August 2023 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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CONTENTS The Chi to Success One Breed’s Notable History and Promising Future Castration Questions Answers That Lead to Safe and Healthy Steers 60 68 FEATURES MCA President’s Perspective It is Fair Time CattleWomen’s Corner Summertime = Fair Time Straight Talk: Mike Deering Subsidizing Our Demise Regional Range Report Ride for the Brand What’s Cooking at the Beef House It’s Showtime! Junior Spotlight Meet Your 2023 Board of Directors Capitol Update Finding One’s “Place” 8 10 12 14 18 28 66 Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News 6 16 48 The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. August 2023 MEMBER NEWS COLUMNS 60 The Chi to Success MCYE Highlights and Results 30


Volume 52 - Issue 8 (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:

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association

MCA Website:

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230

Macey Hurst •MBC Editor/Production Artist

Courtney Collins, Manager of Membership– Ext 231

Aly Francis, Strategic Solutions Manager– Ext 235

Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation

Missouri’s CattleWomen

2023 MCA Officers

David Dick, President

660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

Chuck Miller, President-Elect

573-881-3589 • 393 Spring Garden Road, Olean, MO 65064

Jeff Reed, Vice President 903-279-8360 • P.O. Box 35, Williamsville, MO 63967

Marvin Dieckman, Treasurer

660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ, Cole Camp, MO 65325

Charlie Besher, Secretary

573-866-2846 • RR 5, Box 2402, Patton, MO 63662

2023 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Joe Lolli, 30019 Klondike Pl Macon, MO 63552 660-346-9711

Region 2: Anita Vander wert, 4902 Cochero Ct., Columbia, MO 65203 • 573-808-3000

Region 3: Blake Crow, 1910 W. Broadway St., West Plains, MO 65775 • 417-293-9525

Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46

Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606

Region 5: Alex Haun, 1031 SW 600 Rd

Holden, MO 64040 • 816-345-0005

Region 6: Warren L ove, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ

Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950

Region 7: Josh Wort hington, P.O. Box 246

Dadev ille, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601

AUGUST 2023 5 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 New MCA Members Missouri State Fair MCYE Highlights and Results USMEF News LMA News Missouri Extension News 7 22-27 30-44 46 64 75

Hadley Epple, Hillsboro, MO

Paisley Epple, Hillsboro, MO

Nicholes Estes, Higginsville, MO

Jeremiah Johnston, Marshfield, MO

Ella Lewis, California, MO

Stephen & Cheryl Peterson, Louisburg, MO

Wade Venhaus, Pacific, MO

See the MCA Membership Form on page 85

President’s Perspective

with David Dick

It is Fair Time

Well here we are August! It is that time of year when the annual tradition of the Missouri State Fair is here. As the Fair has chosen the theme of “Where Traditions Grow” that is very appropriate for the business that we are in. Some of us would say we live a lifestyle of sorts. For others it is a family business that may stretch back multiple generations. Still others are just beginning their adventure. The Missouri State Fair has chosen a theme for the same considerations that applies to not only agriculture but life in general. The Fair provides many opportunities to explore new livestock genetics viewed in multiple show rings for multiple species. It also offers opportunity to view new and different variations of equipment that can help us do all the things we need to do in a new or different way to make life better or easier. There are also projects to view both 4H or FFA as well as new things to learn and perhaps even some entertainment of sorts whether through a ticketed event or just to be viewed for free!

The one thing that is always there is FOOD! Multiple variations and types of things to eat, both new and perhaps exciting or the staples of Fair food as is traditional!! The Beef House is that place where fair goers can stop sit down visit and eat something that satisfies their hunger. It is also our opportunity to connect with our consumers our ability to touch the Beef Demand Drivers directly! While perhaps not a needle mover on the demand scale it is our chance to be influencers, be that calm voice of information and reassurance.

There are also those events that occur annually at the Fair like the Ham Breakfast, carcass show, various breed shows and of course the steer show. While politics will not be in short supply this summer event is also the chance to meet or see some of the political movers and shakers or even attend a gathering of an agricultural nature to interact with these representatives. This year courtesy of Congressman Mark Alford a Farm Bill listen session will be held August 14 in the NUCOR Pavilion. This is a rare opportunity to come and put your voice into the process. G. T. Thompson is the Chairman of the House Ag Committee and he will be there.

All of these things and we could certainly use your help as a volunteer at the Beef House! Pat and Patty and crew have the process moving forward and would love to have you help them promote our product and our ability to produce what every one loves! BEEF!

This will be the first year in 35 years that I will not be working for the Fair. I was concerned how to balance the MSF-MCAHome this year. Being MCA President is something absolutely phenomenal! Trying to be that I couldn’t, I didn’t think, be both President of MCA and carry out my duties as Livestock Superintendent and Beef Cattle Superintendent for the Missouri State Fair and care for an aging and ailing father. Not enough hours in the day or enough David to go around. I committed to you to be your President for this year 2023, so I retired from the Missouri State Fair. The balancing challenge is to care for my father and with good family help that has been achieved. Aging isn’t a simple process especially when challenged by dementia, while certainly not totally bereft of memory my father is not 100% either. He will surprise me on occasion on what is recalled when and how. His physical limitations have increased as the days go on but still mobile just the same. So your patience as MCA members is much appreciated! My fellow officers have been without hesitation wonderful to assist so MCA is represented appropriately so to them I say THANK YOU! They have been gems without hesitation. Mike and the staff have been extremely agile and understanding and have assisted without hesitation when I have been limited for whatever reason. As MCA members you should be extremely proud of these individuals in their assistance and understanding!! We certainly are lucky that they work for us! So for the first time in 51 years I will be a fairgoer! Some come and participate, come and volunteer, come and see the Missouri State Fair Where Traditions Grow!

MCA President
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Straight Talk

with Mike Deering

Subsidizing Our Demise

The pain didn’t need to be said. It was seen clearly on the faces of the New Zealand farmers we met. It was an unfortunate theme throughout the Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) trip I was privileged to take in July. The government is subsidizing the demise of New Zealand agriculture through rules and regulations lacking scientific validity and common sense. These regulations are clearly top of mind for New Zealand farmers, causing low morale, forcing some out of business and depopulating rural communities.

The government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050. It doesn’t take much more than common sense to understand that forcing farmers out of business would raise global emissions because New Zealand would be forced to import more food, but that hasn’t stopped the government from making agriculture its primary target. It is a prime example of a “solution” looking for a problem as no one has a clue what is broken that they are trying to fix. There appears to be no baseline from which to measure improvement.

The government is massively subsidizing carbon credits, but many farmers doing the right thing cannot even qualify. For example, we visited Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts in the Marlborough region in the north-east South Island. The plantation is home to thousands of pine trees planted and grown for the lucrative nuts inside the pinecone. One can only imagine the benefit to the environment created by this sea of trees, yet this family does not qualify. Another example was a family in the North Island growing cherry trees. That family doesn’t get credit either and are expected to take land out of production and plant rows of pine trees with no commercial value. This lack of logic by the New Zealand government has resulted in foreign entities buying up

Executive Vice President

thousands upon thousands of acres of cattle and sheep stations, clearing the land of agricultural use. The government is quite literally subsidizing the removal of production agriculture from the landscape.

Whether it’s the so-called Waters of the United States rule that keeps haunting farmers and ranchers in our country or the constant finger pointing from bureaucrats blaming any real or perceived problem to the climate on agriculture, we can relate to the struggles our friends in New Zealand are facing. The challenges are all too familiar and served as an awakening reminder that U.S. farmers and ranchers must stay engaged in the policy process and agricultural organizations absolutely need to stand united in support of farm and ranch families. One thing about this industry that is truly universal and knows no boundaries is farmers and ranchers are resilient.

The ALOT program includes 10 in-state, three-day sessions; a weeklong seminar in Washington D.C.; and a two-week international experience. This leadership development program afforded me the opportunity to experience Missouri’s diverse agricultural industry and interact with some of the brightest current and future leaders in Missouri agriculture. I’ve been at this gig for over a decade and was skeptical about what a leadership program could offer me, but I soon realized you never know enough, and each day is a quest for knowledge.

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Regional Range Report

Ride for the Brand

Greetings, my fellow Missouri Cattlemen!

The phrase “Ride for the Brand” is a western term often associated with cowboys. According to the Free Encyclopedia, it means, “to act on behalf of and with loyalty toward some group or organization.”

Just what is “Riding For The Brand?” It’s a lifestyle. First and foremost, it means you are loyal to the outfit you represent. That could mean your ranch, business, a company you work for or an organization you are a member of. It’s a commitment to live and conduct your business with the highest degree of integrity. It’s treating others with respect, even when you don’t agree. It means to stand up and fight for what is right, stand your ground and defend the principles you believe in. It means that wherever you go, you represent the brand you belong to. What you do and say reflects directly on the brand, and it builds a reputation of how others see you and your “outfit.”

As a long time Missouri Cattlemen’s Association member, I believe in and support the purpose and mission of MCA: “Dedicated to advancing Missouri’s beef industry.”

During the eight years I served in the Missouri Legislature, I wrote a weekly Capitol Report for my constituents. It was submitted to eight newspapers in House District 125. At the end of each report, I always used my closing salutation: “Riding for the Brand.”

Several things I noticed while serving in the legislature was how House and Senate members respected and looked forward to meeting and discussing issues with MCA members. Cowboys at the Capitol has become a tradition on Wednesdays. My hats off to our Executive Vice President Mike Deering and staff for making the appointments with the legislators and contacting our membership with well organized plans to make these weekly visits to the Capitol while session is open. Also,

Region 1 VP - Joseph Lolli

Region 2 VP - Anita Vanderwert

Region 3 VP - Blake Crow

Region 4 VP - Deb Thummel

a shout out goes to Nancy Giddens and Shannon Cooper for the professional guidance and direction each morning when we arrive. It’s very obvious that the achievements made in the legislature on MCA priorities is a direct result of Cowboys at the Capitol riding for the brand. Plus, it also helps to have a good working relationship with Governor Mike Parsons and Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe. Both, by the way are, Missouri cattlemen and members of MCA.

In other words, MCA has a lot of clout at the Capitol, and the legislators covet the endorsement of their campaigns by the contributions our PAC is able make to them. This year in June was our 20th Annual Missouri Cattlemen’s Steak Fry, which helps raise money for MCA’s policy work. The funds that are raised help elect legislators that support and defend agriculture the number one industry in our state. During this special event held each year at the Fairgrounds in Sedalia, legislators come from all over the state representing both political parties, because most laws made that benefit agriculture are usually very much bi-partisan.

In summary, as I close, much of Missouri is in a bad, bad drought — probably as bad as 1980. However, I sincerely hope and pray that’s not the case because we are starting to see some spotted showers of rain throughout the state. The cattle market is very high considering the circumstances. So let’s all work together to advance Missouri’s beef industry and “Ride for the Brand.”

Region 5 VP - Alex Haun

Region 6 VP - Warren Love

Region 7 VP - Josh Worthington

At-L arge Rep. - John Cauthorn

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Visiting with State Representative Richard Brown of District 27 at the 20th Annual MCA Steak Fry.


Giving Consumers a Fresh Look at Burgers

MBIC - Erica Graessle-Loethen

Let’s be honest, nothin’ quite says summertime like the sound of beef sizzling on the grill, and there’s no better time to enjoy a juicy BEEF burger than the present! Recently, we had the opportunity to creatively collaborate with Cosmic Sauce, a local video production company, in efforts to capture and share clever, delicious and nutritious ways to add beef to any plate with our consumer audience. In light of our mutual passion for summer grilling and all things beef, we have decided to share with you some of our favorite tips to freshen up and perfect your traditional backyard burger recipe.

2. Heat Grill and Form Beef Patties. Set grill to medium and let heat for a minimum of 10 minutes if using gas or until coals turn white if using charcoal. Form beef patties and season to taste.

BEEF TIP: Place a dimple in the center of each burger patty to minimize shrinking and optimize cooking.

3. Grill and Flip Burgers.

Place burgers on the grill and cook approximately four to five minutes depending on size and thickness of the patties. Flip and grill an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until the center of the burger reaches an internal temp of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

BEEF TIP: Avoid pressing down on burgers, and only flip patties once during grilling.

1. Start with Lean.

When selecting your burger meat (aka ground beef), be certain to reach for at least 93% lean. Not only does a serving of lean beef (about the size of a deck of cards) provide 10 essential nutrients (including zinc, iron, choline, and B vitamins) and half of your Daily Value for protein, but it also contains less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3.5 oz!

4. Switch Up Your Base.

White buns are normally made with flour, which is a refined grain. For a more nutritious option, build your burger base with a whole grain bun or go “low-carb style” with a lettuce wrap or other fresh produce (such as grilled pineapple).

5. Beef Up Flavor and Nutrition.

Beef up your traditional burger with even more nutrition and great flavor by incorporating creative toppings and sauces which can add fiber, vitamin C, potassium and calcium. Try:

• Adding layers of crunchy, vibrant vegetables, such as spinach, carrot slaw, cucumbers, or peppers.

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• Topping with flavorful fruit such as grilled pineapple or mango salsa.

• Adding low-fat cheese, avocado or hummus for extra creaminess.

• Tossing the fried fries and pairing your burger with nutrient-packed sides like roasted potatoes, juicy watermelon or sweet corn.

6. Lastly, Get Creative with Burger Boards. Hosting a backyard cookout?? Create a burger board with a variety of delicious and nutritious toppings, buns, and condiments which allows you and your guests to get

creative. Here are some of our go-to combos:

• Western Burger: Onion rings, BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and avocado slices

• Grilled Hawaiian Burger: Grilled pineapple, Swiss cheese, sweet onion and BBQ sauce

• Greek Burger: Greek yogurt, fresh cucumbers, purple onion and feta cheese

• Carribbean Burger: Mango salsa, purple onion, fresh spinach and BBQ sauce

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House

It’s Showtime!

With an avalanche of foods awaiting fairgoers at this year’s Missouri State Fair “Where Traditions Grow” in Sedalia, August 10-20, 2023, there isn’t a moment to waste. We’re going out on a limb to declare that nothing is better than eating at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Missouri Beef House and the Beef House Express, which will be celebrating over 40 years in business.

For your dining experience, we have an air-conditioned dining room or covered outdoor patio seating. If you are in a hurry or just want to grab and go, our Beef House Express, which serves only the sandwiches on our menu from the small building near our back door. Indeed, the true essence of fair food is eating good quality, great tasting beef grilled and served by cattlemen who know beef best. You’re bound to see a line of hungry people milling around the sidewalk out front. Even the hot sun or rain won’t stop diners from waiting to get a taste. Be assured, the wait is worth it!

We want to be sure to point you toward the best food option at the State Fair! You can find us north of the Missouri Conservation Building, south of the Family Fun Center, east of the Machinery Area, and west of the Home Economics building.

We’ve included the menu so you can get your taste buds prepared. Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Thought for the Month: One potato, two potato, three potato, four! Stick ‘em in the oven, the line is OUT THE DOOR!

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Contact: Mike Williams Higginsville, MO 816-797-5450 Specializing in Land Equipment and Livestock For Upcoming Sale Info:

2023 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 10-20

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11 am – 9 pm.

If your county is unable to work the assigned shift, please contact Courtney Collins at 573-999-2499.

AUGUST 2023 21 10 11 12 13 Thusday Friday Saturday Sunday 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 10:00 - 2:30 Hickory.......... 10 Eugene FFA 10 2:00 - 6:00 Texas ............... 5 CassJackson ... 10 Morgan 10 5:30 - 9:30 Odessa FFA .... 10 OPENING ...... 15 10:00 - 2:30 Warren .......... 10 Cole 15 Taney 5 2:00 - 6:00 Gentry/Worth . 15 South Central ... 5 5:30 - 9:30 MJCA ............ 10 MCW ............... 5 Andrew/ Buchanan 5 10:00 - 2:30 Vernon ........... 20 2:00 - 6:00 Lafayette ........ 20 5:30 - 9:30 Benton ........... 30 10:00 - 2:30 California FFA 15 I-35 10 2:00 - 6:00 St. Clair ......... 30 5:30 - 9:30 Moniteau ....... 15 Jamestown FFA . 5 10:00 - 2:30 Eldon FFA 20 Linn 10 2:00 - 6:00 Bates 15 Versailles FFA 15 5:30 - 9:30 Henry ............ 15 Tipton FFA 5 10:00 - 2:30 Lewis/Marion 8 Sullivan 7 Doniphan FFA 10 2:00 - 6:00 Audrain 10 Newton/ McDonald .... 10 Norborne FFA ... 7 5:30 - 9:30 Johnson .......... 15 Russellville FFA .............. 12 10:00 - 2:30 Macon 10 Windsor FFA 11 Pettis FFA ......... 5 2:00 - 6:00 Callaway/ Montgomery 10 Appleton City FFA .............. 15 5:30 - 9:30 Harrison ........ 10 OPENING 15 10:00 - 2:30 Lafayette 15 FCS 10 2:00 - 6:00 Shelby/Monroe 6 Ralls 5 5:30 - 9:30 Cooper ........... 15 MU Block & Bridle .......... 10 10:00 - 2:30 Carroll 10 St. Charles 5 Douglas/ Wright ............ 5 2:00 - 6:00 Tri-County 10 Boone 5 5:30 - 9:30 Howard.......... 15 Pike/Lincoln 10 10:00 - 2:30 Southwest Cattlemen 15 NEMO ............. 5 2:00 - 6:00 Polk 15 Franklin 10 5:30 - 9:30 LaMonte FFA.. 15 Saline 10 10:00 - 2:30 Dallas 15 2:00 - 6:00 Pettis 15 MSU 5

Showcasing Agriculture at the 2023 Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is proud of be the showcase for agriculture in the state of Missouri. There are countless interactive and fun exhibits, contests and shows, and agricultural education opportunities at every turn. If it’s not already, make plans to add agriculture to your list of Missouri State Fair traditions!

Here is just a sampling of how you can experience agriculture first-hand during your State Fair visit this August.

Livestock Shows – Horses and pigs and cattle (and more)….OH, MY! The State Fair features livestock shows every day of the Fair (and a few even start before Opening Day!). You’ll find shows for equine, poultry, goats, sheep, swine, beef and dairy cattle, dogs, and rabbits.

Sale of Champions – The Sale of Champions will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and is the highlight of Youth in Agriculture Day at the State Fair. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat goats, pens of chickens, pens of rabbits, hams, and bacons from 4-H and FFA shows are sold.


Service age bulls, bred cows, cow/calf pairs, show prospect heifers available.

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The Agriculture Building showcases all the great things that make agriculture Missouri’s number one industry. Highlights include:

• Experts from Missouri commodity groups and college agriculture programs, among other agriculture organizations and companies.

• Contest entries for hams/bacon/summer sausage, apiculture, horticulture and dairy products.

• The Missouri Grown Market, open daily, offering fresh and nutritious products grown right here in the Show-Me State available for purchase.

• AgVenture exhibit offers hands-on, kid-friendly activities exploring Missouri agriculture from farm to fork facilitated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA youth are also a big part of what makes the Missouri State Fair the showcase for agriculture! Let’s Talk Livestock, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, provides youth exhibitors opportunities to educate fairgoers about livestock production with demonstrations on topics like showmanship, animal care and more.

The Children’s Barnyard, sponsored by The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, is operated by local FFA chapters and gives fairgoers a chance to see barnyard animals owned by FFA members up close. In addition, Barnyard Story Time offers young fairgoers a chance to take a seat and listen to an agriculture story book read by a State Fair exhibitor or agriculture leader.

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What’s New? Photo Sations

Smile big for the camera! Missouri State Fair Photo Stations, sponsored by Central Bank, are back!

Capture cherished moments at the 121st Missouri State Fair with five NEW photo stations! A total of eight FREE photo backdrops will be located around the Fairgrounds to stop by and snap a quick picture.

The new design themes include Traditions are a Thrill, a 2023 Instagram Photo Frame, Where Traditions Grow, Cluckin’ Good Time and Rockin’ on a Free Entertainment Stage. Returning designs include Chuggin’ into My First Fair, Swine Barn Celebrating 100 Years, and Eatin’ Good and Gettin’ Big. While out and about on the Fairgrounds, keep an eye out for the stations or look for the Central Bank logo on a map to locate them. Use the hashtag #MSFPhotoStations on social media so we can see all the fun you’re having at the 2023 Missouri State Fair. We can’t wait to see you August 10-20 in Sedalia!

Celebrate Youth in Agriculture Day

Join us in celebrating Youth in Agriculture Day on Saturday, August 19, at the 2023 Missouri State Fair!

The Sale of Champions is the highlight of the day and will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The Sale will feature the Grand and Reserve Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat

goats, pens of chickens, pens of rabbits, hams, and bacon from 4-H and FFA shows happening earlier on during the Fair. Each year, 30% of each animal’s total sale value goes to the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Fund, which provides educational programs, competitive events and scholarships for agricultural youth.

Enjoy a number of free entertainment events throughout the day with shows on the Touchstone Energy Stage, Kids Stage and Superior Sleep Stage. The Budweiser Stage will host the Show-Me Showcase at 2 p.m., Phil Vandel at 4 and 6 p.m. and Dirt Road Addition at 9 p.m. Additional free grounds entertainment will be happening throughout the day as well as a variety of livestock shows and contests.

Rounding out the lineup of concerts for the 2023 Fair will be Riley Green, performing with opener Randy Houser, at 7:30 p.m. in the State Fair Grandstand, presented by CFM Insurance. The Bull Riding Competition, located in the State Fair Arena, will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for both the concert and bull riding are still available from or at the State Fair Box Office.

Join us Saturday, August 19, for a day of showcasing agriculture, celebrating our youth and lots of fun for the whole family.

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2023 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows

Thursday, August 10

8:00 a.m. Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum

8:00 a.m. Simmental 4-H/ FFA Show –MFA Arena

3:00 p.m. Gelbvieh 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena

3:00 p.m. Salers 4-H/ FFA Show – Donnelly

5:00 p.m. Youth Beef Cattle Judging – Coliseum

Friday, August 11

8:00 a.m. Angus Open Show – Coliseum

8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh Open Show – MFA Arena

1:00 p.m. Salers Open Show – Donnelly

Saturday, August 12

8:00 a.m. Simmental Open Show – Coliseum

8:00 a.m. Charolais 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena

1:00 p.m. Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena

Sunday, August 13

8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly

8:00 a.m. Hereford Open Show – Coliseum

2:00 p.m. Charolais Open Show – Coliseum

5:00 p.m. Crossbred & Ot her Heifer

4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena

Monday, August 14

8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou Open Show – Coliseum

9:00 a.m. Live Evaluation of Carcass Steers –

MFA Arena

1:00 p.m. Beef Showmanship – Coliseum

Tuesday, August 15

8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Market Heifer Show –Coliseum

Steer Show – Immediately Following Market Heifer Show – Coliseum

5:00 p.m.± Grand Champion Steer – Coliseum

Wednesday, August 16

8:00 a.m. Red Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum

Thursday, August 17

8:00 a.m. Red Angus Open Show – Coliseum

9:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford 4-H/FFA Show –MFA Arena

9:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford Open Show –MFA Arena

Friday, August 18

8:00 a.m. Short horn 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly

1:00 p.m. Limousin 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly

2:00 p.m. Beefalo 4-H/ FFA Show – MFA Arena

Saturday, August 19

8:00 a.m. Short horn Open Show – Coliseum

8:00 a.m. Black Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly

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Black Hereford Open Show – Donnelly 11:00 a.m. Carcass Awards – Agriculture Building 12:00 Noon Beefalo Open Show – Coliseum 1:00 p.m. Limousin Open Show – Coliseum 1:30 p.m. Sale of Champions – Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall 2:00 p.m. Brahman Infl. 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 4:00 p.m. Santa Gertrudis 4-H/FFA Show –Donnelly 7:00 p.m. Supreme Heifer 4-H/FFA Show –Coliseum Sunday, August 20 8:00 a.m. Brahman Infl. Open Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Santa Gertrudis Open Show – Donnelly
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The 2023 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows are being dedicated to the Eddie Sydenstricker Family, they are active supporters of the Missouri State Fair in many ways. Please join us at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 11, in the Donnelly Arena, as we honor them.

Open Steer Carcass Show

Superintendent - Greg Onstott, MDA, Jeffer son City, MO 573-751-7766 Asst. Superintendent - Greg Harrison, MDA


CARCASS JUDGE: Dr. Bryon Wiegand, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Amount offered in this section by State Fair $4,480.00. THE MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award $900 to the Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner and $500 to the Reserve Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will donate trophies for the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion On-Foot and On-Rail steers. The MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award plaques to the two highest placing junior exhibitors in the Steer Carcass Contest.


1. To promote the beef industry.

2. To provide producers with information on the type of beef animals that are desirable for today’s consumer market.

3. Genetics utilization.

4. Uniform product production conception.

5. Source verification of products.

6. Create a positive economic balance.

7. Carcass merit.

8. Identify target(s) of market share

Specials Offered

1. MFA Feed Division will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion and $750 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show. To qualify, animals must be enrolled in the MFA 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Program, using one of the MFA recommended feeds. See your authorized MFA Feed supplier for details.

2. Briarwood Angus Farms, (Curtis Long) Butler, MO and the Missouri Angus Association will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall carcass winner if the steer is a registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth exhibitor. Also awarded will be $750 for the top placing, $550 for the second placing, and $250 for third placing on-therail carcass steers that are registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth. There will also be $250 awarded to the highest gross dollar carcass steer that is registered, purebred Angus. $200 will be awarded if the Grand Champion on-foot winner is a registered, purebred Angus steer and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. $200 will be given to any 4-H or FFA exhibitor with a purebred Angus that enters in all three (3) classes: Angus steer, On-foot carcass steer and the Carcass contest. Must pre-register to be eligible for prize money by meeting MSF deadline and submitting a copy of registration papers and your complete entry form to Dr. Curtis Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730, by June 30, 2023. These awards will be presented at the Missouri Angus Association’s annual banquet and the exhibitors must be present for the awards to be given. Contact: Curtis Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730 (660-679-3459).

3. The Missouri Hereford Association, Matt Reynolds, 1071 County Road 1231, Huntsville, MO 65259, 660-676-3788 will award $500 to the top 4-H and FFA bred, born and raised in Missouri Hereford steers and $250 to the second place bred, born and raised in Missouri Hereford steers. For steers to qualify, (Continued on page 26)

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steers must be DNA tested for verification of parentage and registered with the American Hereford Association prior to the Missouri State Fair. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the American Hereford Association.

All steers will be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and confirmation. Blood may be drawn or tail hair pulled for DNA verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final. The first and second place bred, born, and raised Missouri Hereford steers in the carcass show will receive $500 for the first place and $250 for the second place.

4. The Missouri Shorthorn Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered, Shorthorn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Also awarded will be $250 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered Shorthorn plus which is at least 50% Shorthorn steer.

To qualify, proof of registration is required. Contact: Brett Naylor

5. The Missouri Simmental Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion and $250 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show if they are registered purebred

Simmental. Contact: Devin Sonnenfelt 417-207-5501

6. The Missouri Red Angus Association

$500 to the over-all Grand Champion “On-the-Rail” if the steer is a registered Red Angus. To be eligible, the animals must be registered (50% or greater Red Angus) with a valid registration certificate from the Red Angus Association of America. Steers must be 85% Red in color, polled and display sufficient breed characteristics which match percent of registration (no black hided or black animals). A scurred animal is considered polled if you choose not to remove the scurs, if you surgically or mechanically remove the scurry you will be disqualified. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the Red Angus Association of America. All steers may be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final.

7. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association to the exhibitor that exhibits the steer with the highest marbling score, $250 to the exhibitor that exhibits the steer with the largest ribeye area and $250 to the “Chef’s Award Winner” determined by the National Beef Checkoff’s Culinary Center, based upon the carcass data submitted to them that would be the most ideal for a high end restaurant. To be eligible for the awards, the exhibitor must be a member or Junior member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. In case of a tie, the award will be divided equally. Must be a member prior to August 15, 2023.

Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show

Monday, August 14

Live Evaluation begins: 9:30 a.m. Location: MFA Arena

What is the Live Evaluation Contest? It is an opportunity for individuals to participate in an educational activity associated with selecting slaughter steers by live and carcass traits and criteria. Anyone wishing to participate can enter this contest in the Junior or Adult Division. Age divisions will be as follows: Junior Division - anyone under 18 years of age; Adult Division - anyone 18 years and older.

Ten steers will be selected from the Carcass show entries to be used for the Live Evaluation Contest. A sample demonstration will be given on how to yield grade and quality grade slaughter steers prior to the beginning of the live evaluation contest.

Junior and adult contestants compete by guessing the actual carcass data collected on the 10 slaughter steers which are selected for the contest.

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Cash prizes will be awarded by the State Fair to the top 5 individuals in each division who are nearest to the actual carcass placings on the slaughter steers entered in this contest. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will present trophies to the top two junior and the top two adults. This is an excellent learning opportunity, not only for youth, but also for adults.

Beef Cattle Herdsman Award

The Missouri State Fair will award two $80 awards, plus attractive plaques, to the herdsmen in charge of the two most outstanding beef cattle exhibits. A committee will make inspections to determine the winners. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring.

The 2022 Beef Cattle Herdsman award was presented to Rocking F Polled Hereford and Circle S Shorthorn.

Best-Kept Beef Cattle Exhibit Barn

The Missouri State Fair will award a plaque, to be hung in the Beef Cattle Office, to the breed that has demonstrated and presented its entire exhibit barn and is considered by the committee to be the best-kept barn during the course of the Fair. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring.

The Best-Kept Beef Cattle Exhibit Barn in 2022 was Gelbvieh and Santa Gertrudis.

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May Pork Exports Highest in Two Years; Beef Exports Below Record-Large, Year-Ago Totals

Led by another outstanding month in Mexico and robust demand for variety meat, exports of U.S. pork continued to gain momentum in May, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). While well below the record-large volume and value posted in May 2022, beef exports improved from April and were the second largest (behind March) of 2023.

Record Value for Pork Variety Meat Highlights May Export Growth

May pork exports reached 261,361 metric tons (mt), up 16% from a year ago, the ninth largest on record and the largest since May 2021. Export value climbed 12% to $731.1 million, also the highest since May 2021 and the seventh highest on record. Pork variety meat exports were particularly outstanding in May, setting a value record of $127 million.

May exports to leading market Mexico were well above last year, while shipments to Taiwan were the largest

in 12 years and export value to South Korea reached a five-year high. Exports were also significantly higher to Australia, Central America and Malaysia.

Through the first five months of the year, pork and pork variety meat exports were 14% above last year’s pace at 1.22 million mt, valued at $3.35 billion (up 13%).

“While pork shipments to Mexico are on a remarkable pace, it takes a wide range of markets to achieve doubledigit growth,” explained Dan Halstrom, USMEF president and CEO. “Demand is strong throughout the Western Hemisphere and the U.S. industry continues to make gains in Asian markets where supplies of European pork are much tighter than a year ago.”

May Beef Exports Lower Overall, but Strengthen in North America and Taiwan

Beef exports totaled 116,159 mt, down 14% from the May 2022 record but up 4% from the previous month. Export value was $874.7 million, down 19% year-overyear but 2% above April. May exports strengthened to Mexico, Taiwan and South Africa, and export value to Canada was the highest in nearly eight years. Beef variety meat exports were the largest in 12 months at just under 27,000 mt.

For January through May, beef and beef variety exports were down 10% to 554,069 mt, valued at $4.09 billion (down 21%).

“U.S. beef exports face considerable headwinds in 2023, on both the supply and demand side, especially when compared to last year’s massive totals,” Halstrom said. “To address tighter beef supplies, USMEF has heightened efforts to showcase underutilized cuts, even in our well-established markets. It’s also encouraging to see beef variety meat exports maintain a strong pace, as this is essential for maximizing carcass value.”

Lamb Exports Trend Lower in May

May exports of U.S. lamb muscle cuts totaled 141 mt, down 32% from a year ago and the lowest volume of 2023. Export value was $772,409, down 17%. May exports declined to most major destinations, but increased to the Bahamas. For January through May, exports remained 9% above last year’s pace at 958 mt, valued at $5.5 million (up 5%).

A detailed summary of the January-May export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.

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Lafayette County Cattlemen

The Lafayette County Cattlemen supported the Lafayette County 4-H and FFA Fair held in Higginsville, July 8-14.

Tuesday, July 11, LCCA grilled burgers and all-beef hot dogs for participants and their families for the Super Farmer Contest held at Fairground Park. Following the supper, contestants teamed up to show off their “farmer” skills.

Wednesday featured the Beef Show, and Lafayette County Cattlemen were sponsors of the Rate of Gain contest for market steers and heifers. The steer of Joel Mahnken of Corder won the contest in a close competition with an ADG of 4.73 lbs.

See What’s Happening in Your County

LCCA is gearing up for two shifts at the Missouri State Fair Beef House. Saturday, August 12, from 2-6 p.m., and Thursday, August 17, from 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. We need full crews for both days, and we look forward to serving lots of BEEF to fairgoers! Please join us!

Bates County

On June 17, the Bates County Cattlemen sponsored a Pasture Management Conference at Green’s Welding & Sales in Appleton City, Missouri. The Morning was filled with a couple of speakers from the MU Extension Office with David Hoffman and Gene Schmidt, giving their presentations and ideas for best practices for pasture management. Also in the morning session was a talk from NRCS’s Drexel Atkinson and his soil demonstration wagon. Attendees were able to speak with sponsors during the trade show part of the day and also enjoy a steak sandwich lunch provided by the Bates County Cattleman. In the afternoon, we had a Q&A session with three local producers that are currently using rotational grazing in their operations and heard many helpful tips from them. In the conclusion of the day, there was a tour of the Green’s Welding facility to view how their products are made and how they can be customized. A special thanks goes to Green’s Welding and all of the tradeshow and financial contributors that helped make this day a success.

On July 11, the Bates County Cattlemen cooked at the Bates County Fair Bash, cooking their normal to-go meal of a choice of steak sandwiches, hamburgers or smoked beef.

Thursday, July 13, Cattlemen will be cooking their Annual Cattleman’s Steak Fry at the Bates County Fair, as well as sponsoring the Beef Show during the day.

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Joel Mahnken had the top steer in the Lafayette County 4-H and FFA Fair Rate of Gain contest.

Dallas County Cattlemen

The summer months find the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) taking a break from membership meetings. We will kick off our fall meetings on September 12 with details forthcoming.

We kept very busy for three days in June cooking plenty of ribeyes, hamburgers, and hotdogs at the Dallas County Fair and Junior Livestock Show. Many people tell us they come to the fair each year just to get one of our delicious ribeye steak sandwiches. Our cook trailer often had a line. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out the three days. A special thanks goes to our own Lynette Miller who goes beyond the call of duty to keep everything running smoothly. Also, a special thanks goes to DCCA member and Fair Board President John Crawford for the many hours he contributes to make the show such a success for so many young people. Some of our other members serve on the board, as well as volunteer many hours throughout the fair.

DCCA was proud to sponsor two beef

showmanship awards at the fair. We congratulate Libby Shaver of Grovespring for winning senior showmanship and Lyla Sissel of Buffalo for receiving the junior showmanship award.

DCCA recently awarded Kristina Evans a $1,000 scholarship. She will be attending the University of Missouri this fall with plans to become a vocational agriculture instructor. We wish her the best as she pursues her higher education.

Many of our members look forward to volunteering at the Beef House in August. We will also fire up our grill at the annual Celtic Festival held in Buffalo this fall, as well as another fall festival in October.

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Andrew Buchanan Cattlemen

The Andrew Buchanan Cattlemen had a meal and presentations June 6 at 6:30 p.m. The gathering took place at American Angus Association. Jake Kennedy, president, and Lynn Anderson, vice president, did a quick introduction of our guests: Lizzie Cernin, Livestock Risk Protection and PRF agent, Logistic Livestock; Austin Elder, American Family Insurance; Sgt. Shane Hux and Sgt Justin Johnson, Public Relations Office of Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP); Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Pruet; Andrew County Sherriff Grant Gillette; and Rosalie Lerardi, DVM, DS, DACVP, was also in attendance.

Lynn gave a blessing over the meal, and we ate sandwiches.

The Highway Patrol started the presentations with a highway safety talk. There have been 114 crashes in 2023 so far involving livestock. Of these, 106 were property damage only, and the other eight involved injuries. The total for 2022 was 343, and 407 for 2021.

Bill Pruet spoke on some state laws and his thoughts on prevention of theft. He pointed out that cattle theft is a Class B felony. He believes that the brand statute needs to be strengthened.

The MSHP gave several safety tips to avoid cattle theft:

1. Visit/check cattle everyday;

2. Count the cattle;

3. Check cattle at different times, not the same time everyday;

4. Take notes of who is around, and always get a license plate off strange vehicles;

5. Ask neighbors to keep an eye out;

6. Always inspect your fence; and 7. Chain and lock gates.

The most important and immediate thing that can be done is to contact your county as soon as you see something strange. They will always check it out and communicate with surrounding counties. Bill agreed with the MSHP’s points. He spoke in general on rural theft and requested that we not make it easy on the thieves. Lock your house, don’t leave keys in equipment/ vehicles and be proactive. Call if you see something. Gillette added to know who you are dealing with when selling/trading cattle. Grant suggested using air tags on your equipment, which will make recovery easier if something is stolen.

Lerardi spoke on anaplasmosis. She is doing research on anaplasmosis and trying to sample herds throughout the state to prove if they have immunity or not. Anaplasmosis is blood borne and spreads through vectors, like ticks or flies. Shared needles could also spread the bacteria from bovine to bovine. Currently

the study will allow you to test, free of charge, up to 15 head from your herd. Contact Lerardi at lerardir@ if you would like to participate .

Austin spoke on policy’s and what to check and consider. Lizzie spoke on cattle prices and how to protect yourself if prices drop.

After the conclusion of presentations, the group had a quick meeting on membership.

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Cooper County

Cattle shows are a big part of the lives of kids in Cooper County. Our junior members are always ready to get their animals fit to look the best for wherever the next show is. There were many junior exhibitors this year from Cooper County, one of them being Caroline Rhode.

“Having junior shows allows the younger generation to grow and build up the industry. It shows us what hard work, determination and dedication is.” said Rhode.

From working in the barn, to feeding calves, to caring for them at shows, these kids know how to get it done.

Christian Siegel said, “Being able to come and show what I have worked so hard on all year is truly one of the best things I can do. It is important to make sure my heifers look their best and for me to be the best showman I can be.”

This year, there were over 600 entries at the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Youth Expo. Among these members were many friends that have become family to these kids.

“My favorite part of Junior Show is getting to meet new

people, seeing friends that I have grown up with in the beef industry, watching people around me succeed, and having fun. The kids of Cooper County showed success not only in the ring but also in Junior Board interviews. This year, we have two members representing Cooper County on the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association Board. Christian Siegel was selected as a region vice resident and Shaye Siegel was elected as president-elect.

We are beyond proud of all the hard work the kids of Cooper County displayed in their projects.

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Caroline Rhode. Ethan Alpers. Chase Litton Avery Scheirek, El Dorado Springs; Shaye Siegel, California; Michael Dieckmann, Sibley; Christian Siegel, California; Allison Coats, Richmond; Cameron Parrish, El Dorado Springs. Tysen Wilson, Anabel, and Sam Tummons, Rocheport, are not pictured. Issac Day.

St. Clair County

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, July 11th at Valley Center Church in Lowry City with 45 members and guest present. Quade Bigler of Miller Seed spoke to the group about Cool Season Annuals and Fall Grazing Blends that they could plant before long to help with fall pastures and cover crops on ground. Quade handed out a sheet explaining some of the blends and varieties that he has seen be successful over the last couple of years. Quade spoke about not only is having forage a must, but you also need good forage that will produce in the time that you have for it to grow. Quade said that if you do plan to plant something this year, looking into the price and availability of the seed early may be key as there are still some seeds that are hard to get. David Brown a University Extension Sheep and Goat specialist introduced himself to the group. Thank you, Valley Center Church for the delicious meal and Miller Seed for sponsoring the meal!

First round of MoBeef for MoKids will go on Friday, August 4th, 2023. Any person or business interested in donating please see Weston Shelby or Lawanna Salmon. Monetary donations are being taken to help the Cattlemen be able to purchase cattle when no one has one ready to go at the scheduled time.

On Saturday, June 17th, St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association member Robert Salmon was on a Producers Panel at the Bates County Cattlemen’s Pasture Management Conference. The Producers Panel was made up of three cattle producers who all have different techniques of grass management. The three producers were Robert Salmon, St. Clair County, Keith Stevens, Polk County, and Katrina Bergman, Bates County. Each producers shared their different techniques of pasture management that they believe works well for them. Robert Salmon started subdividing his pastures in 1987 and moved forward from there. His motto is “Nothing pays like grass management”. Robert uses permanent water systems and fencing for his paddocks. This allows him to let his cattle work for him each day grazing ten-acre paddocks and he moves them according to when the cattle have grazed the paddock well. All three producers stress that each cattleman must use the grass management technique that works for their operation as the end goal is profitable grass management.

Next Meeting scheduled for August 8, 2023 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Restaurant Sponsor/Speaker: Gavon Hutchinson, Hometown Crop Solutions LLC

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Polk County Cattlemen

“When will this drought end?” Hopefully by the time you read this article, the drought of 2023 will be behind us, but as of July 13, the date this article is being written, it is the hot (no pun intended) topic of conversation. No longer do you see cattlemen smiling and trading updates about their farms and families when they cross paths; instead, you see cattlemen gather together with serious looks on their faces, bypassing the friendly chit chat and going straight to discussing the drought. For a cattle producer, droughts can be devastating. No rain, grass doesn’t grow. No rain, ponds dry up. No rain, hay availability decreases, and hay prices increase. No rain, you have to make one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make as a cattleman: “Do I send my cows to market, or do I roll the dice and pray harder for rain?”

As producers, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association understood the concerns of local cattlemen and addressed them by hosting an educational forum about Drought Assistance and Relief at the July monthly meeting at the Bolivar Elks Lodge. All eyes and attention were focused on guest speakers Karen Stillings, county director with Farm Service Agency, and Barret Pierce, National Resources Conservation Service, when they were called to speak to the crowd. While neither could promise or predict when the drought would end, each offered their expertise on ways to navigate drought assistance and answered questions regarding the assistance programs.

Aside from all-things drought, it has been a busy two months since we updated everyone on the comings-andgoings of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. The June monthly meeting was held at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, co-sponsored by Protect the Harvest, speaker Mike Siemens, PhD; Lewis Cattle Oilers, speaker Gary Doke; and Missouri Pet Breeders Association, speaker Kevin Beauchamp. We sincerely appreciated the valuable information and delicious dinner provided by our sponsors!

On June 10, several members of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association attended the 20th Annual Missouri Cattlemen’s Steak Fry. The Polk County Cattlemen donated a pedal tractor that was live auctioned, and a custom cow-calf metal sign to the silent auction. As past MCA presidents, Polk County members Howard Hardecke and Keith Stevens followed tradition by donating pies to the live auction.

On June 17, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association cooked and served 350 ribeye steak meals at the Polk County Fair.

On July 4, volunteers fired up the grills again, braving extreme temperatures and selling 325 famous ribeye steak sandwich meals and 200 all-beef hot dog meals.

As I bring this article to a close, the lack of rain, once again comes fore-front to my mind. Social media is inundated with posts asking people to pray for rain. On a daily basis, I hear people tell others to pray for rain. In fact, I’ve asked it of others myself, so taking my own advice, I will close with this: “Look to our dry hills and fields, dear God, and bless them with the living blessing of soft rain. Then the land will rejoice, and rivers will sing Your praise, and the hearts of all will be made glad. Amen.”

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PCCA President Bob Moreland and Karen Stillings, county director with Farm Service Agency. PCCA President Bob Moreland with Barrett Pierce, National Resources Conservation Services.

Southwest Missouri Cattlemen

“Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains” - Paul Harvey.

Across our region, I’m sure many of us can relate to scanning the radar and watching the horizon for any sign of approaching rain. Harvey’s quote resonates with folks like us, no matter the weather conditions. We understand the importance of soil health, moisture and timeliness of both. Although cattle raisers may not control the weather, they will actively make adjustments to capitalize on any rainfall that may happen to find their pasture or range. From spraying and clipping to interseeding and intensive grazing rotation, cattlemen are known for making the best play from their hand. And that’s one of the aspects that I enjoy about our time together each month and brings Proverbs 21:5 to mind: “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” We have the opportunity to visit, share, cuss-n-discuss, learn from (hopefully) relevant industry professionals, and find proven updates to the way we operate our enterprises.

By the time this article hits your mailbox, we’ll be gearing up to begin meeting once again at the Education Building at the Southwest Missouri Research Center on the first Tuesday of September.

Looking down the road, there are a few items I’d like to share with you. This November, we’ll have the opportunity to view and grade cattle that are enrolled in the Extension Steer Feedout Program. The only hitch is this - last year there were not enough steers enrolled to run the project and host our November meeting. If you find the opportunity, I’d invite you to promote this program to your neighbors, family and friends in your community.

We are pleased to announce that Adam McGee, PhD, has accepted the nomination to run for the Region 4 (our region) Missouri Beef Industry Council board seat. In order to support McGee, please submit your MBIC ballot by August 30 (voter registration cutoff was July 20)!

The MFA Oil Foundation Grant is turning 25 this year! Our association was awarded funds from this grant in 2015 to purchase our custom grills that travel all over our territory. Be watching MFA Oil’s magazine, Momentum, this fall as they recognize not only the SWMO Cattlemen’s Association, but the work of other organizations that has been made possible by this grant. Our grill team is second to none — their dedication and persistence is to be commended!

Our Fall Tour planning is coming together quite nicely (September 15-16). The finalized itinerary will be released at our September meeting. McGee has done a phenomenal job lining up our stops! As you can imagine, it can be challenging to coordinate several tours per day with different operations. Therefore, there may be a few slight adjustments to the itinerary as availability of each outfit may change due to circumstances outside of our control. Please contact Nathan Isakson at (573) 578-2518 to add your name to our roster if you have not done so already! As of today, July 14, we have 24 adults registered. The more that register, the cheaper our registration fee will be!

U.S. Congressman Eric Burlison is hosting an agriculture tour in our geographic area on August 28. This one-day tour will feature transportation and a catered meal. Please contact Brian Worthington, his agriculture field representative, at (417) 597-0575 for details on the tour or to RSVP. I anticipate this will be a great opportunity to visit and exchange with one of our pro-agriculture leaders in D.C.!

See you next month, friends! Nathan Isakson

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2023 Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame Banquet

Source: Livestock Marketeers

On June 13, 2023, The Livestock Marketeers held their 58th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s host was The American Hereford Association and Certified Hereford Beef. The 2023 class of inductees was comprised of Steve Sellers (Posthumous), Mike Sorensen and Joe Rickabaugh.

Steve Sellers served as the Director of Communications for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association until his death in 2022. Previously Steve held positions with EDJE Technologies,, and other firms. Steve and his wife CeCe called Lake Park, Ga home.

Mike Sorensen is the longtime owner and publisher of Livestock Plus magazine. Based in Iowa, Mike made LPI a household name traveling the country and providing ring service for some of the most progressive purebred breeders. Mike and his wife Dixie reside in Greenfield, Iowa.

Joe Rickabaugh has served as the Central Region Field Representative and Director of Seedstock Marketing for the American Hereford Association since 1999. Before his tenure at AHA, Joe worked for the Kansas Livestock

This year’s event saw the introduction of the Livestock Marketeers Scholarship. This award is aimed at college age students who are interested in entering the livestock marketing industry. Through generous sponsorships and donations, we will be able to deposit over $15,000 into our scholarship fund.

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L to R, Joe Rickabaugh, Mike Sorensen and Bruce Miller, representing Steve Sellers Association. Joe and Tracey Rickabaugh currently live in Topeka, Kansas.
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Massey Wins 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Source: Livestock Marketing Association

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS (June 13, 2023) –Jacob Massey, from Petersburg, Tenn., was named champion at the 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The championship, now in its 59th year, was held at Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia, Fla., and presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA).

“I really don’t have the words, but I want to thank the man above for giving me the ability and the talent to get to do what I love every week,” Massey said. “You always have that dream of being a champion, but I was not expecting to hear my name called that night.”

Massey earned his spot to compete in this year’s competition by making the top 10 at the qualifying event held at Windsor Livestock Auction Co., Inc. in Windsor, Missouri. The other contestants also qualified through three qualifying events with the 31st semi-finalist being the reigning Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Champion. Dean Edge of Rimbey, Alta., earned Reserve Champion honors, and Sixto Paiz from Portales, N.M., was named Runner-Up Champion.

Other top 10 finalists were Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Okla.; Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Brennin Jack, Virden, Man.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; and Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.

Additional semi-finalists were Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Shannon Davis, Winnsboro, Texas; Philip

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As the new champion, Massey will spend the next year traveling the country, sharing his auctioneering skills with other livestock auction markets and acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the livestock marketing industry and LMA.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to different markets, even if I’m not auctioneering,” Massey said. “When we take family vacations, and I find out there’s a barn in the area, we’ll make a point to stop just so I can visit. I love the industry and I love cattle auctions, so I’m really looking forward to visiting and selling at markets I’ve never been to and meeting new people.”

Massey regularly sells for Mid-South Regional Livestock Center, LLC in Unionville, Tenn., and two United Producers, Inc. locations in Columbia and Fayetteville, Tenn.

A one-hour highlight show from the 2023 competition will air on RFD-TV June 29, with starting times based on local listings. WLAC fans can mark their calendars for the 2024 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which will be held June 12-15, 2024, at Oklahoma National Stockyard in Oklahoma City.

About the Livestock Marketing Association

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through support, representation and communication efforts. For more information, visit

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A New Era for Cavender Ranches

Source: Cavender Ranches

Joe Cavender, Cavender Ranches, Tyler, Texas recently announced the decision to become an independent Brangus and Charolais cattle producer.

“I have made a lot of close friends and have enjoyed working with and respect our partners in both Genetrust and Cavender-Draggin’ M and Partners. However, I feel like the time has come for Cavender Ranches to be on our own,” Cavender said.

“As our operation continues to grow both numerically and in quality, we feel being independent gives us more long-term flexibility in marketing bulls, females, semen and embryos and the utilization of the real-world carcass data we are able to glean. It helps us better address the needs of our customers and cooperators in terms of providing greater market access and premium marketing opportunities both at the registered and commercial level,” Cavender added.

Cavender Ranches have been involved in the Brangus breed for over 30 years and made a commitment to feed all their commercial steers and non-replacement quality females over 25 years ago. The feed lot data gained through this endeavor has been an important factor in our decisionmaking process and breeding program. Cavender Ranches remains both a seedstock producer and an end user of their product through their commercial herds and feedlot programs.

The Cavender management team remains intact with Justin Matejka continuing to serve as General Manager of Cavender Ranches and Dustin Kennedy remaining the Purebred Cattle Manager. Also assisting in customer service and marketing are Mark Cowan and Todd Harvey.

Cavender Ranches will continue to host their annual bull and female sale the third weekend in November, their Spring Bull Sale the second weekend in March and their Spring Female Production Sale the fourth weekend in April.

Cavender Ranches will remain focused on providing genetically superior, performance driven registered and commercial cattle. Our commercially focused operation will continue to feed our own steers and assist our customers in their marketing efforts, both commercially and in the registered seedstock sectors of the industry.

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LMA Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Source: Livestock Marketing Association


- Five students have been selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) Scholarship Program. The official announcement of the recipients occurred during the 2023 LMA Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC).

The 2023 LMA Scholarship recipients are Schyler Angell, Paris, Mo.; Kylee Dodd, Indiahoma, Okla.; Faith Geistweidt, Fredericksburg, Texas; Tucker Stagemeyer, Page, Neb.; and Sophie Varner, Bristow, Okla.

The LMA Scholarship Program was created to invest in the next generation of young people who plan to use their career to advocate for the advancement of the livestock marketing industry. The application process included submission of an essay, course transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from an active LMA member.

“The applications exceeded our expectations this year,” said LMA President Mark Barnett. “We were hoping that this scholarship would be something our organization could do to support the next level of leaders in our industry, and I’m certain that’s what it has done and will continue to do.”

A total of 98 applications were submitted this year – the first year of the LMA Scholarship Program.

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Elevating Student Success at the National Red Angus Convention

Source: Red Angus Association of America

DENVER — To help college students compete in a competitive job market, the Red Angus Association of America has established the Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference. This educational event will be held in conjunction with the National Red Angus Convention, set for September 14-15 in Denver, Colorado.

This engaging professional development experience, sponsored by the Red Angus Foundation Inc., will help students gain necessary skills to succeed in a professional environment. Students can expect to explore strengthsbased development to recognize their potential, both personally and in teams. The topics and exercises are

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“An experience, like the Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference, will help college students set themselves apart in a competitive industry,” said Kim Heller, PhD, RAAA director of education and junior programs. “Our goal for this event is to make a lasting impact on the future of the industry by helping young leaders find success.”

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Tough Culling Decisions Come with Drought, Forage Shortages

Source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – With dry weather and short pastures, Missouri cow-herd owners face tough culling decisions. One way to match cows’ needs to available grass is to sell cows.

Give careful thought to which grass eaters go first, said Eric Bailey, University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist. Under drought stress, identifying those cows becomes urgent.

The first cut is simple, Bailey said. Even the best herds have poor performers that need to be culled. Sell cows not pregnant or nursing. There is no feed for freeloaders when forage is short.

“Next, cull lactating cows with bad disposition, bad eyes, bad feet or bad udders,” Bailey said. “Now’s time to remove cows with blemishes or poor-doing calves.”

Everyone has a cull list, he noted.

“But they hesitate to act if a cow has a calf,” he added.

Some culling helps even in good years. Culling poor cows improves herd averages.

The goal: keep best genetics in the herd as long as feasible. Finally, lack of feed or water forces a move.

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Downsizing goes beyond simply getting rid of bad cows, Bailey said.

Early weaning and selling calves can cut feed demand. That provides needed cash but can hurt annual income.

Another strategy calls for splitting a herd into young and old females. Sell one of the groups. Two- to 4-year-olds may have superior genetics, but older cows show success in the farm’s management.

Overall, culling depends on forage outlook for summer, fall and winter feeding.

Level of destocking can differ from farm to farm in the same neighborhood. Rainfall patterns vary greatly.

Bailey points out that in typical years, two-thirds of forage yield comes in spring growth. One-third comes in fall growth. That’s when winter stockpiling should happen.

Missouri producers with cool-season grass always deal with summer slumps. Even if rains return, Bailey cautioned, expect below-average fall forage yields.

A big long-term problem will be winter feed, Bailey says.

Many farms face severe destocking. “Initially, consider a 25% cut,” he said. “If normal rains don’t return, consider another 25% later.”

Selling calves early in spite of revenue loss may take care of downsizing needs.

A 50% cut ahead of fall forage growth may allow stockpiling pastures for winter grazing. That cuts feed buying but depends on a return of rainfall.

The main advice is to plan downsizing, Bailey said. Management improvements, such as shorter breeding seasons, not year-round calving, can benefit.

For optimists, drought-induced culls can be beneficial. It forces decisions and management.

To clarify thinking, Bailey offered a final thought: “Producers who last longest in cow-calf businesses are not those who make the most money in good years. They are those who lose the least in bad years.”

MU Extension regional agronomy and livestock specialists can help plan. More information on forages is available from the Alliance for Grassland Renewal at The alliance includes partners from university, government, industry and nonprofit groups.

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Early Weaning Calves to Reduce Nutrient Needs During Drought

Source: University of Missouri Extension

STOCKTON, MISSOURI – “Early wean calves to reduce cow herd nutrient needs to match droughtlimited feed resources,” said Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist.

In addition, early weaning can improve calf performance because calves are put on a more nutritious diet following weaning.

Davis discussed strategies to help cattle producers be successful in early weaning calves:

“Age is a consideration when early weaning calves,” Davis said.

Calves have been weaned as early as 60 days, but this is usually not practical in most beef cattle operations. Davis suggested it is more practical to early wean calves at approximately 120 days of age, which is right now for most spring-calving cows.

“Getting calves to consume their feed ration as quick as possible once they are weaned is key to a successful early weaning program,” he said.

One way to aid in this is creep feeding the calves three to four weeks before weaning to get them adapted to a diet similar to their weaning diet.

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In addition, top-dressing the initial calf weaning diet with good quality hay for the first three to five days may help the calves improve diet consumption more quickly after weaning. Once calves are properly consuming the weaning diet, daily consumption should be from 2.75% to 3.25% of their body weight.

“Early weaning calves requires more attention to detail when it comes to developing a feeding program,” Davis said.

Diets need to be palatable, free of dust and formulated to meet all the calf’s nutrient needs.

Adding water or liquid supplements such as molasses to the diet will help with dust control, reduce sorting and, in the case of the latter, improve palatability. Make sure calves have free choice access to a mineral, trace mineral and vitamin supplement formulated to meet their needs. Davis suggested visiting with your local MU Extension livestock specialist to help develop a proper feeding program for your early weaned calves.

“Proper animal management and weaning area setup aids in a successful early weaning program,” he said.

Sort calves and allocate them to the weaning areas based on size to cut down on competition during feeding. Since newly weaned calves like to walk the fence line, Davis urged putting the water and feed there to aid in those calves’ intake of these things. Make sure water is cold and clean. Water equipment should be cleaned

regularly. Davis suggested that calf weaning areas be small and have proper shelter and dust control.

“A proper cattle operation health program is important to cut down on morbidity and mortality of early weaned calves,” Davis said.

He urged consultation with your local large-animal veterinarian and developing a proper health program for your cattle operation before early weaning calves. Some things that should be considered in the program:

• Process calves, which includes tagging, branding and castration at least 14 days prior to weaning.

• Provide proper internal and external parasite control, including fly control.

• Provide proper vaccinations prior to weaning.

• Monitor calves daily for symptoms of respiratory disease, digestive disturbances, scours, coccidiosis and reduction of dietary intake; work with your veterinary to treat these symptoms.

“One benefit that early weaning does to a cattle operation is improve forage availability to cows,” Davis said.

As the rains come, the forage will begin to regrow. Davis urged early weaning calves to improve forage resources for the cow herd as we move into fall and winter.

Contact your local MU Extension livestock field specialist for more information on early weaning calves.

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Finding One’s “Place”

Legislative session is over, no special session is on the horizon and veto session doesn’t convene until September, so we find ourselves with more time than usual. Time is not something we take for granted. Accordingly, we have taken our respective vacations and spent time with our friends and families.

Recently, when I was visiting my parents in Gower, I popped in my room and noticed an article I wrote in college entitled, “A Woman’s Place.” It highlighted my sister working as an active farmer alongside my parents on our family farm. Like so many MCA members, I have grown to respect and appreciate the women in my family do things many don’t expect them to do.

My mother. My sister. Me. We drive trailers, run implements, work cows and do just about anything you would expect any farmer to do. I’m unsure if this is my family’s reality due to necessity, as my father needed help, or if my parents found these activities “character building,” like they often stated, but working on that farm created confidence and self-sufficiency for my sister and me.

That article continued to spur my thinking about one’s so-called “place” on my return trip to Jefferson City that evening. Neither Cooper nor I are supposed to be running the business we’ve curated and nurtured for two decades. By all expectations, we shouldn’t be representing you and this association.

We aren’t from the Capitol City, our parents didn’t work in the Capitol, and we didn’t work on campaigns. We are total flukes. That said, we worked hard to be here. We continue to fight to better position our clients and their issues. Put simply, we earned it.

Candidates are trying to do the same right now. They are positioning and posturing for 2024 elections. Election season may seem far away, but it is only a matter of months before we will be voting on five new statewide office holders, 17 senators and 163 representatives.

This realization made me think of our friend, Mike Kehoe. He isn’t supposed to be in Jefferson City either. He is the youngest of six and was raised by his single mother in St. Louis. We’ve all heard the stories of things that can and, oftentimes, do go wrong. Kehoe thrived for himself and his family.

He washed cars, worked in ambulance manufacturing, owned a Ford dealership, built a ranch and created an incredible family with Claudia. He earned it, too. He’s always quick to give others credit for his success, which we appreciate. None of us arrive to our destinations alone. Though, some of us have tougher roads to ride.

It may not be Kehoe’s supposed “place” to be in Jefferson City fighting to become Governor, but MCA is beyond fortunate he made it his purpose. He is one of us. He understands our adversity. He’s stood in our boots.

Vying to run the state is a task more difficult than I can imagine. Though, if I’ve learned anything by leaning into one’s own confidence and not staying in “place,” it’s that you can accomplish anything – especially if you have good friends in your corner!

Cheers to the future where anything is possible, Nancy and Cooper

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Hiland Dairy Announces Jeff Larson as New General Manager at the Kansas City Plant

Source: Hiland Dairy

SPRINGFIELD (June 13, 2023) – Jeff Larson, a Kansas native, has been appointed as the general manager of Hiland Dairy’s Kansas City operation. In this role, he will lead a team dedicated to providing superior dairy products and exceptional customer service to Kansas City and its surrounding regions.

Larson, a graduate of the University of Kansas, has held various corporate and operational positions in the food and beverage industry, working with companies such as PepsiCo, ConAgra, and H-E-B. He joined Hiland Dairy in 2022.

“Jeff is skilled in building and leading teams and fostering a culture that emphasizes progress and development. We are excited to have his leadership at our plant in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Rick Beaman, president of Hiland Dairy.

Larson is originally from Tonganoxie, Kansas. He has been an active member of the International Dairy Foods Association, serving on several segment boards. He and his wife, Jill, reside in Overland Park with their son Andrew. They have a daughter that lives in San Antonio, Texas, and a daughter who is a teacher in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Hiland Dairy, based in Springfield, Missouri, is a leading farmer-owned dairy food company. The Kansas City plant is located at 3805 S. Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64128. Their widely loved products include milk, dips, cottage cheese, flavored milk, sour cream, ice cream, butter, cheese, and eggnog. In addition, Hiland Dairy has expanded beyond dairy and produces and distributes various other beverages, such as Red Diamond Tea, lemonade, and fresh juices.

A farmer-owned company, Hiland has almost 4,000 employees throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas,

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