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Cow CountryNews Cattlemen’s Association

April 2013

Issue Highlights American Heart Assoc. Certifies Three More Beef Cuts - pg. 20 Kentucky: Planning Checklist for Pasture Fly Control - pg. 30 2013 Kentucky Beef Expo Results - pg. 38-43 Comer Says Ethics Findings Help Move Department Forward - pg. 52

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Don Reynolds, Spring Has Sprung James Comer, Spring Management Challenges Dave Maples, People Make the Difference Baxter Black, Safe Calving Habits Garry Lacefield, Grazing School Offers Classroom and Field Activities 44 Melissa Hart, Real Treasures 78 Roy Burris, You Know What Makes Me Mad? FEATURE STORIES

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American Heart Association Certifies Three More Beef Cuts Cultivating Big Dream on a Small Scale Kentucky: Planning Checklist for Pasture Fly Control Winter Brain Games Why Millenials Matter: A Research Overview UK Fundamentals of Herd Health: Vaccinations for the Cow-Calf Operation 38-43 2013 Kentucky Beef Expo Results 50 Second Highest Attendance Recorded at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show 51 USDA to Survey Farmers About Their 2013 Planting Intensions 52 Comer Says Ethics Findings Help Move Department Forward 54 Statement from Agricultural Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Departure from USDA 56&69 Noble Foundation Economist Clarifies New Tax Legislation 71 New Products 75 Pleasant Hill Farms

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National News State News County News Economic & Policy Update Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association Young Producer’s Council Kentucky Beef Council Kentucky Beef Network Membership The CPH Report News Releases Calendar of Events Classified Section: - Classified ads - Advertisers Index

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Great Meadows Angus Association

31st Annual Spring Sale

Saturday, April 27, 2013 Ÿ 1:00 PM EDT Heritage Farm Ÿ Shelbyville, KY


WW 62, YW 114, MARB .72, RE .73, $B 86.97

2 daughters by Ironstone sell

Selling 116 Head Registered Angus Cattle 34 Bulls: 18 Spring 2012 yearlings & 16 2011 yearlings. Many are Heifer Acceptable and almost all qualify for cost share funds in one or more categories. RF MS EVERELDA 17101

Eagle Eye from Coleman Everelda Entense 7101


62 Females w/ 20 Calves: 14 Open Show Heifer Prospects. All qualify for the GMAA Premium Incentive program. 20 Bred Heifers. 4 to calve by sale day. 16 fall bred. 28 Cows with 20 Calves, including 12 fall calves.

21 Embryos: 2 Bar 5050 New Design 7832 x Ironstone 2 Bar Objective 5546 x Total & Future Direction 4268 GAR Retail Product 4594 x Confidence GAR Objective 2947 x Rito 9969 BOYD SUPER DUTY 8305

BW 2.1, WW 65, YW 120, $F 63.21 Featured sire of the Wardlow Consignment

181 Straws of Semen - 2 Semen Tanks Sires include EXT, Bextor, 5050, Rito 6I6, Rito 1I2, Safeguard, Role Model, Twenty/Twenty, & many more.

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CED 12, BW -.1, MILK 32 Frontman back to Ever Entense 491G

HERITAGE 67S CREDENCE 215 CED 8, WW 64, YW 110, MARB .69 Great show prospect from the Black Jill family

Sale Features:


s12 bulls, 6 open heifers, & 7 fall pairs from sale host Tom McGinnis’ Heritage Farm s From Wardlow Angus: 7 bulls, 3 open heifers, 11 cows, 15 embryos, & 100+ straws of semen s 3 open heifers, 2 bred heifers, and 4 bulls from Cardinal Hill Farms s 2 open heifers, 2 cows, & 4 bulls from Bradshaw Hill & Hill Rise s A maternal descendent of Basin Lucy 178E s 5 fall bred heifers (all ETs) from Middle Creek Angus

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Schedule of Sale Activities:


CED 7, YW 103, MILK 34, MARB .68, $B 88.94

All held at Heritage Farm, 1024 Hinkle Lane, Shelbyville, KY 40065 Friday, April 26: 5:00 pm Preview of Sale Cattle & Refreshments & Entertainment Saturday, April 27: 9:00 am Inspection of Sale Cattle 11:00 am Complimentary Lunch 1:00pm Sale

Sale Manager: Tim Dievert

Sponsored by:


WW 53, YW 101, MARB .76, RE 1.01, $B 87.64 5050 son from a maternal descendent of GAR Blackcap 2536

Great Meadows Angus Association President: Paul Bradshaw Vice-Pres.: Ryan Wardlow Secretary: Pam Dockery Treasurer: Earl Lord

Auctioneer: Eddie Burks, Park City, KY Sale Day Phones: 859-238-3195 or 502-655-0164


WW 58, YW 114, MARB .58, RE .67, $B 93.25 Upshot x Total

478 Dry Fork Road • Danville, KY 40422 Off : 859/236-4591 • Mobile: 859/238-3195 E-mail: ROCK RIDGE FOREVER LADY 1174 Maternal descendent of 57D sired by Brilliance. BW to YW spread of .7 to 101 Bred to Vin-Mar O’Reilly Factor

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She sells along with a February 11 heifer calf by Upward and a yearling by Boyd Super Duty 8305.


Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association 2013 Leadership KCA Regional Directors: REGION 1

REGION 3 continued

*Steve Dunning, Vice President, 270-498-8180 Bobby Shilts, 270-547-6470 Daniel Hayden, Richard Russellburg, 502-233-4285 Jeff Pettit, 270-884-5305 George Whitson, 270-725-5906 Lonnie Epley, 270-726-0844 Chris Milam, 270-726-1803 Lanny Boyd, 270-889-9682 Bob Tucker, 270-797-8263





Don Reynolds 1405 Jonesville Mill Rd., Magnolia, KY 42757 (270) 528-5239

Billy Glenn Turpin 1282 Miller Drive Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 623-7219

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




Steve Downs 830 Arthur Mattingly Rd Lebanon, KY 40033 (270) 865-2611

Mike Bach 1787 Wyoming Road, Owingsville, KY 40360 (606) 674-2953

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



Gary Woodall 619 McReynolds Rd. Quality, KY 42256 270-725-0819

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

*Ryan Miller, Vice President, 859-779-5461 Jerry Gaddie, 270-325-3703 Dr. Kenneth Green, 270-879-0229 Bobby Druen, 270-432-5969 Andy Bishop, 502-275-6177 Wayne Pedigo, 270-670-9238 Laura Cooper-Green, 270-230-3463 Mike Elmore, 270-678-2494 Marty Lile, 270-202-3235 Eddie Jessie, 270-565-4371 Marion Crutcher, 270-877-5709 Tony Reynolds, 270-528-6142 Mitchel Logsdon, 270-524-0266 Kelly Flanders, 270-528-6272

REGION 3 *Bobby Foree, Vice President, 502-845-4947 John Ellegood, 502-532-7573

Corinne Kephart , 502-220-1748 Kevin Perkins, 502-269-7189 Paul Redmon, 859-749-7788 Chris Browning, 502-268-9181 Joe Lipps, 502-747-0792 Rondal Dawson, 502-829-5489 James Lyons, 859-361-1222

REGION 4 *Tim White, Vice President, 859-223-0326 Scott Turpin, 859-314-4615 Mike Stokley, 859-771-9195 Chris Cooper, 859-625-0090 Harold Rice, 606-652-4605 John Tudor, 859-624-3834 Clay Wills, 859-749-8248 Ron Ray, 859-858-4326 Jason Rose, 606-738-9756

REGION 5 *Dave Rings, Vice President, 270-866-5535 Tim Shepherd, 859-265-7804 Mike Spalding, 270-699-6587 Don Minton, 606-423-2675 Larry Clay, 606-438-9914 Bonnie Rings, 270-585-3500 Joe Goggin, 859-238-9437 Adam Chunglo, 859-613-2985 Phillip Reese, 606-787-1629 Cary King, 859-734-2173 * Denotes member of Executive committee



KCA’s Past Presidents: 1972-73 1974-77 1978-79 1980-82 1983-85 1986-87 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

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

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Shelby Hughes - Logan Hoppy Lovell - Barren 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


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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.


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Executive Vice President Dave Maples Staff Accountant Kelly Tucker Director of Kentucky Beef Network Becky Thompson KBN Program Coordinator Brandy Graves KBC Director of Marketing Alison Smith

KBC Director of Consumer Affairs Caitlin Swartz Membership Coordinator Nikki Whitaker Communication Manager Leanna Jackson Publication Coordinator Carey Brown National Advertising Sales Connections Advertising & Marketing,

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Spring Has Sprung Don Reynolds


Kentucky Cattlemen's Association President


pringtime is here and I have been busy tagging new calves and on the road traveling. Last month, I attended the Mid-South Stocker Conference in Somerset, Kentucky. The theme of the conference was “Learning, Leading and Succeeding.” We got to see video tours of three stocker operations. Cooper Brothers from Lincoln County and Charles Miller from Jessamine County were the two operations from Kentucky. Paul Fugate was from Tennessee. Dr. Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a veterinary from Nebraska spoke on Low Stress Stocker Cattle Handling. Dr. Kenny Burdine presented some

interesting information on the outlook for the Stocker Industry. Another topic discussed was risk management by Dr. Watt Prevatt from Auburn University. Another recent and well attended meeting for our industry was the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo held in Louisville, March 1-3. My son, Brian and I had a great time watching the cattle shows and sales. We got to meet up with some friends that we showed cattle with over the years. Later that evening, I attended the Young Producers Council meeting. The guest speaker was Dr. Les Anderson. He spoke on different methods to tighten up your calving season. It is exciting and encouraging to know that these young leaders are the ones who will carry our industry into the next generation. I had the opportunity to speak at Nelson County Cattlemen Association. I enjoyed the food, great hospitality and the fellowship with fellow cattlemen

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members. Dave Maples was in attendance, he gave an overview on the structure of KCA. Today, farmers face many challenges, the weather and the input cost of planting and harvesting crops, but at the end of the day it is still rewarding to be a farmer. These challenges and experiences a farmer has makes me think of the reading by Paul Harvey “So God Made a Farmer.” And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, and dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out of haywire,

feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, painin’ from tractor back, put in another 72 hours. So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark.” So God made a farmer. It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake, and disk and plow and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing. Who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says the he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. So God made a Farmer. Hope everyone is getting off to a good start into their spring season.

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Spring Management Challenges James Comer

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


pring provides special management challenges as pastures emerge and calves hit the ground. Here are a few things we’re thinking about on my farm back home in Monroe County this time of year. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder caused by reduced magnesium levels in an animal’s blood, according to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, which conducted some of the pioneering research on the ailment about 40 years ago. UK says high rates

of potassium or phosphorus in the field can increase the risk of grass tetany. Symptoms include nervousness, lack of coordination, muscle spasms, staggering, convulsions, coma, and death. Feeding high magnesium supplements will reduce the risk, UK says. Frothy bloat occurs when cattle consume excessive amounts of forages high in soluble protein such as white clover and other legumes. A foamy or slimy substance forms, trapping gasses in the animal’s rumen. That blocks the normal escape of gas, which causes the chamber to expand, interfering with the animal’s breathing. The condition can lead to death by suffocation. UK recommends several measures to reduce the risk of bloat, including growing a mixture of grasses and legumes, avoiding grazing immature legumes, and refraining from putting

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cattle on pastures high in legumes that are wet from rain or dew. Calf scours is the single leading cause of early calf sickness and death. UK stresses that a calf must ingest colostrum soon after birth to strengthen its immune system. Producers also are advised to provide good nutrition to pregnant cows; provide a clean, dry environment for giving birth, and be prepared to replace fluids lost if scours develop. Consult with your veterinarian or your county Extension agent for any management or disease questions. Producers moving cattle interstate need to be aware of new federal requirements that took effect in March. The new rules require animals moving interstate to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation.

Contact the state veterinarian’s office at (502) 564-3956 to obtain ear tags or to find out more about the new rules.

KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo in March exceeded $1 million in sales for the second straight year and showed gains in gross and average sales. Three lots sold for more than $10,000, and all three were from Kentucky. The number of Kentucky cattle in the Junior Show was up significantly, which I attribute to the success of the Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program. The success of the Beef Expo shows that the Commonwealth’s beef cattle industry has a well-deserved reputation for quality on a national level.

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People Make the Difference Dave Maples

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


t is really about people. I have had a great deal of road time this month going to county meetings and bull sales along with a couple of birthdays and funerals. Road time is my time and a time to just think. After attending KCA past President Glen Massengale’s funeral and then driving to the Marion County Cattlemen’s meeting later that afternoon, I had a little time to slow down and think about what is important. Mr. Massengale was important to me because he was chairman of the committee that hired me back in 1999.

He called and offered me this job. His passing was a reminder to me that I need to appreciate the people that are supportive to not only me, but the industry that I work for. During the funeral I sat with KCA Past President Bob Vickery (Wayne County). Mr. Vickery always talks to me when I see him. The conversation was about his son and grandson working cattle and he always wants to know how KCA is doing. Mr. Vickery was President of the Kentucky Beef Cattle Association in 1986. He submitted the application for the KBCA to become the qualified state beef council in Kentucky. The Kentucky Beef Council continues its work today from the things he did then. I started jotting down names of people that I have had a meaningful conversation with the last couple of weeks. Maurice Heard (Warren County) came and helped me work

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the booth during the Farm Machinery show. Yes, he had his Pork Producers cap on like always, but people still talked to him. Maurice is one of the largest, if not the largest Pork Producer in the state. He also is one of the larger cattlemen. As a student at WKU back in the day, our classes would do field trips to his farm so I have always had an appreciation for what he has accomplished over the years. It was nice to spend a couple of hours just catching up with what he is doing. I remember him telling our class that he always tries to add at least one big project every year. It looks like he has done just that, and that is why he is one of Kentucky’s larger farmers. Birthday parties, I am talking 90 th birthday parties. One was for John Venable (Clark County). Mr. Venable is one of my most valued mentors. I know he gets tired of me asking questions of how and why he does what he does. The reason I like Mr. Venable is because he is just about the most frugal person I have ever been associated with. He does things on his farm like I have to do. He can look at a scrap object and just come up a useful application. The second party was for Mrs. Mildred Miller ( Jessa mine County). Mrs. Miller is past KCA President Charles Millers’ mother-in-law. I had the best conversation with Mrs. Miller during the surprise party about her cows. She was upset because she is now surrounded by a neighbor who has purchased all the farms around her and she is the lone holdout. The new neighbor had pushed a tree down on the fence and one of her cows had gotten out. The fence repair bill was around $300.00 and she could not get the new neighbor to help. She is very serious about her cows. My granddad bought a couple of Angus heifers from Mr. Charles Smith’s dad back in the early 40’s so I have watched the Smith Family

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in Russell County and their cattle program, but I have never been to one of their sales. While at the sale I sat next to Jack Blair (Lincoln County) and he told me that as a high school student he went on livestock judging team work outs to the farm of Smith T. Powell, one of the founding fathers of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Blair later had the opportunity to purchase the Powell farm. It was nice to hear the history and appreciation that Mr. Blair has for the farm. Ben Lloyd invited me to Union County for the Green River Area Bull Sale. While there I got to visit with KCA past President Steve Henshaw. Steve was involved in developing the current operating structure that KCA enjoys today. In the early days of my employment I made a trip to Steve’s home and we talked about KCA and the organization. The take home message from that meeting was that the organization was so dependent on dedicated volunteer leaders. I have been truly blessed to have been around outstanding leaders. The organization has benefited greatly from their leadership as well. I am about out of space but I want to mention just a few other people that I have had face to face conversations with that I appreciate. Mr. Bill Kegel, Daviess County is a true gentleman and a person I look to for advice. Mr. Bill Tolle, Mason County has been on the State Fair Board for many years and for sure has agriculture at heart when it comes to the State Fair. Finally, the last person that I will list is past KCA President, Larry Clay from Perry County. Larry has been elected as one of the new KBN managers. Larry is not a big talker until he needs to be and his advice is sound. I appreciate all of these people and many more. The people is what it is really all about.

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Safe Calving Habits Baxter Black

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


ver the years I have heard story after story of accidents related to calving season. I have researched the subject with a couple of guys at the sale barn, a purebred breeder and a retired cow vet. I came up with this list of Safe Calving Habits:

1. Far and away the most common tale I hear has to do with looping the OB chain around your wrist then looping the other end around the calf ’s foot. This is called Loop-A-Dope. The scenario is: the mama cow rises or

escapes before the baby is delivered and drags you, the midwife, across two sections of cactus, mud, cattails, bone yards, net wire fence and/or mine fields. 2. A tip to the wise; let the loose end of the chain hang loose. Regardless of what you think, the uterus will not swallow it. Another frequent calving catastrophe involves protective mothers who interfere with your postnatal efforts to tag, vaccinate, treat or, otherwise molest the newborn. Alas, this practice has been labeled Trick-aDope. Factors in play seem to be the innocent belief that humans are faster, quicker, stronger or smarter than the cow. It is a symptom of the cowboy mentality, who honestly believes he is faster, quicker, stronger or smarter than the cow, and is a slow learner. ADVICE: Let your wife do it. 3. This calving disaster is the result

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of extremist cattlemen who attempt to grab the newborn calf and drag him into the pickup cab before the protective mama cow can intervene. It is known as Whack-a-Dope. It is amazing how fast, quick, strong and smart new mamas really are! In her wake she leaves abrasions, contusions, fractures, broken hydraulic lines, concussions, amputations, explosions, ejections, side door indentations, warranty violations, totaled vehicles and unconscious operators. Solution: Reserve the emergency room ahead of time and have 911 already dialed before you lean out the door.

the risks we take, our efforts to help the newborn and handle their new mothers with care remain heroic. We are on the front lines where Beef Begins. So gird your loins, you knights of the calving barn, stand tall, keep your wrist out of the loop, take a deep breath and dive right in…what could possibly go wrong?

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4. Add ropes, spurs, ice and 4-on-the-Floor gear shifts to the story and the possibilities of bodily harm are endless. Obviously, Rope-a-Dope. 5. CONCLUSION: In spite of



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Featured Lots Great Meadows Angus Association Spring Sale April 27, 2013



Hill Rise 4268 9116

Hill Rise Regis 9203

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ational Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Bob McCan, a cattleman from Victoria, Texas, made the following statement about notification received today from the Scientific Commission for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recommending that the United States’ risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) be upgraded to negligible risk: “This announcement by OIE’s Scientific Commission is great news for U.S. cattle producers. The U.S. beef industry has worked with government officials and scientists to implement multiple interlocking safeguards to prevent BSE from taking hold in our

country. The most important of these safeguards is the removal of specified risk materials – or the parts of an animal that could contain the BSE agent should an animal have the disease – from all animals presented for slaughter in the United States. Being classified as negligible risk for BSE by the OIE is proof that these safeguards are working and protecting the public and animal health against BSE.” “The safety of our cattle and our beef is the top priority for American beef producers. Recognition by OIE that our cattle and our beef are of the highest and safest quality is important in promoting U.S. beef in our growing export markets. We applaud USDA for working with the international scientific community and industry leaders on this issue.”

NCBA Statement on USDA’s Proposed Amendment to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Rule

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WASHINGTON (MAR. 8, 2013) ational Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a cattleman from Cody Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed amendment to the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule: “NCBA has maintained that there is no regulatory fix that can be put in place to bring the current COOL rule into compliance with our World Trade Organization (WTO) obligation or that will satisfy our top two trading partners; Mexico and Canada. With the amended rule, the USDA has proven that to be true. The proposed amendments will only further hinder our trading relationships


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with our partners, raise the cost of beef for consumers and result in retaliatory tariffs being placed on our export products. The requirement that all products sold at retail be labeled with information noting the birth, raising and slaughter will place additional recordkeeping burdens on processors and retailers, contrary to the administration’s assertion. Moreover, this combined with the elimination of the ability to comingle muscle cuts, will only further add to the costs of processing non-U.S. born, raised and slaughtered products. The end result will be hesitancy to process imported product and increased instances of less favorable treatment of foreign product, giving our trading partners a stronger case at the WTO.”


EPA Releases Producer Information to Activist Groups WASHINGTON (FEB. 20, 2013)


arly this week the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency had been collecting information from states on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). This information was requested by extremist groups, including Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and granted to them. “When we reviewed the information submitted by the states and released by EPA, we were alarmed at the detail of the information provided on hard working family farmers and ranchers, family operations including my own,” said NCBA Past President J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, Neb. “It is beyond comprehension to me that with threats to my family from harassment atop bio-security concerns, that EPA would gather this information only to release it to these groups. This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates; the only thing it doesn’t do is chauffeur these extremists to my house. For some operations, even telephone numbers and deceased relatives are listed.” In January 2012, EPA proposed the Clean Water Act Section 308 CAFO Reporting rule to collect information from CAFOs and make it publicly available and readily searchable through their website. Cattlemen and women along with the Department of Homeland Security expressed concerns that this was not only a serious overreach of EPA’s authority and would create a road map for activists to harass individual families, but that the proposal would aid and abet terrorism and

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New Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky FRANKFORT, KY. – (MARCH 19, 2013)


and County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council have announced the launch of the Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky, and are accepting applications for the award. The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award will honor Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources. “Private landowners across the State of Kentucky are doing exceptional land conservation work,” said Brent Haglund, Ph.D.,Sand County Foundation President. “We look forward to honoring these good stewards of the land who are committed


to the enhancement of Kentucky’s rich and diverse agricultural landscape.” Given in honor of renowned conservationist 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.” “The Kentucky Agricultural Council is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award program,” said Kentucky Agricultural Council Chairman, Tony Brannon. “From the

beginnings of pioneering no-till farming in the 1960’s through today’s many and varied farm sustainability efforts to leave this place better than they found it, Kentucky farmers have a proud tradition of feeding, clothing, sheltering and fueling our nation and our world. This award will allow us to celebrate and learn from the examples of Kentucky farmers who have taken a thoughtful approach to conservation and stewardship of our land.”  The Kentucky Agricultural Council will be seeking sponsorships to host the award and will present a celebration of the award recipients at the Kentucky Ag Summit, to be held in November, 2013. Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2013, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award c/o Kentucky Agricultural Council, P.O. Box 5478

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Louisville, Kentucky 40255-0478. For application information, please visit or ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of a crystal scupture depicting Aldo Leopold and a check for $10,000. In 2013, Sand County Foundation will present Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Nationally, the Leopold Conservation Award is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.


FSA State Office Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program LEXINGTON, KY, FEB. 21, 2013 entucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley announced today that Kentucky FSA will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14.   “It continues to be our goal to ensure that we use CRP to address our most critical resource issues” said McCauley. “In 2012, many counties in Kentucky experienced extreme drought. CRP protected environmentally sensitive lands


in Kentucky. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolled in CRP plant longterm,resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts on an estimated 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013, 34,767 of those acres in Kentucky. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

In 2012, many counties in Kentucky experienced extreme drought. CRP protected environmentally sensitive lands from washing or blowing away. It gave ranchers extra grazing land when they needed it. from washing or blowing away.  It gave ranchers extra grazing land when they needed it. I expect there will be strong competition to enroll or re-enroll acres into CRP, so I urge Kentucky’s producers to maximize their environmental benefits and make sure their offers are cost-effective.”   In addition to erosion control, CRP provides significant water quality benefits including reduced nutrients and sediment loadings and adverse consequences associated with floods as well as expanded and enhanced wildlife habitat. Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP nationwide,302,782.7 acres

Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance for planting covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis. Continuous sign-ups often provide additional financial assistance.  Those signup dates will be announced later.   For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit your local FSA county office or www.fsa.  

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KCA President Visits Marion County Don Reynolds, KCA President, recently visited the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association meeting in Lebanon. After he was introduced he talked a little about his position and let members know he was available to meet and talk with them anytime they had a question or problem. Thanks to everyone that came out!

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The Barren County Cattlemen’s meeting was held Thursday 2013 Barren County Cattlemen’s Association evening, February 21, at the Barren County High School Trojan Academy. During the meeting, members of the Barren County FFA Officers. The newly elected officers of the Barren County Cattlemen’s Association are: Chapter presented a program on student Supervised Agricultural (left to right) Don Wilson, Treasurer; Robert Experience Programs and the Barren County Agriculture Department program areas. The FFA members who presented the Siddens, President; Frank Rowland, Vice program were; (back row from left to right) Bradley Snafford, Tyler President; Brent Billingsley, Secretary; and Burks, Trevor Baise, Nick Jackson, and Woody Wilson. (Front row James W. Bailey, Reporter. left to right) Megan Houchens, Miranda McKinney, Faith Payne, Sheldon Burks, Emily Gentry, and Jenna Jewell. During the meeting a delicious steak dinner was served. The meal was sponsored by C & F Supply of Hiseville. 2013 Barren County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors – The newly elected members of the Board of Directors of the Barren County Cattlemen’s Association are: (left to right) Ken Wininger, Steve Pruitt, Mike Elmore, Warren Wisdom, Scott Basil, and Bob Gerring. Also elected to the board but not pictured were: Sammy Monroe, Tim Shirley, Barry Garrett, Steven Webb, Leland Glass, and Sherman Ballou. 18

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American Heart Association Certifies Three More Beef Cuts


he Beef Checkoff Program announced today that three additional fresh beef cuts now are certified to display the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. With that, retailers have the opportunity to market a total of six different extra-lean beef items to shoppers using one of the most trusted nutrition icons on food packaging today. The extra-lean beef cuts that meet the American Heart Association’s criteria for heart-healthy foods as part of an overall healthy dietary pattern, and are certified to display the HeartCheck mark include the following USDA Select grade cuts: • Sirloin Tip Steak • Bottom Round Steak • Top Sirloin Stir-Fry • Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast • Top Sirloin Filet

• Top Sirloin Kabob “Having the American Heart Association certify three additional extra-lean beef cuts is yet another important milestone in the beef checkoff ’s efforts to help consumers understand the positive health and nutritional benefits of beef,” says Jeanne Harland, beef producer from Illinois and chairman of the checkoff ’s Nutrition and Health Subcommittee. “Using strong science-based guidelines and criteria, the American Heart Association has now certified six different beef cuts, and we will continue to support and apply scientific evidence to show consumers how they can eat healthfully with extra-lean beef.” The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and leading health organizations, including the American Heart Association, recognize lean meat as a nutritious food and a single serving

of lean meat can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. “Independent research and this certification from the American Heart Association confirms to consumers that extra-lean beef can be a building block in an overall heart-healthy diet,” says Cheryl Hendricks, a registered dietitian with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, contractor for the Beef Checkoff Program. “We know that consumers are looking to retailers as a trusted source of nutrition information. Displaying the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark in the meat case makes it easier for consumers to identify heart-healthy extra-lean beef and as a result, grow beef sales among health-conscious shoppers.” Hundreds of stores across the U.S. currently display the Heart-Check mark on certified beef items in the meat

case and retailers can work with the Beef Checkoff Program to participate in the American Heart Association Food Certification Program to receive significant cost savings. Integrated promotional tools are available to help retailers merchandise the certified cuts where it matters most – the point of purchase. Resources such as on-pack labels, posters and recipes help make healthier choices with extra-lean beef cuts in the meat case and, ultimately, generate fresh beef sales. In fact, nearly 75 percent of shoppers say the Heart-Check mark improves the likelihood that they’ll buy a product and boosts incremental sales an average of 5 percent when pointof-sale materials are used to promote certified products. For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit


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utrients in the form of grazed forage are usually the cheapest of all animal feeds. Profitability in Kentucky’s beef industry is influenced by many factors. Research has clearly shown that one of the best predictions of profitability is simply “how much hay-baleage-silage was required to winter the animals. Grazing has always been important in Kentucky but I don’t believe it has ever been more important than now. Compared to most other states, Kentucky has many advantages for grazing. The challenge is to use more of our pasture (waste less), use it in a higher quality stage (grazing management) and use grazing to meet nutritional needs of animals more days of the year (extending grazing) reducing the need for more expensive stored feeds and grains. Interest in and opportunities for grazing has shown a dramatic increase among Kentucky producers over the last decade with over 600 graduates of the Kentucky Grazing School, excellent attendance in the annual Kentucky Grazing Conference along with other educational events including Master Graziers, Master Cattlemen, Master Stocker program, field days, tours and meetings. The Kentucky Grazing School is offered both spring and fall. This very popular two-day program offers very practical classroom and field activities. The spring school will be held at the UKREC in Princeton April 17-18. Program and speakers include:

Tuesday April 17, 2013

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8:15 Benefits of rotational grazing – Garry Lacefield 8:45 Meeting nutritional needs on pasture-Donna Amaral-Phillips 9:15 Grazing Math Concepts- Jeff Lehmkuhler 9:45 Introduce Field Exercise- Jeff Lehmkuhler 10:15 Introduction to temporary fence- Jeremy McGill 10:30 Portable/seasonal water systemsKevin Laurent 11:00 Methods to assess pasture production and determine stocking rate- Ray Smith 11:30 Hands-on building a rotational grazing system in the field: assessing pasture yield and setting up small paddocks- Smith and Lehmkuhler 12:30 Lunch

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11:45 Lunch

5:30 Adjourn for the day

12:30 Producer panel

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1:30 Designing your own grazing system- all speakers and NRCS conservationists

7:30 Refreshments 8:00 Extending the grazing seasonGarry Lacefield

2:15 Break

1:15 Alternative methods to assess pasture production- Ray Smith

8:30 Implementing a grazing systemRoy Burris

2:30 Field exercise. Observe grazed paddocks and hear reports of each group

1:40 Growth of grasses and legumes and their response to grazing

9:00 Tall fescue endophyte animal relations- Garry Lacefield

3:30 Tour demonstration plots of spring grazing options

2:30 Forages for grazing systemsGarry Lacefield

9:30 Cost share programs from NRCS- Sid Brantly

5:00 Graduation and final comments

3:15 Forage establishment- Ray Smith

9:50 Break

3:45 Break

10:00 Animal disorders- Michelle Arnold

5:30 Adjourn

4:00 Fence chargers for effective grazing- Jeremy McGill 4:30 Fence building: Understanding how to build and use temporary fencing and high tensile fencing. –

10:45 Minerals for grazing cattleDonna Amaral-Phillips 11:15 Fundamentals of laying out a grazing system- Kevin Laurent

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Cultivating Big Dreams on a Small Scale Microloan Gains Popular Footing; Answers Need for Faster, Easier Credit OPINION EDITORIAL BY JOHN W. MCCAULEY, USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY, KENTUCKY STATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


hroughout my tenure as State Executive Director for the Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA), I have met several small and beginning farmers and ranchers, military veterans and disadvantaged producers interested in making a living in production agriculture. For many, the high cost of purchasing land and equipment can be prohibitive, compelling newcomers and those struggling against odds to take risks to finance their dreams by relying on credit cards and personal loans with high interest rates. I am keenly

aware, too, that the average age of our farmers and ranchers is increasing. I am concerned about where the next generation of farmers and ranchers will come from. “In Kentucky, I see the Microloan program as a means of offering smaller farming operations access to credit as well as shortening the response time to some of our existing borrowers,” said McCauley. The U.S. Department of Agriculture understands the needs of these small, beginning and specialty crop producers. Through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Farm Loan Programs division, the department responded to their needs by developing a new microloan program that will provide up to $35,000 to help bolster these producers during their start-up years. Likewise, it will

assist small, established producers who find themselves in extenuating financial circumstances. Microloans are like other operating loans. They can be used to purchase livestock, equipment, feed, seed, fertilizer and related supplies. And here’s a real benefit when compared to those credit cards and personal loans; the current interest rate for a microloan is 1.125%. It is imperative that we use solutions like the microloan to provide access to credit to those just starting out or those producing on a smaller scale in order to grow American agriculture. It’s important because Agriculture can provide new jobs that will build our economy and ensure a safe and affordable food supply at home and abroad. In addition, these loans keep people living

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in our rural communities, sending their children to our local schools and doing business in our local shops. But here is how microloans are unlike traditional FSA loans. Applying for them is a simpler, more flexible process. By reducing the application form from 17 pages to eight and modifying requirements for experience, it‘s easy and far more convenient for both our customers and our employees.  Although some production experience is necessary, there are many producers who may not meet the managerial requirements for traditional loans but may be eligible for a microloan. FSA will consider an applicant’s small business experience, experience with a self-guided apprenticeship and specialized education to meet the

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Kentucky Grain Farmers Invest in the Farm BY JERRY PIERCE ramatic changes in agriculture have produced significantly increased revenues for Kentucky grain farmers. Figure 1 illustrates the increase by comparing farm profitability between 2004 and 2011 for grain farms participating in the Kentucky Farm Business Management (KFBM) program. Table 1 shows that average Farm Operating Income was 2.69 times higher in 2011 for KFBM farms compared to 2006. Farm income rose more than farm expense, so the average KFBM grain farm realized $321,046 more in 2011 than in 2006. Table 2 compares selected average yields, percent of total planted, and prices received for crops produced and sold in 2006 and 2011. The most significant difference is the increase in prices received. Corn prices increased 2.25 times, while soybean and wheat prices nearly doubled. What have Kentucky farmers done with the profits? The following analysis comes from data provided by grain farmers participating in the Kentucky Farm Business Management program (KFBM) and reported in the KFBM Annual Summar y of Data (http:// A comparison of 47 KFBM grain farmers who provided family living data in 2006 and 2011 indicates they increased family living by 43%, or $28,911. Self-employment and income tax increased at the same rate, so the

D The Agricultural Economics Department 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 var y 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@

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average grain farmer paid $10,021 more in 2011 than in 2006. These farmers increased annual spending on machiner y and equipment by 2.5 times, spending nearly $105,000 more per year in 2012 than in 2006. As a result, Fair Market Value (FMV) of equipment on the balance sheet averaged $331,000 more at the end of 2011. They also purchased land. The average amount spent on land and other Long-Term investments in 2006 was $87,508. Average spent in 2011 was $156,704. The FMV of land on the average

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KFBM grain farm balance sheet increased $545,904, a 73% increase in value. Finally, KFBM grain farmers used the profits to improve their balance sheet. Total assets increased an average of $1,557,935, while total liabilities increased only $220,644. Included in assets is a $319,477 increase in crop inventory, or 76%, and a doubling of prepaid expenses to $72,477. Overall, average net worth increased $1,337,292 between 2006 and 2011, an 86% increase.


Spring Nitrogen Fertilization vs. Clover Seeding: Which Has a Better Payoff? BY GREG HALICH e are at the point where farmers would normally start to apply nitrogen (N) to hayfields to boost spring and early summer production levels. Current price levels for nitrogen, P, and K are almost identical to where they were a year ago. As a result, the results/summary and tables used last year are still applicable now and can be viewed at: http:// ProfitSpringHayNitrogen2012.pdf Instead of rehashing last year’s results, the analysis this year will take a critical look at N fertilization by comparing it to seeding clover into hayfields. Advantages of Clover Clover and other legumes have the ability to fix nitrogen from the air and utilize it for plant growth. As a result, we can get the benefits of N fertilization without having to apply it. This transferred N is also utilized (in the long-run) by the grass in the stand and the overall increase in forage growth can be dramatic. Another important advantage of incorporating clover into the hay stand is improved forage quality. Clover generally has higher energy and protein levels than grass. Moreover, it retains quality much better going into late spring and early summer than grass. Therefore, clover-grass hay cut in June will have much better forage quality than pure grass hay. Finally, clovers tend to balance out forage growth better than cool-season grasses. As a result, a clover-grass stand will have better forage production in summer compared


to a pure cool-season grass stand.


Nitrogen Cost: 50 units N x $.65/unit= $32.50/acre Application Charge = $6.00/acre Total N Cost = $38.50/acre Nitrogen Benefit: 50 lbs N x 60 lbs = 3000 lbs dry matter (1.5 tons) dry matter /unit Cost per Ton = $38.50/1.5 = $26/ton Clover Seeding Cost (Every 3 Years): 5 lbs red clover x $3/lb = $15.00/acre 1 lb ladino clover x $4.50/lb = $4.50/acre Application Charge = $6.00/acre Total Cost (3 years) = $25.50/acre Total Cost (pro-rated per year) = $8.50/ acre

Table 1 shows the cost per ton of extra forage produced, given this $8.50 per year cost and various forage production levels. These range from $4-17 per ton of extra forage produced. If we pick a middle level production, say 1 ton, the results is a cost of $9/ton of extra forage; compared to the $26/ ton for N fertilization. Obviously, this is much cheaper. Many skeptical farmers often ask the following question: can you really get higher yields from seeding clover rather than using N fertilization? According to the agronomists, the answer is yes (with good management). I’m not an agronomist, but I like to play one outside my official duties at the University of Kentucky. The pictures below show one of my personal experiences related to seeding clovers into hayfields/ pastures. The first picture shows my brother seeding red and ladino clover into a previously neglected hayfield that had less than 5% clover content. The second picture shows the results just a little over a year later. It was estimated that this stand had

around 2 tons of additional forage production in 2012, compared to an all-grass stand. Will all stands be this successful? No, but with good management, my personal experience tells me, a 1 ton minimum of extra forage production can be expected with good management. See “Renovation of Hay and Pasture Fields” for more

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details on establishing clover into hay ground and pasture: http://www.uky. edu/Ag/Forage/agr261%20(2).pdf. Remember, we still have the additional benefits of increased forage quality and better summer production. These benefits are hard to quantify for this basic publication, but may be almost as high as the increased forage production itself. So, why would anyone use nitrogen on hayfields in the spring? The simple answer is people are resistant to change and they get stuck in old habits. What was profitable ten years ago may not be profitable today. So, just for fun, I did the same analysis to determine the cost of forage produced through N fertilization at pre-2005 price levels. With nitrogen priced at $.15/unit (assuming the same response levels in the previous analysis), the cost of additional forage production was $7.66/ton for this time period. This compares favorably to what we found for clover. Habits are hard to break and can be costly if we do not adapt to current market conditions.

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Summary of Exchange Traded Funds and Agriculture BY CORY WALTERS & JOHN BARNHART ver time, the financial market has developed new investment instruments aimed at reducing barriers to entry. For example, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) represents a relatively new form of investment instruments allowing investors easier access to stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, and futures markets. Prior to the existence of ETFs, participation in commodity futures markets required having an active margin account, immediate access to margin capital, a thorough understanding of how futures and option markets operate, and management of all futures positions. Because ETFs behave like stocks, the ETF manages the relationship with the futures exchange; therefore, the investor


does not require a margin account or access to margin capital. ETF management takes care of all future contract rules, for example, managing contract expiration rules to avoid delivery, so the investor does not require a thorough understanding of how futures and options markets operate. ETFs bundle multiple futures contracts into one tradable asset, giving investors increased trading efficiency. Through the reasons just stated, ETFs increase investor access to futures exchange markets via the stock market. Being relatively new and different than traditional futures market participation methods, it may be easy to overlook their potential benefits (and costs), especially for the agricultural industry. What is an ETF, how do they operate and how are they valued? A financial institution forms an

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ETF by buying futures contracts and integrating them into a portfolio. For example, a financial firm buys corn futures contracts from the CME Group, which then uses the purchased commodity contracts to construct the total asset value of the ETF. The financial firm divides the total asset value into shares for trade on a stock exchange. The ETF uses basic rules to buy and sell futures contracts, which can be found in the ETF prospectus. The prospectus is the ETF rule book because it outlines exactly how the ETF operates, what it invests in, and any other decisions that may be made. Investors purchase ETF shares from a stock exchange. The purchase of an ETF provides the investor the ownership of assets contained within the ETF (see figure B). Because futures contract prices fluctuate, ETF share value also fluctuates. When an investor wishes to sell previously purchased ETF shares, they simply sell them on the stock exchange, receiving the share value in cash. Hypothetical Example of how ETF’s Track Commodity Futures For a hypothetical example, we will be investing in two different corn futures contracts. The first contract will be the nearby corn futures contract traded at the CMEGroup. The second contract will be the nearest December corn futures contract also traded at the CMEGroup. The fund purchases both corn futures contracts. Investors expecting corn prices to rise will purchase the ETF. Futures contracts represent the ETF value through a predetermined weight. For the hypothetical ETF, each corn futures contract carries a 50% weight. At the end of the day, the ETF value depends upon the average change of the two corn futures contracts. If the nearby corn futures contract increases by 1% while the December corn futures contract decreases by 0.5%, then the price of

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the ETF will increase by 0.75% (1%*.5 + .5%*.5). Therefore, it is possible for gains in one corn futures contract to be offset with losses in the other corn futures contract. Also, ETFs can have a small cash account. In the example above, if 4% of assets were in cash then each corn futures contract will have a 48% weight. Using the new weight, the ETF value will increase by only 0.72% (1%*.48+.5%*.48). Summary The ETF market offers a unique investment tool by providing the investor access to markets that were otherwise difficult to access. ETFs offer liquidity, marketability, and divisibility of exchange traded futures contracts through shares with minimal trading costs at a reliable centralized exchange. Investors purchase or sell these investments the same way a common stock trades. The investors in the marketplace have recognized these advantages since total assets in ETFs have increased from their beginning in 1993 to over $1 trillion in 2011. Investing into an ETF requires thoroughly understanding assets found in the ETF and how the ETF makes decisions regarding rolling futures contracts. ETF investment pitfalls can be minimized through a complete understanding of the ETF prospectus. ETFs could provide agricultural producers with a new vehicle to manage risks at potentially lower cost, similar to the way they do with commodity futures. One risk that could be managed is the overall agricultural market risk. Any ETF that tracks a broad range of agriculture industries could be used to manage risks associated with the agriculture industry. ETFs specific to a commodity provide access to the commodity market risk. The complete discussion on ETF’s and agriculture can be found at: php?p=110

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W Wrangler seeded bermudagrass is the cattleman’s cchoice for high quality forage in the tough ggrowing conditions of the transition zone. W Wrangler excels in states from Kansas east to V Virginia where other bermudagrasses typically ffail. Wrangler was developed by the Johnston Seed Co. using breeding lines licensed by S O Oklahoma State University. Wrangler seed is aavailable from Johnston Seed Co. and its dealers.

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• Dates: Late spring when soil temperatures reach 65°F (20°C). Plantings through summer months are successful if moisture is available for germination and seedling establishment. • Rates: 10 to 12 lb./acre (9 to 13 kg/ha). • Depth: 1/8” (3 mm) on heavy soils to 1/4” (6 mm) on sandy soils. • Method: Brillion seeder; broadcast (roll or harrow). • Soil Preparation: Prepare firm seed bed free of weeds and clods to provide good seed to soil contact. • pH: Test soil prior to planting. A range of 6.0 to 7.5 is sufficient. • Fertility: Test soil prior to planting. A fertilizer low in nitrogen but high in phosphorous and potassium is recommended as a starter fertilizer to promote seedling vigor without promoting excessive weed growth. Increase nitrogen as seedlings develop and a sod forms. • Weed Control: Not recommended in the seedling stage except for very light applications of 2-4 D to control broadleaf weeds. Residual herbicides are not recommended in the first 60 days. • Irrigation: If applicable, keep soil moist for germination, as seedlings develop reduce frequency of watering but increase the amount.

• Fertility: A total of 100 to 200 lb./ac/year (112 to 224 kg/ha/year) of actual Nitrogen is recommended based on expected precipitation and level of dry matter production or quality desired. The Nitrogen should be split into at least two applications, the first in early spring and the second in mid summer. Minimum soil levels of 65 lb./acre phosphorous and 200 lb. /acre Potassium should be maintained for maximum production at the desired Nitrogen level. • Harvesting Schedule: Every 30 to 60 days depending on fertility and soil moisture. As a rule, the more frequent cuttings provide higher quality forage with less total dry matter while less frequent cuttings reduce quality but increase dry matter production.


Kentucky: Planning Checklist for Pasture Fly Control BY LEE TOWNSEND , EXTENSION ENTOMOLOGIST


he price break on early orders is a big incentive to make control purchases well before the pest season begins. Here are a few things to consider as you weight the options and make your decisions on face fly and horn fly control: What is your key pest? A key pest is one that is there every year, and when it is bad, causes significant losses in reduced gains and extra expense in time and effort. In Kentucky it is usually either the face fly, and associated pink eye, or the horn fly. Since face flies and horn flies are around every herd, the one that is consistently the greater problem is the one to build the program around. While most fly control products and approaches are labeled for both pests, there are some differences in effectiveness. The face fly is the more challenging pest because it spends very little time on animals, mostly on the hard-to-treat face where it feeds on tears, saliva, and mucus. In contrast, blood-feeding horn flies spend most all of their time on the more easily treated sides and back of cattle. Select the control strategy that puts the protection where it is needed. Consider grazing practices and pasture layout. If cattle are in pastures with controlled access to water and mineral, then forced-used or selftreatment options like dust bags, back rubbers, or automatic spray devices can be economical and effective. Careful hanging of dust bags or suspending fly-flips or other supplemental treatment devices to ensure treatment of the head and face can give very good face fly and horn fly control. Adjusting the nozzles on automatic sprayers will direct the liquid to the target most effectively. These self-application systems require some

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maintenance and their insecticide dispensers have to be checked and refilled as needed. If animals are moved regularly in a rotational grazing program, then fixed application stations may be less practical. Insecticidal ear tags provide a portable fly control system that moves with the animal. Tags tend to give very good horn fly control and a reduction in face fly numbers per head. Spray or pour-on insecticides may be practical and very economical for horn fly control if there is a means of gathering up and confining / handling animals about once a month during the fly season. Past performance. What was your 2012 fly control program? Were you satisfied with it? The satisfaction level can be difficult to judge, especially with drought conditions over much of the state. Face fly and horn fly populations are affected by general weather conditions, especially rainfall. Consequently, fly numbers on cattle can be due as much to weather conditions as product performance. Resistance management. It’s important to consider your long term insecticide use patterns. Continued use of insecticides from the same chemical family can lead to the development of pest populations that are more difficult to control. If you have been using pyrethroid ear tags for several consecutive years, incorporate insecticides with different modes of action into your program. Tags are available with insecticides having one of several ways of attacking the pest, and there are some combination tags that pair insecticides with different modes of action. There are many options for pasture fly control. Matching products and application methods best suited for your key pest and herd management practices will help you pick an effective strategy.

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Winter Brain Games BY CATHY BANDYK, QLF


ell, it is definitely winter “meeting season.” Since the first of the year I’ve spent time at a conference, an institute, a symposium, a college, a convention, a dinner meeting, two trade shows, a planning session, a couple conference calls, and a board of trustees function! All these events serve multiple purposes, but one thing I always hope for is a speaker that presents new information, or old information in a new context, that makes me stop and think. How does this confirm or challenge what I already know or believe? How does it tie in to other data, or interrelate with other biologic or management processes? Is this something I can integrate into the products or programs I manage in a way that brings value to a cattle producer? I’m pleased to say all these recent programs have given my brain ample opportunity to ask these questions of myself. . . I just hope I can keep it all straight.

On sending calves to the feedlot: Dr. Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota State University, is one of those speakers that you can count on to challenge his audiences’ paradigms. He asked the group to consider two

groups of weaned calves, one born on the ranch of a farmer feeder, the other long‐hauled to a yard; which is more stressed? The conventional answer, of course, is the animals that had to be transported the farther distance. But Pritchard pointed out that it depends. . . it depends on what happens the next 30 days. If those calves come into an operation offering balanced nutrition, good facilities, trained labor, technical expertise, and veterinary oversight , and the owner of the home‐raised calves provides less than that, his animals may actually suffer from a higher stress level. On a related note, Pritchard challenged the notion that having all calves weaned and bunk broke before leaving their place of origin should be a uniformly accepted goal. Many cow‐calf operations lack the facilities, resources or expertise to effectively precondition their weanlings. In these situations, it can be a positive for all concerned – people and animals – to go ahead and sell calves right off the cow, but only to a yard that is set up and prepared to handle bawling calves. Pritchard offered an alternative view to one other broadly accepted practice: sorting and comingling incoming calves to create pen groups that appear more uniform at the start of the feeding period.

His observations support less co‐ mingling, based on the goals of filling a pen with calves that (1) have a common nutritional and immunologic history, and (2) reach a marketing end point at the same time. Because single‐source groups best meet these criteria, the value of keeping them together in the yard overrides “same size, same color, and lot size.”

On understanding beef consumers: Jumping to a completely different topic, I sat through a very interesting session on consumer attitudes about beef and beef production. A few facts that caught my attention: • 2/3 of dinners served in this country are decided on the day they are served; most of the remaining 1/3 just the day before. • Consumers freeze ½ of all the steaks, and 2/3 of the ground beef, they purchase in grocery stores. And, not surprisingly, they find it a hassle to thaw before cooking. • 74% of Millenials prefer to feed their children chicken. • The majority of Americans are not aware/do not believe that images of cows, calves and horses on grass are an accurate representation of current production practices. Luckily, Beef Checkoff funds are

being used to both identify and address consumer perceptions that can hurt the long‐term demand for beef. Current projects include developing small, fast serving options; an easier, quicker thawing process; and, teaching Millenials how to cook steak. Their research also points out that we have a need as an industry to better convey the messages that: Beef is good for kids; beef is at least as healthy as other proteins; beef supports short and long term family health; and, cows and calves really do live on pastures.

On Animal Welfare: Dr. Dan Thompson, Kansas State University, gave an update on animal welfare issues in a session of the NCBA Cattlemen’s College. He emphasized the difference between audits and assessments as tools for improving animal welfare. Audit programs, which are often promoted by groups that are less than supportive of livestock production, offer occasional point‐in‐time reviews and the opportunity to “catch” someone failing to meet the standards. At best, they encourage ‘teaching to the test.’ Assessments, on the other hand, can help foster an animal welfare culture on a farm, as resources and expertise are directed towards identifying and resolving issues. Here the focus is on continual improvement.

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FEATURE Dr. Dan also reviewed specific areas which producers should honestly evaluate on their own operations, and take proactive steps to address if needed. His comments on timely working of calves were to the point and easy to remember: “The longer the testicles are attached to the calf, the more the calf is attached to the testicles.”

On Water Challenges and Strategies On a more serious note, one of the more compelling issues I’ve heard discussed is water use and management. The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management recently brought together a group of thought leaders and stakeholders to brainstorm challenges and strategies regarding agricultural water use. The resulting white paper, available at, is a thought‐provoking document. Dr. Paul Genho, president of Farmland Reserves, presented a summary of this work at the recent NCBA convention. He painted a crucial need for agriculture to play a leadership role in determining prioritized use for our water supply, promoting and implementing water resource stewardship, and in setting longterm water policy. Their premise is that “America needs agriculture, and agriculture needs water.” Each of us has a responsibility to advocate for recognition of these facts, and for agriculture to be strongly represented as policies are formed.

On Ethanol I know this can be a divisive topic, but comments made during a CattleFAX presentation certainly fit in the “made me think” category. The U.S. has recently become a significant importer of ethanol in order to meet the renewable fuels standard. It seems with today’s market, “ corn being used for ethanol is being rationed, but ethanol use by the blenders is not.” That may be more than my overloaded brain can make sense of !

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Why Millenials Matter: A Research Overview Millennials: they’re the consumers of the future, a generation of 80 million that, as it moves through society, is changing all the rules – perhaps especially the way products are marketed. Recent research helps the beef industry learn what makes them tick.

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and texture to the findings. Additionally, there was a quantitative survey of 2,000 Millennials to provide statistically sound measures and make the findings more representative of this group. Among the findings: • Millennials see food as an adventure, a route to diverse cultural and social experiences. They want beef to be part of these experiences.    • However, 54 percent say it’s hard to know what cuts to choose in the meat case. Millennials are also far less adept than any other generation when it comes to cooking beef.   • 56 percent of Millennials report disappointment in the results of a beef meal they’ve prepared, compared to only 31 percent of Boomers. Millennials reported problems preparing steaks and even burgers.   • On a positive note, Millennials are knowledge seekers. 75 percent want information about steaks and how to prepare and cook them and 55 percent want information on preparing and serving beef to their children. • Millennials tend to buy the same cuts rather than diversify their choices. However, 50 percent said they would buy more beef if they knew more about the different cuts.     • Given this knowledge gap, consumer education will be an important tool in marketing to Millennials. Many are very open to learning. For example, 24 percent of Millennials say they would seek information, such as brochures and recipes, recipes, at the meat counter,  compared to 7 percent of Boomers. • Millennials eat out often – 38 percent report going to a restaurant in the past month (compared to 28% for boomers)   – and choose from a wide range of operations, from fast food to high-end steak houses. The 2011 study provided many insights but one in particular stood out: Millennial parents are limiting their children’s consumption of beef. This

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is a critical finding, as Millennials are not only the key beef consumers of the future, they are the influencers of the following generation. In 2012, a checkoff-funded Millennial Parent study dug deeper into why this generation limits beef in their children’s diets. Among those findings: • Chicken is perceived to be easier to prepare, a big favorite with children and widely available as strips and nuggets, so parents know there is always a kidfriendly option, whether eating at home or away from home.   • Millennial parents also perceive other meats as more heart-healthy than red meat. • Older Millennials (age 25-32) are cautious about preparing family beef meals and 46 percent say they do not find beef convenient to cook for kids. However, these findings offer opportunity, not just challenge. The 2012 study confirms that Millennial parents want to make the best food choices for their families and are willing to learn. Getting the news out about healthy beef benefits and convenience is critical in fully convincing this generation to feel comfortable and confident in choosing beef.   Checkoff Millennial research so far offers both positive news and important details for future strategic marketing efforts.   In particular, special attention should be focused on Millennial parents, who tend to be more concerned about the healthfulness of beef than those without children. Children raised on less beef are likely to be less beef focused in their own dietary choices later in life.    Excerpted from a Winter 2012 Beef Issues Quarterly article by Neuman and the 2012 Millennial Parents Study Executive Summary, written by Rick McCarty and Wendy Neuman. For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit


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UK Fundamentals of Herd Health: Vaccinations for the Cow-Calf Operation



ne of the most common questions in cow/calf production is what vaccines are necessary on an annual basis in Kentucky to keep the herd healthy. The guidelines set forth in this article are designed to help answer that question but the details of what products to use and when to administer them are best decided by the producer and his or her veterinarian. Technology is constantly changing and updating science to make today’s vaccines safer and more effective than any time in the history of cattle production. However, the sheer number and types of vaccines and dewormers available today can make the correct selection of products challenging at the very least. Every farm is different with regards to the disease risk the cattle face and the challenges of labor and facilities needed to work the cattle. Your veterinarian is equipped with the knowledge and skills to determine what will work best for your unique situation.

Consult your veterinarian before instituting any health protocol.

Cows and Bulls 4-6 weeks Prior to Breeding 1. Viral respiratory vaccine (IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV) with Campylobacter fetus (Vibriosis) and 5-way Leptospirosis- Fetal Protection (FP) product preferred. If the cow is pregnant at the time of vaccination, use a killed vaccine product to reduce the risk of accidental abortion. Certain modified live vaccines can be used in pregnant animals but only if used strictly according to label directions. 2. 7 way Clostridial (Blackleg)-necessary if under 2 years of age. Optional as the cow ages depending on the exposure risk of the herd. 3. Deworm-perform at least twice per year (spring and summer). If only once is possible, deworm in late June or July. 36

Deworming in the fall is a good practice to reduce the number of worms that overwinter in the cow but is not as important as the spring and summer when larvae are active in the pasture. 4. Tag cattle for identification and/or re-tag those that have lost tags. 5. Breeding Soundness Exams are highly recommended for herd bulls. Bulls need the same vaccinations and deworming as the cow herd.

Heifers 6 weeks Prior to Breeding 1. Viral respiratory vaccine (IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV) with Campylobacter fetus (Vibriosis) and 5-way LeptospirosisModified live or killed product. Fetal Protection (FP) product is preferred. Follow label directions; some vaccines require a booster and some do not. 2. 7 way Clostridial (Blackleg) 3. Deworm with a branded (not generic) product. A heifer is under increased nutritional demand because she is still growing herself and trying to reproduce. Young animals do not have the immunity to parasites that adult cattle possess; therefore it is important to use effective dewormers.

Calves 1-3 months of age: 1. Identify with tag 2. Vaccinate with 7 way Clostridial (Blackleg) vaccine-Although the calves are too young to mount a good immune response, this dose of vaccine will initiate (“jump start”) the immune process. 3. Dehorn, Castrate-the earlier these practices are completed, the better. 4. Optional Practices: a. Implant steers at the time of castration (unless you plan to sell calves in an organic or natural market) b. Viral Respiratory Vaccine-Killed, MLV *, or intranasal (preferred for young animals) c. Pinkeye vaccine (administer in late spring/summer just before fly season) d. Deworm-Begin deworming calves at 4-8 weeks old depending on time of year and expected level of pasture contamination with

parasite larvae. e. Test for BVD-PI (ear notch)-Consult your veterinarian if this is something to consider. If BVD has been diagnosed in an animal from your farm or there is a history of unexplained abortions in the herd, testing all calves is the proven first step to find persistently infected (PI) animals.

Calves 2-3 weeks pre-weaning: 1. Viral respiratory vaccine (IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV)-Killed or MLV * but follow label directions regarding MLV usage in nursing calves. 2. Deworm with an endectocide (examples: Ivomec, Dectomax, Eprinex, Cydectin, LongRange) for internal and external parasites. Use a branded productnot a generic. A drench anthelmintic such as Safeguard, Synanthic, or Valbazen may be used but a second product will be required for external parasite control. 3. 7 way Clostridial vaccine (Blackleg). Follow label directions regarding the need for a booster. 4. Optional: a. Vaccinate with Mannheimia haemolytica toxoid-This vaccine, commonly known as a “Pasteurella shot” or “Pneumonia shot” is given pre-weaning in anticipation of the stress associated with weaning. In a low risk situation in which the calves are weaned on the farm and no new additions are added to the group, this vaccine may be delayed until after weaning. Consult your veterinarian and check your marketing plan since many programs (for example: CPH) specify what vaccines must be administered and when in order to participate.

Calves at Weaning: Delay working calves until the stress of weaning is over. It is best to wait until the calves are eating, drinking, and most (if not all) have stopped walking and bawling. 1. Booster+ viral respiratory vaccineMLV strongly recommended /often required by special sales. a. For Replacement Heifers: Viral respiratory with Campylobacter fetus

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(Vibriosis) and 5-way Leptospirosis vaccine included. Booster according to label directions-MLV is strongly recommended for recently weaned females to be kept in the herd. 2. Booster 7 way Clostridial if required by label direction 3. Optional Practices: a. Implant-Follow label directions if re-implanting. Do not implant females to be used for breeding purposes. Do not implant if planning to sell on the natural or organic markets. b. Pasteurella multocida and/or Histophilus somni (formerly known as Hemophilus somnus) vaccines-consult your veterinarian.

Cows after calves are weaned: 1. Check cows for pregnancy by palpation, ultrasound, or blood test. If open, strongly consider culling her. 2. Check for other problems: Eyes, mouth, udder, feet and legs, body condition, disposition. 3. Scours Vaccine-Administer prior to calving. Products vary on when to administer them so follow label directions carefully. 4. If leptospirosis is a persistent problem, cows may need a booster of 5-way Leptospirosis vaccine.

Additional Considerations:

1. If calves cannot be processed preweaning, then do the steps for “Calves at Weaning” then, in 2-3 weeks, booster the viral respiratory vaccine (and the 7 way Clostridial if required on label). If castrations and dehorning were not done earlier, these practices need to be completed as soon as possible. Tetanus vaccination is strongly recommended when performing late castration; especially if banding. Consult your veterinarian regarding whether to use a tetanus toxoid or antitoxin. 2. *Modified Live Vaccines (MLV) provide fast, broad immunity and are excellent stimulators of cell-mediated immunity. They are generally preferred in recently weaned calves and usually required

FEATURE by most preconditioned sales. However, only use modified live vaccines in pregnant cows and in nursing calves if the cows were vaccinated with MLV in the last 12 months (check label for specific requirements). If this requirement is not met, a killed vaccine must be used until the cow is open and the calf is weaned. 3. Killed vaccines provide safe, protective immunity but must be given twice (usually 2-3 weeks apart) if it is the first time a viral respiratory vaccine is administered. Annual boosters are required after the initial two-shot sequence. 4. If heifers have been allowed to stay with the herd bull until weaning, most likely some are pregnant. A prostaglandin injection (for example: Lutalyse®) can be given to the heifers once they have been away from the bull a minimum of 10 days. These injections work best in early pregnancy so do not delay administration if needed. 5. Try to minimize the number of injections given at one time as much as possible. Multiple vaccinations cause neck soreness. Multiple Gram negative vaccines may cause cattle to spike a fever and go off feed for a short period of time. 6. Keep good vaccination records. Record date, vaccine name, serial numbers and expiration dates at a minimum. 7. Utilize fly control and pinkeye vaccine beginning in late spring. 8. Letters in a vaccine name mean: a. IBR, BVD, BRSV and PI3 : Diseases included in a viral respiratory vaccine. b. An “FP” in the vaccine name stands for “fetal protection” and means protection against fetal infection and abortion due to the BVD virus. c. An “HB” in the vaccine name stands for the strain of Leptospira known as “Hardjo bovis” that is a common cause of abortion in cattle. d. “HS” stands for “Histophilus somni” (formerly known as Hemophilus somnus) e.“L5”stands for the 5 strains of Leptospirosis. f. “V” stands for “Vibriosis” In summary, vaccination programs must be designed around the specific needs of your cattle. There are numerous vaccines available on the market for other diseases (for example: Brucellosis, Anaplasmosis, Trichomoniasis, Clostridium perfringens Type A, Foot Rot, Papilloma or Wart Virus) but they may or may not be useful in your situation. Always discuss your concerns with your veterinarian to develop the plan that will work the best for you.

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Angus Sale Totals

Lots 45 Gross $162,800 Average $3,618 Sale Managed by Dievert Sales Grand Champion Angus Bull

consigned by Caleb Sadler, Carlisle, KY

Reserve Champion Angus Bull consigned by Four Star N Angus, Upton, KY


Lots 28 Gross $32,725 Average $1,169 Sale Managed by Kyle Skidmore Grand Champion Heifer consigned by Caleb Stephenson, Carrollton, KY

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer consigned by Logan Boyd, Mays Lick, KY

Grand Champion Beefalo Bull

Reserve Champion Beefalo Bull consigned by Andrew Hammer, Canal Fulton, OH

Grand Champion Beefalo Female

Charolais Sale Totals Lots 30 Gross $57,725 Average $1,924 Sale Managed by Hubert Cattle Sales

Reserve Champion Beefalo Female


Grand Champion Charolais Bull consigned by LaFraise Farms, Flanagan, IL

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No Photo Available Reserve Champion Charolais Bull consigned by River Hill Farm, Bloomfield, KY

Grand Champion Charolais Female consigned by Premier Cattle Co., Bardstown, KY

Reserve Champion Charolais Female consigned by LaFraise Farms, Flanagan, IL

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull consigned by Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mt.Ulla, NC

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bull consigned by Spring Valley Farm, Lebanon, KY

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female consigned by Bradley Piles, Bardstown, KY

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Female consigned by Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch, Fredonia, KY

Grand Champion Balancer Bull consigned by Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mt.Ulla, NC

Reserve Champion Balancer Bull consigned by Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mt.Ulla, NC

Grand Champion Balancer Female consigned by McIntosh Farms, Georgetown, KY

Reserve Champion Balancer Female consigned by Bee Lick Gelbvieh, Crab Orchard, KY

Gelbvieh Sale Totals Lots 26 Gross $72,475 Average $2,788 Sale Managed by Slaughter Sale Mgt.

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Hereford Sale Totals

Lots 57 Gross $146,575 Average $2,571 Sale Managed by Earlene Thomas Grand Champion Hereford Bull consigned by Matheny Herefords, Mays Lick, KY

Reserve Champion Hereford Bull consigned by Ridgeview Farm, Alto, MI

Limousin Sale Totals

Lots 30 Gross $74,050 Average $2,468 Sale Managed by KK Seedstock Grand Champion Hereford Female consigned by Matheny Herefords, Mays Lick, KY

Reserve Champion Hereford Female consigned by River Circle Farm, Hartsvill, TN

Grand Champion Limousin Bull consigned by Cory Harrison, Minier, IL

Reserve Champion Limousin Bull consigned by Englewood Farms, Lancaster, KY

Grand Champion Limousin Female consigned by Madeline Ethington, Lancaster, KY

Red Angus Sale Totals

Lots 36 Gross $86,200 Average $2,394 Sale Managed by Johnnie Cundiff Reserve Champion Limousin Female consigned by Fawley Farms, Lynchburg, OH 40

Grand Champion Red Angus Bull consigned by Blue Ridge Cattle, Carlisle, KY

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Reserve Champion Red Angus Bull consigned by Hickory Hill Farms, Taft, TN

Grand Champion Red Angus Female consigned by DaMar Farms, Strum, WI

Reserve Champion Red Angus Female consigned by DaMar Farms, Strum, WI

Grand Champion Red Poll Bull consigned by Matt Young, Simpsonville, KY

Reserve Champion Red Poll Bull consigned by Shuters Sunset Farm, Frankton, IN

Red Poll Sale Totals

Lots 23 Gross $28,400 Average $1,235 Sale Managed by KY Red Poll Assc.

Shorthorn Sale Totals Lots 21 Gross $44,725 Average $2,130 Sale Managed by Aegerter Marketing Services

Grand Champion Red Poll Cow consigned by Jackson Farms, Greenfork, IN

Reserve Champion Red Poll Cow consigned by Jackson Farms, Greenfork, IN

Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull consigned by Amanda Conley, Georgetown, KY

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Bull consigned by Bonnell Family, Columbus, IN

Grand Champion Shorthorn Female consigned by Myer Farms, Rushville, IN

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Simmental Sale Totals Lots 63 Gross $204,075 Average $3,239 Sale Managed by DP Sales

Res. Champion Shorthorn Female consigned by MFK Shorthorns, Smithfield, KY

Reserve Champion Simmental Bull consigned by Michale Bonnell, IN

Grand Champion Simmental Bull consigned by Hege Simmentals, Columbus, IN

Grand Champion Simmental Female consigned by Welsh Simmentals, Glasgow, KY

Res. Champ. Simmental Female consigned by Hudson Pines Farm, Sleepy Hollow, NY



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Pen Heifer Results

Pen Heifer Show & Sale

100 Lots, Gross - $173,400 Average - $1,734 Sale managed by DP Sales Management, Paris, Ky.

CH Registered Fall Bred Heifer Penconsigned by Neal Brothers, Bicknell, IN CH Registered Spring Bred Heifer Penconsigned by Neal Brothers, Bicknell, IN

CH Commercial Open Heifer Penconsigned by Hammerhead Cattle Co., Campbellsville, KY

CH Commercial Cow/Calf Pen consigned by Jennings Farm, Georgetown, KY

CH Commercial Spring Bred Heifer Penconsigned by Kopp Land & Livestock, Batesville, IN

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Central Kentucky Angus Association 48th Annual Spring Sale Ÿ 13th Annual Premier Bull Division

Saturday • April 20, 2013 • 1 PM (EDT)

Central Kentucky Angus Sales Pavilion Ÿ Danville, KY 4 miles NE of Danville just off of Hwy 34 on Chenault Bridge Road and then Fork Church Road GPS Address: 2286 Fork Church Road, Lancaster, KY 40444

Registered & Commercial Angus Cattle

Over 100 Head Will Sell! 38 Premier Bulls:

35 Registered Angus Females:

Bulls must meet specified EPD weight and health requirements. All will sell with a current BSE. 27 2012 yearlings and 11 2011 yearlings. Majority will qualify for cost share funds in one or more categories including many calving ease qualifiers.

25 Cows / 15 Calves. Mostly spring calves and several of the bred cows will calve prior to sale. Includes PRF Ruby of Tiffany 818 with EPDs of Marb 1.26, RE .73, $B 107.22 10 Show Heifer Prospects: All eligible for the generous CKAA premium incentives. Young, top quality females with excellent pedigrees and numbers.

14 Embryos: PPC Classic Blackcap 4127 X Final Product Rita 7M24 x Upshot, Upward, & Brilliance Maplecrest Blackcap L7115 x Prosperity

10 Commercial Angus Females: Most will have spring calves at side. Additional commercial entries are expected.

Semen: Over 400 straws are consigned. Sires include EXT, 036, Bextor, Bushwacker, 1407,B/R Ambush 28, Stockman, 5050, 6I6. Call for complete list. Bear Creek Angus has donated 185 straws of this semen with the proceeds to be divided between the CKAA Scholarship fund and the National Junior Angus Foundation.

Equipment: 2 semen tanks, 1 “mushroom” shipper, Heat watch system for 10 head, 5000# floor scale. Heat mount detectors & patches.

Auctioneer: Eddie Burks Sale Day Phones: 859-238-3195 or 859-583-0364

Sponsored By: Central Kentucky Angus Association President: Tom McGinnis • Shelbyville, KY Past President: Jason Crowe • Irvine, KY Vice President: Joe Myers • Harrodsburg, KY Treasurer: Greg Slone • Danville, KY Secretary: Jamie Marksbury • Buffalo, Ky Jr. Advisor: John Goggin • Danville, KY

196th Sale Sponsored by the Central Kentucky Angus Association

Sale Manager: Tim Dievert 478 Dry Fork Road • Danville, KY 40422 Office: 859-236-4591 • Mobile: 859-238-3195 E-mail: Details and online catalogs available at WWW.DIEVERTSALES.COM

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2013 KJCA OFFICERS PRESIDENT: Nick Chism VICE-PRESIDENT: Emily Perry SECRETARY: Sara Crutcher TREASURER: Austin Cole REPORTERS: Stephanie Mattingly

KJCA Directors Directors At Large: Russell Ball & Hannah Sharp

College Offers More Than Education BY STEPHANIE MATTINGLY, KJCA REPORTER s a teenager in the world of agriculture I hear a lot of talk from my peers about wanting to take over their family farms. This is a wonderful tradition that parents can pass down to their children. And though that may not be what I choose to do with my life, I know that the option is always there. And that holds true for my younger brother as well. But what my parents have told us both from the beginning is that no matter what we choose to do when we grow up, we must seek some higher form of education before returning to the farm. When talking with my peers all too often that step is not included in their plan. Hopefully through this article I can sell some of you on the idea of education and how helpful it can be to the future of your farming operation.


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Registration KCA Office Welcome CAIP (County Agriculture Investment Program) Food Etiquette for Young Adults Feed Mill Tour Cattle Fitting/Judging Clinic and Demo Cookout and Games at White Farm Breakfast at KCA Resume & Interview Social Media & MBA Wrap Up Cooking with the KY Beef Council Learning about EPD’s Wrap Up

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to do and end up changing your mind completely with in the first year, in my case it was slight changes with in the first month. But that is the beauty of higher education, all of the knowledge that you gain will help you in some way for the rest of your life. My father utilizes his education every day on our farm. He is constantly using his knowledge of economics to run our farm like the business that it is, and without it our farming operation would be nowhere near where it is today. As I mentioned earlier going to college allows you to diversify. I am minoring in Spanish; my mom is a Spanish teacher. But that’s not the reason why, the reason is that being diverse will help in the work place. If I decide to come back to the farm and we grow to the point of needing migrant help then I will be able to communicate much more efficiently than most. On another note I am hopefully picking up a Dairy Herd

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I myself am in my first year of college at the University of Kentucky. Following in my father’s footsteps with a major in Agriculture Economics and my mother’s with a minor in Spanish. Going to college is an experience that is unlike any other. College is not just about all of the knowledge that you will acquire, it is also about the experiences that you will have. It won’t be anything like you expect it to be, I can tell you that first hand, but it will be something that will stay with you forever. You will meet people that will become future business contacts and family friends. You will meet people and do things that will change your perception on the world, and really show you how small, yet how amazing this world really is. Being in college gives you the time to take classes in many different fields and areas of study to help you find your true passion. You may go into college very determined about what you want

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KENTUCKY JUNIOR CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION management course next semester. Even though I am not an animal science major or minor I can pass this information along for use on my family’s farm, as well as have first-hand knowledge to share with future clients if I decide to go into agricultural sales. Some of you may try to argue with me that your parents or grandparents can teach you all that you need to know about farming and running a farm. Don’t get me wrong, the information that gets passed down from generation to

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generation is essential. Our elders have been in this game for a lot longer than we have and often times they have experienced similar situations, so we have to listen to them in order to learn from the past and to prevent making the same mistakes that they did. Even though our world is much different and we have new-fangled technology, nature is nature, and we will become much wiser by listening to those who have plowed before us. However, there are some things like

technology that are ever changing. By taking the time to become educated in using those things then we are better equipped to keep up with the constant change. More than that, college helps train your brain to think outside of the box. With the ever present pressures on agriculture to produce more with less, that outside of the box thinking is starting to become essential. Going to college opens doors to new methods and new ways of looking at things that might inspire you on your farm in the future,

and that inspiration might make all of the difference. So take some time Future Farmers and think about your education. It will offer you experiences of a life time, broaden your horizons, and help you to keep up with the world’s constant demand for food, clothing, etc. The decision is yours to make, but this one small decision, 2-4 years of your life, can make the difference between doing well or barely getting by. Will you take the time?

Make your best deal on a select new Kuhn mower or mower conditioner, then cut the price further with a “Mow ’N Save” coupon. Visit our website or your local dealer for details and to receive your coupon. Offer ends April 30, 2013

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Limestone Farm, Lawn & Worksite Campbellsville DeMossville Elizabethtown Shelbyville Somerset Rose Farm Supply Flemingsburg

Bevins Motor Co. Georgetown J & J Sales Glasgow Wright Implement of Hardinsburg Glasgow Hardinsburg Owensboro

J. R. Lawson Tractor & Implement Lebanon Stanford Bevins of Mt. Sterling Mt. Sterling McKeel Equipment Murray

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YPC Member Spotlight: Ryan Miller YPC offers, Networking, Field Days/Educational Opportunities, Mentor Program, Website with additional educational items, Career Building Opportunities, KCA/Whayne Supply Leadership Program, Fun and Fellowship.

2013 Officers President Andy Bishop Vice President Ryan Miller Secretary/Treas Spencer Guinn Carly Guinn 502-275-6177 859-779-5461

2013 Regional Directors Region 1 Daniel Hayden

Region 2 Casey Shaff BY SARA NEUMEISTER

Region 3 Kevin Perkins

Region 4 Alex Tolbert

Region 5 Carly & Spencer Guinn Carly: Spencer: * Contact your Regional Representative for additional information

2013 Meeting Dates Region 1 - July 13th in Owensboro- Field Day Region 2 - Sept 21st, 22nd - Barren County Tour Region 5 - December 7th - Tarter Gate/Winter Social 48


yan Miller, a young producer from Nelson County has similar memories as the rest of us when it comes to growing up on a farm-jumping on hay bales, going out with dad or grandpa on the tractor to feed, checking on the momma cows to see if they’d calved and coming back day after day to see how much the calves have grown. Like the rest of us, these memories are treasured and it’s those memories that he and his wife Amie, want to make sure their children, Landon, Lacey and Lilly, end up with. Miller farms part time alongside his job with Genetics Plus. According to their website, he “serves beef producers west of US 127 which includes Lebanon, Glasgow, Bowling Green and Shelbyville.” The company offers services such

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Ryan Miller, far right, with his wife Amie and three children, Lacey, Lilly and Landon. The Miller’s operate a cattle farm in Nelson County. as: -Semen from ABS and Origen bulls, A.I and Synchronization, -Insemination supplies, Liquid nitrogen service, A.I. Training, Age and Source Verification, and Feeder Calf Marketing. Miller says “I really enjoy my job. I couldn’t imagine working at a desk somewhere.” “I have a small cow calf operation consisting of about fifteen momma cows. My job pairs well with farming as I like to choose the top of the line genetics through A.I. using proven bulls. It gives me genetic improvement and predictability in my calves. I’m currently land locked and don’t have room to expand my herd but as I need to replace cows, I’ll retain my own heifers because


I know where they came from and know what kind of genetics I’ll be getting.” Miller says that, genetics included, there are a list of things his grandpa’s generation didn’t have to think as much about. “Sometimes it’s scary for us to do things differently than grandpa did it,” says Miller, as he continued to explain that now we have farmers using genetics for feed efficiencies, we’re using more technology than ever, we’re figuring out nitch markets for our cattle. We have to learn to be efficient and innovative with the resources that we have in order to make it farming. He says it’s getting involved that’s helped him learn about such methods more than anything. Starting in high school, Miller was in FFA, and then was involved in extracurricular agriculture activities in college. His involvement didn’t stop there. He is a past President of the Warren County Cattlemen’s Association and is now involved with the Young Producers Council. “YPC has given me a way to network with young producers so that we can help each other by finding resources, sharing ideas and educating ourselves to do things in the best way possible. I strongly advise young producers to think about getting involved with it. Farmers are known for their work ethic. We’re known to get out there and hustle. This is all a part of thatgetting involved in an organization that can benefit you and other young producers. We’re a community and we have a job to do. Every day, three times a day, our country is depending on a generation of farmers to solve these problems and to put food on their tables,” says Miller regarding the YPC. Cow Country News, April 2013, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association



Tim Dievert 478 Dry Fork Rd. • Danville, KY 40422 Office:859/236-4591 • Fax:859/236-2640 (C)859/238-3195 •

For catalogs or assistance at any of these sales, please contact Tim Dievert. March 25, 2013 Slones’s Riverbend Dispersion, CKAA Sales Pavilion, Danville, KY March 30th Rock Ridge Farms, Lawrenceburg, KY April 13, 2013 Branch View Angus Production Sale Branch View Angus, Hustonville, KY April 20, 2013 CKAA 48th Annual Spring Sale Featuring 13th Annual Premier Bull Division CKAA Sales Pavilion, Danville, KY April 27, 2013 GMAA 31st Annual Spring Sale Heritage Farm, Shelbyville, KY May 4, 2013 Bridge View Angus Production Sale At the Farm, Frankfort, KY

Second Highest Attendance Recorded at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show LOUISVILLE, KY. (FEB. 20, 2013)


he 2013 National Farm Machinery Show was one of the most successful ever, registering the second highest attendance of 307,906 visitors during its four day run at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “In addition to the large number of attendees, we welcomed more exhibitors than ever, and provided a very positive experience for our guests with even more to see and do at this year’s show,” President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe said. “Farmers, agricultural professionals and students took advantage of

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Selling 180 Fall Calving Bred Heifers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm Kentucky-Tennessee Livestock Market Guthrie, Kentucky

All heifers are guaranteed bred to bulls with known EPDs and have met stringent requirements for health, quality and pelvic measurements. All heifers qualify for Kentucky Cost Share Program. For more information contact:

Kevin Laurent, University of Kentucky (270) 365-7541 ext. 226 Mark Barnett, Ky-Tenn Livestock Market (270) 483-2504 Sponsored by the Univ. of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service , Univ. of Tennessee Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture


the many opportunities to learn about the best current and future farming products, especially to get an indication of the next trend in the agriculture retail equipment market.” In addition to attendance numbers, exhibit space revenue jumped 15.4% reaching over $4.5 million for the first time in the event’s 48 year history. Nearly 870 exhibitors from around the world filled the 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the National Farm Machinery Show, Feb.13 - 16, 2013. The show combines both educational seminars about existing and anticipated market trends with thousands of

agricultural products and services on display that exemplify the prominence of the industry. Nearly all of the show’s exhibit space was sold out one year in advance with a lengthy waiting list at the start of the show. The event generates a $21.5 million annual economic impact across the community and for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show, the 45th Championship Tractor Pull continued to draw a cheering fan base to the nation’s oldest indoor tractor pull with increases in ticket sales over 2012. The 2014 National Farm Machinery Show is set for Feb. 12 – 15 in Louisville.

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Milam Cattle Co. Olmstead, KY Stephen, Emily & Carter Haynes Chris Milam 270-799-8685 or 270-799-8684 270-847-0634 Vice President: John Tobe Cummins Polled Limousin Minerich Land & Cattle 859-621-4411 Foster, KY Richmond, KY • 859-328-7118 David & Mary Ann Cummins Secretary: Rebecca Shryock Bob & Gwen Minerich 606-782-7003 859-327-6398 Pharris Farms Limousin Versailles, KY Englewood Farm Leitchfield, KY Lancaster, KY Mike & Rose Pharris John Tobe - John Ethington Treas: Mary Ann Cummins 606-782-7002 270-230-2836 859-621-4411 HB Farms Reynolds Limousin Jr. Advisor: John Ethington Midway, KY Danville, KY 859-533-1301 Greg Blaydes: 859-338-9402 Richard & Marcia Reynolds James Hicks: 859-227-0490 859-332-7624 Sunnyside Farm Maple Shade Farm Jepson Limousin Bowling Green, KY Flemingsburg, KY Franklin, KY, KY Dan & Margie Duvall Pete Gray - Martha Prewitt Jesse & Connie Jepson 270-563-4897 606-748-3763 or 849-4249 270-725-1060 Longview Farms Twin Oaks Farm Massey Limousin Lewisport, KY Eubank, KY London, KY Gary Long Jon Anderson Joey Massey 270-295-3973 606-305-8859 606-877-5571 President: Chris Milam 270-847-0634

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USDA to Survey Farmers about their 2013 Planting Intentions WASHINGTON, FEB. 27, 2013


ver the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agr iculture ’s National Agricultural Statistics Ser vice (NASS) will survey tens of thousands of growers about their 2013 planting intentions. The results of this survey will help all participants in the agriculture sector determine what to expect this growing season after a drought-hampered 2012 season. In addition to grain growers, NASS will also survey thousands of pork producers about their hog and pig inventories and spring farrowing intentions. “The information we collect from producers during the first two weeks of March establishes a trend that

The information we collect from producers during the first two weeks of March establishes a trend that we’re likely to see in the entire growing season we’re likely to see in   the entire growing season,” said Bob Bass, NASS’ National Operations Division director. “This year, after a weatherplagued 2012 season, it ’s more important than ever to understand planting intentions for this year.” Most survey participants should have received their questionnaires in the mail yesterday and can now respond via NASS’s secure website or

by filling out and mailing the forms back. Trained NASS interviewers will visit those who do not respond to answer any questions they may have and to help them fill out their survey forms. “These surveys require a pretty quick turnaround so that the information is as current as possible,” added Bass. “Not only do we publish the Prospective Plantings and

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs reports on March 28, but we also recognize that farmers have a very busy time ahead of them and we want to let them get back to the task at hand as soon as possible.” As with all of its surveys, NASS keeps all individual responses confidential. The published reports will include only national and state aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operations can be identified. NASS provides accurate, timely, useful and objective statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. We invite you to provide occasional feedback on our products and services. Sign up at subscriptions and look for “NASS Data User Community.”

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griculture Commissioner James Comer said today’s initiating orders by the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission are the result of more than a year’s worth of cooperation between the Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Comer praised the Ethics Commission for moving forward in an organized and expeditious manner. He said the Commission’s professionalism enabled the Department to continue moving forward while fully cooperating with the investigation of the previous administration. Since the new administration took over in January 2012: •Commissioner Comer requested a thorough, sweeping audit by the Kentucky Office of the Public Auditor and demanded that all employees cooperate with the audit. •Commissioner Comer fired at least 16 political employees, and dozens who served under the previous administration are no longer employed by the Department. •Commissioner Comer has taken numerous steps to improve transparency in the Department, including publishing his official schedule, launching a new KDA website that details all expenditures, and taking agriculture to all of Kentucky’s 120 counties in his first year in office. •Commissioner Comer has ordered tighter controls on the department’s vehicle fleet including GPS monitoring of vehicles. •Commissioner Comer cut spending on the department’s motor fuel and pesticide testing laboratory, which is on track to save taxpayers more than $400,000 this year alone. •Comer pledged that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture would continue to cooperate fully with investigations into the previous administration. “We operate in the sunshine here,” Comer said. “We have made drastic improvements, and our work continues.” 52

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Statement from Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Departure from USDA



griculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan today made the following statement on her departure from the USDA: “Today I am announcing that I will be leaving USDA. I am grateful to President Obama for the opportunity to serve as Deputy Secretary and be part of his leadership team. I also want to thank the US Senate for its unanimous confirmation and the many members of Congress, particularly Chairman Leahy, with whom I have worked closely to ensure support for USDA programs. It has been an ambitious first term. From implementing the 2008 farm bill, improving school meals, expanding opportunities for American farmers, spending countless hours in the White House situation room, to shepherding USDA budgets through challenging times, it has been an honor to play a small part in history. I hope that during my tenure, I was able to help open USDA’s doors a little wider, inviting new and discouraged constituencies to participate in USDA programs. With Secretary Vilsack at the helm, aided by very talented and dedicated USDA employees, I am able to leave fully confident that, USDA will thrive and continue to improve its service to the American people.”

Bridge View Angus

6th Annual Production Sale

Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 1:00 PM EDT Ÿ At the Farm, Frankfort, KY 20 Bulls:

Sellingg 109 Head of Registered Angus Selli A gus Cattle Registered Angus 20 Bred Heifers:

All service aged fall yearlings. Born and raised at Bridgeview All qualify for cost share funds and have current BSE’s. Over half are heifer acceptable. Includes sons of Bismarck,Classic, Lookout, Frontman, Final Product, CC&7, Regis, Dash, Kodiak, & Mytty In Focus.

Fall bred. From the heart of the replacements.Daughters of Hoover Dam, Rito 9969, Prosperity, Thunderbird, Final Product, Classic, In Focus, Objective & Frontman. Service sires include Safeguard, Counselor, 2U66, Monument, Ten X, BV Pinpoint, Absolute, GAR Progress. Don’t miss this group - they are tops!

5 Fall Show Heifer Prospects- Sale Features!

Daughters of Hoover Dam, Bismarck, Safeguard & Iron Mountain. Show quality & great cow prospects.

36 Cows/27 Calves: 12 Fall Pairs, 15 Spring Pairs,9 Fall

Commercial Angus

Bred. An outstanding offering from m Bridgeview & Guests.

5 bred Heifers & 4 Cows

Bridgeview Rita 1244

Bridgeview Rita 1101

9-1-12 Monument x Predestined BW to YW spread of 1.6 to 106

Top selling heifer calf in our 2012 sale. Maternal sister by Hoover Dam sells this year. y ar.

Bridgeview Eisa Erica 1202

8-16-12 show prospect by Bismarck

Bridgeview Blackcap 1218

Bridgeview Ever Entense 1208

Safeguard from a maternal 9-1-12 Iron Mountain x Extra K205 CED of 7 combined with a YW of 101 descendent of 491G. This one will show!

Bridgeview Jilt 1237

Bridgeview Rita 1144

8-24-12 Bismark She & her dam will sell

Nationwide back to EXT & 036 Bred to Absolute

Bridgeview Beauty 1113

CED 11 & MILK of 32 Hoover Dam bred to Extra K205

Bridgeview Rita 1119

Final Product bred to GAR Progress Low BW of 1.5

Bridgeview Rita 1156

Prosperity back to 6807 Bred to Pinpoint

One of the great assets of the cattle industry is family operations like the Sparrow’s Bridge View Angus. Sound, practical management principles coupled with a mix of both fresh Angus genetics and time tested bloodlines providee a fault free group of cattle that will go home and work for you just as they have for the Sparrow family.

Sale Location: Bridge View Farm

Bridgeview Ever Entense 1146

Rito 9969 from a maternal descendent of 1137. Bred to Safeguard

Bridge View Angus

Miles from: Frankfort - 12, Georgetown- 14 & Stamping Ground - 2 GPS Address: 578 Snavely Road, Stamping Ground, KY 40379

The Sparrow Family 3264 Jones Lane • Frankfort, KY 40601 Kyle (502) 330-8914 • Cory (859) 338-5826 Kip (859) 608-7798

Sale Manager: Dievert Sales Service

Bridgeview Blackbird 1135

WW of 60 and YW of 109 SAV Thunderbird bred to Ten X

Tim Dievert 478 Dry Fork Road • Danville, KY 40422 Office: 859-236-4591• Cell: 859-238-3195 Online Catalog Available in Early April:


Bridgeview Blackbird 1152

In Focus x Predestined x 1407 Bred to Connealy Couselor

Eddie Burks, Park City, KY 270-991-6398

Guest Consignors: Slate Creek Angus Gaye Fugate 8211 Spencer Road Ÿ Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 859-498-2582 Triple C Farm Jason Crowe 10860 Red Lick Road Ÿ Irvine, KY 40336 859-582-0761

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Bridgeview Rita 1112

YW of 112 is top YW of the bred heifers Objective bred to Safeguard



Noble Foundation economist clarifies new tax legislation NOBLE FOUNDATION, ARDMORE, OKLA.


n the heels of the nation’s fisc al c liff, se veral important tax laws which impact agricultural producers and landowners have been modified or extended. “Many farmers and ranchers have been anxiously waiting to see what Congress would do with those laws,” said Dan Childs, Noble Foundation

agricultural economist. “Farmers and ranchers must fully understand each area because of the potential ramifications the laws can have on their operations.” Below, Childs offers a brief explanation of the primary tax issues, including estate taxes, the “Bush-era” tax cuts, capital gain rates, Medicare surtax, Section 179 election and a filing extension for farmers and fisherman.

Estate Taxes Congress passed legislation that permanently maintains the 2012 law, including portability, and indexed it for inflation. Therefore, the exemption amount for 2013 will be about $5.25 million. Childs said this exemption amount can adjust up to $15 million over time. One difference is that estates valued over the exemption amount will be taxed at a 40 percent rate instead of the 2012 rate of 35 percent.



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“This new legislation will allow producers and landowners to pass estates valued at $10 million or less to the next generation, tax free,” Childs said, “Families should consult their legal counsel to take advantage of this opportunity for better estate planning.”

Bush-era Tax Cuts The new law permanently extends Contʼd on pg. 69

8th Annual CENTRAL KENTUCKY CHAROLAIS CLASSIC 177 Live Lots t Embryos and Semen Available t 41 Consigners from 12 different states

Saturday, April 20th Ÿ 1PM CST Producers Livestock in Bowling Green, Kentucky Cattle for commercial and registered breeders with a large selection of service age bulls.

57 Pairs s 27 Bred Cows s 39 Bulls s 24 Bred Heifers s 30 Open Heifers A L L TH ES E S E L L !

Sale includes the dispersal of the Murrell Smith cow herd and Choice of Spring Born ET Heifers from Wells Charolias.

Dinner and Social Friday April 19th at 6:00 pm CST Sale Manager: Bob Morton (931) 842-1234

Sale Headquarters: Country Inn and Suites (270) 781-7200

Catalogs Available:

Sale Chairman: Frankie Anthony (270) 257-8861

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“Derby Burger Challenge” finalists will be announced on April 4 and the winner will be selected and announced on April 8 during a live cook-off on the Fox in the Morning broadcast on WDRB TV at a Louisville-area Kroger. The winning burger recipe will be featured as the Local Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Café Louisville in April and May, featured in Louisville-area and Lexington-area Kroger stores from April 22 to May 11, and samples will be featured at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s new BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank. The winner will also receive VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville and a concert at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger and a grilling package from Kentucky Beef Council.

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KBC’s newest member, Caitlin Swartz, recently traveled to NCBA’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado. She spent three days learning about the structure of NCBA as well as CBB, and participated in media training with NCBA’s Darren Williams.

As as effort to reach future consumers, 30 Beef in the Classroom Grants were given to High Schools. Pictured Above: Students at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville use ground beef to create various versions of tacos.

Carly Guinn joined Alison and Janine to tape the next segments of What’s for Dinner Wednesday. WFDW airs 7:50am Wednesdays during the Fox Morning Edition.

KBC hosted a Beef Alternative Merchandising (BAM) Cutting Demonstration and Sampling for chefs attending the American Culinary Federation Southeast regional meeting. Chefs learned how to menu the Top Loin, Ribeye, and Top Sirloin differently to meet

KY Team Beef kicked off a new season of running with a meet and greet and webinar. They were able to meet other members and sample some delicious beef recipes while learning how beef plays in to training and running. The 50 team members plan to participate in over 15 different races across the state.

Montgomery County’s Mapleton Elementary, Intermediate School, and High School Food Service Professionals served up four different beef recipes as part of a larger nation-wide test pilot. Students completed a survey to help develop the recipes and marketing ideas for a nationwide launch.

customers desires for small portions and leaner cuts. Visit to learn more about BAM.

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BQA Tip of The Month

Gazpacho Steak Salad

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Makes 4 servings

Gazpacho Dressing: 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy 100% vegetable juice 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced


Place beef steak and 1 can vegetable juice in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight.


Combine dressing ingredients; refrigerate. Combine lettuce, teardrop tomatoes, cucumber and 1 cup green bell pepper; refrigerate.


Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill shoulder steaks, covered, 12 to 17 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness (top round steak 12 to 14 minutes for medium rare(145°F) doneness; do not overcook), turning occasionally. Carve steak across the grain into thin slices. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.


Meanwhile prepare Crunchy Tortilla Strips. Add steak to salad mixture. Drizzle with dressing and top with tortilla strips.

Spring is finally here! What better way to celebrate the warmer temperatures than firing up the grill? Freshen up any outdoor gathering with this mouth-watering recipe. It’s sure to be a big hit at any event! Prep time: 30 minutes Total recipe time: 6-1/2 hours or overnight

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Answer: A local anesthetic (cornual nerve block)

1 pound beef shoulder steak or top round steak, cut 1 inch thick 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy 100% vegetable juice 8 cups mixed greens or 1 package (10 ounces) romaine and leaf lettuce mixture 1 cup baby pear tomatoes, halved 1 cup cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, then into thin slices 1 cup chopped green bell pepper Salt and pepper Crunchy Tortilla Strips (recipe follows)

To learn more about the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit,visit

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Master Cattlemen’s Buffalo Trace, Lexington Derby Burger Cook-off live on FOX 41 in the Morning, Louisville

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Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live taping, Louisville KY Restaurant Association Board Meeting, Shepherdsville Kentucky Dietetics Association Pre Conference Iron Chef Beef Event, Covington

18 Kentucky Dietetics Association Conference, Covington 19 American Heart Assoc. Wellness Symposium, Louisville 20 Thunder Over Louisville, Meijer Family Fun Zone, Louisville 24 What’s For Dinner Wednesday taping, Lexington 25 Derby Burger TV spots in AM and at Noon in Kroger Fest-a-ville 25 North Central Kentucky Forage and Hay Day, New Castle 25-26 KY Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon Running Wild Expo, Louisville


KY Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon – Team Beef Event, Louisville

Reminders Beef Counts Program: Help fight hunger in Kentucky with BEEF! Visit for program details, or contact the KCA office at 859.278.0899.

Thunder Over Louisville: KBC needs your help! If you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your day for the Thunder Over Louisville Meijer Family Fun Zone, please contact Alison Smith at 859-278-0899.

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Stocker and Backgrounding Outlook for 2013 BY GREG HALICH AND KENNY BURDINE,, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY


eeder cattle prices have fallen sharply since early January as numerous negative factors have weighed on the beef complex. The CME© August 2013 contract was trading in the low-$160’s per cwt in early January but had fallen to the upper $140’s at the time of this writing (March 18, 2013). This decrease in futures was worth around $100 per head on an 850 lb feeder steer. Kentucky markets have been hit especially hard as basis has also seemed to weaken during this time. Kentucky markets appeared to be moving groups of 7wt feeder steers in the mid-upper $120’s and 8wt steers in the low-mid $120’s for the week ending March 15, 2013. Softening fall feeder cattle futures have seemed to prevent the spring calf market from moving higher as we approach grazing season. During 2012, the calf market was reaching its peak about this time with many groups of calves moving around $1000 per head. The fact that calves are a bit cheaper this spring is significant, but should be considered along with expected fall

feeder cattle prices and costs of grazing calves through the summer. This is the level of detail that is required to analyze a summer grazing program. Fall feeder cattle futures (adjusted for basis) are an excellent way to estimate the likely value of feeder cattle this fall. Then, grazing costs including pasture costs, veterinary and health expenses, hauling, commission, etc. can be estimated and subtracted from the expected value of the fall feeder cattle. Once this has been done, you can make a better assessment of what can be paid for stocker cattle this spring to build in an acceptable return to management, capital, and risk. Key assumptions for the stocker analysis are the following: 1) Graze steers April 1 to October 1 (183 days), 1.4 lb/day gain (no grain feeding), 2% death loss, and 4% interest on calf. Given these assumptions, sale weights would be 756 lbs and 856 lbs for 500 lb and 600 lb purchased calves respectively. Using a $151 CME futures contract for October 2013 to estimate sales price, a 756 steer is estimated to sell for $142.50 and an 856 steer is estimated to sell for $138. This amounts to just over a $4 per cwt price slide for heavyweight steers.

Table 1: Expected Variable Costs 2013 500 lb Steer

600 lb Steer

Pasture Charge








Death Loss

Estimated costs for carrying the 500 and 600 lb steers are shown in Table 1. Most of these are selfexplanatory except the pasture charge. A stocking rate of 1.0 acre per 500 lb steer and 1.2 acres per 600 lb steer were assumed to come up with these charges. The pasture charge accounts for variable costs such as bush-hogging, fertilizer, and re-seeding. The last of these pasture costs are on a prorated basis and are considered a barebones scenario. These costs will be much higher in some situations and producers should adjust accordingly. Target purchase prices were estimated for both sizes of steers and adjusted so that gross returns over variable costs ranged from $50-150 per head. This gives a reasonable range of possible purchase prices for each sized animal this spring. Results are shown in Table 2. For 500 lb steers, target purchase prices ranged from $1.58 to $1.77 per lb. For 600 lb steers, target purchase prices ranged from $1.46 to $1.62 per lb. When targeting a $100 per head gross profit, breakeven purchase prices were $1.67/lb for 500 lb steers and $1.54/lb for 600 lb steers. Of course it is highly likely that your cost structure will be different

Table 2: Target Purchase Prices For Various Gross Profits Gross Profit

500 lb Steer

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Other (water, etc)



Total Variable Costs



Note: Interest varies slightly by purchase price. 60

Notes: Based on costs in Table 1 and sales price of $142.50 and $138 for 756 lb and 856 lb sales weight respectively for 500 lb and 600 lb purchased steers.

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than that presented in table 1. If this is the case, simply shift the targeted gross profit up or down to account for this. If your costs are $25 higher per calf, then you would shift each targeted profit down by one row: For example, you would use the $125 gross profit to estimate a $100 gross profit. Another way to evaluate this is that a $1 increase in costs would decrease the targeted purchase price by $.20 per cwt for 500 lb steers and $.16 per cwt for 600 lb steers. It is important to note that the gross profits in table 2 do not account for labor or for investments in land, equipment, fencing, and other facilities (fixed costs). Thus in the longrun, these target profits need to be high enough to justify this labor and investment. These prices will likely be below those seen during the spring of 2012, but much higher than historical prices. Thus it is important to be prepared for this sticker shock so that you can make rational decisions. Remember, look at the margins and not absolute prices (and don’t forget about price risk management once they are purchased). These projected April prices are also much higher than what we have seen up to this point (mid March). While there is a great deal of variation in calf prices right now, the market for weaned calves in mid-March in Kentucky appears to be in the $145 to $155 per cwt range for 500 to 600 lb steer calves and in the $135 to $145 per cwt range for 600 to 700 lb steer calves. While calf prices are at lower levels than were seen in 2012, summer graziers will still have a great deal of money at stake in 2013 by historical standards. Further, if we have learned anything over the last few years, it is that feeder cattle markets are highly volatile, especially during the corn growing season. The 2013 corn crop, along with many other factors, has the potential to greatly impact feeder cattle

FEATURE prices this fall and thereby greatly affect the profitability outlook for summer grazing. So, price risk management will be critical as calves are placed this spring. Further, if you can lock in an acceptable profit, you will be more confident in bidding on calves and have less concern about market risk. Hedging, through the sale of futures contracts, provides solid downside risk protection, but will subject the producer to margin calls if cattle prices increase. Entering a cash forward contract with a feedlot or order buyer, or offering cattle through internet sales with delayed delivery, will reduce or eliminate price uncertainty, but will also limit marketing flexibility should weather conditions necessitate sale at a different time. Finally, put options and Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance offer a less aggressive strategy that provides some downside price protection, but more ability to capitalize on rising prices. Regardless of what makes the most sense for the individual producer, time spent considering price risk management is likely time well spent in these volatile markets. Links to two new publications on using futures markets to manage price risk in feeder cattle and a publication on the use of Livestock Risk Protection Insurance can be found on the livestock page of the UK Agricultural Economics website: php?p=41 Successful backgrounders have many traits, but one of those traits tends to be careful planning. This planning usually involves budget / breakeven analysis, consideration of multiple approaches, and deliberate risk management. Given current prices, coupled with the current supply situation, there is room for optimism in the cattle business. However, risks are certainly there, and have the potential to greatly affect the profitability outlook. The best way to ensure profitability is to budget carefully and look to manage downside price risk


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

Eden Shale Farm Plan Continues to Evolve Farm. Since then we discussed this opportunity in KCA Board Meetings, KCA Executive meetings, had an open forum at the farm to listen to the concerns, feedback, excitement, and ideas for which enterprise to persue. ----------------This hasn’t been an easy process as Director of the KCA Board has been split 60/40 Kentucky Beef Network for most of the votes concerning the Eden Shale Farm, however the KBN uring the past nine months Managers feel this is an opportunity that myself, Dave, and several others can’t be passed up. Managing a farm will have been working on finalizing a give us a chance to continue to find ways cooperative agreement with the University to sustain KBN while supporting our of Kentucky College of Agriculture main goal of helping Kentucky beef cattle allowing KBN full management of the farmers improve animal health, genetics, Eden Shale Research Farm in Owenton, forages, and marketing opportunities by enhancing producer profitability by not KY. But how did we get to this point? In June only helping now but SHOWING! I have to admit I’ve had more concerns 2012 the University Of Kentucky College than excitement and have felt like I was of Agriculture suspended operations on a roller coaster of highs and lows the of the Eden Shale Research Farm for past few months. Recently Dave and I budget constraints while simultaneously traveled to Owenton to speak at the Owen contacting Dave to see if KBN would like County Cattlemen’s the opportunity to manage the Eden Shale

Becky Bennett


CPH 45 Sale Dates April 2013 April 11, Steers & Heifers, Paris April 25, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro

Association meeting. There were several people present to hear the status and future plans for the farm would be. We explained our goals for the farm as #1: Make it a cattle demonstration farm to allow KBN to start showing best management practices. #2: Continue the spirit and legacy of the farm. #3: Continue the relationships with the local community and the University of Kentucky. #4: The long-term sustainability of KBN. After the meeting I began to meet several people from the community including the President of the Chamber of Commerce, several neighbors that share fence lines with the farm, the 4-H shooting sports advisor that has a shooting range on the farm, and many others. This meeting changed my viewpoint on the farm, not only is this an exciting time for KBN but it is for the community as well. Everyone in Owenton shares a sense of ownership, pride, and responsibility to Eden Shale along with considering it to be a vital part of their community, and all of that is contagious! I grew up in a town of 350

people and have a true appreciation for the role Eden Shale plays in this community. The million dollar question is what is our plan? The Eden Shale Farm management has been placed into the hands of the KBN managers to help develop a plan for the farm. The 5 KBN managers have had several meetings to discuss a plan and direction for the farm that continues to be a work in progress. They are challenging the KBN staff and themselves not to look at this farm solely as a working cattle production farm but a place to demonstrate new and innovative production practices that you, the Kentucky cattle producer might want to do on your farm. As we move forward in this process, please be patient with us, as we try to put some exciting things into place for demonstrations, partnerships, and field days. Watch Cow Country News and the KBN page on the KCA website for these updates as they become available.

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History of Eden Shale


o help you appreciate the history and legacy of the Eden Shale Research Farm I want to share with you several excerpts from the “A History of the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture Eden Shale Research Farm” book by Aimee Nelson for the farm’s 50th anniversary in 2005. In November 1953, delegates from Mercer, Bracken, Pendleton, Anderson, Carroll, Grant, Nicholas, Trimble, Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Owen, and Garrard counties met to discuss how to raise money to purchase a farm. They decided each of the 33 counties with Eden Shale type soil would raise between $500 and $1,000. Additionally, each county would raise one cent per acre of Eden Shale type soil in their county…. Dean Welch charged the committee to find a farm with the following specifications: • No less than 600 acres, preferably around 1,000 acres • 60 to 80 percent of the total farm area should be clayey soils derived from thin limestone and calcareous shale of Eden formation • No more than 30 percent of the farm should be less than 30 percent slope (bottom and ridge land combined) and not more than 10 percent should be bottomland. • No more than 15 percent should be sloping, and suitable for only trees • 10 to 20 percent of the total land should be in brush pastures to permit experiments in renovating this type of pasture. • The proportions of land having prevailing southern to western slopes should be about the same as that having northern and eastern slopes. • Usable residences and barns, including tobacco barns, and unfailing sources of

water are necessary. • The farm should be on a good, allweather road, but it is not necessary that it be located on a federal highway. Five farms were purchased in August 1955 and combined to form one farm consisting of close to 950 acres at a cost of $67.04 per acre for a total cost of $63,000. Legislation had to be passed by the Kentucky General Assembly for the UK College of Agriculture to receive the farm as a gift. House Bill 90 took care of that, and House Bill 138 allocated $50,000 from the general fund for initial research and educational work on the farm. The Eden Shale Farm has only seen three managers for 55 years of operation. O.D Hawkins, 23 years; Joe Wyles, 26 years, and Shannon Rudd, 6years. “Our main emphasis has been with forages and grazing, and for the last 28 years we have been working on the endophyte problem in the fescue,” “Instead of trying to get rid of it, we have actually managed our pastures to keep it so we can study it.” said Joe Wyles, farm manager. Epilogue: As Eden Shale Research Farm celebrates 50 years of research and extension service, we are reminded of the reason for its existence- to help the people of its unique geographical region better their lives and to help farmers make their enterprises more efficient and profitable. The farm’s staff may no longer play host to hundreds of visitors, grow copious amounts of strawberries or raise thousands of Christmas trees, but they continue to offer practical research and solutions for farmers of northern Kentucky. To read the complete Eden Shale Farm history, please visit the KCA website under the KBN page.

Ben Lloyd and Adam Onan present Donna Threlkeld the Top Producer Award in honor of Bill Threlkeld during the Union County Bull Sale on March 11.

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April 15, 2013 At the Knoxville Livestock Auction Center Mascot, Tennessee


Nearly 50 Service-Age Bulls, Fall and Spring Yearlings A Select Set of

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Seven Islands Farm Jim Sewell 3420 Magness Road • Knoxville, TN 37920 (423) 404-8138 E-mail: Auctioneer: Mike Jones, TN License #1807

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers, TOM BURKE/KURT SCHAFF/JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone (816) 532-0811. Fax (816) 532-0851. E-mail: •

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Save a Stamp, Join Online BY NIKKI WHITAKER


ave you been to the new KCA website? The new www. has plenty to offer our members. You can check out the KCA calendar to find events happening throughout the month. The news section has up to date headlines for you to read. And you can find information regarding programs offered through the association. Best of all, you can join or renew

Division 1 (151+ MEMBERS) 2013 Barren Shelby Marion Logan Grayson Madison Lincoln Hart Warren Christian Jessamine Breckinridge Meade Adair Washington Mercer Hardin Henry

413 284 263 243 221 220 219 214 198 194 194 180 176 168 160 158 156 145

your membership online! Memberships come into the KCA office three main ways; by mail, by internet, and by phone. More and more members are choosing to renew or join online or over the phone with a credit card. It’s safe and secure and most of all, quick and simple. Visit www. if you haven’t renewed for this membership year, and while you’re there, see all the exciting things that are happening with the beef industry across the state.

Division 2 (76-150 MEMBERS) Division 3 (0-75 MEMBERS)

2012 Difference 448 269 264 263 234 241 217 222 203 211 251 223 170 168 187 170 174 169

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2013 Green Casey Clark Larue Metcalfe Monroe Bath Northern Kentucky Boyle Fleming Daviess Harrison Scott Trimble Franklin Allen Muhlenberg Edmonson Laurel Bourbon Fayette Jackson Campbell Purchase Area Ohio Anderson Mountain

145 141 137 134 129 126 121 115 110 110 110 109 103 102 91 90 90 90 89 89 87 87 82 81 77 76 76

2012 Difference 147 137 122 118 113 121 94 112 112 120 116 110 105 119 108 96 107 86 86 80 91 116 98 85 82 86 87

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If you need anything for membership, please contact Nikki Whitaker at (859)278-0899 or 64

2013 Garrard 76 Northeast Area 75 Caldwell-Lyon 73 Mason 67 Taylor 64 Nelson 63 Trigg 60 Owen 59 Wayne 58 Russell 57 Out of State 57 Oldham 57 Grant 56 Todd 55 Whitley 52 Louisville Area 51 Woodford 51 Webster 51 Montgomery 49 Pendleton 45 Hancock 42 Highlands 39 Crittenden 37 Estill 37 Rockcastle 37 Clinton-Cumberland37 Pulaski 36 Nicholas 34 Hopkins 33 Twin Lakes 33 Carroll 33

Division 3 (CONTINUED)

2012 Difference 67 66 67 71 37 69 70 66 40 75 52 58 39 71 39 50 50 69 56 38 38 29 39 34 51 40 46 15 33 7 30

9 9 6 -4 27 -6 -10 -7 18 -18 5 -1 17 -16 13 1 1 -18 -7 7 4 10 -2 3 -14 -3 -10 19 0 26 3

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2013 Union Simpson Butler Clay Livingston Bullitt Henderson Menifee Bracken Calloway Robertson McLean Magoffin Powell River Hills Knox Eastern Foothills Lewis Pike Gallatin McCreary Harlan Bell

31 30 30 29 26 25 23 21 21 20 19 15 14 11 10 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 0

2012 Difference 40 28 30 27 31 39 19 23 16 19 15 13 14 9 9 5 3 4 4 3 3 1 0

-9 2 0 2 -5 -14 4 -2 5 1 4 2 0 2 1 -1 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 0

TOTALS AS OF: MARCH 14, 2013 8519 8800 -281

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Beef Promotion and Research Program Private Treaty Sales Checkoff Investment Form Provided for in the Beef Promotion and Research Order Section 1260.172, paragraph (2) assessments: Any producer marketing the cattle of that producer’s own production in the form of beef or beef products to consumers, either directly or through retail or wholesale outlets, or for export purposes, shall remit to a qualified state beef council or to the Board an assessment on such cattle at the rate of one dollar ($1) per head of cattle or the equivalent thereof.

Date________________ Sellers Name_________________ Address______________________ City/State/Zip________________ Seller Signature_____________

Buyers Name_______________________ Address____________________________ City/State/Zip_______________________ Buyers Signature___________________

Both the seller and the buyer have the responsibility to have the $1 per head assessment collected and remitted to the qualified state beef council. This form is designed for the seller to use in private treaty sales.

Total Number of Cattle Sold_________ X $1 per head=$_____________ Date of Sale_____________________________________________________ State of Person remitting assessment Seller_______ Buyer_________ State of Origin of Cattle__________________________________________ Brand Inspection Number (if Applicable)__________________________ Send Form & Remittance to: Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, 176 Pasadena Drive, Lexington, KY 40503 Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.8 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the form. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspects of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to Dept. of Agriculture, Clearance Officer, STOP 7602, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, 20250-7602. When replying refer to the OMB Number (OMB #0581-0152) and Form Number in your letter. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, and martial or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-5881 (voice) or (202) 720-7808 (TDD). To file a complaint, write to the Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250 or call (202) 720-7327 (voice) or (202) 720-1127 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

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CPH-45 Case Study – Fall 2012 Diamond P Farms, Cadiz, KY This case study uses actual data collected by the P’Pool family of Diamond P Farms on their 2012 calf crop. Given the current high cost of feed, the P’Pools chose to use high quality fall pasture supplemented with concentrates fed at a rate 1.5 – 2.0% bodyweight. There were 55 calves consisting of 29 steers and 26 heifers. Cattle were weaned on September 8 and fed between 10 and 12 lbs of 3/4:1/4 soyhull:gluten mix. Calves were run on approximately 25 acres of fescue-clover pasture and offered hay and UK IRM Stocker mineral with Rumensin free choice for


the 86 day backgrounding period. The calves gained an average of 214 lbs per head (from full farm weight to CPH pay weight) for an average daily gain of 2.49 lbs. Calves were sold in the December 3 CPH-45 sale held in Guthrie, KY and returned an average of $71.57 per head or a total of $3936 over expenses as opposed to selling at weaning. This case study not only illustrates the advantages of marketing calves in the CPH-45 program, but also serves as an excellent example of incorporating quality pasture and grazing in a preconditioning program.

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FEATURE Contʼd from pg. 56 the tax rates (10, 15, 25, 28 and 33 percent brackets) for families with incomes below $450,000 and individuals with incomes below $400,000. For incomes above these levels, the new tax rate will be 39.6 percent rather than the maximum 2012 rate of 35 percent.

Capital Gain Rates and Medicare Surtax The law for capital gain rates for 2013 extends the current capital gain rates (0 percent for taxable income in 10 and 15 percent tax brackets; 15 percent for taxable income in 25 percent tax bracket or higher) to individuals with taxable income below $400,000 and families with taxable income below $450,000 for taxable years beginning Jan. 1, 2013. For taxpayers with taxable income above these levels, the rate for capital gains will be 20 percent.

The Medicare Surtax of 3.8 percent on investment income will apply to individuals with adjusted gross income above $200,000 and families with adjusted gross income above $250,000. “ When applicable, the total capital gain tax rate could be 18.8 percent, 23.8 percent or as much as 25 percent,” Childs said, “depending on both the adjusted gross income and taxable income amounts for each taxpayer.”

IRS Code Section 179 This section allows an agricultural producer to deduct all or a portion of the purchase price of a business asset in the year of purchase rather than to recover the purchase price over a period of years through annual depreciation. In 2012, the maximum election amount was $139,000 with a

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phaseout beginning when total purchases exceeded $560,000. For 2013, the maximum election was to be reduced to $25,000. However, the new legislation brought back the 2010-2011 maximum amount of $500,000 for both 2012 and 2013. It is scheduled to drop back down to the $25,000 level in 2014. In addition, the 50 percent first-year bonus depreciation was extended through the end of 2013. “These two sections of the law will provide taxpayers substantial flexibility in managing taxable income for 2012 and 2013,” Childs said. “Producers can choose to deduct more of the purchase price of depreciable assets in the year of purchase, which can keep them in lower tax rates.”

Filing Date Extension for Farmers and Fisherman The deadline to file federal tax returns for farmers and ranchers has been extended to April 15, 2013 from March 1, 2013 without filing and paying an estimated tax payment on January 15. There were additional provisions of the legislation that pertained to a permanent fix to the alternative minimum tax, built in gains of conversions of S Corporations, and the phaseout of itemized deductions and exemptions for high income earners plus others. “ There are many facets to these laws that require in-depth understanding,” Childs said. “We encourage every agricultural producer to work with their tax professional to see how these laws will impact their specific operation.”

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Kentucky Hereford Association KHA Invites any Hereford Breeder to Become a Member! Dues are $25. Send to 2396 Union City Rd. , Richmond, KY 40475

KY Hereford-influenced Feeder Sale • May 16th, 2013 @ 10:30AM Bluegrass Stockyards South, Stanford, KY For more information, call Lowell Atwood 606-889-1455

KHA State Show and Junior Preview Show • June 7th, 2013 @ Russell County Fairgrounds • 11:00 a.m. CST Lunch • Show 12:00 p.m. CST

KHA Annual Meeting • August 3rd & 4th, 2013 • More details to come

KHA Officers President: Tim Wolf President-Elect: Tony Staples Secretary/ Treasurer: Earlene Thomas Elm Tree Farm, LLC 859-623-5734 Jody Huckabay 566 Hume-Bedford Road • Paris, P i KY 40361 6 61 Visit our website at Office: (859) 987-4856 • Cell: (859) 983-2272 •

Wells Farm

Polled Herefords 439 Flatwoods Frozen Camp Road • Corbin, KY 40701 Kevin, Angela, Bobby & Brenda Wells Kenlea & Kyler Murray 606-523-0569 - Home 606-528-1691 - Home 606-344-0417 - Cell 606-682-8143 - Cell

Polled Hereford and Gelbvieh Cattle 3459 KY Hwy. 1284 E. Cythiana, KY 41031 (859) 234-6956 Ben, Jane, Shelby and Lincoln

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Masters Herefords 383 Walker Parke Road Richmond, KY 40475 Frenus & Donna Masters

Home: 859-623-3077 • Cell 859-582-7487

Underwood Farms Registered Polled Herefords VitaFerm Dealer Doug & Darrelyn Underwood 1883 Old Mac Road • Campbellsville, KY 42718

(270) 789-7788

Thomas Farm

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”

Boyd Beef Cattle 5754 US 62 • Mayslick, KY 41055 606-763-6688 • 763-6497 • 763-6418 Annual Bull Sale second Saturday in March Hereford and Angus Bulls


TK4 Herefords

Tim & Peggy Wolf 12939 Peach Grove Rd. Alexandria, KY 41001

Tony & Kathy Staples 2880 Fairgrounds Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108 270-422-4220

Registered Polled Herefords Bulls & Females for sale

ROSECREST FARM 1276 Winchester Road Paris, KY 40361 H. Charles Miller Office: 859-987-7500 Cell 859-953-1125

MPH Farms

WCN Polled Herefords Since 1961

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

Paul L. Hankcock 8559 KY 56 O wensboro, KY 42301 270-771-4194

Chambliss Hereford Farms Brad, Carla, Clay and Clint Chambliss 916 Winchester Blvd. • Elizabethtown, KY 42701 Home (270) 982-3905 • Cell (270) 668-7126 fax 270-735-9922

Bill & Libby Norris 2220 Celina Road Burkesville, KY 42717 Phone (270) 433-7256 Cell (270) 433-1525 “Every calf needs a white face”

Sweet T Farm

Pete & Gayla Szak 1040 Hick Hardy Rd. Cynthiana, KY (859) 484-2265

Bulls • Heifers • Show Calves

Pile Stock Farm

Registered Polled Herefords

Hansell Pile, Jr. & Hans Branham 12045 St. John Rd. Cecilia, KY 42724 Phone (270) 862-4462 Highway 1357 or St. John Rd. - 12 miles West of Elizabethtown or Leave KY. 86 at Howevalley Go North 2 miles


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“Registered Angus and Polled Herefords”

John Tucker II 1790 Hidden Valley Lane Hudson, KY 40145 270-617-0301 “Bulls always for Sale”

Peyton’s Well Polled Herefords The Lowell Atwood Family 133 Edgewood Drive Stanford, KY (606) 365-2520 home/fax (606) 669-1455 cell

Victor- influenced cattle bred for performance on grass.

Windy Hills Farm Jackie D. Perkins II 367 Mt. Pisgah Rd. • Bremen, KY 42325 270-525-6533 Breeding to produce good cows since 1981.

“Black cows need a good Hereford Bull”

BECKLEY HEREFORDS L.W. Beckley D.V.M L. Wayne Beckley 284 Pyrse Lane 1420 Fitchburg Rd. Irvine, KY 40336 Ravenna, KY 40472 Cell: 859-779-1419 Home: 606-723-3021 Clinic: 606-726-0000 Cell: 859-779-0962


Popplewell’s Herefords

Registered Hereford & Angus Farm

Service Age Bulls Open and Bred Females For Sale Vince, Tracy & Alex Home (270) 866-4480 1526 Clearfork Rd. Cell (270) 566-1852 Russell Springs, KY 42642


“Breeding Polled Herefords for over 58 Years” Breeding cattle for sale at all times. 1999 Walnut Hill Rd. • Lexington, KY 40515 (859) 271-9086 • cell (859)533-3790

BBL Beef

Raising Polled Hereford for over 50 Years Collecting Feedlot data since 1998 Sarah Layne 866 Capitol Hill Rd. • Fountain Run, KY 42133


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Multi-Trait Multi-Trait Selection Selection

Danny Miller 270-465-6984 • 270-566-2694

Old Fall Creek Farms AHA & KHA member • Proven bloodlines

Private treaty sales • Visitors always welcome 1874 Old Fall Creek Road • Monticello, KY 42633

Reed Bertram 606-348-7486 David Bertram 606-278-3630




elcome to the business class of farming! New Holland has introduced the new T5 Series tractors, which are ready to redefine utility tractor standards for mixed farmers with diversified livestock and crop operations. The T5.95, T5.105 and T5.115 offer engine powers between 98 to 115 engine horsepower. “The new T5 Series is set to

become the choice for professional, mixed farmers,” says Michael Cornman, New Holland Dairy and Livestock Marketing Segment Leader. “Today’s T5 offers outstanding visibility, ergonomic controls, an ultra-comfortable cab and segment leading performance.” Operator productivity coincides with comfort. The T5 Series was created to provide operators with maximum comfort for long days in the fields. The new VisionView™ cab has been designed to offer unparalleled ergonomic excellence. All controls fall perfectly to hand for operators of all shapes and sizes. The most frequently used controls, including the acclaimed electronic draft control (EDC) mouse, PTO speed selection and hydraulic remote levers, among others, have been placed to the right of the operator on the ergonomic CommandArc™ console to reduce fatigue and increase implement precision. An optional dedicated bracket

for monitors can be mounted just above the CommandArc, directly in the operator’s line of sight for improved safety and comfort.



he new Kuhn Knight VT 100 Series, Vertical Maxx ® twin-auger mixers are the latest advancement in mixing technology with innovative features, sleek styling and a refined finish. Four new mid-sized models have been added to the lineup, following the success of the previously introduced larger machines, for a complete line to serve any size operation. These mixers feature improvements to the mixing chamber and redesigned augers that provide quicker mixing and processing with more complete cleanout. The rugged, dependable drive systems

help ensure reliable service and long life. Multiple discharge options offer increased versatility and a variety of rugged conveyor choices are available to match most feeding situations. Faster auger speeds results in improved auger clean off and better clean out. Available in truck or trailer models, with capacities of 320-680 cubic feet, the VT 100 Series provides the flexibility to match every producer’s specific needs. For complete machine specifications and additional details, visit www.KuhnNorthAmerica. com.


Gentle-G Farms

Bluegrass Gelbvieh Bull Sale March 23 Ÿ Mt. Sterling KY Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitiational April 27 Ÿ Mt. Sterling KY

Annville, Kentucky

DYER FARMS 2050 Glasgow Road Burkesville, KY 42717 270-864-5909 or 270-864-3310 Bulls- Heifers Available- Black/ Gold Brian- Hall- Barnie- Barry Registered Gelbvieh Craig, Tammy, Tyler & Kolt Bitzer Shelbyville, KY 502-829-9264

Pleasant Meadows Farm Ple Gary, Pat & Carrie Ann Tilghman Daniel, Lindsey & Clayton Jones 690 Lick Branch Road Glasgow, KY 42141 270.678.5695 Ÿ

JM GELBVIEHS Purebred & Percentage Gelbvieh Cattle

Jimmy & Nicholas Marcum Paint Lick, Kentucky 40461 859/925-4159 • 859/582-6180

Mike Moore 606-438-3261 Gelbvieh heifers and bulls for sale from some of the leading A.I. sires.

Clifford Farms Cattle for Sale at all times.

3459 Ky Hwy 1284E Cynthiana, KY 41031 Since 1937

859.234.6956 Black & Gold Gelbviehs

Bray’s Gelbvieh 1568 Bray Ridge Road Bedford, Kentucky 40006 Phone: 502.255.3584 Full Circle Farms Registered Gelbvieh Cattle Brad Burke 989 Metcalf Mill Rd. • Ewing, KY 41039 (H) 606-267-5609 • (C) 606-782-1367

Kilbourne Gelbvieh East Bernstadt, KY 606-843-6583 cell 606-309-4662

Black Replacement Heifers & Bulls Availble Embryo transplant & AI sired calves

Double-Doc Farm Gelbvieh Cattle Darrell, Beth, Justin & Jessica Johnson 50 Tar Lick Road • Parksville, KY 40464 Farm- (859) 332-2270 Cell- (859) 583-5655

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Bar IV Livestock

Barry, Beth & Ben Racke • Brad Racke 7416 Tippenhauer Rd. • Cold Spring, KY 41076 Phone (859) 635-3832 • Barry cell (859) 991-1992 Brad cell (859) 393-3677 • Ben cell (859) 393-3730 Fax (859) 635-3832 •

Bee Lick Gelbviehs

Eddie Reynolds 277 Old Bee Lick Rd. Crab Orchard, KY 40419 606-379-2281(H) 606-305-1972(C) Bulls & Females for sale

Mockingbird Hill Farm (270) 934-2198 Shane & Felicia Wells Registered Gelbvieh Cattle 10072 Provo Road

Rochester, KY 42273


Roy, Jessica and Cooper Canada 600 Cumberland Drive • Morehead, KY 40351 859-227-7323 rac

Swain Select Simmental 12113 Green Valley Dr. • Louisville, KY 40243 • Fred & Phyllis 502-245-3866 502-599-4560

Chi & Angie 502-477-9727 502-287-2116

Kentucky Simmental Officers

Kentucky Simmental Officers President: Derek Tingle 502-845-2589 Vice Pres: Johnny Moore 270-434-4616 Secretary: Tonya Phillips 606-584-2579

KENTUCKY SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION Call or visit one of these Simmental breeders for cattle that work! • Send application to: Tonya Phillips, 102 Burgess Ct., Georgetown, KY 40324 • Membership Fee is $25.00

Judy and Rondal Dawson 1156 Buzzard Roost Road Shelbyville, KY 40065 502-593-5136


Graves Grandview Simmental Farm Timothy Graves 560 Rudd Lane Springfield, KY 40069 (859) 481-3954 •

Wayward Hill Farm

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1939 Huntertown Road Versailles, KY 40383 Chris Allen Dr. Henry Allen Bulls for Sale 859-351-4486 859-229-0755

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griLabs announces the introduction of StressMate™, a unique product developed from colostrum that provides a source of small proteins commonly referred to as bioactives, which help calves cope with stress. “Stress in calves is certain,” said Adam Yankowsky, Business Unit Manager for Livestock Products for AgriLabs. “Beginning at birth, calves face stressful conditions that may have a long lasting impairment on their growth and productivity.” Calves require quality colostrum or replacer immediately following birth. However, in many instances, quality colostrum is not available or the calf is unable to consume what it needs for the best start possible. “That is why StressMate has been developed,” said Dustin Kjelden of Sterling Technology, AgriLabs’ marketing partner for North and South America. Producers now have an effective option to treat stressed calves and to help calves exposed to stressful conditions such as birth, commingling, transport or adverse weather.

StressMate is packaged in convenient 250 mL bottles. It can be fed orally alone, or in milk, milk replacer or electrolyte solution. For newborn calves, feed 10 mL orally immediately following birth or as soon as possible afterwards. Then, continue feeding for at least two more days.



he Japanese export market has been topping beef industry headlines in recent months. The country’s decision to revise import guidelines to include cattle less than 30 months of age is positive news for U.S. beef demand, but it also brings about changes to age-and-source verification programs. "There are still benefits associated with verifying information on your calf crop," says Ginette Kurtz, AngusSource® quality manager. "In previous years that focus was age; however, our program must shift to reflect current market demands." To better serve the producers using registered Angus bulls, AngusSource and Gateway will take on a new approach to providing documented age, source and genetic information on Angus-influenced cattle. The

Association is transitioning the ageand-source programs with the goal to provide in-house verification standards for cattle to qualify for AngusSource. While still continuing to verify the age, source and genetics with the same confidence the industry has come to trust and value. With herd expansion on the horizon, the need for replacement heifers is expected to rise. Producers looking to purchase new females need to be confident in the genetic quality of each animal. And as consumers demand superior beef products, the ability to validate high performing animals will only become more important. To meet that need, the AngusSource mission holds true – to increase the value of Angus-sired calves by eartag identification, updated marketing documents and additional strategies to promote Angus-sired calves. For further information on AngusSource and to stay up-to-date on program announcements, visit the Association website.

MITCHELL ELECTED TO SERVE SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH AMERICAN LIMOUSIN FOUNDATION DENVER - (FEBRUARY 18, 2013) he 2013 annual membership meeting of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF)


took place Monday, Jan. 14, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colo. The meeting was held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) with nearly 100 members and guests in attendance. With NALF President Bob Mitchell, Wis., presiding, the main order of business was the Board of Directors election. The NALF nominating committee chairman presented five nominees for the five open positions. Chad Settje, Neb., and John Tobe, Ky., were awarded second terms on the Board of Directors. Newly elected members of the NALF Board of Directors are Austin Hager, ND., Dexter Edwards, NC., Jim Bob Hendrickson, Okla. Bob Mitchell, Wis., will lead the Foundation by serving his second term as president for the coming year. Matt Lewis, Colo., will serve as vice president, Mike Hall, Calif., will serve as secretary and Chad Settje, Neb., was elected as treasurer. Charles Linhart, Iowa, will serve a third term as the Executive Committee’s member-at-large. Mike Smith, Kan., will serve a second term as an ex officio member of both the Board and its Executive Committee. The remaining members of the 2013 Board of Directors are Tom Vaughn, ND; Brian Skaggs, Okla.; Bret Begert, Texas; Warren Symens, SD.; and Fred Wacker, Mont.


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structurally and reproductively sound, efficient beef cattle that anyone would be proud to own is one goal at PHF. Gil and Mary’s three Children are actively involved in the American Junior Angus Association, Kentucky Jr Angus Association and the Kentucky Jr Beef Cattle Association. The children enjoy showing and raising Angus cattle, as well as all kinds of 4-H and FFA activities. The Pleasant Hill Farms’ Annual March Madness Bull Sale is held on the first Thursday evening in March. This year March 7, 2013 is the date. 6:30 pm is the time and United Producers Inc in Bowling Green, KY is the location. This will be the 18th year that PHF has had a bull sale. The

il, Mary, Corbin, Caroline and Catherine Cowles own and operate Cowles’ Pleasant Hill Farms in Rockfield, KY. In 1967 Gil’s Grandfather, James Bogle, gave him a black commercial cow for his fifth birthday. That was the beginning of what has be-come a true lifetime passion of beef cattle production to keep the family farm running! In 1972 a registered Angus heifer sired by Clank of Wye was purchased to begin the registered Angus herd that today has grown to around 200 registered Angus cows. Pleasant Hill Farms is a total performance herd with major emphasis on phenotype, production, maternal, reproductive, carcass and ultrasound EPDs. Good old common sense is a major part of the selection criteria. An animal’s body condition score, calving interval and longevity are economically important traits that are also evaluated. Producing

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because of the excellent customer service pro-vided and the owner satisfaction of the bulls performance within their respective herds. Pleasant Hill Farms’ December to Remember Sale of Elite Genetics features females from the heart of their breeding program. This sale is held at the farm the first Saturday of December each year. December 7, 2013 will be the next edition of this excellent event. Gil proudly serves on the Board of Di-rectors of the Kentucky Angus Association. He has been a member of the American Angus Association since 1972. In addition, he is actively involved with the Warren County Cattlemen’s Association and the Kentucky Beef Cattle Association. His civic activities include: Kentucky 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation Christian Academy Board of Directors, Freed Hardeman University Board of Trustees, Southern Kentucky Christian Camp Board of Directors and Deacon at Lehman Avenue Church of Christ.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Association Annual Spring Sale, See Hereford

General April 25 North Central KY Hay Day, Henry County, See ad on pg. 12

Angus March 30 Rock Ridge Farms Annual Bull & Female Production Sale, Lawrenceburg, KY March 30 Southern Bull Test Sale and Replacement Heifer Sale, South of Point Pleasant, WV April 6 "The Andras Kind" Red Angus Sale, Manchester, IL, See ad on pg. 27 April 6 24th Anniversary Angus Opportunity Sale, Comer, KY April 6 Grassy Valley Angus Annual Production Sale, Greeneville, TN April 6 Keeney Angus Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, At the farm, See ad on pg. 12 April 6 Southern Indiana Angus Sale, Little York, IN April 6 Wye Angus Cattle Annual Sale, Queenstown, Maryland April 8 Grass Time Partners Annual Bull/Female Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 13 April 15 Seven Island 1st PerformanceTested Angus Bull & Commercial Female Production Sale, Knoxville Livestock Auction Center, Mascot, TN, See ad on pg. 63 April 20 CKAA Annual Spring Sale, Danville, KY, See ad on pg. 45 April 13 Branch View Angus Sale, Hustonville, KY, See ad on pg. 80 April 27 Great Meadows Angus

ad on pg. 5 April 27 Hill Rise Farm, Featured lots in Great Meadows Angus Assoc. Spring Sale, See ad on pg. 14 April 27 Upper Cumberland Angus Assoc. 16th Annual Spring Time Select Sale, Hyder-Brucks Sale Pavilion, Cookeville, TN, See ad on pg. 61 April 27 Wardlow Angus Ranch, Featured lots in Great Meadows Angus Assoc. Spring Sale, See ad on pg. 52 May 4 Bridge View Angus Sale, Hustonville, KY, See ad on pg. 55


March 30 South Central Indiana Spring Sale, Millton, IN April 6 DeBruycker Bull Sale, Great Falls, MT April 13 Amburgey Charlois Farm Bull & Female Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 8 April 20 8th Annual Central Kentucky Charolais Classic, Producers Livestick, Bowling Green, KY, see ad on pg. 57





March 30 Englewood Farms Bull & Female Sale, Lancaster, KY


April 6 Laurel Co. Cattlemen's Assn. Commercial Open Heifer Sale, London, KY April 9 Gerber Right Kind Sale, Richmond, IN April 13 Knoll Crest Farm Total Performance Bull Sale, Red House, Virginia May 21 West KY Select Bred Heifer Sale, Kentucky-Tennessee Livestock Market, Guthrie, TN, See ad on pg. 50 June 1 Central Kentucky Premire Heifer Sale, Lebanon, KY, See ad on pg. 10

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March 30 Seedstock Plus S. Missouri Bull Sale, Carthage, MO April 6 Bulls of the Bluegrass Annual Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY April 6 Circle S Ranch 6th Annual Going to Grass Sale, Canton, KS, See ad on pg. 49 April 27 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 37


March 30 Southern Bull Test Sale and Replacement Heifer Sale, South of Point Pleasant, WV April 20 Burns Farm Female Event & Commercial Bull Sale, At the farm, Pikeville, TN, See ad on pg. 9

March 30 Southern Bull Test Sale and Replacement Heifer Sale, South of Point Pleasant, WV, See ad on pg. 22

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April 27 Bluegrass Classic III Salers Production Sale, Stanford, KY, See ad on pg. 53

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You Know What Makes Me Mad? smiled and told her that I wasn’t upset, would not talk to the manager but I still will not leave a tip as a matter of principle. What does this have to do with the cattle business? Everything. ----------------Your clientele trusts you to deliver a University of Kentucky good product. Resist the temptation Extension Beef Specialist to pass off an inferior bull or replacement female to someone that n the words of radio personality has placed their trust in you. Inferior “Earl Pitts, American” – You know animals should go to the stockyard as what makes me mad? For me, it’s culls. Repeat business is the key to your poor products and poor customer service. long-term success. Be sure that your I guess that’s because we pay for these customer’s expectations are met. things and have certain expectations – Make customer service a part of sometimes those expectations are largely your marketing plan. Be sure that your unmet, though. customers have a good experience. Place Karen and I stopped by a restaurant a follow-up call and visit about their for dinner a few days ago and we had operation. Make them feel that they are simple expectations – just a good meal your most important customers. If they and good service. We got neither. The have a bad or unsatisfactory experience service wasn’t that great. The food try to make it right. If you do make it didn’t seem as good as usual either but right, they will tell others. If you don’t, I paid for the experience and went on they will tell others. No matter what my merry way. Everything was fine business you are in customer satisfaction until about midnight when my world is critical to your success. Be a partner in exploded – literally. Thought I was their success and provide service with a going to heave up my toenails! I paid smile. People don’t care what you know for this experience and I don’t want to until they know that you care repeat it. I’ll probably never eat salmon patties again. No repeat business here! TIMELY TIPS FOR APRIL I should have stuck with beef. Lesson Spring Calving Cow Herd learned! Poor customer service is another • Continue to feed cows that have pet peeve of mine. I remember another calved on an adequate nutritional plan dining experience when I was on the road to rebreed. Increase their feed after (wearing my clean but cattle-working calving. Don’t let them lose body kind of clothes) and was promptly seated condition. away from the other customers and • Don’t “rush to grass” although it pretty much ignored while my food got can be really tempting. Be sure that cold. I ate the cold ravioli and waited grass has accumulated enough growth and waited for my ticket. Then instead to support the cow’s nutritional needs of leaving the customary (and expected) before depending solely upon it. Cows tip, I called my waitress over to explain may walk the pastures looking for green that, although I am usually a generous grass instead of eating dry feed. This tipper, I wouldn’t be leaving a tip because lush, watery grass is not adequate to I wasn’t happy with her service. I support them. Keep them consuming felt that she ignored me because of dry feed until sufficient grass is available my appearance. She apologized and I to sustain body condition. We’ve spent accepted. But, I told her from then on too much money keeping them in good she should treat everyone like they were condition to lose it now! special and avoid making judgments. I • Continue to watch cows and calves

Dr. Roy Burris



closely. Identify calves while they are young and easy to handle. Commercial male calves should be castrated and implanted. Registered calves should be weighed at birth. • Prevent grass tetany! Provide magnesium in the mineral mix until daytime temperatures are consistently above 60oF. Mineral supplement should be available at all times and contain a minimum of about 14 percent magnesium. Make sure that your mineral mix also contains adequate selenium, copper and zinc or you can ask your feed dealer for the UK Beef IRM High Magnesium Mineral. • Make final selection of heifer replacements. Be sure that yearling heifers have attained their “target” weight (2/3 of mature weight) before breeding. Obtain measurements for pelvic area in heifers and cull those which have small pelvic areas. Consider vaccinating with a modified-live BVD vaccine. • If you are going to use artificial insemination and/or estrus synchronization, make plans now and order needed supplies and semen. • Purchase replacement bulls at least 30 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Have herd bulls evaluated for breeding soundness (10-20% of bulls are questionable or unsatisfactory breeders). Get all bulls in proper condition for breeding. • Prebreeding or “turn-out” working is usually scheduled for late April or May - between the end of calving season and before the start of the breeding season (while cows are open). Consult your veterinarian about vaccines and health products your herd needs. Make arrangements now for products needed and have handling facilities in good working order. Dehorn commercial calves before going to pasture. • Start breeding heifers 1 heat cycle before cows so that they have extra time to recover from calving next year.

Fall Calving Cow Herd • Pregnancy check cows now and

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cull open ones at weaning or move to the spring-calving herd. • You may let calves creep-graze wheat or rye, if it is available. Calves will benefit from extra feed until spring grass appears. • Consult with your veterinarian about a preweaning working of the herd. • Reimplant feeders. • Plan marketing strategy for feeder calves.

Stocker • “Condition” purchased calves prior to grazing. They should be processed and fed a conditioning diet prior to being placed on pasture. You can also use this time to introduce them to electric fences which are used in rotational grazing. • Don’t go to pastures too soon, give plants some growing time. Then stock at two to three times the July rate and rotate rapidly. • Provide a good mineral supplement which contains a rumen modifier (Rumensin, Bovatec, etc.) along with adequate levels of copper and selenium. The UK Beef IRM Stocker mineral with Monensin will work well in this case.

General • Prepare for the grazing season. Check fences and make necessary repairs. • Get everything ready to make high quality hay in May! Have equipment serviced and spare parts on hand. Order baler twine now. Be prepared to harvest an adequate supply of hay when you have the opportunity. Re-supply the extra hay that you fed out of the barn. • Plan now for fly control ... decide what fly control program that you will use but don’t put insecticide eartags on cattle until fly population appears. • Make plans to improve hay feeding areas to avoid muddy conditions like we have faced this winter. Consider geotextile fabric with gravel.

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