March 2019 - Missouri Beef Cattleman

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Beef & Bison


Feeding: Post-Drought Challenges

Quapaw Tribe Manage Beef Supply Chain from Rearing to Retail

Know Your Forages to Mitigate Lasting Impacts of Drought on Your Herd



Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News

Feeding: Post-Drought Challenges


MCA President’s Perspective Phone a Friend


What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

Beef House Committee

Open for Business

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Pull my Finger



Junior Spotlight


CattleWomen’s Corner


Cowboy Poetry


Capitol Update

Advocating for Beef

MCW Happenings

Places to Geaux

Priorities & Progress

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




Volume 48 - Issue 10 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: Coby Wilson: Ad Sales 573-499-9162 Ext 235

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association MCA Website:


Beef & Bison


New MCA Members


Meet Sydney


NCBA Convention Highlights


MBC 31st Bull Buyers Guide


University of Missouri Extension News


Advertisers Index

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation

Missouri’s CattleWomen

2019 MCA Officers

Bobby Simpson, President 573-729-6583 • 3556 CR 6150, Salem, MO 65560 Marvin Dieckman, President-Elect 660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ, Cole Camp, MO 65325 Patty Wood, Vice President 660-287-7701 • 16075 Wood Road, La Monte, MO 65337 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

2019 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Adam Kuebler, 202 N. 6th St. Edina, MO 63537 309-706-4410 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Charlie Besher, RR 5, Box 2402 Patton, MO 63662 • 573-866-2846 Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606 Region 5: Bruce Mershon, 10015 Windsor Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 • 816-525-1954 Region 6: Clay Doeden, 14555 S. Hwy A Stockton, MO 65785 • 417-808-0415 Region 7: Traves Merrick, 1956 Hwy 97 Miller, MO 65707 • 417-536-8080

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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

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



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Jason Abplanalp, Abplanalp Century Farm, Gentry, MO Casey Alcorn, Theodosia, MO Donnia Besher, Besher Farms, Patton, MO Joseph Bindel, Platte City, MO Sami Bolen, Bolen Farms, Fair Play, MO Stan Buffington, Buff Beef, Poplar Bluff, MO John & Lachelle Clemons, Clemons Cattle Company, Fair Play, MO Connor Eckman, Paris, MO Grace Fielden, Field Oaks Farm, Rogersville, MO Holden Grisham, Eldon, MO Ryan Hopki, Columbia, MO Steven Ivy, University of Missouri Extention, Doniphan, MO S.W. Jameson, Mc Fall, MO David & Kristan Kleinsorge, Milddletown, MO Brandon & Sarah Kliethermes, CADA Farms, Bunceton, MO Brent Kusgen, Kusgen Farm, Nelson, MO Michael Kusgen, Tri-K Angus, Blackwater, MO Dale Kutscher, Jackson, MO Brad Lees, Lees Farms, Moberly, MO Jason Linneman, JP Linneman Farms, Blackwater, MO

Brian and Suzanne Loepker, Valley Creek Red Angus, Beaufort, MO Steven Loesch, Loesch Farm, Jefferson City, MO Wyatt Lynn, Bolivar, MO John Orr, Jonesburg, MO Marty Oxley, Centerview, MO Daniel Parmele, Parmele Ranch Company, Springfield, MO Mike Patton, Patton Farms, Versailles, MO Jacob Queathem, Montgomery, MO Chris Rapp, Rapp Frams, Boonville, MO Steven Replogle, Mexico, MO Amanda Rodekohr, Lexington, MO Danni Stewart, Collins, MO Joe Stone, Stone Family Farms, Chanhassen, MN Cody Tannehill, King City, MO Lucy Turk, Springfield, MO Caitlyn Twellman, Twellman Farms, Silex, MO Mark & Cheryl Twellman, Twellman Farms, Silex, MO Tim Witte, Marshfield, MO Rocky Wyman, Rueter, MO Gene Young, Boonville, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 117.

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“Dedicated to Producing”

No Excuse Herefords Offering One of the Area’s Largest Selection of Breed Leading EPD Hereford Bull Prospects at the Farm!

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers Beef House Committee Your Missouri Beef House, which was established in 1982 to promote Missouri’s beef cattle industry by serving premium beef to the crowds at the Missouri State Fair, is overseen by a standing committee according to MCA Policies and Procedures Article VI. Members of the committee are appointed to a three-year term. The MCA president appoints the replacement of each retiring position after the annual convention. The Missouri Beef House committee has the awesome responsibility to serve as the advisory committee and monitor the operation of the Missouri Beef House, the Missouri Beef Showcase and other Missouri State Fair activities.

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In addition to specific roles required by membership, your Missouri Beef House Committee is challenged to actively participate in the work of the committee, provide thoughtful input to committee deliberations,


and focus on the best interest of the association and committee goals rather than on personal interests. THANK YOU to each of these individuals for their hours of commitment to MCA mission to advance Missouri’s beef industry. Your 2019 MCA State Fair and Beef House Committee is listed below.

Term Expires Dec 2021

Term Expires Dec 2019

Term Expires Dec 2020

Mike Carter Suetta Carter, MCW David “Blue” Geier Paul Gibbs Donna Martin Russell Martin Barb Reynolds, MBIC ** Mike Deering, MCA Exec**

John Chamberlin Marvin Dieckman Lonny Duckworth Jimmie Long Chuck Massengill Pat Wood Patty Wood, MCW*** Sydney Thummel, MCA **

Thomas Black David Dick Alex Haun Mary Kay Lyle, MCW

*one yr term

**no expiration date

Bobby Simpson, MCA Pres*

***Committee Chair

Thought for the month: “May your blessings outnumber the cows that you grow, and may troubles avoid you wherever you go!”i

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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS MO BEEF for MO KIDS Builds Momentum With Mark Russell, Executive Director

Starting as a pilot project in October 2017, the MO BEEF for MO KIDS program continues to grow in the state. Mt. Vernon public schools began the pilot with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Beef Industry Council. Superintendent Scott Cook, said “With Lawrence County the number one beef cow county in the state, focusing the first efforts in our district, seemed logical.� From that beginning, schools continue to pop up statewide to participate. Producers provide the key to the success. Soliciting donation cattle for the schools keeps

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Rick Turner, Executive Chef for OPAA Food Management, leads menu development in schools across three states.


Donations of cattle from local agriculture groups, ranchers and businesses lay a foundation for getting twice the normal volume of beef in the schools. Marty Whitworth, Butler schools board member, learns of classroom opportunities for students.

the program moving forward. Jim McCann, Miller Missouri rancher and past MCA President, keeps Mt. Vernon supplied with beef throughout the year. Knowing ranchers and farmers, and who to call for donations, keeps McCann busy. The basic idea of the program is to double the beef in an existing school. Nationally only 1 in 10 school lunch meals contain any beef. Missouri, the number two state for beef cow numbers, felt a need to increase the beef and provide education to students.

Joyce Fisher, OPAA and Darin Carter, superintendent of Butler Public Schools, collaborated with Bates County Cattlemen and Powell Meats in Clinton, Missouri, to initiate the program.

Mark Russell, MBIC, explains the vision behind MO BEEF for MO Kids, which involves lunchroom meals and classroom education components.

Doubling the beef means modifying menus for most schools. Patton Junction’, Meadow Heights School, has added an ‘ala carte’ hamburger bar to their every day offerings. School board and MCA board member, Charlie Besher, says the new beef additions go over well with students. Besher also coordinates local producers to provide more beef for the school. Executive Chef, Rick Turner, OPAA School Food Management, developed menus for items like shredded beef and Philly cheese sandwiches. Turner says the additional menu items attracts students and teachers alike to the lunchroom. With this program, MBIC, through the checkoff, is introducing and assisting in implementing education programs. Missouri Farmers Care’s education program, Ag Education on the Move (AEOTM) reaches more than 15,000 students 10 times a year with messages and education on where students’ food comes from and how it’s grown. MBIC’s Beef in the Classroom, supports high school FACS and culinary programs through lesson plans and reimbursement for product in the classrooms. Samantha Riley, Director of Education and Marketing added, “This focus pinpoints the checkoff effort; to educate our school-age children about the importance of beef in the diet.”

presently target involvement by May 2019 and 25-30 schools by May 2020. Producer groups like county cattlemen’s associations, young farmers organizations, FFA chapters, county farm bureau offices and others continue to develop efforts throughout Missouri. Schools or producers interested in their county need to contact Christi Miller, Missouri Department of Agriculture at Christi.Miller@mda. or Mark Russell, Missouri Beef Industry Council at Photos courtesy of Samantha Riley, MBIC.

State or federally inspected meat processing facilities across the state handle the specifications for processing and packaging of the meat for the school programs. This increased business locally supports small businesses. Presently, schools in Mt. Vernon, Patton Junction, Van Farr, Community R6, King City, North Callaway, Butler, Ballard, Ash Grove, and Bronaugh are participating. Twelve schools MARCH 2019 15

Fake Meat Facts Campaign Launched The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) launched a new campaign highlighting critical questions about the production of lab-grown fake meat. The “Fake Meat Facts” campaign will shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products. “The federal government is moving in the right direction on lab-grown fake meat oversight, but new information raises more questions than answers,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “The lack of scientific consensus surrounding cellcultured protein products became crystal clear to me when I participated in last year’s joint public meeting. NCBA will continue to push for increased transparency to ensure consumers know the facts about lab-grown fake meat production.” Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a framework for regulating lab-grown fake meat. USDA will have primary oversight of food production and labeling, while the FDA will have oversight of cell collection and cell growth. However, as NCBA noted at the time, many details still need to be worked out. Additional information about the production, composition, and safety of cell-cultured protein is needed to inform the development of a comprehensive framework that protects consumers. “It is critical that manufacturers make samples of their cell-cultured products available for independent, objective analysis,” added NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck. “Until then, stakeholders will be forced to base their assessments on the unverified claims of manufacturing companies and fake meat activists.” Cattle and beef producers provide consumers with extensive resources on the production of real beef.

NCBA Responds to (DGAC) Appointments WASHINGTON (Feb. 21, 2019) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston today issued the following statement regarding the appointment of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC):

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“Cattle producers applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment to ensuring the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) process is firmly grounded in the best available science and will ultimately result in nutritional policy that can measurably improve the health of Americans.


“Members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee are leading experts in their fields who are tasked with evaluating the latest scientific evidence and then use that to make recommendations on what constitutes a healthy diet. Beef is a high-quality protein with essential nutrients like iron, zinc and B vitamins, and overwhelming scientific evidence consistently shows balanced diets with beef nourish and sustain good health. Cattle and beef producers are committed to providing a wholesome, nutritious food and communicating accurate information about beef, and we look forward to contributing to a transparent, public process.”

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with Mike Deering Open for Business With 2017 commercial cattle slaughter in Missouri at approximately 42,300 head and roughly a 1.8 million head calf crop, one could conclude 97 percent of our calves are exported out of state to be fed. With that said, we all know this isn’t precise because cattle could have been fed in Missouri and then shipped out of state for slaughter. For the last several years, there has been an effort by some elected leaders to figure out how to retain that value here in Missouri. In fact, Governor Jay Nixon established a beef initiative to explore cattle feeding and processing here in the state. Prior to that, it is my understanding Governor Matt Blunt had similar aspirations.

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That’s respectable, but how can we expect growth if we aren’t conducive for growth? We’ve got to be open for business and welcoming to scientifically founded technology in this industry. When a health board or county commission can pass an ordinance, literally overnight if they so desire, producers and lenders have no certainty about the viability of the operation. This carelessness not only hinders today’s producers, but it slams the door on the next generation of farmers and ranchers.


The University of Missouri recently commissioned an independent research firm to look at ways to add more value to agriculture in the state. The study concluded Missouri agriculture is leaving some $27 billion on the table. The study clearly listed county health ordinances as a major hindrance to being able to keep some of that value in the state. Cattlemen are innovative people and are open to expansion, but they aren’t stupid. They’ve seen what has happened in the hog industry with reactionary ordinances being implemented that target all future operations in that county. They’ve seen efforts to villainize the families looking to add more economic activity to the county. Who wants to go through that? Who wants the uncertainty, blatant harassment and

Executive Vice President costly litigation? There is a problem and it needs fixed. Counties should not have the power to put law-abiding people out of business. There are stringent laws, rules and regulations rooted in sound science at the state level to ensure people, animals, the land and its resources are protected. County ordinances, which are almost always void of science, are not local control. This is exploiting a state statute to harass a producer. These ordinances are not for the public health whatsoever. They are almost always a knee-jerk reaction to fear mongering caused by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and others. Agriculture is united in supporting Senate Bill 391, sponsored by Senator Mike Bernskoetter, which would prohibit counties from passing ordinances that impose rules and regulations on agricultural operations that are more stringent or inconsistent with state law. It simply prohibits ordinances from stymieing growth in agriculture. We will need all hands on deck to pass this legislation. The Missouri Rural Crisis Center and others are already waging war on the legislation with the typical hysteria and bogus talking points. We need real people putting a face to this issue. We need producers who would love to expand, but don’t because of the uncertainty caused by ordinances. We need the next generation who wants to know Missouri is open for business when it comes to agriculture. We have a good story to tell and there has been no better time to tell it.

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Value and Demand for Hereford Genetics Showcased at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention Source: American Hereford Association NEW ORLEANS — The American Hereford Association (AHA) continues to leverage the breed’s strengths to meet the needs of every component of the beef supply chain. AHA team members shared the proactive efforts the Association is taking to position the breed in the marketplace at a media briefing held Jan. 31 during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in New Orleans. “The Hereford breed continues to strategically strengthen our position by focusing on all industry segments,” said AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward. “We are totally committed to the beef cattle industry.” In response to consumer demand for higher quality beef, the Certified Hereford Beef® brand upgraded its minimum marbling specification from a Slight00 to a Small00, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The brand now provides a USDA Choice and higher product offering in retail and foodservice markets.

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Due to focus and dedication to breed improvement, Certified Hereford Beef qualifying carcasses are grading over 80 percent USDA Choice and higher — a nearly twofold increase since the establishment of the Certified Hereford Beef brand in 1995. With high-quality genetics available to back demand for high-quality cattle, the brand launched its Premium program in January 2017, which requires an upper two-thirds USDA Choice and higher quality grade. The fastest growing program under the brand, the Certified Hereford Beef Premium program has solidified the value of Hereford genetics in the higher-quality market. Additionally, Certified Hereford Beef continues to tap into value-added products, garnering further brand recognition and growth.


“The growth and development of Certified Hereford Beef in the marketplace has and will continue to create opportunities for producers to realize premiums for cattle meeting brand specifications,” said Trey Befort, AHA director of commercial programs. “At the end of the day, the purpose of the Certified Hereford Beef brand is to add value to Hereford genetics and to create additional demand for the breed while providing quality beef to consumers and their families.”

Recognizing the need for high-quality cattle in the marketplace, the AHA continues to advance the genetic merit of the breed. Last year’s genetic evaluation overhaul implemented a single-step marker effects model utilizing BOLT technology, a system which simultaneously analyzes pedigrees, phenotypes and genotypes and allows for a fully automated, weekly genetic evaluation. The overhaul is equipped with a genomic pipeline to provide quality control of the 70,000 genotypes entering the evaluation. Another change to the genetic evaluation was the adoption of the North American Hereford Genetic Evaluation, which merges data from the AHA and the Canadian Hereford Association. All data are totally supported by the AHA Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPRTM) program, ensuring an unbiased data set. “Our breeders are getting the most up-to-date, relevant information to make the most informed decisions possible,” said Shane Bedwell, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. In collaboration with Neogen® and Allflex®, the AHA launched the Whole Herd DNA Cow Herd project in 2018 to incorporate more female genotypes into the updated genetic evaluation. Nearly 10,000 genotypes were collected through the project and plans are underway to incorporate the recently introduced Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) trait, as well as other maternal traits, into the marker effects model. The National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) continues to grow and add value to Hereford genetics. The NRSP allows for unbiased, third-party data from large contemporary groups and supplies the majority of the economically relevant traits to the AHA’s genetic evaluation. Last year, more than 3,500 females were exposed to Hereford bulls through the program. There are seven test herds located throughout the U.S., three of which were added in 2018. Since inception, the program has tested 375 sires for progeny data from birth to harvest, and last year’s data highlighted the progress the breed has made in terms of marbling and feed conversion. “It’s exciting what can happen with genetic progress when you apply selection pressure,” Bedwell said. “The advantage Hereford has that we all know about is fertility, docility, efficiency and longevity, and how that can work in different cow herds across the nation. We

have been able to take this message and apply it to our commercial programs.” As well, commercial opportunities for Herefordinfluenced genetics continue to increase. Backed by the Baldy Maternal (BMI$) and Brahman Influence (BII$) indices, the Premium Red Baldy and Maternal Advantage programs have been successful in their first year in extending the benefits Hereford genetics provide from a maternal standpoint. Along with maternalfocused commercial programs, the Hereford Advantage program, backed by the Certified Hereford Beef index (CHB$), is growing and adding value to high-quality Hereford-influenced feeder cattle. With $170,000 awarded in scholarships, Hereford youth also saw a huge year in 2018. The AHA is committed to encouraging youth to stay involved in the industry so they continue to advance the breed and become spokespeople of the industry. In its second year, the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout program doubled in size and awarded $10,000 in prize money to junior participants. BioZyme Inc. joined the cause, pledging $30,000 to support the 2019 contest as part of VitaFerm’s® Feed the Future program. Boasting a 38 percent growth in entries, the third year of the Fed Steer Shootout program is underway, with 206 steers currently on feed at Gregory Feedlots, Tabor, Iowa, from 67 junior members representing 15 states.

Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) is set to rollout Herefords on Demand, an online production catalog builder, to help members take advantage of AHA programs to better market their products. The new platform allows users to develop and post a catalog on the AHA website, where expected progeny differences (EPDs) in the digital versions can update along with the weekly genetic evaluations. Herefords on Demand also allows anyone to search for specific criteria within an individual catalog as well as across all catalogs in the system. “We wanted to produce something that is beneficial to our breeders,” Ward said. “This is a one-stop shop and a great opportunity for breeders of any size to take advantage of, whether they have 10 heifer calves to sell in the fall or 100 bulls to sell in the spring.” With the addition of this new tool and expanding marketing avenues, the AHA will host “The Brand” Marketing Summit June 3-4 in Kansas City, Mo., to help breeders navigate the modern marketplace. The event will provide insight as to how breeders can develop a personable, consistent message and how to use contemporary marketing tools to make that message resonate in the marketplace.

Looking ahead, the AHA has exciting things in store for 2019. The Association recently updated its virtual registration system, MyHerd, to feature a modern, user-friendly design that is compatible with mobile website browsers. The AHA is also working with Neogen to develop a Hereford commercial genomic panel. The purpose of the panel is to create a tool within the industry to leverage the data generated through the growing NRSP, ultimately adding value and strength to Hereford genetics in both the seedstock and commercial industries. MARCH 2019 35


See What’s Happening in Your County

Webster County

Morgan County

The Webster County Cattlemen’s Association annual membership meeting was held on January 17, 2019, in Marshfield, Missouri. Over 75 guests and members gathered to enjoy a complimentary meal provided by the WCCA board members. The guest speaker was Chris Chinn, Director of Agriculture for the state of Missouri. WCCA meets every third Thursday of the month (except July and December) at 6:30 p.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds in Marshfield.

The Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association held their winter meeting at Roscoe’s Twisted Fork in Versailles on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. The program for the evening was sponsored by Greg Eaton from Lacrosse Seed. Eaton presented options La Crosse Seed has available for producers to increase quality forage for grazing and harvesting.

The election of 2019 officers was held with the following results: Dr. Emily Johnson, president; Nick Collins, vice president; Tom Spriggs, treasurer; Haley Scott, secretary/reporter; Nick Collins, state representative. Board members include: Hoover Case, past president; Bruce Bradley; Eric Farran; Wayne Martin; Megan Collins; Julie Shadwick; and Brad Chisum.

The Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association also decided to host a rate-of-gain contest for in-county cattlemen. Steers must be spring 2018-born and entry fee will be $50 per head entered. Calves will be weighed March 10 along with 4-H and FFA county fair steers where youth will have the option to enter their own steers for only $25. Final weigh-in will be the week of the Morgan County Fair with the winner being announced and presented a custom buckle before the premium sale. There will be one winner for the county. A committee was also formed to organize a “Morgan County Cattlemen’s Evening Out.” This event will be co-hosted with the MU Extension office and offer Morgan County cattlemen the opportunity to meet and talk to local ag vendors and listen to speakers on topics pertinent to cattle operations in Morgan County. More information will be posted as available. For any questions about the Morgan County Cattlemen’s, please contact the president, Bailey Marriott, at marriottba@

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Missouri Director of Agriculture, Chris Chinn, center, with Webster County President Dr. Emily Johnson, and Bruce Bradley. Photo credit: Sarah Bicknell.


Cass/Jackson County The January 15, 2019, meeting of the Cass/Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association was held at he Harrisonville Community Center and was sponsored by Valley Oaks Steak Company. Tony Ward, owner of Valley Oaks Steak Company; Devon Lynn, marketing division; and Kyle Lynn, herd manager, gave a presentation on the start-up of the company and their ultimate goals. Some of these goals were a retail market, presently open to the public Thursday and Friday, but, starting in February open Tuesday through Friday. They are also expanding by being sold through some supermarkets.

Cass/Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association officers; left to right; Randy Steckly, Billy Snyder, Robert Flint, Diana Hartzler.

In the business meeting part of the program, the 2019 agenda was presented, and we held the elections of officers. Elected officers were Randy Steckly, president; Billy Snyder, vice president; Diana Hartzler, treasurer; and Bob Flint, secretary. Bruce Mershon, regional vice president, spoke on upcoming events that we need to be aware of including Cowboys at the Capitol and BQA trainings. Valley Oaks will hold BQA certification on March 8, 2019, at 6 p.m., presented by Merck. There were 47 members and guests present.

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Taney County The holidays are far behind us, and the 2019 Taney County Cattleman’s meetings are back in full swing. Our January meeting was held January 16. Mike Merrell, a local attorney in Forsyth, Missouri, gave a presentation on estate planning, probate and Medicare/ Medicaid issues. The meeting was very well attended, and Mike provided a huge amount of information about the difference between revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts as well as non-trust estate structures, beneficiary deeds, and transfer on death structures. There was a lot of discussion and questions about how best to handle estate issues in a cost-effective manner. Our second speaker for the evening was Stephen Holland, DVM. Stephen grew up in Forsyth, Missouri, and he has returned to the area and is opening a large animal veterinary practice. For the time being, he is providing on-farm service only and is also available for emergency service nights and weekends. Our spring bull test clinic has been scheduled for March 9 at Turner Ranch in Taneyville, Missouri. Dr. Holland will be providing semen test, scrotal measurement and annual shots for each bull.

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Our February meeting was held February 13. Coby Wilson, manager of strategic solutions for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was our speaker. Coby provided updates on MCA’s work being done at the capitol in Jefferson City. We heard information about new policies being presented to clean up regulations that will benefit cattle farmers. Coby also provided information about legislation that has already been put into effect that are positively impacting the cattle farmer such as property tax reductions, drought payment no longer being taxed and the success of the Cowboys at the Capitol program. He also spoke about the PAC and how successful it has been backing farm-friendly political candidates like our governor, lieutenant governor and Senator Josh Hawley.


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For All Your Angus Needs! Spring Sale March 15 22227 Saline 127 Hwy • Malta Bend, Mo 65359 Brian Marshall • (660) 641-4522

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Registered Angus Bulls & Females Available

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AHIR and ultrasound information available on all bulls. Herd sires are selected based on a combination of traits and not on any single trait.

John A Jones • 573-680-5151

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Julie Conover, Gen. Manager 634 S.W. 1201 Rd • Holden, MO 64040


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St. Clair County St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Restaurant with 32 members in attendance. President Austin Shelby went over the list of Cattlemen’s Activities from February to April. St. Clair County Cattlemen’s scholarship applications were sent out and are due to Susan Salmon on April 1. The cattlemen will be awarding up to three scholarships. St. Clair County Cattlemen have applied for the Beef Education Grant and Beef Promotion Grant again this year. Each of these grants is $500. Each grant is designed to help our association with education and promotion of beef in our county. St. Clair County Cattlemen will have more literature and items to hand out at their events they attend. The Beef Education Grant was used to get educational flyers along with a few fun items. The Beef Promotion Grant was applied for to get promotional flyers along with fun items to hand out at the Lowry City Craft Fair, Appleton City Fair and Osceola Rodeo Days. So, be watching for the cattlemen in the parades and at local events. St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association is selling Chainsaw Raffle Tickets on a Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw with 18” bar. Cattlemen will sell 200 tickets at $10 each. The drawing will be held at the monthly meeting following the last ticket sold. All proceeds will go to support the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s scholarship fund. Alan Kapp with Vit-A-Zine was the speaker who spoke on the importance of mineral and keeping mineral in front of your cattle. This will help you to have less eye, feet and other issues that cattle seem to have when they have low nutrition. Alan told how the company has come about today and how they are there for all your cattle mineral needs.

Kingsville Livestock Auction Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO

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Barton County Barton County Cattlemen’s Association met January 22, 2019, at Memorial Hall in Lamar, Missouri. A large group was present for the meeting. Lamar Bank and Trust sponsored a brisket dinner. It was announced that the Beef Quality Assurance program will be presented in conjunction with the next meeting by Dr. Craig Payne on March 7 in Nevada, Missouri. Consumers are looking for assurance of quality. For example, some restaurants now require beef purchased only from those qualified by this program. It is important for all cattlemen to get qualified. The meeting program was presented by Patrick Davis and Andy McCorkill, MU Extension regional livestock specialists. Mr. Davis presented on bull development. He discussed nutrition, structure, management and tools for selection. Key factors in nutrition are quality of forage, grain/starch, byproducts, molasses for palatability and dust control, and limestone. Bulls should have a body conditioning score of 6 when entering the breeding season. Vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian will promote good health and reduce

disease that negatively impacts reproduction. Always test purchased bulls to assure they are negative for trichomoniasis. About 30-60 days before the breeding season, perform a bull breeding soundness exam. One in five bulls will not pass the exam. Manage bull to cow ratio. Use EPDs and genomics to select bulls for performance. McCorkill discussed the selection and management of cows. The largest expense other than feed in most beef cattle operations is heifer development and cow depreciation. Heifers normally make up 20 percent of beef cow herds. Selection of heifers for the herd should be based on several factors. Heifers should calve by 24 months of age. They should calve every year without assistance, maintain body condition and must not be crazy. Cows which are culled before having three to five calves will not cover development cost. If a cow misses a single calving, it is unlikely the missed revenue will be recovered. Simple and effective records are important in managing the cow herd. The Barton County Cattlemen also met on February 12, 2019, at Memorial Hall in Lamar. A good attendance of 36 members enjoyed a dinner catered by Tractors. Specialty Risk Insurance, who presented an interesting program and also sponsored the meal.

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Southeast Missouri Cattlemen The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association has had a busy start in 2019. Our affiliate was recognized at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention for Outstanding Affiliate for Activity/Event for Farm Day. Farm Day is an educational event for third and fourth graders to learn where food comes from and how it is produced on local farms. Sixteen schools from Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, and Perry counties participate in the event, sending between 800-1,000 students per year as well as more than 200 educators and parents. The SEMO Cattlemen’s affiliate hosted Farm Day for the 23rd consecutive year in 2018. On January 22, we hosted an educational meeting covering native grass establishment and soil health. Speakers from Quail Forever and USDA delivered the program. Shawneetown Feed & Seed and Mueller Fencing/Gallagher Fencing sponsored the evening with 60 members and guests in attendance.

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The SEMO Cattlemen’s Annual Meeting and Banquet attracted approximately 280 members and guests. The Oak Ridge FFA chapter provided table service and Pocahontas 4-H Club made a fantastic display of desserts. The annual fundraising event was complete with nearly 200 auction items, gun raffle, 50/50 drawing, and more. Bobby Simpson gave an MCA update. The fundraising effort supports youth scholarships and educational activities. The 2019 SEMO Cattlemen’s Scholarship is due April 1, 2019, and is available at the Cape Girardeau County Extension Office. Many thanks to the individuals and businesses for their donations! The evening grossed an upwards of $14,000!


Lafayette County The Lafayette County Cattlemen’s association met January 29 at the Lafayette County Extension office. They enjoyed a chili supper prior to the business meeting. Secretary and treasurer’s reports were given by Hannah Copenhaver and Sasha Hull respectively. A recap was provided of the Black Friday cookout at Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, with thanks to Kathy Harris for chairing this event. A calendar of events for the upcoming year was provided by Marsha Corbin, activity chairman. The final by-law review was completed with changes to be voted on by membership at the annual meeting. Plans were made for the annual meeting to be held March 2 in Higginsville at the American Legion Hall. A committee was selected to choose Cattlemen of the Year to be presented at the dinner. Necessary jobs were assigned for board members to complete for the meeting. Updates were discussed for the annual scholarship program, with applications due back April 1. May is Beef Month activities were discussed and will be finalized at a later date. Marsha and Kent Corbin were among many Missouri Cattlemen that attend NCBA convention in New

Kent and Marsha Corbin and Gary Copenhaver represented LCCA presenting ground beef to Leta Grom of Lexington Food Pantry.

Orleans January 30 - February 2. LCCA, in cooperation with Nadler’s Meats of Wellington, presented 100 lbs. of ground beef for the Lexington Food Pantry to supplement other food items distributed through their programming. Additional donations will be made during the month of February to Higginsville and Odessa pantries.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The February 5 meeting of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen was held at the University’s Southwest Research Center. Steak and brisket and the trimmings were served by Prime Cut of Monett. Meeting sponsor was Ed Trotter with Zoetis. Seventy-five were in attendance. Jeff Kaal, president, introduced the Verona FFA group as recipients of the $2,500 grant the cattlemen awarded for chapter improvement. Kristin Krueger and Rachel Callison president and vice-president gave a short program that outlined the chapter activities during the last year. David Parrack, chapter advisor also spoke. The grant will be used to purchase a table saw. The saw will enable students to complete more woodwork projects for the fairs and do it more safely. This was the fourth year the association has made such a grant to FFA Chapters. Previous winners were Lockwood, Everton and Mt. Vernon.

Ed Trotter, Zoetis speaks to the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen at the group’s February meeting.

Ed Trotter led off his talk with a brief discussion of three of their products that give great payback for the investment. They were the ionophore Bovatec, antibiotic Aureo S 700 and their Synovex C implant for nursing calves. He also pointed out that his competition had similar products that were highly profitable. He reviewed some of his product line that aided in giving disease protection to the unborn calf when the cow is properly vaccinated. The business meeting was brief as Jim McCann gave a report on the NCBA meeting in New Orleans. He was most complimentary of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Eldon Cole mentioned several upcoming events of interest to cattle producers and focused on the 50th

Jeff Kaal presents a $2,500 check and certificate to Rachel and Kristin.

Annual Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference set for February 12. The association will provide the chili for the evening meal. The Southwest Cattlemen are scheduled to go to Jefferson City on February 20 for Cowboys at the Capitol.

Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association met at Miller County Regional Stockyards on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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for a two-year term: president, Wendy Cantrell; vice president, Candy Stockton; secretary/treasurer, Tanya Gardner; director, Ralph Kliethermes, director; Dan Mahurin.

Polk County The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association held its meeting on February 14 at Smith’s Restaurant in Bolivar. It was evident that many members liked the idea of eating their Valentine’s Day dinner at a cattlemen’s meeting, as there were about 75 members present. There was a special presentation by Dr. Tony Berry, the superintendent of the Bolivar school district. Region 6 Vice President Clay Doeden also discussed Cowboys at the Capitol and the new Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College program in Missouri. We are honored to have Polk County member, Haleigh Ankrom, chosen to be one of nine members from across the state for this opportunity. The meeting was sponsored by Mike Ferguson with Chr. Hansen. Mike gave a presentation discussing Chr. Hansen, and explaining some of their products, and how they are

Keith Stevens and Mark Stanek with their second place plaque at The Elks Lodge Chili Cook Off.

used in the beef industry. The next meeting will also be held at Smith’s Restaurant on March 14. Although the winter months give the Polk County Cattlemen a much needed break from cooking steaks on the grill, a few of the members still find time to represent our association at cookings. President Keith Stevens and Past President Mark Stanek attend the Elks Lodge Chili Cook Off in January. Their chili was placed second out of several teams, and they were able to help raise money for the Elks Lodge.

Mike Ferguson with Chr. Hansen giving a presentation at the February meeting.

The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association is very honored to receive the 2018 Top Affiliate Award at the 2019 Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention. This is a huge honor for our association, and we cannot thank our members enough for helping at the numerous cookings, and activities that we do throughout the year.

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Dallas County When it comes to supporting youth, members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association always step up to the plate. Such was the case at the February 14 meeting as members paid a record amount for pies in support of the groups’s scholarship program. The meeting was held at Prairie Grove School south of Buffalo with 160 in attendance. Twenty-seven pies were sold by auctioneer Leon Caselman for a record $2,450. Top pie of the evening was a chocolate cream donated by Becky Turner. Scott Turner gave the final nod for $185. Many pies sold for over $100. DCCA greatly thanks everyone who helped make the auction a success once again. Last year, DCCA awarded scholarships to two students attending Missouri State University and sponsored two young men to attend the Graham School in Kansas. Earlier in the evening, everyone enjoyed chili and a variety of other soups as well as homemade rolls and lots of desserts. The dinner was donated by DCCA board members and spouses. As always, we appreciate Mike Deering taking time out from his busy schedule to come to our annual pie auction. Mike updated the group on MCA’s top three priorities including animal confiscation, limiting ballot initiatives, and county health ordinances. We were very

excited to have MCA’s newest staff member, Sydney Thummel, make the trip with Mike. Sydney said Dallas County was her first affiliate meeting. We look forward to working with her in the future. Other speakers for the evening included Buffalo FFA members Devyn Rackley and Emily Whipple as well as John Crawford (representing Sen. Sandy Crawford and Rep. Jeff Knight).

Lynette Miller was recognized at the Dallas County Cattlemen’s meeting for her selection as the Missouri CattleWomen’s Association CattleWoman of the Year.

Russ Weeks, left, teamed up with Buffalo Livestock Market auctioneer Leon Caselman to sell 27 pies for a total of $2,450 to help fund the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association scholarship program.

Dallas County Cattlemen raised more than $2,450 for scholarships at the organization’s annual pie auction Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Prairie Grove School. Pictured with nearly 30 pies are DCCA directors, from left, Russ Weeks, James Henderson, Pam Naylor, Gary Simmons, Dayle Nelson, Bobby Stewart, Lynette Miller, Stuart Dill, auctioneer Leon Caselman, Jim Rhoades and Bob Dawson. More than 150 members attended the chili supper and auction.

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Not pictured: Jake Hostetler and Aaron Miller.


Buffalo FFA was represented at the Feb. 12 meeting by Devyn Rackley and Emily Elliott.

Dallas County members will be attending Cowboys at the Capitol on Feb. 20. Future meetings include March 12 at the Buffalo Livestock Market and April 9 (location to be determined). We will sponsor a BQA training on May 2 at Buffalo Prairie Grove School. We are already planning to hold another Fourth Grade Beef Field Day sometime this spring. Mike Deering, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, spoke briefly to Dallas County Cattlemen Feb. 12 about legislative priorities of MCA.

We hope calving is going well for everyone and your mud is drying up faster than it is in Dallas County!

November Beef Exports Remain on Record Pace; Headwinds Weigh on Pork Exports Source: USMEF Editor’s note: November export data was released about one month later than usual due to the recent government shutdown. Year-end 2018 data is expected to be available in early-to-mid March.

U.S. beef exports continued on a record pace in November while pork exports trended lower yearover-year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports totaled 112,842 metric tons (mt) in November, up 1 percent from a year ago, while value climbed 6 percent to $709.2 million. For January through November, exports reached 1.24 million mt, up 8 percent year-over-year and 6 percent above the record pace of 2011. At $7.63 billion, beef export value was up 16 percent and has already broken the full-year record set in 2017 ($7.27 billion).

percent from a year ago) and $320.72 during the first 11 months of 2018 (up 14 percent). Exports accounted for 13.1 percent of total November beef production and 10.9 percent for muscle cuts, both steady with November 2017. For January through November, exports equated to 13.4 percent of total production and 11.1 percent for muscle cuts – up from 12.8 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, in 2017. These numbers highlight the strong international demand for U.S. beef as exports are accounting for a larger share of growing U.S. production and are fetching higher prices, with some U.S. cuts trading at record prices in Asia. November pork exports totaled 206,852 mt, down 8 percent year-over-year, while value fell 12 percent to $538.7 million as retaliatory duties in key markets continue to generate headwinds for U.S. pork. For January through November, exports were steady with 2017’s record pace at 2.23 million mt and value was down 1 percent to $5.86 billion.

Beef export value per head of fed slaughter is also on a record pace, averaging $322.97 in November (up 5

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Trade barriers are also pressuring pork export value on a per-head basis. In November, export value per head slaughtered was $48.80, down 16 percent from November 2017. Through the first 11 months of 2018, per-head export value averaged $51.46, down 3 percent. Exports accounted for 24.5 percent of total November pork production and 22 percent for muscle cuts, down from 27.7 percent and 24.1 percent, respectively, in November 2017. For January through November, exports equated to 25.7 percent of total pork production (down from 26.5 percent in 2017) and 22.4 percent for muscle cuts (up slightly). “2018 was truly a remarkable year for U.S. beef exports, which shattered previous records in both volume and value and reached new heights in several of our top markets,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “In the first half of the year, pork exports were also on a very positive trajectory but unfortunately U.S. pork has been heavily targeted for retaliation. We MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 9/24/14 9:59 AM Page 62 remain hopeful that these disputes can be resolved soon, so that U.S. pork can get back on a level playing field with its competitors.” Asian markets set pace, but beef export growth widespread November was another strong month for U.S. beef exports to the key Asian markets of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, while exports to the ASEAN region also increased sharply. For January through November, beef export highlights include: Exports to leading market Japan were up 7 percent year-over-year in volume (306,603 mt) and 10 percent in value ($1.93 billion). But market access to Japan is a major concern for the U.S. beef industry, as key competitors recently joined Australia in benefiting from

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an 11 percentage point tariff advantage through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP). U.S. beef remains subject to the 38.5 percent tariff rate and to Japan’s quarterly safeguard mechanisms. Competitors’ tariffs will decline again on April 1, the start of the Japanese fiscal year. The Trump administration has announced its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with Japan, but formal negotiations have not yet begun. U.S. beef has already shattered the previous yearly value record in Korea, with export value soaring 45 percent to $1.6 billion, while volume was up 32 percent to 220,770 mt. Although Korea’s imports from Australia and New Zealand also edged higher in 2018, U.S. market share increased significantly – reaching nearly 50 percent in volume and 56 percent in value. Through the KoreaU.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the duty rate on U.S. beef to Korea is 18.7 percent this year, down from 40 percent prior to implementation. Exports to Taiwan were up one-third from the record totals posted in 2017, reaching 53,626 mt valued at $495.7 million (a record for the sixth consecutive year). The U.S. holds more than 75 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market, the highest of any Asian destination. Beef exports to Hong Kong were lower year-over-year in volume (109,082 mt, down 4 percent), but export value still climbed 13 percent to $865.3 million. Exports to China totaled 6,567 mt valued at $55.1 million. U.S. beef regained access to China in mid-2017, making yearover-year comparisons difficult. But in the second half of 2018, export volumes to China were higher year-overyear in every month except September, and November exports reached a new monthly high of 890 mt, despite an additional 25 percent retaliatory duty. Led by strong increases in the Philippines and Vietnam and slightly higher shipments to Indonesia, beef exports to the ASEAN region climbed 19 percent year-over-year in volume (45,255 mt) and 31 percent in value ($252.4 million).

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Although beef exports to Mexico were up just 1 percent year-over-year in volume (218,281 mt), export value to Mexico climbed 8 percent (to $966.7 million) and will exceed $1 billion for the first time since 2015. The hike in value reflects a strong year for beef muscle cut exports to Mexico, which increased 7 percent in volume (130,330 mt) and 11 percent in value ($759.2 million). Bright spots for U.S. pork include Korea, ASEAN, Latin America and Oceania. After a very solid start to 2018, November pork exports to leading volume market Mexico were lower year-overyear for the sixth consecutive month (61,344 mt, down 14 percent) while value fell 30 percent to $97.1 million. This pushed January-November export volume slightly below the record pace of 2017 at 717,618 mt (down 1 percent) while value was down 11 percent to $1.22 billion. “The good news is that the U.S. continues to export strong quantities of hams, picnics and other pork cuts to Mexico,” Halstrom said. “The bad news is that instead of generating positive returns for the U.S. industry, 20 percent of these sales go directly into the Mexican Treasury in the form of tariffs. This is why it is critical that the dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs be resolved as soon as possible.” January-November pork exports to China/Hong Kong were down 29 percent year-over-year in volume (324,623 mt) and fell 19 percent in value ($790.2 million). This region is by far the largest destination for U.S. pork variety meat, and these exports also declined by 29 percent in volume (209,090 mt) and dropped 17 percent in value ($555.5 million) as the 62 percent tariff rate makes it very difficult for U.S. pork to compete in China. The combination of retaliatory tariffs in China and Mexico contributed to sharp decreases in ham and picnic primal values (down 19 percent and 22 percent, respectively, from June through December, compared to the same period in 2017). The decrease in values for these two primals averaged $9.95 per head for those seven months. China’s retaliatory tariffs have also heavily impacted prices for pork offals and have forced some products into rendering due to the lack of

alternative markets. Lost value for feet and picnic hocks was at least $1.80 per head and losses are even worse when products that have been rendered are included. The cost of these retaliatory tariffs has been lost value of at least $11.75 per head on just hams, picnics and feet, or roughly $860 million in industry losses from June through December 2018. Other key details from the January-November pork export results include: Although November results trended significantly lower, pork exports to leading value market Japan were up 1 percent year-over-year in both volume (364,114 mt) and value ($1.5 billion). Similar to beef, market access disadvantages in Japan are a major concern for the U.S. pork industry due to Japan’s implementation of CPTPP and its economic partnership agreement with the European Union. The most immediate impact of these agreements is expected in Japan’s imports of ground seasoned pork and processed pork products as duties on those products are phased quickly to zero, while the U.S. pays 20 percent. Korea stands out as the largest driver of growth for U.S. pork exports in 2018, with volume up 41 percent to 216,899 mt while value climbed 44 percent to $603.8 million – already shattering previous full-year records set in 2011. Unlike the situation at that time, when Korea was struggling with a widespread outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, Korea’s domestic production was up 4 percent in 2018. So the surge in exports to Korea is being driven by exceptional consumer demand and growing consumption. Most U.S. pork entering Korea also benefits from duty-free treatment under KORUS. (Continued on page 50)

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Led by strong growth in Colombia and Peru and a second-half rebound in Chile, pork exports to South America have already topped the records set in 2017, increasing 24 percent year-over-year in volume (120,059 mt) and 17 percent in value ($292.3 million). Colombia is an especially important destination for hams and picnics at a time when Mexico and China are imposing higher duties. In Central America, pork exports were higher year-overyear in mainstay markets Honduras and Guatemala and posted very strong growth in Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Export volume to the region was up 15 percent to 74,980 mt, breaking the 2017 record. Export value was 12 percent higher at $176.8 million, and will set a new record when December results are included. Pork exports to the Dominican Republic have also exceeded previous yearly highs, with volume up 37 percent year-over-year to 39,453 mt and value jumping 29 percent to $85.7 million. With solid growth in both Australia and New Zealand, pork exports to Oceania were up 12 percent in volume (77,336 mt) and 10 percent in value ($224.3 million). This region is also a key destination for U.S. hams when retaliatory duties are in place in Mexico and China. Strong performances in the Philippines and Vietnam drove pork exports to the ASEAN region 46 percent higher in volume (63,978 mt) and 33 percent higher in value ($158.6 million). Pork variety meat exports to the ASEAN were especially strong, more than doubling year-over-year in both volume (26,626 mt, up 138 percent) and value ($42.7 million, up 115 percent).

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Variety meat demand bolsters November lamb exports Driven by a sharp increase in variety meat shipments to Mexico, November exports of U.S. lamb were the largest of 2018 in both volume (1,387 mt, up 167 percent year-over-year) and value ($2.4 million, up 39 percent). Lamb muscle cut exports trended lower in November at 232 mt (down 18 percent) valued at $1.46 million (down 3 percent). For January through November, lamb exports reached 11,758 mt valued at $21.4 million – up 77 percent and 21 percent, respectively, from a year ago. While most of this increase was due to strong variety meat demand in Mexico, muscle cut exports posted solid gains in the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and the Philippines. Complete January-November export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are available from USMEF’s statistics Web page. Monthly charts for U.S. pork and beef exports are also available online. If you have questions, please contact Joe Schuele at or call 303-547-0030. NOTES: Export statistics refer to both muscle cuts and variety meat, unless otherwise noted. One metric ton (mt) = 2,204.622 pounds. U.S. pork currently faces retaliatory duties in China and Mexico. China’s duty rate on frozen pork muscle cuts and variety meat increased from 12 to 37 percent in April and from 37 to 62 percent in July. Mexico’s duty rate on pork muscle cuts increased from zero to 10 percent in June and jumped to 20 percent in July. Beginning in June, Mexico also imposed a 15 percent duty on sausages and a 20 percent duty on some prepared hams. U.S. beef faces retaliatory duties in China and Canada. China’s duty rate on beef muscle cuts and variety meats increased from 12 to 37 percent in July. Canada’s 10 percent duty, which also took effect in July, applies to HS 160250 cooked/prepared beef products.

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Decide Sooner Source: On Target Column - by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. CAB Director, Supply Development While many of you are in sire buying mode this time of year, more are deciding whether this year’s bull calves retain the ability to become sires. Castration at birth is ideal, but catching them on day one can be a challenge in extensive operations. Castration at branding or turnout offers a balance between handling ease and minimizing calf stress. Some may delay castration to increase weaning weight, and indeed, neutering at turnout along with an age-appropriate growth implant shows pre-weaning performance comparable to intact males without adding to stress at weaning. Cut-and-healed steers at weaning have a more flexible marketing window as well. A few defer castration beyond weaning in pursuit of natural market premiums, figuring testosterone can replace the implants banned by marketing programs. That’s a shortsighted model, considering calves castrated at weaning present a greater health risk down the road. We’ve heard the suggestion that improved genetic potential in cattle today supports early castration without an implant while calves are nursing. That’s an interesting theory, but no current data supports such a break with technology. Could a combination of genetic improvement and environmental constraint limit calf growth before genetic or technology-supported potential is achieved?

Nearly every bull arriving intact at a feedyard is castrated, so postponing simply delays the inevitable. A recent article in “Translational Animal Science” by Ball et al from West Texas A&M and the University of Arkansas demonstrates consumer impacts of failing to make timely sire-selection decisions. The experiment looked at feeding intact males compared to castration by banding at feedyard arrival. Performance data were not surprising. Bulls had the higher hot carcass weight at 911 pounds (lb.), compared to late-banded steers at 806 lb. The continual quest for more market weight by leaving males intact was achieved. The banded calves were not implanted at the feedyard, further contributing to this carcass weight difference. Quality grade differences between the groups were stark. Calves harvested as intact bulls were 28% Choice and 71% Select or Standard while bulls banded at feedlot arrival were 56% Choice and 44% Select and Standard. None of the cattle achieved Prime. We don’t know percent Choice for these calves had they been managed for more age-appropriate castration, but what we do know shows a clear example of how a simple management practice can influence quality grade. It is well known that the longer calves remain bulls, the greater the reduction in quality grade. When strip steaks from this experiment were offered to a taste panel, quality differences remained. Tenderness, juiciness and flavor were greater for steaks from banded steers than those from the bulls. Steaks from bulls were also numerically tougher on a Warner-Bratzler shear test than those from steers.

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If you’re wondering why such an experiment was required to affirm what we know already about feeding bulls, let me add that one trial group looked at an experimental chemical castration method, that was unable to improve quality beyond bulls. The reason for that exploration? Growing consumer concern about painful management practices. The beef industry has responded to consumer demand for a high-quality beef eating experience. Currently we produce more Prime, Certified Angus Beef® brand and Choice than ever before. Today, a great eating experience at the table includes consumers looking to have a greater say in how we produce beef in the future. This report, while looking at a new management tool to address a changing consumer, provides a reminder of how fast a small change can influence eating quality. Early castration still serves as an example where best management practices extend beyond end-product quality and address the consumer’s desire to know not only the “why” but increasingly the “how.”

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Editorial note from CAB: The On Target column will go on hiatus now, as Dr. Sexten is no longer on our staff, but we will continue to send the array of production features, columns and technical news and everything else we have built upon for decades.


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Livestock Marketeers Induct Three into Hall of Fame DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders met for their 54th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 19th. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, Executive Vice President of the AmericanInternational Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

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From left to right: Neil Orth, Chuck Grove, Tommy Barnes, Stuart Wilson, Kim Wolfe (received a distinguished service award), Jack Lowderman, Kevin Wendt and John Meents.


The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Tommy Barnes Tommy is a graduate of The University of Tennessee where he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Directly out of college he took a job with T.E. Mitchell and Son in Albert, New Mexico. The ranch raised both registered and commercial Hereford cattle along with registered quarter horses. After that he began his nine year career with the American Hereford Association. He initially travelled the states of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois after which he serviced Oklahoma. When he finished his tenure with the AHA he moved directly into his career as an auctioneer. He serves as an auctioneer for several elite purebred operation all over the country. (Continued on page 64)

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Stuart Wilson Stuart Wilson grew up on a purebred livestock and grain farm near Findlay, Illinois, where he raised Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs. He was active in both 4-H and FFA showing at the local, state, and national levels. He was a member of the 1966 Illinois State FFA winning livestock judging team which placed second in the national contest at the American Royal. Stuart graduated from Western Illinois University in 1971 with a BS in animal science. While at WIU, he was the founding president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, and a member of Block and Bridle. He was on Western’s highly successful livestock judging team in 1970. Graduate work followed at the University of Missouri. In 1971, Stuart began his career right out of college as a field representative for The Shorthorn World. He was the publisher of the magazine at the time it was sold in 1976. In 1972, he became an insurance agent for American Live Stock Insurance Company/Harding and Harding. In 1973, he formed Stuart Wilson Sale Management which managed cattle sales throughout the United States and Canada for over four decades.

cattle department. Today he is the manager and head underwriter for the Livestock Division of American Live Stock, a subsidiary of Markel Services, Inc. Stuart and his wife, Ann, reside on the family farm near Findlay, Illinois. They have a daughter, Robyn, and a granddaughter, Avery. Stuart and Ann have been married 45 years, and they are both active members of the Findlay United Methodist Church. Fred Stivers (Posthumous) Fred Stivers was a sought after ringman for over four decades and regarded by many as the best photographer in the business. Growing up in Ohio, Fred was competitive in the show ring with Angus, Shorthorn and Hereford steers, winning the Ohio State Fair and Champion Shorthorn in Chicago. Fred’s livestock marketing career began with the Charolais Way and continued with the Simmental Register and then the Drovers Journal. Stivers portraits of the ideal bull and cow for several breeds were featured in Herman Purdy’s book “Breeds of Cattle”. While Fred did not have any immediate family his extended family of cattle people covered the entire country.

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Why Cattle Producers Should Early Pregnancy Check Replacement Heifers? Source: MU Extension Patrick Davis Stockton, Missouri-This is approximately the time of year when you would early pregnancy check fall calving replacement heifers. Whether you develop replacement heifers for your cattle operation or to sell, early pregnancy checking these heifers is very beneficial to your cattle operation. Before we discuss the benefits, what is meant by early pregnancy checking replacement heifers? In the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program, pregnancy checks on heifers are required within 90 days of the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy checking at this time allows the veterinarian to get a very accurate age of the fetus in days before it falls over the pelvic rim. Once the fetus falls over the pelvic rim, it is much harder to get an accurate age of the fetus in days. An accurate fetal age leads to an accurate calving date, which benefits you if heifers are retained or the buyer that purchases the heifers. This knowledge will allow proper preparation in case the heifer has calving issues. Furthermore, some buyers will purchase heifers

based on calving date. If you are able to provide that information, it will improve the chances of selling your heifers. Fetal sex determination can also be done during early pregnancy checks. A veterinarian can do fetal sex determination at a fetal age between 60 and 90 days (Stroud, 2005) using ultrasound technology. At this time, the veterinarian can determine with a high accuracy if the fetus is male or female. If you are retaining the replacement heifers, this is helpful because you can group heifers by fetal sex. In addition, since heifers having male calves are more likely to have dystocia problems, you can pay closer attention to those heifers. If you sell replacement heifers, the buyer may be more interested in your heifers based on the sex of their calf, which means fetal sex information could improve the chances of selling your heifers. Pregnancy checking replacement heifers approximately 60 days (Selk, 2018) after the breeding season allows open heifers to be culled, improving the profit potential of those heifers. Culling these heifers reduces resource waste, such as feed, resulting in less cattle operation cost. Also by culling these heifers early, they can be marketed to feedlots to possibly make the choice grade, which means buyers are willing to pay more money for them. By reducing resource cost and buyer willingness to pay more for cull heifers, you improved their potential return, which improves profit potential of the cattle operation. There are various benefits to early pregnancy checking replacement heifers. These benefits lead to improved profit potential in the sale of bred replacement heifers or open cull heifers. Furthermore, these tools can help you better manage your retained bred replacement heifers. Better management and better profit potential of the heifer development enterprise will improve the profit potential of your entire cattle operation.

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Docility EPD Added to the Suite of Gelbvieh and Balancer® EPDs Source: AGA The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) released the BOLT-powered docility expected progeny difference (EPD) in January 2019. This is the latest update to the extensive suite of EPDs used to accurately describe registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. “The AGA is excited to be able to add docility to the line up of EPDs we offer to help cattlemen and women make selection decisions when utilizing Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics,” says Megan Slater, AGA interim executive director. “Docility is one of the many AGA EPDs produced through the multi-breed genetic evaluation powered by BOLT, and therefore is directly comparable to several breeds who also participate within the evaluation.”

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Docility is an important trait that impacts beef operations’ bottom lines in each sector of the industry. Studies have shown that animals with calmer


dispositions are more productive both on the ranch as well as in the feedyard and ultimately exhibit higher carcass values and greater tenderness, among other advantages. Higher docility EPD values for Gelbvieh and Balancer animals indicate a more favorable temperament. Over the past 20 years, the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed has gained favorable progress in docility on top of a solid foundation of historically docile cattle. However, the range of docility EPDs of active sires proves that there is genetic diversity, which means further progress can be made. It’s also important to note that in herds where temperament is not currently a concern, differences will not be as intensely realized. The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

Details Matter When it Comes to Biosecurity Source: MU Extension Linda Geist COLUMBIA, Mo. – Pay attention to details to prevent disease outbreaks in livestock, says Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri Extension swine veterinarian. She is part of a multi-agency team that will teach free biosecurity workshops across Missouri in March. The workshops will tell how to prevent and manage emerging livestock diseases. Bromfield says good herd health management begins with an ongoing relationship between a veterinarian and herd owner. Biosecurity covers anything or anyone—people, vehicles, rodents— entering the area where livestock grows. Protocols and training for delivery drivers, workers and family reduce risk. She offers these suggestions: • Restrict who and what enters your operation. Visitors can carry disease on equipment, vehicles, clothing and shoes. Post signs and enforce. • Have buffer zones where employees change shoes and put on site-specific booties and protective clothing.

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• Insist that employees and visitors adhere to policies. Put policies in writing and review regularly with employees.


• Keep food, drink and personal items such as cellphones out of production areas. • Isolate new or returning animals. Watch carefully for signs of disease. Work with isolated pigs last to prevent carrying any diseases to the main herd. • Wash, sanitize and fully dry all areas routinely. Wash with hot water and soap. Follow label instructions.

• Sanitize trucks entering the facility. Place feed bins close to edges of the farm. Have packages delivered offsite. Bromfield says producers can learn more at the workshop. It runs 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at these locations: • March 6, Hunter Civic Center, Versailles.

• Control wildlife and rodents that can carry disease. Use fencing and bird netting. Keep bait stations filled.

• March 8, Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield.

• Disinfect sorting boards.

• March 13, MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, Jackson. • March 15, Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office, Kirksville. • March 18, Missouri Western State University, Leah Spratt Hall, St. Joseph. This course has been approved for four hours of veterinary continuing education. For more information, contact Kristi Perry at perrykk@ There is a downloadable registration form and additional biosecurity information at faculty.missouri. edu/limt/Biosecurity.shtml.

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Free Farm Labor Guide Helps Farmers Hire and Keep the Right Workers Source: MU Extension Linda Geist COLUMBIA, Mo. – Like farm machinery and methods, hiring farmworkers has changed in recent years, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin. MU Extension’s Missouri Farm Labor Guide can help. The guide, available for free download at extension., lets farmers know the right practices to identify, hire and retain the right workers. It explains ways to mentor workers to help them move into their new jobs. Changing labor laws and government regulations make hiring more complex, Milhollin says. Like many business owners, farmers may lack knowledge about recruiting, hiring and keeping workers. Attention to this process can save a farm operation time and money.

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Rules regarding farm labor differ in some respects from other occupations, says Milhollin. To ensure compliance, it is important to understand how these rules differ, he says.


Milhollin says the guide offers tips on how to find new employees. It tells how to write job descriptions that set clear expectations for employer and employee. It includes links to interview questions and farm job descriptions. The 46-page guide tells how to use background checks, reference checks and drug testing, and gives links to databases. It tells how to avoid legal pitfalls during interviews, employment and termination. Record-keeping often is one of the biggest challenges for small agribusinesses and farmers, Milhollin says. The guide lists contact information for federal and state tax and labor agencies. It also gives rules on pay for employees and family members, overtime, exemptions, bonuses, and nonmonetary compensation. Finally, an application for farm employment and an employer checklist are provided. The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and MU Extension fund the guide.

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Bertz to Lead Red Angus Commercial Marketing Team DENVER – The Red Angus Association of America is pleased to announce that Harold Bertz will lead the RAAA commercial marketing team as its new director of commercial marketing, effective in early March. As the director of commercial marketing, Bertz will lead the marketing team in developing and promoting Red Angus marketing programs that will help producers increase their profitability. Additionally, he will focus on building and strengthening relationships with feeders and packers to increase demand for Red Angus genetics. “I am very excited for this opportunity to continue working with the breeders, commercial cattlemen and women, and the team at Red Angus,” said Bertz. “The commercial marketing team has always focused on creating value for calves produced by Red Angus bulls and we will continue to develop innovative programs that assist ranchers in improving their cowherds and their bottom lines.” A sixth-generation rancher, Bertz has many decades of experience in the agriculture and beef industries. First, as an agriculture educator in Missouri where he was nationally recognized for his teaching excellence, and most recently as the RAAA commercial marketing programs coordinator; a role in which he served for the past four and a half years. Bertz received his bachelor’s of education and agricultural education from Missouri State University in 1993, then went on to earn his master’s degree in agricultural education from the

University of Missouri. He currently lives in Mayview, Missouri, with his wife Melisa and has two children in college, Molly and August. “Harold has been with RAAA since 2014 and has done great work in helping move RAAA’s marketing programs forward. He knows the breed very well, both its cattle and people, and is well versed in all aspects of the beef industry, from cow-calf to consumer. We also appreciate his common sense cow savvy and his ability to make complicated issues simple by identifying the key factors that make a difference in the real world of the beef industry,” said CEO Tom Brink. Bertz will assume the responsibilities of the role on March 11, 2019, once Gary Fike departs for an opportunity with Kansas State Research and Extension. Fike and Bertz have worked closely together in the past month to assure a smooth transition for the association, members and Red Angus producers. The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the measurable advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with objectively described cattle by implementing new technologies and utilizing scientifically sound principles that quantify traits of economic importance to beef producers in all segments of the beef industry. For more information, visit


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Nutrition Leader ADM and Red Angus Team Up to Assist Producers DENVER – Archer Daniels Midland Company, a world leader in agricultural processing and food ingredients, and the Red Angus Association of America are combining their expertise to provide Red Angus breeders and commercial bull users with tools for success to improve the breed and the beef industry. This new relationship affords RAAA members and stakeholders access to nutritional counseling at no expense. Producers can simply call or email designated ADM nutritionists with questions specific to their own operations. ADM will offer answers and perspective targeted to help those producers according to their needs. The new program is a testament to the dedication of ADM and RAAA to American beef producers. ADM’s nutritional experts will work directly with Red Angus producers to help them meet their herd’s nutritional goals in order to attain optimal reproduction and growth performance, while supporting first-rate animal health. “We are very pleased to be working jointly with ADM

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Walthall Elected to American Simmental Association Board of Trustees Source: ASA Bozeman, MT - Greg Walthall, of Windsor, Missouri has been elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees and will represent the South Central region. The owner/operator of WW Cattle Company, Greg Walthall, has been active in the Simmental business for a total of 47 years. The WW cow herd currently consists

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Walthall was formally seated during ASA’s 51st Annual Meeting held January 20, in Denver. Also seated were newly elected J.W. Brune, Overbrook, Kansas; and reelected Tim Curran, Ione, California, and Clay Lassle, Glendive, Montana.


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ASA Welcomes Aegerter to Staff Source: ASA Bozeman, MT — Darla Aegerter, Seward, Nebraska, has joined the American Simmental Association as the Youth Programs and ASF Foundation Manager. Aegerter’s main responsibilities are to coordinate the AJSA Regional and National Classics, other assigned youth events, work closely with the AJSA Board, and become immersed with the American SimmentalSimbrah Foundation as liaison with the Foundation Board and support their fundraising activities. Aegerter has an extensive background in the purebred

cattle business, including operating her own livestock photography business, managing livestock advertising sales, serving as the Nebraska State Fair Beef Superintendent, and assisting with special projects at the American Hereford Association and Hereford Youth Foundation. Aegerter and her husband, Jeff, operate a small purebred cattle herd and market cattle in an annual production sale. Their son Kane, is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. The entire family has been very involved in youth cattle organizations, and Aegerter realizes the value in educating young people and providing great family experiences. Aegerter looks forward to meeting and growing future relationships with everyone in the Simmental family. She especially embraces the challenge of working to further develop, grow, and strengthen both the outstanding AJSA program and enhancing the efforts of the American SimmentalSimbrah Foundation.

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“It is with a great deal of anticipation that we welcome Darla to the team. She brings loads of experience and enthusiasm that will undoubtedly translate into success for our youth and foundation programming,” says Dr. Wade Shafer, ASA Executive Vice President. Aegerter assumed her duties on February 4.


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Common Sense with Baxter Black Pull My Finger ATTN: This is addressed to teenagers, tuba players and grown-ups in the news media who have gotten great giggles out of the story that cow flatulence is a danger to mankind! It can be expected from those that have the attention span of a Bartlett pear, but tuba players should know better. Cows do not flatulate. Allow me to give you a lesson in bovine physiology. Cows are herbivores, vegetarians. They live on grass. Cows are big. 1,000 lbs. Cows eat a lot of grass. They have four stomachs, the biggest is the rumen. The rumen’s job is to prepare grass and roughage

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produce Oxygen but what if we have too many trees and they won’t let you cut them down? I can picture an army of bureaucrats regulating the use of gasoline, diesel, electricity, construction… wait a minute! They already do!

CARBON DIOXIDE comes from fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, their energy production, transportation and use. CO2 accounts for 86.3% of all Greenhouse gasses. Transportation (cars and trucks) amount to 33% of all fossil fuels used.

Back to Cow “Flatulations”; the methane that cows emit comes directly from the rumen. They belch it up. Not as funny, but at least now you know.

What do we do with all this information? Eliminate nonessential herbivores? Starting with elephants, buffalo, goats, horses, prairie dogs and termites. Next they begin to regulate our diet; no sugar, no organic food (too inefficient) and how about trees? They absorb CO2 and

In the U.S., 30 million cows emit more methane than all the cars. 125 million cars produce more total Greenhouse gasses than cows. Which is worse for our environment? Hard to say which is more essential; agriculture or transportation? How long can you live without driving?

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Markets Expected to Continue Strong; Leverage Shift on the Horizon Source: NCBA NEW ORLEANS, LA ( Jan. 31, 2019) – During the first half of 2019, the United States will see a shift away from El Niño conditions as equatorial ocean currents begin to cool into the summer, Art Douglas, Ph. D., professor emeritus at Creighton University, told the audience during the popular 2019 CattleFax Outlook Seminar today. The session, held as part of the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La., saw a capacity crowd as cattlemen and women gathered to hear expert market and weather analysis. Douglas explained the developing trend will turn the eastern third of the United States drier, as the jet stream pushes moisture from the Gulf of Mexico across the southern tier of the nation. “After a cooler February, the United States will mostly enjoy a relatively mild spring with a reduced threat of delayed planting,” said Douglas. He pointed out that summer weather will be dependent on how quickly El Niño conditions fade.

“La Niña conditions are unlikely in the next eight months as the equatorial current shows only slow cooling,” said Douglas. “The residual warmth along the equator will lead to a wetter summer in the southern half of the U.S., while warm waters off the coast of Mexico will favor an active monsoon season in the Southwest.” Turning to the market outlook, CattleFax analyst Kevin Good said he expects prices will remain strong, with demand and the economy expected to remain solid. “We’ve been on one heck of a good run for a few years and I expect that to continue into 2019,” said Good. “However, we expect to see margins begin to compress and leverage to shift from the cow-calf and stocker sectors to the feeder as we expand the supply of cattle.” He said price risk remains over the next few years in response to the last five years of expansion. The beef cowherd expansion cycle is believed to be within 1-2 years of being complete.

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“Cattle producers, on average, will receive a smaller percentage of the retail beef dollar as larger cattle supplies increase price pressure across all segments of the industry,” said Good. “Retail beef prices will likely see some inflation in 2019, but larger beef, pork and poultry production will be price limiting.”

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However, domestic demand remains robust and higher wages and job growth are supportive of prices. CattleFax projects the all-fresh retail beef price to average $5.73/lb., up $.06 from year ago levels, while the composite cutout will rise $4 to average $216/

Fed cattle prices are expected to be steady during 2019, averaging $117/cwt., with market resistance at the $130-level and downside risk to $100/cwt. at the low end of the trading range, according to Good. He said a larger supply of cattle outside of feedyards coupled with

Going forward into 2020, economists see the potential for an economic slowdown, Good noted. “This may slow the benefits of recently strong consumer incomes and spending,” he said.

limited profitability in the feeding sector will hinder demand and pressure feeder cattle prices. CattleFax projects 750 lb. steer prices will range from $130-$160/ cwt., with an average at $147/cwt. for the year ahead. “The relatively strong calf market we saw in 2018 will be under pressure this year,” said Good. “However, values in the spring should have the potential to reach the mid-$180s. On the other hand, a larger calf crop and softer demand have the potential to erode prices to the $140-level next fall, so there is certainly more price risk in feeder cattle and calves than in the fed cattle markets in 2019.” Feed and grain prices are expected to remain stable during the year ahead, with corn acreage increasing an expected 2 million acres to total 91 million acres and soybeans declining 2.2 million acres to 87 million and wheat gaining 1 million acres to total 49 million. “Corn is expected to trade in a range of $3.60 to $4.10 per bushel during the first half of the year,” said CattleFax analyst Mike Murphy, who also pointed out that hay acreage isn’t expected to change significantly from 2018, but better winter precipitation across much of the United States should help provide a strong start to the 2019 hay crop. Good explained that cull cow prices will have additional downside risk during the year ahead. “Years of expansion and poor operating margins in the dairy sector are generating more cull cows, which weighs on the markets,” he told the audience. “The additional supply and the limited packing capacity for non-fed cattle will result in a market which averages approximately $55/cwt. during 2019, with a spring high near $60/cwt. and a fall low in the lower $40s.” CattleFax analysts said the global trade outlook is currently supportive for the U.S. beef industry, with strong demand in many overseas markets. However, they note that trade disruptions could have significant impacts on the market outlook. Ratification of the pending U.S./Mexico/Canada (USMCA) agreement will be crucial to markets this spring. Likewise, the possibility of a bilateral trade agreement with Japan could create a positive upside to the market this year. CattleFax CEO Randy Blach closed the session with a reminder about the importance of international markets to the beef industry. MARCH 2019

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SALE REPORTS Tweedy Cattle Company – Inaugural Angus Production Sale 1.26.19 – Pocahontas, AR 40 Registered Bulls........................................ Avg. $2,325 2 Open Heifers.............................................. Avg. $3,900 20 Bred Heifers............................................. Avg. $1,831 2nd Annual “Early Bird” Bull Sale at Gardiner Angus Ranch 1.28.19 – Ashland, KS 50 20 Mo. old bulls....................................... Avg. $7,580 110 17 Mo. old bulls..................................... Avg. $6,473 160 Total Bulls.............................................. Avg. $6,819 154 Head Bred Commercial Heifers............ Avg. $1,946 Hoover Angus 2.5.19 – Creston, IA 30 Older Bulls............................................... Avg. $7,454 66 Yearling Bulls........................................... Avg. $6,488 10 Open Heifers............................................ Avg. $4,240 42 Bred Heifers............................................. Avg. $3,021 1 Flush......................................................... Avg. $24,000

J&N Ranch Spring Production Sale 2.9.19 – Leavenworth, KS 34 Black Hereford Yearling Bulls.................. Avg. $3,963 46 Black Hereford Two Year Old Bulls......... Avg. $4,581 Galaxy Beef 2.15.19 – Macon, MO 30 Registered Bulls........................................ Avg. $4,045 15 Registered Females................................... Avg. $3,066

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Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale, Yukon, OK Mead Farms Spring Sale, Versailles, MO Peterson Farms Bull Sale, Mountain Grove, MO Seedstock Plus Arkansas Bull & Female Sale, Hope, AR Hilltop Farms Bull and Female Sale, JRS, Carthage, MO 4 Brands Gathering Sale, Paragould, AR Schlager Angus Production Sale, Palmyra, MO Valley Oaks Spring Sale, Lone Jack, MO Wright Charolais Bull Sale, Kearney, MO Express Honor Roll Sale, Yukon, OK Flickerwood Angus LLC Sale, Jackson, MO Galaxy Beef Sale (part 2), Macon, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale, West Plains, MO Seedstock Plus Red Reward Bull & Female Sale, Osceola, MO REDStock Sale, Chillicothe, MO Jac’s Ranch Spring Bull and Female Sale, Bentonville, AR Genetic Power Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale, Springfield, MO Sampson Annual Bull Sale, Kirksville, MO Lilac Hill Polled Hereford Dispersal Sale, Boonville, MO Cooper Hereford Ranch Sale, Willow Creek, MT Stucky Ranch Annual Production Sale, Kingman, KS Henke Farms Annual Production Sale, Salisbury, MO BJ Angus Genetics Spring Sale, Manhattan, KS Marshall & Fenner Farms Sale, Marshall, MO MBS Charolais Bull Sale, Bowling Green, MO Sunflower Genetics Production Sale, Maple Hill, KS Circle A Spring Production Sale, Iberia, MO Pinegar Annual Herdbuilder XXV Sale, Springfield, MO Falling Timber Farm Sale, Marthasville, MO Aschermann Charolais Bull Sale, Carthage, MO

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Brinkley Angus Ranch Sale, Green City, MO Mississippi Valley Angus Sale, Palmyra, MO Briarwood Angus Annual Production Sale, Butler, MO April Valley Bull and Female Sale, St. Joseph, MO Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO K.W. Cattle Co. Sale, Ft. Scott, KS Stevens Land & Cattle Co. Sale, Carmen, OK Benoit Angus Ranch Sale, Esbon, KS Southeast MO Performance Tested Bull Sale, Farmington, MO Worthington Angus Sale, Dadeville, MO Maplewood Acres Sale, Sedalia, MO Arkansas Bull and Female Sale, Heber Springs, AR Seedstock Plus South Missouri Bull Sale, Carthage, MO Ozark & HOA Beefmaster Field Day, Lowry City, MO 8 Story Farms Sale, Gallatin, MO Sandhill Farms Sale, Haviland, KS Magness Land & Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Miami, OK Rogers Cattle Co. & Lile Farms Sale, Strafford, MO C/S Cattle Sale, Pomona, MO Silver Genetics Production Sale, Marthasville, MO Ridder Farms Online Bull Sale SW MO Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Green Springs Bull Sale, Nevada, MO Oleen Brothers Production Sale, Dwight, KS GeneTrust Sale, Eureka, KS NE MO Performance Tested Bull Sale, Palmyra, MO Harriman Santa Fe Sale, Windsor, MO Brockmere Farms Sale, New Cambria, MO Hunter Angus Sale Fair Grove, MO Meyer Cattle Co. Sale Bowling Green, MO Show-Me Classic Bull and Female Sale, Windsor, MO Four State Angus Association Sale, Springfield, MO

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8 Story Farms Charolais Sale..... 72 ADM .......................................... 97 Ag-Power................................... 102 AgriLabs Vet Gun ...................... 77 Allflex SenseHub......................... 62 Alltech......................................... 95 American Angus Association...... 58 Arkansas Bull Sale......................60 B/F Cattle Co.............................. 77 Bayer Ear Tags............................ 69 BBU/OHOA Beefmasters.......... 101 Bellis Family Farm...................... 10 BIVI Alpha................................. 59 BIVI Express............................... 25 BIVI Merial Long Range...... 16-17 BIVI Triangle.............................. 31 Blue Mound Angus.....................64 BQA............................................88 Brockmere Sale........................... 58 Buffalo Livestock Market............48 C/S Cattle Company Sale........... 67 Callaway Livestock Center Inc...96 Cargill Beef................................. 13 Central Life Sciences Altosid................................... 124 Central Missouri Sales Co.......... 50 Circle 5 Cattle Co.......................96 Circle A Angus Ranch................ 39 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale........ 55 Classified................................... 121 Clearwater Farm......................... 39 Cowboys at the Capitol............... 82 Durham Simmental Farms......... 91 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.............................. 103 Falling Timber Farm Sale........... 83 Four State Angus Sale................. 52 Galaxy Beef LLC........................ 39 Gallagher Fence........................ 105 Gardiner Angus Sale................... 57 Gast Charolais............................ 73 GeneTrust Sale............................ 71 Gerloff Farms.............................. 39 Gleonda Farms Angus Traves Merrick........................ 39

Green Springs Bull Sale.............. 70 Green’s Welding & Sales...............7 Harriman Santa Fe Sale.............36 Henke Sale.................................. 56 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.......... 39 HydraBed.................................... 22 International Brangus Breeders Association............. 123 Jim’s Motors................................ 74 JJ Skyline Angus......................... 39 Joplin Regional Stockyards.........85 K.W. Cattle Co Sale.................... 67 Kingsville Livestock Auction......40 Lucas Cattle Co.......................... 91 Magness Land & Cattle..............85 Maplewood Acres Sale................86 Marshall & Fenner Farms........... 39 Marshall & Fenner Farms Sale... 63 MCA County Leadership Conference..............................80 MCA Directory ad.................... 106 MCA Member Benefits...............68 MCA Membership Form...........117 MCA Policy Priorities................. 26 MCA Presidents Council............................109-111 McBee Cattle Co......................... 47 MCF Roundup............................94 McPherson Concrete Products................................ 121 Mead Cattle Co........................... 41 Mead Farms................................ 39 Merry Meadows Simmental....... 91 Meyer Cattle Company Sale....... 61 Missouri Angus Association........ 39 Missouri Angus Breeders............ 39 Missouri Beef Industry Council.. 15 Missouri Simmental Association.............................. 91 Missouri Simmental Breeders..... 91 Missouri Valley Commission Company.............................. 103 MLS Tubs................................... 37 MultiMIN USA.......................... 51 Naught-Naught Agency..............119

New Day Genetics....................... 92 Northeast Missouri Bull Sale......54 Oleen Bros. Sale.......................... 81 Ory’s Cirlce 7 Red Angus........... 50 Oval F Ranch............................. 91 P.H. White .................................. 35 Performance Challenge.......107-108 Pinegar Limousin........................ 11 ProServe...................................... 49 Rennaisance Sale........................ 75 Richardson Ranch...................... 39 Ridder Farms Sale....................... 74 RLE Simmental.......................... 91 Rogers Cattle Co and Lile.......... 87 Sandhill Farms............................ 78 Seedstock Plus Sales.................... 43 Sellers Feedlot.............................48 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle......... 91 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle Sale.......................................... 91 Show Me Classic Hereford Sale.. 79 Silver Genetics Sale.....................89 Smith Valley Angus Sale.............54 South Central Regional Stockyards..............................119 Southeast Missouri Bull Sale...... 52 Southwest Missouri Bull Sale......54 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.... 39 Sunflower Genetics Sale.............. 93 Superior Steel Sales................... 104 Sydenstricker Genetics................ 39 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale ........65 Sydenstricker Implement John Deere Baler..................... 21 Ultralyx....................................... 45 Valley Oaks Angus...................... 39 Weiker Angus Ranch.................. 39 Westway Feed................................9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.49 Wheeler Livestock Market.......... 37 Mike Williams............................. 49 Windsor Livestock Auction........116 Worthington Angus Sale............. 53 Y-Tex..........................................2-3 Zeitlow Distributing....................90

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