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Official Publication New York Angus Association

Angus Angles JULY 2015

INSIDE THIS ISSUE High Angus Demand, Mid-Year Trends –––––––––––––––––––– Answering Tough Ag Questions –––––––––––––––––––– Member Spotlights –––––––––––––––––––– Livestock Fencing

Come Join Us! NY- Angus Seedstock Capitol of the World


ON THE COVER: NYAA MEMBER Mud Creek Angus, Ghent, NY

New York Angus Association President Doug Giles 538 Rte. 343, Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-6221 Vice-President Nicole Tommell 1942 Hickory Hill Rd, Fonda, NY 12068 518-369-5149 Secretary/Treasurer Robert Groom 8974 Lyons Marengo Rd, Lyons, NY 14489

315-573-2569 Past President Mike Shanahan

P.O. Box 338, Ghent, NY 12075

518-598-8869 Directors Rob Bannister (2018) Jerry Emerich (2016) Craig Simmons (2018) Brett Chedzoy (2017) Derrick DeBoer (2018) Allan Lawyer (2017) Roger McCracken (2016) Fred Tracy (2017) Pete Murphy (2016) Angus Angles is published five times per

year by the NY Angus Association, in an 8.5 x 11 magazine format. It is edited and produced by Mike Shanahan,with Associate Editor Nicole DeBoer. 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 $150.00 1/2 Page $100.00 $25.00 x 5 Issues Business Card Special Issue Advertising Rates Full Page $175.00 1/2 Page $125.00 * ask about discounted contract rates, & repeat customer benefits To Place advertising and for news and editorial content contact: Mike Shanahan - 518-598-8869

Upcoming Angus Events NYAA 2015 Dues Due Now Empire Farm Days August 11-13, 2015 • Seneca Falls, NY NYS Fair Jr Angus Show August 31, 2015 • Syracuse, NY NYS Fair Open Angus Show September 2, 2015 • Syracuse, NY JSK Livestock Angus Dispersal Sale September 5, 2015 • Canandaigua, NY Trowbridge Angus Family Affair Sale September 19, 2015 • Ghent, NY Tullyfergus Joint Angus Sale September 26, 2015 • Lyons, NY Cow Power Angus Sale October 10, 2015 • Millbrook, NY *** If you have an event you would like to see listed here, please contact*** Newsletter Deadlines & Publish Dates Deadline 7/10/15, Published 8/1/15 - SPECIAL ISSUE Deadline 10/15/15, Published 11/15 - Regular Issue Deadline 1/15/16, Published 2/1/16 - Regular Issue Deadline 3/20/16, Published 4/1/16 - SPECIAL ISSUE Deadline 5/15/16, Published 6/1/16 - Regular Issue

Note From the Editor Mike Shanahan, 518-598-8869 Collaborative Efforts The month of May has once again been marked as one of New York's most progressive months for the Angus cattle marketplace. On May 9th, more than 20 breeders worked together to put on our annual New York Angus Female Sale which enjoyed great success, with all registered females averaging $4686 per Lot. Active bidding from a statewide and regional crowd included many new attendees, as well as new association members. It was a fantastic event on all levels. For commercial cattlemen who are always in search of top performing, quality Angus Bulls to sire their next calf crop, more Angus Bulls were sold this Spring in New York State than any other time in recent history. The calf market also remains strong and steady. Our overall outlook is very positive. Annually, producers closely watch the statewide market during the Spring, especially in May. It gauges our purebred market during the start of grass time and helps drive decisions on what to keep and how to invest. 2015 continues to be a banner year because of producers who have bred with high QUALITY genetics, used stringent HEALTH protocols, and given their customers the SERVICE they deserve. Thanks for keeping the Angus industry strong in the East! On May 30th-31st, our Juniors were given the opportunity to learn about preparing their cattle for show, and performing in the show ring. These Juniors were taught by young adults and the event was attended by many youth statewide, representing all breeds. This event was hosted by New Penn Farm, Carl Hinkle and Jeanetta Laudermilk. New Penn also hosted the New York Annual Angus & Hereford Female Sales earlier this month. The New York State Angus Association and its members want to give great THANKS from the bottom of our hearts to New Penn for all their efforts and selfless acts. Anytime our Juniors receive opportunities like this, the future of agriculture looks brighter. Happy Summer to all!

Mike Mike Shanahan Editor, Angus Angles Newsletter PS Introducing Maggie May Shanahan, born April 30th, weighing 5 lbs. 8.8 oz. 20 inches long. Pictured are Maggie and big sister Julia.

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

Angus Hill Farm John Inkley V.M.D • 716-358-6817

w w 12400 W. Main Street • Randolph, NY 14772


Jesse Bontecou 1015 Shunpike • Millbrook, NY 12545

845-677-8211 Fax: 845-677-5316 Chris Howard • Herd Manager 845-416-1056 •




Valley Trail Ranch H 315-688-9195 C 315-767-3290

Larry M. Laribee 3220 Fuller Road Carthage, NY 13619

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

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

Pleasant Valley Farm Registered Angus Breeding Stock & Freezer Beef

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Frank & Joan DeBoer 12491 St Hwy 357 Home: 607-829-3408 Franklin, NY 13775 Cell: 607-353-9520

Sarkaria Farms

Linwood Road (585)2434 703-1476 Linwood, NY 14486

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American Angus Hall of Fame Tom Burke, Kurt Schaff, Jeremy Haag

487 Whaupaunaucau Rd Norwich, NY 13815

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Murphy Farm Registered Black Angus

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Route 31, Vernon, New York Duane and Crystal Brayman Farm - 315-829-2250 • Cell - 315-264-4894

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 32 Railroad Ave • Orleans, VT 05860 Bob Butterfield, Manager 802-673-6629 •

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

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

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Breeding Quality Angus Cattle

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

Registered Angus Solely using A.I. from Proven Genetics

Pete Kindler Craig Simmons • 518-858-4461


Clear Choice Angus Chris & Vanessa Jordan and Family 47 Mack Farm Rd Masontown, PA 15461

3899 Taylor Road Shortsville, NY 14548

585-289-8246 Allan’s Cell: 585-489-6432


Registered Black Angus Jim Sheehan & Family 208 Sissonville Rd • Potsdam, NY 13676 816 O’Connor Road • Port Byron, NY 13140 Rich Brown Office: 315-265-8427 315-406-5335 Andy Weaber: 315-261-1331 • Cattle for the Future Today

WESCHE FARMS Katharine Wesche John Wesche

682 Archbridge Rd. Ext. Ghent, NY 12075

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Laura and Allan Wesche

Arch Bridge Farm, LLC


724-984-0824 • Douglas J. Giles 538 Route 343, Millbrook, NY 12545 M 845.235.3789 / T 845.677.6221 / F 845.605.1152

P.O. Box 57 Lebanon Street Hamilton, NY 13346

315-824-1703 Arnold & Arlene Fisher

Registered Breeding Stock & Show Cattle Follow us on Facebook •

Carousel Design Taylor Wierzbowski 716-574-9724

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Tom and Holly McKenny, Owners 207-415-2792 Rodney Cleaves, Farm Manager 207-798-0241

Annual Female Sale 2nd Saturday in May

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Heathcote Farm 15 Heathcote Lane Amenia, NY 12501

Tullyfergus Angus Herd Robert & Linda Groom

Jerry, Wanda, & Katarina Emerich 315-946-8204 1073 LaValley Road • Mooers, NY 12958 845-373-8731 Cell: 315-573-2569 518-593-0212 Dave Richmond, Mgr. 845-323-9232 Forrest Hester, Herdsman Breeding Stock Available

Riga View Farm

FRONTIER GENETICS Allan Lawyer 845-891-6671

Bob Butterfield 802-673-6629

Vermont & New York


Janeen Bennett 11742 Short Tract Rd • Hunt NY 14846 585 245 4780


Marc & Nicole Tommell & Family 1942 Hickory Hill Rd Fonda, NY 12068 518-573-0137 Marc • 518-369-5149 Nicole Licensed & Bonded, Buyers of Cattle

Jeff & Tammy Clark 860-671-1969

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4 tips for late spring, early summer livestock pasture management. Purina beef cattle specialist says late spring livestock pasture management is essential for getting the proper nutrients to the cow and calf herd

can help the cow perform consistently and help prevent imbalances before forage quality declines. Adding a proactive management program during this timeframe will promote consistent cow performance through summer."

tures begin to increase," Hawkins says. "In the summer the cooler the water, the better."

Providing access to fresh, clean and cool water in early spring and summer will help cows meet their increasing nutrient reHere are four pasture management tips to quirements. Research from the University of Nebraska estimates that water conkeep in mind this spring. sumption should equal approximately 1 1. Design a plan for fly and pest control gallon per 100 pounds of body weight dur"Flies and parasites can tie up nutrients; ing cold weather and will double to nearly meaning the cow may consume nutrients 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body Late spring and early summer pastures but still fall behind in BCS and perforweight during the hottest weather. mance," Hawkins says. "The goal should provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf always be to eliminate the problem before Regardless of season, lactating cows also require nearly twice as much water comat her side and her developing fetus. Dur- it begins." pared to dry cows. Most successful fly control programs in ing this period, pasture management is the upper U.S. include preespecially important as pasture forages vention beginning at least can provide highly variable nutrient levels. 30 days prior to fly emerDoug Hawkins, beef cattle consultant for gence in early spring. The process should then continPurina Animal Nutrition, says pasture ue through 30 days after the management beginning in early spring can area's first kill frost. Typicaldirectly impact the body condition score ly prevention is needed of the cow, the growth of the calf at her March through October, side and conception rates post-calving. depending on the area's climate. Warmer areas "Beef producers are most often familiar should consider a yearwith supplementing pasture during late round fly control program. summer, as supplementation consump2. Provide continuous action rates are often highest then," Hawcess to fresh, clean water kins explains. "Water consumption is very "However, taking steps to offer supplecritical through all seasons, ments in late spring and early summer, but especially as tempera-

"To keep water cool and fresh, place the water source in the shade and use concrete troughs rather than plastic troughs," Hawkins advises. "If feeding out of ponds, make sure the water is fresh. Water consumption impacts feed consumption, so more water can equal more feed and greater performance potential." 3. Create a flexible beef cow supplementation program "Forage quality is always changing as grasses mature," Hawkins says. "It's very difficult to adjust protein and mineral supplementation levels each day, so create a flexible supplementation program."

One way to fill potential pasture voids in nutrients without over-supplementing is to use products with Intake Modifying Technology. This technology is formulated to help the cows consume supplements at the rates they need, when they need them to maintain a consistent BCS. "We're seeing a lot of ranches going to a 12-month cow care program with yearround supplementation to try and maintain the cow at a 5.5 to 6 BCS at all times," Hawkins says. 4. Introduce supplements early "Traditionally, supplements have been

added to pastures in late summer when cows have already begun to slip in body condition," Hawkins says. "This can be an expensive practice as you're then working to regain condition rather than maintaining."

forage. "Acclimate the herd to the supplementation program early," he says. "This way, when the forage starts to decline in late summer, the cows are less likely to overconsume the supplement. It's all about getting ahead of the 8-ball."

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Hirin’ a Cowboy

by Baxter Black, DVM

There’s an old saying that “A cowboy is born, not made.” However, I’d like to propose that if you’re hirin’ a cowboy to help you take care of your stock, you might look twice. You can’t necessarily assume that because he’s got a black hat and is broke, that he’s a cowboy. He might need a little educatin’ to your way of doin’ things. Even a team roper can be taught to check cattle. If you’re hirin’ him to ride pens in the feedlot explain to him the rules; he’ll have to take Thursday as his day off; no ropes or dogs in the yard. He’s expected to help process, he’ll have to ride either the oldest horse or the youngest colt on the place and he’ll have to furnish his own saddle but the company’s not responsible for damage or theft. Then fill him in on the advantages of workin’ for you. Tell him he can have every holiday off that falls on Thursday. Housing is furnished; a cozy little ten-foot wide trailer house behind the barn. He’ll get to share it with three other cowboys and an “exchange student” from Chihuahua. He’ll get excellent medical and life insurance once he’s worked for the outfit eighteen months and, he’ll gain experience. Once you get him hired and have given him a $200 advance on his salary, put him with one of the cowboys that knows what he’s doin’. Your good cowboy’ll soon know whether the new man’s got an eye for sick cattle. If he’s green but has potential, you’re better off puttin’ a little time into him. He might stay through the summer, who knows? But how do you teach a man to look at cattle? Mostly by trial and error. It’s an art that’s hard to put in books. Ridin’ with somebody who knows for a couple weeks is good practice. Having the new man follow his pulls through the hospital helps. If the manager or cattle foreman or veterinarian will stop occasionally over his first couple months and visit him, he’ll learn. Answer his questions. More important, ask him questions about his cattle and their problems. Don’t climb on his back when he’s not quite sure what he’s doin’. Give him a little slack and help him learn. I’ll also put in a plug for educational meetings on animal health. It’s nice to send your top people to these meetings but don’t forget to send those who need it most; the cowboys. Tom Hall told me one time when I was fumin’ at a new hand for missin’ some sick ones, “Remember,” he said, “There’s two things a cowboy don’t know anything about; one of ‘em’s a cow and the other’s a horse!”

Do It Yourself DIY(Verb): To perform oneself a task usually relegated to an expert: Robin Tassinari, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Albany Medical College underlying psychological reasons for the pressure many feel to take on DIY tasks. Some jump in to give themselves a feeling of more control over their lives by designing, constructing, and later enjoying the results. Some see it as a family tradition passed on from parents, or to some it is somewhat of an addiction, in that the feeling of satisfaction afterwards is exceedingly pleasurable.

Wow; that alone might make us all think twice before picking up a hammer. But nonetheless, we look around the home and begin, spring and early summer, to think about all those projects we thought about all winter. How to start, how to plan, where to begin? Can I actually do this task? Why am I procrastinating? And we finally conclude: there are three ways to get something done in the house: hire someone, do it yourself, or tell your kids NOT to do it. Another way to motivate someone (wives listen to this:) is for a wife to tell her husband he is too old to do it. So you decide it’s time to jump in. And DIY can range from painting to major carpentry. Some psychologists have actually studied this phenomenon we all see as ‘do-it-yourself.’ Traditionally, research with men has focused on seeing masculine identity (when not at work) as being displayed for example on the golf course, on the tractor, watching sports, or at the barbershop. Through some in-depth interviews, there is evidence that masculine identities are likewise developed through DIY projects. Last year in the Journal of Consumer Research, Risto Moisio at Cal State Long Beach wrote that many times it’s ‘financial pressure and workplace stress that leads some American men to take on home improvement projects.’ He reported that, ‘depending on their social class, men tend to use DIY home improvement to envision themselves as either suburban craftsmen or family handymen.’ He feels, in addition to the actual need for home improvement, there are

Moisio feels that for others, home improvement ‘unleashes the inner suburban craftsman who relishes physical labor. In contrast to their day jobs, some enjoy the process of toiling away on various projects and feeling self-fulfilled in the process.’ Thus for folks who work in offices for example, ‘DIY home improvement is a therapeutic escape from the burdens of knowledge work, allowing them to experience a blue-collar fantasy by working with their hands.’ For others, fixing up and improving the home ‘allows some men to assert their identities…..and find meaning in their DIY home improvement projects as a masculine form of caring for their families and providing them with better homes than otherwise possible.’

work related is therapeutic. But sometimes it’s not so easy to get motivated to drag ourselves out to run, take a walk, or jump on a treadmill because the very stress that we wish to treat with exercise holds us back. In those situations we always recommend folks start slow and set achievable goals. And we also suggest that the activity chosen is enjoyable. Since we know that any activity is helpful, it doesn’t have to be running, jogging or workouts (especially if that doesn’t excite you); so pick something you love. Walk the dog around the property, work in the garden, refurbish some old farm equipment for the county fair, (I know a farmer who in his spare time, likes to feed birds and builds quite elaborate bird feeders) or, as we’ve focused on today, take on a home improvement project. A DIY project can be both a wonderful source of activity and movement, and, when finished, can provide a sense of accomplishment, which of course is always therapeutic.

So take advantage of both the energy we experience in the spring and summer and the need to ‘fix up’: just jump in and take on a project or two. It will be rewarding, therapeutic, and will, unless you break things (I’ve done that) save money. Sorry, gotta end with some ‘insightful’ DIY And certainly, home improvement and DIY thoughts: is not just a male phenomenon. Dr. Debi Warner, a clinical psychologist, has devel- ‘Last week I replaced every window in my oped an extraordinary website for all: house. Then I discovered I had a crack in, my glasses.’ which has proven insightful and therapeutic for many as they plod through their ‘If you can't find a screwdriver, use a knife. home improvement projects and find If you break off the tip, it's an improved stress relief in so doing. As she says on screwdriver.’ the website: ‘We hope you make great ‘I once asked my husband to do some odd progress on your home construction and jobs for me - I gave him a list of ten, but that the process strengthens your family he only did 1,3,5,7 and 9.’ and close relationships.’ She stresses that the website is not meant to substitute for ‘DIY: do it yourself, destroy it yourself, counseling or formal treatment of stress, damage it yourself, don’t involve yourself, anxiety or depression, but, ‘we provide our and don’t injure yourself’ services solely for enlightenment and to Finally: “I love DIY projects and decided provide additional perspectives that can to carve a rocking horse for our first unhelp you find your way through your reno- born grandchild. As parts of the horse vation in a positive and growth enhancing were shaped, my intentions became clear way.’ She stresses that home improve- to my next-door neighbor as he watched ment can be at once a source of stress me toil over the fence. ‘You must be and excitement, and she offers help about to have a grandchild,’ he called over through what she sees as a brand new to me. ‘Our first,’ I replied, beaming. ‘I field of psychology, Renovation Psycholo- have eight,’ he went on. ‘After the first gy. two, you'll buy something at Wal-Mart." We all know that when one is feeling sad or anxious, exercise that might not be




Family Affair

SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 2015 UÊ11 AM

PHIL & ANNIE TROWBRIDGE 518.369.6584 PJ & MIRANDA TROWBRIDGE 518.755.7467 MIKE SHANAHAN 518.598.8869



NYS Member Spotlight

Janeen Bennett The Bennett Farm

Janeen Bennett, daughter of dairy farmers, was born and raised on a

entire family involved in this Angus venture. Every year, she involves

production dairy farm. 4H has been a big part of Janeen’s childhood,

her brothers in raising and showing her cattle.

raising and showing eight different species of animals. Her passion has Be sure to watch for more info on the Bennett Farm in future New York been in raising beef cattle, particularly the Angus breed. She is cur-

Angus membership materials, as they continue to grow with superior

rently building her own Angus herd on her home farm with the inten-


tion of continuing on with a production beef farm when her parents retire from the dairy business. Janeen has enjoyed all of the experiences that go along with showing on a regional level. On the farm she performs all of the artificial insemination duties herself. In addition to raising her beef cattle, Janeen works for Perry Vets and remains deeply involved in her original 4H club. Janeen started her Angus herd with the purchase of her first Angus heifer from Roger McCracken of McCracken Vu Farms in 2003. Since then she has expanded her herd with purchases from Trowbridge Angus Farms and Prairie View Farms. It is a goal of Janeen’s to see her

Joint Production Sale Date

September 26, 2015 (Always 4th Saturday in September)

New Location!


Tullyfergus Angus 8974 Lyons Marengo Rd. Lyons, NY 14489

1:00 PM

Sale Participants Tullyfergus Angus, Lyons • 315-573-2569 Fleur de Lis Farms, Seneca Falls • 315-549-8407 McCracken Vu Angus, Piffard • 585-746-3002 Kelley's Stock Farm, Camden • 315-225-0827 Walbridge Farms, Millbrook • 845-235-3789 Gibson Family Farms, Valley Falls • 518-369-5895

Registered Angus top quality heifer calves & bred heifers from the heart of our herds, productive brood cows, Commercial Angus based feeder steers and replacement quality heifer calves.

For more Information: Robert Groom 315-573-2569

Across My Desk It was good to see many of you at the NY Angus Association’s sale in May at New Penn Farm. With the national beef cow herd showing some expansion last year and registrations through the American Angus Association (AAA) up about 6% in the first half of the fiscal year, we certainly are in exciting times for the breed. As a breed, I believe we are well positioned to capitalize on the expansion of commercial herds. This was evident to me through sale prices this spring and last fall. I hope you’ve all had the chance to see the new Association foot scoring system. A few months ago, AGI began accepting foot scores with the intent of developing a future EPD to assist you in selection decisions. Under the “Spreadsheet Entry” tab of the AAA online Login page you can now download a spreadsheet to input your foot scores and submit to AGI. Also, I have laminated foot scoring charts available for anyone who might want some. These were designed specifically for members to assist you on the farm during the scoring process. I would encourage you to take foot scores on all of your yearling heifers, bulls, and also your mature cows during vaccination or pregnancy check time. If you have any questions about foot scoring or would like one of these charts, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Over the past few months, I’ve received numerous questions from members who are starting to use genomic testing. Genomic testing has gained widespread use throughout the breed with results enhancing the predictability of EPDs by adding more accuracy for younger animals, and characterizing the genetics for traits where it's difficult to measure the animal’s own performance. The one common question, though, that I typically receive is: which test should I use…HD50K or GGPHD? I can’t decide for you, but here are the facts: Currently, the GGPHD test has 145,000 markers and is designed to work across several breeds. The latest HD50K test has around 70,000 and is designed specifically for Angus cattle. Naturally, more is always better, right? Actually, genomic tests containing 50,000 markers and above show minimal increase in genetic variation explained when used in a single breed, as evidenced by research done by VanRaden et al. (2012). So what do these tests have in common? Well, they both cost the same amount, both impact the EPDs by the same magnitude, and they both include parent verification. So how do they differ? The turn-around time may vary slightly between companies and additional services or products may be available through each company. However, Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) has partnered with two well-respected laboratories that will each provide you a good test, so whichever you decide to use is totally up to you. This summer I will be at the Empire Farm Days again, so I hope to see you there. I’ll definitely enjoy the summer after the winter we all had, and I’m sure you would all agree with me. Sincerely, Chris Jeffcoat Regional Manager American Angus Association 717-476-1496

Beef Cattle Crossword Puzzle

Courtesy of: LESSON PLANS FOR BEEF CATTLE in the STORY of AGRICULTURE Northwest Arm Press,

Beef Cattle Crossword Puzzle Clues Across


3 All ruminants have a four-______ stomach

1 Beef cattle gain roughly twenty ___ per week.

5 _____ is making crops or animals into products you can eat or use.

2 ____ buy just weaned calves and later sell the animals to feedyards.

6 This is what leather is made from. 7 Large sections of beef are called _____ cuts.

4 ____ is telling about products so people want to buy them.

10 Dr. Temple Grandin is an animal _____.

6 A mix of cattle breeds is called a ____.

13 This words means that products are sent overseas.

8 All beef is _____ by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

18 Beef cattle produce _____ and non-edible products. 19 May is _____ Beef Month.

9 ____ is delivering a product from the production location to the place of use.

21 Gelatin is used as a ____ in many foods.

11 Beef cattle hides can be ____ into leather.

22 Beef is in what section on the MyPlate chart?

12 ____ is growing crops or raising animals.

23 _____ are where beef cattle have constant access to clean water and feed bunks.

14 Young people can ____ in beef cattle judging teams. 15 A popular beef breed in the United States.

Answer Key:

16 On average, each person eats 40 pounds of _____ beef every year. 17 Christopher _____ is credited with bringing the first cattle to the Western Hemisphere in 1493. 20 Cows take _____ months to have a baby calf.

Courtesy of: LESSON PLANS FOR BEEF CATTLE in the STORY of AGRICULTURE Northwest Arm Press,

A very special Thank You goes out to New Penn Farm, Carl Hinkle & Jeanetta Laudermilk, for hosting the sale

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Estimated Costs for Livestock Fencing Fencing costs are one of the most expensive aspects of livestock grazing. The type of fence constructed greatly impacts the cost per foot, total cost, and annual ownership cost. In addition, the shape of the paddocks affects the amount of materials needed and labor required for construction of the fence. This publication compares the costs of building a quarter-mile (1,320 feet) straight perimeter fence with four different types of permanent fencing plus temporary interior fencing. These are: woven wire, barbed wire, high-tensile non-electric, high-tensile electrified and temporary interior fencing. The type of fencing selected varies by personal choice and the species of livestock to be conned. In general all configurations shown can be used with cattle, woven wire and high-tensile electrified can be used with sheep, and woven wire can be used with hogs. The list of materials needed for each type of fencing is from Costs of Cattle Fencing for Grazing Areas (see references at the end of the article). Costs were adjusted to 2011 prices provided by a number of Iowa retailers, although prices may vary. Labor was valued at $15.05 per hour for woven wire and $16.25 per hour for barbed wire, the average fence building custom charges reported in AgDM File A3-10, 2011 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey. These charges include the cost of equipment and tools for building fence, as well as labor. Gates are not included in the estimates. Fencing can be configured in many different ways, using various types of fencing materials. The examples in this publication provide a general comparison between the following five configurations. Woven Wire Fence The woven wire fence (see Table 1) employs a brace that uses two 8-inch diameter posts and a 4-inch diameter cross-brace at each end. Posts between the braces are steel “T” posts alternated with 4-inch diameter pressure-treated wood posts. All posts are spaced 12 feet apart with one strand of barbed wire at the top.

Barbed Wire Fence Materials for the barbed wire fence (see Table 2) are similar to the woven wire fence except that five strands of 12-gauge barbed wire are substituted for the woven wire and single strand of barbed wire.

High-tensile Non-electric Wire Fence The high tensile non-electric fence (see Table 3) uses eight strands of 12.5-gauge high-tensile wire on 4inch diameter pressure-treated wood posts. Posts are 20 feet apart. Bracing uses three 8-inch diameter posts and two 4-inch diameter cross braces on each end. Wire tension on this fence is maintained with springs and ratchet-type tensioning devices. An alternative is to set posts 30 feet apart and place two stay rods in the wire between each set of posts. Cost would be reduced about $85 for every 1,320 feet of fence, or $0.064 per foot. High-tensile Electrified Wire Fence The high tensile electrified fence (see Table 4) uses five strands of 12.5 gauge high tensile wire with three charged and two grounded wires. Bracing uses three 8-inch diameter posts and two 4inch diameter cross braces on each end. With the exception of brace posts, steel “T” posts spaced 25 feet apart are used. One quarter of the cost of an electric energizer is included in the cost of the 1,320 foot fence, assuming that such a unit would be used to energize at least a mile of fence. Wire tension on this fence is maintained with springs and ratchet type tensioning devises. Electrified Polywire Fence (for interior use) The polywire fence (see Table 5) uses one strand of polywire. With the exception of the end posts, fiberglass rod posts are used and spaced 40 feet apart. One-fourth of the cost of an electric energizer is included in the cost of 1,320 feet of fence, assuming that such a unit would be used to energize at least a mile of fence. If substituting polytape for polywire, the total will increase by about $40 because polytape costs about twice as much as polywire. If substituting hightensile wire for polywire, the cost will increase by about $125-$150 (change includes switching to five-eighths inch diameter fi berglass posts). Estimating Annual Ownership Costs Annual ownership costs for each type of fence are shown in Table 6. In addition to the initial material, labor and construction costs, owners need to determine depreciation and maintenance costs required over the useful life of the fencing. Ownership costs for polywire and polytape are more diffi cult to estimate than for other types of fencing. The nonwire/tape components have an estimated life of 25 years; the polywire and polytape will likely last about four to five years. Based on these estimates, the annual ownership cost for a polywire or polytape fence is approximately $0.06-$0.07 per foot. A Lawful Fence Chapter 359A.18 of the Iowa Code states: A lawful fence in Iowa shall consist of: 1.Three rails of good substantial material fastened in or to good substantial posts not more than ten feet apart. 2. Three boards not less than six inches wide and three-quarters of an inch thick, fastened in or to good substantial posts not more than eight feet apart. 3. Three wires, barbed with not less than thirty-six iron barbs of two points

each, or twenty-six iron barbs of four points each, on each rod of wire, or of four wires, two thus barbed and two smooth, the wires to be firmly fastened to posts not more than two rods apart, with not less than two stays between posts, or with posts more than one rod apart without such stays, the top wire to be not more than fifty-four nor less than forty-eight inches in height. 4. Wire either wholly or in part, substantially built and kept in good repair, the lowest or bottom rail, wire, or board not more than twenty nor less than sixteen inches from the ground, the top rail, wire or board to be between forty-eight and fifty-four inches in height and the middle rail, wire, or board not less than twelve nor more than eighteen inches above the bottom rail, wire or board. 5. A fence consisting of four parallel, coated steel, smooth high-tensile wire which meets requirements adopted by ASTM International (formerly, American Society of Testing and Materials) including but not limited to requirements relating to the grade, tensile strength, elongation, dimensions and tolerances of the wire. The wire must be firmly fastened to plastic, metal or wooden posts securely planted in the earth. The posts shall not be more than two rods apart. The top wire shall be at least forty inches in height. 6. Any other kind of fence which the fence viewers consider to be equivalent to a lawful fence or which meets the standards established by the department of agriculture and land stewardship by rule as equivalent to a lawful fence. Originally published for Iowa Cooperative Extension - farm management field specialists

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SAV Emblynette 8892 (Reg. No. 16124327) - This JSK donor is a maternal sister to the dam of SAV Harvestor. She is a Pathfinder® cow with a weaning ratio of 4@107. Sells bred to SAV Resource along with seven embryos sired by SAV Ten Speed.

Riverbend Donna X246 (Reg. No. 16622817) - This

JSK donor is a direct daughter of Brooks Donna 321 and N Bar Shadow. She will have six ET fall yearling bulls and heifers sired by Rito 054 and JAD Phylix W6157. Due to calve in September to McCumber Paxton 0108. She is also one of nine direct granddaughters of the legendary AAR Donna 1853 to sell. Other Donna females sired by EXT, Right Time, OCC Paxton, Basin Q Bar, Ideal 3452, and a two-year-old maternal sister to the outstanding KMK Donna J311 sired by Ideal 1418.

JSK Lass 602 (Reg. No. 16279748) - This JSK Foun-

dation female is a maternal sister to Vermilion Payweight J847 sired by SAV Traveler 004. She had a birth ratio of 3@96 and a weaning ratio of 3@104. Also featuring a full sister to Vermilion Payweight J847 along with her six daughters sired by Cole Creek Full Bore 730, Cole Creek Revival 100W, and Tehama Blackcap Revolution.

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VDAR Lass 8613 (Reg. No. 16123219) - This JSK donor could possibly be the best cow to walk the pastures here. From a production and phenotype standpoint she is the real deal. She had a birth ratio of 2@97 and a weaning ratio of 2@113. Due in September to McCumber Paxton 0108. Also selling are three daughters sired by Cole Creek Full Bore 730 and two IVF sexed heifer embryos sired by Rito 054.

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers, TOM BURKE/KURT SCHAFF/JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone (816) 532-0811. Fax (816) 532-0851. E-mail: •



March 2005

Classic Steak Butter

Avocado Bacon Burger

Yields 1 1/4 cup; ideal for 12-16 steaks

Serves 4



1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground chuck

1 tablespoon roasted garlic

1 avocado

2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 burger buns

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon finely chopped shallots

4 leaves green leaf lettuce

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tomato, sliced

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

8 slices bacon, cooked

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

Coarse kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions: Thoroughly combine softened butter with garlic, salt, pepper, shallots, parsley, sage and rosemary. Roll with plastic wrap into a log shape 1-inch in diameter; refrigerate 2 hours or until butter is solid.

Instructions: Preheat grill. Portion chuck into four patties. Season burgers with salt and pepper, grill to an internal temperature of 160°F or desired doneness.

Cut into 1/4-inch slices as needed. Serve on top of your favorite CerPeel and slice avocado. Build burger by layering bottom of bun with tified Angus Beef ® steak. mayo, lettuce, tomato, burger, avocado and bacon. Top with bun Nutritional information: Calories: 104, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, and serve. Cholesterol: 31 mg, Carbohydrate: 0 g, Dietary Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 0 g, Sodium: 237 mg , Iron: 0% of Daily Value


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Answering Tough Ag Questions By Cyndie Sirekis, AFBF


hrough social media, America’s farmers and ranch-

tremendous help in telling one’s farm story because “people

ers explain why they do certain things when raising

might not always believe what they read but they always

animals for food. This communication is not just

believe what they can see with their own two eyes.”

one way. Facebook posts from the farm, tweets from the

Photos, videos and fun infographics are all proven effective

tractor seat and blogs from the “back 40” allow members of

at helping tell a farm or ranch story.

the non-farming public to ask questions on everything from

For many in agriculture, deep connections to the farm make

how today’s food is grown to how it is processed and even-

it hard to hear some comments without feeling judged or

tually brought to market.

that the other person is misinformed. This happens online

Although a growing number of farmers use social media to

and in person, notes Janice Person, director of online out-

interact with consumers, trepidation about answering tough

reach at Monsanto.

ag-related questions causes some to shy away from using

“Reacting the wrong way can shut down any opportunity for

this valuable communications tool. But it doesn’t have to be

dialogue but when we listen from a place of truly trying to

that way, according to a couple of social media experts who

understand others, we learn a lot and others notice that we

teamed up recently to share time-tested tips with Farm Bu-

are open to their thoughts,” Person says. She tries to ask

reau members.

three broad questions to gain understanding before offering

“Be authentic in telling your story,” says Lyndsey Murphy,

her experience or perspective. Often, she finds someone

digital media specialist at the American Farm Bureau.

that she may have written off as a staunch critic may only

“Speak for you and your farm, not the whole of agriculture,”

have some criticism and talking through that and discussing

she advises. If you’re not sure how to answer a question, it’s experiences can result in a new openness to other perspecperfectly OK to say you don’t know but will find the answer. Murphy finds that using social media to build relationships yields great rewards because everyone is on the same playing field with similar opportunities for interaction. But it does take time. “People’s viewpoints are unlikely to be changed after interacting with you just once,” she cautions. “Using beautiful visuals and an authentic voice to share what we as agriculturalists know and love” is the sweet spot for many farmers active in social media, Murphy says. She’s found that visuals are a


You can also take time to respond rather than allowing the

When you choose to use social media, understanding the

perceived need for immediacy drive you into an emotion-

public nature of it and the possibilities for controversy can

driven, fast-paced back and forth. Taking time to think

be useful in shaping your presence, Person says. She’s

through how to reply is acceptable. Talking through how to

found that being proactive on a few key components can be

respond with a trusted friend can help provide perspective


and clarity.

Having a comment policy on your blog or Facebook page can “Although ‘haters’ sometimes surface on social media, using help establish “rules” to be referred to if controversy surfac-

respect as a baseline for online interactions not only is the

es. Person advises social media newbies to always consider

right thing to do, it helps build a community that will rein-

who they want to share information with before posting. Uti- force the guidelines that have been established,” Person lizing friends’ lists on Facebook rather than broadcasting across multiple social media social platforms is one option to consider. If controversy surfaces in response to your posts, Person says how you respond should depend on your goals, not your emotions. And keep in that mind that not everyone who lobs criticism your way is a troll. When criticism is honest, it is important to step back and listen to different perspectives, she says.


BY: PAUL TROWBRIDGE The view this month is finally from the seat of a green tractor boy I don't know about you-but that was a long cold winter maybe because I am older it sure seemed longer I know it was the same number of days that winter has been since we invented the 4 seasons. Today we finally have spring flowers next to the house and as I was coming by our woods today I spied the first ramps almost ready to be dug they are also called wild leeks they to me are our true first sign of spring. We have them raw, my first wife likes to boil them with ham. Grandpa always said if you live through one leek season you'll live to the next. Everyone should at least try them. In the southern tier in a town my wife is from, the fire dept. has a ham and leek dinner and if you happen to be in the town of Alma NY the day of the dinner you just have to roll

the window of your car down and smell and you will then know what a wild leek smells like. Our lettuce peas and spinach is up the rest of our garden is in my office with grow lights giving them some heat and light for 24 hours a day they will be ready to go out the end of May if our weather cooperates. I was at the grocery store in town today waiting to check out and one of my neighbors in the next line asked me when my baby chicks would be at the post office. Well that started quite the conversation between the check out clerk, me and about five customers on how the post office delivers day old baby chicks. I guess i just took it for granted because the post office delivered our chicks when my grandfather had the farm and still from the same hatchery in Iowa. I guess a few things I take for granted should be shared with the other

98% of people that live in America but don't live on a farm. So here is a few more facts I will share: honey bees are the only insects that produce human food; a honey bee strokes its wings 11,500 times a minute; the brain of a bee has the densest neuroplie tissue of any animal; a bee travels an average of 1600 round trips to the hive to produce 1 ounce of honey; to produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.

Thx For Readen Paul P.S. The shortest thing a man ever invented is ------------------------------------A vacation.

Thank You all Bidders & Buyers!




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March 2005

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By, Mindy Ward, Excerpt from DRIVE Magazine Article Who needs a fancy gym and monthly membership fee when you have the luxury of barn time and chores at your fingertips? Getting in a substantial amount of calorie-burning, muscle-building exercises is simple when you have calves to blow/brush, pigs to walk, and sheep and goats to work. Indeed, some of the fittest people around are young livestock enthusiasts. Mindy Ward, fitness guru, helps us break down the calories burned in some day-to-day chores. Assumptions: Height – 5’8″ Weight – 150 lbs. *smaller frame/weight will burn slightly fewer calories while a larger frame/weight will burn slightly more.




Vigorously Brushing/Blowing Cattle

10 minutes


Briskly Walking Livestock

10 minutes


Clean and Bed Pens

10 minutes


Push 50-pound load in wheelbarrow.

10 minutes


Sweep Barn, Rake Stalls

10 minutes


Unload/stack 100-pound hay bales

10 minutes


Unload/stack 50-pound straw bales

10 minutes


Lift 20 pounds (feed/water)

10 minutes


Shearing Sheep

10 minutes


Milking by machine

10 minutes


Driving Tractor/Farming

10 minutes


Shoveling Grain

10 minutes


New York Seedstock producers participate in 53rd Annual Midland Bull Test Hauman Angus Farm tops the national event A total of five progressive New York State Beef Cattle Seedstock producers representing Angus, Red Angus, and Hereford Genetics have participated in the 53rd Annual Midland Bull Test, operated by Steve and Lindsay Williams of Columbus, MT. The Midland Bull Test has established a reputation of being the “Grandaddy” of testing facilities that puts focus on economically relevant traits important to the commercial cattleman. Cattle are fed a high-forage ration that is designed to allow bulls to develop at a target average daily gain level of three pounds per day. Once the test is completed, bulls are ranked using a Midland Bull Test index which combines feed efficiency data, ultrasound data, weight per day of age data, as well as daily gain data to achieve the final rankings. The annual Midland Bull test collects over 1,000 bulls from 21 states, representing over 200 individual breeders. This year’s event was an outstanding success for the progressive New York breeders, and the New York Beef Producers Association and New York Angus Association wish to

congratulate all of the farms and owners who represented New York State at this prestigious event. ANGUS HIGHLIGHTSHauman Angus, owned by Dewey and Mary Hauman of Penn Yan had the highest daily gain ratio of the White-tag bulls, and was also measured to be the highest efficiency bull on the entire test. This son of S CHISUM 6175 had a Residual feed intake of -1.76, with an efficiency ratio of 125. The Hauman bull was the leadoff bull for the entire Black Angus sale as his final MBT index of 122 earned him the top spot over more than 600 Angus bulls, as well as gained 4.44 lbs per day on a forage diet. The bull sold for $8,500, and a second son of S CHISUM 6175 consigned by Hauman Angus had a final MBT ratio of 104, and sold for $9,000. Garrett Angus Farm of Hillsdale had three outstanding bulls all qualify for the sale. Lot 210, a son of Hoover Dam had an MBT Index of 107, Lot 211 was another son of Hoover Dam, had an MBT index of 115, Garrett’s final bull was a son of Connealy Consensus 7229, posted an MBT index of 100.

High Demand for Quality Mid-year trends show increasing interest in Angus bulls and females.

A nearly unprecedented spring sales season reflected growing demand for the Angus breed. American Angus Association® midyear fiscal reports show nationwide cattle sales have continued the pattern set last fall, with spring sales inching higher and higher. The average price for a registered Angus bull, from Oct. 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015, reached nearly $7,000 per head — up more than 35% compared to year-ago figures. Registered Angus females have seen an even larger spike, with averages up about 50%, at more than $5,000 per head. The total gross sales of registered Angus genetics, according to sale figures reported to the Association, were up more than 30% over last year, at nearly $392 million. “It’s been a tremendous year to watch these prices unfold in the Angus market,” says Bryce Schumann, Association CEO. “Higher prices reflect a strong demand for registered Angus genetics and a growing interest toward rebuilding with quality.” Near-record figures from the organization are proof that cattlemen are beginning to act on plans to increase their operations and build the nation’s beef supply. Other key indicators across the industry show the expansion phase of the cow herd is, in fact, beginning to take place. The Jan. 1 inventory of heifers and heifer calves on feed was at 34.3%, according to a recent report from

CattleFax, which states that typically 35% or less indicates intensified herd expansion. More heifers kept on the ranch will mean more populated pastures in the years ahead. Recent auction market and harvest data indicate more of those pastures could be black.

combined average of $6.93 per hundredweight (cwt.) over all other calves of similar size and condition. “As more areas of the country recuperate from drought and producers begin to look at rebuilding their herd numbers, indicators show more are doing so with quality in mind,” says CAB consultant Larry Corah, noting Pull-through profit The Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) the growing economic importance of “Here’s the Premium” 16-year compa- marbling to beef demand. “Great prorative calf-price study released at the gress can be made when producers start of the current fiscal year showed keep beef quality in mind on both the continued market incentives for black cow and bull side.” Angus calves. USDA harvest data show cattlemen are producing the highest percentage While calf prices have risen across the board in the past two years, both of Choice and higher carcasses since Angus steer and heifer premiums over the agency implemented its current non-Angus calves set records. The fall grading system in the 1970s. The industry reached the historic average of 2014 report gathered auction prices 70% Choice and Prime grades in on nearly 14,000 calves of known Angus vs. nonAngus genetics at 10 markets across the country. Angus steers and heifers averaging 524 and 509 pounds (lb.), respectively, brought a

2014, and first-quarter 2015 data show that trend climbing to 73% in the first eight weeks. CAB acceptance rates reached a record 25.6% in 2014, and are keeping pace at that same rate in the first half of this fiscal year. Increasing consumer demand for quality is also reflected in a recently updated Kansas State University economic model that shows demand for Certified Angus Beef® brand product up 129% during the past 12 years, compared to demand for USDA Choice, up 8%. Brett Spader, with DV Auction and, says recurring drought in recent years caused many producers to cull their bottom-end cows, and now market conditions are allowing some to purchase higher-end genetics that will pay bigger dividends when a growing supply forces market fluctuations. “The current state of the beef business requires a responsibility to consider how each genetic decision will affect future progeny. We all know we’re on the verge of serious, sustained heifer retention, but it’s never been more important to invest as much as you can in genetics that are going to drive your commercial operation forward,” he says. “You’ve got to look at the grand scheme of where we are in the beef industry and consider how many people will be retaining heifers that will impact our beef production cycle for the next 20 years.” Decisions made today have the potential to shape the business for years to come. That’s why, Schumann says, the American Angus Association offers its members and their commercial

customers the industry’s most com“With the cattle market being how it is prehensive single-breed database and and bulls bringing more money than suite of prediction tools. they typically have in the past, commercial cattlemen are much more parAdded value, reduced risk ticular in what they select for genetAt a time of heightened cattle prices, ics,” Troutt adds. “The dollar-beef init’s also critical that those animals perform as expected. Expected progeny dex ($B) was a driving factor in many decisions.” differences (EPDs) enhanced with genomic data allow cattlemen to reThe dollar-beef index is expressed in duce risk when making selection deci- dollars per head and represents the sions and add value back into their expected average difference in future herds. progeny performance for postweaning “I’ve noticed that if genomic data [GE- and carcass value. (Complete definiEPDs] are in a sale catalog, they defi- tions and descriptions for Associationcalculated indexes and EPDs are nitely look at those numbers, and it available online.) seems to spark their interest even “As we prepare for what could be unmore,” says Jay Nordhausen, Association regional manager in Nebraska precedented growth, a focus on qualiand Colorado. “The fact that we are ty and performance will set an operaincreasing the predictability of what tion up for success for generations,” they’re getting — it just makes for a Troutt says. more solid product at the end of the day for commercial cattlemen, and it’s Angus breeders and commercial cattlemen are encouraged to contact the definitely been seen throughout the regional manager in their territory for spring.” In addition to genomic data, the Asso- assistance locating Angus seedstock, ciation provides a comprehensive line- preparing marketing plans or evaluating performance within their herd. up of performance measures to give Visit for the latest sale producers the information they need reports and other news from the to meet the goals of their operation. American Angus Association. From selection indexes to a growing list of EPD offerings, cattlemen can evaluate what’s working in the herd ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The and pinpoint areas for improvement. American Angus Association is the In the Pacific Northwest, Association nation’s largest beef breed organizaRegional Manager Jake Troutt says tion, serving nearly 25,000 members bull buyers paid specific attention to across the United States, Canada and dollar value indexes ($Values), specif- several other countries. It’s home to ically beef value or $B, this season as an extensive breed registry that grows a way to ensure their return on invest- by nearly 300,000 animals each year. ment. The Association also provides pro-

grams and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit For more information contact: Jena McRell, digital editor, at 816-383 -5100 or


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