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Official Publication New York Angus Association

Angus Angles

FEB/MAR 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Upcoming Female Sale ––––––––––––––– Annual Meeting, March 22 ––––––––––––––– A Word from Our President

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


ON THE COVER: NYAA MEMBER Sarkaria Farms, Norwich, NY

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 Angus Angles is published five times per

year by the NY Angus Association, in an 8.5 x 11 magazine format. It is ediited 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 $125.00 1/2 Page $85.00 $25.00 x 5 Issues Business Card Special Issue Advertising Rates Full Page $150.00 1/2 Page $100.00 * 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 Opportunity Knocks Online Auction Ends March 15

NYAA Annual Meeting

at Justin’s Tuscan Grill March 22 • East Syracuse, NY

Trowbridge Annual Bull Sale

at Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange May 3 • Canandaigua, NY

Empire State Beef Classic May 2-4 • Hamburg, 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 June 6-8 • Lockport, NY

Angus Hill Production Sale August 30 • Randolph, NY

Trowbridge Angus Annual Female Sale September 20 • Ghent, NY

Cow Power Angus Sale Rally Farms October 11 • Millbrook, NY

Fall Festival & Coby Classic Calf Sale October 10-12 • Cobleskill, NY

Newsletter Deadlines & Publish Dates:

Deadline 3/10, Published 4/1 - SPECIAL ISSUE Deadline 5/15, Published 6/15 - Regular Issue Deadline 7/10, Published 8/15 - SPECIAL ISSUE Deadline 10/1, Published 11/1 - Regular Issue

Message from The President Mike Shanahan, 518-598-8869

Beef Leaders What have you done lately? Have you listened to an innovative leader? Have you been that leader?

! Be sure to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, whether it is encouraging our youth, or working along side someone to gain greater knowledge. It is important to get exposure to different view points and learn new skills at all ages. New York Angus has recently added a benefit to our membership - if you apply and are chosen for the the Beef Leaders Institute, NYAA will help fund your trip to attend the event. The same goes for members that are elected as New York State delegates at the American Angus Annual Meeting.

Leading, representing, growing. Seems like a fine motto to start 2014.



Mike Established in 2007, the Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) was designed for American Angus Association members 25-45 years old to provide insight into the beef industry, while enhancing their knowledge of the Association and strengthening leadership skills. It is funded by the Angus Foundation as one of its adult educational activities. During the three-day event, BLI participants are able to tour a beef harvesting and packing facility, retailer, fabricator, feedlots and other industry segments, including the Association.

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

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Larry M. Laribee 3220 Fuller Road Carthage, NY 13619

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

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

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

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506 Queen Anne Road Amsterdam, NY 12010

Murphy Farm Registered Black Angus

• Semen Collection, Evaluation & Freezing • Frozen Semen Storage & Shipping • Individual Pens • Centrally Located - Just off I-90 near Utica, NY (exit 33)

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

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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

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

Arch Bridge Farm, LLC 682 Archbridge Rd. Ext. Ghent, NY 12075

518-672-5135 Pete Kindler Craig Simmons • 518-858-4461

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

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

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816 O’Connor Road • Port Byron, NY 13140

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

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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


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

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

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Annual Female Sale 2nd Saturday in May

Heathcote Farm 15 Heathcote Lane Amenia, NY 12501 845-373-8731 Dave Richmond, Mgr. 845-323-9232 Mark Kent, Herdsman

Tullyfergus Angus Herd

Dorado Angus

Robert & Linda Groom

Jerry, Wanda, & Katarina Emerich 1073 LaValley Road • Mooers, NY 12958 518-593-0212

315-946-8204 Cell: 315-573-2569

Breeding Stock Available Phil & Annie Trowbridge 518.369.6584

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James F. Evans, VMD 3466 Breezy Point Rd McConnellsburg, PA 17233 (717) 816-1168

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

Jim & Joanne Evans Providing Quality Embryo Transfer Services to the Northeast for over 30 years!

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NY Angus Assoc. ANNUAL MEETING Held at JUSTIN’S TUSCAN GRILL Exit 35 off I-90, Carrier Circle 6400 Yorktown Circle, East Syracuse, NY 13057 Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10am-3pm SPEAKERS: for Adults - Genomics by Tonya Amen, American Angus/AGI,
 for Juniors - Public Speaking by Barb & Eddie Moran, Stone Wall Farm; for All - Bonnie Bargstedt, Merial; COST $10 per person


RSVP Robert Groom 315-573-2569




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The view this month is from the farm office. We did chores this morning than came in the house to warm up the weather man calls this weather a polar vortex this is the first time I heard this Grandpa always called it a good ole fashion winter he said if the water in the barn didn't freeze it wasn't much of a winter. Well this must be a real ole fashion winter we have had to thaw the barn out twice so far I have been trying to coach my first wife on how to do it because I will be gone most of the month of Feb. I am taking a load of horses to Scottsdale AZ. for an Arabian show that will last till the 23 of Feb. then bring them back . When I said my first wife I really meant that 48 years together is a long time and than again not so long I have introduced

my wife to a lot of people over the years sometimes as my first wife sometimes as my currant wife then again as my best friend I usually get strange looks when I do this but this is the truth. My wife is really a very gracious lady she has put up with me almost 50 years and her secret to our long relationship is she said----she always loves me just some days she doesn't like me  ------- enough of that stuff the new shop is done we have added more alpacas to our herd and I went down and feed our bees yesterday just a quick note on the bees I put a piece of newspaper over the hives and put 5 lbs. of cane sugar on top of the newspaper the newspaper let's the sugar solidify my the time they chew  through the paper the sugar is solid like a big lollypop for the bees never use beet sugar

always cane sugar or it gives the bees the trots. Remember if we all work together like the bees the world would be a much better place.!                                                                                                 Thanx for readen!       Paul!

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PS When I was in high school I wanted to be famous but ended up infamous because I never knew there was a difference

Spring Turnout! 

As I author this column, it is snowing on snow and ice covered fields and the thermometer will not see 32 degrees F. The cows are on full winter feed and even the horses are not pawing for stockpiled grass. However, my mind turns to Spring Turnout. Yes, that day we all wait for when we can stop feeding hay, swing open the gate and watch the cows and calves run, buck and kick their way into the lush grass.Remember the herd making that trip around the perimeter fence in full gallop in what I call the "spring victory lap".


Like all trips to the candy store, there is a down side. Most years this will result in a cow who is temporarily starved and has a severe stomach ache to boot. Think what is going on in that marvelous organ called the rumen. For months this food factory has gotten an "on-time " delivery of the same dry foodstuffs each day for which

its population of microbes have nicely adapted . Biology likes sameness,regularity and,consistency. Now, it receives only wet(may be over 90% water verses the 15% in hay),low quality grass that is foreign to the bugs that turn cellulose into protein and sugar. Sure it tastes good, but unlimited ice cream is not a balanced diet. In summary, we now have a cow that cannot eat enough to meet her daily needs. Also, the wrong bugs are there to process it. Thirdly, the rapidly growing grass cannot always take up enough nutrients(i.e.low magnesium results in cows getting grass tetany). Lastly, the low fiber content of grass, prevents the rumen from functioning properly(hence a belly ache).

! There is a solution! !

Wean your cow herd onto pasture over 10 days to 2 weeks.Restrict their access to pasture each day and require that they eat the usual stored feeds. Maybe start by feeding them 90% stored and 10%

grass and reverse the ratio over the transition period. However, if the grass stays "washy", continue to force feed dry hay. It must be good enough that they eat it, but lower quality hay may be quite fine as we are mainly trying to provide fiber. Likewise, "dairy quality" alfalfa hay would be contraindicated.


If this solution can not be accomplished, it is wise to avoid preforming reproductive functions at the same time as this transition period. Reschedule estrus synchronization, artificial insemination, embryo transfer etc. to before or well after this nutritionally challenging period. Every year I hear reports or witness first hand the reproductive disasters that occur because this "spring turn-out" phenomena was not considered before hand.



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Sarkaria Farms Registered Angus Seedstock, Proven Genetics

SAV Bismarck 5682 x SAV Elba 6381 A young female, sired by one of the breed high maternal sires, SAV Bismarck 5682. The third dam of 1097 is the famous Elba 1094, who has produced many pace-setting individuals at SAV. The dam of 1097 records a progeny WR 3@105, YR 2@105.

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CED +7 BW 2.0 WW 56 YW 98 Milk .29 Marb .23 RE .50 $W 43.04 $F 42.39 $B 53.50

487 Whaupaunaucau Rd Norwich, NY 13815 David Yarnes • Herd Manager 607-336-1681 •

At Ease Acres Building a Legacy ... One Generation at a Time

Welcoming our newest additions! The DeBoer’s are the third generation in their families to be active in agriculture and are proud to be passing this legacy on to their young children. They believe in preserving the fundamentals of agriculture for the future generation. At Ease Acres is strongly committed to raising quality cattle and strives to produce cattle with capacity, excellent phenotype and udder quality. Selling our genetics in… NY ANGUS SALE on May 10 TROWBRIDGE FEMALE SALE on Sept. 20 Plus other offerings and private treaty at all times

Derrick & Nicole DeBoer 253 Line Road • Berne, NY 12023 Cell: 607-280-8111 • Office: 518-872-5460 •

by Baxter Black, DVM

The Price of Ivory On the north side of Denver abides the city of Commerce City. There, last fall, U. S. officials dumped millions of dollars worth of ivory tusks, carvings, and jewelry into a steel rock crusher and pulverized it into dust and tiny chips.

The officials’ objective was to reduce the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants each year.

ECONOMICS 1: What happens to a commodity’s demand and price when you reduce its availability? DUH…The price goes up!


For instance, cattle prices are at an all time high because…the U.S. Cow herd is down to its lowest since 1952. Average horse prices have plunged due to the elimination of horse slaughter, which flooded the country with unwanted horses.

Ivory’s value is primarily intrinsic, meaning it serves no essential purpose, though it does work as a forklift and weapon when still on the elephant. That’s unlike other precious stones and metals like diamonds, silver, gold and uranium, which can be used in all sort of engineering processes, high tech manufacturing and dentistry, in addition to jewelry. The value of these minerals is also increased because there is a finite amount on our planet.

So how can we help the ivory problem? Flood the market, that’s how.

Elephants continue to reproduce, thus manufacturing ivory. How ‘bout increasing the number of elephants? A great example of this solution is the salmon industry. Twenty years ago wild salmon from Alaskan fisheries was priced out of the range of the average family. Then the world started “farming salmon” commercially. Now it is readily available.

Would elephant farming be practical? If people want ivory, why not make it available? Maybe grow your own elephant in your backyard. Let capitalism work.

Look at the economics of the illegal drug business. As long as selling marijuana is illegal, the price will be high. Make it available to everyone, as it appears to be doing, and the price will get lower as the numbers of users get higher!

Another solution would be to encourage the farming of alternative sources for ivory; narwhals, hippos, walruses, etc. Workable, you say? Stick up a wanted poster in Mt. Pleasant, TX for tusks from feral pigs and wild boars and turn the red necks loose! In twenty years people will be farming hogs for ivory. Make pigs a three-purpose animal; meat, hunting and jewelry.

I can see it now, our own Cable Network show; we’ll call it…THE PIG DYNASTY!

Whitestone Kem Y275 SAV Final Answer 0035 x Kem 119 of Woodlawn An impressive cow from the legendary, now deceased Kem 119, who was the $55,000 all-time top-seller in the 125-year history of America’s oldest Angus herd. Kem Y275 records a progeny BR 2@96, WR 2@106, YR 1@107, UREA 1@106, as well as individual IMF ratio of 101 and RE 105. She is sired by Final Answer, who led the breed for registrations.

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Erianna Continues to Excel Quaker Hill Erianna 8T2 TC Total 410 x SS Objective T510 OT26 x Sitz Alliance 6595 EPDs CED 11 BW -0.3 WW 64 YW 110 SC .86 Doc 22 Milk 33 Marb .90 RE .84 $W 48.47 $B 104.89

Has two Ten X daughters that are Number One and Two, Non-Parent Females, in the Angus Breed for Birthweight, Dollar Weaning and Dollar Beef. Her son at "Select Sires" continues to rank Number Five, Non-Parent Bull, in the Angus Breed for Birthweight, Dollar Weaning and Dollar Beef.

Mark D. Welytok  CGP • New-Paradigm Farms 2035 State Route 31 (315)527-5037 Chittenango, NY 13037

The "Welytok Prefix" brings to you the Number One, Non-Parent Bull, for Birthweight, Dollar Weaning and Dollar Beef in the Angus Breed. "Welytok Divine Prime 3B20". AAA # 17456955. +14 CED, -.8 BW, +66 WW, +118 YW, +1.16 Marb, +.97 RE, +58.08 $W and +116.74 $B. His Future Looks Very Promising With Much Interest From Many AI Organizations. He is available to become a part owner with interest ....

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PUNSIT VALLEY FARM by Elizabeth A. Tomlin - Story originally printed 1/31/11 in Country Folks -!

One chance in 105,000 — that is what statistics say the birth of triplets in the bovine species is. And, what’s more, surviving those odds are singular. However, at Punsit Valley Farm, in the town of Austerlitz, NY, a set of Black Angus triplets are thriving under the astute and observant eyes of Karolyn Kern Shepard and her husband Mark, a Respiratory Therapist at BMC, Pittsfield, MA.! “It all started back on April 7, 2010 when Elba, our registered Black Angus, was bred to Select Sires bull, TC Total,” Karolyn recalls. “On May 25 the vet confirmed that Elba was indeed expecting.” ! Elba’s anticipated due date was Jan. 11, 2011. When she showed signs of intense discomfort a few days before Christmas, she was moved to a calving

The triplets in 2011 at Punsit Valley Farm. Punsit Valey has bcome well-known for their genetics and efficient management.

pen near to Shepard’s house, where she could be kept under constant surveillance. With each succeeding day Elba seemed to grow in size and she continually groaned with her discomfort. This behavior continued throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday through long days — and even longer nights — while Elba remained under the constant and watchful eyes of the Shepards and their close friend, Bob Pinto.! Finally, on Jan. 3, Elba’s calving seemed imminent. She was placed in the barn where she was provided with fresh hay, straw and heat lamps. There she settled down to business. Another long night of running back and forth between the house and barn brought no results. ! “Then, at 5 a.m., Mark ventured to the barn dressed in his boots and bathrobe,” Karolyn said, “It was quite a shock for him to see Elba with not one, but two calves!” When Mark picked up the phone to call Karolyn for help, he caught sight of the third calf walking around a bale of hay!! When Karolyn answered the phone, she heard Mark exclaim, “Unless I am seeing things, we have triplets!” ! Shepards quickly tended to the two larger calves, who were doing fine, and brought the smallest one, which was most compromised by the traumatic birth, into the house where she wrapped it in a blanket, and placed it near the fireplace to warm it. Karolyn’s 90 year-old mother Dorrie, who had lived on the farm and been a farmer’s wife for over 50 years, was awakened by the commotion and took immediate action; kneeling down and massaging the tiny calf, while talking to it soothingly and encouragingly. Several hours inside the house, and the required amount of warm colostrum, provided the little heifer with the jump-start she needed, and she was soon returned to her surprised mother who greeted her with “licks and nudges.” ! Upon weighing in, it was discovered that the little heifer weighed a mere 55 pounds, with her larger sister weighing in at 64 pounds and her brother at 66 pounds. ! “Mom carried 185 pounds of calves!” Karolyn -KAROLYN SHEPARD declared.! Punsit Valley Farm — formerly known as Kern Farm — was settled by the Kern family in the late 1800s. The farm consists of 200 acres of rolling hills nestled into the Punsit Valley, with the Punsit Creek flowing through its pastures. ! Although the farm thrived with dairy cows when Karolyn — an only child — was growing up, her parents Dorrie and Raymond Kern sold the cows off in

“Now we have over 30 Black Angus — mostly all registered…”

Karolyn, Dorrie, & Mark. Our agricultural community enjoyed Dorrie very much at all of the local auctions. Her passing in Fall 2013 impacted many people.

1982, retiring from the twice a day milking.! “There was no drop cleaner, milking parlor, or baler,” Karolyn stated. “The barn was cleaned with a wheel barrow, the hay was put in loose with a hayloader, and milk was carried to the tank.” ! According to Karolyn, there were no vacations and the only time Ray Kern took time off was when he ruptured his appendix. ! “He was 88 years old when he passed away — in the same farmhouse he was born in,” Karolyn attested.! After going off to college to become a nurse, Karolyn returned to the farm with Mark, and they raised their two sons, Daryl and Glenn, there.! It was Glenn’s suggestion that they bring in beef cattle to raise, and four years ago they did. “It had been about 25 years without cows seen grazing on the hillside,” Karolyn remarks. “Now we have over 30 Black Angus — mostly all registered. We have put up miles of fence, installed water systems, and are currently restoring the old barn, which was built in the 1800s.”! About 6 years ago Shepards brought in pheasants, and then 2 years later, meat chickens. “We sell about 1200 a year to local restaurants,” Karolyn said. Their list of customers includes the prestigious Red Lion Inn, in Stockbridge, Ma. ! “We sell our farm-raised, all natural beef and poultry from multiple freezers. We are members of the Columbia County Bounty Program, which encourages people to buy local,” Karolyn states.  “We are also members of The American and NYS Angus Association, The Northeast Livestock Processing Service and the Beef Quality Assurances Program. We love our land and our animals, and are proud to be farmers!”! Visitors are always welcome at Punsit Valley Farm. For directions, call 518-392-3478.!


Courtesy of Country Folks! Photos by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Tullyfergus Angus Tullyfergus D/D Just Right 3.7.03 - 5.8.12


Dam: Katinka Gal 627 by Traveler 6807 Sire: Leachman Right Time Co-owned with Rita Partee: Fleur de Lis Farms • Seneca Falls, NY

As you plan your Spring and Summer AI season we’d like to highlight a couple of points.....

Fertility & Longevity Functionality & Docility Calving Ease & Vigor The fundamentals of Profit are ‘Just Right’s Specialty! If you’d like to put some Just Right into your herd we have high quality semen available now for $25 / straw. Call (315) 573-2569 if you would like further information or to order semen.

Tulleyfergus Angus Joint Production Sale - September 27, 2014 Annual Sale, 4th Saturday in September Robert & Linda Groom 8974 Lyons Marengo Rd. • Lyons, NY. 14489 (315) 573-2569 • •

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DEVELOPING THE FARM’S BRAND IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR BUSINESS Your farm's brand can affect everything from input costs to acquiring farmland or employees. 
 Creating your farm’s brand is an important business decision that can impact everything from your desirability as an employer to one factor in what you pay for inputs and whether you are top of the list of potential renters of farmland. "Your brand is reputational capital," says Brett Oelke, agricultural business manager educator for the University of Minnesota and owner of Innovus Agra LLC. The question for producers, he says, is whether they are going to manage their farm brand or let it occur on its own. "Everything and everybody is a brand," Oelke says. He spoke at Tomorrow’s Top Producer in Chicago on Jan. 28. "Brand marketing is part of an overall business plan." Growth oriented producers have a stake in the image they choose to present to their customers, both internal and external ones. Internal customers include employees, business partners and family members, while external customers include landlords, supplies, seed customers, grain buyers, other farmers you custom farm for. At the same time, for growth oriented producers, some from a position of envy and jealousy may be critical of what you have accomplished. "You can’t combat those but you can tell your side of the story," Oelke says.



One important reason to spend time developing a positive brand is that "businesses talk to other businesses about customers," he says, and it’s in your best interest to be highly regarded by suppliers. Taking time to create the right image can get you the lowest price on inputs. Producers need to understand that suppliers want to keep their transaction costs low, so they don’t want 40 phone calls to talk about price. While loyalty to suppliers is important, sometimes it makes sense to deal with more than one, such as with bankers in case one decides to pull back from making ag loans. Oelke also says that in creating a positive brand, don’t neglect the importance of being organized and with a plan so that when, for example, fertilizer applicators arrive at your field, they can be as efficient as possible. With buyers of your commodities, "you want to be the go-to person, or at least a strong No. 2," Oelke says. For example, one producer was able and willing to deliver 15,000 bushels of corn to an ethanol plan in January when it was minus 15 and a blizzard. "Basis had been 25 to 35 cents under the board but he got 15 over." Differentiate yourself from the competition, he says.

create the image—though actions you communicate—that you are a good steward, doing a good job taking care of their resource. Equally important is trust, he says. "If you want to find out how important trust is, start talking to landlords about flex land leases. That takes a great deal of trust on their part." Communication is crucially important with landlords, yet many landlords only hear from tenants one of two times a year, he says. Landlords, however, say they would like to hear from tenants four to 10 times a year. For some, it may require no more than sending a text saying you’re ready to go to their field next in the spring, while for older landlords, in person meetings may be required. "It’s called public relations," he says. Oelke notes that he is "a big believer in farm newsletters" to keep landlords informed. For more information on the Top Producer Seminar or Tomorrow’s Top Producer events, visit

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It’s also important to promote a brand imagine that you are valued and trusted to nonfarm siblings. "They need some of your time and understanding," Oelke says. The people we need the most we sometimes neglect the most," he says. "Many farmers do a poor job of sharing information with people who can make their lives miserable later." Branding yourself with landlords and prospective landlords is crucially important, he says, because money, while important to them, is not always at the top of the list. For example, !2



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I'm a Meatatarian! No veggies? No problem.! I'm a red-blooded, God-fearing, feisty American and I like meat. I know how it's produced, I'm comfortable with the sacrifice made to yield it and I can prepare it 154 ways to amaze even the most skeptical foodie. I eat it at almost every meal and even snack-time if some beef jerky is handy. That's right, I'm a meatatarian.!  ! You might be wondering what a meatatarian is, so pay attention while I drop a profound answer in your lap:! meatatarian: a person who, for a variety of reasons, eats mostly meat and very few vegetables. This dietary 'lifestyle' may be due to allergies or could be attributed to a sincere distaste for most vegetables.! I fall into the latter of those two descriptions - I have eaten a lot of vegetables in my twenty-somethings years, in fact it was a rule in the Buzzard household that you had to clean your plate before getting up for dinner. I actually tested this rule to the max when I was seven and fell asleep at dinner because I didn't want to eat spinach.!  ! In spite of my avoidance plan, leftover spinach graced my plate at lunchtime the next day. The only thing worse than spinach is leftover, rewarmed spinach. Gag.!  ! However, upon leaving the parental castle for college I vowed that I would not continue to eat another food that I despised, thereby depriving those who enjoy vegetables from what they view as an exemplary eating experience. Hence, my diet consists of meat, dairy, grains -- sometimes whole, others not -- and fruit. Often times, my plate contains meat, cottage cheese and a potato/ green beans/corn/squash; however, if said potato dish includes peppers or other contemptible vegetable intruders, I quickly jump off the veggie train.!


It's worth noting that I have tried almost every vegetable in the grocery store so I'm not condemning them without actually having tried them. You name it and I've *probably* tried it and subsequently, disliked it.!  ! Bear in mind, I do have vegetarian friends. They are insanely awesome and although we poke fun at one another about dietary choices, I have never seriously tried to convert them back to meateaters and they have never tried to persuade me to stop gorging on bacon and steak. They have their reasons for choosing their lifestyle and I have mine. We can all coexist and co-eat in peace.!  ! I often wish that I did like vegetables. I see commercials for fresh salads chock full of crispy fresh peppers, cucumbers and carrots. I would love to partake, really I would, but my most recent attempt at ingesting crunchy, fresh salad-type foods led to a near vomit experience in the local Olive Garden. I doubt they would have viewed me as family if I had spewed in the garden.!  ! My ordering process at restaurants drives my husband insane but I fail to understand why my palate restricts his meal experience. I challenge you to find a restaurant in existence in which I couldn't suss out at least one thing to eat - plain is always an option - therefore, my food preferences should in no way affect his options.  I profess that I am not a picky eater; I know what I want and I eat a lot of it. Steak, bacon, burgers, chops, wings - bring all the smokey, spiced and sauced goodness to me on a silver platter and I shall demolish it in one fell swoop. !


So, to my fellow meatatarians, here are some survival tips for navigating through an increasingly veggo-filled world:! •Do not be ashamed of your choices - God made you this way and no one can argue with that.! •Keep a close eye out for veggies that are added but not disclosed - i.e. the bacon and cheese hot dog in a pretzel bun at Sonic does not make buyers aware of onions in the mix but they are sure 'nuff on the dog.! •When the day arrives that you're tired of defending your choices (and it will come, no fail), claim to be allergic to specific vegetables. This strategy will immediately stop whatever heckling you're receiving. I have used this at Taco Bell in order to stop the staff from ignoring my requests about a lettuce-less burrito.! •Pose the question, "If I were a vegetarian would you be giving me this much guff?"! •Refer to one of any number of Ron Swanson classics! •Bonus info: if you order fajitas and ask for no onions or peppers, they will often double the amount of meat you're getting so the portion sizes are equal. Huzzah!! I imagine, in the distant future, there will be a support group for folks like myself who, despite society's need to interrogate and force change upon our dietary choices needs, have chosen to eat mostly animal products mixed in with a few whole grains and some fruit.!


Stand strong, fellow meatatarians, and let protein drive the force.! Until next time,! ~ Buzzard ~


Winston “Sonny” C. Gotham! Edwards, NY Winston “Sonny” C. Gotham, age 72, of Edwards, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.! Calling hours for Sonny, were held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at French Funeral Home, Edwards. His funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2013 at the funeral home with Rev. Beth Benham officiating. Condolences may be made online at! Sonny was born on November 27, 1941 in Russell to the late Harold and Bernice (Miller) Gotham Sr. He graduated from Knox Memorial Central School in Russell in 1959 and then he entered into the United States Navy and served for two years. He married Sandra Bolinger on November 10, 1962 in Edwards.! Sonny worked at Groveton Paper Mill in Natural Dam in the 1960’s and then he worked in maintenance at the Newton Falls Paper Mill for 39 years. He and his wife also owned and operated Spring Haven Farm in Edwards. Sonny raised registered Black Angus for 43 years. He showed his cattle at the St. Lawrence and State Fairs, winning many awards. For 13 years he would travel to Colorado to hunt elk. He loved hunting and also spending summers at Trout Lake, fishing.! He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Edwards; a daughter and her husband, Cynthia and Randy VanBrocklin of Edwards; a grandson, Thorne VanBrocklin also of Edwards; four brothers and their wives, Harold and Janet Gotham of Gouverneur, Howard and Katie Gotham of New Hampshire, Richard and Janet Gotham of Hermon and Gilbert Gotham of Gouverneur; three sisters, Helen Henri of Syracuse, Rosalie and Carlton Force of Florida and Mayfred Hull of Connecticut.! Sonny is predeceased by a sister and her husband, Madeline and Lester Hatch, and two brothers-in-law, Claude Henri and Dennis Hull.! Donations may be made in Sonny’s memory to the Edwards Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 29, Edwards, NY 13635. 1

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