Shedding Light on Photosensitization
Seeing It, Knowing It, Healing It
Less Stress, More Success Handle and Haul for Better Beef
MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 18 Beef Checkoff News 38 County News
Shedding Light on Photosensitization
Less Stress, More Success
MCA President’s Perspective Trust
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
What’s Cooking at the Beef House
Finding Your Balance
Engine of the Economy
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black Animal Bonding
Capitol Update Sad and Disappointed
The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
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Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org
New MCA Members
Red Angus News
MSF Scholarships Awarded
Governor Proclaims Beef Month
2021 MCA Officers
Patty Wood, President 660-287-7701 • 16075 Wood Road, La Monte, MO 65337 Bruce Mershon, President-Elect 816-525-1954 • 31107 Lake City Buckner Rd., Buckner, MO 64016 David Dick, Vice President 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 Charlie Besher, Secretary 573-866-2846 • RR 5, Box 2402, Patton, MO 63662
2021 MCA Regional Vice Presidents
Region 1: Eric Greenley, 61998 Pleasant Valley Rd. Knox City, MO 63446 660-341-8750 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Jeff Reed, PO Box 35 Williamsville, MO 63967 • 903-279-8360 Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Region 5: John Shipman, 34266 Hwy KK Mora, MO 65345 • 660-221-1013 Region 6: Warren Love, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950 Region 7: Josh Worthington, P.O. Box 246 Dadeville, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601
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Harlee Clouse, Licking, MO Hayden Birge, Auxvasse, MO Hayden Fansler, Auxvasse, MO Ian Twenter, Pilot Grove, MO Jace Tinney, Mora, MO James Thiesen, Cole Camp, MO James Eigsti, Buffalo, MO James Woody, Woody Farms, Odessa, MO Jarrod Bright, Cuba, MO Jason & Karie Pendleton, Pendleton Farms, Mtn Vernon, MO Jason & Molly Love, Marvin Nienhaus, tar Ranch, Marthasville, MO Jerry Butler, Butler Family Farm, Stark City, MO Jesse McElwain, Butler, MO Jessica Siedhoff, Washington, MO Jim Humphrey, Albany, MO Jim & Teela Sadowsky, Eagleville, MO Johnny Marshall, Versailles, MO Joseph Kendrick, JP Triple K Farms, Palmyra, MO Josh & Julie Marriott, Versailles, MO Josh & Melissa Turnmire, J & M Cattle Co., Excello, MO Judd Harms, Harms Brothers Way, Cole Camp, MO Judy K Sprake, Faucett, MO Julie Luckette, Wooldrige, MO Justin Tinney, Tinney Grain & Livestock, Mora, MO Justin Vaughn, Voughn Farms, Osceola, MO Kaelyn Keith, Cole Camp, MO Katie Birge, Auxvasse, MO Kaylee Hutson, Cuba, MO Kelly & Angela Viebrock, Stover, MO Kenan Casebolt, Rogers Ranch, Kansas City, MO Khaden Litton, Boonville, MO Kimberly Gambriel, Honeysuckle Farms, Bolivar, MO Kynzie Yeager, Versailles, MO Larry Henebry, Henebry Farms, Hawk Point, MO Leslie Lafon, Carthage, MO Lexi Dulaban, Lincoln, MO Liberty, Ditmer, MO Madison McCarty, Urbana, MO Madison Love, Marthasville, MO Maggie Middleton, BAM Cattle, Paris, MO Mark Davis, Davis Farm, Neosho, MO Mark Hyde, Table Rock Community Bank, Branson West, MO
Martin Crews, Anthony Creek Cattle Co. LLC, Thayer, MO Matt Mergen, Mergen Ranch, Green Ridge, MO Mike Koch, Villa Ridge, MO Mike Breshears, Bollivar, MO Miles Dieckmann, Sibley, MO Molly Hahs, Friedheim, MO Monty Smith, S & S Cattle Company, Nevada, MO Morgan Watkins, Buckner, MO Mylea Shaw, Archie, MO Nathan McMullin, Bogard, MO Nathan & Jessica Nyberg, Nyberg Farms, Buffalo, MO Nick Noval, El Dorado Springs, MO Nikki Wolfe, Leopold, MO Oaklee Clouse, Licking, MO Oral Micham, Micham LLC, Osceola, MO Owen Young, Macon, MO Randy & Julia Beasley, B&B Farm, Houston, MO Rhett Harms, Harms Brothers Way, Cole Camp, MO Richard Messner, Messner Family Farms, Stanberry, MO Richard & Carmen McCarty, Urbana, MO Riley Kruse, Hillsboro, MO Ryan Salisbury, Kansas City, MO Sam Eggleston, Liberty, MO Scott Wiggs, Poplar Bluff, MO Scott & Shannon Bright, 3 Cow Cattle Company, Madison, MO Shirley Cook, Bolivar, MO Stacy Harder, Harder Farms, Edina, MO Steven Rogers, Rogers Cattle Co. & Lile Farms, Strafford, MO Sydney Janieson, Desoto, MO Terry Neff, Neff Family Farm, Neosho, MO Theodore Crabtree, Liberal, MO Trevis Headings, Circle H Farms, LLC., Buffalo, MO Tripp Dowling, Fair Grove, MO Vince Weatherly, Aurora, MO Woody & Sara Funderburg, Union Star, MO Wyatt Keith, Cole Camp, MO Wyatt Bonnett, Bonnett Farm, Jefferson City, MO Wyatt Copenhaver, Lexington, MO Zachariah Bonnett, Bonnett Farm, Jefferson City, MO
See the MCA Membership Form on page 77
Aaron Cross, Osborn, MO Allison Farnham, Pura Vida Farms, Iberia, MO Amy Knight, Urbana Stockyards, Urbana, MO Ansley Palisch, Frohna, MO Bailey Currier, Fort Myers, FL Bailey Middleton, Paris, MO Bailey Riley, Marshall, MO Bailey Love, Marthasville, MO Ben Althoff, Hillsboro, MO Benjamin Hahs, Friedham, MO Bernita Lurten, Wheatland, MO Brady Whiteley, Smithville, MO Brendan Bass, Bass Land and Cattle, Steelville, MO Brian & Jenny Harms, Cole Camp, MO Brody Baker, Atlanta, MO Caleb Casebolt, Kansas City, MO Caleb Wynn, Cedar Hill, MO Caleb Warden, Halfway, MO Caroline Youse, Paris, MO Cassy Davis, Wheatland, MO Cecilia Shepard, Rineland, MO Chaney Hahs, Friedheim, MO Charlie Tyre, Slater, MO Christopher Wiggs, Poplar Bluff, MO Clara Copenhaver, Lexington, MO Clint Hoellering, CH Farms 100, California, MO Connelly Ward, Oak Grove, MO Connor Partney, Hillsboro, MO Cooper Schabbing, Cape Girardeau, MO Corban Bonnett, Bonnett 5, Jefferson City, MO Corey Miller, Moscow Mills, MO Courtney Deornellis, Centralia, MO Craig Westfall, Halfway, MO Curtis Giddens, Agency, MO Dace Currier, Fort Myers, FL Dally Jean Wiesner, Bakersfield, MO Daniel Shubert, Butler, MO Daniel LaFevers, Mt. View, MO Darby & Robin Clouse, Licking, MO Darcy Koch, Villaridge, MO David Patterson, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO David Dean McClellan, Anabel, MO Delaney Williams, Rhineland, MO Ella Westfall, Kansas City, MO Emma Hurst, Lady Livestock Company, Jefferson City, MO Gannon Ward, Oak Grove, MO Grayson Turnmire, Excello, MO Gregory Connell, Connell & Henley Farms, Eugene, MO Gus Schoen, Holt, MO
Trust Dialogue leads to relationships, relationships lead to trust, and trust leads to opportunity. During my career as an educator, I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Stephen Covey, a motivational speaker, organizational consultant and American author, shared his wisdom from his book entitled, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I pulled that book from the bookshelf recently to reread and made note of one of his quotes. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” I would venture to say that each of us have dialogue with someone almost every day about the beef industry. Those relationships matter to us, whether it is producer to producer, producer to influential leaders, or producer to consumer. Trust is not just something you hope for and praise the world for when you receive it. It takes work. It takes time. Cattlemen and cattlewomen know hard work and are committed to developing reciprocal relationships to foster trust. As the 2021 Missouri Legislative Session comes to a close, the success of Cowboys at the Capitol wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of cattle producers directly engaging with elected officials on the importance of our beef industry and the benefits that ranchers bring to the land. Thanks to each of you that took time to connect with key decision makers whether weekly at the Capitol, social media contacts, or in a casual setting to build relationships with the faces of the Missouri Legislature. Establishing and maintaining contact through the year with your elected officials is a crucial component of effective advocacy. Continue the dialogue by writing or calling your legislators,
invite them to cattlemen events, and thank them for looking out for the best interest of Missourian’s and the commitment of a better tomorrow. “May is Beef Month” was embraced within our county cattlemen and cattlewomen by participating in promotions in their local communities. Whether it was social media posts, instore samples, or grilling opportunities, you as a beef producer have a bird’s eye view of the interests and needs of your local communities. The relationships cattlemen develop over time by being raised, working, and growing businesses within your community leads to trust for the individuals and families that live it every day. Thank you to each of you for playing a role in ensuring beef’s rightful place in a sustainable diet. Continue the dialogue everyday with neighbors and friends about the pasture-to-plate process that contribute to the way beef is responsibly raised today. As the summer months and beyond bring interaction between people, mutually beneficial relationships help foster trust and potentially result in increased commitment to one another. Whether a friendship, family, relationship, business or personal partnership, any bond is built on trust. Without trust, you have nothing. With it, you can do great things. Think about it.
with Mike Deering Engine of the Economy The COVID pandemic has been hard on small businesses, from the barbershop to the local diner to the feed store. No matter your opinions on the handling of the pandemic by all levels of government, you would be hard pressed to disagree about the resulting economic destruction. I am excited to see many businesses coming back to life, but it seems the suffering has no end in sight. We went from shutting businesses down to paying people not to work. You do not have to drive far to see signage on businesses of all kinds basically begging you to apply for a job. Personally, I have never seen anything like it. We recently dropped a livestock trailer off at Maxwell Trailers in Columbia to have some wiring done. A few days turned into a week. We decided to check in on the progress as this business is usually quick. Same day service is not out of the ordinary. The gentleman said they hired six people within two weeks and only one showed up for work. He said they need help.
I talked to another business owner in Montgomery City who said she is forced to tolerate lazy employees who show up when they feel like it and do not even bother to call her. She does not dare reprimand this kind of behavior because she is desperate for workers. “A lazy, unreliable worker is better than no worker,” she said in a very frustrated tone.
Executive Vice President The engine in your vehicle works as the heart of that automobile. Without it, you are at a standstill. The economy is no different. Our businesses, including farms and ranches, are the engine of the economy. The engine is powered by dedicated employees. The labor shortages, coupled with the bottle neck in the supply chain, equate to a disaster zone. We are shutting our communities down by incentivizing capable people not to work. Can you really blame the person staying home and collecting a check? It goes against everything you and I believe in when it comes to work ethic, but I will save the blame for weak leaders. “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk,’” said Harry Browne, former author and politician. We must demand better of our elected leaders, and if they do not deliver, we need to incentivize them to go home. We do that with our voice and our vote. We need government to get the hell out of the way and let the engine roar. Take the American entrepreneurial spirt out of lockdown.
Joint Statement of Livestock Organizations Source: Livestock Marketing Association On Monday, May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix, Arizona. These groups convened at the request of Livestock Marketing Association to discuss challenges involved in the marketing of finished cattle with the ultimate goal of bringing about a more financially sustainable situation for cattle feeders and cow-calf producers. The group talked openly and candidly about a wide range of important issues facing our industry today, including but not limited to: • Packer concentration, • Price transparency and discovery, • Packer oversight, • Packers and Stockyards Act enforcement, • Level of captive supply, and • Packer capacity.
The group also agreed to take to their respective organizations for consideration these action items: • Expedite the renewal of USDA’s Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR), including formula base prices subject to the same reporting requirements as negotiated cash and the creation of a contract library. • Demand the Department of Justice (DOJ) issue a public investigation status report and as warranted, conduct joint DOJ and USDA oversight of packer activity moving forward. • Encourage investment in, and development of, new independent, local, and regional packers. This unprecedented meeting brought together diverse producer organizations to identify issues and discuss potential solutions. These issues and action item lists are not comprehensive, due to time constraints of this meeting. Attending organization representatives were pleased to have reached consensus on many issues and are committed to the ultimate goal of achieving a fair and transparent finished cattle marketing system.
NCBA Welcomes Bicameral Push for Swift Conclusion to DOJ Investigation Source: NCBA
WASHINGTON (May 17, 2021) – Today, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging the Department of Justice to move forward with their investigation into anticompetitive practices in the meatpacking industry.
“Despite strong consumer demand and reopening across much of the country, cattle producers face significant business challenges. The farmers and ranchers NCBA represents are contending with high market volatility, drought, and extreme input costs, and they can’t capture the value they deserve for the high-quality product they supply,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “We have a high supply of cattle at one end of this equation and a high demand for U.S. beef at the other, but the middle is being absolutely choked by the lack of processing capacity. It’s in the
best interests of both producers and consumers for the Department of Justice to get to the bottom of the current market dynamics, and asses why they seemingly always result in producers getting the short end of the deal. Cattle producers deserve to know whether or not the price disparity that has plagued our market is the result of anti-competitive or other inappropriate practices in the packing sector. We thank Senator Thune and Congressman Johnson for keeping up the drumbeat on this critical issue. We hope their bicameral request for a progress report will be met at DOJ with the urgency it warrants, and we hope to see results from the Attorney General soon.” NCBA has long worked to increase processing capacity and expand opportunities for producer profitability by lowering the hurdles for small and medium size processing facilities.
Premier Cattle Industry Education Experience Heading to Tennessee Source: NCBA Tune in to Tennessee for the 28th annual Cattlemen’s College, Aug. 9-10, which kicks off the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis, brings thought-provoking, stimulating sessions that can help generate better returns for operations. “We’ve designed Cattlemen’s College with the producer in mind and have created the best education experience available based on past attendee feedback,” said Josh White, executive director of producer education & sustainability with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Our goal is to offer a variety of topics and feature the best speakers, providing great value for producers.” The event includes two days of learning, idea sharing and networking. In addition to Monday’s “producer’s choice” sessions which provide a preview of Tuesday’s educational experience, risk management is the headlining topic. Sessions will focus on the basics of business risk and tools and resources available for producers as well as a deep dive into Livestock Risk Protection and diversification. The Zoetis Demonstration Arena features a live animal genomics demonstration where tradition collides with
innovation and genetic insights are envisioned to help better inform decisions to enhance production efficiency throughout the beef supply chain. Monday concludes with an evening reception offering an opportunity for everyone to gather with friends and reconnect. This year’s event features cutting-edge topics and top industry leaders such as Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Jayson Lusk from Purdue University who will discuss industry impacts from COVID-19 and keeping beef at the center of the plate. There will be 18 sessions and six educational tracks to choose from including making better decisions for better outcomes, cattle breeding & selection, maintaining a healthy herd, practical nutrition, sustainability and hot topics such as preparing for activist threats. More than 1,000 people attend this popular event each year, but for those not attending the Cattle Industry Convention in person, a new virtual option of Cattlemen’s College will be available for 2021, combining selected live sessions and recordings for participants to view at home. Whether participating in person or experiencing the event virtually, all sessions will be recorded and available for registered attendees to watch at any time in the future. Registration begins June 1, 2021. Look for the Education Package, which offers the best value. For more information, visit https:// convention.ncba. org/.
“Make plans to arrive early in Tennessee and kick off your convention experience with Cattlemen’s College, we can’t wait to see you there,” said White.
NCBA Members Put “Boots On The Hill” During 2021 Legislative Conference Source: NCBA Over 300 NCBA members put “Boots on the Hill” during NCBA’s 2021 Virtual Legislative Conference held April 18-21. While there weren’t any cowboy boots and cowboy hats seen roaming the halls of the Capitol, this year members from across the country participated in meetings with their Members of Congress and agency officials through virtual platforms. “Growing up as part of the cattle industry, I have a deep-rooted appreciation for the important work that cattle producers do each and every day,” said Dawn Caldwell, an NCBA member from Edgar, Nebraska. NCBA members across the country share a similar passion. In conjunction with Earth Week, Legislative Conference gave members the opportunity to engage with lawmakers and share the positive impact the
cattle industry has in the realm of sustainability — environmentally, economically, and socially. “Cattle producers across the country play a critical role in ensuring a safe, sustainable, and abundant food supply. This week I have valued the opportunity to engage with decision-makers in Washington D.C. and share the story of the industry. The decisions being made by lawmakers have real impacts on the ability of producers across the country to have successful operations for generations to come. I am thankful to be a member of NCBA, and greatly appreciate their ability to facilitate meetings with federal agency leadership,” Caldwell said. Throughout the week, in addition to meeting with Members of Congress from over 30 states, members participated in meetings with agency representatives within the Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS May Elevates Beef to Consumers Everywhere By Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Beef. It seems like the kind of commodity that would be simple, straightforward, easy to understand. Except… it’s not. The industry’s long history of organizational splits, reinventions, mergers, and aliases — along with the fact that many association names sound similar — is enough to make anybody’s head spin. Even folks from other commodities agree that the beef world is complex, and so is its Checkoff. For three-and-a-half decades the Beef Checkoff has existed to promote beef, but unless you are actively engaged in the program, you may not fully understand its management and oversight. Those duties are clearly assigned to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (aka, Cattlemen’s Beef Board/CBB) by the Beef Promotion and Research Act. Even with completely separate boards, staffs, and offices, two common misperceptions remain: the belief that the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) oversees the Checkoff — and that CBB and NCBA are one and the same. Nothing could be further from the truth.
BACKGROUND The 1985 Farm Bill created the CBB to administer the Beef Checkoff program. Through the dollar-a-head assessment on the sale of all cattle, and equivalent amount on imported beef and beef products, each year the CBB funds promotion, research, and education proposals presented to the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) by established, national, non-profit beef or cattle industry-governed organizations. Once a proposal is approved by the BPOC, the organization becomes a Checkoff “contractor” and conducts the work according to guidelines and program evaluation that ensures proposal objectives are met.
ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTION By law, absolutely no Checkoff funds can be used for policy or lobbying efforts. That said, the Beef Checkoff’s largest contractor, NCBA, does have a policy division. So, how does that work? Through closely monitored
processes and a “firewall” that keeps policy work and Checkoff-funded work separate. As a trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, NCBA is like a coin with two sides. One side, the Policy Division, works to advance the political interests of its members. Any discussion of NCBA and policy is valid, but that’s NCBA’s Policy Division at play and has nothing to do with the CBB or Checkoff. The other side of NCBA is qualified to contract with the BPOC to conduct Checkoff promotion, research, and education work as an established, national, nonprofit beef or cattle industry governed organization. To be clear, it is not the organization’s policy side that competes in this arena. Just like any other Checkoff contractor, NCBA must adhere to all rules and processes, and its contract work is managed by the CBB. Each year, it must submit Authorization Requests (program proposals) that fully outline the project work it wants to do. It must file progress reports, quarterly oversight evaluations, and regular reviews. It can only receive Checkoff dollars on a cost-recovery basis, which means it pays expenses up front and is only reimbursed after the CBB reviews invoices and documentation proving the money was spent appropriately and within the parameters of the Authorization Request. A dedicated compliance officer ensures all provisions of the Act and the Order are followed, that the “firewall” is maintained, and that no Checkoff funds are used for policy or lobbying. For the current fiscal year, the Beef Checkoff has nine contractors: • American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA)* • Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which manages the Producer Communications program • Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research and Education (FMPRE) • Meat Importers Council of America (MICA) • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)*
• National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) • North American Meat Institute (NAMI)* • U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA)* • U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) * denotes organization with separate policy division; however, no Beef Checkoff funds support policy or lobbying efforts So, in a nutshell, the CBB oversees operation of the Beef Checkoff and its contractors, including NCBA. The “beef world” is definitely not uncomplicated, but each organization that does Beef Checkoff-funded work on behalf of producers has a unique area of expertise. In the end, it all contributes to a great big, coordinated effort to drive demand for beef. 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.
The Beef Board has as part of its responsibility, the certification of Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBCs), of which there currently are 44, and the implementation of the provisions of the Federal Order (7 CFR Part 1260, July 18, 1986). The Beef Board oversees collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head equivalent on imported cattle, beef, and beef products. The QSBC may retain up to 50 cents of the money collected in their state but at least 50 cents must be sent to the Beef Board. The entire $1 is remitted to the Beef Board from assessments in non-QSBC states and from importers. The Beef Board is responsible for approving the annual budget for its national checkoff-funded programs. The Beef Promotion Operating Committee consists of 20 members and is responsible for approving projects and funding to carry out programs. Ten members of the Operating Committee are elected by the Beef Board, and 10 members represent the QSBCs. The Board has established an office staff to conduct the day-to-day operations of the Board. This office also provides staff support for the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.
ABOUT THE BEEF BOARD: The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, usually referred to as the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), consists of 101 members, including domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of beef and beef products. Each Beef Board member is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified nominating organizations. The nominating organizations represent beef and dairy producers in each state or region. Forty-two states have individual members serving on the Board. The remainder of states are divided into three regions. Importer appointments are drawn from nominations by importer associations. The number of Board members is established according to the number of cattle in the state or region, 500,000 head for the first Board member and 1,000,000 head for each additional member. Importer numbers are established in the same manner.
As for CBB, all our meetings are open to all producers and to become a member of the board you should work with a certified nominating organization in your state or region.
What’s Cookin’ at the
Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team
Volunteer Guidelines The TENTATIVE 2021 MCA Beef House Schedule is now in print on the next page and we need each affiliate group to take notice of date, times and number of volunteers requested. The 2021 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is August 12-22, and your Beef House hours of operation are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. for the 11-day fair. The annual success of the Missouri Beef House would not be possible without the gracious volunteers that serve during shifts. For those wondering what it’s like to volunteer for your Beef House, here are a few guidelines:
• Arrive 30 minutes prior to your county shift for volunteer orientation. • Gather with your group on the patio of the Beef House/behind the MCW Showcase. • Each volunteer is given an apron, MCA hat or visor, and guidance of your responsibilities. • Shifts are four hours in length. • A minimum of 15 and up to 30 stations are available for volunteer positions.
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• Direction and support of your position throughout your entire shift are offered. • This is an opportunity to be a positive face for MCA and promote the beef industry to our customers. • You’ll receive a free meal at the end of your shift to say a BIG THANKS for your time and dedication. We encourage each of you to call your county affiliate president to volunteer with your group at your Beef House “Where People Know Beef Best!” It is important that each county president or your group representative call our MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel at 573-499-9162 now to confirm that you have marked your calendars and county volunteers have been contacted. Thought for the Month… “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”
2021 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 12-22 12 Thusday 10:00 - 2:30
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Tri County...... 10 Hickory........... 10 Eugene FFA..... 10
Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 4 I-35................. 15
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Gentry/Worth.. 15 Lafayette......... 20 St. Clair.......... 30 South Central.... 6
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MSU............... 10 Benton............ 30 Moniteau........ 15 MJCA............. 10 Jamestown FFA.. 5 MCW................ 8
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Ray................... 5 Lewis/Marion.... 8 Macon............ 12 Eldon FFA....... 15 Sullivan........... 10 Linn................ 10 Maries/Osage.... 5
Lafayette......... 15 Carroll............ 10 Southwest Dallas............. 15 FCS................ 10 St. Charles........ 5 Cattlemen...... 15 OPENING....... 10 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright............. 8 Adair................ 5
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Bates............... 15 Audrain........... 10 Callaway/ Odessa FFA..... 10 Newton/ Montgomery.. 10 McDonald..... 10 Appleton City FFA............... 13
Monroe............. 5 Boone............. 15 Polk................ 15 Pettis.............. 15 Ralls................. 5 Jasper............... 5 Franklin............ 8 OPENING....... 10 Barton............ 10
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Henry............. 15 Johnson........... 15 Knox................. 5 Norborne FFA.. 10 Russellville Harrison......... 10 FFA................. 7 Windsor FFA... 10
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Cooper............ 15 Howard........... 15 MU Block & OPENING....... 10 Pike/Lincoln.... 10 Bridle............ 10 Saline............. 10 Columbia FFA. 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.
Cattle: The Climate Change Solution Source: Terryn Drieling for the Red Angus Magazine An increasing number of headlines are touting the movement away from meat, by companies and consumers alike, out of a deep and genuine concern for the well-being of the environment. Those concerns aren’t unfounded - they are, however, grossly misplaced. The use of outdated information, half-truths and straight misinformation has led people to believe that cattle are to blame for climate change and cutting out meat is the best way to make the greatest impact. However, when fear is set aside and only the true facts are considered, it’s easy to see that beef is part of the solution – not the problem.
Cattle and Carbon Sink
Carbon is one of the most common elements on earth. It is essential for life. It’s recycled, stored and used as a resource in different states through a cyclical process called the carbon cycle. Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is a natural part of the carbon cycle.
Human activities are altering the cycle by adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, mainly through the use of fossil fuels, and manipulating natural carbon sinks such as forests and soils through acts like deforestation and tillage. The result is more carbon dioxide than can be sunk, free in the atmosphere. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, carbon dioxide accounted for more than 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Atmospheric concentrations
of carbon dioxide have risen from 280 ppm to more than 400 ppm since the industrial revolution. One of the ways to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and combat climate change is through carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the long-term storage of carbon in plants and soil. Untilled pasture and grasslands can store large amounts of carbon, but if left uncared for or ungrazed, those grasslands eventually become overgrown, unhealthy and eventually die. That’s where cattle come in. When cattle graze, they eat some of the grasses and they trample some into the ground. As the cattle graze and trample, they produce manure. The grazing, trampling and manure fertilizes and secures the soil, retains moisture, promotes healthy plant growth and prevents erosion (another way carbon is oxidized). Cattle keep the soil and the range healthy and growing, so it can capture more carbon from the atmosphere and sink it into the soil. Previously tilled cropland with poor soil quality that has been turned into permanent pasture for grazing cattle can sequester carbon at a rate comparable to that of forests. Direct emissions from beef cattle represent roughly 2% of total U.S. emissions, but when cattle are incorporated into grazing rotations and used in “no-till” cropping systems, they have the potential to not only reduce the carbon footprint of beef but also help reverse climate change globally. (Continued on page 30)
Ultimate Upcylers It’s true that cattle emit methane, which is also a greenhouse gas. However, the microbes that produce methane during digestion are the same microbes that give cattle their upcycling capabilities. Those microbes help cattle breakdown cellulose, something humans can’t digest, and turn it into beef, a nutritious protein. Upcycling is the process of taking things of little value and turning them into something new and of higher value. Cattle can upcycle in a variety of ways.
Most of the grazing lands in the U.S. are unarable and not suitable for farming or growing anything of nutritional value for humans. These lands are, however, suitable for growing grass and other forages. Cattle consume the forages and turn it into beef, thus turning useless land into useful and sequestering carbon in the process.
Beet pulp, sunflower meal, cotton seed meal, corn gluten meal and distillers grains are all byproducts of other processes - byproducts that are inedible for humans and would otherwise go to waste. But all these byproducts are feedstuffs that cattle can utilize and upcycle into beef. Conversely, corn is a human-edible food. However, because the ruminant digestive tract is the only one that can break down cellulose, cattle are able to utilize the nutrients within each kernel far more effectively than humans. In addition, the extra energy in a grain-based diet results in more efficient weight gain and fewer days on feed for grain-finished cattle, and actually yields fewer methane emissions than those of grass-finished cattle.
Part of the Solution Going meatless is not going to save the environment. In fact, eliminating beef would be a detriment to the environment. Cattle have the potential to be a big, important part of the climate solution. It’s time we change the rhetoric.
Red Angus Announces Plans for 2022 National Red Angus Show Source: Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA - Editor and Director of Communications The Red Angus Association of America board of directors voted to hold the 2022 National Red Angus Open and Pen Shows at the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City. This decision comes at the recommendation of the RAAA Show & Sale Committee after soliciting significant feedback from Red Angus exhibitors and breeders. A regional junior show will also be hosted in Oklahoma City. Similarly, a regional junior, pen and open show will be hosted at the National Western Stock Show moving forward.
Exhibitors and interested members should visit RedAngus.org for more information regarding show schedule, fees and other details as they become available in the coming months.
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A new arrangement between the Red Angus Association of America and IMI Global, a division of Where Food Comes From, Inc., will allow cattle producers who take advantage of Red Angus value-added programs to more easily utilize IMI Global verification services. Cattle producers who enroll in Red Angus value-added programs will now have the capability to start the application process for IMI Global claims on the same phone call, saving valuable time and streamlining the enrollment process.
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Source: Missouri Red Angus Association In 2019, the Missouri Red Angus Association Board of Directors implemented the Missouri Red Angus Association Fescue Belt Certification Program as an initiative designed to promote & differentiate Missouri Red Angus members genetics. In 2021, the program was expanded to allow eligibility to members beyond the boundaries of Missouri as well as include commercial Red Angus based females. In the first 15 months of the program’s existence, the MORAA has certified a total of 743 head. Seasoned Missouri beef producers recognize the value of selecting cattle that are adapted to fescue and have experienced the problems associated with importing newly purchased cattle into our environment. What they have seen is that a significant percentage of cattle that
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have not been raised on fescue struggle to perform after being imported onto this “grass we love to hate”. Some animals eventually overcome this issue, but many will not and will eventually be culled from the herd. Fescue toxicity results from toxins called ergot alkaloids, which are produced by a fungus called endophyte that grows within the fescue plant. Cattle experiencing fescue toxicosis may exhibit rough hair coats, heat stress, suppressed appetite, poor growth rates, reduced reproductive performance, and in some cases lost tail switches or even hooves. The decreased animal performance seen during the “summer slump” of coolseason pastures is made even worse by these toxic effects of fescue. Research on the subject of fescue management has been done for years. Several strategies can be used to mitigate the toxic effects of fescue, including removal or suppression of seedheads, overseeding of pastures with legumes or other forages, and good mineral supplementation programs. However, fescue remains a
serious challenge. The USDA estimates fescue toxicosis costs the U.S. beef industry an estimated $600 million to $1 billion annually in lost revenue because of reduced reproductive and growth rates in cattle herds. In 2016, University of Missouri Extension Geneticist, Dr. Jared Decker, was awarded a $3 million grant from the USDA to evaluate genetic differences in cattle among regions. Decker and his colleagues are utilizing DNA markers to study the interactions between cattle DNA and the environment. The study is focused on DNA, hair shedding, and tall fescue forage. When complete, the data will be used to design region-specific EPDs. The entire state of Missouri is situated within the fescue belt. Since fescue was introduced into our region, Missourians have built their herds retaining genetics that have proven to be “fescue tolerant.” This is one of the great advantages that the vast majority of our members have over breeders from outside the fescue belt: our cattle have been selected to have “Bred-in Fescue Tolerance.” When looking to buy your next Red Angus bull or female, look for the FBC logo. Doing so will reduce your risk of financial losses due to fescue toxicity.
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Dallas County Cattlemen Association Dallas County Cattlemen Association (DCCA) members heard from two local cattlemen at the group’s May 11 meeting at Prairie Grove School south of Buffalo. Both producers shared what practices have worked for them over the years in their beef operations. First to speak was Ron Locke, an Angus breeder who runs around 50 registered cows near Long Lane. Locke’s attendance at two field days, one in northern Missouri and another in a nearby county, sparked his interest and curiosity in raising milo. Because weather did not always allow him to get high quality hay baled and his conception rates were less than optimum, he felt milo would be a good feed alternative. Locke outlined the timeline of his first-time venture with a power point presentation.
His 45 cows and 40 calves grazed a 60’ by 60’ area from November 8 until February 13 for approximately 30 minutes per day. He was very satisfied with the 6.5% dry matter in the stalks, as well as the 70% TDN. Alan Garton, a retired NRCS commercial cattleman from near Conway, has stockpiled fescue for 17 years. In a normal year, his fescue will be l4-20 inches high. However, because of the drought last fall cows were grazing in paddocks 3-6 inches high. He feels the benefits of his program are that he can leave calves with cows longer and all fertility goes back into the soil. Garton is a firm believer in taking care of the land we make a living from.
Also offering remarks that evening was Greg Collier, agriculture liaison with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Collier talked about the importance of using land productively. He mentioned that 12,000 feral hogs have been eliminated in Missouri in the last few weeks.
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Lincoln/Pike County The weather was sunny and beautiful in Millwood, Missouri, as the Lincoln/Pike County Chapter of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association held its annual Scholarship Banquet and Auction at the local Knights of Columbus Hall on March 27, 2021. Members and patrons were thankful the chapter elected to move forward with this year’s banquet despite lingering COVID-19 concerns, as the 2020 banquet was cancelled. Tickets for this event continue to sell out each year within a matter of days. Several members donated their time earlier in the day preparing the ribeyes and baked potatoes for the evening’s self-prepared dinner. Doors opened at 5 pm, where folks browsed through several silent auction items and enjoyed a nice social hour. 50/50 tickets were a hot commodity, and a rifle drawing sold several tickets, too. The 50/50 raffle winner was member David Henke, who generously donated it back. The drawing for a Henry .22 mag pump rifle was won by Calvin Hudson. Past Presidents Dusty Thornhill and Jim Boedeker received plaques in recognition of their years of service. After President Chris Schieffer’s introduction and invocation by member Howard Schieffer, a delicious ribeye steak dinner with dessert was served. Scholarship recipients were on hand to help serve the meal and interact with the public.
Past Presidents Dusty Thornhill and Jim Boedeker received plaques in recognition of their years of service to the Lincoln/Pike County Association.
Local high school seniors and college undergraduates were awarded scholarships.
Next came the chapter’s proudest moment of the evening, where local high school seniors and college undergraduates were awarded scholarships in front of a full house. These scholarships totaled $25,000 amongst 24 students! Those students were (in no particular order) Nicholas Stone, Faith Zimmerman, Lane Conderman, Drew Kientzy, Chloe Momphard, Payton Teasley, Caitlyn Twellman, Kate McDonald, Jane Zuroweste, Henry Kientzy, Alicia Flowers, Brooke Bruns, Lexi Plackemeier, Tommy Grote, Konnor Calvin, Morgan Shields, Daniel Harvey, Katheryn Koch, Ethan Kientzy, Brystal Jones, Avery Hall, Olivia Brune, Sydney Burkemper and Morgan Jones. As a side note, the Lincoln/Pike County Cattlemen’s Chapter was equally proud to announce to its attendants that during 2020, despite not having its successful and only annual fundraiser, the chapter was still able to award $29,000 in scholarships to 28 deserving students! dance floor opened, and good times were had. A live band kept everyone entertained into the late hours of the night and completed another successful fundraiser for the Lincoln/Pike County Cattlemen’s Association.
The live auction ensued with stellar items and extreme generosity from supporters! Usual big-ticket items were sold, including a pistol, calf warmer, homemade items, seed beans and seed corn, beef processing, a refrigerator, and a table at next year’s banquet. Once concluded, the
Southwest Missouri Cattlemen A nice turnout of 55 people were treated to an excellent supper by Sum-R-Sweets. Following the meal, President Scynthia Schnake introduced Nick Hammett, territory manager for Neogen based out of Ashland, Missouri. Neogen may seem new to most cattlemen, but they were introduced in 2003 and did not become a household name for several years. In the early years, they were known for DNA testing via the name of Igenity and provided a tool to rank cattle on traits that impact productivity. The rating is based on a 1 to 10 scale. The 10 rating, in most cases, indicates superior genetic merit. However, there may be instances where you don’t want or need more milk or mature size and may be content with a 5 or 6. Nick said they now strive to show the benefits of hybrid vigor for commercial herds with their Envigor™ heterosis panel. It can help improve fertility, lower cull rates, produce more pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed and greater feed efficiency.
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The bottom line is they can help increase cow herd revenue, decrease expenses, and even improve docility, tenderness and perhaps reduce bovine congestive heart failure. They’re also researching genomics for fescue tolerance. Many of the traits are priced in the commercial beef cow herd’s economic range. The next presentation was from the FFA instructor, Rachael Brown, Exeter. They received the $2,500 grant from the Cattlemen’s Association to expand the chapter’s involvement in animal projects. In this case, the project is honey bees. Two students, Lane Willis and Irabella Logan, along with Ms. Brown, gave an enthusiastic report that showed how much they appreciated the $2,500.
Exeter FFA how the grant money was used to establish a bee herd.
Schnake spoke about the Cattlemen’s Steak Fry at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in June. The association has a table reserved and a rocking chair to donate for the auction. She reviewed the grilling schedule and the need for a Region 7 Vice President as Traves Merrick has stepped down.
Eldon Cole, MU Extension field specialist in livestock, reported on the upcoming Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale and the Missouri Steer Feedout. Both events can have application to genomic testing and he encouraged the cattle producers to take advantage of the testing to speed up their genetic progress.
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South Central Cattlemen’s Association The monthly meeting of the South Central Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) was held on Thursday, April 22, at the Howell County Extension Office in West Plains, Missouri. The theme of the meeting was a Producer Q & A Panel. The meeting was catered by Bootleggers BBQ and was sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust Company. SCCA President Janet Crow opened the meeting with a reading of the minutes. Barry Slayton motioned to accept the minutes and John Steffenson seconded the motion. During dinner, Dan McMurtrey from the USDA Wildlife Services spoke to the group about the differences in Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures. He presented the USDA’s suggestions on how to deter Black Vultures from killing livestock. He also explained how land owners can obtain permits through the Farm Bureau and the USDA Wildlife Services to lethally remove the Black Vultures.
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Amanda Engle from UltraInsights Processing Lab. Inc. spoke to the group on the importance of ultrasound carcass data for the beef producer. She explained that the data gives the producer carcass traits of the beef. “Carcass traits are moderately heritable and are a good indicator of lean and fat in live cattle. The data collected is used to calculate EPD’s and improve genomics,” she said. This data can be used to determine mating, marketing, and culling decisions.
President Patty Wood of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was the next guest speaker. She gave an update on The Beef House at the Missouri State Fair and expressed the importance of each association’s involvement at The Beef House. She explained that the mission of The Beef House is to provide good quality beef at the fair and to have producers share their stories with The Beef House customers. Patty went on to explain the importance of each person’s involvement in the association. She encouraged the group to write letters and emails to our state legislators regarding important issues. She also suggested inviting our legislators to our monthly meetings. Patty updated the group on the Farmers Rally in Support of Private Property Rights at the Missouri Capitol (SB 508).
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Our Producer Q&A Panel included Scynthia and Dustin Schnake of Stotts City, Dana and Casey Cox of Alton, Barry Slayton of New Day Genetics and of Slayton Farms of Rover, Brian and Kim Smith, and Wes Mobray of Smith Valley Farms and of Salem. Topics up for discussion included challenges in cattle production, management practices, replacement selection of both bulls and females, culling practices, tried and true practices, hurdles in farming, and record keeping. Janet Crow closed the meeting by encouraging any non-members to become members. She also encouraged everyone to go to the Cattlemen’s Steak Fry in Sedalia on June 12. The next SCCA meeting will be on Thursday, June 24. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
Barton County Cattlemen Barton County Cattlemen met May 11, 2021 at the Thiebaud meeting rooms in Lamar Missouri. Brett Faubion, President, opened the meeting and Rex Frieden offered prayer. A brisket dinner, prepared by Scott Nolting, was enjoyed by a large group in attendance. The meal was sponsored by our speaker, Carson Maneval of Maneval Inc. Carson’s presentation was titled “What Is Your Plan?” He encouraged cattlemen not to just do things the way they have always been done but to instead make a plan, with today’s prices and markets, it is best to consider what prices you can lock in and incorporate this into your plan. A business meeting followed. Our next meeting will be in early August, date to be announced. Plans will be made then for activities at the Lamar Free Fair August 21-24, 2021.
Left Carson Maneval, Right Brett Faubion.
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St. Clair County To kick off May is Beef Month, St. Clair County Cattlemen set up Saturday, May 1, at Food Fair in Appleton City, Carney’s Five Star Supermarket in Osceola, and Buzz’s Market in Collins for the community to sign up to win two $125 beef bundles, two beef logo lawn chairs and one grill set at each store. Winners were drawn that day at noon.
St. Clair County Cattlemen will hold their next monthly meeting on June 8 at the Lakeland Schools with LAG Industries as the sponsor and speaker.
Winners at Buzz’s Market were Patty Davis - $125 beef bundle, Pat Richards - $125 beef bundle, Rose Melvin - beef logo lawn chair, Kathy Harper - beef logo lawn chair and Lydia Meredith – grill set. Winners at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket were Michael Stuart - $125 beef bundle, Tammy Motley $125 beef bundle, Daniel Ball - beef logo lawn chair, Derrick Harter - beef logo lawn chair, and Jeff Jurkanis – grill set.
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Winners at Food Fair were Dayna Middleton - $125 beef bundle, Cody Dixon - $125 beef bundle, Ryker Dixon beef logo lawn chair, Erin Schell - beef logo lawn chair, and Monica Mackeprang – grill set. Congratulations to all winners! St. Clair County Cattlemen also teamed up with MoBeef for MoKids to celebrate May is Beef Month! For the month of May, we celebrated by cooking your favorite beef recipe and sharing a photo of your beef meal on the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Facebook page to be entered to win a Mo Beef for MoKids prize pack. The more you cooked, the better chance you had to win!
On Friday, May 14, the St. Clair County Cattlemen set up at Lakeland Food for America and had a special visitor, Benny the Bull, to help with stressing the importance of Beef and how it works to keep us fit. St. Clair County Cattlemen also handed out beef sticks and goodie bags to all the students and teachers, provided by the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
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Andrew-Buchanan County Cattlemen The first meeting of the Andrew-Buchanan County Cattlemen’s MCA affiliate was on April 20 at Ol’ McDonalds Farm in Savannah, Missouri. The evening began at 6:30 p.m., with a prayer led by Bill Bowman. A brisket meal followed where 73 people were fed. Doug Johnson introduced Deb Thummel, Region 4 Vice President, and she spoke to the group. Mike Deering, MCA Executive Vice President talked of legislation that is essential to beef industry for our state and nation and the role of MCA in that. Patty Wood, 2021 MCA President, shared her story with the group. The group passed by-laws and voted on officers. The president will be Doug Johnson; vice president, Matt Fischer; treasurer, Julie Valasek and secretary, Kelly Houston. The Andrew County Representative will be Kevin Valasek and Bill Bowman will serve as the Buchanan County Representative. The state delegate will be Doug Johnson. The officers set a date for the next meeting, May 25, with a location to be determined.
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Southeast Missouri Cattlemen The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting and banquet was held February 25, 2021, at the Jackson Knights of Columbus. After a delicious meal, President Nathan Hunt conducted a short business meeting. An MCA update was given by Charlie Besher, MCA Secretary, and Jeff Reed, Region 3 Vice President. A silent and live auction were part of the evening, as well as door prizes. The SEMO Cattlemen would like to thank the meal and auction sponsors for their generous donations.
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The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association held their monthly meeting on May 13 at Smith’s Restaurant in Bolivar. About 45 people attended this meeting sponsored by Neogen. Nick Hammett gave a very informative presentation on some of their products. During the meeting, the newly-elected president, Bob Moreland, went over details for some upcoming events, as well as the minutes from the April meeting. Warren Love, MCA Region 6 Vice President, also gave an update about some things happening at the Capitol. Be on the lookout for details about the June meeting!
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‘going over’ for physical fitness and do a pregnancy examination. Typical deal; this ol’ mama comes stumbling in the chute at the speed of a sloth on Valium. The head gate clangs shut, never touches the cow. Run a stick down her side, sounds like a prod pole across a picket fence. Her tail head is stickin’ up like a shark’s fin, she’s draggin’ one tit on the ground. I’m thinkin’ to myself, ‘is there any point in putting on a plastic sleeve and torturing this poor beast anymore?’ Then I look up to the headgate and there is that good cowman, rubbing his chin and lookin’ at that old cow like he’s in a jewelry store. ‘Am I missing something here?’ I ask myself, dumbfounded. I finally realized I was missing something. That good cowman and me were not looking at the same cow! See, I was looking at an economic unit. Will she have a calf, breed back and bring another one home next fall? He on the other hand was looking at an animal that had taken him to the pay window for ten years. He might know her even better than that. She might have put him over a fence, or he might have helped her throughout a bad calving. But he knows her and owes her. He wants to make sure she gets the benefit of the doubt. And that’s a bond. As genuine as a cat or dog. Granted he doesn’t think of her as an associate or a comrade, as in “git along little comrade” or “let’s go to the pasture and gather our associates”. But it is a bond just the same, built on respect.
Missouri State Fair Awards Scholarships to 4-H and FFA Youth Source: Missouri State Fair Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced that 40 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA State Fair exhibitors, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. These students are seeking higher education at a Missouri university/college. “Cultivating Missouri agriculture youth is at the core of the State Fair’s mission statement,” Wolfe said. “This year’s scholarships amount to $68,500, the largest amount offered. We are grateful for the YIA supporters that came together to make these scholarships possible.” Scholarship applicants were evaluated in a variety of areas including Missouri State Fair participation, grade point average, community involvement and leadership roles. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded 715 scholarships totaling $797,500. The scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the sponsors and buyers list is available online. A portion of each animal’s total sale value is allocated to the scholarship program. Support of the scholarship program was also provided by the Missouri State Fair Foundation, the Missouri State Fair Ham & Bacon Auction, Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics, Edward Jones Associates, Randy Little of Republic, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Walmart of Sedalia, Missouri State Rabbit Producers, and Casey’s General Stores. Quincy Wiegand, of Cairo, has been selected to receive the $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters. Alexis Lydia Plackemeier, of Silex has been selected to receive the $2,500 supreme scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics.
Schyler Angell, of Centralia, Lauren Crutsinger, of Whitewater, Isaac Rhode, of Stewartsville, and Avery Schiereck, of El Dorado Springs have been selected to receive the $2,500 supreme scholarships offered by the Missouri State Fair Foundation.
The youth chosen to receive $1,500 scholarships, sponsored by YIA supporters, are: Brooke Jackie Anderson, Ionia Sara Mae Bartholomew, Keytesville Mason Baxter, Chillicothe Jenna Blessing, Memphis Morgan Blessing, Memphis Emma Burns, Bosworth Kaileen Dohrman, Marshall Justin Eddy, Rocheport Libby Hagan Endicott, Gallatin Ethan Fort, Martinsburg Kynleigh Fuehring, Sweet Springs Dillon Gilmer, Polo Rachel Grimes, Archie Paityn Hall, Norborne Jenna Hasekamp, Madison Eli Henke, Princeton Rylee J. Johnson, Laredo Olivia Kiely, Clinton Weston G. King, Taylor Caitlyn Kleffner, Rolla Kaitlin Kleiboeker, Stotts City Grant Knipmeyer, Sweet Springs Troy Ludwig, Linn Abigail Miller, Olean Evan Miller, Pleasant Hill Taylor Miller, Lebanon Brett Montgomery, Brookfield Payden Nolting, Lamar Maelea Parrish, Thompson Lillian Smith, Braymer Anna Triplett, Rutledge Kylee Walters, Centralia Victoria Washburn, King City Macie Wolf, Reeds The YIA committee is comprised of volunteers from across the state who work throughout the year to raise funds for the annual Sale of Champions auction and scholarships. This year’s auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the fairgrounds. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will broadcast the auction live at Facebook.com/ MoAgriculture. Online bidding will also be available during the live auction provided by LiveAuctions.tv. The 119th annual Missouri State Fair, themed “Our Missouri Celebration” will be held Aug. 12-22 in Sedalia.
Record-Breaking Performance for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports in March Source: USMEF U.S. red meat exports ended the first quarter on a very high note, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), with March beef and pork exports each posting the highest monthly value on record. Pork exports and shipments of beef muscle cuts also set new volume records in March. Beef exports totaled 124,808 metric tons (mt) in March, up 8% from a year ago and the second largest of the post-BSE era. Export value broke the $800 million mark for the first time at $801.9 million, up 14% year-overyear. Beef muscle cut exports set new monthly records for both volume (98,986 mt, up 13% from a year ago) and value ($718.3 million, up 17%). For the first quarter, beef exports pulled even with last year’s pace at 333,348 mt, valued at $2.12 billion. For beef muscle cuts, first quarter exports increased 4% to 262,914 mt, valued at $1.9 billion (up 5%). March highlights for U.S. beef included record exports to China, Honduras and the Philippines and strong results in South Korea, Chile and Colombia. March pork exports were record-large at 294,724 mt, up 1% from last year’s strong total, and set a new value record at $794.9 million (up 4%). Pork muscle cuts also set new monthly records for both volume (247,660 mt, up 2% from a year ago) and value $689.2 million (up 4%). For the first quarter, pork exports were 7% below last year’s pace in both volume (782,620 mt) and value ($2.07 billion). Pork muscle cuts followed a similar trend at 659,420 mt (down 7%), valued at $1.79 billion (down 8%). March pork exports were led by strong performances in Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and Central America,
including new records in Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Exports were also record-large to the Dominican Republic for the second consecutive month. “It’s very gratifying to see such an outstanding breakout month for U.S. beef and pork exports,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Exports were off to a respectable start in 2021, considering the logistical and labor challenges the industry is facing and ongoing restrictions on the foodservice sector in many key markets. While these obstacles are not totally behind us, the March results show the situation is improving and the export totals better reflect the strong level of global demand for U.S. red meat.” While muscle cuts certainly drove March export growth, Halstrom was also encouraged by a rebound in shipments of beef and pork variety meat. “The tight labor situation at the plant level has been especially hard on variety meat volumes,” Halstrom said. “But March variety meat exports matched last year’s performance for pork and were the largest of 2021 on the beef side. It’s important that the capture rate for variety meat continues to improve, as this is a critical component of the export product mix.” March exports of U.S. lamb were up 54% from a year ago to 1,089 mt, valued at $1.5 million (up 22%). For the first quarter, export volume increased 64% from a year ago to 3,268 mt, but value was down 4% at $4.3 million. Lamb variety meat exports were led by strong demand in Mexico, while lamb muscle cuts increased to the Dominican Republic, Bermuda and Canada. A detailed summary of first quarter red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.
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Purdue Asks Livestock Producers for Help Studying Losses Due to Black Vultures Source: Purdue News Service WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Vultures play an important role in the ecosystem cleaning up animal carcasses from the landscape. However, although primarily scavengers, some black vultures cause problems for cattle operators in southern Indiana, harassing and even preying on young calves and other livestock. Historically common in southern states, black vultures have expanded into Indiana during the last few decades due to a warming climate and changes in human land use. Black vultures can be found throughout Indiana, but they are most common in southern counties.
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As the spring calving season progresses, Purdue quantitative ecologist Patrick Zollner, professor of wildlife science; doctoral student Marian Wahl; and partners with the USDA Wildlife Services program hope to get help from cattle producers for research into black vulture habits and methods that could be used to stop them from harming livestock. In other parts of the world, when vultures experienced local extinction, the numbers of animals like coyotes, rats and feral dogs increased and diseases such as rabies, brucellosis and anthrax became problematic for human health, Zollner said. “These vultures are nature’s garbage disposals. They’re cleaning up the carcasses of dead animals, and that’s an important role,” said Zollner, a professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. “If they
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Missouri Governor Proclaims May is Beef Month Source: MBIC Governor Mike Parson proclaims May is Beef Month at the St. Louis Science Center GROW exhibit. ST.LOUIS, May 21st, 2021 --- Missouri ranks 3rd in beef cattle production in the United States maintaining nearly 4 million head of cattle on more than 53,000 beef farms which employ roughly 40,000 individuals. The beef industry plays a vital role in Missouri.
Governor Mike Parson, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, Missouri Beef Industry Council and the St. Louis Science Center hosted beef industry and commodity organization representatives for a Beef Month Proclamation in the GROW exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center yesterday. The Governor presented the signed Beef Month proclamation to the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and St. Louis Science Center.
Nathan Martin, Chairman of Missouri Beef Industry Council board said, “We are proud to be representing such a strong and vibrant industry.”
Dierbergs Markets and Operation Food Search representatives were also in attendance to recognize the Giving Back with Beef promotion that happened in Dierbergs Markets across St. Louis the first week of May. Dierbergs Markets teamed up with the Missouri Beef Industry Council for this promotion, and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Illinois Beef Association, St. Louis County Farm Bureau and St. Clair County Farm Bureau (IL) also supported the promotion. For every pound of 85/15 ground beef that was sold during that week, a pound of ground beef was donated to Operation Food Search for families in need. The promotion brought in 3,871 pounds of ground beef that Operation Food Search will provide to those in the St. Louis community. There are many ways to celebrate May is Beef month; you can find great recipes at www.mobeef.org, cooking tips and more to help you celebrate! We thank our Missouri beef farmers and ranchers for striving to provide consumers with the most nutritious and delicious beef, and we not only celebrate them in May, but every day of the year.
Beef Heifer Efficiency: Data-Driven Decisions for Your Herd Source: University of Missouri Extension Beef producers look at their developing heifers and wonder which one will make them the most profit over her life. With tightening margins the past few years, producers must look to data-driven decisions for their breeding stock, says Reagan Bluel, interim superintendent of the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center in Lawrence County. Bluel says Southwest Research Center is eager to serve Missouri’s beef cattle producers to provide the data to determine which heifers in their herds will efficiently use the feed provided. Bluel invites progressive beef producers to enroll their fall-born replacement heifers between eight and 10 months old in the “Heifer Intake Test” this June. The test uses the on-site GrowSafe feed system. “Imagine your herd of cows producing a growthy calf – every year,” she says. “Now imagine being able to find the ones in your herd successfully completing that while eating less forage. It’s a game-changer for your cow herd. Determining the efficiency of your replacement will reap cost savings in maintenance feeding throughout her entire life.” The GrowSafe system captures daily feed intake for each animal in the pen throughout the test. Scheduled test weights determine the heifer’s growth over a 42-day
period. Breed associations will pair the scheduled test weights with weaning and yearling weights to determine the trajectory of gain for the replacement heifer. “The University of Missouri has been a leader in beef feed intake research,” says Jared Decker, Wurdack Chair in animal genomics at MU. “It is great to see producers using this research to make more informed selection and mating decisions.” Southwest Research Center will contract to test 2020 fall-born heifers, bunk broke and vaccinated. The 63day test will cost producers $400 per animal for feed, yardage and management. The test starts June 20, and heifers will be returned to producers prior to prebreeding exams and the breeding season. To learn more, contact MU Southwest Research Center at BluelRJ@missouri.edu or 417-466-2148.
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Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Recognizes 5 Dairy Leaders Source: University of Missouri Extension - Gloria Johnson COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors has announced its latest award winners. Due to COVID-19, honorees will be formally recognized in 2022, according to Gloria Johnson, executive secretary for the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors. Joe Horner, Dairy Leadership Award. Horner, of Columbia, is a University of Missouri Extension state specialist in agricultural economics. He previously served as the executive secretary for the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors and has been a fixture for more than 30 years as an extension educator in dairy farm management and economics. Schoen Farms, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award. This third-generation dairy in Oak Ridge, Mo., has earned recognition for high production and herd BAA scores. The farm is truly a family affair. Started by Marvin and LaFern Schoen, children John, Cathy and their families continue to expand the facilities to improve the efficiency and profitability of the farm for future generations. Darrell Pidgeon, Meritorious Service Award. Pidgeon, owner of Pidgeon Cattle Co. in Parker, Colo., was recognized for his long career as a cattle merchandiser, judge and showman. Pidgeon worked
for the best herds: J.C. Penney, McDonald Farms, even riding in boxcars with the show cattle to state fairs and national shows and exported cattle internationally to places such as Japan, Mexico, Canada and Eastern Europe. He received his master’s degree in dairy cattle genetics from the University of Missouri. Eric Seifert, Meritorious Service Award. Seifert, of Boonville, Mo., is a field representative with Dairy Farmers of America. He has served dairy farmers for almost 40 years. His career began in 1981 with Mid-America Dairymen before its merger with Dairy Farmers of America. He was a valuable resource for numerous dairy farmers in the state. He was also active in the Missouri Dairy Fieldman & Sanitarian’s Association, serving as president. Bob Braswell, who died in 2000, will receive the Pioneer Dairy Leader Award for his contributions to the dairy industry. He owned Braswell Sales Service in Ozark, Mo. He managed cattle sales in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He and his wife, Idonna, worked side by side with auctioneers Gary Estes and Richard Melton. Bob also established the Ozarks Dairyland Sale series, held each spring and fall in Mount Vernon, where dairy producers could consign animals for auction. For more information, go to www. missouridairyhallofhonors.com.
USDA Awards MDC Two Partnership Projects Source: Missouri Department of Conservation
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will continue initiatives to integrate conservation with agriculture practices and help restore and manage sand prairies after being awarded two partnership projects through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Through RCPP, conservation partners work in collaboration with NRCS to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners throughout the nation to implement systems that conserve water and soil resources, improve wildlife habitats, and increase climate resilience. “The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is public-private partnership working at its best,” said
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Utilizing on-farm yield data to identify non-profitable cropland acres and establish the areas to high-diversity herbaceous buffers. Decrease water and soil quality degradation through the adoption of alternative management regimes designed to mitigate nutrient runoff and soil erosion from cropland. Encourage producers to make informed decision by targeting conservation practices that maximize environmental benefits. “This project will focus on using row crop yield data to identify non-profitable cropland,” explained MDC Farm Bill Coordinator Lisa Potter. “Participants will use this information to convert non-productive cropland to a diverse mix of native warm-season grasses and forbs, which provide drought tolerance, help improve soil health, and provide essential habitat for many declining pollinator and grassland bird species. Encouraging producers to transition their low-yield acres to native warm-season grasses and forbs will also save producers time and input costs associated with producing a crop. This project is a great example of how true collaboration among our Missouri conservation and agriculture partners can help us all better serve Missouri producers in ways that can address both economic and conservation concerns on their farms.”
acres of remaining sand prairie communities and restorable land and place it into perpetual easements, providing permanent protection to this critical habitat and the flora and fauna it supports.
The funding amount will be for five years and will be used to provide cost-share to landowners in support of applying eligible practices. Missouri counties included in the project area are Saline, Lafayette, Pettis, Macon, Randolph, Chariton, and Linn.
Sand prairies are listed as Critically Endangered within the Missouri State Wildlife Action Plan and are among the rarest natural communities in the state. The area selected for this project include the following seven counties: Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, Stoddard, and Butler.
Landowners who qualify to participate in this project are encouraged to contact their local MDC Private Land Conservationist for more information. The first enrollment opportunity is anticipated to be announced next year. Contributing partners include: MDC, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Bayer U.S., Missouri Rural Water Association, The Nature Conservancy, Missouri River Bird Observatory, Associated Electric Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Fertilizer Institute. SAND PRAIRIE RESTORATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
MDC says the SPRP will protect shallow aquifers from contamination by urban runoff, agricultural fertilizers, and pesticides. The dry nature of these habitats, as well as their flat quality, create fields exceptionally prone to wind erosion when the native vegetation is removed and replaced with row crop agriculture. By placing the prairies under easement, soil erosion will be avoided where wildlife habitat and water quality will be protected in the future.
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Sad and Disappointed The 2021 Missouri legislative session came to an end Friday, May 14 at 6:00. While we experienced all the highs and lows the Capitol has to offer, the past five months were professionally and personally difficult. Entering the Capitol doors in January, we were unclear as to how the session would proceed. COVID numbers skyrocketed, new rules of engagement were distributed throughout the halls, visitors were being discouraged, mask use was encouraged, committee hearing attendance was limited, and all were urged to monitor activity from afar. After a few weeks of confusing disruption, legislators, required staff, and daily lobbyists fell into a new rhythm. The halls were quiet. The rotunda was empty. Though, legislative business continued. The House got to work immediately as Speaker Rob Vescovo, Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher, and Representatives Mike Haffner, Kent Haden, Don Rone and David Evans efficiently advanced MCA’s top priorities. In February, our House champions sent their Senate colleagues bills protecting private property rights. Representative Haffner’s bill disallowed the use of
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Mead Angus Farms Spring Female Sale 5-8-21 • Versailles 1 Bull Total $4,100 Avg. $4,100 59 females Total $150,850 Avg. $2,557 60 total Total $154,950 Avg. $2,583
June 5 June 12 June 18 June 24
Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Heifer Sale, Sedalia, MO Special Cow and Bull Sale, Kingsville, MO Joplin Regional Stockyards Value-Added Sale, Carthage, MO
June 28 Joplin Regional Stockyards Yearling Special with Regular Sale, Carthage, MO July 8 Joplin Regional Stockyards Yearling & Calf Special Sale, Carthage, MO Aug. 20-21 Express Ranches Big Event Sale, Yukon, OK Sept. 25 KL3 Angus Sale, Poplar Bluff, MO Sept. 25 Soaring Eagle Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 2 Inaugural Fall Colors Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 4 Express Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Yukon, OK Oct. 8 Smith Valley Angus Sale, Salem, MO Oct. 9 Byergo Sale, Savannah, MO Oct. 9 East Central Missouri Angus Sale, Cuba, MO
Oct. 13 Valley Oaks Sale, Chilhowee, MO Oct. 16 Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer and Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 16 Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale, West Plains, MO Oct. 16 Byergo Privat Treaty Sale, Dearborn, MO Oct. 16 3C Cattle Co. Sale, Carrollton, MO Oct. 16 Square B Ranch Open House, Warsaw, MO Oct. 17 Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO Oct. 18 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO Oct. 23 Lacy’s Red Angus with MC Livestock Bull and Female Sale, Drexel, MO Oct. 23 Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO Oct. 24 Baker Angus Sale, Butler, MO Oct. 25 Southwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 30 Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO Nov. 5 Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO Nov. 6 Red Tie Event Red Angus Sale, Tina, MO Nov. 6 Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO Nov. 15 Green Springs Bull Test Sale, Nevada, MO Nov. 20 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO Nov. 27 Butch’s Angus Sale, Jackson, MO Nov. 27 Galaxy Beef Female Sale, Macon, MO
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Ag Power John Deere............................................ 17 Bradley Cattle ................................................ 33, 37 Brickhouse Farms Red Angus............................... 33 Buffalo Livestock Market...................................... 62 Callaway Livestock Center Inc............................. 67 Central Missouri Sales Co.................................... 34 Classified............................................................... 73 Clearwater Farm................................................... 41 Coon Angus Ranch............................................... 41 Double A Land & Cattle....................................... 33 Ellis Cattle Company Red Angus......................... 33 Ertell Cattle Company.......................................... 65 F&T Livestock Market.......................................... 45 Feed Train............................................................. 46 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus.................................. 41 Friday - Cartoon................................................... 80 Galaxy Beef LLC.................................................. 41 Gerloff Farms........................................................ 41 GrassWorks............................................................ 43 Green’s Welding & Sales....................................... 23 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.................................... 41 HydraBed.............................................................. 37 Irsik & Doll Feed Yards......................................... 84 Jim’s Motors.......................................................... 63 Joplin Regional Stockyards..................................... 2 Kingsville Livestock Auction................................ 63 KK Farms Red Angus.................................... 33, 36 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma................................ 41 Lacy’s Red Angus.................................................. 33 Lacy’s Red Angus Sale.......................................... 31 Lamine Valley Red Angus.............................. 33, 34 Maple Oaks Red Angus........................................ 33 Maplewood Acres Farm........................................ 33 Marshall & Fenner Farms..................................... 41 MC Livestock Red Angus..................................... 33 MCA - Junior Show.............................................. 57 MCA - Membership Form.................................... 77 MCA - Membership Signs.................................... 78 MCA - Presidents Council.................................... 73 MCA - Show-Me-Select Sale Credit..................... 72 MCA - Steak Fry..............................................55-56 MCA - Top Hand................................................. 70 McBee Cattle Co................................................... 74
MCF - CLS - Altosid ............................................ 59 McPherson Concrete Products.............................. 81 Mead Cattle Co..................................................... 26 Mead Farms.......................................................... 41 Merck Animal Health........................................... 83 MFA ..................................................................... 27 Missouri Angus Association.................................. 41 Missouri Angus Breeders...................................... 41 Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine...................... 76 Missouri Beef House Schedule.............................. 21 Missouri Beef Industry Council............................ 19 Missouri Red Angus Association.................... 29, 33 Missouri Red Angus Breeders............................... 33 MJCA Youth Industry Tour.................................. 68 NCBA Convention ............................................... 71 Ory’s O7 Red Angus............................................. 36 Ozark Hills Genetics............................................. 33 P.H. White............................................................. 32 Red Angus Association of America....................... 30 Red Tie Event Red Angus Sale ............................ 35 Reed’s Metals........................................................ 47 Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus..... 33 Salt Fork - Strobel................................................. 75 Sampson Cattle Co............................................... 41 Sellers Feedlot....................................................... 62 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle................................... 33 Soil Health Workshop........................................... 69 South Central Regional Stockyards...................... 16 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.............................. 41 Superior Steel Sales............................................... 52 Sydenstricker Genetics.......................................... 41 Touchstone Energy................................................ 49 Valley Oaks Angus................................................ 41 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats................ 15 VitaLix.................................................................. 13 Weiker Angus Ranch............................................ 41 Westway Feeds........................................................ 9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate........................... 48 Wheeler Livestock Market.................................... 80 Mike Williams....................................................... 48 Windrush Farm Red Angus.................................. 33 Y-Tex....................................................................... 3 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers..................................... 60