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Cow CountryNews Cattlemen’s Association

February 2017

Chuck Crutcher Elected 2017 KCA President

Issue Highlights KCA Convention Coverage pg. 74-97

2016-17 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook pg. 28-30 Understanding the BVD Virus pg. 34-35 National Farm Machinery Show pg. 72-73

Ky Cattlemen’s Assoc. 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503


61st Annual

Lot 1 - Voyager Georgina 6526

Lot 37 - ROCK RIDGE PRIDE C93

SELLING 59 HEAD: 12 BULLS • 45 HEIFERS • 1 COW/1 CALF 12 Bulls: 5 born 2016 & 7 born 2015 45 Heifers: 34 Show Heifer Prospects & 11 Bred Heifers 1 Cow with 1 Calf

Auctioneer: Eddie Burks Park City, KY • 270.991.6398

Lot 5 - SFA FOREVER LADY 2616 Friday, March 3 Show - 9 a.m. Judge: Danny Harker

Lot 11 - LEGACY MERLE 1619

Saturday, March 4 Sale - Noon

Lot 39 - BOYD BLACKCAP 5141

SALE LOCATION: Kentucky Exposition Center At the Intersection of I-264 Watterson Expressway & I-65 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209

SALE DAY PHONES: 502.367.5472 • 859.238.3195 859.583.0364

Lot 45 - CHF 1092 LADY CONSENSUS 1516

HOTEL HEADQUARTERS: Angus Activities at the 2017 Kentucky Beef Expo

Lot 15 - TBA GEORGINA 5216

Lot 19 - BURKS FCA ELBREA 6065

Lot 21 - BOYD GEORGINA 6108

Hilton Garden Inn Phone: 502.637.2424 At Crittenden Drive, Gate 4, entrance to Kentucky Expo Center

Thursday, March 2, 2017 Arrival of Cattle KY Angus Association Board of Directors Meeting SALE MANAGER: Friday, March 3 TIM DIEVERT 9 a.m., KY Angus Sweepstakes Show 478 Dry Fork Road Show Order: Pen Entries, Bulls Females Danville, KY 40422 Judge: Danny Harker 2 p.m., Beef Expo Pen Heifer Show www.dievertsales.com (usually includes several registered Angus) Off: (859) 236-4591 Mob: (859) 238-3195 7 p.m., Annual Banquet Logan Goggin (859) 516-3199 Location: Hilton Garden Inn tdievert@dievertsales.com at the gate 4 entrance to the KEC 502/637-2424 CO-SPONSORED BY THE: (Call or text Anne Clark now for tickets: 606.782.1118) Kentucky Angus Evening activities include Association, the Kentucky Awards Presentations KY Angus Assoc. Annual Meeting Farm Bureau Federation KY Junior Angus Meeting & the Kentucky DepartCrowning of KY Angus Queen ment of Agriculture Auction of KY Angus Directory preferred pages Saturday, March 4 Online catalogs available at Noon: KY Angus Sweepstakes Sale 2 p.m., Beef Expo Pen Heifer Sale dievertsales.com, Evening, time TBA: KY Owned Expo Junior Show angusjournal.com, DVAuction & Sunday, March 5 kybeefexpo.com KY Beef Expo Open Junior Show, Heifers & Steers (Breed show order to be determined) Advertising for the 2017-2018 KY Angus Directory is now being accepted.

Lot 53 - JOHNSON OVERTIME 610

Lot 23 - DALTON FARMS BLACKCAP 003 Lot 30 - APS FOREVER LADY BRIDGET Lot 32 -BLACK GOLD MISS DIAMOND R056 Lot 33 -WARREN DASHOFCLASS D02

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Lot 58 - WBA CLASSEN 519

Lot 59 - MJ PHILADELPHIA 1536

Lot 60 - BURKS APS FINAL BID


Saturday • February

25, 2017 • 1:00 PM

United Producers Inc. Livestock Center (One mile off of I-65 at exit 28 in Bowling Green, KY)

Selling: 65 Bulls • 80 Commercial Heifers Angus Lot 1 • 555 • Hot Iron

25 Eighteen to 24-month-old Angus, SimAngus & Simmental Bulls 40 Yearling Angus, SimAngus and Simmental Bulls

Simmental Lot 57 • 615' • Hammer

All Bulls are Registered, Performance Tested, DNA typed and have passed a Breeding Soundness Evaluation.

80 Black and Black Baldy High-quality Replacement Yearling Heifers. Angus Lot 2 • 563 • Ten X

Angus Lot 9 • 609 • Traction

All heifers have been vaccinated, de-wormed and reproductive tract scored.

Bulls are Sired By: Bismarck, Traction, Innovation, Hot Iron, Hesston, HVance, Dream Doctor, Hammer, SledgeHammer, Broker, Lock Down, Upper Class and other breed leading sires!

Simmental Lot 54 • 655' • SledgeHammer

Simmental Lot 55 • 656' • SledgeHammer

The following Progressive Breeders are bringing you the sale offerings: Bulls SimAngus Lot 36 • 617' • Promotion

Cowles’ Pleasant Hill Farms, Gil Cowles 270-843-9021 Jarod Metzger 270-779-6260

SimAngus Lot 41 • 618' • Iron Mountain

Heifers Cooper Cattle, Paul Cooper 931-624-8659 Estes Bros., Joe Estes 270-202-6653

MARCH MADNESS

www.pleantshillfarms.com SimAngus Lot 20 • 566C • Dream Doctor

is coming EARLY!

Contact any of the breeders above for a sale book or any additional information.

See you on February 25, 2017 • Sale starts at 1:00 PM • Complimentary lunch served starting at 11:30 AM Cow Country News, February 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

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Paris Stockyards 859-987-1977

“Farmers doing business with farmers.”

Selling every Thursday at 9 AM Receiving cattle Wednesday 8AM - 10PM

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Call for more information Craig Taylor - 859-771-0146 Ÿ Sara Evans - 859-987-9945

2nd Annual Bull Sale 6:30 PM Monday - 3/27

Private Treaty: Spring Bred Commercial Angus Heifers For Sale Bred to Deer Valley Old Hickory Dennis Craig & Randy Sparks, Owners Sammy Ayres, Manager • 859-983-9488 2661 Clintonville Road Winchester, KY 40391 4

Table of Contents Convention Coverage ...pg. 74-97

COLUMNISTS 7 8 10 12 24 34 52 76 118

Chuck Crutcher, Looking Forward to My Year of Leadership Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Hunger Initiative Dave Maples, Proud of Our Efforts at KCA Convention Baxter Black, High Wire Act Ray Smith, Benefits of Clovers: Human Health and Cattle Production Dr. Michelle Arnold, Understanding the BVD Virus Glen Aiken, Do you Manage Pastures for Maximum Gain Per Animal or Gain Per Acre? Gordon Jones, A Fresh Look at Crossbreeding and Hybrid Vigor Roy Burris, You Are Our Clients, Too!

FEATURE STORIES 18 20 21 22 26 32 36

38 40 42 44 46 48 50 54 56 58 60 61 62 64 68 72 73 104 105 107 111 14-17 28-30 74-92 94-95 100 102 104 114 116 101

NCBA Applauds USTR for Defending U.S. Beef from European Mistreatment UK to Host Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Workshop Supreme Court Agrees to Take EPA WOTUS Rule Local Food Sales Rake in $65 Million Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture Determine Land Area and Distance with Your Smartphone Retail food prices in Kentucky decrease slightly during 4th Quarter of 2016 according to Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey Broadening Our View on Beef Promotion Bovine Beauties Photo Contest Recap KDA Approves More than 12,800 Acres for Hemp Planting in 2017 Conference to take a fresh approach to alfalfa, stored forages UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment inducts 2017 Hall of Distinguished Alumni How to Use Exclusion Cages to Better Manage Cattle Stocking Rates Distillers Grains – On the Farm Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky John McCauley named KDA ag policy director Artificial Insemination Adds Value to Cow Herd Using Cover Crops for Grazing Cattle Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule – Disregards Stakeholder Comments Extension brings cover crop education to county Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo Meet your 2017 KCA President, Chuck Crutcher National Farm Machinery Show At A Glance 49th Annual Championship Tractor Pull Returns to Freedom Hall New Grant to Continue Focus on Increasing Net Income Eden Shale Update Obituary: Seldon Vermont Hail Higgins Named Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year County News Economic & Policy Update KCA Convention 2017 Coverage KJCA Membership Kentucky Beef Council Kentucky Beef Network News Releases Calendar of Events - Advertisers Index Classified Section: - Classified ads

“Best Buds” Cover photo by Josie Phillips, Mason County

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Charles (Bud) & Pam Smith – (270) 866-3898 • (270) 576-2708 Cell Henry & Melissa Smith – (270) 866-2311 • (606) 271-7520 Cell 5202 East Hwy. 80 • Russell Springs, KY 42642 smithlan@duo-county.com Fax – (270) 866-9452

21ST ANNUAL ANGUS BULL & MATURE COW HERD REDUCTION SALE

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 6:30 P.M. CST

Selling: 50 bulls 15 coming two year olds 20 fall yearlings 15 spring yearlings 60 cows with baby calves or heavy Springers Bred and Open heifers

RUSSELL COUNTY STOCKYARDS Russell Springs, Ky. located on South Hwy. 127 just off the Cumberland Parkway Watch for more information in the March issues of Cow Country News.

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Ky. Angus Sweepstakes Entries • Louisville • March 3-4 Smithland is selling 3 OUTSTANDING BRED HEIFERS

Lot 35 (C236) Saugahatchee/Lutton Bred to SAC Conversation for Fall calf Reg. #18429516

Lot 41 (C013) Black Granit/Windy 702 Bred to Fortress Due to calf in March Reg. #18328816

Lot 36 (C235) Insight/Bismarck Bred to SAC Conversation for Fall calf Reg. #18429514

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Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association 2017 Leadership REGION 1

KCA Regional Directors:

*Jeff Pettit, Vice President, 270-836-2963 Bobby Bell, 270-547-8547 Gary Woodall, 270-725-0819 Ricky Haynes Keith Johnson, 270-635-0723 Wayne Johnson, (270) 726-7896 Lanny Boyd, 270-889-9682 Martin Hayden, (270) 281-4076 JJ Tucker, (270) 257-8548 Dennis Wilson, 270-952-1714 Caleb Jenkin, 270-952-0767

REGION 2

KCA 2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS: PRESIDENT

Chuck Crutcher 4364 Berrytown Rd Rineyville, KY 40162 (270) 877-0239

PRESIDENT ELECT

Bobby Foree 2440 Eminence Rd Eminence, KY 40019 (502) 845-4947

VICE PRESIDENT

Tim White 3660 Military Pike Lexington KY 40513 (859) 223-0326 1972-73 1974-77 1978-79 1980-82 1983-85 1986-87 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

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SECRETARY/TREASURER

KCA PROGRAM CHAIRMAN

Ken Adams 90 East Horseshoe Ave. Upton, KY 42784 (270) 734-1443

Chris Cooper 2140 Tates Creek Rd. Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 200-7711

KCA PAST PRESIDENT

KBC CHAIRMAN

David Lemaster 1859 Irvine Road Winchester, KY 40391 (859) 749-0258

Steve Dunning 8200 Antioch Road Hopkinsville, KY 42240 (270) 498-8180

KBN CHAIRMAN

Cary King 250 Bright Leaf Drive Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 734-2173

KCA’s Past Presidents:

Jere Caldwell* - Boyle Smith T. Powell* - Lincoln Larry Lovell - Union John Masters* - Mason Seldon Hail* - Laurel Bob Vickery - Wayne Glenn Mackie - Bourbon Dale Lovell - Muhlenberg Steve Henshaw - Union Jerry Fraim - Grayson Glen Massengale* - Wayne Dell King - Christian Kenneth Lowe - Warren Dr. J.L.Cole - Monroe Harvey Mitchell - Mercer Jim Naive - Spencer Shelby Hughes - Logan Hoppy Lovell - Barren

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Charles Miller - Jessamine Larry Clay - Perry Jack Kimbrough* - Shelby Mark Williams - Crittenden Paul Napier - Lincoln Eddie Young - Washington Greg Ritter* - Barren Don Pemberton - Christian Billy Glenn Turpin - Madison Scotty Parsons - Christian Corinne Kephart - Shelby Greg Robey - Mercer Mike Bach - Bath Don Reynolds - Hart Steve Downs - Marion Gary Woodall - Logan David Lemaster, - Clark

*(Deceased)

*Andy Bishop, Vice President, 502-275-6177 Craig Thompson, 270-590-5174 Mark Thomas, 270-723-6175 Joe Stults, 270-358-8182 Joe Mike Moore, 270-670-7493 Frank Rowland, 270-646-0882 Reva Richardson, 270-735-2959 Steve Webb, 270-646-8277 Adam Thomas, 270-991-7108 Richie Thompson, 270-678-4000 Joe Lowe, 270-202-4399 Mike Bullock, Donald Reynolds, 270-528-5239 Gerry Bowman, 270-427-6922 Phyllis Gentry, 502-549-3798 Adam Estes, (270) 528-3302

REGION 3

*Jon Bednarski, Vice President, 502-649-8706 Chris McBurney, 502-741-7088 Irvin Kupper, 502-633-6858

Dallas McCutchen, 502-255-7020 John Ellegood, 502-532-7573 Kevin Perkins, 502-269-7189 Larry Bryant, 502-845-4615 Wanda Hawkins, 502-220-2264 Jerry Oak, 502-255-7502 Phillip Douglas, 502-845-4620

REGION 4

*Jeremy Jones, Vice President, 859-749-223 Mickey Staton, 606-674-2195 Endre Fink, 859-559-7765 Doug Marshall, 859-885-3919 Bo Tate, 859-661-2325 Larry Swetnam, 859-293-5600 Jason Sandefur, 859-987-0336 Randy Warner, 859-771-5280 Curtis Absher, 859-533-9888 Clay Wills, 859-749-8248 Jason Crowe, 606-723-6062

REGION 5

*Gary Ford, Vice President, 270-402-2194 Steve Devine, 859-583-7824 Steve Downs, 270-865-2611 Brent Woodrum, Ian Thomas, 859-613-2453 Anne Bays, 615-478-8450 Larry Parman, 606-878-7516 Greg Robey, 859-734-0067 Eddie Young, 859-262-5682 Adam Chunglo, 859-613-2985 Brenda Williams, 606-669-2909 Tommy Glasscock, 270-692-4336 * Denotes member of Executive committee

Cow Country News

Volume 30 Issue 2

IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE KENTUCKY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION.

The publisher reserves the right to refuse publication of any material which he feels is unsuitable for the publication. Although the highest journalistic ethics will be maintained, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association limits its responsibilities for any errors, inaccuracies or misprints in advertising or editorial copy. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content of advertisements printed, and also assume responsibility for any claims arising from such advertisements made against the publisher.

KCA STAFF

176 Pasadena Drive,Lexington, KY 40503 Phone 859/278-0899 Fax 859/260-2060 Web Site: www.kycattle.org or kybeef.com E-Mail: info@kycattle.org

Executive Vice President Dave Maples Staff Accountant Kelly Tucker Director of Kentucky Beef Network Becky Thompson KBN Industry Coordinator Dan Miller KBC Director of Consumer Affairs Kiah Twisselman KBC Director of Education Niki Ellis KBC Director of Product Development Katelyn Hawkins

Membership Coordinator Nikki Whitaker Communications Manager Jacob Redway Publication Coordinator Carey Brown National Advertising Sales Livestock Advertising Network,

Debby Nichols, 859/321-8770

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PRESIDENT’S THOUGHTS

Looking Forward to My Year of Leadership Chuck Crutcher

----------------Kentucky Cattlemen's Association President

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ith a highly successful KCA convention in the books, 2017 is off to a fast start. The convention was well attended with guest speakers presenting topics that addressed the concerns and uncertainties of the cattle market. Each year the trade show improves, showcasing the latest in cattle industry technology. With all the sessions at the convention, the one that really brings things home is the banquet on Friday night where one individual from each region was inducted into the KCA Hall of Fame. For years these individuals have quietly contributed so much to their communities and cattle industry. Congratulations to all the families who shared their legacy with us. From my standpoint, receiving that blue blazer with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association logo emblazed on the jacket is humbling. All those singers, movie stars, or athletes that are given awards, whether it be an Oscar, Grammy or Heisman trophy, I know how they must feel. When you slip on that blue blazer, you square your shoulders and stand a little taller. To me there is no greater honor and I bet all those that have gone before me had similar feelings. On a very personal note, I can’t thank my family enough for sharing that moment with me. They took off work and took the kids out of school to join us in Lexington. For me it says, FAMILY!!!! It doesn’t get any better. I guess if I were to buy a lottery ticket, 20, would be my power ball number. January 20th I assumed the President’s position, it’s my youngest daughter’s birthday, my mom’s

birthday and my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary. Were the stars in alignment? I think that it is important to note that the leadership of the KCA changed on the same day as we inaugurated a new President of the United States. However, there is a big difference in the way the U.S. and KCA is run. At the national level there are many appointments to fill positions with people that have no experience. The KCA promotes from within its membership and it starts at the convention. In the Regional meetings at the conventions the delegates selected by the county associations elect the directors for the upcoming year. A director is elected to a two year term and may serve a second two year if re-elected. Also, at this meeting a Regional Vice President is elected to serve as a member of the executive committee. This individual may serve 3 total years if elected. The full board meets quarterly at different sites around the state. Each year the KCA President selects a nominating committee to fill the positions on the executive board. This committee is comprised of producers from across the state. This slate of nominees is presented to the membership at the closing session for a vote. Generally, these nominees have come up through the ranks. This is a very transparent process and you can bet that each one that reaches this level started as a director. The executive board meets monthly. I think that as you can see it is a slow process to the top positions, but it is also a great learning tool to get to know the beef industry at the local, state and national level. All those elected to represent you, realize that it comes with responsibilities. When you look inside the first few pages of CCN you will see the phone numbers of those elected to serve you. If you have a question or

need someone to come to a meeting, call any of us. We’re here to represent you. We have just finished a year that has provided us with more questions than answers on why we have such a spiral in cattle prices. David Lemaster has provided a steady hand, hosting state-wide meetings with industry specialists and congressional leaders expressing our concerns over the volatility in cattle prices. I believe that we are seeing positive results of those meetings. I’m glad he will be sitting at my side to advise me in the upcoming year. The NCBA convention is coming to Nashville, TN February 1-3. Do make an effort to attend. They always have great educational sessions and the trade show is worth the price of admission. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Remember that Valentine’s Day is right around the

A new day dawning on Four Aces Farm and me as KCA President.

corner. What a great time to treat that special someone with a night out and a great steak! I ask for your support and prayers as we go forth in 2017. I think we’ve started to turn the corner with stable prices. The beef industry only stays vibrant with all of us pulling together. Feel free to email me at chuckcru@ bbtel.com text, call or message me at 270-272-6269.

OAK HOLLOW FIRST CHOICE BULL SALE Monday, March 27, 2017 At The Farm - Smiths Grove, KY

OAK HOLLOW 1C06  Kenneth D. Lowe (270) 202-7186

Joe K. Lowe II (270) 202-4399

www.OakHollowAngus.com

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COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

Kentucky Hunger Initiative Ryan Quarles

-------------Commissioner of Agriculture

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he Kentucky Hunger Initiative got off to a great start in 2016. We convened the Hunger Task Force, a group of leaders from agriculture, government, business, education, charitable organizations, and the faith community, to apply their unique skills and experiences to take on hunger in Kentucky. We held 10 regional meetings throughout the

regions. There are many ways that you can help. The easiest way is to check the box on your state income tax return – it’s on Line 33 on Form 740 – to donate part of your tax refund to the Kentucky Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. You also may donate directly to the trust fund. Contributions to the fund are used to offset farmers’ costs for providing Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables to food banks. The fund is administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Farmers may donate foods to nonprofit food programs and receive a state tax credit equal to 10 percent of the value of the donated product. When you donate food, you improve

Farmers may donate foods to nonprofit food programs and receive a state tax credit equal to 10 percent of the value of the donated product. Commonwealth to study the sources of hunger, identify the unique issues that affect different regions of the Commonwealth, and take an inventory of resources that can be utilized to combat hunger in Kentucky. We are continuing our work in the new year. Committees of the task force are meeting, and the full task force will assemble later this winter. We will join our partners at the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) Rally to Solve Hunger on Feb. 7 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort at 1:00 p.m. I encourage you to join us! Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the hunger problem in Kentucky, get the agriculture community more involved, and find ways to reduce hunger that will work in Kentucky’s distinct and diverse 8

your cash flow while helping feed a Kentucky family. Go to kafb.org/ take-action/donate-food to find out more. About 17 percent of Kentuckians – 1 out of every 6 – is food insecure, meaning they are unsure where their next meal will come from at some point during the year, according to Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by Feeding America. That is one too many, but in a state with such an abundance of food and a rich agricultural heritage, that simply is unacceptable. We can do better. I hope you will join me in donating part of your state income tax return to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, and I look forward to continuing the work of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative in 2017.

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FROM DAVE’S DESK

Wayward Hill Farms Proud of Our Efforts at consignment to the

KCA Convention

Bulls of the Bluegrass Sale

Dave Maples

April 1, 2017

-------------Executive Vice President

These 4 bulls and many others like them will sell in the Bulls of the Bluegrass

I WHF DYNASTY C372 Purebred Simmental

WHF DYNASTY C426 Purebred Simmental

WHF LUTTON C015 SimAngus 1/2 Blood

WHF TOP TEN C247 SimAngus 3/4 Blood

Chris Allen 859-351-4486 callenuky@hotmail.com WAYWARD HILL FARM

Dr. Henry Allen 859-229-0755

All Wayward Hill Farm bulls will be tested for Homozygous Black and Polled, Will have DNA Call for a Genetically enhanced EPD’s complete listing All WHF bulls will be Semen tested of sale bulls WHF offers a calf buyback program Come see us at the Farm Science Review, Booth 960 Wool 10

was so pleased with this year’s KCA Convention. Farming is a rough, tough business and it hardens a person over the years but it also requires an optimistic sprit. I could feel that sprit at this year’s annual meeting. It is all about the people. Honors were given to those that have dedicated their entire life to agriculture and rewards and incentives were given to those just starting. For as tough a year as the cattle business has been through, I was so pleased to feel that optimism and hope for the future from the people in attendance. The preparation and the actual convention is a mental and physical drain of just about all of my, as well as our staff ’s, energy. Our goal is to please and accommodate everyone and make the experience as pleasing as possible. We all have our everyday jobs to do on top of the convention job, plus family. Sometimes it gets tedious in the office but in the end it works. It is the one time all year that we are all working on the same project at the same time. I am in that phase of my career where I get to admire the accomplishments and work of the people that I have chosen to surround myself with. I received a text message from Joe Mike Moore from Barren County on Saturday afternoon. For those that don’t know Joe Mike, he is a passionate, plain spoken, straight to the point person that communicates his beliefs to me in a manner that I understand and I respect him for that.

I want to share his text message to me. “I came home early this morning, just got in from feeding with a little quiet time to reflect. I loved every minute of the convention. I enjoyed the meetings along with talking to so many fine folks. I told Kim after thinking about all my conversations I probably won’t change much but it’s so good to listen to others and how they do it. The efficiency session, talking with folks at the ABS booth, Kenneth Lowe, Dr. Burris and so many more was great. Thank you Dave Maples you brought tears to my eyes, God Bless you and your family. When you have an organization with this type of compassion it’s unbelievable. A big thank you to you and to your staff. Y’all are great and KCA is the best organization I’ve ever been associated with. Thank you!” Joe Mike Moore There are so many people that we need to thank and I hope we can do that in the pages of this issue in some way. A few of the people that I need to thank from the Cattlemen’s Foundation are Dr. Gordon Jones and the Lectureship series that he has established. The Annual benefit auction that the Foundation does every year was one of the most successful that we have had in a long time. We had some beginning auctioneers engaged this year and they really made a difference. I want to thank Tyler Howell, Alex Popplewell and Stephen Carney, for their efforts in making this year’s event a huge success and to all the buyers. Also, we need to give a big thank you to Blue Grass Stockyards for donating the rights to sell the first draft of cattle in the new stockyards. This created a lot of excitement that spilled over to all the items. Thanks to John Venable’s daughter, Martha Johnson and granddaughter Ashley, for supporting the Foundation as the buyer of this item.

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Stone Gate Farms

Annual Production Sale Monday, March 6, 2017 • 12:30 p.m. At the Farm • Flemingsburg, KY

Selling 124 Lots He Sells CED BW +13 -2.0

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60 Bulls 30 Fall Yearlings y 30 Spring Yearlings

11 Cows

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Most with fall calves at side

20 Bred Heifers Due to calve in the Spring

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Due to calve in Fall 2017

17 Open Heifers

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We have spent 65 years breeding cattle for traits of greatest economic importance to commercial industry. Uniformity not rarity has been a trademark of our cattle. Plan to be with us on sale day or visit us anytime.

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Free Delivery up to 250 miles

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Auctioneer Eddie Burks Cell: 270-991-6398 For more information or sale catalog contact:

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Stone Gate Farms

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1669 Mill Creek Rd. • Flemingsburg, KY 41041 Charles Cannon: 606-849-4278 • Cell: 606-748-0747 Jere Cannon: 606-849-4360 • Cell: 606-748-6306 Chris Cannon: 606-748-0407 Victoria Cannon: 606-748-5420 • www.stonegatefarms.com e-mail: stonegateangus@gmail.com

View our sale on DV Auction. View our sale catalog at Stonegatefarms.com or www.angus.journal.com

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COMMENTARY

High Wire Act Baxter Black

----------------On the Edge of Common Sense

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ne slow summer afternoon I was down at the calving shed near the river. For two months each spring it was like salmon spawning at rush hour! Hundreds of heifers, covies of calves, never ending nights, dozens of days, aches, dings, scratches, sutures, sleeves, scours, shots, dry eyes, chapped hands and sticky stuff in the hair on your arms. But that was last spring. Now I was puttering around in the

quiet barn. I was picking up empty bottles and trash, straightening the corner room with its heater and cot. The sun’s ray sliced through the cracks in the wall and spotlighted dust motes floating around. I was trying to f ree up the tailgate on the squeeze chute when Dale’s shadow filled the door. “What ’s up, Doc?” he asked, not for the first time in my life. “I was passin’ by and saw yer pickup. Need some help?” Dale was a good cowboy who ran one of the outer ranch operations. My f riend, but one of those fellers who is plagued by the angel of Bad Luck, Saint Misfortune. Gremlins followed him around dropping rocks on his toe, slipping ropes underneath his horse’s tail, and laying banana peels in his path.

He strode over my way and walked right into a tight wire we had stretched, hat high, across the barn. It knocked his sombrero in the dirt! He reached up and grabbed the wire. “What the (expletive deleted) is this doin’ here!” He pulled on it a couple times like he was trying to stop a train. It was #9 wire. It was wound around two 16 penny nails we’d drove in the rafter plates. It took fencing pliers to twist it. Stout wire. “We use it to hang IV jugs and paper towels and stuff when we’re calvin’,” I explained. “Well, by gosh, ya don’t need it now!” he said, “It’s dangerous!” He gave it a jerk. The south side nail came loose f rom the plate like a vindictive hornet! It whipped

around on the end of the wire like a ten-foot bullwhip and went right through his upper lip! I heard him cry. It was not the first time. He was standing f rozen to the floor. The nail quivered in place and the wire hummed like a dial tone! I gently pried his mouth open with a stick. There was a little blood on his mustache but it had broken his f ront tooth in half! He went to the Doctor. I saw him that night at the big Game Feed. He was pretty well anesthetized and I joined him. We told the story for hours! I even built him a prosthetic tooth f rom a white ear tag. It worked good ‘till the straight pin broke. www.baxterblack.com

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Metcalfe County

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Run, KY was the SUBMITTED BY MOE HENSLEY he Christmas meeting of the sponsor for the evenings has Metcalfe County Cattlemen events. CPC Association was held on Monday, developed an array of December 19, 2016 at the Metcalfe products suited for any County Extension Office. It was a packed type of operation. Call house for the last meeting of 2016. After them for any of your blessing the meal, everyone enjoyed a farming needs. Teri Atkins, with wonderful ribeye and sides prepared by the “Cooking Crew”. The desserts were CPC, was on hand to made by Valley View Orchards using explain the Veterinary apples and blueberries grown on their Feed Directive (VFD) to the audience.  As of Jan. 1, 2017, farm here in Metcalfe County.  After routine business, Brandon Bell producers must have a Veterinary discussed the upcoming, 1st Annual Hay Feed Directive (VFD) from a licensed Auction. Hay will be tested for free and veterinarian in order to feed medically will test nutrient content, crude protein important antimicrobial drugs – those and moisture. There will be a 10% that also are used in human medicine. Ad Index Goes Here commission and Name the Metcalfe County Feed containing medically important Ad Index Name Goesfrom Here antimicrobials may be used only for Fair Board will receive the profits the auction. The auction was held Jan. 28 the animals and up to the expiration date specified in the VFD, and only at the Metcalfe County Fairgrounds. CPC Commodities of Fountain for the purposes of treatment, control,

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the producer. Contact your vet or feed supplier for more information or go to the FDA website at fda.gov.      After a few questions, an abundant of door prizes were given away, donated by local businesses and friends of the Cattlemen›s Association, then the meeting was adjourned.

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Bobbie Garrison (left) received the Gordon Conner Service Award. Phillip Larue, center, presented the Horizon Award to his nephew, Clay Rodgers, right.

Boyle County Cattlemen’s Association incoming president John Helm; Ben Guerrant, Senior Citizens Director; and outgoing president Brad Godbey. The Boyle County Cattlemen’s Association donated 100 pounds of beef to the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center. Submitted by Jerry Little

Fleming County

Mr. Dave Maples, Executive Vice-President of Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, was guest speaker.

Fleming County Cattlemen’s entry in the 2016 annual Christmas parade held on December 9, 2016 in 17 degrees above zero weather. Chris Mitchell, newly elected president for 2017, and his family decorated the KCA bull. Duane Lowe, County treasurer drove the tractor. It was well received by the crowd along the parade route the little children loved it. Submitted by Carole Hunt 16

Pat Hollingshead received the President’s Leadership Award.

The Larue County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 13th. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Arrowhead Archery in Hodgenville.

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Barren County

Cattlemen’s Meeting – The Barren County Cattlemen’s meeting was held Thursday evening December 15th, at the Barren County High School Trojan Academy. Dr. Roy Burris, University of Kentucky Beef Extension Specialist, presented a program on Winter Feeding

the Beef Herd. Pictured from left to right is; Frank Rowland, President of the Barren County Cattlemen’s Association, Dr. Roy Burris, and Chris Schalk, Barren County Extension Agent. A delicious steak dinner was served which was sponsored by Farmers Livestock Market.

Newly Elected Barren County Cattlemen’s Asssociation Officers – During the Barren County Cattlemen’s meeting which was held at the Barren County High School Trojan Academy December 15th, the 2017 officers were elected They are from left to right; Mike Elmore, Director; Joe Michael

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NCBA Applauds USTR for Defending U.S. Beef from European Mistreatment WASHINGTON (DEC. 22, 2016)

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oday, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced it will start the process of reinstating retaliatory tariffs on goods and products from the European Union due to the E.U.’s unfair treatment of U.S. beef. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner applauds USTR Ambassador Michael Froman for standing up for the U.S. beef industry and taking action in defense

hormones in beef production. Imports under the quota have grown steadily since then, and for the past two years, the entire 45,000 metric ton quota has been filled, though f rom countries other than the U.S. Over the past two years the U.S. government has attempted, without success, to engage the European Commission in discussions about ways to rectify this situation. “While this is not our preferred choice, retaliation is the only way cattle producers are going to secure

The European Union has left us no choice but to seek compensation for the longstanding mistreatment of U.S. beef exports of U.S. beef producers. “The European Union has left us no choice but to seek compensation for the long-standing mistreatment of U.S. beef exports,” said Brunner. “Our temporary agreement with the E.U. was meant to be an opportunity to build a bridge of trust between U.S. beef producers and E.U. consumers, and to compensate the United States for the losses we have suffered as a result of the E.U.’s hormone ban. The E.U. has violated the spirit of that agreement and caused U.S. beef exports to become a minority interest in a quota meant to compensate U.S. beef producers.” In 2009 the U.S. and the E.U. signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which the E.U. agreed to create a new duty-free quota for imports of specially-produced beef to compensate the United States for losses arising from the E.U.’s ban on the use of 18

our rights for the losses we have incurred over the years due to the E.U.’s hormone ban,” said Brunner. “If the E.U. is unwilling to honor the terms of the agreement then we have no alternative but to seek restitution. We will not continue to be subjected to such trade agreement abuse.” While initially imports f rom the United States accounted for the majority of the business done under the quota, over time imports from Australia, Uruguay and Argentina increased rapidly, taking a greater share of the quota. Neither Australia, Uruguay, nor Argentina was a party to the hormone dispute or the 2009 MOU that created the quota intended for the United States. The United States now has a minority and declining share of the quota, and imports so far this year point to a continuation of this trend.

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UK to Host Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Workshop BY KATIE PRATT

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The two most critical times of the year for proper trace mineral and vitamin supplementation in your cow herd are prior to calving and prior to breeding.

nyone who has spent a considerable amount of time around livestock or forages knows tall fescue is a double-edged sword. University of Kentucky forage specialists are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to host a workshop to teach producers how to renovate their old tall fescue pastures with a novel endophyte variety. The Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will take place March 9 at UK’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and UK Spindletop Research Farm. Producers have widely used tall fescue in pastures for decades, because it survives well under many conditions including drought, cold, overgrazing, insects and diseases. However, the most common variety, KY-31, also contains toxins that can severely affect cattle and horse performance. “Now, with a growing number of novel or friendly endophyte tall fescue varieties on the market, there is

a solution to fescue toxicity,� said Ray Smith, forage extension specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “UK’s own novel endophyte variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, will be available in the fall 2017.� During the workshop, participants will hear from UK specialists as well as those from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, University of Missouri, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council’s Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, producers and industry representatives. While this will be the first time the workshop is in Kentucky, the Alliance for Grassland Renewal has hosted similar workshops in Missouri and surrounding states. “This will be one of the most practical workshops available to Kentucky livestock producers in 2017,� Smith said. To register or for more information visit the UK Forage Extension website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/.

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cott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant the cert petition for the industry coalition lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency on its “waters of the United States” rule: “The Supreme Court’s decision to hear our appeal is a victory for America’s cattle producers and all private property owners across the country. It shows that the Court has a continued interest in private property rights and we look forward to oral arguments this spring.”

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Local Food Sales Rake in $65 Million LOUISVILLE, KY

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its results for the first-ever nationwide Local Food Marketing Practices Survey today. The survey was designed to collect data related to the marketing of foods directly from farms and produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States. In 2015, 3,227 Kentucky farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, bringing in a combined $65,430,475. “Kentucky has made tremendous progress in recent years to develop a dynamic local food system through Kentucky Proud and other initiatives,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This report shows how far we have

Direct Farm Sales* Total farms, excluding value-added products: 1,651 Total sales, excluding value-added products:  $20,451,622 Total farms, only value-added products:  1,926 Total sales, only value-added products:  $44,978,853

“The data show us there is a tremendous growth potential for Kentucky farmers to raise and sell directly to the consumer market,” said David Knopf, director for NASS’s Eastern Mountain Regional Field Office in Kentucky. “Only about four percent of the farms are directly marketing their products. With commodity prices at levels which make it challenging for farmers to receive profitable returns, direct sales may be one way for growers to capture more of the food dollar.” In the United States 167,009 farms reported selling $8.7 billion in edible food directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and local distributors.

Direct to Consumer Sales** Total farms, including value-added products: 2,574 Total sales, including value-added products:  $35,035,819

*Direct farm sales of food (crops and livestock raised on Kentucky farms) includes farms selling to: ·Institutions and intermediary businesses (schools, colleges, universities,

come, but it also shows that we have plenty of room to grow. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office will continue to seek new markets for Kentucky farm products in Kentucky, across the nation, and around the world.” A further breakdown of data shows:

hospitals, wholesalers, processors, distributors) ·Retailers (grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, food cooperatives) ·Direct to consumers **Direct to consumer sales, a subset of direct farm sales, include: ·Farmers markets, onsite farm stores, roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, online sales, pick-your-own operations, and mobile markets. Sales categories include both fresh food and value-added products (edible processed foods) such as bottled milk, cheese, meat, jam, cider, and wine. For a full breakdown of all the data, visit https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/ Publications/2012/Online_Resources/ Local_Food/index.php. For more information, call the NASS Kentucky Field Office at (800) 928-5277.

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Benefits of Clovers: Human Health and Cattle Production S. RAY SMITH, EXTENSION FORAGE SPECIALIST, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ave you ever learned something in one area of your life that you could use in another area. When I was in high school I was on the wrestling team. Although I was on the varsity team my Junior year, and won more matches than I lost, I was not an outstanding wrestler. I did learn a lot from wrestling that has helped my entire life. I learned self-discipline, the importance of pushing through when you are tired, and how to relate better to others. The discipline of wrestling helped improve my concentration skills with my studies. I also learned that when roughhousing with my friends, even if they were bigger and stronger than me, I could use a wrestling move and pin them to the floor. I don’t think they liked that skill, but I sure did.

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At the recent “Forages at KCA” session at the KCA Annual Convention we heard from Dr. Michael Flythe. Michael is a research scientist at the USDA-ARS Forage Animal Production Research Unit located on the UK campus in Lexington. Although he is an animal microbiologist, he also keeps up on human medical literature. Michael knew that compounds called isoflavones are used to lower blood pressure in humans. From his studies he remembered that clover contains isoflavones and that red clover has the highest levels of any of the clovers grown in Kentucky. Michael started putting two and two together. The reason isoflavones reduce blood pressure is that they are vasodilators, meaning that they cause the wall of blood vessels to relax and thus expand. Now our cattle do not have high blood pressure, but Michael knew that a problem caused by

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tall fescue is vasoconstriction. When the small blood vessels near the skin of cattle are constricted, they have a harder time dissipating heat, leading to heat stress in the summer. Michael decided that if red clover contains isoflavones, and isoflavones are vasodilators, and fescue causes vasoconstriction, then maybe red clover helps cattle grazing fescue by dilating their blood vessels. Michael and other researchers at the USDA lab have now proven this in the laboratory and in the field and their research has shown many other health benefits of red clover as well. This basic research supports UK field research in 1940’s and 1950’s that showed it is good to plant red clover in Kentucky pastures. White clover also provides many benefits for cattle production, but since isoflavone levels are considerably less, they would likely not be the primary reason. Both red and ladino white clover provide a high quality, high yielding forage that fixes nitrogen and improves overall pasture production. So what is the take home point of this article? Well, you may be able to reduce high blood pressure by chewing on red clover in your pasture, but then again you may just get a stomachache. It is probably best to stay with your doctor’s prescription for high blood pressure and your forage specialist’s prescription to add clovers to your pastures to improve animal production. If you do this, I think your health will improve because your animals will gain weight and you will make more when you sell them. Your wallet will be fatter and you’ll be happier and feel better. This is the perfect time of the year to add clovers to existing pastures. The simple way to add clover is frost seeding in February. Our UK recommendation is to frost seed in mid-Febraury when there will still be 4-6 weeks of potentially below freezing temperatures at night. With the uncertain weather we have had this winter, I would say to go ahead and frost seed as soon as possible. Simply make sure the pasture is grazed closely and then broadcast the clover seed on top of the ground. The

honey-combing that occurs when the soil freezes and thaws will gently bury the seed. Our standard recommendation is 1-2 lbs/acre ladino white clover and 6-8 lbs/acre of red clover. If you are getting into March before you have been able to frost seed, then you should use a no-till drill to add clover because there won’t be enough cold nights to bury the seed. After the clover has germinated and the grass is growing strong, then watch your pastures carefully. When the grass is tall enough that it is overshadowing the small clover seedlings, use a quick once-over grazing or flash grazing to reduce grass competition to the young seedlings. Remember that the only way to keep red clover in pastures is to use rotational grazing. It needs a rest period to build back it’s carbohydrate root reserves before being grazing again. Also, even the best varieties of red clover rarely persist more than 3 years, so regular reseeding is required. Read more detail about Michael’s research on the benefits of red clover in the “2016 Forages at KCA” Proceedings on the UK Forage website www.uky.edu/ Ag/Forage. Also go to the website to register for the 36th Annual Alfalfa and Stored Forages Conference in Cave City, Kentucky on February 21. One of the keynote speakers will be our new UK Forage Extension Specialist, Dr. Chris Teutsch, who is located at the Princeton Research Station. You will also hear from Dr. Dennis Hancock, forage specialist at the University of Georgia, and many other forage experts. A highlight will be a producer panel sharing about how they make quality alfalfa and grass hay on their farm. We are holding a special one day Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop on March 9 in Lexington, KY. This workshop will focus on the issues caused by fescue toxicity and how you can completely renovate your existing KY-31 tall fescue pastures with new novel varieties. Full details are on the UK Forage Website.

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Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON (JAN. 18, 2017)

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of agriculture. His background in agribusiness and as a veterinarian will bring a wealth of knowledge and realworld common sense to a department that is vitally important to the success of our nation. As a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, he understands the issues we face in the livestock industry and he is a true believer in the land grant university system, their mission, and how they impact the cattle industry across the nation. His experience leading the State of Georgia, with its large agriculture heritage, will be invaluable to the Trump Administration.”

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and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.” In addition, Kyle Gillooly, a seedstock cattle farmer in Wadley, Ga., and president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, released the following statement: “The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is excited to hear the selection of Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. Governor Perdue has always been a strong supporter

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ECONOMIC & POLICY UPDATE

2016-2017 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook CONTRIBUTORS: KENNY BURDINE, TODD DAVIS, TIM WOODS, WILL SNELL, LEE MEYER (AG ECONOMICS), JEFF STRINGER, BOBBY AMMERMAN (FORESTRY) EDITED BY ERICA ROGERS The Agricultural Economics Depar tment publishes the Economic and Policy Update towards the end of each month. Each issue features articles written by extension personnel within the department and other experts across the country. Topics will vary greatly but regularly include marketing, management, policy, natural resources, and rural development issues. If you would like to recieve this newsletter by email, please contact Kenny Burdine at kburdine@uky.edu.

You can also view current and past issues online at http://www. ca.uky.edu/agecon/ index.php?p=209 Co-editors: Kenny Burdine, Alison Davis, and Greg Halich

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he U.S. agricultural economy continued to struggle in 2016 as prices and incomes fell for the third straight year following an unprecedented sustained period of growth during the 2007-2013 period. The USDA is projecting 2016 net farm income to total $67 billion, down 17% from 2015 and 46% off the record high established in 2013. Given yields trending up, lower production expenses, and higher government payments, the downturn in the ag economy is due solely to significantly lower prices as the markets react to mounting global supplies and depressed/stagnant demand. U.S. agricultural exports have declined from record high levels in response to a strengthening U.S. dollar, sluggish economic growth overseas, and abundant supplies. Land values and crop rents appear to be slowly adjusting to the declining ag economy. Despite the sharp downturn in the U.S. ag economy, lenders are reporting that the financial position of U.S. agriculture as a whole is still relatively strong following a period of extraordinarily high income levels. However, concerns are mounting for some high debt/younger farming operations given current cash flow/working capital issues and the continued depressed outlook for most U.S. agricultural sectors.

Kentucky’s Agricultural Economy

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7% from 2015 and 17% from our 2014 record. Kentucky’s top two major ag enterprises had decent years as poultry rebounded from the effects of avian influenza, while the equine sector had another stable year. Most of the decline in Kentucky ag sales for 2016 can be attributed to rapidly falling cattle receipts which fell by more than 30% in response to mounting beef, poultry, and pork supplies. Grain receipts were mixed as soybean sales increased while corn and wheat sales declined. Tobacco receipts slumped to their lowest post-buyout level due primarily to unfavorable weather and curing conditions. Poultry remained Kentucky’s number one ag enterprise, accounting for 23% of projected 2016 sales, followed by equine (17%), soybeans (15%), corn (13%) and cattle (12%). For 2017, assuming a normal growing season, Kentucky ag cash receipts are expected to stabilize with modest gains in poultry, hogs, horses, and tobacco offsetting expected losses in grains, dairy, and cattle. Kentucky’s net farm income

peaked at $2.97 billion in 2013 before slipping to $1.7 billion in 2014 and 2015. Kentucky net farm income is expected to dip to less than $1.5 billion in 2016, potentially its lowest level since 2010. A significant decline in cash receipts the past couple of years plus the ending of the tobacco buyout payments in 2014 have been the major reasons behind the rapid fall in Kentucky’s net farm income since it peaked at nearly $3 billion in 2013. Looking into 2017, profitability in the grain sector will once again be tested given projected prices and slowly adjusting land rents. Increasing livestock/meat inventories will continue to challenge beef returns. The equine and poultry industries are expected to have solid years. Tobacco returns should improve assuming better yields and quality. Look for a continued growing demand for local produce and value-added agriculture. Assuming no major supply/demand shocks, net farm income for Kentucky farmers may show signs of stabilizing in 2017 as the global markets work off excess supplies and global economies

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likely to be steady for 2017. · Alfalfa hay production is down for 2016 with prices slightly higher for higher quality hay. Grass hay production is likely steady with prices a bit lower. The wet spring and dry fall impacted quality and quantity across the state.

Hogs

begin to show modest growth which should help to stem the downward spiral in commodity prices. Production expenses are projected to be fairly stable, but government payments may be lower given the structure of the current farm bill. Issues to monitor in 2017 will be the value of the U.S. dollar, energy prices, interest rate changes, 2018 farm bill discussions, additional buyer/seller concentration in ag markets, and potential changes in labor and trade policy. The big winners in the current depressed ag economy are consumers as prices for many food items were stable to lower in 2016 and food price inflation is expected to remain below historical levels in 2017.

Cattle

· Calf values are down roughly 50% from 2014 highs, with efficient operations likely covering cash costs and breeding stock depreciation, but resulting in little to no return to capital, land, and management. · Recent prices have likely slowed expansion, but beef cow numbers will likely be up again in 2017.

· Look for price improvement in the spring of 2017, but a significant drop from spring to fall given mounting meat supplies. · Fall 2017 could be the bottom of this price cycle.

Poultry

· Year-over-year prices were down about 10% in 2016, with the largest differences in the beginning and end of the year. · USDA Hogs and Pigs report suggested significant growth in hog numbers in KY for 2016. · Fourth quarter hog slaughter has pushed slaughter capacity and drastically impacted hog prices. · Price improvement is likely in 2017 as some new plants begin operations and growth in KY hog numbers is likely to continue.

Dairy

· The first significant payments were made from MPP-Dairy program this past summer, but most KY dairy producers chose very low coverage levels and did not receive any payments. · Some improvement in prices occurred in the second half of 2016 and is likely to continue into 2017.

Corn

· Record U.S. corn yield and production is projected to increase total supply by 1.625 billion bushels to a record supply over 17 billion bushels. · 2015-16 exports finished 265 million bushels above April 2016 estimates due to unexpected South American production problems. · 2016-17 corn exports are projected above 2015. Export window is likely to close once South America harvests a trend or above trend-yield. · Price potential in second half of the marketing year may face headwinds.

· KY mailbox dairy prices for 2016 were down 12 to 13% from 2015 levels.

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· Avian Influenza significantly impacted 2015 export values and bird values which also likely impacted the rate of turnover and replacement in KY operations. · Receipts should be back on track in 2016 and growth appears to be continuing in 2017.

Equine/Hay

· Horse receipts have been flat for several years, rebounding from the depressed market during the 20092012 period. · September yearling sales were down around 3%, but early November breeding stock sales were solid before slumping at the end when mid to lower quality horses were placed on the market. · Equine sales and receipts are Cow Country News, February 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

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Soybeans

· Record U.S. soybean yield and production is projected to increase total supply by 1.625 billion bushels to a record supply over 4.58 billion bushels · 2015-16 exports finished 265 million bushels above October 2015 estimates due to unexpected South American production problems. · 2016-17 soybean exports are projected above 2015. Export window is likely to close once South America harvests a trend or above trend-yield. · Price potential in second half of the marketing year may face headwinds.

Wheat

· Record U.S. wheat yield offset a 3.4 million acre reduction in harvested area. 2016 US wheat supply is projected to increase 448 million bushels from previous year. · 2016-17 wheat exports projected

200 million bushels above 2015-16 marketing year, but still 200 million bushels below 2013. · Ending stocks have been building each year since the 2012 drought. 2016-17 ending stocks are projected at about a 184-day supply of wheat in the bins on June 1, 2017. This will limit price potential until stocks fall.

Tobacco

· Unfavorable growing and curing conditions will likely cause the KY value of tobacco production to fall below $300 million in 2016 its lowest level in the post-buyout era. · Improved yields may enable burley production to rebound modestly in 2017, but declining cigarette sales and slumping export demand will limit contract volume adjustments. · Continued but slower growth in the smokeless tobacco market coupled with a smaller than desired 2016 crop will provide support for the

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Horticulture

· Excessive summer rain in 2016 resulted in modest decreases in produce sales to around $38 million. · Strong local demand should bode well for produce markets again in 2017. · Stronger greenhouse sales should offset slower nursery sales and reach about the same $96 million observed in 2015. Growth in 2017 will be driven by the regional housing market and retail economy.

Forestry

· The forestry sector declined 4.8% from $14.6 billion in 2015 to an estimated $13.9 billion in 2016.

The reduction was anticipated with the collapse of the Verso pulp and paper mill in Wickliffe resulting in a loss of over $430 million in 2016. · Lackluster markets for the majority of hardwood lumber species continue to put a drag on the sector as well as demand for products such as railway ties. A slight dip in wood exports stopped a strong positive trend starting in 2011. White oak stave logs used for bourbon barrels bucked the overall trend for most wood commodities, increasing almost 8% in delivered mill price with a statewide average of $1,252 per thousand board feet. A seller’s market will continue into 2017.

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FEATURE

Determine Land Area and Distance with Your Smartphone BY AUSTIN MILES, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 2

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ow big is that pasture? How long is this fence line? How far is it to the nearest water point? All of these questions and more can be answered using the GeoMeasure application, a free download for both iOS and Android smartphones. Knowing the area of a pasture or field is very useful information, especially when calculating application rates of a sprayer or determining stocking rate. GeoMeasure allows you to assess area in a multitude of units including square feet and acres. Users have two options to retrieve the area of a determined space: manual measurement, which entails dropping markers on your device’s screen, or measurement by GPS, which simply means the device tracks your movement

as you walk the perimeter of the given area. I have found the second option to be more precise because I cannot achieve the same level of accuracy dropping markers with my finger on the phone’s screen. Much like Google Maps  or the built-in map function on your phone, users can also choose from four map

layouts: normal, satellite, hybrid or terrain. The app also measures distance with remarkable accuracy. Once again,

users can choose from a variety of units including feet, meters and miles. As with area calculations, users can choose from either a manual or GPS measurement. After you are done dropping markers on the map or walking the distance in question, the application totals the distance and displays the final reading at the bottom of the screen. From there, you can clear the measurements and start over; save the measurements as a photo on your phone; or share them via email, text message or through social media. This information can be quite handy to have when estimating the cost to build a fence or road, lay a waterline, or simply calculate how far livestock have to travel to water. GeoMeasure also tracks and provides

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FEATURE

Understanding the BVD Virus MICHELLE ARNOLD, DVM (RUMINANT EXTENSION VETERINARIAN, UKVDL) Have a Question or Topic you would like addressed? Email me at michelle. arnold@uky.edu

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here is mounting concern in KY regarding the identification and subsequent movement of cattle persistently infected with the Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus (or “BVD-PI” animals) into livestock sales. A BVD-PI calf is born with the BVD virus and sheds virus everywhere it goes for its entire life. When an unprotected or stressed calf comes in contact with a BVD-PI calf, the virus is easily transmitted from the PI to the susceptible calf. The BVD virus utilizes two very effective weapons when once it invades the new calf. The first attack is on the immune system where it destroys the disease-fighting white blood cells causing severe immunosuppression. Secondly, it works synergistically with other respiratory viruses to make them more aggressive and deadly. This combination attack results in substantial respiratory disease and death loss in the stocker/backgrounder industry. What is largely unrecognized is the effect of a BVD-PI calf on the cow/ calf operation where it was born or raised. Exposure to the BVD virus in adult unvaccinated cattle can cause expensive reproductive problems including delayed breeding, abortions, malformed calves, and development of the next generation of PI calves. Other calves born in the same season as the PI calf (the cohorts) may experience increased respiratory disease, enteric (“gut”) disease, and immunosuppression. Later in life, these cohorts often have decreased milk production, lower average daily gain and increased cost of disease treat34

ment. This article addresses some of the common myths surrounding this virus by explaining the nature of the virus, its broad impact and the difficulty of controlling it through vaccination alone. Myth #1: Since BVD is a virus, it does not last long in the environment and dies quickly when it freezes. The BVD virus is a “singlestranded RNA virus” which is very stable under moist and cool or cold conditions. It is not affected by freezing and can easily survive at least a week in the right environment. Its enemies are soap and water and hot and dry conditions. It can only be spread short distances through large “droplets” (especially saliva and nasal discharge) and cannot be spread by the wind. BVD virus is not contagious to humans. Myth #2: If I buy calves and they survive the first 30 days on my farm and I have given them two rounds of respiratory vaccine, I am “home free” with no more worries of a respiratory outbreak. Not necessarily. The BVD virus can easily mutate or change while reproducing itself and has the ability to pick up pieces of other viruses and stick them inside its own genetic material. This can lead to rapid change (mutation) from a low virulence strain (not very “mean”) to a killer virus. If a PI animal remains in a group of calves, he continually sheds BVD virus that can mutate. Infection with this newly formed strain may result in a respiratory break after 30 days and can cause significant sickness and death. If a calf survives the infection, it takes an average of 14 days to clear the virus from a “transiently” infected calf but it may last up to 28 days or more. Myth #3: PI calves are easy to identify because they are stunted, grow poorly and usually die young.

If it were only that easy! PI animals may have congenital defects or may appear completely normal. To illustrate, the prize-winning bull in the 2000 Wisconsin State Fair was tested and found to be a PI. The “PI” animals are the major reservoir for the virus and the reason BVD disease continues to exist. Given the importance of this issue, it is essential to understand what a “PI” truly is and how one is found. The problems begin when a pregnant cow or heifer is infected with the BVD virus between 42-125 days of gestation. The virus crosses the placenta, infecting the unborn calf. When this calf is born, it is “persistently infected” or a “PI” calf and can be considered a “carrier” of the virus for its lifetime. Most PIs are born to heifers who were naïve at the time of exposure. PI animals are the primary source of virus transmission because they shed an extremely high number of virus particles throughout their lives in feces, urine, saliva, nasal discharge, milk, semen, uterine secretions, and aborted membranes. The virus is deposited in watering troughs, feed troughs, cattle trailersvirtually everywhere the animal goesand picked up by the other cattle in the pen or herd. Although it is often assumed PIs will die young, some survive well into adulthood and have calves or can be fed to slaughter weight. Myth #4: I tested all of the calves born this year in my herd and found one PI calf. The vet euthanized the PI so my other calves (that all tested negative) should be fine. One PI calf usually indicates big problems on a cow/calf operation. Any fetus infected while in the uterus by the virus but did not become a PI will still not be normal. The virus commandeers cell functions to produce virus that normally are used for fetal development of immune

tissue. The virus destroys endocrine tissue and may destroy 20-80% of the thymus gland, an important driver of immune function in calves. These calves will have increased respiratory disease, poor performance, and if they reach sexual maturity, reproductive issues. Bulls infected before sexual maturity may have BVD virus persist in the testes and later produce BVDinfected semen. Myth #5: BVD-PI is a problem for the stocker/backgrounder industry; there is really no economic benefit to a cow/calf producer to find a PI calf in his/her herd, especially if forced to euthanize a positive calf. Bottom line: if one PI calf is out in the pasture constantly shedding virus during breeding season, many (if not all) of the cows/heifers will be exposed to the virus during the highest risk time that may result in very expensive clinical herd problems such as: 1. Poor reproductive performance/ rise in infertility (despite good nutrition and fertile bulls) a. Decrease in overall pregnancy rate and % pregnant after the first service. This “delayed breeding” is often blamed on the AI technician, a dud bull or hot weather when really it is a viral problem. b. Abortions, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and weak calves 2. Physical abnormalities (dummy calves, eye defects, cleft palate) in neonates 3. Calf loss due to pneumonia or scours before weaning Other possible sources of the BVD virus in a cow/calf herd include introduction of new cattle (including bulls) into the herd without testing

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for BVD, fence line contact with feeder calves or the neighbor’s herd, and populations of wild animals (such as deer) on the farm. Show cattle can bring the virus back when they return to the farm. A calf purchased from a sale to put on a cow who lost her calf at birth may be PI. A purchased pregnant cow or heifer may be negative for BVD yet she is carrying a PI calf. Myth #6: I vaccinate my cows annually against BVD so my herd is fully protected. Unfortunately, no. Vaccines against BVD (including those with Fetal Protection claims or “FP” vaccines) will reduce the chance of fetal exposure but protection is never 100%. Vaccines may fail due to problems with the vaccine itself, the animals, and/or management errors. The current BVD vaccines available contain BVDV 1a and BVDV2a strains. These vaccines were quite effective when strains 1a and 2a were the most prevalent types. However, the most common type of virus circulating now on farms in the US is BVDV1b so the vaccines are not as protective. Problems within the animals themselves may prevent good vaccine response. Animals that are sick when vaccinated, too stressed to respond, in poor nutritional status or too young to produce antibodies will not be protected with vaccination. A PI calf within a herd will suppress immune response from vaccine in all of the other calves it contacts. Finally yet importantly, management errors are an all-too-common cause of vaccine failure. These may include: •Not giving 2 doses of killed vaccine as described on the label •Improper mixing of vaccine (shaking violently rather than swirling) •Failure to use modified live vaccine within 1 hour of mixing

(VERY COMMON ERROR) •Inappropriate storage either before or during use of the product (must be kept cool) •Use of expired vaccine •Use of soap, detergent, or disinfectants to clean the inside of multi-dose syringes used to inject modified live vaccine (inactivates vaccine) •Poor timing: The immune system needs two weeks to develop a protective response from a vaccine before challenged with the virus. Diagnostic testing for BVDV PI is inexpensive and easy. The most commonly used sample for identifying PI cattle is skin, usually taken as an ear notch. Blood (serum) can also be used but not in calves less than 3 months old. Any BVD ELISA positive test result (at the UKVDL) should be confirmed by segregating the animal and retesting a second ear notch or blood drawn at least 3 weeks after the first sample. True PI animals will still be positive after 3 weeks while transiently infected (“TI”) will test negative. Other laboratories may have different protocols so check the laboratory on the need for confirmatory testing. Remember PIs are considered defective and there is a legal, moral and ethical obligation to dispose of these animals without sending/returning them to commerce. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Michelle Arnold at 859257-7190. Much of the information in this article was f rom a recent webinar by Dr. Julia Ridpath, an internationally-recognized expert in bovine respiratory disease and BVD. This webinar was made available to extension veterinarians to help educate all parties involved in cattle production on the many faces of this disease.

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Retail food prices in Kentucky decrease slightly during 4th Quarter of 2016 according to Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey LOUISVILLE, KY (JANUARY 5, 2017)

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ourth quarter results of the latest Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey indicated a slight decrease in surveyed food prices and marked declines in three of the four quarters of 2016. With the exception of last year’s second quarter, price declines indicated by the survey have been realized over the last two years. These prices, which represent the average total cost of 40 basic grocery items included in the survey, declined by .87 percent or $1.02. The total cost of the 40 items was $117.49. During

this same period last year, the total price for these same items stood at $119.43. The largest decline, percentage wise, came by way of the grains category which dropped by 5.52 percent; followed by fruits and vegetables, which declined by 4.89 percent; poultry, which dropped by 3.02 percent; and dairy, which saw prices fall by 2.14 percent. Â Beef products increased slightly by .45 percent while pork prices increased by 6.41 percent, the largest percentage change in all of the food categories. The fall in prices mirrors what is

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The price on a five pound package of corn meal declined by $.27; a 20 oz. loaf of white bread fell by $.15; a 10 pound bag of potatoes decreased by $.78; a dozen large eggs dropped by $.21; and a one pound unit of butter dropped by $.41. A two-pound package of rolled sausage increased by $1.13; one pound of pork spare ribs increased by $.37; and rib eye steak increased by $.98 per

one pound unit.

Agricultural Economics in Food Prices: Whether or not U.S. grocery prices fluctuate from one quarterly survey to the next, Kentuckians and all Americans continue to enjoy some of the lowest food prices in the world. Shoppers in the U.S. spend only about 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year. Those costs remain far lower than any other country in the world thanks to many of the agricultural efficiencies utilized in America. Today the average U.S. farmer produces enough food and fiber to provide for about 155 people – a significant jump from an average of 19 people per farmer back in 1940. Yet while more food is now being produced on less land, the farmer’s share of the retail food dollar in America is down. According to the USDA’s Food Dollar Series, a farmer earns less than 16 cents per dollar spent on food, down significantly from the 31 cents earned in 1980.Â

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BY STEVE HANSON CHAIRMAN, FEDERATION OF STATE BEEF COUNCILS MEMBER, U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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ou’ve heard it before: 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of United States borders. The statistic has been shared so often it’s become cliché. Lesser known but equally powerful is the fact that millions of consumers in many other countries are increasing their standards of living and buying power every year. Clearly, if the U.S. beef industry is to maximize its profitability, significant focus must be placed on

cattle market and the increasing supply of beef in this country, voted to reach into Federation reserves to boost beef export promotion conducted by USMEF by $640,000. The source of Federation reserves is voluntary investments from state beef councils for enhancement of national and international programs. Of the total, $400,000 will be invested in national and regional retail promotions for U.S. beef in Japan, the largest value destination for U.S. beef. The Federation also invested $200,000 in a U.S. beef promotion with South Korean discount chains. Korea represents an increasingly attractive market for U.S. beef. Meanwhile, another $40,000 was allocated to an Asian island promotion

The nonprofit organization has offices in more than a dozen countries, and does work in more than 80 countries to develop markets for beef and other U.S. meats. consumers internationally. The Federation of State Beef Councils and our partners in state beef councils throughout the country recognize this critical point. Through our partnership with both the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, we are allocating many beef checkoff resources in those foreign markets that have the greatest potential for increasing demand for beef. This allocation includes checkoff funds from the national half of the $1-per-head mandatory beef checkoff assessment, which is invested through the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, and the state-directed half of the checkoff dollar, which comes through individual state councils and the Federation of State Beef Councils. On Nov. 1 the Federation Executive Committee, recognizing the struggling

that targets the quickly growing tourist trade in that region. All told, these promotions could move about 15 million additional pounds of U.S. beef. The Federation Executive Committee also allocated $300,000 in reserves to a promotion targeting millennial consumers in larger U.S. cities through an app for smart phones called Ibotta, which encourages greater beef purchases in U.S. retail stores by sharing beef information with consumers and allowing them to obtain cash rebates based on their retail beef purchases. In total, the Federation is investing nearly a million dollars in short-term promotions designed to increase immediate demand for beef. This was a prime example of the state/national beef checkoff partnership at work, and it happened at an impressive pace. Export projects were researched

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and recommended by USMEF, whose mission is to put U.S. meat on the world’s tables, and plans and funding were reviewed and finalized by the Federation Executive Committee, which deliberated on which projects would do the most good, and do it the most quickly. Through my association with USMEF, I have seen how valuable our outreach to consumers in other countries can be. The nonprofit organization has offices in more than a dozen countries, and does work in more than 80 countries to develop markets for beef and other U.S. meats. They have found that foreign consumers respect U.S. beef, and will purchase it when they have the opportunity. More important, however, is that when given the opportunity the U.S. beef industry can very successfully compete in the world market. Promoting beef to consumers – both in the United States and abroad – is important to improving our bottom lines. Working as a team of volunteers and professionals, we’re stepping up to get that work done. The Federation of State Beef Councils is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), which is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.

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FEATURE “Best Buds”submitted by Josie Phillips, Mason County

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he Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association hosted their sixth annual “Bovine Beauties” photo contest on Facebook during the month of December. The contest allowed participants from across the state to submit photos that represented the cattle industry and winners were determined by the number of “likes” on the featured photos. The announcement was made on Facebook in early December and a total of 81 photos were submitted from across the state. All of the photos submitted were great and we have shared many of them here. We encourage you to log on to Facebook and “like” the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association to view the entire “2016 Bovine Beauties” album. Winners were determined on December 16 at noon. Josie Phillips, Mason County won the $100 prize with the most votes for her photo titled “Best Buds”. We look forward to sharing more photos in the coming year from the contest. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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“Face in the dark” submitted by Chera Logsdon, McLean County.

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FEATURE “Santa Baby” submitted by Amanda Conley, Scott County

“West Farm Bull” submitted by McKenna Dosier, Kenton County

“Beauty is in the eye of the steer holder” submitted by Tracy Moran, Fleming County

“A girl and her heritage” submitted by Ryan & Letitia Roark, Woodford County

“She’s my best one” submitted by Abbey Biddle, Scott County”

“The bond between a girl and her cow”submitted by Amanda Pope Link, Bourbon County”

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KDA Approves More than 12,800 Acres for Hemp Planting in 2017 FRANKFORT (JANUARY 5, 2017)

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he Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly triple the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017. “By nearly tripling hemp acreage in 2017 and attracting more processors to the state, we are significantly growing opportunities for Kentucky farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Our strategy is to use KDA’s research pilot program to encourage the industrial hemp industry to expand and prosper in Kentucky. Although it is not clear when Congress might act to remove

industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances, my strategic objective is to position the Commonwealth’s growers and processors to ultimately prevail as national leaders in industrial hemp production.” The KDA received a total of 252 applications – 234 grower applications and 18 processor/handler applications. Applicants were asked to identify which harvestable component of the plant would be the focus of their research (floral material, grain, or fiber); some applicants selected more than one component. In addition to grower applications, KDA approved 11 new applications from processors (in addition to 29 previously approved multi-year processor applications that were not required to reapply). Five universities will also carry out additional research projects in 2017. KDA officials cited the recent decline in commodity prices as one factor that appears to be

generating increased interest among Kentucky’s farmers in industrial hemp and other alternative crops. In 2016, 137 growers were approved to plant up to 4,500 acres. Program participants planted more than 2,350 acres of hemp in 2016, up from 922 acres in 2015 and 33 acres in 2014. To strengthen KDA’s partnership with state and local law enforcement officers, KDA will provide GPS coordinates of approved industrial hemp planting sites to law enforcement agencies before any hemp is planted. GPS coordinates were required to be submitted on the application. Participants also must pass background checks and consent to allow program staff and law enforcement officers to inspect any premises where hemp or hemp products are being grown, handled, stored, or processed. “We have made collaboration and

communication with the law enforcement community a top priority for KDA’s management of this research pilot program,” Commissioner Quarles said. Staff with the KDA’s industrial hemp research pilot program evaluated the applications and considered whether returning applicants had complied with instructions from KDA, Kentucky State Police, and local law enforcement. To promote transparency and ensure a fair playing field, KDA relied on objective criteria, outlined in the 2017 Policy Guide, to evaluate applications. The KDA operates its program under the authority of a provision of the 2014 federal farm bill, 7 U.S.C. § 5940, that permits industrial hemp pilot programs in states where hemp production is permitted by state law. For more information and to view the 2017 Policy Guide, please visit kyagr.com/hemp.

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Conference to take a fresh approach to alfalfa, stored forages BY KATIE PRATT

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he University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host the 36th annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference. The daylong event will begin at 8:00 a.m. CST Feb. 21 at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. “We are continuing the long tradition of the Kentucky Alfalfa Conference and are excited to expand the conference’s scope to include all stored forages,” said Ray Smith, forage extension specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Photo by Steve Patton, UK Agricultural Communications Agriculture, Food and Environment Food and Environment. “Our goal is to silage and baleage production.” Event participants will hear specialists as well as forage specialists help Kentucky producers improve the from the University of Georgia, the presentations from UK College of efficiency and quality of all their hay,

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service, industry representatives and some of the state’s top forage producers. Attendees can also participate in the conference’s annual silent auction. Conference organizers have applied for continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers. Registration is $25 per person before Feb. 15. After that date, it is $30 per person. To register for the event, go to http://www.kyalfalfa.eventbrite.com. More information on the conference and directions to the convention center are available on the UK Forage Extension website at http://www.uky. edu/Ag/Forage/.

St.Clair Farms Registered Angus Seventh Annual Production Sale April 4, 2017 @ 6 PM

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Consignments to the 2017 Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Sale

March 4 at the KY Beef Expo in Louisville, KY

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UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment inducts 2017 Hall of Distinguished Alumni LEXINGTON, KY., (JAN. 6, 2017)

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he University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment inducted four new members to its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients include a university chancellor, college dean and advocate for African-Americans in agriculture, beef breeder and an agricultural economist. The late Charles E. Boyd returned to Mays Lick after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1964 where he then built the family’s cattle enterprise into the well-known and respected beef operation it is today. Boyd Beef Cattle is recognized as one of this nation’s top seed stock producers

of two major beef cattle breeds. He also worked tirelessly in promoting and advancing livestock and he built a true family-operation for future generations. Boyd mentored youth and adults in livestock evaluation and in profitable production and management of quality cattle. He hosted and made his cattle available for 4-H, FFA and collegiate judging teams from more than 20 states. He was also one of the most sought after purebred livestock judges having served that role in most every state. Boyd was instrumental in founding the North American International Livestock Exposition and served on the beef advisory board and steering committee. Boyd died in 2015. Brady J. Deaton of Columbia, Missouri, is chancellor emeritus at

the University of Missouri, where he was chancellor from 2004-2013 and held numerous other positions, such as provost, chief of staff and chairman of the Agricultural Economics Department. He is director of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at Missouri. Deaton served as chairman of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and participates in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was appointed chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development by President Barack Obama in 2011 and reappointed in 2012 for a four-year term. He holds a bachelor’s undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from UK as

well as a master’s graduate degree from UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Deaton received master and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin. Harold Love’s began his career as an assistant county agent in Mercer County working with 4-H and horticulture programs and culminated it as an extension professor specializing in agribusiness marketing and management. Much of Love’s work centered about conducting comprehensive management audits that provided in-depth education and advice to help agribusiness managers increase efficiency and profitability. His work in this area led first to improving management techniques on a state level and then on a national scale.

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SIMMENTAL Show: 4 PM, Friday Sale: 11 AM, Saturday Doug Parke, 859-987-5758 859-421-6100 (Cell)

Kentucky Junior Heifer Show Saturday, Check In: 10:00 - 1:30 PM Show: 4:30 PM

CHAROLAIS Show: 12 PM, Saturday Sale: 4 PM, Saturday KY Charolais Assn. Jeff Harrod - 502-330-6745

LIMOUSIN Show: 10 AM, Saturday Sale: 3:30 PM, Saturday Keith Kissee, 804-353-2220 817-821-6263 (Cell)

RED POLL Show: 4 PM, Friday Sale: 9:30 AM, Saturday Kyle Young, 502-321-9892 (Cell)

TRADE SHOW March 3 - March 5 John McDonald, 859-498-0189 859-404-1406 (Cell)

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Youth Judging Contest Saturday, Check In: 6:45 AM, Contest: 8:00 AM Awards: 3:00 PM

Junior Steer Show Saturday, Check In: 5:00 - 7:30 PM Sunday, Show: 8:00 AM Open Junior Heifer Show Saturday, Check In: 1:30 - 4:00 PM Sunday, Show: 8:00 AM *Kentucky heifer exhibitors will show separately Saturday, March 4 at 4:30 PM and may choose to show in the Open Junior Heifer Show, Sunday, March 5 at 8:00 AM.


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Approaches in management education and training in many parts of the United States still employ the techniques, approaches and materials from Love’s seminal work. He did consultancy work in the United States, Indonesia, India, Thailand, China and Honduras and with many other state, national and international agencies and organizations. Love of Lexington, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and his doctorate from the University of Missouri. Rupert G. Seals of Reno, Nevada, has had an esteemed career in higher education, rising through the ranks from instructor to professor and dean. He has given much to agriculture through exemplary academic leadership, and for his advocacy and action in creating a national awareness of the vital need for increased economic support and opportunities for African-Americans at land-grant universities. Seals, a Fayette County native, received his undergraduate degree in dairy science in 1953 from Florida A & M University. In 1956, he became the first African-American to receive a master’s degree from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. In 1960, he became only the fifth African-American to earn a doctorate from Washington State University in animal sciences. He was professor and dean of the School of Agriculture and Home Economics at Florida A & M, professor of animal nutrition and associate dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Nevada and director international programs at Florida A & M. He is the recipient of numerous honors including induction into the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni awards are presented annually and are a joint program of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Ag & HES Alumni Association. It the highest alumni award bestowed by the college.

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How to Use Exclusion Cages to Better Manage Cattle Stocking Rates BY ROB COOK PASTURE AND RANGE CONSULTANT

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eveloping a proper stocking rate is among the most important practices a manager can accomplish. No fertilization plan, brush management plan, rotational grazing plan or herd genetic selection can overcome overgrazing from a continually high stocking rate. While short-term financial gains might be seen from overstocking pastures, longterm financial and ecological sustainability is not feasible while overgrazing. Stocking rates are developed by balancing livestock numbers with

the forage available for the animals to consume. There are several ways this is accomplished. A range and pasture consultant will use production estimates from clip sampling forages, the soil’s production potential, species composition, plant health and vigor, and grazeable acres in each pasture to determine the amount of forage available in addition to animal demand to estimate an initial stocking rate. This estimated stocking rate is based on the current health of the grazing land and a normal year of rainfall. It attempts to balance animal demand with the forecasted forage production for the upcoming growing season. As you can imagine, this forecast is very dependent on the weather

and thus very dynamic. The stocking rate will also need to be dynamic. Adjustments will need to be made to match the actual forage production. Implementing a monitoring plan gives grazing mangers the information they need to make timely decisions on stocking rates. Timely decisionmaking is a trait shared by the most successful grazing managers. Grazing exclusion cages are just one component of an effective monitoring plan. A monitoring plan gives timely information to manage a grazing plan and also helps the grazing manager learn how vegetation, grazing animals and rainfall interact with one another, and what changes those interactions will cause across the landscape.

Mangers must monitor and document changes to ensure management is not causing damage to soil and plant communities and to evaluate whether or not past actions are producing desired results. Managers who are dedicated to improving the quality of their pastures will ultimately see results in profitability, with economic and environmental changes that benefit the sustainability of their business.

GRAZING EXCLUSION CAGES: A TOOL FOR MONITORING FORAGE PRODUCTION Grazing exclusion cages are one of the most effective tools for observing grazing utilization within a monitoring plan. The cages exclude grazing animals

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from a small representative area so that grazed vegetation outside the cage can be compared to ungrazed vegetation inside.

WHY USE CAGES Cages give timely and intuitive information on grazing use that can be used to adjust stocking rates or make changes to a rotational grazing plan. Overutilization is an indication that a pasture could be overstocked. For more in-depth monitoring, forage production can be measured inside the cage and compared to production outside.

HOW TO CONSTRUCT CAGES The cages can be constructed by bending welded wire cattle panels at 90 degree angles and combining two panels to form a square. A T-post can be driven at all four corners and attached to the panels to anchor them in place. For a simpler cage, one panel could also be bent around on itself and a T-post used as an anchor where the two ends meet with another post on the opposite side of the ring. This will result in a teardrop shape.

CAGE SIZE Cages should be large enough that forage production measurements can be collected at multiple times during the growing season and then again after frost. A 2-meter-by-2-meter cage will give enough room to sample at least four times during the year.

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WHERE TO PLACE CAGES Cages should be placed on key sites that are representative of the entire pasture. Make sure they are not in high-use areas or so far away from water that use is limited.

WHAT TO OBSERVE Visually monitor the cages periodically to determine grazing utilization. In native rangeland pastures, no more than 50 percent of the leaf area of plants available for grazing should be consumed, stomped down, urinated on or otherwise utilized.

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HOW TO GAIN INFORMATION Compare the monthly or seasonal forage production to forecasted production to make timely decisions to balance forage production and animal demand. The ungrazed/unsampled forage inside the cage after frost is the total production for the growing season. Compare total yearly production to the expected production and to production from previous years, relative to rainfall amounts, to help determine if grazing land health is increasing, decreasing or stable.

HOW TO REUSE FOR NEXT YEAR Cages should be moved to a new area within the key site every winter. Previous season growth should be removed inside the cage to ensure it is not included in sampling the upcoming growing season’s production.

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Distillers Grains - On the Farm

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istilleries in Kentucky make 95% of the world’s bourbon, as well as a variety of different spirits. Distilling spirits can use se veral types of grains, including corn, wheat, rye, and barley. After it is used in the distillation process, the distillers grains is left over as a by-product. Historically, distilleries have worked with farmers to use the distillers grains as a livestock feed or soil amendment. With the short shelf life of most distillers grains, it is possible that a farm may have leftovers which are uneaten by livestock. Because distillers grains come from an industry, the uneaten or spoiled grains are an industrial waste, which has different requirements than some agricultural wastes. If this happens, there are

options on how to manage the excess or leftovers. Many farms have a lagoon where manure is managed. These lagoons are to have an Agricultural Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permit, but these permits are only for animal waste handling. Putting uneaten or spoiled distillers grains into a lagoon requires a different permit from the

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Division of Water. Distillers grains may be tested and applied to land as a soil amendment. Applying distillers grains to the land has to be beneficial for the soil, cannot be applied in excess, and cannot harm the environment. Harmful impacts to the environment can include fish kills in nearby water sources. Applying distillers grains or lagoon waste that contains distillers grains to the land requires a permit from the Division of Waste Management. Come learn about feeding your livestock distillers grain and how uneaten or spoiled distillers grains may be managed. Free, half-day workshops are being held at: Bullitt County Extension Office on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

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Do you Manage Pastures for Maximum Gain Per Animal or Gain Per Acre? Glen Aiken

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have been told many times by cattle producers that my grazing experiments with steers should put more emphasis on weight gain per acre and less on weight gain per animal. Obviously, what matters is the total amount of beef that leaves the farm and not so much per animal. Our emphasis on average daily weight gain (ADG) is primarily based on research objectives that evaluate treatments (forage species/cultivars, nutrient supplementation, etc.) in how they improve the efficiency of weight gain; but if you increase the weight gain of individual calves, shouldn’t that increase the total gain per acre? Actually, it is more complicated than that, because output per acre is going to depend on ADG, forage production and stocking rate. The figure illustrates the relationships proposed by G.O. Mott between stocking rate and both average daily gain and total body weight gain per acre. There is no or little change in ADG over a certain range of light stocking rates that allows pasture growth to be greater than forage intake, and increasing the stocking over this range will directly increase total gain per acre. However, there is a critical stocking rate beyond which forage intake is greater than forage growth and ADG will decrease and the increase in total gain per acre is more gradual. Over this range of moderate stocking rates, cattle are forced to graze less palatable and nutritious plant material (less leaf and more stem). Further increases in stocking rate will lead to less forage 52

available for cattle to consume, and ADG and total gain per acre will both plunge. Understand that these relationships are a generalization and will not be exact across forage species, climates and soil conditions. The relationships, assuming sufficient rainfall, and soil fertility and drainage, will depend on forage quality, which establishes the potential maximum ADG attained with light stocking rates, and forage productivity (how many head the pasture can support). Dr. Mott recommended that the optimum stocking rate for a given pasture was not the one that provided the greatest gain per acre and was not necessary one that provided maximum ADG (doted vertical line in figure). It actually was a compromise between the maximum ADG and gain per acre, with his determination that the optimum was centered on a narrow range of ratesthat were both economically optimum and sustainable. Rates less than this optimum range provided maximum ADG, but forage would accumulate and be underutilized and gain per acre may not be high enough to be profitable. Excessive rates above the optimum range causes overgrazing, which can lead to poor ADG and gain per acre, excessive nutrient runoff, weed encroachment and reduced persistence of perennial grasses and legumes. Unfortunately, we cannot just look at a pasture and say what that optimum range of stocking rates should be. Back to the original question: Do you manage pastures for maximum gain per animal or gain per acre? In my younger days, the economists would say it depended on if it was cash capital or land capital that was most limited for a cattle producer, with maximum ADG needed if capital is limiting and maximum gain per acre if land is limited. I think we can say that both cash and land are typically limited

for most cattle operations. The major thing to be considered, in my opinion, are the changes in how cattle are marketed. If you are trailering calves to the sell barn after weaning or after some backgrounding then you may be more inclined to graze your pastures as Mott would recommend. What if you are retaining your calf crop and selling them at a heavier weight or sending them to the feedyard. The important question is if there is an average body weight that is being targeted and how aggressive are you in attaining that targeted weight on pasture. By admission of this goal, you want heavier calves with some flesh. After all, you do not want to send 650pound calves to the feedyard, and there will not be as much value in them as feeder calves. In my opinion, retained ownership will most often result in more emphasis

on ADG; BUT I AM NOT SAYING TO USE LIGHT STOCKING RATES THAT UNDERUTILIZE PASTURES! Use rotational stocking that will increase the number of cattle the pasture(s) will support and keep the availability of forage high enough to generate the higher ADG. Another aspect of retained ownership with aggressive goals is to plant higher quality forage species, such as clovers, in mixture with the perennial grass base. This is very advisable if your pasture base is endophyte-infected “Kentucky 31” tall fescue. Once again, I am recommending that you set production goals and implement a system that will provide the ADG and gain per acre needed to pay input costs and generate some income. Next month, I am going to discuss the true definition of forage quality.

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Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky FRANKFORT, KY. – (JANUARY 17, 2017)

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and County Foundation, the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) are accepting applications for the Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky. The $10,000 award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. “Landowners t h ro u g h o u t Kentucky are committed to the enhancement of the state’s rich and diverse landscape,” said Sand

County Foundation President, Kevin McAleese. “Their conservation work benefits us all.” Given in honor of renowned conser vationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

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in Kentucky who are deserving of this recognition.” “KACD and conservation districts promote the sound management of all our natural resources and we are excited to join the Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council in recognizing a well deserving landowner in Kentucky,” said David Rowlett, KACD President.   “The Association and conservation districts work daily to assist private landowners in their efforts to adopt sound soil and water conservation practices on their land that benefit us all.”  Nominations must be postmarked by April 1, 2017, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Franklin

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County Conservation District, 103 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Electronic nominations and supporting materials can be submitted to colemansteve51@gmail.com on or before the deadline. The award will be presented at the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Convention on July 11, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Leopold Conservation Award in Kentucky is made possible thanks to the generous support of Brereton and Elizabeth Jones Charitable Family Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Kentucky Woodland Owners Association and the Kentucky Tree Farm Committee. For application information, please visit www.leopoldconservationaward. org or www.kyagcouncil.net.

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Artificial Insemination Adds Value to Cow Herd BY EVAN WHITLEY, PH.D. CENTER FOR ADVANCED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES MANAGER

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ue to the considerable herd expansion that has occurred over the last three years, forecasters predict that 2017 and 2018 cattle markets will be considerably lower than even the transition that took place during the latter half of 2016. Only time will tell, but cattle producers are pretty resilient, and most have seen this market transition before. A silver lining to keep in mind about this one is that we are transitioning from all-time record calf prices in 2014-2015. Hopefully, cowcalf producers took advantage of those market conditions to identify areas of

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opportunity to address as prices soften and are willing to implement measures that can either reduce costs or increase revenues in the event that we do need to buckle down due to choppy markets. One such area that has potential to add value to a cow-calf operation is the implementation of an artificial insemination (AI) program. This topic is not a new one, but I find very few commercial producers, regardless of size, actually implement AI as a management tool to improve herd performance and revenue generation. The reasons are varied and in many instances ultimately appropriate. However, the sentiment of “I have never done it,” or “It looks too hard,” oftentimes rules the overall decisionmaking process and the potential benefits are left untapped. Depending upon the individual situation, arguably the biggest benefit in utilizing AI is access to superior genetics as AI studs are selected. Electronic databases, available through many of the breeding services suppliers, can be easily sorted based upon a prioritized list of genetic traits that are specific to your operation. Oftentimes, this results in access to AI studs that wouldn’t otherwise be available with greater genetic predictably than is available when purchasing younger, relatively unproven natural service sires. Doing so leads to another important potential benefit of AI, which is the possibility for the AI event to target specific traits in subsequent offspring such as replacement quality and/or carcass merit, and the cleanup event to target paternal endpoints such as weaning and/or yearling weight. The result will be heifer calves that are born early in the calving season and possess the maternal traits desirable to either go back in the herd or market as replacements as well as later born calves that possess the growth potential to overcome their lack of age

and still wean at an acceptable weight. Accompanying the AI program, consider whether to inseminate based upon standing heat or at a timed interval. The vast majority of commercial operations elect to implement a synchronization program and inseminate at a specified interval within the resulting heat cycle. Realistically, only expect around 50 percent conception from the timed AI event. But, by synchronizing you should get more females bred earlier during the cleanup period. Keep in mind there are several different synchronization programs; they are specific to whether mature cows or heifers are the target animal and whether they are English or Brahman influenced. Implementing the appropriate estrus synchronization program and not synchronizing more animals than you can breed at any one interval are important points to learn from others’ mistakes as opposed to making them yourself. An extremely helpful tool in implementing an AI program/protocol is the “Estrus Synchronization Planner” offered through Iowa State University. Although there are other potential reasons (e.g., costs, labor availability, AI technician access, desire, etc.) that would yield AI infeasible, in my estimation there is really only one true deal breaker: if an individual operation doesn’t have access to working facilities that are safe to both personnel and animals. AI technicians are similar to many veterinarians in that they can do a lot with very few resources in the form of fancy pens, yet if the basic functionality of your working pens is in question then definitely use the adequate number of bulls. It will make everybody happier, including the bulls.

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Using Cover Crops for Grazing Cattle UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

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he use of cover crops prevents soil erosion, increases soil organic matter and microbial activity, improves soil water retention, recycles nutrients and decreases soil compaction. Cover crops also provide an excellent way to extend the grazing season. In Kentucky, commonly used cover crops for grazing include cereal rye, wheat, and annual ryegrass. Winter legumes such as crimson clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas can provide high quality forage for grazing. Legumes provide the additional benefit of nitrogen fixation. Brassicas, such as turnips, are high quality, deep rooted and grow in dry conditions. Cereal rye is a great choice for those needing fall and early spring grazing. Rye also has the advantage of growing under a wide range of soil conditions. Wheat produces less than rye in the

fall but matures later in the spring extending the grazing season well into April. Annual ryegrass is a great fall and winter cover crop to graze if planted in September to ensure establishment. It has an extensive root system that establishes well in almost all soils. Brassicas makes excellent feed and produce highly digestible fiber. This highly digestible forage has a rapid rate of fermentation that can lead to a buildup of gas that may cause bloat. Using feed additives such as poloxalene or ionophores, as well as providing long stem roughage, can aid in the prevention of bloat. Grazing can begin after cover crops grow six to eight inches tall for the grasses and above ten inches for brassicas and legumes. Ideally, livestock should be moved twice weekly. A good option is to strip graze cover crops. With strip grazing, a set amount of forage is

allocated at a time which meets the needs of the livestock. When grazing cover crops, do not overgraze an area, making sure to leave atleast four inches of plant cover. Once animals have grazed an area to this height, cattle should be rotated to another area to optimize future regrowth. A good management practice is to observe the amount of ground cover frequently for overgrazing or undergrazing and adjust rotation of cattle accordingly. Application of grazing practices on cover crops can aid in the distribution of manure and increase soil organic matter. In order to reduce animal compaction, plan

and utilize a sacrifice area during wet condition

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Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule Disregards Stakeholder Comments

Gelbvieh/Balancer® Show 1:00 PM ET, Friday, March 3, 2017

Gelbvieh/Balancer® Sale 11:30 AM ET, Saturday, March 4, 2017

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CBA President Tracy Brunner released the following statement in response to the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule: “The Obama Administration has bowed to the whims and demands of animal activists rather than talking to the industry as a whole to see what is best for the program and for consumers. This rule sends a clear signal that an activist agenda is more important to the outgoing Administration than any true attempt to clarify a consumer’s perception of what ‘organic’ means. “NOP is a marketing program, not an animal health, welfare, or safety program and certainly not a place to set animal welfare requirements. Cattlemen and women have worked diligently over the past 30 years to develop and improve animal care and handling standards through the Beef Quality Assurance Program, which is continuously reviewed and updated as new science becomes available.”

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Sale Managed by: Slaughter Sale Management David Slaughter 162 Hasting Lane Fredonia, KY 42411 270-556-4259 Grand Champion Balancer Female Ms Watchman 1C Consignor: Kendall Kilbourne Buyer: Coles Bend Cattle Company

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Female Bee Licks Ms Wonder Woman Consignor: Robert Reynolds Buyer: Allen Phillips

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Extension brings cover crop education to county BY KATIE PRATT

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he rolling hills of Hart County are not what most people would consider a traditional area for growing row crops, but high commodity prices a few years ago resulted in farmers planting corn and soybeans here and throughout much of south-central Kentucky. Chris Clark, one of the county’s agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, saw it as a new opportunity for farmers but one that came with challenges, with soil erosion control at the top of the list. To that extent, he and Adam Estes, young farmer program coordinator with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Hart County Extension district board member, have offered educational programs to area farmers about using cover crops as a way to save their soil.

“The problem comes in the soybean rotation year,” said Clark, the county’s extension agent for agriculture and natural resources education. “There is just not enough residue cover to control soil erosion. That’s why we have increased our emphasis on cover crops.” At their meetings, they have discussed various cover crop options and economics. The meetings have been well attended by area growers and landowners who lease their land. Most are interested in incorporating cover crops but are hesitant because of harvest time constraints and planting costs. “We want to make sure that people know what the options are and what might fit best with their operation,” Estes said. “You don’t necessarily have to have an expensive piece of equipment to put cover crops down. It can be something as simple as driving over the field with a fertilizer

spreader with some wheat seed in the back of it and throwing it over top of the ground.” Clark and Estes found an enthusiastic cover crop advocate in Daniel Wengerd, who grows corn and soybeans with his family in Hart, Green, Metcalfe and Barren counties. Wengerd sewed his first cover crops a decade ago, but the 2012 drought completely sold him on their effectiveness. “You could see a difference in the fields where I planted cover crops that year, because those fields had more moisture,” he said. He began ramping up his use of cover crops after that. This winter, about 4,000 of the 5,000 acres he farms have a cover crop “cocktail mix” of wheat, rye, crimson clover and radish. He sees continued environmental improvements on the land that he farms as well as better weed control. “After a 2-inch rain, there is clean water

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coming off my fields,” he said. “I see our organic matter slowly inching up and the overall biology of the soil improving, but it hasn’t happened overnight.” Clark and Estes have featured Wengerd and his family as examples of farmers who have successfully incorporated cover crops into their operation and have taken farmers on a tour of one of his farms. “People look at them and say it can be done. I think that’s really important,” Clark said. Clark said he knows farmers are interested in cover crops because of the number of calls and emails he and Estes continue to receive. They plan to offer more programs in the future. “I think the message is getting there, but there’s going to need to be a continued thrust,” he said. “It’s just not going to be a one-time program.”

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March 3-5, 2017 KY Fair & Expo Center Louisville, KY

Last Year by the Total number of lots - 442

Numbers: States represented - 15

Market Heifers - 25

Gross sale - $1,206,625

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Heifers - 305

Average - $2,730

Steers - 131

Total - 461

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Love Bug. ShorthornPlus A May 2016 out of Red Resolve. Consigned by SharBen Shorthorns

Auctioneer: Bruce Brooks, 580-695-2036

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Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo Breed Show Schedule BREED

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week before he stepped into his new role as 2017 president of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA), Hardin County cattle farmer Chuck Crutcher reflected on his 15-plus years as an active member of the organization. “Getting involved with the KCA has been a journey,” said Crutcher. It certainly has. Crutcher began the journey as a member of his local cattlemen’s organization, where he was eventually elected as president. But, it wasn’t until he retired from his day job as a computer programmer at Fort Knox, that he had more time to dedicate to farming and cattle. “I started going to KCA

conventions,” he remembered. “They bring in so many good speakers. Specialists who give you the latest updates about technology and tell you what’s going on in the industry.” It wasn’t long before Crutcher

was elected as a director of the KCA. “I asked to be on a few committees, and it started there,” said Crutcher. “I guess I wanted to be more involved in the industry.” Crutcher was then nominated to

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TRUST IS EARNED chair the Kentucky Beef Council. “That was probably the greatest opportunity that I had been provided up to that point,” explained Crutcher. “I tell people if you really want to know about your industry and what’s going on, the Kentucky Beef Council is where it starts.” Crutcher served three years as chair of the council. “At the end of my term, I was nominated to be vice president of the KCA,” said Crutcher. “Serving as a director really helped me get the feel of the organization. I’d been involved with the KCA for more than 10 years. That’s the way officers come up through this organization.” Crutcher grew up in Mead County. “I was literally born and raised on a farm,” he said. “We had cattle and sheep and we grew tobacco and corn. Back then farms were more diversified. We had free-range hogs before it was considered free range. They were way out in a field, and you’d just let them have their litters out there.” Crutcher’s family finished their own cattle. “ We put up silage around August, fed the calves out and took them to the Bourbon Stockyards in Louisville,” he recalled. “I can’t remember selling any calves off the farm like we do now.” Did Crutcher always want to be a farmer? “When I was a teenager cutting thistles and working in tobacco, probably not,” he admitted. “But once you get away from it, you find that farming is a pretty good life.” After Crutcher graduated from high school in the early 1960s, he worked as a road engineer for the state for 18 months. It was a good job, but when the position was moved to Eastern Kentucky, Crutcher decided

to decline the transfer. Instead, he earned a degree in computer programing and accounting from Spencerian Business College. But before he put his education to use, he was drafted in to the Army. “I did my basic training right here in Fort Knox,” said Crutcher. “Then the Army sent me to Fort Walters in Texas. I was there about six months before the unit was given orders to go to Vietnam, but because I had worked in engineering I was sent to Thailand to build roads instead.” Crutcher served in Thailand for 13 months. When he returned home, he couldn’t find a job right away so when an acquaintance offered him the lease on a local watering hole, he jumped at the chance to run his own business. “It was a beer tavern on Route 60,” said Crutcher. “Meade County was one of the few counties that was wet. It was called Vessells’ Tavern, and I ran it for about 13 months while I was applying for other jobs.” Crutcher said goodbye to the tavern when he got the programming job at Fort Knox. He worked there for the next 30 years. In 1974, Crutcher and his wife Sandi bought Four Aces Farm, their 69-acre spread in Hardin County. The farm is named after their four kids: Stephanie, Jason, Whitney and Courtney. “The Master Cattleman program encouraged us to name the farm,” said Crutcher. “My brother already had Crutcher Farm, so I thought I’d name it after my kids. They are great.” The family raised cattle and tobacco on the farm, and for several years Sandi was in charge of another crop—green bell peppers. “We did it for extra money in the 80s and 90s,” explained Sandi. “The Contʼd on pg. 70

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Contʼd from pg. 69 whole family would pick them on the weekend, and then I’d have to scoop them out of the pick up truck, put them in containers and sell them.” “Two of our kids bought their first cars with the money they earned f rom those bell peppers,” added Crutcher. Today, Four Aces Farm is home to around 60 head of cattle. “ We have 35 momma cows,” said Crutcher. “Right now I have eight heifers that I bred by artificial insemination (AI) in November.” Crutcher has used AI for many years on his farm. “I had always used registered bulls, but after the tobacco buyout and settlement, I started doing more research into the history of the bulls,” he explained. “AI turned me on to

that. AI isn’t that common around here. I think people think it’s more trouble than it actually is,” Over the years, Crutcher has introduced a variety of breeds into his herd through AI, including Charolais, Gelbvieh, Angus, Hereford and Simmental. Crutcher credits the KCA and local extension services for keeping him and other farmers knowledgeable about what’s going on in the cattle industry. “Information f rom the KCA trickles down to your local extension service,” he said. “Everyone can read about new technology, but a lot of the information has to be hands on from my perspective to really get a feel of it.” One of Crutcher’s goals for the

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KCA in 2017 is to increase consumer demand for beef. “We have to stay on top of that,” he explained. “Consumer demand for our product has tapered off over the past 10 to 15 years. “We went from eating 62 pounds of beef a year to 55 now. That doesn’t seem like much, but when you take the United States with more than 300 million people and spread that seven pounds out, that seven pounds is enormous.” Crutcher believes that it is essential to figure out a way to convince people that cooking beef can be quick and easy, and he thinks that the Kentucky Beef Council is on the right track to achieving this goal. “ We have three great ladies working for the council,” he said. “Kiah (Twisselman), Niki (Ellis) and Katelyn (Hawkins) are really out there promoting our product. They’ve been trying to appeal to millennials and getting them more enthusiastic about cooking beef. Whatever your age, you want to prepare a meal quickly. “We’ve also been working with younger people, like fifth and sixth graders and 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs, teaching them that everything is not a taco or a hamburger. We are getting these kids to cook meals. We have to educate the consumer.” Crutcher is quick to praise outgoing president, David Lemaster. “David has led us through probably the most turbulent time we’ve had in a while,” he said. “I don’t know if I would have been able to stay as calm as he has. “Out here, people are asking me ‘What about the price of beef?’ and ‘What are we doing to bring it back?’ David and Dave Maples have been working with our legislators to find solutions.” Crutcher plans to continue where Lemaster left off, and the new KCA president is ready to get to work for Kentucky cattle producers. Cow Country News, February 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

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National Farm Machinery Show At A Glance For 51 years, the National Farm Machinery Show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services avail-

able in the farming industry. Business professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show. The Kentucky Exposition Center is completely filled with 860 exhibitors, making it the country’s largest indoor farm show. Nearly every major line of farming

equipment will be on display allowing attendees to compare products side by side. The most innovative technology and new product launches are available to agribusiness professionals, as well as alternative energy information and solutions to the challenges facing today’s agribusiness industry. In addition to seeing the newest products on the market, visitors can attend free

seminars led by industry experts. Seminar topics include unmanned aerial vehicles, cloud-based data handling, and weather and commodity trends. Visitors will also be able to watch Tyne Morgan and Al Pell during a live-taping of “U.S. Farm Report.”

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49th Annual Championship Tractor Pull Returns to Freedom Hall Tickets on sale now. LOUISVILLE, KY. (NOVEMBER 30, 2016)

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ormer champions and a recordbreaking number of women drivers will compete at the 49th annual Championship Tractor Pull sponsored by Syngenta. More than 70,000 fans will fill Freedom Hall Feb. 15-18 for the four-day event. Held in conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show, the nation’s best drivers will compete for the Grand Champion title and a share of $250,000 in prize money. A number of 2016 Tractor Pull Grand Champions are returning: Terry Blackbourn, Newton, WI; Steve

Bunnage, Golden Gate, IL; Matt Clemons, Wakeman, OH; Mendi Nelson, Cat Spring, TX; and Kevin Schmucker, Louisville, OH. The 2017 Championship Tractor Pull will break last year’s record for the number of women competitors. Pullers include Anna Belle Bradley, Elora, TN; Ashley Corzine, Assumption, IL; Bethany Nelson, Altamont, IL; Mendi Nelson, Cat Spring, TX; Misty Nelson, Sidney, IL; Julia Ray, Beloit, OH ; Monica Shaw, Franklin, KY; Lisa Tatum, Bardstown, KY and Renee Theobald, Shelbyville, IN. New categories of competition were added this year: 6,350 Modified 4x4 Trucks and 9,500 Limited Pro Stock Tractors.

Tickets are on sale now and available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, by phone at 1-800-7453000 or online at www.ticketmaster. com. Times and prices vary by day: •Wednesday, Feb. 15 7 p.m. $20 and $40 •Thursday, Feb. 16 7 p.m. $20 and $40 •Friday, Feb. 17 7:30 p.m. $25 and $45 •Saturday, Feb. 18 1 p.m. $20 and $40 7:30 p.m. $25 and $45 For the complete list of 2017 drivers — and additional information about the Championship Tractor Pull — visit www.champpull.org. The National Farm Machinery Show

(NFMS) is the nation’s largest indoor farm show and features the agricultural industry’s most comprehensive display of equipment, services and technology. Held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, it attracts 300,000 attendees from the U.S. and around the world. The country’s oldest indoor tractor pull, the Championship Tractor Pull, accompanies the show and provides an added element of entertainment and competition. NFMS contributes $20.1 million in economic impact to the Commonwealth each year, and is owned and produced by the Kentucky State Fair Board.

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KCA CONVENTION 2017

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2017 KCA Convention Highlights

he 2017 KCA Convention was in Lexington January 19-20, 2017. Approximately 1514 producers, educators and industry professionals joined the KCA. For the 7th year, KCA welcomed back the partnership with Burley Tobacco Growers Coop to host their individual convention and a joint Ag Industry Trade Show.

Registration

Registration opened early Thursday morning and helped to keep the lines down. Over 500 people pre-registered this year. By pre-registering it ensures a smooth check-in while giving KCA staff time to plan accordingly for events and meals during the convention. To say thanks for pre-registering each registrant received a rain gauge with a KCA, KBC, or KBN logo. Attendees that completed pre- or on-site full registration were given five tickets for $100 cash drawings during the Beef Efficiency Conference, Ag Industry Breakfast, Opening General Session, Forages Session, and Closing Session. After the drawings were complete tickets were combined for a chance to win 1 of 2 Yeti Coolers. The winners of the Yeti coolers were Aubrietta Woodall, Logan County and Jack Ewing, Grayson County.

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Pre-Registration Prizes

This year, it paid to preregister! All members who pre-registered before December 31st were entered in for a $100 Cabela’s gift card. The winner of the Cabela’s gift card was Eddie Young from Washington County.

Trade Show

The Ag Industry trade show was a great success this year. There were 105 exhibitors to share their products with our members. More information about the trade show can be found on page 92. Thanks to everyone who participated in the trade show. Hope to see everyone at the 2018 Ag Industry Trade Show in Lexington.

Beef Efficiency Conference

This was the 4th Annual Beef Efficiency Conference sponsored by the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, Kentucky Beef Network, and University of

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The conference hosted its largest attendance to date and included an impressive list of guest speakers including Dr. Jeff L e h m k u h l e r, University of Kentucky; Dr. Gordon Jones, Western Kentucky U n i v e r s i t y, Dr. Tom Field, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. John Beever, University of Illinois, Mr. Johnny Rogers, North Carolina State University. Speakers discussed simple management strategies and helping producers find efficiencies on their operations.

Trade Show Welcome Lunch

The convention kicked off in the Trade Show on Friday with a lunch chili bar for attendees. During the lunch participants had the opportunity to sample four new beef products made in Kentucky. Sherwood Acres Beef showcased a Bacon

Cheeseburger Bratwurst, University of Kentucky Butcher Shop brought Pastrami for the crowd to enjoy, Kentucky Dawgs, LLC sampled Beef Dawgs with Hemp, and the Chop Shop served up a new twist on a classic with BBQ Pulled Beef.

Opening General Session

The Opening General Session began with a video promoting beef farm families in Kentucky along with two promotion videos from our platinum sponsors Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group and the Lemily Group. Nolan Pettit, the winner of the KJCA Cattlemen’s Got Talent contest, sang the National Anthem for the crowd. KCA President, David Lemaster from Clark County welcomed everyone to Lexington during the Opening Session on Thursday afternoon. Colin Woodall Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spoke to the full house about Country of Original Labeling, beef exports, and other policy issues. Becky Thompson and Dan Miller gave the Kentucky Beef Network’s Annual Report highlighting the work KBN has been doing at the Eden Shale

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KCA CONVENTION 2017 Contʼd o pg. 7 Farm and with the Kentucky Agriculture Development Funds it uses to execute beef producer education and marketing opportunities. Becky and Dan also recognized longtime field associate, Orville W h i t a k e r, Lincoln County for many years of service to the Kentucky Beef Network. Kiah Tw i s s e l m a n then presented the Kentucky Beef Council Annual Report. The 2016-2017 Kentucky Beef Ambassador , Logan Haven from Allen County, was Nolan Pettit sings honored for the national his efforts anthem. promoting Kentucky’s beef industry. KBC has been busy this year beefing up education programs from classroom visits to teacher trainings, promoting beef in unique

a presentation of the “Big Bull” award, which honored Barren County for having the largest membership in the state last year with 512 members. Congratulations again to Barren County and we look forward to seeing who comes out on top next year.

Allied Industry Game Night

Orville Whitaker (center) is recognized for his service to the Kentucky Beef Network. target markets. To wrap up the report, Suzanne Levy from Sandbox was invited to the stage to speak about the beginning steps of KBC’s consumer rebrand scheduled to

The evening ended with a very popular Allied Industry Council Game Night. The event was held in the trade show. Everyone who came into the trade show was given money to play Blackjack. Over $640 was raised during the event. At the end of the evening the tickets won could be used to purchase items donated by the Allied Industry Council during an auction. There were a variety of items donated including mineral, jackets, caps, ear tags, hotel rooms and many other items. Thanks to all of the Allied Industry members who donated to the auction and for all of those who played.

Ag Industry Breakfast

Logan Haven was recognized as the Kentucky Beef Ambassador. launch this coming spring.

The Agriculture Industry Breakfast at Convention is always a great event to showcase the working relationships with our fellow commodity groups. This year was no exception. The breakfast could never happen without the support of the Kentucky Poultry Federation, Cassinda Bechanan Promotions Coordinator and Executive Director Jamie Guffey. They organize 10 omelet stations, this year those stations were operated by Nicholas County FFA members. To top the omelets the ham and bacon were donated by Kentucky Pork Producers, and cheese was donated by Kentucky Dairy Development Council.

County President’s Award Banquet Colin Woodall gives an NCBA update. ways such as Ibotta app promotions and Lexington Burger Week, continuing to build relationships with valuable partners including Kroger and the Kentucky Soybean Board, and advertising to key

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There were approximately 150 people in attendance at the annual County President Awards Dinner. Kentucky Cattlemen’s coffee mugs, jackets and plaques were awarded to counties that increased their membership significantly. The dinner was sponsored by Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association and guests heard from guest speaker, Dr. Gordon Jones. The night ended with

Schmaltz products, Schmacon is beef ’s take on bacon. Schamcon was very popular, and can be found at Fresh Thyme markets. Also, white and chocolate milk donated by Prairie Farms was enjoyed by all. The breakfast is a great way to unite all of our commodities at our convention. The breakfast was ended by program updates and looks to future by the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy Warren Beeler.

Membership Awards and Closing Session Lunch

Membership Awards were presented during the closing session lunch this year, which allowed us time to celebrate reaching our goal of 10,000+ members. Treasurer Ken Adams gave the financial report, Nikki Whitaker presented the Community Involvement and Membership Awards while also giving a KJCA report, Carey Brown provided everyone an update on Cow Country News, Livestock Advertising Network, and other communication efforts allowing Dave Maples to wrap up lunch with an annual report for KCA outlining a year full of activities. Regional reports were given from meetings held that morning and election of the 2017 KCA officers followed. New officers include Chuck Crutcher, President; Bobby Foree, President Elect; Tim White, Vice-President; and Ken Adams, Secretary/Treasurer.

Forages

The Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council held the Annual Forages at KCA Program. As usual this was a big hit with attendees to the convention and was very well attended. Dr. Ray Smith coordinated a great group of speakers for cattle producers including himself, Dr. Michael Flythe, and Dr. Chris Teutsch that covered issues related to Fescue in Kentucky.

Ladies Program

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Feeder Calf Sale

Friday night’s Feeder Calf Sale was well attended as always. Blue Grass Stockyards sold 54 loads through the internet sale.

Evening Banquet

Friday night finished up with a wonderful steak dinner, awards, and the foundation auction. Awards were given to Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group and the Lemily Group, the Platinum Sponsors of the KCA Convention. All other sponsors were also recognized. A complete list is on page 100. The 2017 Hall of Fame class was inducted and the winners included: Bobby

Kentucky to show in the upcoming year. This year’s winners included Jenna Coles from Warren County, Julia Weaber from Mercer County, and Randa Morris from Garrard County. Congratulations to all three and best of luck in the coming year! After dinner and awards the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation auction was held. This year only a select few items were sold during the live auction and the rest were put in a silent auction. A total of $1,516 was raised during the silent auction and $16,000 was raised during the live auction.

The KY Beef Council Service Award

The Service Award is presented to recipients that go above and beyond the call of duty to help farmers supply a safe and wholesome product and promote beef all at the same time. Chef Josh Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante in Louisville received KBC’s Outstanding Service Award this year for his continues efforts to promote beef not only in his restaurant, but also on a national level as a Certified Angus Beef ambassador. Not only does Josh host the Cast Iron Chef

Farm Credit Heifer Initiative winners were Jenna Coles (above), Julia Weaber (below) and Randa Morris (not pictured). Shilts, Region I; Russell Hackley, Region II; Nancy Kloentrup, Region III, John Venable, Region IV; and Gene Lanham, Region V. Please see page 84 for a complete press release. The Kentucky Beef Network presented a service award for Eden Shale to Dr. Glen Aiken with the USDA Forage Research Center for his support and shared vision of Eden Shale. Awards were also given to all three Heifer Initiative winners at the Banquet. The money must be used to purchase a heifer from a KCA member in the state of 78

cook off for KBC at the state fair, but he also aids the Council other various cooking demonstrations throughout the year and serves as culinary guidance when

asked. Josh and his family admire the love, hard work, and dedication cattlemen and women put into providing high quality product for chefs and consumers, and is honored to be receiving this award. Savannah Robin was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Education Service Award. Savannah felt that the beef industry was such an integrated part of Harrison County’s agriculture that there needed to be special emphasis on that in the classroom, so she created her Beef and Equine Science course. Students who take this course become MBA 2.0, BQA, and Cattle Handling and Care certified.

The KBC service award was given to Chef Josh Moore (center), Volare Italian Ristorante. Savanah makes sure that her students are the true care takers of their school beef herd, they are involved from daily feeding to exhibiting bulls at the State Fair. Savannah’s efforts in the classroom were honored at the Partners in Action conference in Denver this past October, with the cooperation of the KBC and her students to create a pasture to plate experience for their entire high school. Savannah makes sure that each of her students are equipped to be a future producer or an informed consumer. Teachers like Savannah are truly shaping our industry’s future and investing in our youth.

The KY Beef Council Retail Beef Backer Award

The Retail and Foodservice Beef Backer Award seeks to recognize retail members who have demonstrated commitment to outstanding beef

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The Outstanding Education Service award was given to Savannah Robin (center). marketing and merchandising through the Beef Checkoff-funded programs as well as through retailer-originated beef initiatives. Kroger Louisville Division is no stranger to promoting beef. With 96 stores in their division, this retailer sold tens of thousands of pounds of beef this past year. For the last five years, Kroger has been major partners for the Derby Burger Challenge merchandising the burger and running receipt promotions promoting ground beef, and providing product for sampling. In 2016, KBC partnered with them to promote beef in the digital world. With 5 different posts, KBC was able to make over a half a million impressions sharing helpful cut selection and cooking tips with Kroger’s Facebook audience.

The Retail Beef Backer was awarded to Kroger Louisville Division. The Kentucky Foodservice Beef Backer award honors foodservice operations or distributors that go the extra mile in menuing and marketing beef. The


KCA CONVENTION 2017 KCA by January 1st. This year 8,261 members were entered in for the drawing. The winner of the Priefert S0191 Squeeze Chute was Jason Rose from Carter County.

The Foodservice Beef Backer was awarded to Performance Foodservice. recipient of the 2016 award was presented to Performance Foodservice Somerset. As one of the 34 operating cooperatives in the family, Performance Foodservice Somerset makes beef a priority. Over the last several years, KBC has hosted Beef University trainings and worked with UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. Gregg Rentfrow to showcase new beef cuts during foodshows. This past August, KBC and the TN Beef Industry Council hosted a Performance Foodservice FOODive in Nashville, TN to immerse six PFS customer restaurants and four upper management into some of Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trendiest stops to turn blue-sky thinking into real-world, commercialized ideas that sell more beef. Restaurants not only got to taste their way through Nashville, but they learned more about pairing beef with coffee, presenting final dishes in unique ways, and visited a multi-generational beef farm. On the second day, the participants put their learnings to the test in the PFS Lesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen and developing such dishes as Hot Chicken Fried Steak and Goo-Goo gravy covered petite tenders. The event resulted in several new menu ideas and an increase in beef items from attendees. KBC looks forward to continuing to work with these retail and foodservice operators to enhance beef promotions and education.

Priefert Chute Membership Drawing

Priefert Ranch Equipment and KCA joined up once again to present a Priefert squeeze chute and head gate as a prize for one member who joined or renewed

LOW-COST FARM LOANS AND LEASES The Priefert chute winner was Jason Rose, left.

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The Kentucky Junior Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association had their annual membership meeting during the Convention. They had a large crowd with over 100 in attendance and had a full day of educational activities such as touring WinStar Farms. After returning to the Convention center they attended the KCA Closing Session where they heard KJCA year in review report. The day ended with the election of new officers and directors. They will be meeting soon to plan out events for the upcoming year.

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For the second year in a row, we offered Career Day at Convention for Kentucky FFA members. Upon arriving to convention students were invited to attend the Beef Efficiency Conference, a few chapters arrived early enough to catch the conference and thoroughly enjoyed a look into current practices in our industry. Following the conference students were to take their resumes and network with vendors in the tradeshow, even Dave Maples himself was seen taking resumes and business cards. A career panel was held where all 72 FFA juniors and seniors were able to ask questions to a diverse panel. On the panel were Gerald Vice (Cargill Beef Nutritionist), Daniel Hayden (Owner/ Operator of Hayden Farms), and Suzanne Levy (Vice President Account Services). Ending the day students were able to attend our Opening General Session. We greatly value our youth and hope to engage them in the future of the beef industry.

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New officers were elected at the convention including front row from left to right: KCA President, Chuck Crutcher; President Elect, Bobby Foree; Vice President, Tim White, Secretary/Treasurer, Ken Adams; and Past President, David Lemaster. Standing left to right: Cary King, KBN Chairman; Chris Cooper, KCA Program Chair; and Steve Dunning, KBC Program Chair.

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entucky cattlemen from across the state voted for new officers during their Annual Convention held January 19-20 in Lexington, KY. Over 1500 producers were on hand to see Chuck Crutcher, a cow/calf producer from Hardin County, elected to serve as the president for 2017. “Outgoing President, David Lemaster did a great job sustaining membership and programs in a declining cattle market,”stated Crutcher, “I hope to increase consumer demand for beef during my tenure and continue to increase our membership.” Crutcher has been a member for over 15 years and has been Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association President as well as the Kentucky Beef Council Program Chairman for three years. He owns Four Aces Farms in Rineyville, KY and has around 60 head of cattle. He has four kids and is married to his wife, Sandi. Other officers include PresidentElect, Bobby Foree, Eminence, KY, Vice President, Tim White of Lexington, KY,

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Secretary/Treasurer, Ken Adams, Upton, KY and Past President, David Lemaster of Winchester, KY. Others on the Executive Committee include KCA Program Chair Chris Cooper, Richmond, KY; KBC Program Chair, Steve Dunning, Hopkinsville, KY; KBN Chairman, Cary King, Harrodsburg, KY. Regional vice presidents from across the state were elected by their regions at the convention including: Jeff Pettit, Region 1; Andy Bishop, Region 2; Jon Bednarski, Region 3; Jeremy Jones, Region 4; and Gary Ford, Region 5. KCA is an organization representing the state’s livestock industry on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The KCA mission is to provide a strong, proactive voice for all of Kentucky’s Beef Farm Families, serve as a resource for information and education for producers, consumers and the industry and be a catalyst for enhancing producer profitability. You can find additional information at www.kycattle.org.


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Thank You for the Foundation Donations

Live Auction Items Donated by:

• Ky Cattlemen’s Foundation • Edward Lanham, Jr., • Edward Lanham, Sr. • Marion County Cattlemen’s Assoc. • Ky State Fair Board • Blue Grass Stockyards

Purchased by:

• Larry Clay • United Country Reality (Willie Baker), Charles & Barbara Duffy, Russell County Farm Store, Vince & Tracy Popplewell, Golden-Rule Wilson Real Estate & Auction, Shawn Wilson Livestock, Stephens Pipe & Steel, Russell County Cattlemens Association, Danny Mouser, Cargill Animal Nutrition (Gerald Vice), McBurney Livestock Equipment, Tarter Farm &

Ranch Equipment • Howell’s Herefords (Larry Howell), Tyler Howell, Leon & Joan Kessinger, Kelly Lawless, Lewis Auctions Co. LLC, Cody Howell, Modern Woodmen of America, David Ray & Lisa Perkins, Alvey’s Towing & Recovery, Larue County Beef Producers, Scott & Charlotte Miller, Brenda Lee Miller, Kent & Kim Montgomery, Samantha Loyall, David McDowell, Tommy & Camille Turner, Wendall & Terri McDowell, TNT Sales & Service (Troy Milby, Rev. David Miller, Melinda & Glenn Howell, Magnolia Grain & Stock Farm LLC (Caleb Ragland), Allison McDowell, LaRue Insurance Inc., Progressive Real Estate Groups, Magnolia Bank, Blue Grass Stockyards Group • Branch View Angus Farms ( James

Coffey) • Byron Amburgey • Martha Venable-Johnson

Silent Auction Items Donated by: • C a r gi l l A n i m a l N ut r i t i on (

G e ra ld V ic e ) •Bath County Cattlemen’s Assn •Twisselman Trading Company •Jessamine County Cattlemen’s Assn •Daviess County Cattlemen’s Assn •Joe & Lynn Potter (Allen County) •Downs Farms •Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation •Marion County Cattlemen’s Assn •Graham’s Western Work Wear •Mercer County Cattlemen’s Assn •Alltech •Fleming County Cattlemen’s Assn •McBurney Livestock Equipment

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KCA COUNTY PRESIDENTS’ AWARDS NIGHT

Top Five Counties: Bobby Bell, Breckinridge County; Irvin Kupper, Shelby

County; Steve Downs, Marion County; Roger White, Grayson County; Frank Rowland, Barren County.

The Coffee Mug Award was given to County President’s who increased membership in their county from the previous year.

The Red Jacket Award was given to County President’s who increased membership in their county by 10 or more members from the previous year.

Dr. Gordon Jones was the guest speaker during the dinner. Bobby & Kathina Bell chat with Steve Dunning and Don Reynolds after dinner.

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Top counties percentage increase received $500. Evan

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RECRUITER AWARDS

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARDS

The Top Hand Recruiter Award was given to recruiters who recruited 10 or more members.

The Larue County Cattlemen’s Association was the winner for Division 1.

The Blue Jacket Award was given to the Top Ten Recruiters. The Fleming County Cattlemen’s Association was the winner for Division 2.

The Estill County Cattlemen’s Association was the winner for Division 3.

Top Five Recruiters- (left to right) Frank Rowland, Barren County; Joe Stults, Larue County; Bobby Bell,

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KCA Names 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

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ive deserving cattlemen were honored during this year’s Evening Banquet at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Lexington. Bobby Shilts, Russell Hackley, Nancy Kloentrup, John Venable and Gene Lanham were the association’s 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. As the past president of the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association, Bobby Shilts is still very involved in local agriculture and community events. In his five years as president, he more than doubled the membership of the BCCA. One of his lasting contributions was strengthening the Dustin Worthington Heifer Exchange Program, which gives away a heifer to a deserving youth in the Breckinridge County community. Bobby has served on KCA’s nominating committee, Beef Check-Off committee, and was a director of Region 1 for five years. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 58 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Russell Hackley was an expert in forage research and loved to share his knowledge through field days and tours that he hosted on his farm in Grayson

County. His work helped discover the endophyte in tall fescue, and after more than 40 years of continuous research, the University of Kentucky commemorated Russell for his work. Among many other titles, Russell was the KCA Foundation Chairman from 2004-2006 and was instrumental in securing funds to purchase the Association’s current office building and retiring the mortgage. Russell Hackley passed away on June 12, 2016, and is survived by his wife, Pat, as well as three children and six grandchildren. In Boone and Kenton Counties, Nancy Kloentrup was a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and has served as secretary/ treasurer for close to 20 years. As a veterinarian, Nancy helped established the Bull Sound Soundness Exam Program, where local beef operators can provide their bulls a health examination prior to the breeding season. Nancy and her family open their farm for the Kenton County Farm Tour to promote local beef products and offer educational tours. Nancy and her husband, Todd, have been married 32 years and have three children and a grandchild. John Venable served as an example, an

On behalf of the late Russell Hackley, Pat Hackley, center, accepts the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Region 2 Hall of Fame award from Harvey Mitchell and KCA President David Lemaster. 84

inspiration and a wealth of knowledge to many producers in the beef industry. On his farm in Clark Country, he worked all 93 years of his life as a cow/calf producer, and to his friends he exemplified “what it takes to be a stockman.” John’s lasting contributions to his local Cattlemen’s Association and the KCA Foundation are still influential to this day. John Venable passed away on June 24, 2016, and is survived by his daughter and granddaughter. Gene Lanham had a lifelong

commitment to being a voice for agriculture. Gene had his start in the dairy industry and served various roles with Dairyman INC., KYANA Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association. After making the switch to beef cattle in 1990, he went on to establish the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and served as president for over 15 years. To give back to his community, Gene donated the land for the Gravel Switch Community Center. He was twice named Outstanding

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Region 1 Hall of Fame winner Bobby Shilts, center, accepts his award from Foundation Chairman, Harvey Mitchell, left, and KCA President David Lemaster, right.

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Region 3 Hall of Fame winner Nancy Kloentrup center, accepts her award from Foundation Chairman, Harvey Mitchell and KCA President David Lemaster.

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Farmer by the MC Chamber of Commerce, once as a dairy farmer and once as a beef cattle farmer, being

the only one to do so. Gene Lanham passed away on January 16, 2016, and is survived by his wife Montrude, three

On behalf of the late John Venable, Ashley Johnson, Jane Venable and Martha Johnson accepts the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Region 4 Hall of Fame award from Harvey Mitchell and David Lemaster

children and three grandchildren. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association would like to congratulate

all of these deserving individuals for their years of service and numerous contributions to the agriculture industry.

On behalf of the late Gene Lanham, the Lanham family, center, accepts the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Region 5 Hall of Fame award from Harvey Mitchell and David Lemaster

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Johnny Rogers spoke during the Beef Efficiency Conference on Thursday morning. Nearly 250 people attended the session. The Trade Show gives producers the Left: opportunity to mingle and learn more Chuck about different products. Crutcher presents David Lemaster with a gift for his year as KCA President. Below: The Kentucky Poultry Federation and Nicholas County FFA did a great job making omelets to go along with the Schmacon (beef bacon) and sausage during the Ag Industry Breakfast on Friday morning.

Above: Michael Flythe talks during the Forages Session.

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Attendees voted on the People’s Choice award during the Ribeye Cookoff.

Nolan Pettit (far right), takes care of producers registering for the event.

Several new beef products were sampled in the trade show. Here, David Neville talks with Sandi Crutcher about the Hemp Dawg.

The trade show had over 100 booths for participants to shop and learn more about new products.

Left: It was a full house during the Blue Grass Stockyards Internet Sale during the convention. Right: Producers enjoy catching up during the two-day meeting.

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2016 KCA President David Lemaster left turns over the reigns to 2017 KCA President, Chuck Crutcher.

A special thanks to (left to right) Logan Haven, Kaitlin Fouts, Carley Lyle, and Nolan Pettit for David Lemaster and Chuck interning at the convention. They were a great Crutcher pose for a photo after asset to the KCA staff. the Closing Session.

A full crowd was on hand during the internet auction.

Trade show vendors enjoy the chance to get to know producers.

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Fifteen of KCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past presidents were in attendance at the Leadership reception.

Tim White (right), presented Jim Akers with Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group an award for being a Platinum Sponsor.

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Tim White (right), presented The Lemily Group an award for being a Platinum Sponsor.


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Daniel Hayden, Suzanne Levy and Gerald Vice talk with FFA students at the convention.

Trade show vendors catching up at the convention.

Above: Brutus the Bull was on display for pictures at the convention. Right: Ken Adams gives the financial report at the convention. Below: Over 60 ladies were in attendance for the Ladies Program.

Above left: Joe Stults finished 1st in the YPC Beef Production Award. Above right: Beau Neal placed 2nd in the YPC Beef Production Award. Below: Glen Aiken (second from left) was honored with a KBN Service Award at the evening banquet.

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4th Annual Cattlemen’s Ribeye Cook-off Draws Large Crowd

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he Kentucky Beef Council hosted its fourth annual ribeye cook-off during the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention January 19 th at the Lexington Convention Center. The event welcomed seven teams from across the state. Six half-inch ribeyes were generously donated by Hill View Farms Meats to each team to prepare their beef before heading outside to the grill to cook them to perfection. Teams had their choice of a gas or charcoal grill to cook on, and many remained true to the charcoal. After grilling, the teams came back in to present their masterpiece to a panel of judges. Our judges this year included U.K. Agriculture Education Professor Dr. Rebekah Epps, Pulaski County lifestyle blogger Jessica Hall from ASouthernMother.com and Suzanne Levy from Sandbox, KBC’s rebranding agency partner. The judges were given two steaks per team to score based on presentation, preparation, taste, and creativity to choose the winner of the Judges Award. The remaining steaks were then sliced up and served to trade show attendees who then voted for the Cattlemen’s Choice Award. 90

The awards were presented on Friday night during the Evening Banquet. The Judges Award went to the reigning champions Barren Master Grillers of Barren County who have won for the last three years. Team members were Warren Wisdom, Ken Wininger, Carol Spiegl, and Bob Gering. The Cattlemen’s Choice Award went to the Bath County team, Bath County Cow Cookers, with team members Noah Gifford, Earl Rogers Jr., Jeff Copher, and Jimmy Craig. “So you’re going to invite us back every year to judge, right?” stated judge Dr. Epps jokingly, “These are tried and true farmers and ranchers here in Kentucky and it’s great to be affiliated with them.” “The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association has some very active cooking groups across the state

and they all claim to have the best ribeye. I must admit, I’m happy I’m not in charge of choosing the winner because they all taste so delicious!” stated Kiah Twisselman, Director of Consumer Affairs with the Kentucky Beef Council. “We love the comradery and friendly competition between the cattlemen at the event who all make great efforts throughout the year at the county level to promote beef and keep the consumers coming back for more!” The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, a grassroots organization with 99 chapters in 120 counties, works to protect, advance and be a strong voice for the state’s 38,000 + cattle producers. For more information visit www.kycattle.org.

Top Left: The Bath County Cow Cookers were awarded this year’s Cattlemen’s Choice Award. Top right: The Barren County Master Grillers received the Judges Choice award for the 3rd year in a row. Middle: Competing teams circled around the grill cooking their steaks to perfection. Bottom: Our guest judges (left to right) Dr. Rebekah Epps, Jessica Hall, and Suzanne Levy patiently awaiting the first steaks off the grill. Cow Country News, Febuary 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association


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KCA CONVENTION 2017

Young Auctioneers Debut at the Convention Blue Grass Stockyards donates once in a lifetime package

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hree young Kentucky Auctioneers were a highlight of the meeting for many cattlemen attending the KCA Convention in Lexington, January 19-20. These auctioneers were given the chance to auction off one item and the winner won a trip to Billings, MT for the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneers Contest as well as the opportunity to auction a once in a lifetime package donated by Blue Grass Stockyards. The three auctioneers included Stephen Carney, Washington County; Tyler Howell, Larue County; and Alex Popplewell, Russell County. The plan was simple. Whoever sold their item for the highest amount won. After a lot of excitement and fundraising, Tyler Howell of Larue County was the winner, selling his item for $5,000. Tyler then went on to sell the Blue Grass Livestock Marketing group package that included:

-Right to sell the first draft of cattle in the NEW Blue Grass Stockyards, projected sale date is early September 2 0 1 7 , Purchaser can sell up to 10 head, Pictures will be taken and hung in the stockyard museum. Cattle must be delivered the day prior to the first sale and will be maintained on feed and water. -1 brick from the floor of the old stockyards. Brick dates to circa 1910 and was the floor of the Swift buying station that was the first building on the Blue Grass Stockyards site. -1 set of gate hinges and chain/ hook from a gate in the old Blue Grass Stockyards. Tyler did a great job auctioneering the package to the final bidder, Martha Johnson of Paris, KY. Congratulations to all three auctioneers that participated. It was a lot of fun to witness and encouraging seeing that our future is in good hands with auctioneers like these. Special thanks for all of the donated

Tyler Howell I am 21 years old and live in Hodgenville, Ky. I just obtained my principal auctioneers license at the end of November after successfully completing two years of Apprenticeship. I work for Lewis Auction Company out of Elizabethtown, Ky. We average over 60 sales a year and are of the most thriving auction companies in Central Kentucky. I am also an employee at Bluegrass Stockyards in Campbellsville, Ky as a workhand. The cattle industry has always been near and dear to my heart as both great grandfathers have owned and operated their own dairy’s. Even though both my grandfathers and the dairy’s no longer are here, the love for cattle has passed down from generation to generation. My father, brother, and I run around 150 head of cattle on our farms year round. We have around 50 registered Hereford cows, along with commercial cows, and feeders. Even though the cattle industry isn’t real prosperous right now as farmers we just keep digging and Praying God

provides for us.

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Meet the Auctioneers

advice along the way, I feel very fortunate. After obtaining Alex my license, I Popplewell started working I’m twenty-three for Golden-Rule years old, and a Wilson Real Esprofessionally tate and Auction trained, prinService, owned cipal licensed and operated by auctioneer. In my principal bro2011, at the age of seventeen, Auctioneers were (left to right), Stephen ker, Christopher I attended the Carney, Tyler Howell and Alex Popplewell. B. Wilson. Also, in September of Kentucky Auc2014, I started tion Academy working for Bluegrass Stockyards in Stanford in Bowling Green, Ky. I was fortunate to have and Albany. I have been fortunate to compete been taught by some of the best instructors in four qualifying contests for the Livestock in the business, including founders Steve Marketing Association’s World Livestock Cherry, Steve Henry, and Tim Haley. Along Auctioneer Championship. with so many friends and livestock and real I grew up showing beef cattle in 4-H and estate auctioneers that I grew up listening to as a kid, and who critiqued and gave me FFA which taught me responsibility and life

Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association for donating the trip to the Auctioneers Contest.

lessons. I have made lifelong friendships with many people who have impacted my life and my career. I was active in the Ky. Jr. Cattleman’s Association, and I continue to support and participate in the Ky. Cattleman’s Association. I’m an active member in serving as a delegate for Russell County at the annual convention in January. Stephen Carney Stephen attended the Missouri Auction School in June 2014, starting the day after graduating as Valedictorian of his class at Washington County High School. Stephen is currently a senior in the Agricultural Economics program at the University of Kentucky, where he is involved in the Agriculture Student Council as well as the Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity. When class is not in session, Stephen helps run the family’s 100 head cow/ calf operation, as well as work in an internship at the Blue Grass South Livestock Market in Stanford, Kentucky.

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KENTUCKY JUNIOR CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

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KJCA OFFICERS PRESIDENT: Sara Crutcher VICE-PRESIDENT: Kathryn Goodman SECRETARY: Wyatt Banks TREASURER: Nelson Paul

REPORTERS: Kalli Flanders

KJCA Directors Directors At Large: Abigal Smoot, Gabriel Sharp, Trey Tucker & Jessica Tucker

KJCA Convention BY NIKKI WHITAKER

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he Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association had their annual convention in conjunction with the KCA Convention January 19-20. Over 100 youth came to the two day event from all over Kentucky. During the convention, the juniors participated in several educational and team building events, including a trade show scavenger hunt to find a “golden ticket” worth $100! Fifty of the juniors were able to tour WinStar Farms, one of North America’s leading Thoroughbred racing, stallion and breeding operations located in Versailles, KY. Later, the juniors attended the KCA Closing Session to hear the KJCA Annual Report and to hear from outgoing KJCA President, Rod White, who thanked the KJCA Board of Directors and the KCA for

their support of the KJCA. The KJCA events wrapped up Friday afternoon with the election of the 2017 slate of officers and directors for KJCA, where thirteen new KJCA Directors were elected. After a quick year-end review, the group concluded the meeting with a junior reception with light snacks and carnival games where the juniors earned tickets to win prizes. Sara Crutcher, incoming KJCA President from Hardin County, is excited about the upcoming

REGION 1 Zach Imbruglio & Walter Steely REGION 2 Megan Underwood & Kailey Thompson REGION 3 Quentin Sowder & Jeremy Miller REGION 4 Addie White & Will Blaydes REGION 5 Julia Weaber & Reba Prather ADVISOR Nikki Whitaker and Niki Ellis

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year and the new KJCA programs. “I am excited and honored to have been elected as President of the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association and of course having my amazing uncle, Chuck Crutcher, as the President of KCA. I’m looking forward to this year and what it will bring!” If you have any questions about the KJCA or would like to get involved, please contact the KCA office at 859278-0899.

Ryan Underwood (left) and Pressley Downs (right) found the KJCA Golden Ticket in the Trade Show and won $100.


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Voices from the 2017 KCA Convention Floor BY LESLEY WARD attle producers around the state travelled to Lexington, Ky., on January 19 to 20, to attend the annual Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association convention. They attended meetings and lectures, elected delegates and enjoyed a delicious dinner featuring filet mignon at the convention’s banquet on Friday night. Cow Country News caught up with a few attendees at the Ag Industry Trade show on Inauguration Day. Let’s hear what this diverse group had to say about the cattle industry, the future and the new president.

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First Trip to the Convention

Eddie Reynolds is a 72-year old farmer from Lincoln County who was making his first trip to the KCA convention. He was recently elected president of the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association and he felt it was about time he attended the yearly event for cattle producers. Reynolds, who has a herd of around 200 registered Gelbvieh cattle, said he was enjoying visiting with people he knew. “I know people from all over the state, because I showed a lot of cattle,” he said. That morning, Reynolds said that he and several members of the Lincoln County Cattleman’s Association had held an informal meeting to discuss plans to put $500 together to buy a calf for a local kid to show. Reynolds feels it is important to get young people interested in raising cattle, but he didn’t think it would be easy to keep them in the industry. “It looks rough for a year or two,” he explained. “I don’t see a living out there 96

for young people. I’ve been a farmer my whole life. A full-time farmer. But I don’t see young people doing it full time unless they inherit the farm.” When the topic of the inauguration came up, Reynolds admitted he’s not expecting much change from President Trump. “I’ll tell you the truth. I didn’t like him when he was a Democrat, and I sure don’t like him now,” he laughed. “He’s a rich man, and I think he’ll help the rich. He’ll make it worse for the poor, and I’m a poor man!”

A Vendor’s View

Kenny McIntire was manning the Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment booth at the convention. Powder River, which makes hydraulic

chutes, is based in Provo, Utah. McIntire felt that the cattle producers attending the show were being cautious about buying equipment this year. “I think a lot of people are in the planning stages right now, and I don’t know how immediate any pur-chases are going to be,” he said. “But folks are collecting product information and asking me lots of good questions.” “Everyone is aware that the one constant in agriculture is that it’s not going to stay the same. It’s going to change. We went from an all-time high two years ago, to the fluctuations of today. Our customers tend to collect lots of information about products, so when the time is right they have their ducks lined up and can buy what they need.”

Better Times on the Way

Adam and Elizabeth Chunglo are

cattle farmers from Mercer County. Adam has been the president of the Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association for six years, and he was elected to the regional

directors position earlier that day. Adam enjoys being involved in the cattle industry at both the county and state level. The Chunglos run about 20 momma cows and about 40 head of cattle. “We have registered Angus, seed stock, cow calves and sale heifers,” says Adam. Both Chunglos have full-time jobs off the farm; Adam is an engineer and Elizabeth works in customer service. Adam thinks that the recent election will benefit cattle farmers. “I think the industry has a better outlook after the activities today— hopefully,” he says. “With some newly elected officials, I think we should be in better shape than we were.” He’s not making any big changes on his farm though. “It’s business as normal,” he admitted. “But, if we can venture into diversification, we will. We are always looking for new opportunities.” To that end, Adam and Elizabeth have recently begun boarding a few horses on their farm.

Cattlemen of the Future

Walter Steely, Webster County, and Reba Prather, Pulaski County, are members of the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Both Walter and Reba are also proud members of the Junior Red Angus Association, and both enjoy showing cattle. Walter, 16, began showing Red Angus cattle after he joined his local 4H livestock

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club. Reba, also 16, has been showing cattle since she was a little girl. “I took my first heifer in the ring when I was three years old,” she said. “I love showing cattle. Not many people around where I live do it. When I walk around school, people say, ‘That’s the girl who shows cows.” Reba’s family runs about 35 cows. “They are calving out now,” she said. “In our show barn, we have about six Red Angus heifers, a Red Angus bull and a Chi-Angus steer.” Reba credits showing cattle for broadening her horizons. “You meet so many people,” she said. “I wouldn’t have met Walter if I didn’t show cattle. I’ve been all kinds of places because of showing. Last year, I was the North American Junior Red Angus Princess, and our national show was in Illinois. This year it’s in Oklahoma. Showing gives me the chance to travel.” Both high school students traveled to the convention to attend the KJCA’s annual meeting. “This year, I’m trying to get on the board,” admitted Reba. Walter is thinking about attending Morehead University, and he hopes to get

an agricultural or business degree, “I’m thinking about going to the University of Kentucky and then transferring to Texas A&M, Auburn or Oklahoma State on a livestock judging scholarship,” said Reba, “I want to be a cattle embryologist.”

Buy American

Kenny Smith has around 35 head of registered Hereford cattle on his farm in


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Paint Lick, Ky. Smith is a regular visitor to the convention, and one of the highlights of the trip is catching up with his friend, Danny Goodman. Danny’s 20-year-old daughter, Kathryn Goodman of KG Farms in Hardin County, regularly shows cattle. “I’m just the hired hand,” laughed Goodman. Both men had strong views about the future of the cattle industry. “I hope it’s better than what it’s been,” said Smith. “Cattle prices are too low. And there’s been a big drop on the sale of bulls too. I’m not keeping as many bulls for sale. By the time you put feed in them, you lose money because no one wants to pay

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for them.” Goodman thinks that the industry needs to do a better job of branding American beef. “Put that sticker back on beef saying where it comes from,” he said. “A sticker that says, ‘Made in the USA.’ We need to quit bringing beef in from everywhere else. If I have a choice of eating US beef or beef from somewhere else, I’d rather eat American beef. Other places don’t have the same regulations as us. I think our beef is safer to eat.” On Inauguration Day, both Goodman and Smith were prepared to give President Trump a chance, although both men admitted they didn’t really care for either presidential candidate. “We needed change,” said Goodman. “People need to stop throwing rocks. We need to support the President until he messes up. Then you can hammer him.” “At least Trump got everyone stirred up,” said Smith. “The last president just wanted to pacify everyone.”

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A Fresh Look at Crossbreeding and Hybrid Vigor Gordon Jones

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Swine and Poultry

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rossbreeding to maximize hybrid vigor is generally an accepted practice in animal species where food products are competitive with beef. Throughout the world, commercial pig production utilizes crossbred maternal line females that are bred to terminal or meat line boars to produce pork products. The only exception is great grandparent (GGP) production where pure breeds are often used. The chicken industry utilizes

a similar model, but even the GGP animals may be composites developed for a specific purpose. Unless locally or farm produced, every piece of chicken and all eggs that anyone consumes is the result of maximum hybrid vigor. In the early 1990’s, an interesting editorial, “Yorkshires-the Holstein of the Swine Industry”, was written by the CEO of the Yorkshire breed. The editorial discussed the genetic progress the Yorkshire breed was making with the industry’s first modern genetic evaluation system. The implication from this article was that Yorkshires were so superior to other breeds that crossbreeding was not needed in the swine industry. However, commercial swine producers were fully aware of the tremendous economic advantages of crossbreeding and the trend toward the use of a single breed was not adopted.

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Even in the dairy industry where the Holstein breed has been so dominant, the use of crossbred cows has become popular. The major reasons for this trend toward crossbreeding are improvements in fertility, survival of newborns, health, and longevity of production. Just as in beef breeds, inbreeding has continued to increase in dairy breeds. Modern methods of genetic evaluation have allowed the identification of superior sires for milk production. This has led to a narrowing of the genetic base in the dairy breeds and thus a steady increase in inbreeding within the breeds. With the use of genomics to even more accurately identify genetically superior bulls, this trend will result in an accelerated rate of increase in the inbreeding. In a report published in 2016, the molecular inbreeding % in the Holstein breed had reached 6.5% and in Jerseys, 7.5%. Those traits that are most improved by crossbreeding are the same traits that are most depressed by inbreeding. Remember that almost all breeds of livestock were developed by inbreeding to “fix” the common traits or characteristics of the breed. Dr. Gary Rogers, a highly regarded dairy geneticist with Geno Global, says “we need to crossbreed to undo the problems created by inbreeding”.

Scientific Basis for Hybrid Vigor

A prominent molecular geneticist, Dr. Charles Faber, recently suggested that hybrid vigor in crossbreds is due to a “Genetic Buffering Effect”. By creating many more heterozygous loci, the result is a more favorable combination of enzymes and proteins that contribute to improved physiologic function. On the other hand, inbreeding lessens genetic buffering by increasing the number of homozygous loci and thus decreasing the number of enzyme and protein combinations. Hybrid vigor results in superior performance by

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crossbred animals, particularly for low to moderately heritable traits, by wiping away the effects of inbreeding within purebreds. Role of the Environment on the Benefits from Hybrid Vigor Do environmental conditions influence the degree of hybrid vigor? The more stressful the environment, the greater the advantages of hybrid vigor. Some of the major environmental stressors are heat and humidity, internal and external parasites, chronic disease conditions, limited feed resources, and drought. Among the most stressful cattle environments in the US are the tropical regions of the southern US. In those environments, most commercial beef cows are crossbreds. When chronic disease conditions such as diarrhea in young animals occur in herds that have inbred purebreds in the same herd as crossbreds, it is remarkable how much better the crossbreds handle and recover from the diarrhea.

Are Hybrid Vigor Results Based on Modern Genetics or Outdated Genetics?

Those who are naysayers concerning the advantages of hybrid vigor in beef cattle often mention that results are based on cattle that do not represent modern day genetics. By reviewing results from older crossbreeding projects and those that have been published in recent years, the findings are strikingly similar. In the beef cattle industry, most of the recently published crossbreeding research reports are from the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NB. These researchers work especially hard to ensure that semen from the most widely used bulls in each breed is used. Based on review of the research findings, one can conclude that the advantages of hybrid vigor are consistent over time. Those advantages are likely to become even greater as breeds become more highly inbred.


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Production Units on Experiment Stations vs. those on Farms and Ranches

Most university and USDA experiment stations have adequate resources to provide a near ideal environment and excellent management in conducting crossbreeding research. Based on the knowledge that the advantages from hybrid vigor are much greater when the environmental conditions are challenging, it is easy to conclude that the advantages that can be realized from hybrid vigor are much greater on most farms and ranches than the results that are presented in the scientific literature. Chip Ramsay, manager of the Rex Ranch in NB, has stated that “I am not a good enough manager not to crossbreed”. Crossbreeding often makes good managers look “great” and average managers look “good”.

Summary

Hybrid vigor occurs because crossbreeding results in an increase in heterozygosity and a decrease in homozygosity. This effect wipes away the detrimental effects of inbreeding to result in animals that are more physically fit or adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions. The more stressful the environmental conditions, the greater the advantages realized from hybrid vigor. Research results show that hybrid vigor occurs consistently with similar results across species and breeds over time. The big advantages from hybrid vigor are for traits that are low to moderate in heritability. The magnitude of the advantages on most farms and ranches is likely greater than reported research data indicates. My article next month will address capturing the benefits of hybrid vigor in beef production systems.

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Beef Stir-Fry with Couscous Makes 4 servings Total recipe time: 25 minutes INGREDIENTS 1-1/4 pounds beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready to serve beef broth 1 cup couscous 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips 1/2 cup coarsely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion 1/2 cup prepared honey-Dijon barbecue sauce 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Parsley sprigs

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responsibilities on the farm at a Holiday Beef Symposium.

Below: Charles and Judy Miller spend the day with Sullivan University students.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF STIR-FRY WITH COUSCOUS 1. Trim fat from beef steak. Cut steak lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick strips; set aside. 2. In medium saucepan, bring beef broth to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover pan and remove from heat. 3. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef, 1/2 at a time, and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface is no longer pink. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; keep warm. 4. In same skillet, stir-fry bell pepper and onion 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Return beef to skillet; stir in barbecue sauce. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Arrange beef mixture on couscous; sprinkle with chopped parsley. Garnish with parsley sprigs. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR BEEF STIR-FRY WITH COUSCOUS Nutrition information per serving: 632 calories; 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat); 110 mg cholesterol; 963 mg sodium; 52 g carbohydrate; 4.1 g fiber; 66 g protein; 18.4 mg niacin; 1.4 mg vitamin B6; 3.2 mcg vitamin B12; 4.8 mg iron; 67.8 mcg selenium; 11.3 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

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Adventures with Alison

Alison Smith, Retail and Foodservice Contractor for Kentucky Beef Council

Ahhhh...Love is in the Air! February is affectionately known as the month of love. If you ask most people, they would probably tell you that they don’t really love February. Why? Well, it’s cold and snowy, there is a made up holiday that causes a lot of stress, and the air smells of skunk because it really is their month of love! I personally, love February. I love snuggling up with kiddos, making comfort foods, playing in the snow, and of course, it’s the start of calving season! One of my family’s favorite foods is stir-fry. Tonight was stir-fry night at my house. It happens about once or maybe twice a month based on the meal plan cycle. It’s a night I can count on not having any leftovers because my family LOVES beef stir-fry. Why do they love stir-fry so much? Is it the tender, juicy vegetables? Is it the yummy stir-fry sauce? Is it the wild rice that might be made with milk and a sprinkle of sugar? Is it the fortune cookies that foretell our goofy future? Well, they all like those things, but what they LOVE is the “steak” as the three year-olds call every piece of meat they eat or as my little lady calls it, “the best animal protein ever – beef!” That’s right, we use beef and more specifically, we use Flat

Iron steaks. The Flat Iron steak is perfect for our stir-fry because it comes in about a one and a half pound steak, which provides just enough for my family of six. It is second only to the tenderloin steak in regards to tenderness – perfect for little teeth. And, of course, it is a natural multivitamin serving up 10 essential nutrients, which makes mommy happy. Plus, it is a perfect match for some tender veggies and wild rice topped with a drizzle of stir-fry sauce in less than 30 minutes! That makes everyone happy! Another thing we love to do at KBC is work with our retail and fooderservice operators. Over the course of several months, we have gone from farm to fork educating these folks, so they can better serve our delicious beef to consumers. On the foodservice side, we’ve been working with students all the way to potential beef buying restaurants. A group of Sullivan University students and a faculty member joined Mr. and Mrs. Miller on their Jessamine County farm to learn what a beef farmer does every day to ensure that they are receiving a top beef product. We networked with restaurateurs from across state during the Kentucky Restaurant Association’s Day at the Races showing resources available to them from www.beeffoodservice.com. KBC also hosted a Holiday Beef Symposium with Sysco where 22 potential customers learned about food and consumer trends, sampled delicious holiday beef dishes, talked to beef farmers, Mrs. Brenda Paul and Mr. Bobby Foree, about their day-to-day responsibilities on the farm, and talked about the differences in grainfinished and grass-finished beef as well as dry and wet-aged beef.

On the retail side, we continue to tell our beef story via Facebook. We worked with Kroger to showcase a series of “Name that Cut” videos featuring a Kroger meat manager and their chef making a delicious recipe from the winning cuts. Four (two contests, one video to introduce the cut and one to show the recipe) different videos appeared on Kroger’s Facebook page during that series garnering 980 likes, 1,877 comments, 163,400 views. In December, KBC created a new “beefy!” video focused on Holiday Roasts. It was featured on Kroger’s Facebook page and received 30,500 views, 20 comments, and 309 likes. So, during the month of love, instead of giving out those cheesy Valentine’s Day cards, try handing out some beef jerky sticks or your favorite beef recipe because Beef! It’s What’s For Dinner.

Blessings,

Alison

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KENTUCKY BEEF NETWORK KBN is Supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund

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n December the Kentucky Beef Network was approved for its ninth grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board for $909,498 in State Funds for program work in 2017. Our focus with these monies continues to be on increasing net farm income along with program expansion across the state. Please see brief program of focus below, for a complete list of programs please visit www.kybeefnetwork.com

Field Associates

The KBN 9 grant will continue the work of seven field associates across the state (see below for a complete list and contact information). They help support CAIP programs and state KBN programs, and work to improve management practices and efficiencies on farms they work with. Each field associate is equipped with scales to help producers weigh cattle at various stages of management. If you don’t know your field associate or it’s been awhile since

they’ve been to your farm I encourage you to reach out to them.

Integrated Reproductive Management Program

Reproductive performance governs gross revenue and profit potential in the cow-calf industry. Even though this fact has been well known for decades, many small ranchers have been slow to recognize the dramatic impact that improving reproductive rate and controlling the calving season can have on their bottom line. Much of the failure to improving reproductive rate can be traced to the high incidence of year-round calving in small cow herds. Survey results from Kentucky beef cattle producers has demonstrated that over 75% of herds with fewer than 25 cows do not have defined breeding and calving seasons. This program will expand across the state over the next two years with the goal of educating cattlemen on using an integrated approach to increasing

KBN Field Associates Ben Lloyd

Whitesville, KY (270) 993-1074 strridge@aol.com

Charles Embry

Cave City, KY (270) 646-5939 dale.embry@yahoo.com

Heath Mineer

Flemingsburg, KY (606) 209-1391 hamineer@moreheadstate.edu

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Ron Shrout

Winchester, KY (606) 205-6143 ronshrout@bellsouth.net

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the reproductive performance of their cow herd and then demonstrating these principles using long-term on-farm approach.

with Beef Quality Assurance Training please contact your county extension office for dates and times of their next training.

Cattle Handling & Care Training

Master Cattlemen

The practice of sound animal husbandry has always been a major emphasis of the beef industry. Healthy, well-treated animals perform and handle better, and Kentucky beef farmers take this responsibility seriously. However, the proper method of handling and caring for cattle is not always well understood by all and a strong outreach effort is needed to keep Kentucky beef farmers at the forefront of using the correct management techniques. Compliance with basic cattle handling and welfare practices does not currently lead to improved marketing opportunities, but this may be the case in the near future and Kentucky beef farmers need to be positioned to take advantage of any potential value added opportunities. This training typically takes place

Master Cattlemen is the flagship educational program for Kentucky cattle producers. It incorporates all phases of beef production into an intensive educational effort challenging Kentucky beef producers to be competitive and successful. The 10 topic areas cover, management skills for the beef business, forage production and utilization, nutrition for optimum production, environmental stewardship, genetics for the beef herd, managing reproduction, herd health, understanding the end product, and marketing. Classes are already forming, please contact your local county extension office if you are interested in participating.

CPH 45 Sale Dates February February 2, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro

March

March 14, Steers & Heifers, Stanford

Springfield, KY (859) 481-3954 gravesconstru353@bellsouth. net

June

Orville Whittaker

June 13, Steers & Heifers, Stanford

Crab Orchard, KY (606) 669-8557

April

April 27, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro

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Eden Shale Update

Cattleman’s Association Convention. It is then followed closely by the NCBA Convention in which KCA has a booth. ----------------- Finally in February, I always help run our booth at the Farm Machinery Show Kentucky Beef Network in Louisville. I enjoy this time of year as Industry Coordinator I get to visit with producers from across the state but it leaves very little time to will have to admit that January get things done at the farm. and February are my slowest times Please don’t misinterpret what I am at Eden Shale Farm. And by slow, saying, there is plenty that is going on I mean that I don’t make it to the at Eden Shale while I am gone. Our farm often. January is encumbered with farm manager, Greg Cole, is there every planning and executing the Kentucky day taking care of the daily grind. There

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are cows to rotate, hay to feed, ice to chop out of waterers, fence that needs fixed, and equipment that won’t start! Farming in the winter is twice as hard as farming in the summer. Last month I mentioned that we had not started feeding hay yet. We did make it past the first of the year, but the snow storm that blew in on Jan 5th caused us to have to set out some hay. We still have standing grass that can be grazed as long as it doesn’t get pushed down by a big snow, but we are now regularly feeding hay. Like most folks

this year, we should have enough hay to get us through the winter depending on the severity of the weather. I know that people tend to not like snow, and I would have to agree from the travel standpoint, but I do love the stillness and the quietness that comes when it is snowing. And I think that it makes the farm look pretty, at least until it thaws out and the mud shows up…

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Angus - The Business Breed KENTUCKY ANGUS ASSOCIATION 2016-2017 KY Angus Association Officers:

KY Angus Association Membership Application Name:____________________________________________ Farm Name:_______________________________________

President: Tim Jeffries Ÿ Camner, KY V. President: Gil Ray Cowles Ÿ Rockfield, KY Sec/Tres.: Anne DeMott Ÿ Lexington, KY

Address:__________________________________________ City:__________________State:_______ Zip:___________ Phone: Bus-_______________________________________ Res-_____________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________

Return to: Anne DeMott 1220 Angus Trail • Lexington, KY 40509 Annual Dues $35

Contact Anne DeMott to pay for your Kentucky Angus Association dues! 1 • BOYD BEEF CATTLE

7 • D&D LONGVIEW ANGUS Danny & Debbie Burris 550 Willie Nell Road Columbia, KY 42728 270-348-5766 • 270-250-3701 • 270-250-1277 8 • EAGLE REST PLANTATION Jimmy Don Robinson 7665 Paducah Road Kevil, KY 42053 270-462-2150

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11 • HERITAGE FARM Tom McGinnis 1024 Hinkle Lane • Shelbyville, KY 502-633-1634, home • 502-633-5100, work 502-655-0164, cell

21 • ANNE PATTON SCHUBERT 4040 Taylorsville Rd • Taylorsville, KY 40071 Phone: (502) 477-2663 • Fax: (502) 477-2637 Gordon Schubert, Cowboy

12 • HIGHVIEW FARMS 827 West Main Street Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718 Ben T. Cox DVM 270-469-5517 Registered Angus Cattle

22 • SHAW FAMILY ANGUS Jim & Cathy Shaw 935 Miller Road • Hodgenville, KY 42748 Cell: 270-769-8260 www.shawfamilyangus.com Quality Registered Angus Cattle since 1975

13 • HILL VIEW FARMS Jimmy Gilles 5160 Lee Rudy Road Owensboro, KY 42301 Located 15 mi. W of Somerset 270/686-8876 klburton01@windstream.net Bulls & females sold private treaty. Inquiries Welcome. Sell only what we would buy. 270/929-5370 5 • CLAIREBROOK FARMS, LLC 14 • JOHNSON FARMS ANGUS BLUE RIDGE CATTLE Angus Bulls & Females PO Box 192, Carlisle, KY 40311 Slaughters, KY Paul B. Mulhollem, 859/289-7019 Keith: 270-635-0723 Chad Daugherty, 217/369-0466 Reese: 270-635-1137 Watch for our consignments in upcoming KY sales! 15 • MILLERS RUN FARM 6 • COFFEY ANGUS FARMS W i l l i a m N. O f f u t t IV 661 Hopewell Road 3 7 9 0 Pa r i s Ro a d Ge o r g e t o w n , K Y 4 0 3 2 4 Liberty, KY 42539 Ph o n e : ( 8 5 9 ) 5 3 3 - 2 0 2 0 Em a i l : m i l l e r s r u n f a r m @ a o l . c o m Matt Coffey - (270) 799-6288 W e b s ite : w w w .m ille r s r u n fa r m .c o m Dewey Coffey - (606) 787-2620 Heifers for sale • See ad on pg. 55 Genetics for Maximum Profitability since 1984

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19 • PLEASANT HILL FARMS Gil, Mary, Corbin, Caroline, and Catherine Cowles 500 Rockfield Richpond Road Rockfield, KY 42274 270/843-9021 • Fax 270/843-9005 Located 7 miles west of Bowling Green, 1/2 mile off Hwy 68/80 20 • RAGS ANGUS FARM

2 • BRANCH VIEW ANGUS 927 Old Liberty Pike • Hustonville, KY 40437 859/238-0771 • www.branchviewangus.com James S. & LuAnn Coffey Donald & Donna Coffey Evelyn Hoskins Annual Production Sale- 2nd Saturday in April

4 • BURTON & SONS ANGUS Joe D. or Karen Burton Ÿ Bryan Carman, Partner, Ridgeview Angus 480 Hominy Hill Rd. Nancy, KY 42544 Joe: 606-305-3081 Ÿ Bryan: 606-875-3453

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10 • HAINES ANGUS FARMS 5294 Park City- Glasgow Rd. Park City, KY 42160 Kenneth Haines, Jr. 270/749-8862

3 • BURKS CATTLE CO. 531 Rick Rd. Park City, KY 42160 Eddie Burks • 270-991-6398 www.burkscattle.com

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K entuck y B eef E x p o Simmental Show Friday, March 3 at 4 PM Simmental Sale Saturday, March 4 at 11 AM. Contact Doug Parke for more info 859-987-5758 859-42 1-6100 ( cell)

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Secretary: Lori Graves 859-481-8143 Treasurer: Tonya Phillips 606-584-2 579

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100 Carpenter Ridge Salyersville KY, 41465 docrat2@yahoo.com Jim Ratliff 606.496-6522

“UNBELIEVABULL SIMMENTALS” Graves Grandview Simmental Farm Timothy Graves 560 Rudd Lane Springfield, KY 40069 (859) 481-3954 • gravesgrandview@gmail.com

Brian & Heather Swain 3906 Pottertown Road Murray, KY 42071 270-293-4440 wksbswain@murray-ky.net

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LONG RIDGE FARM

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1295 Locust Grove Road Shelbyville, KY 40065

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WWW.CPH45.COM

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association 859.278.0899 Kevin Laurent UK Ext. Associate 270.365.7541 x 226

Tim Dietrich KDA Beef Marketing Specialist 502.782.4109 Supported with Kentucky Agriculture Development Funds

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Kentucky Hereford Association KH A I nvi t e s an y H e r e f or d B r e e d e r t o B e c om e a M e m b e r ! Due s are $25. S end t o 2396 U nion City Rd. R ic hm ond, K Y 4075

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Joe B. Gray 10787 New Bowling Green Road Smiths Grove, KY 52171

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Eric & Ronnie Thomas 2396 Union City Rd. Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 623-5734 • Eric’s Cell (859) 314-8256 “Cattle for sale at all times”

WOLF FARM

Registered Polled Herefords Bulls & Females for sale Tim & Peggy Wolf 12939 Peach Grove Rd. Alexandria, KY 41001 Home: 859-635-0899 Ÿ Cell: 859-991-3484

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270-590-4579

Wells Farm

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Hansell Pile, Jr. 12045 St. John Rd. Cecilia, KY 42724 270-735-5192•270-862-4462 12 miles West of Elizabethtown

Windy Hills Farm Jackie D. Perkins II 367 Mt. Pisgah Rd. • Bremen, KY 42325 270-543-3586 Breeding to produce good cows since 1981.

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Registered Polled Herefords Monty G. Hancock 7300 KY 56 Owensboro, KY 42301 270-771-4118

Boyd Beef Cattle

Annual Bull Sale second Saturday in March Hereford and Angus Bulls

Elm Tree Farm, LLC

MPH Farms

B r ad 5035 Main Street • Mayslick, KY 41055 Charlie Boyd II · 606-584-5194

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“Breeding Polled Herefords for over 58 Years” John Tucker “Registered Angus and Polled “Registered AngusHerefords” andIIPolled Herefords” Breeding cattle for sale at all times. 1790 Hidden Valley Lane John A. Tucker II John A. Tucker II Hudson, KY 40145 1999 Walnut Hill Rd. • Lexington, KY “Registered 40515 HiddenHerefords” Valley Lane 1790 Hidden Valley Lane Angus and 1790 Polled 270-617-0301 Hudson, KY 40145 Hudson, KY 40145 (859) 271-9086 • cell (859)533-3790 (270) 257-8548 (270) 257-8548

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Fertility Calving Ease Calving Ease Disposition Milking Ability Milking Ability

www.jmsvictordomino.com 4850 Ridge Rd. 4850 Caldwell RidgeCaldwell Rd. Knifley, KY 42753 Knifley, KY 42753 270-465-6984 270-465-6984

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Higgins Named Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year

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arry Higgins of Russellville, Kentucky, was honored as the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Commercial Producer of the Year during the awards banquet held at the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, December 2, 2016. Higgins was joined by his wife, Kim; son, Cody, and daughter Kameron at the banquet. Myron Edelman, AGA executive director, presented Higgins with the award. The AGA Commercial Producer of the Year Award honors individuals who use Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics in progressive commercial cattle operations and are proactive in their promotion of the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed. Higgins has worked hard to promote Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle for the past 10 years. He and his family own and operate H and H Farms, a 500 head cow-calf operation, and the Russellville Livestock Market located in Russellville, Kentucky. Higgins bought his first Gelbvieh

and Balancer bulls in 2004. Higgins mentioned he started using Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls for the added muscle and growth along with improved disposition. As a result, Higgins’ weaning weights have increased 75 to 100 pounds since he has been using high-quality Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls. In 2011, Higgins organized a group of commercial cattle producers in southwestern Kentucky that utilize Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and started a special Gelbvieh and Balancerinfluenced feeder calf sale, which is held each July at Russellville Livestock Market. The sale has been very beneficial for the group and they usually sell between 600 to 800 head of feeder calves consigned by eight consigners. The sale has consistently averaged $10 to $12 a hundred over the local market. The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

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Lower birth weight ■ MORE LIVE CALVES Increased weaning weight ■ MORE POUNDS AT WEANING

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OBITUARY

Seldon Vermont Hail

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eldon Vermont Hail, age 94 of London, Kentucky passed away Thursday, December 23, 2016 at his residence. He was the father of Bowman Hail and Linda Hail both of London, Kentucky, and Robert Hail of Ula, Kentucky, the brother of Phyllis Hail of Lexington, Kentucky, and Joyce Hail Davis of Russell Springs, Kentucky. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four

great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Bowman Hail, by his parents, Robert Lee Hail and Amanda Sears Hail, and by seven siblings; Wilma Dragset, Evelyn Baker, Verna Allen, Eula Meece, Carl Hail, Eugene Hail, and Robert Irvin Hail. He was a United States Navy Veteran, a member of First Presbyterian Church London, and was County Extension Agent for 32-years. Funeral Services for Seldon Vermont

Hail will be conducted 1:00 December 27, 2016 until the funeral PM Tuesday, December 27, hour. London Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. In lieu of 2016 at First Presbyterian flowers, the family request memorial Church – 123 Keavy Road, London, Kentucky, with contributions be made to; First Rev. Tim Noel and Jeff Presbyterian Church – 123 Keavy Davis officiating. Burial Road, London, Kentucky 40741. will follow at A.R. Dyche Serving as pallbearers; Gordon Memorial Park. The family Lewis, Paul Claiborne, Robert of Seldon Vermont Hail T. Hail. James Hail, Mike Toby, will receive friends at Seldon Hail was Ray Brown, and Logan Goggins. First Presbyterian Church KCA President Serving as honorary pallbearer; from 11:00 AM Tuesday, from 1983-1985. John Robert Hail.

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KEVIN TRUESDELL NAMED MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR WITH CENTRAL KENTUCKY AG CREDIT

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evin Truesdell was recently named Mortgage Loan Originator with Central Kentucky Ag Credit. Kevin will work in Ag Credit offices in Frankfort, Lexington, Paris and Richmond focusing on rural home loans. Kevin will be working closely with Jeremey Parker, Ag Credit Mortgage Loan Originator. Previously Kevin served as a Mortgage Loan Originator with People’s Exchange Bank in Mt. Sterling. He has also worked for US Bank in Maysville as a Secondary Mortgage Loan Officer. His experience as a Mortgage Loan Originator spans 14 years. After graduating from Mason County High School, Kevin received his Associates Degree in Business from Maysville Community and Technical College. He also earned a business degree in Management

and Marketing f rom the University of Kentucky, along with obtaining his MBA from Sullivan U n i v e r s i t y. While at UK, Kevin was a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. Kevin grew up on his family’s 200 acre farm in Lewis County. The Truesdell farming operation consisted of burley tobacco and beef cattle. While growing up, Kevin was extremely active exhibiting livestock through Mason County 4-H and FFA. He was also the Mason County FFA Chapter President and Licking River Regional Sentinel. Currently, Kevin resides in May’s Lick where he raises show pigs. The farming operation consists of 15 sows and he sells around 50 show pigs a year all over the United States. He also

partners in a boar stud that consists of 10 show boars selling semen to show pig producers. Additionally, Kevin manages a small beef cattle herd in May’s Lick. Kevin is a member of Highland Christian Church in Maysville and is an avid UK fan. Central Kentucky Ag Credit is a financial cooperative that is memberowned and serves 17 counties in the Bluegrass Region. The financial cooperative has seven

MANAGE FEED MIXING / RATIONS FROM MOBILE DEVICE

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he wireless Libra TMR from Central City Scale, Inc. eliminates the need for indicators, remote displays, thumb drives and printers. The TMR app delivers a smart and simple way to build and manage your rations, pens, and feed groups. Know the exact weight of ingredients going into the mixer and track what has been fed to

SOUTHEAST FEEDER CATTLE PRICES 20 JAN 2017 STEER

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each pen, providing useful information and features at your fingertips. With this new technology, cattle feeders and Dairy operations can have more precise control of their feed mixing, ingredients and rations. Central City Scale, Inc. of Central City, Nebraska is introducing the new Libra TMR which is a feed and ration management system that is iPad-based and connected to load cells on the feed mixer using Bluetooth electronics. The operator enters the feed ingredient information into the app, along with rations with all the ingredients. Information is assigned to what ration gets fed to which pen and how many head are in each pen. This technology saves time and makes it simple to execute a ration and feed it properly. By entering the name of your feed group, Libra TMR will inform you how much weight volume of each ingredient is required for each ration you are mixing. More importantly, the system will also allow the operator to scale by dry matter. Using agrimatics’ cloud service (coming soon), a nutritionist can also log in and remotely manage rations for their customers. The Libra TMR allows the feed mixer operator to use a smart phone or tablet as a full featured indicator. The number of remote displays are unlimited. The ability to set a custom timer for mixing between each ingredient or after all ingredients have been loaded helps with generating a Total Mixed Ration. Automatically adjust the batch size based on any loaded ingredient. Feeding schedules for different feed groups can be created increasing efficiency in your feeding operation. Being able to enter bunk readings in the system allows the operator to quickly adjust rations and feed amounts. The operator can input and adjust dry matter percentages for ingredients or record as fed. For more information about the Libra TMR , contact Central City Scale, Inc. 800-582-3175 or visit their website www.ccscales.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS General

February 1-3, 2017 NCBA Convention, Nashville, TN, See ad on February 10-11 Mayhaven Farm Seed Days, Waynesburg, KY, See ad on pg 111 February 15-18 National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, KY, See article on pg. 72 February 15-18 Championship Tractor Pull, Louisville, KY, See article on pg. 73 February 17-18 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, Lexington, KY February 21-25 Hinton Mills Seed Days, See ad on pg. 119 March 3-5 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo, Louisville, KY March 9 Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Workshop, U of K, See article on pg. 20 March 11 Fayette Co. Farm Bureau Farm Equipment Consignment Auction, Lexington, KY, See ad on pg. 12

Angus

February 4 Champion HIll Angus Complete Dispersal, Gallipolis, OH February 18 Yon Family Farms Spring Sale, Ridge Spring, SC February 25 West Tennessee Angus Assn. Annual Spring Sale, Martin, TN, See ad on pg. 55 February 27 Robert Elliott and Sons 82nd Anniversary Production Sale, Adams, TN, See ad on pg. 21 February 28 Woodall Angus Buyer’s Choice Bull Sale, Quality, KY, See ad on pg. 39 March 3-4 Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes, Louisville, KY, See ad on pg. 2 March 4 Legacy Farms consignments to KY Angus Sweepstakes, See ad on pg. 45

AD INDEX

ADM 63 AG SPRAY 85 AGRI Financial SVS 79 Accelerated Genetics 58 AmeriAg 51 American Angus Association 33 American Black Hereford Assn. 45 American Hereford Assn. 49 B & L Farm Cattle Company 95 Blackgold Feedlot 48 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational 47 Blue Grass Stockyards 81 BoPat Farms 38 Boyd Beef Cattle 15 Branch View Angus 120 Bridgeview Angus 51 Buckner and Jeffries Angus 26 CPH 45 State Ad 109 Cargill 91 Caudill Seed 50 Central Farm Supply 25, 43, 57 Circle A Angus 59 116

March 4 BoPat Farms Annual Bulls & More Sale, Bradford, TN, See ad on pg. 38 March 6 Stone Gate Farms Annual Production Sale, Flemingsburg, KY, See ad on pgs. 11 & March 10 Smithland Angus Bull & Mature Cow Herd Reduction Sale, Russell Springs, KY, See ad on pg. 5 March 25 Whitestone Farm Annual Pasture Performance Tested Bull and Female Sale, Aldie, Virginia, See ad on pg. 27 March 27 Solid Rock Angus 2nd Annnual Bull Sale, Winchester,KY, See ad on pg. 4 March 27 Oak Hollow First Choice Bull Sale, Smiths Grove, KY, See ad on pg. 7 April 4 St. Clair Registered Angus Annual Production Sale, Falls of Rough, KY, See ad on pg. 44 April 8 Branch View Angus Sale, Hustonville, KY, See ad on pg. 119 April 10 Grass Time Partners Annual Bull/Female Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 56 April 15 CKAA Spring Sale, Danville, KY April 30 Bridgeview Angus Sale, Frankfort, KY, See ad on pg. 51 April 27 Great Meadows Spring Sale, Shelbyville, KY

Black Hereford

Feb. 24 Black is the Color Sale, Bowling Green, KY, See ad on pg. 35

Gelbvieh

March 3-5 Gelbvieh/Balancer Show, Sale and Junior Show at KY Beef Expo, See ad on pg. 61

Circle M Farms Cutting Edge Dependable Livestock Testing Dievert Sales Service Dow Fayette County Farm Bureau Four Kings Angus Gerber Land & Cattle Grass Time Partners Sale Green River Fence Hayes Trailer Sales Hinton Mills J & D Kerstiens John Deere Keeney Angus Kent Feeds Kentucky Angus Kentucky Beef Expo Angus Gelbvieh Pen Heifer Red Angus Red Poll Simmental

45 22 24 111 99 12 22 51 56 36 67 119 56 19 67 71 106 46 2 61 60 65 62 67

March 4 Circle M Farms Annual Production Sale, McMinnville, KY, See ad of pg. 45 March 25 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational Bull & Female Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 47 March 31 J&D Kerstiens Gelbvieh Auction, Huntingburg, IN, See ad on pg. 56

Hereford

Feb. 17 Beef Maker Bull and Female Sale, At Barnes Herefords Sale Facility, Cedartown, GA, March 3-5 National Hereford Show & Sale at KY Beef Expo, See ad on pg. 66

Limousin

April 1 Laurel Co. Cattlemen’s 5th Annual Commercial Open Heifer Sale, London, KY, See ad on pg. 26

Multi-Breed

February 25 Cowles’ Pleasant Hill Farms March Madness Bull & Heifer Sale, UPI, Bowling Green, KY, See ad on pg. 3 February 25 North Missouri Bull Sale, Kingsville, MO, See ad on pg 54 March 4 Arkansas Bull Sale, Hope, AR, See ad on pg. 54 March 4 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo All Breeds Pen Heifer Sale, Louisville, KY, See ad on pg. 60 March 11 Boyd Beef’s Angus & Hereford Bull Sale, Mays Lick, KY, See ad on pg. 15 March 23 KY-TN Performance Tested Bull Sale, Glasgow, KY, See ad on pg. 26 March 25 South Missouri Bull Sale, Carthage, MO, See ad on pg. 54

Shorthorn 65 Kentucky Charolais Association 112 Kentucky Gelbveih Association 114 Kentucky Hereford Association 110 Kentucky Hoop Barns 14 Kentucky Salers Association 117 Kentucky Simmental Association 108 Knoll Crest Farms 9 Kuhn North America 32 Kuhn Knight 42 Laurel County Cattlemen’s Assn. 26 Legacy Farms 45 May Haven Farm 111 McBurneys Livestock & Equipment 85 Mid South Ag LLC 12 Neat Steel 98 Norbrook 68-69 Oak Hollow 7 Paris Stockyards 4 Pleasant Hill Fams 3 Priefert 18 Red Hill Farms 8 Ridley, Inc - Crystalyx 20

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April 8 Knoll Crest’s Total Performance Bull Sale, Red House, Virginia, See ad on pg. 9 April 11 Gerber Right Kind Sale, Richmond, Indiana, See ad on pg. 51

Red Angus

March 3-4 Red Angus Open Show & Sale at KY Beef Expo, See ad on pg. 65 March 18 Red Hill Farms More Than A Bull Annual Sale, Lafayette, TN, See ad on pg. 8

Red Poll

March 3-4 Kentucky Red Poll Show & Sale at the KY Beef Expo, See ad on pg. 62

Simmental

February 18 Sunset View Farms Family Tradition Simmental Bull Sale, Auburn, KY, See ad on pg. 37 March 4 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo Simmental Sale, Louisville, KY, See ad on pg. 67 March 25 Genetic Advantage Bull Sale, Paris, KY, See ad on pg. 31 March 25 Profit Through Performance Annual Bull & Female Sale, Lexington, KY, See ad on pgs. 13 & 97 April 1 Wayward Hills Farms consignments to Bulls of the Bluegrass Sale, Mount Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 10

Shorthorn

March 4 Kentucky National Shorthorn Show & Sale, Louisville, KY, See ad on pg. 65

Robert Elliott & Sons Rocking P Livestock Roy Canada Seedstock Plus Silver Stream Shelters Silver Towne Farms Smithland Angus Farm Solid Rock Angus Southern States Coop St. Clair Farms Stone Gate Farms Storm Insurance Sunset View Tarter Gate Triple T Farms Walters Buildings West TN Angus Assn. White Farm Whitestone Farms Woodall Angus Y-Tex ZWT Ranch Zoetis

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PERFORMANCE TESTED PUREBRED ANGUS BULLS FOR SALE Call 270/202-7186 for more info or check out www.oakhollowangus.com for current availability. ANGUS & CHAROLAIS BULLS Compliance quality Angus & Charolais bulls for lease. Starting at $350. McCrory Farms, Benton, KY 270-527-3767 FOR SALE Fall yearling Polled Hereford bulls Good selection. Low birthweight, medium frame. JMS Polled Herefords, Knifley, KY 270-465-6984 SORTING POLES-PADDLES-FLAGS Poles with your 8” decal. $5.70 each per 50. Sorting flags, $10.50. Sorting paddles $9. Kerndt Livestock Products. 800-207-3115

ACH Holdings - Haynes Farms Fullblood & Purebred Embryos & Semen Stephen Haynes - 270-799-8685 760 Emily Court Bowling Green, KY 42101 www.achhlimousin.com achhlimousin@twc.com Facebook: ACHH LIMOUSIN COMPREHENSIVE NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANS (CNMPs) Financial assistance available through NRCS EQIP or Ky Div of Conservation RCPP. Ben Koostra, Lexington, KY - NRCS Technical Service Provider - 859-559-4662 REGISTERED ANGUS BULLS 18 months. Vet Checked. $2,000. Skean Angus, Alvaton, KY 270-535-4123. Call Tim or see bulls @ www.skeanangus.com

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BUTLER COUNTY STOCKMAN’S ASSOCIATION

HELP WANTED

Pay starting at $10/hour Looking for honest dependable part time personnel to help promote beef at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. Currently taking applications for cashiers, food prep and cooks. Contact Maxine Bracken At Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association food service. Phone #502-773-3702 or email maxinebracken@gmail.com with a resume.

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HEREFORD BULLS Low birth weight and high growth. BSE Tested. 18 months old. Sweet T Farm. 859-684-1509 REGISTERED GELBVIEH BULLS 6 registered Gelbvieh bulls. Passed BSE. Ready for service. 14-20 months old. Calving ease, low birth weight, docile bulls. Starting price at $2,250. Trent Jones. 270-590-5266 CHAROLAIS BULLS FOR SALE Harmon Charolais 812-738-7958 Performance tested All Breeds Bulls http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/ 812-279-8554 LIME-LITTER-FERTILIZER SPREADERS In Stock Stoltzfus Brand John Deere 6400 - cab loader -wd www.redbarnandassociates.com Call Charlie: 859-608-9745

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Four Winds Farm New Castle, KY

502-296-1044 25 BLACK-CROSS HEIFERS Calves by side. Some calves weighing up to 300-400 lbs. 859-481-5143 SIMMENTAL BULLS FOR SALE Black and polled. 18 months-2 year olds. Semen checked. $2,500 Bowling Green, KY 270-529-9215 RED ANGUS FOR SALE Bulls: Yearlings and 2 Year Olds, Open and Bred Heifers Contact: Johnnie Cundiff 606-305-6443 or 606-871-7438

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You Are Our Clients, Too! the complimentary free cap but firm in my conviction that I had done the right thing for my client. That was more important than anything else. That’s my job. We want to have the ----------------best educated producers in the country University of Kentucky and we are also proud of our working Extension Beef Specialist relationship with our feed industry representatives. That event was an aberration and not the norm. gricultural Extension agents and Since that time, Dr. John Johns and specialists are sometimes caught I developed a rather intense “Nutrition” between producers and their portion of the Master Cattleman program. suppliers. It is our job to be informed and We were not shrinking from our duties provide unbiased information which will when we introduced the sessions either. serve our clientele’s best interest. That I remember telling our participants that is rarely a problem but over the course we were both authors of that section and of a career you can be caught in some that we had Ph.D.’s in beef nutrition with thirty years of experience each. Because interesting situations. Like several years ago when I strolled … sometimes the best defense is a good into the state cattlemen’s convention and offense. Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler has continued was met with an irritated regional sales our efforts in Master Cattlemen Nutrition representative for a feed company. His and Kevin Laurent provides ration group had rented a booth and several of the balancing advice, too. We try to provide company rep’s were there. I was invited to good nutritional advice but sometimes we sit in their midst and it was apparent that I have to “call ‘em as we see ‘em”. We are grateful to the Agricultural was about to be the recipient of a good “old fashioned butt chewin’”. I had no idea what Development Board for funding another the problem was but I was about to find out. round of the Master Cattleman program The conversation went something like and will be starting another soon. Check this: with your County Extension Agent for “You cost us a good client (and he told Agriculture and Natural Resources if who it was). We know that you were the you are interested in becoming a Master one that changed his ration!” Cattleman and learning more about beef Sometimes the best defense is a good cattle nutrition and all other areas of beef offense, so my reply went something like production. And, always remember that this: you are our clientele – first and foremost. “I didn’t go looking for your client. His veterinarian called me because his calves were dying! You were selling him a low energy, high urea complete feed for Spring-calving Herd 3 hundredweight weaned calves. Why Get ready for calving season this month! would you do that? You have some good •Replacement heifers should be gaining products. Why didn’t you fix him up with a adequately to reach target breeding weights good supplement and let him feed his own by May 1. Be sure that their feeding program is adequate for early breeding. hay and grain? •Overall condition of the cow herd “There’s not enough tonnage in selling should be evaluated. Cows losing weight supplements”. “It’s always better if your client makes now are more likely to have weak or dead money. And, by the way, he is my client, calves. These cows will likely be a poor source of colostrum milk for the newborn too.” Well, I left that encounter without calf. Feed cows, if necessary to keep them

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in good body condition. •Have calving equipment, supplies and labor ready for the spring calving season. Some supplies which may be needed are: eartags and applicator (put numbers on eartags now), tattoo pliers and ink, record book, scales for calf weights, iodine for calves’ navels and colostrum supplement. Calving equipment (puller and chains, etc.) and facilities should be ready and clean. •Heifers should begin head-start calving in early February. Move them to a clean, accessible pasture, away from cow herd and near facilities so that calving assistance can be given. Cows may start calving later this month. Signs of calving are relaxation of pelvic ligaments, enlargement and swelling of the vulva, and enlargement of the udder. Expect calving difficulty if (1) calf ’s head and two feet are not visible, (2) only the calf ’s tail is visible, and (3) the cow has been in labor for 1½ hours. Be sure calf is being presented normally before using calf puller. Recognize situations that are beyond your capability and seek professional help as early as possible. Calves that aren’t breathing should receive assistance. Try sticking a straw in nostril to stimulate a reflex or try alternate pressure and release on rib cage. Commercial respirators are also available. Calves should consume colostrum within 30 minutes of birth to achieve good immunity. •Record birthdate, cow I.D., and birthweight immediately (use your Beef IRM calendar). Identify calf with eartag and/or tattoo. Registered calves should be weighed in the first 24 hours. Male calves in commercial herds should be castrated and implanted as soon as possible. •Sub-zero weather can mean death for newborn calves. During extremely cold spells, bring the cow(s) into a sheltered area as calving approaches to protect the calf. Be prepared to warm-up and feed newborn, chilled calves. Calving in mud can also cause problems. •Separate cows that calve away from dry cows and increase their feed. Increase feed after calving to 25-27 pounds of high quality hay. Concentrate (3-4 lb. for mature cows and about 8 lb. for first-calf heifers) may be needed if you are feeding lower quality hay. Supplementation may have a beneficial effect on date and rate of

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conception. The most important time to feed a beef cow is after calving. Thin cows don’t come into heat very soon after calving. We must have cows in good condition, if we plan to breed them early in the season for best pregnancy rates, especially on highendophyte fescue pastures. •Watch for scours in newborn calves. Consult your veterinarian for diagnosis, cause, and treatment. Avoid muddy feeding areas so that cows’ udders won’t become contaminated and spread scours. Don’t confine cows to muddy lots. •Start looking for herd sire replacements, if needed.

Fall-calving Herd

•Consider creep feed or creep grazing (wheat, etc.) to supply extra nutrition to fall-born calves which may have to depend solely on their dam’s milk supply for growth. They are not getting much except their dam’s milk now (i.e. there is nothing to graze). February/March is the worst time of the year for fall-born calves. •Breeding season should end this month – maybe Valentine’s Day. Remove bulls and confine them so that they regain condition. •Provide windbreaks or clean shelter for calves.

General

•Provide water at all times. Watch for frozen pond hazards. If cattle are watering in a pond, be sure to keep ice “chopped” to keep cattle from walking on the ice and, possibly, breaking through. Keep automatic waterers working. •Increase feed as temperature drops. When temperature falls below 15 degrees, cattle need access to windbreaks. For each 10 degree drop below 15 degrees, add three pounds of hay, two pounds of corn, or six pounds of silage to their rations. •You should be feeding a mineral supplement with adequate magnesium to prevent grass tetany (~ 15% Mg) now. The Hi-mag UK Beef IRM mineral can be used now. •Control lice. Watch for signs such as rubbing. •Begin pasture renovation. You can overseed clover on frozen or snow-covered pastures.


M n o i l t l n s i H seed days 34th Annual

February 21st - 25th, 2017

Frank L. Hinton

You're invited to save money at Seed Days all week long! Please plan to join us again for our 34th annual Seed Days sale & customer appreciation event. Enjoy huge savings, product vendors, door prizes, special guests, live radio remotes, and as always, knowledgeable customer service! Call 606-845-1821 for information. HUGE Discounts on: • Feed • Seed • Fertilizer • Mineral • Fencing Materials • Crop Protectants • Cattle Handling Equipment • Cattle Scales • Hay Rings • Waterers • Tobacco Bed Supplies • Baler Twine • Net Wrap • Plastic Hay Wrap • Tractor Fluid • Winter Work Clothing

Frank L. Hinton

Ask us about treated soybeans with inoculation, fungicides & insecticides, as well as our spraying, spreading & soil testing services.

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APRIL 8, 2017 Hustonville, KY

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