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AngusAngles Nov/Dec 2013

Official Publication New York Angus Association

Juniors in Action!

Juniors Competing at the 2014 Fall Festival - Coby Classic

Come Join Us! NY - Angus seedstock capitol of the world


New York Angus Association President Mike Shanahan P.O. Box 338, Ghent, NY 12075

518-598-8869 Vice-President Doug Giles 538 Rte. 343, Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-6221 Secretary/Treasurer Robert Groom 8974 Lyons Marengo Rd, Lyons, NY 14489

315-573-2569 Past President Mike Kelley 9757 Dutch Rd, Camden, NY 13316 315-225-0827 Directors Eric Brayman Randy Librock Jerry Emerich Roger McCracken Derrick DeBoer Pete Murphy Brett Chedzoy Craig Simmons Nicole Tommell

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year by the NY Angus Association, in an 8.5 x 11 magazine format. It is edited and produced by Mike Shanahan Cattle advertisements will be limited to the majority promotion of Angus genetics Subscription Rate NYAA Members Free Non-Members $15.00 annually Regular Issue Advertising Rates Full Page $115.00 1/2 Page $75.00 1/4 Page $45.00 Business Card $25.00 Contract Rates Available To Place advertising and for news and editorial content contact: Mike Shanahan - 518-598-8869

Upcoming Angus Events National Western Stock Show Angus Show & Events January 14-18 • Denver, CO

Trowbridge Family of Friends Invitational Angus Sale at NWSS January 16 • Denver, CO

NYBPA Annual Conference January 17-18 • Liverpool, NY

NY Angus Board of Directors Meeting at NYBPA Conference January 18 • Liverpool, NY

NY Angus Hospitality Room at NYBPA Conference TBA • Liverpool, NY

NY Angus Meeting TBA

NY Farm Show

February 20-22 • Syracuse, NY

Trowbridge Annual Bull Sale

at Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange May 3 • Canandaigua, NY

Big East Youth Show

May 2-4 • Springfield, MA

NY Angus Female Sale at Angus Hill Farm May 10 • Randolph, NY

NYJBPA Spring Preview TBA • Lockport, NY

Newsletter Deadlines & Publish Dates: Deadline 1/15, Published 2/15 - Regular issue Deadline 3/10, Published 4/1 - SPECIAL ISSUE

More than business Anywhere you go there are people you don’t know. But when you see someone involved in agriculture, maybe someone pulling a cattle trailer, or a truck full of hay, that connection is always made. An instant connection of fellowship, like you know them as family. A conversation can be struck and carried on like no other. This is all of us, making the best of the world, better. The New York Angus Association membership is a perfect example of this. I’m proud to be a part of this group and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Holidays. Thanks,

Mike Mike Shanahan President, NYAA 518-598-8869 =============================================================================

Success isn’t by is because of dedication by you, the breeders.

2014 promises to be a great year for New York Angus, with our NY Angus Sale planning underway, and our NY Angus Membership Directory Handbook preparations in progress. If you haven’t been able to get a NY Angus Membership Map, let us know and we can send one to you - this project shows the location of every member in the state. Our customers have given some great feedback on this, take advantage of it.

New York Angus Association Annual Female Sale 2nd Saturday in May

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8.BJO4USFFUt3BOEPMQI /: The Foundation of your Future Greenane Angus Genetics 5637 Turnpike Road Delhi, NY 13753 PATRICK & THANYA RIDER 607-746-8878

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Larry M. Laribee 3220 Fuller Road Carthage, NY 13619

Registered, AI sired, gentle, curve bending Heifers and Bulls

Registered Angus Breeding Stock & Freezer Beef Frank & Joan DeBoer 12491 St Hwy 357 Home: 607-829-3408 Franklin, NY 13775 Cell: 607-353-9520


(518) 598-8869

James D. Frueh 518-436-1050 Registered Angus Bulls, Steers, Heifers, Out of quality embryos Round Baleage and Dry Round Bales Glenmont, NY

Travis Walton 2434 Linwood Road Linwood, NY 14486 585-703-1476 -JOXPPE3PBEt-JOXPPE /:



Dr. MB Rad 518-369-6624 Steve Packard, Herdsman 585-738-9404

2035 State Route 31 Chittenango, NY 13037

Mike Shanahan


Pleasant Valley Farm

487 Whaupaunaucau Rd Norwich, NY 13815

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"Welytok Angus- Breeding For The Next Generation"


506 Queen Anne Road Amsterdam, NY 12010

Murphy Farm Registered Black Angus Peter Murphy 1132 Rt. 80 Tully, NY 13159


Home: 315-696-6092

Cell: 315-706-1693

New York Angus Association Annual Female Sale 2nd Saturday in May

McCracken Vu Farms Performance Bred Angus Cattle Home of the famous McCracken Missies! cattle working in 7 states & Canada!

Scott Oeschger, Owner Bob Butterfield, Manager

Jamie & Jerry Brozman Ned & Linda Hower Jennifer & Shane Boyle E-mail: 354 Townshipline Rd. Nazareth, PA 18064 Home (610)-837-3866 Cell (484)221-3455 Registered Angus Cattle Tame Show Calves

Roger & Alice McCracken 585-243-5037 2898 Mt Pleasant Rd

Registered Angus Cattle Jim Sheehan & Family Office: 315-265-8427 Andy Weaber: 315-261-1331

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JLL Angus Acres Jerry & Jeanette Loss

6791 West Main Road Lima, NY 14485 585-624-9593

Great cow families, great carcass traits Registered Breeding Stock



Mark & Karolyn Shepard 518-392-3478 365 Punsit Road Chatham, NY 12037

Registered Angus Solely using A.I. from Proven Genetics

Attention Angus Breeders Space Available Advertise Your Farm Here! Contact Mike Shanahan 518-598-8869 P.O. Box 57 Lebanon Street Hamilton, NY 13346

315-824-1703 Arnold & Arlene Fisher

Shale Ridge Farm The Duncan Family 102 Duncan Lane Farm - 319 Lobdell Road Otego, NY 13825

MWM ANGUS Mark Mangano 13245 Ottenbecker Road Lawtons, NY 14091 716-560-1293

Clear Choice Angus Chris & Vanessa Jordan and Family P.O. Box 143 Lemont Furnace, PA 15456 Steve Schmuck, Herdsman 814-289-1617


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Carousel Design Taylor Wierzbowski 716-574-9724

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Marc and Nicole Tommell's MMT Cattle Inc., of Fonda, N.Y., hosted this year's event.

Montgomery Co. holds Sundae on the Farm MMT Cattle Inc., of Fonda, N.Y., hosted the 13th annual event Elizabeth A. Tomlin, Country Folks

Over 2,250 people attended Montgomery County’s 13th annual Sundae on the Farm. Marc and Nicole Tommell’s MMT Cattle Inc., of Fonda, NY hosted this year’s event, which was sponsored by Montgomery Co. Farm Bureau, Montgomery Co. Ag Farmland & Protection Board and Montgomery Co. Soil & Water. Many were first time attendees that had heard about the event through fliers circulated through surrounding area schools. Displays, demonstrations and, of course, ice cream sundaes made with over 60 gallons of donated Stewart’s ice cream, were available to all who attended. A variety of

farm animals were exhibited, including Puthaven Farm’s immense oxen and Eastern Regional Draft Horses, which also took folks for wagon rides. “The wagon rides are the best thing!” said 7-year-old Donoven Melo of Tribes Hill. Many other children at the event echoed his sentiment. Hours of hard work and many hands went into making the day a success. “It’s great that we have been able to continue this event for 13 years!” remarked Montgomery County Farm Bureau President Martin Kelly, who was also Chairman for the 13th annual Sundae on the Farm. “This year allowed us to showcase

a different sector of the agricultural industry and we greatly appreciate Marc and Nicole Tommell’s generosity in opening their doors to host this year’s amazing event!” Kelly also extended a “thank you!” to the Farm Bureau families, Mohawk Valley FFA, 4-H families and all who donated their time to help make the event so successful. “They make this event happen!”

HER FULL SISTER IS HERE! Trowbridge At Ease Lady F02

SAV Pioneer 7301 x BCC Bushwacker 41-93

F02 turned many heads last year when she was sold at the Trowbridge Sale for $8500 and her calf sold for $4500, with much demand from many programs. A cow with such capacity and structure, and perfect uddered. We are proud to introduce her full sister born in August, which will continue the At Ease Acres tradition of the F02 Lady family...with more to come. Contact us anytime

Farm: 184 Freeman Hill Rd.

Berne, NY 12023

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Mailing: 253 Line Rd. Berne, NY 12023

At Ease Acres The DeBoer Family Office: 518-872-0460 Derrick's Cell: 607-280-8111

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Fall Production Sale John Inkley V.M.D 716-358-6817 Charles DiMaria, Manager 716-307-1851 12400 W. Main Street Randolph, NY 14772

Inkley Family

Angus Hill Donor DRMCTR 1|1 Rita 6108 reg# 15555628 Also introducing 6108's daughter GAR 5050 New Design 0546 (reg# 16645741) into the Angus Hill herd, at an $80,000 valuation. Both females owned with Hill House Angus, TX. 2014 promises to be a great year for this great cow family and Angus Hill!

Dr. Temple Grandin – Bio BIOGRAPHY Dr. Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. She has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy’s International, Burger King, and other companies on animal welfare. Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 63 refereed journal articles in addition to ten books. She currently is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book, Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller and her book Livestock Handling an Transport, now has a third edition which was published in 2007. Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin are Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, Animals Make us Human, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, The Way I See It, and The Autistic Brain. Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, and Duke University. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine and the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Her work has also been recognized by humane groups and she received several awards. HBO has recently premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. In 2011, Temple was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in Time Magazines 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2012, Temple was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Grandin now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. IMPACT STATEMENT OF DR. GRANDIN’S WORK Dr. Temple Grandin has had a major impact on the meat and livestock industries worldwide. List below are six specific examples that document this influence.

Design of Animal Handling Facilities – Dr. Grandin is one of the world’s leaders in the design of livestock handling facilities. She has designed livestock facilities throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. In North America, almost half of all cattle processing facilities include a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Her curved chute systems are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many producers to reduce stress during handling. Temple has also designed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal care.

Industry Consulting – Dr. Grandin has consulted with many different industry organizations each year for the past ten years. These efforts represent the majority of her time as she has a part-time appointment at Colorado State University but a thriving business as a consultant. The majority of her work is involved with large feedlots and commercial meat packers. She has worked with Cargill, Tyson, JBS Swift, Smithfield, Seaboard, Cactus Feeders, and many other large companies. Her company also does design work for many ranches. She was also involved with several major packing companies. Her consulting has led to work with companies such as Wendy’s International, Burger King, Whole Foods, Chipotle, and McDonald’s Corporation, where she has trained auditors regarding animal care at processing plants. She also has consulted with organic and natural livestock producers on animal care standards The animal handling guidelines that she wrote for the American Meat Institute are being used by many large meat buying customers to objectively audit animal handling and stunning.

Research – Dr. Grandin maintains a limited number of graduate students and conducts research that assists in developing systems for animal handling and, in particular, with the reduction of stress and losses at the packing plant. She has published her research in the areas of cattle temperament, environmental enrichment of pigs, livestock behavior during handling, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility housing dairy cattle and effective stunning methods for cattle and hogs.

Media Exposure – Dr. Grandin has provided worldwide media exposure for the livestock industry and, in particular, with issues relating to animal care. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 hours, CNN Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Time magazine. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) and she has been taped for similar shows in Europe. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people. HBO has made a movie about her life starring Claire Danes.

Outreach – Dr. Grandin maintains an appointment with Cooperative Extension at Colorado State where she has been active in making presentations to Colorado ranchers and farmers as well as those interested in the packing industry. She is sought after to discuss issues of quality assurance. Privately, she has developed her own website ( which has been expanded to include information on livestock handling in addition to information relative to the design of handling systems. A section on bison handling and one in Spanish have been popular. Over 2,000 people visit the website every month and approximately 1,000 download significant amounts of information. As many as 1,431 files were downloaded daily and over 42,000 have been downloaded in a single month. The website has been accessed by people from over 50 countries worldwide. She also did a TED talk in 2010 entitled, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.”

International Activities – It is clear from the wide variety of information accessed via the website, presentations made in international settings and interest in livestock handling systems developed by Dr. Grandin that her work has reached an international audience. She typically travels to make presentations internationally 3-5 times annually.



Genetics Work

Windy Point Angus Jim Sheehan

208 Sissonville Road Potsdam, NY 13676 Andy Weaber, Manager 315-261-1331

PS Burgess 875 014

OCC Missing Link 830M x BC Lookout 7024 With her June bull calf by SAV Pioneer 7301

Keystone International Livestock Expo 2013: Champion Angus Cow/Calf NYS Fair Angus Show 2013: Reserve Champion Cow/Calf NYS Supreme Female Show 2013: Reserve Champion Additionally she won two county fairs this year. BURGESS 014 continues to bring our program ahead. AND guess what, there are many more just like her right here! Call on us at any time for your Angus needs.

BY PAUL TROWBRIDGE The View this month is from the tractor seat moving top soil off the site for the new barn my wife has agreed we do need more storage we hope to have this project done by the middle of December now that our outside farming is coming to and end for this year we just have a few jobs to get done before winter really sets in put some wind breaks around our bee hives we also have to cover up some holes in our chicken house so the wind does not move the bedding  across the floor when the wind blows. We need some more wood cut to make it till spring and every time I work on fire wood I listen to the words of Grandpa -----wood it is the only thing that heats twice once when you make it and once when you burn it------ the more wood I make the

more I believe his words. This time of year most farmers like to look back at our last growing season and get a plan for next year because if most everyone is like me not everything I did last spring worked the way I wanted it to and if I wait till next spring my enthusiasm for getting started in the spring sometimes clouds the way I plan. I have a note book that I jot down some of the things and seed varieties I need to change  also what equipment needs fixing two years ago this worked pretty well last year though I missed placed my note book and when I found it in August it was to late and I put it in a place that I would always know where it was so I asked my wife this year could I leave a note on the refrigerator door to tell me where the place is that I put the note book so I would always

know where it is  well it sounds like a plan to me .The older I get the only thing that is easy for me anymore is forgetting but we all get to be good at something if we do it enough and maybe I found my niche. Everyone please enjoy your families for the holidays have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and God willing I will keep you posted on what's happening on the farm                            Thanx for readen                            Paul

P.S. Every day in our lives are good just some days are way better than others

JSK Galileo 1322 As 2013 draws to a close we would like to express our thanks to all the people who have either bought cattle or visited with us this past year about our genetics and program. We are committed to the success of our customers and the utility of the cattle we breed. We don't claim to have the 'mostest' or the 'elite' or the 'rare and valuable' rather we focus on the ability of sound, functional, trouble free cattle that quietly and successfully get the job done. Consistency of type and kind with the ability to meet market and customer expectations. With the statement above in mind we have added JSK Galileo 1322 to our herd bull battery. Sired by the Black Cedar son Cole Creek Full Bore 730 and out of a McCumber bred daughter of Sinclair Extra 4X13. Galileo will see heavy use in both our registered and commercial herd this year, his excellent feet and legs, spring of rib and overall masculinity should complement our cows nicely and we look forward to his first calves next fall. He is owned with Jason Kading, JSK Livestock, Millbrook, NY.

Tullyfergus Angus Robert & Linda Groom 8974 Lyons Marengo Rd. Lyons, NY. 14489 (315) 573-2569 • •

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NYS Fair 2013 Open Angus Show Results Grand Champion Female Excelsior Blackcap Z18 3/17/12 SS Objective T510 OT26 Jayne Bannister Reserve Grand Champion Female QVS Georgina 7481 9/14/2011 Leachman Saugahatchee 3000C Jayne Bannister Champion Cow/Calf Eqty 180 Duchess Autumn 11/11/2010 SS Objective T510 OT26 Rich Brown Reserve Champion Cow/Calf P S Burgess 875 014 2/23/2010 O C C Missing Link 830M Windy Point Angus Grand Champion Bull Equity 72 Exemplex Pioneer 4/2/2012 SAV Pioneer 7301 Rich Brown Reserve Grand Champion Bull Shale Ridge Sig 1103 5/10/2011 SAV Net Worth Jocelyn Duncan Junior Angus Show Results Champion Heifer Shale Ridge Cathy 1206 4/24/2012 SAV Bismarck Jocelyn Duncan Reserve Champion Heifer LL Barbara of Belua

6/13/2012 BC Lookout 7024 Katie Hopkins Champion Cow and Calf Shale Ridge Lucy 904 9/10/2009 Dunluise Jipsey Earl Jocelyn Duncan Reserve Champion Cow and Calf Shale Ridge Cathy 1206 4/24/2012 SAV Bismarck Jocelyn Duncan Champion Prospect Calf Shale Ridge Sig 1301 3/22/2013 Shale Ridge Sig 1103 Jocelyn Duncan Reserve Champion Prospect Calf Librock Hoover Dam 7/5/2013 Hoover Dam Kelsey Librock Supreme Champion Overall Shale Ridge Cathy 1206 4/24/2012 SAV Bismarck Jocelyn Duncan

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GREAT PEOPLE; GREAT CATTLE; GREAT DAY 7 Class Winners 6 Group Class Winners 5 Division Champion/Reserve Winners Grand Champion Bull; Grand Champion Cow/Calf Get Of Sire; Best 6 Head and NY Special Winners Special Thanks to: Thunder View Farms LLC: Ric Coombe and Family New Penn Farm: Carl Hinkle and all his crew Excelsior Farms: Jayne and Emily Bannister Winston & Sandy Gotham, Kevin & Tina Weidner for years of help. The Crew: Bill, Emily, Erika, Jala, Jayne, Rich, Robert, and Tom For Cattle Semen, and Embryo Sales contact: Rich at 315-406-5335 Tom at 585-465-2218 NYCHAPS Herd Tested: Johne’s Free Level Six Leukosis and BVD tested free

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Heathcote Forever Lady 486E

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Sinclair Rito Legacy 3R9 x High Valley 4C6 Ambush x HA Rito Blackcap 9038

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Dave Richmond, Manager Office: 845-373-8731 • Cell: 845-323-9232 Mark Kent, Herdsman • Cell: 845-821-8387 15 Heathcote Lane • Amenia, NY 12501 Heathcote Forever Lady 4852

OCC Prototype 847P x Mytty In Focus x 2V1 x SVF Forever Lady 181C


REG# 16140045 EPDs BW 0.2 WW 64 YW 111 SC .86 Doc 21 Milk 33 Marb .75 RE .77 $B 94.85 TC Total 410 x SS Objective T510 OT26 x Sitz Alliance 6595 Not only did ERIANNA produce the newest Select Sires feature, but she is also producing great daughters who are transmitting the same great qualities - up to 110 $B and 44 $W Her son Welytok PRIME PREMIER 2A20 was purchased by Select Sires as the record breaking bull at the Penn State Bull Test. Now valued at $20,000 and has semen available. Top 1% of the breed EPDs for Calving Ease, Growth Rate, Docility, and Carcass Value. Recorded 18.4 ribeye, 125 WW ratio, & 119 YW ratio.


We have another upcoming sire getting some talk with 15 CED, -1.2 BW, 68 WW, 118 YW, 1.14 Marb, .90 RE, 49.90 $W, 107.25 $B Watch for more info to come on him!

Mark D. Welytok  CGP • New-Paradigm Farms 2035 State Route 31 Chittenango, NY 13037


"Welytok Angus- Breeding For The Next Generation"

Ohio State Agricultural Economist: An Aging U.S. Farmer Population Does Not Necessarily Warrant Concern COLUMBUS, Ohio --  U.S. farmers are aging, and the agricultural community often expresses concern about who will replace them. But that apprehension may be overblown, an economist with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Although some farm communities worry over a lack of new, younger farmers to replace the current population, these concerns are unwarranted, according to a recently conducted analysis by Carl Zulauf, an economist in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, which is a part of CFAES.  Using USDA census data from 1945 to 2007, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Labor from 1980 to 2010, Zulauf compared the average age of U.S. farmers with the average age of the U.S. labor force. His research shows that while on average U.S. farmers are older than the U.S. labor force, the farmers and the labor force are actually aging at a similar pace and in fact, U.S. farmers are aging somewhat more slowly.  “U.S. farmers are aging, but their aging mirrors the U.S. labor force,” Zulauf said in a recent policy brief on the topic. “The U.S. farmer population is older than the U.S. labor force, but this has been true since 1980 and likely much earlier.”  His research shows that as of 2007, the average age of U.S. farmers was 57.1 years, while in 1945 the average age was 48.7 years. Over this 62-year time frame, the average age of U.S. farmers increased by 17 percent, or 8.4 years.  However, since 1980, when data on the age of the labor force became available, the average age of the U.S. labor force has increased by 7.1 years, from 34.6 to 41.7. During the same time period, the average age of U.S. farmers has increased by 7.1 years (from 50.5 to 57.1). Thus, each population has aged in concert with one another, Zulauf said. Zulauf attributes the older age of U.S. farmers to the capitalintensive nature of the industry. “It takes time for someone to accumulate the capital necessary to compete in U.S.-style farming, either through inheritance or savings or both,” he said.  Additionally, Zulauf notes that during the period evaluated there was a short time frame when the average age of U.S. farmers actually declined. This was during the 1970 period of booming farm prosperity. He said during the current wave of farm prosperity, it is possible that the nation may see a similar trend occur.  “While much is written about the need to replace the aging U.S. farmer population, the 1970 period of farm prosperity suggests the current period of prosperity will lead to an influx of younger farmers -sons and daughters of existing farmers and those from nonfarm backgrounds,” Zulauf said.  “This influx will likely occur over a number of years and its magnitude will depend on the staying power of the current farm prosperity.” 

To read Zulauf’s full analysis, “Putting the Age of U.S. Farmers in Perspective,” visit Xnu Tracy Turner Nicole Pierron Rasul =============================================================

On the road to the National Western Stock Show What is a Livestock Show? Four breeds held court at the first National Western Stock Show in 1906 - Angus, Galloway, Hereford, and Shorthorn. They were the standards of the day and the foundation of the American cattle market. Known for their stocky frames and meat production, these English-bred kings gave way to a European influx of larger structured, heavier cattle in the 1970s and early '80s. These newly introduced breeds of cattle took the United States by storm, leaving their mark on the entire industry. Suddenly, the average size of a fat steer jumped from 40 inches tall in the 1960s to nearly 60 inches tall in the late '70s. As the cattle industry in the United States changed, so did the National Western Stock Show. In addition to the original four breeds, National Western now hosts a variety of breeds from around the globe. Visitors are able to view traditional competition among exhibitors of breeding animals ultimately used for seedstock in agricultural production (beef cattle, sheep and goats). National Western also offers competition among exhibitors of animals used primarily for recreation or companionship (llamas, poultry, rabbits and dogs). Viewing these events is all part of the Stock Show experience and can be done with a grounds admission ticket. Youth involvement is one of the highlights of the livestock shows. Young exhibitors from across the nation participate in our competitive arenas for prize monies, national recognition for their achievements and a chance at college scholarships. ================================================================

Bannister sisters take top spots at State Fair POINT BREEZE –  The Bannister sisters, Emily and Jayne, pulled off an impressive feat at the State Fair on Wednesday, winning the top two spots in the Open Angus Show.  Emily, 20, was named grand champion with her heifer, “Proven Queen 2056.” That’s big news in the beef community. It’s even bigger news because Emily’s sister Jayne, 16, won reserve champion with “QVS Georgina.”  There were about 70 entries in the competition that featured some of the top Angus in the state, as well as animals from outside New York including Canada.

“There’s a lot of quality animals at the State Fair,” said Emily, who graduated from Cobleskill State College in May with an associate’s degree in animal science. She has a concentration in beef and livestock.  She has returned home to work with her father Roger on the family farm, Excelsior Farms, a beef and fruit farm along Route 98 in Point Breeze. The two girls have both been showing animals since they were little kids at the Orleans County 4-H Fair. They started competing at state and national events in 2011.  They have learned from the competitions and an Angus community where they say people help each other, sharing tips to improve the quality of their animals.  Emily’s 1,100-pound heifer features many desirable traits, such as a long and straight back, wide shoulders and ribs, and other qualities that can be passed along with breeding.  Emily and Jayne have both won the grand master showman award at the Orleans County 4-H Fair. Emily aged out of 4-H after last year and couldn’t show at the fair in Knowlesville this year.  She entered the open class event in Genesee County in July and her heifer was named best female among all breeds. That earned her a trip to the State Fair, representing Genesee County. Jayne won the Orleans Fair and the two were part of a prestigious show last Tuesday, featuring 33 of the county champs around the state.  Jayne and “QVS Georgina” advanced in the early rounds before being knocked out. But Emily and   “Proven Queen 2056” kept advancing. A panel of six judges would ultimately declare Emily and Proven Queen the grand champions.  “I was so excited for her and for our farm to see our stock perform so well at the State Fair,” Jayne said.  The two sisters spend hours in the barn working together with the animals. They admitted there is a sibling rivalry between the two for the most ribbons and top awards.  “There is always a friendly competition between us for bragging rights,” Emily said.  She said she will be hard-pressed to repeat next year. She looked at her sister and smiled.  “There is a lot of stiff competition,” Emily said. Emily Bannister, 20, holds the trophies she won at the State Fair last week – Supreme Champion Female and Grand Champion Angus. By Tom Rivers, Posted 2 September 2013 & Morning Ag Clips

SALE REPORT 60 Lots, Grossed $423, 275, Averaged $7,000 Top Open Heifers Lot 11, an 8/9/13 heifer calf by EXAR Upshot 0562B out of DRMCTR 1I1 Rita 6108, sold for $28,000 to Spruce Mountain Ranch, Larkspur, CO, consigned by Angus Hill Farm, Randolph, NY Lot 2, Trowbridge Pure Pride 343, a 2/10/13 heifer by Connealy Capitalist 028 out of Trowbridge Pure Pride 613, sold for $10,000 to Boyd Beef Cattle, Mays Lick, KY, consigned by Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Lot 1, Trowbridge Hazel 311, a 1/4/13 heifer by Sitz Upward 307R out of Gazda Hazel 833 T154 Jet, sold onehalf-interest for $9,000 to Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY, consigned by Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Top Bred Heifers Lot 47, Trowbridge Peg 204, a 3/6/12 heifer by Kesslers Frontman R001, bred to Schiefelbein Zeus 3609, sold for $10,500 to Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY, consigned by Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Lot 44, WBB Ellie Jean 152, a 1/2/12 heifer by Boyd Resume 9008, bred to SAV Brilliance 8077, sold for $9,000 to Whitetail Farm, Sharon, CT, consigned by WBB Farm, Alden, NY Lot 39, Trowbridge Lucy 2208, a 2/26/12 heifer by Kesslers Frontman R001, bred to Schiefelbein Zeus 3609, sold for $8,250 to Whitetail Farm, Sharon, CT, consigned by Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Top Bred Cows Lot 36, Trowbridge Blackcap 903, a 1/1/09 female by SAV Final Answer 0035, bred to Shale Ridge Sig 1103, sold for $12,500 to Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY, consigned by Shale Ridge Farm, Otego, NY Lot 58, Punsit Valley Blackbird PV16, a 2/5/10 female by B/R Ambush 28, bred to AAR Ten X 7008, sold for $8,000 to Whitetail Farm, Sharon, CT, consigned by Punsit Valley Farm, Chatham, NY Lot 56, At Ease Kinannie D01, a 1/12/08 female by BC Matrix 4132, bred to SAV Priority, sold for $7,250 to Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY, consigned by Work Land & Cattle Co., Uniontown, PA Top Embryos Lot 25, 4 eggs by VAR Reserve 1111, out of TAA Camilla Bell 001, sold for $700 each to Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY, consigned by Taylor Alix, Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Lot 22C, 5 eggs by EXAR Denver 2002B, out of 21AR Sara E802, sold for $500 each to Little Windy Hill Farm, Max Meadows, VA, consigned by Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY Lot 23A, 2 eggs by GAR Prophet, out of Trowbridge At Ease Lady F02, sold for $500 each to Daisy Trowbridge, Trowbridge Farms, Ghent, NY, consigned by Spitzer Angus, Pine Plains, NY

Tullyfergus / Fleur de lis / McCracken Vu Production Sale 9/28/13 SALE REPORT An absolutely cracking fall day in upstate NY, sun shone, temps in the high 60's / low 70's, probably the biggest crowd so far, had a number of folks call and say they were busy getting hay baled or planting wheat and several left bids on cattle. A few highlights follow: Bulls (all from Tullyfergus) Lot 12, a 3/10/13 New Day out of our pathfinder Explorer daughter Ariadne 112 $3600 to repeat customer Hanover Hills, Forestville, NY. Lot 1, a 12/16/12 4097 out of a Future Trend / Primrose Lady 175K daughter $3000 to repeat customer Fleur de Lis farms, Seneca Falls, NY. Lot 3, a 12/20/12 Bushwacker 41-93 out of a 13yr old EXT dam $3000 to new customer James Schwartz, Waterloo, NY. Lot 4, a 12/23/12 4097 out of a Just Right daughter $3000 to repeat customer Dustin Gibson, Valley Falls, NY. Lot 9, a 1/3/13 Just Right out of a New Day daughter $2600 to new customer Marcus Miller, Canastota, NY. Heifers Lot 22, a New Day from McCracken to Trowbridge Angus, Ghent $2100 Lot 23, an Upward from McCracken to Double T, Malone,NY $1700 Reg cows Lot 25 Tullyfergus Forever Lady 60, a New Day daughter with a bull calf by Tullyfergus Thoreau 0121 at side for $3000 to Peter Murphy, Tully, NY. Commercial cow/calf fall pairs 5 pairs from Fleur de lis Farms, sold to Rock Farms, NH for $1950 ea. 4 Just Right daughters and 1 Future Trend all with calves by TO Luciano 110 at side. 45 Steers sold for December delivery on a $3/cwt slide and a 550lb base between $1.50 and $1.65/lb 15 Commercial heifer calves sold for $1.55 on the same delivery date and slide with a 500lb base. ==================================================================================== ====================================================================================

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Emerson Shivers, Sr. AGE: 78 • Treadwell, NY Emerson Shivers, Sr. passed away suddenly on August 10, 2013 at his home, Tall Pines Farms. Known as "Ladd" to family and friends and "Grampie" to his grandchildren, he was 78 years old. He was born March 24, 1935 to Laura (Meredith) Shivers and Joseph Shivers at the family farm, Twin Brook Farm, Marlton, NJ. He attended the old Osage/Ashland school and was a member of the class of 1953 Haddonfield, NJ High School. He married his wife Irene (Shover) on June 23, 1956. They lived on the family farm in Marlton and in 1960 bought a farm in Treadwell, NY, where they had a dairy farm until 1967 when they returned to NJ (Medford). He went to work for Meredith Bus Co. in 1973. Emerson started Atlanta Carting, a commercial trash company, which was sold in 1990. At that time he and Irene moved back to the farm in Treadwell, NY where they raised Angus cattle for 15 years, until Feb. 14, 2009 when they sold the cattle for health reasons. Later that year he was diagnosed with CTCL, for which there is no cure. He tried many treatments for this over the years, mostly at the Univ. of PA. In the past years he had been diagnosed with 5 different types of cancer (three of them rare). He managed to retain his sense of humor through all of this and also to enjoy family and friends. He was an outdoor person who enjoyed farming and hunting. He enjoyed hunting out west, especially Montana, where he had made friends. He stayed with them and hunted there for many years. He also hunted in New Foundland several times with a friend and his brother, Jennings. Some of his most enjoyable hunting was done at the farms in NY where he and Irene hosted several friends and family members each hunting season, up to and including last year. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Irene; his sisters from NJ, Ada Foulkes and Marietta (Jack) Brownell; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Shover and several nieces, nephews, and their children as well as several cousins. He is also survived by his sons, Emerson Shivers, Jr., Oneonta, NY and Joseph (Meg) Shivers, Franklin, N. Y. and his beloved grandchildren, Meredith Shivers and Joshua Shivers of Franklin. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, J. Howard (Clair) Shivers and Jennings Shivers. His family would like to thank Dr. Alain Rook, (Univ. of PA) Mia Perry (Univ. of PA) and the staff in the Photophersis Dept., Dr. Matsuo (Bassett) and Susan Stein FNP ( Susq. Family Practice) for their care and continuing interest over the years. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to may make a donation in Emerson's name to: Abrumson Cancer Center, 3400 Civic Ctr Blvd. Phila, PA 19104 or the Treadwell Emergency Squad, Treadwell, NY 13846

Which is better: big cows or little cows? It depends by Karin Schmid Heavier-milking, bigger cows are more efficient in some situations, while moderate, lighter-milking cows are more efficient in others Marketing cows because they are open, calved late or their conformation is breaking down are easy decisions. Marketing cows or retaining heifers based on productive efficiency definitely requires more thought. Biological efficiency is not always the same as economic efficiency. In a cattle production system, efficiency is often a combination of those two. How we optimize efficiency will depend on:  * The genetic potential of the cow herd,  * The environment in which the cattle are raised, and  * Marketing strategy. Selection for the type of cattle that perform best in the feedlot (i.e. produce the most beef in the shortest period) may not produce the ideal replacement animals in a grazing environment, yet selection for improved growth rates has increased average mature cow weights from 1,000 lbs. to 1,400 lbs. over the last 30 years. Almost all producers underestimate the size of their cows, unless or until they weigh them. Maintaining herd performance records can take some of the guesswork out of defining which cows are efficient producers. Adjusted 205-day weaning weights remove the age bias and are quite useful in a tight calving period. However, during long, drawn-out calving seasons (which are inherently inefficient), adjusted weaning weights will tend to favour light, late-born calves which may or may not continue to grow the way the adjustment predicts.

Bigger cow, more feed Determining cow productive efficiency by using weaning weight as a percentage of cow body weight is definitely biased towards smaller cows, and not a true measure of efficiency. A 1,100lb. cow weaning 60 per cent of her body weight weans a 660-lb. calf. A 1,400-lb. cow that weans at 50 per cent of her body weight is weaning a calf that is 40 lbs. heavier. Heavier cows tend to wean heavier calves, and a heavier cow will bring more at auction when it is time to ship her. But a heavier cow means increased maintenance requirements for feed, and the same amount of pasture will carry fewer big cows than smaller cows. This is not a linear relationship, however. Increasing cow weight by 27 per cent (from 1,100 lbs. to 1,400 lbs., assuming a high lactation level for both weight classes) only increases maintenance requirements by 20 per cent. For that reason, 78, 1,400-lb. cows require about the same amount of feed for maintenance as 93, 1,100-lb. cows. The total feed energy required increases as cows get bigger, but the amount of energy required per lb. of body weight actually decreases, making a 1,400-lb. cow 5.5 per cent more efficient than a 1,100-lb. cow, assuming similar milk production. Perhaps obviously, cows with higher genetic potential for milk production will have increased maintenance requirements, but also produce a heavier calf at weaning. Pencilling it out What needs to be pencilled out is whether the potential increases in weaning weight and salvage value from larger, heavier-milking cows offset the costs of increased feed and decreased carrying capacity. The answer here depends almost entirely on the environment (quality and quantity of forage resources), cost of supplemental winter feed, and marketing strategy. In the table, we can see that heavier-milking, bigger cows are more efficient in some situations, while moderate, lighter-milking cows are more efficient in others. A similar table can be found in the latest Beef Improvement Federation Guidelines. Environments such as the shortgrass parts of the country favour small to moderate cows without extreme milk production, while the Parkland region tends to favour larger, heavier milking cows. An early Agriculture Canada study illustrates this point. In Brandon, Man., a

fertile area where feed resources were abundant, heavy milkers were the most profitable cows. However, in the Manyberries, Alta. area, where feed resources were more limited and the environment more stressful, light to moderate milkers proved to be the most profitable. Feed efficiency is one trait that has the ability to dramatically influence the type of cows you match to the environment. A big cow may eat the same as a smaller cow while raising the same-size calf and maintaining the same reproductive cycle and body condition. The way that cows utilize feed (especially in pasture or forage situations) has not been studied to the same extent as feed efficiency in feeder animals. A project funded by the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) intends to provide a reliable method of measuring feed efficiency in replacement heifers by comparing residual feed intake (RFI) measurements in confinement and on pasture, while also quantifying the relationship of RFI with first-calving fertility and productivity. Another project funded by ABP and the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) under the second Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster aims to demonstrate how to build a feed-efficient cow herd without sacrificing reproductive performance and maintaining or improving progeny carcass traits. Results are expected in 2016. There is more to cow efficiency than size, and while bigger is not always better, it might be in some situations. Selecting cows that are the best fit for their environment, available resources, and your marketing strategy will optimize production efficiency and improve profitability.


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Calculating winter feed costs for cows STILLWATER, Okla. – Cow-calf producers calculating likely winter feed costs need to take into account the importance of estimating forage usage by cows. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus livestock specialist, said hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations, and forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed. “Higher-quality forages contain larger concentrations of important nutrients so animals consuming these forages should be more likely to meet their nutrient needs from the forages,” he said. “Just remember cows can consume a larger quantity of higher-quality forages.” Higher-quality forages are fermented more rapidly in the rumen, leaving a void the animal can refill with additional forage. Consequently, forage intake increases. For example, low quality forages – those below approximately 6 percent crude protein – will be

consumed at about 1.5 percent of body weight on a dry matter basis per day. Higher-quality grass hays – those with more than approximately 8 percent crude protein – may be consumed at about 2 percent of body weight on a dry matter basis per day. “Excellent forages – good alfalfa, silages or green pasture – may be consumed at the rate of 2.5 percent of body weight on a dry matter basis per day.” Selk said. “The combination of improved nutrient content and increased forage intake makes highquality forage very valuable to the animal and the producer.” With these intake estimates, producers can calculate the estimated amounts of hay that need to be available. For example, take 1,200pound pregnant spring-calving cows wherein the grass hay quality is good and tested at 8 percent crude protein. The cows will voluntarily consume 2 percent of body weight or 24 pounds per day. However, the 24 pounds is based on 100 percent dry matter. Grass hays often will be 7 percent to 10 percent moisture. “If we assume the hay is 92 percent dry matter or 8 percent moisture, the cows will consume about 26 pounds per

day on an as-fed basis,” Selk said. Plus there is a curve thrown into the decision-making process. A producer also must consider hay waste when feeding big round bales. Hay waste is difficult to estimate, but studies have generally shown it to be from 6 percent to 20 percent, though it can be more. In the example provided above, assume 15 percent hay waste. Selk said this means approximately 30 pounds of grass hay must be hauled to the pasture for each cow each day for which hay is expected to be the primary ingredient in the animals’ diet. Cattle and calves represent the number one agricultural commodity produced in Oklahoma, accounting for 53 percent of total agricultural cash receipts, according to National Agricultural Statistics Service data. ### REPORTER/MEDIA CONTACT: Donald Stotts Communications Specialist Agricultural Communications Services Oklahoma State University

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