June 2022 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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June 2022

26 Generational Greatness


Generational Greatness


Hot Mamas

Equipping and Encouraging the Next Generation of Producers

Beating the Heat to Overcome Impacts on Reproduction

MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 20 Beef Checkoff News 38 County News

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Hot Mamas




MCA President’s Perspective Progress Breeds Optimism


CattleWomen’s Corner


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


Regional Range Report


What’s Cooking at the Beef House


Capitol Update

Monsters in the Dark

High Time to Right the Wrong

Power in Numbers

Volunteers - What to Know


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Volume 51 - Issue 6 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: mobeef@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org

Missouri’s CattleWomen


New MCA Members






Red Angus Highlight


Extension News


Obituary: Rosalie Smith


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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Missouri Beef Cattleman, (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) is published monthly (12 times a year) and is the official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201. PERIODICALS postage paid at Columbia, Missouri and additional mailing offices. Subscription price is included as a part of the minimum membership dues of $70.00 per year in Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Missouri Beef Cattleman, P.O. Box 480977, Kansas City, Missouri 64148




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Brandon Ray, Rays Custom Butchering, Otterville, MO James Riggs, Collins, MO Dwain Robinson, Wappapello, MO Zeb & Abby Salmon, Lowry City, MO Bryan Scheiderer, Scheiderer Farms, Inc., Jefferson City, MO Bradley Shippy, Centerview, MO Gene & Mary Shippy, Shippy Farms, Centerview, MO Lindsey Smith, Sunset Cattle Ranch, Holden, MO Jay Stevens, Bolivar, MO Dennis Swartzentruber, DTK Farm, Sedalia, MO Danny Templeton, Templeton Cattle, Ionia, MO Luke Terry, Bloomsdale, MO Lisa Thomas, State Representative, Lake Ozark, MO Dan & Kathleen Tucker, Fulton, MO Rep Annette Turnbaugh, Rubaiyat Arabians, Grandview, MO Jody Uchtman, Bobcat Cattle Company, Fordland, MO Rhonda Underwood, Belton, MO Jess & Isaac Unterbrink, Madison, MO Maebrey Wall, Eldon, MO Davis Ward, Oak Grove, MO Ann Whitehead, Wellsville, MO Bentley Willard, Williamsville, MO Bowen Willard, Williamsville, MO Lee Willard, Williamsville, MO Elizabeth Winkelmann, Rhineland, MO Branden Winner, Eagle Sky of the Ozarks, Patterson, MO Nicole Avery Young, Bolivar, MO Gregg Zurliene, Meyer Cattle, Eolia, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 69.

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Hidden Pine Cattle, Versailles, MO Jake Bangert, Bangert Farms, Patterson, MO David Callis, Sedalia, MO Chad & Dianna Carpenter, Rocking C Ranch, Urbana, MO Jacob Cheney, Marsh Cheney Ranch, Odessa, MO Harry Cope, Cope Grass Farms, Truxton, MO Brian & Julia Couldry, Atlanta, MO Lauren Crabtree, Liberal, MO Larry Day, Central Missouri Polled Hereford Breeder, Pilot Grove, MO Mia Dobson, Fayette, MO Ryan Eckhoff, Lincoln, MO Codi Fordyce, Fordyce Cattle Company, Polo, MO Eldon Foster, Montgomery City, MO Courtney Girardi, Aldrich, MO Joe & Brandy Girardi, Aldrich, MO Joseph Girardi, Aldrich, MO Chad Glenn, Glenn’s Bull Rental, Walnut Grove, MO Chris Glenn, Glenn’s Bull Rental, Walnut Grove, MO Jeffrey Gregg, Kirbyville, MO Emily Gregory, Houstonia, MO Michael & Amy Burk Gregory, Houstonia, MO Brian Gripe, 3D Corporate Solutions, Monett, MO Gavin Hanson, Williamsville, MO Kara Hawk, Walnut Grove, MO Kimberly Hawk, Chaney Farms, Humansville, MO Colton Hawkins, Appleton City, MO Claire Heman, Napoleon, MO Matt Henenberg, Bolivar, MO Don & Sharon Hutcheson, Sedalia, MO Dan Kempker, Jefferson City, MO Joey Kidwell, Vienna, MO Rick Knox, Hillbilly Hollow Farms, Smithton, MO Brandon Lake, Cross Timbers, MO Rebekah Lebahn, Mansfield, MO Tohbee Lebahn, Mansfield, MO Connie & Mike Leepard, DNT Group LLC, Columbia, MO Jack Matthews, Taneyville, MO Troy Matthews, Matthews Grain & Livestock, Warrensburg, MO Mike Musgrove, Musgrove Farms, Fulton, MO Avery Neidholdt, Keytesville, MO Eva Oberle, Ste. Genevieve, MO Devon O’Kane, O’Kane Ranch, Linneus, MO Craig Payne, Columbia, MO Susan Cox, Park Hills MO




with Bruce Mershon Progress Breeds Optimism June is a month to feel optimistic. Bulls are out with the cows. Fall calves are weaned. Grass is green, cattle are growing and the smell of fresh cut hay is in the air. We are blessed. Hopefully you were able to attend the Past President’s Steak Fry and PAC Auction. It has become an awesome event with outstanding attendance. The money you raise makes a difference. Campaign donations equal influence, whether we like it or not. Thanks to all the volunteers and donations that make this a successful event. June is also Junior Show time. A big event for our Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association, this year we introduced the new commercial division. Both bred heifers and open heifer classes were featured to form our new Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo. The heifers were then auctioned off prior to the Steak Fry.

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The commercial division, the Replacement Heifer Show & Sale, is important because it offers our youth their first glimpse at what it’s like to raise and market cattle. It’s real-world experience unlike anything else out there. We need your help to make this opportunity for our youth a success. Please promote the commercial division to your local 4H & FFA advisors now. The juniors need to be selecting their heifers in July and August to be ready for next year’s show. Time is of the essence.


The Missouri legislative session ended on a positive note when the legislature passed eminent domain reform. This is a victory for personal property rights. We didn’t get everything we wanted in the compromise legislation, but it is a good start. Delivery of energy across the country will continue to evolve, and property owners

MCA President should not bear the cost of an abusive utility. MCA will be back at the Capitol in 2023 to add additional safeguards for property owners. Passing eminent domain reform was a team effort. MCA, Missouri Farm Bureau and all the commodity groups worked together to pass the legislation. It’s an excellent example of what can be accomplished when the Missouri agriculture community works together as one. Thanks to all! In case you haven’t been following the national scene closely, the U.S. Senate and House both held hearings on their respective bills related to the Price Discovery and Transparency Act. There is room for cautious optimism here, too. The Senate seems poised to send the legislation to the floor for a vote. The path in the House is not as clear. Stay tuned for future updates. MCA still has endorsements to make for the U.S. congress, state senate and state representative races. Your MCA Policy Committee will meet in late June to make recommendations to the MCA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet on July 7 to consider the Policy Committee’s recommendations. Make sure your affiliate has a representative to attend on July 7. There’s a lot to be optimistic and thankful about. As I travel around the state, I am most appreciative of you – fellow cattle producers – for your endless support of Missouri agriculture.


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with Mike Deering High Time to Right the Wrong For years, this association has worked tirelessly to reform eminent domain laws in this state. In fact, I’ve been compared to a broken record on more than one occasion because we’ve been stuck for so long. We finally have some good news. House Bill 2005 passed both chambers after an all-night marathon of negotiations in the senate. The legislation will enhance eminent domain protections for landowners when companies want to build high-voltage electrical transmission lines across our state. This is even more urgent with two new lines expected to be approved this summer. Without this bill, landowner rights would have continued to be trampled. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but we got more than anyone would have expected as the senate proved to be a bastion of dysfunction. Conflicts between Republican Senators aired on the senate floor overcame legislative productivity this session as evidenced by the very low number of 49 policy and 19 budgetary bills passed. At the end of the day, the passage of this legislation is a big win. New projects must have a proportional public benefit for Missourians. Simply put, a project must deliver power to Missourians in proportion to how much of that project is in Missouri. If 50% of the line is in Missouri, 50% or more of the power must stay here. If the electric company does not obtain the financial commitments to complete the project within seven years, the land must be returned. This bill also mandates 150% compensation for land involuntarily taken by eminent domain for high-voltage power lines. It also bolsters the requirement of a good faith offer from the power company by requiring a 150% offer at the outset of the negotiation or the company may be liable to pay attorney fees. It requires one of the court-appointed appraisers to be a farmer in the county to help ensure the court determines a true fair market value.

Executive Vice President I can say without hesitation, this association and Missouri Farm Bureau have never worked more closely together during my time here than we did fighting for this issue. It also wouldn’t have happened without the relentless efforts of Senator Jason Bean (R-25) and Representative Mike Haffner (R-55). Most importantly, the landowners who started this fight over the Grain Belt Express are the real reason this legislation heads to Governor Mike Parson for his signature. They led this fight and brought the rest of us to the table. It pains me more than you will every know that these new protections were not in place before the Grain Belt Express project was approved by the Public Service Commission. These landowners are the reason farm and ranch families will have greater protections from this pervasive invasion of private property rights in the future. The power grid has largely been built on the backs of farmers. It is high time to bring fairness and common sense to the process. However, this fight is not just a rural issue. One of our most outspoken proponents of this legislation was Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-78) from St. Louis. He has vowed to continue working on eminent domain laws to prevent the unjust taking of private property in urban areas as well. You can count on us being right there with him. This is a Missouri issue, and we need to remain laser focused on meaningful reform.

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Board of Directors 2022 President: Ed Vest - Polk 417-399-1430 vestlanefarms@gmail.com President Elect: Tim Erickson - Bolivar 417-399-3292 terickson@windstream.net Executive Secretary Secretary/Treasurer: Devin Sonnenfelt - Taneyville 417-207-5501 mosimmassc@gmail.com

Junior Advisors: Andre and Michelle Heidt - Sparta 417-838-1853 Immediate Past President: Garry Durham - Gilliam 660-631-2248 mcdurham@hotmail.com Directors Adam Owen Bois D’Arc 417-830-8150 cowboysatplay@aol.com

Jeremy Steele Republic 417-861-0420 ksteele0313@att.net Trent Templeton Sedalia 660-620-6788 trentt1023@gmail.com Matt Fischer St. Joseph 816-324-1620 mfischer4@hotmail.com Barry Holst Kansas City 816-500-5710 bdholst22@gmail.com

Nathan Alpers Prairie Home 573-489-8174 nathanalpers@yahoo.com Dexter McIntyre Bolivar 417-830-9758 dextermcintyre@mofb.com Bill Graebe Savannah 816-387-7694 wbgraebe@yahoo.com Amanda Kagarice Urich 816-812-7308 aithcattleco@yahoo.com

Regional Range Report by Josh Worthington, MCA Region 7 Vice-President Power in Numbers I have three young sons. When we are out traveling or in unfamiliar territory, I don’t ever let the seven-yearold take off by himself. It is a handed down piece of logic that many siblings have experienced; you send them together. The older ones won’t let the little guy get lost, and the youngest one will make sure the older ones come back. As parents, there is a sense of security in knowing they are all together. It is an example of the mantra, “There is power in numbers.” The concept of power in numbers is well-founded and multi-faceted. In our Angus operation, we have long understood that numbers represent data, and there is power in data. Again, we see power in numbers from a slightly different vantage point. Whether I am sending my boys out together in an effort to create security or analyzing mountains of data to make genetic selections, the more numbers I have, the more confidence I have. This is a notion that cattlemen need to be reminded of from time to time. Larger groups of like-minded people often have the ability to move larger mountains. Yes, we all like to have our independence and go about doing our own thing. However, coming together, joining forces and working united for a common goal can create great results. We have all seen the time-honored acronym TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More. While it can be a bit cliché, I would make two points. First, it is often true; together, there is a higher probability of getting things done. Second, we must make sure we are on the right team, or nothing will get done, at least nothing that benefits us.

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I have never been on any kind of team where I agreed with everyone about everything all the time. However, at the end of the day, I certainly wanted to make sure


Region 1 VP - Joseph Lolli Region 2 VP - Anita Vanderwert Region 3 VP - Jeff Reed Region 4 VP - Deb Thummel

I was at least on the right team — surrounded by the people I had the most shared goals with and that saw the big things in a similar fashion as I did. Those were people that I wanted to work with. It’s not that I didn’t want to be challenged by different viewpoints, it’s that I wanted to be challenged by different viewpoints that were still trying to get to the same end goal. I say all of this to make the point that not everything that the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association does or policy that they have is going to fit everyone perfectly all the time. But, at the end of the day, I know they are the team that is trying to represent all facets of the beef industry in a progressive and sustainable way. They are the team trying to help create opportunities for Missouri producers. They are the team that is not looking at every issue with a short-sighted vision but trying to play the long game for our industry. While I may not agree with every stance taken, I still know they are the right team, and I know that team can create power in numbers. This is why I find it essential that all cattlemen participate by at least being a member. Nobody ever got to know what the game plan was, let alone have an opportunity to change the game plan, if they weren’t on the team in the first place. Your voice is much more powerful when it’s surrounded with numbers.

Region 5 VP - Alex Haun Region 6 VP - Warren Love Region 7 VP - Josh Worthington At-Large Rep. - Kevin Valasek

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Beef Export Value Sets Another Record Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports soared to another new value record in March, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). March pork exports were the largest so far this year but well below the record-large totals posted in March 2021. Lamb exports continued to gain momentum in March, reaching the third largest monthly volume on record and the highest value in nearly eight years. Demand for U.S. Beef Soaring in Broad Range of Markets Beef exports totaled 126,285 metric tons (mt) in March, up 1% from a year ago and the third largest on record, while value climbed 33% to a record $1.07 billion. First quarter exports increased 6% to 353,852 mt, valued at just over $3 billion (up 41%). “Global demand for U.S. beef has eclipsed anything I have seen in many years in the meat business,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “While this momentum is fueled by mainstay markets such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, demand is also very strong in China/Hong Kong and key Latin American markets, while exports to the Middle East have rebounded impressively.”

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Halstrom cautioned that first quarter results do not fully reflect the impact of recent COVID-19 lockdowns in China that have slowed product movement and forced many restaurants to suspend or limit service. These obstacles are likely to have a greater impact on April and May export data. He also noted that while beef demand has been very resilient, inflation represents a potential headwind.


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“Consumers throughout the world have shown how much they value the quality of U.S. beef, but disposable income is under increasing pressure as they pay more for energy and other daily needs,” he said. Pork Exports to Mexico, Dominican Republic on Record Pace March pork exports were 222,581 mt, the largest since November but nearly 25% below the record volume achieved a year ago. Export value was $615.3 million, also the highest since November but down 23% yearover-year. First quarter pork exports fell 20% from a year ago to 629,928 mt, valued at $1.71 billion (down 17%). Pork exports to Mexico and the Dominican Republic raced to a record pace in the first quarter and South Korea posted a strong increase in export value, but shipments to most destinations were below last year. “While pork exports were down significantly from last year’s record, we saw some encouraging trends in the March results,” Halstrom explained. “U.S. pork commanded a higher price per pound than a year ago, with outstanding demand from Mexico and value growth in key markets such as South Korea and the Dominican Republic. The stronger U.S. dollar creates more price pressure in some destinations, but this will be offset to some degree by the narrowing price gap between U.S. and European pork.” Halstrom added that pork, beef and lamb exporters continue to face logistical obstacles and delays when moving product overseas. The situation is especially challenging for chilled meat shipments to key Asian markets. Upward Trend for Lamb Exports Continues With growth to Mexico, the Caribbean and the Philippines, U.S. lamb exports continued to gain momentum as March shipments increased 75% from a year ago to 1,906 mt, the largest volume since 2011 and the third largest on record. Export value nearly doubled to $2.88 million, up 95% and the highest since 2014. First quarter lamb exports increased 54% from a year ago to 5,019 mt, while value climbed 72% to $7.35 million. Muscle cut exports grew at an even faster pace, up 80% from a year ago in volume (492 mt) and 88% in value ($3.04 million). A detailed summary of first quarter export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.

NCBA Blasts Overreaching, Political Special Investigator Bill Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (May 18, 2022) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) condemned the unfunded and duplicative Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, which was marked up this morning by the House Agriculture Committee. “Cattle producers strongly support effective oversight of the meatpacking sector, but the special investigator bill does nothing to accomplish that goal. Rather than focusing on adequate staffing and funding for the woefully under-resourced Packers and Stockyards Division at USDA, this hasty proposal was rushed through the legislative process without consideration of the confusing bureaucratic mess it would create. Arming USDA with unchecked subpoena and prosecutorial power while significantly undercutting the Department of Justice’s role in the process is poor practice,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.

The special investigator bill would create a new position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with immense prosecutorial and subpoena power. To comply with this legislation, USDA would be forced to divert resources from other mission-critical areas of the Agricultural Marketing Service, stealing resources from the essential programs cattle producers rely on every day. “The vote on this bill comes at a time when producers are facing record inflation, soaring input costs, labor shortages, and ongoing supply chain vulnerabilities. Congress should be working to address these pressing issues that are cutting into producers’ profitability,” said Lane. NCBA expressed their opposition to the bill in a letter to the leadership of the House Agriculture Committee.

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Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team Volunteers - What to Know The TENTATIVE 2022 MCA Beef House schedule is now available, and we need each affiliate group to take notice of date, times and number of volunteers requested. The 2022 Missouri State Fair held in Sedalia is August 11-21, and your Beef House hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the 11-day fair. The annual success of the MCA 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 • From 15 to 30 stations are available for volunteer positions

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• Direction and support of your position throughout your entire shift are provided • Opportunity to be a positive face for MCA and promote the beef industry to our customers • 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 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. Note: “Open” shifts can be filled by multiple groups of 5 if they don’t have the full 10-15 noted on the tentative schedule. Thought for the Month…”Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”

2022 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 11-21 11 Thusday

15 Monday

16 Tuesday

10:00 - 2:30

10:00 - 2:30

13 Saturday

10:00 - 2:30

Hickory........... 10 Eugene FFA..... 10

Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 5 I-35................. 15

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

Texas................ 5 CassJackson.... 10 Morgan........... 10

Gentry/Worth.. 15 Lafayette......... 20 St. Clair.......... 30 South Central.... 5

5:30 - 9:30

5:30 - 9:30

Randolph........ 10 OPENING....... 15

MJCA............. 10 Benton............ 30 Moniteau........ 15 MCW................ 5 Jamestown FFA.. 5 Andrew/ Buchanan.......... 5

10:00 - 2:30

19 Friday 10:00 - 2:30

10:00 - 2:30

14 Sunday

10:00 - 2:30

17 18 Wednesday Thursday 10:00 - 2:30

12 Friday

2:00 - 6:00

5:30 - 9:30

10:00 - 2:30

2:00 - 6:00

5:30 - 9:30

20 Saturday

21 Sunday

10:00 - 2:30

10:00 - 2:30

Eldon FFA....... 15 Lewis/Marion.... 8 Macon............ 10 OPENING....... 10 Sullivan........... 10 Windsor FFA... 10 Norborne FFA.. 10 Pettis FFA.......... 5

Lafayette......... 15 Carroll............ 10 Southwest Dallas............. 15 FCS................ 10 St. Charles........ 5 Cattlemen...... 15 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright........... 10 NEMO.............. 5

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

2:00 - 6:00

Bates............... 15 Audrain........... 10 Callaway/ OPENING....... 10 Newton/ Montgomery.. 10 McDonald..... 10 Appleton City FFA............... 15

Monroe............. 5 Boone............. 15 Polk................ 15 Pettis.............. 15 Ralls................. 5 OPENING....... 10 Franklin.......... 10 MSU................. 5 OPENING....... 15

5:30 - 9:30

5:30 - 9:30

5:30 - 9:30

5:30 - 9:30

Henry............. 15 Johnson........... 15 Harrison......... 10 Tipton FFA........ 5 Russellville OPENING....... 15 FFA................. 7

5:30 - 9:30

5:30 - 9:30

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

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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.



BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Partners with Fox’s Masterchef Junior The stakes are high, as talented young chefs bring out their aprons and return to the kitchen on the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The week of May 17th, the seven remaining junior chefs tested their culinary knowledge of different cuts of steak. In the first challenge of the night the young chefs had just 45 minutes to create an egg dish. The challenge winner earns immunity and decides the order in which the other contestants will choose a cut of steak in an Operation-style game. The winner of the steak challenge will get his or her recipe published on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and win a trip to a cattle farm. The episode is in partnership with the Beef Checkofffunded Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand and Endemol Shine North America, producers of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. “It’s so exciting to have Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. back on network television,” said Sarah Reece, Senior Executive Director, Brand Marketing, NCBA. “It’s amazing to see kids create these fantastic dishes that inspire people to cook and enjoy beef.”

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In 2019, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. and MASTERCHEF partnered for a Backyard BBQ


challenge. Season 10 contestant Sarah Faherty’s winning recipe, featuring a Tomahawk Steak, can be found on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. for another Mystery Box challenge in this week’s episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR,” said Tamaya Petteway, Senior Vice President, Brand Integrations, Partnerships & Digital, Endemol Shine North America. “Through this expanded partnership, beginning from MASTERCHEF Season 10 to now, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Eight, we were able to not only creatively integrate Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. in the episode, but offer something new to the winner and their family, an incredible prize package with a trip to a working cattle farm to experience the ‘pasture to place’ process, see firsthand how cattle are cared for, learn about the beef production process and more. How exciting for our winner and the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR brand!” Judges and mentors in Season Eight include world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and wellness advocate, author and new judge Daphne Oz. The three culinary heavyweights will determine which pint-sized home cook will be named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money.

The episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, featuring Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., aired Thursday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. About the Beef Checkoff The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

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Ashes to Ashes – Hauling Hay, Cattle and Hope By Teres Lambert for the Red Angus Magazine Reprinted with Permission from RAAA When a March 2017 wildfire burned more than 800,000 acres in Kansas and Oklahoma, rancher and trucker Bernnie Smith, Gate, Oklahoma, was among those who lost cows, calves and buildings. Smith, who is also chief of the Englewood, Kansas, volunteer fire department, said the shock of losing all you have hits pretty hard. And, while he and other ranchers were in the first 24 hours of that nightmare, the realization hit that their grass was burnt up and the cows and calves that survived wouldn’t have anything to eat. “You wonder how the heck am I going to take care of my cows and calves when there is no grass for them,” Smith said.

Dave and Stephanie Dickerson, co-owners of the Bar S Ranch in Paradise, Kansas, were devastated by the four-county fire in Dec. 2021. Thanks to the help of Ashes to Ashes, they received hay and transportation for the herd.

Smith didn’t have to wonder very long. Truckloads of hay were delivered – hay that Smith said was “really appreciated.” “Being on the receiving end of a donation – even when the items are greatly needed – isn’t always easy, however,” he said. “Most of us ranchers are pretty selfsufficient and not used to depending on anyone. But this wildfire created a whole new situation. We were in a heck of a bind.” “Knowing that we needed to accept help, we took the help – and we knew that we would return the help when others needed it.” The opportunity to pay it back came just five months later when a fire swept across the Lodgepole, Montana, area. Smith’s two sons and two neighbors sprinted into action. In a short time, a semi load and a gooseneck load of hay – and the trucks and truckers to haul it –

The four-county fire in December 2021 in Kansas left nearly 200 square miles of pasture and rangeland burnt.

had made a run to Montana. On the receiving end was a ranch that Smith had become acquainted with on Facebook. In addition to Facebook being a source for getting hay donated and truckers offering their trucks to haul the hay, a plea on Facebook brought in money to help pay the truckers for their fuel.

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This paying it back resulted in the formation of Ashes to Ashes.


While its name originates from “our ashes to your ashes,” the non-profit reaches beyond those impacted by fire. In 2019, Ashes to Ashes delivered donated hay to farmers

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and ranchers in the Verdigre, Nebraska, area that were suffering from massive flooding. While Smith is often the point of contact for Ashes to Ashes, he is quick to point out that Ashes to Ashes isn’t a one-person operation. Ashes to Ashes comprises a core group of 20 to 30 people – farmers, ranchers, rural firefighters and truckers. In addition to these individuals is what Smith calls “a really big network.” That network includes similar groups in Michigan, Arizona and Oklahoma, plus donors scattered across the United States.

“It was a blackened desert as far as you could see. All the fences were gone. No shelter belts remained. Everything was burned up,” recalled Dave Dickerson, Bar S Ranch, Paradise, Kansas. “While a majority of us in the area lost a lot of cattle, some cattle were spared – and for that we are grateful. But we were left needing a place for those cattle. We had no place to calve and nothing to feed our cattle.”

“People want to help people in a time of need, but they often don’t know how,” Smith said. “Ashes to Ashes shows them a way to help, and they help.”

A cattle friend who heard about the Dickerson’s situation advised him to reach out immediately to Smith.

Smith told of a rancher who donated a lot of hay to the cause. When a driver picked up the first load of hay and thanked the rancher for his donation, the rancher informed the driver that his hay wasn’t a donation. Instead, he referred to his offering of hay as “an investment in our future.”

“Bernnie was more than a guy who could make hay deliveries happen,” Dickerson said. “In fact, during our initial call, the two of us didn’t even talk about hay. Bernnie just knew that those of us in the area would need hay. That was a given.

“All of us associated with Ashes to Ashes think about what that guy said,” Smith elaborated. “Each donation is indeed an investment in agriculture and the future of the farmers and ranchers who are impacted by a devastating loss.”

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More Than Hay Only ashes and dirt remained after an unrelenting windstorm sparked widespread, destructive wildfires in central and western Kansas on Dec. 15, 2021. The


four-county fire burned more than 190 square miles, consuming hundreds of cattle and leaving rolling grassland hills charred black. Fields not blackened were covered with wind-blown soot.

“Bernnie’s and my conversation was a tough love deal, with Bernnie laying out the chaos that needed to follow a wildfire. He gave us permission to feel our feelings and urged us to take care of ourselves during the ugliness. He also heard our need to get wheels under the remaining cows. We didn’t know where we needed to move the cows or how they were going to get there, but they needed moved.” In addition to providing Kansas ranchers with hay, Ashes to Ashes began trucking Dickerson’s cattle just three days post-fire. Five days later all of Bar S Ranch’s

Bernnie Smith and his son, Levi, along with a group of gracious volunteers, lead relief efforts for farmers and ranchers in their time of need after natural disasters.

females and steers had been trucked to new locations. Dickerson doesn’t know how Ashes to Ashes made that happen so quickly, but it did. “Ashes to Ashes people worked for us for about a week,” Dickerson said. “And this was in addition to hauling a pile of hay to the area and helping others as well. “They never charged a dime for the hay, the hauling of cattle.” About two weeks after the fire, Levi Smith, Bernnie’s son, visited Dickerson. Smith gave out hugs, words of encouragement and pointed out the progress made.

Ashes to Ashes has delivered needed hay and supplies to farmers and ranchers from across the nation using donations from people in Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and beyond.

When Ashes to Ashes took root, organizer Smith said the small band of farmers and ranchers had no idea that, in five short years, more than 6,900 people would follow the efforts on Facebook and heed the call in a time of need for hay, trucks, labor and money to pay for trucking fuel. He only knew that 100% of funds raised would go directly to serving those in need.

“We hadn’t trucked cattle before the Kansas fire. But, in addition to needing hay, trucking was what was needed, so we did it,” Smith said. “Once you’ve been through a fire, you look at life differently.

While Smith said the group was focused on providing hay, it wasn’t averse to addressing other needs, such as hauling cattle.

“The group is doing more than just about providing hay and hauling cattle. It’s a listening ear and being there for each other. I guess you could say that Ashes to Ashes is about hauling loads of hope and investing in our fellow farmers and ranchers.”

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Profitability Isn’t Random By Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA Director of Communications and Editor Any cow-calf producer will attest that the cow is the bedrock of the business. It’s right there in the word: cowherd. Individual cows may have a limited impact on the profitability of a herd, however collectively, when the cowherd is more productive, producers are more profitable. In a time where margins are tight and input costs are constantly rising, it’s important for every female to contribute positively to the herd. Females that don’t breed back or require extra management due to dystocia or other health challenges are ultimately wasting resources that could be utilized by other more efficient and productive females. Heifers play a significant role in the profitability of an operation and much hangs on their ability to get pregnant, wean a calf and breed back quickly in order to stay in the herd.

Red Choice embraces proven reproductive and genetic management practices which, in turn, lead to highquality, long-lasting females that are ready to hit the ground running in commercial herds. Much of the rationale for Red Choice is based upon the success of heifer development programs like the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program from the University of Missouri. Nolan Woodruff, RAAA commercial marketing specialist, explained the necessity for Red Choice.

“We reap what we sow as managers, and profitability isn’t random,”

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Dr. Jordan Thomas, Assistant Professor and State CowCalf Specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri, attests that successful heifer development and retention isn’t just “luck of the draw.” “If we can get heifers to stay in the herd and be great cows, that’s not luck. It’s management and genetics. The cost associated with cows falling out of the herd and not breeding back is second only to feed costs,” said Thomas. “We reap what we sow as managers, and profitability isn’t random,” he added. Recognizing the importance of profitability to the sustainability of a cowherd, and to continue providing support and marketing avenues to commercial cattle producers, RAAA developed and launched the Red Choice program to promote improved heifer development, increase marketing opportunities for Red Angus females and create reliable sources of high-quality replacement heifers for cattle producers.


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“Red Choice sets a standard for breeding, using advanced technology, sire selection and documentation of individual breeding. It was created to allow those producing females to be more profitable and for those who are buying Red Choice heifers to be confident that those females have been managed properly and have a higher retention rate, thus making the buyer more profitable,” he said. “The University of Missouri has proven that females that are raised using these management practices and bred using the required criteria are more valuable producers,” added Woodruff. To be included in the program and eligible for the Red Choice designation, heifers must meet the following minimum requirements: • Vaccinations at calfhood, weaning and prebreeding for common diseases including, but not limited to; Bangs, IBR, BVD, PI 3, BRSV, leptospirosis (5-way) and 7-way clostridia • Prebreeding examination and a minimum pelvic area of 150 cm2 • AI and bull exposure dates must be provided, as well as method of estrus synchronization (if applicable) • Pregnancy exam within 90 days of the start of breeding season Additionally, as one of the program’s main pillars is to significantly reduce dystocia problems, genetic requirements are implemented as well. Eligible sires must have a known ID, be registered with the RAAA, be Category 1A, 1B or II and have complete EPD Continued on page 36

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information. All sires, AI or natural service, must be a minimum of 14 for CED and have GE-EPDS. Noticeably, the vaccination schedule and numerous exams lend themselves to multiple appointments with producer’s veterinarians, which in turn should improve the veterinarian-client-patient relationship. And while the increased touchpoints may seem burdensome at first, there is little argument to be made against the positive impacts the Red Choice management process has on the value of program heifers, both to the profitability and the sustainability of the cowherd. “Our brain tends to think of the word ‘technology’ as estrus synchronization products, long acting dewormers or the newest feed additive. However, those tools are just one kind of technology. Technology is really just knowledge applied. Management systems themselves are also a form of technology,” said Thomas. “Data collection, prebreeding evaluations, pregnancy diagnosis – those technologies of good management practices — they create the context that allows us to really capture value produced from using other tools. Looking for a tangible benefit to the increased management protocols? Thomas attests the extra touchpoints are well-worth the added investment in both materials and time.

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“Heifers that are enrolled in Show-Me-Select routinely bring a couple hundred more per head compared to other heifers that are comparable in age, size, etc. at a sale barn,” he said.


Thomas likens it to feeder calves that are profitable for being weaned, vaccinated and bunk broke. There is tremendous value to be gained by capturing and sharing information. “Buyers appreciate quality but also really appreciate information. These are high information and highquality heifers and buyers are willing to pay for it.” Woodruff shared his excitement about the program and the potential it has to aid commercial producers with their herd improvement goals. “The need for Red Choice is simple: documented longterm fertility. When you have more data to make an informed decision, it makes the decision easier. “By utilizing the Red Choice management practices in the development and breeding of heifers, both buyers and sellers can be extremely confident in the reproduction efficiency of heifers enrolled in the Red Choice program,” said Woodruff. “This efficiency results in cows staying productive in the herd longer and in turn being more productive and profitable for producers.” Woodruff encouraged producers who are wary about starting out in the program to contact members of the Red Angus commercial marketing team. “We are here to answer any questions about the program. This program is available for use by anyone who is breeding heifers to help make them even more valuable than they already are and we are happy to answer any questions about the program.”

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Lafayette County Cattlemen The Lafayette County Cattlemen Board of Directors met April 13 at the Lafayette County Extension Office. President Don Schlesselman called the meeting to order and minutes were approved as presented. Darrell Neuner shared the Treasurer’s report for Sherie Neuner. The winter meeting, educational meetings and Cowboys at the Capitol were reviewed as old business. Hannah Copenhaver reported on the results from the scholarship committee, with three applicants receiving scholarships. Activities were discussed for May is Beef Month. Trinity Lutheran School at Alma would again be hosting Ag Day on Monday, May 9. The group agreed to participate and discussed what to have at the booth. The group sampled the LCCA branded beef sticks from Stoney’s in Perryville that will be used at the race event Saturday, May 14, at I-70 Speedway. New shirts were ordered with the LCCA logo on front and “Beef. It’s Whats for Dinner.” on the back.

Lafayette County Cattlemen Board of Directors met to plan upcoming events.

The balance of the meeting was spent discussing upcoming summer events, including the Cattlemen’s Steak Fry, sponsorship of the Youth BBQ for the Expo on Friday night and Lafayette County 4-H Fair sponsorships, including the Super Farmer contest.

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The summer meeting was planned for Thursday, July 21, in Higginsville, and Marsha Corbin reviewed plans for the summer bus trip July 24-27 to Minnesota. LCCA Beef House volunteer dates at the State Fair will be August 13 and August 18. Members can help out any day during the fair that works for them.


Ag Day at Trinity School in Alma was held Monday, May 9. David Lueck, Don Schlesselman, Barbara Copenhaver, and Sherie Neuner represented LCCA with a booth and visited with over 200 students and teachers from St. Paul’s at Concordia, Immanuel at Higginsville and Trinity. Samples of beef sticks were served and color and activity sheets were distributed, as well as Beef O’Keefe workbooks from MBIC.

Beef was a topic for fun at Ag Day with Lafayette County Cattlemen.

Monroe and Shelby County Cattlemen Local producers and industry supporters from across a two-county area came together in Madison, Missouri, on Saturday, March 26 for the 1st Annual MonroeShelby County Cattlemen’s Youth Engagement & Fun Night to raise funds to support area youth through scholarships and educational events. Attendees enjoyed a night of great food prepared by the Madison Community Betterment committee, mouse races, card raffles and a very eventful and entertaining live auction. According to Sally Thomas, event chairman, “Area businesses, farm families, and other local supporters were extremely generous in their efforts to raise more than $20,000 that will directly benefit youth and young producers in Monroe and Shelby counties.” Marshall Gingrich, Shelby County board member and scholarship chairperson, indicated that the MCA affiliate will begin awarding more scholarship funds in 2022, based on the financial return from the event. “Our scholarship application deadline will be extended until June 1, and open to high school seniors through college juniors.” Starting with the 2022-23 school year, students residing in Monroe or Shelby County may apply for a scholarship on a reoccurring basis each of the four available years. Preference will be given to students studying agriculture or food production or attending a technical or trade school, but other areas of study will be considered. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Awards will be made to students demonstrating leadership potential through co- and extra-curricular activities and work experience. Recipients will be required to provide proof of college/post-secondary school enrollment prior to December 1, with checks being issued directly to the student. Applications will be available in the coming weeks through high school counselors, ag education instructors or can be found on the Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen’s Facebook page. The final award amount per student and number of scholarships granted will be determined based on the quantity and quality of applications received. thus the board of directors would love to see each of the 400 producers in the two-county area join forces of membership over the course of the next year,” said Thomas. Membership forms can be found by visiting www.mocattle.org The 2nd Annual Youth Engagement & Scholarship Fun Night is scheduled for March 11, 2023, at the Father Buhmann Center in Shelbina, Missouri.

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“Being a grassroots member driven organization, it is very important that producers in Monroe and Shelby Counties capitalize on the opportunity to support our MCA affiliate and, in turn, support the state organization,” said Vice President of Membership Russ Thomas. “Through events such as our Youth Engagement Scholarship Fun Night, we have the ability to help young people strengthen our organization and our local community. There are no local dues, only state dues, which includes membership in both organizations,


Lincoln/Pike County Cattlemen It was sunny with beautiful weather in Millwood, Missouri, as the Lincoln/Pike County affiliate of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association held its annual Scholarship Banquet and Auction at the local Knights of Columbus on March 26, 2022. Tickets for this event continue to sell out each year within a matter of days. Several Cattlemen members donated their time earlier in the day preparing the ribeyes and baked potatoes for the evening’s self-prepared dinner. Many members and their spouses contributed numerous, delicious pies and cakes for dessert. Doors opened at 5 p.m., when patrons filled the hall quickly and browsed through various silent auction items and enjoyed a nice social hour. The 50/50 tickets were a hot commodity, and a rifle drawing sold several tickets, too. The 50/50 raffle winner was Aaron Molburg, who graciously donated it back. Lemmie Wells won the drawing for a Henry rifle. After President Chris Schieffer’s introduction and member Howard Schieffer’s invocation, dinner was served at 6 p.m., including a delicious ribeye steak dinner and dessert. Scholarship recipients were on hand to help serve the meal and interact with the public.

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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 $28,000 amongst 24 students! Those students were (in no particular order) Christian Henke, Nick Stone, Emma Craig, Anthony Grote, Callie Bailey, Kyle Daniel, Kendall Smith, Kadin McDonald, Brystal Jones, Ben Byrd, Konnor Calvin, Dillon Heitman Daniel Harvey, Evan Lagemann, Hayley Hunsel, Deacon Mitchell, Allison Schneider, Avery Hall, Sydney Burkemper, Olivia Brune, Alexis Koelling, William Hunter, Chloe Momphard and Lexi Plackemeier. Past President Taylor Braungardt noted that, since the first banquet in 2013, over $215,000 has been donated for scholarships – a proud accomplishment for the bi-county representation.


The live auction followed, with stellar items and extreme generosity from Cattlemen supporters! Usual big-ticket items were sold, including a shotgun, calf warmer, a cooler of assorted meats, seed beans and seed corn, beef processing, a poker table with chairs, feed troughs, and a reserved table at next year’s banquet. The reserved table was the top selling item to Sydenstricker Nobbe John Deere in Moscow Mills for over $3,000. Once concluded, the dance floor opened and good times were had by all. The Sacred Heart Stones band kept everyone entertained into the late hours of the night and

completed another successful fundraiser for the Lincoln/ Pike County Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s May meeting for the summer was jam-packed. The Greenfield FFA Chapter did a “Thank You” presentation in front of 101 individuals in attendance for the $2,500 FFA Improvement Grant they were awarded last year during the meal that was catered by Prime Cuts out of Monett, Missouri. Ben Fizette, Greenfield FFA advisor, introduced the three FFA officers he brought. Alan Ritchie and Ellee Loonsfoot talked about what is happening in shop class, the greenhouse and the stops the FFA members made during National FFA Convention that they travelled to with the Ash Grove FFA. Megan Lundy spoke about the MCA Junior Leadership Conference the Association sponsored for her to attend. Ben explained that the Improvement Grant was used to purchase new cutting torches, cutting goggles and welding helmets. Greenfield FFA Chapter was a good way to lead into an informative presentation on the Beginning Farmer programs FCS Financial has to offer. FCS Financial was represented by Vice President of Commercial and Ag Business Jay Sloniker, Vice President of the Traditional and Part-Time Farm Segment Beth Luebbering, and Assistant Vice President of Crop Insurance Hailey Rook. Jay and Beth went over the different types of Beginning Farmer loans, as well as what an individual will need to get a loan started. Hailey went over the Risk Management on the insurance side. Crop insurance; Livestock Risk Protection; and Pasture, Range, and Forage Protection are three of the insurance products producers can take advantage of through FCS Financial.

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Tammy Bartholomew, Executive Director of the Show Me Youth Agriculture Academy based in Lamar, Missouri, followed FCS Financial’s presentation. Tammy explained to the group how the Show Me Youth Agriculture Academy got started, what they are working on currently and what their future plans look like. She said the Show Me Youth Agriculture Academy is a non-profit 501(c)3. The Show Me Youth Agriculture Academy owns 169 acres and currently has 12 students on the farm. The students have a unique opportunity to learn about beef production, economics, sales and marketing, and all skills necessary to run a complete beef agribusiness.


Next on the meeting agenda was the five Young Producers Panel. The young producers talked about how they got started, the challenges they face, and the resources and technology they use to improve their operations. The majority of the young producers on the panel worked off the farm. The panel said they farm for their family and that they get their resources through

meetings, other farmers, University Extension, and “YouTube University.” The challenges they face are the rising input costs and diversifying to offset some of the costs. The husband and wife panel members said they work pretty well together. President Scynthia Schnake let the members know the Grill Team grilled steaks for Eldon Cole’s retirement/ memorial reception. She explained that the Southwest Board of Directors has decided to set up the Eldon Cole Endowment Scholarship through MCA. The Gallagher Load Bars and Scales are going to be auctioned off at the November Show-Me-Select Heifer sale and the funds raised will go into the Eldon Cole Endowment Scholarship. Scynthia informed members that the Lawrence County Farm Bureau and Lawrence County Extension Council will match what the Association contributes to establish a memorial for Eldon Cole University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist Patrick Davis gave an Extension update. The members were informed that the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sale will start at 7 p.m. on May 20 with approximately 250 head at Joplin Regional Stockyards. Patrick reminded members of a Grazing School on May 31 and June 1-2 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center. The cost for the Grazing school was going to be $175 a person.

St. Clair County Cattlemen To kick off May is Beef Month, St. Clair County Cattlemen set up on Friday, May 13, at Lakeland Food for America where Gwenny Nance and Carol Johnston spoke to the students from preschool throuh sixth grade about the importance of beef and by-products of beef. St. Clair County Cattlemen also handed out beef sticks and goodie bags to all the students and cookbooks to the teachers. Thank you to Lakeland FFA for having us be a part of your day! On Saturday, May 14, the Cattlemen cooked hamburgers for the Prairie Day Event at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie just outside of El Dorado Springs. Thank you to the Missouri Department of Conservation for asking us to be a part of Prairie Days!

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St. Clair County Cattlemen will hold their next monthly meeting on June 14 at the Lakeland Schools

Gwenny Nance Serving at Prairie Days.

with Lakeland FFA serving the meal and Wade Wood, Farmers Business Network, as the sponsor and speaker.

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Johnson County Cattlemen The Johnson County Cattlemen met in March at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Jeff Schoen with Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored the dinner. Afterwards, he gave a presentation on LongRange injectable dewormer and the benefits it provides to cattle producers. He provided studies that show the pounds gained well outweigh the cost. Upon conclusion, the monthly meeting was called to order. It was approved that Johnson County would provide up to five scholarships to 2022 graduating seniors. Applications would be distributed to all area schools. The April meeting was held at Kingsville Livestock Auction. Wade Wood with Farmers Business Network sponsored the meal. He presented on why FBN was formed and its mission to put farmers first. FBN allows farmers to purchase seed, crop protection, animal health and animal nutrition products directly from an app, saving them time and money. Afterwards, President Mike Moon called the meeting to order. An update on the scholarship program and upcoming cooks were given.

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On April 29, the Johnson County Cattlemen donated hamburgers and cooked for Hope Outdoors, a local outreach program that ministers to children with special needs and medical illnesses. Everyone really enjoyed the cook and said it was a fantastic experience.


Dallas County Cattlemen It’s often been said that a good cattle dog is worth its weight in gold and can do the work of many men. Members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association were treated to a working demonstration with live cattle at the group’s monthly meeting held May 10 at member Jake Hostetler’s arena south of Buffalo. The 200 in attendance saw professional dog trainer Lyle East of Clinton show off the cattle working skills of his two Border Collie dogs, Cash and Doc. East mentioned that he has had Border Collie dogs for 37 years. East uses both his voice and a whistle to give commands to his dogs. Each tone means something different. East has four basic commands. When training a dog to work he said that for the first several weeks a dog will move off his body language. Then he starts adding words. The average time to train his dogs is around 120 days. East likes calves to come to a dog when he first works them. He especially likes a dog that comes forward. When asked if he uses more than one dog at a time, East said that he had worked a group of cattle earlier in the day and had used four dogs with them. The group of cattle Cash and Doc worked had never seen dogs before and remained very calm as the two dogs took turns herding them into corners and into a smaller area. If one would break away from the group the dog would quickly show off his excellent skill of getting him back with the others. We would like to thank Jake Hostetler for hosting everyone at his wonderful facility and for supplying the calves for the event. Earlier in the evening, attendees

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enjoyed an old-fashioned pancake dinner complete with biscuits and gravy as well as an abundance of fruit trays. The meal was provided by the association. DCCA was proud to present two awards at the Buffalo FFA banquet recently. Congratulations to members Paige Henderson and Caleb Spencer on winning the beef proficiency awards. Since May is Beef Month, we have once again worked with the Buffalo Reflex newspaper to feature articles about the beef industry. In addition to a weekly article, a favorite beef recipe from a DCCA member has been included. We will not be holding monthly meetings during the summer, but we will be busy cooking and helping at different events.

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SEMO Cattlemen’s Association The Southeast Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Farm Day was held on April 27, 2022. Over 800 third graders and their teachers from 18 area schools came to Flickerwood Arena in Fruitland, Missouri, to learn about agriculture. Ten stations were set up with presenters giving 10 minutes of information at each one, including questions and answers. Students rotated through the stations of pork, beef, poultry, corn, dairy, soil conservation, bees, soybeans, agri-tourism and forestry. They were also able to sample food products. goodie bags containing information and a beef stick were sent home with each child.

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Boone County Cattlemen A successful field day was held at Buckman Farms, LLC, in Hallsville, promoting May is Beef Month. The fourth and fifth grade Southern Boone County School classes attended with 168 students and 35 teachers/support folks. They all enjoyed a tasty, special patty burger handmade by Janice Schuerman and cooked by Russell Martin and Sam Boyce. The educational stations were conducted by MU Large Animal Vets. Kenneth Ladyman talked to them about cattle feed, George Lubbering with Tender Tasty Beef, LLC, explained the cuts and location. George also donated beef sticks to all the students. Phillip Brooks with Henderson Implement educated them on machinery, Connie Leopard (candidate for Boone County Commissioner) oversaw the pet and calf name contest (it’s always popular!), and Sydney Thummel and the Missouri Cattlemen’s staff assisted by informing the students of all the by-products that come from beef. It was a warm, bright day, and we all worked together to feed 200 people in 45 minutes thanks to all the great help! The kids left knowing what’s for dinner. BEEF!

Barton County Cattlemen The Barton County Cattlemen met on a May Tuesday at the Thiebaud Auditorium. Prayer was given by President Brett Faubion and a great brisket meal prepared by Scott Nolte. The meal was sponsored by Seed and Farm, MFA, and Red Neck Welding and Fabrication (formally Van de Mark’s, same location). The evening was planned around a very successful silent auction and Lamar FFA labor auction. The proceeds from the silent auction and half of the labor auction will be used for next year’s BCC scholarship fund. The scholarships are awarded to those pursuing agriculturerelated degrees. This year, they were awarded to Breanna Wass and Mason Brown. Tammy Bartholomew gave an update on the Show Me Youth Agriculture Academy. The first school year of operation is drawing to a close, and Ms. Bartholomew is pleased with the hands-on experience the students have received in all phases of beef production “from conception to chef.” Students have been involved with management decisions, such as various methods for herd improvement consisting of natural breeding, A.I. and embryo transfer, nutrition, animal health, and forage management.

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A full article concerning the Show Me Youth Ag Academy can be found in this month’s Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine.


Missouri Farm Income to Set New Records in 2022 Source: University of Missouri Extension News COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri farm income appears on pace for another record year, according to John Kruse, associate research and extension professor in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. “It’s not often when there are back-to-back record years for Missouri farm income, but the data suggests 2021 set a new record for Missouri farm income at $4.27 billion, and 2022 appears to be close behind at $4.19 billion,” Kruse said. “The last time Missouri farmers saw income levels this strong was in 2013 and ’14. Comparable real net farm income levels (2022 dollars) were $4.02 billion and $4.09 billion in 2013 and 2014, respectively.” USDA won’t release official 2021 Missouri net farm income estimates until November.

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Kruse presented his report on the 2022 Missouri farm income outlook at the recent Abner Womack Missouri Agriculture Outlook Conference, hosted by MU’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.


Commodity prices – which have gradually increased as global supplies have gotten tighter – are driving the income growth, he said. Last year’s drought in Canada reduced canola production 35%, and dry conditions continue to linger in south-central Canada. Southern Brazil and Argentina experienced a second year of La Niña-induced drought, significantly reducing their current soybean crops. Dry conditions in Europe are raising concerns for the coming growing season. In the U.S., 30% of the wheat crop is reported to be in good to excellent condition, compared with 53% this time last year. Drought conditions persist across much of the southwestern U.S., including areas supporting cattle grazing. In addition, the Russia-Ukraine war is likely to reduce exportable crop production from Ukraine in the current marketing year 2021-22 as well as for the next marketing year 2022-23 and possibly beyond, mostly affecting wheat, corn and sunflower products, Kruse said. Sanctions on Russia are expected to affect fertilizer supplies and energy prices, and prices will likely remain high for these inputs for the next few years.

Global corn, wheat and oilseed stocks remain tight, with rice the only large food commodity with stocks above the 30-year average. Commodity prices are likely to remain volatile, reacting strongly to new developments. Missouri farmers are also experiencing wider basis levels, which suggests prices at the Board of Trade are not necessarily reflected well in local prices, Kruse said. He advises producers to use risk management tools for pricing and production. While higher commodity prices are expanding crop revenues, they also mean higher feed costs for livestock producers. Missouri beef cow numbers dropped 6.3% from January 2021 to January 2022. Missouri breeding hog inventories dropped 2.3% in year-over-year estimates on Dec. 1, 2021, after falling 10.2% in the previous year. Although 2021 livestock receipts are estimated to be up $1.3 billion, that increase is more than halfway offset by rising feed and feeder livestock costs. Projections in January 2022 suggested that margins could get tighter, but livestock prices in the first quarter of 2022 have been higher than were anticipated in January and will help bolster livestock receipts in 2022. As farmers look to the 2022 growing season, there is reason for continued optimism, Kruse said. “The strength in farm income occurs even as ad hoc government payments are significantly reduced from 2020 levels,” he said. “Stronger commodity prices may add to crop and livestock cash receipts, but there will likely be some offset from higher production expenses, especially feed, fertilizer, fuel, labor, interest, etc.” Kruse suggests farmers pay close attention to new opportunities offered under USDA’s Climate-Smart Commodities program that could generate new revenue streams through nontraditional sources. Kruse is part of the Agriculture and Environment Program, a partnership of MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “2022 Missouri Farm Income Outlook” is available for download at umurl.us/MoFarmIncome2022. JUNE 2022 49

Breeding by Protocol: 7&7 Synch Source: University of Missouri Extension News COLUMBIA, Mo. – As breeding seasons for seasonal pasture-based dairy herds and beef cows approach, it might be time to consider if a new estrus synchronization protocol developed by the University of Missouri could benefit your operation. Getting cows pregnant in beef herds and seasonal grazing dairies is critical for these operations, said MU Extension dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton and Scott Poock, MU associate extension professor of veterinary medicine. Jordan Thomas, assistant extension professor of animal sciences, developed a protocol for synchronization of estrus among postpartum cows in 2018. Over the past two years, the protocol, called 7&7 Synch, has been effective in trials in both grazing and confinement systems, said Hamilton and Poock.

Notably, the protocol has been used on the grazing herd at Mizzou’s Foremost Dairy for the past two years with greater than 70% first-service conception rates. Trials among other herds have also shown success, though results vary due to different lengths of calving windows in previous years, said Hamilton. “The 7&7 Synch protocol has the potential to be more effective than the commonly used Pre-Synch Ovsynch protocol in increasing first-service conception rates among mature cows,” said Hamilton. “The rate of mature cows that became pregnant after first service was more than 40% higher when using the 7&7 Synch protocol than the Pre-Synch Ovsynch.” The 7&7 Synch protocol involves only three interventions while the PreSynch Ovsynch protocol requires six, so it saves time catching the cows, said Hamilton. However, 7&7 Synch requires the use of a CIDR, while PreSynch Ovsynch does not. Hamilton and Poock stress the importance of conducting more trials to confirm its success.

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2022 Missouri Grazing Schools Teach Cost-saving Practices Source: University of Missouri Extension News COLUMBIA, Mo. – Producers can ease the burden of rising fertilizer prices by making good use of “free fertilizer” on pastures through management-intensive grazing. “When cattle rotate through small paddocks, they distribute their manure. This manure is ‘free fertilizer,’” said John Lory, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist. “Cattle can cover a field with free fertilizer in three years when they rotate through paddocks. In standard grazing, it takes 27 years to cover a field.” Management-intensive grazing has many other benefits, both economic and environmental. In cooperation with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, MU is holding three-day grazing schools at locations across the state from now through early October. “The schools teach the basics of soil science, forage growth, animal nutrition and economics,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage crops researcher. They also teach the practical things, such as pasture layout, fencing and watering, and how to put it all together in a grazing system.”

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animal performance and more performance per acre.” Additional net returns for cattle producers ranged from $40 to $60 per acre. Find a grazing school near you at bit.ly/MoGrazingSchools2022.

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“The impact from the practices taught at the grazing schools is $125 million in new money to the state economy each year,” said Roberts. That’s based on a 2018 economic analysis by MU Extension’s Joe Horner, Ryan Milhollin and Hannah McClure. “The increased profit for the state’s beef industry comes from improved



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U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Launches Industry Sustainability Goals Source: USRSB DENVER — The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has announced new sustainability goals for the entire U.S. beef supply chain. The goals, available at USRSB.org, include metrics and targets for all sectors of the industry to encourage and support continuous improvement from farm to fork. These goals and targets aim to identify and supplement sustainability practices and support the collection of benchmarking data for current industry sustainability efforts. They also set new objectives to help producers and the industry bring the most sustainable beef products to market. “Producers, auction markets, feedyards, packers and processors, and retail and foodservice organizations have worked within their own sectors for decades to make U.S. beef a more sustainable product,” said Colorado cow-calf producer Steve Wooten, who is the

2021/2022 USRSB chair and USRSB goals committee co-chair. “As an industry, it’s time to not only recognize that hard work, but also establish new ways stakeholders across the supply chain can work together to contribute to the overall sustainability of U.S. beef.” The goals are set around USRSB’s six high-priority indicators of sustainability: water resources, land resources, air and greenhouse gas emission, efficiency and yield, animal health and wellbeing, and employee safety and wellbeing. These key indicators build upon the primary pillars of sustainability — environmental, social and economic — helping to ensure true sustainability at each stage of the beef supply chain. “The goals and their corresponding sector targets provide a sound foundation on which each segment of the beef supply chain can continue to build their unique sustainability efforts,” said Sara Place, Ph.D., USRSB goals committee co-chair and chief sustainability officer for Elanco. “To help ensure stakeholders have everything they need to succeed, USRSB will continue to add to our suite of science-based tools and resources which will enable all segments of the industry to continue advancing their sustainability efforts with confidence.” To help the industry work towards achieving these goals, USRSB will continue to create and build upon their existing free tools and resources. Current resources include sustainability modules and resource toolkits for producers, auction markets, feedyards, packers and processors, and retail and foodservice organizations as well as a sustainability self-assessment tool. These resources can be found at USRSB.org/Resources. The newly announced goals and targets, including supporting documentation, can be found at USRSB.org/ Goals.

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The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the U.S. beef value chain. The USRSB achieves this through leadership, innovation, multistakeholder engagement and collaboration. For more information please visit the USRSB website at www. usrsb.org or email usrsb@beef.org.


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Scholarships Available for Rural Nurses Source: FCS JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 12, 2022 - Agriculture is a diverse industry usually located in remote areas. The risks and occupational exposures associated with farming and ranching are often not familiar to healthcare workers serving rural communities. Nurses are the frontline of rural community healthcare and FCS Financial is teaming up with Farm Credit Southeast Missouri to support them by offering 20 scholarships to the Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program. “As a new nurse, I feel like it’s valuable to get as much education as possible, and ag-related healthcare issues are near and dear to my heart,” 2021 scholarship recipient Renee Fordyce said. “This program has prepared me to serve Missouri farmers as a nurse.”

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The Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program was developed to help rural nurses be better prepared to prevent, identify and treat diseases and conditions that commonly impact farmers and ranchers. The program covers a range of topics from zoonotic diseases, chemical exposure, sleep deprivation and hearing conservation to respiratory


health, skin disorders personal protective equipment and mental health. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate agricultural health into a medical practice. The virtual, on-demand program consists of 20 hours of lectures, interactive question and answer sessions and group discussions. FCS Financial is proud to partner with the Farm Credit Southeast Missouri to offer these 20 scholarships to rural Missouri nurses who serve the state’s farmers and ranchers. Nurses are asked to pay a $100 deposit that will be reimbursed upon completion of the program. The program must be successfully completed by March 15, 2023, to be eligible for reimbursement and CNE credits. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Agrisafe Network. Anyone interested in applying for this program should visit https://learning.agrisafe.org/nurse-scholarprogram-fees to learn more. FCS Financial serves 102 counties through 21 branch offices in Missouri and is a member of the Farm Credit System. The system is a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusinesses. With more than 100 years of agricultural lending experience, the Farm Credit System is the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States.

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Show Me Youth Ag Academy Source: Tammy Bartholomew Show Me Youth Ag Academy was founded in August of 2021 and operates through a 501(c)3 foundation IN E cA A D ri to provide extended learning opportunities in Mbeef e m production, financial management, sales and Amarketing. Students are engaged in the experiences of running an actual beef enterprise that includes a cow/calf operation on a 169 acre farm owned by the Academy. Furthermore, academy students are involved in the procurement of young Akaushi sired cattle which are all vaccinated and weighed by the students and placed in a leased 400 head grower to finisher feedlot. si



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Students develop the skills and experience the challenges involved in running a complete beef “conception to chef” agribusiness operation that ranges from enterprise budgeting to marketing decisions. Students collaborate with professionals in the industry in product sales, promotion and advertising. Beef management decisions from reproduction, nutrition, animal health to forage management are experienced by program participants.

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Kylie Patterson Shifts Roles at BioZyme® Inc. Source: BioZyme (SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., May 17, 2022) Kylie Patterson, Columbia, Missouri, has been named the Marketing Brand Manager – Show Livestock for BioZyme® Inc. She comes to this role after having started with the company as the Missouri Area Sales Manager. As the Marketing Brand Manager – Show Livestock – Patterson will promote the Sure Champ® brand across all show species, continue to create ways to educate young people about livestock and help them #PreptoWin, both in the show ring and in life through leadership focused outreach efforts. She will manage the Sure Champ presence at national shows, work to build brand awareness and coordinate outreach efforts like the summer internship program.

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“Sure Champ is about prepping to win in the show ring AND life. The life part is very important to BioZyme, and there is literally no one better than Kylie to carry that vision to the next level,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme President and Interim Director of Marketing & Regulatory. Patterson’s livestock experiences make her an ideal fit for her new role. She grew up near San Antonio, Texas, raising and showing Brahman cattle and showing steers. She attended both Blinn College and Oklahoma State University, where she won high individual in both the junior and senior college national livestock judging contests at the North American. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State and assisted with a successful livestock judging program at Texas A&M while working toward her master’s. “I am so excited for the opportunity to work with young people and help them reach their potential while promoting the Sure Champ line of products for their livestock,” Patterson said. Look for Patterson and other BioZyme staff including the Sure Champ Summer interns at shows this summer. To learn more about Sure Champ, visit: www. surechamp.com.


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Patience It is often said that patience is a virtue. Patience is the ability to wait for an outcome or result without getting upset or angry. My mother often encouraged me to practice patience as it would make me a better person. I failed her in every way on that front. Cooper isn’t exactly a “wait and see” kind of guy either. He can drive people crazy when he wants movement on an idea or issue. Throw our fearless leader Mike Deering into the mix, and then you have a real trifecta of urgency and expectation. We know that sometimes you get a lesson in patience, whether you want one or not. After two years of waiting, we finally are excited to report some encouraging legislative outcomes from the 2022 session.

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State Appropriations Within Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget, $180,000 was appropriated for the large animal veterinary student loan program; $10 million was dedicated to agriculture innovation, of which $2 million will go to the National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics for


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beef cattle; and $2 million was itemized to help build infrastructure at the St. Louis airport to aid exporting more cattle. There are so many people to thank for helping ensure these items remained in the budget throughout the legislative process. Frankly, there are too many to name. We must mention Senate Appropriations Committee Vice-Chairman Lincoln Hough for his steadfast support of agriculture, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce for its leadership on airport development and additional funding for agriculture exports, and FAPRI’s Scott Brown for educating us on genomics work being conducted and its importance to MCA. Agriculture Economic Opportunities After two years of negotiating, Representative Don Rone, Senator Jason Bean, and Senator Bean’s Chief of Staff Ryan Gill delivered HB 1720 to Governor Parson. The bill includes reauthorization of several programs that benefit agriculture and our communities.

It extends authorization of the Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit for the expansion or modernization of meat processing facilities through December 31, 2024. It specifies that sales of certain farm machinery and equipment, including utility vehicles, used for any agricultural purpose, are exempt from sales tax. It reauthorizes the Agricultural Product Utilization Contributor Tax Credit and the New Generation Cooperative Incentive Tax Credit to December 31, 2024. It also updates the Family Farm Livestock Loan Program to allow more participants to utilize it. Eminent Domain Progress on eminent domain is bittersweet. After significant setbacks, eminent domain reform has begun. While HB 2005 did not include everything we wanted, it did create more certainty for those impacted by eminent domain in the future. Among its many provisions, the bill specifies that landowners will be compensated 150% of fair market value and requires courts, when appointing disinterested commissioners, to include at least one farmer who has been farming in the county for at least 10 years. We fully understand that these modifications do not relieve those impacted by the Invenergy transmission line. For that, we are terribly sorry. Unfortunately, in Jefferson City we must play a game of viability and not merit. The bill passed was the best version possible. These private property protections would not have been possible without the unwavering support of Representative Mike Haffner, Senator Jason Bean and Senator Bean’s Chief of Staff Ryan Gill. This fight was rough, and we cannot thank them enough for never losing sight of those for which they (and MCA) were fighting.

Rosalie J. Smith Rosalie J. Smith, 91, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center. She was born March 13, 1931, in Smithton, Missouri, a daughter of the late Steve and Ruby Anderson Miller. On December 26, 1954, she was married to the love of her life, Thomas J. Smith, at the Morton Church in rural Ray County, Missouri. Thomas preceded her in death on March 9, 2017. Rosalie was raised and educated in Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School. She graduated from CMSU and began teaching at Northwest High School in Hughesville. Tom and Rosalie lived at his family farm on Kemp Road north of Sedalia, helping care for his parents. In the early 60s they moved to north of Smithton where they began their Arator Valley farm. Rosalie began teaching Home Economics at Smith-Cotton High School. She served as President of the National Limouselles Auxiliary and President and Board Member for the Smithton Fair. She was active in the Missouri and Pettis County Cattlemen’s Association. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are a brother, Paul Miller of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; a sister, Louise King of Hardin, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Miller. Memorial donations are suggested to the Sedalia School District Foundation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

As we wind down from the chaos of legislative session, we will celebrate these long-awaited wins and those who helped secure them. Our sincerest thanks to each of you that contacted your legislators, participated in Cowboys at the Capitol, or sent us encouraging calls and texts. We truly appreciate each one of you and the trust you place in us representing the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Cheers, Nancy and Cooper

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SALE REPORTS 7th Gardiner Angus “Meating Demand” Sale 5.2.2022 • Ashland, KS 79 20-month-old registered bulls...................Avg. $6,953 85 14-16-month-old registered bulls..............Avg. $6,500 164 Lots Registered Bulls...............................Avg. $6,718 112 Bred commercial heifers.........................Avg. $2,397 TOTAL.......................................................... $1,370,250 Mead Farms 80th Anniversary Bull & Female Production Sale 5.7.2022 • Versailles, MO 38 Yrlg.Bulls...................................................Avg. $3,977 7 Open Heifers...............................................Avg. $5,057 64 Bred Heifers..............................................Avg. $2,894 60 Bred Cows.................................................Avg. $2,331 47 Spring Pairs...............................................Avg. $3,032 24 Commercial Bred Heifers (head)..............Avg. $2,268 10 Commercial Bred Cows (head).................Avg. $1,710 4 Commercial Bulls (head).............................Avg. $3,150

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June 4 Show-Me-Select Sale, Palmyra, MO June 9-11 MJCA Replacement Heifer Show & Sale, Sedalia, MO June 23 Value Added Sale at JRS, Cathage, MO June 27 Yearling Sale at JRS, Carthage, MO July 7 JRS - “The Big Bang” Sale at Downstream Casino July 11 Yearling Sale at JRS, Carthage, MO Aug. 20 Express Ranches Big Event Sale, Yukon, OK Sept. 17 Wild Indian Acres & Friends Female Sale, DeSoto, MO Sept. 24 Soaring Eagle Sale, Springfield, MO Sept. 25 WMC Cattle Co. “Ladies of the Ozarks Annual Female Sale, Wasola, MO Oct. 1 Soaring Eagle of the Ozarks Fall Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 1 Journagan/MSU Annual Production Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 1 Bradley Cattle & Hankins Farms Charolais & Red Angus Fall Colors Sale, Republic, MO


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Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO McBee Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Fayette, MO Lacy’s Red Angus & MC Livestock Annual Production Sale, Drexel, MO Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO Missouri Angus Association Ladies of Autumn Sale, Lebanon, MO Southwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Mead Farms Fall Bull Sale, Versailles, MO Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO Cattlemen’s Preferred Sale All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Harrison, AR Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO GenePlus Brangus Sale at Chimney Rock, Concord, AR Fall Harvest Simmental Sale, Springfield, MO Wright Charolais 11th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO Henke Angus Farms Sale, Salisbury, MO Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO Valley Oaks Fall Female Sale, Oak Grove, MO Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO Green Springs Bull Test Sale featuring Garton Angus Ranch Females, Nevada, MO Galaxy Beef Female Sale, Macon, MO Missouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO

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“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS SINCE 1993: Calving Ease, Attractive, Athletic, Sound Footed and Docile. We Deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, 816-797-5450 BRIARWOOD ANGUS FARMS seeks to hire a responsible, versatile hand for daily duties with registered beef cattle and grass farming. Some A.I. experience necessary. Equipment operation and basic mechanic skills important. Compensation according to age, experience and training. Send resume to P.O. Box 270, Butler, Mo. 64730, More info: 660-679-3459.

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Advertiser Index


Bradley Cattle................................................. 35 Brickhouse Farms Red Angus......................... 35 Buffalo Livestock Market................................ 46 Callaway Livestock Center Inc....................... 50 Champion Feeders.......................................... 48 Classified..........................................................73 Clearwater Farm..............................................41 Coon Angus Ranch..........................................41 Double A Land & Cattle................................. 35 Ellis Cattle Company Red Angus................... 35 Ertell Cattle Company Sale.............................16 F&T Livestock Market.................................... 20 Feed Train....................................................... 45 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus.............................41 Friday - Cartoon............................................. 72 Galaxy Beef LLC.............................................41 Gerloff Farms...................................................41 Grassworks - Weed Wiper............................... 49 Green’s Welding & Sales................................. 43 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus...............................41 HydraBed........................................................ 58 Irsik & Doll .....................................................76 Jim’s Motors.................................................... 64 Joplin Regional Stockyards............................... 2 Kingsville Livestock Auction............................18 KK Farms....................................................... 36 KK Farms Red Angus.................................... 35 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma...........................41 La Crosse Seed................................................ 56 Lacy’s Red Angus............................................ 35 Lacy’s Red Angus............................................ 33 Lamine Valley Red Angus.............................. 35 Lamine Valley Red Angus.............................. 30 Maple Oaks Red Angus.................................. 35 Maplewood Acres Farm.................................. 35 Marshall & Fenner Farms................................41 MC Livestock Red Angus............................... 35 MCA - Beef House Schedule...........................19 MCA - Junior Show/Expo ......................... 22,25 MCA - Liability Signs..................................... 70 MCA - Membership Form.............................. 69 MCA - MJCA Tour.........................................61

MCA - Presidents Council.............................. 68 MCA - Steak Fry.........................................23,24 MCA - Top Hand........................................... 63 McBee Cattle Co............................................. 50 McPherson Concrete Products.........................73 Mead Farms.....................................................41 Merck Animal Health......................................75 MFA ................................................................. 9 Missouri Angus Association.............................41 Missouri Angus Breeders.................................41 Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine................ 66 Missouri Beef Industry Council.......................21 Missouri Red Angus Association.................... 35 Missouri Red Angus Association.................... 37 Missouri Red Angus Breeders......................... 35 Missouri Simmental Breeders Association.......13 Ory’s 07 Red Angus........................................ 34 P.H. White .......................................................51 Pellet Technology USA, LLC......................... 54 Red Angus Association of America................. 29 Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus........................................ 35 Sampson Cattle Co..........................................41 Sellers Feedlot..................................................71 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle Red Angus.......... 35 Show-Me-Select Sale Credit Program ........... 67 Slayton Farms................................................. 35 South Central Regional Stockyards.................. 7 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.........................41 Superior Steel Sales..........................................17 Sydenstricker Genetics.....................................41 Touchstone Energy.......................................... 59 Valley Oaks Angus...........................................41 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats...........15 Vitalix...............................................................57 Weiker Angus Ranch.......................................41 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate..................... 62 Wheeler Livestock Market.............................. 65 Mike Williams................................................. 62 Windrush Farm Red Angus............................ 35 Y-Tex................................................................. 3 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers............................... 60

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