December 2022 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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CONTENTS Johne’s Talk Proactive and Preventative Steps to Warding Off the Disease Bud or Tub Determining the Best Cattle Working Facilities for Your Operation 58 64 FEATURES MCA President’s Perspective Learning While Leading CattleWomen’s Corner Merry Chirstmas! Straight Talk: Mike Deering Battle Tested What’s Cooking at the Beef House County Commissioner Luncheon Capitol Update Thankful 8 10 14 18 76 Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News 6 16 40 The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. December 2022 MEMBER NEWS COLUMNS 58 Johne’s Talk Bud or Tub 64


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


Volume 51 - Issue 12 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056)


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2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167

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Missouri Cattlemen’s Association

MCA Website:

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230

Macey Hurst •MBC Editor/Production Artist

Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation

Missouri’s CattleWomen

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

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 MCA Convention
Feedlot News Profitability Challenge Sale Report Advertising Index 7 14 21-39 52 71 79 82
New MCA Members

Sophie Albright, New London

Kaylee Arnold, Rolla

Nathan & Candice Arnold , Aurora

Trace Arnold, Aurora

Chad Barker, National Beef, Kansas City

Kylie Begley, Palmyra

Kayla Bennett, Marshfield

Jeremiah Bergman, Bergman’s Blest, Urich

Dalton Bilderback, Twisted B Cattle, Oxly

Loren Blackburn, Kansas City

Sara Bowman, Advance

Austin Brakebill, Pleasant Hope

Jeff & Crystal Branch, Ashland

Lon Brockmeier, Brockmeier Financial Service LLC, Hallsville

Hollie Bryant, Bonne Terre

Samantha Burke, St. Charles

Emma Burns, Syracuse

Grady Claybrook, Highlandville

John & Tonya Claybrook, Highlandville

Sam Collins, Pomona

Aubrey Cologna, Rolling Hills Farms LLC, Marshfield

John & Chelsea Cologna, Rolling Hills Farms LLC, Marshfield

Kayden Cologna, Rolling Hills Farm LLC, Marshfield

Kaylee Cologna, Rolling Hills Farms LLC, Marshfield

Logan Cologna, Rolling Hills Farms LLC, Marshfield

Emily Conley, Linn

Richard Cook, Forsyth

Caylee Cox, New London

Anna Crismore, Peoria, IL

Abigail Dahmer, Jonesboro, IL

Kyle Daniel, Elsberry Haden Dow, Cape Girardeau

Chad Earwood, Platte City

Faith East, Cape Girardeau

Zachary Elliott, Maryville

Aubrey Embry, Embry Farm, Clarksburg

Kadence Epley, Hannibal Libby Ezzell, Whitewater

Hannah Fleming, Ashland

Taylor Ford, Broken Spoke Meat Company, Bates City

Daryl Freeze, Butler

John Gricoshop, Cape Girardeau

Carson Gronniger, Urbana

Mark Guffey, Guffey Livestock, Salem, AR

Sarah Guymon, Tipton

Darla Haines, Mexico

Jake Haines, Mexico

Chantelle Hammers, Buffallo

Nathan Harris, Overland Park, KS

Steven Hendrix, Purdy

Cali Hillsman, El Dorado Springs

Levi Hobson, Pleasant Hope

John & Melissa Howe, Elmer

Tom Huber, Perryville

Dalton Huston, Steelville Hannah Jones, Puxico

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President’s Perspective

Learning While Leading

As MCA president, I get asked a lot of questions about the role. For example, what’s it like being MCA president? What is the best part? What is the most difficult? Now that my term is ending, I’d like to share what I believe is the best part of the job: what I’ve learned in 2022.

I’ve learned that best intentions don’t always succeed. Take the issue of personal property rights. We had a legislative victory this year. To get there, we had to exclude from the new eminent domain laws, a major electric utility line from crossing our state. Knowing we didn’t stop the “Grain Belt ‘’ utility line, but expecting all new lines would be subject to the new legislation, we accepted the compromise. Now the out-of-state owners of the “Grain Belt’’ are trying to splinter off new lines claiming they are exempt from the new legislation. MCA along with ag organizations in Missouri are working hard to stop the first challenge.

I learned it’s really hard to start and maintain new programs in a voluntary organization. A few years ago, we started the profitability challenge. Members provide their best steers to learn about feed efficiency, carcass merit, and overall profitability. Enrollment could be better. MCA remains committed to the educational component provided to our members. Please consider enrolling a steer or two.

Likewise, the commercial bred heifer and open heifer division at the Junior Cattlemen’s show needs more youth participation. In cooperation with the Missouri Show Me Select program, our juniors learn about selecting, growing, breeding and marketing top-quality commercial heifers. Last year’s bred heifers sold for an average of $2,467 and opens at $1,700. It proved profitable and educational for our youth.

MCA President

I learned something that is easy and effective: Filling out a policy questionnaire for MCA. We need to know your priorities to develop grassroots policies for our organization. Our policies not only direct priorities of legislation at the state and national level but also influence how we deal within the bureaucracies in government. We have seen in the last couple years how a new administration can change how the government operates with no change in legislation. Please go to and complete the survey!

Something good learned: Cowboys at The Capitol. I can’t tell you how many legislators told me they look to MCA for leadership on legislation. Our grassroots policy is valued in Jefferson City and Washington DC. We earned their respect by being there week after week and year after year.

As I close, I’ve got a couple thank you’s. First, to the MCA staff for their expertise and commitment to MCA and the industry. And, to all the volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to MCA. And to my family, our employees, and especially to my wife Tracey for helping me be a successful president.

It has been an honor to serve you and I am blessed to call you my friends!

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Straight Talk

with Mike Deering

Battle Tested

In 2013, this association led the first ever veto override of agricultural legislation in the state’s history. It was the 13th veto override ever in the state. In 2014, we stood alongside every other mainstream agricultural organization to ensure that your right to farm and ranch in this state is forever in enshrined in the state’s constitution. In 2015, we led the effort to expand the equine liability waiver to include all livestock related operations and activities. We successfully led four veto overrides in 2016.

We then led to effort to make Missouri the fist state in the nation to address fake meat and the blatant dishonesty associated with many of these companies’ marketing tactics. In 2018, we led legislation providing regulatory certainty to Missouri farmers and ranchers when it comes to storm water discharge. The next year, we did what no one said could be done and stopped counties from promulgating rules and regulation on Missouri agriculture that are more stringent than state law. We didn’t slow and have made eminent domain a top priority and passed legislation to further protect Missouri landowners, but this fight is far from over.

I say all that to say this: Our organization is battle tested. We have proven time and time again that we don’t back up and we don’t back down. We fight relentlessly to make this association’s policy priorities a reality rather than just a list of goals that collect dust. Our policy priorities come from you and that is why it is so important we hear from you.

The policy questionnaire many of you completed is very helpful, but we need you to make policy a priority at the county affiliate level. Review our policy book. Make

Executive Vice President

sure we aren’t missing policy positions on issues that are important to you and your community. Now is the time to submit new policy proposals to the state. County affiliates and individuals can submit proposals for the policy and legislative affairs committee to review and bring forward at the annual convention January 6-8. You can also bring forward policy from the floor at the convention.

From the feedback we hear from you, we then develop policy priorities for the coming year that must be approved by all members attending the annual meeting on January 8. This organization is as grassroots as you can possibly get, but the decisions are made by those who make their voice heard and engage in the process. I have no doubt we are missing something. We have neglected to address an issue that is important to you because we don’t know about it, or it hasn’t been elevated to the level of importance you may prefer. This is me asking you to let us know. Please engage in the policy development process to ensure we are truly tackling the issues important to you and your family.

We are battle tested and there is nothing this organization cannot accomplish. All we need is you. Your voice is important and it is truly up to you to chart the course for this organization.

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September Pork Exports Continue Upward Trend; Pace Cools for Beef

U.S. pork exports topped year-ago totals for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). September beef exports were below last year for the first time in 2022, but exports remain on a record pace through the first three quarters of the year.

Growth in Japan, Korea and Caribbean Bolsters September Pork Exports

Pork exports reached 222,202 metric tons (mt) in September, up 1% from a year ago. Export value increased 9% to $664.8 million – the highest since June 2021. Through September, pork exports were 13% below last year at 1.94 million mt, valued at $5.57 billion (down 11%).

September pork exports were once again led by Mexico, though shipments slipped below year-ago volume for the first time since early 2021. Exports rebounded to Japan, strengthened to China/Hong Kong and South Korea, and continued on a record pace to the Caribbean and Colombia.

“It’s very encouraging that U.S. pork exports continue to gain momentum, especially on the value side,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Once again we see the importance of market diversification, as the strong September performance was achieved even as the volume shipped to Mexico eased to some degree.”

While Headwinds Impact Beef Exports, Annual Records Still Within Reach September beef exports totaled 115,487 mt, valued at $890.3 million, down 7% from a year ago in both volume and value. For the first nine months of 2022, beef exports were still 4% above last year at 1.12 million mt. Export value reached $9.12 billion, up 20% and

already achieving the second highest total for any calendar year, trailing only the 2021 record ($10.58 billion).

Despite China’s zero-COVID policies that result in travel restrictions and periodic lockdowns in metropolitan areas, September beef exports to China/ Hong Kong were still above last year. Shipments also increased year-over-year to the ASEAN region and Caribbean, but declined to Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

While beef exports remain well-positioned to reach new heights in 2022, the September results reflected significant headwinds that have been building for some time.

“Demand for U.S. beef has been extremely resilient, but inflationary pressure on consumers and weakened currencies in key markets have definitely created a more challenging environment,” Halstrom said. “Exports also continue to face logistical challenges, lockdowns in China and mounting inventories in some destinations. Still, it’s hard to view September sales of nearly $900 million as a disappointment, when this would have been an all-time record just 18 months ago. That really drives home what a remarkable year this has been for U.S. beef exports.”

Lamb Muscle Cut Exports Rebound in September

Following a down month, September exports of U.S. lamb muscle cuts rebounded to 269 mt, up 175% from last year’s low volume. Export value totaled $1.31 million, up 67%. Through September, lamb muscle cut exports increased 76% to 1,676 mt, valued at $9.9 million (up 68%), led by a near-doubling of exports to the Caribbean.

A detailed summary of the January-September export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb, including marketspecific highlights, is available from the USMEF website.

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Beefing Up the Holidays

Beef is bringing people together this holiday season as families and friends gather around the table to reflect on fond memories and create new ones. In addition to being the centerpiece of holiday dinners, beef is the perfect ingredient for side dishes, brunch favorites and appetizers.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor of the Beef Checkoff, is decking the halls and sharing beef’s taste, nutritional benefits and versatility with consumers from coast to coast. Whether families are enjoying the sound of waves crashing on the beach or listening to a crackling fire in a cozy home on a snowy night, beef adds something special to every gathering.

Social media will be a primary driver of beef’s message with engaging posts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok, along with digital and audio advertising on Google, YouTube, Spotify and SiriusXM. A 12 Days of Christmas sweepstakes will encourage followers to join the holiday fun and new recipes including Cheesy Beef Artichoke Dip and Steak Crostini with Horseradish Whip are sure to add to the holiday festivities.

Influencers will be hard at work sharing beef recipes and cooking tips with their followers. Along with their social posts, beef will be featured through e-commerce ads on national retail partner websites and apps encouraging shoppers to add beef to their online carts.

The Beef Checkoff is also reaching out to nutrition influencers, including registered dietitians, by sending a holiday mailer featuring heart-healthy recipes and kitchen tools to showcase beef’s role in a healthy lifestyle even during holiday celebrations.

Even Tony Romo will be at the table with his Holiday Playbook, helping take the beef game to the next level. From quick-and-easy weeknight meals and comfort classics to tried-and-true holiday dinners and leftover inspirations, delicious beef recipes for every occasion are available at

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The Missouri Beef Industry Council is extending the national campaign at the local level through partnerships and advertising with St. Louis University, KMIZ ABC17 and KEZK. You’ll find snippets of the campaign during SLU basketball games on their network “Bally Sports Midwest” as well as through the Holiday Contest hosted with KMIZ ABC17. Both KMIZ ABC17 and KEZK will be focusing on recipes and holiday materials across their platforms, including radio shoutouts from KEZK’s Trish Gazall and website takeover collabs with KMIZ ABC17.

“We are excited to bring the holidays to life in Missouri by making beef the center of the season,” said Sydney Thummel, Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director. “This is the perfect time of year to showcase how beef can be part of any holiday meal.”

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Cheesy Beef Artichoke Dip


12 ounces Cooked (Leftover) Beef Pot Roast, chopped

1 (12oz) can artichoke hearts, drained

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoon granulated garlic

3/4 cup reduced-fat dairy sour cream

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped

Serving Suggestion:

Celery sticks, Carrots sticks, Pepper slices, Tortilla chips, Crackers


Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, pepper, and garlic. Once smooth add in spinach, chopped Beef, and artichoke hearts; combine.

Coat a 9 x 9 baking dish with non-stick spray. Place mixture into baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture is bubbling and golden brown. Serve warm along side fresh vegetables and tortilla chips.

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to the next level.
Use leftover Beef Pot Roast
classic cheesy artichoke

What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House

By Beef House Team

County Commissioner Luncheon

On Thursday, October 13, 2022 the MCA Beef House crew planned, prepared, and served the meal to approximately 80 people at the Missouri West Central Region County Commissioner Luncheon on the campus of State Fair Community College(SFCC) in Sedalia, Missouri. SFCC President Brent Bates welcomed the group and provided a tour of the new Olen Howard Innovation Center. Shredded beef was the main entrée with baked potatoes, green bean casserole, side salad, dinner roll along with dirt pudding cup or ghost pudding cup for dessert.

The current Pettis County Commission -- David Dick, Presiding Commissioner, Jim Marcum, Western Commissioner, and Israel Baeza, Eastern Commissioner were the host of this regional meeting. Regional groups meet at random times throughout the year to discuss issues pertinent to individual county governments in their areas or statewide. Established in 1983, the County Commission Association of Missouri mission was “to create a close and cooperative relationship among the commissioners of the state, to provide an opportunity for its member to become better-informed about the

powers and duties of their offices as described by state statutes, and to investigate legislation relating to the office and responsibilities of county commissioner.” The state of Missouri has 114 county governments and the association’s membership consists of 327 Missouri county government commissioners. To learn more, go to

A BIG Thanks goes out to MCA Volunteers: Suetta Carter, Marvin Dieckman, Jim Fairfax, John & Kathy Harris, Kenny & Susan Smarr, Ted Williams, and Pat & Patty Wood who graciously accepted the Beef House challenge to cook and serve this delicious meal.

Thought for the month: “President Bruce Mershon sat in the corner eating his Christmas dinner, He picked up his knife and cut up a steak and said “What a good life we have!

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Hickory County Cattlemen

The October 11, 2022, Hickory County Cattlemen’s Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Dave Hunziger. Carl Button gave the invocation and members were dismissed to eat. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and old business was discussed. Hunziger held a discussion on what events to do to increase junior membership, then asked for member feedback. The Association asked for volunteers for the Trunk or Treat, and Kevin Piper talked about the MO Beef Kids program. Travis Taylor from Vitalix was the sponsor for the evening and talked about his company and the various lick tubs they offer. Wesley Tucker was the speaker and talked about the cattle market and herd management. A special thanks was said to Ginger for preparing the meal and to members for bringing sides and desserts.

Barton County Cattlemen

Barton County Cattlemen met November 1, 2022, at the Thiebaud Meeting Rooms in Lamar, Missouri.

President Brett Faubion opened the meeting with prayer. A brisket dinner prepared by Scott Nolting was enjoyed. Y-Tex sponsored the meal.

Shelby Schultz, regional sales manager for Y-Tex, was our speaker. She had examples of the various types of livestock tags available through Y-Tex. They are available in one piece tags or two piece tags. Radio frequency tags are available from veterinarians. Tags can be used for identification and for fly and pest control. Tags can be customized with name, phone

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number, brand or art work, etc. The insecticide on ear tags does not go into the blood stream. It stays on the hair follicle. Insecticide tags are available in a 4-year rotation. Rotating the type of insecticide helps prevent development of resistance to the insecticide.

It is recommended to use two tags per animal. Tags should be removed before winter. There will not be enough insecticide remaining to be effective, but removal will help reduce resistance.

Y-Tex also offers Brute, a pour-on for external parasites, It can be applied directly on livestock or diluted and used as a rub. This contains permethrin and lasts for 21 days, which covers two insect cycles, which should drastically reduce external parasites.

Brett closed the meeting with a prayer.

Our next meeting will be December 6, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Theibaud Meeting Rooms.

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SEMO Cattlemen

The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association participated in the SEMO District Fair Parade in Cape Girardeau on September 10, 2022. Members and their families walked with the float, passing out beef sticks to onlookers. Members, along with district FFA officers, also helped with the Agri-land display at the fair. Kids were able to observe animals as well as take home coloring books and information about them.

On September 23, the SEMO Cattlemen took their float to the East Perry County Fair in Altenburg. They again passed out meat sticks to the crowd.

The SEMO Cattlemen set up a water station at the Jackson Backyard BBQ in the Jackson City Park on October 1. This annual BBQ competition raises money for The Backstoppers, Inc.

On November 3, SEMO Livestock Sales in Fruitland held an animal health meeting in conjunction with the SEMO Cattlemen’s meeting. Topics included genetics, nutrition and vaccines. Speakers were Sara Linneen of Elanco, Craig Breesawitz of Stockman Supply and Kevin Milliner of Zoetis. SEMO Cattlemen provided the meal.

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Dallas County Cattlemen

Members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) gathered at Prairie Grove School November 8th for the group’s annual meeting. The 162 in attendance elected officers for the upcoming year and enjoyed a roast beef dinner prepared by the ladies of the community.

The special guest speaker for the evening was Missouri Beef Queen Madeline Payne. A 2021 graduate of nearby Halfway High School, Madeline is currently a sophomore at Missouri State University. She said a few years ago she was invited to attend a Polk County Cattlemen’s Association meeting. Thus began her passion for the cattle industry and the people who have blessed her for life. She received quite a chuckle when she told about how she thought there would only be old people at the meeting talking about their cows!

Madeline talked about how she has spent the past year attending events throughout the state representing and promoting the cattle industry. A few of those were the Missouri Cattlemen’s County Leadership Conference, trips to the Capitol, Missouri Beef Days, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Youth Expo, and the Missouri State Fair. She has also created the Missouri Beef Queen Facebook and Instagram pages. We appreciate Madeline taking time away from her busy college schedule to speak to us.

Special thanks were given to Dayle Nelson and Bob Dawson. Nelson served on the DCCA board and as our president for many years. He has volunteered to help at countless DCCA events. Dawson has also been a board member for numerous years and has headed up our grilling team. We appreciate their efforts very much. We are glad both said they will still be around to help whenever needed.

DCCA officers for the upcoming year were elected as follows: Stuart Dill, president; Pam Naylor, vicepresident; and Lynette Miller, secretary - treasurer. MCA State Board Members are Lynette Miller, Dr. Jim Rhoades, and Dawn Spencer. Serving on the DCCA Board will be John Crawford, Jeff Eagleburger, James Henderson, Jake Hostetler, Andy McCorkill, Aaron Miller, Steve Spencer and Greg Whipple.

Also receiving many thanks were Gloria Miller and Ruby Hostetler, as well as their great team for preparing so many delicious meals and wonderful food at a lot of our meetings throughout the year.

DCCA will be donating about 250 pairs of socks to OACAC for the Toys for Tots distribution in December. We hope everyone has a joyous holiday season and a great New Year!

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DCCA officers and board (L to R): Jeff Eagleburger; Greg Whipple; James Henderson; Pam Naylor; Dawn Spencer; Steve Spencer; Lynette Miller; Stuart Dill; Jim Rhoades; Andy McCorkill. Not pictured: John Crawford, Aaron Miller and Jake Hostetler. Dayle Nelson and Bob Dawson. Madeline Payne.

Bates Count

The November Meeting was held November 8, 2022, at the Butler Elks Lodge. The meeting was called to order at 7:37 p.m. by Austin

The Secretary’s Report from September was read and approved. (Note: there was no report from October due to the annual meeting.) Dave gave the Treasurer’s Report stating a current balance in checking of $21,695. Plans were made to get Jesse to the bank so he can take over treasury duties.

Old Business

The Annual Meeting was a success; almost 200 meals were served. New Officers were elected, as follows: President Austin Black, Vice-President Brad Jennings, Treasurer Jesse Porter and Secretary John Lindsay.

The 50/50 raffle brought in $230 and it was discussed that, if we were to do it again, we would need more time, and it was also noted that several people were having similar giveaways at Husker’s Day that day.

The membership drive brought in four new members. Membership is now at 104 active members, and we should have two seats on the board. The date for the next annual meeting was discussed, and Austin was to get with Lisa at the Optimist Building to see what was already on the schedule so we can get a date set. The FFA Auction brought in $4,725. FFA chapters seemed to like it and want more lead time for next year. Three clubs have filled out the survey with all three calling it a 7 out of 10.

Austin presented Brad with the Cattleman of the Year award because he was unable to be at the annual meeting to receive it.

Husker.s Day brought in $2,391. Studio M Brought in $951.

New Business

The state board meeting is coming up. Lonnie is not planning on going but it would be good if someone wanted to go, and he might go if someone else went with him. We discussed having younger representation, and that it is only once a quarter, but it requires being there during the day, so it is hard for those that work. Saturday, November 11, 2022, Cattlemen Cooking at Family Center in Butler, is the last cook of the year. Early state convention registration ends December 10. Discussion was had around Community Cafe and their desire to not have hamburgers, and it was decided that they will get hamburgers the first time and we will see from there. Dates are May 2 August 1.

Austin discussed the idea of having a Spring Field Day, possibly inviting St. Clair County Cattlemen to join. Possibly an FFA judging event to be incorporated. A committee consisting of Austin, Doc, Ryan and John will discuss. Austin talked about the Profitability

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President Austin Black and Treasurer Jesse Porter.

Challenge the Missouri Cattlemen are putting on again so members that are interested can participate. Austin brought up the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College to see if anyone was interested in applying. The Rapp Family discussed their bulls that they currently have for sale. Brad read a letter from the Salvation Army, it was decided to do something locally instead. John brought up that the Carpenters cup was feeding 500 locals this Thanksgiving and a motion was made and passed to give $250 dollars. Discussion was had on giving money to ministerial alliance as well, and it was decided to wait until after the first of the year. A no vote was given to going to winter hours.

The after school program was discussed. Gary and Lonnie had cooked on the previous Tuesday; it was thought they wanted us to do it every month and that seems a bit much. Austin is to get with the director and find out a schedule, but it was brought up that it could possibly be a teaching moment for the children to help them understand where the beef comes from and possibly let them help cook. There were Bates County Cattlemen hats for sale for $10; see Ivan if you’d like to purchase one. Dave brought up that the MO Beef Kids is looking for meat for Adrian and Butler if anyone has anything to donate.



Ryan made a motion that the Cattlemen pay a membership to the Adrian Optimist Club and have someone on the executive council be a member to help keep our foot in the door because of all they let us do and help us with. The motion passed. Jesse has volunteered to be the member.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

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Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen

The annual November meeting of the Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen’s Association was held November 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Newton County Fairgrounds. The meeting was sponsored by Joplin Regional Stockyards represented by Bailey Moore.

Prayer was offered by Ronnie Tosh. Approximately 120 members and guests enjoyed a wonderful grilled steak dinner served by Crowder College agriculture students and advisors. Homemade ice cream, cookies, brownies, and cupcakes were provided by members for dessert.

We were honored to have Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Bruce Mershon join us. Bruce discussed various programs that the Cattlemen are currently sponsoring. He had Dale Kunkel come up and discuss the Profitability Challenge. Dale is the winner of the 1st and 3rd place steers for 2021-2022, and will receive an award at his ranch in late November. Dale invited the members out to the award ceremony at his ranch. Bruce also discussed a commercial heifer program that is being offered for students to show their heifers. Both an open and a bred heifer class are available. Current meat processing plants that are in the plans to open in the next few years along with legislation were also discussed. Members were very appreciative of his time and insight into what is happening in Missouri cattle production.

Bailey Moore then introduced the field reps that were present from the Stockyards and let members know that they were available to help with market needs.

Randy Drake introduced Dusty Turner who presented the program for the evening. Dusty is a representative of Master Hand Milling. The program presented was discussing protein availability and how it is in relation to the cost of feed. He encouraged members to participate in the program and they were awarded hats and drink koozies. He was assisted by one of our Crowder students and Kimber Kennedy.

President Randy Drake called the business portion of the meeting to order with Ronnie Rogers and the Crowder students leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes were discussed by Warren Townsend, and John Hobbs provided the Treasurer’s Report. Alan Drake moved to accept the minutes and Treasurer’s Report, which Warren Townsend seconded. It passed unanimously.

Warren Townsend presented the slate of officers for the 2022-2023 year: President Brian Hall, Vice President Lucas Thogmartin and Treasurer Lynn Ruhl. A vote was

Neece and Randy Drake with the plaque

called to accept the slate as presented by the presiding president, Randy Drake. The slate of officers passed unanimously by the members with a verbal yes vote.

Nick Neece presented the new past president, Randy Drake, with a plaque to show the association’s appreciation for his two years of service.

Nick Neece then moved to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Alan Drake and passed unanimously. Members helped with cleaning and stacking chairs as they left the meeting.

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Bailey Moore with Joplin Regional Stockyards. Nick Dusty Turner and Tim Brock

Polk County Cattlemen

A high priority of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association in 2022 has been to increase the Polk County Junior Cattlemen’s membership and involvement in the organization. Efforts are paying off with numbers increasing, which lead to the first organized meeting of the Polk County Junior Cattlemen’s Association. The meeting was held on October 22 at Fieth Family Farm with Junior Advisors Darren and Charlotte Redd doing an excellent job of making sure the attendees were well-informed, wellfed and having a fun time. The next quarterly meeting will be in January at which time 2023 officers will be elected. Additional details will be announced at a later date. Several members of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association are willing to sponsor new members, paying for their first year’s membership dues. Young men and women in Polk County interested in joining the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association as a Junior Member can call or text Darren Redd at 417-327-2027 for membership details and sponsorship!

Never a group to miss the opportunity to promote beef, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association mascot, Poco (a.k.a. Donita Stanek), and members Leona Benson, Steve Brockhoff, Matt Henenberg and Marla Moreland joined in on the fun at Bolivar’s Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration on October 31. Poco had a wonderful time interacting with the crowd, posing for photos with kids and adults alike, while the other members passed out nearly 1,500 pieces of candy in a two-hour span.

The Polk County CattleWomen held their fourth quarter meeting on November 9. Twelve CattleWomen were in attendance. Dinner was served, then it was down to business with discussions including the preparation and plans for the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Christmas Celebration/Annual Meeting, Bolivar Christmas Parade, committee involvement and sign-up, Missouri Cattle Indsutry Convention attendance, and the Polk County Beef Queen, Jaka Sharp’s, preparation for the 2023 Missouri Beef Queen competition. After business was concluded the ladies had a little fun with Beverly Stevens hosting a winetasting experience.

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, on November 10, 37 members of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association attended a trade show sponsored by MU Extension in Polk County. The trade show included a beef dinner and five presentations, including Rebuilding the Herd with the Right Building Blocks, Honoring our Veterans, Ag Legislative Update, Reconfiguring our Beef and Forage Systems to Maximize Profits, and

Opportunities for Direct Marketing Freezer Beef to Consumers.

The final monthly meeting of 2022 will be the Annual Meeting/Christmas Celebration held on December 8, 6:30 pm at the CMH Community Rooms in Bolivar. Tickets are $30 per person and include a prime rib dinner and entertainment by comedian Bryce Stanley. The nominating committee will submit their nominations for the 2023 Board of Directors to the general membership and a video recap of the last year will remind our members of what an outstanding year 2022 has been!

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Pettis County Cattlemen

After finishing the last shift on the last day of the Missouri State Fair at the Beef House, the Pettis County Cattlemen went to Done Broke Feed Yard LLC to help one of our members with a Farm Safety Event.

On October 7, Anthony Schwartz and his wife, Sherry, hosted a Farm Safety Event for area schools to send interested youth out to get hands-on learning of what it takes to farm/ranch and the hazards that come with our profession.

The Schwartz’s selected five session topics, including Grain Bin Safety and Extraction, Handling of Hazardous Chemicals, Tractor Safety, Safe Handling of Livestock, and Firearms Safety. Anthony and Sherry set up five stations around their farm for each topic.

With this being a first event of this kind for the Schwartz’s and PCCA post-COVID 19, no one was sure what to expect.

Several area schools were invited, with Smithton being the only school to send us a bus of 30 students. It worked out for all of us. Sherry learned that when having over 60 students, things start breaking down.

The students were divided into five groups and sent to the different stations.

Once all the groups had been through each station, we treated them to hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink.

All in all, everything went well and everyone is ready to do it again next year.

With one school now having experienced the event and liking what they saw, next year hopefully more schools will be interested.

We have wrapped up our year by cooking for the Smithton FFA Chapter for their Farmer Appreciation Day on October 12. Karla Riggs, the Smithton FFA leader, asked us if we would cook burgers for them at the school, and naturally, we said yes. The event went well and we plan on doing it again next year.

With this being the last article from the Pettis County Cattlemen this year, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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St. Clair County Cattlemen

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association held their 29th Annual Meeting Friday, November 4, at the Top of the World Barn in Osceola. There were 56 members and guests in attendance. The Landmark Restaurant along with the Osceola FFA prepared a great meal. Mark Stewart with Wired for Sound played music during the evening. A special thank you goes to our Annual Meeting sponsors: Bartz Tax and Accounting; Cook Tractor Parts, Inc.; Golden Valley Tractor; H & E West Missouri Vet Clinic; Landmark Restaurant; Osage Valley Electric; Osceola Abstract and Title; Powell Meat Company; Sugarfoot BBQ; and Wheeler Livestock Auction. The Lakeland FFA and Osceola FFA gave updates on their activities. Raysha Tate reported on the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College she attended.

St. Clair County Cattlemen started the MO Beef Kids program in our county in 2019. We have donated 33 head to date. We would like to thank the following who have since donated to the program: 2019 – Byron Wheeler, Paul Wheeler, Larry Shelby, Austin Shelby, Weston Shelby, Mike Nance, Josh Salmon, Eddie Meredith, Johnson Ranch, Howard Taber, Joe Shelby, Robert Salmon, Willie Davis, Donnahue Farms, Don Payton, Phillip Johnston, and Raysha Tate; 2020 - Bill Creek, Community First Bank, Dull & Heany LLC, Gregg Smith Ford, Hawthorne Bank, Jim Falk Motors, John and Megan Swaters, Legacy Bank and Trust, Oakstar Bank, and Phillip and Carol Johnston; 2021 - Community First Bank, Dull & Heany LLC, Gregg Smith Ford, Hawthorne Bank, Jim Falk Motors, Legacy Bank and Trust, Oakstar Bank, Stewart and Kiefer Real Estate, Phillip and Carol Johnston, Wheeler Livestock Auction, Jim and Stephanie Neuenschwander, and Eddie Meredith; 2022 - Community First Bank, Dull & Heany LLC, Gregg Smith Ford, Hawthorne Bank, Jim Falk Motors, Legacy Bank and Trust, Oakstar

Bank, Susan Hemenway, Mike McEwan (McEwan Lawn Service), Eddie Meredith, Dan and Shelby Wisner, Larry and Rhonda Shelby, Weston and Julie Shelby, Mike and Gwenny Nance, and Philip and Carol Johnston.

St. Clair County Cattlemen awarded $2,000 scholarships to Ellie Bock and Jadyn Lower to go towards their agricultural degrees. Last year at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in January, St. Clair County Cattlemen were awarded Overall County Affiliate for 2021 and won a Miraco 3345 30-Gallon, 1-Hole MiraFount valued at $699. The Cattlemen held a drawing at the Annual Meeting of the new members that have joined in 2022. Jill Chapman was the winner. We encourage any Cattlemen in St. Clair County that are not currently members to join the organization.

Thanks to all who came!

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Henry County Cattlemen

Henry County Cattlemen met in October with Oak Star Bank sponsoring. Matt Shevchuk from the Springfield/ Joplin branch spoke about different farm real estate loan products available-to qualified applicants. You can call Michelle or Jim at the Clinton Oak Star Branch with any questions.

Henry County Cattlemen had two grilling events in November. One was the Windsor FFA Labor Auction and second was our yearly grilling for the Warrensburg Veteran’s Home. HCC was also able to collect 102 new baseball hats for the veterans, given by sponsors and others. Beef was enjoyed by all.

At our monthly meeting, sponsored by Windsor Livestock Auction, the program was about filling out the policy questionnaire on pages 73-74 of the Missouri Beef Cattleman November issue. Discussion followed with everyone invited to fill it out on paper or online.

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2023 Hereford Feedout Program Accepting Enrollments

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. — There is only one way to know how genetics perform in the feedlot and on the rail — follow them through the finishing period and the packing house. That’s the impetus behind the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Feedout Program (HFP).

“I think it’s the best, most reliable way of acquiring actual carcass data and performance of your cattle,” said Tom Heidt of K7 Herefords, Lockridge, Iowa. “It was a chance to compare my calves with others from across the country.”

Heidt enrolled cattle in the 2022 HFP for the first time.

“The data verified the points I’m emphasizing in my breeding program,” he said.

Heidt’s cattle were above pen average for average daily gain, carcass weight and marbling. There was an outlier, though, one that didn’t achieve expectations.

“That data aids me in making a cow culling decision,” he said.

Likewise, Lee Elzemeyer, a Hereford breeder from Richmond, Indiana, explained, “I enrolled cattle because I wanted to get the carcass data back and attribute how those cattle perform going back to their dam and sire. As a producer it is important for us to know which animals produce the highest quality meat while also looking at other traits that can add premiums to the final product.”

Elzemeyer participated in the HFP for the second time last year.

“Anyone in the beef business is in the carcass business because they all end up on the rail. If you’re not paying attention to carcass data, I think the time will come that you’ll be left behind,” Heidt said.

Convenient, cost-effective opportunity

The HFP, facilitated by HRC Feed Yards, Scott City, Kansas, enables Hereford breeders and their commercial customers to send as few as five head to put on feed and discover how they perform. When finished, these cattle are marketed to National Beef Packing Company, LLC as candidates for Certified Hereford Beef.

HRC Feed Yards also feeds cattle for the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout, which provides similar performance discovery for juniors, in addition to an educational program about the cattle feeding and beef packing sectors.

Enrollments in the 2022 programs totaled 761 head from participants in 21 states.

“From the beginning our goal has been to provide breeders and junior members the opportunity to better understand the cattle feeding industry through a realworld experience,” explained Trey Befort, AHA director of commercial programs. “The information participants receive on their cattle has become a foundation for the future success of the Hereford breed as producers strive to breed cattle that will perform for commercial producers.”

To participate in the 2023 programs, participants are encouraged to enroll by November 1, 2022. All cattle will be delivered to HRC Feed Yards from December 10-14, 2022. To properly prepare cattle for the feedlot, interested participants are encouraged to review and follow the suggested preparation protocol developed by HRC Feed Yards.

More information, the enrollment form and the specific protocol for the Hereford Feedout Program can be found here, To learn more about the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout visit youth/njha-fed-steer-shootout/.

Contact Trey Befort, or Lee Mayo, General Manager at HRC Feed Yards, with any questions about the programs.

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Nebraska U Breaks Ground on One-of-a-kind Feedlot Innovation Center

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

More than 150 leaders from across Nebraska’s beef industry gathered at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead on November 4 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Feedlot Innovation Center.

The $7.2 million facility will pave the way for worldclass research projects and teaching and extension opportunities in a commercial-scale, state-of-the-art feedlot. In addition, the facility will serve as a one-of-akind testbed where industry partners can see how new and emerging technologies work.

It will officially be named the Klosterman Feedlot Innovation Center, pending approval of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. The name honors John and Beth Klosterman of David City, who are longtime supporters of both the university and its Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The new center will be “a very unique facility in terms of the types of research we can do,” said Doug Zalesky, director of the extension center.

Construction of the facility marks the next step in a long history of beef innovation at Nebraska, Zalesky said. The extension center, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, built its first feedlot pens in 1964. The next year, the university hired Terry Klopfenstein, who went on to become the longtime leader of the university’s ruminant nutrition program and was a pioneer in using byproducts from the ethanol and sweetener industries to supplement cattle feeding. Beef research remains central to the extension center’s programming.

The Feedlot Innovation Center will include commercialscale open air and covered pens, allowing researchers to improve cattle performance and environmental impact in varied settings. It will also include a 240-head feeding facility that will allow researchers to use precision techniques to study the outcomes of various feeding protocols, measure emissions and study the various uses for precision feeding technology already on the market. The center will allow for expanded research of the impact of low-stress animal handling and increased emphasis on animal welfare. A new cattle handling facility and enclosed classroom will give students handson experience and allow for training opportunities for Nebraska’s beef industry workforce.

“This is being built with all the right things in mind,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said.

The facility will also serve as an innovation laboratory, which industry partners, ag-tech startups, producers and others can use as a proving ground for new products, said Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor for IANR and NU vice president.

Researchers across IANR are committed to ensuring that important discoveries can move quickly from lab to field, or in this case, feedlot, Boehm said. This is important in Nebraska, which has about 720 cattle feeders with 1,000 head or more.

“This innovation center is the next step in that,” he said. “It allows us to bring together public and private partnerships in ways that push the envelope.”

The new center will also be a key component of the university’s Beef Innovation Hub, which aims to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement of beef production, economic vitality and natural resources stewardship through innovative research, education and extension.

Fundraising for the project is ongoing. Major donors include John and Beth Klosterman; JBS USA; Greater Omaha Packing; Farm Credit Services of America; Dennis and Glenda Boesiger; and the Klopfenstein Fund, which includes gifts from a number of alumni, colleagues and industry partners who knew and worked with Terry Klopfenstein. In addition, Daniels Manufacturing, FBI Buildings Rock Solid Concrete and others have made significant in-kind contributions.

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USMEF Conference News

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference wrapped up Friday in Oklahoma City with the election of a new officer team. Dean Meyer, a corn, soybean and livestock producer from Rock Rapids, Iowa, is the new USMEF chair.

In addition to raising corn and soybeans, Meyer’s diversified operation – which he oversees with his three sons – includes a cattle feedlot and a farrow-to-finish hog facility. This provides him with a deep appreciation of the diverse range of agricultural sectors that make up USMEF.

“USMEF is a very unique organization where a corn grower from North Dakota, a cattle feeder from Texas and a soybean farmer from Indiana can pull together to market the same product,” Meyer said. “I’ve seen the momentum growing in the way these sectors work together, and my goal is to enhance that even more. Wearing several different hats, I have a broad perspective – and this organization is my passion.”

Meyer became involved with red meat exports through the Iowa Corn Growers Association, where he served as a director and as Iowa Corn’s USMEF representative. During his time in the USMEF leadership, Meyer

has had several opportunities to visit major export markets and share details of his farming operation with importers, distributors and everyday consumers. His farm was also recently featured in a video campaign promoting U.S. beef in Japan.

“It was really an honor to showcase my family and my farm, and to educate Japanese consumers on how we sustainably raise our livestock and crops,” he said. “Our customers overseas love the quality and safety of U.S. red meat, but they want more than that. They want to know the story behind these products and details on how they are produced. Having the opportunity to tell that story and engage with these customers has been a very positive experience.”

Meyer succeeds outgoing USMEF Chair Mark Swanson of Fort Collins, Colo., founder of food safety and management consulting firm Tru Grit KGMS Enterprises LLC. Minnesota pork producer Randy Spronk will serve as USMEF chair-elect in the coming year, while the vice chair is Steve Hanson, a cattle rancher from southwestern Nebraska. The newest USMEF officer is Secretary/Treasurer Jay Theiler, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Agri Beef, based in Boise, Idaho. Continued on page56

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Friday’s closing business session offered attendees a comprehensive overview of the Biden administration’s current trade initiatives and their potential impact on red meat exports. Longtime U.S. trade negotiator Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, who is now a trade policy consultant with AgTrade Strategies, LLC, praised her successors for their efforts to address trade barriers that limit U.S. agricultural exports. But she questioned the degree to which the Biden administration has prioritized agricultural trade, noting that Congress still has yet to confirm the nominees for USTR chief agricultural negotiator and USDA undersecretary for trade.

“So it’s hard to get that political push for agriculture when it’s not the priority that it has been in prior administrations – including the Obama administration,” Bomer Lauritsen said.

She spotlighted tense relations between the U.S. and China but noted that the vast Chinese market still holds tremendous opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports.

“I think it’s important to try and separate food trade, and to calm some of the rhetoric we’re seeing in our own politics related to China,” she said. “While I know that your industry is having some difficulties with China, I would still argue that the Phase One Agreement that we negotiated is a huge success.”

Bomer Lauritsen closed by emphasizing the critical need for U.S. agriculture to remain engaged on U.S. trade policy.

“If you’re not there speaking up, you’re never going to see any positive changes,” she said. “You must engage with people at the civil service level – where I was – as well as with your elected officials in Congress and your foreign country counterparts, or things won’t get fixed.”

On Thursday, the conference focused on the 45th anniversary of USMEF’s inaugural office in Tokyo. The session showcased the value the U.S.-Japan trade partnership delivers for the U.S. red meat industry, highlighting marketing initiatives and future opportunities. Japan has consistently been the leading value destination for U.S. red meat exports and 2022 is no exception, with shipments through September topping $3 billion.

Masayoshi Kinoshita, director of meat marketing and trade policy for Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, kicked off the discussion with an historical overview of meat supply and demand in Japan. Kinoshita recounted his positive experiences in working with USMEF and described the challenges Japan faces in its domestic production, leading to an expanded role for imports in meeting the country’s growing demand for red meat.

A panel discussion featuring USMEF-Japan staff was moderated by USMEF Vice President of Economic Analysis Erin Borror and included Japan Director Takemichi Yamashoji, Marketing Director Satoshi Kato and Taz Hijikata, consumer affairs director. The session centered on Japan’s value to the U.S. red meat industry as a trusted and reliable customer, and the potential for further growth as consumers in nearly every age group continue to shift from high-priced seafood consumption toward animal proteins.

Japan’s value as a trading partner goes beyond its billions of dollars in annual purchases, displaying a tremendous appetite for cuts and variety meats that are underutilized in the United States. This demand delivers value back to livestock producers and to every level of the U.S. supply chain.

“Japan is importing $20 worth of beef tongue from every animal this year and its purchases of skirts and hangers adds $10.45 to each fed animal in the U.S.,” Borror explained. “Japan also accounts for more than 6% of U.S. pork loin production and about 13% to 15% of our picnic production through its demand for ground seasoned pork.”

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Panelists described recent marketing initiatives developed to promote new applications and uses for underutilized cuts and variety meats in Japan’s foodservice and retail sectors. Longstanding industry relationships are key to USMEF’s ability to introduce and test new applications in the Japanese market. This year, for example, marketing programs have targeted the foodservice sector with promotions for fried pork loin, new pulled pork recipes utilizing the picnic and new U.S. beef recipes for Japan’s fast-growing yakiniku sector.

“Inflation and a weakened yen have tightened consumer budgets and the market is very receptive to trying affordable protein options,” said Yamashoji. “We are conducting promotions at foodservice and retail, and these new recipe ideas are reaching millions of consumers through social media.”

Thursday’s activities also included meetings of USMEF’s standing committees, which allow members to receive updates on issues impacting specific sectors. Members of the USMEF Feedgrains and Oilseeds Caucus were treated to an appearance by Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. She welcomed USMEF’s first-ever meeting in Oklahoma and praised the state’s agricultural organizations for their role in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat.

Global production forecasts, export projections, market access challenges and logistics updates were among the agenda items in breakout sessions for the Pork and Allied Industries Committee, Beef and Allied Industries Committee and Exporter Committee. One presentation that received particular attention was a panel discussion by USMEF’s directors in Korea, South America and the ASEAN region on convenience-driven trends in product packaging.

The Exporter Committee and Pork and Allied Industries Committee collaborated on a resolution requesting that USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative make it a top priority to reach regionalization agreements with key trading partners related to African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases. The resolution notes that when implemented in cooperation with state animal health officials, these agreements can be a critical tool for mitigating trade disruptions in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

Former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who spearheaded key trade agreements achieved under the Trump administration, was honored with USMEF’s Michael J. Mansfield Award. The USMEF Distinguished Service Award was presented to Where Food Comes From co-founder Leann Saunders.

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USDA Announces Funds to Expand Processing Capacity Following NCBA Advocacy

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2022) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) following Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of over $223 million in grants and loans to support small to mid-sized processing facilities.

“NCBA has long advocated for expanded processing capacity to provide cattle producers with additional options for turning their cattle into high-quality beef. Today, the cattle industry needs more targeted capacity in high-need areas, and we look forward to these facilities launching and expanding operations,” said NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Tanner Beymer. “We appreciate USDA working with NCBA to strengthen the marketplace and support America’s cattle producers.”

Today’s announcement is the first round of investments in additional meat processing capacity totaling $73 million across 21 grant projects. NCBA has advocated for funds in the form of grants and low-interest loans to help small and mid-sized processing facilities open their doors and expand existing capabilities, all to increase competition and strengthen the beef supply chain. In total, the federal government has announced a combined investment of $1 billion allocated to the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, workforce development, and technical assistance.

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NCBA Hails White House Focus on Protecting Food and Ag Sector

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2022) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) hailed the signing of the National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture, which will allow the federal government to identify the threats facing our food supply and enhance national preparedness and response.

“Our agricultural sector faces a variety of threats that could inhibit cattle producers’ ability to bring beef from pasture to plate,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “NCBA appreciates the Biden administration’s focus on identifying threats and developing new ways to mitigate them. Together, we can protect our industry while ensuring that all Americans have access to wholesome foods like beef.”

The memorandum instructs top government officials, including the Secretaries of State, Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human

Services, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to identify threats to the food and agriculture sector and coordinate with federal, state, local, and tribal governments to develop responses.

Ahead of the memorandum signing, Woodall attended a pre-briefing at the White House yesterday that included discussion of key security issues for the cattle industry— tools like the National Veterinary Stockpile, which helps prevent the spread of disease and aids recovery, and cybersecurity and worker training programs that support the continued operations of other members of the beef supply chain.

“I am particularly pleased to hear that the administration is making security and resiliency decisions based on data. These data-driven decisions are the ones we can support,” Woodall said.

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Another November has ended, which signals another campaign year has come to an end. In a nod to Thanksgiving, that is something for which we can all be thankful!

General Election Results

There were few surprises as poll results returned with Republicans maintaining strong majorities in both the House and Senate. According to Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, two million eligible voters participated in the election. Republican supermajorities in both the House and Senate remained nearly the same with a 24-10 margin in the Senate and a 111-52 split in the House.

Many were watching the race for the US Senate seat held by Senator Roy Blunt. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) defeated challenger Trudy Busch Valentine (D) by a 55.4% to 42.1% vote.

The only statewide office facing election was the Missouri Auditor. Incumbent Scott Fitzpatrick (R) defeated Democratic challenger Alan Green by a 59.4% to 37.6% vote.

Among the 17 Senate seats up for election, all eyes were on the lone competitive seat with the Democrat candidate prevailing. Current State Representative Tracy McCreery (D) defeated challenger George Hruza by a vote of 53.4% to 44.8%. Significant time, money and political power were poured into this standoff.

All 163 seats within the House of Representatives were on the ballot with Democrats picking up three. Two incumbents, Representatives Mark Ellebracht (D) and Craig Fischel (R), failed to win re-election.

Republicans hold 111 of the 163-seat chamber. These numbers indicate that Speaker-elect Dean Plocher has the numbers to advance the agenda he and his caucus delineate.

Legislative Leadership Legislators returned to Jefferson City immediately after the election to select leadership. Senators Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and Senator Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) took the top two Senate positions of President Pro Tem and Majority Floor Leader, respectively. Senator John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) was re-elected to his position as Minority Floor Leader.

Representative Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis) was elected Speaker of the House and Representative Mike Henderson (R-Bonne Terre) was elected Speaker Pro Tem. The race watched by many all summer resulted in Representative Jon Patterson (R-Lee’s Summit) prevailing in the bid for Majority Floor Leader. Representative Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) was reelected as Minority Floor Leader.

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McBee Cattle Company 7th Annual Fall SELECTION DAY

10.22.2022 • Fayette, MO

7 PB Braunvieh Purebred Bulls ............... Avg. $5,150.00

13 HY McBeef Builder Hybrid Bulls Avg. $4,310.00

20 Total Bulls Avg. $4,620.00

7 Braunvieh PB Spring Bred Heifers Avg. $2,920.00

32 McBeef Builder Hybrid Spr ing Bred Heifers Avg. $2,100.00

16 BU Influ Half Blood Spr ing Bred Heifers ............................. Avg. $1,785.00

Missouri Angus Ladies of Autumn Sale

10.23.2022 • Lebanon, MO US

3 Open Heifers ......................................... Avg. $3,810.00

8 Bred Heifers Avg. $3,562.00

1 Bred Cows Avg. $2,600.00

8 Fall Pairs Avg. $4,112.00

1 Spring Pairs Avg. $7,300.00

41 Total Registered Females Avg. $3,876.00

44 Reported Sale Total Avg. $3,987.00

Wall Street Angus Sale

10.29.2022 • Lebanon, MO

17 Total Registered Bulls.......................... Avg. $3,670.00

35 Open Heifers ....................................... Avg. $6,900.00

21 Bred Cows Avg. $4,021.00

1 Open Cows Avg. $3,500.00

7 Fall Pairs Avg. $5,185.00

64 Total Registered Females Avg. $5,714.00

81 Reported Sale Total Avg. $5,285.00

Downey Ranch

11.04.2022 • Wamego, KSS

49 Total Registered Bulls.......................... Avg. $5,173.00

56 Commercial Bred Heifers (head) ........ Avg. $2,262.00

49 Reported Sale Total ............................ Avg. $5,173.00

GENEPLUS at Chimney Rock Cattle Company

11.4-5.2022 • Concord, AR

92 Reg. Brangus UB Females Avg. $8,454.00

148 Reg. Brangus and UB Bulls Avg. $7,228.00

352 Com. Brangus and UB Females Avg. $2,009.00

Henke Angus Farms

11.05.2022 • Salisbury, MO

5 Total Registered Bulls............................ Avg. $3,860.00

26 Open Heifers ....................................... Avg. $5,798.00

32 Bred Heifers Avg. $4,134.00

50 Fall Pairs Avg. $3,423.00

108 Total Registered Females Avg. $4,205.00

1 Pregnancies Avg. $20,000.00

114 Reported Sale Total Avg. $4,328.00

Worthington Angus 11.05.2022 • Dadeville, MO

40 Older Bulls .......................................... Avg. $7,693.00

16 Yrlg.Bulls ............................................. Avg. $5,437.00

56 Total Registered Bulls.......................... Avg. $7,049.00

96 Commercial Bred Heifers (head) Avg. $2,176.00

56 Reported Sale Total Avg. $7,049.00

Valley Oaks Female Sale 11.12.2022 • Oak Grove, MO

5 Open Heifers Avg. $8,050.00

21 Bred Cows ........................................... Avg. $3,061.00

3 Open Cows............................................ Avg. $1,666.00

27 Fall Pairs .............................................. Avg. $5,124.00

56 Total Registered Females..................... Avg. $4,426.00

1 Flush ...................................................... Avg. $8,100.00

57 Reported Sale Total Avg. $4,491.00

Dalebanks Angus Sale 11.19.2022 • Eureka, KS 52 Older Bulls Avg. $8,134.00 85 Yrlg.Bulls Avg. $5,500.00 137 Total .................................................. Avg. $6,500.00

Sydenstricker Genetics Angus Sale

11.19.2022 • Mexico, MO

86 Yrlg.Bulls ............................................. Avg. $6,747.00

67 Bull Calves Avg. $3,797.00

153 Total Registered Bulls Avg. $5,455.00

128 Open Heifers Avg. $4,788.00 55 Bred Heifers Avg. $3,934.00 54 Fall Pairs Avg. $4,774.00 20 Spring Pairs Avg. $3,452.00

257 Total Registered Females................... Avg. $4,498.00

4 Embryos (no.) ........................................ Avg. $7,000.00

1 Flush .................................................... Avg. $17,000.00

412 Reported Sale Total .......................... Avg. $4,941.00

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Dec. 1 SydGen Influence Commercial Female Bred Heifer Sale, Kingdom City, MO Dec. 2 Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Fruitland, MO Dec. 3 R idder Farms Family Values Female Sale, Mature Cow Dispersal, and Bull Sale, Hermann, MO

Dec. 4 M issouri Opportunity Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO Dec. 9 Eastern Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO Dec. 10 Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO Dec. 10 W heeler Angus Annual Production Sale, Paris, MO Dec. 17 Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer Sale, Springfield, MO Jan. 5 Commercial Cattlemen’s Luncheon at t he Cattle Congress, Ok lahoma City, OK Feb. 4 L oonan Stock Farm Sale, Corning, IA March 15 Valley Oaks Spring Sale, Oak Grove, MO

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Livestock Auction Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO Special Cow & Bull Sale Saturday, December 17 • 11:00 a.m. For information call Rick, Jeremy, or Jared Anstine 816-597-3331 Visit our website or E-mail us at: Cattle Sale Every Tuesday 10:30 a.m.

Ballot Initiatives Update

Five ballot initiatives submitted to Missouri’s Secretary of State met requirements necessary for ballot inclusion.

1. Amendment 1 - Amendment 1 changes the Missouri Constitution regarding restrictions of state investments by the state treasurer. Missouri is only one of two states that has such restrictions. This amendment failed by a vote of 46%-54%.

2. Amendment 3 - Amendment 3 legalizes marijuana. It was funded heavily by supporters, but opposed by an interesting bipartisan mix including NAACP, MO Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, MO Baptist Convention and the MO Republican Party, among others. This amendment prevailed by a 53% margin.

3. Amendment 4 - Amendment 4 modifies the Missouri Constitution to require the City of Kansas City to spend at least 25% of its budget on the police department, up from its currently required 20%. Unlike any other

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Ray Kaderly, K5 Cattle Co., Fair Grove

Jacob Kapp, Perryville

Jason Keilholz, Philadelphia

Ashlyn Klippenstein, Weatherby Blake Kneir, Kneir Longhorns, Doniphan

Jackson Kouril, Higginsville

Maylen Lawson, Butler

Reece Lawson, Butler

Steve Lovell, Centertown

Darwin Luthi, Duval Valley Farms, Lamar Lilyan March, Greentop

Maggie Martinez, Naperville, IL

Mathias Ranch, Gentry, AR

Cole McClain, Fair Grove

Loretta & Robert Meredith, Bolivar

Tony Merkel, Forked Bend Farm, Ellsinore MFA Agri Services, Jackson Jaylin Miner, Pleasant Hope

Brooke Moss, Fairgrove

Dale Newkirk, Praisemore Enterprises, Butler

Trish Newkirk, Praisemore Enterprises, Butler

Josh Nieder, Adrian

Toby O’Brien, Ewing

Macon Orbin, Pleasant Hope

Phil Peak, Peak Farms, Wellsville

Wyatt Pohlman, Oak Ridge

Roman Ray, Ray Farms Cattle Co., Shell Knob

Hillary Robedeaux, Milan

Brianna Rotramel, Ozark Mylee Schilling, Perryville

Chad & Afton Schomburg, Schomburg Farms, Rock Port

Cole Schuster, Boonville

Ashley Sjostrand, Hartsburg

Allison Smart, Cape Girardeau

police department within the state, KCPD is governed by the state allowing statewide voters to weigh in. This amendment passed with 63% support.

4. Amendment 5 - Amendment 5 relates to the Missouri National Guard and passed by a vote of 60% to 40%. The Amendment removes control of the Guard from the Department of Public Safety and creates its own department, creating a direct line to the Governor.

5. Constitutional Convention - The final question on Missouri’s ballot failed overwhelmingly by a vote of 32% to 68%. The question asked voters if there should be a convention to revise and amend the constitution. To say Missouri voters disagreed would be an understatement.

With election fighting, name-calling, and mud-slinging complete, we hope you can enjoy a much-deserved holiday season full of happiness and cheer!

Merry Christmas, Nancy and Cooper

Clara Smith, Pleasant Hope Malinda Steckly, Garden City Scott & Tina Sudkamp, Sheldon Anna Swallow, Salisbury Boyd Triplett, Palmyra Luke Triplett, Palmyra John Turner, Washburn Jason Twenter, Tipton Mary Uder, Bolivar Logan Viers, Hallsville Ashlyn Vorthmann, Maryville Bruce & Billye Williams, West Plains Brie Zuebkemann, Red Bud, IL

MBC Classified

The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 15th of month before an issue.


BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS SINCE 1993: Calving Ease, Attractive, Athletic, Sound Footed and Docile. We Deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, 816-797-5450

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Advertiser Index

American Angus Association ........ 63

Bradley Cattle  .............................. 51

Brickhouse Farms Red Angus....... 51

Brookover of Scott City 52

Buffalo Livestock Market 48

Busch Cattle Co. 41

Callaway Livestock Center Inc. 42

Cattlemen’s Congress .................... 70

Champion Feeders ........................ 59

Clark County Feeders ................... 56

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Clearwater Farm 41

Coon Angus Ranch 41

Double A Land & Cattle 51

Durham Simmental Farms ........... 45

Ellis Cattle Company R ed Angus ................................ 51

Ertell Cattle Company Sale .......... 47

F&T Livestock Market 40

FCS of Missouri 84 Feed Train 50

Frank and Hazelrigg Angus ......... 41

Friday - Cartoon ........................... 80

Galaxy Beef LLC .......................... 41

Gerloff Farms ................................ 41

Green’s Welding & Sales 44

High Choice Feeders LLC 57

Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus 41

HydraBed ...................................... 63

Irsik & Doll Feed Yards................... 2

Jim’s Motors .................................. 63

Joplin Regional Stockyards............. 3

Kingsville Livestock Auction 80 Kinsley Feeders LLC 53

KK Farms Red Angus 51

Kranjec Valley Angus Farma ....... 41

Lacy’s Red Angus ......................... 51

Lamine Valley Red Angus ............ 51

Loonan Stock Farms Sale ad 15

Lucas Cattle Co. 45

Maple Oaks Red Angus 51 Maplewood Acres Farm 51 Marshall & Fenner Farms ............. 41

MC Livestock Red Angus ............. 51 MCA - Liability Signs ................... 78 MCA - Membership Form 77 MCA - Presidents Council 75 MCA - Profitability Challenge 71-72 MCA - Top Hand ......................... 74 .................... 21-39 ......................... 14 ........................................... 20 41

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Merck Animal Health 83 Merry Meadows Simmental 45 ............................................. 25

Missouri Angus Association.......... 41 Missouri Angus Breeders .............. 41 Missouri Beef Industry Council.....17 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association 35

Missouri Red Angus Association 51 Missouri Red Angus Breeders ...... 51 Missouri Simmental Association .. 45 Missouri Simmental Breeders ....... 45

MJCA Replacement Heifer Show & Sale 2023 73

MultiMin USA 19 Ory’s O7 Red Angus 79

Oval F Ranch ............................... 45

Parkhurst Mfg. .............................. 70

Pellet Technology USA ................. 61

Ragland Mills 9

RLE Simmental 45 Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus 51

S&N Partners ................................ 69

Sampson Cattle Co. ...................... 41

Sellers Feedlot ............................... 54

Shoal Creek Land & Cattle R ed Angus 51

Shoal Creek Land & Cattle Simmental 45

Show-Me-Select Sale Credit Program ................................... 36

Slayton Farms ............................... 45

Slayton Farms ............................... 51 South Central Regional Stockyards 45 Steaks Alive 45

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Superior Steel Sales ....................... 66

Sydenstricker Genetics .................. 41 Tiffany Cattle Co. ......................... 55

Touchstone Energy ....................... 28 Valley Oaks Angus 41 Weiker Angus Ranch 41 Westway Feed Products 13

Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate ... 63

Wheeler Livestock Market ............ 16 Mike Williams .............................. 63

Windrush Farm Red Angus.......... 51 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers 82

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