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May 2022 New Era for Missouri 24 AJunior Cattlemen


A New Era for MJCA


Managing Medicine

After 38 Years an MJCA Tradition Gets An Exciting New Look

FDA Focuses on Remaining Over the Counter Antibiotics

MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 18 Beef Checkoff News 44 County News

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Managing Medicine




MCA President’s Perspective Endorsed Candidates Need Your Support


CattleWomen’s Corner


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


Regional Range Report


What’s Cooking at the Beef House


Capitol Update

Springtime and Family Ties

Expanding Youth Engagement


Hot Dog History

Eminent Domain

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Volume 51 - Issue 5 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail:

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association MCA Website:

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Sydney Thummel • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Macey Hurst •MBC Editor/Production Artist Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation

Missouri’s CattleWomen


New MCA Members






Obituary: Eldon Cole


Obituary: Leon Kleeman


Brangus News


Advertisers Index

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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Addison Blake, Southwest City, MO Lyla Bolinger, California, MO Mazzie Boyd, Hamilton, MO W. John Cramer, Cramer Farms, Ludlow, MO Colton DeVore, Clarence, MO Gerald Dick, Dick Farms, Bunceton, MO Crystal Dieckman, Spur C Cattle Co, Peculiar, MO Stuart Dill, Bar D Land & Cattle LLC, Phillipsburg, MO Sherry Edwards, Tangled T Ranch, Oak Grove, MO Remy Evans, Garden City, MO Jaxon Faris, Oak Grove, MO Kaitlin Flick, KMF Investments, LLC, Boonville, MO Evan Florida, Warrensburg, MO Kendall Forgey, Sparta, MO Todd & Alli Forgey, Monett, MO Caleb Frazier, Yoss Bros. Grocery, Holden, MO Madelynn Gastler, Martinsburg, MO Bernard Glueck, Scott City, MO Perry Gorrell, Lohmon, MO Janae Graham, Graham Fam Farm, LLC, Fair Play, MO Glen & Martha Griesbaum, Griesbaum Farms, Palmyra, MO Brian Gripe, 3D Corporate Solutions, Monett, MO David Hall, Ozark Hills Genetics, West Plains, MO Sammy Hostetler, Sky Kreek Farm, Halfway, MO David Hyatt, Amity, MO Matthew Hyatt, Amity, MO Cody Jackson, New Boston, MO Alan Keuper, Lincoln, MO Allie Keuper, Lincoln, MO Audrey Keuper, Lincoln, MO Shaelin Kirchner, Eugene, MO Cris & Luann Knepp, Knepp Farms LLC, Norwood, MO

Gideon Kropf, Buffalo, MO Kenneth Ladyman, Sturgeon, MO Troy Marshall, Marshall Cattle Company, Country Club, MO Mason Mayfield, Patton, MO Chelsy McCall, McCall Farms, Willard, MO Rodney & Terri Mellon, Mellon Farms, Polo, MO James, Jr, & Warren Miller, Miller Cattle Co, Joplin, MO Michael Monk, East Lawn Angus Farm, Skidmore, MO Kevin Moore, Norman Angus, Stark City, MO Brian Noble, Stanberry, MO Abigail Oelrichs, Concordia, MO Shawn Phillips, Polk, MO Darrell & Susie Pollock, Pollock Cattle Co., Lebanon, MO Harry Rehkop IV, Concordia, MO Loren Reiff, Sunny View Farms, Flemington, MO Jerry Rellihan, Osceola, MO Collin & Haley Schabbing, Schabbing Shorthorn Farm, Cape Girardeau, MO Steve Schlesselman, Concordia, MO Bailey Schneider, Warrenton, MO Jeff & Jennifer Schneider, Warrenton, MO Quinn Scott, Lexington, MO Kenadey Shepherd, Osceola, MO Lynley Shepherd, Osceola, MO Whitney Shepherd, Osceola, MO Chanse Smith CS Farms, Doniphan, MO Lacy Smithson, La Plata, MO Miriam Snider, Charlotte, VT Andrew & Rhonda Underwood, Underwood Ranch, Belton, MO Claire Walker, Chillicothe, MO Zach & Shannon Wallace, Preston, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 77.

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with Bruce Mershon Endorsed Candidates Need Your Support I always know it’s a busy time of year by the number of pick-up trucks parked at our farm. Today, there were at least eight as my brother, Tim, and his crew are well into planting, and on the cattle side, we are breeding our spring herd. Likewise, at MCA, spring is hectic and, during an election year, even more so. MCA’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee consisting of volunteers knowledgeable in state and federal issues unanimously recommended and your Board of Directors unanimously approved endorsing U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler for the U.S. Senate. Vicky is one of us. She grew up on a farm in Cass County and still farms today with her husband, Lowell, in Cass County. Representing the 4th Congressional District in the House of Representatives and on the Agriculture Committee, Vicky is sponsoring the Optimizing the Cattle Market Act, which is strongly supported by MCA policy. Vicky recently introduced a new bill called the A-PLUS Act that, among other things, would allow livestock markets to own/manage facilities that process less than 2,000 animals per day or under 700,000 per year. The legislation will further increase meat processing capacity. Please join MCA in supporting Vicky Hartzler for the U.S. Senate. We also interviewed impressive candidates for state auditor. The committee unanimously recommended and your Board of Directors also unanimously approved endorsing Scott Fitzpatrick. Scott is currently state treasurer and has a history of working with MCA as a state representative. In 2016, Scott was instrumental in helping MCA override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of no state income tax on disaster assistance, and it’s one example of Scott’s relationship with MCA. Please also join MCA and support Scott Fitzpatrick for auditor.

MCA President Interviews didn’t stop at statewide positions. We met with candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, both from District 4 and District 7, which are open seats. Unfortunately, at the time of our interviews, the Missouri Senate had failed to approve congressional redistricting maps. If we didn’t know which candidate would be living in which district, it seemed inappropriate for us to endorse at that time. Our Policy Committee will meet again in late June to consider endorsing the U.S. House of Representatives, state senate and state representatives. The board of directors are scheduled to meet July 7 to consider the committee’s recommendations. Please mark your calendar for June 11 for the annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry, which honors MCA’s past presidents and helps raise funds for the political action committee, held at the Agriculture Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. It’s a great evening of fellowship, fun and fundraising to help elect candidates endorsed by MCA. Prior to Steak Fry, MCA will hold our first commercial bred heifer and open heifer show auction. Please turn to the story in this edition to learn more details. The auctioning of the outstanding females will support our youth financially and teach them the latest in reproductive technology. By the time I see you at the Steak Fry, my hope is that you have healthy calves on the ground and crops planted in the field. As MCA members, we have a busy few months ahead and I look forward to working with you.


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with Mike Deering Expanding Youth Engagement This association’s junior programs have had its ups and downs over the last decade. It has been a mess at times, and I will be the first to admit it. Seven years ago, it became a priority of mine to ensure our junior programs were truly reflecting what we were preaching. We were saying that our young leaders are the future of this industry, and we must focus on the next generation. In reality, we were saying the right things, but our actions (programs) weren’t matching up 100%. We put an emphasis on the junior programs in 2015 with the intent to not only fix them, but to take them to the next level. I believe we have done that, and a large amount of the credit goes to Kevin Johansen who came on staff in 2015 as the manager of membership, which oversees junior activities. That excellence has continued since Kevin left the association to go on to new endeavors. For the last three years, Sydney Thummel has grown involvement in junior programs and has brought innovative ideas to the table to make certain we continue to improve and don’t settle for just enough.

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As an example of this continuous effort, the MCA AllBreeds Junior Show is getting a facelift this year. The annual event is being joined by the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Heifer Show & Sale. These two events together will form the first ever Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo, to be held June 1012, 2022, in Sedalia on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.


I am personally excited about the replacement show and sale. I say confidentially that we were doing outstanding work for juniors, but a large part of that work revolved around the show ring. We wanted to maintain and even strengthen that focus, while also bringing in youth that didn’t necessarily have an interest in showing cattle. I would have fit into that category growing up. I never showed cattle, nor did I have that itch. However, I was extremely interested in raising cattle.

Executive Vice President The replacement female portion allows those young people who have a passion for raising cattle the opportunity to display a pen of open or bred heifers. They will be evaluated by a different judge focused solely on the commercial realities of our industry. They need to be gentle, but they don’t need to be halter broke, fitted or anything like that. Youth will then sell their open and bred heifers at the sale, which will occur Saturday, June 11, just prior to the 19th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry. Another exciting part of this is our partnership with the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. This association has a long history of supporting the Show-Me-Select program and their involvement in the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Heifer Show & Sale lends credibility not only to the show and sale, but also to the quality of the heifers competing. No need to reinvent the wheel when the Show-Me-Select program has requirements already in place aimed at improving heifer development through technology and management practices. This new program will continue to be tweaked as we go through some growing pains, but it is a way to attract new youth engagement within our organization.

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Regional Range Report by Deb Thummel, MCA Region 4 Vice-President Independent Independent. I believe that word describes all of us in the cattle industry. We just want to be left alone to do what we do so very well… raise cattle. Now, though, we need to join together to retain our independence, and we must choose carefully with whom we join. As for our cattle producing household, we have chosen the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. In our independence, we recognize the need for representation. Further, in our discernment, we recognize that the Cattlemen’s organization is best equipped to effectively work on the issues that face rural Missouri, and, therefore, rural America. MCA is a leader on the national scene, working to bring about policy changes at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association that affect the bottom line of the tens of thousands of beef producers in the state.

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Personally, I serve in the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association as the Region 4 Vice President, and I’m excited about our region. We have six affiliates in 16 counties that are doing some wonderful things to awaken and energize the cow-calf and cattle feeding operations in our corner of Missouri. We are extremely gratified to have had President Bruce Mershon tap Kevin Valasek from our newest affiliate, AndrewBuchanan County Cattlemen, to serve as At-Large Representative on the MCA Executive Committee. Two of our affiliates, Nodaway County Cattlemen and I-35 Cattlemen, have won state awards for excellence at the two most recent Missouri Cattle Industry Conventions. Producers from our region have also won recognition in the Profitability Challenge and can be found in Jefferson City for Cowboys at the Capitol on a regular basis. They are simultaneously getting more beef into more local school lunches and activities through the MoBeef Kids program and other beef donation strategies. Like many affiliates across the state, scholarships for the agriculturally minded youth are on the top of the priority list in the great Northwest.


Membership is growing in the Northwest! We’re up about 41% when compared to the baseline of 2019. We

MCA Region 4 Vice President Deb Thummel and her husband, Jeff Thummel.

are still the smallest region in terms of membership, but the gap between us and the regions ahead of us is narrowing. Those of us that are passionate about the cattle industry will continue to promote membership in the organization that has our backs in the most different avenues. My husband, Jeff, and I are both fifth generation agriculturists and own and operate a diversified crop and cattle operation, while also owning investment properties in nearby Maryville, Missouri. Our cattle entities include registered and commercial cow-calf, backgrounding, seedstock sales, and beef sold directly to the consumer. All three of our grown children are involved in agriculture, and we know how blessed we are to have them close. We are challenged and sharpened by the great minds and enthusiasm that exist in our industry, and we, in turn, desire to spark interest and speak truth about the incredible growth in efficiencies that have occurred across agriculture in the last 80 years. See you on the trail sometime!

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Global Demand for U.S. Beef Continues to Soar; Pork Exports Below Last Year Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports posted another strong performance in February, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), led by excellent value growth in key Asian and Latin American markets. Pork exports trended lower year-over-year, as larger shipments to Mexico and Japan did not offset the continued decline in demand from China/Hong Kong. Lamb exports continued to gain momentum, reaching the highest monthly value since 2014. “Rarely have we seen so many outside forces creating headwinds for U.S. meat exports and such uncertainty in the global marketplace,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Yet consumer demand for highquality beef, pork and lamb has proven resilient, and USMEF sees opportunities for further growth in both established and emerging markets.” Beef Export Value Approaches $2 Billion After Just Two Months Beef exports totaled 108,501 metric tons (mt) in February, up 5% from a year ago, while value climbed 35% to $904.4 million. Through the first two months of the year, exports increased 9% to 227,567 mt, while value soared 46% to $1.93 billion. “Broad-based growth has become a recurring theme for U.S. beef exports, as international demand has never been higher and global supplies remain tight,” Halstrom said. “We anticipated a lift from COVIDrelated foodservice restrictions being eased in many destinations. This materialized late last year and in early 2022, although conditions still vary by country. While lockdowns in China and Hong Kong are certainly a setback for foodservice demand, those are the main exceptions as most countries have shifted to more of a living-with-COVID approach.”

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Following record-large January shipments, beef export volume to leading market South Korea slowed in February but value climbed 17% to $197.8 million. Through February, exports to Korea already broke the $500 million mark ($514.2 million, up 57%).


February exports to Japan were down 5% but value jumped 21% to just under $200 million. Beef exports also increased to China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Despite Strong Month for Mexico and Japan, Pork Exports Trend Lower Demand for U.S. pork did not fare as well in the first two months of 2022, as logistics challenges were compounded by lower-priced offerings from competitors. Like the U.S., these suppliers are shipping significantly lower volumes to China/Hong Kong, which has pushed more product into other markets at reduced prices. February pork exports were 198,539 mt, down 17% from a year ago, while export value fell 14% to $541.3 million. Through February, exports were also down 17% in volume (407,347 mt) and 14% in value ($1.1 billion). “European hog prices jumped sharply in March, climbing about 35% compared to February,” Halstrom explained. “While this came too late to impact our February export results, it could lead to more favorable market conditions going forward.” U.S. pork exports to Mexico reached new heights in 2021 and this strong momentum continued through February. January-February exports to Mexico climbed 33% to 160,996 mt, with value up 19% to $255.1 million. After a slow start in 2022, February pork exports to Japan rebounded to 32,712 mt, up 3% from a year ago, with value increasing 6% to $139.8 million, led by larger shipments of chilled pork cuts and pork variety meat. Pork exports to South Korea continue to post impressive value gains, fueled by larger shipments of chilled pork. January-February exports increased in both volume and value to the Caribbean and El Salvador but were lower year-over-year to most other markets. February Lamb Export Value Highest in Nearly Eight Years February exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,580 mt, up 37% from a year ago. Export value was $2.56 million, up 62% and the highest since July 2014. Leading market Mexico posted increases in both variety meats and muscle cuts, while muscle cut exports also increased to the Caribbean, Central America and the Philippines. Through February, lamb exports increased 43% from a year ago to 3,113 mt, while value climbed 60% to $4.48 million. A detailed summary of the January-February red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.

Biden NEPA Framework Compromises Environmental, Economic Goals Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (April 19, 2022) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today expressed concern that the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule undermines progress made over the last several years at a time when efficient regulatory processes are critical to environmental and economic sustainability. “When it comes to federal regulations, ranchers are often caught in the middle of political whiplash, and this CEQ process is no exception,” said NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources and PLC Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover. “Livestock producers and land managers need regulatory certainty and consistency. By returning to a pre-2020 standard, this rule returns environmental analysis to a failed model that industry and government have long agreed is woefully inadequate and inefficient. This failed model will stall important environmental projects, delay critical

infrastructure improvements, and impede progress made as part of ongoing NEPA processes.” In addition to their role in water, transportation, and conservation projects nationwide, NEPA regulations play a foundational role in all activities on federal lands. Over the past several decades, NEPA processes have become inefficient and the source of an immense amount of regulatory red tape and uncertainty as producers renew grazing permits, improve rangeland, and participate in USDA voluntary conservation programs. NCBA and PLC, in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry Association, previously submitted comments in response to the Council for Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and have long advocated for a NEPA process that is targeted, concise, and timely.

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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Beef Sustainability Campaign Reaches 96 Million Consumers

A Beef Checkoff-funded campaign, “Rethink the Ranch,” executed by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., introduced the public to beef producers who make science-driven decisions to keep their herds, environment and businesses healthy enough to pass on to the next generation. This campaign increased consumer confidence in beef and beef production by inviting consumers to learn more about how beef producers care for the land, their animals and their local communities.

• Roughly half of consumers say they care about beef’s impact on the land and environment or change their behaviors to encourage it. However, factors like taste, safety, appearance and price are still more important considerations when making a meal choice. • Almost half of consumers already have a positive perception of beef production. However, the beef industry is still perceived as less sustainable than other food industries. • Animal welfare, by far, was the most important topic to address with consumers when it comes to beef and how cattle are raised.

Market Research The Beef Checkoff conducted extensive market research in the spring of 2021 to fully understand consumer perceptions around how beef producers care for the land and what key topics would resonate most with that audience. Here are some of the key learnings from that research:

Getting the Word Out This campaign came to life across YouTube, social media platforms, influencer efforts, radio, ConnectTV and more. Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. developed and disseminated a variety of content, showing the dedication of beef producers to a vital and reliable industry, including:

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Missouri Beef Industry Council Director Election Legal Notice

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Notice is hereby given that the Director of Agriculture will be conducting an election to fill three positions on the Missouri Beef Industry Council Board of Directors. One regional council member is to be elected in each of Regions 1, 4 and At Large. Terms of office are three years.


Any cattle producer within the specified regions of the State of Missouri who is producing cattle for market and the legal owner of one or more head of cattle becomes eligible to vote in the election by registering at his/her respective Farm Service Agency (FSA), or electronically at prior to July 20, 2022. Cattle producers who have voted in any of the previous three (3) elections are not required to register unless their address has changed.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture will mail ballots to registered producers on August 15, 2022. Ballots must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2022 to be valid. Any qualified producer may be nominated and have his/ her name placed on the ballot provided the independent nomination is accompanied by petition of not fewer than 100 producers in the nominee’s region and written permission of the candidate. Petitions must be delivered to the Director of Agriculture on or before July 20, 2022. Petition forms are available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture by calling 573-751-5611.

• A “Rethink the Ranch” hub web page featured an interactive map of all 50 U.S. states, each complete with state-specific beef production stories told through the lens of beef families. • Videos advertised on YouTube and ConnectTV – What Goes Around, Better Than Ever, We See Beef, A Prosperous Future for Everyone. • Educational digital and radio ads on how beef producers implement land-saving, wildlife-preserving and award-winning environmental efforts hit social media and the web. Advertising also ran across ESPN Networks (ESPN2, SEC and ESPNU) as well as on Spotify and Sirius XM.

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.

These efforts actively engaged consumers by providing in-depth content and rancher stories. Here’s how these efforts performed: • Reach (total number of people who have seen this content): 96,936,509 • Total Video Views: 59,968,934 • Total Social Media Engagements (comments, reactions and shares): 66,802 • Total Pageviews: 80,342 • Audio Ad Listens: 15,836,118 Future Plans Building off last year’s success, a second campaign titled “Raised & Grown” launched on March 21 and will run until the end of May. This campaign aims to increase awareness of how beef is raised safely, humanely and sustainably by spotlighting beef farmers and ranchers from across the U.S., including Environmental Stewardship Award Program ESAP recipients and Beef Quality Assurance award winners. To learn more about how Beef . It’s What’s For Dinner. is working to communicate responsible beef production practices, visit https://www.

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Inaugural Missouri Beef Days Coming to Bolivar Source: MCA Prime Cuts The inaugural Missouri Beef Days event coming to Polk County, Missouri, this May is proud to announce its exclusive premiere sponsor – Show Me Beef™, A NextGen Beef Company. With a focus on local production of healthy beef by family farmers, Show Me Beef™ provides Missouri raised, finished, and harvested beef to Missouri retail and foodservice establishments. “Show Me Beef™ is extremely proud to take the lead in helping Polk County highlight the beef industry’s importance to the area, state, and nation, as well as Polk County’s significant contributions to this vital industry,” said company spokesperson, Clay Barnhouse. Locally, Show Me Beef™ operates a Polk County-based processing center at Missouri Prime Beef Packers in Pleasant Hope, Missouri. This USDA-inspected plant has extensive state of the art food safety protocols in place to ensure the safest possible product, specialized packaging and chilling technology to maintain freshness and extend shelf life, an upgraded wastewater facility to ensure minimal environmental impact, and processes to limit the trucking of feed and cattle to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Together, these measures reflect the care that Show Me Beef™ has for its employees, the animals, the environment, and their customers.

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According to Missouri Department of Agriculture statistics, Missouri ranks third in the nation in the


number of beef cows with 2.04 million, while USDA estimates show Polk County consistently ranking as one of the top three counties in the state in the number of head of beef cattle, as well as one of the top 20 counties in the nation. To bring awareness to these facts, Polk County will highlight the industry’s importance during the inaugural Missouri Beef Days event, a weeklong celebration of all things beef, from May 16-21, 2022, in Bolivar, its county seat. Featuring a parade, rodeo, concert, farm tours, industry expo, beef tours, school lunches, and special speakers including well-known animal science professor Temple Grandin, Missouri Beef Days will focus on the economic impact that beef production and agriculture make on our local and state economies. Activities throughout the week will educate and increase awareness of the importance of the industry, recognize and show appreciation to those involved in agriculture, better acquaint youth and non-farm families with agriculture, and provide a central event for all to show support for an industry that is vitally important to the nation. For additional information about Show Me Beef™, a NextGen Company, visit their website at www. For complete information on Missouri Beef Days, including full calendar, event tickets, and other sponsorship opportunities, visit www., email info@missouribeefdays. com, or contact the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce at 417.326.4118.

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Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team

Hot Dog History Do you ever wonder how the hot dog got its name? There are many stories of people who claim to have brought together the hot dog with the bun. “How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and IN A Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat E and c AD i M er m Drink” by Josh Chetwynd features short essays that A trace the history of popular food and dispell common misconceptions. si



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One contender gives the credit of naming hot dogs to a sports cartoonist for the New York Times, Tad Dorgon. Hot dogs were called ‘red hots’ or ‘dachshund sausages’ before it took its current name. When vendors in the New York Polo Grounds in 1901 were screaming, “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” the cartoonist observed and drew barking dachshund sausages in a warm roll. He didn’t know how to spell ‘dachshund’ so he simply wrote ‘hot dog!’ This cartoon went on to become a sensation, and the term ‘hot dog’ was coined.


While historians aren’t sure how the hot dog got its name, there’s no debate that hot dogs snuggled up in buns are a classic, American treat and a Beef House favorite. The ‘All Beef Dog’ was added to our menu in 2000. During the 11-day Missouri State Fair in 2012, we sold 1,602 and this product continues to be a popular item, not only for children, but for all ages. To be frank, you’ll love to eat one at your next visit to the Beef House during the Missouri State Fair, August 11-21, 2022. Thought for the month… “A hot dog a day keeps the hunger away!”


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See What’s Happening in Your County

Barton County Cattlemen The Barton County Cattlemen met on April 12, 2022, at the Thiebaud Meeting Rooms in Lamar, Missouri. President Brett Faubion opened the meeting with a prayer. The meeting began with a delicious brisket dinner prepared by Scott Nolting. The meal was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA. Breanna Wass gave a report on current activities at the Show Me Youth Ag Academy. Jeff Schoen from Boehringer Ingelheim presented the program on LongRange® (eprinomectin), a cattle dewormer. LongRange® is a therapeutic injection which, with one dose, gives long lasting parasite control. It uses a unique extended release system to maintain the therapeutic levels for up to 150 days. When parasites are not controlled, the immune system and appetite are suppressed. When parasites are controlled, cows have greater weight gain with more calves, and they are born earlier. Calves given LongRange® are heavier at weaning. Our next Barton County Cattlemen’s meeting will be 7 p.m., May 10, 2022 at Theibaud Meeting Rooms. All cattlemen are welcome. Please RSVP on our Facebook page, Barton County Cattlemen, or to Brett Faubion if you plan to attend.

Brett Faubion, Jeff Schoen and Breanna Wass.

Henry County Henry County Cattlemen met March 17 at Dietz Buffet with 23 members and guests present. OakStar Bank sponsored the meeting, and Jeff Smith and Susan Mosely were available for questions. MCA Region 6 Vice President Warren Love updated the group on MCA events. Lauren Bailey, president of Clinton FFA, informed members of new projects happening at the school. The Cattlemen mad a donation made to support Clinton FFA. Our next meeting is April 21 at Dietz Buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to join us!

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon. The members enjoyed a delicious meal sponsored by Specialty Risk Insurance and Joplin Regional Stockyards. The meal was catered by Prime Cuts out of Monett, Missouri. Brian Youngblood and Kevin Charleston with Specialty Risk Insurance out of Carthage, Missouri, were introduced by President Scynthia Schnake. Brian and Kevin gave an informative presentation explaining Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) coverage. They explained that LRP is similar to a put option but costs less and that LRP creates a “floor” for the price. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is used on the LRP feeder cattle policies. The weekly weighted averages reported by the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is used on the LRP fed cattle policies for the actual ending values. Leading into the market outlook portion, Skyler Moore with Joplin Regional Stockyards informed the members that he thinks Livestock Risk Protection insurance is a good protection option. He thinks the cull cow market is good and that the bull and cow market should stay strong unless the market becomes flooded. Skyler said people need to watch feed prices; the cattle market hinges on feed prices. He feels the demand for beef is good and that exports are high.

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President Scynthia Schnake started the business meeting by reading thank you cards from Jay Chism, the new MU Southwest Research Center Director and from the Ash Grove FFA for grilling for their farm to fork meal. Scynthia let the members know that Cowboys at the Capitol is April 6 and 27. The 19th Annual PAC Cattlemen’s Steak Fry is June 11, 2022.


Sklyer Moore giving a market update to the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen.

Scynthia also informed members that the MCA Board of Directors meeting is April 7 in Columbia. She reminded the members that the county affiliates can bring their used Ralgro wheels and Revalor cartridges to the quarterly MCA Board of Director’s meeting. Patrick Davis, MU Extension Livestock Specialist from Stockton gave the association an Extension update. The members were informed that the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sale will start at 7 p.m. on May 20 at Joplin Regional Stockyards. Patrick informed the members that Grazing School is coming up in May. He also let the members know there is going to be Hay School at the Brookline Church of Christ in Brookline, Missouri, on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 9 a.m. It will cost $25 per person or $40 per couple.

Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen The March 15, 2022, meeting of the Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen’s was held at the Newton County Fairgrounds. The meeting was sponsored by Worthington Angus. Approximately 100 members and guests were in attendance for the annual steak dinner. Thank you to our grill crew Nick Neece, Ronnie Tosh, Brian Hall and Alan Drake. Prayer was provided by Connie Rogers. Karen Fink discussed Crowder Aggie Days, the annual calf sale and how our partnership with Crowder helps pay for the student scholarships for the travel seminars. After dinner, Josh Worthington gave a wonderful presentation on knowing your customers and how to provide the quality needed to keep your customer base. After the presentation, President Randy Drake called the regular business meeting to order. Tracy lead the members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes and financial statements were presented, and Ronnie Rogers made the motion to approve them. They were unanimously approved. Ronnie Rogers than got up to discuss an upcoming event that the Cattlemen were participating in: a meeting on March 24 at the Newton County Library

Josh Worthington speaking to the Newton McDonald County Cattlemen.

regarding how to read soil tests and alternative fertilize with the University of Missouri Extension. A motion was then made to adjourn the meeting, seconded and unanimously approved.

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St. Charles County Run for the Wall - We Ride for Those Who Can’t Run for the Wall is an annual motorcycle ride from California to Washington, D.C. It started in 1989 to bring awareness for the prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA), and to honor the memory of those killed in action (KIA). The ride ends Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. Over Memorial Day weekend, the riders participate in a presentation at the Vietnam Memorial Wall and at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Riders visit VA medical centers, veterans memorials, veterans outreach facilities, VFW posts, American Legion posts, community centers, as well as schools along the routes. There are three routes all starting in California and meeting back up in Washington, D.C. The central route travels through Missouri on I-70, stopping in Wentzville (about 50 miles west of St. Louis) on Monday, May 23. For many years the St. Charles County Cattlemen have provided roast beef for the Monday evening meal when they arrived. Due to the pandemic, the ride was canceled in 2020 and 2021. But a group of approximately 120 dedicated riders still made the trip through Missouri in 2021. The cattlemen had been discussing ways to promote beef in a larger way since there are riders from across the U.S. They decided to set up and grill strip steaks for the riders. They were able to visit with the riders and hear their stories, answer

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questions about our association, and share what we do as farmers and ranchers. This year, they are expecting approximately 350 riders, so St. Charles County and Pike-Lincoln County Cattlemen are teaming up to donate and grill strip steaks for the meal. It’s a very moving sight to see all the riders knowing what the reason for the ride is all about. For more information, go to The RFTW Mission is “to promote healing among all veterans, their families and supporters and to support our military personnel all over the world.”

Lincoln and Pike Counties Cattlemen On March 26, the Lincoln and Pike Counties Cattlemen’s Association held their eighth annual fundraiser. Support from local businesses, farmers, cattlemen and individuals made this a record-breaking event. All money raised goes directly back to the local youth who are furthering their education and promoting the cattleman way of life. Each year, local high school seniors and college students can apply for a scholarship sponsored by the Lincoln and Pike Counties Cattlemen’s Association. This year, 24 scholarships were awarded to students in six different schools, totaling $28,000. “Receiving a Cattlemen’s scholarship has helped minimize the financial burden that is associated with my education. Through their generous support, I am able to pursue my goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian. I am currently in my first year of vet school and appreciate the assistance of the Cattlemen’s organization,” said Chloe Momphard, scholarship recipient. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s fundraiser a success. We hope to see you next year!

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Dent/Phelps County Cattlemen The Dent/Phelps County Cattlemen’s Association met for their annual meeting and scholarship auction on the evening of March 31, 2022, at the Smith Valley Event Barn in Salem, Missouri. There were 200 people in attendance, including groups from many of the sponsors for the event, members of the local FFA chapters, and several cattlemen and cattlewomen from other surrounding counties. Board members were seen checking people in at the door, where 32 new members signed up, and outside greeting people while grilling the steaks. Thanks go to all board members! Longtime board member Jim Cafourek was recognized as a retiring board member. Samantha Riley was voted in as a new board member. Justin Headrick will become the president and long-serving president, Jarrod Simpson, will become the vice president. Other office holders and board members will stay the same.

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The group enjoyed a steak dinner with sides prepared by Master’s Touch Catering & Event Coordination’s Marsha Fenton. Smith Valley Angus owners, Kim and Brian Smith, sponsored the venue. The meal cost was sponsored by the following businesses: Interstate Regional Stockyards, Callaway Livestock Center, Missouri Southern Seed, FCS Financial, Gahr Truck & Equipment Inc., Farmington Regional Stockyards, South Central Regional Stockyards, Networth Feeds & Feeding, Hubbs Tire, Phelps County Farm Bureau and State Farm Insurance Agent Dan Collier. Thank you to everyone!


Riverways Federal Credit Union’s Salem branch was the evening’s program sponsor. Long-time Dent County Cattlemen members Scott Shults and Chris Holliday spoke a bit about Riverways and announced Jeff Miller as Riverways Ag Lender. Then Scott introduced Corbitt Wall, a livestock market sales representative for DVAuction. While Corbitt is well-known nationally for his program Feeder Flash, he has Missouri roots which meant many in the crowd already knew him. He told a story about when he first met one of Dent County Cattlemen’s long-time members, Frank Barnitz. Corbitt went on to thank Frank for letting him stay that night in his cabin where he can see first-calf heifers and their new babies right out the window. When Corbitt’s talk started with history of the cattle industry, he had the old-timers in the room feeling nostalgic. By the time it ended with a passionate call to action, he had the entire room of ranch families feeling understood and inspired. A special thanks goes to Riverways of Salem and to Corbitt!

Following Corbitt’s talk, over $5,500 was raised for the local scholarship fund through cash donations and a live auction. Mr. Jack Harrison from Callaway Livestock Center did a great job being the auctioneer. Donations for the live auction came from the generous community. Our best wishes and thanks goes out to those who donated and those who ran up the bidding. To show appreciation, a banner was made to display at all future meetings this year. The group is looking forward to getting back to having regular meetings.

St. Clair County Cattlemen St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, April 12, at Farmhouse Kitchen in Appleton City with 34 members and guests present. Zeph Smith, Appleton City Feed Service’s nutritionist, spoke to the Cattlemen on animal growth and weaning profitability. This is a topic that all cattlemen are facing with feed cost on the rise. What should you do at weaning to get the most payoff? Zeph explained the pyramid of the basics cattle need to grow. All cattle need the following to be profitable: clean water, adequate energy and protein, excess energy, vaccination and health, vitamins, and genetics. Then Zeph explained different scenarios and that they may not always be as you expect. He compared a sell-off-the-cow “cheap” wean and a traditional wean. Even with feed prices higher, the traditional wean will still make you the most money. Thank you, Zeph Smith and Appleton City Feed Service, for speaking to our group and sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Farmhouse Kitchen, for the delicious meal! Matt Henneberg spoke to the group on Missouri Beef Days. Missouri Beef Days is a weeklong event in Bolivar, Missouri, that is going to help express the importance of beef on May 16-20 there will be beef feed and education provided to the Bolivar Schools and Southern Baptist University students. May 16-18 there will be beef tours each evening, touring Missouri Prime Beef Packers, SBU, Buchen Processing and Lazy J Ranch. May 19 there will be the Rhinestones & Rodeo Banquet. May 20 will be the rodeo, and May 21 will be a parade, agribusiness expo, Temple Grandin and ending the evening with a Casey Donnahew Concert. Matt held a drawing for two beef tour tickets, won by Cheyenne Austin; two Temple Grandin tickets, won by Emily Neuenschwander; and two Casey Donahew tickets, won by Eddie Meredith. Anyone interested in the weeklong event should visit

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association was awarded both the Beef Promotion Grant and the Beef Education Grant this year. The Cattlemen plan to purchase beef sticks to hand out at the different events around the county that they participate in. St. Clair County Cattlemen were also able to get five new Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. signs that they will be putting up around the county to replace the old signs. Josh Salmon, state board member for our county, attended the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association State Board Meeting. This coming August will be 40 years of the Missouri Beef House. Region 6 (our region) is one member behind Region 2 in having the most members in the state. Statewide, the number of members is 4,857, down from nearly 5,000. So, we are calling all cattlemen from St. Clair County that aren’t already St. Clair County Cattlemen’s members. St. Clair County Cattlemen’s has decided that anyone who is a new member this year will be put in a drawing for a MiraFount one-hole livestock water tank. Contact Lawanna Salmon for more information. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Lakeland R-III Schools with Lakeland FFA. Our sponsors will be Wade Wood, Farmers Business Network.

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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. A big thank you to Phillip and Carol Johnston, Legacy Bank, Community First Bank, Jim Falk Motors, OakStar Bank, Hawthorne Bank, Dull and Heany, Gregg Smith Ford, Jim and Stephanie Neuenschwander, Eddie Meredith, Stewart and Kiefer Real Estate, Wheeler Livestock Auction, and Love Ranch, LLC who have donated so far for the 2021-2022 school year. Sale barns now have the capability to allow people selling cattle at the sale barn to make donations to the MoBeef for MoKids Program. This will allow people to make

donations to the program and be able to get funds for the areas that don’t have cattle and be able to sustain programs in other counties.


Dallas County Cattlemen Each year, the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) holds a pie auction with all proceeds going to a special fund. The monies raised are used to support scholarships for students planning to major in an agricultural field in college. We would like to thank everyone who supported our pie auction at the April DCCA membership meeting. We appreciate all the bidders, those who took home the desserts, and everyone who graciously donated their baking talents. The April 5 meeting was held at Prairie Grove School with 108 members and guests in attendance. Thanks to our great grilling cooks, everyone enjoyed a hamburger and hotdog meal provided by DCCA. We were very honored to have two guest speakers with us that evening. MCA President Bruce Mershon spoke about legislation going on at the national level. He mentioned that two priorities for MCA this year are educating members on soil management and grazing practices, as well as developing leadership for future generations, with an emphasis at the collegiate level. As always, we enjoyed MCA Executive Vice-President Mike Deering visiting us. Mike talked about eminent domain being a top priority. He told the group that we are very blessed to have our own State Senator Sandy Crawford and State Representative Jeff Knight represent us as they are strong proponents of agriculture and support cattlemen.

Molly McCorkill’s apple pie.

Members of the Buffalo FFA Chapter gave an update on their recent happenings. Thanks to them for helping make the pie auction a success. The high-selling pie of the evening (a fresh strawberry) was made by Ruby Hostetler and sold for $165. Second place went to Norma Hutchinson with a strawberry rhubarb bringing $125. Seven-year-old Molly McCorkill’s apple pie

Bruce Mershon.

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garnered third place at $85. A total of $2,175 was raised from the auction. Special thanks go to our auctioneer, Herman Hostetler, for donating his time.


Buffalo FFA.

Our May meeting will be held at Jake Hostetler’s farm. We look forward to a dog working demonstration. DCCA will also be helping Polk County Cattlemen at their Beef Days in Bolivar the week of May 16-21.

Southeast Missouri Cattlemen On March 22, 2022, the SEMO Cattlemen held a meeting at the Extension Office in Jackson. Greg “Billybob” Zurliene with Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners, Shelby Skinner with Preferred Livestock Products and Jordan O’Neill with Great Plains Consulting were the featured speakers. They spoke on optimizing hay feedings and the value of foliage to cattle. The importance of total mixed ratio feed was also addressed. Each presenter informed the group of the various services their companies could provide to help improve their cattle herds.

Shelby Skinner

Greg “Billybob” Zurliene

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South Central Missouri Cattlemen The South Central Cattlemen have had a beef promotion filled March! On March 1, Corteva, MultiMin and Mick Plummer of Mountain Grove Farmers Ag Center sponsored an informative meeting for our group. The meeting took place at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Willow Springs where we were treated to a wonderful ribeye dinner with all of the sides. We opened the meeting with some housekeeping by President Janet Crow and Treasurer Jenny Poor. Cowboys at the Capital. MoBeef for MoKids and CattleWomen’s Day Out were just a few items discussed. Brant Metler of Corteva spoke on why weed control is so important to our pastures and our livestock. He discussed how and when to use their products. Joe Brown of MultiMin took the floor and discussed his product MultiMin90. He explained when and how to administer MultiMin90. He also introduced their newest product, Lactipro. Approximately 70 members attended the meeting. On March 9, we had another kick-off for MoBeef for MoKids at Willow Springs Schools. Approximately 1,000 students from grades K-12 were treated to cheeseburger nachos made from Poor Farms beef. The beef received rave reviews from all who had nachos that day. We are currently planning a hamburger cookout with the school for the 2022-2023 school year. Stay tuned!

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On March 24, we had our regular monthly meeting. Richard Brothers of West Plains sponsored our meal from Colton’s Steakhouse. Our members were treated to another wonderful ribeye dinner. The meeting was opened by President Janet Crow. She informed us where the eminent domain bill was and gave a list of important dates.


Kayla Dill and Jake Howdeshell of Purina spoke about where to save money and where to spend money when it comes to nutrition for our livestock. They also discussed the Purina Plus Program and how it helps deliver nutritionally sound calves to the marketplace. Through the Purina Plus Program, calves receive quality nutrition, vaccinations, and deworming, all backed by verification from your vet and Purina representative. The program requirements prepare feeder calves for a healthy future, priming them for proven performance in the feedyard and on the rail. For more information, producers can call Richard Brothers at (417) 256-3911 to speak to Jake or Kayla. Jamie Kurtz from National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) explained the history of the NRCS

Joe Brown speaking to the South Central Missouri Cattlemen group.

and what they do. He also discussed the Environmental Quality Incentives Programs (EQIP) that the NRCS offers. Some of the EQIP programs include Native grass seeding, legume seeding, annual mortality and feeding structures. Jamie also spoke about the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) which “encourages agricultural and forestry producers to undertake additional conservation activities while improving and maintaining existing conservation measures.” Another program that NRCS offers is the Conservation Technical Assistance program (CTA). The CTA helps landowners make sound natural resource management decisions. For more information on any of the programs offered by NRCS, you can reach Jamie at (417) 2567117. Jessica Walden and Jarrod Lawrence from Howell County Soil and Water spoke to the group about the many programs Soil and Water offer. They are a local organization funded by the DNR, but not part of DNR. They provide financial incentives for projects that reduce soil erosion and protect water resources. Some of the programs and assistance they offer are cost-share programs, grazing systems, erosion control, exclusion fences, spring development, well decommissioning and rental equipment. For more information, you can call Jessica or Jerrod at (417) 256-7117 ext. 3. The meeting was closed with door prizes from Purina. The next meeting for SCCA will be Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Howell County Extension office in West Plains.

Lafayette County Cattlemen The business meeting of the Lafayette County Cattlemen included the Secretary’s Report, given by Kathy Harris, and the Treasurer’s Report, given by Sherie Neuner. The membership voted to give a donation of $500 to the Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair and $500 to the Lafayette County Extension Office. Activity Director Marsha Corbin went over the calendar list of upcoming events enclosed with the program. Members were encouraged to participate in the Cowboys at the Capitol days listed and were reminded to encourage applicants for the annual Lafayette County Cattlemen Scholarships. Details were shared for the 2022 LCCA Bus Trip to Southern Minnesota on July 24-27. Darrell Neuner introduced the 2021 Cattlemen of the Year, Jeff Bergman. Jeff and his brother operate a cowcalf and row crop operation. He has previously served on the Lafayette 4-H/FFA Fair Board and as chair of the Lafayette County Extension Council. Jeff has served for over 30 years on the Alma Volunteer Fire Department and currently is an assistant chief. Jeff has been a member of the Lafayette County Cattlemen’s Board since 2010 and is a past president of LCCA. He is currently serving as a state board member.

Two vacant positions on the board of directors were filled by the election of Abigail Oelrichs for a 3-year term and Alex Nuelle for a 2-year term. All remaining board members and officers will serve until the 2023 election.

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New board members elected by LCCA are Abigail Oelrichs and Alex Nuelle.

Jeff Bergman was presented with the 2021 Cattlemen of the Year award by President Don Schlesselman.


Bates County The April meeting of the Bates County Cattlemen was held Tuesday April 12 at the Pennell in Butler, Missouri. Presentation and dinner sponsorship for the evening were provided by Area Sales Manager Kylie Patterson, and Lead Product Specialist John Jeffries with Vitaferm. Special thanks go out to our local Vitaferm dealers, Tyson and Travis Basore, for organizing the sponsorship. Mr. Jeffries spoke about how Vitaferm cares about producing products that add more value to the bottom line of your operation. The Basore brothers gave away a door prize of 300 lbs. of mineral, won by Mary Jennings. Thanks go to them for their donation for the meeting. The regular business meeting was then called to order by President Ryan Grimes. After approvals of the previous meeting minutes and Treasurer’s Report, Ryan mentioned the upcoming Cattlemen’s Steak Fry on June 11 in Sedalia. A motion was made and approved to once again sponsor a table at the Steak Fry. Ryan then reported on May is Beef Month. Bates County Cattlemen have traditionally celebrated Beef Month by cooking hamburgers in the Family Center parking lot. We’ve been given the approval to set up and will try to do so on May 14 during the Butler Citywide Garage Sales. Notice will go out closer to time with further details.

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We then heard from Presiding Commissioner Jim Wheatley regarding an annual legislative meeting that he attended in Jefferson City. Jim reported that there is an individual in Missouri State Government who has teamed up with a Senator from the St. Louis area to abolish property taxes in Missouri. The sound of this may appeal to many voters, where in reality, it will only hurt our local schools as 80% of property taxes go to our local schools. A very small amount goes to county roads and bridges, the senior center and health center. The state will not be able to turn around and provide that tax money back to the schools, so they will be the ones to suffer the most. Please pay attention to all the details in what you are being told about what is happening in Jefferson City, as well as Washington, D.C. It may sound great on the surface but negatively affect those that need it the most.


We have been given notice that the Butler School District is in need of beef at the beginning of the next school year for the MoBeef for MoKids Program. We will work out the details to obtain and provide a beef for the school.

We have one more Bates County Cattlemen’s Scholarship to pay out for the year. We need to get some further details on the student, but we will then be able to pay out that scholarship. We’ve also received the remaining funds that belonged to the now defunct Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Discussion was made regarding how to use the funds, ranging from supporting the county fair to dividing the money up among local FFA chapters to use to build projects. Those projects could then be auctioned off at the Annual Meeting, raising additional money to put toward scholarships. It was requested that ideas be brought to the next meeting for further discussion. The discussion was then tabled until May. A thank you note was read from the Missouri State University Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association for our donations to their trip to the National Cattle Industry Convention. Austin Black then reported that he will be in Jefferson City on April 20 for Cowboys at the Capitol. If anyone would like to attend, please meet him there. The meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m. The next meeting will take place on May 10. The time and location will be announced at a later date.

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Eldon Willard Cole Eldon Cole of Mount Vernon, Missouri, died on April 17, 2022, of heart failure, encircled by family. While he lived a lifetime with a wonky cardiac rhythm inside, his was a caring and strong heart outside. Passed over during Selective Service registration in the early 1960s upon discovery of a heart murmur, his mother apologized, “I guess I didn’t put everything together quite right.” But actually, she put everything together just fine. He was born September 14, 1940, on the family farm near Potosi, Missouri, to Willard LeClere Cole (1908 – 1986) and Mary Bollinger Cole (1906 – 2000) and was the younger brother of sister, Genelle Cole (1935 – 2020). Eldon loved life on the farmstead and began his animal work playing with a cardboard farm set, corralling sticks and branches that made up an imaginary cow herd and running rabbits through the hollers with his favorite beagles. He attended elementary school and high school in Potosi where he balanced academics, school clubs, farm work, football, and basketball. He imagined operating the farm as an adult, but the family decided to sell in the early 1950s. Without a farm to take over, in 1958 he enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dad wanted him to become a veterinarian, but he preferred to focus on healthy animals and production, and he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal husbandry at MU. In February of 1964, Eldon began what would become a 58-year career with MU Extension, starting as a Balanced Farming Agent in Saline County based in Marshall, Missouri.

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During college, he was introduced to Charlotte DeEtte Godfrey of Columbia. They grew closer over time, even when she spent a year in Denver as a newly minted RN. She moved back to Missouri, and they married on August 28, 1965, in Columbia. Their first three newlywed years were spent in Marshall and brought the first of four children. They then had the opportunity to relocate to Southwest Missouri for Eldon to focus on work with beef cattle producers as a livestock specialist for Lawrence and surrounding counties. In 1968, they moved to Mount Vernon and went about the business of life and work, gradually adding three more kids and raising a sometimes unruly but loving family.


Eldon didn’t pursue what he would consider hobbies, and instead, spent most of his time in some way serving others. He patiently and faithfully supported children and grandchildren (and the children of others) in sport, music, and academic interests. No matter a season’s

outcome, he cheered on Mount Vernon High School sports, was loyal to Mizzou football and basketball, and loved Cardinals baseball. He grew and gave away bushels of corn, beans, okra, and tomatoes, raised rampant marigolds and zinnias, and hand-cranked hundreds of gallons of ice cream over dozens of summers. And he happily and generously contributed time and talent to youth education in agriculture through 4-H and FFA, to his church community, and to agriculture through involvement with organizations like the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and its Southwest chapter. When someone tells you that they really love their work, it can sound suspiciously forced; but when Eldon Cole said it, it was sincere. His impact will quietly persist as it did in life through his work with programs like the Missouri On-Farm Performance Testing Program, Southwest Missouri All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale, Missouri Steer Feedout and the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program, which he helped launch. Eldon’s memory lives on through countless friends and colleagues, and through his family: wife, Charlotte of Mt. Vernon; son, Scott Cole and husband Tim Owens of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Deanna McElveen and husband Randy of Mt. Vernon, granddaughter, Kayleigh McElveen and fiancé Cody Schultz of Lincoln, Nebraska, and granddaughter, Amelia McElveen of Austin, Texas; son, Brian Cole and wife, Melissa, grandsons, Riley and Alan, and granddaughter, Leyla, all of Columbia, Missouri; and daughter, Kelly Warzinik and husband Jason, and granddaughters, Zoe and Sadie, also of Columbia. Deepest thanks go to so many people for your kind support, especially over recent weeks. Special gratitude to members of the Mercy health care system in Southwest Missouri, and our immeasurable appreciation

To celebrate and honor his life, an informal gathering was held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday April 22, 2022, at the University of Missouri Southwest Research, Extension & Education Center, Mount Vernon. Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the Mount Vernon First Presbyterian Church under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Inurnment will take place at the Ozark Prairie Presbyterian “Brick” Church in June.

to everyone on the Mount Vernon Place Care Center team for your love, compassion, and care for Eldon, for Charlotte, and for our entire family. Memorial contributions can be considered for any of the organizations with missions that were near to Eldon’s heart, including, First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, the University of Missouri Southwest Research, Extension & Education Center, the University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team, and the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association scholarship fund in care of the funeral home.

Eldon’s brow would wrinkle about now at the mere idea of publishing so many words focused on him. A genuinely humble person, those who knew him probably noticed his typical choice of “we” instead of “I”. He credited others first but had an understated and profound impact on many. A yellow legal pad and ever-sharp pencil symbolized Eldon, and his signature move was sly dry wit—imperceptible if you weren’t paying close attention. It probably came from his mom (who really did put everything together just fine) and his children and grandchildren hope they can continue that legacy.

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Leon Kleeman Leon Kleeman, age 80, of Miller, Missouri, passed away at 6:38 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was born October 5, 1941, in Lockwood, Missouri, the son of Bertus Otto and Maree Edith (Scott) Kleeman. Leon was a 1959 graduate of Miller High School. He had hard-work instilled in him from a young age. Leon’s passion for Angus cattle ignited when he was eight years old, and his father gave him an Angus-crossed bottle calf. Later, Leon became a member of 4-H and FFA, where he exhibited steers at local shows. Leon saved the money earned from selling his steers and purchased his first Angus heifers during the 1950s. When Leon was twenty years of age, he earned success in the show ring when he showed the Grand Champion Female and Bull at the Ozark Empire Fair. As a young man, Leon traveled the country preparing cattle for the major shows and sales. Leon worked among many other outfits on the show circuit. He has exhibited cattle at the Chicago International Livestock Show, Eastern National Livestock Show in Baltimore, Maryland, San Antonio Stock Show, and the Houston Stock Show, where he fit multiple champion animals. While traveling the country among phenomenal Angus genetics, Leon took what he learned and started Gleonda Angus Farms on the right track. Leon has been awarded the 2020 Missouri Cattlemen’s Pioneer Award which is the highest achievement within the association, 2012 Missouri Angus Association Pioneer Award and the 2013 Historic Angus Herd Award. Leon will be missed by his family and friends as his legacy continues to live on.

On November 14, 1964, he married Glenda Burlene Hunter in Miller. Leon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Glenda; two daughters, Gina Becker and her husband, Howard, of Carthage, Missouri and Lana Merrick of Miller; five grandchildren, Traves Merrick and his fiancée, Kenadee Barnitz, of Miller, Daphne Wilkins and her husband, Travis, of Walnut Grove, Missouri, Bailey Stout and her husband, Cody, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Shane Becker and Lili Merrick, of Springfield; five great-grandchildren, Harlee, Waylon, Grayson, Denver and Wren; three brothers, Louis Kleeman and his wife, Clea, of Miller, Stanley Kleeman and his wife, Bonnie, of Lockwood and Joe Kleeman of Braymer, Missouri; sister-in-law, Linda Kleeman, of Kissee Mills, Missouri and several nieces and nephews. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Bertus and Maree; infant son, Bob Leon Kleeman; brother, Bill Kleeman and sister-in-law, Margaret Kleeman. A funeral service, under the direction of the MorrisLeiman-Mosher Funeral Home, in Miller, was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Round Grove Baptist Church with burial following at the Red Oak Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to the Red Oak Cemetery, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 108, Miller, Missouri. 65707.

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The IBBA Announces the Launch of the Brangus® Vigor Feeder Calf Program Source: IBBA Commercial producers with calves sired by Brangus, Red Brangus and Ultra bulls are eligible to participate in a marketing program organized by the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA). Brangus® Vigor is a Process Verified Program (PVP), utilizing the services of IMI Global, a leading provider of PVP services to the cattle industry. Cattle enrolled in the program will be third-party verified for Age/Source, Genetics and Health. “We have listened carefully as feedlot operators have told us what they want in the feeder cattle they buy”, said Craig Green, Chairman of the IBBA Commercial Marketing Committee, adding “they are unambiguous. They want cattle that take to the feed bunk, stay healthy, grow rapidly and efficiently to a profitable finish weight, and hang up a high quality carcass. That’s exactly what we will offer them through this program.” All cattle offered to feedlots with the Brangus® Vigor tag will be verified to have received two rounds of vaccinations and have been weaned at least 45 days. Calves from producers who cannot fill a full semiload (50,000-lbs) will be accumulated at participating growyards and subsequently offered in load-lots or multi-load-lots to discriminating feedlots. The Brangus, Red Brangus and Ultra bulls that are the sires of the program calves are registered bulls with the IBBA.

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Participants will be supplied with “840” tags, which are recognized by all states, so interstate shipment identification requirements are covered. “Genuine Brangus feeder cattle are not the same thing as a generic eared crossbred,” said Dr. Darrell Wilkes, Executive Vice President of the International Brangus Breeders Association. “Through 70+ years of selection, Brangus breeders have created a truly unique breed. We’ve studied the genomic profile – analyzed the DNA – of modern Brangus, and it tells a fascinating story. We’ve locked in Angus DNA where we want it, and we’ve kept Brahman DNA where we need it. The DNA profile of modern Brangus explains why they’ll grade 90% Choice and Prime in the packing plant but can still handle the harsh environment in the southern tier, the fescue belt and the western deserts.” “In cattle breeding, you get what you select for”, according to Dr. Randy Schmidt, Chairman of the IBBA Breed Improvement Committee, adding “as a breed, we have been aggressive users of ultrasound to identify Brangus cattle with extra marbling and muscling. We’ve watched as our marbling and muscling scores have steadily improved over the past 20 years. Now, we look at our DNA profile and it confirms what we have been witnessing. It’s high time that the marketplace see Brangus, red ones or black ones, as different from a generic eared crossbred. It’s apples and oranges.” IBBA seeks relationships with growyards that can accumulate smaller groups of Brangus® Vigor calves into load lots and, in many cases, complete the vaccination protocols required for the program. “Our goal is simply to get better prices for these good Brangus cattle, because they’re worth it. The first step is to differentiate them in the marketplace and that’s what the Brangus® Vigor program is designed to do’, Wilkes added. For more information, please visit or call the IBBA office at 210-696-8231.

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Missouri Livestock Symposium Accepting Applications for Achievement Award Source: University of Missouri Extension The Missouri Livestock Symposium is currently accepting nominations for the Missouri Livestock Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding achievements and distinguished contributions to the livestock industry. Eligible applicants can be producers of livestock, agribusiness personnel, agency personnel, or agriculture educators in the state of Missouri. Other parties who have been long-time supporters of the Missouri livestock industry will also be considered. The selected applicant will become a member of the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame and be inducted during the Friday evening program of the Missouri Livestock Symposium on December 2. The award nomination form can be found at, by emailing missourilivestock@, or by contacting the Adair County Extension office at 660-665-9866. According to committee chairman, Garry Mathes, this award combines the Missouri Livestock Person of the Year and Agriculture Educator’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and replaces them with one award that’s more inclusive and recognizes livestock industry leaders from across the state. Mathes stated, “our previous awards were localized to Northeast Missouri and the committee would like to expand and recognize leaders in the livestock industry across our State.”

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Vice-chairman Zac Erwin, University of Missouri Extension Field Specialist in Livestock, states “the committee reflected on making changes that continue to expand our program into the livestock community and streamline our Friday night program.” Erwin added, “we know there are individuals, business and agency personnel, and educators that have made tremendous contributions to the livestock industry in this state and beyond, and we want to recognize them for their career achievements.” The Missouri Livestock Symposium committee is hard at work planning the December 2 & 3, 2022 event held at the William Mathew Middle School in Kirksville, MO. They recently booked Diana Rodgers for their Friday evening keynote address. Rogers is a “real food” nutritionist and sustainability expert. She runs a clinical nutrition practice and hosts the Sustainable Dish Podcast. She speaks internationally about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, regenerative agriculture, and food justice. More recently, her work has focused on shifting the anti-meat narrative. Diana is co-author of, Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat and the director, producer of the companion film, Sacred Cow. Her new initiative, the Global Food Justice Alliance, advocates for the inclusion of animal-sourced foods in dietary policies for a more nutritious, sustainable and equitable worldwide food system. She can be found at and The Symposium is currently accepting contracts for their trade show and program book advertising. For more details visit or Facebook @ MissouriLivestock.

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Missouri Century Farm Deadline Extended Source: University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1922, it’s not too late to have it recognized as a 2022 Missouri Century Farm. The deadline to apply to the program has been extended to June 1. To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. Since the program began in 1976, more than 8,000 Missouri farms have received the Century Farm designation. University of Missouri Extension, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Missouri Farm Bureau sponsor the program. A $140 fee covers the cost of a certificate, a metal farm

sign and booklet for approved applicants. County MU Extension centers present these items. Details and online application are at extension.missouri. edu/centuryfarm. Apply by June 1, 2022. Contact your county extension Quality Cattle, center with questions. For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

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Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Renovating Endophyte-infected Pastures Source: University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nearly 98% of Missouri’s pastureland is tall fescue infected with an endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock. Fescue toxicosis lowers reproduction rates, milk production, gain and weaning weights. It also causes health problems, including lameness and heat stress. By replacing toxic fescue with other forages, producers eliminate animal exposure to the harmful endophyte. You can start the process this spring. To answer common questions about pasture renovation, Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist, and Craig Roberts, MU Extension agronomist, share the following. At what level of endophyte infection should producers consider renovating pastures? Fescue infected with the toxic endophyte harms livestock to different degrees, depending on the species. Infection

levels should be less than 10% — preferably zero — for dairy cattle and expensive horses. For beef cattle and small ruminants, endophyte levels should be less than 25%. Pastures with at least 60% endophyte infection are highly toxic and should be replaced, Roberts says. How do you know a pasture’s level of infection? To evaluate endophyte infection in pastures, producers collect fescue samples and send them to a lab for testing. Labs use a microscopic test or chemical procedures to determine the infection level. Roberts encourages producers to choose a lab with experienced technicians and a proven track record of accurate results. MU researchers and extension specialists send their samples to Agrinostics, a lab in Georgia that conducts the chemical test. Find the Agrinostics sampling methods at sampling.html. What forages are best to replace infected fescue in pastures?

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After removing toxic fescue, producers often plant “novel” fescue varieties that are nontoxic to livestock but tend to grow and persist as well as tall fescue infected with harmful endophytes. Other options include native warm-season grasses or perennial cool-season grasses, such as perennial ryegrass, orchardgrass or bromegrass.


How does the renovation process work? To renovate a pasture, you can follow three steps: 1. Spray – Apply a herbicide in late spring or early summer, or you can wait until fall. 2. Smother – Plant a smother crop such as Sudan grass or pearl millet in the summer or winter. After the smother crop matures, you can cut it as hay or graze it. Horner says producers can omit the smother crop if they apply herbicide twice and observe a waiting period between the two applications. However, planting a summer smother crop typically leads to faster payback. 3. Spray – Apply another round of herbicide before seeding a replacement forage. The spray-smother-spray process takes one year. You can begin letting animals lightly graze the renovated pasture in the spring following the renovation year. “It’s not a simple and easy process, but real opportunities exist,” Horner says. “If producers are willing to put in time and make major changes, it’s a good long-term investment.” How much does pasture renovation cost?

include preparing pastureland, planting novel fescue and idling land during the renovation process. What are the benefits? Animals grazing on a renovated pasture typically experience improved reproduction rates and weaning weights. Plus, grazing a renovated pasture can reduce costs, including veterinarian fees. Horner says producers can anticipate annual returns of $198 per cow. Depending on the stocking rate, producers could also capture a 5% to 18% return on investment per year. How long will a renovated pasture stay free from harmful endophytes? If producers properly maintain a renovated pasture, they can anticipate pastures to be free from harmful endophytes for about 20 years, Horner says. However, some renovated pastures have lasted longer. More information about pasture renovation is available from the Alliance for Grassland Renewal at www. With support from university, government, industry and nonprofit partners, the multistate alliance provides education and outreach to farmers interested in establishing and managing novel tall fescue pastures.

When renovating pastures, the main input costs include the management commitment, chemicals, seed and fertilizer, Horner says. In addition, idling pastureland during the renovation period has its costs. Horner and his MU Extension team currently estimate net renovation costs per acre to total $354 if using a summer smother crop, $497 if using a winter smother crop and $357 if using no smother crop. These estimates

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Eminent Domain Merely typing the two words evokes such feeling. It is a difficult topic, one to which the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, its leadership, its members and its legislative champions have devoted countless hours over several years. We have struggled, we have fought, and at times, we have cried. Eminent domain use is a tough issue to balance. How does one measure “progress” against private property rights? How does one provide sufficient safeguards for those who have invested significant financial resources in attaining and maintaining property? How does one account for disrupting one’s familial legacy in the name of advancement? As many of you know, this issue is personal to me. The proposed Invenergy line cuts across my family farm in Buchanan County. It cuts through the farms of family friends. It cuts through the heart of my community. I know the disappointment of friends and family each time they receive correspondence from Invenergy or its law firm. I understand the confusion as landowners question next steps. I witness the fear evoked by condemnation and potential court proceedings. Fighting for eminent domain reform has been both the greatest pleasure and the darkest experience for me. In a world where politics prevails and gamesmanship matters, feeling an issue can be tricky. It can propel you to work harder than you thought possible, and it can shatter you when things fall apart. I have sacrificed relationships with friends. I have fought back tears in committees as farmers shared their stories with committee members. Though, I also have forged bonds

with those fighting with me – unbreakable bonds that I will cherish for a lifetime. Despite all the ups and downs, my devotion to Missouri’s landowners or eminent domain reform has never been questioned… until this year. Evidently, some who like to play politics and enjoy hallway games questioned my integrity and my support for protecting landowners. At first, I was shocked, then humored by the absurdity, and then mad – really mad. Supporting this issue and the farmers it would protect isn’t a game to me. It isn’t merely another issue for which I’m paid to advance. I know it. I feel it. I’m not built to play political games with the future of my family, friends or community. These people and this issue are personal to me. While I may remain frustrated, I take comfort in knowing who I am and from where I come. I take comfort in those who don’t lose sight of who and for what we are fighting. I take comfort in being a part of this association. In solidarity, Nancy (and Cooper)

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SALE REPORTS Falling Timber Farm 13th Annual Bull & Female Sale 3.19.2022 • Marthasville, MO 34 Bulls...........................................................Avg. $4,109 34 Females......................................................Avg. $3,888 68 Total..........................................................Avg. $3,999 11 Comm. Females........................................Avg. $2,636

Central Missouri Polled Hereford Breeders Association Sale 4.9.2022 • Cuba, MO 11 Bulls ..........................................................Avg. $2,945 50 Females......................................................Avg. $2,531 61 Total..........................................................$Avg. 2,606 5 Comm. Females..........................................$Avg. 2,270

GenePlus @ Suhn Cattle Co. Sale 3.22.2022 • Eureka, KS 151 Bulls.........................................................Avg. $5,220

Sydenstricker Genetics 17th Annual Spring Influence Sale 4.12.2022 • New Cambria, MO 70 Registered Bulls.........................................Avg. $4,324 22 Registered Females....................................Avg. $2,259 41 Commercial Spring Pairs..........................Avg. $2,779

Worthington Angus Sale 3.26.2022 • Dadeville, MO 65 Older Bulls................................................Avg. $5,680 65 Total Registered Bulls................................Avg. $5,680 14 Bred Heifers..............................................Avg. $3,235 28 Bred Cows.................................................Avg. $2,380 1 Open Cows.................................................Avg. $5,000 13 Spring Pairs...............................................Avg. $3,223 56 Total Registered Females..........................Avg. $2,836 78 Commercial Bred Heifers (head)..............Avg. $1,655 121 Reported Sale Total................................Avg. $4,364 Ade Polled Hereford Bull & Female Sale 4.2.2022 • Amsterdam, MO 14 Bulls...........................................................Avg. $2,529 19 Females......................................................Avg. $1,750 33 Total..........................................................Avg. $2,080 12 Comm. Females........................................Avg. $1,617 Gardiner Angus Ranch 43rd Spring Sale 4.2.2022 • Ashland, KS 344 Bulls.........................................................Avg. $9,058 278 Registered Females..................................Avg. $8,164 622 Total Registered Lots..............................Avg. $8,658 652 Lots (874 Head).......................................Avg. $7,068

McBee Cattle Co. Spring Selection Day Sale 4.16.2022 • Fayette, MO Braunvieh Bulls...............................................Avg. $4350 Hybrid Bulls....................................................Avg. $4155 Braunvieh Heifers...........................................Avg. $2210 Hybrid Heifers................................................Avg. $2140 BuInflu Heifers................................................Avg. $1890 NextGen Cattle Company Second Annual Flint Hills Spring Classic Sale 4.22.2022 • Paxico, KS Auctioneer: Doak Lambert, Decatur, Texas. 74 Charolais Bulls..........................................Avg. $5,490 Not Included in Above Averages: 100 Beefmaster Bulls......................................Avg. $5,728 18 Angus Bulls................................................Avg. $3,292 Total Sale Gross..............................................$1,038,250

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LMA Applauds Bill to Allow Livestock Auction Investment in Small and Regional Packers Source: LMA OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (April 7, 2022) Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), introduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States (A-PLUS) Act. If enacted, the bill would remove a regulatory barrier and allow livestock auction market owners to own or invest in small and regional meatpacking entities. The Administration, Congress and the livestock industry agree there is a need for increased packer competition and additional shackle space. Currently, livestock auctions are not able to own, invest or participate in the operation of a packing plant or meat marketing business due to dated Packers and Stockyards Act regulation (9 CFR 201.67). This legislation is essential in removing this unnecessary barrier to cattle industry investment in the packing sector. The bill would allow livestock auction owners to own or invest in a meat packing entity with a cumulative slaughter capacity of less than 2,000 animals per day or 700,000 animals per year.

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