November - 2023 Missouri Beef Cattleman

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CONTENTS In It for the Long Haul Briarwood Angus Named 2022-2023 “Top 100” Champion The Lice Plight Symptoms to Alert, Options to Treat, and Steps to Prevent 44 64 FEATURES MCA President’s Perspective Winter is Coming CattleWomen’s Corner A Time for Thanks! 2nd Edition Straight Talk: Mike Deering Short Leggers What’s Cooking at the Beef House Agriculture Supporter Sightings Capitol Update Funerals are Important 8 10 12 24 72 Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News 6 16 28 The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. November 2023 MEMBER NEWS COLUMNS 64 The Lice Plight In It for the Long Haul 44


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Courtney Collins, Manager of Membership– Ext 231

Aly Francis, Manager of Strategic Solutions – Ext 235

Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation

Missouri’s CattleWomen

2023 MCA Officers

David Dick, President

660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

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

Jeff Reed, Vice President 903-279-8360 • P.O. Box 35, Williamsville, MO 63967

Marvin Dieckman, Treasurer

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

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

2023 MC A Regional Vice Presidents

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

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

Region 3: Blake Crow, 1910 W. Broadway St., West Plains, MO 65775 • 417-293-9525

Region 4: Deb Thummel, 12601 Hwy. 46 Sheridan, MO 64486 • 660-541-2606

Region 5: Alex Haun, 1031 SW 600 Rd Holden, MO 64040 • 816-345-0005

Region 6: Warren Love, 8381 NE Hwy ZZ Osceola, MO 64776 • 417-830-1950

Region 7: Josh Worthington, P.O. Box 246 Dadeville, MO 65635 • 417-844-2601

NOVEMBER 2023 5 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 New MCA Members USMEF News MCA Convention Preview Shorthorn Highlight MU Extension News Obituaries MCA Policy Survey 7 14 19 49 58 62 69 Volume 52 - Issue 11 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office
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Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show

We are just a few short months away from the 56th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show. Cattle producers and industry partners from across the state will gather to discuss policy, learn about new technologies, catch up with old friends, and see some new faces along the way. The theme for this year is “Believe in Beef” as we navigate the ever-changing terrain of the beef cattle industry together. The convention is set to take place on January 19-20, 2024. The Margaritaville Lake Resort hotel room discount rate will end December 20. To book your hotel room, please call Margaritaville Lake Resort at 573 348-3131 Registration is open and available online at For more details, please see PAGE 19.

Awards for Excellence

MCA encourages all county affiliates to participate in the Awards for Excellence program. These awards are given to the counties that exemplify the highest level of commitment to continuing the success of MCA on a county affiliate level. The award categories include: Outstanding Affiliate – Beef Promotion; Outstanding Affiliate – Policy Involvement; Outstanding Affiliate – Activity/Event; Overall Affiliate Runner-Up; and Overall Affiliate. The 2024 application is online at mocattle. com, and the deadline is December 1. This contest is sponsored by Gallagher and the top two affiliates will receive awards sponsored by them.

Industry Leader Awards

MCA honors an outstanding member as Cattleman of the Year annually at the convention. This is someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for their industry, association and community. The Allied Industry Award goes to an individual who is part of the bigger picture of MCA, one of our business partners and an individual MCA can always count on for support or has been a partner in the cattle industry for many years. MCA awards the Pioneer Award to an individual who has dedicated their life to serving US agriculture. The honoree is someone who has truly established a path for others to follow. To nominate a deserving individual, please go to; membership; MCA Industry Awards. The deadline to nominate is December 1

Leadership Openings

MCA has the following leadership roles available: president-elect, vice president; treasurer; region three vice president; region five vice president; and region seven vice president. Ask your local affiliate or refer to the map in the “Table of Contents” of this magazine to find your region. To apply for a leadership role, please visit The deadline to apply is December 1

Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College

As 2023 ends MCA is looking for applicants for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College Class of 2024. This program offers an array of opportunities including state and national policy advocacy, media training, major packer, feedlot facility tours, and trips to other Missouri producers for a full scope of the cattle industry in the US. Past tour stops have included US Premium Beef; NextGen; Hy-Plains Feed Yard; Gardiner Ranch; Sandhills Herefords; Dalebanks Angus; and many more. The application is available online at Applications must be submitted by December 20. To learn more about this program. Please see PAGE 71.

Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown

The 5th Annual Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown will be held Saturday, January 20, at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach as part of the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show. The showdown is a debate style contest where collegiate members have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge on issues facing the industry. To qualify for the competition, all potential contestants must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education and apply by December 20. For more information about the contest and how to sign up, please go to the MCA website

Cartridges for Cash

We are excited to be working with Merck Animal Health on the Cartridges for Cash program to raise funds for our association’s junior programs. We want to challenge our affiliates to a competition. The group that collects and turns in the most cartridges will win a $1,000 scholarship to award to a junior member of their choice. Each county should collect the Ralgro wheel and Revalor cartridges used by their members and bring them to either a board of director’s meeting each quarter or to the annual convention in January. We will keep a tally of the cartridges collected from each county throughout the year and the winner will be announced at the 2024 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show after all cartridges are counted. To learn more about the Cartridges for Cash program, see PAGE 83.

Brady Ahart, Jefferson City, MO

Buddy & Nikki Ahart, Jefferson City, MO

Eli Ahart, Jefferson City, MO

MaeLee Ahart, Jefferson City, MO

Landon Arnold, Kahoka, MO

Adam Ashlock, Ashlock Cattle Co, Collins, MO

Tayler Ashlock, Collins, MO

Mike Bade, Blackhawk Ranch, Koshkonong, MO

Kaitlyn Ballard, Marengo, IA

Jordan Barker, Wilton, IA

Kassidy Bock, Philadelphia, MO

Connor Bohlken, Wymore, NE

Brady Bothwell, Bothwell Farms, Mooresville, MO

Riley Bradshaw, Bradshaw Ranch, Griggsville, MO

Rachael Bringer, LaGrange, MO

Rebecca Bryant, West Plains, MO

Kevin Buckallew , L ancaster, MO

Ava Bullard, Ashland, MO

Bryson Burch, Pierce City, MO

Tristen Buss, Norfolk, NE

Madison Callicott, Elkland, MO

Brielle Campbell , Butler, MO

Leah Campbell, Clarksburg, MO

Debbie Chute, Chute Family Farm, Aitkin, MN

Robert Clark, Tumbling Two Ranch Services, Crane, MO

Sondra Conklin, Running C Ranch, Fayette, MO

Denton Daggs, Ewing, MO

Andy Earhart, Earhart Farms, Farmington, MO

Robert Ellison, Canton, MO

Colby Epperson, Epperson Cattle Co, Laredo, MO

Gace Fessenden, Palmyra, MO

Isaiah Gagnon, Exeter, CA

Brayden Gast, Nevada, MO

Kylee Gengler, Florence, MO

Kyrstin Gold, Aurora, MO

Jonathan Goodwin, Philadelphia, MO

Mya Gottman, Philidelphia, MO

Carson Hahs, Oak Ridge, MO

Jason Hedrick, H&M Livestock, Centralia, MO

Courtney Herd, Billings, MO

Dayton Hoffman, Archie, MO

Jalynn Hoover, Carthage, MO

Mishell Hoover, Carthage, MO

Allie Ingalsbe, West Plains, MO

Jake Jackson, JSP, Cole Camp, MO

Dawn Jantzen, Ava, MO

Ryan Jones, Aurora, MO

Lydia Kallenbach, Hallsville, MO

Michael Kelley, Twisted Catalpa Farm, Owensville, MO

Todd Kelly, Pharmgate Animal Science, Omaha, NE

Darren Kempf, Big Sky Ranch, Deepwater, MO

Candra King, Taylor, MO

David King, Running - K, Ava, MO

Breanna Klocke, Ewing, MO

Jeff Knight, Lebanon, MO

Raymond Kruass, Frohna, MO

Shawn Martin, Philadelphia, MO

Maddy McDowell, B6 Showstock, Lexington, MO

Roth McElvain, McElvain Farms LLC, Palmyra, MO

Dylan McEwen, Leonard, MO

Marissa McEwen, Leonard, MO

Rylee Meneely, Wheeling, MO

Ellye Messerli, California, MO

Zachariah Neisen, Lewistown, MO

Matthew & Jennie Noakes, Lowry City, MO

Garrett Nyquist, Braymer, MO

Makenna Odegaard, Grimes, IA

Aidan Oswald, Monroe City, MO

Clint & Steph Pettit, Pettit Ranch Inc, Caulfield, MO

Jerod Pounds, Pounds Farms, Norwood, MO

Kennedi Pryor, Philadelphia, MO

Jackson Putnam, Maywood, MO

Chris Reid, LaMonte, MO

Cory Rice, Pearl Snap Ranch, Cole Camp, MO

Joey Rieke, Rieke Farms, Lebanon, MO

Payton Rodgers, Savannah, MO

Wyatt Russell, Jackson, MO

Elizabeth Salo, Hannibal, MO

Hayden Schapeler, Appleton City, MO

Crayton Schwieter, Shelbian, MO

David Sherrill, Martinsville, MO

Quinn Shounds, Cassaille, MO

Cali Smith, Success, MO

Nicholas Smith, SBarS Enterprises LLC, Cole Camp, MO

Jack Stahl, Stahl Farm, Lamar, MO

Jackson Stewart, Ewing, MO

Riley Tillery, Bolivar, MO

Nick Van Schyndel, Mexico, MO

Christopher Warwick, Bolivar, MO

Ava Weiman, Palmyra, MO

Shayleigh Whetstone, Palmyra, MO

Emma Whitlock, Milan, MO

Colton Whitney, Preston, MO

Aydan Wilhite, Clark, MO

Daniel & Shelby Wisner, Wisner Farms, Osceola, MO

Liz & Kelly Yelton, Lazy Liz & Kelly Yelton Farm, Sedalia, MO

See the MCA Membership Form on page 75

President’s Perspective

with David Dick

Winter is Coming!

As I write this I will be attending another Farm Bill listening session on October 20. This one will be on the Senate Ag Committee side. Thanks go to U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt for being involved and making sure Missourians are involved in the process. The previous listening session was held at the Missouri State Fair hosted by U.S. Congressman Mark Alford of the 4th District. Having two listening sessions in Missouri shows the significance of our state. It also shows that our elected leaders understand that agriculture is Missouri’s number one industry! The economic significance of this industry in the state is without doubt important as we approach the Ag Bill. We will be there and voice our concerns and support those items of importance to us as cattle producers in this state!

It has been a wonderful fall for harvest and getting the last hay baled! Fall calving has hopefully been all good and uneventful. Albeit too dry for comfort, hopefully everyone has enough forage to get through the winter. Mother nature will provide for the season change and we will endure whatever the conditions may be as we always do. The forecast is just that a suppositional guess of what may or may not happen in the upcoming months based on recorded statistics. Some are preparing and making plans for the upcoming calving season and winter breeding programs. Hopefully all goes well!

Many county affiliates have fall gatherings, field days, educational events and farm safety days. MCA is always there as a resource for information and relevant

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speakers and helpful updates on current issues. We help keep the information flowing as it comes from many different directions for many different needs! The 2022-2023 Profability Challenge Top 100 steer feedout has wrapped up and awards were presented at the ceremony held at Briarwood Farms. Congratulations to the winners of Profitability Challenge and the Fantasy Feedout and the participants of both programs. This program has been a highly educational tool. It provides insight into the role that both feed and genetic selection play in an animal’s success in a feedlot. The groundwork and planning for the next feedout has been done and thus the 2023-2024 contest has begun.

Next up will be the 56th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show! This annual gathering and the event the makes MCA just that relevant! There are many pieces and aspects to convention planning and preperation. It is what makes it fun, interesting, educational and absolutely important to attend. Yes it is a reunion of sorts; yes, we pick new leadership; yes, we set the policy for the upcoming year; therefore, yes you need to be there! Certainly participate in sessions and events that are of interest to you but certainly participate because this is what makes MCA relevant. Grass roots are not easy with out help so come and help.

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Straight Talk

with Mike Deering


The partnership and working relationship between Missouri agricultural organizations is unwavering. We work alongside Missouri Corn Growers, Missouri Soybeans, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork, and others on a very regular basis to collectively advance Missouri agriculture and to create an environment conducive to growth. This sense of unity became unbreakable in 2010 when the Humane Society of the United States pushed their so-called Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Act, also known as Proposition B. This led to the creation of Missouri Farmers Care, which continues to serve as an umbrella organization for all things agriculture.

I started my career with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association just two years after Proposition B had Missouri farm organizations on defense. In 2013, Missouri Farmers Care successfully launched a proactive, offensive campaign known as the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment. This campaign took a lot of money and effort from agricultural organizations and the farm and ranch families they collectively represent. We drew a hard line and sent a message that animal rights extremist groups jeopardizing the livelihoods of Missouri farmers and ranchers sure as hell aren’t welcome in this state. Through it all was the godfather of Missouri agriculture, Don Nikodim, who served as the chair of Missouri Farmers Care throughout this fight. It would not have happened without him.

I first met Nikodim when I arrived in Missouri to work for you. He instantly became someone I respected and have considered him a mentor for more than a decade now. After 40 years of serving as the executive director of the Missouri Pork Association, he recently announced he is hanging up his hat in January of 2024.

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While I believe everyone is replaceable, the enormous amount of historical knowledge and tested leadership Nikodim possesses simply cannot be replicated. He has been a rock and a role model for so many leaders in this industry, including me.

As the beef guy, it is simply expected to have a rivalry with the pork guy. I frequently introduce Don as the leader of the short-leggers or the inferior protein. Don just rolls his eyes and gives it right back. I also give him a lot of grief about his elderly status and the fact that he has been working in this industry longer than I have been alive. All the relentless harassment is said with a smile. I have no better friend in Missouri agriculture than the head of the short-leggers. Don’s service to Missouri agriculture and to developing leaders within the industry is admirable and appreciated. We all owe him a huge thank you.

MCA and Missouri Pork have stood together time and time again as we pushed measures forward that would protect private property rights, enhance the freedom to operate, and secure the future of the livestock industry in our state. We will continue to work with our pork friends well into the future. The legacy left by Don Nikodim will never be taken for granted by this guy. Farewell, my dear short-legged friend.

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Record Value for Mexico Fuels August Pork Exports; Modest Rebound for Beef

August exports of U.S. pork were steady year-over-year, led by another tremendous performance in Mexico, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were well below the large totals posted in August 2022 but showed improvement over July results.

August pork export highlights led by value record in Mexico

August pork exports totaled 226,519 metric tons (mt), steady with last year, while export value fell 1.5% to $649.5 million. Exports to leading market Mexico remained on a record pace and set a value record in August at $211.7 million. Exports also trended higher year-over-year to Japan, Canada, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Oceania and Taiwan.

Through the first eight months of 2023, pork exports were 11% above last year’s pace at 1.91 million mt, valued at $5.32 billion (up 9%).

“I cannot say enough about Mexico’s remarkable demand for U.S. pork and the critical revenue these exports drive for the U.S. industry,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “But the story of this year’s export growth extends well beyond Mexico, as demand is climbing in other Western Hemisphere destinations and the U.S. industry is also achieving gains in several Asia-Pacific markets.”

August beef exports below last year, but demand robust in Latin America

August beef exports totaled 109,000 mt, down 19% from last year – when export volume was the second highest on record – but a 6% increase over July. Export value

was $883.9 million, down 15% year-over-year but 9% above July. Exports to Mexico continued to trend higher in August, shipments to Guatemala were the second highest on record and exports to South America were the largest in more than a year. August exports also increased year-over-year to Africa and the Dominican Republic. Exports to leading markets South Korea and Japan were well below last year, but improved over July.

For January through August, beef exports trailed last year’s record pace by 12% in volume (881,343 mt) and 19% in value ($6.69 billion).

“Beef exports certainly face significant headwinds, especially in our large Asian markets where foodservice has been slow to recover and consumer confidence is low due to the impact of rising prices and the strong U.S. dollar,” Halstrom explained. “But exports to South Korea and Japan did bounce back to some degree after a difficult July. Mexico continues to be a major bright spot for U.S. beef, and exports to other Western Hemisphere partners in Central and South America and the Dominican Republic also gained momentum in August.”

August lamb exports trend lower

August exports of U.S. lamb muscle cuts fell 14% from a year ago to 107 mt – the lowest volume this year. Export value was down 18% to $678,000. Through August, lamb muscle cut exports were down 3% to 1,371 mt, valued at just under $8 million (down 7%). JanuaryAugust exports increased to the Netherlands Antilles, Panama and Canada but were lower to the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Shipments to Mexico were up slightly in volume but value trended lower.

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

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House

Agriculture Supporter Sightings

The Missouri Beef House sees many friendly faces during the Missouri State Fair. While we don’t always know where every customer comes from, we are amazed to find out that this year the furthest traveled was GT Thompson, from Pennsylvania, who is chair of the House of Representative Ag Committee. He and Mark Alford, serving the 4th Congressional District of Missouri, traveled from Washington, DC to visit fairgoers and eat at the Beef House. We were humbled to have former US Senator Kit Bond along with US Senator Eric Schmitt to make time in their day to visit with the cattlemen. One of the most unique visitors was Billy Yates, a Nashville based, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, George Strait and many more. Believe it or not, Doniphan, MO is his hometown.

Our most unexpected guest would have to be Lt Governor Mike Kehoe’s horse, Pacman and Senator Lincoln Hough’s horse, Paco! We were honored to have the 2023 Missouri State Fair Queen, Kelsie Miller from Jonesburg, MO eat beef in our restaurant as well as Missouri Beef Queen Emma Harvey from Memphis, MO. Hazel the Heifer, our new beef mascot, always gets the most hugs from our customers. Throughout the fair, we have sightings of what we consider to be Famous Agriculture Supporters eating with us at the Beef House such as Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa, Lt Governor Mike Kehoe and Claudia, Director of Ag Chris Chinn, and many Missouri State Legislators. We try to capture as many as we can through pictures so that you too can see the impact our restaurant is having on promoting beef to fair-goers of all ages, from all places, and all walks of life.

Thought for the month: “Man cannot live on bread alone… that’s why God invented the Steak Sandwich!”

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Barton County Cattlemen

Barton County Cattlemen met October 3, 2023, at the Thiebaud meeting rooms in Lamar, Missouri.

President Brett Faubion opened the meeting with prayer. Business included dues for the Barton County Cattlemen. After a short business meeting, a meal was enjoyed by all. Scott Nolting prepared the brisket dinner. Sponsor for the meeting was Red Neck Outdoors.

Ambassadors for MO Beef Kids were our guests. Luella Gregory, Director for MO Beef Kids explained the program which works to include more beef in school lunches. A local farmer who will donate beef is identified. The school’s administration and food service provider then work with an inspected processor to implement the program. Nationally only one in 10 school lunches includes beef. There are 110 school districts in Missouri currently involved, with about 50 more planning to participate. Both public and private schools are including the MBK curriculum in their school education.

High school students are ambassadors to their school and community. Each of the ambassadors from around the state of Missouri, introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their activities in the program. They are involved in education for students to encourage them to eat more beef and to understand the important nutrition in beef.

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Students from Show Me Youth Agricultural Academy, Lamar, Missouri gave an update on the many recent activities in the short time since the school semester began. They have had hands on experiences including welding, working feedlots, and all aspects of the calving season

Brett closed the meeting with prayer. Our next meeting will be in November 7, 2023, Theibaud meeting room, Lamar, Missouri.

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St. Clair County

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, October 10 at Osceola School District in Osceola with 28 members and guest present. Osceola FFA members presented to the group that they currently have 96 members in their organization. They have 11 different agricultural classes offered to them. They have two students recieving their Missouri State Degree and explained the multiple FFA activities that they have participated in. The chapter have committed to doing 1000 hours of community service for the 2023-2024 school year. FFA members are working hard to achieve their goal. The chapter also made-up buckets to present to a winner of the Thank a Farmer raffle they currently have going on.

Leland with Heiman, Inc spoke to the group about the challenges the drought we are currently facing is presenting. Some ranchers are feeding no corn silage, wheat straw, bean bales, corn stalk bales, but how do you ensure that you are giving the cow what she needs for the stage of pregnancy that she is currently in? Leland asked the group how many knew the approximate weight of their cows so that you would know the amount of nutrition they need? Leland went on the explain that the cow needs an adequate amount of protein in the last 30 days before calving when the calf is gaining an average of a pound a day. So therefore, knowing your cattle, the stage of pregnancy, and the weight of your cattle can all help you determine the proper nutrition that you need to be providing them so that you can ensure a healthy calf in the outcome.

Warren Love spoke to the group on his last Executive board meeting. The beef house was profitable this year. The magazine needs more people to advertise in it so that it will come out closer to zero. The big topic of discussion was the Missouri Farm Bureau Health Plan. The big insurance companies are combating this plan hard and there is going to take a lot of pushing to get it passed in congress. This could be a good plan for all Farm Bureau members if we can just get it passed.

Thank you Osceola FFA Chapter for the delicious meal and Heiman, Inc for sponsoring the meal!

Second round of three head of cattle for MoBeef for MoKids went on Friday, October 6. The next round is scheduled for three head on December 29. Any person or business interested in donating please see Weston Shelby or Lawanna Salmon. Monetary donations are being taken to help cattlemen purchase cattle when no one has one ready to go at the scheduled time.

On Thursday, October 5, St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association cooked ribeye’s for Wheeler Livestock Auction Customer Appreciation Dinner. It was a fun time and thank you to the Wheeler Livestock Auction for having us!

Next Meeting will be our annual meeting scheduled for November 3rd, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at Top of the World Barn.

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Polk County

The Polk County Cattlemen had a lot on their plates for the month of September. We had several events where we were able to share our love of beef with others by way of cooking. It started off with a total sell-out at Country Days in Bolivar. This included 350 steak sandwich meals and 200 all beef hot dog meals. From there we cooked 250 cheeseburger meals and 150 hot dog meals for Shelter Insurance. Mid-Missouri Bank hosted their Community Appreciation Day, and we were there to cook and serve 200 cheeseburgers and 200 hot dog meals. We were also on hand at the Missouri State University Farm Safety Event. Here we served 200 more beef hot dog meals!

Our October meeting was sponsored by Mo-Kan Livestock Market out of Butler, Missouri. If you haven’t been, be sure to attend a sale soon. They have a sale every Thursday at 11 a.m. Mo-Kan also has special cow sales monthly. They are committed to supporting all livestock producers so look for them if you need to buy or sell.

Polk County Cattlemen crowned Mary Grace Warden as the new Polk County Beef Queen. Mary Grace is a graduate of Bolivar High School and is currently attending Missouri State University. She is currently

majoring in Agricultural Education with a minor in Agricultural Communications. In addition to being a member of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association, Mary Grace is a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association as well as the Junior Cattlemen’s Association. She is serving as the current president of the Missouri Junior Hereford board. She raises her own cattle and is learning how to improve the genetics in her herd. We look forward to the opportunities that Mary Grace will have in the coming year.

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Dallas County Cattlemen

The October 10 meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association was held at Prairie Grove School south of Buffalo. President, Stuart Dill, welcomed the 78 in attendance and thanked DCCA member Amy Knight for catering the delicious lasagna dinner.

We were honored to have two state legislators, who are DCCA members, join us for the evening. State Representative, Jeff Knight, gave the group an update of what has been going on at the capitol. We are fortunate to have State Senator, Sandy Crawford, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Both legislators stressed the importance of making sure we elect people who know the importance of agriculture.

We greatly thank Randy Schilling, Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health lead sales representative--cattle, for sponsoring our meal and speaking to us. His presentation focused on the four pillars of sustainable deworming developed by Boehringer-Ingelheim.

Schilling said producers should look toward a proactive approach to parasite management as resistance to common dewormers is a concern that is not going away. He does not foresee any new products on the horizon for the next 10 years.

The four pillars include:

1. Diagnostics, such as a fecal egg count test, help us understand which parasites are impacting our cattle and what products work best.

2. Combination treatment: We must look for ways to preserve the efficacy of current products in the market. One approach is using two dewormers from different drug classes. This is known as combination treatment. Using a white dewormer and an endectocide, such as Ivermectin, will target the parasites in different ways.

3. Refugia: The goal here is to create a population of parasites that is in “refuge” from the dewormer--which is accomplished by selectively choosing not to deworm a percentage of a herd.

4. Management: A strong health program and the way we manage pastures and forages have a significant impact on how much exposure to parasites our cattle are going to have.

Our grill has been fired up this fall at two fall festivals which included the Annual Buffalo Celtic Festival and HarFEST with hundreds of people at both events enjoying our delicious rib-eyes, hamburgers, and hotdogs.

We hope everyone around the state has enjoyed some rain and fall calving has been going well.

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South Central Cattlemen

The South Central Cattlemen met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 12 at the Extension Office in West Plains. Members and guests dined on brisket and pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, pie, and banana pudding from Snider’s BBQ in West Plains. The meal was sponsored by FCS Financial. The group also had the pleasure of listening to music performed by Molly Corman and Keith Turner. The good food, great entertainment, and informative presenters were enjoyed and appreciated by all. There were approximately 50 members and guests present.

President Dan Corman opened the meeting with a very special thank you to Elsie Spreutels and her family. The group also expressed their deepest condolences in the passing of Elsie’s husband, Wilbur, a long time member and supporter of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

Elizabeth Picking went over the minutes from the June and August meetings. Tom Roberts motioned to accept the minutes as written. Janet Crow seconded the motion. Elizabeth informed the group of 2 upcoming events:

• Grazing School on October 4-6

• AI School at Joplin Regional Stockyards on October 31-November 3.

Jenny Poor presented the treasurer’s report. Janet Crow motioned to accept the report as read. Tom Roberts seconded the motion.

Blake Crow brought the legislative report and upcoming events for MCA.

• Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show at Margaritaville in Osage Beach, Missouri, January 19-20.

• NCBA Convention in Orlando, Florida, January 29-Febuary 3.

Janet Crow gave a recap of the Beef House and MCW Showcase at the Missouri State Fair. Stan Smith mentioned the Heart of the Ozarks Angus Sale at West Plains on September 23.

Scott Schaumburg with FCS Financial spoke to the group on financing for beginning and intermediate farmers. He gave a brief history on FCS.

• Nationwide system of financial cooperatives whose mission is to support agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit

• Created in 1916 by U.S. Congress to provide American agriculture with a dependable source of credit

• Each FCS is locally owned by their borrowers

• Directors are elected by member owners

• FCS serves 102 counties in Missouri

Scott also went over the cooperative benefits of being a member of FCS. He explained that FCS has returned more than $250 million since 2006. When a member chooses long term options they can rely on fixed rates. Another benefit of FCS is being owned by its members. They are run by a board of directors that is made up of members and elected by the members.

Scott then discussed beginning farm options offered through FCS. They include Real Estate Loans, Term Loans, Operating Loans, Insurance, and Real Estate Appraisals. FCS also offers FCS Connect which is a financial “bootcamp” for beginning and young farmers and Heartland Heros for veteran farmers.

Scott informed the group of upcoming events sponsored by FCS. On November 29, they will have the Empowered Women, Empower Agriculture seminar in Jefferson City, Missouri. On December 6, they will have the Young, Beginning Farmer Ag Seminar in Maryville, Missouri.

Gene Corman with FCS then spoke to the group on land and rent values in Missouri. He explained how Missouri is one of the least expensive states for cow/calf farmers. He did warn the group if they were considering buying property, they needed to check the school district in which the property was located. Different school districts can affect the appraisal prices and land values.

A drawing was held for door prizes. Dan then closed the meeting. The next SCCA meeting will be on Thursday, October 19 at the Extension Office in West Plains.

• The Farm Credit system is made up of 4 district banks and 68 associations Molly Corman and Keith Turner.

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Newton-McDonald County Cattlemen

The Newton-McDonald County Cattlemen’s, gathered for our fall meeting on September 19 at the Newton County fairgrounds. We enjoyed another great evening of food, fellowship and some helpful information.

We began our evening in remembrance of a longtime member Warren Townsend. Warren had served the Newton-McDonald County Cattlemen’s officially in many roles through the years. He was very vocal in his support of the cattle industry and especially encouraging young people who were involved in agriculture. Warren was nationally recognized as a tax expert and worked for many years for the Walmart Corporation as their lead tax advisor. We will miss Warren’s contributions to our group and his insightful advice but most of all we will miss our friend.

After a prayer by Ronnie Tosh, we enjoyed another great meal prepared by the Crowder College Ag Dept. The agriculture students also served meal. The Crowder Ag Department and Newton-McDonald Co. Cattlemen have had a great working relationship for several years. We support the Ag department with several fund raisers throughout the year and they support us in assisting with meals but more importantly getting exposed to some of our Ag youth.

We enjoyed a meal of fajita’s, beans, rice and all the fixin’s and of course, as always homemade ice cream. The host for the meal was C4 Equipment Rental and Earth Works of Anderson, Missouri. As the guest were finishing their meal we were treated to some Cowboy Poetry from Loren VanDorn.

The guest speaker for the evening was Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Field Specialist. As always, Tim gave a great presentation, focusing on pasture care going into fall in drought conditions. Among his suggestions were to closely check quality of fescue pasture after the drought and to consider more heat and drought tolerant grasses to be added to pastures.

On September 14 the Newton-McDonald County Cattleman’s Association, hosted a Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner. Over 300 guests, which included veterans and their families, were served a barbecue meal which was prepared by our members along with 4 local churches.

This special evening began with the McDonald County H.S. Color Guard presenting the flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and a prayer. Following the prayer Ron Rogers the event coordinator and a veteran himself, introduced three key speakers. Kimberly Bell, who shared a sympolic act called “Remember”, honoring the veterans missing in action. Jerry Davis, who shared a poem that talked about what it means to be a veteran ending with these words, “we have dealt with victory and tragedy we are veterans”. Jay Wilkins, who shared a real life experience from childhood that affected his life forever when his best friend’s dad died whild fighting in the Vietnam War.

After these speakers, Rogers took a moment to thank all the churches, sponsors and donations that made the evening possible. Rogers also thanked those that were honorees, those who paid a great price for our freedom and for those in attendance.

Plans are already being made for next years event to be held September 12, 2024.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen

The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association enjoyed a great evening at our October meeting. We received updates from the University of Missouri Research Center and MU Extension, and shared thank you cards with our members from attendees of Dairy Cow Camp and Zoe Gurley. Glen Cope provided the evening’s invocation prior to our meal. Our grilling team consistently does an excellent job in preparing steaks for our meetings. It takes significant time to plan, coordinate and arrive early for the meal to be served promptly. I continually take my hat off to the effort they exert not only on our behalf, but to promote the consumption of high quality beef. Grill Team, thank you so much for making events like ours possible!

The meal consisted of certified angus beef strip steaks, was a component of Worthington Angus’ and Joplin Regional Stockyards’ keynote address. Josh Worthington spoke not only about his program, but the outlook of the cattle industry as a whole. He highlighted strategies producers can implement to create and capture value through quality angus genetics. He also shared an economic timeline depicted the continuation of a shrinking US cowherd and the opportunities that currently exist and those expected to follow into the near future.

Jackie Moore with JRS echoed many of the comments from Mr. Worthington’s presentation - markets are up, inputs and interest are higher than they’ve been, and having a well developed marketing plan will continue to serve producers well.

A few quick notes - the Annual Foundation Auction is slated for Saturday, December 2. If you have items that you’d like to donate, please contact me (573) 5782518. I’ll make a note so that it can be promoted on our Facebook page to attract buyers. Registration for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show, January 19-20, 2024, has opened. I encourage you to join us in attending for a great weekend of networking, learning, and two short nights at Margaritaville in Osage Beach, Missouri. It’s an event that I look forward to and hope to see many of our Soutwst Cattlemen’s and Missouri Cattlemen’s friends there!

This month’s inspiration was found in Job 42:2, “I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted”. Admittedly, Job is a book that is uncomfortable to read - Job experienced disaster after disaster, received ill advice, and endured agonizing testing; however he kept the Main Thing, the Main Thing. Wow! Looking back to 2019, its easy to recall

setbacks we’ve all experienced: disease and health issues, exponentially rising input costs, and lack of precipitation. Its sure been a challenge, but I’m thankful its been nowhere near the trials Job walked through. In challenging times, a few minutes of reflection can be a game-changer for all of us, and this excerpt from the Book of Job 42 does just that. I’d estimate that each of us can recall tough circumstances we have worked through, and the ones that stand out are those that we did not tackle in our own strength alone. I believe that agriculture is a noble and worthy task, and the people in it play a central role. His purpose will always prevail; part of our job is to be sure we are aligned with His purpose. I’ll leave you with a quote from Dr. David Jeremiah, “God’s man, in the middle of God’s will, is invincible”; just look at Job.

Take care; see you in November!

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Jackie Moore with Joplin Regional Stockyards giving the crowd a maket update. Josh Worthington presenting the cattle industry outlook.

Pettis County Cattlemen

The Pettis County Volunteers once again helped close out the Missouri State Fair at the Beef House. We would like to give a shout out to our own Pat and Patty Wood for the great job in helping all us volunteers be able to serve the patrons at the Fair.

On September 15, 2023, the Pettis County Cattlemen participated in the David Selvey Benefit. David is a long time MFA employee that has touched so many of the Agriculture lives in our area. The event was hosted by the Sedalia MFA site with assistance from the Hopewell Baptist Church. There were six of our PCCA members that helped cook the wonderful beef burgers and beef dogs that were served. There were over 350 people that attended and the event raised $34,000 for the David Selvey Family.

The Schwartz Family at Done Broke Feed Yard hosted a Farm Safety Day for local FFA students and other adults who wanted to attend. Students from the Smithton and Hughesville School Districts were 91 strong in their attendance. There were eight stations for the kids to attend so they split up and started to move thru the farm. The information included:

• Safety in Farm Chemicals by Scott Wilburn from MFA

• Grain Bin Safety and Rescue by Pettis County Fire Department

• Electrical Safety by Don Hutchison from CMEC

• Tractor Safety by Matt Bohon from Crown Power and Equipment

• Cattle Handling Safety by Brian Schwartz and Team

• Firearm safety by Pettis County Sherriff’s Dept Brad Anders, Stephanie Sinclair-Bahner and Dustin Southard.

• Tire Change and Oil Changing Safety by Allie Schwartz from Penske

• Farm First Aid by Kassie Wehmeyer from Bothwell Regional Health Center

The beef patties were provided by Derek Riggs from Mid Missouri Beef, LLC and Ted Williams, Jim Fairfax and Cody Wood of the PCCA grilled the burgers. Done Broke Feed Yards provided some “swag” to all the attendees. It was a beautiful day and the attendees all gave positive feedback from the experience.

On October 7, the PCCA hosted a Fall Pasture Care meeting that was open to all Pettis County Cattlemen and had 44 attendees. The event was held at the Mike Brown Farm. The event started with a Beef Burger and Beef Dog meal and lots of visiting about the status of the local farms. After the meal president Ted Williams thanked everyone for coming and introduced our

first speaker Daniel Fosno from MFA. Daniel gave a presentation about fertilizer and other chemicals used on fall pasture during this fall season. He discussed forage production and then answered questions from many of the guests. Next Gene Schmitz of the Missouri Extension office gave a presentation on weed control and soil testing. He also discussed the importance of the PH in maintaining pasture production and answered many questions concerning these topics. The next speaker was Shawn Schell of Parallel Ag located in Marshall, Missouri. Shawn gave a presentation on the Sprayers that are available for Trucks and UTV’s to use in the spread of chemicals. He brought a sample of the sprayer and PCCA Member Seth Ream also brought his sprayer that was purchased from the company. Both Sprayers were available for the attendees to view and ask questions. Seth talked about his use of the product and his positive experience with the product. The final speaker for the evening was Terry Wassam of Wassam’s Farm and Feed. Terry discussed Electric Fencers and the types and productivity of the ones they have available.

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Lafayette County

Lafayette County Cattlemen kept the grill hot throughout the month of September!

The annual Higginsville Country Fair on Saturday, September 16, had folks eating beef all day long! The LCCA crew served rib eye steak sandwiches, 1/3 pound burgers, 1/4 pound all-beef hot dogs, and beef sticks non-stop to a large crowd. Special thanks to Crown Power & Equipment who purchased lunch for all the tractor show participants from LCCA!

Friday, September 29, the smoke was rolling at Lafayette County C-1 High School for the Homecoming Tailgate sponsored by Wood & Huston Bank. The crew grilled and wrapped 560 cheeseburgers, 50 hamburgers and 120 hot dogs for fans prior to the game.

The annual educational meeting series kicks off on November 28 at the Mayview Community Building at 7:00 pm. The program will be “Pasture and Rangeland Forage --what you need to know about PRF Insurance.” These programs are open to all and we welcome our friends from other counties to join us anytime!

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The Grill Crew stayed busy! These smiling faces wrapped up lots of sandwiches for Husker fans! A big crowd kept everyone hopping!
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Missouri Shorthorn Update

Hard to imagine that Shorthorn breeders in the state of Missouri could have had a more successful year than in 2022, but 2023 seemed to build upon its success and get even better. State memberships increased substantially for the third year in a row. There were also large increases in registrations memberships and junior memberships at the national level. New families and junior kids with show projects continue to join our membership. This past summer we sent 34 juniors along with their families to the state of Iowa for the Shorthorn Junior National. That show has been voted Best of the Breeds, “Best Junior National” three years in a row due to the hard work and welcoming nature of Shorthorn breeders and volunteers across the country. In August, juniors and adult breeders followed it up with the largest number of Shorthorns exhibited at the Missouri State Fair in many years, and was the fourth largest beef breed show at the 2023 Missouri State Fair.

While the show world is a large part of the “Family Friendly” breed we have prided ourselves in Missouri with being more aggressive in our marketing of the breed the last few years. This has resulted in two successful online sales now being conducted yearly, one in March, and one in October. Through those sales and donations we have been able to provide thousands of dollars to the Shorthorn Youth Development Fund, which provides scholarships to youth along with financial support to Missouri juniors for events and prizes. Our new website that was launched a little over a year ago continues to see increased traffic and subscribers showing us there is interest in the breed like we have never seen. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of commercial acceptance in the breed recently. Commercial breeders have grown tired of poor docility, bulls breaking down structurally, and only lasting one or two breeding seasons, or their females not producing later into their years. Those incorporating Shorthorns into their crossbreeding programs are seeing benefits. The cattle marble and dress out well. Combined with their superior docility, impeccable feet, and longevity

it’s a no brainer! I’ve spoken with several seedstock producers across the country recently and they’ve all said the same thing. We are out of bulls, and should have retained some more to sell!

One bit of data to share that shows the benefits of Shorthorn genetics is the recent carcass steer contest at the Missouri State Fair. Roughly 45 carcasses were evaluated with only six Shorthorn influenced entries. All six finished in the top 16 of the contest with one entry finishing second. With home raised, locally sourced beef products gaining in popularity more Shorthorn beef is hitting consumers tables than ever before, and they are loving the product. We have breeders supplying Shorthorn beef all over the state, and some are even USDA approved to ship all over the US.

Whether you are focused on seedstock genetics, a commercial production environment, or farm to table beef products the demand for Shorthorn has never been stronger. They were the first breed introduced into the US and have stood the test of time. Adapted to Missouri fescue and made to thrive in our environment we encourage any producer to see what we have to offer. Even more so than the benefits of the cattle, relationships with people and the development of our young people is our true focus. We commonly hear the same things year in and out. “My kids have shown other breeds, but their favorite is their Shorthorns. Our home is here.”; or “This group is so welcoming and supportive, and all the breeders get along and work together so well,” and “we like what we are seeing in our Shorthorns we’ve purchased recently.”

In the past year I’ve received more calls and spoken to more new potential breeders than maybe the past 10 years combined. The “Family Friendly” breed is also becoming the New Business Breed and I’d invite everyone to join us.

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Intoducing the Shorthorn E.D.G.E.

The 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress is going to have some additional Shorthorn flare to it, as the inaugural Shorthorn E.D.G.E. Show will take place during the OKC festivities in January 2024. The E.D.G.E. (Exposition Driving Genetic Excellence) is an additional chance for Shorthorn breeders to exhibit their purebred Shorthorn cattle in a new format, combining phenotypic and genotypic evaluation under a panel of three judges. The E.D.G.E. will be a separate show from the current open and pens shows, but entries in both those events are welcome to exhibit in the E.D.G.E.

The E.D.G.E. show is an opportunity for the Shorthorn breed to lead the way in the industry with this new format of cattle exhibition. While competition and breeder recognition are paramount in the drive to create this event, breeder education is also a crucial piece of the E.D.G.E. This show will be evaluated by three judges selected from across the beef industry. The entrants in the E.D.G.E. will be evaluated in two parts. The judge panel will be asked to evaluate the EPD profiles of the cattle, ranking them in order of preference for genetic merit. The same panel will then judge the cattle in person for phenotypic quality in OKC. The two portions will be combined to tabulate winning entries in each class to advance to divisional competition. The core function of the E.D.G.E. from an educational perspective is to allow breeders (both exhibitor and spectator) to identify the cattle that combine genotypic and phenotypic quality and learning of the importance of having both merits in a prize Shorthorn animal.

The inaugural E.D.G.E show will be open only to purebred Shorthorn cattle. There are some data requirements in place for entries into this event, such as recorded weights and mandatory genomic testing for all entries. Those are things that will need to be on your to-do list for this fall if you wish to participate in this one-of-a-kind show at Cattlemen’s Congress in 2024.

The idea and implementation of the Shorthorn E.D.G.E show is driven by breeders from all angles. The inception of the E.D.G.E concept came from a Shorthorn breeder. The Genetic Improvement Committee, a breeder-based committee in the ASA, discussed the concept at length over the summer meetings before agreeing to allow the ASA Board and Staff to assemble a subcommittee to hash out the details. This subcommittee did the heavy lifting,

donating several hours of their time over the past year discussing how to make the E.D.G.E. a unique event for participants, spectators, and the Shorthorn breed.

It’s easy to walk in the woods when there’s a path already cleared. It’s much more difficult to clear the path to take your hike. With the development of the Shorthorn E.D.G.E., it’s felt like we are clearing the path for the Shorthorn breed to showcase our cattle that combine genetic excellence with phenotypic function. I’m excited to see this event come to fruition next year.

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Shorthorn Beef - Locally Raised

In the early days of the global coronavirus pandemic, many Americans faced an unsettling reality: empty grocery store shelves.

Dramatic changes set in almost overnight and left families spending all of their time at home, limiting trips to the store and buying in bulk to prepare for the unknown. While the pandemic sent shockwaves across all levels of the U.S. economy, it also provided the chance to serve consumers in new and creative ways.

The American Shorthorn Association has launched an initiative to promote members who are offering beef products directly to consumers.

It’s called Shorthorn Beef — Locally Raised.

The Shorthorn Beef program is an avenue for connecting the breed’s cattle producers with those interested in buying locally raised beef. The effort

includes promotional opportunities through social media, the ASA website and other media platforms. View a list of producers below! Contact Shelby, Director of Youth Activities, Marketing & Communications for more information.

You can find facts about beef and Shorthorn data by going to the website:!

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Westway Wins Liquid Feed Facility of the Year

Source: Westway Feed Products

The American Feed Industry Association recognized Westway Feed Product’s Houston, Texas, feed manufacturing plant as the 2023 Liquid Feed Facility of the Year. This award was recently presented at the 2023 Liquid Feed Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Receiving the award and representing his team was the Houston Plant Manager, Tommy Flowers. The plant produces feed mill products, dairy and beef liquid feed supplements. Last year, the Houston facility produced and shipped 148,000 tons. The company keeps detailed records of quality and productivity performance. In the last year, the plant’s team improved productivity by 10%, decreased labor costs by $3.44/ton and increased tons by man hours by 5.13. The Westway team also installed

two new mixing tanks in an effort to improve mixing performance and efficiency. At the plant and integral to their success is a focus on employee training and safety programs.

When asked about the award Flowers said, “I am extremely proud of our team. They have focused on the company’s strategies of safety, customer centricity and performance excellence. We have all worked together to make improvements, provide excellent quality products and produce liquid feed supplements, and mill products that help our customers to succeed.”

Westway Feed Product’s Houston plant is one of twentyfive liquid feed manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. As the largest livestock liquid feed company in the world, Westway is a research leader in the liquid feed industry and provides supplements to the beef, dairy, feedlot and industrial segments. They utilize co-products from other industries to create products that support upcycling of forages. This co-product concept is the foundation for Westway’s respected sustainability story.

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Red Angus Recognizes Harold Bertz with Industry Service Award

DENVER — The Red Angus Association of America annually recognizes an individual, company, beef industry association or academic community with the Industry Service Award. Recipients have helped RAAA achieve excellence in the beef cattle industry during the past year or more. The 2023 winner, Harold Bertz, Mayview, Missouri, spent nearly a decade helping Red Angus breeders add value to their cattle and genetics.

Bertz joined the RAAA staff in 2014 as the director of business development, serving as an instrumental member of the commercial marketing department before becoming director of commercial marketing in early 2018. During his tenure on the marketing team, RAAA’s value-added options expanded significantly to include Premium Red Baldy, American Red and Red Choice. He accomplished much in terms of strengthening the Feeder Calf Certification Program and Allied Access programs and building a strong team in the field.

Under his leadership, the commercial marketing team grew to its largest staff in history as Bertz was intuitive and keen at spotting talent. He was a highly adaptable team player, willing to step up to the plate when the need arose. A strong proponent of creating greater pull-through demand for Red Angus cattle, he spent significant time communicating with feeders and packers to open doors for Red Angus cattle to be accepted into more branded beef programs. He worked diligently on the important change to the Red Angus Live Animal Specification with the USDA, which allowed Red Angus cattle to be included in Angus-labeled branded beef programs at the brand owner’s request.

The Red Angus Association of America recognized Harold Bertz, Mayview, Missouri, with the RAAA Industry Service Award at the 2023 National Red Angus Convention Awards Banquet on Sept. 15.

“Harold earned the respect of all of those he worked with,” said Tom Brink, RAAA CEO. “The Red Angus breed is stronger today and better positioned in the beef industry because of Harold’s tireless work.”

Bertz’s experience as an agriculture education instructor made him a strong mentor for his colleagues. He continuously studied agriculture market trends and industry news and encouraged his team to do the same. He knew no stranger, and quickly became a trusted confidant for Red Angus seedstock and commercial producers across the country. His deep knowledge of the cattle industry and all things agriculture made him a trusted source of information to all who knew him.

Don and Cindy Sitz of Sitz Ranch, Drewsey, Oregon, appreciated working with Bertz. “Harold’s support and encouragement has been very valuable to us,” they said. “We always enjoyed visiting with him about the cattle market.”

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MU, MDA Give Online Listings of Hay for Sale

Source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are helping livestock producers find hay.

Their websites are seeing increased interest from buyers and sellers post-drought, says Tony Hancock, MDA market news manager.

Many of the listings come from sellers in states that have not seen back-to-back drought years. “They are aware of our situation,” Hancock says. MDA listings are at

Listings give detailed information to help buyers find hay for their operations, says MU Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin, who works with MU’s Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board (AgEBB). MU hay listings are at php.

The websites list sellers by region and forage type, as well as bale type, number and weight. Details may include whether the hay has been analyzed, crude

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protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, relative feed value and percent total digestible nutrients.

Buyers may also find notes such as “First cutting” or “Don’t call before 6 p.m.”

Hay listings on the MDA website will be posted for up to six months. Listings on MU AgEBB remain in the market listing system for 60 days unless updated. AgEBB lists the most recent postings first.

MU Extension and MDA have listed hay market information online for more than three decades, and the websites complement each other as easy-to-use tools to help producers, says John Travlos, system administrator for MU AgEBB.

Milhollin says livestock producers also may find AgEBB’s byproduct feed price listing helpful to find soy hulls, corn gluten feed and other byproducts. Find the byproduct feed price listing at dairy/byprod/listing.php.

Use caution when buying hay from new sources, says MU Extension agronomy specialist Tim Schnakenberg.

Varying sizes, densities and, most importantly, quality affect hay’s true value, says Schnakenberg. When buying, ask how hay was stored and for how long.

More tips from Schnakenberg:

• Test and weigh hay before buying, if possible. Many MU Extension centers lend hay probes for pulling hay tests. The best way to tell good hay from bad is to have it tested for quality in a laboratory.

• Look for leafiness, weeds and seed heads. Mature seed heads are a sign of an overmature crop. Check for mold and smell. Weeds often transfer in a drought from one farm to another, so look for thistle, poison hemlock, spiny pigweed or Johnson grass seed heads.

• Check for fire ants and other pests in hay from states where these pests are common. See the MU Extension news release “Detecting and Controlling Red Imported Fire Ants” at for more information.

• Buy by the ton, not the bale.

• Test for nitrates.

Hay containing Sudan grass, millet or Johnson grass can have nitrate toxins when harvested during dry conditions. Nitrates in the hay remain at the same levels as when baled; nitrate levels in hay made into haylage may be reduced 20%-50%. Some extension centers can do quick tests, but Schnakenberg recommends using a laboratory for more accurate results.

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Project Helps Reduce Missouri Feral Hog Population by 65%

Source: University of Missouri Extension

SALEM, Mo. – Kevin Crider knows a troublemaker when he sees one, whether it be two-legged or fourlegged.

Before joining University of Missouri Extension as a feral hog outreach educator, Crider spent 28 years as a Colorado state trooper and as a U.S. park ranger. He also was a Missouri Department of Conservation feral hog elimination specialist.When he moved back near his home area of Shannon County, he saw a growing need to root out wild hogs that were tearing up farm and forest land.

Crider’s work is part of the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership funded by the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. More than 15 federal and state entities, including MU Extension, work together to eliminate feral hogs on public and private lands.

Educators like Crider work with landowners at meetings and one-on-one farm visits. There are 48 elimination specialists focusing on Missouri forests and watersheds, mostly south of Interstate 44.

Crider hopes to work his way out of a job by eradicating these invasive animals, which threaten Missouri’s vital hay, beef and forestry industries. Missouri ranks No. 2 in the nation in hay production and No. 3 in beef production. Southern Missouri also is home to many sawmills, stave and cooperage mills, log brokers and charcoal plants.

Numbers reduced by 65%

With the group’s help, feral hog numbers have decreased by nearly 65% in Missouri watersheds since

2016. In 2022, the partnership removed 6,289 hogs, helped 709 landowners and scouted 3.7 million acres, with efforts in Iron, Shannon, Wayne and Reynolds counties netting the most results.

It’s progress, but there is still much to do, says Crider. Feral hogs breed early and often. Sows can breed by 6 months of age and birth two litters of 6-12 piglets yearly.

Feral hogs can carry disease

Feral hogs can be aggressive, but they generally avoid humans. Their biggest threat is from spreading diseases like swine brucellosis to humans and livestock. People with brucellosis may develop endocarditis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the inner lining of the heart chambers. Signs of brucellosis include fever, sweats, headache, back pain and physical weakness.

Feral hogs also create roadway hazards since their beady eyes don’t reflect headlights. Adult hogs grow to 3 feet tall, 5 feet long and up to 400 pounds. Despite that, they can run 30 mph.

Feral hogs got a foothold in Missouri in the 1990s when wild game hunting gained popularity. They are found in 27 rural counties, mostly in southern Missouri.

Feral hogs become trap-shy and scatter

Trapping them is neither simple nor quick because they become trap-shy and scatter when threatened, says Crider. Pressured hogs can move to new areas and begin breeding all over again.

They hide under cover of dense forests and travel at night in herds called sounders. They root up ground in search of acorns, plant roots, earthworms and grubs.

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They tear up trees by rubbing their bristly-haired bodies on them; they can girdle smaller trees. Both male and female feral hogs have tusks, which they use for defense. The males also use them to establish dominance for breeding.

They make large wallows in moist areas and root up holes the size of truck tires in forests and pastures.

Elimination specialists survey woods with drones to find sounders, says Crider. They place cameras in the woods to track travel patterns and herd size. Trappers bait frequently visited areas. They hoist traps off the ground into trees. Sensors trigger the traps to fall and confine hogs.

During aerial operations on winter nights, trappers scout by drone. They use heat-sensing devices to spot hogs on the ground and mark their location with a GPS point. At daylight, a helicopter launches for aerial operations to destroy the hogs located by the drone.

Meat use is not recommended

Private landowners can process the hog’s meat, although this is not recommended because of possibility of disease. Trappers destroy hogs found on public lands and move the carcasses away from water drainage

areas. Feral hogs eliminated on public lands may not be processed for human consumption.

Mark Twain National Forest, the National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed public lands under their jurisdiction to feral swine hunting. In 2021, Missouri passed legislation making it illegal to transport, release or possess feral swine.

Equipment available to repair damaged fields

The group worked with Soil and Water Conservation Districts to purchase equipment to repair damaged fields. The equipment includes no-till drills, cultipackers and harrows and is available to borrow free of charge for repairing damage to make land productive again. Equipment is available for lease for other work as well.

To report feral hog damage or receive assistance, call the Missouri Department of Conservation at 573-522-4115 ext. 3296 or visit

Funding for this work is through a Feral Swine Control Program (FSCP) through the USDA as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Missouri Department of Conservation is the lead agency on the project.

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Mary Jane Bonacker

Mary Jane Bonacker, 84, passed away at her home on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. She was born on May 20, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Henry and Mary Alice (Wagner) Tripoli. She was the devoted wife of the late Stanley M. Bonacker, married on October 11, 1958.

Mary worked as a bank teller for Fenton Bank for many years, until she and Stanley started Windy Hill Farm Supply in the late 1970’s. Her bookkeeping experience was instrumental in the success of Windy Hill Charolais Farms, Windy Hill Farm Supply, and Arrowhead Sale Facility. Being actively involved allowed her to meet and support the community. Some of her favorite organizations to support were 4-H, Miss Charolais USA, and sports teams. She also mentored many young people through employment and beyond.

Her love for the Charolais cattle brought her joy and friendships that spread across the country and allowed them to see the world. Her yard, garden and flowers were priorities in her free time, but a trip to the lake to water ski, swim and fish or a beach vacation would not be turned down. Her greatest joy came from being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children Jeff (Karen) Bonacker of Cedar Hill, David (Annette) Bonacker of Cedar Hill, Marsha (Joey) Patrickus of Camdenton, Missouri, Grandchildren Ryan (Megan), Kristi, Daniel (Alexis), Dylan, Rachael, Michele (Kyle), and LuAnn (Dillon). Great Grandchildren Barrett, Rhett, Mabel, Reed, and Baby Harrison.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Stanley M. Bonacker.

A memorial gathering was held Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Arrowhead Sales Facility, 8333 State Hwy B, Cedar Hill, Missouri, 63016 at 1:00 p.m. with a service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Martin’s United Church of Christ, 7890 Dittmer Ridge Rd. 63023 Dittmer, Missouri, or a charity of your choice.

Robert Eugene Felten

Robert Eugene Felten, 71, of Pilot Grove, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born October 11, 1951, in Boonville, son of Cletus Daniel and Gertrude Marie (Lammers) Felten.

On November 3, 1973, in Brookfield, he was united in marriage to Susan Kay (Wolfe).

Bob was a 1969 graduate of Pilot Grove High School and earned a B.S. in Agriculture from Central Missouri State University. He was a passionate, lifelong farmer and cattleman who took pride in the meticulous care of his land, animals and equipment. He founded and cultivated Felten Appraisals in Sedalia, dedicating 40 years to its growth and success before retiring. He strove for thoughtfulness, intention and care in everything he did.

Bob was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, formerly served on the Pilot Grove Co-op board, former president of Missouri Chapter of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, former Vice President of Missouri Red Angus Association, and was a founding member in the Pilot Grove Betterment Association.

Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend - a dependable, considerate, and loyal person who actively supported and advocated for his community. Amidst managing a multitude of work and volunteer commitments, Bob also cherished his passions, including fishing, attending social dance events, and embarking on adventures to explore travel destinations with his wife, Susan.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Susan, of the home; four children Jonathan (Kelly) Felten of Cary, NC, Jessica (Kevin) Brownfield of Boonville, MO, Brent (Catherine) Felten of Leawood, KS, Josef Felten of Columbia, MO; grandchildren Julia, Lindsey, Alyssa, Henry, Emalyn, Harrison, Sawyer, Barrett; siblings Margorie (Jim) Wessing of Pilot Grove, MO, and Joyce Felten of Columbia, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cletus and Gertrude (Lammers) Felten.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Wilbur Edward Spreutels

Wilbur Edward Spreutels, 87, of Koshkonong, Missouri, passed away August 13, 2023, asleep in his home, just the way he wanted to. Wilbur was born February 14, 1936, in Seattle, Washington, to Wilbur H. and Helene (Wessel) Spreutels.

Wilbur moved to New York when he was 16 and met The New York State Jersey Queen, Elsie Smith and a marriage of 62 years fell into place. He convinced Elsie to leave the Jerseys and take up dairy farming with Holsteins for the next 30 years.

During this time, they had four children, Ken, Steve, Janet and Eugene. They moved to Koshkonong, Missouri, in 1983 and established Spreutels Farm. They raised mostly Red Angus beef cattle for the last 40 years.

Wilbur loved the orchard, garden, showing quarter horses, and driving his big red tractors. But his priority was his beef cattle. He said many times “Farming isn’t just a job. I enjoy it and it’s my hobby too.”

Wilbur was full of life and had a quick wit with an equally quick, ornery grin that provided us with many laughs over the years. He was a Christian and faithfully attended the Kosh Methodist Church. He always prayed for our country and for rain. He loved his family, friends and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife/business partner, Elsie; three sons Ken, wife Pam and granddaughter Kendra of Hiwasse, Arkansas, Steve, wife Rhonda and grandson Spencer of Koshkonong, Missouri; and Eugene, wife Sandy of Koshkonong, Missouri; one brother Gordon, wife Marie of Bainbridge, New York; one sister Kathy Biglin, husband Denny of Connecticut; honorary granddaughter and farm buddy Mary Lee Simmons; and many, many more family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Janet Spreutels; one sister Delores Force.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kosh Methodist Church in Koshkonong, Missouri. Visitation was Friday, August 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Interment was on Friday, August 18, 2023, in Koshkonong Cemetery, Koshkonong, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Funerals are Important

Funerals are important. They provide opportunity to say goodbye to a friend or family member. They strengthen support systems and reconnect family members. They provide critical perspective.

Cooper and I have done our fair share of funerals. Perhaps it’s a consequence of being from towns where everyone knows one another. Many of our peers don’t share this reality. For whatever reason, funerals are foreign to many of our friends and that is unfortunate.

Last month a funeral took me to Houston, MO to honor Carl Watson, my father’s cousin and friend. I’ve traveled to Houston several times as a child to visit, but this drive was different. This drive permeated with finality.

It was a lovely service and day. Carl’s children spoke lovingly, his friends filled the church, and MO state troopers provided honor guard detail. If a funeral can be pleasant, this one was. This is how one should say goodbye.

Interestingly, it also is how one may say hello, or hello again. After the service, I began chatting with Eddie Watson, Carl’s brother. Eddie is an MCA member and owns a polled Hereford ranch in Cabool. Our conversation quickly turned to this association and this very article I submit each month.

MCA, this article, and the cattle community became our hello – the basis for our conversation and commonality. It became the springboard from which we

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could look forward. Our conversation was one of hope and future, not finality.

Eddie mentioned a previous article in which Cooper and I had taken a road trip and asked if we had been traveling. I informed him that we were about to set off again the very next week, which we did. Our travels took us to visit Senators Sandy Crawford and Karla Eslinger.

It’s funny really. We didn’t anticipate specific MCA visits, but the cattle community is ever-present. While visiting Senator Crawford in Buffalo, we saw John and Sandy’s cattle farm and the sale barn Sandy’s father once operated. We grabbed a few minutes to visit with John about rain after he finished his commissioner duties that day.

Flatbed trucks and cowboy hats replaced the four-door sedans and suits that flood Jefferson City. The “Catfish Cafe” is a local favorite and had much more charm than the chain options found in the Capitol city. It is clear why this region hosts such a strong cattle community.

We then headed to Rockbridge to see Senator Karla Eslinger. For those of you who’ve never been to Rockbridge, it was incredible. It had all the things you’d

want on a road trip including gorgeous trees lining the roads, sparkling rock-bottomed streams, but no internet. No cell service. Nothing.

Fortunately, Cooper and I are of an age that significant portions of our lives were without connectivity. Truthfully, I prefer it that way. Cooper does not. Ultimately, we couldn’t determine if being unreachable was good or bad.

Along with Senator Eslinger, we visited with longtime MCA member Tony Dugger who introduced us to his cattle buyer. His buyer referred to us as “the cattle people.” We loved it. We loved visiting with Tony about his cattle and hay situations. We loved listening to Tony and his buyer discuss the sale they were attending the next day. We love the cattle community.

It’s hard to go anywhere and not have a cattle connection. Our MCA family is large, vocal, and proud. We think that’s a good thing. The animals, the business, the people build a strong foundation for hope and the future – and it looks bright.

Thanks, Eddie, for the reminder, Nancy and Cooper

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Heart of the Ozarks Angus Ass’n Sale

09.23.23 • West Plains, MO

14 Total Registered Bulls Avg. $4,021

12 Open Heifers Avg. $2,350

5 Bred Heifers

11 Fall Pairs Avg. $3,709

28 Total Registered Females Avg. $2,967

42 Reported Sale Total $139,400

Gardiner Angus Ranch Fall Production Sale

09.25.23 • Ashland, KS

222 18-month-old registered bulls ................ Avg. $9,964

156 14-month-old registered bulls ................ Avg. $7,000

378 LotsTotal Bulls

25 Bred Cows

63 Bred Heifers

88 Lots Total Registered Females Avg. $6,841

466 Lots Total Registered Lots

6 Bred Commercial Cows

381 Bred Commercial Heifers


509 Lots (933 Head) Overall Sale

Express Ranches Fall Bull Sale

10.2.23 • Yukon, OK

109 Older Bulls Avg. $7,442

112 Yrlg.Bulls Avg. $7,959

221 Total Registered Bulls Avg. $7,704

30 Bred Heifers Avg. $3,056

30 Total Registered Females Avg. $3,056

80 Commercial Bred Heifers (head) Avg. $3,000

14 Commercial Pairs


251 Reported Sale Total ................................ $1,794,450

J&N Ranch’s Fall Production Sale

10.6.23 • Leavenworth, KS

16 Black Hereford Bulls Avg. $3,938

21 Bred Black Hereford Heifers Avg. $3,774 Total $142,250

Birk Genetics Sale

10.6.23 • Jackson, MO

22 Older Bulls Avg. $3,920

1 Yrlg.Bulls .................................................... Avg. $3,000

23 Total Registered Bulls............................... Avg. $3,880

7 Open Heifers .............................................. Avg. $2,400

10 Bred Heifers ............................................. Avg. $3,100

7 Bred Cows Avg. $3,328

4 Open Cows Avg. $3,312

28 Total Registered Females Avg. $3,012

12 Embryos (no.) Avg. $466

51 Reported Sale Total $173,600


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Roger Temmen 573-680-4538

Justin Oberling 217-440-7724

Glenn Stegman ................. 573-619-8495

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Avg. $2,820
Avg. $8,741
Avg. $5,220
Avg. $7,484
Avg. $8,382
Bred Comm. Heifer Load Lots ................
$2,660 467 Total Commercial Females ....................
Total......... $5,245,650
Callaway Livestock Center, Inc. On I-70, 4 miles east of Kingdom City, MO on outer road 573-642-7486 Every Monday: Slaughter Cattle 12:00 p.m. Selling All Classes of Cattle 12:30 p.m. 1st Thursday Nite of Each Month: 6:00 p.m. Bred Cows and Breeding Bull Sale
Harrison 573-999-7197 (owner)
P Harrison 573-220-1482

Lucas Cattle Company Fall Bull Sale

10.7.23 • Cross Timbers, MO

40 SimAngus and Simmental Bulls

62 Commercial Bred

JAC’s Ranch Sale

10.7.23 • Bentonville, AR

39 Older Bulls ...............................................

39 Total Registered Bulls...............................



Cantrell Creek Angus Sale

10.11.23 • Marshfield, MO

16 Total Registered Bulls



Smith Valley Angus Sale

10.13.23 • Salem, MO

15 Total Registered Bulls...............................

34 Total Registered Females........................

49 Reported Sale

Byergo Angus Sale

10.14.23 • Savannah, MO




East Central Missouri Angus Ass’n Sale

10.14.23 • Cuba, MO



7 Bred Cows

15 Fall Pairs

12 Spring Pairs Avg. $3,070

59 Total Registered Females Avg. $2,609

3 Embryos (no.) Avg. $250

3 Commercial Open Heifers (head) Avg. $1,400

73 Reported Sale Total $211,950

Frank/Hazelrigg Cattle Co. Sale

10.15.23 • Fulton, MO

21 Older Bulls ............................................... Avg. $5,630

43 Yrlg.Bulls Avg. $4,173

64 Total Registered Bulls Avg. $4,651

48 Total Registered Females Avg. $4,037

112 Reported Sale Total $491,500

Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale

10.16.23 • Nevada, MO

96 Total Registered Bulls............................... Avg. $7,063

25 Total Registered Females........................ Avg. $13,630

121 Reported Sale Total ................................ $1,018,850

3C Cattle Co. Sale

10.21.23 • Carrollton, MO

22 Total Registered Bulls Avg. $4,277

20 Total Registered Females Avg. $3,302

5 Commercial Bred Heifers (head) Avg. $2,360

5 Commercial Pairs Avg. $3,680

42 Reported Sale Total $160,150

Missouri Angus Association Ladies of Autumn Sale

10.22.23 • Lebanon, MO

42 Total Registered Females.......................... Avg. $5,057


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Avg. $4,165
Avg. $2,493
Avg. $5,500
Avg. $5,500
Avg. $6,888
Registered Females..........................
Reported Sale Total ..................................... $531,350
Avg. $3,306
Avg. $4,206
Total Registered Females
Total $153,850
Reported Sale
Total $415,950
Avg. $6,015
Registered Bulls
Total Registered Females Avg. $4,664
Reported Sale Total $582,250
Avg. $4,142
Open Heifers Avg. $1,820
Total Registered Bulls...............................
Bred Heifers Avg. $2,753
Reported Sale Total $212,400


Nov. 3 Frank Turner and Sons Production Sale, Haynesville, AL

Nov. 3-4 GenePlus Bull & Female Sale at Chimney Rock, Concord, AR

Nov. 4 Worthington Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Dadeville, MO

Nov. 4 Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Bull & Female Sale, Osceola, MO

Nov. 4 Wright Charolais Fall Event Sale, Kearney, MO

Nov. 4 M issouri Simmental Association Fall Harvest Sale, Springfield, MO

Nov. 4 A ndras Red Angus Female Sale, M anchester, IL

Nov. 4 Moriando and MM Cattle Co. Production Sale, Mount Vernon, MO

Nov. 8 2S Angus Sale, Seneca, MO

Nov. 9 Valley View Angus Female Sale, Nelson, MO

Nov. 11 Valley Oaks Female Sale, Warsaw, MO

Nov. 11 Gibbs Farms Sale, Ranburne, AL

Nov. 17 SW Missouri SMS Sale, Carthage, MO

Nov. 17-18 Cavender Ranches Fall Production Sale, Jacksonville, TX

Nov. 18 Dalebanks Angus Ranch, Eureka, KS

Nov. 18 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO

Nov. 18 Northeast Arkansas Angus Assn Fall Sale, Cord, AR

Nov. 18 West Central Missouri SMS Sale, K ingsville, MO

Nov. 20 Green Springs Bull & Female Sale, Nevada, MO

Nov. 24 Wall Street Cattle Co., Lebanon, MO

Nov. 25 Galaxy Beef Sale, Macon, MO

Nov. 25 Kranjec Valley Registered Angus Production Sale, Marquand, MO

Dec. 1 Southeast Missouri SMS Sale, Fruitland MO

Dec. 2 Ridder Farms Family Values Female Sale & Annual Bull Sale, Hermann, MO

Dec. 8 East Central Missouri SMS Sale, Farmington, MO

Dec. 8 North Central Missouri SMS Sale, K irksville MO

Dec. 9 W heeler Angus Production Sale, Paris, MO

Dec. 9 Northeast Missouri SMS Sale, Palmyra, MO

Dec. 19 Advance Beef Genetics Complete Dispersal Sale, Wiota, IA

Jan. 13 Red-L and Cattle 2nd Annual Bull & Female Sale, Bagwell, TX

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NOVEMBER 2023 82 Advertiser Index Advance Beef Genetics Sale 35 AICA ..................................................................... 36 American Angus Association 59 American National Insurance ................................. 3 American Shorthorn Association .......................... 51 Buffalo Livestock Market 54 Busch Cattle Co. ................................................... 29 Callaway Livestock Center Inc. ............................ 78 Champion Feeders 42 Classified ............................................................... 81 Clearwater Farm 29 Coon Angus Ranch............................................... 29 Crestmead Farms .................................................. 52 Dalebanks Sale 61 Ertel Gelbvieh ....................................................... 54 F&T Livestock Market 14 Frank and Hazelrigg Angus .................................. 29 Friday - Cartoon ................................................... 80 Galaxy Beef LLC 29 Galaxy Beef Sale ................................................... 23 Gerloff Farms 29 Green Springs Bull & Female Sale ........................ 37 Green’s Welding & Sales ....................................... 46 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus 29 HydraBed .............................................................. 78 J.D. Bellis............................................................... 54 Jim’s Motors 49 Joplin Regional Stockyards ................................... 84 Kingsville Livestock Auction 52 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma ................................ 29 Kranjec Valley Angus Farma Sale ........................ 41 Marshall & Fenner Farms 29 MCA - Liability Signs ........................................... 76 MCA - MCLC 71 MCA - Membership Form .................................... 75 MCA - Presidents Council .................................... 74 MCA - Profitability Challenge 47-48 MCA - Survey .................................................. 69-70 MCA - Top Hand 77 Mead Farms .......................................................... 29 Merck Animal Health 83 MFA ..................................................................... 53 Missouri Angus Association 29 Missouri Angus Breeders ...................................... 29 Missouri Beef Industry Council ....................... 18-19 Missouri Department of Agriculture Black Vulture .................................................... 13 MultiMin/Axiota .............................................. 31-32 Northeast Arkansas Angus Assn Sale 57 Northeast Missouri SMS Sale ............................... 63 Parallel Ag. 68 Pellet Technology USA ......................................... 66 Premier Genetics ..................................................... 9 Red-Land Cattle Sale 39 Ridder Farms Sale................................................. 33 Salt Fork Equipment - NDE 58 Sampson Cattle Co. .............................................. 29 Sellers Feedlot ....................................................... 49 Show-Me-Select Sale Credit Program 55 SMS Sales ............................................................. 79 South Central Regional Stockyards 28 Southeast Missouri SMS Sale ............................... 63 Southwest Missouri SMS Sale .............................. 63 Specialty Risk 72 Superior Steel Sales ............................................... 73 Sycamore Creek .................................................... 56 Sydenstricker Genetics 29 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale..................................... 2 Touchstone Energy/AMEC 43 USPS Statement of Ownership ............................. 81 Valley Oaks Angus ................................................ 29 Valley Oaks Angus Sale 15 Vitalix.................................................................... 26 Weiker Angus Ranch 29 West Central Missouri SMS Sale .......................... 81 Wheeler Angus Sale .............................................. 27 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate 52 Wheeler Livestock Market .................................... 56 Mike Williams 52 Zeitlow - Ritchie Waterers..................................... 60
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