CONTENTS July 2021
Should You Keep On Creeping On?
Know the Pros and Cons of the Practice and Whether It’s Right For You
Hardware and Software
Beware the Symptoms of These Sneaky Life-Threatening Cattle Diseases
MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 20 Beef Checkoff News 36 County News
Should You Keep On Creeping On?
Hardware and Software
MCA President’s Perspective It’s a Family Thing
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
What’s Cooking at the Beef House
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black The Cowboy Way
It’s About the Long Play
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All-Breeds Jr. Show Highlights
Steak Fry Highlights
Obituary: Charles David Jones
2021 MCA Officers
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2021 MCA Regional Vice Presidents
Region 1: Eric Greenley, 61998 Pleasant Valley Rd. Knox City, MO 63446 660-341-8750 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Jeff Reed, PO Box 35 Williamsville, MO 63967 • 903-279-8360 Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Region 5: John Shipman, 34266 Hwy KK Mora, MO 65345 • 660-221-1013 Region 6: Warren Love, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950 Region 7: Josh Worthington, P.O. Box 246 Dadeville, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601
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It’s a Family Thing “Because I Have Been Given Much” was the title of the message I listened to as I traveled to the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia to attend the final day of the MCA All-Breeds Junior Show held June 11-13, 2021. The impactful words, “because you have been blessed, you too must give,” touched my heart knowing that life on the farm is a gift where we are surrounded by living things. Our challenge is to be good stewards of God’s creations. The MCA All-Breeds Junior Show brought together the best livestock and youth exhibitors from across the state. The event shows the skills of our youth handlers who present animals that they own, care for and have prepared for competition. Livestock raised by the youth live the very best life on earth, and our young people learn endless life lessons along the journey. There is no question the youth in our industry have the biggest hearts and will be agricultural industry leaders today and into the future. A sincere thanks to our youth for sharing your love for cattle by participating in this annual event. Alongside our youth exhibitors were MCA families and friends. Family values and family togetherness are essential life skills. “It takes a village to raise a child.” The African proverb is one we are all familiar with and illustrates well that an entire community of people must interact with children for them to experience life and grow in a safe and healthy environment. Exhibiting livestock truly takes commitment, encouragement and support. Thank you, parents, grandparents, family members and friends, for being positive role models to our youth during our Junior Show and every day on the farm. Our Missouri CattleWomen got involved during the Junior Show by encouraging Missouri cattle producers to make their vote and checkoff dollars count. Information regarding
the enrollment process at https://agriculture.mo.gov/councils/ beef/votingregistration.php was shared. Voting in the MBIC elections in August is important for all Missouri producers to have a voice in how their beef checkoff dollars are spent on the state level. Thank you, cowgirls, for educating fellow producers about this process. The 18th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry, which was held on Saturday, June 12, on the fairgrounds, was a fun night with a purpose. This night is about raising funds for our political action committee to ensure we elect leaders who truly value the farming and ranching community in this state. We must work together to preserve this industry for the next generation. It is also about honoring those who made it happen – MCA’s past presidents. A BIG thanks to all who attended, donated, purchased auction items, and a HUGE thank you to the Beef House crew who always provides us with a delicious meal and service. Last, but not least, our MCA staff does an amazing job of organizing, planning and facilitating awesome events. Words cannot express our appreciation for all that you do! “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill
with Mike Deering Backseat Victories The legislative session came to an end on May 14. While we were beyond disappointed with the senate’s failure to pass meaningful reform to the state’s eminent domain laws, we must not gloss over the victories this association and its members accomplished this year. Aside from the blatant dishonesty that led to the eminent domain legislation’s demise, this legislative session yielded much good for our industry.
For three years, we have worked to pass legislation clarifying who has the authority to conduct inspections on Missouri farms and ranches. We wanted to make clear that inspections were conducted by experts enforcing scientifically founded rules and regulations. This MCA priority legislation prohibits agenda-driven extremists, or those who are well-intentioned but lack the expertise, to inspect without permission of the landowner. House Bill 574 passed both chambers and was signed by Gov. Mike Parson on June 10.
Executive Vice President The legislation also includes a provision making clear that rules and regulations imposed locally on farms on ranches must be in sync with state law. This bill was a major victory for our members and communities throughout the state. Along those lines, SB 51 passed on the final day of the session, offering liability protections for businesses, organizations, and others against frivolous COVID-related civil actions. This was a top priority for both the business community and the governor.
Also on June 10, Gov. Parson signed a resolution (SCR 7) that contributes up to $24 million in state funds to the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project, which has been in the works for over a decade. This allocation essentially eliminates most of the funding hurdle. The project will establish a lake and reliable water source for farms, ranches, and residents of Sullivan and nine surrounding counties. The Sullivan County Cattlemen’s Association has been very active in this effort and deserves a great deal of credit in pushing this forward.
Not yet signed is HB 369, which cracks down on the threat of people releasing feral hogs in the state. Cattle producers in the southeast region of the state were active in advocating for this legislation. MCA Region 3 Vice President Jeff Reed was instrumental in its passage, sharing facts about the impact of feral hogs to farmers and ranchers in the region. Under the bill, repeat offenders can now be charged with a felony for each feral swine released. Increased penalties will help deter individuals from releasing the destructive hogs on Missouri’s landscape.
The governor signed HB 271 into law on June 15. This legislation establishes greater accountability and transparency for local leaders when imposing public health orders on businesses and citizens. This was in response to the government overreach witnessed during and subsequent to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These victories undoubtedly took the backseat to the defeat of the eminent domain legislation. It is time to put these wins front and center because we worked hard for them. Members who participated in Cowboys at the Capitol this year made a huge difference in securing victories for today and well into the future.
Hartzler Introduces Optimizing the Cattle Market Act of 2021 Source: MCA Prime Cuts Missouri Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), a senior member on the House Agriculture Committee and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) introduced the bipartisan Optimizing the Cattle Market Act of 2021 to enable mechanisms for greater price discovery and transparency within the cattle market, while equipping producers with more tools and useful information to succeed. “America’s producers continue to face challenges in the cattle market, particularly in terms of external market disruptions and the fading COVID-19 pandemic,” Hartzler said. “This legislation aims to usher in transparency improvements and restores accountability in the industry to lift up these struggling sectors and embark on a new chapter of progress for our cattlemen and women. I am proud to introduce the Optimizing the Cattle Market Act to make this a reality for our nation’s trusted agricultural partners.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Americans from all walks of life especially hard over the past year— and Missouri’s cattle ranchers are no exception,” said Cleaver. “After their valiant efforts to keep food on the tables of American families, it’s critical that we do everything possible to ensure ranchers have the market transparency necessary to make informed business decisions that will help them stay in business and continue to generate economic activity throughout rural Missouri. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan, common-sense piece of legislation with Congresswoman Hartzler, and I look forward to working with her to get it passed through Congress.”
Specifically, this legislation: • Expresses the sense of Congress that there is a need for expedited reauthorization of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program, including base prices subject to the same reporting requirements as negotiated cash and the creation of a contract library. • Directs USDA to provide educational outreach activities for producers on how to best utilize the library. • Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Chief Economist, to establish regionally sufficient levels of negotiated cash and negotiated grid trade within 2 years of enactment and to consider
stakeholder input through a public comment period. Consideration must also be given to peer reviewed economic research from land grant universities. • Packers include only federally inspected cattle processing plants that slaughter an average of 125,000 head of cattle per year (roughly 500 head per day) during the prior 5 years. • These minimums may be weekly or another periodic basis, must account for black swan events, and must be reviewed every 2 years. • After 3 years, a cost-benefit analysis must be done to determine the operation and effect of regional mandatory minimums. • Mandates that a packer report the number of cattle, organized by cattle type, scheduled to be delivered for slaughter each day for the next 14 days for USDA to make available to the public. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President-Elect Bruce Mershon also echoed support for Hartzler’s legislation, saying the bill works to bolster opportunities for all producers within the industry. “We are once again ready to push forward meaningful, long-term structural changes in the beef cattle markets with this thoughtful, methodical approach being sponsored by Congresswoman Hartzler. The goal is robust price discovery and market transparency that will afford all segments of this industry the opportunity to be profitable,” Missouri Cattlemen’s Association PresidentElect Bruce Mershon said. “Our members are grateful to Congresswoman Hartzler for working to address the problems we’ve seen in livestock markets the past few years. Beef producers have been continually receiving a smaller percentage of the retail beef price while meatpackers have multiplied their record profits. The Optimizing the Cattle Market Act would improve price transparency and reduce volatility in beef markets. Better information and more predictability will put cattlemen in a better position to make marketing decisions. We look forward to working with Congresswoman Hartzler and her colleagues to deliver real help for Missouri farm and ranch families on this important issue,” said Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins, a farmer from St. Clair County. The bill seeks to address similar goals as S. 543 introduced by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE).
NCBA Delivers Progress on Backend 150 Air-Mile Exemption for Livestock Haulers Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 16, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) delivered progress on much-needed regulatory flexibility for livestock haulers. The addition of the backend 150 airmile exemption from hours-of-service (HOS), crucial language pulled from the HAULS Act, was agreed to by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Senator Jon Tester (DMT), Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS) in the Senate Commerce Committee and adopted into the larger Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021 by a bipartisan vote. NCBA spearheaded introduction of the larger HAULS Act in both the Senate and House this spring, and worked hard to get the backend 150 air-mile exemption included in the Surface Transportation Investment Act that will be sent to the Senate floor. Livestock haulers are a critical part of the supply chain keeping grocery stores stocked with high-quality U.S. beef. The upheaval of the pandemic and ongoing market volatility has only underscored the need for further flexibility in livestock hauling regulations to keep the supply chain strong. “When one-size-fits-all government regulations fail to account for expertise on the ground, livestock haulers are put in the impossible position of either complying with regulations or doing what they know is best for the humane and safe transportation of live animals,”
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said NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera. “We strongly support this bipartisan, commonsense effort to give livestock haulers the flexibility they need to maintain the highest level of safety for drivers on the roads, transport livestock humanely, and ensure grocery stores remain stocked with beef. We thank Sen. Fischer, Sen. Tester, Sen. Cantwell, and Sen. Wicker for their leadership on this legislation, and we will continue working with Members of Congress to move this language across the finish line.” BACKGROUND Current hours-of-service (HOS) rules allow for 11 hours of drive time, 14 hours of on-duty time, and then require 10 consecutive hours of rest. When transporting livestock, there is a real need for further flexibility beyond the current hours-of-service. Unlike drivers moving consumer goods, livestock haulers cannot simply idle or unload their trucks when drive time hours run out without jeopardizing animal health and welfare. The HAULS Act language adopted today into the Surface Transportation Act would add a 150 air-mile radius exemption under HOS regulations to the backend of hauls for those transporting livestock. NCBA is working with Members of Congress from across the country to ensure that any infrastructure and transportation spending bills reflect the unique needs of rural communities and cattle producers. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NCBA successfully fought every month for a renewed emergency declaration which provides an exemption from hours-of-service for livestock haulers, while also working with Congress to maintain the ELD delay for livestock haulers until Sept. 30, 2021.
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NCBA Echoes Growing Demands for DOJ Investigation Results Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 8, 2021) – Today, Representative Mike Guest (R-MS-3) and Representative Darren Soto (D-FL-9) led a bipartisan group of 52 lawmakers in pushing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to complete their investigation into the meatpacking sector, and whether or not anticompetitive practices have contributed to a persistent imbalance in the cattle markets. This letter is the latest result of a recent groundswell of bipartisan, bicameral attention into the need to return market leverage to the side of cattle farmers and ranchers and address the startling price disparity between live cattle and boxed beef. Last week, NCBA — with the support of 39 state cattle groups — called yet again for a swift conclusion to DOJ’s investigation into the packing sector. “Market volatility leaves our producers with extreme uncertainty, and this lack of stability and profitability is problematic for the entire beef supply chain,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “The growing motivation in Congress to hasten the conclusion of the DOJ investigation and take action on the issues plaguing our industry’s marketplace is the result of grassroots consensus among cattle producers. Across the country, in sale barns and state affiliate meetings, we’re hearing the same frustration from our members — no matter how the pendulum swings, the leverage always seems to be on the side of the packers. We thank Rep. Guest and Rep. Soto for adding their leadership to this critical effort at a time when cattle producers need stability.” Last month, NCBA worked with Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) to deliver a similar, bicameral letter to DOJ.
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What’s Cookin’ at the
Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team
Volunteer Jobs The meat is ordered, the house has been cleaned, now all we need is YOU! Our Missouri Beef House will be open during the Missouri State Fair from August 12-22, 2021, in Sedalia, Missouri. So why do we need YOU?
While we do have a small group of paid staff to carry on the day-by-day operation during the fair, we have numerous jobs that YOU can do to make our operation run smoothly and efficiently, and honestly, we cannot do without! Whether you are experienced or new, we will instruct you and be there for you with a smile! We have all the aprons, hats, gloves, spatulas, spoons, etc., we just need YOU! So that you can start thinking now, the basic list includes:
Greeter: Stand outside our front door to welcome guests and direct them to the serving line Runner: Takes order tickets from Order Taker behind counter to Caller and keeps silverware filled BBQ/Burger/Beef Dog/Bun Station: Place meat on bun for orders called for these item. Gloves required Drink Machine: Scoop ice into cups and fill to order with Pepsi products. Gloves required Front Grill Burgers: Cook our delicious beef burgers. Front Line Server: Place fries or baked potato or toast on plate. You’ll need a good listening left ear to hear Caller requests and will be standing close to hot grills. Gloves required Steak Stick Station: Place Rare, Medium-Rare, Medium, Medium-Well, Well-Done steak sticks on plate/bun to assist Steak Grillers as to what has been ordered. Gloves required Salad Server & Condiment Table: Keep prepared bowls of salad on Salad Buffet and check/fill items on Condiment Table. Gloves required
Salad Prep: Cut tomato slices and fill salad bowls with lettuce. Gloves required Toast Station: Place bread in toaster, then butter one side. Gloves required French Fries Station: Place frozen fries in fryers. You will be be standing close to hot fryer, grills and ovens. Dishwasher: Wash pots, pans, spatulas, carving knives, etc. Customers’ tableware is disposable. Garbage Patrol & Ice Man: Monitor all trashcans and pull full sacks to dispose of in our dumpster in back, as well as keep an eye on ice at Drink Stations. Handwashing is required! Bus Tables Inside/Outside: Need at least 2-3 volunteers, depending on how many your group brings, to take trays from customers, wipe tables and refill tea/coffee/water. Beef House Express: Need at least 2 volunteers to serve drinks and select menu items in our sandwich shop behind the Beef House. No cooking required. You will sign up for your volunteer job during orientation, held under the Beef House patio cover approximately 30 minutes before your shift is to start. We’ll meet and greet you soon! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/MoCattle. During the fair, we will be posting pics! Thought for the month: Little Boy Blue go shut the gate, the sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s on the plate!
2021 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 12-22 12 Thusday 10:00 - 2:30
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Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 4 I-35................. 15
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Lafayette......... 15 Carroll............ 10 Southwest Dallas............. 15 FCS................ 10 St. Charles........ 5 Cattlemen...... 15 OPENING....... 10 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright............. 8 Adair................ 5
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Bates............... 15 Audrain........... 10 Callaway/ Odessa FFA..... 10 Newton/ Montgomery.. 10 McDonald..... 10 Appleton City FFA............... 13
Monroe............. 5 Boone............. 15 Polk................ 15 Pettis.............. 15 Ralls................. 5 Jasper............... 5 Franklin............ 8 MSU................. 5 Barton............ 10
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Henry............. 15 Johnson........... 15 Knox................. 5 Norborne FFA.. 10 Russellville Harrison......... 10 FFA................. 7 OPENING....... 10
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Cooper............ 15 Howard........... 15 MU Block & OPENING....... 10 Pike/Lincoln.... 10 Bridle............ 10 Saline............. 10 Columbia FFA. 10
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11am – 9pm. If your county is unable to work the assigned shift, please contact the MCA office at 573-499-9162.
BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS The Truth is in the Science Courtesy of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board As many cattlemen and women know, some individuals, organizations and brands spread misinformation about cattle’s role in the environment. The Beef Checkoff works tirelessly to combat this message through scientifically proven research because, ultimately, the truth is in the science. For years, the Beef Checkoff has invested producer dollars into the Beef Sustainability Research Program to learn, understand and strategically communicate beef’s place in a sustainable food system. The Beef Sustainability Research program provides consumers worldwide with proof of beef producers’ commitment to responsibly raised beef. This Checkofffunded program assesses beef sustainability using an approach that balances environmental responsibility, economic opportunity and social diligence across the beef value chain. This research is conducted to provide science-validated sustainability indicators that serve as industry benchmarks and provide a path forward to continuous improvement. The research encompasses the entirety of the beef industry, from the birth of a calf to beef on the consumer’s plate. This research program is a proactive and innovative scientific approach to creating a sustainable beef product for a growing world population while increasing consumer confidence in beef.
Specifically, this information is used in advertising efforts like the Checkoff-funded Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. “Nicely done, beef.” campaign and Checkoff-sponsored articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other consumer-facing publications. Additionally, social media, video and digital marketing efforts integrate this research in one form or another. All of this data, research and information is available for producers on the Checkoff-funded website, BeefResearch.org. This website provides information on not just beef’s place in a sustainable food system, but also beef safety, human nutrition, product quality, sustainability and market research. Welcome to our new Director of Consumer Affairs and our Summer Intern! Taylor Young is the Director of Consumer Affairs for the Missouri Beef Industry Council. She serves as a liaison between the beef industry and consumer influencer groups by leading educational efforts directed toward foodservice, physicians, dieticians, and health/wellness professionals. Taylor holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in plant science from Missouri State University where she worked on forage research to improve cattle health.
After in-depth research, here’s what the Beef Checkoff has proven to be true – U.S. beef producers are leaders in the area of sustainability, and they are committed to responsibly raised beef. But how do we use these facts to help drive demand for beef?
This research provides a basis for most Checkoff-funded advertising campaigns and other initiatives. Beef’s sustainability message is then communicated to many audiences, including consumers, nutritionists, registered dietitians, the scientific community, influencers, chefs and communities abroad through a fully integrated marketing approach.
Taylor Young, Director of Consumer Affairs, Missouri Beef Industry Council.
Taylor has previously worked for MU Extension and is passionate about providing education about the agriculture industry. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking. Hannah Strain eagerly joins the Missouri Beef Industry Council as the intern for this summer. She calls a cow/ calf beef cattle operation just outside of Rolla, Mo home and enjoys spending her free time on the farm or visiting with neighboring producers. Hannah just graduated with her B.S. in Agriculture & minor in Agriculture Communications from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Hannah plans to utilize her roots within the agriculture industry to expand her network and reach with beef producers and consumers across the state.
Hannah Strain, Summer Intern, Missouri Beef Industry Council.
According to Hannah, she is looking forward to working alongside the council to enhance beef industry awareness and communication. She also plans to dive into several projects tailored towards social media consumer interaction. Hannah is excited for the opportunity to put her skills and knowledge to work for the Beef Council.
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38th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Boasts Near Record Attendance Over 600 Head Exhibited by More Than 350 Youth The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association hosted the 38th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show June 11-13 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. According to the MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel, participation was nothing short of impressive. “We are always proud of our junior members and the work they put into the projects. With 350 exhibitors and over 600 head of cattle, we once again had one of the largest shows on record,” Thummel said. “We could not have done it without the MJCA Board of Directors, MCA Youth Advisory Committee and the countless other volunteers helped throughout the weekend.”
The show concluded on Sunday with judges Scott and Ty Bayer, TC Reds, selecting the supreme
champions. Paisley Nelson of Platte City, exhibited the Supreme Champion Heifer, and Hailey Eads of Trenton, exhibited the Supreme Champion Market Animal. The Reserve Supreme Heifer was exhibited by Alexis Koelling of Curryville, and Reserve Supreme Market Animal was exhibited by Gabryelle Hapes of Chillicothe. Supreme Senior Showmanship went to Allena Allen of Trenton, and Reserve Senior Showman was Lucas Crutcher of Fair Grove. Sache Dowling of Fair Grove, was the Supreme Junior Showmanship winner and Cass Kleeman of Braymer, picked up reserve. Thanks to all the sponsors for their support of this event. For more results from the 2021 MCA All-Breeds Junior Show, stay tuned for the August Missouri Beef Cattleman feature.
MCA Steak Fry Brings Members and Elected Leaders Together The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association hosted its 18th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry on July 12 in the Agriculture Building located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. MCA President Patty Wood said more than 500 supporters of the association attended the event, which is intended to honor past MCA presidents and raise money for the MCA Political Action Committee (PAC).
“We had another fantastic event that truly did its part to recognize the leadership of our past presidents, while also raising funds to ensure we are effective in our legislative efforts,” said Wood, a cattle producer from LaMonte. “We were honored to have Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, a fellow cattleman, at the event. We also had Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressman Jason Smith, Secretary of State Jay
Ashcroft, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and many members of the General Assembly from both political parties. We appreciate all of them for coming.” The event brought in over $50,000. All funds raised will benefit the association’s policy efforts. “MCA is one of the most successful policy organizations representing the interests of Missouri farm and ranch families in the state. We get results. To achieve that, we must elect good leaders in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., and many of them were present for the annual event,” said Wood. Thanks to all the sponsors for their support of this event.
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St. Clair County Cattlemen St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, June 8, at Lakeland School District with 30 members and guests present. Bart and Bradley Brackman with LAG Industries presented on corral design and all the different factors that need to be taken into consideration when designing a corral to fit your needs. Bradley talked about the Bud box vs. a tub, and how you need to make sure you are using a design that has the least stress for you and the animal. They have split gates that allow you to sort calves from cows by allowing the calves to walk under the gate that the cow can’t fit under. They have gates that swing both ways, so when moving cattle up an alley way, you can latch one gate and grab another to swing to keep the cattle moving. Bradley talked about several different options and how they create the corral that meets you and your cattles’ need. Zac Doak with USDA talked about RFID tags and how they work with recordkeeping. RFID tags are free from the state sent to your local vet. Zac also talked about how you prepare a Secure Beef Supply Plan. Warren Love, Region 6 Vice President, gave a state update. Cowboys at the Capitol was successful this year. The cattlemen were able to get inspection authority legislation passed so that no one can just show up at your farm to inspect without prior contact or appropriate credentials. Warren talked about attending the Missouri Cattlemen’s Steak Fry and noted that the Missouri Prime Beef Packers plant is up and running.
Thank you, Bart and Bradley Brackman of LAG Industries, for speaking to our group and sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Lakeland FFA, for the delicious meal!
The Cattlemen’s will be holding a ½ Beef Raffle this year again. Tickets are $5 each. The winner will win ½ a beef and processing. The drawing will be held on September 4, 2021, and the beef will go to Buchen Beef on September 7, 2021. All proceeds from the Beef Raffle will go to support the Scholarship Fund. The Cattlemen
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are also holding a fundraiser from June 8 to July 8 with LAG Industries. LAG will donate 30% of all proceeds towards the St. Clair County Scholarship Fund. Orders may be placed at www.lagmetalworx.com and use code “cattlemens” at checkout. St. Clair County Cattlemen won a Miraco 3345 30 Gallon 1 Hole Mira Fount Waterer at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention in January. The Cattlemen have decided to offer it up to any member that is interested. All proceeds will go to support the Scholarship Fund. Anyone interested should see Weston Shelby. St. Clair County Cattlemen had their scholarship committee meeting in April. This year’s scholarship recipients of a $2,000 scholarship were Justin Austin and Kaylee Lower. Congratulations, Justin and Kaylee! Also, junior member Cheyenne Austin is going to attend the MOBeef for MOKids Leadership Academy. Congratulations, Cheyenne! Our next meeting is scheduled for July 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Valley Center Church. Our sponsor/speaker will be Dallen Davis with Missouri Prime Beef Packers.
Henry County May 20, Henry County Cattlemen met at Dietz Family Buffet. Nick Hammett from Neogen talked about genetic testing and benefits the producers can get from results. For example, they can help you get heifers that improve stayability and reproduction, raise cows tailored
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Henry County Cattlemen were able to have a grilling event on Memorial Day weekend. Proceeds from grilling go toward scholarships to qualifying high school seniors or college students that complete the application.
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Cole County The Cole County Cattlemen and the Cole County Junior Cattlemen hosted a Ribeye Steak “Grill Out” in Schulte’s parking lot in Jefferson City on May 1. Because we were not able to hold a full-scale yearly function of dinner and auction for the scholarships, we decided to give this project a chance. It was a great success with lots of hard work and fun! Menu items were ribeye dinners, steak sandwiches, hamburgers and all-beef hot dogs. Another one is planned for September 25 at the same location. If you are in the area that day, please stop by. We have some great grillers, which makes the food delicious and atmosphere fun. Thanks to Beef Checkoff for their help with this promotion event! We recently awarded our 2021 scholarships. Congratulations to these deserving recipients! Meagan Forck, Jefferson City.
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Polk County The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association held their recent meeting on June 10 at Smiths restaurant in Bolivar. This meeting was sponsored by Missouri Prime Beef Packers & Nextgen Beef Co. There were 60 people in attendance. President Bob Moreland went over the minutes from the recent board meeting as well as introduced some guests. Rose Massengill from USDA spoke about EID tags for breeding and replacement cattle. If you want more information on these tags you can talk to your veterinarian. Jay Holms from Missouri Prime Beef Packers talked about their main program: Sho Me Beef as well as some other things regarding the packing plant. The next meeting is sponsored by some of the local banks and will be held on July 8 at 7 pm at Smiths restaurant in Bolivar!
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Hickory County The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association celebrated its fifth year at their annual meeting held on April 22, 2021, at 7 p.m. There were an estimated 120 people in attendance. Ginger Culbertson planned the meal. Steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls, salad, baked beans, green beans, creamed corn and baked potatoes were served by Wheatland FFA. Desserts were provided by members of the association. The invocation was given by Virgil Glasscock, preceeding the 8 p.m. meeting. The meeting included old business, approving the agenda, the treasurer’s report and new business, before moving on to the main events of the evening. The first event was the Cornerstone Heifer Program. This program was started in 2018 by Kevin Piper and Ernest Brauch and it gives two students each year, the opportunity to win a heifer to start building their own herds. In order to win, students must be active members of the Cattlemen’s Association, and they must participate in order to earn points. The students with the most points and the best applications win a heifer. This year, the heifers were donated by Austin Rains and Jerry and Sabrina Bybee. There were six applicants: Skyler Garrison, Elijah Hunziger, Kenzi Cheek, Shayla Lynn, Maddie McCarty, and Addy Durnell. Elijah Hunziger was the recipient in the 7th-9th grade category, and Addy Durnell was the recipient for the 10th-12th grade category. Skyline senior Maddie McCarty was awarded a $250 check for her dedication to the program. The next item on the agenda was the presentation of scholarships. Addy Durnell and Maddie McCarty both received $750 scholarships, and Bayleigh Hunziger was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.
The May 13 Hickory County Cattlemen’s meeting opened with a guest speaker, Rose Massengill from the United States Department of Agriculture. She spoke about the USDA providing free electronic identification tags for breeding stock. The meeting was officially called to order by Carl Button, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, then the invocation was given before the meal was served. Amy Knight provided the Mexican themed meal. During the meal, Sheriff Greg Burke spoke about the importance of updating the cattle producer’s locations in Hickory County. Once the meal was over, the treasurer’s report was read, Carl thanked Hermitage school and the Hermitage FFA, then old business was read. Carl encouraged junior members to get involved by selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the Lucas Oil Pro Bull Ride on June 26. Students get in free to that event. There is also another opportunity to earn points for a Cornerstone Heifer. On August 12, the association will be helping to work the Beef House at the State Fair. Hickory County Cattlemen is also actively accepting donations for next year’s Cornerstone Heifers. Robert Sawyer, the sponsor of the night, introduced another guest speaker for the evening, Dr. John Murphey. He spoke about the weaning study that he and a few of his students at SBU are conducting. The meeting was concluded with door prizes provided by the Hermitage FFA Chapter. There will be no June or July meetings.
Scholarship recipients left to right: Bayleigh Hunziger, Addy Durnell, and Maddie McCarty.
The group then discussed the Lucas Oil Pro-Bull Ride Invitational, where they will be doing a 50/50 raffle. They encouraged junior members to sign up so they could earn points for next year’s Cornerstone Heifer Program.
A short live auction was also held. There were fifteen items sold.
The next order of business was the drawing for the 2021 red Kawasaki Mule 4x4, which was so new that it hadn’t even been built yet. The winner of the Kawasaki was David Agee of Pleasant Hope.
Cornerstone Heifer Applicants left to right: Skyler Garrison, Addy Durnell, Elijah Hunziger, and Maddie McCarty. Ernest Brauch and Kevin Piper, respectively, are on the ends.
Monroe-Shelby County Members of the Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association met at The Hoof in Madison, Missouri, on April 29. Christina Givens with Purina Animal Nutrition hosted the meal. Plans are underway for the first annual Monroe-Shelby County Youth Scholarship Banquet & Auction to be held on March 26, 2022, at the Madison Community Center. Sally Thomas will be chairing the event. Purina Animal Nutrition Feed Specialist Christina Givens addressed the crowd of 65 producers on considerations that should be given relative to mineral needs for their cattle herds.
Area producer, Ethan McNeill, reported to members of the association his recent involvement with the Missouri Cattlemen’s County Leadership Conference held in Columbia, MO.
Mark Russell, Executive Director of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, visited with producers about the use of their checkoff funds to promote beef throughout Missouri.
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Lafayette County Cattlemen The Lafayette County Cattlemen’s Board of Directors met May 26 at the Lafayette County Extension Office. President Don Schlesselman called the meeting to order and Kathy Harris, secretary, presented minutes from the prior meeting, followed by the treasurer’s report by Sherie Neuner. Plans were finalized for the scholarship dinner to be held July 23 at the Concordia Community Center. Election of officers will be held because of the cancellation of the winter meeting. Plowboys of Marshall will cater the prime rib dinner with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The scholarship auction will follow the dinner. The calendar of summer events was discussed, including grilling for the Super Farmer at Lafayette County 4-H/ FFA fair July 13 and at the Higginsville Country Fair on September 18. The Bus Trip will be August 1-5 to Oklahoma and Kansas.
Wednesday, June 2, members Bret and Lorin Fahrmeier hosted Trent Loos and the ARISE USA tour at their farm in Lexington. LCCA grilled 1/3 lb. burgers and 1/4 lb. all beef hot dogs to go along with other great foods offered at Fahrmeier’s U-Pick Farm and Market.
Lafayette County Cattlemen welcomed Trent Loos to Lafayette County.
Members attended both Cattlewomen’s Day Out and the MCA PAC Steak Fry in Sedalia on Saturday, June 12. The grill was used to help Pettis County prepare steaks and Lafayette Co. donated a basket of wine, whiskey and snacks to the auction, in addition to sponsoring a table.
Charles David Jones Source: Lindley Funeral Home Charles David Jones, age 65, a resident of Dawn, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, Missouri. Charles David, son of David Wendell and Ellen Frances, was born on February 18, 1956, in Chillicothe, Missouri. He graduated from Southwest Livingston County High School in 1974. On September 19, 1981, Charles David married Sherry Reeter in Chillicothe, Missouri. Charles David competed in Track and Field at Missouri Western State College for two years and obtained a degree in agriculture. Even while Charles David was attending college, he was farming with his dad. He was thrilled when his son Tyler joined the operation and enjoyed including his son-in-law Dylan a few years ago. Charles David proudly served the agriculture industry and the Dawn community on a number of boards and organizations. He served 18 years on the Southwest School Board. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Charles David was a hard worker and thoroughly enjoyed farming with his family and sharing stories of past generations. Charles David loved feeding cattle, especially when he had someone to open gates for him. He truly enjoyed being around people and his laugh was contagious. Hosting family and friends was one of Charles David’s greatest pleasures, but his absolute pride and joy came from his three grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Jones of the home; son, Tyler Jones and daughter-in-law, Caitlin of Dawn; and daughter, Meredith and son-in-law, Dylan Lange of Dawn. He will be greatly missed by his three grandchildren, Collins and Colter Lange, and Leo Jones. Charles David is also survived by his mother-in-law, Susan Reeter and his four sisters, Maribeth (Eric) Hall of Lee’s Summit, Carol Ann (Rob) Sykes of Overland Park, Kansas, Karen (Brian) Upton of Dawn, and Marlene (Delvin) Jackson of Cameron; and was Uncle Cha Cha to several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother Ellen Frances Jones (November 2018), father, David Wendell Jones ( June 2021), and father-in-law, Leo Junior Reeter ( July 1992).
Due to the current COVID cases in the community, a private family graveside service was held at Welsh Cemetery, Dawn, Missouri. There was no scheduled visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Dawn Baptist Church and/ or Calvary Baptist Church and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www. lindleyfuneralhomes.com.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Cowboy Way A good cowboy will go beyond the call of duty and even put himself in harm’s way to help a suffering beast. Doug and Patty run a ranch in that big wide country in eastern New Mexico. They’d received several loads of cow/calf pairs. The weather was against ‘em and the calves went to scourin’. The cows were turned out in a big pasture. Treating the calves wasn’t easy. The morning of the incident, their neighbor, Caleb, came to help. He was ridin’ a big mule. They trailed through the cows and spotted a good sized calf lookin’ humped up. They watched for a minute and confirmed he was, in fact, afflicted. Doug eased up and dropped a lazy loop around his neck. It is a strange but almost predictable occurrence that a calf, who appears to be on the edge of his last breath can suddenly become a dynamo of jackrabbit speed and mad dog energy when suddenly caught with a rope. Doug pulled the horn knot tight on his saddle as the calf slashed back and forth like a 200-pound marlin on the end of his line. Caleb was haulin’ back on his mule to git outta the way. Not in time. The calf went around the outside of the mule and dang near toppled him before they jumped clear. The mule took off in high gear! Caleb was mashin’ on the brakes. You could smell ‘em burnin’ as he disappeared over a swell.
Doug kept his pony facin’ the calf till it tangled the rope in some brush.
“Quick, Patty,” Doug instructed. “Flank him and give him a Sudafed and some L.A. 200!” Patty, who’s a good cowboy herself, dismounted, went down the rope and flanked the calf just as the calf’s mamma arrived, registering her disapproval. She was blowin’ snot as Patty maneuvered around tryin’ to keep the calf between herself and mama. Doug saw Caleb out of his peripheral vision, racing back to the scene. “Great,” he thought. “Help’s on the way.” The mule was still out of control, on autopilot, so to speak. He never slowed but jumped the stretched rope like a steeple chaser. Caleb never shifted in his seat and disappeared out the other direction. Patty had managed to give the shot and peel off the rope but the cow gave her a good roll anyway before chasing off after her darlin’ baby. I was lookin’ at Patty while Doug was tellin’ me this story. She nodded with that resigned look I often see in ranch women’s eyes. I said, “By gosh, Doug. Yer a heck’uva cowboy. You did all that and never got off yer horse.” “Yup,” he said, “I was trainin’ him.
Strong Momentum Continues for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Source: USMEF Following a record-breaking March performance, exports of U.S. beef and pork continued to build momentum in April, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). “Looking back at April 2020, it was a difficult month for red meat exports as we began to see COVIDrelated supply chain interruptions and foodservice demand took a major hit in many key markets,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “While it is no surprise that exports performed much better in April 2021, we are pleased to see that global demand continued to build on the broad-based growth achieved in March.” April exports of U.S. beef set another new value record at $808.3 million, up 35% from a year ago, with export volume reaching 121,050 metric tons (mt) – up 23% year-over-year and the fifth largest on record. For beef muscle cuts, exports were the third largest ever at 94,656 mt (up 21%), valued at a record $726.7 million (up 36%). April beef exports to South Korea increased 21% from a year ago to 23,482 mt, and just missed setting a new value record at $182.7 million. Beef exports to China continued to soar in April, reaching a record 17,233 mt (up from just 1,367 mt a year ago). Export value to China was $130.6 million – up from $11.5 million. Beef export value per head of fed slaughter reached a new monthly high in April at $367.45. For January through April, beef exports moved 5% ahead of last year’s pace at 454,398 mt, with value up 10% to $2.93 billion. Beef muscle cut exports were up 8% to 357,570 mt, valued at $2.63 billion (up 12%).
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was $749.2 million, up 10% and the fourth highest on record. Pork muscle cuts followed a similar trajectory, increasing 3% in volume (224,179 mt) and 10% in value ($641.7 million). April pork exports to Mexico were the largest of 2021 at 67,365 mt, up 58% from a year ago, with value more than doubling to $143.4 million (up 126%). Led by strong demand across a range of markets, Central America continued to be a growth leader for U.S. pork in April, with exports up 56% from a year ago to 10,911 mt, valued at $29.7 million (up 74%). Pork exports to the Philippines soared again in April to 14,296 mt (up from 2,326 mt a year ago), bolstered in part by temporary tariff rate reductions that took effect April 17. April export value to the Philippines was $37.1 million, up from $6.2 million in April 2020. For January through April, pork exports were 5% below last year at 1.05 million mt, valued at $2.82 billion (down 3%). Pork muscle cut exports were down 5% to 883,599 mt, valued at $2.43 billion (down 4%). April exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,088 mt, up 38% from a year ago, with value up 57% to $1.35 million. Through April, lamb exports were 57% above last year’s pace at 4,356 mt, valued at $5.6 million (up 6%). Halstrom cautioned that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a major concern for the U.S. meat industry, adding uncertainty to the business climate in many export destinations. Logistical challenges, including container shortages and ongoing vessel congestion at many U.S. ports, also present significant obstacles for red meat exports. “While conditions are improving in many key markets, the COVID impact is the most intense it has ever been in Taiwan and heightened countermeasures are also in place in Japan and other Asian countries,” he explained. “But foodservice activity is climbing back in our Latin American markets and retail demand – both in traditional settings and in e-commerce – has been outstanding and USMEF continues to find innovative ways for the U.S. industry to capitalize on these opportunities. We are also working with ag industry partners and regulatory agencies to find ways to improve the flow of outbound cargo, which is essential to maintaining export growth.” A detailed summary of January-April red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.
Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored at 2021 Cattle Industry Convention Source: NCBA CENTENNIAL, Colo. (May 26, 2021) – Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees and award winners will be honored on Aug. 9, 2021, during the 12th annual banquet, held in conjunction with the nation’s largest cattle industry gathering. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet will precede the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, to be held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 10-12. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor the exceptional visionary men and women who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. Inductees for 2021 are Johnny Trotter, president and CEO of Bar-G Feedyard in Hereford, Texas, and Steve Gabel, founder of Magnum Feedyard in Wiggins, Colo. Dr. Gary C. Smith, visiting professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, will receive the Industry Leadership Award. George Eckert with Green Plains Cattle Company in Garden City, Kan., and Gaspar Martinez with Harris Feeding Company in Coalinga, Calif., will receive the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award.
“I’m excited we can gather in person to recognize this year’s honorees who have devoted their careers to preserving our mission and improving production
practices in the industry,” said Cliff Becker, senior vice president, Farm Journal and Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame board member. “We can’t wait to honor these men who have made extraordinary contributions to the cattle feeding industry.” Attendees of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet will find it convenient to stay in Nashville for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, which starts the next day. That event will feature important industry meetings, motivational speakers, valuable education, music and entertainment, a massive trade show, producer recognition, a Cowboy’s Night at the Opry and much more. Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet tickets are $200 per person in addition to convention registration. All proceeds from banquet ticket sales and corporate sponsorships benefit future Hall of Fame initiatives. As an added incentive, Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet attendees will receive a $50 discount on their Cattle Industry Convention registration, courtesy of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Information on the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, including tickets to the 2021 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet, can be found at http://convention.ncba.org. Ticket sales and convention registration opened June 1, 2021. For more information on the Hall of Fame visit www.cattlefeeders.org.
United States Cattle on Feed Up 5 Percent Source: USDA Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on May 1, 2021. The inventory was 5 percent above May 1, 2020. This is the second highest May 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.82 million head, 27 percent above 2020. Net placements were 1.77 million head. During April, placements of cattle
and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 380,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 250,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 420,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 481,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 220,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.94 million head, 33 percent above 2020. Other disappearance totaled 55,000 head during April, 21 percent below 2020. Other disappearance was the lowest for April since the series began in 1996.
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Cargill Joins U.S. CattleTrace Program Source: Cargill KANSAS CITY ( June 10, 2021) - Cargill, the global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, announced today that it has joined U.S. CattleTrace as an official packer member. Cargill is the second beef processor to invest in the effort formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organizations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. “Reducing the impact of disease is critical for the U.S. Beef herd which is why we’re excited to join the U.S. CattleTrace program and champion its efforts to improve global competitiveness and food safety across the value chain,” said Jarrod Gillig, business operations and supply chain lead for Cargill’s North American protein business. “At Cargill, we’ve long been focused on enhancing the traceability and resilience of our supply chains and believe our partnership with U.S. CattleTrace can help move the industry forward.” U.S. CattleTrace will assist animal health officials by responding to events of foreign animal disease within the U.S. cattle herd to limit any impact to daily operations and help maintain access to important beef export markets. “Cargill is a leader of sustainability in the agricultural industry, so to have them as a partner in animal health and disease traceability in our country is exciting,” said Brandon Depenbusch, chair of the U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors. “Cattle industry leaders have provided input that in order to create and sustain a producer-led traceability system, all industry sectors need to be involved. This commitment from an industry leader shows that no-matter where we come from in the cattle industry, we are all working towards a common goal of protecting our nation’s herd and the highest quality, most sustainable beef product in the world.” Using eartags and radio frequency technologies, U.S. CattleTrace collects critical data, including individual
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Registration Now Open for 2021 Feeding Quality Forum Source: CAB After a year of virtual events, the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand will host the 16th annual Feeding Quality Forum in Fort Collins, Colo., August 24-25.
An exclusive, pre-event session at the Colorado State University Meat Lab will offer hands-on carcass fabrication and explore how value is distributed across the animal. Attendance is limited to 50 people, so register early, Lee says.
Since 2006, commercial cattlemen, cattle feeders and industry partners have gathered to network and learn about the current and the future state of the beef industry. This is the first year CAB is offering in-person and virtual registration options.
Each year Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicks off the agenda with a global market overview. Other sessions include leadership from retail, foodservice and packing companies to share the changes and challenges experienced over the past 18 months.
“We know how important it is for those in the industry who thrive on the comradery to be in person,” says Kara Lee, CAB assistant director of producer engagement. “We’re thrilled to be back in a more personal setting to provide forward-thinking content and networking.”
“This year’s Feeding Quality Forum will offer practical information for cattle feeders, cow-calf producers and anyone with a vested interest in the quality-focused beef supply chain,” Lee says.
Attendees will learn practical, revenue-generating ideas for high-quality beef production and hear thoughtprovoking topics related to the future of the beef business.
The evening program August 24 will recognize this year’s Industry Achievement Award winner, Bob Smith, veterinarian from Veterinary Research and Consulting Services. The leading cattle veterinarian has focused his career on feedyard and stocker health and management. He joins the ranks other industry legends Paul Engler, Topper Thorpe, Lee Borck, Larry Corah and John Matsushima who have also been recognized for their achievements and contributions to the feeding industry. The second day highlights profit-driven technologies relevant to cattle feeding, and management strategies for the future with evolving consumer demands. Registration is now open at FeedingQualityForum.com. In person early registration is $100 for attendees who sign up before July 9, then its $200 until registration closes Aug. 8. In person student registration is $50 until Aug. 8. Virtual registration is $50 and virtual student is $25 until Aug. 16.
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Stocker Cattle Could Add Value to Your Operation Without Breaking the Bank Source: University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stocker cattle make up just 12 percent of the 4.25 million head currently part of the beef industry in Missouri. But these cattle could add as much as $78 million to Missouri’s economy, according to the Missouri Beef Value-Added Study, a 2016 University of Missouri Extension report for the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority. “MU Extension has a goal of doubling the economic impact of agriculture while sustaining the state’s natural resources by the year 2030,” said MU Extension state beef specialist Eric Bailey. “Alternative uses of Missouri pasturelands like stocker cattle systems could go a long way towards helping us accomplish this goal.” Bailey, who oversees virtual town halls on forage and livestock as well as stocker cattle research at MU Southwest Research Center, said Missourians can rely on stocker cattle to make idle land profitable. Stocker cattle systems put weight on cattle economically by using pasture forages during the early spring and fall as the main source of weight gain. “When looking at the beef industry in Missouri, we’ve got the cow-calf operations where we raise calves and then the majority of those are destined to become steaks someday,” Bailey explained. “The stocker cattle industry acts as a niche transition between the cow-calf operation, the feedlots and the packers by putting weight on these calves as cheaply as we can.” Bailey says this can be a game-changer for Missouri producers because less money would be invested in things like grain, hay, equipment and buying new land. Another benefit of stocker cattle is that the producer would not have to run cow-calf pairs year round.
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“I am taking a 500-pound calf and I am hoping to deliver a 700-pound calf who is ready to go into a feedlot at that time,” he said. “I am shooting for 100 days. And I am hopeful that I will put about 200 pounds of weight on them in those hundred days with minimal feed supplements.” Producers interested in stocker cattle should visit with cow-calf producers in their area who want to add value to their farm by using available but idle land around them. Individuals can also contact their local MU Extension center with questions. “Many successful stocker operations begin as custom grazing for an owner on a leased farm,” said Bailey. “That’s as low-cost of a way to get in the cattle business as I know.”
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Farmers who have forage in the spring could run a set of stockers from early February to early July, and then they could look at running additional stocker cattle from October to the end of the year, depending on the quantity and quality of forage, Bailey said.
It’s About the Long Play It is 58.3 miles from my driveway in Jefferson City to the Agriculture Building at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. It takes Cooper 45 minutes to drive there from his house. The drive to and from MCA’s 18th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry and PAC Auction was particularly poignant for us this year. We always enjoy camaraderie with MCA members and elected officials from around the state without the pressure of session looming. Friendship and solidarity were exactly what we needed for perspective after a frustrating and disappointing session. On the heels of our last article, detailing thoughts and feelings about the 2021 legislative session, we entered the Agriculture Building to find an MCA family on which we can depend. Many of you commented on our article and shared support for us and our efforts. Thank you. It’s easy to get caught up in people and politics that encircle legislative activity and allow the good and bad to resonate. Oftentimes, the bad is hard to kick. The frustration we’ve carried since adjournment didn’t stand a chance once we noticed the vast number of members, legislators, statewide officials, aspiring candidates and guests who traveled from all corners of the state to participate in MCA’s event. One thing was clear – MCA members and supporters invest in, and are dedicated to, the long haul. They invest in one another personally. They invest in one another professionally. They invest in the organization, whether by time, money or personal support.
Andrea, Jeff and Jasper Reed dedicated nearly a dozen hours of drive time to spend days in Sedalia to support MCA and its activities. Newly-tapped State Fair Commissioner Jamie Johansen and her family, Kevin, Harper, and Ivee traveled from Lebanon to share their time with the organization and its 66 Junior Show. Ken Keesaman, who I’ve known nearly all my life,
dedicated his day, like he does each year, to represent NWMO. What do I even say about the investment made by Julie, Charley and Henry Deering?! So many others could be named due to unwavering support for, and varying investment in, MCA. From table sponsorships to exorbitantly priced pies, and sweat equity grilling steak to time necessary for organization, MCA members invest. The purpose of the steak fry is investing monetary resources necessary for MCA’s PAC that are used to help elect state legislators and beyond. Though, the actual investment is much more significant. It’s about family and support of one another. It’s about the long play. As I returned to Jefferson City, a song by The Wallflowers entitled “Roots and Wings” came on my car stereo. I’ll save you my song interpretation and will save you Cooper’s analysis too, as who knows what it would entail! Either way, it’s safe to say that, regardless of where we may find ourselves, carrying past and present people who have invested in us matters and helps determine how we will approach tomorrow. Our thanks, Nancy and Cooper
Carter Ward Joins the American Angus Hall of Fame Source: American Angus Hall of Fame Carter Ward, a third generation Angus breeder from Plattsburg, Missouri, has joined the American Angus Hall of Fame at Smithville, Missouri. Carter’s parents, Jack and Maryann Ward, managed two successful Angus operations in Indiana while Carter was growing up, namely Three Rivers Angus and Maple Lane Angus. The Ward family now resides in Missouri where their own operation, Ward Brothers Livestock, is a nationally recognized Angus herd. Carter was active in the American Angus Association’s junior program, has a degree from Black Hawk College East Campus in Kewanee, Illinois, and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was on the livestock judging teams at both schools. Since, he has served as official judge at numerous shows including the North American International Livestock
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Exposition. Carter has raised and exhibited Angus cattle at every level and is now very much involved in his new role at the American Angus Hall of Fame. The American Angus Hall of Fame is located in Smithville, Missouri. It is the oldest sale management firm in the world, having been in business for 83 years and managing registered Angus auctions around the world. The American Angus Hall of Fame has conducted more than 10,000 Angus sales and is the home of the largest collection of Angus history anywhere in the world. Tom Burke and Kurt Schaff are excited to be working with Carter. Carter can be reached on his cell phone at (816) 2610891 or at the office of the American Angus Hall of Fame at (816) 532-0811.
Missouri Beef House Schedule on Page 19
July 8 Joplin Regional Stockyards Yearling & Calf Special Sale, Carthage, MO Aug. 20-21 Express Ranches Big Event Sale, Yukon, OK Sept. 4 Four Starr Genetics Production Sale, Eugene, MO Sept. 18 Wild Indian Acres & Friends Female Sale, DeSoto, MO Sept. 25 KL3 Angus Sale, Poplar Bluff, MO Sept. 25 Soaring Eagle Sale, Springfield, MO Sept. 25 NextGen Cattle Co. Flint Hills Classic Production Sale, Paxico, KS Oct. 2 Inaugural Fall Colors Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 3 Journagan/MSU Annual Production Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 4 Express Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Yukon, OK
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Smith Valley Angus Sale, Salem, MO Byergo Sale, Savannah, MO East Central Missouri Angus Sale, Cuba, MO Bonebrake Herefords Annual Production Sale, Columbia, MO Valley Oaks Sale, Chilhowee, MO Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer and Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale, West Plains, MO Byergo Private Treaty Sale, Dearborn, MO 3C Cattle Co. Sale, Carrollton, MO Square B Ranch Open House, Warsaw, MO Aschermann Charolais/Akaushi 33rd Edition Bull Sale, Springfield, MO
MBC Classified The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 15th of month before an issue.
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Oct. 17 Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO Oct. 17 Reynolds Hereford Decades of Design Sale, Huntsville, MO Oct. 18 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO Oct. 23 Lacy’s Red Angus with MC Livestock Bull and Female Sale, Drexel, MO Oct. 23 Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO Oct. 23 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull & Female Sale, JRS, Carthage, MO Oct. 24 Baker Angus Sale, Butler, MO Oct. 25 Southwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 30 Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO Oct. 31 WMC Cattle Co. Annual Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Nov. 5 Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO Nov. 6 Wright Charolais 11th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO Nov. 6 Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Edition’ Bull & Female Sale, Osceola, MO Nov. 6 Red Tie Event Red Angus Sale, Tina, MO Nov. 6 Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO Nov. 15 Green Springs Bull Test Sale, Nevada, MO Nov. 20 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO Nov. 27 Butch’s Angus Sale, Jackson, MO Nov. 27 Galaxy Beef Female Sale, Macon, MO Dec. 5 Missouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO
Advertiser Index Brookover at Ranger Feeders ............................... 52 Buffalo Livestock Market...................................... 32 Callaway Livestock Center Inc............................. 55 Central Missouri Sales Co.................................... 16 Classified............................................................... 73 Clearwater Farm................................................... 39 Coon Angus Ranch............................................... 39 Ertell Cattle Company.......................................... 32 F&T Livestock Market.......................................... 38 FCS of Missouri.................................................... 76 Four Starr Genetics Sale....................................... 23 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus.................................. 39 Galaxy Beef LLC.................................................. 39 Gerloff Farms........................................................ 39 GrassWorks............................................................ 41 Green’s Welding & Sales....................................... 30 HCR Feed Yards, LLC......................................... 49 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.................................... 39 Hy-Plains Feedyard, LLC..................................... 51 HydraBed.............................................................. 54 Irsik & Doll Feed Yards........................................... 2 Jim’s Motors.......................................................... 16 Joplin Regional Stockyards..................................... 3 Joplin Regional Stockyards Golf Tournament...... 17 Kingsville Livestock Auction................................ 74 Kinsley Feeders, LLC........................................... 53 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma................................ 39 Marshall & Fenner Farms..................................... 39 MCA - Membership Form.................................... 69 MCA - Membership Signs.................................... 70 MCA - Presidents Council.................................... 67
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MCA - Show-Me-Select Sale Credit..................... 61 MCA - Top Hand................................................. 64 McBee Cattle Co................................................... 55 MCF Golf Tournament....................................33-34 MCF Scholarship.................................................. 45 McPherson Concrete Products.............................. 73 Mead Cattle Co..................................................... 44 Mead Farms.......................................................... 39 Merck Animal Health........................................... 47 MFA ..................................................................... 13 Mike Williams....................................................... 54 Missouri Angus Association.................................. 39 Missouri Angus Breeders...................................... 39 Missouri Beef House Schedule.............................. 19 Missouri Beef Industry Council............................ 21 MJCA Youth Industry Tour.................................. 62 MLS Tubs............................................................. 43 NCBA Convention ............................................... 65 Sampson Cattle Co............................................... 39 Seedstock Plus Sales.............................................. 75 Sellers Feedlot....................................................... 48 Soil Health Workshop........................................... 63 South Central Regional Stockyards...................... 66 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.............................. 39 Superior Steel Sales............................................... 59 Sydenstricker Genetics.......................................... 39 Tiffany Cattle Co., Inc.......................................... 50 Touchstone Energy................................................ 35 Valley Oaks Angus................................................ 39 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats................ 15 Weiker Angus Ranch............................................ 39 Westway Feeds........................................................ 9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate........................... 54 Wheeler Livestock Market.................................... 74 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers....................................... 7