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Fruits of Our Labor Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. Those key words are spoken as we prepare for the Thanksgiving season. This time of year, in particular, we truly see the fruits of our labor — the rewards of one’s work or efforts. Blessings of a bountiful harvest, calves growing in fields of green grass and autumn foliage with every color of the rainbow, we are truly blessed. One of my passions is to nurture “Grandma Patty’s Pumpkin Patch” so that our grandchildren can see the growing process from seed to fruit. In early summer, the grandkids love to put their fingers in the dirt to plant each seed, water each plant in the soil, make sure it has strong roots, and pray for adequate sunshine and rain. Upon each visit to the farm, we take a Gator™ ride to the patch to see how the plants are growing and check for those female flowers that will eventually produce a pumpkin. Imagine the joy on their faces when the patch is ready for harvest! Their smiles are all the thanks I need for the time we worked and waited. They quickly run from pumpkin to pumpkin saying, “Grandma, see how big this one is?” or, “Here’s another one!” It shows their grateful hearts. We are blessed by the fruits of our labor. Our association is also blessed to have partnerships with Missouri businesses and individuals associated with the Missouri cattle industry through the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President’s Council. Established in 2007, this program recognizes our partners who made a considerable donation to our association. President’s Council partners are general sponsors of ongoing MCA programs, such as the Missouri Beef House, Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine, Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show, MCA Steak Fry and more. We are thankful for corporate sponsorships, as well as
individuals who play key roles in financial support to fulfill our association mission in exchange for brand exposure. The MCA President’s Council strives to promote the beef industry by providing a robust economic climate for our members and partners to work together. I encourage you to express your appreciation with your verbal thanks and patronage with those businesses that see the value of investing in agriculture and the cattle industry. As part of this partnership, the Brand Wall was created at the Missouri Beef House on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, MO. Each year during the Missouri State Fair, the Brand Wall is viewed by fairgoers during the 11 day fair. Since our partnerships continue to grow, a second Brand Wall was needed. Laser-etched into wood, your logo and company name is displayed alongside brands from family farmers and ranchers from across Missouri. If your brand is hanging on our Brand Wall, we are forever grateful for your continued support. Be sure you take time next year during the fair to look at the wall of contributors to our organization and the beef industry of Missouri. Be very thankful and forever grateful because we are unbelievably blessed.
with Mike Deering My Favorite Democrat Politics and religion are what we talk about most – a devout Catholic versus a “kid” with questions, an old school Democrat versus a conservative punk. It has been that way since I can remember. She thinks Truman qualifies for sainthood and Trump is the devil. We don’t agree on everything, but she’s my favorite Democrat. Maybe it was the Great Depression of her youth, or maybe WWII that shook the nation. Or maybe it’s just what happens when you cross Irish and Polish. She lost her love, Robert, in 1986, and her only child, Elizabeth, in 1997. Whatever it is, she’s tough as nails and doesn’t back up and doesn’t back down. She can be ruthless, and her words cut like a knife. My favorite Democrat reminds me of me. She also reminds me of the farm and ranch families who are the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. I’ve seen firsthand the resiliency of our members who come back swinging when hard times knock them down. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It’s who she is, as she has lived on the same farm for more than 50 years.
While my favorite Democrat is tough, she has a heart of gold. She always puts the needs of others before her own. When her only child died, she abandoned her farmhouse and moved in with her grandkids who lost their father just four years earlier. She stayed with them for over three years until the youngest graduated high school. It wasn’t easy. It was painful, and life wasn’t merry and grand. It isn’t hard to find that kind of unwavering love in this industry. Whether it is farmers pulling together to harvest another farmer’s crops because he has fallen
Executive Vice President ill or a county cattlemen’s group raising thousands of dollars to help a fellow cattle producer diagnosed with cancer, it’s all around us. We don’t see politics the same, and religion is always a fun and lively discussion. My favorite Democrat helped prepare me for the job I have today. This association has represented a very diverse industry for more than 100 years. We have Democrats and Republicans. We have feeders and cow/calf producers. We don’t agree on everything, but we are all fighting for the same thing. Differing ideas make this association stronger. It is what makes us stronger as individuals, and I wish we had more give-and-take in government instead of pettiness. I’m writing this from a skilled nursing facility in Gower, sitting beside this sweet, sweet woman. Too often, we express our love when our loved ones are gone. I get it as I struggle expressing my softer side. The written word has always been my preferred communication. I know her beautiful soul will be with Jesus when he calls, but her impact will never die. She has come to terms with it and is solid in her faith. I’m the weak one, but she claims all conservatives are that way as she laughs at me and my watery eyes. She’s 93 and means everything to me. My grandma is my rock and my favorite Democrat. This one is for you, Patricia E. Euler.
August Beef Exports Top $1 Billion Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports soared to another new value record in August, topping the $1 billion mark for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports posted another strong month in August, remaining ahead of the record pace established in 2020. Led by record shipments to China and the largest exports of the year to Japan, August beef exports totaled 132,577 metric tons (mt). Export volume was up 21% from a year ago and the second largest of 2021, while export value climbed 55% to $1.04 billion. For January through August, beef exports increased 18% from a year ago to 955,407 mt, with value up 34% to $6.62 billion. Exports were also 6% higher in volume and up 20% in value compared to the record pace established in 2018. In addition to setting new records in China, beef exports are also on a record pace to South Korea and Central America and have rebounded significantly to Mexico. Pork exports totaled 225,822 mt in August, up 4% from a year ago, and value increased 20% to $633.9 million as record shipments to Mexico and strong growth in several other markets helped offset the expected slowdown in muscle cut exports to China. For January through August, exports were 1.5% above last year at just over 2 million mt, while value climbed 10% to $5.62 billion. Pork exports are on a record pace to Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, and chilled pork exports to Japan and South Korea are above last year. While China’s demand for pork muscle cuts is trending lower, variety meat exports to China continue to expand.
“The August export results would be impressive under any circumstances, but achieving these totals despite
all the COVID-related obstacles at home and overseas is truly remarkable,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Our transportation and labor situation is challenging, and customers continue to face an uncertain business climate due to foodservice restrictions and other economic headwinds. Yet international buyers remain committed to the quality and consistency delivered by U.S. red meat, and the U.S. industry has gone to tremendous lengths to keep shipments moving.” Halstrom emphasized the broad-based growth achieved in 2021, noting that it bodes well for both near and longterm exports. “Obviously breaking the $1 billion mark in a single month is a huge milestone for U.S. beef, and that’s not possible unless a wide range of markets are hitting on all cylinders,” he said. “But the trendlines for U.S. pork are also very encouraging. Just a few years ago, it was an achievement to reach $6 billion in pork export value in a full year. In 2021, exports will exceed that total with an entire quarter to spare.” August exports of U.S. lamb were below last year but muscle cut exports increased significantly from last year’s low total, led by growth in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Through August, lamb exports remained 5% above last year’s pace at 8,997 mt, with value up 8% to $12.4 million. Muscle cut exports were 10% higher in both volume (855 mt) and value ($5.1 million). A detailed summary of the January-August red meat export results, including market-specific highlights, is available from the USMEF website. For questions, please contact Joe Schuele or call 303547-0030.
NCBA Welcomes Cattle Contract Library Bill Amid Ongoing Push for Transparency Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (October 20, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed the introduction of the Cattle Contract Library Act, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). The bipartisan bill would establish a cattle contract library within USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS), equipping cattle producers with the market data they need to make informed business decisions and exert greater leverage in negotiations with major meatpackers. The cattle contract library is widely supported by industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and the introduction of this legislation comes after more than a year of NCBA pushing for the creation of the library. “After more than a year of upheaval, facing everything from extreme drought to supply chain disruptions, many cattle producers have been backed against a wall. We need to act urgently to provide them with relief,” said NCBA President Jerry Bohn. “There is no single, silver bullet solution to the wide variety of needs among our diverse membership, but lawmakers can start by focusing on viable solutions that have broad-base support across the industry. The cattle contract library is one such solution, and it will help our producers command more leverage in negotiations with the packers. We appreciate the work of Congressman Johnson and Congressman Cuellar to move the ball forward on this urgent issue.”
Earlier this month, NCBA Vice President and South Dakota rancher Todd Wilkinson testified before the House Agriculture Committee and underscored the
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need for greater transparency in cattle markets. One of the solutions he advocated for was the creation of the cattle contract library, as well as full reauthorization of Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR). Background NCBA has long advocated for increased transparency in the cattle and beef supply chain. In August 2021, NCBA succeeded in pushing USDA to make more market data publicly available. The agency began publishing a new daily report on the foundational prices used in cattle market formulas, grids, and contracts, and a new weekly report on the volume of cattle purchased at each different level of pricing. In June 2021, NCBA led a letter with the support of more than 36 state affiliate groups urging Congress to act on the reauthorization of LMR. LMR is the legislative mandate that requires large meat processors to regularly report information on their transactions, such as the price they pay for livestock and the volume of purchases. In May 2021, NCBA met with American Farm Bureau Federation, Livestock Marketing Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF and U.S. Cattlemen’s Association to discuss urgent concerns and the need for a cattle contract library was one of three priorities agreed upon by these disparate groups. The introduction of the Cattle Contract Library Act follows months of NCBA engagement to ensure Members of Congress understand the most urgent needs facing cattle producers, the complex cattle market conditions influencing these outcomes, and the risks of adopting one-size-fits-all policy solutions that may hurt producers’ bottom line.
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Make Plans to Attend Cattle Industry Education Experience in Houston Source: NCBA CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Oct. 11, 2021) – The 29th annual Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis, will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2022, and will kick off the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Houston. This premier education experience draws more than 1,000 people every year, and includes two days of learning, idea sharing and networking. In addition to Monday’s “producer’s choice” sessions which provide a preview of Tuesday’s educational experience, hot topics such as global cattle industry trends and sustainability research will be featured. The Zoetis Demonstration Arena includes a live animal demonstration focusing on analyzing the physical and genetic traits of cattle. Monday concludes with an evening reception offering an opportunity for everyone to gather with friends and reconnect. There will be 15 sessions and five educational tracks to choose from on Tuesday including business, herd health, nutrition, new tools and sustainability. The businessfocused track will include several risk management
sessions, and the new tools sessions will focus on the latest technology trends for genetics and grazing management. This year’s event includes cutting-edge topics and top industry leaders including a keynote speaker to wrap up Tuesday’s agenda. Each year, the Cattlemen’s College agenda is developed based on feedback from producers, and their comments drive the program. Past attendees have indicated that “The biggest take away I found from attending Cattlemen’s College is that there is always a newer or better way of doing things,” while others learned that “The generation effect of the decisions we make today not only impact this year’s calf crop but the herd as whole for years to come.” With so much information presented, it is nearly impossible to experience all Cattlemen’s College has to offer in person. To make it easier to access content, all sessions will be recorded and available for registered attendees to watch at any time in the future. Registration begins Nov. 1, 2021. Look for the Education Package, which offers the best value. For more information, visit https://convention.ncba.org/.
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Mo Beef Kids Expands Efforts to include Missouri Sale Barns Farmers and Ranchers Can Support Mo Beef Kids at Participating Sale Barns, Beginning November 1 One in ten – this is the national average for beef meals served in the school lunch program. Mo Beef Kids is on a mission to change that, by teaming up with local schools, processors, and farmers and ranchers. Since the program’s inception in 2017, nearly 50 schools have participated and over 35,000 beef lunches have been served. To support program growth and interest, farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to donate when selling at local participating sale barns beginning November 1. The contribution will be decided by producer and facilitated in partnership with sale barn. As with any Mo Beef Kids donation, donations are voluntary. Donors will receive a charitable contribution letter issued by Mo Beef Kid’s 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation.
beef, more often on the school lunch tray, while implementing beef and nutrition education in the classroom. School administration and food service providers work with farmers and local, state or federally inspected processors to implement the program. Mo Beef Kids is supported through the beef checkoff and by more than 50,000 Missouri farmers and ranchers and in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Missouri Beef Industry Council is a nonprofit organization responsible for administering programs of promotion, education, research, and consumer and industry information. For more information, visit mobeefkids.com, or contact Communications Manager, Brandelyn Twellman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 636-577-5474. To donate, visit supportmobeefkids.com.
“Combined donations can allow us to expand this successful program and assist existing and new schools wanting to participate,” explained Mark Russell, Executive Director of the Missouri Beef Industry Council. “We are excited that Mo Beef Kids initiates the conversation around beef in schools and communities. Industry partners allow us to expand the map on making nutritionally dense food more available, while sharing the important story of our farm families and how food is raised,” says Program Director Luella Gregory. For farmers and ranchers who wish to donate and do not have a local sale barn participant, they can contact the program coordinator to facilitate donation or support at supportmobeefkids.com This component is an expansion of program support and current local program donations will be encouraged to continue.
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“Every donation and dollar counts,” added Russell. “For every dollar raised, five school lunches can have beef on the plate. A 2-ounce serving provides so many vital nutrients to a child’s growing body.”
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Agriculture Supporter Sightings The Missouri Beef House sees many friendly faces during the Missouri State Fair. While we don’t always know where every customer comes from, we are amazed to find out that this year the furthest traveled was from Arizona. Some of the most unique visitors were Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, part of the Missouri Bicentennial Celebration 2021. Our most unexpected guest would have to be Scooby-Doo! We were honored
to have the 2021 Missouri State Fair Queen, Rosie Lenz from Cooper County, eat beef in our restaurant. Benny the Bull, our beef mascot, always gets the most hugs from our customers. Throughout the fair, we have sightings of what we consider to be Famous Agriculture Supporters eating with us at the Beef House, such as Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa, Lt Governor Mike Kehoe and Claudia, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler. We try to capture as many as we can through pictures so that you, too, can see the impact our restaurant is having on promoting beef to fairgoers of all ages, and from all places and walks of life.
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US Beef Breeds Council Elects ASA Executive Secretary/CEO as President Source: American Shorthorn Association KANSAS CITY, Missouri (May 17, 2021) – 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
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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.”
ASA Participates in MCLC Source: American Shorthorn Association KANSAS CITY, Missouri (May 26, 2021) – The American Shorthorn Association’s Executive Secretary/ CEO, Montie D. Soules presented on a panel of industry leaders at the 2021 Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College’s Second Session last week in Kansas City. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College (MCLC) identifies the next great leaders of the beef industry and cultivates their knowledge during the year. In their second session, attendees gathered in Northwest Missouri to hear from program sponsor, Merck Animal Health, meet with beef breed associations, including the American Shorthorn Association and visit member operations of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
“It is a pleasure to invest in the future of the beef industry.” Said Montie Soules, Executive Secretary/ CEO of ASA. “Our breed has a strong history in the United States. We strive as an association to assist our members in providing a profitable beef product.”
On the panel, Soules shared with attendees the role he serves at the ASA, the impact the association has on the industry and the progress of the Shorthorn breed. As America’s first beef breed association, the American Shorthorn Association celebrates 150 years beginning this fall. Attendees to the MCLC will convene again this fall and graduate at the 53rd Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show.
ASA Announces Release of “Shorthorn and the American Cattle Industry” Source: American Shorthorn Association KANSAS CITY, Missouri (September 23, 2021) – “Shorthorn and the American Cattle Industry” will be released Saturday, October 23rd as the American Shorthorn Association kicks off their Sesquicentennial year as America’s First beef breed association. Written by Dr. Bob Hough and Dr. Bert Moore, this coffee table style book is unique without a doubt.
the purebred cattle industry. I doubt there will ever be another book written with as much detail as Dr. Hough and Dr. Moore have done. The authors did a great job.” Limited-edition books are available now at shorthorn. org for ordering, with multiple pickup or shipping options to meet your needs.
“Writing this book was a labor of love for Dr. Bert Moore and me.” Said Dr. Bob Hough, “We had the time, curiosity and backing of the Association to dig deep into all aspects of the breed and our industry to reveal the important, but often forgotten events and people that have made the cattle business what it is today.”
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Newton McDonald County Cattlemen The Newton McDonald County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in the Exhibit Building at the Newton County Fairgrounds. Following a blessing by Ronnie Tosh, the more than 90 in attendance enjoyed a wonderful taco bar prepared and served by students from the Crowder College Aggie Program. The meal was generously sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation.
As dinner was concluding, President Randy Drake outlined the program approved recently by the executive committee to provide up to two FFA jackets to each High School FFA Program in the two-county region to enable students in need to obtain one. John reported approval of two applications from Diamond High School already. Randy noted that the association has funds to accomplish this, but members and others had donated items, from a fresh baked blackberry pie to caps from MCA, Joplin Regional Stockyards, S&H Farm Supply and others, as well as a couple of cow paddles from Longview Mill. They were auctioned off to help raise funds for this annual program and for support of the Cash Moore Foundation, for children in need of the southwest area. He introduced the auctioneer for the charity sale, Tyler Sprenkle, who is currently the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association State President-Elect, from McDonald County. Tyler noted he had recently completed auctioneer school and had led one sale, with another scheduled. Tyler performed spectacularly and was, as many noted, very understandable. The sale raised $772 with the dollars raised to be split between the FFA project and the Cash Moore Foundation. Regarding the Cash Moore Foundation, since its inception, association members have donated a total of 16 head of cattle with proceeds supporting this most worthy cause.
Following the auction, Jeff Schoen of Boehringer Ingelheim was introduced and provided an excellent program outlining products such as Long-Range wormer, Triangle 10 and Pyramid, available through Boehringer Ingelheim. Jeff outlined best practices and took time to answer member questions following his remarks, which were very well received.
President Drake then called the business meeting to order and, in the absence of Secretary Warren Townsend, who has been ill, provided the Secretary’s Report. The Treasurer’s Report showed a balance of $13,528.85, with some additional payments anticipated. A motion to approve these reports was made by Andrew Sherman, seconded by Max Ruhl and approved. Randy introduced Max Ruhl to report on the publication of the new 2021-2022 Member Directory. As the books were passed out, Max introduced the other committee members, which included Estella Osborne and Nick Neece, and commented on the planning undertaking by the committee, particularly in view of increasing costs and other challenges largely associated with the pandemic. Despite increased pricing for ads, the book saw sales to more than 40 advertisers, many purchasing full page ads. He directed attention to page 56, the index of advertisers, and encouraged members to think about opportunities to patronize these businesses and commended Willis Printing for their excellent work and support. Members are distributing the first 500 copies currently to advertisers and members, with 1,500 to be printed and distributed this year and next. Next, Randy introduced Ronnie Tosh to report the Nominating Committee’s slate of officers for the election to be held at the November meeting. Ronnie noted the other members of the committee were Mark Hall and Pat Gathings. The slate nominated included Randy Drake for President, Bryan Hall for Vice President, Lynn Ruhl for Secretary, and John Hobbs for Treasurer. The floor was opened for other nominations for these roles but none were made. Nick Neece, with a second from Andrew Sherman, moved nominations cease. The motion was approved. Andrew Sherman then moved for adjournment. Thurman Taylor seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned.
Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen The Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen’s Assocation recently awarded two $500 scholarships to area youth who are attending college this fall. Joe O’Bannon graduated from Madison C-3 High School and is attending North Central Missouri College in Trenton where he is majoring in agriculture and a member of the Livestock Judging Team. Joe is the son of Patrick O’Bannon and grandson of MCA members Mike & Donna O’Bannon.
Kaylin Bales is a graduate of North Shelby High School and is attending Moberly Area Community College in Kirksville this fall where she is planning to pursue an area of study in agricultural communications . She is the daughter of MCA members Jarrell and Jolie Foreman. Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen’s will be hosting their first Scholarship Banquet and Auction on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Madison Community Center. Contact Sally Thomas for more information regarding tickets and donations. Kaylin Bales
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St. Clair County Cattlemen St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, October 12, at Osceola School District with 27 members and guests present. Ryan Washburn with Edge Animal Nutrition and Michael Prescott with Prescott Livestock Consulting LLC were the speakers for the meeting. Ryan is from Illinois and started out his business as a feed store. He wanted something more, as he wasn’t happy, and wanted to create mineral to produce better results in cattle. When creating the mineral, they tried to look at what was best for cattle on the market. They took that and incorporated the technology into their mineral. The weather is always changing, which means the mineral needs to be different at different times of the year. There are three different price points to help meet the cattle’s needs at different points of year. Edge Animal Nutrition is wanting to grow in this area. Many customers have experienced less foot rot, cow/heifers’ cycle quicker and bulls have better semen checks after being on the mineral. Michael with Prescott Livestock Consulting discussed the importance of looking at feed tags and knowing what your mineral is. You can get it made in Kansas and shipped here, you just have to find a dealer for the area. Thank you, Ryan Washburn with Edge Animal Nutrition and Michael Prescott with Prescott Livestock Consulting LLC, for speaking to our group and sponsoring our meeting! Thank you, Osceola FFA Chapter, 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. A big thank you to Phillip and Carol Johnston, Legacy Bank, Community First Bank, Jim Falk Motors, OakStar Bank, Hawthorne Bank, Dull and Heany, Gregg Smith Ford, and Stewart and Kiefer Real Estate have donated so far for the 2021-22 school year.
Sale barns now have the capabilities 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 be able to sustain programs in other counties.
St. Clair County Cattlemen won a Miraco 3345 30 Gallon 1-Hole MiraFount Waterer at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention in January. The Cattlemen have decided to offer it up to any member that is interested. All proceeds will go to support the Scholarship Fund. Anyone interested should see Weston
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Shelby. If it is not sold before, it will be auctioned off at Wheelers Livestock Auction on December 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. On October 7, 2021, St. Clair County Cattlemen cooked 300 ribeye steaks for Wheeler’s Customer Appreciation Day. MCA and NRCS held a field day at Salmon Enterprises, LLC, on Sept. 29, 2021. Josh reported about 22 people attended the field day. Ray Archuleta, Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Eric Bailey, State Beef Extension Specialist, and Drexel Atkisson, NRCS Soil Health Specialist, spoke to the group about soil health and how to grow grass. They had a rain simulator to help show the differences in soil health. In the afternoon session, there was a hayride around the farm, digging holes to examine the soil and the grass health. Warren Love reported on the State Board Meeting. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention is in Osage Beach this coming January. There is a membership drive to get members to 5,000 statewide. Applications for the next round of Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College are now available. Our next meeting is the Annual Meeting on November 6, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at Top of the World in Osceola.
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South Central Cattlemen’s Association The monthly meeting of the South Central Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) was held on Thursday, September 23, at the Howell County Extension office in West Plains. The meeting was catered by Snider’s BBQ of West Plains. SCCA President Janet Crow opened the meeting. Elizabeth Picking read the minutes from the last meeting. Jennifer Poor gave the financial report. John Doss motioned to accept the minutes and financial report. Barry Slayton seconded the motion. Jennifer Poor reported to the group about MJCA members Keena Lowe and Nolan Smith (both of Willow Springs) attending the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Youth Industry Tour in August. She also reported about the third session of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College and her trip to JBS, Caviness, and Bar G Feedyard in Texas, and the Oklahoma City National Stockyard and the Willard Sparks Beef Research Center in Oklahoma. She also shared with the group about an upcoming farm to fork lesson that the Willow Springs High School Ag and FACs departments are teaching at the end of September. The students will be visiting a local processor, sale barn, grocery store and Poor Farms. This lesson is to help students understand where their food comes from. Elizabeth Picking then shared with the group that SCCA was going to revisit MoBeef for MoKids and asked anyone interested in donating a beef to speak with her later. The meeting was then turned over to MultiMin representatives Joe Brown and Dr. David Tyree. Dr. Tyree explained that their mineral complex had a 100% absorption rate due to being an injectable mineral and not a loose feed mineral. Dr. Tyree then went on to explain when to administer the supplement and when not to. He also showed the group where to inject the animal with the mineral. Joe Brown mentioned that there is a video at www.savethelung.com that discusses a study of cattle who received the supplement, those that did not and the benefits of MultiMin in the health of cattle.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 21, at 5:30 pm at the Howell County Extension office in West Plains. Brant Mettler with Corteva will be our guest speaker.
Henry County Henry County Cattleman grilled 200 burgers for the Ag-Day event held at Montrose school on September 30. Area schools of St.Mary’s and Davis joined the Montrose students to learn about agriculture. Cattle, horses, pigs, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, log splitting, machinery and welding are a few of the displays where students learned from the Montrose FFA chapter students.
Pictured is Jan and Gene Reid, Roy Batschlett, Danny Goth, and Marylin and Sammee Lesmeister. Anthony Lesmeister is not pictured.
Randy Schilling from Boehringer Ingelheim presented to the group the benefits of combination treatment for sustainable deworming. He explained that the best practice of deworming is to treat with full doses of two different classes of dewormers at the same time. Their studies are showing a 98.6% fecal egg count reduction by using this method. He went on to explain the Four Pillars of Sustainability: Diagnosis, Treatment, Refugia, & Management.
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The October 5 meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) featured a panel of three of the group’s own producers, as well as a representative of a local packer. Speaking to the 180 in attendance that evening were Dan and Norma Hutchinson, Aaron Miller and J. Holmes.
Time is flying as we rush to get all crops harvested. The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association have also been extremely busy promoting beef at our big five-day fair in Washington, August 4-8. The turnout was a record breaker, and they all loved getting their juicy ribeye steak sandwiches and briskets. We served a record of 5,780 ribeyes and 480 lbs. of brisket sandwiches. Some fairgoers simply come for their ribeyes.
The meeting was held in fellow member Jake Hostetler’s arena south of Buffalo. We would like to thank Jake for hosting us and providing an excellent facility for the meeting. The Hutchinsons run a purebred Gelbvieh herd near Urbana on 250 acres. They have been in the Gelbvieh business for 19 years. They raise mostly black cattle, with a few red ones. Their herd consists of 55 mama cows that calve both in the spring and fall. Marketed under the name Justamere Ranch, yearling bulls are sold both in the spring and fall. Also speaking to the group was fellow DCCA member Aaron Miller of Buffalo. Miller backgrounds about 2,500 head of cattle per year. He considers backgrounding a vital part of the beef chain connecting the cow/calf producer and the feedlot. He talked about the importance of adding value to calves by selecting bulls with good genetics to cross with one’s cows. He suggested to use the same type of bulls if possible to add uniformity to a set of calves. He also touted the importance of vaccinating calves using a respiratory vaccine and giving them a blackleg shot.
Representing Missouri Prime Beef Packers of Pleasant Hope was J. Holmes, director of fat cattle procurement for the company. Holmes said the plant processes about 400 head per week, with plans to grow up to 700 head per week in the future. In order to receive the Show-Me Beef stamp, cattle must be source verified -- born, raised and fed in Missouri. Meat is marketed to consumers through Price Cutter grocery stores in the Springfield area. Holmes mentioned demand is good.
DCCA fired up the grill at the recent Har-Fest on October 9. More than 1,000 people attended the inaugural event held at New Hope Baptist Church north of Buffalo. Attendees enjoyed our hamburgers and hotdogs as we ran out of food before the day ended. We also cooked up a lot of ribeye steaks, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs at the annual Celtic Festival held in Buffalo the end of August. We plan to hold our annual meeting on November 9 at Prairie Grove Church. We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and you are thankful for your many blessings as cattle producers.
We also promoted beef by having an informational booth all fives days in Agriland, handing out brochures on beef and recipe cards to the consumers. These educational efforts were managed by Amy Elbert, with help from the Missouri Beef Industry Council providing brochures and a grant for the educational display. Our counties new Beef Queen was crowned at the fair before the steer show. Our retiring queen was Miss Lillian Gildehaus and our new queen is Miss Madi Ridder, daughter of John and Heidi Ridder. Madi is a freshman at Mizzou pursuing pre-vet. A big congrats to her. She is looking forward to her future duties and participation as our candidate at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention in January 2022. The Cattlemen are selling ribeyes and brisket sandwiches at the big New Haven Tractor Pull on September 25, which will be the last pull of the season. A record crowd is anticipated with a perfect weather forecast.
Pettis County Compared to last year, the Pettis County Cattlemen have managed to serve a few more functions. Early in 2020, we opened our concession stand at the Ag Expo held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Later in the year, we also served the MCA Steak Fry.
Douglas/Wright County Cattlemen Douglas / Wright County Cattlemen’s group gathered for the October meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Mountain Grove.
This year we helped serve at the Buyers Appreciation Dinner to thank those that supported our FFA and 4-H youth at the livestock show and sale. We also worked at the Beef House during the Missouri State Fair. It was good to see people getting out and having fun.
President Teresa Clifford opened the meeting with a welcome, treasury report and current events. Wright County Area Director Ron Wright asked the blessing before the meal, and the group enjoyed a steak dinner with sides sponsored by ABS.
In September, we helped serve hamburgers and chips at the MCA and NRCS outreach program held at Maplewood Acres Farm.
Following dinner, Shane Roark from ABS spoke to the group, shared promotional materials, and gave a brief overview of the services that he and ABS offer, as well as different protocols that are utilized when breeding cattle. A question and answer session followed.
In October, Wood & Houston Bank held a customer appreciation event where we served hamburgers and beef hot dogs. All in all, this year was a little better than last year, so hopefully next year will be even better! From the Pettis County Cattlemen, be safe and may your weaning be quiet.
Seven members of the Douglas / Wright county board of directors met after the meeting to finalize plans for meetings that will occur in November and December. The November Douglas / Wright County Cattlemen’s group will welcome Corbitt Wall of National Beef Wire to our November meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. at Wright County Livestock Auction Barn in Mountain Grove. All cattlemen in the area are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The October 5 meeting of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was held at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.
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The meeting began with a catered meal by Pat Elsey, Mt. Vernon, that featured brisket and a selection of cobblers. The evening’s host was Moriondo Farms & MM Cattle, Mt. Vernon. Mark Moriondo and Nathan Arnold represented the farm. It started out as a commercial, crossbred cow herd in 1988. In 2014, they moved into more of a seedstock and purebred operation. Currently, they have about 1,200 commercial cows and 550 purebred females. Since they’ve been in the various segments of the cattle business, they feel they have a good idea of what different customers want and need. Mark said, “We’ve checked all the boxes in the various segments our customers represent so we can serve them better.”
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Ninety-five percent of their bulls stay in fescue country, and they do give a one-year breeding guarantee on bulls. Mark stressed they are constantly seeking customers’ input regarding breeding stock sales. Currently, they’re focusing on efficiency of production and anticipate using GrowSafe Systems to evaluate their bulls. They still like big cows, but they must wean big calves on a regular basis. The next presentation was from Mark Russell, Missouri Beef Industry Council. His list of yearly highlights from the checkoff included that exports are at record levels. Currently, TV ads along with sports related ads are leading the way. MoBeef for MoKids is now in 50 schools with numerous success stories. Mark Harmon and Scynthia Schnake helped Mark as they each are elected members of the council.
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Wrapping up the meeting was Missouri’s Beef Queen, Avery Schiereck form El Dorado Springs and Missouri State University where she’s a student. She focused on her beef advocacy speech and highlights of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Youth Industry Tour to Northwest Missouri this summer.
Closing out the meeting with brief updates were State Representative Mitchell Boggs and Extension Specialist Eldon Cole. About 75 members and guests attended the meeting. The association will be very busy October 8, 9 and 10 with a weekend of grilling ribeye sandwiches and beef dogs for Mt. Vernon’s Apple Butter Makin’ Days.
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Lafayette County The Lafayette County Cattlemen have been busy grilling and promoting BEEF! Two full crews worked the Missouri State Fair Beef House for our shifts Saturday, August 14, and Thursday, August 19. The first Saturday of the fair is always a busy day, and, this year, the line was steady from start to finish. Legislator’s Day is always fun, getting to visit with many of our state officials we have worked with during the year at Cowboys at the Capitol and in other efforts. It was our pleasure to help serve Governor Mike Parson and his group a steak lunch. Our workers ranged in age from 12 to 95, and we were thankful for each and every one that came to help! Ribeye steaks, 1/3 lb. burgers and 1/4 lb. all beef hotdogs were served at the annual Higginsville Country Fair. This is LCCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, and the constant line of people waiting to enjoy a good BEEF sandwich led to a very successful day! Members juggled their busy fall schedules to take turns manning the grill and working the sales trailer. A warm Saturday kept the serving line busy from the time the grill started smoking until closing time at 5 p.m. The Friday Night Lights of October 1 found the LCCA
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grilling for the annual Wood & Huston Tailgate for the Lafayette County C-1 Husker homecoming game in Higginsville. A crowd of 550 enjoyed burgers and quarter lb. all beef hotdogs as part of their tailgate meal. Attendees got to visit with KC Wolf and were eligible to participate in a field goal contest all sponsored by Wood & Huston Bank. Next for Lafayette County Cattlemen will be their November 30 educational meeting at the Mayview Community Building. Dr. Craig Payne will be conducting a Beef Quality Assurance training for new and renewal certifications. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and anyone is welcome to attend.
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MSU Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association The MSU Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual Farm Safety Day on September 24. Bourbon, Sparta, Clinton, Dadeville and Ozark FFA were in attendance, bringing over 120 students to the event. The day began with an introduction from Dr. Elizabeth Walker who shared her personal experiences with farm safety. The students then rotated between various stations including Tractor Safety, Pesticide Safety, Mental Health, Vaccine Safety, Grain Bin Safety, Electrical Safety and Cattle Handling. Our speakers came from all over Missouri, including the University of Missouri Extension, Merck Animal Health, ShowMe Power Electrical Coop, and several Missouri State students and faculty. Some were even Missouri State
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NCBA Supports Additional USDA Funding for Beef Supply Chains Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (October 4, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an additional $100 million investment into the food supply chain infrastructure. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) supports this step to prioritize the expansion of beef processing capacity and dedicate further resources to build a more resilient cattle industry. “Our number one goal at NBCA continues to be opening up new opportunities for cattle producers to be profitable,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “The pandemic accentuated a number of vulnerabilities within our supply chains— chiefly the choke point at the meatpacking sector which has resulted in unsustainable prices for cattle producers and increased the cost of beef for consumers. Today’s announcement is another step toward returning stability to the markets, and NCBA urges USDA to announce eligibility requirements and application instructions as quickly as possible.”
The $100 million announced today is in addition to the $500 million announced earlier this year. BACKGROUND In July 2021, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA would invest over $500 million in federal funds to support food supply chains and simultaneously opened a public comment period to determine the most effective means of distributing these funds. NCBA submitted comments calling for federally-guaranteed, low-interest loans and grants to be distributed to small meatpackers looking to expand, and new market entrants desiring to construct new regional small to mid-size processing plants. NCBA expects USDA to announce the parameters of this program soon and will provide more information as it becomes available.
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William “Bill” F. Hinkle William “Bill” F. Hinkle, age 76, of Climax Springs, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri. Bill was born May 10, 1945, in Corder, Missouri, the son of Dewey and Lorene Hinkle. Bill was united in marriage on January 16, 1964 to Alice Snider in Independence, Missouri. Bill was a loving husband and father of three living children and an angel Joseph Dale, grandfather to thirteen grandchildren and great grandfather to three great grandchildren and one on the way. He was known for his compassionate spirit, generosity, friendship, loyalty and never-ending love for his family. With a larger-than-life personality, Bill left a mark on everyone he met, and friendships were soon forged and fostered. Bill was active along with his wife, Alice, in the Coffman Bend Fire Department and the Benton County Cattlemen’s Association. He will be deeply missed by both his family and the community.
Bill was preceded in death by his son Joseph, his brother James, his sister Donna, his mother Lorene and his father Dewey. He is survived by his wife Alice and three children: Franklin (and Tracy) Hinkle, William (and Prudy) Hinkle and Nancy (and David) Berry; grandchildren: Danielle, Megan, Amanda, Connor, Wyatt, Sarah, Whitney, Sabrina, Adam, Jessica, Matthew, Scott and Emily; and great grandchildren: Teagan, Henley and Alison. He is also survived by his sisters Catherine Leighton and Joyce Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.
Specializing in Land Equipment and Livestock For Upcoming Sale Info: Contact: Mike Williams Higginsville, MO 816-797-5450 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Labor Hiring woes across Missouri and the nation continue. Nearly all businesses don help wanted signs coupled with notifications of reduced operational hours due to labor shortages. Last month, we introduced you to our new associate, Mitch Davis. While he continues to impress, we continue to become concerned about labor shortages in all facets of the state and national economy. Employment perspectives are divisive and creating yet another ideological separation between those who believe people need to get out of their houses and go to work and others who defend those not working for a variety of reasons, including mental health and childcare access. Since our last article, both Cooper and I have traveled to other states. While our destinations were markedly different, lack of employees remained the same. Regardless on which side of the employment fence you may find yourselves, the consistent theme of businesses needing employees is a constant. Admittedly, we have employed some real dandies. Cooper has endless stories of interesting gems who have worked on his farm. I often wonder if my parents realize how good they had it with my sister and I working on theirs. Many teenagers today opt not to work. Evidently, that is an option. As teenagers, we were unaware there was a choice about whether we worked. I recall the day my father hired select football players to help my sister and I collect and stack square bales. For once, I was going to get to drive the tractor for half of the day before switching duties with my sister. My easy hay day lasted only 100 yards before I was stopped as one of the boys wasn’t working fast enough to suit my sister. He then was paid to drive the tractor. I couldn’t believe it.
More recently, I watched a 60 Minutes television program highlighting a university that attracts some of the nation’s brightest to a small, inaccessible farm. Students must work on the farm while studying Socrates in the classroom. To paraphrase those interviewed, they learned self-sufficiency and not to quit when things get difficult. They also learned accountability to and for others. While I know rather little about philosophy, I did earn a PhD in farming by 18 years of age. Working wasn’t an option for me. Working wasn’t an option for Cooper. It was expected. Working isn’t an option for any of you. Rain, snow, sleet, cold – nothing changes the fact that you must care for your animals. That devotion and work ethic is what makes farmers and ranchers so special. It’s what makes MCA special. It’s what makes each of you special. As we near Thanksgiving, we want to say we are thankful for each of you and the unlimited hours you spend caring for and feeding others. It does not go unnoticed, and we are grateful. Our thanks, Nancy and Cooper
SALE REPORTS MSU Journagan Ranch Genetically Yours 30th Anniversary Sale 10.2.21 • Springfield, MO 28 bulls $100,500.00 $3,589.00 63 females $189,750.00 $3,012.00 91 total $290,250.00 $3,190.00 Soaring Eagle of the Ozarks Bull & Commercial Female Sale 10.2.21 • Springfield, MO 50 Registered Bulls $210,750.00 $4,215.00 27 Com. Bred Cows $36,000.00 $1,333.00 Express Ranches Bull & Female Sale, 10.4.21 • Yukon, OK 117 Older Bulls $787,750.00 92 Yrlg.Bulls $641,750.00 209 Total Reg. Bulls $1,429,500.00 78 Com. Bred Heifers) $144,055.00 35 Commercial Pairs $66,210.00 Smith Valley Angus Sale 10.8.21 • Salem, MO 19 Total Reg. Bulls $88,750.00 14 Open Heifers $122,400.00 7 Bred Heifers $26,750.00 4 Bred Cows $15,350.00 4 Open Cows $70,000.00 14 Fall Pairs $77,000.00 43 Total Reg. Females $311,500.00 8 Pregnancies $75,000.00 72 Reported Sale Total $493,250.00
$6,732.00 $6,975.00 $6,839.00 $1,846.00 $1,891.00
$4,671.00 $8,742.00 $3,821.00 $3,837.00 $17,500.00 $5,500.00 $7,244.00 $9,375.00 $6,850.00
$4,408.00 $3,563.00 $7,701.00
Byergo Sale 10.9.21 • Savannah, MO 58 Total Reg. Bulls $310,750.00 59 Total Reg. Females $236,680.00 117 Reported Sale Total $547,430.00
$5,357.00 $4,011.00 $4,678.00
Bonebrake Herefords Annual Production Sale 10.9.21 • Columbia, MO 46 females $122,450 $2,662
$7345.00 $4200.00 $3000.00
Valley Oaks Sale 10.13.21 • Chilhowee, MO 46 Total Reg. Bulls $176,548.00 8 Total Reg. Females $35,450.00 50 Com. Bred Heifers $83,500.00 54 Reported Sale Total $211,998.00
$3,838.00 $4,431.00 $1,670.00 $3,925.00
Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale 10.16.21 • West Plains, MO 30 Older Bulls $90,100.00 4 Yrlg.Bulls $11,000.00 34 Total Reg. Bulls $101,100.00 24 Open Heifers $38,800.00 8 Bred Heifers $13,000.00 23 Bred Cows $34,100.00 29 Fall Pairs $60,800.00 15 Spring Pairs $32,300.00 7 Special Lots $11,300.00 106 Total Reg. Females $190,300.00 140 Reported Sale Total $291,400.00
$3,003.00 $2,750.00 $2,973.00 $1,616.00 $1,625.00 $1,482.00 $2,096.00 $2,153.00 $1,614.00 $1,795.00 $2,081.00
Frank/Hazelrigg Sale 10.17.21 • Fulton, MO 73 Total Reg. Bulls $244,000.00 37 Total Reg. Females $172,200.00 110 Reported Sale Total $416,200.00
$3,342.00 $4,654.00 $3,783.00
Reynolds Hereford Decades of Design Sale 10.17.21 • Huntsville, MO 17 bulls $42,700.00 $2,512.00 29 females $81,950.00 $2,826.00 46 total $124,650.00 $2,710.00 4 embryos $1,100.00 $275.00 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale 10.18.21 • Nevada, MO 35 Yrlg.Bulls $256,450.00 35 Bull Calves $209,500.00 70 Total Reg. Bulls $465,950.00 17 Open Heifers $202,100.00 12 Bred Heifers $102,250.00 29 Total Reg. Females $304,350.00 1 Pregnancies $13,000.00 100 Reported Sale Total $783,300.00
$7,327.00 $5,985.00 $6,656.00 $11,888.00 $8,520.00 $10,494.00 $13,000.00 $7,833.00
J&N Black Hereford Sale 10.8.21 • Leavenworth, KS 19 Bred cows 28 Bred heifers 7 Bulls
Big D Ranch Bull & Female Sale 10.9.21 • Center Ridge, AR Elite 8 reg. females 18 mo old bulls Yearling bulls
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Meyer Cattle Co. Fall Sale, Bowling Green, MO GenePlus Sale at Chimney Rock, Concord, AR Wright Charolais 11th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Edition’ Bull & Female Sale, Osceola, MO Andras Red Angus Female Sale, Manchester, IL B/F Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Butler, MO Red Tie Event Red Angus Sale, Tina, MO Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO Central States Black Hereford Sale, Lebanon, MO
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Thomas Farms Fullblood Dispersal Sale, Damascus, AR Gibbs Farms Sale, Ranburne, AL Four State Shorthorn Association Sale, Diamond, MO Green Springs Bull Test Sale, Nevada, MO Jamison Herefords Dispersal Sale, Quinter, KS Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Kirksville, MO Southwest Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Carthage, MO West Central Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Kingsville, MO Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO
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Dalebanks Angus Sale, Eureka, KS Heart of Missouri Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO MM Ranch Polled Hereford Sale, Nevada, MO Butch’s Angus Sale, Jackson, MO Galaxy Beef Female Sale, Macon, MO College of the Ozarks Sale, Point Lookout, MO Butler Creek Gelbvieh Bull Sale, Lebanon, TN Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Fruitland, MO Missouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO Wheeler Angus Production Sale, Paris, MO Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO
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ADM..................................................................... 31 American Angus Association................................ 53 Buffalo Livestock Market...................................... 52 Butler Creek Sale.................................................. 28 Callaway Livestock Center Inc............................. 63 Classified............................................................... 81 Clearwater Farm................................................... 45 College of the Ozarks Sale.................................... 21 Coon Angus Ranch............................................... 45 Crestmead Shorthorns.......................................... 41 Dalebanks Sale...................................................... 43 Ertell Cattle Company.......................................... 46 F&T Livestock Market.......................................... 14 Four State Shorthorn Sale..................................... 40 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus.................................. 45 Friday - Cartoon................................................... 80 Galaxy Beef LLC.................................................. 45 Galaxy Beef Sale................................................... 13 Gerloff Farms........................................................ 45 Green’s Welding & Sales....................................... 70 Heart of Missouri Limousin Sale.......................... 51 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.................................... 45 HydraBed.............................................................. 71 J.D. Bellis Family Herefords.................................. 49 Jim’s Motors............................................................ 7 Joplin Regional Stockyards................................... 84 Kingsville Livestock Auction................................ 22 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma................................ 45 Marshall & Fenner Farms..................................... 45 MCA - Liability Signs........................................... 78
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MCA - Membership Form.................................... 77 MCA - Presidents Council.................................... 74 MCA Convention.............................................33-38 MCA Profitability Challenge................................ 73 McBee Cattle Co................................................... 16 MCLC................................................................... 72 McPherson Concrete Products.............................. 81 Mead Cattle Co..................................................... 55 Mead Farms.......................................................... 45 Merck Animal Health........................................... 83 MFA ....................................................................... 3 Missouri Angus Association.................................. 45 Missouri Angus Breeders...................................... 45 Missouri Beef Industry Council............................ 19 MLS Tubs............................................................. 17 MM Ranch Sale................................................... 68 National Land Realty........................................... 65 Northeast Missouri SMS Sale............................... 62 Parkhurst............................................................... 23 Sampson Cattle Co............................................... 45 Sellers Feedlot....................................................... 24 Show-Me-Select Fall Sales.................................... 63 South Central Regional Stockyards...................... 63 Southeast Missouri SMS Sale............................... 64 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.............................. 45 Superior Steel Sales............................................... 30 Sydenstricker Genetics.......................................... 45 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale..................................... 2 Touchstone Energy................................................ 75 Valley Oaks Angus................................................ 45 Valley Oaks Angus/Valley Oaks Meats................ 15 Vitalix.................................................................... 39 Weiker Angus Ranch............................................ 45 West Central Missouri SMS Sale.......................... 62 Westway Feeds........................................................ 9 Wheeler Angus Sale.............................................. 25 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate........................... 65 Wheeler Livestock Market.................................... 52 Mike Williams....................................................... 65 Working Ranch Expo........................................... 32 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers..................................... 41