July 2020 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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CONTENTS July 2020


Combating the Summer Slump


Nutrition & Management


Correct & Early: Diagnosing Foot Rot

Managing Challenges from Cattle Grazing Fescue


Management and Nutritional Considerations for Growing Cattle Under COVID-19 Conditions

Correct & Early: Diagnosing Foot Rot

Spring/Summer Weather Can Bring Costly Foot Health Issues to Your Herd

MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 16 Beef Checkoff News 36 County News Combating the Summer Slump



MCA President’s Perspective The Show Went On


CattleWomen’s Corner


What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House


On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

Adjusting for the Showcase

Game On

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Corriente Auction



Straight Talk: Mike Deering


Junior Spotlight

Elections in the Era of COVID-19

Exciting Steps Forward

The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.




Volume 49 - Issue 7 (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: mobeef@sbcglobal.net

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association MCA Website: www.mocattle.com

DEPARTMENTS 7 12 18 28 48-55 59-61

New MCA Members MCA All Breed Junior Show Highlights MBIC Director Election Gelbvieh Highlight Kansas Feedlots Obituaries: Ed Pinegar; Fred Gregory; Luther Angell




Advertisers Index

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org

Missouri’s CattleWomen


2020 MCA Officers

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 • 31107 Lake City Buckner Rd., Buckner, MO 64016 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

2020 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

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

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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

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Call us to see some of the best calf raisers in the business. Grouping and Marketing Customers’ Calves Since 1992!

Hattie Marriott, Versailles, MO Larkin Marriott, Stover, MO Pakey Matthews, Fredericktown, MO Paisley McClamroch, Bucklin, MO Jason & Donna Meyer, New Haven, MO Keith & LaDonna Montgomery, Bloomfield, MO Madeline Moore, Columbia, MO Cameron Parrish, El Dorado Springs, MO Cole Perry, Rogersville, MO Jarrett Phillips, Cole Camp, MO Christine Puetz, Mansfield, MO Randy Railsback, Hamilton, MO Isabela Rojas, New Boston, MO Mikaela Rojas, New Boston, MO Ashlyn Russell, New Cambria, MO Owen Schroeder, Miami, MO Lucas Scroggins, Anderson, MO Maci Shaw, Archie, MO Kaden Sims, Sweet Springs, MO Ryan Smith, Albany, MO Caleb Spencer, Bufffalo, MO Wes Spinks, Jerico Springs, MO Braxton Switzer, Bucklin, MO Gavin Watkins, Independence, MO Collin Webb, St. Louis, MO Todd Wideman, Farmington, MO Garrett Winther, Grant City, MO Cory Wuerfele, Amity, MO Richard Young, Atlanta, MO Tabitha Ypya, Versailles, MO



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37th Annual MCA All Breeds Junior Show Boasts Record Attendence Over 600 Head Exhibited by Over 350 Youth The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association hosted the 37th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show June 12-14 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. According the MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel, participation broke records once again. “Our junior members and their families were out in full force this year. We had 356 exhibitors bring over 600 head of cattle to the show this year,” Thummel said. “The show is always a highlight of the summer, but this year we were able to do what many others haven’t been able to. We refused to take another major event away from our juniors and the result of that was the largest junior show on record. We also worked with health officials at the county and state levels to implement and enforce guidelines to keep our attendees safe.” The show concluded on Sunday with Scott and Ty Bayer, TC Reds, selecting the supreme champions.

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Olivia Gerloff of Bland, Missouri, exhibited the Supreme Champion Heifer and Tucker Robnett of Laddonia, Missouri, exhibited the Supreme Champion Market Animal. The Reserve Supreme Heifer was also


Olivia Gerloff exhibited both the Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion Heifers

exhibited by Gerloff and Reserve Supreme Market Animal was exhibited by Brett Benefiel of Webb City, Missouri. Supreme Senior Showmanship went to Cole Murphy of Houstonia, Missouri, and Reserve Senior Showman was Gerloff. Danica Lowrey of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, was the Supreme Junior Showmanship winner and Atley Patrick of Chilhowee, Missouri, picked up reserve. For more results from the 2020 MCA All-Breeds Junior Show go to: https://www. mocattle.org/juniors-program/mca-all-breed-juniorshow/?clearcache=1.

There will be more Junior Show highlights in the August issue.




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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers

Game On Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn says the Missouri State Fair will take place as scheduled from August 13-23, 2020, in Sedalia, Missouri. However, the fair will look differently than previous years and details are still being determined. Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the Missouri State Fair showcases “the best of Missouri agriculture,” promising to “safely keep it going and keep the tradition alive.” Since 1982, our MCA Beef House has been promoting the beef cattle industry by serving premium beef to fair-goers. The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and customers will always be a top priority of our organization. During this transitional period we are all in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we request patience and understanding with regards to the scheduling, planning, and operation of our restaurant. Optimistically, we are hoping this fair will be the story of perseverance through this challenge. As we have more details, we will communicate through our website, social media, and phone calls, if necessary.

The TENTATIVE 2020 MCA Beef House Schedule is now in print on the next page, and we need each affiliate group to take notice of date, times, and number of volunteers requested. The annual success of the Missouri Beef House would not be possible without the gracious volunteers that serve during shifts. We encourage each of you to call your County Affiliate President to volunteer with your group at your Beef House “where people know beef best!” It is important that each County President or your group representative call our MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel at 573-499-9162 now to confirm that you have marked your calendars and county volunteers have been contacted.

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Thought for the Month… “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”


Hwy 42 West • Vienna Missouri 65582 45 Miles South of Jefferson City Selling All classes of Cattle Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. Featuring ‘Star-Vac Program’ Cattle Weekly DVAuction Service for convenient online viewing & bidding For More Information Call… David Patton Office Ross Patton Bill Patton 573-308-6655 573-422-3305 573-308-6657 573-308-6658 Visit our website: www.scrsvienna.com or E-mail us: scrsvienna@gmail.com “Make South Central your Livestock Market”

2020 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (Tentative) Work Schedule August 13-23 13 Thusday 10:00 - 2:30

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Tri County...... 10 Hickory........... 10 Eugene FFA..... 10

Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 4 I-35................. 15

2:00 - 6:00

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Texas................ 8 CassJackson.... 10 Morgan........... 10

Gentry............ 15 Lafayette......... 20 St. Clair.......... 30 South Central.... 6

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Randolph........ 10 Mid-Missouri.. 10 Eugene FFA..... 10

MSU............... 10 Benton............ 30 Tipton FFA...... 10 MJCA............. 10 Moniteau........ 15 MCW................ 8 Jamestown FFA................. 5

17 18 19 20 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 10:00 - 2:30

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14 15 16 Friday Saturday Sunday

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23 Sunday 10:00 - 2:30

Ray................... 5 Lewis/Marion.... 8 Macon............ 12 Eldon FFA....... 15 Sullivan........... 10 Linn................ 10 Windsor FFA..... 5 Maries/Osage.... 5 FCS.................. 5

Lafayette......... 15 Carroll............ 10 Southwest Dallas............. 15 St. Charles........ 5 Cattlemen...... 15 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright............. 8 Adair................ 5

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Bates............... 15 Audrain........... 10 Callaway/ Odessa FFA..... 10 Newton/ Montgomery.. 10 FCS.................. 5 McDonald....... 7 Appleton City FFA............... 13

Monroe............. 5 Boone............. 15 Polk................ 15 Pettis.............. 15 Ralls................. 5 Jasper............... 5 Franklin............ 8 Barton............ 10

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Henry............. 15 Johnson........... 15 Knox................. 5 Norborne FFA.. 10 Russellville Harrison......... 10 FCS.................. 5 FFA................. 7

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Cooper............ 15 Howard........... 15 MU Block & Pike/Lincoln.... 10 Bridle............ 10 Saline............. 10 Columbia FFA. 10

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Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are: 11 am – 8:30 pm. Friday and Saturday; 11 am – 7:30 pm Sunday - Thursday Please contact the MCA office at 573-499-9162 with any scheduling conflicts.



BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS A Passion for the Beef Industry

with Samantha Riley, Director of Education and Marketing The Missouri Beef Industry Council is fortunate enough to have two interns joining the staff for this summer who are incredibly passionate about the beef industry, from farm to fork. We would like to introduce these two hardworking individuals to everyone.

only loves to have open and honest conversation with consumers about how beef is produced, but he also has a passion for educating those same consumers about nutrition and cooking beef as well. While interning here at the Beef Council, his responsibilities will focus on consumer affairs and Mo Beef Mo Kids. Through consumer affairs, Kleiboeker will have the opportunity to meet and interact with several of MBIC’s influencer groups including dietitians, chefs, retailers and more. Through the Mo Beef Mo Kids program, Kleiboeker will gain more knowledge about the logistical side of the program and curriculum development, as well as helping with content development for the coming year. Kleiboeker said he’s most looking forward to making new connections in the industry and learning how others share about beef.

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Donell Kleiboeker’s roots in the cattle industry run deep. Kleiboeker said, “The beef cattle industry is where my biggest passion lies”. Through helping on the family farm he’s learned nearly every aspect of the production side of the cattle industry and looks forward to learning the consumer side through working at MBIC. He not


Donell Kleiboeker, from Stotts City, Missouri, currently attends the University of Missouri. Kleiboeker is majoring in agribusiness management with a minor in animal science. His family owns and operates Kleiboeker’s Clover Creek Farms, where they raise SimAngus and Red Angus cattle and act as a turkey brood hub for Butterball.

to become a better advocate when sharing the beef message: from pasture to plate. Persell said she’s most looking forward to gaining more skills and learning more about the beef industry at a deeper level. Hannah Persell, from Trenton, Missouri, currently attends the University of Missouri. Persell is majoring in agribusiness management with minors in agriculture leadership and plant science. Persell grew up with both sets of grandparents running cattle operations, along with various other livestock. This is what first sparked her interest in the cattle industry. Hannah Persell knew at a young age she had a passion for livestock, and specifically cattle. Persell grew up being heavily involved in 4-H and then FFA once she got to high school. She wasn’t only active on the local level, but the state and national level as well and her SAE reflected her passion for beef production. Through these years of leadership development and agricultural education, Persell realized her true love for agriculture and educating others. Persell plans to pursue this passion in her future career as well. While interning with MBIC, Persell will focus on marketing and communications for MBIC. Persell will be developing new ways to reach the target demographics, both on the consumer and producer sides, through digital and traditional media, and in person activities and events for the fall. Persell will also be helping with content development to go along with these efforts. Persell looks forward to being able to share her knowledge of cattle production with consumers, while also learning more about beef nutrition, recipes and more. She hopes to be able

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Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Shares Tips For Beef Safety At Home Source: MBIC April 23, 2020 - With more time at home, consumers can confidently reach for beef as a reliable staple to nourish themselves and their families. Beef is not only an excellent source of protein; it also provides bodies with the strength to thrive throughout all stages of life. To ensure consumers are armed with knowledge to have the best eating experiencing with beef, Missouri Beef Industry Council is here to provide some quick tips on how to safely handle and prepare beef when cooking at home. Storing Beef: • Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible after purchasing. • Ground beef can safely be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, ground beef can be stored for three to four months before quality is impacted. • Steaks and roasts can safely be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, steaks and roasts can be stored for four to 12 months before quality is impacted. • If you plan on freezing, repackage your beef into the right-size portion for upcoming meals. • For longer storage, remove beef from original packaging and place into freezer bags or similar airtight packaging to remove as much air as possible. Defrosting: • Defrost beef in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. • Account for 12 to 24 hours to defrost ground beef and steaks. • Use a plate or tray to catch any juices.

“Beef is a nutrient rich protein that can be a great freezer staple for a variety of dishes and meals,” said Luella Gregory, contractor for Consumer Affairs. “With a few simple tips when it comes to storing, handling and cooking beef at home, families can feel confident that their beef meals will be delicious and flawlessly prepared.” When you’re ready to get cooking, make sure to visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com for more information on safe handling,hundreds of recipes, and even online cooking lessons. With step by step instructions and tips for a dozen different cooking methods, from grilling to pressure cooking, the cooking lessons are a great resource for all levels of home chefs. About the Beef Checkoff The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

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Handling: • Wash hands well in hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and other fresh foods. • Keep raw meat and juices away from other foods. • Wash all utensils, cutting surfaces and counters after contact with raw meat.

Preparing: • Always use a meat thermometer. • Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F • Steaks and roasts should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. • Don’t forget to refrigerate leftovers within two hours after cooking.



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Genetics and Services to Meet Industry Demands Source: Tom Strahm, American Gelbvieh Association Over the years Gelbvieh and Balancer® sired feeder calves have been gaining acceptance within multiple segments of the commercial beef industry and are meeting modern beef industry demands at every turn. More producers are recognizing the contribution Gelbvieh genetics can make to improve growth and performance, especially in a crossbreeding system. Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced calves wean off

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heavy and continue to excel with high post-weaning growth. Producers who are adding value to their calves through the backgrounding phase will appreciate the combination of rate of gain and feed efficiency that will potentially improve their bottom-line returns. Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced cattle continue a high level of performance, along with added feed efficiency, through the feedyard phase. Feed efficiency is a major profit driver in beef cattle production, especially in the cattle feeding/finishing sector. Gelbvieh-influenced cattle excel in the area of feed conversion. Delivering value on the rail is essential for success, too. Numerous producers who have retained ownership of their Balancer-sired cattle, report that 90% grade Choice or higher. In addition to producing desirable quality grade carcasses, Gelbvieh-influenced cattle add muscling and improve retail yield. According to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Gelbvieh cattle rank No. 1 for percent retail product. Obtaining a higher percentage of carcasses with Yield Grades of 1, 2, and 3, and reducing the number of Yield Grades 4 and 5, without sacrificing quality grade is good for the beef industry! As the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed continues to provide genetics to meet the demands of today’s beef industry, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has made a concerted effort to work hard to help Gelbvieh

and Balancer commercial customers. Our goal is to provide commercial producers with valuable programs and services to enhance their bottom lines. Feeder Finder Feeder Finder is a free email service offered by AGA to promote and assist in marketing load lots of Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced feeder cattle. Producers who have cattle to sell are encouraged to fill out the online form or contact AGA staff to submit information about their cattle. An email blast is sent to feedyards and potential buyers to notify them about when and where these cattle are available for sale. Interested buyers can sign up to receive the Feeder Finder emails on the AGA website. Producers are invited to use this service whether the cattle sell by video auction, traditional livestock barn, or private treaty. BalancerÂŽ Edge BalancerÂŽ Edge is a source and age verification program for feeder cattle sired by Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls. This program was initiated by the AGA in partnership with IMI Global, and was first released in August 2018.

This program gives producers the opportunity to participate in a breed-identified feeder calf marketing program with the option to customize. Balancer EdgeÂŽ customers can choose additional value-added programs, which opens the doors to additional markets and the opportunity to generate even more value for their feeder calves. Smart Select Service Smart Select Service is an online commercial cowherd database and herd management system offered by AGA. This program is available to any producer and any breed of cattle for $1 per head annual enrollment. Cows can be enrolled at any time, and all that is required is individual identification, estimated birthdate and possible parentage. Dam production reports, progeny performance reports, and herd summaries are some of the reports generated. Smart Select can help identify strengths and weaknesses in the cowherd, enabling producers to make betterinformed breeding and management decisions. For more information about these or other programs offered by the AGA, please visit Gelbvieh.org or contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333.

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Gelbvieh and Balancer®: Crossbreeding Adds the Pounds, Makes the Grade, and Delivers the Value Source: Malerie Strahm, AGA In today’s cattle industry, maternal efficiency is more important than ever. A cow that consumes less, produces more and stays in the herd longer equates to more money in producers’ pockets. Gelbvieh cattle are widely recognized for their maternal superiority through added fertility, greater longevity, and moderate mature cow size and bring those ever-important traits to the Balancer® hybrid. Rodger and Lindy Schroeder of Chugwater, Wyoming, the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) Commercial Producers of the Year for 2019, have curated a successful program utilizing Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics. “In 1980 we were exposed to the Gelbvieh breed and fell in love with it,” said Rodger. “Eight years ago, we went from the purebreds into the Balancers and we’ve really enjoyed the Balancers. We’ve picked up more flesh, but we’ve still got the docility and the milk.”

One of the oldest German cattle breeds, Gelbvieh cattle are known for their maternal strengths and superior growth. With attributes such as more pounds of calf weaned, added fertility, greater cow herd longevity and heavier carcass weights, these attributes are being utilized in operations all across the country to help maximize profitability. Balancer cattle are registered hybrid seedstock that have documented pedigrees and expected progeny differences (EPDs). Balancer animals are 25 to 75 percent Gelbvieh with the balance of Angus or Red Angus. Balancer cattle offer a simple and powerful way to maintain hybrid vigor and a profitable blend of British and Continental genetics without a complicated crossbreeding system.

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Crossbreeding has been utilized in the beef industry for many years and for good reason. Early on, the AGA recognized how well Gelbvieh genetics fit into a crossbreeding program and created the first trademark name for registered hybrid beef cattle, Balancer. Producers are finding Balancer cattle to be a positive influence on their herds.


“I wanted to implement a crossbreeding program and get more growth and performance in my calves so that I could sell more pounds,” said Loren Fischer, Nevada, Missouri. “I also wanted to keep more of my homeraised heifers as replacements. The maternal advantages of Gelbvieh and Balancer were appealing to me. I had been purchasing replacements, and the mature cows were getting too big. I wanted to moderate frame size while adding performance.”

“About ten or twelve years ago when we started purchasing Balancer bulls, we noticed a big increase in weaning weights and the health of the herd improved. A lot of that is due to the crossbreed program and an improved vaccination program,” said Harry Haythorne, Maxwell, Nebraska. “We always try to improve the herd and these Balancer cattle have really helped us. They’re easy to train, I guess because they are docile,” said Haythorne. “We decided that those Balancer bulls and the Gelbvieh breed would be a good complement to our Angus-based herd because those calves are easy-calving and lighter birth weights. Generally speaking, the Gelbvieh is a very thrifty calf. The Balancer crossbreeding program fits our program and it fits our ranch and our resources.” In addition to what Gelbvieh and Balancer can do on the ranch, the benefits of utilizing Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics can also be seen in the feedlot and on the rail. These cattle are adding the pounds, making the grade, and delivering the value. “People that have purchased our steer calves have been pleased with their performance. They’ve outperformed

what their rations were designed for,” said Rodger Schroeder. “Those cattle start out a little lighter, but boy, they wean heavier because they do better, they are thrifty, and they match our resources here in the Sandhills,” said Haythorne. Not only do Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics work for the commercial cattle producers, the AGA offers programs and services to help meet the needs of producers in today’s modern beef industry. For more information about Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle and the commercial programs offered by the AGA visit Gelbvieh.org.

Gelbvieh Junior Association Heads to Missouri for Junior National Show Gelbvieh junior members and their families from across the country will gather in Springfield, Missouri, in July for the 2020 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Junior Classic, the AGJA national show. The 2020 AGJA Route 66 Classic will begin on Sunday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, July 10. The show will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and is hosted by the Heart of America Junior Gelbvieh Association.

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American Gelbvieh Association’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Source: AGA The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) will host the 50th Annual AGA National Convention December 2-4, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel. The event marks the association’s 50th year of service to its members and their customers. The AGA was formed on June 28, 1971, in Oklahoma, when the AGA founders concluded the signing of the articles of incorporation. From its beginnings in 1971, spurred by the potential impact found in importing Gelbvieh semen from Germany, the AGA has grown into a progressive beef cattle breed association whose members produce genetics suited for today’s beef industry. The AGA encourages all of its members to attend convention where they have the opportunity to learn more about the happenings of the AGA and be involved in shaping the future of the association at various convention events. These events include committee meetings, which all members are invited to attend, and of course the annual meeting where the election of the AGA board of directors as well as other important association decisions are made. To further celebrate the AGA’s golden anniversary, the convention will also play host to the release of the AGA’s official history book, which is an American Gelbvieh Foundation project. In addition, there is a meet and greet event planned with instrumental individuals from the breed’s history.

producer of the year and breeder of the year awards as well as honors individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Gelbvieh breed through the AGA Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Oklahoma City, The Modern Frontier™, is known for its combination of Native American history and Western culture. The convention site, Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, is just steps from Bricktown’s wealth of dining and entertainment opportunities, which makes it a unique and exciting convention site to host AGA’s golden anniversary celebration! Make plans to join the AGA in Oklahoma, December 2-4, 2020, as we continue to plan for a bigger and better future for the AGA’s next 50 years and beyond. Convention registration opens July 20. Check Gelbvieh. org, Gelbvieh World and AGA e-news for additional information as it becomes available.

At convention, members and commercial customers also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of important topics in the beef industry by listening to industry-leading speakers during the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. Convention rounds out with the awards banquet to celebrate the recipients of the commercial

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On the Edge of

Common Sense with Baxter Black Corriente Auction It could only happen to a cowboy. Thurman had established himself as a figure of some note in the Corriente Association. The Association had developed over the years into a successful representative of livestock people dedicated to breeding and supplying roping steers. The Corriente breeders in the northwest were gearing up for their big regional meeting in Prineville, Oregon. Being a national officer, Thurman was asked to attend and was given dignitary status.

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In preparation for the auction fundraiser to be held at the gala on the final night, members brought items to sell. Jim, a California Corriente man, brought a big painting. As he scanned the other auction items he


began to doubt the worthiness of his contribution. He asked Thurman’s opinion. Thurman looked at the tall three foot by two foot drawing. It was framed with simple, yet sturdy 1x2 lathe. A large paint horse was bucking against a desert and mountain backdrop. With no criticism implied, it was obvious that anatomy had not been the artist’s college major. ‘Course that didn’t make Picasso all bad either. Onboard the bucker sat a big-hatted, moustachioed cowboy, chaps flying, spurs flashing and a nose that

cleaved the air like an ice breaker in Hudson Bay. The saddle and gear was intricately carved. The curled rattlesnake was detailed down to the papilla on his flickering tongue.

The crowd looked at Thurman in a new light.

Thurman stood back... overwhelmed, as Jim explained it had been drawn by an inmate at the state prison. “All done in ballpoint,” offered Jim hopefully.

Jim was overcome. Admiration for Thurman swelled within him. He rose and walked to the front.

“Jim,” said Thurman, “I’m no art critic, but it’s beautiful. I’d love to have it myself, but I’ll bet it’ll top the sale!” Jim beamed. At the auction that night things were sellin’ wildly. A cassette brought $180.00. A little statue brought $350.00. Thurman was helping at the auction table. He personally carried Jim’s picture to the front. “Friends,” he said, “This spectacular hand-done original drawing in ballpoint donated by Jim is gonna be the catch of the day. It’s a treasure worthy of great museums, historic bar walls and unfinished tackrooms. Look at the detail, the contrast, the poetry in motion harkening back to our forefathers and their foremothers before them. It will be the purchase of a lifetime!”

“Matter of fact,” he continued, “I’m gonna start the bidding at $125.00.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, our friend Thurman has done so much for us and although there is no way we can properly repay him, I suggest we stop the bidding right here and let Thurman have it!” A standing ovation followed. Thurman smiled like a sick dog and rapidly inventoried his airplane ticket home and the $132.00 in his pocket. (P.S. It cost him $5.00 to package it for the plane ride home. He had coffee and a Twinkie and spent that night at the airport parking lot in his rental car. The picture now hangs on Thurman’s wall as a reminder.)

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See What’s Happening in Your County

Nodaway County To support the needs of Nodaway County residents during the pandemic, the Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association collaborated with the Nodaway County Ministry Center. The Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association donated 500 packages of all-beef hotdogs for the brown bag program. The brown bag program assists children and families during the summer with food needs. Similar to what backpack buddies does during the school year. The Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association’s goal is to raise awareness of the beef industry. Bob Lager, president of the local NCCA said, “We are happy to be a partner with the brown bag program. This is a great way for people see first-hand the nutritional value of beef as well as assist our local community.”

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The NCCA also provides over $7,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates each year. As well as donates to other local organizations and clubs to promote the beef industry.

Franklin County The Franklin County cattlemen’s association held a herd health meeting on February 22. A roast beef dinner with all the delicious sides were enjoyed by 135 members. Our 2019 beef queen Anna Elbert gave her speech that she presented at the MCA convention. Anna will be promoting beef this summer at our local fairs. She will be working the steak shack, handing out ribbons and providing literature on nutritious beef. Matt Herring gave a presentation on pasture improvements after a very wet, harsh winter. Ken Bolte, our county CES, gave members updates on current issues. Prayers for our cattlemen and cattlewomen across this state and nation as they face these uncertain times were given. They are feeding America and the world despite COVID-19, weather and market volatility. Stay safe and perservere Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen.

2020 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer Work Schedule on Page 15 Missouri State Fair August 13-23

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St. Clair County Cattlemen St. Clair County Cattlemen met on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at the Osceola Senior Center. There were 46 members and guests present. Travis Taylor spoke to the group about Vitalix mineral tubs. Vitalix is a familyowned company that has been in business for 30 years. Vitalix works to build their foundation on partnerships with farmers and ranchers. Vitalix has a guaranteed consumption rate, no fillers, no salt, and no waste. Each tub is custom cooked to levels that fit the climate and consumption of cattle it is being made for. With a Vitalix tub out, there is no need for loose mineral. Vitalix is based on pre-conception, maintaining a productive cow and gaining healthy vigorous calves. Travis shared that the closest dealer for us is Appleton City Feed Service. Travis also had door prizes if you could answer his questions correctly. Thanks to Travis for speaking and sponsoring the meeting. Thanks to The Cook Shack for catering the meal. The cattlemen are already working to plan for the MO Beef for MO Kids Program. So far, Bill Creek and Legacy Bank have made monetary donations for 20202021 school year. Anyone interested in donating should see a board member. May was beef month for the cattlemen, and we had a variety of winners this year. The cattlemen teamed up with the Missouri Beef Industry Council to hold a Facebook post on beef dinners that you could cook during the month of May. Kay-Lynn Lysinger was our post winner and will be receiving a goodie bag in the mail from the MBIC. Our local grocery stores winners were at Buzz’s Market were Steve Forrester - $125 Beef Bundle, Cheryl Gerry - $125 Beef Bundle, Jennifer Buller - Beef Logo Lawn Chair, John Winders - Beef Logo Lawn Chair and Susan Kilgore - MBIC Spatula. Winners at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket were Ginger Yazell - $125 Beef Bundle, Dino Swanson - $125 Beef Bundle, Aaron Anderson - Beef Logo Lawn Chair, Matt White - Beef Logo Lawn Chair, and Breana McCloud - MBIC Spatula. Winners at Food Fair were Larry

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Engeman - $125 Beef Bundle, Melissa Stewart - $125 Beef Bundle, Becky Hill - Beef Logo Lawn Chair, Misty Preston - Beef Logo Chair, and Jeramie Gurley - MBIC Spatula. Congratulations to all “May is Beef Month” winners! St. Clair County Cattlewomen held a cattlewomen’s shopping day at Got An Idea Primitives in Collins. The ladies made $60 for the scholarship fund. The cattlemen are also continuing to sell beef raffle tickets for someone to win half a beef for $5 per ticket. The winner will be drawn at Osceola Rodeo Days in Osceola. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Lowry City Boy Scout Building. The sponsor/speaker will be Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

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Conditions Ripe for Ergot This Year Source: University of Missouri Extension News GALENA, MO – University of Missouri Extension specialists warn livestock producers to be on the lookout for ergot this year. A cool, cloudy and wet spring with a prolonged flowering period was followed by high temperatures and humidity, setting the stage for infection, says Tim Schnakenberg, field specialist in agronomy. Ergot is a fungal disease of the seed heads of grasses and cereal crops. Ergot bodies in seed heads produce toxic alkaloids that can cause severe illness and death in cattle, horses, small ruminants, llamas, alpacas and swine. The toxins are chemically related to LSD. Humans also can become ill if they eat infected rye or wheat. “It is believed that the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 resulted from hallucinations and unusual behaviors caused by eating bread made from infected flour,” Schnakenberg says. Wind transfers overwintering ergot bodies (sclerotia) in the soil to susceptible plants, including tall fescue, orchardgrass, smooth bromegrass, timothy, perennial ryegrass, millet, rye, triticale, wheat, oats and barley. Ergot can also infect native warm-season grasses. Affected cattle may become excitable and show signs that mimic respiratory disease. In severe cases, reduced blood flow can lead to gangrene, irregular blood temperatures, reproductive failure and abortion. Schnakenberg says farmers and ranchers should watch pastures for infection, especially in tall fescue fields. Infected seed heads initially look like yellow honeydew on the heads. This develops into darkened, hornlike ergot bodies that are up to 10 times the size of the grain. They look like mouse droppings. Producers should immediately move livestock from infected pastures. Another option is to clip pastures. This lets infected seeds drop to the ground, where cattle are less apt to eat them. Dilute infected harvested hay with other feed.

“The toxin infection with ergot is much greater compared to fescue toxicosis, leading to quicker and more pronounced symptoms in cattle.” Novel-endophyte fescue is not immune to ergot problems. Internal sources of ergot alkaloids are reduced but the external infection source from ergot can be just as toxic.

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Producers frequently ask Schnakenberg if this toxin is the same toxin produced internally by an endophyte in Kentucky 31 tall fescue. The source of the infection is very different, he says, but both produce ergot alkaloids.

High heat and humidity following a cool, cloudy and wet spring created the right conditions for ergot. It appears most commonly in Missouri’s predominant forage, tall fescue. Photo courtesy of John Kleiboeker, Stott City.


April Red Meat Exports Weather Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds Source: USMEF April proved to be a solid month for U.S. beef and pork exports despite COVID-19 related interruptions in production and declining purchasing power of some key trading partners, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below last April’s large totals but still topped $600 million in value. Pork exports remained well above year-ago levels but slowed from the record pace established in the first quarter. “Considering all the challenges the U.S. red meat industry faced in April, export results were encouraging,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Exporters lost several days of slaughter and processing due to COVID-19, and shipments to Mexico and some other Latin American markets declined due to slumping currencies and the imposition of stay-at-home orders. But despite these significant headwinds, global demand for U.S. beef and pork remained strong.” While May export results will likely reflect similar obstacles, Halstrom noted that red meat production continues to recover, setting the stage for a strong second half of 2020. “International customers are relieved to see U.S. production rebounding, solidifying our position as a reliable supplier,” he said. “This helps address a major concern for buyers, as COVID-19 has disrupted meat production in many countries - not just the United States. Demand remains robust for U.S. red meat, especially at retail, but USMEF is actively working with our foodservice customers across the globe to help ensure a strong recovery for the restaurant, catering and hospitality sectors. Many are adjusting to an entirely new business climate, and the U.S. industry assisting them in this process can help ensure that U.S. pork, beef and lamb will be featured on their menus.”

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April beef exports were down 6% from a year ago to 98,613 metric tons (mt), with value falling 11% to $600.9 million. But exports achieved outstanding growth in Japan, where U.S. beef is benefiting from reduced tariffs under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, and trended higher to China following late-March implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. For January through April, beef exports totaled 433,316 mt, up 5% from a year ago, valued at $2.66 billion (up 3%). With lower April slaughter numbers, beef export value per head of fed slaughter climbed to a record $363.35, up 19% from April 2019. For the first four months of the year, per-head export value increased 5% to $326.47. April beef exports accounted for 15.9% of total production and 13.5% for beef muscle cuts, up from 13.5% and 11.1%, respectively, a year ago. Through April, exports accounted for 14.4% of total beef production and 11.9% for muscle cuts, up from 13.8% and 11.2%, respectively, last year. While China/Hong Kong continued to be the pacesetter for U.S. pork export growth, April exports also increased significantly to Japan, Vietnam and Chile. April volume reached 264,048 mt, up 22% from a year ago but the lowest since November 2019. Export value was $682.8 million, up 28% year-over-year but the lowest since October 2019. Through the first four months of 2020, pork exports remain on a record pace at 1.1 million mt, up 35% from a year ago, with value up 45% to $2.91 billion. With production down significantly from the record levels achieved in March, pork export value per head slaughtered jumped to a record $72.55 in April, up 43% from a year ago. The January-April per-head average was $66.36, up 40%. April exports accounted for 36.2% of total pork production and 32.2% for pork muscle cuts, each up nearly 10 percentage points from a year ago. Through April, exports accounted for 32.4% of total pork production and 29.3% for muscle cuts, up from 24.9% and 21.8%, respectively, in the first four months of 2019. USMEF’s full January-April summary for U.S. pork, beef and lamb exports, including market-specific highlights, is available online.

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Beef Breed Organizations Unite to Strengthen Industry Source: IGS Bozeman, MT - International Genetic Solutions (IGS), a group of more than 17 cattle associations and organizations, is working across the breed spectrum to provide resources and technologies that ensure cattlemen and women along the industry chain are set up for success. “We’ve put together a massive collaborative effort with approaching 20 million head of cattle to provide the most scientifically-credible, the most cost-effective, the quickest, multi-breed, directly-comparable genetic evaluation on the planet,” says Chip Kemp, IGS Commercial & Industry Operations. IGS partners and leaders across the beef industry meet virtually last month during the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) virtual symposium, beginning June 8. “If you think about IGS, from a big-picture standpoint, it’s the value of collaboration,” says Tom Brink, Red Angus Association of America CEO. “Beef breeds, historically, haven’t always worked together so well, or so much, but IGS broke the mold on that. Being able to combine these data sets, more analytical power, better EPD predictions to use for all the breeds involved, IGS just really facilitates that in an unprecedented way.” The collective effort is intended to help individuals make more informed decisions - from seedstock to commercial producers. “The collaboration that we have with IGS will do two things: not only will it help their members sell seedstock bulls and replacement heifers but it will also help their customers, commercial producers make an informed decision in their operations. And those two things together will contribute to accelerating genetic improvements,” says Stewart Bauck, vice president of

agrigenomics for Neogen Genomics. “It’s going to have a significant, important, and long-term beneficial impact on the beef industry. Bob Weaber of Kansas State University agrees. “Getting everybody pulling the wagon together allows the IGS team and the leading scientists in the world, working in beef cattle genetics, to accelerate the process of genetic improvement,” Weaber says. “Tools like the IGS Feeder Profit Calculator puts increased profit potential in the hands of cattlemen and women as they assign and assess the value of their stock.” IGS, and the tools it provides, is unique, Brink adds. “We’re a lot stronger working together than we are individually,” he says. “We’re getting a lot better genetic predictions by doing what we’re doing, working together, so that’s really the power of IGS.” International Genetic Solutions (IGS) is an unprecedented collaboration between progressive organizations across the US, Canada, and Australia that are committed to enhancing beef industry profitability. The collaboration encompasses education, technological advancement, and genetic evaluation. Through collaboration, IGS has become the largest beef cattle evaluation in the world. More information about BIF’s virtual symposium, is available at https://beefimprovement.org. Ranchers wanting to learn more about IGS can visit https://www.internationalgeneticsolutions.com.

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Vest Ranches Wins 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer Award Source: Rachel Robinson, Angus Communications Hard work and humility have been defining traits of the Vest family since Bill Vest ventured out to West Texas in 1887, and it took every ounce of hard work and humility to homestead and run cattle in the rough country of that part of the world. The hard work of more than a century paid off when Vest Ranches was selected as the 2020 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Commercial Producer of the Year. Nominated by the American Angus Association and the American-International Charolais Association, Vest Ranches received the award virtually during the BIF Conference on June 8, 2020. “We give honor and credit to the Lord, who is a big part of our daily life and operation,” said Ty Watkins, Vest Ranches general manager. “We’re blessed with a great family, including those who work for us, neighbors and others who contribute daily to our success. We are pretty humbled and excited to accept this award on everyone’s behalf.” West Texas isn’t the easiest place to raise cattle, but on Vest Ranches, the management practices, innovative tools and excellent stewardship practices have helped the operation be efficient and progressive. Every detail of their land, cattle and business is attended to with extraordinary precision, and that attention to detail and leadership are defining characteristics of Vest Ranches. “We are thrilled to hear that Vest Ranches was awarded the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year award,” said

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Mark McCully, American Angus Association CEO. “Vest Ranches truly embodies the ideals of BIF, and we are excited to support this impressive operation.” Fourth-generation rancher Samann Vest-Watkins and her husband, Ty, have employed a variety of programs and systems that have helped their mostly Angus herd not only survive a tough landscape, but also to thrive. An operation that once hung their hat on steeped tradition has become a progressive Angus and Charolais commercial herd. “The BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving ranch and family,” said Neil Orth, American-International Charolais Association executive vice president. “We are pleased to be a part of Vest Ranches’ story.” For more information about the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year award, visit BIFconference. com. Go to Angus.org or charolaisusa.com for more information about the American Angus Association and the American-International Charolais Association.

Yon Family Farms Wins Seedstock Producer Award

brood cows and thousands of acres of crop, pasture and timber land. Their data collection, stewardship of the land, early adoption of technology and focus on genetic improvement have contributed to their operations’ success.

Source: Rachel Robinson, Angus Communications

“Yon Family Farms is a great example of what can happen when big dreams meet an unwavering commitment to excellence,” said Mark McCully, American Angus Association CEO. “We are celebrating with the Yon family on their great accomplishment.”

Family, commitment and value are three words that describe Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, South Carolina. First-generation seedstock producers Kevin and Lydia Yon have built their registered Angus operation from the ground up. Yon Family Farms’ commitment and progressive approach have led to the American Angus Association’s nomination and the 2020 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. “The BIF has meant a lot to our family over the years because of the strides it’s made to better the seedstock industry,” said Kevin Yon, Yon Family Farms owner. “We are so appreciative of all the BIF stands for, so this award is even more special to us.” Since Yon Family Farms was established in 1996, the Yon family started with their original 100 cows and 100 acres and have expanded to more than 1,500 head of

The philosophy behind Yon Family Farms has always been to produce cattle that balance all economically important traits, genetics that will keep people in business on the maternal side of the cow base and producing an end product that will meet the needs and demand of the end consumer. They accomplish that goal by collecting a lot of data, enrolling in programs through the American Angus Association and passing that information on to their customers. With three children already working on their operation, the Yons’ dream is extending to a second generation. For more information about the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year award, visit BIFconference.com. Go to Angus.org for more information about the American Angus Association.

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BIF Selects New Board, Officers Source: BIF MANHATTAN, Kan. ( June 8, 2020) —The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new directors and officers June 8 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium, hosted virtually this year. Joe Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas, was introduced as the 2020-2021 BIF president during the Monday session. Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kansas, is the new vice president. New directors elected to serve on the BIF board were producers John Irvine, Manhattan, Kansas; Troy Marshall, Burlington, Colorado; and Joy Reznicek, West Point, Mississippi. New association representatives elected were Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association; Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association; and Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University professor, was announced as the new BIF executive director. Weaber will be taking the reins from Jane Parish, Mississippi State University, who served as executive director from 2015-2020.

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“Jane has been a great leader for the organization, and we are grateful for the years she dedicated to BIF,” says Tommy Clark, 2019-2020 BIF president. “Under her leadership, BIF has raised the bar in member services,


as well as its communication and marketing efforts to members, the board and the organization’s partners.” Also retiring from the staff after 18 years of service to BIF is Lois Schreiner. From 2002-2020, Schreiner served as executive assistant to several directors and has been integral in BIF’s success. “Lois is phenomenal,” says Weaber. “She has been the heart and soul of BIF, and the behind-the-scenes contribution she has made to BIF for the past 18 years is immeasurable.” More than 1,300 beef producers, academia and industry representatives registered to participate in the organization’s 52nd Annual Research Symposium — Online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation. For more information about this year’s symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of meeting, visit the Awards and Newsroom pages of BIFconference.com. For more information about BIF, visit BeefImprovement.org. The 2021 BIF Convention and Research Symposium will be June 22-25 in Des Moines, Iowa.

United States Cattle on Feed Down 5 Percent Source: USDA Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on May 1, 2020. The inventory was 5 percent below May 1, 2019. Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.43 million head, 22 percent below 2019. Placements were the second lowest for April since the series began in 1996. Net placements were 1.36 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 295,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 180,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 315,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 392,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 180,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.46 million head, 24 percent below 2019. April marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 70,000 head during April, 17 percent above 2019. Terms and Definitions of Cattle on Feed Estimates Cattle on feed are steers and heifers being fed a ration of grain, silage, hay and/or protein supplement for slaughter market that are expected to produce a carcass that will grade select or better. It excludes cattle being “backgrounded only� for later sale as feeders or later placement in another feedlot. Placements are steers and heifers put into a feedlot, fed a ration which will produce a carcass that will grade select or better, and are intended for the slaughter market. Marketings are steers and heifers shipped out of feedlots to a slaughter market. Other disappearance includes death loss, movement from feedlots to pasture, and shipments to other feedlots for further feeding.

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with Mike Deering Elections in the Era of COVID-19 Usually by this time, you are likely sick and tired of the political campaigns. The door knocking, events and campaign signs spread all over the countryside likely annoy you. This year, however; it is somewhat difficult to know Missouri’s primary election is less than a month away on August 4. The impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the campaign season is a little worrisome. Many Missouri House and Senate races will begin and end in the primary. The primary election is critical to ensure we elect people who understand and value Missouri agriculture. It is up to us to independently research incumbents and new candidates alike. While face-to-face interaction is limited, we cannot wait to decide at the ballot box on August 4. Call or email these candidates and get as much information as possible. Sporadic decisions can often lead to voting for the wrong person. Your vote matters. Use it wisely.

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The other dilemma this unusual election season causes is it gives favor to those with name recognition. This can be good in some cases or extremely bad in others. Just because we recognize a name, does not necessarily mean they have been or would be a good elected leader. We must dig deeper and learn the substance behind the name.


That is exactly what MCA’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee is doing. The committee is pouring through 163 Missouri House races; 17 Missouri Senate elections; eight Congressional races; and five statewide elections. We leave no rock unturned and research every race from Kennett (population 10,182) to Kansas City

Executive Vice President (population 492,918). The committee recommendations go to the full Board of Directors on July 11 and must be ratified by no less than 80% of those present to receive an endorsement. It is as grassroots as it gets. For too long, MCA did not get involved in county elections, such as county commissioners and local ballot initiatives, and learned the hard way how important they are to advancing Missouri agriculture. A few years ago, the MCA Board modified the rules to allow MCA to engage in county elections if the respective county affiliate makes the request. As we gear up for this election cycle, we are once again reminded of the fact it takes money to run campaigns. Our fundraising efforts were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, but we are full speed ahead for the 17th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry on July 11. We need you there. We need items for the auctions. If you cannot make it, please consider a donation. Any amount helps. Asking for money is not something I am good at, but I truly get the importance of having the best people making the best decisions for farm and ranch families in all levels of government. You can rest assured knowing I put my money where my mouth is, and I am proud to support this association’s Political Action Committee. Learn more about the Steak Fry on PAGE 63.

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Thomas Edward (Ed) Pinegar, Jr. Thomas Edward Pinegar, Jr. (Ed) 74, of Springfield, Missouri went home to be with his Lord May 23, 2020. He was born March 19, 1946 to Madge (Buckner) and Thomas (Tom) Pinegar. He grew up in the Springfield community of Ebenezer and graduated from Willard High School where he was an outstanding baseball player. He was proud of his rural background and continued to be a part of that community which later led him to establish Pinegar Land and Cattle. He married the love of his life Carolyn Laughlin July 8, 1967 at First Baptist Church. Their lives centered on educating their four children Angela, Tad, Abigail, and Ashlie to be Christians and good citizens. Even as a kid, Eddie had a knack for business. He told many stories of milking cows and picking berries to sell. He worked his way through college by purchasing a gas station with a friend where they both worked. He graduated from then SMS in 1969 and began to work for Reliable Chevrolet downtown Springfield. He was instrumental in moving Reliable to their South Campbell location. His success at Reliable allowed him to take the next step, to purchase his own dealership in Republic in 1979. He continued his automotive success by purchasing two more dealerships in Branson, MO in 1988. Ed never did anything partway. If he was going to do something, he was all in and wanted it done correctly. He was that way when he decided to start in the Limousin Cattle business in 1992. Within a few short years, he became the leading breeder of Limousin Cattle in North America. His auctions would bring in breeders from all over the US and Canada. Just this past March was his 26th annual Cattle Auction. Ed accepted Christ as his savior as a child and as an adult was active in First Baptist Church of Springfield. He knew God had blessed him with his success and because of this he gave back to his community monetarily and with his time. He loved sports and coached his children and nephew Jeff in many sports and games. He was a steadfast fan of the Bears and Lady Bears teams.

Ed Pinegar had many accomplishments and received numerous awards of which we will list some. He was honored as an Outstanding Young Springfieldian in 1975. He was recognized by Springfield Jaycees as Outstanding Young Man in 1980. He served on the MSU Board of Governors from 1985-1991 and has served on the MSU Board of Trustees since 2009. He and wife, Carol were honored with the Missouri State Bronze Bear Award in 2009. Missouri Limousin Breeders Association inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2013. The 2018 Ozark Empire Fair Gold Buckle Gala honored him for his dedication to youth. In April 2019 Ed and Carol received the outstanding Willard Alumni Award. Recently he received the 2019 AFP Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award. With all of his achievements, he was the most proud of his four children and nine grandchildren. If he were able he never missed any of their performances, games, nor graduations. He was always prepared to help a friend or sometimes a stranger in need. Many of his acts of charity were done anonymously. Ed is survived by his wife Carol; Children, Angela, Tad and his wife Amy, Abigail, and Ashlie; grandchildren, Chaz, Mason, Alexis, Tommy, Rachael, Chance, Linkin, Kristen, and Mila. He is also survived by sisters Charlene Crites and Darlene Mincks; a nephew Jeff; nieces Becky and Crystal; and many close family members and lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Barbara. The family is very appreciative of all the support they have received over the several months during his hospitalizations. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made. First Baptist Church at 525 South Street Springfield, MO 65806. The Ed Pinegar Scholarship for a Willard student or the Pinegar Scholarship for a Greenwood student both in c/o the MSU Foundation 300 S Jefferson, Suite 100 Springfield, MO 65806.

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Robin Fredrick Gregory, Jr Robin Fredrick “Fred” Gregory, Jr., age 88, of Warsaw, Missouri, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 12th, 2020, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, MO. He was born on May 7th, 1932, in Warsaw, MO, the first born of Robin Gregory, Sr and Glen (Smith) Gregory. Fred spent his entire life in the Warsaw area, and was a fifth-generation resident of Benton County, with the Gregory family settling in the Tebo Creek area of Benton County dating back to 1841. While growing up in Warsaw he helped deliver milk from his family’s dairy to the residents of Warsaw. He used to say that when he was a boy he knew everyone in town and where their refrigerator was. Fred graduated from Warsaw High School in 1951 and shortly thereafter was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War. Fred was honorably discharged in July of 1954, and after returning home, he promptly asked his high school sweetheart to marry him. He was united in marriage to Helen McLerran, the daughter of John Ed and Ruby McLerran, on October 17, 1954, at Hopewell Baptist Church in Quincy, MO. To this union was born two sons, David Gregory of Deepwater, MO, and Dean Gregory of Columbia, MO. Faith was important to Fred. He was a member and church deacon of Spring Grove Baptist Church, which was originally located on Tebo Creek. Fred also served as Sunday School Superintendent, and was a member of both the Mission Board and the Baptist Old Path Association. He began his farming career on the family farm in the Tebo Creek valley. In 1962, Fred and Helen purchased a farm in Henry County and moved their farming operation as a result of the pending construction of Truman Dam and Reservoir.

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As a lifelong farmer and cattleman in Benton and Henry counties, Fred was involved in helping with 4-H, Benton County Feeder Pig Producer Auction, Benton County Cattlemen’s Association, where he also served as president, board member of the Benton County Mutual Insurance Company, and was a proud member of the Benton County Historical Society. Fred was also a member of VFW Post 5894, where he served as VFW Commander to the post.


Along with farming, Fred was also an accomplished carpenter, and he graciously helped many family and

friends with their projects, either to build their homes or help to update the homes. This included the house he and Helen built and called home for over 50 years. Fred loved to travel and see the world with Helen. They traveled to all 50 states and Fred had been to 21 countries throughout the world. Many of the overseas trips were taken with other farm families to tour the agriculture within other parts of the world. During these trips Fred and Helen built many long-lasting relationships, both with their travel companions and with farm families throughout the world. Fred truly loved his family and friends. Until his health limited his ability to get around he would always jump at the chance to be with his family, including his children, brother and sisters, and nieces and nephews. He also had many lifelong friends in the Warsaw area that he spent time with over coffee, even though he didn’t drink coffee, solving the world’s problems. Fred also enjoyed playing card games with his family, especially his grandchildren, and with his friends in the Warsaw pitch club, which he and Helen participated in for over 50 years. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Robin Gregory, Sr. and Glen (Smith) Gregory, his sister, Frances (Gregory) Higgins, his brother-in-law, Raymond Higgins of Houstonia, MO, and his nephew Adam Gregory. He is survived by his brother Roger Gregory and his wife Carolyn (Heggen) Gregory, his sister Kathy (Gregory) Reynolds and her husband Donny Reynolds. Fred is also survived by his two sons and their spouses, David Gregory and his wife Leah Rae (Trenary) Gregory, of Deepwater, MO, and Dean Gregory and his wife Gretchen (Kussman) Gregory, of Columbia, MO, along with Fred’s grandchildren, Alex Gregory, Austin Gregory, and Emily Gregory. Visitation was held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16th, at Reser & Davis-Miller Funeral Home, 101 W. Main Street, Warsaw, MO, with services at 2:00 PM, and graveside services followed at Riverside Cemetery. Because Fred loved his community and the history of the area, in lieu of flowers please donate to either the Benton County Historical Society or to the Benton County Cancer Fund.

Luther L. Angell Luther L. Angell, 86, Centralia, MO passed away May 23, 2020 at his home. He was born April 27, 1934 in Centralia, MO the son of the late L.W. and Louise (Wisman) Angell. On August 29, 1959 he was united in marriage to Joan Gassett. In addition to his wife Joan of 60 years, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by three sons Jed Angell ( Jill) of Centralia, MO, Justin Angell of Centralia, MO and Jon Angell (Charlotte) of Centralia, MO; one brother Charles “Buddy” Angell (Sherry) of Centralia, MO; one sister Rosemary Boender of Oskaloosa, Iowa; nine grandchildren Jayci Gesling ( Jimmy), Jardyn Angell (Krista), Jensyn Angell (Amanda), Sierra Blachford ( John), Savannah Moore ( Justin), Selestia Angell, Schyler Angell, Emily Angell and Rebekah Angell; ten great grandchildren Micah Gesling, Ainsley Gesling, Gideon Gesling, Dekker Angell, Liyah Angell, Lyric Angell, Wells Luther Angell, Joslyn Blachford, J.D. Blachford and Jesse Blachford; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, a brother in law preceded him in death. For most of his life, Luther partnered with his brother, Charles Angell, in the cattle business. In addition, he was an owner in the Columbia Livestock Auction, Central Hog Buyers and Angell’s Western Wear. Luther and his family were in the cattle business for many years and he enjoyed telling stories and spending time with all of his family, especially his grandchildren. Luther served is country in the United States Air Force and was a passionate lifelong supporter of his hometown of Centralia MO.

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Graveside services were on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Centralia City Cemetery in Centralia, MO. A private family visitation was held 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia, MO. In lieu of a formal visitation, a New Orleans Style funeral procession departed Oliver Funeral Home at Approximately 2:00 pm traveled north on Allen Street thru downtown Centralia. At 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 there was a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Centralia Sale Barn in Centralia, MO. The entry fee was one Luther story. There was story time at 5:00 pm at the Centralia Sale Barn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centralia City Cemetery Fund or Shriners Hospitals for Children c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240.


Merck Animal Health and AHA Announce Five-Year Educational Partnership Source: American Hereford Association KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) announces its five-year partnership with the American Hereford Association (AHA) to educate members and cattle producers on the importance of animal health programs in maximizing cattle’s genetic potential. Through the partnership, Merck Animal Health will lead educational sessions at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Conference, as well as at the association’s in-person and online educational opportunities. “Merck Animal Health is proud to partner with the American Hereford Association to deliver the latest information on building animal health programs and protocols that help improve cattle wellbeing and performance,” says Kevin Mobley, executive director of cattle sales and marketing for Merck Animal Health. “The AHA has a strong history and even brighter future as it continues to serve and educate its growing membership, including its younger members and future leaders of the industry.” The new partnership will support the value of developing strong genetic and animal health programs. “It’s great to have Merck Animal Health work with our team,” says Jack Ward, AHA executive vice president. “Animal care and health are critical to the success of our producers’ operations, and we look forward to Merck Animal Health’s contributions in this educational effort.” Submit photos and support the Hereford Youth Foundation To help kick off the new partnership, cattle producers are encouraged to share a photo showing them using




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a Merck Animal Health product with their own cattle. For every photo submitted to the AHA, Merck Animal Health will donate $100 (up to $15,000 total) to support the Hereford Youth Foundation of America. The foundation is dedicated to scholarship, leadership and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. “We encourage our adult and youth members, as well as commercial cattle producers to submit photos showing how you implement your animal health protocols using Merck Animal Health products,” says Ward. “Not only do health programs add value to cattle, the photos you share will generate funds for our educational, leadership and research efforts of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.” Submit photos via Facebook Messenger to the AHA and use #HerefordStrong in the message. Photos must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2020. By providing a photo, the participant grants Merck Animal Health and the AHA the permission to use the photo for purposes of advertising, publicity, trade, display, exhibition and any other commercial or other business purpose. Merck Animal Health offers trusted, innovative products and programs to help keep cattle healthy and productive.

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USDA Announces Improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Program This Summer Source: NCBA WASHINGTON, June 9, 2020 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced changes to the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program for feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine starting this summer with the 2021 crop year. Changes include moving premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period and increasing premium subsidies to assist producers. “These changes will make these policies more usable and affordable for livestock producers,” RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. “We are working to ensure these improvements can be implemented by July 1 so producers can take advantage of these changes.” Specifically, the changes: • Allow premiums to be paid at the end of the endorsement period, putting it in line with other policies. • Increase the premium subsidy for coverage levels above 80 percent. Those with an 80 percent or higher coverage level will get a 5-percentage point subsidy increase.

• Producers may buy LRP insurance throughout the year from Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs), with coverage prices ranging from 70 to 100 percent of the expected ending value of their animals. At the end of the insurance period, if the actual ending value is below the coverage price, producers will be paid an indemnity for the difference. Premium rates, coverage prices and actual ending values are posted online daily. RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through AIPs to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. RMA staff are working with AIPs and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting livestock insurance coverage for producers. Farmers with livestock insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email). More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus. Livestock insurance is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. A list of insurance agents is available online using the RMA Agent Locator. Learn more about livestock insurance and the modern farm safety net at rma.usda.gov.

Ranchers Criticize Senate for Irresponsible Passage of Land Grab Legislation WASHINGTON ( June 17, 2020) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Natural Resources and the Public Lands Council Executive Director, Kaitlynn Glover, today released the following statement in response to the Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act:

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“Today’s passage of the Great American Outdoors Act is a disappointment to those who value conservation and active management of our natural resources. By making


funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) mandatory, proponents of this bill sentenced existing and future lands and waters to the same fate facing current federal assets – billions of dollars in deferred maintenances. Today is indeed a landmark day – with this legislation, Congress has abdicated their responsibility and privilege to engage in these important conservation decision. I hope they are more prudent in representing their constituents when setting conservation priorities in future legislation.”

NCBA Applauds Introduction of Emergency Grazing Legislation Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 5, 2020) — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today applauded the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE (Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Reserve Easements) Act of 2020 by U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R - 1st Dist., Kansas) and Angie Craig (D 2nd Dist., MN). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Tina Smith (D-MN). “Yesterday’s introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE Act is a welcome step toward providing grazing flexibility to livestock producers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “As farmers and ranchers are keeping and feeding livestock for longer periods of time, Congress must ensure that producers

do not face a forage shortage. Emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage is a relied upon practice for livestock and forage management. The PASTURE Act gives USDA the ability to open CRP acreage for emergency haying and grazing during the COVID-19 pandemic. “On May 15, 2020, NCBA and 35 of its state affiliates (including MCA) sent a letter to Congress urging action on this issue. NCBA looks forward to continued work with both Republicans and Democrats to ensure that cattle producers receive much-needed flexibility during this unprecedented time.”

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The Taste of Change Source: Nicole Erceg, C.A.B. Black Ink I don’t remember the first time I ate it nor the last, I just remember that it tasted terrible. My mother called it “Uschi’s Omlet,” a nod to her mother’s German name, as she passed on the mushy, messy bake recipe. Truthfully, none of us liked it, but we didn’t dare say so because serving it every Christmas made Mom feel connected to the ones who no longer sat around the table. It was tradition. In the cattle business, tradition is everywhere. It’s the fence posts put down by a generation before, the tricks dad taught of how to use baling twine to “fix” a farm truck door, and how to tellAM when calf is sick. It’s in MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 9/24/14 9:59 Pagea 62 the whisper of the wind through the grass, knowing the ground beneath your boots is open with opportunity because of family members you never got the chance to meet. The rituals of those before us are the harvest we reap today. Mom caught us all one year scraping the bits we couldn’t choke down into the garbage and we confessed our disgust for the dish. It didn’t mean she stopped making it — change isn’t easy. Change disrupts the reliable good from the way things have always been. Sometimes, it can feel like we’re dishonoring the ones who have gone before by drifting from their trustworthy well-worn paths.

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In 2020, change and disruption have been around every corner. Things look different in our newsfeeds, but the cattle in the pasture feel the same, undisturbed by the stressors swirling around us. The cows may not know it, but it’s a different world we’re living in. As the headlines fade into history, much will look the same on the ranch. But since change defines this year, let’s take a look at what should be changing in our businesses. This calving season, does the calving barn dad built in the ’50s feel nonfunctional with the cow size you have today? If you’ve always selected for maternal performance in the cow herd and carcass traits in the calves you’ll feed, is it time to select for both? Maybe this weaning season will be extended, presenting opportunities to change up your traditional 30-day program or explore different marketing avenues. Looking for a chance to change can highlight the best traditions we need to hold on to. These past months have shown the U.S. cattlemen’s dedication to quality and consistency is still vital to future success. As restaurants reopen, they’re looking for points of differentiation, demanding Prime beef and branded programs that drive value back to the ranch. The ones whose legacy we carry were probably never dealt a global pandemic. They didn’t have to work to please today’s consumer. They didn’t have data and technology at their fingertips like we do today. The repeating rhythm of the seasons offers predictability, we know what’s up ahead. The heritage and tradition grounds us and though we’ve been dealt a different hand, those who play it smart will continue to carry on. It’s a careful balance of combining the best traditions of the past with innovations of today that result in a better product for our customers at the end of the value chain. Every year, Mom will still ask if we want her to make Uschi’s Omlet, though she knows our answer. I never met my grandmother, but the stories and the ability to sew are traditions from her that won’t die with me, though I hope the legacy of that recipe does. Now my family enjoys a holiday breakfast of cinnamon rolls, and the taste of change is sweet. For Mom, it’s served with a small side of sadness, though she admits a better eating experience for all is worth embracing a little change.

Take it Up a Notch on the National Angus Tour Angus Tour Makes Stops at Diverse Operations in the Kansas City Area Source: American Angus Association In the center of America’s heartland lies Kansas City, a metropolitan area that boasts a rich agricultural history. Kansas City’s roots can be traced to the establishment of the Kansas City Stockyards in 1871 and the American Royal Stock Show in 1899. Most know that tradition and agriculture have long been linked. In the modern era, livestock families have adopted new and creative approaches to bring the next generation into the operation to maintain their family enterprise. The 2020 National Angus Tour, hosted by the Missouri Angus Association, will shine the spotlight on several innovative farming families. The first stop on the tour is Valley Oaks Feedlot, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City. Owned and operated by the David Ward family, the feedlot is housed in Lone Jack, Missouri and has a 4,500 head capacity. The state-of-the-art Valley Oaks Feedlot was custom-designed to provide cattle with optimal ventilation and temperature control in a lowstress environment. The safe atmosphere and feeding program, combined with a superior genetic platform, elevates their cattle to be highly sought after by packers and local butcher shops alike. The operation typically produces 25 percent Prime and 98 percent Choice or higher premiums and is home to the 2019 American Royal Grand Champion Steak Competition. Highlights of the Valley Oaks tour stop include animal health and nutrition, a stress-free building tour, manure management and direct consumer marketing. Additionally, the Wards will share personal experiences in Agri-tourism along with challenges from animal and environmental activists. “We look forward to hosting the National Angus Tour every year, and this year’s tour stops are second-tonone,” Caitlyn Brandt, American Angus Association® events coordinator said, “Attendees can look forward to an educational tour that highlights many facets of the beef business, especially in the Midwest.”

During the farm tour, visitors will see their multifaceted operation up close and hear from experts who work closely with the Mershon family as advisors on research trials. Attendees will learn about sexed semen and split time AI trials, as well as hair shedding; use of commodity byproduct feed blends; the use of new technology in database management of herd performance; and the symbiotic relationship with their row crop and seed business. Additionally, on display will be cows, yearlings and calves as well as their AI and natural service sires. Lunch will be served at the beautiful Lone Summit Ranch, near Lees Summit, Missouri. Established in the early 1900s, the property has been home to outstanding pedigreed livestock of several species. Purchased in 2015, Linda Sallee and her husband have worked tirelessly to restore the historic buildings and barns to their original grandeur. Today, the facilities are available as a special event venue and host a variety of weddings, corporate meetings, dinners and photoshoots. “Missouri is the Show-Me State and the Missouri Angus Association is excited to show attendees these progressive operations,” Julie Conover, Missouri Angus Association general manager said. “We hope you join us on Nov. 6 for this great Angus activity.” Tour is limited to 200 guests and spaces often fill up quickly. Registration and hotel reservations open July 1, and more information will be available online at www. angusconvention.com.

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The second stop on the tour is Mershon Cattle in Buckner, Missouri. Mershon Cattle is an award-winning commercial cattle operation owned by Bruce and Tracey Mershon. The couple have been honored as recipients of the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation’s Commercial Producer of the Year, the 2018 Missouri Hereford Association Commercial Breeder of the Year and the 2013 Missouri Angus Association Commercial Producer of the Year. This data-driven operation is

backed by an Angus-based crossbred cow herd. They utilize Angus, Hereford, Simmental and Charolais AI and natural service sires that excel in carcass quality, feed efficiency, docility and fescue tolerance. Through careful genetic selection over the past 15 years, they have seen harvest data steadily improve and are now consistently running 95 percent Choice or better and 5 percent Prime.


Missouri Cattlemen’s ‘Top 100’ Profitability Challenge Continues

- Fed Steer Challenge to Feature Fall and Spring Calves The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is gearing up for the second year of the “Top 100” Profitability Challenge. The steers will be fed at the University of Missouri, South Farm Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, and data will be collected on each steer’s efficiency throughout the program. Producers and Missouri students alike will benefit from the program as the FFA Fantasy Feedout component of the program involves youth as well. Students from participating FFA

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chapters select steers from the challenge and follow the data collected to see which chapter had the best eye for a profitable steer. New to the challenge for the 2020-2021 year is the addition of a second division which will be for fall calves. Cattle competing in the Calf Fed Division must be weaned by October 28 and will be delivered Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13. Cattle entered in the Yearling Division must be weaned on or before July 29, and will be delivered between Friday, September 11 and Sunday, September 13. According to Sydney Thummel, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Manager of Membership, the new division was added to accommodate the diversity of the cattle industry in Missouri. “We were able to get quality data from the inaugural year of the Profitability Challenge and want to continue to expand,” said Thummel. “Our Profitability Challenge Committee wants the program to represent the full scope of the cattle industry in our state. Many of our producers calve in the fall as well as the spring and adding this second division will provide an avenue for all producers to compete.” All steers that compete in the “Top 100” Profitability Challenge must be MFA Health Track participants from BQA Certified producers and meet the weight requirements for their designated division. The yearling division steers need to be between 790-860 pounds while the calf division steers will be between 630-760 pounds. All steers will also need to be bunk broke; weaned a minimum of 45 days; two rounds of shots with one modified live; and BVD-PI negative prior to delivery. MCA President Marvin Dieckman said the program began last year after reviewing the structure of neighboring states with cattle feeding contests.

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“We added an incentive by purchasing the animal at 50 percent of the current market value as well as including state FFA Chapters,” said Dieckman. “Producers competing in the program also receive all of the data collected for the duration, allowing them to make educated decisions about their cattle at home.”


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ShowMe Genetic Services Announces Calendar Photo Contest Source: ShowMe Genetic Services STRAFFORD, Missouri — It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now is the time to let your pictures do the talking! ShowMe Genetic Services wants to showcase your cattle and ranch photos in their 2021 calendar. To participate, simply submit the best photographs of your cattle for a brand-new Calendar Photo Contest.

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Entries must highlight an area of cattle production, be horizontal in nature and be submitted in high quality, high resolution (at least 300 dpi), digital form to be eligible. The contest is open to any U.S. cattle producer. Categories include spring, summer, fall and winter. Only one photo entry per category. All entries become the property of ShowMe Genetic Services LLC and may be used by the company in any promotional material including calendar, social media, website and print


advertising without advance notice. Once a photo is submitted, it may not be used in any other capacity without permission from ShowMe Genetic Services. Watch for complete contest guidelines on our Facebook page, @ShowMeGen. The overall winner will receive a $250 cash prize, ShowMe swag and a 2021 breeding calendar. Additionally, 12 category winners will be awarded, and each will receive a $50 cash prize, ShowMe swag and a 2021 breeding calendar. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 15, 2020 and should be emailed to Kathryn Coon at kathryn@ showmegen.com. Contest winners will be featured in the 2021 ShowMe Genetic Services Breeding Calendar and on Facebook, @ShowMeGen. Contest questions should be directed to Coon by calling 417-736-2125.

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SALE REPORTS Fall-calving Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale 5-16-2020 – Kingsville, MO 151 Heifers.....................................................Avg. $1,713

Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale 5-30-2020 – Palmyra, MO 138 Heifers.....................................................Avg. $1,815

Central Missouri Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale 5-22-2020 – Vienna, MO 145 Heifers.....................................................Avg. $1,735

Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale 6-5-2020 – Fruitland, MO 70 Heifers.......................................................Avg. $2,294

15th Annual Great American Pie Limousin Sale 5-30-2020 – Lebanon, MO 9 Bulls.............................................................Avg. $3,300 7 Fall pairs......................................................Avg. $2,893 5 Open heifers................................................Avg. $2,840 34 Spring breds & pairs..................................Avg. $2,365 7 Genetic packages.........................................Avg. $2,175 29 Fall breds...................................................Avg. $1,757 Total Gross.........................................................$210,725

Eastern Missouri Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale 6-12-2020 – Farmington, MO 131 Heifers.....................................................Avg. $2,132

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Wright Charolais Mature Fall Calving Dispersal, Kearney, MO Angus Alliance Int’l Sale, Joplin, MO Badger Creek Cattle Company Complete Dispersal Sale, Emporia, KS 27th Annual Autumn In The Ozarks Sale, Strafford, MO Seedstock Plus Two Sales - Oak Ridge Farms Dispersal Sale and the Showcase Sale XV, Kingsville, MO Central Missouri Polled Hereford Breeders Association Sale, Cuba, MO Wild Indian Acres & Friends Female Sale, DeSoto, MO NextGen Cattle Co. 3rd Annual Flint Hills Classic Bull Sale, Paxico, KS WMC Cattle Co. Sale, Wasola, MO Gardiner Angus Ranch Bull Sale Ashland, KS Journagan Ranch/MSU Production Sale, Springfield, MO Pinegar Limousin Fall Production Sale, Springfield, MO Express Ranch Fall Bull Sale, Yukon, OK Smith Valley Angus Sale, Salem, MO MLBA Heart of Missouri Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO Missouri Red Angus Association Fall Bull & Female Sale, Sedalia, MO Bonebrake Herefords Female Production Sale, Buffalo, MO Byergo Angus Sale, Savannah, MO East Central Missouri Angus Ass’n Sale, Cuba, MO Valley Oaks Angus Sale, Oak Grove, MO THM Land & Cattle Female Sale Vienna, MO Seedstock Plus Fall Bull & Female Sale, JRS - Carthage, MO Gerloff Farms Sale, Bland, MO BUB Ranch Sale, Koshkonong, MO Circle A Angus Sale, Iberia, MO

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Angell-Thomas Charolais Bull & Heifer Sale, Paris, MO Aschermann Charolais/Akaushi 31st Edition Bull Sale, Carthage, MO Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer & Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus Ass’n. Sale, West Plains, MO Frank/Hazelrigg Cattle Co. Sale, Fulton, MO Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO Royal Collection Charolais Sale, American Royal Wagstaff Sale Center, Kansas City, MO Lacy’s Red Angus Production Sale with MC Livestock, Drexel, MO Mead Angus Farm Fall Production Sale, Barnett, MO Ladies of the Royal National Hereford Sale, Kansas City, MO Baker Angus Sale, Butler, MO Fink Beef Genetics Fall Bull Sale, Randolph, KS Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO WMC Cattle Co. and Guests Inaugural Bull Sale, Springfield, MO GenePlus Brangus Sale at Chimney Rock Cattle Co., Concord, AR Worthington Angus Sale, Dadeville, MO Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Editon Bull & Female Sale, Osceola, MO 24th Annual Show-Me Plus Gelbvieh & Balancer® Sale, Springfield, MO Sydenstricker Angus Sale, Mexico, MO Complete Dispersion of Roth Herefords, Windsor, MO Butch’s Angus Sale, Jackson, MO Missouri Hereford Assn. Opportunity Sale, Sedalia, MO Wright Charolais 10th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO

17th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry Date Changed - New Date July 11

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The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is expecting more than 500 people to attend their 17th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry. The event honors past MCA presidents and raises funds for the associations Political Action Committee. This year the event is set for July 11, 2020, in the Agriculture Building located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri.


“This is a fun event with an important purpose. Participants take time to recognize the efforts of the association’s past presidents and also raise significant funds for the PAC,” MCA Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Jimmie Long said, adding that last year’s event raised more than $60,000. “We open this event to the public and expect more than 500 people to attend.” The event has grown substantially in the last few years, according to Long who himself is a past MCA president. He attributes the success to the growing awareness that it takes money to ensure candidates who understand and value Missouri agriculture are elected in the state.

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“Unfortunately, money matters in politics. It takes money to win elections and we want to make certain that people are elected who will ensure agriculture remains the top economic driver in this state,” said Long. The event previously took place during the week and in a smaller venue. “We moved the event to a larger venue and to a Saturday. It worked very well, so we are continuing down that road.” See pages 61 and 62 for more information and registration/ sponsorship form.

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ADM Minerals ............................................... 43 American Gelbvieh Association...................... 29 Beying’s Dawson Creek Gelbvieh................... 32 BQA................................................................ 78 Brookover - Ranger Feeders............................ 52 Buffalo Livestock Market................................ 66 Callaway Livestock Center Inc....................... 47 Central Missouri Sales Co.............................. 50 Circle A Angus Ranch.................................... 39 Classified......................................................... 81 Clearwater Farm............................................. 39 Coon Angus Ranch......................................... 39 Ertel Cattle Company..................................... 31 Ertel Cattle Company - Civil War.................. 31 F&T Livestock Market.................................... 19 FCS Financial of Missouri.............................. 84 Finney County Feedyard................................ 54 Galaxy Beef LLC............................................ 39 GDI................................................................. 45 Gerloff Farms.................................................. 39 Gleonda Farms Angus - Traves Merrick......... 39 Grassworks...................................................... 37 Green’s Welding & Sales................................. 27 Hart Farms Gelbvieh...................................... 30 Heart of America Gelbvieh Association.......... 33 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.............................. 39 HRC Feed Yards............................................. 49 Hy-Plains Feed Yard, LLC.............................. 53 HydraBed........................................................ 52 Irsik & Doll Feed Yards..................................... 2 Jim’s Motors.................................................... 48 Kingsville Livestock Auction........................... 36 Kinsley Feeders, LLC..................................... 51 Lawman Farms............................................... 32 Marshall & Fenner Farms............................... 39 MCA - Show-Me-Select Sale Credit............... 72 MCA Member Benefits................................... 77 MCA Membership Form................................ 73


MCA Presidents Council................................ 75 MCA Proud Member Signs............................ 74 MCA Steak Fry............................................... 63 MCA Top 100 Profitablity Challenge............. 69 MCA Youth Industry Tour............................. 71 McBee Cattle Co............................................... 7 MCF Golf Tournament.............................. 57-58 MCF Scholarship Deadline............................ 61 McPherson Concrete Products........................ 81 Mead Cattle Co............................................... 79 Mead Farms.................................................... 39 Merck Animal Health..................................... 23 Missouri Angus Association............................ 39 Missouri Angus Breeders................................ 39 Missouri Beef Industry Council...................... 17 Missouri Beef Industry Council - Election...... 18 MLS Tubs....................................................... 65 MultiMin USA.................................................. 3 Naught-Naught Agency................................... 34 Richardson Ranch.......................................... 39 S&N Partners - JayLor Mixers........................ 13 Seedstock Plus................................................. 83 Sellers Feedlot................................................. 50 Soapweed Gelbvieh......................................... 28 South Central Regional Stockyards................ 14 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef........................ 39 Superior Steel Sales......................................... 35 Sydenstricker Genetics.................................... 39 Tiffany Cattle Co............................................ 55 Valley Oaks Angus.......................................... 39 Weiker Angus Ranch...................................... 39 Westway Feed.................................................... 9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate..................... 38 Wheeler Livestock Market.............................. 67 Mike Williams................................................. 38 Windsor Livestock Auction............................. 62 Zeitlow Distributing........................................ 68

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