CONTENTS July 2022
Show Me Cattle Feeders
Show Me Cattle Feeders
Flexibility on the Farm
Feedlot Schools Teach Producers How to Finish Calves at Home
From Market to Feedlot and in Between, the Means Family Finds Sucess
MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 18 Beef Checkoff News 30 County News
Flexibility on the Farm
MCA President’s Perspective Six Months of Success
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
Regional Range Report
What’s Cooking at the Beef House
The Main Event
Steak Fry - Thank You All
ON THE COVER:
Photo by Sebastian Mejia Turcios. The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Volume 51 - 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: email@example.com
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Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Mike@mocattle.com Sydney Thummel • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Sydney@mocattle.com Macey Hurst •MBC Editor/Production Artist Macey@mocattle.com Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234 Lisa@mocattle.com
Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org
New MCA Members
Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo
MCA Steak Fry Highlights
Obituary: Baxter Black
2022 MCA Officers
Bruce Mershon, President 816-289-3765 • 31107 Lake City Buckner Rd., Buckner, MO 64016 David Dick, President-Elect 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301 Chuck Miller, Vice President 573-881-3589 • 393 Spring Garden Road, Olean, MO 65064 Marvin Dieckman, Treasurer 660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ, Cole Camp, MO 65325 Charlie Besher, Secretary 573-866-2846 • RR 5, Box 2402, Patton, MO 63662
2022 MCA Regional Vice Presidents
Region 1: Region 2: Region 3: Region 4: Region 5: Region 6: Region 7:
Joe Lolli, 30019 Klondike Pl Macon, MO 63552 660-346-9711 Anita Vanderwert, 4902 Cochero Ct., Columbia, MO 65203 • 573-808-3000 Jeff Reed, PO Box 35 Williamsville, MO 63967 • 903-279-8360 Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Alex Haun, 1031 SW 600 Rd Holden, MO 64040 • 816-345-0005 Warren Love, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950 Josh Worthington, P.O. Box 246 Dadeville, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601
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Craig & Natalie Reed, Green Ridge, MO Maurice & Sheryl Brewe, Double B Ranch, Marthasville, MO Danny Barker, Barker Farms, Lone Jack, MO Kurt & Sharon Knickmeyer, Knickmeyer Farms, Cedar Hill, MO Brent Seiner, Bolilvar, MO Craig Lehman, Bolivar, MO Kade Ward, Browning, MO Payton Kanoy, Concordia, MO Ally Kagarice, Butler, MO Payne & Mindy Grant, Grant Cattle Company, Halfway, MO Lanie Hill, Linneus, MO Jadyn Lower, Collins, MO Steve Miller, Buffalo, MO Thomas Poynter, Tunas, MO Brenden Lower, Collins, MO Zach Headings, Long Lane, MO Bryce Mobray, Salem, MO Aubrey Ritchie, Boonville, MO Scott Moody, Salem, AR Miranda Lowrey, Lowrey’s Red Angus, El Dorado Springs, MO Payslie Alexander, Linneus, MO John Jones, Buffalo, MO Ryan Kassinger, Sedgewickville, MO Kevin & Andrea Milligan, Milligan Farms, Ridgeway, MO Eric Burlison, Ozark, MO Jerry & Juanita Marbut, Monett, MO Johnathon Ostermeyer, Odessa, MO Allie Ostermeyer, Odessa, MO Zane Ledbetter, Warsaw, MO Felicia Aikens, West Plains, MO Jack Wirth, Wirth Mor Polled Herefords, Willow Springs, MO Zach & Jessica Stokes, West Plains, MO Cindy Kirkland, Kirkland Farms LLC, Caulfield, MO
Casey & Stephanie Ledbetter, Warsaw, MO Dusty Walter, University of Missouri South Farm, Columbia, MO Melaina Thiltgen, Republic, MO Gentry Huth, Bunceton, MO Blake Freeman, Koshkonong, MO Kinley Philipps, Dover, MO Jenna Reeter, Trenton, MO Preston Henderson, Buffalo, MO Eli Wax, Owensville, MO Afton Palisch, Frohna, MO Emily Grace Gilmer, Polo, MO Wyatt Gilmer, Polo, MO Jacob Gilmer, Polo, MO Kelsey Viebrock, Stover, MO Cooper Howard, Stover, MO Averi Leyland, Oldfield, MO Celia Durand, Stover, MO Chris & Erika Heckadon, Nevada, MO Jim & Erin Erhard, Olathe, KS Tara Hornback, Olathe, KS Brent & Grace Keltner, Shawnee, KS Matt & Amy Crowe, Kansas City, MO Raymond Francka, Kifer Cattle Company, Bolivar, MO Cody Stutenkemper, Bolivar, MO John Aufdenberg, Jackson, MO Steven Dvorak, Dvorak Angus Ranch, Bolivar, MO Mike Earp, Empire Ranch, Lebanon, MO Scout Vangenderen, Lucerne, MO Brent Choate, Pleasant Hope, MO Kaitlyn Fielder, Golden Eagle Cattle Company, Jackson, MO Grant Pedersen, P3 Cattle Company, Bolivar, MO Carleigh Stines, Carthage, MO Mason Forkner, Richards, MO Cody Cook, Marble Hill, MO Jaka Sharp, Half Way, MO Charles Ellis, Auburn Farms, Silex, MO
See the MCA Membership Form on page 69.
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Madelynne Hudson, Hillsboro, MO Michael Calhoun, Bolivar, MO Kale & Hannah Whittaker, Dadeville, MO Todd Duvall, Bolivar, MO Cynthia Payne, Bolivar, MO Vera Hegle, Bolivar, MO Payton Jenson, Pleasant Hope, MO Tammy Hillenburg, Pleasant Hope, MO Seth Mouser, Mouser Farms, Dexter, MO Randall Buckley, Jackson, TN Gracie Avila, Odessa, MO Carly Heman, Levasy, MO Ross Wheeler, Paris, MO Christopher & Rachel Hudson, Triple C Cattle Co., Middletown, MO Addisen Sholes, Blue Springs, MO Megan Riegel, Excelsior Springs, MO Garrett Riegel, Excelsior Springs, MO Samuel Clark, De Soto, MO William Clark, De Soto, MO Will Thomas, Jackson, MO Ruth Graber, Silver Spring Ranch, West Plains, MO Samantha Osborn, Pomona, MO Kendra Sisney, Caulfield, MO Missy Grinstaff, West Plains, MO Sophia Levett, Macon, MO Chase Kendrick, Mexico, MO Quentin Mansfield, Tecumseh, MO Hunter Valasek, Lincoln, NE Brayden Hallford, California, MO Ryder Hudson, Hillsboro, MO Sophia Hudson, Hillsboro, MO Carlos Haynes, Circle C Haynes Family Ranch, LLC, Galena, MO Ethan Driskill, Chilhowee, MO Rylee Ruckman, Denver, MO Tylea Collins, Marshall, MO Rebecca Hunt, Braymer, MO Chloe Jenkins, Letton, MO Brayden Laurenti, Marshall, MO Chase Hall, Paynesville, MO Porsha Seeley, Blue Springs, MO Madison Cartmill, Blue Springs, MO Shaylee Sonnenfelt, Taneyville, MO Mallarie Yokley, Moundville, MO Autumn White, Higginsville, MO Madelyn Grace Thompson, Amity, MO Azlann Buck, Marshall, MO Chase Burbank, Brookfield, MO Rosalie Lerardi, University of Missouri VMDL, Columbia, MO Deborah Frederick, Gray Barn Farm, Adrian, MO Erin Heinecke, Paris, MO Barry Holst, B-Bar-H Cattle Co., Kansas City, MO
with Bruce Mershon Six Months of Success I am halfway through my term as president, and you might ask what stands out the most in the first six months. The answer is simple: the amount of work accomplished at MCA! We have a relatively small staff, and they are always up to the task, no matter the request. We continue to add new programs and improve existing programs to enhance membership. Our staff never backs down from the challenge. A big thank you to Mike, Sydney, and Lisa for the incredible job they do for MCA members and the cattle industry. Another reflection on my first six months is the large number of MCA volunteers, their time commitment and incredible impact. Most of us can recall volunteering for an organization that may have been disorganized or ineffective. At MCA, that’s not the case. Our staff is efficient, and your time is valued. Time is money, and you will feel you’ve got your money’s worth when you volunteer with MCA.
If it’s been a while or it’s your first time to volunteer, let’s find a spot for you. A good starting point may be joining Past President Patty Wood at the Beef House during the Missouri State Fair in August. You will have the opportunity to meet producers from around the state while providing a delicious beef meal to fair attendees. Then, attend another function. You won’t be disappointed that you made a commitment to MCA. Together, we make a difference.
The success of the first MCA Replacement Heifer Show & Sale held June 9-11 is another example of our staff and volunteers going above and beyond. In addition, the educational component of this program cannot be underestimated. The youth exhibitors learned
MCA President firsthand what it’s like to be a commercial producer raising and marketing a quality product. There’s no other youth program like it in the state. This year’s show attracted good attendance and the auction brought great attendance. The open heifers sold for $1,700 each and bred heifers averaged $2,467. The youth participants were rewarded with ribbons and even better, compensated financially for their hard work. Hats off to Chas Wheeler for auctioneering the sale. It is clearly an election year. Ads have come early and often attacking good candidates, especially from those who don’t have a record to run on. In the statewide races, MCA has endorsed U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler for the U.S. Senate and current State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick for State Auditor. Please support them on August 2. Your statewide Board of Directors finalized endorsements in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Missouri Senate, and Missouri House of Representatives on July 7. The Policy Committee researched each race and made recommendations to the full board for endorsements. Look for announcements in your Prime Cuts e-newsletter and on our website. If I can leave you with one message this month, it would be to get involved. Our industry and MCA need positive and energetic volunteers to thrive and grow. See you at the Missouri State Fair!
with Mike Deering The Main Event The 19th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry held last month was undoubtedly a success, grossing nearly $70,000! These funds will be used to help elect leaders in Missouri who understand and value Missouri agriculture. Elections at all levels of government are expensive, and you can rest assured those who want to put you out of business are dumping big dollars into campaigns to get their bonehead elected. We must engage in the process to prevent wasting even more money defending ourselves from the costly consequences of electing the wrong person.
Executive Vice President
Over the last decade, this association transformed the steak fry in big ways. This event is a must-attend for elected leaders and candidates of both parties. Previously, the event was held at the Beef House and raised around $8,000 annually. Today, the event attracts around 500 people and brings heavy hitters like Governor Mike Parson, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick to the center stage. Don’t underestimate what this event means in Missouri politics – it’s huge.
Montgomery Cattlemen’s; Mid-America Carpenters; Missouri Corn; Missouri Soybeans; and Pike/Lincoln Cattlemen’s; our “choice” sponsors – FCS Financial; Joplin Regional Stockyards; MFA Inc.; Missouri Pet Breeders Association; MULTIMIN; and Performance Foodservice; and our “select” sponsors – ADM Animal Nutrition; Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives; Missouri Livestock Marketing Association; and Missouri Pork Association. We also had 25 table sponsors this year! I am personally grateful for all of the support. Please thank these sponsors and show them our appreciation.
I think the importance of this event was made clear by the fact the governor once again chose the venue to sign important legislation into law. Governor Parson signed HB 2005 alongside Senator Jason Bean and leaders from our organization, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn, Missouri Soybeans, Missouri Pork, and landowner groups. This legislation strengthens eminent domain laws in this state and is a giant leap forward in protecting private property rights against private, for-profit companies that want to take private land for private gain. Unfortunately, Representative Mike Haffner had family obligations and was unable to attend, but he deserves a ton of credit for getting this bill across the finish line and the governor underscored his relentless efforts to all who attended.
While the steak fry has definitely changed, the foundation remains intact. Farm and ranch families from all regions of the state still gather and network with other cattle producers. The Beef House volunteers still bend over backwards to prepare an exceptional meal for guests. Most importantly, we still put the bright spotlight on the past presidents of this association. It was great to have so many of them present. Ben Eggers (1993); Rusty Kahrs (2004); Howard Hardecke (2005); Merrel Breyer (2007); Jimmie Long (2011); Janet Akers (2015); Keith Stevens (2016); Butch Meier (2017); Greg Buckman (2018); Marvin Dieckman (2020); and Patty Wood (2021) all participated in the Past President’s Pie Auction and supported the event. Their past leadership and continued involvement in this association is not taken for granted.
We wouldn’t have been able to transform this event without our sponsors who recognize the value of their investment. A huge shout out to our “prime” sponsors – Callaway/
Please make plans to join us next year for the 20th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry.
Regional Range Report by Joseph Lolli, MCA Region 1 Vice-President Challenging Times Challenging times might be a good description of the current situation in the cattle industry, and in the agriculture industry as a whole. As many people in our industry see rising input costs, farmers and ranchers sit back and try to determine what actions we must take and what steps are needed to still have as successful a harvest or calf crop as possible. Personally, I have been trying to figure out how to sustain the pressure from the higher input costs in my cattle backgrounding operation. At the end of 2021, I was approached about running for the Region 1 Vice President position. I knew it was going to be challenging with the workload from our family sale barn and farm, but I was up for the task. Over the last few years, I have been involved in the Macon County Cattlemen’s Association, and I felt like this was a perfect opportunity for me to be more involved at the state level. As my involvement in our county organization grew, I became more eager to get in and start growing our numbers, especially when it comes to getting more younger members involved. This is a priority for me at the state level as well. As I am getting started serving as the Region 1 Vice President, I had my eyes opened to several different legal issues when I attended my first Cowboys at the Capitol in Jefferson City. The eminent domain issue really stuck out to me, and I feel like many people were relieved when that got passed out of the senate a little over a month ago. I am truly glad that I have had this opportunity to be educated on these issues and help educate our local cattlemen and cattlewomen on those issues at hand.
Growing up with the family business, Lolli Livestock Market, I have seen many ups and downs in the cattle industry over the last 25 years. My dad and uncles
Region 1 VP - Joseph Lolli Region 2 VP - Anita Vanderwert Region 3 VP - Jeff Reed Region 4 VP - Deb Thummel
always made sure to tell our valued customers as accurately as they could how the market and selling conditions were going to be that week, and they have built a trust with so many customers and continuously gained more of them because of it. When the cattle market was sky high in 2013, customers could not believe how well their feeder cattle were selling, and it was sure nice to see the market that good. The flip side to this came in 2020 when the cattle market came crashing down during COVID-19 as packing companies could not run at full capacity. In 2020, a lot of the cattle producers were in a panic trying to figure out how things were going to turn out. In closing, I highly recommend everyone join the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. When you become a member, you will be kept up to date on issues that cattle producers are facing, but you can also see what the county organizations are doing. For example, the Macon County Cattlemen’s Association is hosting an informative meeting regarding Red Water Disease, antibiotic restrictions and vaccinations with guest speaker Dr. Craig Payne, DVM. You’re welcome to join us! If you ever have the opportunity to attend the annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show, I firmly believe it is worth your time to go and learn more about issues in the industry. It has been a pleasure to serve as the Region 1 Vice President, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please feel free to reach out to me. I hope to see you soon!
Region 5 VP - Alex Haun Region 6 VP - Warren Love Region 7 VP - Josh Worthington At-Large Rep. - Kevin Valasek
Governor Proclaims May as Beef Month Source: Missouri Department of Agriculture On behalf of Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen throughout the state, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed May to be Beef Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation at Hertzog Meat Co. in Butler. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and members of Missouri Cattleman’s Association and Missouri Beef Industry Council joined the Governor and the Hertzog family for the proclamation. “We’re always excited to proclaim May as Beef Month in Missouri and celebrate Missouri farmers and ranchers,” Governor Mike Parson said. “As a thirdgeneration cattleman, I appreciate the opportunity to promote the beef industry and all the hard-working producers across our state. Missouri cattlemen are second to none when it comes to raising quality, nutritious beef for consumers here in Missouri and across the nation.” “Missouri is consistently a national leader in beef production,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “Our abundant grass and water allow Missouri cattlemen and women to feed the world. Many
operations are multi-generation, which shows the commitment and the dedication our producers have to being good stewards of the land to raise a quality product.” Hertzog meat Co. is a multi-generational, USDAinspected processing facility in Butler, Mo. Founded by Jim and Kathy Hertzog. Hertzog Meat Co. expanded to its current size in 2021. Consumers can purchase beef and pork cuts from the retail counter to enjoy for supper that same evening. Hertzog Meat Co. also provides beef to several restaurants in multiple states. “This is our passion,” Todd Hertzog said. “We truly take pride in this operation. It is so nice to share the same passion and pride for the industry as Governor Mike Parson. Hertzog Meat Co. is focused on local production and telling the family story.”
Missouri ranks third nationally in the number of beef cows with more than two million head and is consistently among the leading states for total cattle production. The meat processing industry contributes nearly $6 million to the state’s economy, according to a recent study showing the economic contribution of Missouri agriculture.
For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the Department online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov. To learn more about the beef industry in Missouri, visit MoCattle.org or MoBeef.org.
Cattle Industry Fights Controversial SEC Climate Rule Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 17, 2022) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) filed comments on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) controversial proposed greenhouse gas disclosure rule. The rule would require publicly traded companies to disclose their direct (scope 1), energy/electricity consumption (scope 2), and supply chain emissions (scope 3), creating a burden on cattle producers who supply beef to publicly traded processors, restaurants, and retailers. “With cattle producers facing record inflation, rising input costs and labor shortages, another bureaucratic rule from Washington is a burden we cannot afford,” said NCBA President Don Schiefelbein, a cattle producer from Kimball, Minnesota. “Policymakers should be focused on lowering costs and solving the real problems facing farmers and ranchers, not creating more complex rules that require a team of lawyers to understand.” While the proposed rule is aimed at public companies, mandating the disclosure of scope 3 emissions would place a burden on cattle producers who supply beef to public entities. Additionally, the federal government has acknowledged that accurately calculating emissions on the farm or ranch level is impossible, while industrywide metrics are already collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at a level that should satisfy federal regulators.
Council, National Cotton Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Potato Council, American Soybean Association, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Numerous NCBA state and breed affiliates submitted comments as well. BACKGROUND The SEC is a Wall Street regulator, not an environmental or agricultural agency. This proposed rule goes far outside the SEC’s primary jurisdiction and places an unreasonable burden on private small businesses, farms, and ranches. NCBA has urged the SEC to limit the proposed rule to publicly traded companies—the agency’s actual jurisdiction. For agriculture specifically, this rule would force private entities to release confidential information. Court decisions like American Farm Bureau Federation v. EPA have solidified the right to producer data privacy. Industry-wide emissions data is already collected through the annual EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory and USDA Life Cycle Assessments, which should satisfy any requirement for supply chain emissions data.
“Cattle farmers and ranchers are America’s original conservationists. Thanks to decades of innovation and continuous improvement, cattle account for just 2% of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions,” said NCBA Environmental Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart. “Cattle producers have a proven track record of sustainable practices and should not be penalized with overreaching rules from an agency with no expertise in agriculture.”
NCBA’s technical comments were filed with a coalition of agricultural organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers
In addition to submitting technical comments, individual cattle producers submitted over 6,700 letters to the commissioners of the SEC and members of Congress to inform them of the widespread unintended sequences this rule would have on the cattle and beef industry.
BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS New Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Spokesperson: Tony Romo It’s summer time, and it’s time to fire up the grills! Former football star and new Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. spokesperson Tony Romo can help by serving up the best recipes, tips and grilling tricks for summer! Tony has partnered with the iconic Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand, funded by the Beef Checkoff, to make the call on everything you need to know about throwing a killer summer cookout and of course, creating the juiciest beef burger! The partnership, which will last one year and tap into Romo’s vast fanbase, will promote all things beef – from beef nutrition, to how beef is raised, and of course beef’s great taste. “I’m really excited to be your new spokesperson,” said Romo. “Me, my wife and the kids eat beef all the time, and I think we’re going to eat it even more, if that’s even possible at this point. Hearty and sustainable beef is my new team.” Let Tony Romo make the call for you so you can win big at the grill this season. With beef recipes that fit any scenario, Tony’s Grilling Playbook has all the delicious options you need to find the winning combination this grilling season.
“Cheeseburgers and fries were my favorite growing up. You can’t go wrong with a classic burger with some cheese, ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato,” said Tony Romo. “So when I think of beef, I think about
grilling out in the backyard with some friends and family around the pool. Great memories right there!” Even though Tony is a cowboy at heart, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Cheesehead Sliders (found on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com) are at the top of his list when thinking about a summer cookout. These burgers are small in size, but big on flavor! The ground beef patties are infused with beer and topped with cheddar cheese. Not only are they a fan favorite, but they are ready to go in 20 minutes! Tony shares many suggestions in his Grilling Playbook including different recipe categories like: Throwbacks
(Classic Recipes), Hot Streak (Smoking Recipes), TwoMinute Drill (Quick-to-Cook Recipes), New Favorites (Grilling Recipes with a Twist), Extra Point (Leftover Recipes), and Hometown Favorites (State-Themed Recipes). “I like that beef brings people to the table together… you’re with your wife and kids at the family dinner table, outside on the patio grilling with neighbors and friends, out to dinner celebrating with a great steak, sitting with your team eating beef jerky,” said Tony Romo.
About NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tony also shares the keys to victory in the Grilling Playbook, which include Grilling Basics, Smoking Basics and Outdoor Cooking to provide even more resources when it comes to preparing beef at home. In addition to the general consumer appeal associated with celebrity spokespeople, Romo will be featured promoting beef in photo and video advertisements on digital and traditional media platforms. Additionally, social media content will be developed for organic and promoted posts across the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. social channels and on Romo’s personal pages. You can find recipes, tips and more on Tony Romo’s Grilling Playbook on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com! 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. JULY 2022 19
What’s Cookin’ at the
Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team
Volunteer Jobs… The meat is ordered, the house has been cleaned, now all we need is YOU! Our Missouri Beef House will be open during the Missouri State Fair from Aug 11-21, 2022, in Sedalia, Missouri. So why do we need YOU?
While we do have a small group of paid staff to carry on the day-to-day operations during the fair, we have numerous jobs that YOU can do to make our it all run smoothly and efficiently. And honestly, we cannot do it without YOU! Whether you are experienced or new, we will instruct you and be there for you with a smile! We have all the aprons, hats, gloves, spatulas, spoons, etc… we just need YOU! So that you can start thinking now, the basic list includes:
Greeter: Stand outside our front door to welcome guests and direct them to the serving line Runner: Take order tickets from the Order Taker to the Caller and keep silverware filled. BBQ/Burger/Beef Dog/Bun Station: Place meat on bun for orders called, gloves required Drink Machine: Scoop ice in cups and fill to order with Pepsi products, loves required Front Grill Burgers: Cook our delicious beef burgers. Front Line Server: Place fries, baked potato and/or toast on plates, gloves required. You need a good listening left ear to hear Caller requests, and you will be standing close to hot grills. Steak Stick Station: Place rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well, or well-done steak sticks on plate/bun to assist Steak Grillers as ordered, gloves required Salad Server & Condiment Table: Keep prepared bowls of salad on Salad Buffet and check/fill items on Condiment Table, gloves required Salad Prep: Cut tomato slices and fill salad bowls with lettuce, gloves required
Toast Station: Place bread in toaster and then butter one side, gloves required French Fries Station: Place frozen fries in fryers. You will be standing close to hot fryers, grills and ovens Dishwasher: Wash pots, pans, spatulas, carving knives, etc. Customer tableware is disposable. Garbage Patrol & Ice Man: Monitor all trash cans and pull full sacks to our dumpster in back, as well as keep an eye on ice at Drink Stations, washing hands required. Bus Tables Inside/Outside: Need at least 2-3 people – depending on how many your group brings – to take trays from customers, wipe tables and refill tea, coffee and water. Beef House Express: Need at least 2 people – depending on how many your group brings – to serve drinks, beef/cheeseburgers, BBQ, or beef dog in our sandwich shop behind the Beef House, no cooking required. We will sign you up for your volunteer job during orientation, held under the Beef House patio cover approximately 30 minutes before your shift starts. We’ll meet and greet you soon! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/MoCattle During the fair; we will be posting pics! Thought for the month: Little Boy Blue, go shut the gate.The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s on the plate!
2022 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 11-21 11 Thursday
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Hickory........... 10 Eugene FFA..... 10
Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 5 I-35................. 15
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Texas................ 5 Cass/Jackson... 10 Morgan........... 10
Gentry/Worth.. 15 Lafayette......... 20 St. Clair.......... 30 South Central.... 5
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Randolph........ 10 OPENING....... 15
MJCA............. 10 Benton............ 30 Moniteau........ 15 MCW................ 5 Jamestown FFA.. 5 Andrew/ Buchanan.......... 5
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17 18 Wednesday Thursday 10:00 - 2:30
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Eldon FFA....... 15 Lewis/Marion.... 8 Macon............ 10 OPENING....... 10 Sullivan........... 10 Windsor FFA... 10 Norborne FFA.. 10 Pettis FFA.......... 5
Lafayette......... 15 Carroll............ 10 Southwest Dallas............. 15 FCS................ 10 St. Charles........ 5 Cattlemen...... 15 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright........... 10 NEMO.............. 5
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Bates............... 15 Audrain........... 10 Callaway/ OPENING....... 10 Newton/ Montgomery.. 10 McDonald..... 10 Appleton City FFA............... 15
Monroe............. 5 Boone............. 15 Polk................ 15 Pettis.............. 15 Ralls................. 5 OPENING....... 10 Franklin.......... 10 MSU................. 5 OPENING....... 15
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Henry............. 15 Johnson........... 15 Harrison......... 10 Tipton FFA........ 5 Russellville OPENING....... 15 FFA................. 7
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Cooper............ 15 Howard........... 15 Saline............. 10 MU Block & Pike/Lincoln.... 10 OPENING....... 10 Bridle............ 10
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11am – 9pm. If your county is unable to work the assigned shift, please contact the MCA office at 573-499-9162.
Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo 39th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show 525 Head Exhibited by More Than 320 Youth The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association hosted the 39th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show June 10-12 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri.
Results: 525 Head of Cattle 320 Exhibitors Judges: Isaac Taber and Daniel Dobbs
According to the MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel, participation was nothing short of impressive.
Champions: Supreme Champion Heifer - Alexis Koelling, Curryville Reserve Supreme Champioin Heifer - Kennedy Early, Leeton Supreme Champion Market Animal - Scout Van Genderen, Lucerne Reserve Supreme Champion Marke Animal - Avery Schroeder, Miami
“We are always proud of our junior members and the work they put into the projects. With 320 exhibitors and over 525 head of cattle, we once again had a great show,” Thummel said. “We could not have done it without the MJCA Board of Directors, MCA Youth Advisory Committee and the countless other volunteers helped throughout the weekend.”
Showmanship Senior Champion - Allena Allen, Trenton Senior Reserve - Gunnar Fisher, Taneyville Intermediate Champion - Aubrie Burton, Chillicothe Intermediate Reserve - Chezney Early, Leeton Junior Champion - Eli Dehan, La Monte Junior Reserve - Paige Alpers, Prairie Home
Thanks to all the Sponsors for Their Support
2022 Sponsors • Sydenstricker-Nobbe Partners • BioZyme Inc. • Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council • H&H Show Supplies) • Sullivan Supply, Inc. • Central Bank of Sedalia • Creative Signs by R & H • Gene’s Boots & Hats • LAG Industries • Lewis Cattle Oilers • Mid-Missouri Feed
• Missouri Limousin Association • Missouri Angus Association • Missouri State Fair Foundation • Missouri Simmental Association • Missouri State Block & Bridle • Orscheln Farm & Home • Pearl’s Pics • Rooted Cowgirl • Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association • Lafayette County Cattlemen’s Association • Missouri Beef House
For more results from the 2022 MCA All-Breeds Junior Show, stay tuned for the August Missouri Beef Cattleman feature.
MJCA Replacement Heifer Show & Sale
Inaugural Replacement Heifer Sale Averages $2,500 The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association hosted its firstever replacement heifer show and sale June 10-12 in conjunction with its traditional cattle show. MCA President Bruce Mershon said the goal of the new program is to encourage youth involved in cattle production but not interested in the showring to participate and engage in youth activities offered by the association. “We have a lot of youth involved in showing cattle and that’s fantastic. We also have a lot of youth involved in commercial cattle production that stay home during the shows,” said Mershon. “We want to provide an opportunity for them to get involved.”
Results: Judge: Kevin O’Brien Auctioneer: Chas Wheeler, Wheeler Auction Services Bred Division: Champion Bred Pen - Martin Dieckmann, Sibley Reserve Champion Bred Pen - Miles Dieckmann, Sibley Open Division: Champion Open Pen - Ethan Vanderwert, Columbia
There were six pens of bred heifers exhibited for a total of 12 females averaging $2,467. All bred heifers were Show-Me-Select certified. There was one pen of two open heifers selling at $1,700. Mershon said the crowd at the auction was a strong indicator that this program will grow in years to come. “I fully expect this program to grow,” said Mershon. “The youth exhibitors learned firsthand what it’s like to be a commercial producer, raising and marketing a quality product. There’s no other youth program like it in the state.”
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2022 Sponsors • Biozyme, Inc. • Sullivans • Mid-Missouri Feed • Missouri State Block & Bridle • Gene’s Boots & Hats
Governor Parson Signs House Bill 2005 During the MCA Steak Fry SEDALIA, MISSOURI ( June 11, 2022) – During the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry, Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill (HB) 2005 into law. HB 2005 expands protections under the law for Missouri’s farm and ranch families in certain eminent domain proceedings. “We are happy to join the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, farmers and ranchers from across the state to sign this long-awaited legislation into law,” Governor Parson said. “As a farmer myself, I understand the importance of strong property rights and that no farmer wants to be forced from the family farm by the government or anyone else. That’s why we are signing HB 2005. This legislation provides fair protections for our farm families, tightens the use of eminent domain, and ensures the interests of Missouri farmers are always considered and balanced with the public good.”
“This bill is about the farmers and ranchers from across our great state that travel to Jefferson City and beat the halls of the Capitol weekly,” said State Senator Jason Bean. “These farm families have made their case for years and, with the expected approval of more electric transmission projects, the time for property rights reform was absolutely now. We appreciate the leadership of Missouri’s ag groups who helped pursue a fair negotiating position. Missourians shouldn’t have to spend their hard earned money on legal fees trying to get a fair price for their land — their livelihood, which simply isn’t for sale.” “We embrace economic development, especially when it comes to improving our electrical grid,” said State Representative Mike Haffner. “But we will not do it on the backs of Missouri farmers, ranchers and the Missouri agricultural industry.” “Keeping the farm in the family is important to me, Governor Parson and the entire agriculture community,” said Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “It is important to protect all opportunities for the next generation to return to farms and ranches across Missouri.”
HB 2005 contains several provisions that modify state statute as it relates to the use of eminent domain by certain electrical utilities: • Electrical corporations must have a substation or converter station in Missouri that provides an amount of energy proportional to the length of their transmission line within the state; • Electrical corporations must secure necessary financial commitments within seven years of when an involuntary easement is obtained or the easement must be returned to the original title holder without repayment to the utility;
• The compensation rate for agricultural or horticultural land is increased to 150 percent of the fair market value, which is determined by the court; • In condemnation proceedings where disinterested commissioners are appointed, at least one member must be a local farmer who has operated in the county for at least 10 years.
MCA Cattlemen’s Steak Fry Raises Nearly $70,000 Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the 19th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry held June 11 was a success grossing nearly $70,000. He said these funds will be used to help elect leaders who understand and value Missouri agriculture.
Previously, the event was held at the Beef House and raised around $8,000 annually. Today, the event attracts around 500 people.
“Elections at all levels of government are expensive and you can rest assured that those who want to put farmers and ranchers out of business are dumping big dollars into campaigns to get their people elected,” said Deering. “We must engage in the process to prevent wasting even more money defending ourselves from the costly consequences of electing the wrong person.”
While the steak fry has definitely changed, the foundation remains intact.
Over the last decade, this association transformed the steak fry in big ways. Deering said this event is a must attend for elected leaders and candidates of both parties.
“Don’t underestimate what this event means in Missouri politics – it’s huge,” said Deering.
“Farm and ranch families from all regions of the state still gather and network with other cattle producers,” said Deering. “The Beef House volunteers still bend over backwards to prepare an exceptional meal for guests. Most importantly, we still put the bright spotlight on the past presidents of this association. It was great to have so many of them present.”
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St. Clair County Cattlemen St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, June 14, at Lakeland School District in Deepwater with 15 members and guests present. Kenneth Ladyman with Farmers Business Network spoke to the Cattlemen on Animal Health, Veterinary Consult Packages they offer, and how they work at powering the prosperity of family farmers. Membership to the Farmers Business Network is free and offers a network of 38,000 farmers supporting everything from row crop to cattle to swine to poultry. They always have a vet on hand for consults. Farmers Business Network offers an online store for farmers to purchase vaccines and antibiotics from to be shipped to their homes. You can check out Farmers Business Network at www.fbn.com. Thank you, Kenneth Ladyman and Farmers Business Network, for speaking to our group and sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Lakeland FFA, for the delicious meal! St. Clair County Cattlemen are working to sustain the MoBeef for MoKids Program. Any person or business interested in donating, please contact Weston Shelby or Lawanna Salmon. Monetary donations are being taken to help the Cattlemen purchase cattle when no one has one ready to go at the scheduled time. Sale barns now have the ability to allow people to sell cattle at the sale
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Hickory County Cattlemen The annual meeting for the Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by President Carl Button. He introduced the winners of the Cornerstone Heifer Program, which was established in 2018 by Ernest Brauch and Kevin Piper to help provide the recipients with a “cornerstone” heifer to build their herd on. Kenzi Cheek won the heifer for grades 7-9, and Skylar Garrison won the heifer for grades 10-12. The heifers were purchased from Shannon and Shelly Rains and Kenny and Sheila Hicks. After the heifers were awarded, the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation were said. Carl dismissed the sponsors of the evening to get their meal of steak, baked potatoes and baked beans. After everyone was seated, he introduced the Weaubleau FFA Ag Issues team, who presented on eminent domain. Once they wrapped up their presentation, Carl announced the scholarship winners, Jadyn Lower and Gage Culbertson, who both received $1,000 to further their educations.
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Warren Love, MCA Region 6 Vice-President, spoke about membership and Cowboys at the Capitol; Mike Deering, MCA Executive Vice President, spoke about some of the legislation that has been, or is being introduced. Carl then announced the new officers. Dave Hunziger is the new president, Kevin Piper is the vice-president, Bayleigh Hunziger is the secretary and reporter, Madasyn Haynes is the treasurer, Tom Lindsey is the east side director and Ernest Brauch is the west side director. Next, Carl called some of the children to the front of the room to draw for the raffle, our association’s big fundraiser for the year. Chad Carpenter was the winner of the 1/4 mile of fence built by Eric Dampier, Kristin O’Neal won the Cobett waterer, Wilda Pitts won the
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Polk County Cattlemen Our scholarship auction hit a record high with almost $45,000 made in a single night! With much planning, preparation and praying, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Auction exceeded everyone’s expectations. Held in conjunction with the Missouri Beef Days Boots and Bling Banquet on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Bolivar, Missouri, the Scholarship Auction saw supporters of the beef industry, businesses and individuals step up stronger than ever. Donors generously contributed more than 90 silent auction items and 30 live auction items with values ranging from $75 to $10,000. Knowing the proceeds would be used for college scholarships for Polk County students seeking a higher education in the agricultural industry, the crowd was there to bid, and bid they did! Based on revenue from past scholarship auctions, in April the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association awarded college scholarships to nine students with a total of $6,750. You can imagine the excitement felt by all when the final number of almost $45,000 was announced. In that moment, it became clear the future of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Program would be raised to a new level.
Certainly, the scholarship auction was the pinnacle of Missouri Beef Days for the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association, but another highlight was the creation and implementation of the Polk County Cattleman Hall of Fame. Bob Moreland, President of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association, had the honor of announcing the first inductees into the Hall of Fame. Keith Stevens, beef producer and past Polk County Cattlemen’s Association President and past Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President, received the Polk County Cattleman of the Year Award. Beef producers Velbert Walker and Robert Kifer each received Pioneer Awards.
Knowing that every day of Missouri Beef Week was an opportunity not to be wasted, the Polk County Cattlemen joined in with a five-day cooking event that started at Southwest Baptist University and traveled to a different school in Bolivar each day. Teams of volunteers worked tirelessly grilling almost 4,000 high quality burgers donated by MoKan Livestock and Hertzog Meat Company for students and staff. Students participated in beef education programs as Poco the Cow made special appearances each day. Poco is our beloved mascot, partially funded with grants we received in February 2022 from MFA Oil and the Missouri Beef Industry Council. Junior Cattlemen member Madeline Payne, the Polk County Beef Queen and Missouri Beef Queen, represented our chapter proudly as she presented the American Flag on horseback at the Missouri Beef Days Rodeo. Wrapping up the week the
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Polk County Cattlemen’s Association participated in the Beef Days Expo grilling their famous ribeye steaks, while the Polk County CattleWomen offered funnel cakes and kettle corn and Junior Cattlemen sold soda and beef sticks. Going back a few months, the March monthly meeting was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim with Jeff Schoen presenting on LongRange deworming programs. Junior Cattlemen member Madeline Payne attended the 2022 County Leadership Conference in Columbia and Jefferson City. Also in March, Polk County CattleWomen Beverly Stevens, Donita Stanek, Janae Graham and Marla Moreland traveled to Jefferson City to take part in Cattlewomen at the Capitol where they met with legislators regarding HB 2005. In April, Beverly Stevens and Marla Moreland joined other Missouri CattleWomen from counties around the state at WeeksEnd Winery in Nevada for CattleWomen’s Day Out. CattleWomen’s Day out continued a second day with Beverly Stevens touring the Show Me Youth Ag Academy in Lamar. The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association grilled hamburgers for the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. The April meeting was sponsored by VitaLix with Travis Taylor speaking on the need for supplement tubs and what they do for the health and profit of cattle operations. Scholarships were presented to Madison Agee, Madeline Payne, Marenna Pomeroy, Emily Rains, Elavia Sharp, Jacob Toombs, Torie Howlett, Rachel Jenkins and Josie Toombs. May’s monthly meeting was the sponsorship of the Bolivar FFA Labor Auction where we grilled and served hamburgers and all beef hot dogs for the crowd. The first half of 2022 has been a whirlwind of activities, and the second half is shaping up to be just as busy with a multitude of events lined up. Determined to make 2022 a standout year, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association is certainly making that happen.
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Emma Elizabeth Eiken, daughter of Chris & Jamie Eiken, Russellville 2022 graduate of Helias Catholic High School will be attending University of Missouri - Columbia, majoring in Animal Science in Pre-Vet Medicine. She is currently the president of Cole County Junior Cattlemen, owns and shows Brangus Cattle, and has attended the Missouri Youth Beef Tour for the last three years. Emma is a junior firefighter with Russellville-Lohman. Her other activities include NCC FFA Scholar Medal, Leadership Medal and Star Greenhand recipient; 3.78 grade point average; student coach for Helias Archery Team; captain of Helias Color Guard; president, vice president and member of Stringtown-Corinth 4-H; and treasurer, secretary and vice president of Nichols Career FFA. She received the $1,000 scholarship in memory of Art Hoelscher, charter member of the Cole County Cattlemen’s Association. Melanie Lynn Loesch, daughter of Mike and Janice Loesch, Russellville 2022 graduate of Cole R-1 High School will be attending State Technical College of Missouri, majoring in Agri Business. She has a 4.0 GPA, is on the Honor Roll and has been active in the National Honor Society for three years. She has held several offices in the Stringtown-Corinth 4-H; served as vice president and current secretary of Cole County Junior Cattlemen; vice president, treasurer and four-year member of Russellville FFA; and member of the Turkey Supper Planning Committee. Melanie has attended the Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Beef Tour for two years, she works part time at Steve’s Family Style Restaurant, played basketball for three and a half years, and has worked on the family farm for many years.
Abigail Miller, daughter of Chuck & Christi Miller, Olean 2021 graduate of Eldon High School is currently attending University of Missouri - Columbia, majoring in Animal Science. She plans to graduate from MU and go on to get both a master’s degree and PhD in Animal Science. She plans to research the effects of natural predators. Abigail belonged to FFA for five years and is the current State 1st Vice President. She participated in the Beef Public Sepaking contest in 2020, won her area and advanced to districts. She belongs to Mizzou Block and Bridle and has showed calves since she was eight, adding goats at15. She shows all over the nation and plans continuing until aging out of FFA, then raising show goats along with her family’s cattle.
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to attend State Technical College of Missouri, majoring in Heavy Equipment. He attended Eldon Career Center for two years in the Building and Trades Program. He works for Sam Rush Farms, driving spreader trucks, cutting, tettering, raking, and baling and hauling hay. He helps other farmers as needed to move turkeys and set up their barns to receive baby turkeys. He enjoys working with animals and driving tractors. He grew up on a farm and owns 18 head of cattle. He started showing bottle calves at age five and still shows cattle and swine at several county fairs and the Missouri State Fair. He has belonged to T-Town 4-H Club for 13 years, was president for four years, vice president for two years and reporter for one year. He belonged to Tuscumbia FFA all four years of high school, served as sentinel for two years and plans to continue until aging out. He was historian for Area 8 FFA and won proficiency awards in Poultry, Diversified Livestock and Ownership, earning his State FFA Degree in April 2022. Toni Haselhorst daughter of John and Kathy Haselhorst, Jefferson City 2022 graduate of Helias Catholic High School and plans to attend University of Missouri - Columbia, majoring in Agricultural Education/Teacher Certification. She belonged to Taos Clovers 4-H for 10 years, and held the offices of president, vice president and secretary. She was active in Nichols FFA for four years and held the offices of president, 1st vice president, sentinel and Area 8 FFA vice president. She has a strong background within the agriculture industry and plans to follow in her father’s footsteps at MU. She has worked on the family farm her entire life, in addition to working part-time at Southwest Animal Hospital. She is also the current historian of Cole County Junior Cattlemen. Jacie Danielle Buschjost daughter of Jason & Wendy Buschjost, Wardsvillew 2022 graduate of Helias Catholic High School and will be attending University of Missouri - Columbia majoring in Marketing/AgriBusiness Management. Her future plan is to work in Animal Health Husbandry and Livestock Production for a company such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck or Bayer. She is a two-year National Honor Society member; 4.0 GPA recipient; and fresh camp leader, class leader, class rep, parliamentarian, secretary and four-year member of Student Council. She is also the recipient of the Carl Vogel, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger Service Hour, Patricia Skein Memorial, Student of the Month, Kiwansis Student of the Month and Hawthorn Bank Feature Athletic awards. She was active in track for one year; basketball for four years, serving as captain her senior year; volleyball for four years, serving as captain her senior year and being neamed 2nd team All District and All Conference; and was on the homecoming court.
SEMO Cattlemen May was a busy month for the SEMO Cattlemen’s Association as they promoted May is Beef Month. The members came up with various ways to reach many people and communities. Members grilled lunch for play days at Leopold and Saxony Lutheran schools. They also held a cooking event in the Cape Girardeau County Park for Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri. This organization grants dreams come true to critically ill children. Two Saturdays in May were spent at Rozier’s Food Center in Perryville and every Saturday at Ken’s Ace Hardware in Jackson. Customers at each location were able to sample beef dishes while members handed out recipes and information about beef. Beef promotions were run on area radio stations. Members met with radio personalities to talk all things beef on the air. Gift card giveaways were done periodically to listening audiences throughout the month. Thanks to everyone who helped the SEMO Cattlemen’s Association promote May is Beef month!
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Bates County The May meeting of the Bates County Cattlemen was held Tuesday, May 17, at the Amsterdam Café, in Amsterdam, Missouri. Presentation and dinner sponsorship for the evening was provided by Regional Sales Manager Shelby Shultz with Y-Tex Corporation. Ms. Shultz spoke regarding who Y-Tex is, the products Y-Tex provides to the cattle industry, and specifically about issues pertaining to availability of fly tags this year. The regular business meeting was called to order by President-Elect Austin Black. For old business, a motion was made that the money from the disbanding of the Jr. Cattlemen’s board be put toward FFA chapters. The motion included forming a committee to decide formalities included with this money. The motion was passed. It was reported that cooking events held this past month in Adrian and Butler brought in $993 and $813.70 respectively.
We’ve been approached about cooking at the REA Picnic again this year in Clinton on August 25. We will provide smoked beef for their dinner as we have before. The Bates County date at the MSF Beef House is August 15, from 2 - 6 p.m. We typically take 15-20 people each time, so anyone that can help is encouraged to come and help! We’re supposed to be there at 1:30 p.m. for orientation. We’ve been informed that there are 7-9 applicants for Cattlemen’s Scholarships this year. The Scholarship Committee will scour through all of the applications to determine those that will be awarded a scholarship. The Community Café asked us to provide, cook and serve on September 6. The location is assumed to be at the Baptist Church in Butler, but details will be worked out sooner to the event.
Exciting news regarding the passing of the eminent domain bill was announced. Cowboys at the Capitol really does work! Please attend when you can.
Recycled Homestead in Adrian has asked the Cattlemen to cook at their car show in late September. Further details will be gathered and discussed closer to time.
The Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry happened on June 11. Bates County sponsored a table of eight to attend.
A group of eight attended the Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry in Sedalia. There was a very good crowd in attendance this year. It was nice to get to see Governor Parson sign the eminent domain legislation. Governor Parson, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick all spoke. It was nice to have a large bi-partisan crowd of legislators in attendance.
The regular business meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Ryan Grimes. Bates County Farm Bureau asked us to co-sponsor an all-political, candidate meet-n-greet at the Optimist Building on July 20 at 7 p.m. A motion was made, seconded and passed to participate. Farm Bureau asked the Cattlemen simply because they knew we would draw a good crowd of people.
Doc Long will get a couple of bids on 200+/-, 10 oz. Certified Angus Beef steaks for us to serve on Thursday, July 7, at the Bates County Fair Cattlemen’s Steak Night. Selling cost will be determined by the cost of the steaks.
The Community Café is needing the Bates County Cattlemen to cook for them on June 7. A motion was made and seconded to provide the support needed.
The June meeting of the Bates County Cattlemen was held Tuesday, June 14, at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian, Missouri. Thanks to Gary for his work in preparing the meal for the evening.
The Bates County Fair Bash will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. We will once again be participating, cooking steak sandwiches, smoked meat and burgers.
We were asked to cook a full lunch again for the Bayer Chemical Field Day in Horton, Missouri, on August 18. Motion was made, seconded and passed to participate.
A thank you card was read regarding our contribution to the livestock memorial from the family of Scott Collier. They will have a 1st Annual Scott Collier Senior-Pro Beef Showmanship Contest. There is a $10 entry fee, and the show is open to Bates County resident competitors that are not eligible through 4-H and FFA. The show is on July 7 at the conclusion of the Bates County Fair Beef Show at the fairgrounds. Showmanship was Scott’s favorite part of showing, so what better a way to celebrate him and have a little fun as well. All proceeds will go to the Scott Collier Livestock Memorial Fund.
South Central Missouri Cattlemen The South Central Missouri Cattlemen met for their monthly meeting on May 26 at the Historic Post Office in West Plains. Our meeting was sponsored by Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply and catered by Colton’s Steak House and Grill. Cody Smith of ADM and Kevin Johansen of AgButler were our presenters for the evening. President Janet Crow opened the meeting with legislative updates. Secretary Elizabeth Picking read the minutes from the April meeting. Wayne Nichols motioned to approve the minutes, and Barry Slayton seconded the motion. Treasurer Jenny Poor presented the financials. She also gave updates on MoBeef Kids, the upcoming MJCA show and Steak Fry in Sedalia on June 10-12, and the American Salers Junior National show in West Plains on July 2-8. Cody Smith with ADM spoke to the group about the importance of mineral supplementation for our cattle. He also discussed the four mineral product lines in the ADM family. He introduced three products that could be added to mineral supplementation. Garlium is an injestable pest repellant that can be added to your mineral. CitriStim repels internal pathogens and helps maintain gut health and immunity. RumeNext helps with heat stress and supports cattle in times of stress. Cody then introduced their newest product, MoorGuard Mineral. It is a hassle-free and effective method of deworming your cattle all the while delivering needed minerals to your herd. Kevin Johansen of AgButler introduced his app to the Cattlemen. AgButler is an app that allows farmers, ranchers, and/or agribusinesses to connect with available laborers that are filtered by location, ratings, work experience, and availability. One of the bonuses of AgButler is the payment structure is organized in the app and payments can be submitted via PayPal or Venmo.
The meeting was closed with Jordan Kinder from Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply drawing door prizes from their store and from ADM. The next meeting for SCCA will be Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Russ Gant’s 5G Farms in West Plains. For more information on the meetings, please contact Janet Crow, Elizabeth Picking or Jenny Poor.
The Lafayette County Cattlemen promoted May is Beef Month at the I-70 Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 14. Members distributed beef sticks branded with the Lafayette County Cattlemen logo to 1,100 race attendees as they entered the racetrack and in the pit area. They worked with Stoney’s Sausage Shop of Perryville for production of the sticks, which were original and bbq flavored.
The Johnson County Cattlemen met on June 16 at the JC Cowboy Church. After a BBQ dinner, President Mike Moon called the meeting to order. A recap of the May events was given. There will be a cook on July 8 at the Johnson County Fair for the sale buyers and another at the VIP tent at the Tractor Pull on the July 30. Johnson County will be working at the Beef House on August 16, in the evening. The Holden Fair is August 25-27, and it’s one of the largest cooks of the year.
Lafayette County also took their grill and helped with the exhibitor BBQ on Friday, June 10, at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo. Members also helped grill for the PAC Steak Fry and enjoyed the evening at their sponsored table. Beef sticks were also given to the 175 attendees of the Lexington Bicentennial Ag Day recognition dinner, held June 21 at the Lexington United Methodist Church. Missouri State Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and 53rd District State Representative Terry Thompson were on hand to present certificates to 31 families honoring Century Farms in the Lexington Area. Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base were in attendance and went home with a stash of beef sticks as well! Plans are underway for the summer LCCA meeting to be held at the Higginsville Park Community Center with Beef Queen Madeleine Payne in attendance.
Lafayette County Cattlemen celebrated Beef Month at I-70 Motorsports Park.
Johnson County Cattlemen gave away five $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Remy Evans (Holden) and Lindsey Smith (Holden) were able to attend the meeting and be recognized. Samantha Callahan (Crest Ridge), Sierra Pigman (Warrensburg) and Ethan Driskill (Leeton) were the other three scholarship recipients. All were very deserving, and we wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors!
Current Market Situation and Analysis Source: Livestock Marketing Information Center Friday, June 10, 2022 BEEF PACKER MARGINS NARROW The gross margin between live prices for cattle and wholesale beef narrowed again in May, equaling $391.17 per 1000 pounds of steer. The five year average for the month of May is close to $550 per 1000 pounds which factors in 2020’s high value of $1,592. Tossing 2020 out, the five year average (2019-2015) is $251 per 1000 pounds of steer. Across all months, gross packer margins have been wide for the better part of two and half years. The five year average (2019-2015) of all months is $245 per 1000 pound of steer. The 2020 average was $511, and 2021 was $684. Five months into 2022, the average gross margin is $444 per 1000 pounds of steer.
MEXICO CATTLE IMPORTS LOWER April livestock trade data showed that total cattle imports were 124,778 head, down 30.5% from last year. Year-to-date through April, total cattle imports were 595,286 head which is down 9.6% from the same period in 2021. The slower pace to cattle imports is due to lower shipments from Mexico which continue to run below year ago levels. Through the first four months of the year shipments from Mexico were 303,270 head, down 32.7% from the same period in 2021. On the other hand, cattle imports from Canada this year have been tracking above 2021 levels by 40.5% through the first four months with a total of 292,016 head.
Average live cattle prices have traded a fairly narrow window since February. February through May of 2022 monthly prices have averaged within a $2 range of $140.72-$138.33 per cwt. The wholesale boxed beef cutout has moved around trading a range of $258.79 per cwt to $282.54 per cwt. Generally by-product values have largely been supportive over the last year and a half contributing more than $100 per 1000 pound of steer since November 2020 than a year ago. Hides have been one of the reasons for increased by-products but other by-product values have increased as well.
Drought has likely been a contributing factor to changes in cattle flows as North America is now in its third year of drought. As much of the western U.S. grapples with drought conditions impacting the cattle herd and available feed and forage supplies, western Canada and northern Mexico are dealing with similar issues. According to the latest North American Drought Monitor released on May 12, 2022, southern portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan, were reported as abnormally dry (D0) with some areas categorized as moderate to extreme drought (D1-D3) but no area was considered as exceptional drought (D4). A majority of Northern Mexico continues to remain dry with most regions along the Texas border ranging from moderate to exceptional drought (D1-D4).
Pork packer margins narrowed further in May to $39.21 per head and drifted below the five year average. The five year average for May for pork packer gross margin is $50 per head. Similar to beef packer margins, the five year average includes 2020’s value of $96 per head. Removing 2020, and looking at 2015-2019 the average across all months for pork packers is $42.27 per head. The two prior years have both averaged over $50 per head, but the average in 2022 so far is $48 per head. May’s value is the lowest gross margin calculated since March of 2020.
The most recent USDA FAS forecast has total U.S. cattle imports at 1.985 million head for this year, up 11.8% or 210,000 head. For Mexico, the USDA FAS forecast is expecting levels to be below last year while shipments from Canada are expected to be higher. USDA FAS has 2022 cattle exports from Mexico at 1.170 million head, down 30,000 head (2.5%) from 2021 which would also be the lowest level since 2013. For Canada, USDA FAS is forecasting 2022 cattle exports at 830,000 head which would be up 28.1% (182,000 head) from last year and the highest export level since 2015.
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USMEF Spring Conference Highlights Source: USMEF The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its spring conference Friday in San Antonio. The threeday meeting examined a number of key issues for U.S. exporters while also updating members on promotional activities for U.S. pork, beef and lamb in a wide range of international markets. Thursday’s general session focused on agricultural trade relations between the U.S. and China, including a deep dive into the market access gains achieved for U.S. beef and pork through the 2020 Phase One Trade and Economic Agreement. Guest panelist for the session was former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who had a front-row seat for the tumultuous negotiations that led to the agreement, as he was serving as U.S. ambassador to China under the Trump administration. Branstad was joined on the panel by Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, who is based in Hong Kong.
Offering a glimpse inside the talks, Branstad admitted early concerns about efforts to engage China more aggressively on trade.
“My respect for Ambassador (Robert) Lighthizer grew through the process,” Branstad said, referring to the U.S. trade representative at the time. “He was very focused, and worked really hard to build a personal relationship with the chief negotiator on the Chinese side, Liu He, who does have President Xi Jinping’s ear. That was critically important, and it was successful.” Following adoption of the Phase One pact, Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products reached record levels, albeit still short of the targets outlined in the agreement. Now, two years after the agreement entered into force, Branstad said Chinese consumers remain committed to U.S. food products because they value the quality and safety. Haggard noted that U.S. producers should not be overly concerned that the Phase One purchase targets were not reached. With improved market access, private entities in China made strong increases in their imports of U.S. agricultural goods according to their needs – which Haggard sees as the preferred path to increased trade. “Would we in the meat sector have wanted Chinese state purchasers to go out and buy products just Continued on page 52
for the purpose of buying them, and disrupt the market?” Haggard asked. “That doesn’t serve orderly development of the market.” Haggard praised the expanded opportunities resulting from the Phase One Agreement, which allowed China to quickly rise to the third largest destination for U.S. beef exports, trailing only South Korea and Japan. While the 2020 surge in U.S. pork exports to China was largely due to African swine fever’s impact on China’s domestic hog production, Phase One allowed far more U.S. pork producers and processing establishments to reap the benefits of China’s increased need for imported pork. The name “Phase One” implies there is unfinished business to be resolved in a second round of U.S.-China trade talks, but Branstad noted there are significant obstacles to striking up Phase Two negotiations. “That’s going to be the hardest part because the Chinese government loves to subsidize their state-owned enterprises,” he said. “That’s market-distorting and it’s something we wanted to address, and frankly that’s what didn’t get done in the Phase One agreement. I think it will be difficult to do, and the Biden administration hasn’t really shown any appetite for going after it.” Promoting U.S. red meat in traditional retail settings
Friday’s closing session featured a panel discussion focused on USMEF marketing initiatives in traditional retail venues in selected markets. The rapid expansion
of modern supermarket chains has created tremendous opportunities for U.S. red meat internationally, and the U.S. industry capitalizes through numerous partnerships, promotions and tasting demonstrations. But across the globe, millions of consumers still favor traditional settings such as wet markets and butcher shops, and there are significant opportunities for growth in this sector. Jessica Spreitzer, USMEF’s director of trade analysis, moderated a panel discussion featuring Lorenzo Elizalde, USMEF director of marketing in Mexico, Dave Rentoria, USMEF Philippines representative, and Maria Ruiz, USMEF Colombia representative. Spreitzer acknowledged that the pandemic had accelerated the global shift in food sales toward modern retail, but emphasized that traditional venues continue to hold their own in the increasingly competitive retail space. In fact, according to Euromonitor International, the traditional marketplace sector is a $3 trillion business that accounts for 41% of global grocery sales, and Spreitzer maintains that these markets still dominate sales in many countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Rentoria explained that with domestic production impacted by African swine fever, the Philippine government recently lowered pork import tariffs to attract more imported pork and stabilize supplies. U.S. pork had traditionally been used as raw material for further processing in the Philippines, but is now being sold in significant volumes through foodservice outlets and in traditional wet markets. The U.S. pork industry has a great opportunity to expand demand through this channel, especially as these venues become better equipped to handle frozen pork. USMEF has implemented a three-phase program to assess Philippine consumers’ perceptions about imported pork and
especially U.S. pork, and to increase sales through direct consumer outreach. Ruiz talked about the growing butcher shop sector in Colombia, where an estimated 40 to 50% of imported meat is sold. Butcher shops fill a growing need between traditional wet markets and modern retail, she explained, and this offers an opportunity to work closely with major importers who either own or affiliate with butcher shops. The USMEF Butcher Shop Program is a relationship-building strategy developed to improve numerous operational aspects with the goal of increasing sales of U.S. pork and beef. The program has three distinct phases – diagnosis, planning and execution – in which USMEF guides these shops on ways to better merchandise and promote U.S. pork and beef products. The program has helped increase U.S. red meat sales at several locations and more shops are looking to participate. Elizalde outlined the new product development approach that USMEF-Mexico has implemented at retail to better position U.S. pork as a value-added product. Elizalde discussed several of the new products USMEF has helped develop and promote with targeted Mexican processors. New products are promoted in traditional markets through product sampling, use of a USMEF mobile grill and kitchen and on a wide range of social media platforms. The conference got underway Wednesday with presentations from USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom and keynote speaker and acclaimed author Peter Zeihan. More details on the opening session are available online.
USMEF members will next meet at the organization’s annual strategic planning conference, which is set for Nov. 9-11 in Oklahoma City.
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In addition to the general sessions, standing committee meetings allowed USMEF members to receive updates on critical issues specifically impacting their sector. Breakout sessions for the USMEF Pork and Allied Industries
Committee, Beef and Allied Industries Committee and Feedgrains and Oilseeds Caucus provided producers with market-specific insights into how their investments in USMEF marketing programs are being utilized. Committee members also received updates on the competitive landscape in key markets, as well as details on the impact of rising input costs for producers across the globe and on the effect of rising inflation on consumer spending. USMEF Exporter Committee members examined a broad range of trade barriers and market access obstacles, while also receiving updates on port congestion and other shipping and logistical challenges.
Another $1 Billion Month for Beef Exports; Pork Exports Remain Below Year-Ago Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports maintained a remarkable pace in April, topping $1 billion for the third time this year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). April pork exports were well below the large totals posted a year ago, while lamb exports continued to trend higher. Record Exports to Taiwan Highlight Huge Month for Beef Exports Beef exports totaled 124,408 metric tons (mt) in April, up 3% from a year ago and the fifth largest on record, while export value soared 33% to $1.05 billion – second only to the record $1.07 billion posted in March. April exports to Taiwan and the Philippines were record-large and exports increased to Japan, China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. For January through April, beef exports increased 5% from a year ago to 478,260 mt, valued at $4.05 billion (up 38%). For South Korea, the leading value destination for U.S. beef, export value already topped $1 billion, increasing nearly 50% from a year ago. “Global demand for U.S. beef continues to overcome enormous obstacles, from inflationary pressure to logistical challenges to the recent lockdowns in some of China’s major metropolitan areas,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Most encouraging is that even as beef exports climb to unprecedented levels in our largest Asian markets, demand is strengthening in other regions as well, fueled by a strong rebound in the foodservice sector.” Halstrom cautioned that April results did not capture the full impact of recent COVID-19 lockdowns in China, some of which continued through May and into early June. The pressure inflation imposes on
consumers’ discretionary income and the rising strength of the U.S. dollar versus some key trading partner currencies are also growing headwinds for U.S. red meat exports. Pork Exports Regain Momentum in Japan, Set New Record to Dominican Republic April pork exports were 212,876 mt, down 21% from the large volume reported a year ago. Export value was $600.6 million, down 20%. Exports to leading market Mexico remained strong in April and are running well ahead of last year’s record pace. April exports also increased to Japan, Honduras and Colombia and exports to the Dominican Republic reached a new record. Through April, pork exports fell 20% from a year ago to 842,804 mt, valued at $2.31 billion (down 18%). “The sharp decline in China’s demand for imported pork continues to weigh heavily on the year-over-year results for U.S. exports, and the COVID lockdowns dampened demand even further by limiting consumer spending and slowing activity in the wholesale market and the meat processing sector,” Halstrom explained. “We do expect exports to China to regain some momentum in the fourth quarter of this year – certainly not back to the peak volumes of 2020, but improving over current levels. Meanwhile shipments to Mexico remain on a record pace and exports to Japan and several Latin American markets trended higher in April.” Rebound in Caribbean Demand Fuels Strong April Lamb Exports April exports of U.S. lamb increased 37% from a year ago to 1,493 mt, while export value soared 90% to $2.56 million. Growth continues to be driven by large variety meat exports to top market Mexico and revitalized muscle cut demand from the Caribbean foodservice sector. January-April lamb exports increased 49% from a year ago to 6,512 mt, while value climbed 76% to just under $10 million. Muscle cut exports increased 87% from a year ago to 668 mt, while export value more than doubled to $4.3 million (up 105%).
A detailed summary of January-April export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.
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Epperly Wins 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Source: Livestock Marketing Association OVERLAND PARK, Kan. ( June 13, 2022) – Will Epperly, from Dunlap, Iowa, was named the 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion at the 58th annual competition held at Shipshewana Auction & Trading Place, Shipshewana, Ind., and presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). “It was such a powerful moment,” Epperly said. “I thought to myself, ‘this can’t be real,’ and the emotions that came over me were a flood. It was joy, excitement and nervousness for the year to come, but I hope to represent everyone and the Livestock Marketing Association very well.” This was Epperly’s 12th year competing at a WLACaffiliated event. He earned his spot to compete in this year’s competition by winning Runner-Up honors at LMA’s 2022 Midwestern Qualifying event. Thirty other contestants also qualified through three regional qualifying events. Justin Dodson of Welch, Okla., earned Reserve Champion honors, and Jacob Massey from Petersburg, Tenn., was named Runner-Up Champion. Other top ten finalists were Eric Drees, Caldwell, Idaho; Dean Edge, Rimbey, Alberta; Steve Goedert, Dillon, Mont.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Sixto Paiz, Portales, N.M.; Jake Parnell, Sacramento, Calif. (High Score Interview); Barrett Simon, Rosalia, Kan. (Rookie of the Year).
Additional semi-finalists were Zach Ballard, Presho, S.D.; Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Brandon Frey, Diagonal, Iowa; Joshua Garcia, Goliad, Texas; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Brandon Hamel, Natoma, Kan.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; Marcus Kent, Dunnellon, Fla.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Kyle Layman, North Platte, Neb.; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Jack Riggs, Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.; Andrew Sylvester, Wamego, Kan.; Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.; and Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.
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in a competition that showcases professionalism and promotes the auction method of selling livestock.” As the new champion, Epperly will spend the next year traveling the country, sharing his auctioneering skills with other livestock auction markets and acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the livestock marketing industry and LMA. “I look forward to meeting new people, getting to travel the country, getting to see different markets and how they run around the United States,” Epperly said. “The greatest part of it is the opportunity to represent them and the industry we serve.” Epperly, a self-taught livestock auctioneer, works for Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap, Iowa, and West Point Livestock Auction, Inc. in West Point, Neb. He lives in Dunlap, Iowa, with his wife, Ally, and son, Zeke. A one-hour highlight show from the 2022 competition will air on RFD-TV June 30, with starting times based on local listings. WLAC fans can mark their calendars for the 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which will be held June 7-10, 2023, at Arcadia Stockyard, in Arcadia, Fla. About the Livestock Marketing Association The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through support, representation and communication efforts. For more information, visit www.LMAWeb.com.
Sydenstricker Receives Honorary State FFA Degree COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (April 22, 2022) – The Missouri FFA Association named Eddie Sydenstricker, Mexico, an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. Sydenstricker is the owner and chairman of the board of Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners, which owns 27 John Deere dealerships throughout Missouri and Illinois. He is also the owner of Sydenstricker Genetics — a purebred Angus seedstock operation among the top 100 seedstock operations in the United States. As a longtime FFA supporter, Sydenstricker began his FFA journey as a member of the Paris FFA Chapter in 1953. During his time in FFA, Sydenstricker served as a chapter president, vice president and sentinel. He later went on to serve as the state secretary and received his American FFA Degree. Today, Sydenstricker is an FFA supporter through sponsorships and youth support at county fairs. He has also assisted with various events hosted by the Missouri FFA Association including lending equipment and cattle for agricultural mechanics and livestock career development events. Sydenstricker said he “enjoys giving FFA members tours of the dealership and farm.” The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members. Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA Degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural
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NCBA Commends Signing of U.S.-Japan Beef Export Agreement Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 2, 2022) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association praised the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and Japan to increase the Beef Safeguard Trigger level under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.
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“The agreement signed today underscores the importance of the mutually beneficial relationship between U.S. cattle producers and Japanese consumers, and we are hopeful that the improved safeguard will provide greater certainty for all segments of the supply chain. NCBA thanks Ambassador Tai for her continued efforts to reduce trade barriers and expand export opportunities for American cattle producers,” said NCBA Senior Director of International Trade and Market Access Kent Bacus. In March 2021, Japan and the U.S. entered negotiations after record-setting beef exports triggered the safeguard provision of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. Today’s increase in the Beef Safeguard Trigger level will allow American producers to continue exporting high-quality beef to meet Japanese consumer demand. Japan is a top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for over $2.3 billion in sales in 2021.
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Baxter Black 1945-2022 On June 10th, 2022 Baxter Ashby Black, large animal veterinarian, cowboy poet and philosopher, husband, father and papa rode his old horse on home. Just before sunrise on that day, Jesus signed on one more ol’ cowboy to ride the Golden Fields across the Jordan. The iconic cowboy poet and storyteller had humble beginnings. He was born to Robert and Teddie Black at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital just before the end of World War II. He was the first of what would eventually be four brothers: Baxter, Bob, John and Stephen. The family traveled through West Virginia, Texas and ended up in Las Cruces, New Mexico where Baxter would call home. When Baxter was 15 years old his life changed dramatically as his father, Robert, who was the youngest Dean of Agriculture at New Mexico State University, passed away unexpectedly and he became the man of the house. All while doing his part for the family, he continued to play the guitar among many other things but he always went to church on Sunday. IN
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no TVs and very few radios in those days so he would take his guitar and tell stories. He found that he could take the cowboys’ stories, write a poem about it, tell it back to them and they loved it. In 1980 he ended up in Denver, CO working as the troubleshooting vet for a pharmaceutical company. Baxter’s reputation as an entertainer spread. Soon the constant requests for his brand of poignant, insightful and hilarious programs allowed him to transition from part time cowboy poet to full time cowboy entertainer. Shortly after forming the Coyote Cowboy Company, he married his wife of 39 years, Cindy Lou and became the father of Jennifer. A decade later his son Guy was born and after Jennifer graduated high school they moved down to Benson, Arizona. Over his forty year career, Baxter wrote about what he knew, cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo, cattle, horses and ranch life. He wrote with a flair that still captures the imaginations of everyone who reads his stories today. He spoke throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. His column was printed in over 130 newspapers (and magazines - including Missouri Beef Cattleman) and his radio program was on 150 stations through the years. He sold over 2 million copies of his books, cds and dvds. He was on the Johnny Carson show on several occasions and was a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition for 20 years. He lived his life guided by a simple faith in Jesus and his admonishment to, “Love God, practice forgiveness and mercy to all who offend, and to care for the least of these.” No one was a stranger to Baxter, whether you sat next to him on the airplane for thirty minutes or knew him for decades. Every person he met was a friend. Something that Baxter would always say after getting home from one of his frequent trips seems profoundly fitting for his journey through this life. Should Jesus look at him and say, “How’d it go?” it is easy to imagine Baxter, with a beaming smile shining out from under his mustache saying, “Lord, I made ‘em laugh, and that’s all that matters.” Baxter is survived by his wife, Cindy Lou Black; his daughter Jennifer Cubbage, husband Will, and their children William and Savannah; his son Guy Black, wife Jessica, and their children Gwendolyn and Magnolia; his two brothers, Bob and Steve and his two dogs, Solomon and Rudy. JULY 2022
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the J. F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, 26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; Canine Companions, 2965 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 or to a favorite charity of your choice.
Steak Fry - Thank You All Wedding season is upon us. I’ve never understood why so many people get married in the summer. Then again, I have never understood why so many people get married. I’ve never been a bride and have mastered my chronically single status. Though, I’m intrigued by weddings. One of the things that surprises me most is when a bride mentions she didn’t get to speak to everyone at the ceremony or reception. It is the same with all brides. Regardless of whether the wedding is large or small, the bride always shares that she didn’t get to spend as much time with her guests as she wished. I’m certainly no bride and am in no rush to the alter, but I finally understand what my friends mean. I love our clients and love attending their events. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Steak Fry is one of my favorites. This year’s event left me feeling like a bride – too many guests and not enough time to visit with each one. The 2022 MCA Steak Fry was a complete success. Hundreds of MCA members, elected officials, and supporters crowded into the Agriculture Building at the State Fairgrounds in Sedalia to show support for Missouri’s farm and ranch families. For us, it is the perfect time to reconnect with MCA members, thank our political supporters, and remind us that summer has arrived. This year was different. It was busier and had a different buzz to the room. It was just better.
Kingsville Livestock Auction’s Jeremy and Jared Anstine kicked off the event with the President’s Pie Auction. Lines and crowds formed everywhere. Auction tables overflowed with items donated from a wide range of supporters. Crowds formed around the imbibing station. Never-ending lines grew from the food tables. Conversation was lively. What an event! 66
Success of this event is important for many reasons. It provides a perfect opportunity for MCA’s legislative champions to be recognized and connect with our members. It also generates necessary support for MCA’s political action committee that helps elect and retain Representatives and Senators who unwaveringly support and defend agriculture. Your financial generosity makes a huge difference in election outcomes. We fully appreciate the demand on your dollars, now more than ever. Your contributions are appreciated and do not go unnoticed. They can make the difference between winning or losing a friend and supporter. There are not words sufficient to thank all those that make an event of this magnitude happen. MCA staff that coordinates, the many entities that donate, the cooks that cook, the young crew that volunteers, and the attendees that spend both time and money – we thank you. For all the guests and members with whom I didn’t get to visit, my apologies. So much to say, but so little time. This truly is a great problem to have! See you at the State Fair next month, Nancy and Cooper
SALE CALENDAR July 7 July 11 Aug. 20 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Sept. 25 Oct. 1 Oct. 1 Oct. 1
JRS - “The Big Bang” Sale at Downstream Casino Yearling Sale at JRS, Carthage, MO Express Ranches Big Event Sale, Yukon, OK Wild Indian Acres & Friends Female Sale, DeSoto, MO Soaring Eagle Sale, Springfield, MO WMC Cattle Co. “Ladies of the Ozarks Annual Female Sale, Wasola, MO Soaring Eagle of the Ozarks Fall Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Journagan/MSU Annual Production Sale, Springfield, MO Bradley Cattle & Hankins Farms Charolais & Red Angus Fall Colors Sale, Republic, MO Express Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Yukon, OK
Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 12 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15
Smith Valley Angus Sale, Salem, MO East Central Missouri Angus Sale, Cuba, MO Big D Ranch Sale, Center Ridge, AR Julia Weiker Estate Dispersion Sale, Fayette, MO Valley Oaks Sale, Chilhowee, MO Seedstock Plus Fall Bull & Female Sale, Carthage, MO Gerloff Farms BullFest Sale, Bland, MO Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer & Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale, West Plains, MO Byergo Angus Sale, Savannah, MO 3C Cattle Co. Sale, Carrollton, MO Aschermann Charolais/Akaushi 33rd Edition Bull Sale, Springfield, MO
Oct. 15 Oct. 16 Oct. 17 Oct. 22 Oct. 22 Oct. 22 Oct. 23 Oct. 24 Oct. 29 Oct. 29 Oct. 30 Nov. 4 Nov. 4-5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5
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Fink Beef Genetics Fall Bull Sale, Randolph, KS Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO McBee Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Fayette, MO Lacy’s Red Angus & MC Livestock Annual Production Sale, Drexel, MO Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO Missouri Angus Association Ladies of Autumn Sale, Lebanon, MO Southwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO Ward Brothers Sale, Plattsburg, MO Cattlemen’s Preferred Sale All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Harrison, AR Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO GenePlus Brangus Sale at Chimney Rock, Concord, AR Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Edition Bull & Female Sale, Oseola, MO Fall Harvest Simmental Sale, Springfield, MO Wright Charolais 11th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO Henke Angus Farms Sale, Salisbury, MO Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO Valley Oaks Fall Female Sale, Oak Grove, MO Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO Green Springs Bull Test Sale featuring Garton Angus Ranch Females, Nevada, MO Galaxy Beef Female Sale, Macon, MO Missouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO
Advertiser Index Brookover/Ranger........................................... 49 Buffalo Livestock Market................................ 62 Callaway Livestock Center Inc....................... 30 Champion Feeders.......................................... 48 Classified..........................................................73 Clearwater Farm............................................. 33 Coon Angus Ranch......................................... 33 Ertell Cattle Company Sale.............................18 F&T Livestock Market.....................................18 FCS of Missouri...............................................76 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus............................ 33 Friday - Cartoon............................................. 72 Galaxy Beef LLC............................................ 33 Gerloff Farms.................................................. 33 Green’s Welding & Sales................................. 63 High Choice Feeders....................................... 53 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.............................. 33 HRC Feedyard.................................................51 HydraBed.........................................................17 HyPlains Feed Yard......................................... 52 Irsik & Doll ...................................................... 2 Jim’s Motors.................................................... 62 Kingsville Livestock Auction............................57 Kinsley Feeders, LLC..................................... 53 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma.......................... 33 La Crosse Seed.................................................16 Marshall & Fenner Farms............................... 33 MBIC Elections............................................... 20 MCA - Beef House Schedule.......................... 23 MCA - Liability Signs..................................... 70 MCA - Membership Form.............................. 69 MCA - MJCA Tour.........................................41
MCA - Presidents Council.............................. 68 MCA - Top Hand............................................21 MCA Golf Tournament............................ 39, 40 McBee Cattle Co............................................. 35 MCF Scholarship Deadline............................ 65 McPherson Concrete Products.........................73 Mead Farms.................................................... 33 Merck Animal Health......................................13 MFA ................................................................. 3 Missouri Angus Association............................ 33 Missouri Angus Breeders................................ 33 Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine.................71 Missouri Beef Industry Council.......................19 Pellet Technology USA, LLC......................... 45 Sampson Cattle Co......................................... 33 Seedstock Plus sales..........................................75 Sellers Feedlot................................................. 54 Show-Me-Select Sale Credit Program ........... 67 South Central Regional Stockyards................ 53 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef........................ 33 Superior Steel Sales......................................... 46 Sydenstricker Genetics.................................... 33 Tiffany Feeders................................................ 50 Touchstone Energy............................................ 9 Valley Oaks Angus.......................................... 33 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats...........15 Weiker Angus Ranch...................................... 33 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate......................31 Wheeler Livestock Market.............................. 49 Mike Williams..................................................31 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers............................... 64
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