August 2021 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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August 2021


Show Legacies


Don’t Rely on Resilience

Making Memories and Learning Life Lessons In and Out of the Ring

Prioritizing Mental Health Matters on the Farm


MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 26 Beef Checkoff News 58 County News

Don’t Rely on Resilience



Show Legacies

MCA President’s Perspective Fair Season


CattleWomen’s Corner


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


What’s Cooking at the Beef House

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Back in Style

Chimpanzees to Piedmontese

Come and Get It

Junior Spotlight Meet Your MJCA Board

On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black


The Right Tool for the Job



Capitol Update Farewell, Old Friend

The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.




Volume 50 - Issue 8 (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: Macey Hurst • Ad Sales • 573-821-6982

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association MCA Website:

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Sydney Thummel • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Macey Hurst • Manager of Strategic Solutions – Ext. 235 MBC Editor/Production Artist Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation


New MCA Members






Missouri State Fair Preview


MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Highlights Obituary: Linda McCann


Ad Index

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

2021 MCA Officers

Patty Wood, President 660-287-7701 • 16075 Wood Road, La Monte, MO 65337 Bruce Mershon, President-Elect 816-525-1954 • 31107 Lake City Buckner Rd., Buckner, MO 64016 David Dick, Vice President 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 Charlie Besher, Secretary 573-866-2846 • RR 5, Box 2402, Patton, MO 63662

2021 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Eric Greenley, 61998 Pleasant Valley Rd. Knox City, MO 63446 660-341-8750 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Jeff Reed, PO Box 35 Williamsville, MO 63967 • 903-279-8360 Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Region 5: John Shipman, 34266 Hwy KK Mora, MO 65345 • 660-221-1013 Region 6: Warren Love, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950 Region 7: Josh Worthington, P.O. Box 246 Dadeville, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601



Missouri’s CattleWomen




Rowland Gengelbach, Rowland Gengelbach Farms, Plattsburg, MO Austin & Kylee Thummel, Sweet Home Cattle Company, Ravenwood, MO John McMillan, McMillan Farm, King City, MO Terry Potter, Potter Farm, Ellsinore, MO Jack Harrison, Rocking H Cattle Company, Auxvasse, MO “Big John” Robinson, BJR Customs, Troy, MO Bryant & Rachel Kagay, Maysville, MO John Engeman, TJCE Farms, Montrose, MO Grace Erickson, Erickson Farms, Bolivar, MO Scott Schaumburg, Koshkonong, MO Darren Redd, Bolivar, MO Tim Schafer, Barnard, MO Wyatt Seymour, Knob Noster, MO Tavia Seymour, Knob Noster, MO Jim, Camielle, & Samantha Bell, Bell Bacon Farms, Nevada, MO Craig Boelling, Cumming, IA Shane Taylor, Bloomfield, MO Gary Stiens, Maryville, MO

Brian Bunch, Pomona, MO Lanny Lewis, West Plains, MO Jeff & Juanita Proffitt, Pottersville, MO Madison Knehans, 2S Cattle Co., Birch Tree, MO Jarrod Hutchcraft, H2 Ag LLC, King City, MO Joseph Hamera, Easton, MO Sam Alexander, Fair Play, Mo Aaron Ostrander, Gower, MO Ted Perry, Perryland Farm, Lawson, MO Seth Engeman, Montrose, MO Rachel Jenkins, Bolivar, MO Meghan Edwards, Brookfield, MO Jack Dodd, Nixa, MO Dane Braden, Explosive Cattle Company, Hollister, MO Emily Courtney, Cedar Hill, MO Brooklynne, Hudson, Hillsboro, MO Colton Taylor, Robertsville, MO Keith Dietzschold, Boonville, MO Jacob Johnson, Aurora, MO

See the MCA Membership Form on page 85

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Fair Season It is fair season in Missouri! For me, the only Missouri State Fair that I have not been able to attend was the year I was born. Not only was I only one month old, so maybe too young to attend, but a tornado raged through the state fairgrounds early in the morning of August 21, 1952, killing one and injuring 17. Since I lived in the state fair city, the fair was an annual tradition that the city prepared for with pride and welcomed the opportunities that came with honoring our rural and agricultural roots.


My childhood memories include interacting with critters, like cows, pigs and rabbits; savoring the smell and taste of corndogs, cotton candy, and caramel apples; and enjoying the thrills from carnival rides. As a teenager, I worked as a main gate ticket-taker welcoming fairgoers. On car race nights, I loved going with my grandfather to the pit area of the track where he provided a wrecker service.


Since my husband, Pat, also grew up going to the fair each year to the fair with his grandfather who oversaw the horse races on the dirt track, we find joy in sharing our love for the fair experience with our children, grandchildren, family and friends. I guess it was inevitable that we found our niche to reconnect with our community, with new and old friends, by volunteering at the Missouri Beef House since the doors opened in 1982, and then, beginning in 1994, working the entire 11-day fair. We love the state fair and hope to see you at the Missouri State Fair with daily bicentennial events August 12-22, 2021, in Sedalia. In honor of our state’s 200 years, the MCA Board of Directors approved a new membership opportunity for a 3-year MCA membership for just $200. Not only will

it be more convenient to pay once and forget for the next 36 months, but receiving a discount when paying for three years is news we cannot wait to share. Speaking of sharing and the fair, you too can fair share. Have you noticed on the membership form MCA Fair Share opportunity? The opportunity coined the “Fair Share Program” is intended to encourage cattle producers to join our grassroots organization and take it a step further by paying MCA fair share contributions, which is suggested at 50 cents per head of cattle. This program is optional, but the additional revenue helps MCA create a legislative and regulatory environment in Missouri that welcomes growth in the cattle sector. While the Missouri State Fair only comes around once a year, MCA Fair Share Program is available anytime and is an investment in Missouri’s beef cattle industry. Looking back at 200 years of statehood, we remember all of the hard-working agriculturalists who have cultivated Missouri into what it is today. Eighty years later, after recognizing the importance agriculture plays in the state, the Missouri State Fair was born. Meet me at the fair and share in the fun!





with Mike Deering Chimpanzees to Piedmontese Before my friends who raise Piedmontese cattle get worried where I am going with this, please know upfront that this column has zip to do with the breed, but I wanted something catchy to go with chimpanzees. I thought it was quite clever. So why in the world is Deering talking about primates this month? The answer is sad, unfortunate, and scary for livestock producers and anyone in support of animal ownership and property rights.


An owner of chimpanzees at the Missouri Primate Foundation facility near Festus received a court order in June that says she must turn over all of the primates to an animal rights extremist group. The judge’s order last month follows a four-year dispute over the fate of the chimpanzees after a 2016 lawsuit claimed inadequate conditions and alleges a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The battle is with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), known for their extreme anti-animal ownership and anti-meat bullying tactics. Those of us in animal agriculture know PETA well, and most of us consider them agricultural terrorists.


I do not have a clue what it takes to raise chimpanzees, nor do I know what adequate or inadequate conditions are when it comes to caring for primates. I also do not know all the specifics of this case other than what has been made public through court orders. My problem is a judge handing over any creature to an animal rights organization with a history of extremism and even animal abuse. This is saddening and a total disregard for property rights and animal welfare. If this can happen to a handful of chimps, one would be foolish to think it could not happen to a livestock operation. The implications are real and frightening.

Executive Vice President We often have blinders on when it comes to forms of animal ownership other than traditional livestock. The quest of PETA, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights extremist groups is to end all animal ownership from chimpanzees to Piedmontese. That is the end game. If there is abuse or neglect, the proper authorities and experts need to quickly mitigate the problem. The solution should not include turning over animals to activist groups. This court ruling right here in our state serves as a sad reminder that we must continue proactively working to tighten laws and prevent anything like this from happening to any animal owner of any species. Just this year, MCA successfully pushed for legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kent Haden, to clarify who has regulatory authority to conduct inspections on farms and ranches in this state. It makes clear PETA and other activists do not have that authority. This type of legislation needs to be in place for all animals, and we will continue to support that effort. All animal owners are connected by common enemies who want all animal ownership to come to a screeching halt. We must continue to proactively chip away at these destructive extremist organizations and minimize their existence through well thought out legislative efforts.



Broad-Based Growth Drives U.S. Beef and Pork Exports to New Heights Source: USMEF Fueled by impressive growth in a wide range of destinations, U.S. beef and pork export value shattered previous records in May, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports also reached a new volume high in May, while pork export volume was the third largest on record. “The outstanding May performance is especially gratifying when you consider where red meat exports stood a year ago,” noted USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “The industry faced unprecedented, COVID-related obstacles at all levels of the supply chain, and a very uncertain international business climate. These challenges are still not behind us, but international demand has been very resilient and the U.S. industry has shown a tremendous commitment to serving its global customers.” Halstrom cautioned that U.S. labor availability remains a major concern and limitation for the industry, and exporters continue to face significant obstacles when shipping product overseas. Due to the ongoing, fluid impact of COVID-19, foodservice restrictions also continue to affect several key markets where dine-in service is either suspended or subject to capacity limits and shorter hours, and tourism has not yet returned in many countries.


“USMEF remains optimistic that international demand will remain strong in the second half of 2021, but the road ahead is not an easy one,” Halstrom said. “The U.S. industry must continue to be innovative and aggressive in defending existing market share, while


also expanding our customer base by responding to COVID-driven changes in the marketplace and shifts in consumer trends and preferences.” While May beef exports were expected to far exceed last year’s low totals, export volume soared to a record 133,440 metric tons (mt), up 68% from a year ago, and value increased 88% to $904.3 million. Driven by record-large exports to South Korea, continued growth in China and a strong rebound in Japan and Taiwan, May marked the third consecutive monthly value record for beef exports, which had never exceeded $800 million before March 2021. For January through May, exports reached 587,838 mt, up 15% from a year ago, while value increased 22% to $3.84 billion. May pork exports totaled 283,617 mt, up 16% from a year ago and the third largest on record. Export value exceeded $800 million for the first time in May, climbing 31% to $813.2 million, led by the largest exports of the year to Mexico and strong growth in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and the Philippines. For January through May, pork exports were slightly below last year’s record pace at 1.34 million mt, but export value increased 3% to $3.63 billion. Led by larger shipments to Mexico and the Caribbean, May exports of U.S. lamb were the highest of 2021 at 1,377 mt (up 43% from a year ago), valued at $1.82 million (up 67%). Through May, exports were 53% above last year’s pace at 5,733 mt, with value increasing 16% to $7.43 million. A detailed summary of January-May red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.



MCA, Landowners Welcome Court Decision on Navigable Waters Protection Rule The U.S. District Court in South Carolina dismissed a challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) and granted a remand without vacatur, ensuring the rule remains in effect until the Biden Administration finalizes a new rule. “Going back on the word of the NWPR is a slap in the face to farm and ranch families. It protects landowners from pervasive invasions of private property rights where the EPA has complete control of every drop of water in the country, from a mud puddle to a farm pond,” said Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Patty Wood. In June, with the full support of MCA and Missouri Farm Bureau, among others, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a letter to the EPA opposing the reconsideration of the NWPR. “Missouri’s farmers and ranchers have been tending to their land for generations. They don’t need another federal government land grab threatening their livelihood and ability to make a living,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “President Obama’s Waters of the

United States rule was a disaster for Missouri’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses – we cannot return to that level of unprecedented federal overreach and intrusion.” “We fully support Attorney General Schmitt’s efforts to push back on the reconsideration of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” Wood said. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with other agricultural groups, are engaged in litigation across the country to defend the NWPR and are pleased with this key legal victory. “The NWPR is a major improvement to the widely overreaching 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule,” said NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager. “NCBA has long fought to protect private property rights opposes any federal action that hinders producers’ ability to make investments in their land and care for their cattle. Moving forward, NCBA will continue engaging with the Biden Administration, Congress and the Courts to protect cattle producers’ property rights.”

NCBA Thanks Biden and Vilsack for Taking Vital Steps to Strengthen Supply Chain Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( July 9, 2021) — Today, President Biden signed an executive order which initiates several federal rulemakings and commits $500 million to expanding processing capacity in the beef industry. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association thanked President Biden and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack for acting rapidly to address key concerns impacting cattle and beef producers.


NCBA welcomed the announcement of rulemakings to improve the accuracy of the “Product of the USA” beef label and implement a $500 million-strategy to expand processing capacity as vital steps toward a more resilient industry supply chain.


“NCBA’s top priority in Washington is pushing for policies that strengthen the business climate for our producers,” said Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “We thank President Biden and Secretary Vilsack for the leadership and swift action they’ve shown on some of the top issues impacting our producers,

including ‘Product of the USA’ labeling and grants to expand regional, independent processing capacity. Today’s executive order is a vital next step toward securing a steady beef supply chain, and increasing opportunities for profitability for our producers. We have actively engaged the administration on these issues thus far, and we will continue to advocate for the needs of American cattle producers as the rulemaking processes begin.” Today’s Executive Order includes several provisions specifically aimed at key concerns in the cattle and beef industry, including: • Directs USDA to consider issuing new rules defining the “Product of the USA” label on beef so consumers have accurate, transparent information at the grocery store. • Directs USDA to develop a plan to increase opportunities for producers to sell their product in fair, transparent, and competitive markets. • Directs USDA to consider issuing new rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act, making it easier for producers to bring claims.

NCBA-Won Funds Going Toward USDA Grants for Small, Independent Processors Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( June 21, 2021) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the creation of two new, competitive grant funding opportunities for small, regional, and independent meat processors using funds the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) worked to secure at the end of last year. After fighting hard for several key priorities for cattle producers in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, NCBA praised USDA for putting $55.2 million of those funds toward the critical need for greater beef processing capacity. The competitive grant funding will be available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. The funds will support small beef processing facilities making the improvements necessary to achieve a Federal Grant of Inspection, or to operate under their state’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment program. The structure of the program is notably similar to the RAMP UP Act, language that NCBA worked hard to get included in the appropriations bill that is now funding USDA’s efforts.

industry,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “NCBA leadership has spoken directly with Secretary Vilsack about the need for more capacity in local and regional facilities, and we’ve been encouraged by the Secretary’s attention to this problem. This grant money will help ensure that we’re not just making big plants bigger, but actually expanding capacity in those smaller, independent facilities that our producers need as well.” Applications for funding must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 2. The supply of cattle and the demand for U.S. beef are both strong, but the bottleneck in the middle caused by a lack of hook space has stifled producer profitability and created unsustainable market dynamics. On an agriculture industry call earlier this month, Secretary Vilsack underscored greater processing capacity as a key component of USDA’s $4 billion Build Back Better Initiative. On the call, NCBA CEO Colin Woodall and Sec. Vilsack discussed the need to bring federal inspection within reach for more facilities, which directly ties to the grants announced today.

“The chokepoint created by a lack of processing capacity is directly harming our producers and their ability to capture higher value for their product. NCBA has been engaging aggressively on this issue and we’re gratified to see the funds we fought to secure in December now going toward a top-priority need in our

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Beef House Team

Come and Get It With an avalanche of foods awaiting fairgoers at this year’s Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, August 12-22, 2021, there isn’t a moment to waste. We’re going out on a limb and declaring that nothing is better than eating at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Missouri Beef House and the Beef House Express. For your dining experience, we have an air-conditioned dining room or covered outdoor patio seating. If you are in a hurry or just want to grab and go, our Beef House Express, which serves only the sandwiches on our menu, is the small building near our back door. Indeed, the true essence of fair food is eating good quality, great tasting beef cooked and served by cattlemen who know beef best. You’re bound to see a line of hungry people milling around the sidewalk out front. Not even the hot sun or rain can stop diners from waiting to get a taste. Rest assured, the wait is worth it! We want to be sure to point you toward the best food option at the State Fair! You can find us north of the Missouri Conservation building, south of the Family Fun Center, east of the Machinery Area and west of the Home Economics building. We’ve included the menu so you can get your taste buds prepared. BEEF...It’s What’s for Dinner from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Thought for the Month: One potato, two potato, three potato, four! Stick ‘em in the oven, the line is OUT THE DOOR!


2021 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer (tentative) Work Schedule August 12-22 12 Thusday 10:00 - 2:30

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Tri County...... 10 Hickory........... 10 Eugene FFA..... 10

Warren........... 10 Vernon............ 20 California Cole................ 15 FFA............... 15 Taney................ 4 I-35................. 15

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Texas................ 8 Cass/Jackson... 10 Morgan........... 10

Gentry/Worth.. 15 Lafayette......... 20 St. Clair.......... 30 South Central.... 4

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

MJCA............. 10 Benton............ 30 Moniteau........ 15 MCW................ 8 Jamestown FFA.. 5 Andrew/ Buchanan........ 5

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Eldon FFA....... 15 Lewis/Marion.... 8 Macon............ 12 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 OPENING....... 10 Douglas/ Cedar............... 5 Wright............. 8 NEMO.............. 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 Franklin............ 8 MSU................. 5 Barton............ 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.


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

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Celebrate Agriculture at the 2021 Missouri State Fair Join Us For Missouri’s Largest Agricultural Expo The Missouri State Fair prides itself on offering agriculture education opportunities to thousands of fairgoers each year. Fun and interactive events, exhibits, competitions and shows held throughout the 11 days of the Fair are aimed to keep Missouri’s number one industry at the forefront. Come celebrate and join the fun while learning about agriculture at the 2021 Missouri State Fair! The Agriculture Building is the showcase for all the great things that make agriculture Missouri’s number one industry. The Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri farmers, ranchers and commodity groups offer kid-friendly, hands-on interaction with agriculture everyday. The building is open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Aug. 12-21 and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Aug. 22. Agriculture Building highlights include the Missouri Grown Market, which offers fresh and nutritious products grown right here in the Show-Me State available for purchase daily. AgVenture offers opportunities to celebrate the history of Missouri agriculture. Live plants, crops and produce showing Missouri’s top commodities will also be on display.


The agriculture education opportunities at the Fair don’t stop in the Agriculture Building. Fairgoers can become immersed in agriculture at every turn. Missouri 4-H and FFA youth will be on hand to participate in the Let’s Talk Livestock and Barnyard Story Time programs.


Let’s Talk Livestock, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, showcases showmanship, animal care and more with demonstrations by the exhibitors with their show livestock. Barnyard Story Time offers young fairgoers a chance to take a seat and listen to an agriculture story book read by a State Fair exhibitor or agriculture leader. Demonstrations at various locations on the fairgrounds each day offer agriculture education to fairgoers of all ages. A can food exhibit sponsored by Woods Supermarket will be on display in the Agriculture Building to promote the Drive to Feed Kids. In addition, demonstrations on cured hams and bacon will take place in the Agriculture Building. Additional demonstrations on the Consumer Showcase Stage in the Home Economics Building and Food Demonstrations by University of Missouri Extension in the Mo-Ag Theatre showcasing historical recipes by Missouri chefs & cooks. Since 1901, the Missouri State Fair has showcased agriculture in the state. Join “Our Missouri Celebration” at the 2021 Fair and see for yourself! The Fair runs from Aug. 12-22, in Sedalia. What’s New – Photo Stations Say “Cheese” at our Missouri State Fair Photo Stations, sponsored by Central Bank of Sedalia!

Capture your best moments at the 119th Missouri State Fair with five NEW photo stations! A total of eight FREE photo backdrops will be located around the fairgrounds to stop by and take a picture. These photo backdrops are sponsored by Central Bank of Sedalia and feature five new designs and three from previous years. The new designs include a Grand Champion Lambthemed station, Missouri Grown Farmers’ Market, a Free Entertainment Stage, a 2021 Instagram Photo Frame, and the Missouri Bicentennial. Returning designs include My First Fair, a Corn Growth Chart, and an award-winning pie station. While out exploring the Fair, keep an eye out or look for the Central Bank logo on your map to spot the stations. Hashtag #MSFPhotoStation on social media so we can see all of the fun you’re having at the 2021 Missouri State fair. We can’t wait to see you Aug. 12-22! August 21 Daily Highlights Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will be celebrated at the 2021 Missouri State Fair on Aug. 21. This final Saturday of the Fair is full of something for everyone! The highlight of the day is the Sale of Champions at 1:30 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The sale features the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat goats, pens of chickens and pens of rabbits from 4-H and FFA livestock shows. New this year will be the sale of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Hams and Bacons during the Sale of Champions. A commemorative Sale of Champions belt buckle will also be auctioned. A portion of the proceeds from the Sale support youth in agriculture scholarships. Hank Williams, Jr. will perform in the State Fair Grandstand, presented by CFM Insurance starting at 7:30 p.m. with opener Walker Montgomery. Tickets are on sale now and prices begin at $30 for regular grandstand seats. The State Fair Arena will feature the Bull Riding Competition, presented by Area RAM Dealers, with an 8 p.m. start time. Adult tickets are $14, children ages 6-12 are $7 and kids 5 and under are free if sitting on an adult’s lap.

We hope you join us on Aug. 21 for “Our Missouri Celebration” at the 2021 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.


A full line up of events will be offered all day on Aug. 21 including acts on the various free stages and across the Fairgrounds, demonstrations, livestock shows and contests, carnival midway, shopping, Fair food and more! Visit the Fair’s website to learn more.


2021 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows Thursday, August 12 8:00 a.m. Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Simmental 4-H/FFA Show –MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Gelbvieh 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Salers 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Friday, August 13 8:00 a.m. Angus Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh Open Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Salers Open Show – Donnelly Saturday, August 14 8:00 a.m. Simmental Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Charolais 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Sunday, August 15 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 8:00 a.m. Hereford Open Show – Coliseum 2:00 p.m. Charolais Open Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m. Crossbred & Other Heifer 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Monday, August 16 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou Open Show – Coliseum 9:00 a.m. Live Evaluation of Carcass Steers – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Beef Showmanship – Coliseum Tuesday, August 17 8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Market Heifer Show – Coliseum Steer Show – Immediately Following Market Heifer Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m.± Grand Champion Steer – Coliseum

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Wednesday, August 18 8:00 a.m. Red Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Red Angus Open Show – Coliseum Thursday, August 19 9:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 9:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford Open Show – MFA Arena Friday, August 20 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 1:00 p.m. Limousin 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 2:00 p.m. Beefalo 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Saturday, August 21 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn Open Show – Coliseum 12:00 Noon Brahman Infl. 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Beefalo Open Show – Coliseum 1:00 p.m. Limousin Open Show – MFA Arena 1:30 p.m. Sale of Champions – Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall 3:30 p.m. Santa Gertrudis 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Sunday, August 22 8:00 a.m. Brahman Infl. Open Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Santa Gertrudis Open Show - Donnelly

Commercial Breeders…

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2021 Missouri State Fair… Sedalia, Missouri August 14 - 4-H/FFA Charolais Show August 15 - Open Charolais Show


Stop by and visit at the Charolais Barn!! Missouri Charolais Breeders Association President Vice-President Chris Peuster Bruce Bradley 816-529-2190 417-848-3457 Check us out on the web @

Treasurer Secretary Annette Bonacker Judy Shaffer 314-974-0551 417-825-4067

Open Steer Carcass Show

Specials Offered

Superintendent - Greg Onstott, MDA, Jefferson City, MO 573-751-7766 Asst. Superintendent - Greg Harrison, MDA LIVE EVALUATION JUDGE: Roger Parker CARCASS JUDGE: Dr. Bryon Wiegand, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO Amount offered in this section by State Fair $4,480.00. THE MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award $900 to the Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner and $500 to the Reserve Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will donate trophies for the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion On-Foot and On-Rail steers. The MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award plaques to the two highest placing junior exhibitors in the Steer Carcass Contest.


1. To promote the beef industry. 2. To provide producers with information on Dthe I N type of E cA A ri e beef animals that are desirable for today’sAMmconsumer market. 3. Genetics utilization. 4. Uniform product production conception. 5. Source verification of products. 6. Create a positive economic balance. 7. Carcass merit. 8. Identify target(s) of market share si



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The 2021 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows are being dedicated to Jane McMullin, who is an active supporter of the Missouri State Fair in many ways. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 13 in the MFA Arena, as we honor her.

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2. Briarwood Angus Farms, (Curtis & Ann Long) Butler, MO, and the Missouri Angus Association will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion on-therail overall carcass winner if the steer is a registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth exhibitor. Also awarded will be $500 for the top placing and $300 for the second place on-the-rail carcass steers that are registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth. $200 will be awarded if the Grand Champion on-foot winner is a registered, purebred Angus steer and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. $200 will be given to any 4-H or FFA junior member with a purebred Angus that enters in all three (3) classes: Angus steer, On-foot carcass steer and the Carcass M AD contest. Must pre-register to be eligible for prizeAmmoney er E IN by meeting MSF deadline and submitting a copy oficA registration papers and your complete entry form to Dr. Curtis Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730, by June 30, 2021. These awards will be presented at the Missouri Angus Association’s annual banquet and the exhibitors must be present for the awards to be given. Contact: Curtis Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730 (660-679-3459).


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1. MFA Feed Division will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion and $750 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show. To qualify, animals must be enrolled in the MFA 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Program, using one of the MFA recommended feeds. See your authorized MFA Feed supplier for details.


steers must be DNA tested for verification of parentage and registered with the American Hereford Association prior to the Missouri State Fair. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the American Hereford Association. All steers will be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and confirmation. Blood may be drawn or tail hair pulled for DNA verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final. The first and second place bred, born, and raised Missouri Hereford steers in the carcass show will receive $500 for the first place and $250 for the second place. 4. The Missouri Shorthorn Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered, Shorthorn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Also awarded will be $250 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered Shorthorn plus which is at least 50% Shorthorn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Contact: Diane Bolinger (816695-3559). 5. The Missouri Simmental Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion and $250 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show if they are registered purebred Simmental. Contact: Roxanne Willard (417-793-2857).

6. The Missouri Red Angus Association will award $500 to the over-all Grand Champion “On-the-Rail” if the steer is a registered Red Angus. To be eligible, the animals must be registered (50% or greater Red Angus) with a valid registration certificate from the Red Angus Association of America. Steers must be 85% Red in color, polled and display sufficient breed characteristics which match percent of registration (no black hided or black animals). A scurred animal is considered polled if you choose not to remove the scurs, if you surgically or mechanically remove the scurry you will be disqualified. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the Red Angus Association of America. All steers may be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final. 7. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will award $250 to the exhibitor that exhibits the steer with the highest marbling score, $250 to the exhibitor that exhibits the steer with the largest ribeye area and $250 to the “Chef’s Award Winner” determined by the National Beef Checkoff’s Culinary Center, based upon the carcass data submitted to them that would be the most ideal for a high end restaurant. To be eligible for the awards, the exhibitor must be a member or Junior member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. In case of a tie, the award will be divided equally. Must be a member prior to August 17th, 2021.

Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show

Monday, August 16 Live Evaluation begins: 9:30 a.m. Location: MFA Arena


What is the Live Evaluation Contest? It is an opportunity for individuals to participate in an educational activity associated with selecting slaughter steers by live and carcass traits and criteria. Anyone wishing to participate can enter this contest in the Junior or Adult Division. Age divisions will be as follows: Junior Division - anyone under 18 years of age; Adult Division - anyone 18 years and older.


Ten steers will be selected from the Carcass show entries to be used for the Live Evaluation Contest. A sample demonstration will be given on how to yield grade and quality grade slaughter steers prior to the beginning of the live evaluation contest. Junior and adult contestants compete by guessing the actual carcass data collected on the 10 slaughter steers

which are selected for the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded by the State Fair to the top 5 individuals in each division who are nearest to the actual carcass placings on the slaughter steers entered in this contest. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will present trophies to the top two junior and the top two adults. This is an excellent learning opportunity, not only for youth, but also for adults.

Beef Cattle Herdsman Award

The Missouri State Fair will award two $80 awards, plus attractive plaques, to the herdsmen in charge of the two most outstanding beef cattle exhibits. A committee will make inspections to determine the winners. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring. The 2019 Beef Cattle Herdsman award was presented to Kathryn Flaspohler and Pinegar Limousin.

Best-Kept Beef Cattle Exhibit Barn

The Missouri State Fair will award a plaque, to be hung in the Beef Cattle Office, to the breed that has demonstrated and presented its entire exhibit barn and is considered by the committee to be the best-kept barn during the course of the Fair. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring. The Best-Kept Beef Cattle Exhibit Barn in 2019 was Hereford and Limousin.

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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS What is Economic Sustainability and Why Does it Matter? By Andrew P. Griffith and Christopher N. Boyer, University of Tennessee ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY Economic sustainability looks similar across most agricultural production entities from almond production to beef cattle production. However, beef cattle production is a great example for discussing why economic sustainability is important because, the supply chain from cattle producer to consumer is elaborate and diverse. Additionally, the economic sustainability of one area of the supply chain influences the economic sustainability of the next area. That is, a steady supply is necessary for many areas to continue operating at a capacity that is financially sustainable.


Below economic sustainability measures defined in studies are connected to the cattle producers, slaughter and processing facilities, and retail and food service areas of the beef cattle supply chain. This will show how these measures or indicators of economic sustainability are not mutually exclusive but can vary across the beef cattle supply chain.


Cattle Producers The beef supply chain begins with cattle producers and more specifically cow-calf operations and stocker/ backgrounding operations. This is the group of producers managing the largest portion of the land resources and the group that determines total supply of cattle moving through the supply chain in a defined time-period. Thus, economic sustainability of the beef supply chain starts with the producer. The average estimated cow-calf returns over the past ten years is $102 per head. These returns are buoyed by the high prices experienced in 2014 and 2015. If the extremely large returns to cow-calf operations in 2014 and 2015 are omitted, the average annual return is only $22 per head. Capital Need Many cattle producers rely on lending institutions for working capital and to make land and equipment

purchases. Borrowing money has many advantages when the return on the money exceeds the cost of the money. Thus, lending institutions can contribute to the economic sustainability of the entire supply chain for beef by providing a service that has a greater return than the cost of the service. Lending institutions must be economically sustainable, which means making loans based on calculated risks and the potential for customers to repay in full and on time. If this is achieved, then the lending institution and its customers will grow. This will also result in long-run rural economic development by creating skill-labored careers as lenders in rural communities. Slaughter and Processing The slaughter and processing side of the beef business depends on an adequate supply of cattle and beef demand. Thus, they are margin operators who depend on previous sectors in the supply chain to be profitable so those sectors will continue to produce cattle to be slaughtered and processed. Similarly, the slaughter and processing sector depends on consumers to demand beef such that it can be supplied via restaurants, grocery stores, and food service. Economic sustainability for slaughter and processing is highly dependent on profitability, but it is also dependent on a stable and trained workforce. Slaughter, processing, and fabricating facilities in the beef industry are generally located in larger communities or cities. Many of these operations are a major employer in their community, which means they contribute to the economic engine in that community. Thus, they depend on a steady supply of cattle to keep people fully employed while also paying those employees a fair wage that ultimately contributes to the long-run economic growth of those communities. Retail, Restaurants, and Food Service Meat retailers, restaurants, and food service participants rely heavily on beef demand to drive profitability. Participants in this sector are also margin operators, which means profitability is the driver of economic

sustainability. However, these businesses also contribute to the local economy by providing jobs to the community, which contributes to economic growth in the community. In the long run, having strong and consistent consumer demand across the globe is key for long range economic sustainability. Sustainability in the Short- and Long-Run As was stated previously, economic sustainability is considered the ability of an operation to survive in the long run. However, most operations are forced to make both short- and long-run decisions that influence profitability and thus economic sustainability. Shortand long-run decisions tend to influence each other. Many of the day-to-day decisions made in farming operations are short-run decisions. However, many of those shortrun decisions influence the long-run survivability of the operation because, they influence profitability.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY As operations make decisions, it is integral to keep a focus on long-run survivability. To ensure long-run economic sustainability, an operation may be forced to make decisions that negatively influence shortterm profitability. Such a situation may occur when an environmental or social sustainability issue will be economically expensive in the short run but, results in reduced costs or greater gains in the future. Similarly, short-run decisions may not be optimal for an operation in the long-run, but they must be made to protect the environmental or social integrity of an operation until a longer-run solution can be established.

One such decision may be associated with a grazing management plan. Grazing pasture or rangeland for too-long because of limited hay resources to feed may result in partial forage stand loss and potential erosion issues, which could be expensive to correct. Similarly, long-run decisions tend to influence the short-run. A grazing management plan is a long run decision for soil and plant health to reduce longterm forage costs. However, sticking to the plan may result in an increase in short-term expenses, if forage production is negatively impacted in some manner and additional feed resources must be purchased. Conversely, profitable shortterm economic conditions will allow managers to focus on making decisions for the long-term if they know their business is viable today.

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Bradley Wins 2021 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Source: LMA OVERLAND PARK, Kan. ( June 9, 2021) – Chuck Bradley, from Rockford, Ala., was named the 2021 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion at the 57th annual competition held at Dickson Regional Livestock Center, Dickson, Tenn., and presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). “It was such a surreal moment,” Bradley said. “I was in awe. You go back and look at the other past champions, and it’s an elite group. To be classified into that group now, really means a lot to me.” Bradley, a three-time qualifier of the WLAC event and 2019 WLAC Reserve Champion Auctioneer, earned his spot to this year’s competition by winning LMA’s 2020 Western Qualifying Event. Twenty-eight other contestants also qualified through three regional qualifying events and received a bye into the 2021 competition due to a cancellation of last year’s event.

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Eric Drees of Caldwell, Idaho, earned Reserve Champion honors, and Will Epperly from Dunlap, Iowa, was named Runner-Up Champion. Other top ten finalists were Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Sixto Paiz, Portales, N.M.; Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Zack Zumstein, Marsing, Idaho; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Okla.; Will Epperly, Dunlap, Iowa and Steve Goedert, Dillon, Mont.

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Additional semi-finalists were Alex Anderson, Abingdon, Va.; Zach Ballard, Mt. Vernon, S.D.; Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Colton Brantley, Modesto, Calif.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Brandon Hamel, Damar, Kan.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Okla.; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Organ Cave, W.V.; Trey Narramore, Portales, N.M.; Lander Nicodemus, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.; Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga. and Vern Yoder, Dundee, Ohio. Kristen Parman, LMA VP of Membership Services, said, “LMA is proud to sponsor an event that brings together North America’s top livestock auctioneers in a competition that showcases professionalism and promotes the auction method of selling livestock.” As a part of the champion’s role, Bradley will spend the next year traveling the country, sharing his auctioneering skills with other livestock auction markets and acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the livestock marketing industry and LMA. “A lot of us who compete in this contest auctioneer for a living every day,” Bradley said. “This year I’m planning to continue to still go out in the field and interact with markets and their producers, while promoting LMA. Bradley, a graduate of North Georgia School of Auctioneering, works as an auctioneer for Montgomery Stock Yards, LLC in Montgomery, Ala. He lives in Equality, Ala., with his wife Jill and two children. WLAC fans can mark their calendars for the 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which will be held June 8-11, 2022, at Shipshewana Auction, Inc., in Shipshewana, Ind. About the Livestock Marketing Association The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through support, representation and communication efforts. For more information, visit





















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J. Neil Orth Named 2021 Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery Inductee Source: Deb Norton, Cogent Ideas Inc. Louisville, Kentucky ( June 3, 2021) — Officials of the Kentucky State Fair Board recently announced that J. Neil Orth has been selected as the 2021 Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee. The portrait gallery serves as the livestock industry’s hall of fame. The Saddle and Sirloin award is one of the highest honors awarded to individuals in the livestock industry. The award is presented by the Saddle and Sirloin Award Committee based on an individual’s service and industry impact. Neil Orth began to forge a career path in livestock marketing and leadership as a student at Michigan State University. While still a student at MSU, Orth assumed the role of “beef ambassador,” managing and touring International Livestock Exposition grand champion steers throughout the United States. The tour was expanded by USDA to Europe and the 1964 World Trade Fair. The project was designed to promote the U.S. beef industry internationally.

In May 1968, Orth began a well-documented, successful career in livestock marketing as a young field representative for Vance Publishing’s (now Farm Journal) publication, Drovers Journal. Neil’s reputation as having a keen eye for phenotype preceded him as a marketer. While making a routine herd visit to sell Drovers Journal advertising, the potential advertiser asked him to evaluate the family’s steer prospects. One calf quickly caught his eye. Orth encouraged the family to bypass any terminal shows and take him to the International. The rest is beef industry history. The steer was the iconic “Conoco” that became the first crossbred steer ever selected as the 1969 grand champion steer at the International Livestock Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois. Two years later, Orth and his father bred a promising crossbred calf, “Bold Move,” that was selected by Dr. Gary Minish as the 1971 grand champion steer at the International.


During Orth’s 18-year career at Drovers Journal, advertising sales increased dramatically year over year, Vance Publishing launched a national pork publication, began to offer ring service in Canada and the publication became the premier voice of the livestock industry. After two years, Neil was promoted to director of field staff and advertising sales manager. Under Orth’s leadership, the field staff was the most respected team of marketers in the beef industry. His ability and commitment to teach and mentor young people became a bellwether of industry contributions. In 1983, he was named associate publisher.


In 1988, Neil Orth’s career path changed from livestock marketer and publisher to breed association executive when he became the executive vice president of the International Brangus Breeders Association, San Antonio, Texas. Orth approached his new career path with the same passion for progress as he had in all previous endeavors. During his 12-years of Brangus leadership, the association made tremendous progress through an aggressive commitment to research; improved and expanded genetic selection tools; and structured commercial marketing programs and video auctions. During a difficult economic period, Orth’s leadership led to the doubling of the association’s cash reserves and greater breed acceptance. Orth’s executive management and leadership skills were again recognized, and he was named executive vice president of the American-International Charolais Association in 2000. As a breed executive, Orth’s mastery in improving the financial position of the associations under his leadership is the result of his ability to assess inefficiencies and willingness to make change. His unassuming leadership and administrative style enabled him to effectively see association issues in the broader context of the beef industry. Three generations of young people have benefitted from Neil Orth’s mentoring and leadership and parlayed their experiences into successful careers in the livestock industry. Two major breed associations have made course corrections and continue to own a share of the beef industry market. During a career that spans more than 50 years, Orth has received multiple awards from his peers, served on national and international boards and made significant and lasting industry contributions. The Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery is curated by the Kentucky State Fair Board and is displayed throughout the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky. The collection includes more than 350 original oil portraits, dating back to the early 1900s. To be considered for the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery, an individual must be nominated by his or her peers. Neil Orth’s nomination was supported by more than 150 letters from industry leaders, university leaders, professional colleagues, and national and international breed association executives. Orth’s official induction into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery will be Sunday evening, November 14, 2021, at the North American International Livestock Exposition, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. AUGUST 2021 57


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SEMO Cattlemen’s Association The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association hosted several events in the month of May to promote May is Beef Month. Every Saturday during the month of May, a beef cookout was held at Ken’s Ace Hardware in Jackson. Two Saturdays were devoted to cookouts at Rozier’s Food Center in Perryville. Patrons enjoyed various beef dishes while SEMO Cattlemen’s members were on hand to provide literature and recipes. To reach a broader audience, members of SEMO Cattlemen took to area radio stations. Members talked with radio personalities from KRHW 97.3 and KYRX C106 about the beef industry, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the May is Beef Month promotions. Gift cards from local restaurants and a grocery store were given away on-air. We appreciate the donations made by sponsors. Additionally, beef sticks were given to two area schools to be included in their snack pack programs and beef hotdogs were given for softball games at another school.

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South Central Cattlemen’s Association The monthly meeting of the South Central Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) was held Thursday, June 24, at the Howell County Extension office in West Plains. The meeting was catered by Bootleggers BBQ and was sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim, Multimin USA and Newport Laboratories. SCCA President Janet Crow opened the meeting with upcoming event information and encouraged all cattle owners to register to vote with the Missouri Department of Agriculture for the upcoming Missouri Beef Industry Council board elections ( beef/votingregistration.php). Jennifer Poor gave the financial report and a report on the second session of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College. Elizabeth Pickings read the minutes from the last meeting. Rose Massengill ( from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented to the group information on electronic identification tags that can be obtained through a veterinarian from the USDA. Cattle owners are encouraged to use the tags to help track ownership of culled cattle that may develop illness. Rose went on to explain that, in order to get the tags, cattle owners need to call their veterinarian and have the veterinarian request the tags from the USDA. Dr. Jason Shumaker, DVM, (jason.shumaker@ from Newport Laboratories spoke to the group about the new pinkeye. He explained the causes, testing and treatment of the illness. He encouraged cattle owners to be vigilant on fly control and to test quickly should they suspect their herd has the new pinkeye. Newport Laboratories will supply test kits to cattle owners upon request.


Joe Brown ( from Multimin USA spoke on the importance of trace minerals for the


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herd. Joe explained that Multimin USA is needed for cows and heifers during pre-breeding and pre-calving; for bulls, it is most needed before the bull is released with the females; and for calves, it is most needed if there was a difficult delivery, at branding/vaccination/ castration time, and when they are weaned. Joe also compared the absorption rates of injectable and freechoice minerals. Randy Schilling (randy.schilling@boehringer-ingelheim. com) from Boehringer-Ingelheim discussed how LongRange parasite control will financially benefit a cattle owner’s herd. He compared the longevity of LongRange to other wormers. When used, LongRange has shown increased average daily gains in cattle, increased reproduction efficacy and increased margin per calf. Randy also discussed the use of BoehringerIngelheim products for the new pinkeye. The meeting was closed with a live auction. All proceeds will go into the general fund for SCCA.

Pettis County Cattlemen The Pettis County Cattlemen attended Cowboys at the Capitol in Jefferson City in February and again in April. With March being one of the first months that had good weather, most, if not all, of us worked on the farm. Along with other cattlemen and cattlewomen, we met with and spoke to our state representatives and senators about issues and concerns that affect the farming community. Our main point is Eminent Domain, which passed the house but died in the senate. We will have to try again next year. Our other point is price transparency from producer all the way through the food chain to the table. There are some very major differences in pricing and no good explanations as to why. Again, this is a topic that will have to be taken up next year. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Steak Fry was held June 12 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. With the help of several of our members and the Lafayette County Cattlemen and their cooker, we fed over 500 people. There is some speculation that attendance was closer to 600. With 2022 being an off-year election and lots of things hanging in the balance, next year should be busy at the

The cooking crew at the MCA Steak Fry in Sedalia on June 12

Steak Fry. We all had a good time and look forward to the 2022 event. From the Pettis County Cattlemen, stay safe and may all your cows calve.

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St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, July 13, at Valley Center Church with 39 members and guests present. Greg Collier with the Missouri Department of Conservation spoke to the group about how he can help and what he is here to do for us as our agriculture liaison with the MDC. Andrew Bird with Missouri Prime Beef Packers spoke to the group about how MPBP opened their plant in April. As of last Friday, they have increased production to 300 head per day with the goal being at 500 head per day. MPBP is sourcing only Missouri born and raised Beef. They are working with Price Cutter on the Show Me Beef program and with SGC Foodservice to distribute beef to restaurants around the state. Anyone interested in taking cattle to MPBP should contact them directly.

St. Clair County meeting with speaker Andrew Bird from Missouri Prime Beef Packers.

Thank you, Andrew Bird and Missouri Prime Beef Packers, for speaking to our group and sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Valley Center Church, for the delicious meal! St. Clair County Cattlemen are preparing for the start of school with the MoBeef for MoKids Program. Any person or business interested in donating, please see Weston Shelby or Lawanna Salmon. Monetary donations are being taken to help the Cattlemen be able to purchase cattle when no one has one ready to go at the scheduled time. A big THANK YOU to Community First Bank, Legacy Bank, Hawthorne Bank and Gregg Smith Ford for donating for the 21-22 school year. On Friday, June 25, the St. Clair County Cattlemen worked the 50/50 Raffle at the Lucas Oil Pro Bull Ride. The Cattlemen raised $706 for the Scholarship Fund! The Cattlemen are also holding a ½ Beef Raffle this

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year again. Tickets are $5 each. The winner will receive ½ a beef and processing. The drawing will be held 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. St. Clair County Cattlemen won a Miraco 3345 30-Gallon, 1-Hole MiraFount Waterer at the Missouri Cattlemen Industry 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. The next meeting is scheduled for August 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Farmhouse Kitchen, Appleton City. Our sponsor/speaker is Tom Browning, All-American Insurance Group.

Lafayette County The Lafayette County Cattlemen continued their tradition of supporting the Lafayette County 4-H and FFA Fair by grilling hamburgers and all-beef hotdogs for participants of the annual Super Farmer Contest held in Higginsville at Fairground Park on Tuesday, July 13. 4-H members and their families were served 300 hamburgers, 100 hotdogs and chips prior to the evening’s events. Wood & Huston Bank furnished water for the participants. Following the supper, members held a brief meeting to finish up details for the Scholarship Dinner to be held at the Concordia Community Center July 23.

Lafayette County 4-H members enjoyed the Super Farmer Contest during fair week.


LCCA also sponsored the annual Rate of Gain Contest for the Beef Show. Results will be included in next month’s article.


Linda Irene McCann Linda Irene McCann, age 73, of Miller, Missouri, passed away at 4:35 a.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021, at her home. She was born August 21, 1947, in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Charles “Chuck” and Maxine (Cortleyou) Lakin. Linda was a 1966 graduate of Phoenix Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a registered nurse for Home Health and Hospice, retiring in 2008. She was a member of the Round Grove Baptist Church in Miller. On June 26, 1968, she married Jim McCann in Weatherford, Texas. Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jim; her mother, Maxine Lakin, of Phoenix; one daughter, Monica Escamilla and her husband, Tommy, of Mansfield, Texas; two sons, Jason McCann and his wife, Mary Lou, and Travis McCann and his wife, Amy, all of Miller, nine grandchildren; three sisters, Charlene Bergland and her husband, Eric, of Middleburg, Vermont, Sally Lakin, of Gold Canyon, Arizona and Patty Carroll and her husband, Larry, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and several nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her father, Chuck. A graveside service under the direction of the MorrisLeiman-Mosher Funeral Home, in Miller, Missouri, was held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the Grays Point Cemetery west of Miller.


Memorial donations may be made payable to the Missionary Fund at the Round Grove Baptist Church or for the scholarship fund at the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 108, Miller, Missouri.


USBBC Elects ASA Executive as President Source: American Shorthorn Association KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The US Beef Breeds Council (USBBC) met in late May electing new officers to preside over the organization and discuss upcoming goals. The American Shorthorn Association’s Executive Secretary/CEO, Montie D. Soules was elected President and will serve a two-year term. The USBBC is comprised of United States beef breed executives and oversees the appointment of the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) executive director and board of directors. Past-President, Wade Shafer, PhD., of the American Simmental Association oversaw the meeting and election of new officers. “Using the strength of all beef breeds in a united way allows us to show our elected officials wrongful claims in our industry can hurt the income and longevity of our members of all US Beef breeds.” said Montie Soules, Executive Secretary/CEO of ASA and President of the USBBC. Robert Williams, PhD. of the American Wagyu Association was elected Vice President of the USBBC. “This is a great organization bringing together strong breed executives representing the purebred cattle industry that will have the abilities to carry forward our goals.” During the May meeting, the USBBC discussed goals moving forward and plans to unite all US beef breeds as a strong front against those opposing the animal agriculture and meat industry by attempting to advertise non-beef products as beef products. Soules adds, “All of our members are affected in the same way. If we unite, we will be able to use all of our strengths in multiple ways.”

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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Right Tool for the Job Some might wonder why prehistoric cave drawings weren’t more detailed. Surely there were artists capable of rendering intricate representations of the circulatory system of aurochs or the dentition of a Saber Tooth Tiger drawn to scale. But what we see on these cave walls are stick figure men chasing antelope shaped quadrupeds, reminiscent of Dick and Jane throwing a bone at Spot. Rather primitive at best. I think there had to be a Neanderthal equivalent of Norman Rockwell, but he was born without a pencil sharpener, a pencil, or even a Big Chief pad. He didn’t have the right tools for the job. How many times have you screwed up a perfectly good latigo, bridle, spur strap or belt for want of a hole punch? Have you ever knocked the corners off a hex head nut tryin’ to take it off with a pair of pump pliers? How ‘bout wirin’ a couple of old board panels across a broken hole in the pen thinkin’, ‘This will only have to hold ‘em till the trucker comes at noon.’


Have you ever fallen prey to the temptation to rope a turn back steer when yer ridin’ a 3-year old trainee? Do you recall using baler twine to repair some temporary break-down, hopin’ it will hold until the welder comes?


In Iowa you can buy a handy little tool made from bent PCV pipe affectionately called a chicken catcher. It’s like a sheep crook and is commonly used to grab baby calves.

Doug had cornered one of his calves in the barn lot to treat him for pinkeye last June. While a group of his itinerant coffee shop companions watched, Doug attempted several lasso’s at the streaking 250-pounder. Finally the peanut gallery climbed the fence to help. They stepped carefully around the rain puddles and shooshed and waved as the calf ducked and dived between them. Randy spotted the chicken catcher layin’ with the baby balling gun and empty box of scour pills. “Maybe I can snag him with this”, he laughed, pickin’ up the chicken catcher. “I’ll catch the calf, then you guys come and help.” It was an even match. Randy weighed about the same as the calf. He shot the hooked implement out and snagged the adrenaline charged calf above the fetlock of the hind leg. He was jerked off his feet, but hung on as the calf jerked, rattled, kicked and ran, slingin’ mud and cow droplets across Randy’s broad front. Randy went down, but hung on as the calf drug him around the pen. His teeth were clacking like a bad valve job when the crew, weak from laughter dropped a rope over the calf. Randy looked like the floor of a stock trailer. “You reckon,” he asked, “they make one in a bigger size?”















Helping Communities Become Digitally Connected Source: University of Missouri Extension News COLUMBIA, Mo. – Adoption of broadband has the potential to boost a community’s economic growth and quality of life. But in much of Missouri, especially rural areas, the high-bandwidth wirelines to connect households and businesses don’t exist. Helping more Missouri communities become digitally connected was the topic of a recent webinar by the University of Missouri System Broadband Initiative team. The team announced the Digitally Connected Communities Guide, a collection of resources designed to help communities create actionable plans for expanding broadband access. The guide includes informational videos, an internet speed test and data and mapping tools for identifying needs, assets and funding opportunities. MU Extension field faculty will work with stakeholder groups in selected communities this fall to facilitate their progress through an online course based on the guide. Community-based extension faculty will be able to connect stakeholders to outside resources and expertise. The process outlined in the guide culminates in a written proposal to expand broadband access through public-private partnerships. Participant groups haven’t been identified yet, but they could range from entire counties to unincorporated communities, said Marc McCarty, adjunct professor

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$2,000 in Scholarships Awarded at MU Animal Sciences Leadership Academy Source: University of Missouri Extension News COLUMBIA, Mo. – Four participants in the University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences 2021 Leadership Academy took home $500 scholarships to MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. MU Extension swine nutritionist Marcia Shannon said winners were selected by their peers based on group presentations on current topics. The winning team consisted of Brooke Anderson, Ionia; Aubrey Mattson, Conception Junction; Jadyn Lower, Humansville; and Alex Schnell, Sturgeon. They presented on the topic of animal welfare. Sixteen student leaders with an interest in agriculture learned about the livestock industry during the fourday June event held at MU. Students toured leading agriculture industry sites such as the Tyson Foods hatchery and processing plant in Sedalia, Square B Cattle Co., Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Sydenstricker Genetics and Sydenstricker Equipment, the MU Swine Farm, and the MU Equine Center. Students also got to meet agricultural leaders in the state such as Garrett Hawkins, Blake Rollins, Joe Abbott, Ben Eggers and Mike John.

touring spots as well, and this year we added leadership development opportunities such as officer of the day, scribes and discussion facilitators.” This year’s participants were Brooke Anderson, Ionia; Avery Neidholdt, Keytesville; Libby Kleinsorge, Middletown; Kristen Rieke, Linn; Ella Shelton, Harrisonville; Emma Bruns, Bosworth; Trey Hoffman, Archie; Laine Schmalzried, Raymore; Luke Schroeder, Westphalia; Abbey Wright, Marceline; Aubrey Mattson, Conception Junction; Bianca Biggs, Plano, Texas; Jadyn Lower, Humansville; Alex Schnell, Sturgeon; Nicole Sjorstrand, Ashland; and Jesse Shannon, Centralia. Program partners for the event: MU Division of Animal Sciences, MU School of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln University, FCS Financial, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, Tyson Foods Inc., Square B Cattle Co., Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Sydenstricker Genetics and Sydenstricker Equipment, MFA Health Track Beef Alliance, SimGenetics and American Simmental Association.

Shannon and MU Extension livestock specialist David Hoffman have led the academy since it began six years ago. “The event gives future leaders in the agricultural industry an opportunity to meet MU faculty and staff, and agricultural association and industry leaders while networking with other young leaders across the state,” said Shannon. “Each year we try to change up the

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Rising Feed Prices Call for Cutting the Fat in Cow-Calf Operations Source: University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey says beef producers can offset rising feed prices with changes in their operations. “It’s time to literally cut the fat from cow-calf operations,” says Bailey. Rising corn and soybean commodity prices are making their way downstream to feed prices, putting a pinch on profits. For example, pelleted soybeans sold for $115 per ton in June 2020. By May 25, 2021, they sold at $170 per ton, according to a USDA Agricultural Resource Management Survey. Other input costs, such as fuel and fertilizer, also are rising. Trim supplemental feed budgets when not calving Consider body condition scores (BCS) when cutting costs, Bailey says. Cattle don’t have to be in a preferred body condition score of 5 or higher (on a scale of 1-9) year-round. A BCS above 5 matters most at calving time. Good scores during this time also determine how long they are infertile after calving. Producers can trim supplemental feed budgets other than at calving time. Now is time for hay tests Surprisingly, new crop hay markets remain mostly steady, according to the May 27 Missouri Direct Hay Report. “Good hay is undervalued in today’s market and bad hay is overvalued,” Bailey says. “The challenge with buying or selling hay is that they don’t come with feed analysis attached.”

Many producers find it easy to skip hay testing when cattle are in good shape and hay is cheap. Now that margins are tight, hay tests are “an invaluable tool in your toolbox,” Bailey says. Focus on protein and energy to get the most bang for your buck, he says. Plan for winter feeding Plan now for your winter hay feeding, Bailey says. With corn market futures still at $6 per bushel, consider alternative feed sources, and have feed tested. Feed test data may be confusing and overwhelming. If you need help understanding these tests, contact an MU Extension livestock specialist. Keep in mind that two major data points matter: total digestible nutrients (TDN) and crude protein levels. “That’s it unless there is a problem,” Bailey says. If there is a problem, examine minerals, ratios and specific deficiencies. Graze good-quality forages This is a good year to graze high-quality forages to cut feed bills, Bailey says Planning to stockpile tall fescue for winter grazing should begin before fall. The quality of stockpiled fescue declines over the winter, but the decline is not significant until January or later. If the decline is not significant, nutrient requirements will be met for dry, non-lactating cows. When you must supplement There will be times when producers need to supplement. When this happens, consider price per pound of TDN, Bailey says. How much TDN does each pound of supplement offer? Under current prices, soyhull is one of the best values per pound. Other high-TDN supplements include DDGS, corn and alfalfa.


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Ionophore cattle additives also boost feed efficiency and average daily gain, says Bailey. When feed prices are high, adding ionophores to mineral and other feed supplements are a good choice to improve animal body weight.

Tips for backgrounding and preconditioning Calculate feed cost of gain per pound. Is the weight gained worth the cost per pound? Consider if there is a way to make the feed cheaper or to feed it more efficiently such as buying in bulk or feeding a single commodity instead of a blend. Bailey suggests feeding high-quality forages to calves to support weight gain or trying alternative feeds such as burned soybean, hominy or grain screenings in rations. He recommends no more than 10% of alternative feeds in rations without the guidance of a professional.

Bailey and other MU Extension specialists present Forage & Livestock Town Halls via Zoom at noon on Thursdays. Register at, where recordings of past presentations are available, including Bailey’s “Supplementation With Expensive Feed Prices” ( Bailey recommends MU Extension agricultural business specialist Wes Tucker’s “Backgrounding 101” presentation on value of gain per pound at

Lisa Bryant Joins Red Angus Association of America Team Source: RAAA Denver — The Red Angus Association of America welcomes Lisa Bryant to the Red Angus communications team. Bryant’s primary responsibilities will include publishing the Buckle & Banner magazine, managing Association newsletters, maintaining social media accounts and enhancing the design services segment of the team. “We’re excited to have Lisa join our team at Red Angus. She brings with her many years of experience and a stacked deck of skills and her presence will allow us to expand our efforts to a broader audience of the beef industry,” said Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA director of communications. The Ada, Oklahoma, native will add a wealth of marketing and communications experience to the communications team. She has owned Cowboy Connection Designs & Communications, a full-service agency specializing in the agricultural industry, for 22 years. Bryant has worked with more than 130 clients including several breed associations, industry checkoffs, ag groups and individual ranches.

Tracing her farming and ranching roots at least seven generations deep, Bryant lives on her family farm in south central Oklahoma where she helps manage a diversified operation consisting of commercial cow-calf and Boer goat herds, pecans, hay and a retail pecan farm store. “I’m excited to work with such a reputable breed of cattle and its breeders,” said Bryant. “Working handin-hand with the talented staff at the Red Angus Association of America, I hope to keep Red Angus breeders and commercial cattlemen better abreast of the latest Red Angus news, industry information and advice to keep breeders more efficient, more profitable and more productive.” Bryant started in her new role on June 7 and can be reached at

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Finding Balance — When Cow Nutrition and Performance Meet Source: Karen Hiltbrand, Angus Communications As the cow has evolved over the years, so has her nutrient requirements. With time, change occurs and advancements in the beef industry are made. Since the 1970s, carcass weights have increased on average of six pounds per year, 80% of cattle are grading Choice or higher, and the environmental footprint has been reduced; all with the goal of meeting consumer demands and increasing the value of beef. Today cow performance and efficiency are higher than ever, and there are certain factors required to reach optimum production, said Wesley Moore, technical specialist at Cargill Animal Nutrition. Moore said the correct balance between cow nutrition and performance levels affects nutrient demands, during the Cargill Animal Nutrition-sponsored Angus University Webinar, “Evolution of the Cow, Evolution of Nutrition.” The cow has changed drastically since the ’50s, but Moore posed the question — “Are cows consuming the nutritional requirements needed to reach optimum performance?” These nutritional developments haven’t occurred by chance, as they have been the result of both genetic and mating decisions. Changing consumer needs have resulted in producers applying selection pressure in the areas of carcass weight, marbling and milk. Due to these pressures, cows have different nutrient requirements compared to cows thirty years ago.

He added, as cow requirements change based on performance, their nutritional needs change. “With a bigger and more productive cow comes more cost, and if we are not gaining more revenue, we really need to change our business model,” he said. “Nutrition should not be a cost, rather it should be an investment.” It is important producers select females and make mating decisions that both fit and perform specific to their environment while still using the resources they have available to reach optimum performance. Chances are the grass cows have grazed on since the inception of an operation has not changed. Moore asked, “What are you doing different to fit those cows’ growing needs?” “We can’t decide where we are going if we don’t know where we’ve been,” Moore said. As the cow continues to evolve, the challenge remains that nutrition programs evolve as well.

“What does that mean? From a nutrient standpoint that means our cow needs more groceries to perform at a higher level,” Moore said. “If we have selected for milk and on average, I believe we have, we increase demands for energy not only during lactation but specifically outside of lactation for maintenance of organ tissue.” The nutrition program at any operation should reflect the producer’s specific selection pressures. When developing a nutrition program, Moore said the three factors producers need to grasp are: to know your cow, know your environment, and know your situation. AUGUST 2021 81





Farewell, Old Friend Goodbyes are never easy. We have all said goodbye to something or someone – a favorite relative, devoted pet, former friend, etc. The finality of ending a relationship or experience and the change demanded thereafter oftentimes proves unnerving. This summer many of us bid adieu to the St. Joseph Stockyards. After operating nearly 135 years, the stockyards closed its gates for the final time. For generations, it served a central role in the lives of cattle producers, buyers and families throughout northwest Missouri. We all have different relationships with our select yards or sale barns and their personnel. For me (Nancy), the ending in St. Joe was much more impactful than expected. I’m 45. I haven’t set foot on its premises in years. Its closure does not directly impact me or my business but does end an era onto which I hold dear.


Some of my earliest memories are interwoven with the stockyards. Like many NWMO farm kids, the St. Joseph Stockyards was my own paradise as I oversaw the ticket books when unloading cattle, loved on Gene Sammon’s horse, watched Gary Mann and Speck sort cattle into selling groups, and played endlessly on the catwalks above the pens.


I never envisioned a world in which the St. Joseph Stockyards didn’t exist. I still don’t. It’s surreal knowing that I never will return for a sale day or have lunch at the Hoof and Horn after a successful morning. I will forever hold tightly to my memories. The people, the sounds, the smells, the happiness – my childhood happiness. Though, every ending provides for new opportunities and experiences. This closing will be no

different. Farmers and their families are naturally resilient beings and those impacted will create a new normal, a new mode of operation. They will find new barns and new buyers. They will make new memories at new locations and create traditions encircling both. For those of you that still have your barns and people, be grateful. Be thankful you are operating business as usual. Be content that no change can be a welcomed state. You are fortunate. As for me, I’m going to hold tightly to my St. Joseph Stockyards. I can. I don’t have to adjust or move on. I am also holding tightly to the loadout sign I acquired from the yards. Many times, I saw the sign, and many times, I thought nothing of it. Now, it means so much to me. My thanks to Gary Mann for giving me one final stockyard memory. Farewell, old friend. You will be missed. Nancy and Cooper









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. 18 Fleckvieh Heritage Sale, Roland, OK Sept. 25 KL3 Angus Sale, Poplar Bluff, MO Sept. 25 Soaring Eagle Invitational Sale, Springfield, MO Sept. 25 NextGen Cattle Co. Flint Hills Classic Production Sale, Paxico, KS Oct. 2 Inaugural Fall Colors Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 2 Soaring Eagle Bull & Female Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 2 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 Gerloff Bull Fest Sale, Bland, MO

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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 McBee Cattle Co. Sale, Fayette, MO Oct. 30 Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO Oct. 30 Cattlemen’s Preferred All Breed Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Harrison, AR 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



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ADM..................................................................... 47 Beef - NCBA Ad.................................................... 29 Buffalo Livestock Market...................................... 30 Callaway Livestock Center Inc............................. 76 Cattlemen’s Field Day........................................... 36 Central Missouri Sales Co.................................... 79 Classified............................................................... 89 Clearwater Farm................................................... 59 Coon Angus Ranch............................................... 59 Cotton Seed........................................................... 13 Durham Simmental Farms................................... 25 Ertell Cattle Company.......................................... 78 F&T Livestock Market.......................................... 14 FCS of Missouri.................................................... 92 Feedtrain............................................................... 17 Fleckvieh Heritage Sale........................................ 69 Four Starr Genetics Sale....................................... 67 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus.................................. 59 Friday - Cartoon................................................... 88 Galaxy Beef LLC.................................................. 59 Gerloff Farms........................................................ 59 GrassWorks............................................................ 21 Green County Crop Insurance............................. 77 Green’s Welding & Sales....................................... 20 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.................................... 59 HydraBed.............................................................. 24 Jim’s Motors.......................................................... 61 Joplin Regional Stockyards..................................... 3 Journagan Ranch/MSU Sale.................................. 7 Kingsville Livestock Auction................................ 62 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma................................ 59 KT Farms.............................................................. 25 Lucas Cattle Co.................................................... 25 Marshall & Fenner Farms..................................... 59 MCA - Membership Form.................................... 85 MCA - Membership Signs.................................... 86 MCA - Presidents Council.................................... 83 MCA - Show-Me-Select Sale Credit..................... 87 MCA - Top Hand................................................. 82 MCA Profitability Challenge...........................54-55 McBee Cattle Co................................................... 61

MCF Golf Tournament....................................65-66 MCF Scholarship.................................................. 57 McPherson Concrete Products.............................. 89 Mead Cattle Co..................................................... 35 Mead Farms.......................................................... 59 Merck Animal Health........................................... 45 Merry Meadows Simmental................................. 25 MFA ..................................................................... 43 Missouri Angus Association.................................. 59 Missouri Angus Breeders...................................... 59 Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine...................... 80 Missouri Beef House Schedule.............................. 19 Missouri Beef Industry Council............................ 27 Missouri Limousin Association............................. 91 Missouri Simmental Association........................... 25 Missouri Simmental Breeders............................... 25 MultiMin.............................................................. 51 Oval F Ranch....................................................... 25 Ragland Mills....................................................... 31 RLE Simmental.................................................... 25 S&N Partners........................................................ 41 Sampson Cattle Co............................................... 59 Seedstock Plus Sales.............................................. 39 Sellers Feedlot....................................................... 64 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle................................... 25 Slayton Farms....................................................... 25 South Central Regional Stockyards...................... 60 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.............................. 59 Steaks Alive........................................................... 25 Superior Steel Sales............................................... 38 Sydenstricker Genetics.......................................... 59 Touchstone Energy................................................ 49 Valley Oaks Angus................................................ 59 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats................ 15 Wax - Marshall Ryegrass........................................ 2 Weiker Angus Ranch............................................ 59 Westway Feeds........................................................ 9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate........................... 58 Wheeler Livestock Market.................................... 64 Mike Williams....................................................... 58 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers..................................... 23