Beef and Dairy Cattle Producers Work Together Toward Common Goals
How to Navigate When to Wait, Help or Call the Veterinarian During Calving
MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 16 Beef Checkoff News 28 County News
MCA President’s Perspective Carry On
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
Get Creative in the Kitchen
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black The Lone Pine
Capitol Update Rolling with Changes
ON THE COVER:
Photo by Austin Black, Backroads Productions
The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Volume 49 - Issue 4 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Coby Wilson: Ad Sales 573-499-9162 Ext 235
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Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Mike@mocattle.com Sydney Thummel • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Sydney@mocattle.com Coby Wilson • Manager of Strategic Solutions - Ext 235 Coby@mocattle.com Candace Bergesch • MBC Editor/Production Artist Candace@mocattle.com Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234 Lisa@mocattle.com
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David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301
Obituary - Duane Dailey
2020 MCA Regional Vice Presidents
Obituary - Jack Runyan
Marvin Dieckman, President 660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ, Cole Camp, MO 65325 Patty Wood, President-Elect 660-287-7701 • 16075 Wood Road, La Monte, MO 65337 Bruce Mershon, Vice President 816-525-1954 • 10015 Windsor Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069
Region 1: Eric Greenley, 61998 Pleasant Valley Rd. Knox City, MO 63446 660-341-8750 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Charlie Besher, RR 5, Box 2402 Patton, MO 63662 • 573-866-2846 Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Region 5: John Shipman, 34266 Hwy KK Mora, MO 65345 • 660-221-1013 Region 6: Clay Doeden, 14555 S. Hwy A Stockton, MO 65785 • 417-808-0415 Region 7: Traves Merrick, 1956 Hwy 97 Miller, MO 65707 • 417-536-8080
Missouri Beef Cattleman, (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) is published monthly (12 times a year) and is the official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201. PERIODICALS postage paid at Columbia, Missouri and additional mailing offices. Subscription price is included as a part of the minimum membership dues of $70.00 per year in Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Missouri Beef Cattleman, P.O. Box 480977, Kansas City, Missouri 64148
2020 MCA Officers
Caitlin Allen, Jackson, MO Lindsey Allen, Jackson, MO Josie Althoff, Hillsboro, MO Rebecca Althoff, Hillsboro, MO Stephen & Kristy Ball, Ball Cattle Co., Carthage, MO Abigail Baumgarth, Catawissa, MO David Becker, House Springs, MO David Bernt, Bernt Farms, Warrensburg, MO Lucy Bohl, Herman, MO Elizabeth Cernin, Maryville, MO Scott Corman, West Plains, MO Anna Crosby, Hillsboro, MO Emily Crosby, Hillsboro, MO Lane Deornellis, Centralia, MO Susan Hockett, Adrian, MO Jaret Holden, Holden Farms, Birch Tree, MO Garrett Holtgrewe, California, MO Quinton Hopper, Hillsboro, MO Jacob Huskey, Hillsboro, MO Lucas Huskey, Hillsboro, MO Lanie Ipock, Ipock Farms, Seymour, MO Dirck Hoagland, J&N Ranch LLC, Leavenworth, KS Jordan Kirk, Fordland, MO Ashley Knibb, Manchester, MO
Jeff & Roxanne Knibb, Manchester, MO Geoffrey & Kay-Lynn Lysinger, Lowry City, MO Dillon Magers, Magers Rocking M, LLC, Ash Grove, MO David McCellan, Anabel, MO Adam McClellan, Anabel, MO Madelyn McGrady, Pittsburg, MO Braeden Mers, Hillsboro, MO Emily Miller, Carrollton, MO Jessica Parsons, P N H Ranch, Buffalo, MO Emmie Patek, Russellville, MO Mazie Patek, Russellvilee, MO Shanae Potts, Jerico Springs, MO Jeremy Robinson, ZMD, LLC dba Republic Foods, Lone Jack, MO Jimmy Rodarmel, Sheldon, MO Faith Sabala, Wheatland, MO Chantz Shepherd, Osceola, MO Ruby Silpoch, Hillsboro, MO Sharon Venski, Falcon, MO Charles Watson, Atlanta, MO Derek Weydert, Bevier, MO Jared & Jennifer Weydert, Bevier, MO Shane & Daniel Wilson, Wilson Farm, LLC, Dittmer, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 73.
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NCBA Sends Letter to Capitol Hill Urging Relief for Cattle Producers WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) - In response to the ongoing efforts to provide relief to Americans impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane issued the following statement: “As the country reels both economically and emotionally from the spread of COVID-19, NCBA has been hard at work ensuring that cattle producers remain able to focus on the national infrastructure priority of keeping high-quality beef available to consumers. “Meeting that challenge requires federal officials at the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Interior, Treasury, and more to have a full understanding of how our product gets from the pasture to the plate – and we’re extremely proud to tell that story. “In these challenging times, that story is about the strength of our cattle-producing families and what they need to weather this storm. COVID-19 has dealt a tremendously challenging hand to producers across the country. These highly volatile markets cannot be allowed to force our ranching families out of business just when consumers need them most.
“In order to combat this staggering burden, NCBA has been actively engaged with leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that relief funds from any aid package reach these struggling cattle producers directly. It is important that any such relief avoids the lasting market-altering effects of a price support program, such as those that have been proposed by some members of the Senate. Instead, we must keep the focus on providing quick, targeted relief to struggling producers. While the effects of COVID-19 will be felt across the country, we must ensure we avoid permanent, fundamental changes to workings of the American cattle market. We applaud Senators and Representatives from across the country who are working to provide those solutions using proven avenues such as the Commodity Credit Corporation as administered through USDA. “Americans always rise to the challenge in times of need and the work of these officials in Congress and in the administration during this trying time is a testament to that great tradition. We thank each of them for their efforts and stand ready to assist moving forward.” You can read NCBA’s letter to Capitol Hill here: https:// www.ncba.org/CMDocs/BeefUSA/Media/NCBA%20 COVID-19%20Hill%20Letter%20-%20FINAL2.pdf
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Coordinator Eldon Cole 417-466-3102 David Hoffman 816-380-8460 Anita Ellis 573-642-0755 Daniel Mallory 573-985-3911 Erin Larimore 573-243-3581 Kendra Graham 573-756-4539
Location Joplin Regional Stockyards, Inc., Carthage, MO Kingsville Livestock Auction, Kingsville, MO South Central Regional Stockyards, Vienna, MO F&T Livestock Market, Palmyra, MO SEMO Livestock Sales LLC, Fruitland, MO Farmington Regional Stockyards LLC, Farmington MO
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Date Time May 15 7:00 p.m. May 16 11:00 a.m. May 22 6:30 p.m. May 30 12:30 p.m. June 5 7:00 p.m. June 12 7:00 p.m.
For More Information Contact: Judy Burton (660) 295-4824 or check out our website: https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/show-meselect-replacement-heifer-program. Sales are sponsored by Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers, Inc., with support from University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Division of Animal Sciences; the MU College of Veterinary Medicine; the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Please note that these scheduled sale dates are tentative based on the COVID-19 situations and could change. For an up-to-date listing of scheduled sale dates, please visit: https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/show-meselect-replacement-heifer-program or contact the sale coordinator and/or livestock specialist.
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with Mike Deering Unprecedented Times The economic and financial fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is beyond comprehension. The financial destruction is compounded by severe drought conditions that were followed by unprecedented flooding in many regions of the state and an extensive drain of equity due to the market disruptions caused by the fire at Tyson’s Holcomb, Kansas, beef processing facility eight months ago. Given the current market uncertainty and extreme volatility, your Missouri Cattlemen’s Association leadership and staff are laser focused on finding solutions to help correct the market situation in the short term, but more importantly continuing to focus on what long term, structural changes can be made to increase transparency, price discovery and reduce volatility in the cattle markets. We are not taking this lightly and will entertain all ideas as we work with leaders in other states and at the national level. We cannot promise overnight success, but we will not stop working. MCA will continue to convey the needs of our members and the beef cattle industry to the highest levels of government during this time of crisis. The leadership of this association took unprecedented action in requesting emergency relief from the federal level. We joined alongside other state association’s and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to request emergency disaster assistance for our farm and ranch families as part of a stimulus package intended to help the nation weather the crisis. We requested the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation to issue additional Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments or a similar program to include cattle producers. Given this is uncharted water for cattle producers, MCA was a leader in working with state and national organizations and leading economists across the
Executive Vice President country to determine the exact structure of these payments to be meaningful to the families we represent. Cattle producers need flexibility and increased access to low and zero interest loans in order to remain viable and ensure that grocery store shelves remained stocked. We are encouraging USDA-Farm Service Agency to expand availability of these loans, in addition to increasing flexibility of terms for existing loans. We are also requesting that FSA coordinate with USDA Rural Development and the Small Business Administration throughout the implementation of these accommodations. We are urging patience and partnership from all creditors and lenders. We have been in continued conversations with USDAAgricultural Marketing Service regarding their plans to ensure that USDA inspectors do not become a limiting factor in keeping packing and processing plants from operating. In our members’ best interest, MCA has requested that USDAAMS Packers and Stockyards Department increase their vigilance and surveillance throughout the cattle and beef marketing chains to guard against market manipulation and price gouging. MCA leadership and staff remain committed to our members. Please know we are working diligently to find solutions to the current situation while keeping our longterm focus on improving market transparency, price discovery and reducing market volatility.
Note: New Sale Date May 2, 2020 â€¢ Strafford, MO May 2, 2020
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Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Prior to working in the beef industry Felger served almost 20 years working as a marketing manager in the soybean industry. For more information about Central’s livestock feed additives please visit https://www.altosidigr.com/
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See What’s Happening in Your County
The Polk County Cattlemen’s had their March meeting on Thursday March 12, at the Rockin’ R Auction House. Worthington Angus sponsored the meeting and provided some awesome steaks. Keith Stevens updated members on some things that are happening within the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri Beef Industry Council. Following that, Representative Mike Stevens gave a capitol update. After eating, Josh Worthington with Worthington Angus gave a presentation discussing parts of the beef industry. He talked about identifying our customer, finding out what our customer wants, and how we as beef producers can give the customer what they want. It was a very educational presentation, and we always look forward to having Josh speak because he brings some great steaks with him!
The Barton County cattlemen met Tuesday March 10 at Memorial Hall in Lamar, Missouri. The prayer was led by Daryl Kentner, the meal was sponsored by Jeffery A. Schoen of the Boehringer Ingelheim pharmaceutical company and was catered by Scott Noting and his daughter, Payden. The meal consisted of beef brisket so tender you could cut it with a plastic fork, baked potato, corn, roll and apple cobbler for dessert. After the meal, Jeffery advised that the use of vaccines in cattle has been declining the past few years. Of all the vaccinations given for livestock and pets, 42% are for cattle. But keep in mind that prevention is a lot less costly than trying to cure. For example, he doubted that if there was any pasture in the United States that does not have blackleg spores, and treatment to prevent this is very important. Studies have shown that how we treat calves their first year will affect their whole life. On the market there are two kinds of vaccines: killed vaccines and modified live. When using killed vaccines, to be effective, two doses must be given. The second dose should be given within 28 days of the first dose, and it is recommended that 21 days is actually the best time. The concern with modified live vaccines is that they can cause a cow to lose her calf if given improperly. Also, remember to monitor your bull. He is half your calf crop.
Josh Worthington with Worthington Angus giving a presentation at the meeting..
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Parasites will cause cattle to lose their appetite, and many cattlemen do not realize the affect the parasites are having on their herd. But, there are many good products that will eliminate this problem. One must keep the treatment current. Now, there are new products on the market that will last for an extended period of time. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 21, Memorial Hall in Lamar Missouri.
Due to the COVID-19 issue, all events are all subject to change. Please check with the your county officers for up-to-date information.
Johnson County Johnson County has started 2020 off busy. In January, we cooked ribeye steak sandwiches with sides and served lunch for the Western Central Ag Services. We served 120 people for their customer appreciation luncheon. Our February meeting was in conjunction with a hog roast fund raiser for the Johnson County Fair Grounds. Our meeting was sponsored by Prairie Creek Seed. They presented a program on seasonal grasses. New officers were elected at the meeting: President Mike
Kenny Smarr presenting Alex Haun with a check for leadership college.
Moon; Vice President Michael Cox; Secretary Edwina Moon; Treasurer Susan Smarr; State Rep Alex Haun; board members Rick Huse and Kenny Smarr. On February 29 and March 1 we cooked ribeyes and hamburgers for the Centerview Youth Basketball Committee. They had a tournament and served lunch for a fundraiser. We donated 400 hamburgers to help them out. Alex Haun presenting Kenny Smarr with the top hand award.
Our next meeting will be April 16, 2020.
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Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Last month, the Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association had a meeting at Miller County Regional Stockyards in Eldon, Missouri. The meeting/dinner had 90 people in attendance, and the meal was provided by Randy Schilling and Dr. Dan Cummings, DVM from Boerhinger Ingelheim and Joe Brown of Multi-Min. The group was led in prayer by Brenton Fowler before dinner. A ribeye steak dinner was provided Barbara Zimmerman. President Wendy Cantrell then opened the meeting up with introductions. The main topic of discussion was focused around herd health and proper diagnosis and treatment of sick cattle. There was a lot of discussion on different diseases and how to spot sick calves. Then how to go about treating these cattle ourselves or when to call a veterinarian. Dr. Dusty Stegman, DVM and Dr. Kevin Cain, DVM, was also on hand to answer several questions and visit with the producers. It was an open forum with several different discussions and topics which is always beneficial. Joe Brown of Multi-Min was also here to discuss the importance of herd health and mineral deficiencies and prevention of sickness. Disease prevention is key to animal health as prevention is preferable to treatment.
Dr. Cain then took the group to back of the barn to pull blood on cattle to test for different diseases. He demonstrated how to get samples from the cattle, and then discussed all the benefits of running such bloodwork so that they receive proper treatment. As always, the producers enjoy getting their hands dirty and
being up close and learning from these demonstrations. Anytime we get to work cattle at a meeting like this we have a great response! The producers want to get in there and learn the proper way to handle cattle and love the opportunity to be “hands-on”. We want to thank Miller County Regional Stockyards and the staff for hosting the meeting. We look forward to the prosperous year ahead. President – Wendy Cantrell; Vice-President – Candy Stockton; Sec/Treas- Tanya Gardner; Director – Ralph Kliethermes; Director – Brenton Fowler.
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St. Clair County St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met Tuesday, March 10 at Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City. There were 57 members and guest in attendance. Raysha Tate with the University Extension gave a presentation on Fence Laws and how we have General Law Chapter 272 and Local Law also in Chapter 272. Raysha discussed that for a fence to be a lawful fence it needs to be 4 wires with post about 12 ft apart. Landowners are to work together to build and maintain fences. Raysha closed with being a good neighbor makes for happy neighbors.
Raysha Tate presenting on Fence Law.
Patrick Buchn talked about prime beef that he grows and all the research he has done over the years to try to produce the best beef possible. Patrick discussed all the different breeds they have research and what they have found best on tenderness and marbling. Patrick closed with the fact that him and his wife are excited to donate a half a beef to the Cattlemen to raffle off to support the Scholarship Fund. MOBeef for MOKids has been a success for the 201920 school year. The fourth and last round of the year went on March 10 and was donated by Donnahue Farms of Appleton City. We sent a total of 12 head this year and will send next round the end of July for next school year. All the schools in the county have expressed their thanks as well and hope the program continues. Anyone interested in donating for next school year please contact a Cattlemen’s Board member. The Beef Education and Beef Promotion Grants have been submitted so the Cattlemen will have literature and Beef sticks to hand out at the county events that they attend. Each grant is valued at $500 and are a great help in promoting and education the patrons of the county on Beef.
President Weston Shelby conducting the meeting.
St. Clair County Cattlemen’s will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each to win half a beef. The drawing will be held at Osceola Rodeo Days Labor Day weekend. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets see a Cattlemen’s
Patrick Buchen discussing Prime Beef.
member. All proceeds will go to support the Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund.
The next meeting will be April 14, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Farmhouse Kitchen with speaker Mike Klem from Missouri State University and sponsored by Appleton City Feed Service.
Dallas County Whenever it comes to supporting youth, members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) are always quick to step up to the plate. Such was the case at the February 17 meeting held at Prairie Grove School with 200 members and guests attending. The February meeting is always our annual chili dinner and pie auction with all monies raised going to benefit local scholarships and youth activities. This year, the auction netted $1,800 with Larry Turner giving the final nod of $150 for a cherry pie donated by great granddaughter Molly McCorkill. We want to thank everyone who donated pies, cinnamon rolls, and other goodies to our auction and certainly all the buyers. The keynote speaker for the evening was MCA’s Mike Deering. Mike highlighted some of the legislative successes MCA has played a vital role in this past year including no increase in property taxes for farmers. He thanked Sen. Sandy Crawford and Rep. Jeff Knight for their leadership efforts and support of agriculture and cattlemen. Other remarks were offered by MCA President Marvin Dieckman, MCA President-Elect Patty Wood, and Missouri CattleWomen representative Carolyn Dieckman. Buffalo FFA advisor Mary Ann Boro was also recognized for being named as one of the six outstanding vocational agricultural instructors in the nation. We are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments.
Our March 10 meeting was held at the Buffalo Livestock Market owned by the Lyle and Leon Caselman families and Howard Miller. As always, the roast beef dinner was delicious, and we thank them for their hospitality and for hosting our meeting. Leon Caselman spoke to attendees about the market’s pre-vaccination program. The facility has their own program and their own (BLM) tags. A “wean-vacc” sale is held the second Saturday of the month. Requirements are that calves must be weaned a minimum of 30 days and have one complete round of shots. He urged producers to go the extra mile and administer a second round of shots with a PI test as well as wean 45-60 days to receive a premium for their calves. He also mentioned that calves should be worked (castrated for example) as well as fed a few pounds of grain after weaning.
Our DCCA April 14 meeting will be held at the O’Bannon Community Center in Buffalo. We are very excited about our May 12 meeting to be held at O’Bannon, also. That night, we will be honoring our local veterans with a special program. Then May 15 will be a big day as we will be hosting local fourth grade students for our annual Beef Field Day. We also hope to attend a couple Cowboys at the Capitol.
Stuart Dill, Marvin Dieckman, and Patty Wood
Henry Deering helping Dad Mike address the crowd
FFA members Ethan Casteel, Julia Horinek, and Devyn helping with the pie auction.
Vernon County The Vernon County Cattlemen met Thursday, February 20, at the Vernon County Fairgrounds. President Blake Robertson presided over the meeting. Approximately 50 people were in attendance. The evening’s meal was provided by FCS Financial Nevada. Plans for next month’s banquet were confirmed. Special guests at the meeting included advisors and members of the Sheldon and Northeast Vernon County FFA Chapters.
Jay Sloniker of FCS Financial.
Billy Bolch presented information to the group on the Prairie Phoenix Cattle Care Systems. They manufacture cattle oilers to prevent ticks, flies and lice from infesting your herd. Billy was available after the meeting to answer questions. Jay Sloniker, Vice President of the FCS Financial Nevada office, was our guest speaker. The Vernon County Cattlemen held their annual banquet Saturday, March 7, at the 3 Cedars Event Center of Nevada.
Northeast Vernon County FFA
The large crowd enjoyed a meal prepared by Kent and Kathy Abele of the Gobblers Roost. Silent and live auctions were conducted to raise
scholarship funds that are awarded annually to Vernon County high school seniors and college upperclassmen. A huge thank-you goes to all the area businesses that continually donate items for these auctions year after year!
Kingsville Livestock Auction Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO
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A huge thank you also goes to the members and guests that bid and purchase these items!
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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association packed the meeting room at the Southwest Missouri Research Center for their March 3 meeting. The big draw could have been that Josh Worthington of Worthington Angus, Dadeville was giving the program and had provided Angus strip steaks. The association’s grill team grilled them to perfection and families brought an excellent assortment of side dishes and desserts. Josh gave a thoughtful presentation about how anyone in the cattle business must know their customer, what the customer wants and whether the producer can provide it. That consumer/customer looks for uniformity and consistency. The producer must document that their cattle will provide that kind of product whether it’s a feeder calf, finished animal or breeding stock.
Josh Worthington of Worthington Angus, Dadeville presenting the program.
During the business meeting, Eldon Cole gave a report on the February meeting which was a part of the 51st Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference. Topics were: what it costs to keep a cow; veterinarian panel discussing commonly seen problems and planning for farm succession. Around 120 persons attended and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association members contributed a gallon of chili each for the blended meal. Scynthia Schnake gave a report on her trip to the NCBA Convention in San Antonio. She also said shirts and caps with the SW MO Cattlemen’s logo will soon be available. President, Jeff Kaal announced the board voted at their January meeting to award $1,000 each to the Verona and Greenfield school backpack programs. It was mentioned metal signs, 4 feet by 5 feet, with Beef It’s What’s For Dinner signs are available. The Missouri
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Lafayette County The Lafayette County Cattlemen held their annual business meeting Saturday, March 14 at Butler Acres Event barn in Dover. Following a prime rib dinner served by Randy Hinck and Plowboys of Marshall, President Bill Oelrichs conducted the business meeting. The Treasurer’s report was given by Sasha Hull, and the membership voted to donate $500 to the University of Missouri Extension Office in Higginsville and $500 for award sponsorships to the Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair. Scholarship Chairman Hannah Copenhaver introduced 2019 scholarship winners that were in attendance and reminded everyone the 2020 applications were due on April 1. President Oelrichs recognized members that helped with the 2019 cookouts as well as officers and board members for 2019. Special recognition was given to Kent Corbin and Don Rasa who were retiring from the board.
2020 Officers and Board members were elected to serve Lafayette County Cattlemen.
Election of officers followed with the following serving for 2020: President - Don Schlesselman; Vice President Darrell Neuner; Secretary Kathy Harris; Treasurer Sherie Neuner; Scholarship Chair - Hannah Copenhaver. State Board members - Kathy Harris and Jeff Bergman. County Board members - Marlene Edwards, Brian Wildschuetz and Sasha Hull. Marsha Corbin, activity chairman, went over the 2020 calendar of events and gave details of the 2020 Lafayette County Cattlemen trip to Kentucky. She then introduced Patty Wood, MCA President-Elect, Marvin Dieckmann MCA President, and Mike Deering,
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Keeping with the times, LCCA auctioned a roll of toilet paper to support MCA PAC. Thanks to Clara Copenhaver for her assist!
MCA Executive Director who shared information and updates. Members were encouraged to participate in Cowboys at the Capitol when the schedule resumes and to work for support for HB 2033 and SB 597 regarding eminent domain. Don Schlesselman recognized Darrell Neuner as the 2019 LCCA Cattlemen of the Year. The meeting ended on a high note with the auction of a convention “goodie” bag and a single roll of Toilet Paper to support MCA PAC.
Greene County The Greene County Chapter of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association held their monthly meeting on February 20 at The Coach House Inn Best Western Motel Breakfast Room in Springfield. There were 17 members, including 4 new members present and 3 guest from the Republic FFA Chapter. Jimmie Butler and Dewayne Bauer gave a report on the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds Beef House meeting. Upcoming cooking events: Spring Fest - March 27 - 29, Mid-America Street Rod Nationals Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 24 Ozark Empire Fair – July 30 – August 8 Farm Fest - October 2 – 4 Republic FFA Chapter members, Josh Willis, Natalie Pyatt, Gracie White were our guests for the evening. They all 3 are on the Debate and Dairy Judging teams. Each one of them presented a speech of interest. One of our members, Cathy Elgin works for Edward Jones as a financial advisor. She was asking for any suggestions or topics of interest from our membership. We would like to welcome our new members, Kris and Lynda Van O’Lynda, Charles Jackson from Jackson Financial Partners and Ins., and Charles Huff.
Our next meeting is planned for Thursday, March 19 at 6:30pm at the Golden Coral in North Springfield.
Greene County Cattleman’s usually hold meetings on the third Thursday of every month except for June & July during hay season. Contact Mike McCorkill at (417) 838-2073 for more information.
Jefferson County February 27 2020 the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted its annual appreciation dinner and live auction to raise funds that will benefit the organization and youth members throughout the year. Turnout was a huge success, with over 75 people in attendance who were eager to meet with participating vendors from John Deere, our very own Missouri cattlemen’s membership manager Sydney Thummel, and Bill McLaren member of the Cattlemen’s National Beef Promotion and Research Board. It was a night filled with fellowship, great beef industry news and resources, but the special surprise of the night through the support of association members and community supporters the Jefferson County cattlemen’s
association was able to sponsor the Youth in attendance with a 1 year’s membership in the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association to help cultivate the next generation and provide a great opportunity to share their passion for the beef industry and gain knowledge throughout the year.
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Upcoming Missouri Limousin Events May 8- J Bar J Next Generation Sale, Lebanon, MO May 29- MLBA Annual Banquet Lebanon, MO May 30- MLBA & HMLBA Spring Sale Lebanon, MO May 30 - Great American Pie Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO June 12-14 - MLBA Field Day Sedalia, MO
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Move Livestock to the Feed to Lower Costs, Save Nutrients Source: University of Missouri Extension
Eric Bailey, MU Extension beef nutritionist.
TRUXTON, Mo. – Milo planted for grazing cuts winter feed bills by half and keeps nutrients on the farm, says Rusty Lee, University of Missouri Extension agronomist.
Its nutrient value is similar to that of corn silage, Baileys says. He recommends supplements for lactating cows and backgrounding cattle.
Nutrients stay on the land when cattle and sheep recycle manure by stomping it into the soil during grazing, Lee says.
“Cow body condition maintains and can improve over winter, even in lactating cows who calved in the fall,” he says. Body condition of calves also improves in the dead of winter.
Milo’s strong root system also improves soil quality. The finely branched tillers and roots add significant biomass to the soil and give the plant the support it needs to continue standing until grazed, he says. Lee says milo’s tolerance of hot, dry growing seasons makes it a good choice for Missouri livestock producers.
John Turner, retired USDA grasslands conservationist, says milo’s high nutrient value makes it a valuable addition in grazing systems. Most annual crops produce seed and die. Milo does not. Nutrients, including sugar in the stalk sap, remain in the plant after frost.
During the past few years, Lee and other producers found success with milo as an alternative winter feed source. Lee says he now keeps hay on hand only as a backup.
However, keep cattle off milo for about seven days after frost to avoid prussic acid issues. In central Missouri, it is usually safe to put cattle back on milo fields by Nov. 1, Lee says.
Planting is normally mid-May to early June, on 30-inch rows. “The intent is grain production, as the bushels of milo per acre determines the grazing-days per acre,” he says. “While land with marginal productivity can produce grain, the higher-productivity acres will generate more cow days per acre.”
Nitrogen fertilizer at a rate of 120 pounds per acre will support good yields and avoid potential nitrate problems from overfertilization, he says.
Milo in the field puts dollars back into the producer’s pocket. Move the feedlot to the field to reduce equipment and labor costs for harvesting, grinding and transporting feed. Made hay costs about $1.08 per day per cow, Lee says, while bought hay is $1.26 per day per cow at $35 per bale, $1.62 at $45/ bale and $1.98 at $55/bale. Grazed milo is 69 cents per cow daily on land rented at $100 per acre. Determine yield to reduce waste and shortages, he says. Allocate acreage based on estimated yield and a cow’s daily need of 9-10 pounds of milo grain. It is important to supplement the milo field with protein, he says. This can be through access to stockpiled fescue pasture, quality hay, or commodity feeds like distillers grains or soybean meal. When the allocation is right, cows will eat most of the grain heads in a paddock within 30 minutes. Within two hours, they eat 70-80% of the milo leaves and stalk. Usually, only the bottom 18 inches of stalk goes uneaten. Calves adjust to grazing on milo as they follow the lead of their mothers, Lee says. Grazed milo offers cattle added high-energy nutrition, says
Producers get better cattle and save cash, Bailey says. Hundred-bushel milo provides 400 cow days per acre at a lower cost than silage. Sheep and goats are less enthusiastic than cattle about milo grazing because they cannot see predators over the tall seed heads. However, Truxton area sheep producer Harry Cope found success with strip grazing. He says that sheep graze the outer edge of the field first and work their way to the center. Lee says milo strip grazing requires some additional labor that one person can handle. Cattle must be moved to a new paddock each day; goats and sheep need a new location every one to three weeks. Make those moves easier by avoiding steel posts, which are difficult to move after a freeze, Lee says. Polywire fencing works in snow and ice. Choose small-diameter wire over polytape that will sag. As with any new crop, Lee recommends that producers start with a few acres to see if the change is right for their operations. “Plant a few acres and stick your toe in the water.” For more information, contact your local MU Extension agronomist, or contact Lee at 573-564-3733 or leerw@ missouri.edu.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Lone Pine “So, how’d yer dad git that big dent on the door?” I asked Dave. Truth is, it was quite an accomplishment for one single dent to stand out from all the other wear and tear, deterioration and assorted damage that covered his 1983 Ford Ranger diesel pickup truck like elephant tracks on a styrofoam cooler. “It’s a long story,” sighed Dave.
Dave went with his mom and dad to gather the last of the cows off their forest permit above Feather Falls in the Sierra Madres of northern California. Dad drove the old stock truck with racks made outta airport landing and pulled a portable Powder River loading chute with
panels. Dave followed in the Ranger. It took’em a while but they finally loaded 16 head of cows and calves. Then Dad spotted one ol’ cow that had held back. She’d calved recently but the calf was nowhere in sight. They had spotted lion track in the vicinity. They searched till Mom, the family tracker, found the little calf under a bush. They could feel the storm comin’ and were relieved to get the last cow squeezed onto the load. They packed
the loading chute and started down the mountain. Dave followed in the Ranger with the new calf in the cab beside him. Bear, the faithful cow dog, rode in the back. Next thing he knew Dad waved him to a stop. There was a cow down in the stock truck. Dave pulled ahead, stopped on the steep mountain road and went back to help. After several minutes of struggling with the down cow Dave climbed up to say they’d need to let some of the other cows out to give her some room. It was then he noticed the Ranger, complete with dog and calf, had disappeared! Dad was hot to catch his favorite truck when Dave pointed out that wherever it was goin’, it was already there. The down cow could use some help right away. They set up the portable chute, unloaded four cows, righted the down cow and Dave took off to find the Ranger. He met Bear comin’ back up the road at a full gallop, tail between his legs. Around the first bend Dave could see the tip of the pickup over the side of a canyon. It had leaped off the edge and slid sideways into a lone pine. The next stop would have been 200 feet at the bottom. The calf was standin’ in the seat lookin’ out the back window.
Well, everybody survived although the dog won’t git back in the pickup and Dave continues to insist he left it in gear. And Dad… Dad still takes the hammer to the side panel now and then in an attempt to make the pine tree impression blend in with the other dents. It’s useless, though, like tryin’ to make a mastodon blend in with a flotilla of Mallard ducks.
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American Red Program Off and Running to Meet Needs of Producers Source: American Red Angus Association DENVER – American Red, the new collaboration between the Red Angus Association of America and Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, officially launched in February at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas. The innovative collaboration provides the beef industry with a blend of maternal traits, southern U.S. adaptability, growth and marbling – all packaged with
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a heat-tolerant, red hide. American Red is well suited for commercial producers who are seeking quality replacement females and steers that fit in the valueadded segment of the beef industry. This new program has hit the ground running and has already enrolled multiple sets of cattle in just a few short weeks. Progressive producers recognize the value in genetically verifying cattle that can increase their profitability and help them manage the specific challenges of raising cattle in hotter climates. “The American Red program is a great tool for progressive producers to capitalize on adding value to cattle that perform both on the rail and in the pasture,” said Chessie Mitchell, RAAA tag program coordinator. “It is no surprise that our team has been fielding a high volume of phone calls and enrollment questions about the new venture. We look forward to seeing enrollments increase and producers benefit from this unique, twobreed partnership.” Qualifications for the American Red program are as follows: Steers and heifers in the same calf crop must be sired by registered Red Angus bulls averaging in the top 50% of the breed for the HerdBuilder index (HB) or registered Santa Gertrudis bulls averaging in the top 50th percentile for the SGBI Balanced Index. Breed percentages on qualified cattle will range from 25% to 75% Red Angus and 25% to 75% Santa Gertrudis, with a small allowance for other breeds. Most qualified cattle will be red. However, color is not an exclusionary requirement. Groups of cattle do not need to be fully red-hided to qualify.
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Fred Duane Dailey Several years before his death on March 10, 2020, Duane Dailey drafted his own obituary. Fred “Duane” Dailey, 84, will meet his final deadline as a longtime agricultural journalist. He was a University of Missouri Extension educator who had taught through the news media. He was an MU professor emeritus who flunked retirement and kept writing. His stories appeared in the newspapers of Missouri, weeklies and dailies, and many farm magazines. He was born Nov. 23, 1935, at home in South Lineville, Missouri, to Marie Shroyer Dailey Hass and Howard Karl Dailey. She was from Mercer, Missouri, and he was from Lineville, Iowa. Later they moved from South Lineville to a farm in Somerset Township in northeastern Mercer County. The farm was located between Mercer and Powersville, Missouri, near the now-defunct town of Cleopatra. Duane attended eight grades in the Laughlin School, and then attended Lineville High School for two years, graduating after two years at Mercer High School. He enrolled in agricultural journalism, part of the MU College of Agriculture and the MU School of Journalism.
He graduated from MU in 1959 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from the MU ROTC program. He became an artillery officer at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, during officers basic training. He was then assigned to be a public information officer at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Grandview, Missouri. He was PIO for two years for the North American Army Air Defense Command (missile artillery defending the heartland with Nike missiles). The School of Journalism
connection secured the job. At the end of his tour, he was offered a job back at MU by his adviser Richard Lee, head of Agricultural and Extension Information. He covered 4-H news the first years before taking on reporting on the MU Extension Balanced Farming program. While working, he earned a master’s of science in extension education with a minor in journalism. Through his career he reported on extension programs in the College of Agriculture. Dailey played a major role in reporting on winners of the Farm Management Award, telling “success stories” though the press. When that program ended, he became general assignment reporter. At the same time, he took up teaching undergraduates about photojournalism and writing. He did major reporting in support of the research from the MU Forage Systems Research Center. This brought management-intensive grazing and control of fescue to the state under researcher Jim Gerrish, MU grazing guru. In recent years, he has taken on reporting on how to eradicate toxic K-31 fescue, a pasture grass he promoted in the early 1960s. He reports on the efforts of Craig Roberts, MU forage specialist. More than three decades ago, he took up major reporting on economic outlooks from the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute under Abner Womack. His reporting gained national usage as FAPRI researchers made their trips to Washington to present economic reports.
More than 20 years ago, Dailey added beef reproduction to his beat, with the arrival of David Patterson from the University of Kentucky. Patterson brought the concept of fixed-time artificial insemination and creation of the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. Dailey retired 27 years ago. But never missed a beat in reporting when hired back “half-time.” He found there are no half-time jobs, only half-pay jobs. His major beats have been forages, beef cattle and economics. All go together. Cows eat grass and make money for 38,000 Missouri farmers. From the FAPRI economic reports, he was recognized by the National Association of Agriculture Journalists, now North American Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ). He is the only reporter from a land-grant university to be selected as an honorary member. He published the group’s newsletter, back when newsletters were on paper. Meanwhile, he became an active participant in Agricultural College Editors (ACE), later Agricultural Communicators in Education and now called the Association for Communication Excellence. He is a lifetime member. He was recognized with a national Pioneer ACE award and later the top award given to ag communicators. Early, Dick Lee allowed Duane to enroll in the Missouri Photo Workshop founded by photojournalism education pioneer Cliff Edom of the MU School of Journalism. That changed his career to an emphasis on reporting with a camera. Later, he founded a version of the MPW for the American Agricultural Editors Association, the farm magazine group. That weeklong workshop for midcareer journalists ran for 11 years, with cooperation of top ag photographers and Cliff Edom. Then he was invited by Edom to the MPW, where he had started as a student. When Cliff and Vi Edom retired, they asked Bill Kuykendall, head of the MU photojournalism sequence, and Duane to be codirectors. He did that for 15 years, after serving on the MPW faculty. Since then he has been invited back to work on the daily newsletter as co-director emeritus. That week stretches of eight days. Now mostly millennials instead of mid-career photographers attend.
His first 4-H stories appeared in the Ruralist. More recently, he has had two columns a month, Foraging Ahead and Dailey Discussions. His run in that magazine has been nearly 60 years. Duane learned to write stories in 140 characters on Twitter. Not often. But his stories now appear in many electronic newsletters from farm commodity groups. In 2007, Duane was named to the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame. Thirteen years ago, Duane received an Alumni Citation of Merit award by the MU ag alumni association. Duane is the longest standing member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. He participates irregularly in the UU forum, the “sunday school” for the older members. His goal was to have his weekly newspaper column draft written in time to go to the forum. His column, Hometown Boy, appears in five weekly papers, down from six with the demise of the Mercer Mirror. That column ran weekly with only three misses in more than 20 years. All missed deadlines were because of being tied up in intensive care or hospital ERs. Doctor’s excuses available. Dailey met and married Shirley Jean Kiser at MU. They divorced after raising two brilliant daughters: Lucinda Ann Dailey, a librarian of Ozark, Missouri, and Janet Marie Dailey Burke, a nurse in Tampa, Florida. Dailey’s brother, Elijah, lives on the family farm in Mercer County with his wife, Donna. His sister, Deanna Kay Schreffler, lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with husband Frank. — Duane Dailey, University of Missouri Extension
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Jack Runyan Jack Runyan A 3rd-generation cattleman, John George (“Jack”) was born to James L. (“Sonny”) and Nadine Runyan. Born in St. Joseph and raised in Kansas City, graduating from St. Peter’s School, Rockhurst High, and Kansas State University. At KSU Jack majored in agriculture/animal science and was part of the awardwinning cattle judging team. After graduation Jack became a partner in Runyan & Sons Land and Cattle Co. Jack married his college sweetheart, Sarah Ruthann Freeman. He operated a sizable cattle feeding operation in NW Missouri on over 2000 acres. Jack was on the Board of Directors of the National Livestock Feeders Association, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the American Royal. Jack was Missouri’s “Man of the Year” in agriculture in 1974, and was Missouri’s Director of Agriculture from 1976-1980. During his tenure, international marketing of ag products greatly expanded to Asia and other foreign markets, and the state’s wine industry was boosted significantly.
Jack, Sarah and family trained and showed purebred horses. Following his government stint, Jack returned to KC to head up his own ag marketing firm specializing
in selling cattle and beef to Asian markets. Jack joined the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce as Director of Agriculture and International Marketing, a post he held for 10 years. Prior to retirement, Jack was chosen by the USDA to spearhead efforts to upgrade the beef/cattle industry in Turkey. Jack was age 85. He is survived by wife Sarah, of KC, MO; siblings Jim Runyan and Mary Lynn Sheehy of KC, MO, Tom Runyan of St. Joseph, MO; son John, of Wichita, KS; son Peter, of Los Gatos, CA; daughter Libby Biggs, of Raleigh, NC. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association in Jack’s name are greatly appreciated.
Mostly There Source: Certified Angus Beef ® Marbling, marbling, marbling. Don’t we have enough of this “taste fat” in beef cattle today? Isn’t it time to move on? It’s still a big deal, especially when more than 92% of cattle don’t have enough to qualify for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. “So yeah, we’re going to keep beating that drum,” said Clint Walenciak, director of packing for the brand. At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, he explained more Prime grading carcasses would mean more premiums for cattlemen. “A lot of progress has been made,” he said, “but arguably there’s lots of progress yet to be made.” Just five years ago CAB brand Prime was averaging 3.3% of the brand total, from 3,500 head per week. Today, he’s seeing an average of nearly 9% Prime from more than 10,000 head each week.
While the focus has been deliberate, there was a little push from Mother Nature. Ranchers hit by the widespread drought of 2010-12 culled aggressively to keep their herd cores. The rebuilt herds since then bear the highest quality genetics ever. Breeding decisions at the seedstock and commercial level were influenced by packer grid premiums available through CAB and other branded programs, even when those were paid indirectly. It just made sense to take an interest in postweaning performance and grade when cattle feeders are paying more for the better end. The market signals blared: Targeting high-quality genetics will pay. “Look at what just a few generations or a few years of significant focus on the quality side of genetics can do,” Walenciak said, referring to annual averages seen at one cow-calf operation. “Going from essentially zero focus and running about 11% Select, over just a few calf crops it grew to an excess of 30% Prime.” Annual sales growth in USDA Prime boxed beef is similar to the increases in head count, he noted. Packers were used to a steady 16,000 head per week. But over the last five years that accelerated to more than 42,000 per week. CAB brand Prime accounts for nearly a quarter of that. (Continued on page 72)
An increase of 285%. “This is something to be pretty proud of, and I think to be very excited about,” he said. “Not just on the supplier or the production side, but also what this ultimately means to end users.”
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“Everybody likes to look at historical averages because it helps you set your compass on where you’re going,” Walenciak said. “But we’re in uncharted waters now. We’ve had such a huge increase, it’s a bit difficult for both packer and beef marketer to get recalibrated.” “This past year, 37 million pounds of Certified Angus Beef brand Prime was put on the market,” he said, noting a strong trend moving upward at more than 30% annually for four years in a row. This rapid increase in Prime availability opens doors across the beef supply chain, some of which are still being determined, Walenciak said. Dollars per pound of Prime beef are near their historical lows of 2008-09, which gains the attention of retail, foodservice and consumer buyers. “And then the other part of the world they live in is, what’s the spread, Prime to Choice or whatever that metric may be,” he said. “The kind of premium you have to pay to offer Prime may be just as important as the actual price.” No longer is highly marbled beef reserved for whitetablecloth steak houses.
“Think about the briskets used for barbecue,” Walenciak said. “When you go through the majority of restaurants in Texas that are using CAB, odds are they’re using Certified Angus Beef brand Prime for their brisket.” Prime brings value beyond traditional middle meats like ribeyes and strip loins. There is an increase in performance when upgrading the quality in chuck and round cuts as well, he said. That’s why CAB brand Prime clods from the chuck are the third-highest volume sold. Historically, Prime sales were steady in foodservice, but the increase in supply lets retail get in the game, especially when it comes to end meats, Walenciak said. It allows retailers to run front-page ads that can make for huge local variations in demand. “Stores either need 5-10 loads, or they don’t need a single pound when they place an ad,” he said. Use of that marketing concept has nearly doubled retail Prime sales in the past year. It’s a new business model where demand for Prime can run wild—but the seasonal nature of cattle production only supports it for certain times of the year. Starting in April or May, quality grades take a dive until recovering in the fall. Translating that to head counts may clarify the dilemma. “Right now a good, steady baseline for Certified Angus Beef brand Prime is in that 10,000- to 12,000-head-perweek range,” Walenciak said. “But from April until fall we saw closer to 8,500 head.” A difference of 1,500 head a week may not sound like much, but it’s the difference between retailers selling Prime or not, because there has to be enough for the advertising-induced demand swings. “The industry has come a long way in supplying highquality beef,” Walenciak said. “But the mission isn’t over yet. There’s still a few kinks to figure out in meeting the goal of steady supplies.”
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J Bar J Next Generation Sale, Lebanon, MO Mead Angus Farms Spring Female Sale, Versailles, MO Gardiner Angus “Meating Demand” Bull Sale, Ashland, KS Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Carthage, MO Spur Ranch Back to Grass Sale, Vinita, OK Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Kingsville, MO WMC Cattle Co., Ladies of the Ozarks Sale, Wasola, MO Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Vienna, MO Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO Great American Pie Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO MLBA & HMLBA Spring Sale, Lebanon, MO Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Fruitland, MO Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO JRS ValueAdded Sale, Carthage, MO
MBC Classified The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 10th of month before an issue.
“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS SINCE 1993: Calving Ease, Attractive, Athletic, Sound Footed and Docile. We Deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, 816-797-5450 COVERED MINERAL BUNKS: CCA treated wood bunks work well with salt or other mineral mix. Built is six sizes 6’ - 16’, at Sentinel Industries. Ashland, MO. Phone: 573-657-2164.
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A-1 Cattle Feeders..........................82 Ag-Power John Deere....................29 American Angus Association ........72 American Foods Group.................55 Bayer - Cydectin............................84 Boehringer Ingelheim Alpha......... 15 BQA...............................................62 Bradley Cattle Co. Sale.................45 Brickhouse Farms Red Angus.......67 Buffalo Livestock Market............... 61 Callaway Livestock Center Inc........8 Central Missouri Sales Co.............42 Circle A Angus Ranch................... 31 Classified........................................ 81 Clearwater Farm............................ 31 Coon Angus Ranch....................... 31 Double A Land & Cattle................67 Eastern Missouri Commission Company...................................40 Ellis Cattle Company Red Angus.................................67 F&T Livestock Market...................68 Feed Train........................................7 Galaxy Beef LLC........................... 31 Gardiner Angus Sale.....................39 Gerloff Farms................................. 31 Gleonda Farms Angus Traves Merrick.......................... 31 Green’s Welding & Sales................60 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............. 31 HydraBed....................................... 71 J.D. Bellis....................................... 71 Jim’s Motors...................................28 Joplin Regional Stockyards............23 Kingsville Livestock Auction.........36
KK Farms Red Angus...................67 Lacy’s Red Angus..........................67 Maple Oaks Red Angus.................67 Maplewood Acres Farm.................67 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............. 31 MBC Cowboys at the Capitol........53 MC Livestock Red Angus..............67 MCA Junior Show................... 47, 48 MCA Member Benefits..................77 MCA Membership Form...............73 MCA MJCA Point Show...............46 MCA Policy Priorities....................76 MCA Presidents Council............... 75 MCA Proud Member Signs........... 74 MCA Steak Fry........................63, 64 McBee Cattle Co...........................79 McPherson Concrete Products...... 81 Mead Cattle Co.............................70 Mead Farms................................... 31 Mead Farms Sale .......................... 19 Merck Animal Health....................65 Missouri Angus Association........... 31 Missouri Angus Breeders............... 31 Missouri Beef Industry Council................................ 16, 17 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association................................. 51 Missouri Red Angus Association...67 Missouri Red Angus Breeders ......67 Missouri Valley Commission Company........................................40 Native Grassland Pasture Walk.....49 Naught-Naught Agency.................44 New Day Genetics Sale..................33 Next Gen Precision Health Care... 61
Ozark Hills Genetics......................67 P.H. White......................................80 PAC Steak and Crawfish Boil...................................... 13, 14 PAC Trap Shoot....................... 37, 38 Renaissance Sale............................25 Richardson Ranch......................... 31 Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus......................67 S&N Partners Used Equip.............59 Seedstock Plus................................27 Sellers Feedlot................................69 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle...........67 Show-Me-Select Heifer Sales......... 12 South Central Regional Stockyards.................................27 Southeast Mo Bull Sale.................. 57 Spur Ranch Sale............................ 41 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef....... 31 Superior Steel Sales........................50 Sydenstricker Genetics................... 31 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale...........83 Valley Oaks Angus......................... 31 Vitalix Inc......................................35 Weiker Angus Ranch..................... 31 Westway Feed...................................9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate....72 Wheeler Livestock Market.............32 Mike Williams...............................72 Windrush Farm Red Angus...........67 Windsor Livestock Auction............36 WMC Cattle Ladies of the Ozarks Sale................................43 Y-Tex............................................2, 3 Zeitlow Distributing.......................66