September 2022 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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CONTENTS Missouri CattleWomen’s Showcase & Tell After 30 Years, Missouri CattleWomen Keep Beef at the Center Stage Creative in the Kitchen New and Alternative Ways to Ensure Beef is Still What’s For Dinner Magic Merger Valley Oaks Angus Merges with Square B to Create an Expansive Scope of Service 24 38 64 FEATURES MCA President’s Perspective Fall Brings New Opportunities and Challenges CattleWomen’s Corner Fair Time to Fall Time Straight Talk: Mike Deering An Empty Seat Regional Range Report Transitioning: Summer to Fall What’s Cooking at the Beef House Thank You Steak Fry Volunteers Capitol Update Thank You Volunteers 8 10 12 14 18 90 Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News 6 16 34 The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. September 2022 MEMBER NEWS COLUMNS 64 Magic Merger Creative in the Kitchen 38


New MCA Members Missouri State Fair Highlights


Volume 51 - Issue 9 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056)


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2022 MCA Officers

Bruce Mershon, President 816-289-3765 • 31107 Lake City Buckner Rd., Buckner, MO 64016

David Dick, President-Elect 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

Chuck Miller, Vice President 573-881-3589 • 393 Spring Garden Road, Olean, MO 65064

Marvin Dieckman, Treasurer 660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ, Cole Camp, MO 65325

Charlie Besher, Secretary 573-866-2846 • RR 5, Box 2402, Patton, MO 63662

2022 MC A Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Joe L olli, 30019 Klondike Pl Macon, MO 63552 660-346-9711

Region 2: Anit a Vanderwert, 4902 Cochero Ct., Columbia, MO 65203 • 573-808-3000

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: Alex Haun, 1031 SW 600 Rd Holden, MO 64040 • 816-345-0005

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

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

USMEF News LMA Op-Ed Advertisers Index 7 19 58 78 80 98
Angus News

Timothy & Angela Ehlers, Hughesville, MO

Eric Shellabarger, Mexico, MO

Jacob & Dawn Shellabarger, Mexico, MO

Maggie Stark, Butler, MO

Jason Dieckman, Cole Camp, MO

Tyler Harris, Fulton, MO

Joey Blackburn, Blackburn Farms, LLC, Williamsburg, MO

Debbie Miller, Carrollton, MO

Jeffery Fleming, F5 Farms, Sullivan, MO

Jaiden Eaton, Salem, MO

Nathan Bolzenius, Bolzenius Farm, Beaufort, MO

Luke Herring, Union, MO

Steve Strubberg, New Haven, MO

Tony Fletchall, Stanberry, MO

Thomas Sims, Willard, MO

Lanny Ireland, Trenton, MO

Glen Gentry, Bethany, MO

Gary Hill, McFall, MO

Edward Kellner, Cainsville, MO

Kyle Spillman, Bethany, MO

Frank Browning, Weaubleau, MO

Bob Carlson, 3M Angus, Willow Springs, MO

Jackson Lee, Willow Springs, MO

Rose Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Farms, Willow Springs, MO

Melanie Chaves, Desoto, MO

Adalynn Crull, Ditmer, MO

Max Crull, Ditmer, MO

Zoey Crull, Dittmer, MO

Madelynn Huskey, Hillsboro, MO

Michael Sumaza, Harrah, OK

Michael Harrison, Harrison Homestead, Noel, MO

Nik & Kathy Manley, Manley Farm, Anderson, MO

Dennis & Laura Pope, Noel, MO

Gracie LaFoe, Hannibal, MO

Derrick Cobb, Montgomery City, MO

Bryon & Rebecca Haskins, Lamar, MO

Jay Wasson, Nixa, MO

Carsen Rhodes, Bolivar, MO

Kathy Loew, Unionville, MO

Tim Shepard, Doniphan, MO

Caleb Stewart, Fairdealing, MO

Donny Young, Doniphan, MO

Jill Chapman, Chapman Farms and Firewood, Osceola, MO

Chad Bess, Dexter, MO

Jody Bess, Dexter, MO

David Clary, Bloomfield, MO

Paul Clary, Bloomfield, MO

Michael Haga, Indian Creek Meats, Poplar Bluff, MO

Phil Gorham, Diamond V, Cedar Rapids, IA

Timothy & Abbey Hoffman, Lamoni, IA

See the MCA Membership Form on page 93.

President’s Perspective

Fall Brings New Opportunities and Challenges

Another Missouri State Fair is in the books. What’s your favorite activity at the fair? Watching the livestock shows? Browsing through the latest in equipment and supplies? Concerts? Midway? Funnel cakes? Governor’s Ham Breakfast? Mine is catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. This year’s fair was extremely successful, and we have the staff and volunteers to thank for it.

I confess to having a close second favorite at the fair. A fresh corn dog with ketchup and mustard. I am a man with vices, and a good corn dog is one of them.

Hats off to Patty Wood, her husband Pat, and their crew for a great job running your MCA Beef House. A huge thank you to all the volunteers that allow us to keep the Beef House running.

A special shout out to the Missouri CattleWomen’s Showcase located in the building next to the Beef House. This year was another impressive operation highlighting beef recipes that are easy to prepare, great tasting and timely for a busy family (see related story on page 24).

With the fair completed, it’s time to turn our attention to other opportunities and issues. Now is the time for youth, ages 8-21, to select two or more heifers to participate in the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Heifer Show & Sale to be held in June 2023. Youth will learn firsthand what it’s like to raise and market commercial heifers. This is an authentic, real-life experience, and there’s no other program like it in our state (see page 46 for more information).

You may recall the inaugural heifer placement sale was held in June combined with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo. The average price of bred heifers sold by junior exhibitors was $2,475! To participate, heifers must be calfhood

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vaccinated (OCV) to meet Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program protocols. If you are interested or know youth in your community who should participate, please get them involved. The process can start by getting the vet out to their farm for the vaccination.

The drought in Missouri will impact us all this year. We understand there are variables out of our control, but it still hurts when weather turns against us. Our farm’s August preg checking results of heifers demonstrate the effects. All of our heifers had pre-breeding exams and were handled the same way. We usually run 10-12% open. This year, though, the open percentages were higher: Cowgill, 17% (the prettiest heifers we’ve ever raised); Lawson, 10%; Maysville, 11%; and Stockton, 22% (OUCH). Many of you in Southern Missouri feel the pain.

Governor Parson has requested a special session of the legislature to convene in early September. Earlier this summer, he vetoed the “Ag Bill” passed in the Missouri Legislature because tax credits for agriculture were for two years instead of six years like all other bills passed in the 2022 legislature. By the time you read this column, I hope the Missouri Legislature will have passed the tax credits and a reduction in state income tax for all Missourians.

As we work together this fall, my hope is that you have a season of growing grass and Missouri Tiger Football has lots of wins!


Straight Talk

with Mike Deering

An Empty Seat

Dinnertime is special in my house. We gather around the table to thank God for our blessings. This is when we focus solely on family. It was this way in my house growing up, and it’s that way now. Starting April 5, 1993, there was an empty seat at my family’s kitchen table.

I was in fifth grade, and we had an elementary school program that evening. My mom, sister and I ate quickly so I could go sing the silly songs. I would have preferred being with my dad haying cows. We left him a plate at the dinner table. Embarrassingly, we were on a tight budget and dinner was a chicken patty. When we returned, the plate was untouched.

Come to find out, he would never fill that seat again. No more family time at the dinner table. The empty seat is symbolic of the emptiness I feel without my dad in my life. The tractor rolled while he was taking hay across a muddy dam as much of the state was facing severe flooding. He was gone. A horrible, tragic scene that haunts me to this day. I remember the sound of sparrows, the smell of April rain and the undeniable feeling of emptiness.

We all know someone who has been injured or killed in a farming or ranching accident. We know families who are still struggling with the empty seat at the dinner table once filled by a hardworking, passionate, and loving individual who was honored to make their living off the land. This is all too common.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that farming and ranching rank among the most likely occupations




in which people can be killed. I’m not going to claim that every single death could have been prevented, but I know many could have been. You know there were times you made decisions to save time or money that weren’t exactly brilliant. You know that you know farming. You’re good at your job. This doesn’t make you invincible. Slow down, evaluate the hazards and avoid shortcuts.

I care about you, and I want you to keep raising cattle. I also care about your family. I want no one to feel what I felt, to see what I saw or to hear what I heard nearly 30 years ago. Time doesn’t ease your pain. That’s a statement anyone who has truly felt loss knows is nonsense. Time has allowed me to turn pain into passion. That’s why every September, I share my story. I hope maybe, just maybe, someone cuts this editorial out and hangs it in the barn or on the refrigerator to serve as a sobering reminder that our profession is dangerous.

National Farm Safety and Health Week starts on September 18. It’s a good time to evaluate potential hazards on your farm or ranch. Sit around the dinner table with your family and discuss farm safety. It’s not fun dinner conversation, but it sure beats an empty seat.


Regional Range Report

Transitioning: Summer to Fall

The Missouri State Fair has always been a family tradition. I’m told, my first year, I was in womb, and I’m not sure I’ve missed a year since. As I write this, the fair is winding down, and I find myself reflecting on what our fair and the summer fair season represent. For those of us in the cattle industry, it is a way to showcase the great cattle in our state to our peers and consumers. As a parent, it is a great way for our kids to connect with other cattle enthusiasts in all corners of our state, build friendships and learn life skills.

The fair makes me smile. The dedication, responsibility, and ability to learn how to win with humility and lose with grace is a life skill that needs to be learned early. No one will ever completely agree with any judge; however, no one can argue that lessons can be learned by hanging out with cattle and friends at a fair.

Having grown up showing cattle and now watching our son wind down his fair seasons, I’ve seen the benefit. We’ve seen critical thinking skills develop over the years by watching our son try to figure out why his calves weren’t eating. He’s learned how his verbal and nonverbal actions impact cattle and those around him. He has learned how anxiety before going into a show ring directly impacts his animal and is still learning the gift to calm his mind when under pressure. Just as important, he’s made great friendships that will undoubtedly make his transition into Mizzou life much easier. Fair seasons have been good for him and many just like him.

As we transition into the fall season, I’m pondering how we keep these youth in agriculture engaged when fair season ends. As with any association, they are our lifeblood, and our future viability depends on them. It seems too often we support and encourage them during the summer but fail to get them engaged when we transition to fall.

Region 1 VP - Joseph Lolli

Region 2 Vice PresidentAnita Vanderwert is a lifelong cattle producer and passionate about the importance of the cattle industry in our state. She works for Brownfield Ag News. Anita; her husband, Wayne; and son, Ethan, raise Simmental-Angus cattle near Columbia, Missouri.

I realize all too well the activities that kids have through school that compete for their time. However, we should explore ideas at our county level that could engage our beef kids all year long. Let’s explore ways to create or enhance our county junior cattlemen’s groups. Let’s embrace them and offer them space to meet during our meetings. Every county has a youth that will help organize and lead a junior county cattlemen’s meeting. Maybe we help them gather for a quarterly event they want to organize. Let’s not ignore them until we want them to step up and lead the county grilling team or become a board member. If we get them engaged now with their own group, it will be natural for them to continue attending the adult meetings. We need to help them find a home within our county associations.

Having worked for NCBA, I know it is a struggle to keep people in the beef industry engaged throughout their lifetime. All too often we identify and encourage our youth at fairs and through scholarships, but we ignore them until they reach their 30s, and then we expect them to become county board members. In Missouri, we have programs to try to keep them engaged at the state level once they’re active at the county level, but then it is hard to get them to transition to become active at the national level. Let’s eliminate the gaps of involvement and make our county and state associations even stronger. Let’s work now to ensure the viability of our state association for the next generations.

Region 5 VP - Alex Haun

Region 2 VP - Anita Vanderwert Region 6 VP - Warren Love

Region 3 VP - Jeff Reed

Region 4 VP - Deb Thummel

Region 7 VP - Josh Worthington

At-Large Rep. - Kevin Valasek



Back to School with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.

To help get the school year off to a happy and nutritious start, look no further than Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. It’s easier than ever to incorporate beef into packed lunches with recipes like Beefy PB & J Wraps, Mediterranean Beef and Veggie Wraps and Personal Beef Pizzas.

If there were a protein contest, beef would surely be crowned king! Beef is packed full of ten essential nutrients, including protein, iron, zinc, choline, niacin, riboflavin, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins B6 and B12. It’s sure to give kids the fuel they need to thrive in the classroom, on the playground, and any after school activities. Just one 3 ounce serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein, which is about the size of a smart phone, and is about half of the Daily Value for protein.

“Nutrition research continues to show the importance of nutrient dense foods, such as beef, in providing children with the foundation for a healthy lifestyle,” said Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D., executive director, nutrition science, health & wellness, at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff “As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to come up with healthy and flavorful school lunches, but keeping it simple and focusing on including high-quality protein and nutrient-dense veggies can help streamline the process and set your kids up for success.”

Go to for more great recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Beef in the Classroom

Missouri Beef industry Council provides Beef in the Classroom across the state. The program focuses on making cooking with beef in the classroom easy, budget friendly and an educational experience students will enjoy.

MBIC has a variety of materials and resources available for teachers and students – from recipe cards to beef cut charts, coloring books to online games, MBIC has everything you need to make Beef in the Classroom a delicious and enjoyable experience for students of all skill sets and to inspire the next general of beef lovers.

Educators can also apply for reimbursement for the beef they purchase to cook in their classrooms.

To learn more about Beef in the Classroom visit www. and search “Beef in the Classroom”.

Mo Beef Kids

Missouri Beef Industry Council helps to support the Mo Beef Kids program in schools across the state as well. The Mo Beef Kids program connects schools and their food service professionals to cattle farmers and ranchers to “beef” up school lunches. The goal of the program is to provide more beef, more often in the lunchroom, while implementing food and nutrition education in the classroom. This powerful partnership highlights the important message and journey of food and nutrition, while adding important protein to a student’s diet, which is a win-win!

Local champions and passionate volunteers identify local farmers who are interested in donating to the program. The school’s food service provider, local state or federal inspected processor and school administration come together to make the program possible. Regional facilitators assist with logistical needs and help connect the dots between all partners.

In addition to getting more beef in the lunchroom, this program partnership offers educational resources to participating schools, including MBIC’s Beef in the Classroom program, a fifth-grade beef education


program called Pasture to Plate and Ag Education on the Move’s 10 week ag education program. As part of the program’s outreach and education effort, the Mo Beef Youth Academy, made up of selected high school students, helps extend the program mission into communities across the state.

Mo Beef Kids is a program of the Foundation of Food and Farm Connections, a registered 501( C)3 nonprofit foundation. Donations support program components in the lunchroom and the classroom. Donations supports purchasing beef, logistics around beef donations, classroom materials and program resources. For more information, educational resources and out latest Beef Recipe Book for Kids, visit

About the Beef Checkoff

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

About NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About Missouri Beef Industry Council

The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is a non-profit organization working on behalf of Missouri’s beef and dairy farmers and ranchers. The Missouri Beef Industry Council administers the Beef Checkoff program in Missouri which funds promotion, education, and research programs. The MBIC vision is to have a strong and viable beef industry in Missouri.

The MBIC mission is to improve the demand for beef. The MBIC priority is to promote and strengthen beef’s value proposition, grow consumer trust in beef and beef production, protect and enhance the business climate for beef, and drive growth in beef exports. For more information, visit


What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House

Thank You, Steak Fry Volunteers

Do you ever wonder who is behind the scenes of the 19th Annual MCA Steak Fry, held June 11, 2022? Who is decorating the tables and preparing the meal? MCA Cattlemen and CattleWomen volunteers!!! Pat and Patty Wood plan the menu with input from the MCA staff, order food according to projected attendance, and prepare checklist for all necessary items, from tableware to drinks and a lot in between. Our menu included 10 oz. KC Strip, baked potato, salad, green bean casserole, dinner roll, dessert pudding with candy toppings, tea and lemonade. Suetta Carter, Kathy Harris, Merrilyn Williams, and Patty Wood decorated all the tables with a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue flowers. With the numbers anticipated this year, it was imperative that we have three grills to cook our steaks from Middendorf Meats, St Louis. A BIG THANKS to Cooper County Cattlemen, Lafayette County Cattlemen and Pettis County Cattlemen for grilling our steaks to perfection.

While most of the food is prepared at the MCA Beef House, all food and serving items must be transferred to the Agriculture Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds where our event is held due to large attendance numbers. A HUGE THANKS to Jim Fairfax and John Harris for bringing their gators and trailers to transport many loads back and forth between the two locations. A TREMENDOUS THANKS to all our volunteers who helped prepare food, cook, serve, clean-up, etc. The success of the dinner served was possible because each of these volunteers work for a cause, not applause; live life to express not impress!

Thanks to the generosity and sponsorship of LAG Industries, the MCA Beef House patio entrance has custom metal art signs on display on a yearly basis. The Brackman’s of LAG Industries have partnered with the Beef House to bring a unique opportunity to the highest

bidder: the chance to put your name or business on a 9” x 48” metal sign. We auctioned off the Beef House patio entrance/southside sign at the MCA Steak Fry in June. The proceeds will benefit the MCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC), whose purpose is to be involved in the political process by supporting those elected officials who support the beef industry as well as those issues that directly impact the nature of the beef business. Our highest bidder at this year’s 2022 Steak Fry in Sedalia, Missouri, was BTC Bank. Thank you for your support at the PAC auction!

Thought for the Month…“Little Boy Blue, go shut the gate. The sheep’s in the meadow; the cows on the plate!”


Missouri State Fair Highlights

First Customers at the Missouri Beef House 2022 Celebrating 40 Years

The first customers at the Missouri Beef House this year during the Missouri State Fair were from the Sedalia area. Left to right are: Erica Shippman, Mary DeHaven, and Kaitlynn Shippman.

The Missouri Beef House opens every day at 11 a.m. during the Missouri State Fair.

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Missouri State Fair Highlights

Miss Elsie Kigar Crowned 2022 Missouri State Fair Queen

Miss Elsie Kigar was named the 2022 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 11. Miss Kigar received the highest score of 41 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition, held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Miss Kigar will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.

Miss Kigar is 17-years-old and attends Scotland County R-1 and will be a senior in the fall. As Queen, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship to continue her education. Miss Kigar entered as Miss Scotland County and is the daughter of Jim and Alisa Kigar.

Miss Kigar is most looking forward to “talking to non-agriculturalist and educating them about the

agricultural industry as much as I can.”

Miss Kigar enjoys working on her family’s farm, shooting trap, hunting, sewing, and cooking.

Participants in the queen pageant were judged in multiple areas including interview, speech, talent and evening gown.

2022 MFGC Annual Conference / Heart Of America Grazing


November 2, 3

DoubleTree by Hilton, Springfield, Missouri

The Missouri Forage and Grassland Council (MFGC) / Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) consists of forage and livestock producers, researchers, professors, agencies, industry representatives, legislators and conservationists who share a common goal — speaking for the Missouri forage industry. MFGC is part of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC), the voice of America’s forage industry. Organizations such as MFGC/GLCI and AFGC promote and safeguard the interests of forage production and utilization across the American landscape.

Go to the conference website for more information: https://mfgc.regfox. com/2022-mfgc-annual-conferenceheart-of-america-grazing-conference or

Miss Lincoln County, Grace Rhodes, was named first runner-up and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Second runner-up went to Miss Carroll County, Rachel Holt, who will receive a $500 scholarship. The third runnerup honor went to Miss Cooper County, Caroline Herigon, who will receive a $350 scholarship, and the fourth runner-up honor went to Miss Clinton FFA, Lauren Bailey, who will receive a $250 scholarship.

Recognition plaques went to contestants ranking highest in each of the four competitive categories: Miss Holt received top ranking in Interview; Miss Rhodes received top ranking in Speech; Miss Clark County Erin Bash received top ranking in Evening Gown; and Miss Herigon received top ranking in Talent.

The Missouri State Fair continues through Aug. 21 in Sedalia. Learn more on the Fair’s website and follow on social media.

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Sale of Champions Auction Results

(SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 20. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, breaking numerous records from previous sales raising a total of $256,825 for Youth in Agriculture.

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Mikaela Rojas of New Boston. Mikaela is the daughter of Bryon and Alicia Rojas and is a member of Shelby 4-H Club. Her 1,310-pound crossbred steer sold for $12,500, and was purchased by Edward Jones. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total record-breaking sale value of $33,945.79.

The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Wyatt Copenhaver of Lexington. Wyatt is the son of Chad and Hannah Copenhaver and is a member of the 40-Ville 4-H Club. His 273-pound dark crossbred hog was purchased for $9,000 by a group of University of Missouri buyers – CAFNR Animal Science, CAFNR Alumni, Alpha Gamma Rho, Block and Bridle and Independent Aggies. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $34,695.79.

Preslie Strader, of Salem, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb. Preslie is the daughter of Willie and Stephanie Strader and is a member of the Salem FFA Chapter. Her natural colored lamb weighed 147 pounds and was purchased for $7,000 by Heimer & Associates, Ribus Inc., Missouri Sheep Producers, along with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The record-breaking total sale value of the Grand Champion Lamb was $21,959.55.

The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Ty Murphy of Houstonia. Ty is the son of Brent and DeEtta Murphy and is a member of the Kennedy 4-H Club. His goat weighed 85 pounds and was purchased for $4,500 by CFM Insurance. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $15,824.16.

The Grand Champion Pen of Chickens was exhibited by Blake Gates, of Cairo. Blake is the son of Brian and Peggy Gates and is a member of the Neighborly Community 4-H Club. His broilers weighed an average of 6.1 pounds and were purchased by the Grain Belt Express for $2,000. Additional funds were contributed from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $5,364.66.

Hadley Coats, of Braymer, exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits. Hadley is the son of Shawn and Nichole Coats and is a member of the Braymer FFA Chapter. His New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 4.7 pounds and were purchased for $2,500 by Ribus Inc., Dr. Long, and MFA Incorporated, along with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The record-breaking total sale value of the Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits was $6,344.66.

Laurin Dilly, of Deerfield, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Laurin is the daughter of Kevin and Dolynn Dilly and is a member of the Nevada FFA Chapter. Laurin’s 1,350-pound crossbred steer was purchased for $11,500 by Missouri State Fair Concessionaires. Additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulted in a record-breaking total sale value $27,546.63.

Connor Keithley, of Chillicothe, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Connor is the son of Chad and Betsy Keithley and is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Connor’s 264-pound crossbred barrow

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Mikaela Rojas of New Boston

was purchased for $7,500 by Climate Field View. Additional funds were provided by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $46,946.63.

Payton Rodgers, of Savannah, showed the Reserve Champion Market Lamb. Payton is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers and is a member of the Savannah FFA Chapter. Her Hampshire market lamb weighed 126 pounds and was purchased for $4,500 by Grant Company LLC and Show-Me State Solar. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $13,735.39.

Rylee Anderson, of Chillicothe, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat. Rylee is the daughter of Brad and Lori Anderson and is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Rylee’s goat weighed 88 pounds and sold for $3,000 to Edward Jones. Additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulted in a record-breaking total sale value of $15,012.08.

Porter Kruse, of Fairview, exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Chickens. Porter is the son of Kelin and Aubry Kruse and is a member of the County Line 4-H Club. Porter’s Cornish-cross chickens weighed an average of 6.4 pounds and sold for $1,500 to ADM and Heimer & Associates, with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $5,444.83.

Brayden Gast, of Nevada, exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Rabbits. Brayden is the son of Bryan Gast and Michelle Branham and is a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club. Brayden’s Californian rabbits weighed an average of 5 pounds and sold for $1,500 to Missouri State Rabbit Producers, with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $5,009.83.

The Grand Champion Ham was exhibited by Carsyn Petree of Tipton. Carsyn’s ham was purchased by Missouri Soybean Association for $2,800. Carsyn donated 10% of the proceeds to the Missouri State Fair Foundation in support of the Goat Pavilion fund.

The Reserve Champion Ham, exhibited by Carter Petree of Tipton, was purchased by OBP Agency for $2,000 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

The Grand Champion Bacon, exhibited by Grant Owen of Carrollton, was purchased by MFA Incorporated for $1,600 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

The Reserve Champion Bacon, exhibited by Summer Wagoner of Harrisonville, was purchased by the Missouri Soybean Association for $1,000 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

The Limited Edition Sale of Champions Commemorative Belt Buckle was purchased by Mark Wolfe for $1,500.

Additional information regarding the availability of Youth in Agriculture scholarships will be posted on the State Fair’s website or the Missouri State Fair – Youth In Ag Facebook page in November. Applications will be due on February 1, 2023.

Chuck Miller & Rodney Heimer, Co-Chairmen of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendents of the Sale of Champions, offered thanks and appreciation to all buyers and Youth in Agriculture sponsors. The youth exhibitors were especially excited to participate in the Sale this year and raised $148,575 amount of hometown support. Proceeds from the Sale go to the sale exhibitors and are used to award Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarships. We also would like to thank for providing their online bidding service which was sponsored by Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate, Chas Wheeler, Paris.

A complete list of all 2022 Youth in Agriculture sponsors will soon be available at

Laurin Dilly, of Deerfield, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer.

Junior Heifer Supreme Show held at the Missouri State Fair! Supreme and top 5 placed and paid the following: $2500; $2000; $1500; $1000; $500 - The Highest placing Missouri Bred and Born received a payout as well! Competition took place Saturday August 20 - 7PM in the Coliseum!



Lafayette County Cattlemen

Lafayette County Cattlemen worked two shifts again this year at the Beef House at the Missouri State Fair.

Members worked Saturday, August 13, from 2 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 18, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Members also helped in the CattleWomen’s Showcase with cooking demos and special events throughout the week.

With the Beef House celebrating 40 years, much of the talk was about remembering those early years when we brought garden produce from home and chopped the salad ingredients by hand. W.A. Schlesselman was a member of the original Beef House committee and always has a story to share about the early years.

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W.A. Schlesselman and Patty Wood celebrating 40 years of the Missouri Beef House

St. Clair County Cattlemen

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, August 9, at Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City with 43 members and guests present. Wesley Tucker with the University of Missouri Extension spoke to the group regarding succession planning. This is a topic that may not be easy to discuss with your family members, but your farm is your business. Wesley explained the process and how there are levels to working in a business. There is level 1 – The Grunt; Level 2 – Assistant Manager/Grunt II; and Level 2 –CEO. However, over time, the CEO has to learn to become the mentor/advisor of the business. Wesley also explained there are five phases to succession planning. Phase 1 is you move away from the farm/business for a period. Phase 2 is the trial period where you come back and work on a trial basis to see if it will work out. Phase 3 is beginning management and ownership of the farm/business. Phase 4 is advanced management and ownership of the farm/business. The final phase is Phase 5 which involves becoming the majority. As part of the succession plan, you need to have written agreements that help as you transition through the phases. Then finally you need to hold three types of meetings to make sure you succession plan is effective: business operating meetings, business meetings, and family business meetings. No part of succession planning is easy; however, for your farm/business to be successful after you, it is a must. If you have questions about succession planning, feel free to contact Wesley Tucker with the University of Missouri Extension.

Thank you to Wesley Tucker with University Extension for speaking and St. Clair County State Bank for sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Landmark, for the delicious meal!

St. Clair County Cattlemen are working to sustain the MoBeef for MoKids Program. Any person or business interested in donating, please contact Weston Shelby or Lawanna Salmon. Monetary donations are being taken to help the Cattlemen purchase cattle when no one has one ready to go at the scheduled time. Sale barns now have the ability to allow people to sell cattle at the sale barn and make donations to the MoBeef for MoKids Program. This will allow people to make donations to the program, get funds for the areas that don’t

have cattle and sustain programs in other counties. The Following have already donated for the 2022-23 school year: Mike and Gwenny Nance; Community First Bank; Gregg Smith Ford; Hawthorne Bank; Dull and Heany Law Office; Jim Falk Motors; Legacy Bank; Oakstar Bank; Philip and Carol Johnston; Weston and Julie Shelby; and Susan Hemenway.

Our next meeting is scheduled for September 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Appleton City School District with sponsor Jeffrey Schoen representing Boehringer Ingelheim.


Polk County Cattlemen

As the dog days of summer snuck up on us, so did fair season! Seventeen members of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association volunteered their services at the ever-popular Ozark Empire Fair Beef House on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Duties ranging from cooking to cashiering, to cleaning tables were performed with gusto by volunteers as they served up delicious beef and represented the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. Members generously donating their time included: Mark Stanek; Howard Hardecke; Steve Brockhoff; Leona Benson; Jody Sharp; Alisha Sharp; Gene Doran; Cindy Doran; Logan Chaney; Landon Chaney; Darren Redd; Marenna Pomeroy; Jake Presley; Wyatt Mitchell; Lily Thompson; and Bob and Marla Moreland.

Fair season continued at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia when our very own Polk County Beef Queen/ Missouri Beef Queen, Madeline Payne, competed for the title of Missouri State Fair Queen. Madeline didn’t bring home the crown but certainly worked the crowd of contestants encouraging membership in the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Several young ladies listened intently as she described the excitement of competing for and winning the title of Missouri Beef Queen, the benefit of the college scholarship, and the rewarding experience of performing her duties and meeting new people.

When Madeline was crowned 2022 Missouri Beef Queen at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in January, it was certainly a proud moment for the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. Madeline has represented our association well on the county and state level and will no doubt continue to do so until her reign ends. In preparation for 2023, the Polk County CattleWomen are actively recruiting candidates to compete for the next Polk County Beef Queen. The application deadline for the next Polk County Beef Queen will be September 30, 2022.

The grilling events have cooled down a bit, but behind the scenes, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors have been working up a sweat! With the introduction and overwhelming success of Missouri Beef Days in Polk County, as well as a 29% increase in membership over the last year, County By-Laws are being reviewed for needed updates and new committees are being formed to ensure continued success in all areas of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association.


Missouri Soybeans Supports Schmitt in U.S. Senate Race

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – In a fight to protect agriculture and rural communities, Missouri’s soybean producers voted to support Attorney General, Eric Schmitt for U.S. Senate.

“As the state’s number one industry, it is imperative we have a friend of agriculture in this U.S. Senate seat,” said Matt Wright, Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) president. “We believe that Schmitt will advance and implement policy impactful to the soybean farmer and remain a sound supporter of domestic agriculture, biofuels and generational agriculture with a strong stance against the death tax.”

Schmitt understands the need to prioritize Missouri’s domestic energy independence and has plans to fight for more opportunities for the Show-Me state’s farmers.

In Missouri, biodiesel supports more than 3,000 jobs and totals $1.3 billion in statewide economic impact. With the addition of a new Cargill crush plant, Missouri will garner increased soybean demand and an added annual production capacity of 62 million bushels of soybeans.

“The Biden administration’s retreat on American energy independence increased prices at the pump and hurt Missouri’s farm communities. We need to be investing in America and that means supporting farmers who feed and fuel our nation,” said Eric Schmitt, candidate for U.S. Senate. “In the U.S. Senate, I will partner with soybean farmers to fight for energy independence and policies that allow agricultural producers to thrive.”

“Eric Schmitt understands agriculture and has long proven his commitment to Missouri Soybeans and the farmers we serve,” said Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybeans CEO and executive director. “As Attorney General, Eric has joined us in the fight to push back against federal government overreach and taken action to support the tools farmers need. We’re confident he will do the same as our next U.S. senator.”

The Association’s farmer board champions Missouri farmers, being the voice to many audiences who impact agriculture. After more than 50 years, MSA continues to advance and protect the interests of Missouri soybean producers.

The Missouri Soybean Association is a statewide membership organization working to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through advocacy and education efforts across the state.

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Fulmer and Johnson Join RAAA Member Services Staff

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DENVER – The Red Angus Association of America welcomes Kaitlyn Fulmer and Stephanie Johnson to the member services department. Fulmer and Johnson will assist members with inventory management, registrations, transfers, REDSPro software use and data submissions of various types.

“Their enthusiasm of being a part of the Association has been evident from the very beginning,” said Halla Pfeiff, director of office operations. “Both Kaitlyn and Stephanie come to RAAA with industry experience and will help RAAA and its members propel forward. Their desire to serve the Red Angus membership is at a high level, with meeting each member’s unique needs being a priority.”

Fulmer graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2022 with degrees in agricultural business and animal science. While at CSU, she served as the College of Agricultural Services Council President, a College of Agricultural Sciences Ambassador, and was a member of the 2021-2022 Seedstock Merchandising Team. Her

team won division champion pen of three Hereford heifers at the 2022 National Western Stock Show and reached new high-selling records in the annual CSU bull and female sale.

Fulmer has worked as a National Western Stock Show marketing intern, Black Hill Stock Show livestock intern and an Art of the Cowgirl intern. Aside from RAAA, Fulmer runs a solo photography business for livestock shows and sales. She hopes to start her own herd of beef cattle in the future.

“Working for a breed association is something I’ve wanted to do for years, and for it to happen right out of college was a dream come true. I’m looking forward to building connections within the Red Angus breed and throughout the cattle industry as a whole,” said Fulmer.

Stephanie Johnson graduated from Colorado State University in 2020 with a degree in animal science and a minor in biomedical science. During college, she worked on several cow-calf operations in northern Colorado, at horse breeding facilities and veterinary clinics. Her first job after college was working on a cattle processing crew for several feedlots near Greeley, Colorado.

“I am extremely excited to be working for the Red Angus Association of America alongside producers to enhance the breed and contribute to improving the livestock industry as a whole,” expressed Johnson. “I am looking forward to building relationships and being able to assist our membership in improving and recording their data.”

Outside of her career pursuits, Johnson enjoys being outdoors fly fishing, working cattle and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband live and work on a cow-calf operation.

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Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium Focused on Heifer Development

DENVER - The bustling ballrooms of Kalispell, Montana, will soon be filled with innovative and forward-thinking cattlemen and women during the 69th annual National Red Angus Convention. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America, is sure to be a highlight of the convention and will offer beef producers the tools and knowledge they need to strengthen their operations and improve their profitability.

This year’s symposium, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell on Wednesday, September 14, will feature a diverse, experienced group of speakers guaranteed to offer valuable insight to attendees.

“We are thrilled to continue offering commercial cattlemen and women free educational events during the annual National Red Angus Convention. As the Commercial Marketing Team, it is always exhilarating to bring so many commercial operations – our customers – together for this event. Red Angus has always been focused on the cow, and with the release of our new Red Choice program, we are excited to share many of the aspects that go into heifer development during this year’s symposium,” said Nolan Woodruff, commercial marketing specialist.

The symposium will kick-off with Jordan Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor and state beef reproduction specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri, with his keynote titled, “The Building Blocks of a Profitable Commercial Cow: What Do Heifers Need to Do?”

The symposium will feature a heifer nutrition panel featuring Jeff Heidt, Ph.D., beef technical services lead and U.S. ruminant innovation lead with Micronutrients USA LLC, and Dr. Brain Fieser, nutrition support specialist for ADM Animal Nutrition discussing the “Pros and Cons of Low vs. High Input.”

“The Importance of Good Heifer Nutrition” will be the keynote address of John Hall, Ph.D., professor and Extension beef cattle specialist at the University of Idaho Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center where he also served as the station superintendent.

A heifer marketing panel will provide the opportunities to collaborate and innovate with Dave Patterson, Ph.D., chancellor’s professor in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri, and producers John Maddux and John Price.

The symposium will conclude with a keynote address, “Genomic Technologies for Selection of Replacement Heifers,” from Jared Decker, Ph.D., Wurdack chair in animal genomics and an associate professor in the University of Missouri Division of Animal Science, Genetics Area Program.

Additionally, the popular ladies’ symposium will once again be offered featuring Terryn Drieling, Faith Family & Beef creator and certified Enneagram coach, which will begin at 1 p.m.

“The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium is one of Red Angus’ premier events every year, offering insightful information from the beef industry’s top thinkers. This year’s focus on heifer development, reproduction and marketing centered around the newly released Red Choice program should be especially timely for commercial producers as some areas of the country begin rebuilding the cowherd,” said Harold Bertz, RAAA director of commercial marketing.

The RAAA trade show will be open throughout the day and the symposium will conclude with a Montana social hour and dinner, followed by cowboy poet, Ryan Fritz. The education program and lunch are both free and open to cattlemen and women from all breed interests, however registration is encouraged for accurate meal preparation. For more information and to see a full speaking schedule, please visit for the symposium details and to register for the event.

The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the measurable advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with objectively described cattle by implementing new technologies and utilizing scientifically sound principles that quantify traits of economic importance to beef producers in all segments of the beef industry. For more information, visit

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LEAD 2022 – Angus Takes the Triple Crown

National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members gathered from all corners of the country for the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference July 28 – 31 in Lexington, Kentucky. Juniors experienced a weekend full of farm tours and leadership workshops while making lifelong connections within and beyond the Angus community.

The LEAD conference is designed to expose NJAA members to different parts of the industry by visiting new regions of the country every year. This year, juniors learned about the agriculture industry in Kentucky and related career opportunities. Additionally, juniors grew their leadership skills through workshops and engaged in networking activities.

The weekend kicked off with break out sessions led by the National Junior Angus Board that challenged attendees to be bold leaders through interactive games and workshops. Juniors also visited Boyd Beef Cattle and Branch View Angus where members learned about different cattle operations, freeze branding and how to use electronic identification in cattle. James Coffey, of Branch View Angus, emphasized the advantage juniors have by being raised in the cattle industry.

“Whether you stay in the industry or you go into something different, you will always have an agriculture background that will serve you the rest of your life,” Coffey said. “I encourage every NJAA member to leverage that agriculture upbringing to future success.”

Attendees were also introduced to a variety of industries in the state covering careers within and beyond the cattle sector. The group visited the Keeneland racetrack, Blue Grass Stockyards, Hallway Feeds and Tarter Industries. Tours provided valuable learning opportunities that showed juniors different facets of the agriculture industry.

The LEAD conference wrapped up with speaker A’ric Jackson who spoke about different leadership styles and the importance of using individual strengths to make an impact. As attendees reflected on the eventful week, former NJAB Chairman Alex Cozzitorto reminded the group of the value of attending the LEAD conference.

“By attending the LEAD conference, you are investing in learning the leadership skills that are going to put you ahead in life and help you become future industry leaders,” Cozzitorto said.

The LEAD conference provides priceless educational and leadership experiences to young cattlemen and women thanks to the support of the Angus Foundation and generous Angus donors.

100 National Junior Angus Association members toured Branch View Angus on July 30 in Hustonville, Kentucky during the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference.

Angus Genetic Experts Present to a World Stage

The importance of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI®) stretches far beyond running blood samples for Angus breeders. AGI strives to continuously research and develop worldwide, industry-leading technology in efforts to increase the efficiency and profitability of the Angus breed.

Association staff took their research beyond borders at the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 3-8. Three American Angus Association staff members, five current or former interns and several external collaborators represented AGI at WCGALP, one of the largest global livestock genetics events.

the Angus breed has widely used this genomic selection method and has reached one million genotyped animals in its database. With such rapid adoption, questions arose about updating the original set of core animals to accurately represent the current whole genotyped population, plus what benefits and potential downsides may result by making such a change on a national scale. Andre Garcia, AGI geneticist, presented research which concluded changes in the set of core animals only marginally affected animal ranking.

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“Angus had a strong presence at this year’s WCGALP,” said Kelli Retallick-Riley, AGI President. “It’s crucial that we continue to be involved in these global conversations to keep Angus at the forefront of the industry.”

Genomic Selection

AGI president, Kelli Retallick-Riley, discussed the evolution of genomic selection. With genomic selection rapidly evolving, providing accurate tools has become increasingly important. From multistep approaches to single-step genomic testing methods, the improvement of this selection criteria and its predictability has proven to be an invaluable tool for the beef industry. Continued education about the value of genomic selection along with making it accessible, cost effective and useful to make management decisions will continue to increase awareness and uptake of genomic selection in the future, she noted.

Single-Step Genomic Evaluation

After introducing single-step genetic evaluations in 2017,

AGI geneticist, Duc Lu spoke about Angus advancements in pulmonary hypertension. Measured by mean pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP), pulmonary hypertension is defined as high blood pressure in the lungs and the right side of the heart, often associated at elevations 5,000 feet or more above sea level. Through extensive research, the Association and AGI officially released an EPD for PAP to help Angus breeders make better selection decisions. With the rapid advancement of DNA, AGI has explored approaches to improve the accuracy and breeding value of PAP prediction. The research found that haplotype, HapA, has potential to help increase the accuracy of the PAP EPD for Angus breeders at high elevations to use as a valuable selection tool.

Additionally, the current and former interns and external collaborators presented research conducted alongside the Association.

“The research conducted by the Association and AGI impacts the breed internationally,” Retallick-Riley said. “We continue these research efforts to better serve our membership and the global Angus population.”

For more information about AGI and the genetic tools it offers, visit

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Brett Sayre Engages in Premiere Education at Beef Leaders Institute (BLI)

Brett Sayre, Purdin, Mo., was one of twenty-six American Angus Association® members from across the country that attended the 2022 Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) June 13-17. The annual event is hosted by the American Angus Association and funded by the Angus Foundation and Certified Angus Beef® brand (CAB®). BLI provides Association members the opportunity to experience the beef value chain from pasture to plate.

“We look forward to this event each year,” said Kara Lee, director of producer engagement for CAB®. “BLI provides a unique opportunity to explore all facets of the beef industry, while also learning from and forging connections with fellow attendees.”

Participants began the week at the American Angus Association in St. Joseph, Missouri. While at the breed’s headquarters, attendees met with staff to learn about the many departments and programs housed within the Association. Several Association employees offered

insights, including Mark McCully, American Angus Association chief executive officer, Kelli Retallick-Riley, Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI®) president and Brett Spader, Angus MediaSM president.

Following their time in St. Joseph, attendees visited Tiffany Cattle Company in Herrington, Kansas. Here, Shane Tiffany, Tiffany Cattle Company co-owner, explained the intricacies of cattle feeding and marketing. Attendees learned how their decisions, specifically as seedstock producers, can influence cattle’s performance in the feedyard.

For the second portion of the trip, the group traveled to Ohio to continue studying the beef value chain. Participants explored the impact of genetics in the beef industry at Select Sires, and the role value-added products play in marketing CAB® at Hudson Meat Company. The final days of the experience were spent at the CAB® brand headquarters in Wooster, Ohio.

In Wooster, attendees were welcomed to The Culinary Center by John Stika, CAB® president. From a virtual packing plant tour to a hands-on beef fabrication demonstration in the meat lab, participants followed the entire process of putting a CAB® steak on the dinner table. During a week fully immersing themselves in the industry, the BLI class realized how the cattle they raise influence the industry well beyond their pasture.

“Educational opportunities like Beef Leaders Institute are incredibly valuable for our members,” said Jaclyn Upperman, Angus Foundation executive director. “We are proud to support programs that build strong leaders for the Angus breed.”

Providing continued education for the Angus membership is a priority for the Association. BLI is designed to provide members ages 25 to 45 with the resources to understand all segments of the beef industry. Attendees leave equipped as stronger, more effective leaders for the Angus breed and beef industry. For more information on BLI and applying to be part of the Class of 2023, visit BLIEntryForm. Look for the 2023 application to be available in early November.


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Missouri Angus Association Has Added an Employee

Kody Graves is serving as the Missouri Angus Association Sales Manager. A fourth-generation rancher from Texas, Kody has been involved in every aspect of the cattle industry. His experience began raising registered Hereford cattle where he was active in both 4-H and FFA as well as the National Junior Hereford Association. Kody received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University where he also worked in the meat processing and research facility. He continued his education to receive his Master’s

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degree in Animal Physiology and Endocrinology from Iowa State University in 2015. For the past 7 years, Kody and his wife Sydney have made Missouri home living near St. Louis. During that time, Kody worked for semen companies as a sales manager and sales rep as well as an IVF company. For the past 5 years, he has also owned and operated Graves Cattle Services providing AI and ultrasound services to cattleman across the country. Along with their two-year-old daughter Kenzie, they run a herd of registered Herefords as well as manage a group of Angus donors and sale cattle. Kody is passionate about the beef industry and looks forward to visiting with ranchers and looking through Angus herds across the state. Kody is excited to continue this passion by working for our members serving as the Missouri Angus Association Sales Manager.

Kody can be reached at or (940) 531-1851. Sale consignment information can also be mailed to his address at: 942 Ranch Bluff Road, Villa Ridge, MO 63089.


Certified Angus Beef & Ducks Unlimited Work Together to Preserve Working Grasslands

Productive agriculture and conservation go hand in hand.

That’s why Certified Angus Beef and Ducks Unlimited are collaborating to support family ranchers in boosting soil health, preserving wildlife habitat, and sequestering carbon. Together, the two organizations assembled half a million dollars to launch the Working Grasslands Conservation Initiative, which has since secured an additional $2.5 million in grants to fund the initiatives’ work over the next three years.

“Certified Angus Beef is committed to demonstrating the value of beef production beyond a great steak,” says Bruce Cobb, executive vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef. “Healthy ecosystems come along as a byproduct of raising the best tasting beef.”

The three-year initiative includes financial and technical assistance to interested landowners in the Northern Great Plains, notes Billy Gascoigne, Director of Agriculture and Strategic Partnerships for Ducks Unlimited. “This collaborative work rallies around

ranchers,” he says, noting that beef producers face growing challenges to remain profitable and sustainable. “Ranchers are the stewards of our remaining grasslands and wetlands in some of our most priority landscapes.”

“Together, we can deploy more voluntary, incentivebased programs that work for the rancher while advancing carbon sequestration, clean water and biodiversity,” says Cobb.

The Northern Great Plains are the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), which hosts more than 4 million ducks in its grass biomes.

Historically, half to as much as 80% of North American waterfowl utilize the PPR to nest and rear their young. This same region has been important to ruminant animals for centuries – first bison, now cattle.

“We know these grasslands evolved with grazing animals—an important factor in rangeland and soil health,” Gascoigne adds. “Working in this landscape for 85 years, we recognize that proactive work with private owners—farmers and ranchers—lets us achieve a lot more win-wins at a scale important to the sustainability of waterfowl and cattle production.”

One of the best ways to maintain these vital grasslands are through livestock integration on family farms and ranches.

“These lands are more sustainable now and in the future when they are being stewarded by ranchers grazing livestock,” Gascoigne says. “Our conservation staff live in these same communities and are vested in developing programs that meet local needs. We sit down at the kitchen tables with farm families and identify solutions through fencing, water development, cover-crop seeding, soil health evaluations, and rotational grazing to make better grass and wetland conditions.”

The people at Ducks Unlimited understand conservation biology, rangeland health and agronomy. Gascoigne adds, “We know less about how to drive value back to these ranchers so they can be economically sustainable for generations to come. The experience of Certified Angus Beef in this realm is what’s so powerful about this work: to have diversity within the sustainability views of economics—environmental, social and cultural.”

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Both organizations understand maintaining grasslands requires sustained ranching. The Working Grasslands Conservation Initiative is a unique partnership for a unique time, supporting important ecosystems through family ranching.

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Regional Drought Calls for Winter Feed Strategies

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Drought in southwestern Missouri calls for long- and short-term feed plans for beef and dairy herds.

University of Missouri Extension state dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton urges producers not to panic as local feed supplies dwindle. There are options to carry herds through winter until spring pastures green.

Hamilton and extension specialist Ryan Lock presented winter feeding strategies at MU Extension’s weekly Forage and Livestock Hour.

Producers should first think about their own risk-tasking comfort when developing a strategy. Risk-adverse producers may be most comfortable buying hay. Those willing to take more risks can try other options.

“It is time to think outside of the box,” says Hamilton.

Hamilton recommends these steps:

1. Pencil out daily and total feed demands for livestock.

2. Evaluate inventory of what feedstuffs are available – forages in pasture, stored forages and other supplements on hand.

3. Take stock of available resources such as land, equipment and seed.

4. Consider costs and nutritive value of supplemental feed. Match hay quality to animal nutrient requirements.

5. Cull open cows and unproductive animals. See MU Extension beef nutrition Eric Bailey’s recommendations at

Consider what forages to plant short-term and longterm. To be proactive for the next dry spell, Hamilton suggests planting 20%-30% of available pastures into warm-season perennial grasses. Plan, he says, because some seed supplies may be in short supply this year.

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Drought years also are a good time to consider renovating worn-out, weedy or Kentucky 31 fescue fields, says Hamilton. More information on forages is available from the Alliance for Grassland Renewal at

Another option to boost food sources is double-cropping oats for wet bale or silage and then follow with another crop for grazing, says Hamilton. Oats provide a quick forage return.

Other winter annual forages to consider are cereal rye and wheat, annual ryegrass, turnips and radishes. Some producers may want to “mix and match” annuals such as oats/annual ryegrass with turnips and radishes or oats/cereal rye and annual ryegrass to get more grazing days.

Brassicas such as radishes and turnips are good choices for short-term fall grazing, he says. Cattle can bloat on pure stands of brassicas, so add winter annuals to the mix. Brassicas are sensitive to planting date; plant in late summer to early fall.

Another option is stockpiling tall fescue and Bermuda grass fields with strong stands. Boost fescue pastures with fall nitrogen application for winter grazing. MU Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory offers tips on fall nitrogen application to boost stockpiles during a drought year at

MU Extension forage specialist Rob Kallenbach and beef nutritionist Justin Sexten created a spreadsheet to help producers compare the cost of buying hay to applying fall nitrogen. Producers can evaluate options by inputting their own farm variables. Download the spreadsheet at

Despite short supplies of local pastures and hayfield supplies regionally, producers can haul hay in from other areas. A spreadsheet on MU Extension’s website, listed under “Drought Management Options,” helps producers compare the cost of buying pasture, hay and supplements. The spreadsheet, developed by MU Extension ag economists Joe Horner and Ryan Milhollin, in addition to Sexten, also compares costs to ship the herd out of state, or destock and restock.

Buying hay provides a predictable supply to supplement spring pasture growth at a known price, says Lory. Additionally, the fertilizer value of the hay can boost spring forage growth.

Flexibility is key in a drought year, Hamilton says. “It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Mix and match forages so you have feed for your cows and can sleep at night.”

Finally, plan for future droughts. “There always will be dry spells,” he says. “Severity is variable.”

MU Extension regional agronomy and livestock specialists can help plan.

See Hamilton and Lock’s presentation at youtube/kcHKZblOms.

Additional resources:

Comparative value – lactation and maintenance, agebb.

“Seeding Rates, Dates and Depths for Common Missouri Forages,”

“Warm-Season Annual Forage Crops,” extension.

“Drought-Related Issues in Forage, Silage and Baleage,”

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First-Half Beef Exports on $1 Billion/Month Pace; Pork Exports Below Last Year

U.S. beef exports remained on a red-hot pace in June, topping $1 billion for the fifth time this year (after twice reaching $1 billion in 2021), according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Exports of U.S. pork remained below last year’s large totals in June, while lamb exports continued to trend higher.

Broad-based Growth Fuels Torrid First-half Pace for Beef Export Volume and Value

June beef exports totaled 130,638 metric tons (mt), down slightly from the record volume posted in May but up 16% year-over-year and the fourth largest on record. Export value was $1.05 billion in June, also down slightly from the May record but 31% above last year. For the first half of 2022, beef exports increased 6% from a year ago to 743,904 mt, valued at $6.19 billion (up 33%).

While beef export growth has been largely driven by major Asian markets such as South Korea, China/Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, exports are also trending higher to the ASEAN region, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

“The first-half performance for U.S. beef exports was nothing short of remarkable, especially considering the growing economic headwinds in many key markets and continued shipping and logistical challenges,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “The rebound in the global foodservice sector has provided a tremendous lift in 2022, even though it is still far

from a full recovery in many Asian and European destinations. We definitely see opportunities for further growth, though inflationary pressure and the stronger U.S. dollar continue to raise concerns about consumer spending power.”

Pork Exports Lower Overall, but Surging to Mexico, Colombia and DR

Pork exports reached 219,131 mt in June, down 8% from a year ago, valued at $649.9 million (down 7%). Firsthalf exports were 18% below last year at 1.29 million mt, valued at $3.62 billion (down 16%).

Exports to leading market Mexico are well ahead of last year’s record pace, and first-half shipments were also record-large to the Dominican Republic. Exports are on a record value pace for Colombia and export value is also trending higher to South Korea. While pork shipments to China/Hong Kong are down significantly from a year ago, variety meat exports have regained some momentum.

“The decline in first-half pork exports was not unexpected, given the recovery in China’s domestic production and its reduced need for imports,” Halstrom said. “The good news is China’s hog price is up about 40% since mid-June and we are seeing some rebound in China’s demand for pork variety meat. Meanwhile pork shipments to Mexico remain on a record-shattering pace and demand has also strengthened in recent months in markets such as Korea, Colombia and the Caribbean. In these key destinations, the gains U.S. pork has made in the processing and retail sectors are being complemented by stronger sales in foodservice.”

Outstanding First Half for U.S. Lamb Exports

June exports of U.S. lamb increased 56% from a year ago to 1,688 mt, while export value soared 84% to just under $3 million. First-half exports increased 48% from a year ago to 10,056 mt, while value jumped 70% to $15.4 million. Muscle cut exports increased 83% in volume (1,121 mt) and 86% in value ($6.8 million). First-half exports to the Caribbean increased 95% in volume (545 mt) and 109% in value ($4.1 million). Demand for both muscle cuts and variety meat increased in leading market Mexico, with total exports reaching 9,154 mt (up 45% from a year ago) valued at $9.6 million (up 61%).

A detailed summary of January-June red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.

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Government Needs to Get Out of the Way - Allow Auction Owners to Drive Packing Capacity and Competition

Source: Op-Ed from Livestock Marketing Association, LMA President Mark Barnett

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS (August 18, 2022) –

The cattle industry and policy makers agree - we need to increase U.S. beef packing capacity, ideally by adding new competitors to the marketplace. Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) is leading the charge to change an outdated rule keeping livestock auction owners from investing in small and regional packing plants. LMA is pleased to have great congressional partners in this effort, as well as the support of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), and many state-based groups.

Livestock auction markets like mine are in the competition business. We take pride in working for our consignors. It is our job to get the top dollar possible for the livestock our customers trust us to sell on their behalf.

However, auctions can only serve the best interests of their consignors if there are multiple active bidders and buyers. Many auctions have fewer packer buyers than they once did due to consolidation. Some want to be part of the solution by investing in new or expanding packing facilities that can compete with other packers for livestock. In an auction, an additional buyer drives

up competition and prices.

Unfortunately, an outdated regulation (9 CFR 201.67) prohibits livestock auction owners from owning or investing in meat packing businesses.

In today’s environment, where the cattle industry is focused on wanting more packers to compete for livestock, we should be encouraging investment in packing businesses, not prohibiting it. In fact, the public nature and competitive environment of a livestock auction makes procurement of cattle through the auction an ideal scenario, although unlikely to be the main procurement method for a large fed cattle plant.

The Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States (A-PLUS) Act (H.R. 7438) would help address this issue by allowing livestock auction owners to also own or invest in small and regional packing plants. The Senate companion bill is the Expanding Local Meat Processing Act (S.4709).

To understand why the prohibition existed in the first place, you need to think about the industry structure at the time. The Packer & Stockyards (P&S) Act, which turned 100 last year, dates back to the terminal stockyards of the early 1900s and issues with a lack of separation between buying and selling agents in this environment. At that time, many producers sent livestock to terminal markets on railcars and were not present when they were sold. The market agency selling on commission in that context was an individual who represented livestock to the big packers, who all had slaughter facilities located alongside the terminal stockyards.

This predates the current, transparent method of selling livestock at an open auction to the highest bidder. Unlike the terminal stockyards of days gone by, sales at livestock auctions today occur in a sale ring with an auctioneer driving price up between competing bidders. Sellers and buyers both attend the auction and can raise concerns if they do not like the way the sale is conducted. In many cases, these auctions are also broadcast online for viewers and recorded.

In addition to the natural openness an auction environment brings, P&S Act regulations, such as 9 CFR 201.56, further require transparency. For example,

P&S mandates livestock auctions sell consigned livestock Callaway Livestock Center, Inc. On I-70, 4 miles east of Kingdom City, MO on outer road 573-642-7486 Every Monday: Slaughter Cattle 12:00 p.m. Selling All Classes of Cattle 12:30 p.m. 1st Thursday Nite of Each Month: 6:00 p.m. Bred Cows and Breeding Bull Sale Jack Harrison 573-999-7197 (owner) John P Harrison ............ 573-220-1482 Claude Niemeyer ......... 573-470-1017 Roger Temmen 573-680-4538 Justin Oberling ............. 217-440-7724 Glenn Stegman ............ 573-619-8495 Continued on page 82

openly, at the highest bid. The same regulation also requires disclosure to the seller when someone affiliated with the auction buys livestock out of the sale. These rules function well in other classes of livestock, such as calves or feeder cattle, where it is common for a buying business to have a common owner with the livestock auction and often the result is higher prices for the consignors.

Allowing livestock auction owners to invest in small and regional packers will create competition against large packing entities that already exist. Large packers will not be able to operate livestock auction markets as there is a threshold cutoff of 2,000 head of cattle/day or 700,000 head of cattle/year in the bills. This would keep the prohibition so livestock auctions could not invest in a packer greater than that size. At the same time, the current 10 largest beef packers would be prohibited from also owning or investing in an auction market. We’ve had LMA member auctions interested in owning local locker plants or being part of an investment group building a regional facility. In the case of a regional facility, we need to allow it to be a large enough scale to be successful. Balancing this with the desire to keep the largest packers from growing in market share is how the threshold cutoff was developed.

At the end of the day, perhaps the fundamental question is whether the government should control who is permitted to invest in packing capacity. Under current

rules, USDA excludes a large group of knowledgeable and passionate livestock industry participants from creating more competition for slaughter livestock. I know many livestock auction owners who would rather not get involved in the packing industry, which is fine. The problem is they do not currently have a right to choose how to invest their funds and knowledge back into the industry.

It does not seem right that this prohibition exists and, at the same time, packers can currently buy and shut down livestock auctions and then use the facility as a buying station, which is a fixed facility drop off point for livestock in the country. These buying stations lack the benefit of a transparent auction setting to arrive at true price discovery. Producers are paid what that packer is willing to give that day, and that price becomes less competitive over time. Packers are also able to buy packing facilities from others and continue to operate them as packing plants, subject to DOJ review, whether or not these bills pass.

Regardless of how you feel about it, packers today can also legally own, finance, or align themselves with feed yards. However, a livestock auction owner or manager cannot own or invest in a packing facility regardless of size, scope, if the auction owner is active in packer business decision making, or if the livestock processed are procured at the auction business or not. In one situation, we had a LMA member auction that also had a local meat marketing business. They were having cattle custom harvested in an unrelated facility and selling the meat. USDA went after them, claiming the definition of packer is so broad that they were in violation of the rule having these two complementary businesses. In that case, the family had to separate the two businesses.

You can’t tell me that doesn’t feel like a double standard, with livestock auctions being subject to a different set of rules than other businesses in our industry.

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This bill may not fix every issue the industry has with packing capacity and fed cattle marketing. It does not claim to. However, it is a big step in the right direction. In today’s environment, where the cattle industry is focused on additional shackle space and wanting more packers to compete for livestock, the benefit of new packers entering the marketplace far outweigh the risks contemplated by the dated regulation currently on the books.

Anyone with questions or ideas about these bills is encouraged to reach out to Livestock Marketing Association Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and Legal, Chelsea Good, at cgood@lmaweb. com or 816-305-9540.

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Thank You, Volunteers

The heart of every organization is its membership. We all know this. Everyone has been an integral part of some association or group at one point or another. Though, no volunteer shows as much heart and dedication as does the Missouri State Fair Beef House worker.

We write about random things each month. Some work, some personal, and some funny. This month’s article is dedicated solely to MCA members and friends who volunteer at the Beef House. We thank you.

After decades of working in Jefferson City and being exposed to a wide range of influential people, we are hard to impress. We know governors personally. We have met various “celebrities.” We work for several corporate CEOs. Some are great people. Some are… Well, to follow my mother’s advice, if you can’t say something nice… Some are interesting.

Despite the number of individuals we encounter each year, we continue to be thoroughly impressed by the men, women and youth that work tirelessly in the beef house serving thousands of meals to fairgoers. The job isn’t easy, but it matters.

We know these volunteers have other priorities and demands on their time – family, farm, church, work, school, community and more. It’s not that they have more time than anyone else; it’s that they have the heart to dedicate themselves to their area cattlemen’s organization. Again, we thank you.

Inspiration can come from anywhere anytime and show itself in all shapes and sizes. We are inspired by everyone who dedicated both time and money to travel to Sedalia and work tirelessly cooking meat, counting money, cleaning tables, serving drinks, and greeting customers.

As Audrey Hepburn said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Missouri State Fair Beef House workers

embody the latter half of this statement.

While standing in the Beef House awaiting elected dignitaries during last month’s fair, one of our good friends asked if those working were volunteers. With great pride we responded that they were. We were thrilled that others recognize the dedication to MCA and acknowledge how the organization truly is membership driven.

We often ask much of MCA members and volunteers. We ask you to join us in Jefferson City. We ask you to participate in our PAC auctions. We ask you to contact legislators when issues get dicey. With this article, we singularly want to share our gratitude.

We are so fortunate to represent an organization that never loses sight of its mission and its people. Rarely is such focus readily displayed as was the case to us, our friend and most others visiting the Beef House. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, its members and its volunteers are truly one of a kind.

We thank you, Nancy and Cooper



Sept. 17 W ild Indian Acres & Friends Female Sale, DeSoto, MO

Sept. 17 F leckvieh Heritage 2022 Sale, Roland, OK

Sept. 20 Valley Oaks Embryo and Semen Sale, SmartAuctions

Sept. 23-24 NextGen Cattle Co. Flint Hills Classic Sale, Paxico, KS

Sept. 24 S oaring Eagle Second Annual Invitational Sale, Springfield, MO

Sept. 25 W MC Cattle Co. “Ladies of the Ozarks

A nnual Female Sale - Mature Cow Herd D ispersal, Wasola, MO

Sept. 26 Gardiner Angus Ranch Sale, Ashland, KS

Oct. 1 S oaring Eagle of the Ozarks Fall Bull Sale, Springfield, MO

Oct. 1 Journagan/MSU Annual Production Sale, Springfield, MO

Oct. 1 Bradley Cattle & Hankins Farms Charolais & Red Angus Fall Colors Sale, Republic, MO

Oct. 1 Jac’s Ranch Production Sale, B entonville, AR

Oct. 3 E xpress Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Yu kon, OK

Oct. 7 Sm ith Valley Angus Sale, Salem, MO Oct. 7 J N Black Hereford Sale, Leavenworth, KS

Oct. 8 East Central Missouri Angus Sale, Cuba, MO

Oct. 8 Big D Ranch Sale, Center Ridge, AR Oct. 10 Julia Weiker Estate Dispersion Sale, Fayette, MO

Oct. 12 Valley Oaks Sale, Chilhowee, MO Oct. 14 Fink Beef Genetics Female Sale, R andolph, KS Oct. 15 Fink Beef Genetics Bull Sale, Randolph, KS Oct. 15 S eedstock Plus Fall Bull & Female Sale, Carthage, MO Oct. 15 G erloff Farms BullFest Sale, Bland, MO

Oct. 15 Bradley Cattle Bred Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 15 A ngell-Thomas Charolais Bull & Female Sale, Paris, MO Oct. 15 Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale, West Plains, MO Oct. 15 Byergo Angus Sale, Savannah, MO Oct. 15 3C Cattle Co. Sale, Carrollton, MO Oct. 15 A schermann Charolais/Akaushi 33rd Edition Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 15 Fink Beef Genetics Fall Bull Sale, R andolph, KS Oct. 16 Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO Oct. 16 Reynolds Hereford Fall Sale, Hu ntsville, MO Oct. 17 H inkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO

Oct. 22 McBee Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Fayette, MO Oct. 22 L acy’s Red Angus & MC Livestock Annual P roduction Sale, Drexel, MO Oct. 22 Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO

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Oct. 22 New Day Genetics Sale, Salem, MO

Oct. 23 M issouri Angus Association Ladies of Autumn Sale, Lebanon, MO

Oct. 24 S outhwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO

Oct. 28 Spur Ranch Sale, Vinita, OK

Oct. 29 Wall Street Cattle Co. Sale, Lebanon, MO

Oct. 29 Ward Brothers Sale, Plattsburg, MO

Oct. 29 Cattlemen’s Preferred Sale All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Harrison, AR

Nov. 2-3 M issouri Forage Grassland & Council Heart of America Grazing Conference, Springfield, MO

Nov. 4 Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO

Nov. 4-5 G enePlus Brangus Sale at Chimney Rock, Concord, AR

Nov. 5 S eedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Edition Bull & Female Sale, Oseola, MO

Nov. 5 Fall Harvest Simmental Sale, Springfield, MO

Nov. 5 Wright Charolais 11th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO

Nov. 5 Henke Angus Farms Sale, Salisbury, MO

Nov. 5 Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO

Nov. 5 A ndras Stock Farm Red Angus Female Sale, M anchester, IL

Nov. 5 Red Tie Event, Hale, MO

Nov. 12 Valley Oaks Fall Female Sale, Oak Grove, MO

Nov. 19 Sydenstricker G enetics Sale, Mexico, MO

Nov. 19 Heart of Missouri L imousin Sale, L ebanon, MO

Nov. 21 Green Springs Bull Test Sale featuring Garton Angus R anch Females, Nevada, MO

Nov. 26 Galaxy Beef Female Sale, M acon, MO

Dec. 4 M issouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, S edalia, MO

Dec. 17 Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer Sale, Springfield, MO

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Advertiser Index

American Angus Association ....................................... 59

Angell-Thomas Sale .................................................... 48

Beefmaster Breeders United ........................................ 49

Big D Ranch Sale 55

Bradley Cattle  53

Bradley Cattle Sale ad 43

Brickhouse Farms Red Angus 53

Buffalo Livestock Market ............................................. 78

Busch Cattle Co. .......................................................... 63

Callaway Livestock Center Inc. ................................... 84

Champion Feeders 34

Classified 97

Clearwater Farm 63

Coon Angus Ranch 63

Cotton Seed ..................................................................21

Double A Land & Cattle .............................................. 53

Elanco - Cydectin ........................................................ 23

Ellis Cattle Company Red Angus ................................ 53

Ertell Cattle Company Sale 22

Express Ranch Sale 99

F&T Livestock Market 35

FCS of Missouri ......................................................... 100

Fink Beef Genetics ....................................................... 75

Frank and Hazelrigg Angus ........................................ 63

Frank and Hazelrigg Angus Sale ................................. 79

Friday - Cartoon 74

Galaxy Beef LLC 63

Gardiner Angus Sale 72

Gerloff Farms ............................................................... 63

Green’s Welding & Sales ................................................ 7

Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus ........................................... 63

Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale ................................... 77

HydraBed 70

International Brangus Breeders 57

J&N Black Hereford Sale 37

Jac’s Ranch Sale ........................................................... 83

Jim’s Motors ................................................................. 76

Journagan/MSU Genetically Yours Sale ....................... 3

Kingsville Livestock Auction ....................................... 48

KK Farms Red Angus 53

Kranjec Valley Angus Farma 63

La Crosse Seed 62

Lacy’s Red Angus ........................................................ 53

Lamine Valley Red Angus ........................................... 53

Maple Oaks Red Angus ............................................... 53

Maplewood Acres Farm ............................................... 53

Marshall & Fenner Farms 63

MC Livestock Red Angus 53

MCA - Liability Signs 94

MCA - Membership Form ........................................... 93

MCA - Presidents Council ........................................... 92

MCA - Profitability Challenge ............................... 87, 88

MCA - Top Hand ........................................................ 54 MCA Golf Tournament 89

McBee Cattle Co. 50

MCF Scholarship Deadline 68

McPherson Concrete Products 97

Mead Farms ................................................................. 63

Mead Farms Fall Production Sale ............................... 69 Merck Animal Health ................................................... 51

MFA 67

MFGC Conference 20

Missouri Angus Association 63 Missouri Angus Breeders 63

Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine ............................ 95 Missouri Beef Industry Council.................................... 17

Missouri Red Angus Association ................................. 53

Missouri Red Angus Breeders ..................................... 53

MJCA Replacement Heifer Show & Sale 2023 46

MLS Tubs 26

MultiMin - Advertorial 44,45

NextGen Cattle Co. Flint Hills Fall Classic Sale .........47

Premier Genetics ............................................................ 9

Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus ............ 53 S&N Partners - JayLor/RotoMix ................................. 85

Sampson Cattle Co. 63

Seedstock Plus sales 41 Sellers Feedlot 50

Shoal Creek Land & Cattle Red Angus ...................... 53 Show-Me-Select Sale Credit Program ........................ 56

Slayton Farms .............................................................. 53

Smith Valley Angus Sale...............................................71

Soaring Eagle Ranch Bull Sale 81

Soaring Eagle Ranch Female Sale 61

South Central Regional Stockyards 76

Spur Ranch Sale .......................................................... 73

Superior Steel Sales ...................................................... 65

Sydenstricker Genetics ................................................. 63

Touchstone Energy .......................................................91

Valley Oaks Angus 63

Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats 15

Wax Seed Company 2

Weiker Angus Ranch ................................................... 63

Westway Feed Products ................................................13

Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate .................................. 84

Wheeler Livestock Market ........................................... 85

Mike Williams 84

Windrush Farm Red Angus 53

WMC Ladies of the Ozarks Sale 29

Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers ........................................... 60

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