gregory Bloom for Cattlemen’s News In my article last month, I predicted that for 2022 we’d see a continuation of the record amounts of beef exports around the world.

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According to Erin Borror, economist at the U.S. Meat Export Federation: Global beef exports set a new record in 2021, with value topping $50.7 billion, up 20% from 2020, and the U.S. held the top supplier position, on a value basis; China accounted for about 26% of global beef imports in 2021. U.S. imports of beef also held at the 2020 level and increased on a value basis, but net exports totaled $1.92 billion as the export growth outpaced imports.

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• December 2021 beef exports totaled 121,429 metric tons (mt), up 1% from a year ago, while value climbed 33% to $991.8 million – the third largest month on record. These results pushed 2021 volume to 1.44 million mt, up 15% from a year ago and 7% above the previous record set in 2018. Export value soared to $10.58 billion, up 38% from 2020 and shattering the previous record (also from 2018) by 27%. • Beef exports to Korea, Japan and China/Hong Kong each exceeded $2 billion, setting new volume and value records in Korea and China/ Hong Kong and a value record in Japan. Exports also set a new value record in Taiwan and reached new heights in Central America, Colombia and Indonesia. Global exports of U.S. beef variety meat also set a new value record of $1.09 billion, up 24% year-over-year. To summarize, the U.S. beef complex is experiencing increases in beef exports driven mainly by China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and also Mexico.


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If you read last month’s article, you may have asked yourself, ‘Why are we seeing increases in beef exports at a time when many economies around the world are still suffering from COVID?’ The answers to that question can be summarized in the following: • Compared to last year, the U.S. dollar is weaker (we are more competitive and affordable) against: Chinese RMB by 2%, Brazilian real by 4% and even vs. the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso. • U.S. prices are competitive with other grain-fed beef coming from Canada and Australia.

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Continued from previous page Speaking specifically of China, their demand for high-quality, grain-fed U.S. beef seems almost unquenchable. I get several emails and phone calls every week from Chinese buyers wanting to book large amounts of beef for the year. I’ve talked to several buyers recently from China and they lament that there aren’t more suppliers of beef that they can buy from in the U.S. There are several hurdles that keep the small and mid-sized beef packing plants out of the exporting arena: • The large amounts of beef that the Chinese are looking to buy. • The low prices that the Chinese are wanting to pay. They can be tough negotiators. • The export documents required, and payment terms are a hurdle. • It’s hard to develop trust with a new buyer unless you can spend time with them. The larger beef packers in the U.S. have the plant size and production volumes required to make exporting to China work. I started selling to a new Chinese company last year and their demand quickly outpaced the supply of the beef I could get from a small plant in the Midwest. If you’d like to tip your toe in the exporting arena in the near future, you will need to: 1. Find a USDA plant that exports or is willing to export and take all the required steps, which includes registering the plant with the USDA and with the country you want to export to. 2. Make sure you understand the requirements for the cattle. For example, the E.U. only buy NHTC cattle. 3. Find the right customers in international markets. Gregory Bloom is the owner of U.S. Protein, an international distributor of premium meats. Contact him at March 2022




Training, Safety is Key to Preventing On-Farm Accidents By Samantha Athey for Cattlemen’s News Farming and ranching, like many other occupations, has its dangers. However, with appropriate safety measures, you can help prevent on-farm accidents and reduce the chance of those dangers impacting your family and community. “There are two things happening in the industry that are contributing to on-farm accidents: a never-ending labor shortage crisis and hiring people without a farm background,” said

Kevin Charleston, owner and insurance agent with Specialty Risk Insurance. According to David Baker, University of Missouri (MU) agricultural engineer, grain is handled more quickly and stored in larger volumes than past years, often by a single person, which results in potentially hazardous situations. “People are trying to work fast, and this is putting a lot of pressure on those with training,” Charleston explained. “They get more immune to their surroundings and miss things they’d normally have paid attention to, and the new people just don’t have the experience or training on grain bin safety.” Karen Funkenbusch, MU Extension safety specialist, noted late winter and early spring are often when farmers check and empty grain bins, leading to a higher instance of on-farm accidents during this period. It takes only five seconds for flowing grain to trap an individual and less than 30 seconds to become fully engulfed and overwhelmed, according to data from the Grain Bin Safety Resource Center. Through a collaboration between Nationwide and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, fire departments across the United States have received grain rescue tubes and training for use in preventing injuries and deaths. Specialty Risk Insurance has been an active supporter of this program with Nationwide. “Being involved with the Grain Bin Safety program is our opportunity to re-emphasize and make people stop and think about it,” Charleston said. Funkenbusch recommended the following tips for preventing grain bin accidents: • Adopt a “zero entry” policy so bins are not entered unless necessary and people do not go alone. • Use the lockout-tagout method to make sure equipment is turned off before entry. • Do not allow children around grain-handling work sites. • Remind farm visitors of grain bin dangers. To nominate your local fire department to win a grain rescue tube and rescue training, go to



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Advice on Feeding Cattle in a High-Cost Environment By Jessica Allan for Cattlemen’s News Sticker shock is not something new to those of us in the cattle industry. After all, the farmer is the only man in the economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways, as President John F. Kennedy succinctly put it. However, the continuing rising cost of feed in the past months, as well the sky-rocketing prices of fertilizer, have even the most hardened cattlemen raising eyebrows and looking at alternatives. The most basic question when considering alternative feeds is quantity versus quality. It’s easy to fill up a cow when feeding, but if the nutritional quality is not there, it is literally money wasted. Eric Bailey, Assistant Professor State Beef Extension Specialist, Animal Science, University of Missouri (MU) Extension, says low quality forage takes a long time to digest and use, which reduces intake, but that full feeling does not translate to nutrition. While it may be tempting to use cheaper feed as costs rise, it may, and more than likely, will, cost the producer more in the long run as the cow will need to consume more to receive the nutrition she needs. Bailey recommends considering timing when looking at cattle nutrient requirements and feed quality. A beef cow’s nutritional requirements will peak within the first 60 days of calving, and taper off from there, with the largest reduction occurring at calf weaning. Here in Southwest Missouri, the vast majority of pastures are fescue-based, and we tend to calve during the winter months, rather than true spring calving in April-May. Part of this, says Bailey, is because a true spring calving system requires breeding during the warmest months of the year, a time when we also see a summer slump in our fescue pastures, both of which are detrimental to breeding success. A better usage of our pastures, to coincide with our herd’s nutritional needs, is to move to a fall calving season, which would allow our cows to graze high-quality, stockpiled fescue pastures during those first 60 days after calving when nutritional needs are highest when gearing up to be re-bred. Grazing stockpiled fescue brings us to the topic of rotational



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grazing systems. Many farmers and ranchers I have spoken with over the years don’t see the necessity of putting in more fence lines to maintain and additional water sources, when the systems they have used over the years have always been adequate. But we are not looking at adequate here. To best utilize your pastures, says Bailey bluntly, you must use a rotational grazing system. Even pastures full of trees and slope can benefit, and if you rent your ground, portable fencing is available. Rotational grazing systems do not have to be complicated (i.e. 50 paddocks and moving cows multiple times a day). Simply put, says Bailey, rotational grazing allows plants to recover and add more value to your operation. The more times a plant is grazed, the less time it can recover and develop before it is grazed again, eventually becoming less and less productive. A rotational system builds in recovery time for those plants so that they become more productive. In Southwest Missouri, per Bailey, it is best to allows at least 30 days of recovery (rest) time in the spring and 60 days during other times of the year, for our fescue pastures. The reason for the shorter time in the spring is fescue is a cool-season grass, meaning the growth rate is higher in the cooler spring temperatures. If given too much growth time, the forage will start to mature and decline in nutritional quality. A second benefit to rotational grazing is all parts of the pastures are utilized. Cattle will tend to graze more often closer to water sources and less often the further from water they have to walk, leading to selective grazing. A third benefit is stocking density. In Southwest Missouri, we tend to operate along the lines of 3 acres per cow. But, by using rotational grazing, we can manipulate that by putting all the cows on one smaller parcel at a time rather than having them spread all over the farm. More cows plus better pasture quality should lead to a higher paycheck in the end. Now, if a producer has enough cattle to make it worthwhile, it may be beneficial to have multiple rotations going on at one time, by grouping cattle together by age group. As cows age, they will have different nutritional requirements in AUTHORIZED DEALER addition to where they are in the breeding cycle. A mature cow will have different needs than a replacement or first calf heifer that is still growing. This is especially beneficial when supplementing, says Bailey. A mature cow will out compete younger cows at the feed bunk, as we all have witnessed, skewing the availability of supplements to those that need it.


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Continued from previous page question that comes to mind when considering supplements is not the supplements themselves but equipment and storage. Depending on the type of supplement used, an operation will need a place to store and way to deliver the supplement to their cattle, which can be further complicated when the property the cattle are running on is rented. Wet feed, such as distillers’ grains, needs to either be stored correctly or used quickly, says Bailey. In the summer months, once wet feed is exposed to air, it needs to be used within three weeks before it spoils. Another drawback is scale of operations. Quite often, wet feed is purchased by the semi load, and at 15 pounds per head per day, it would take 200 cows, a much larger herd than the typical Southwest Missouri cattleman, to use up a semi load before it spoils. Silage, while a great option when available locally, can be inefficient. A lactating cow may need up to 90 pounds per day to meet her nutritional needs, due to the high moisture content (65%). The sheer amount of silage needed for a cow’s needs, plus the even shorter life span than distillers’ grains, makes it highly inefficient unless an operation has the equipment and storage capacity to handle it. Supplements, while helpful to a herd’s nutritional program when forage quality is low, should not be something a program depends on continuously. The first source of nutrition should be high quality forage. Forage should increase in quality, says Bailey, when using methods such as rotational grazing as mentioned above. For those that hay their ground, using poultry litter instead of traditional fertilizer may help ease the pain of fertilization costs this year. But, says Bailey, building fence and adding waterers to hay pastures this year, converting them to pasture to stockpile, may be the best option. When cutting hay off a pasture, a cattleman is removing the nutrients from that field that will need to replaced next year. A 5’ by 5’ round bale weighing in at 1,000 pounds will contain 18 pounds of nitrogen, 6 pounds of phosphorus and 26 pounds of potassium. When multiplied by the costs of nitrogen, phosphors and potassium, and the number of bales typically harvested per acre, that can be a pretty penny to replace, especially at today’s prices. By converting those fields to stockpiled pastures, the nutrients will be recycled through the cow’s digestive system. All in all, maintaining an operation’s pastures and using them to their full potential may be the cattlemen’s best option when it comes to feeding his herd during these high-cost times. Jessica Allan is a commercial and agricultural relationship manager and lender with Guaranty Bank in Carthage and Neosho, MO. She and her husband live in Jasper County and maintain a cattle herd with her parents in Newton County.


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Soil Health, Grazing, and Sustainability for the Spring Months What makes a difference when it comes to soil health and forage production? By Mark Green for Cattlemen’s News Improving soil health doesn’t happen overnight. Good management of the forages is always key. Maintain good, live cover; good recovery periods between grazing periods; and maintaining good forage heights at end of grazing periods. Good grazing management has been helping our soils for decades. Now that there is more emphasis on soil health, we are learning more about what is going on below the surface. This can help us make decisions on how we can continue and improve what we are doing to improve that soil health. With spring coming on,

there are some ideas to consider that may help you down the road to improving your pastures and your soil health. First, which paddock will you start grazing first this spring? Ideally, do not start on the same pasture you did last spring. In fact, a good rule of thumb in grazing management is “never do the same thing on the same acres at the same time you did previous years.” Unless you continued to rotate through your paddocks this winter, those areas you overwintered on will need a long recovery time. Dragging those winter pastures to break up manure may be needed. Normally, I am not an advocate of dragging pastures in a good grazing system. If you are providing good quality forage for the livestock, the manure will be a consistency that will break down fast on its own, so no need to drag. However, if you wintered them on one area, you may need to do some light dragging to break up the manure. Don’t drag heavy enough to be digging up the soil. Remember, soil disturbance is not friendly to the soil biology. Also, the sooner, the better. As soon as it is solid enough to drag, get it done, but, I would evaluate if it is even needed. Sometimes we do this to make us feel better, but did we really need to spend that time and fuel? Remember, on pastures the animal recycles over 90% of the nutrients back onto the soil. On hay ground, we take it off, so there is a need to replenish fertility on hay ground. With high fertilizer prices, if I was going to do any spring fertilizing, consider just those fields you will be pulling hay off. For years I have been asking the question, “Why do we apply nitrogen fertilizer to our pasture in early spring, when we can’t keep up with the spring growth anyway?” Avoid applying spring nitrogen on fescue pastures. With high fertilizer prices, get more bang for your buck with some fall applications of nitrogen. Also, soil health specialists suspect nitrogen fertilizer has a negative effect on the soil biology, especially at higher rates. Winter or spring is an excellent time of year to add legumes to existing pasture. Adding legumes provides several advantages: improved forage quality for the livestock, nitrogen fixation that helps the grass, plant species diversity in the pasture and different rooting depths of grasses that helps with the soil biology. The more diverse a pasture is in plant species, the more it helps the soil biology and health. There are two ways to add legumes: overseeding and interseeding. Overseeding is spreading the legume seed by broadcast



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Continued from previous page with or without fertilizer. However, it is too late this spring to consider overseeding. This process depends on freezing and thawing to work the seed into the soil. I recommend having your seed on no later than the end of February. The other option, interseeding, is done by using a no-till drill in March or early April. This works very well since the soil temperature is warmed up and the legume seed will germinate faster. Through the years, I have seen greater success with interseeding than overseeding. Care must be taken with the no-till drill to not get the seed too deep. Shoot for ¼ - ½ inches deep. I would have this completed no later than April 15. Both options will not work unless you control the existing grass vegetation and apply NO nitrogen. The pastures you plan to seed need to be grazed off close. Once seed is applied, continue to graze until the legume seedlings are 1-2 inches tall. If you pull off sooner, the grass growth competition will choke out a good majority of the seedlings. Some producers have started holding out one paddock for a full year and letting it have a long-term recovery. I have tried this and was amazed what it did for an old hay field. A producer I know tried this for the first time four or five years ago. He saw such a difference in that paddock the following year that he now plans ahead and lays one paddock out each year. It takes some planning ahead, but isn’t that what grazing management is? Planning, Adjusting = Management. Finally, don’t forget to check all your physical aspects of your grazing system before spring growth starts. Check your fence system. Check the ground rods and tighten clamps. Take a day to travel all the fences to check insulators, corners, gates, etc. Look over your polywire and reels. Do any need repair or replaced? Check out all your tanks – permanent and portable. Make any necessary repairs. How do the pads around the tanks look? Maybe a few loads of gravel would be a good idea. If you are using aboveground pipe, are all the couplers and quick couplers in good shape? Any clogged with spiders? Spending a half or full day on this will sure save some headaches and possibly bad words once you start your rotation. The main thing about spring grazing is to start a little early and rotate fast the first few rounds to try to stay ahead of the spring growth. If you wait until the fescue is 6 inches tall to start, you’re already behind. By the time you get around your system, the other paddocks will be too far ahead in growth. Paying attention to the grazing heights, grazing periods and recovery periods is what is needed throughout the year. Being flexible and adjusting those based on what is going on is a huge key to good grazing management and soil health management.

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Spring Grain Bin Safety Tips By Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri Extension Health and Safety Specialist Farmers usually check and empty grain bins during late winter and early spring. Grain bins and the grain stored inside can present hazards and risks to the farmers, farm families and farm hands that work in and around these bins. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations, according to the National Safety Council. In seconds, shifting and moving grain can take a life. Grain handling and storage play a vital part in Missouri farming. Increased storage capacities combined with larger, faster handling and automated equipment contribute to the industry’s high hazard level. While new technologies have increased efficiency on the farm, the machinery also gives farmers and farm hands the ability to work alone—exposing them to additional dangerous situations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded a record number of fatal grain bin entrapments in 2012. Since then, entrapments have steadily decreased due to work of various agricultural groups and grain bin safety demonstrations such as those sponsored by MU Extension, Missouri AgrAbility and Show-Me Farm Safety at the Missouri State Fair and Western Farm Show. However, grain bins are still among the biggest dangers on the farms. It takes only five seconds for flowing grain to suck someone in, and less than 20 seconds for complete entrapment. It takes even less time for children. Children should not be allowed on grain-handling worksites. The curious nature of children means they act impulsively and take risks. While playing, they can become entrapped in grain bins or bin equipment such as augers. It is also important to remind farm visitors of the dangers of grain bins. Grandchildren, neighbor children and young friends of the family likely are unfamiliar with the dangers on the farm. They may see the grain bins or grain wagons as fun places to play hide-and-seek, climb or turn on equipment to see how it works.

Grain handlers, bin manufacturers, safety experts and others have formed a national Grain Entrapment Prevention Initiative, which emphasizes six points in bin safety: 1. Develop a “zero entry” mentality. Stay out of the bin. 2. If you must enter, do not go alone. 3. Provide hands-on training for the entrant and observer. 4. Follow an entry permit. 5. Shut down and lockout. 6. Use a secure body harness lifeline. Grain bin safety is vital for farmers, farm families and farm hands working on the farm, even if they do not deal with grain bins directly. Seven Grain Safety Tips: 1. Lockout unloading equipment before entering 2. Do not enter bins alone or without an observer 3. Wear a safety harness and secure a lifeline 4. Wear a NIOSH approved dust mask or respirator 5. Attempt to break up grain without entering bins 6. Take your time and use common sense 7. Avoid loose-fitting or torn clothing while working with equipment What if you find yourself trapped in a bin? 1. – Cup your hands around your mouth and nose to create an air pocket. This may give you enough air and time for someone to rescue you. 2. – If possible, move to the edge of the bin and continue moving in a spiral until the bin is empty. Try to get to the inside ladder of the bin. For more information, see the MU Extension publication “Safe Storage and Handling of Grain, g1969. Visit the Show-Me Farm Safety website and check out the Handling & Storing Grain information, https://farmsafety. OSHA also has information on grain handing safety, https:// For more information on grain safety, including training programs, visit the Grain Handing Safety Coalition, For more information on Ag Safety and Health, visit the National Ag Safety Database at

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Reducing Grass Tetany in Cattle For Immediate Release from the University of Missouri Extension Stockton, Mo. - “With lush grass growth coming in the spring, it is time to manage cattle and implement mineral supplementation strategies to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. Cattle grass tetany symptoms result from low blood magnesium levels. Low dietary intake, mineral imbalances that reduce absorption and metabolic activities such as milk production that cause high magnesium release can result in low blood magnesium levels. Lack of grass tetany prevention can lead to cattle sickness and death. Therefore, Davis will discuss management and supplementation strategies to reduce incidence of grass tetany in cattle operations. “Cattle consumption of lush spring forage growth can cause grass tetany,” says Davis. The combination of high potassium and low sodium in lush spring forage growth reduces absorption and utilization of magnesium. Although magnesium deficiency leads to grass tetany, recent evidence implicates sodium deficiency in grass tetany issues. Therefore, Davis urges cattle producers to

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Please try my soul food recipe all ingredients are free, and it’s good for the soul, I guarantee! Start with 3 tbsps. of gratitude, does wonders for your attitude. Add a heaping cup of love, make that two. One for your neighbor, and one for you. Some faith, mustard seed size will do, enough to make a mountain move. Two dabs of the promise of Heaven, and a smidgen of 2 Timothy 1: seven. Add a funny story, laugh out loud! That’s good for tired facial muscles I’ve found. It only takes 13 muscles to smile, but 33 to frown ( but I digress). Thoroughly mix equal parts of kindness and humility, understanding, hope, patience, and empathy. Shelf life is forever, here’s the deal, works for a midnight snack or full course meal. Eat all you want, not a single calorie, and it’s both gluten and cholesterol free! If you’d like to tweak the taste, feel free, to add a prayer or two, or maybe three. One for your neighbor, one for you, and the other one for me. Enjoy, and God bless! March 2022



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