Exploring Cattle Handling
All About the Beef
MCLC Learns from Feedyards and Processors from Across the Country
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Butchers Have More Consumer Contact, but Producers Ultimately Create Satisfied Customers
Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News
All About the Beef
MCA President’s Perspective Hang Together
What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black
Missouri Beef Showcase
Agriculture Supporter Sightings
The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Volume 48 - Issue 16 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org Coby Wilson: Ad Sales 573-499-9162 Ext 235
Missouri Cattlemen’s Association MCA Website: www.mocattle.com
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New MCA Members Beef Industry Offers Scholarships
State Fair/Beef House Highlights
Obituary: J.D. Gregory
Wangus: Path to Profitability
NCBA News Advertisers Index
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
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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: Eric Greenley, 61998 Pleasant Valley Rd. Knox City, MO 63446 660-341-8750 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
Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Mike@mocattle.com Sydney Thummel • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Sydney@mocattle.com Coby Wilson • Manager of Strategic Solutions - Ext 235 Coby@mocattle.com Candace Bergesch • MBC Editor/Production Artist Candace@mocattle.com Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234 Lisa@mocattle.com
Ava Gottman, Monroe City, MO Grace Hale, Hale Farms, Henley, MO Daniel Hertzog, Lone Jack, MO Curtis & Kimberly Hill, Kirksville, MO Elizabeth Kauffman, Lohman, MO Grace Kauffman, Lohman, MO Etton Kirchner, Kirchner Farms, Russellville, MO Donald Kussmann, Brunswick, MO Larissa Larrick, Shelbina, MO Peyson Larrick, Shelbina, MO Alan Leifeste, Cameron, TX Tracy Monsees, Smithton, MO Jason Parrotte, Stockton, MO Joseph Pattermann, Kirksville, MO Brian Pomerenke, Miami, MO Cheyanne Poterbin, Goodson, MO Abby Rademan, Rademan Farm, Jefferson City, MO Emily Rains, LeJeune Farms, Halfway, MO Larry Schuster, Boonville, MO Tim Schuster, Boonville, MO Mark Shoemaker, Shoemaker Farm, Owensville, MO Christian Siegel, California, MO Lawson Sullivan, Sullivan Farms, Russellville, MO Lydia Sullivan, Sullivan Farm, Russellville, MO Sophie Thessen, Thessen Brangus Farm, Jefferson City, MO Lakota Tucker, Walnut Grove, MO Joseph Vukcevich, Vukcevich Cattle LLC., Clarksville, MO Kelsey Williams, Long Lane, MO Kelsie Wilson, Holliday, MO Wyatt Wilson, Holliday, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 99
Andrew Batorf, Niangua, MO Cooper Beaver, Neosho, MO Mike & Nadine Bittick, Washington, MO Reggie Boeckman, St. Elizabeth, MO Corban Bonnett, Bonnett Farm/Peters Steers, Jefferson City, MO Wyatt Bonnett, Bonnett Farm, Jefferson City, MO Zachariah Bonnett, Bonnett Farm, Jefferson City, MO Dewey Dean Branstetter, Aurora, MO Cody Braun, Braun Dairy Farm, Jefferson City, MO Heidi Brennecke, Russellville, MO Reed Bruns, Bellflower, MO Nancy Bryant, Richland, MO Alison Burns, Burns Farms, Stockton, MO Caleb Casebolt, Kansas City, MO Kenan Casebolt, Kansas City, MO Kaden Cassil, Four Wind Cattle Co., Centertown, MO Ethan Casteel, Buffalo, MO Stephen Cornell, Neosho, MO Lance Dobson, Dobson Farms, Lexington, MO Gentry Duncan, Duncan Family Farm, Centertown, MO Hayden Duncan, Duncan Family Farm, Centertown, MO Clayton Eiken, Russellville, MO Brendon Engeman, Montrose, MO Jaime & Jo Farmer, Lexington, MO Caden Farris, Farris Farms, Russellville, MO Keaton Forck, Forck Farms LLC, Jefferson City, MO Kingston Forck, Forck Farms LLC, Jefferson City, MO Elise Gildehaus, Washington, MO Lydia Gilmore, Gilmore Farms, Russellville, MO
See page 46 for more information.
Beef Industry Offers $1,750 in Scholarships Source: Missouri CattleWomen (Columbia, Mo.) – One lucky young woman will receive a $1,000 scholarship as the winner of the Missouri Beef Queen contest. The first runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship, and the second runner-up a $250 scholarship. The contest is sponsored by the Missouri CattleWomen (MCW) in cooperation with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation (MCF) and the Missouri Beef Industry Council. The scholarships are provided by the MCW, MCA and MCF. The contest is open to single females, between the ages of 16-21 (by Dec. 31, 2019). Contestants must be a Missouri resident, have a farm background, have an interest in beef and the beef industry, already have or would be willing to obtain a Master’s in Beef Advocacy (MBA), be a collegiate or junior member of MCA or her parent(s) must be a MCA or MCW member, and must be sponsored by her county cattlemen’s affiliate. The contest will be hosted on Saturday, January 11, 2020 during the 2020 Missouri Cattlemen’s and Missouri Cattle Women’s Annual Convention and Trade Show, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Missouri. Contestants will be judged on an application, resume, speech and professional interview. Judges will be scoring the contestants on knowledge of beef, presentation, appearance, personality and their entry application. Coronation will be on Saturday evening, January 11. Queen contestants are encouraged to obtain the MBA prior to the competition. The 2020 Missouri Beef Queen will be required to complete her MBA prior to March 15, 2020. Complete contest rules and applications can be downloaded at http://mocattle.org/missouricattlewomen.aspx. For more information about the Missouri Beef Queen program, contact Darla Haines, Missouri Beef Queen Chairperson, at email@example.com. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by November 1, 2019.
The Missouri Cattle Women is an auxiliary of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. MCW sponsors a variety of programs and activities that focus primarily on the areas of beef promotion and consumer and youth education.
BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS It Has Been a Great Summer Written by Ashlynn Lingle, MBIC Intern
School in the Summer As a young child, school and learning during the summer months always seemed obnoxious. Summers were meant for long days playing outside, late nights without a bedtime and no rigid schedule dictating the day. As the years passed, teachers became professors and homework assignments became course projects. The idea of school and learning year-round became a goal. The summer working as the Missouri Beef Industry Council summer intern has provided ample opportunity to learn more about our beef industry and our Beef Checkoff.
grocery markets, specifically ground beef and loin cuts. Americans will eat 8.9% more beef this year than in 2015, an increase that continues to grow due to the Checkoff educating consumers about the nutritional benefits and cost-effectiveness of purchasing beef products.
Education is Lifelong Growing up on a small, purebred Salers cow/ calf operation in west-central Iowa provided me opportunities to learn the basics of the beef industry and working at the Missouri Beef Industry Council All Beef is Good Beef expanded this basic During many conversations knowledge. Learning is a and cooking demonstrations skill and talent exercised by this summer, questions often many throughout their lives. popped up comparing two The Beef Checkoff is an kinds of beef between one entity focused on continuing another. With the various education for our beef marketing labels thrown producers and consumers. about in the meat case and The $1 per-head invested in grocery aisles, consumers the checkoff powers state and are curious about what type national efforts in developing of beef to purchase. The materials for beef promotion best answer is always “all and conducting beef nutrition beef is good beef”! Living research. Information, Shooting video and photos at Sycamore Creek for consumer education was a in the United States gives gathered through the great way to kick off the summer. consumers the ability to research and marketing choose beef based upon their individual preferences. processes, share with consumers and producers to Producers have the freedom to produce beef in various educate all from “pasture, to plate”. manners based upon whatever is economical or favorable in a certain area. As long as beef is grown Working with MBIC opened my eyes to the value-added safely and humanely, consumers can look to beef, as a by the checkoff into the beef industry. As producers, we top protein choice. Today, beef ranks as the second most have a solid system backing sustainability and antibiotic popular protein choice, steadily climbing towards the welfare practices, and a large market share, because of number one position. the checkoff. In a recent survey, 72% of producers say they approve of the Beef Checkoff and 62% of producers The Beef Checkoff works continuously to embrace say the Beef Checkoff leads to greater profitability in the idea “all beef is good beef”. The U.S. Retail their operations. The advantages the beef industry owns Beef Demand Index increased by almost 15%, since can be attributed to the work done by the Checkoff. 2012. Consumers actively seek beef products in the
The Six Degrees of Separation Theory Today, only 2% of the American population works in agriculture and Missouri beef production directly employs 119,500 individuals. The popular saying, â€œit is a small worldâ€?, rang true throughout the summer. It never failed, whether at an FFA Camp teaching young agriculturalists about beef advocacy, or educating consumers about beef nutrition, I always met someone who shared a similar acquaintance with me. Scientists and sociologists speculate every individual can be connected to another, by six acquaintances or less. Multiple studies have been conducted in which a package was instructed to be delivered to a certain individual by passing it along through individuals who knew each other on a first-name basis. The studies found the package to be delivered correctly in an average of six intermediaries.
Signing Off The dog days of summer surely were fast-paced and busy over the last three months. Working with the Missouri Beef Industry Council encouraged me towards developing a deeper investment in our beef industry. During my summer experiences, I built my confidence in dealing with tough consumer conversations about beef production, discovered where to seek reliable beef resources from the national association, and developed gratitude for the hard work of the Beef Checkoff.
As advocates for the beef industry, we utilize this natural, social connection to promote beef demand and educate our consumers and producers without realizing it. When serving beef at group gatherings, sharing about our beef production operations in conversation, or marketing cattle through public venues we push the message about beef, shortening the distance between those know beef and those seeking more information. There is value in utilizing relationships to advocate for our industry. Life is about who you know, as well as, what you know.
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with Mike Deering Bullies The recent announcement of Valley Oaks Steak Company closing its doors is the result of relentless bullying, litigation and fear mongering. This family has gone through hell and back trying to process beef locally and retain value in Missouri rather than exporting that value elsewhere. Afterall, isn’t that what we want? That’s what I hear. I receive calls frequently about expanding the feeding sector in Missouri and processing cattle right here in the state. The extreme overreaction in the markets to the Tyson fire in Holcomb, Kansas, caused many to rightfully revive the conversation about locally controlled processing in Missouri. Producers are tired of being bullied and getting thrown under the bus.
This is the whole purpose of the Food and Beverage Taskforce led by Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. The taskforce is charged with exploring ways to add value to Missouri-grown products from forestry to soybeans to beef. Agriculture already generates $88 billion annually, but the potential is much larger. The University of Missouri commissioned an independent research study that concluded Missouri agriculture is leaving well over $20 billion on the table and sending that value out-ofstate.
I don’t enjoy being a pessimist, but how in the world is it possible to have serious conversations about creating opportunities in Missouri for feeding and processing when the judicial system is used as a weapon against family businesses? If extremists can bully families out of business, the potential risks start to outweigh the gain rather quickly. This is true for all businesses that don’t have the financial strength to withstand a barrage of baseless lawsuits.
Executive Vice President The conversation we need to have in this state is tort reform. Other states have a system where there are consequences for frivolous lawsuits, but here in Missouri it’s more like the “Wild West” where it’s wide open for anyone to sue for basically anything without consequence. The idea that the courts can be used to put someone you don’t like or disagree with out of business is totally unacceptable. Even this association was recently named in what I believe is clearly a frivolous suit from the same group that bullied Valley Oaks and others. In short, it appears we are being named in the suit for simply having opinions. There need to be consequences for this nonsense. If the story of Valley Oaks Steak Company doesn’t make you concerned about the future of agriculture in our state, there is something wrong. It should infuriate anyone who wants to expand Missouri agriculture. The next generation doesn’t benefit from diminishing opportunities in agriculture. We need more opportunities. We must stand together to put an end to the bullying of farm and ranch families by those who have mastered the art of abusing the judicial system. The domino effect when a family like Valley Oaks Steak Company closes its doors is astounding. It doesn’t just impact one family. It hits us all.
David Igo 660-631-2310 Marshall, MO
What’s Cookin’ at the
Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers Agriculture Supporter Sightings The Missouri Beef House sees many friendly faces during the Missouri State Fair. While we don’t always know where every customer comes from, we are amazed to find out that this year the furthest traveled was from Australia. One of the unique visitors was the cowboys and cowgirls who rode their horses to the Beef House after the Fair Parade. BULL Regard, our beef mascot, welcomed the Missouri State Fair mascot BartholoMULE which was a crowd pleaser for all ages. Throughout the fair, we have sightings of what we consider to be famous agriculture supporters eating with us at the Beef House. 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!”
Cassie Gilbert, Mark Chamberlin, Luke Harms, Cassie Iman, Brian Libbee, all from Cole Camp.
Pat & Patty Wood; Thayne Wright; Corbitt Wall, Commercial Cattle Manager/Livestock Market Analyst at DV Auction; Aspen Wall, and Marvin Dieckman.
Beef Mascot BULL Regard, Emma Wolfe, Willa Wolfe, 2019 Miss Universe of Agriculture- Phoenix Painter, and Audrey Wolfe.
Greg Harms, Wyatt Chamberlin, Jason Smith, U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Missouri; 2019 MCA President Bobby Simpson.
Zack Crownover, Marvin Dieckman, Pat Wood, and Jerry Crownover - cattlemen, columnist, Ozark storyteller.
John Harris, Kurtis Gregory - Mizzou football 2005-2009, and Patty Wood. Pat and Patty Wood, Cheryl McCollester, Mike Gau - Vice President of Meat Operations at PFG and his wife, Kathy.
Marvin Dieckman - MCA President-Elect, Chloe Momphard from Troy crowned 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen, Bobby Simpson - MCA President. Greg Harms, Heath Lestage, Beef Mascot, Morgan Fowler, and Tyler Goss.
First Lady Teresa and Governor Mike Parson with Chris Chinn, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Mascots and kids from Food Insecurity Day.
Missouri State Fair Highlights First Customers at the Missouri Beef House 2019
The first customers at the Missouri Beef House this year during the Missouri State Fair were from Lafayette County. Pictured are Lorelai and Joanna Kuecker from Concordia. These two were very happy to be the first ones through the door after just a short wait in line. The Missouri Beef House opens every day at 11 a.m. during the Missouri State Fair.
Missouri Beef House Thank You to our Volunteers
Appleton City FFA
Missouri Beef House Thank You to our Volunteers
Callaway County Cedar County
Cole County Cass/Jackson County
There will be more Missouri Beef House Volunteer photos in the next issue of Missouri Beef Cattleman.
Missouri State Fair Highlights Sale of Champion Auction Results Source: Missouri State Fair (SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Saturday, Aug. 17. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, raising $156,300!
The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Gage Baker of Fulton. His 1325-pound Crossbred steer sold for a record price of $39,500, and was purchased by CFM Insurance, Inc., Concordia; and The Climate Corporation and Bayer. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The beef was donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association/Feeding Missouri.
The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Macie Wolf of Reeds. Macie’s 262-pound Crossbred hog was purchased for $18,250 by Edward Jones and the following Edward Jones Associates: Shane Adrian, Moberly; Roger Bennett, Trenton; Ryan Beumer, Marshall; Craig Bolger, Independence; Jim Bonderer, Chillicothe; Alan Brandt, Warrensburg; Kevin Brown, Bowling Green; Darren Collier, Carthage; Stan Davis, Clinton; Ann Echelmeier, Columbia; Tim Erickson, Bolivar; Steve Farr, Warrensburg; Jamie Fisher, Quincy, IL; Joe Fluty, Sedalia; Bill Fretwell, Columbia; Patrick Goodknight, Joplin; Doug Hammer, Independence; Mark Harrison, Chillicothe; Tom Hissink, Nevada; Bill Hudson, Kansas City; Shannon Isaacson, Macon; Alan Kimbel, Warrenton; Paul Kissick, Kirksville; Adam Kliethermes, Independence; George Koepp, Raytown; Derrick Krause, Marshall; Matt Kueny, Boonville; J. R. Lawless, Columbia; Matt Logan, Pleasant Hill; Lon Luckert, Brookfield; JD Manning, Clinton; Brian Massey, Webb City; Mark Matthews, St. Joseph; Virgil McDonald, Sedalia; George Morse, Harrisonville; Matt Peiter, Boonville; David Reid, Higginsville; Lance Reynolds, Boonville; Mike Rogers, Bethany; Dennis Sieger, Clinton; Carl Simpson, Butler; John
Skinner, Blue Springs; Doug Turnbough, Odessa; Brian Yarbrough, Excelsior Springs; BTC Bank with locations in Albany, Beaman, Bethany, Boonville, Carrollton, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Maysville, Osborn, Pattonsburg & Trenton, MO; and Lamoni, IA; and the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The pork was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation. Reagan Rodgers of Savannah, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb. Her Crossbred lamb weighed 139 pounds and was purchased for $16,000 by the MU Sigma Alpha-Alpha Chi Sorority; Heimer & Associates, Inc., Rodney Heimer, Quincy, IL; Heimer Hampshires, Jesse & Amy Heimer, Taylor; and Passion for Pigs Veterinary Services LLC, Dr. Stephen Patterson, Shelbina; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The meat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team. The Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Gunnar Fisher of Verona. Gunnar’s New Zealand Black rabbits weighed an average of 4.75 pounds. His pen of rabbits was purchased by the Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $2,500. The rabbit meat was donated to Reach Church Feeding MOCO Food Pantry in Montgomery City. Stephen Thomson of Salisbury, exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Stephen’s broilers weighed an average of 8.1 pounds and were purchased by Regional Missouri Bank with locations in Glasgow, Keytesville, Marceline, Paris & Salisbury, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $5,000. The chicken was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team. The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Skyler Scotten of Nevada. Skyler’s Boer goat weighed 92 pounds and was purchased for $7,000 by Edward Jones and Edward Jones Associates; and
Gage Baker of Fulton in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions Sale Ring with his 1,325-pound Crossbred steer.
the following Missouri State Fair Concessionaires & Commercial Exhibitors: Allen Dennis Concessions, Inc.; Broomfield Foods; Brown’s Fudge Shop, Inc.; Bud Stage; Chuck & Dee’s; Exclusive Home Products; Grigsby Enterprise, LLC; Jackson’s Smokehouse, LLC; Kim-Laine Concessions; Lakeside Concessions; M & M Concessions/Truck’s Place/Little Truck’s; Marshall Service Company; McKinney Food Services; Shallow Concessions; Signs by L & J; Timberline Traders; Versa Products; Webster Enterprises; and Westmoreland Concessions; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The goat meat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team. Mikaela Rojas of New Boston exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Mikaela’s 1350-pound Crossbred steer was purchased for $17,000 by Edward Jones and Edward Jones Associates; and Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate, Chas Wheeler, Paris; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The beef was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team. Mackenzie Mawson of Archie, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Mackenzie’s 270-pound Crossbred barrow was purchased for $23,750 by ADM Animal Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec and Missouri State Fair Concessionaires & Commercial Exhibitors; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.
Stephen Thomson of Salisbury, also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Stephen’s broilers weighed an average of 7.2 pounds and sold for $3,700 to Regional Missouri Bank, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The chicken was donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association/Feeding Missouri. Adam Rhoades of Centralia, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat, which weighed 96 pounds and sold for $6,500 to the MU Independent Aggies, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The goat meat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team. The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition Youth in Agriculture Commemorative Belt Buckle, which was purchased by RIBUS, Inc., Steve Peirce, St. Louis for $1,600. Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, said the huge success of this sale is attributed to the tremendous support received from all of the Youth in Agriculture sponsors. Proceeds from the Sale go to the exhibitors and to Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarships. A complete list of all 2019 Youth in Agriculture sponsors will soon be available at www.mostatefair.com.
Tayton Dains of Rockville, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Tayton’s Crossbred lamb weighed 145 pounds and was purchased for $11,000 by RIBUS, Inc., Steve Peirce, St. Louis; and the Grant Company, Eric Grant, St. Joseph. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The meat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Livestock Judging Team.
The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Codi Viehmann of New Florence. Codi’s Californian rabbits weighed an average of 5.1 pounds and sold for $4,500 to State Senator Jeanie Riddle, Mokane (District 10) and State Representative Jeff Porter, Montgomery City (District 42); along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The rabbit meat was donated to Reach Church Feeding MOCO Food Pantry in Montgomery City.
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I-35 Cattlemen’s Association The I-35 Cattlemen’s Association met Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Windy Wine Company in Osborn with 44 members and several guests in attendance. I-35 Cattlemen’s Association president, Austin Story, gave the blessing and meal was enjoyed by everyone. Ken Keeseman gave a welcome and thanked the host of event sponsors. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn addressed the group and shared the many challenges Missouri agriculture is facing. She shared a quote of hers, “We are led by those who show up.” She encouraged all producers to show up and tell our stories of agriculture. Director Chinn answered several questions from the audience about various topics affecting the cattle industry. Mike Deering, executive vice president of MCA, discussed some of the accomplishments of MCA over the past several years including Senate Bill 391, which prevents county governments from passing rules and regulations on farm and ranch families that are more stringent than scientifically founded rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies. MCA President Bobby Simpson, of Salem, Missouri, addressed the group and spoke on the hard work and dedication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and its employees.
Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn addressed the group.
Mark Russell, with Missouri Beef Industry Council, spoke about beef consumption and promotions of beef demand.
Austin Story reminded everyone of the I-35 Cattlemen’s shift to work the Missouri Beef House at the Missouri State Fair will be Sunday, August 11, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Ken Keeseman wrapped up the evening by giving out door prizes and thanking everyone for coming. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Bobby Simpson, of Salem, Missouri.
St. Clair County St. Clair County Cattlemen met Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City. There were 41 members and guests present. Joe Brown with Multimin spoke to the group about the importance of trace minerals for cattle growth, fertility and health. Multimin works to build immunity, growth and fertility, and keep cattle from being deficient in minerals they need to be healthy. Brown spoke on how studies have been performed to show that Multimin can increase AI rates by 9%. The cattle market is ever-changing in genetics, feed and feed quality, forage and forage quality and trace minerals. That is why it is important to make sure your cattle are healthy, so they can have healthy offspring. St. Clair County Cattlemen have been a busy group the past month. The cattlewomen had a shopping night at Rustic Honey, which was an enjoyable evening. The cattlemen sent their first three head of cattle for the school year to Powell’s Meat Company for the MO Beef for MO Kids program. A special thanks to our donors: Mike Nance, Austin and Rachael Weston, and Julie, Larry and Rhonda Shelby, and Paul Wheeler. The cattlemen will send more cattle throughout the school year as the schools need the beef. The cattlemen took 26 members to work the Missouri Beef House along with 10 Lakeland FFA and 6 Osceola FFA students. 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
Joe Brown with Multimin spoke to the group about the importance of trace minerals for cattle growth, fertility and health.
support the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund. As of now, all but seven tickets have been sold. The next meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Osceola School District, with Raysha Tate as the farm, business, estate planning resource and sponsor representing St. Clair County State Bank.
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Cole County The Cole County Cattlemen’s Association (CCCA) is proud of our group of youth that we call the Junior Cole County Cattlemen’s Association. There is no age limit for this group, in fact when we organized this group, our youngest was a kindergartener. He is now our sargent of arms for our group. These kids are learning diversity of agriculture, not just four-footed animals.
We are always looking for informative speakers for the kids. If anyone has ideas and would like to pass them on, let us know: Judy Ehrhardt, 6010 Buffalo Road, Jefferson City, MO 65101. I will pass the ideas on to the kids for their approval. This will be the only time that I will report them. From now on, one of them will be keeping you updated.
We hold our meetings in conjunction with the regular adult membership meeting. The kids eat supper with their parents/grandparents, and then we break away to our sessions. There are three adult leaders, Kim Gish, Donna Junkans and Judy Ehrhardt. We have 17 juniors from first grade to high school and home schooled. We also have some college kids, but they are away most of the time and make the meetings when they are in town.
Leo Randolph Hager, son of Edward and Deana Hager, 2019 graduate of Cole R-V Eugene.
At our first meeting, Diana Olson, educator with Missouri Farm Bureau, demonstrated the makings of building a hamburger. It was an eye opener to some who don’t like tomatoes but like ketchup for their French fries. Check your labels and see what is in your condiments. Also, ladies, did you know that you wear agriculture on your face? The kids were amazed.
Hanna Delani Mueller, daughter of Harold Jr. and Lisa Mueller, 2019 graduate of Cole R-1 Russellville.
At another meeting, an anthropologist, Chris Pierce, from the USDA brought displays of both good bugs and bad bugs. These were bugs that farmers and urban gardeners want and do not want in their crops. He also brought BBQ crickets for anyone brave enough to take a bite. He was amazed at how intelligent this bunch of kids were in their knowledge of bugs.
Taylor Benton Case, daughter of James and Jeanne Case, 2019 graduate of Cole R-1 Russellville.
At one other meeting, Ellen Amos, an FFA advisor at Russellville High School, talked about cotton production. The kids learned how to harvest cotton with their initiative on making a cotton gin from a piece of cardboard.
These were just a few classes for the kids. They now have elected officers from president to sargent of arms. We also have several kids that are going on the Youth Industry Tour. These kids want to learn and we want them to learn. The CCCA is paying for these kids to go.
At the Cole County fair in July, the CCCA gave all beef exhibitors a feed bucket with a CCCA emblem, a junior member T-shirt, and a one year membership to the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association, and this makes them members of the CCCA Youth Group. We signed up 84 juniors. And, 17 of these are already members of our youth group. In this group are the same kids that founded the group. This extends their current membership and the remainder are new juniors.
Garrett Earl Russell, son of Aaron & Nicki Russell, 2019 graduate of Blair Oaks R-II.
Macey R. Hurst, daughter of Representative Tom Hurst, St. Thomas and Staci Hurst, Jefferson City, 2016 graduate of Fatima High School.
Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The Mid-Missouri Cattlemen’s Association held its last meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2019, at the Ninth Street Christian Church in Eldon Missouri. Past President, Maurice Pearson led the group in prayer before dinner. Association President Wendy Cantrell made introductions and discussed the meeting topics. The meal was provided by Barbara Zimmerman and was sponsored by Quality Liquid Feed – QLF. The QLF Representatives were Mark Greer, District Manager and Tom Scanlon, field specialist. They spoke to the group in detail about the benefits of QLF. The group was very interested in several aspects of the product and presentation turned into a question and answer session. This is a 34% protein liquid feed that is American-made with American products. Topics of discussion included cowherd nutrition, cow/calf performance/supplemental considerations. The cattle will only eat what they need. If they consume too much or too little “they are trying to tell you something.” This is a year-round nutrition program since they only eat what they need. QLF products are available through Miller County Regional Stockyards in Eldon. We would like to thank Mark Greer and Tom Scanlon for such an informative presentation.
With everyone taking a break from the hay fields they really enjoyed this meeting and fellowship. A box of Fly Tags was provided by Miller County Regional Stockyards as a door prize. Our next membership meeting is scheduled with Boehringer Ingelheim on Tuesday, August 27. Zimmerman will again be providing the meal. We expect a large turnout for this meeting.
Bates County With county fair in full swing, we always skip a meeting in July. This year, we served burgers, BBQ beef and steak sandwiches at the Fair Bash on July 9. And our annual steak dinner was July 11 before the steer show. We served nearly 225 steak dinners, including 9 gallons of baked beans! Thanks to everyone who helped with these events. To support the youth of Bates County, we attended the junior livestock sale and purchased the premium on Clara Warfield’s steer and partnered with Backroad Productions on the premium for Makenna Merrifield’s steer. It’s a privilege to be a part of these young people’s agriculture endeavors. Prior to the sale, we presented scholarships to two high school seniors, Brooke Dunning and James Fischer. We’re very proud of these two young people and look forward to seeing them further their educations. We kicked off August by helping serve at the Missouri Beef House on Monday August 12. It’s a fun tradition for Bates County, and we thoroughly enjoy being a part of the iconic stop on the fairgrounds. Our August meeting followed right behind on August 13. We met at the Flaming Lantern restaurant in Butler and had presentations from Presiding Commissioner Jim Wheatley, as well as our meal sponsor, Livestock Nutrition Center (LNC). Commissioner Wheatley shared about developments with a new hog operation under construction east of Butler and the consideration for an ordinance to provide guidelines for waste management. The county commission is planning to hold a meeting with the county agriculture and health organizations to determine if and how to handle the situation.
We hope to have Tom Mallory provide the evening entertainment. Tom is an exceptional singer, and we invite you to come hear his concert. Our next meeting will be September 10 at the Poplar Heights Living History Farm.
Serving burgers, BBQ beef and steak sandwiches at the Fair Bash
Ivan Fischer awarding scholarships to James Fischer and Brooke Dunning at the BCF junior livestock sale
Cody Hixon followed with a presentation on livestock nutrition. He shared the resources provided through LNC, including custom ration and bulk delivery, mineral and lick tubs, and bulk commodity delivery. Cody was joined by sales representatives Logan Kennedy and Kimberly Pearl, as well as feed mill manager Andy Love. Thank you to LNC for sponsoring our meeting and providing a great resource to our members.
President Ivan Fischer reported on the cooking events from July and August and reminded everyone we will serve at the Butler Community Café on September 3. This outreach has been a great experience, and we already have dates set for serving again in 2020. With our annual meeting moved up a month this year, we are making preparations for entertainment and officer elections. Be sure to join us Saturday, October 12 for a prime rib dinner at the Adrian Optimist Building.
Cody Hixon, Livestock Nutrition Center, speaking at August meeting.
Polk County The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association has been busy lately. We cooked 600 hot dogs for the Back to School event for Bolivar Schools. We donated 400 of the hot dogs, and 200 were donated by another local group. We also cooked 150 ribeyes for the Duck Creek Technologies Employee Appreciation Day. The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association helped cook two days at the Missouri Beef House during the Ozark Empire Fair. Several of our members also made the trip to Sedalia to work in the Missouri Beef House at the Missouri State Fair. The Polk County Cattlemen’s did not hold a meeting during the month of August as it is a very busy time for our members. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday September 12, at the Rocking R Auction Barn. We will be hosting a BQA Certification at this meeting, and it will be Sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Joplin Regional Stockyards.
Polk County Cattlemens members cooking at the Back to School Bash.
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SEMO Cattlemen’s Association The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to award ten scholarships to outstanding local youth in 2019. Katherine Bangert, Greenville High School; Zach Word, Saxony Lutheran High; Laney Koch, Oran High School; Caleb Aufdenberg, Zach Aufdenberg, and Landon Hahn of Jackson Senior High; Blake Bollinger, Isaac McMillian, Autumn Whitener, and Raylen Yamnitz of Meadow Heights High School were each selected to receive a $500 scholarship.
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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association invites those interested to their tour September 21. The tour begins at 1:30 pm at Hillside Angus Ranch/Wide Range Bovine Unlimited, Pierce City. Owners are Rick, Mary Jo, Cody and Jocelyn Washam. Their address is 44 Lawrence 2220 from Pierce City take Missouri 37 northwest to Lawrence 2220 then 2 miles west. They have a purebred Angus herd, a fencing business, artificial insemination service, freeze branding, fitting show cattle and cattle marketing consultation. Jocelyn keeps busy with livestock photography and social media efforts under the Rural Route Creations label.
The last stop of the afternoon will be the historic, Old Ritchey Mill on Shoal Creek. The association’s grillers will have burgers, chips, drinks and cookies for supper. An added item is music provided by local musicians. There are no charges but its requested you call 417-4663102 before September 18 to help with arrangements. The tour is a cooperative effort of the Cattlemen and University of Missouri Extension.
Next the tour heads to Elbert Angus Farm, at the junction of County Road J and Unicorn Road. The 60 year old herd was started by Kenneth as a freshman in FFA. There you’ll see one of the early adopters of management intensive grazing and hear how he began the practice. His forage program is one of the keys to the success of his 200-cow Angus herd that calves spring and fall. The forages include Ky31 with clover, novel fescue, Caucasian bluestem and native prairie hay from the Sarcoxie Prairie. In addition, he buys alfalfa hay locally. A high percentage of his hay is stored under roof. The next stop is the Marion Farms just south of Elbert’s. It is a three generation operation that totals 200 crossbred cows. They calve both late winter and fall. Calves are backgrounded after weaning and 10 steers enter the Missouri Steer Feedout most years since 2003. Tour visitors will have a chance to pick which steers Russell will send to Iowa in November. Two-thirds of their hay is stored in barns. Clearing timber since 2012 has resulted in seeding those cleared areas to novel fescues. One hay barn has solar panels on it to provide power for fencing, lights, corral equipment and the well pump.
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Vernon County Vernon County Cattlemen provided sandwiches hot off the grill at the recent Vernon County Ag Day. The event was held at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Nevada and showcased approximately 45 area ag vendors. Thank you to Justin Ogle of Nevada for organizing the new event.
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Michelle Westerhold, Megan Westerhold, and Katlyn Logan working the Vernon County shift at the Missouri Beef House during the Missouri State Fair. Sam Morgan and Tommy and Kathy Wait helping serve.
Douglas / Wright County Cattlemen The Douglas / Wright County Cattlemenâ€™s Association met on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 6 p.m. in Mountain Grove, Missouri, at the Club 60 Steakhouse. The group enjoyed a steak dinner with sides sponsored by Greg and Clint Wehrman of Wehrman Insurance, and Elizabeth Landgren from Rain and Hail. President Ernie Ehlers opened the meeting and brought the group up to speed with current news, including the details on the 2019 Heifer Essay Contest. Entries are due by October 1, 2019, and details can be found on social media platforms as well as local businesses and schools located in Douglas and Wright counties. Ernie then gave a treasury report, and asked the blessing before the meal. There were 35 members in attendance enjoyed fellowship during dinner. After dinner, Wehrman Insurance gave a presentation on structure and benefits of pasture insurance. The insurance is based on rainfall in areas based on a grid and time period, and lasts for 12 months, starting January 1. Those who wish to obtain insurance for 2019 must have their insurance in place by November 15, 2019. Only established perennial hay crops planted prior to July 1 of the year of insurance will be covered. Crop insurance is index based, figured off of averages, and uses NOAA weather stations throughout the regions covered. The Douglas / Wright County group will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mountain Grove, Missouri. Harold Bertz of the Red Angus Association of America will speak with the Missouri Red Angus Association as the sponsor. Cattlemen in the area are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
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Navigating the River to Profitability Source: Red Angus Association of America Dubuque, Iowa, will be a hotspot for innovative and forward-thinking cattlemen and women this month during the 66th annual National Red Angus Convention. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America, is sure to be a highlight of the convention and will offer beef producers the tools and knowledge they need to strengthen their operations and improve their profitability. This year’s symposium, held at the Grand River Conference Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, starting at 10 a.m., will center on “Navigating the River to Profitability” and will feature a diverse group of speakers guaranteed to offer valuable insight and experiential learning to attendees. A wide array of topics will be addressed, ranging from the keynote presentation by Troy Marshall, who asks, “Which Came First – the Cow or the Calf” to designing the right kind of feeder and finishing cattle, to the value of replacement females in the industry. A live ultrasound demonstration will be featured, as well as updates from the RAAA Commercial Marketing Team. Additionally, a ladies’ symposium will be offered that will address women’s changing roles in agriculture, which will begin at 1 p.m. Harold Bertz, RAAA director of commercial marketing, looks forwards to the educational lineup, as it is always one of the most popular events at the National Red Angus Convention. “The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium has gained the reputation of being one of the premier networking and educational events in the industry and this year’s lineup of topics will continue that tradition. We are excited to offer commercial cattlemen and women an event with current and practical information that can be immediately plugged into their operations.”
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James Douglas ‘J.D’ Gregory James Douglas “JD” Gregory, 86 of Houstonia, Missouri passed away on August 7 2019 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri.
JD was born on July 4, 1933 in Sedalia, Missouri a son of Earl Henry, (E.H.) and Mary (Walkup) Gregory. His parents preceded him in death. JD graduated from Houstonia High School in 1953 and served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955. He was raised on the family farm and had lived all of his life in Houstonia. He was a farmer and cattleman who loved his Polled Hereford cattle. He also raised donkeys for breaking cattle, and enjoyed going on tractor cruises on his Super M tractor, that he, his son Kevin and brother Robert restored. JD enjoyed farm life and all that went with it. He and his son Kevin worked side by side until recently, his family often helping with baling hay and working calves. He recently attended the Pettis County 4-H livestock show sitting ringside smiling as he watched his great-granddaughter show the family cattle.
JD was a lifelong member of the Houstonia Methodist Church, a member of the American Hereford Association, the Pettis County Cattlemans Association, the Central Missouri Polled Hereford Association, and the State Fair Saddle Club and the Missouri State Fair Foundation. He served as the Assistant Superintendant for the Missouri State Fair Mule Show and measured ponies for the Missouri State Fair 4-H, FFA Horse show for several years.
Earl Henry, Robert, and JD Gregory.
His survivors include 2 sons, Jeffry (Sheri) Gregory of Grain Valley, Missouri and Kevin (Barbara) Gregory of Houstonia. 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Gregory-Sneed (Brian), Devann Gregory-Catlett (Ben), Morgann Gregory, Jordann Gregory ( Blake Voss), Haylee Peak (Taylor), Trevor Gregory and 2 great grandchildren Reagan and Rhett Sneed. He is survived by 2 brothers Robert Gregory and Marion Gregory. Funeral Services were held at Rea Funeral Home in Sedalia on Monday, August 12, 2019. Visitation was held on Sunday, August 11, 2019. PallBearers were: Jim Reed, Matt Boatright, Bob Reavis, Dale Norfleet, Phillip Gudde and Jim Zumbehl. Honorary Pallbearers were Brian & Jennifer GregorySneed, Ben and Devann Gregory-Catlett, Morgann Gregory, Jordann Gregory, Blake Voss, Taylor and Haylee Peek, Trevor Gregory. Burial in the Houstonia Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri State Fair Foundation- Hereford Barn improvements.
Briarwood Farms and The MAA Present 2019 Missouri State Fair Angus Steer Awards Source: Brenda Black The Missouri Angus Association (MAA) and Dr. Curtis Long of Butler, Missouri, awarded embroidered championship director chairs to top exhibitors of the 2019 Missouri State Fair Angus Steer Contest. Winners at the fair will subsequently also receive monetary awards from Dr. Long and the MAA during the 2020 MAA Annual Banquet in February. On August 12, 2019, Corbitt Wall, Canyon, Tx., judged the OnFoot Open Steer Carcass Show & Live Evaluation Contest. He selected Larissa Larrickâ€™s 1,370 pound Angus steer as the OnFoot Champion. The Shelbina, Mo., exhibitor will receive $300 from Briarwood Angus Farms and the Missouri Angus Association at the awards presentation in February. Grace Busch of St. James, Missouri, took Reserve Champion with her 1,435 pound Angus steer. The following day, Bryon Kutz sorted through nine 4-H and six FFA Angus steers. Bryce Williams of Montgomery County was selected 4-H Champion Angus Steer and Payton Frank of St. Charles County was named 4-H Reserve Champion Angus Steer. In the FFA show, past winners Sean Houston of Savannah took the Championship and Grace Busch earned Reserve. Each champion and reserve champion anticipates cash prizes of $300 and $200, respectively, to be presented in February.
The Missouri State Fair announced judge Dr. Bryon Wiegandâ€™s carcass results on Saturday, August 17, with Max Alexander of Linneus taking the Grand Champion Angus Carcass and winning the title, award chair and $500. His steer dressed at 867 pounds, graded Choice with a yield grade of 2, and a 16.5 Rib Eye Area. Grace Busch won Reserve Champion Angus Carcass in the carcass show with her Reserve OnFoot steer. The winner of $200, her steer dressed at 878 pounds, graded Choice and had a yield grade 2, with a 14.2 REA.
Larissa Larrick, 13, of Shelbina, received Grand Champion Hotel Steer in the OnFoot Open Steer Carcass Show & Live Evaluation Contest on Monday, August 12th. Larissa is the daughter of Tim and Michelle Larrick. She attends South Shelby School and is a member of the South Shelby FFA Chapter. Pictured (L-R) are Tim Larrick, Peyson Larrick, Rick Larrick, Ted E. Sheppard, Nikki Cunningham, Kevin Roberts, Show Judge, MO Cattlemen Representative, Sydney Thumel, 2019 MO State Fair Queen Chloe Momphard, Lauren Gilbert, Mark Wolfe, and Chris Chinn.
Bryce Williams, 14, of Rhineland, received Champion Angus in the 4-H Market Steer Show on Tuesday, August 13th. Bryce is the son of Ben and Sarah Williams. He attends Hermon High School and is a member of the Little Burgar 4-H Club. (Continued on page 54)
Nine participants in the Carcass and 4-H or FFA shows included Max Alenxander, Linneus; Grace Busch, St. James; Jacie Carroll and Sarah Carroll, Raymore; Chase Gray, Sikeston; Sean Houston, Savannah; Larissa and Peyton Larrick, Shelbina; and Clara Warfield, Butler. Each Angus youth exhibitor will be awarded $200 in February for participating in both contests. For more information about the annual State Fair Carcass Contest, visit http://www.mostatefair.com or http://briarwoodangusfarms.com or contact Briarwood Farms at 660-679-3459. And to learn more about the Missouri Junior Angus program, go to http:// missouriangus.org/juniors.html. Payton Frank, 15, of Wentzville, received Reserve Champion Angus in the 4-H Market Steer Show on Tuesday, August 13th. Payton is the son of Doug and LaRee Frank. He attends Holt High School and is a member of the Boone County 4-H Club.
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Jerry Bohn to receive FQF Industry Achievement Award Source: CAB - by Miranda Reiman When the opportunity knocked the first time, cattle feeder Jerry Bohn said “no.” “I turned the Pratt job down once, before we made the decision to come here,” he says. With a young family and a career at CattleFax, “it was a hard move.” “When I first came, we thought we’d be here five or six years and then go on somewhere else,” he says. But after 34 years at the helm, it’s hard to separate Jerry Bohn from Pratt Feeders. Both are known for being reliable and consistent. “You don’t run a business for practice, so obviously making a profit and doing it right was important for us,” he says. “That allowed us to be successful because we did focus on doing things the right way, being honest and having integrity. We did what we said we’d do.” For his leadership to the beef industry and dedication to raising quality cattle, Bohn will receive the 2019 Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) Industry Achievement Award later this month. The honor will be given at a special dinner during the conference, slated for August 27 to 28 in Amarillo, Texas. Past recipients selected Bohn for the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-sponsored award. “Being recognized by your peers is the ultimate compliment,” he says.
During his tenure at Pratt Feeders, it grew from one yard operating at half capacity to as many as four, with an Oklahoma yard at Buffalo and other Kansas locations at Ashland and Hays (sold in 2014), with close to 120,000-head total capacity.
In 1980, local businessmen purchased the yard, but when Jerry brought his wife Julie and their young family to Pratt a few years later, he took immediate ownership in its success. Since then he’s literally bought into the company, serving on its board now with some secondgeneration stockholders. “I don’t miss the day-to-day headaches, the weather and the markets dropping out,” Bohn says. “I do really miss the interaction with the customers.
“It’s a relationship business,” Bohn says. “It takes a pretty big trust for someone to put a load of cattle, that’s worth $40-, $50-, $60,000 on the road, send them to people you might not have met and trust that they’re going to take care of them.” Bohn’s name was on the line, but everybody from pen rider to trucker to office clerk played a role. “It takes a team to run an operation like this,” Bohn says. The company was an early member of U.S. Premium Beef (USPB) and became a partner in the long-running CAB Feedlot Licensing Program in the early 2000s. “It caused us to do a paradigm shift a little bit, with more focus on quality, and we became more active in looking for ranch cattle, particularly Angus,” Bohn says. “It was something that we needed to do to change our direction.” The industry is catching up, but Bohn set that in motion at Pratt nearly 20 years ago. “Over time, working with Jerry personally and with the other managers in the Pratt group I really gained an appreciation for his analytical style and approach to business,” says Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist for the brand, remembering many meetings spent poring over data in the Pratt boardroom. “Together we measured the progression of carcass quality in the cattle they were feeding. As the industry embraced carcass quality and what that meant for the economics of cattle marketing, Jerry was on top of that, finding better and better cattle.”
The feeding company implemented individual animal management early on. Pens are still sorted into three or four outcome groups, each one marketed at an optimum finish. “Today almost everything we sell is based on a grid,” Bohn says. “There’s a risk ratio when you get paid for actually what you have, and sometimes people didn’t really want to find out what they had. More of them are becoming comfortable with that and it’s a way that we can supply more quality to our end user to keep them coming back.”
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Doing right for the cattle, the customer and the bottom line—it seems to come natural, but it wasn’t a mapped career path for the farm boy from Wabaunsee County, Kansas. He grew up baling hay, raising pigs, cattle and corn. That led him to earn an animal science degree from Kansas State University, where he also met Julie. They’ll celebrate 47 years of marriage this fall. “She’s been so supportive,” Bohn says. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. He’s a retired lieutenant colonel, after serving for 21 years in the National Guard. “My goal is to leave a legacy, not only for my family but also with my involvement in the industry,” Bohn says. “You owe it to the industry you’re involved in to work with it and promote it and be involved.” He’s served as Kansas Livestock Association president and volunteered with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which put him on track to become president there in 2021. “I hope I’m known as someone who keeps his word and does what I say I’m going to do,” Bohn says.
The Cost of Doing the Right Thing Source: CAB Black Ink - By Nicole Lane Erceg They reminded me of the ball pits I’d play in as a kid at McDonalds. Except these were black, and floating in a water trough. Designed to reduce water evaporation, the polyurethane spheres didn’t come cheap.
The measure of risk investment can’t solely rely on whether it will provide an immediate return.
These ranchers took a leap of faith and purchased enough of them to cover a large stock tank, without knowing if it will pay off. The few leftover floaters bob around the horse water trough. When you live in the Panhandle of Texas where water is more precious than diamonds, anything that can preserve a drop seems worth the gamble. Every other day it feels like there’s a new “Ag Tech” solution, offering ways to track data, improve environmental footprints and automate traditional methods. When is it a good choice to skip a passing phase or invest in what may be the way of the future?
We can’t bet the farm on technological updates, but we can invest in doing the right thing, in technology that tracks and proves we are doing the right thing. It may not pay off in premiums today, but maybe in terms of securing a successful beef business for tomorrow.
Does it provide value — not necessarily in dollars and cents, but in the trust bank with consumers? Where can this data-driven future help us prove best stockmanship practices, environmental preservation and responsible use of animal health products? These aren’t things for which the average consumer today is willing to pay more. There are simply expectations of cattle handling, traceability and environmental stewardship when they approach the meat case. Today’s media headlines are saying most meat does not meet those expectations. Natural resources aren’t something to gamble with, but neither is consumer trust. Not every technological investment can come at the cost to the end-user or next person in the beef value chain. Sometimes we need to do the right thing, just because it’s the right thing and has inherent value. When cattlemen first started investing in carcass genetics, the market didn’t have a premium for higher grading cattle. In fact, the industry was headed toward a leaner product. Leaders invested anyway and decades later grid marketing is a powerful tool, premium spreads have maintained and a higher quality earns extra dollars, though none were sure it would at the start. These Texas ranchers don’t know if the investment will pay off in water savings. There’s a chance their trial might pay for itself and there’s a chance it’s money down the drain. Either way, they are ready to foot the bill when it comes to doing the right thing for the ranch and the consumer.
Fetus to Feedyard Immunometabolism’s Impact on Animal Health Source: CAB by Kylee Kohls This isn’t a research topic you’d find at the middleschool science fair. It’s so new, research is just beginning to explore this 16-letter term for immune cells sharing nutrients with major organs: immunometabolism. So far, there are still more questions than answers. Barry Bradford, animal scientist at Kansas State University, presented his work with cattle at the American Society of Animal Scientists annual meetings in July. That interaction of cells competing, sharing and utilizing nutrients is especially key in times of illness, he said. “The body makes a lot of adaptations to make sure the immune system has what it needs to combat infection,” Bradford said. The same systems collaborate with metabolism for growth, development and health throughout life – from fetus to feedyard or pasture.
The cost of disease, he said, includes increased metabolic activity, reduced nutrient availability, altered priorities for nutrient utilization, increased turnover rates in the immune system, damage to tissue and a “genetic loss” to offspring. Logic says easing the impact of stress helps more cattle realize their genetic potential for premium carcass merit, too. Bradford’s research focus is the inflammatory response during times of stress and that impact on liver health. “To combat potential invading organisms quickly, the immune system uses cells like macrophages,” he said. “These are the cells looking for any signs of bacteria.” Unlike many immune cells, macrophages live in tissues – not swimming around the bloodstream – and they are present all the time, monitoring for abnormalities. “What we are learning now is they’re not just looking for signs of bacteria or infection, but they’re also playing really important roles in regulating how the tissue works day to day,” Bradford said. “Turning on a breakdown of body fat when the animal doesn’t have enough energy is actually influenced by these immune cells.” Traditionally only thought to play a role in infectious scenarios, Bradford said, “The interactions between normal organ function and the immune system are becoming much tighter than we used to think.” Research animals faced with an immune challenge have a dramatic change in nutrient availability in the bloodstream. That affects the building blocks of protein synthesis available for normal growth and development. “There’s interest in how this might affect a growing fetus, say a cow that’s carrying a calf,” the scientist noted. “But also, what nutrients might be important and effective in helping an animal fight off an immune challenge like scours.”
He said research doesn’t know exactly what those nutrients look like yet. The same questions surround the impacts on feedyard efficiency and nutritional supplements.
“It’s tricky to nail down,” Bradford said. “When we see differences in efficiency, is it, to some extent, due to immune-system activation stealing nutrients?” We know cattle become less efficient when they are sick.
“What we don’t know as much is this: If you try to ramp up the immune system all the time so that they’re less likely to get sick, does that actually cost you enough calories and nutrients that it doesn’t pay off?” Bradford wonders. “Or does preventing disease have that benefit, enough benefit, to pay for the extra immune-system cost?” It probably depends on the environment they’re in, he suggests.
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“The low hanging fruit is nutritional support of sick animals,” Bradford said. “Obviously if you’ve got cows out on a thousand acres, you know it’s not that easy to go give one some supplement that’s specifically for her.” But preventing illness for the whole herd might be an option in the future. Take a feedlot for simpler example. “If you’re pulling cattle to treat for respiratory disease, it wouldn’t be that hard to have a pen where you keep them for a while and maybe feed them a different diet that’s intended specifically to enhance immune response to that infection,” Bradford said. By managing cattle through times of stress to reduce the effects of the immune system’s response to inflammation—linked to metabolic changes—producers can prepare cattle to perform. Researchers are continuing to dig into this “new” topic. Feedyard efficiency, fetus development, long-term cow health – all remain on Bradford’s radar. “It kind of amazes me, actually, that we haven’t dug into that to this day.”
Working Together Source: C. Brooks Hurst, Missouri Soybean Association President The animal rights extremist groups are undoubtedly united. When is the last time you’ve heard PETA bashing HSUS? The answer is never. Too often, agriculture is plagued with infighting because we are inherently independent, which is also a noble trait. However, we must be united and there is no better example of that unity than the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. We have a long history of working together to relentlessly represent farmers and ranchers in Missouri’s State Capitol and in Washington, D.C. In recent years, Missouri agriculture has made significant advancements in state policy, especially with the recent passage of SB391. It could’ve been easy for a commodity row crop group to stay out of this difficult fight, but that’s just not who we are. Like MCA, we fight for our customers and our neighbors. Bringing these groups together to pass important legislation like SB391 is extremely important to create positive, proactive policy that will advance Missouri agriculture now and in the future. We are in this together. That’s why you see MCA standing firm for farmer-grown biodiesel when they could just sit on the sidelines. We know that generally what’s good for one in the agricultural value chain is good for the industry.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black Horse Psychology Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses! I admire these folks’ ability and special talent. It’s always a pleasure to see a good horse workin’ right. But horses look at veterinarians like kids look at Sunday School or cowboys look at weddings.
They make’m uncomfortable. Even though everybody tells ‘em it’s for their own good, they’d lots rather be someplace else. But, in the case of the horse, you can’t really blame them. Most every time I have to handle a horse it’s to stick something in him like a tube or a shot or a plastic sleeve!
And, they remember you! I’ve seen horses go bug-eyed and snorty at the sight or smell of a vet truck! The only way you could give’m a shot was to sneak it to the cowboy and let him do it from horseback. Years back I went to a lecture and demonstration on “horse psychology for vets.” The gist of the whole philosophy says it is a matter of wills. Since the horse is a social animal, each band has a pecking order. It’s not always the strongest or fastest or biggest that’s the leader.
It’s the one with the most dominant personality. So every time a person meets a horse one has to dominate the other. Well, I took the schoolin’ seriously and came back ready to test my new horse psychology skills. I practiced on several “bronky” ones before I tried it out on my archenemy. He was a dark brown, non-descript, badheaded, ill-tempered, big-footed, long-haired typical Nevada-raised feedlot slogger named Scrap Iron! In six years I had never tube-wormed Scrap Iron or given him so much as a vitamin shot! He wouldn’t let me within 20 foot of him! Following my instructions, I crouched real low and approached him. He mistook me for the farrier and let me pick up a front foot. I buckled on the one-leg hobble and stood up. He realized immediately the trick I pulled on him and promptly went into his “bad actor” routine. He ran around the corral on three legs, he reared, rolled, snorted, slobbered, kicked, fell, cussed and generally just made a fool of himself. Which, of course, was the plan. After soakin’ him like this for twenty minutes, I went over and humiliated him in every way I could think of. I tickled his flank, handled his tail, patted his belly, stuck
my fingers in his mouth, nose and ears. He stood and took it, glaring at me. Then I took off the hobble and repeated the tickling, handling, patting and poking while he stood there shaking and hating me. But he did stand. I tubed him two or three times and gave him his first full series of vaccinations without a twitch, a foot up or an ear. The only restraint was a halter, my voice and his knowledge that when it was him against me, it was ME in charge. It took forty-five minutes and was the pinnacle of my horsedom. He never forgot and the times I worked on him over the years he allowed it. It was a good arrangement, I got him vetted and he still hated me. For those of you who think this little experience swelled my head, some of you’ll be pleased to know that the last time I wormed Scrap Iron, I turned my back on him and he bit me on the shoulder. I whirled around and he had this innocent look on his face. I stared at him. He smiled just a little and seemed to say. “I’m just keepin’ you on your toes, kid, so you don’t get too cocky. It’s for your own good!”
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USMEF Statement on Signing of U.S.-EU Agreement on Access for U.S. Beef Source: USMEF Today (August 2, 2019) at the White House, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer signed an agreement granting the United States a country-specific share of the European Union’s duty-free high-quality beef quota. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom, who participated in the White House ceremony, issued the following statement:
This agreement provides more reliable and consistent access to the EU market and will be a tremendous boost for the U.S. beef industry. The agreement sends a very positive signal to customers in Europe who see a bright future for U.S. beef and to producers who are interested in expanding their non-hormone treated cattle (NHTC) business but have grown frustrated as they struggled to recover the additional production costs. USMEF greatly appreciates the tireless efforts of USTR and USDA to secure better access to this very high-value beef market.
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“While meat substitutes have certainly attracted a lot of media hype over the past couple of years, data shows that real beef maintains 99.5% of the retail market vs. only 0.5% for meat substitutes,” Harrison pointed out. “Meanwhile, real beef consumption continues to grow, and even consumers who sometimes choose to buy plant-based alternatives continue to eat real beef as often as they always have.” Woodall focused on the need for the federal government to ensure that beef nomenclature is protected in the marketing and labeling of fake meat. He also said the organization will continue to educate consumers about what exactly is in the plant-based fake meat that is available in supermarkets and restaurants. “When consumers buy a steak or a pound of ground beef, they’re buying one ingredient: beef,” Woodall said. “But when they buy one particular fake-meat product, they’re buying pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, cellulose from bamboo, methyl cellulose, potato starch, maltodextrin, yeast extract, vegetable glycerin, dried yeast, gum arabic, citrus extract, ascorbic acid, beet juice extract, acetic acid, succinic acid, modified food starch, and annatto. Anyone who thinks that these fake meat products are more nutritious or more natural than real beef is very mistaken, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure people know that.” The 2019 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting kicked off on July 29 and ran through August 1. During this time, various NCBA policy committees met to discuss and set policy positions for the next year.
Trade, Consumer Demand, Impending Corn Crop Among Critical Issues for U.S. Cattle Industry CattleFax’s Randy Blach Outlines Situation at NCBA Summer Business Meeting Denver, CO ( July 30, 2019) -- Herd expansion, export markets, corn crop expectations and swine fever ramifications are among the factors that will have an impact on the upcoming U.S. cattle market, Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, told more than 700 attendees of the 2019 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting near Denver July 30, 2019. Blach was keynote speaker at the Opening General Session of the meeting, a gathering for leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National CattleWomen and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Blach told the group that U.S. cattle herd expansion had slowed to a crawl, with the lion’s share of growth behind the industry. That slowing had been expected, he said. Record beef, pork and poultry supplies are having an impact on the market. For that reason and with record meat consumption expected next year, it’s critical for export markets to be opened and trade policy questions to be answered, he said. However, consumers have responded well to the increased quality of beef production in this country, Blach said. There has been a 50 percent increase in prime and choice production over the past 15 years, and 80 percent of U.S. beef is now Prime and Choice. Beef has captured an additional 7 percent of market share of meat spending from poultry and pork. “It’s a great, great success story,” Blach said. “We have to continue to be the highest quality protein provider, delivering products we can stand behind that consumers love.”
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Corn crop uncertainty centered around the number of acres planted and yield potential is also of concern, as the impact of wet weather in grain producing segments of the country will be unknown until the middle of August, Blach said. Furthermore, ramifications of swine fever in China will add some unknowns to the equation. “We’re looking at a lot of volatility as a result of what’s happening in that part of the world,” he said. “We have to remember that only 4 percent of the world’s consumers live in this country,” Blach added. “Currently 14 percent of beef and beef by products are exported. More than 20 percent of the value of every fed steer is generated by exports. We need to have more outlets for not only our beef, but our poultry and pork.” Blach said that while an economic recession could have some serious repercussions on the beef cattle industry, the bottom line for producers is profitability, which in general the industry has seen in recent history. “If we’re not profitable, we’re not sustainable,” he said. “I do believe we’re going to stay profitable as we go through this cycle.” Blach’s comments reflected information shared with CattleFax members in a Long Term Outlook produced last week. The Outlook provides an up-to-date look at the factors influencing the U.S. cattle market and its producers. The Summer Business Meeting gives industry leaders a chance to meet and discuss the direction of programs for 2020. Beef Checkoff committees made up of members of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and directors on the NCBA Federation Division meet to assess authorization requests submitted by checkoff contractors, submitting their suggestions to the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, which meets in September. The BPOC will develop a plan and budget and submit its recommendation to the full Beef Board for authorization. The 2020 program must be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before it can begin Oct. 1, 2019. Meanwhile, NCBA policy committees meet to develop a game plan for the organization’s efforts to support and protect the U.S. cattle industry in Washington, D.C. and across the country beginning in January of 2020. These include livestock marketing; federal lands; agriculture and food policy; cattle health and well-being; property rights and environmental management and international trade.
Stockpile Tall Fescue Now for Winter Feeding Source: University of Missouri Extension, Linda Geist STOCKTON, Mo. — Plan now to stockpile tall fescue for winter feeding. Stockpiled fescue lowers feed input costs and leads to better profits in cattle operations, says University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist Patrick Davis. Begin stockpiling tall fescue by resetting fescue pastures to 3 to 4 inches and adding 40 to 50 pounds of nitrogen in early August, says Davis. More nitrogen increases yield, but it also increases risk of toxicity. If the fescue is a novel endophyte variety, 80 pounds or more is fine. In addition, take these pastures out of the grazing rotation until winter. This allows fall fescue to amass more pounds of dry matter per amount of nitrogen applied compared to a later fall nitrogen application. Strip grazing the stockpile is a good way to use the forage. It helps maintain the waxy cuticle layer and quality as long as possible throughout the winter feeding season. When strip grazing, use an electric wire to
allocate 2% to 3% of cattle body weight on forage dry matter basis for grazing. “Wait to graze fescue until later in the winter feeding season when ergovaline levels are lower,” says Davis. Concentration of ergovaline, which is toxic to cattle, drops later in the winter and makes the fescue safer to feed to cattle. University of Missouri research shows that mid-January to February concentrations of ergovaline likely fall below the toxic threshold level of 200 ppb for cattle. Wait until then to graze the stockpile. Cattle are less likely to show fescue toxicosis symptoms and will have improved health and performance, Davis says. For more information, contact your local MU Extension agronomy or livestock field specialist. You may also find more information at https://extension2.missouri.edu/ programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.
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Rotational Grazing Benefits Cattle Herd Source: University of Missouri Extension - Linda Geist MADISON, Mo. – Twenty-five years ago, Brian Pemberton bought acreage filled with thorn trees, scrub brush and multiflora roses. The only water source was a frog pond. The land needed four things: a road, buildings, fences and water. Thanks to hard work and cost-share programs, those goals were met. Grazing Acres Farm is now complete with a solid road, a central barn and 35 fenced rotational grazing paddocks with a water supply in each. The 232-acre system was recently showcased during a pasture walk sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as part of a two-day grazing school in Monroe County. MU Extension livestock specialist Daniel Mallory says the Pemberton operation shows how a rotational grazing system provides reliable sources of forage, water and shade for cattle. Three generations of Pembertons, including Brian, father Richard and son Cade, run the grassland farm in the northwest corner of Monroe County. Up to four black Angus herds rotate on the paddocks, depending upon the time of the year and weather conditions. They move in sequence from one paddock to the next every one to three days for the best use of forage and improved animal performance. The Pembertons renovated toxic fescue pastures, both chemically and through tillage. Now they grow a mix of warm- and cool-season grasses, including big bluestem, eastern gama grass, rye, orchard grass, reed canary grass, red clover and bird’s-foot trefoil.
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Despite the Pembertons’ best efforts, fescue keeps creeping back into pastures. “It’s a never-ending battle,” Richard says. Even with rotational grazing, cattle eat what they like first. This opens up small areas for the fescue to take hold. They strive to graze stockpiled grasses until Thanksgiving in order to feed less stored hay in winter. Grass was so plentiful in 2018 that cattle grazed until Christmas, Brian says. The mixture of grasses lets producers take advantage of different growth patterns to allow time for regrowth to extend grazing, says Mallory. The Pembertons see several benefits of rotational grazing, such as pasture rest, time for regrowth and soil conservation. They perform biannual soil testing and add lime to their pastures as needed. To supplement summer slump, the Pembertons add annuals. Last fall, they planted 80 acres of annual rye to harvest as baleage this spring. “The best way to reduce effects of toxic fescue is dilution,” Mallory says. “A great way to add another forage during summer is summer annuals.” Cool, wet weather makes it difficult to dry hay, so the Pembertons put up 80% of their forage into baleage. Another benefit of rotational grazing is that cattle become gentler with regular human contact during moves to fresh paddocks. A gentle herd first begins in the “wintering lot” where cattle are “bucket broke.” The Pembertons buy 450- to 600-pound black Angus heifers from private treaties. Each heifer is fed 2 pounds of feed daily from long troughs on either side of a concrete walkway. The daily contact makes them more comfortable with owners approaching them and rotating them to new pastures. The heifers breed naturally with low-birth-weight Angus bulls bought from a local supplier. A local veterinarian performs pregnancy checks in spring and fall. Yearling heifers undergo reproductive tract scoring before breeding. The Pembertons run a fall- and spring-calving herd. Today, four dams that include gravity flow and pressure systems supply the 14 tire tanks that provide water to every paddock. Used scraper tires make excellent waterers because the large oval openings allow multiple animals to drink at one time. The tires are economical
Why the right watering system matters Mark Kennedy, owner of Kennedy Grassland Services of Reeds Spring, Missouri, says the right livestock watering system improves herd health and efficiency. Kennedy, who is also a retired NRCS state grazing lands specialist, outlines the reasons in a slide presentation, “Livestock Watering Systems,” available as a downloadable PDF at mosoilandwater.land/sites/mosoilandwater/files/internal-grassland-livestock-watering.pdf. Cattle come to water two to five times daily. They drink one to four minutes each time at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. In hot weather, they can drink up to 25 gallons of water or an average of 3-5 pounds of water per pound of body weight. Calves need better-quality water than cows. They often avoid going through mud and other obstacles to reach a water source. They drink 5-7 pounds of water per pound of body weight. Cattle that have water within 600-800 feet drink 15% more water than cattle that have to walk more than 1,000 feet. That is why having water in each paddock and close to cattle matters so much, Kennedy says. Cattle “drink socially” when traveling farther. Kennedy recommends tank space for 10% of the herd with a flow rate sufficient to water the herd in 20 minutes. On the other hand, cattle tend to drink “individually” when the paddock is smaller than 10 acres or the cattle have to travel 1/8 mile or less for water. In this situation, the herd owner can usually get by with a smaller tank and less flow. and practically indestructible, says Brian. Tanks are placed so that cattle are within 600 feet of water at all times. Shade trees offer protection in every paddock. The Pembertons credit cost-sharing through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the 2002 Farm Bill’s Conservation Security Program for helping them achieve their goals. The three programs helped fund fencing, watering systems and structures on the farm. The Farmers Home Administration’s Beginning Farmer Program had provided Brian with the initial funding for land.
Brian says their systems may not be for everyone, but it works well for them. They continually tweak their systems, adapting them to the needs of a threegeneration team. Learn more about grasslands management from the NRCS + MU Grasslands Project at extension2.missouri. edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project. For more information, the MU Extension publication “Pumps and Watering Systems for Managed Beef Grazing” (EQ380) is available for free download at extension.missouri.edu/p/EQ380.
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MU Extension Specialist Wins National Conservation Award Source: University of Missouri Extension - Linda Geist DAVISVILLE, Mo. â€“ University of Missouri Extension specialist Rachel Hopkins received the first Conservationist of the Year Award from Women in NRCS (WIN). Hopkins is an MU Extension county engagement specialist based in Potosi and a fourth-generation Crawford County cattle producer. WIN awarded Hopkins for her efforts to conserve and improve land and water on the 1,100 acres of pasture and timber that she and her father own. WIN is an organization founded by female employees of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
About four years ago, Hopkins committed to adding fencing and water to the family cattle pastures. She and her dad put in portable electric fencing and several thousand feet of permanent barbed and high-tensile electric wire to create paddocks for management intensive grazing (MIG) of their 150-head herd. Paddocks range from 1.5 to 25 acres.
Rachel Hopkins, left, community engagement specialist with MU Extension, received the Conservationist of the Year award from the organization Women in NRCS. WIN President Sandi Kreke, right, presented the award.
They also laid 7,000 feet of pipe for watering systems and built ponds on hills where well water could not be pumped. Resources of several groups and programs, including the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Ozark Land Trust, helped them to accomplish their goal.
Rachel Hopkins, right, and her father own 1,100 acres of pasture and timber in Crawford County. Photo by Linda Geist.
The MIG system eases the workload and improves the land for generations to come, she says. “It’s mutually beneficial for us and natural resources.” As part of the farm’s ongoing conservation efforts, Hopkins keeps cattle away from the clear waters of Rock Branch, a tributary of the Huzzah River. The entire operation’s fencing system excludes cattle from more than 4 miles of the Huzzah River and a couple tributaries. They worked with the Nature Conservancy, Ozark Land Trust, Missouri Department of Conservation and a local landowner committee to obtain funds through the federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program. The funds are from a legal settlement with southeastern Missouri lead mining companies. They can be used for conservation efforts and restoration of natural resources. The NRDA funds helped pay for equipment and labor to remove timber and bury trees in the creek bank to slow erosion. Root wads face upstream to divert water and reduce sediment loss. This will stabilize 1,000 feet of creek bank when the project is completed in August. Hopkins also works with USDA and the Missouri Department of Conservation to curb the feral hog problem in Missouri. She and her father trap and kill feral hogs on their property with assistance from USDA hog trappers. Feral hogs can carry diseases, damage property, and cause soil erosion and poor water quality when they wallow in the ground and streams. The elusive, aggressive hogs travel in groups. Ten hogs can root up to 10-20 acres per night.
Hopkins began adding warm-season grasses to pastures in 2019. The native grasses extend the grazing season in rotational grazing systems and mitigate summer slump. Warm-season grasses also benefit wildlife habitat. Learn more at https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/nrcsmu-grasslands-project.
“Feral hogs pose a huge threat to the ag industry in Missouri,” Hopkins says. The hogs are not native to the area. Game hunters may bring them into the area illegally, she says.
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“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS SINCE 1993: Calving Ease, Attractive, Athletic, Sound Footed and Docile. We Deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, 816-797-5450 COVERED MINERAL BUNKS: CCA treated wood bunks work well with salt or other mineral mix. Built is six sizes 6’ - 16’, at Sentinel Industries. Ashland, MO. Phone: 573-657-2164.
Oct. 19 Bradley Cattle Bred Heifer Sale, Springfield, MO Oct. 19 Angell-Thomas Bull & Female Sale, Paris, MO Oct. 20 Frank/Hazelrigg Cattle Co., Fulton, MO Oct. 25 Spur Ranch Fall Performance Sale, Vinita OK Oct. 21 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale, Nevada, MO Oct. 25 10 Grand Charolais Sale at the American Royal, Kansas City, MO Oct. 26 Cattlemen’s Preferred All Breed Sale, Ratcliff, AR Oct. 26 Mead Farms Production Sale, Versailles, MO Oct. 26 McBee Cattle Co. Annual Fall Bull & Female Sale, Fayette, MO Oct 27 Lacy’s Red Angus Bull and Female Sale, Drexel, MO Oct. 27 Baker Angus Farms, Butler, MO Oct. 28 Southwest MO Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Nov. 2 Worthington Angus Sale, Dadeville, MO Nov. 2 Seedstock Plus Red Reward Fall Sale, Osceola, MO Nov. 2 Red Tie Event at Brickhouse Farms, Salem, MO Nov. 9 23rd Annual Show Me Plus Gelbvieh & Balancer® Sale, Springfield, MO Nov. 16 Show-Me Polled Hereford Classic Sale, Windsor, MO Nov. 18 Green Springs Late Spring Bull Test, Nevada, MO Nov. 23 Sydenstricker Genetics Sale, Mexico, MO Nov. 23 Seedstock Plus Two Sales One Day, Kingsville, MO Nov. 30 Butch’s Angus Sale, Jackson, MO Dec. 7 Wright Charolais 9th Annual Female Sale, Kearney, MO
American Angus Association .......................................53 American Angus Association Regional Manager........58 Bayer - Cydectin...........................................................17 BQA............................................................................104 Brickhouse Farms Red Angus......................................49 Buffalo Livestock Market..............................................78 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.....................................58 Central Missouri Sales Co............................................43 Circle A Angus Ranch..................................................55 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale..........................................75 Circle A Angus/Wangus........................................... 72-74 Classified.....................................................................105 Clearwater Farm...........................................................55 Don Thomas & Sons Brangus Sale..............................31 Double A Land & Cattle...............................................49 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.....................41 Ellis Cattle Company Red Angus.................................49 Express Ranch Sale....................................................107 F&T Livestock Market..................................................52 FCS of Missouri..........................................................108 Galaxy Beef LLC..........................................................55 Gallagher Fence............................................................85 Gardiner Angus Sale....................................................65 GDI...............................................................................62 Gerloff Farms................................................................55 Gleonda Farms Angus - Traves Merrick......................55 Gleonda-Garton Legacy Sale.......................................63 Green’s Welding & Sales...............................................74 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............................................55 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale....................................61 HydraBed..................................................................... 90 International Brangus Breeders Association................51 J&N Black Hereford Sale..............................................47 Jac’s Ranch Sale............................................................71 Jim’s Motors................................................................. 88 JJ Skyline Angus...........................................................55 Journagan Ranch/MSU Genetically Yours Sale............3 JRS ...............................................................................79 Kaczmarek Sale............................................................29 Kingsville Livestock Auction........................................82 KK Farms Red Angus..................................................49 Lacy’s Red Angus.........................................................49 Maple Oaks Red Angus................................................49 Maplewood Acres Farm................................................49 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............................................55 MC Livestock Red Angus.............................................49 MCA Dury Plaza Hotel - Columbia.............................68 MCA Golf Tournament................................................94 MCA Member Benefits...............................................103 MCA Membership Form..............................................99
MCA Presidents Council..............................................97 MCA Proud Member Signs........................................100 MCA Show-Me-Select Sale Credit.............................101 McBee Cattle Co..........................................................45 MCF Scholarship Ad................................................... 46 McPherson Concrete Products...................................105 Mead Cattle Co............................................................84 Mead Farms..................................................................55 Mead Farms Sale..........................................................59 Merck...................................................................... 12, 13 Missouri Angus Association..........................................55 Missouri Angus Breeders..............................................55 Missouri Beef Industry Council....................................15 Missouri Red Angus Association............................49, 50 Missouri Red Angus Breeders......................................49 Missouri Valley Commission Company.......................41 MLS Tubs.................................................................... 64 MultiMin USA..............................................................37 Naught-Naught Agency................................................35 New Day Genetics Sale...........................................68, 69 NRCS Cattlemen Field Days..................................92, 93 Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster.....................39 Ozark Hills Genetics.....................................................49 Profitability Challenge............................................95, 96 Red Tie Event Sale.......................................................89 Richardson Ranch........................................................55 Rogers Cattle Co. and Lile Farms Red Angus.............49 Salt Fork Feed & Supply - NDEco................................21 Seedstock Plus Sales......................................................27 Sellers Feedlot.............................................................. 80 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle..........................................49 South Central Regional Stockyards............................ 64 Spur Ranch Sale...........................................................67 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef......................................55 Superior Steel Sales.......................................................81 Sydenstricker Genetics..................................................55 Sydenstricker Implement - JayLor................................75 UltraLyx.......................................................................83 Valley Oaks Angus........................................................55 Valley Oaks Angus Sale................................................57 VitaLix..........................................................................91 Wax Company................................................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch....................................................55 Westway Feed..................................................................9 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.................................102 Wheeler Livestock Market............................................60 Mike Williams............................................................102 Windrush Farm Red Angus..........................................49 Windsor Livestock Auction...........................................35 Zeitlow Distributing......................................................54