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Cow CountryNews Cattlemen’s Association

December 2013

May Christmas bring you joy and the New Year every Blessing

Issue Highlights 2014 KCA Convention Highlights - pg. 32-44 State Tobacco Money Could Be Lost in MSA Dispute- pg. 15 Checkoff Changes Marketing Direction in FY14 pg. 24 Young Producers Christmas Party Set for December 7 - pg. 50

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2014 Convention Coverage pg. 32-44

“Farmers doing business with farmers.”

November 26th Special Sheep Sale December 6th 6:00PM Cow Sale December 10th 6:00PM CPH Sale December 17th Special Sheep Sale Selling every Thursday at 9 AM Receiving cattle all day Wednesday Call for more information Craig Taylor - 859-771-0146 Ÿ Sara Evans - 859-987-9945

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COLUMNISTS 7 Don Reynolds, 2013 Has Flown By Quickly 8 James Comer, Livestock Care Standards to Come Before Legislature 10 Dave Maples, What is Your Herd Health Program? 12 Baxter Black, The Cycle of Fire 22 Garry Lacefield, Technology: The Good, Bad and Ugly 30 Melissa Hart, Problems in My Neck of the Woods 70 Roy Burris, Ag Publications Are Important!

FEATURE STORIES 18 Research Finding Improves Switchgrass Establishment 20 Get a Jump on Managing Next Season’s Operating Risk 24 Checkoff Changes Marketing Direction in FY14 31 2013 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Recipient Named 48 2013 Region 1 Hall of Fame Winner: Martin Hayden 53 Research Round-Up 58 Farmers ROCK - A True Inspiration

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

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In 2012, calves sold at auction averaged a premium of $2.42 per hundredweight when tested negative for BVD-PI*. Subtract the test cost and that’s an additional $10 on every 600 lb. calf you sell. Testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhea-Persistent Infection (BVD-PI) is about adding value to your calves. This data confirms buyers are willing to pay more for BVD-PI negative calves. Regardless of how you market your cattle, let us help you add value to your calves with BVD-PI testing. *King, M.E. The effects of health and management programs on the sale price of beef calves marketed through six Superior Livestock video auctions in 2012. Final Report, Pfizer Inc. 2012.


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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, 270-570-2815 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, 270-202-3282 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


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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


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 KBN Industry Coordinator Dan Miller KBC Director of Marketing Alison Smith

KBC Director of Consumer Affairs Caitlin Swartz Membership Coordinator Nikki Whitaker Communication Manager Leanna McGuire Publication Coordinator Carey Brown National Advertising Sales Livestock Advertising Network,

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2013 Has Flown By Quickly Don Reynolds


Kentucky Cattlemen's Association President


ello Again! Where has the year gone? I find it hard to believe that it is already December. I have enjoyed another great month of traveling across the state and visiting with many fellow cattlemen. We have such a great statewide organization and should be very thankful for that! I kicked off my month attending my local Hart County Cattlemen’s meeting. The guest speaker at the meeting was Dr. Garry Lacefield. I was very inspired by the words of Dr. Lacefield at the meeting. He spoke about gratification and patriotism. He further then broke it down into six topics of discussion: food, farmers, family,

friends, faith, and freedom. When talking about the subject of food he said we should be thankful for the food supply that we have in our country today. He mentioned how in the United States we pay approximately 9.5 percent of our income for food compared to the many other countries, which are significantly higher. He then moved on to talk about the farmer and put into perspective the ratio of how many people each farmer feeds. In the 1950’s each farmer fed approximately 18 people, today the ratio is one farmer to 163 people. With our fast growing population, the predictions are that we are going to have to increase our production by another 50 percent to feed the world by the year 2050. After hearing this presentation from Dr. Lacefield, it really hits home and puts everything in perspective for us as farmers and cattlemen that we have our work cut out in the future! I was invited by Whitney Carmen to attend the Hancock County Cattlemen’s meeting on November 7th. There were approximately 40 people in attendance. I

spoke on behalf of the KCA and talked about the structure of our great organization. I also had the privilege to attend the Farm Bureau Commodity meeting with Dave Maples. There were many different commodity groups in attendance. We listened to Senator Paul Hornback and RepresentativeTom McKee give their concerns for the upcoming general assembly. I attended our Full Board Meeting on November 15th at the Shelby county extension office. We received updates from our association and the many things that are happening in our association. Nikki announced that we are ahead of schedule on our 2014 membership at approximately 4,000 members already. I encourage everyone to continue to strive for even higher membership goals next year. Our guest speaker was our state veterinarian, Dr. Bob Stout. He talked to us about BVD in cattle and other issues facing the cattle industry in the state. It was also good to see one of our past state President’s, Dr. Jack Kimbrough in attendance at our meeting. I

Here’s my grandson, Rylan Scott Hines taking an interest at an early age looking at the Cow Country News. want to extend a thank you to the Shelby County Extension Agent, Corinne Benton for her hospitality and the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association for the delicious steaks that they cooked for us. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes! Hope to see all of you January 16-18 at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention in Lexington!

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Livestock Care Standards to Come Before Legislature James Comer

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


s Kentucky’s proposed livestock care standards wind through the approval process, this is a good time to take a look at how these proposed standards came about and what they will (and will not) do. The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission was created as a response to efforts in other states to adopt standards based more on perception than sound science. Those standards threatened to impact


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the economic competitiveness of the farmers in those states without materially improving the care of their animals. Kentucky farm interests decided to take the lead in developing on-farm standards that will protect our animals without putting undue regulatory burdens on our producers. The commission, headed by Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout, created a multi-species document with input from all segments of the livestock industry as well as other interested parties. The draft was approved by the commission and the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture. The proposed standards were addressed in a hearing in September, and public comments were taken. Next, legislative committees must consider the standards. If there is no objection

from the legislature, the proposed standards could become administrative regulations with the force of law early next year. These proposed regulations would not tell farmers how to farm but would set minimum standards that any respectable producer should already be following. For example: Shelter may be natural or man-made and include confined, semi-confined, open lots, or pastures. Acceptable management practices include castrating, dehorning, all forms of identification, vaccination, and antibiotic use. Proposed regulations on euthanasia are modeled after American Veterinary Medical Association standards. Adequate feed and water are addressed. The regulations would come into play only in the event of an animal abuse complaint.

These proposed standards reflect and maintain the progress the livestock industry has made over the years in animal comfort and animal welfare. Kentucky livestock today are more comfortable and better cared for than at any time in history. Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investments have improved handling facilities, feedstuff quality, genetics, and producer knowledge with funding tied to quality assurance programs. The investment in research at our universities has enabled producers to apply science-based improvements in all sectors of the animal life cycle. With these proposed standards, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has taken a giant step forward in defining the line between acceptable treatment and abuse. 7KH3529(17RRO)RU:HHG&RQWURO

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2013 BLUEGRASS INVITATIONAL ANGUS FEMALE F SALE Friday Evening, December 6th, 2013 Mt. Sterling, KY An offering featuring genetics from KY programs – focused on Performance and Quality!

BRC Lass 8081 A tremendous offering of spring bred females will be selling including this daughter of E&B 1680 Precision 1023. She will sell safe in calf to Ellingson Secretary 2011.

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What is Your Herd Health Program? Dave Maples

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


he holiday season is always a busy time. It is a wonderful time but sometimes a stressful time. With the end of the year, one often stops and reflects back over the past 12 months. From a weather stand point Kentucky has been blessed with a banner year for crops and forages and the cattle market has been really good. So from the production point of view most everyone should be pleased with 2013. I receive many phone calls in the office and I have the opportunity to talk with many cattle producers over

the year. I think I get a good feel of what the issues are. One animal health issue that our producers are battling and just want to go away is bovine viral diarrhea viruses (BVDV ). I have read many articles and talked to several veterinarians and producers that know the effects of the virus really well. BVDV is a source of economic loss for producers worldwide and not just for Kentucky producers. From what I read there are two states of infection (acute infection and persistently infected or PI). The economic impact is largely due to the effects of acute infections, but the PI animals are the most common source of the virus and the most frequent paths for introducing the virus into a new population of animals. Total cost of BVDV was estimated at $1.9 billion annually in 2011. That was based on a cost of $35 - $56/ calf estimated by Dr. Julia Ridpath, a

USDA Agriculture Research Service research microbiologist. If the cost was nearly $2 billion in 2011 with today’s calf prices I can see why the issue is so great today. Buyers are more demanding with the price of calves being what they are. The financial risk is so much more now.

Kentucky native and BVD authority Dr. Dan Givens DVM, PHD at Auburn University Veterinary School was in the office last month and we were talking about the problem. I asked him what the solution was and he described a three pronged approach of biosecurity, surveillance and control.

Total cost of BVDV was estimated at $1.9 billion annually in 2011. That was based on a cost of $35 - $56/calf. I am sure that it is very frustrating to feedlot or stocker operators to get a load of expensive calves and their health breaks and they fall apart just after arrival. BVD is just one part of a complex issue facing our industry. Calves that have been weaned and preconditioned are one way that the risk can be reduced. As cow/calf producer’s one New Year’s resolution would be to implement a preconditioning program. This year the preconditioned calves have been more valuable by as much as $100 to $150 dollars per animal. The economic signals are telling producers that a weaned, vaccinated calf in load lots are what the market wants. It looks like the spread is getting to a point where producers can spend the extra time to get the calves in proper market ready condition. Back to the BVDV-PI problem.

In other words be careful of what animals you bring to your farm, test your animals for BVD so that you can monitor the virus and implement a good herd health vaccination program.

KCA Convention I hope you are making your plans to attend the KCA convention this January 16-18. Dr. Victor Cortese will be the featured speaker sponsored by the Gordon F. Jones Lectureship series. His topic will be about using the immune system to maximize profits. He has many publications on viral infections, immunology, and neonatal immunology. In 2013, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine selected Dr. Cortese as one of the twenty most influential cattle veterinarians in the United States. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

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The Cycle of Fire Baxter Black

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


he Mountain West as pictured by the European immigrants in the days of Lewis and Clark, was covered with immense healthy forests that had recycled themselves naturally for centuries. They grew from seeds, matured, reproduced, died, burned and prepared the land for a fresh seeding. Fire was not the enemy. Explorers first saw the forests holding their place in the bio-system of the West. Settlers came and built forts and fences, houses and dams, cities and freeways. Forests were harvested for fuel

and construction. They had to be cleared so man could build on the ground. Timber companies, ranchers and railroaders thought the virgin forests were unending. In the latter part of the 19th century they were allowed to recycle. During the early 20th century timber companies and government agencies began to replant clear-cut forests to sustain timbering. Then mid-century came the conservationists, politicians, environmentalists and tree huggers. They took the stand that thinning, clearcutting, grazing, hunting, improving water tanks, roads and settlers just harmed the forest. So they instigated restrictions. They chose forest fire as the enemy, Smokey the Bear told them so! For the next 50 years of forest management they fought forest fires. This encouraged people to build beautiful homes in the tall pines. Any attempt to utilize the crowning, crowded timber or deadfall as

a private industry resource was scorned. The trees kept growing and seeding, seeding, shedding, dying and falling on the forest floor. In the 1980’s the pinebark beetle became an obvious factor and large stands of pine trees turned yellow and died. Then lightning stood up and took his turn. He set the West on fire. It is still burning. Today forest fires consume twice as much land each year as they did in 1970. The burn season today is two and a half months longer than it was in 1970. Nature is taking it back until every acre of pine trees in the West is recycled in the inferno. It will take years and years to recover from our hubris that allowed us to think we can bend nature’s rules and get away with it. We all watch with fear and admiration as fire jumpers by the thousands every year risk their lives daily to protect man-made structures. And what happened to the environmentalists and conservationists

and politicians who lead the battle to drive lumberjacks, cowboys and miners out of the woods? The same activists who used the spotted owl and their incestuous sycophant, the EPA, to shut down sawmill towns and grazing permits and road builders…the greasy politicians parading their magnanimous influence like circus monkeys in a side show shutting down the West by decreeing it a wilderness. Where are they now? Now that, through unintended consequences, they have helped savage the West, I expect they’ve moved on. They’ve taken their Sierra Club calendars, endangered species T-shirts, fundraising bumper stickers and non-profit lawyers to work on bombing horse slaughter plants, protesting GMO grain, burning animal research laboratories, sabotaging modern animal agriculture and, as always, trying to save the old reliable whale. Ignorance repeats itself.

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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_____________

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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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USDA Announces Final BSE Rule WASHINGTON (NOV. 1, 2013)


he National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) commends the announcement today by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), that it has completed its efforts to modernize import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). This final import regulation is  based on internationally-accepted scientific literature and the standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). “The basis of these import regulations, set on internationally-accepted science and the OIE guidelines, is critical in showing that the U.S. is committed to ensuring trade, unfettered by protectionist motivations, and sends a clear message to our trad-

ing partners of the value we place on fair trade,” said Scott George, NCBA president and Cody, Wyo. cattleman. “I am pleased that NCBA has been a leader on this issue since 2003 and that the USDA/APHIS incorporated the comments of cattle producers in finalizing these regulations. These regulations show that cattlemen and women not only talk about market access, but that we stand behind it.” This regulation, also known as the comprehensive BSE rule, brings the U.S. into compliance with international trade standards without compromising the interlocking safeguards against BSE that are currently in place. “This is great news for the U.S. cattle industry and integral to our efforts to further international trade,”  George said. “With these import regulations set, I am confident we will be able to expand our market access and meet international demand for high quali-

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Payments for Popular Conservation Program Ready Following Shutdown Delay WASHINGTON, OCT. 29, 2013


armers waiting for their Conservation Security or Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) payments should receive them in the coming days. The shutdown of the federal government delayed some of the $907 million in payments from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to CSP participants who have enrolled millions of acres to improve the overall conservation performance of their operations. “Farmers and ranchers are stewards of our natural resources, and their efforts show the value of conservation – working farms, ranches, and forests can provide food and fiber as well as clean water and valuable wildlife habitat,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “We’re happy to have our staff back in the field where they can continue working with farmers and ranchers to put conservation practices on the ground.” The payments are part of a financial

assistance program for producers who are already established conservation stewards and are implementing additional conservation activities for higher, farm-level benefits on their property. This work leads to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat, while also supporting rural economies. The Conservation Stewardship Program, now in its fifth year, replaced the former Conservation Security Program. To date, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners have enrolled about 60 million acres into the programs. Funding for other Farm Bill programs expired Sept. 30, including the Conservation Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, Wetland Reserve Program, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative and Healthy Forests Reserve Program. For more information, visit a local USDA Service Center or visit NRCS’ website.

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Kentucky Uncertain How Much State Tobacco Money Could Be Lost in MSA dispute FRANKFORT, KY


entucky could lose half, all, or none of its tobacco settlement payment next year due to a Sept. 11 ruling that found the state “nondiligent” in upholding statutes requiring escrow payments by nonparticipating cigarette manufacturers. The decision, in which an arbitration panel named Kentucky among six states found “nondiligent,” leaves the state uncertain about just how much it will receive next spring for calendar year 2014, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy Executive Director Roger Thomas today told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture yesterday. Kentucky had anticipated receiving approximately $90 million in tobacco settlement dollars next year, with agriculture getting half of whatever dollars are received. “It ’s pure speculation at this point…” said Thomas. “It all depends on these various state MSA courts and what their rulings are on motions to vacate.” “It could be $45 million, it could be $5 million, it just depends on the actions of the state MSA courts…” Thomas said. There is even a possibility that the state’s payment due in March 2014 will not be reduced, pending court actions, he said. Since tobacco settlement payments fund Kentucky’s popular Agricultural Development Fund, Thomas told the committee the outcome would “have a very dramatic effect ” on state agricultural programs. Still, he emphasized that it is too early to say exactly what the Sept. decision will mean for 2014 and throughout the next budget cycle. “(But) it’s easy to see we have our challenges before us,” he said.

According to the arbitration panel, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Indiana did not adequately enforce collections from nonparticipating manufacturers, or NPMs, who were not original signers to a 1998 multi-billion-dollar master tobacco settlement agreement between the four largest tobacco companies (at that time) and 46 states. NPMs are expected by law to make escrow payments. The original signers—which lost market share in 2003—blamed the loss on inadequate enforcement of NPMs, according to a Nov. 7 article on the issue on the web site Law360. Those original signers, or “participating manufacturers,” felt sales by nonparticipating companies had increased more than they should have because Kentucky and the other states did not adequately enforce collections from NPMs. To shield themselves financially, the participating manufacturers invoked what is called an “NPM adjustment” under law and withheld money from the settlement agreement. The adjustment, says the Law360 article, allows participating manufacturers to reduce payments to states “if they (the companies) lose market share to their nonparticipating colleagues because of the multistate settlement’s obligations.” States that are found to have closely followed their model laws were shielded from reductions, while those found “nondiligent” will have their tobacco settlement payments reduced. Although Kentucky feels “like we were diligent in our enforcement,” says Thomas, the arbitration panel judged otherwise, he said. Appreciation for the impact the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has had on the state’s farms was voiced by Committee Co-Chair Sen.

Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville. “ Without that foresight by those of you who sat here and (developed) HB 611… I don’t think our agriculture in this state would be nearly as far along as it is,” he said. HB 611, passed by the 2000 Kentucky General Assembly, determined how agriculture would benefit from Kentucky’s $3 billion share of the 1998 tobacco settlement. Fellow Committee Co-Chair Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, offered some praise of his own. “It was an honor for me to work with you and many other legislators to help develop these programs,” McKee said to Thomas, himself a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. “I think if you travel the state, if you go out on

the rural roads of Kentucky, you’re going to see fence that wouldn’t be there; you’re going to see cattle handling facilities that wouldn’t be there (with the ADF).” The committee also received testimony from Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, subcommittee reports on rural issues and horse farming from Subcommittee on Rural Issues Co-Chair Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz, and Subcommittee on Horse Farming Co-Chair Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington. Representatives from Kentucky Farm Bureau were also expected to testify, as were officials from AT&T who were scheduled to speak on telecommunications and modernization.

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Mercer County Cattlemen’s Had a Busy October BY DORIS HAMILTON he Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association took our very first bus trip on October 6th to 9th to Kansas. A total of 26 members loaded a charter bus on Sunday afternoon and headed west. We made it as far as St. Louis, Missouri before turning in for the night. After a few hours of sleep it was off to our main destination of Manhattan, Kansas. Monday evening we enjoyed a tour of the Kansas State University’s stocker unit, courtesy of Dr. Dale Blasi. We learned about several research studies they have conducted at their unit and got our first glimpse of Kansas’ prairie grass. We also enjoyed a catered barbecue dinner sponsored by Elanco. Later, it was off to J.C. Livestock Sales where we saw some fancy calves coming off of pasture and bringing high dollar prices. This small, family-owned sale barn prides itself on quality calves, the majority of which this evening were from Lyons Ranch or sired by Lyons Ranch bulls. J.C. Livestock Sales manager, Karl Langvardt is also a member of the Lyons family. He and his wife, Amy Lyons Langvardt, manage the Alta Vista Lyons Ranch location along with her parents and founders, Jan and Frank Lyons. We learned more about Lyons Ranch on Wednesday. Tuesday was a full day of tours starting with a nice guided tour through the Great Plains manufacturing facility. We were able to see the complete manufacturing process of a seed drill from raw steel to bolting on the final part. After lunch we moved on to the Haw Ranch Feedyard in Potwin, Kansas. They have a capacity of 20,000 head and on that day had an inventory of 19,600 head of cattle. They found their niche in the cattle feeding industry buying calves out of Mexico to capitalize on compensatory gain and heat tolerance. Next, we visited Ratliff Jerseys, which was named “Premier Breeder” of the Jersey division at the World Dairy Expo just days earlier. Owner, Christy Ratliff gave us a



tour and showed us around the barns full of exceptional Jersey cows. Our final farm of the day was Porter Cattle Company, owned and operated by Rich Porter in Reading, KS. Rich buys what he calls “high risk” calves, being 350 pound bulls out of the Southeast. He and his manager openly shared with us their vet protocol, their techniques and trade secrets of his 14,000 acre operation. From their cattle handling facility we were told he owned every acre of land we could see around the entire horizon. Mr. Porter accompanied us to dinner at a nearby historic restaurant, the Hays House in Council Grove, KS. Wednesday morning we were homeward bound, but not before we took a quick stop at Lyons Ranch. Karl and Amy Langvardt along with their neighbor and farmhand, Wade, gathered up a group of their cows and calves for us to see. The new crop of Fall calves we saw will be featured at their bull sale in early 2015. The rest of Wednesday was spent traveling the long road home. All-in-all it was time well spent and we returned just in time to prepare for the annual membership meeting days later. The Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association held our annual membership meeting on October 22 with a record crowd of about 180 people in attendance. Was it the food, the promise of exceptional door prizes, the opportunity to hear Steve Downs and Dave Maples speak, or just the excitement of an active, growing association that brought the crowd? We may never know for sure, but it was certainly good to see so many cattle enthusiasts gathered together in Mercer County. Our featured speakers for the evening included the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association President Elect Steve Downs as well as the Executive Vice President Dave Maples. Both gentlemen brought a very positive message for cattle producers and a bright outlook for the future of the industry and our association. As always, the main focus of our annual meeting was to elect new officers and board members as well as honor those who were retiring. The following board

Pictured above are the Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association members who participated in the trip to Kansas. Left to right are: Johnny and Michele Lakes, Carroll and Trudy Montgomery, Jamie DeHart, Jackson Lakes, Dale Sexton, Betty Goodlett (back), Nancy and John Goodlett, Emily and Doris Hamilton, Myron, Trevor and April Ellis, Will, Elizabeth Gray (back), Julia and Kaye Weaber, Steve and Tommie Gilvin, Pete and Kathy Dennen, Tonya Horn, Miller Horn and the bus driver. Picture taken by Linda McClanahan. Below: Karl Langvardt of Lyons Ranch in Alta Vista, KS answered questions about their operation. members were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts and hard work during their 3-year term of service: John Goodlett, Brooks Peavler, Bill Shewmaker and Ian Thomas. Retiring officers included Vice President Myron Ellis and President Adam Chunglo. Adam had served a total of 3 consecutive years as President and will now take over the office of Past President. Ian Thomas was elected as the new President and John Goodlett as the Vice President. Linda McClanahan was re-elected to the office of Secretary and Doris Hamilton as Treasurer. Board members included: Kevin Horn, Jeff Kaufman, Dale Shannon Sexton, Larry Thom, Danny Brock, Nathan Ellis, Anthony Hamlin, Johnny Lakes, Aaron Burke, Elaine Thomas, Mark Gash and Zac Lewis. The grand finale of the evening was a wide array of door prizes ranging from crushed stone and hay rings to a hot shot and feed bunks. As a special treat, all members who had paid their 2014 dues were entered into the drawing for a John Deere pedal tractor donated by Deere Country Equipment. We collected dues

Retiring Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association President Adam Chunglo (left) congratulates Ian Thomas, the newly elected President. for 74 members that night.

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Barren County Meeting

Larue County

The Barren County Cattlemen’s meeting was held Thursday evening, October 24 at the Barren County High School Trojan Academy. During the meeting Terry Bunnell of the Peoples Bank, Larry Eversole and Bill Medley of AGRIfinancial Services, presented a program on Grain and Commodity Market. Pic-

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the Larue County Beef Producers were busy preparing a meal at a local benefit for dairy farmer Gary Rock. Gary was injured in a farming accident in late August, where he lost both legs. The beef producers donated and served

tured above L to R: Larry Eversole, AGRIfinancial out of Louisville; Terry Bunnell, Peoples Bank in Glasgow; Eugene Myatt, Burkmann Feed Co. of Glasgow; Bill Medley, AGRIfinancial out of Louisville. A delicious steak dinner was sponsored by Burkmann Feed Company , Peoples Bank, and AGRIfinancial Services.

approximately 400 meals during the benefit.

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ANGUS Show: 10 AM, February 28 Sale: 12 PM, March 1 Tim Dievert, 859-236-4591 859-238-3195 (Cell)

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BEEFALO Show: 2:30 PM, February 28 Sale: 11:30 AM, March 1 Kyle Skidmore, 502-641-7878

LIMOUSIN Show: 10 AM, March 1 Sale: 3 PM, March 1 Keith Kissee, 804-353-2220 817-821-6263 (Cell)

RED ANGUS Show: 10 AM, February 28 Sale: 10 AM, March 1 Johnnie Cundiff, 606-871-7438 606-636-6896 (Work)

SIMMENTAL Show: 4 PM, February 28 Sale: 11 AM, March 1 Doug Parke, 859-987-5758 859-421-6100 (Cell)

PEN HEIFER Show: 2 PM, February 28 Sale: 2 PM, March 1 Doug Parke, 859-987-5758 859-421-6100 (Cell)

RED POLL Show: 4 PM, February 28 Sale: 9:30 AM, March 1 Leo Young, 502-722-5379 (Home) 502-321-9893 (Cell)

GELBVIEH Show: 1 PM, February 28 Sale: 3:30 PM, March 1 David Slaughters, (270)556-4259

CHAROLAIS Show: 12 PM, March 1 Sale: 4 PM, March 1 Mitchell Management (417) 867-5526

OTHER EVENTS: Youth Judging Contest 6:45 AM, March 1, Check In 8 AM, March 1, Contest 3 PM, March 1, Awards Junior Heifer Show 8 AM, March 2 Junior Steer Show 8 AM, March 2

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Research Finding Improves Switchgrass Establishment BY KATIE PRATT witchgrass is a multipurpose crop native to Kentucky. Once established, switchgrass grows well on marginal land, but it takes several years to produce a significant crop. Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have investigated methods to improve establishment time, which could make the crop more appealing to some growers. It typically takes producers at least two to three years to establish a harvestable crop, and for some it can take upwards of four years to get a significant yield. Factors leading to slow establishment include poor seed quality, slow germination and weed competition. Researchers have conducted many studies on improving establishment, but many of the solutions, such as cold stratification, require specialized training. Since the summer of 2012, UK graduate student Whitney Churchman and her adviser turfgrass scientist David Williams have been trying to find a relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve establishment. It appears a common turfgrass management strategy to improve and hasten germination could work. “A strategy used quite frequently to hasten germination in turfgrass management is to simply soak the seeds in water prior to planting,” Churchman said. For the project, Churchman used Alamo and Cave-in-Rock switchgrass varieties. Groups of seeds were soaked in water for either, two, four or six days or not at all. She also compared this with soaking the seeds for one day in two different strengths of ethephon, a widely used plant growth regulator. “Our seed pre-treatments significantly affected plant density, which means more plants per square foot,” Churchman said. “The seeds that were soaked in water for six days in the case of Alamo and Cave-in-Rock both yielded more dense plants and increased the number of tillers

S Extended-Release Injectable Parasiticide 5% Sterile Solution NADA 141-327, Approved by FDA for subcutaneous injection For the Treatment and Control of Internal and External Parasites of Cattle on Pasture with Persistent Effectiveness CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. INDICATIONS FOR USE LONGRANGE, when administered at the recommended dose volume of 1 mL per 110 lb (50 kg) body weight, is effective in the treatment and control of 20 species and stages of internal and external parasites of cattle: Gastrointestinal Roundworms Cooperia oncophora – Adults and L4 Cooperia punctata – Adults and L4 Cooperia surnabada – Adults and L4 Haemonchus placei – Adults Oesophagostomum radiatum – Adults Ostertagia lyrata – Adults Ostertagia ostertagi – Adults, L4, and inhibited L4 Trichostrongylus axei – Adults and L4 Trichostrongylus colubriformis – Adults Parasites Gastrointestinal Roundworms Cooperia oncophora Cooperia punctata Haemonchus placei Oesophagostomum radiatum Ostertagia lyrata Ostertagia ostertagi Trichostrongylus axei Lungworms Dictyocaulus viviparus

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Animal Safety Warnings and Precautions The product is likely to cause tissue damage at the site of injection, including possible granulomas and necrosis. These reactions have disappeared without treatment. Local tissue reaction may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Observe cattle for injection site reactions. If injection site reactions are suspected, consult your veterinarian. This product is not for intravenous or intramuscular use. Protect product from light. LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin) has been developed specifically for use in cattle only. This product should not be used in other animal species. When to Treat Cattle with Grubs LONGRANGE effectively controls all stages of cattle grubs. However, proper timing of treatment is important. For the most effective results, cattle should be treated as soon as possible after the end of the heel fly (warble fly) season. Environmental Hazards Not for use in cattle managed in feedlots or under intensive rotational grazing because the environmental impact has not been evaluated for these scenarios. Other Warnings: Underdosing and/or subtherapeutic concentrations of extended-release anthelmintic products may encourage the development of parasite resistance. It is recommended that parasite resistance be monitored following the use of any anthelmintic with the use of a fecal egg count reduction test program. TARGET ANIMAL SAFETY Clinical studies have demonstrated the wide margin of safety of LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin). Overdosing at 3 to 5 times the recommended dose resulted in a statistically significant reduction in average weight gain when compared to the group tested at label dose. Treatment-related lesions observed in most cattle administered the product included swelling, hyperemia, or necrosis in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin. The administration of LONGRANGE at 3 times the recommended therapeutic dose had no adverse reproductive effects on beef cows at all stages of breeding or pregnancy or on their calves. Not for use in bulls, as reproductive safety testing has not been conducted in males intended for breeding or actively breeding. Not for use in calves less than 3 months of age because safety testing has not been conducted in calves less than 3 months of age. STORAGE Store at 77° F (25° C) with excursions between 59° and 86° F (15° and 30° C). Protect from light. Made in Canada. Manufactured for Merial Limited, Duluth, GA, USA. ®LONGRANGE and the Cattle Head Logo are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2013 Merial. All rights reserved. 1050-2889-02, Rev. 05/2012

over time, which means they had a more successful germination and establishment rate.” During 2012 field trial, the earliest germination occurred three days after seeding, and the entire trial germinated four days after seeding. In 2013, the earliest germination occurred two days after seeding with the complete trial germinated within seven days. Alamo germinated quicker and produced more dense plants than Cave-in-Rock in all trials. Cave-in-Rock soaked for six days in water germinated one day faster than all other Cave-in-Rock trials in 2012. It also germinated two days quicker than the control plots, and the plots with the variety soaked in water for two days in 2013. In addition this year, Cave-in Rock soaked in water for four days and both strengths of ethephon germinated at the same time as Cave-in-Rock soaked in water for six days. The results are encouraging because this pre-treatment is something a farmer can do alone without much of a capital investment. Seed, water and a 55 gallon drum are the only materials needed, Williams said. Not only could these seed pretreatments help with establishment, but it could provide some natural weed control. “A big issue with switchgrass establishment is getting the grass growing before the weeds become so competitive that establishment is unsuccessful,” Williams said. “When you have denser, desirable plants, you’re going to have fewer weeds.” Churchman is taking results of her field study to the lab to further investigate the effects of seed pretreatment on germination velocity. She is also conducting a greenhouse study testing the effects of two herbicides on switchgrass. She will present the results of her studies at the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy and the North Central Weed Science Society.

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LONGRANGE to work for an extended period and then quickly leaves the animal’s system. The short amount of time at sub-therapeutic concentrations helps ensure LONGRANGE doesn’t select for resistance any more than current dewormers, making it an effective and responsible choice.4,5 See the difference in your herd’s performance this season. Talk to your veterinarian about 100 to 150 days of parasite control in a single dose with prescription LONGRANGE.1,2

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LONGRANGE product label. Rehbein S, Barth D, Cramer LG, Soll MD. Efficacy of the IVOMEC SR Bolus against macrocyclic lactone resistant Cooperia spp in cattle. Proceedings of 20th World Buiatrics Congress. 1998;769:1-2. 4 Dobson RJ, Lejambre L, Gill J. Management of anthelmintic resistance: inheritance of resistance and selection with persistent drugs. Int J Parasitol. 1996;26(8/9):993-1000. 5 Toutain PL, Upson DW, Terhune TN, McKenzie ME. Comparative pharmacokinetics of doramectin and ivermectin in cattle. Vet Parasitol. 1997;72:3-8. 3

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Get a Jump on Managing Next Season’s Operating Risk Learn what’s in your risk toolkit that can provide financial flexibility. BY DAVID LYNN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCIAL SERVICES, FARM CREDI MID-AMERICA


espite a rough start and late-season drought for some growers, the 2013 crop year turned out to be better than many expected. Net farm income for 2013 is forecast to be up 6 percent from 2012, according to USDA projections, which would be the second-highest level since 1973, after adjusting for inflation. With a lot of this year’s harvest now in storage, farmers are evaluating yields and considering marketing options based on cash positions and debt levels. For growers planning to lock in sizeable year-end input purchases for next season, there could

be benefits to arranging for 2014 financing a little earlier than normal. By using financial tools that improve flexibility and mitigate risk, they can put measures in place to gain operational and financial stability, and mitigate risk as they plan for the coming year,

Higher rates ahead With fluctuating commodity prices and unpredictable weather conditions, deciding when to go to market can be a challenge. However, an operating line of credit with a fixed rate is one tool farmers can use to protect themselves against market volatility. Interest rates for operating loans are expected to rise over the coming year, based on recent increases in long-term interest rates, so now is

a good time to lock in a low rate, if available. According to the Federal Reserve Bank’s 2013 second-quarter survey of ag lenders, quarterly average interest rates in the Chicago district rose at the end of June, the first increase since early 2011. The same lender survey conducted in the Federal Reserve Bank’s Kansas City district showed demand for operating loans rose to its highest level in more than two years. Loan repayment rates improved modestly, but interest rates for farm real estate loans edged up mid-year, which could make repayments more difficult, according to several lenders responding to the survey. In the Fed’s St. Louis district, interest rates on all types of loans increased slightly.

That slow upward trend in interest rates is expected to continue, so there could be definite benefits to arranging 2014 financing sooner rather than later.

Outlook for inputs Commodity prices are dipping, but overall production costs are expected to rise for the 2014 growing season, which means many farmers are looking to preserve cash and spread out spending. While operating input costs are expected to be lower due to dipping fertilizer and fuel costs, actual total crop investment is expected to be higher with expected increases in depreciation costs and interest on capital debt. So, while seed, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs are anticipated

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to level or even trend down in 2014, farmers will likely be spending more in 2014 when factoring in all associated production costs. With higher input costs expected, farmers should look for opportunities now to lock in lower rates whether it be for chemicals, seed, or fertilizer. Maintaining flexibility this time of year is crucial, and determining your cash flow needs allows you to better assess your marketing strategy.

new year. 1. Set operation goals. The key to smart operational planning is to first define specific, measurable business goals. What do you expect to achieve in 2014?

A four-part plan to determining strategy

2. Analyze options. With those goals in mind, assess your financial options. Work with your preferred financial institution to research factors such as demand, production and labor requirements, operating and input costs and potential returns.

While there is no one-size-fitsall approach in determining the best 2014 strategy, there are four steps that can help you make the best financial decisions for your farming business as you wrap up 2013 and look to the

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a careful financial plan that includes profitability. It should also include cash flow projections, cash flow needed and debt levels. Operating loan arrangements allow flexibility in financing seed, crop protection products, fertilizer, other supplies, wages, utilities, and facility and equipment repairs. 4. Track progress. Maintain good record keeping practices of day-today operations to enable informed decision making. Evaluate progress in achieving goals and make necessary modifications to your operations plans throughout the year.

Manage overall debt

in recent years, including farm equipment manufacturers and seed and crop protection product retailers. Growers can find themselves utilizing several different financing sources. So it’s important to manage your farm’s overall debt capacity. Effective financial risk management requires dealing proactively with potential pitfalls and taking action to reduce negative consequences. Remember that an operating line of credit is just one part of a financial portfolio to help protect profitability. Long term, growers who manage risk intelligently, and partner with financial professionals who understand their farming operations, will come out ahead.

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Technology: The Good, Bad and Ugly Dr. Garry Lacefield

----------------University of Kentucky Forage Specialist


he GOOD – Over the last decade I have written several articles on “Technological Advances” and shared my excitement and frustrations. I remember one article involving my two-year-old granddaughter who was sitting in my lap at the computer when I was attempting to order the new Wonder Pet DVD. Brianne was two and seeing my confusion and frustration in finding that DVD on a website said, “just Google it Papa”. I shared in another article the fact I grew up in a four room house without electricity, running water, T.V. or telephone and had just returned from a trip to Poland where I was able to talk daily to my family and secretary via cell phone. Much has changed in our abilities to communicate. I now have an I-Phone, I-Pad, I-Pod, laptop and most are internet capable. A few weeks ago I was in Australia and all I needed was a wireless internet connection and I could communicate via “Facetime” with folks back in Kentucky 9,000+ miles away for free as well as e-mail. Before I got a computer and began using “PowerPoint”, I would go to meetings with all my presentations on slides. If I had several presentations, it was not uncommon to have several slide boxes under my arm when I arrived. In addition, I have a cabinet with drawers where I stored all the forage-related publications. Now they are all on my website. Publications, addresses, folders of all sorts, music, etc. can all now be carried in your pocket and available at the push of a button replacing all the other items we


used to use (Figure 1). The BAD – Along with all the GOOD technological advances have brought, there is always a downside. First, cost – this stuff is expensive and as soon as I get the “new” thing out of the box it is out-of-date. Second, learning to operate, program, troubleshoot and get help can be challenging. I called the “computer helpline” as per instructions and after pushing (1) for English and listening to music for 16 minutes, I got a person in India who told me to go to the user friendly website (yeah, that is one of those oxymorons) and it would walk me through my problem. Just last week I had a message on my I-Phone to upgrade my software. A new and improved IOS-7 (sounds like some kind of bacterial infection) was available. I downloaded and don’t like it. It represents change and I am not that big on change – all icons are different; I lost my music, notes, and dates and can’t figure out some of the other stuff. I called Apple and after the waiting game – listening

Figure 1

to some music, got Figure 2 a person and told them I wanted to go back to the old system and he said, “Oh No, once you change, you can’t go back.” The UGLY – Before I begin this section, let me simply say, I’m not sure how I could have done all I have done over the past decade without the technology that computers, etc. brought about. Examples, forage website, PowerPoint, cell phone and of course GPS. With all these advances, we see downsides; misuse, misinformation, lack of verbal communication and change in social behavior. I was recently seated with my wife in a nice restaurant (don’t get carried away by “nice”, to me it simply means no plastic knife and fork) when a family of four were escorted to a table across from us. Mother, father, early teen daughter and mid-teen son with cap on sideways and pants about to fall off. Each of the four sat at the table and all had a cell phone – ALL immediately began to push buttons or read items on the phone. They hadn’t spoke a word until the waitress came to get drink orders, then went back to their phone. We finished our meal and left but never saw or heard a single word exchanged among the four. Gone from that family was the important family talks around the table, how was your day, would you all like to do this or go there tomorrow, what do you think about _______, or Dad – Mom, I need your advice, etc. I speak at a lot of meetings and from experience, always ask the audience to silence cell phones before someone’s phone rings and it becomes personal. Even with phones on silent, people

will sit in meetings and text, e-mail and look at the phone rather than the speaker or information on the screen. I have several very close friends who I think are obsessed. They keep their phone out usually in their hand most of the time. If they sit down to eat they place it beside the plate. Sometimes in our conversation, they will be looking at their phone and I personally think they are saying “just any second now someone else is going to text me or e-mail me something that will be more important than this conversation” (Figure 2). Misinformation – With our abilities for instant communication via “electronic,” information can be disseminated worldwide instantly. This offers many advantages from an educational prospective. The “ugly” part of this is bad, wrong and misleading information travels just as fast and sometimes I think even faster. I get a lot of calls, text and e-mails asking about something they had just seen on the internet. It may be a new forage that yields 35 tons per acre with 25% protein, or a new grazing technique that gives better animal performance, reduces the need for fertilizer, keeps all the weeds out of pastures and increases organic matter from 1 to 6% during the summer. Many very sincere passionate people now have their own “blogs” and many

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FORAGES of these people are very good writers with most convincing testimonials. There is an old adage that says “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” In this case, rather than Buyer Beware, it is Reader Beware. In summary, I am a strong advocate and user of electronic communication; however, like all good things there are some downsides when we humans put things into practice. Let’s use the technology to make our lives better without giving up our family and friends, old fashion communication, our respect for others and action that are just blatantly rude. Well, I must go now, have to download that latest software, change three passwords, go to a user friendly website for a phone number to call a technical representative in India to learn my laptop is out-of-date and has a virus. The good news, I just got another e-mail from my dear Christian friend who is being forced to leave his country and needs my help to move 38 million dollars that he is going to split with me just for letting him put it in my account, yes, things are looking up for me now and I can finally get that aluminum siding put on my brick house that the man just call me about.

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illennials and other beef consumers can now see and hear the tantalizing sights and sounds of “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” messages without putting down their mobile devices or leaving the comfort of their keyboards and social-media circles. That’s thanks to a Sept. 25 decision by the 20-member Beef Promotion Operating Committee to make a major shift in strategic direction for the checkoff ’s promotion and marketing efforts. Beginning this month, digital marketing will lead the way in sharing beef ’s message about nutrition, health and research and creating a forum for consumers to publically share and celebrate their love for beef. In recognition of the importance of marketing via electronic devices -- such as smartphones, tablets, cell

and those who prefer to get their messages passively, by using, for example, targeted display advertising on websites and news blogs. “Digital marketing allows us to be

At the core of this plan, is the new consumer target: older millennial parents. They are part of the largest and most connected generation ever. By 2020, their spending will hit $1.4 trillion dollars a year. networks. Research indicates that there are two types of consumers: those who are actively seeking out information, often via Web searches or by opening an email, text message or Web feed

extremely selective about who receives our messaging, using technology called ‘geo-targeting,’” says Polly Ruhland, Beef Board CEO. “Because your every online twitch can be tracked, digital marketing experts (like checkoff

contractor staff and the checkoff ’s new digital marketing agency) know a great deal about you: your favorite food, clothing and widgets, your hobbies, your hometown, your family, your friends.” Using geo-tracking, the checkoff can send marketing messages to a very tight target audience whose preferences, food likes and lifestyles fit the checkoff ’s target audience. In other words, the checkoff can pinpoint exactly who it wants to reach with beef messages. For instance, real-time slow cooker beef recipes can be delivered to Millennial moms, in a particular geographic region, who have purchased a crockpot online, who are actively searching for simple weeknight meals at that very moment. Or, when a food blogger writes a

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positive piece about beef, the checkoff can increase the visibility of the story to reach a targeted older Millennial consumer within the online spaces they visit every day. “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner,” the iconic tagline of more than 20 years, will be reenergized through a new audience and new strategy – the growing and important Millennial, through comprehensive digital engagement. “It’s a brave, new world and we are now an integral part of it,” says Ruhland. “I’ve been asked this: ‘Why Millenials, and why not Baby Boomers, a similarly sized audience?’ Several good reasons exist for focusing checkoff investments this way.” At the core of this plan, is the new consumer target: older millennial

parents. They are part of the largest and most connected generation ever. By 2020, their spending will hit $1.4 trillion dollars a year. Millennials will make beef-buying decisions for the next 40-plus years.

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Commodity Markets and the Environmental Protection Agency BY CORY WALTERS he price of agricultural commodities is ultimately determined by supply and demand. Increased demand for corn from, say ethanol for example, puts upward pressure on prices. Increased supply from more acres or larger yield, while holding demand constant, puts downward pressure on prices. Consequently, factors influencing demand and supply play a direct role in producer profitability. Understanding these factors is important for corn (or soybean and wheat) producers’ strategic planning; especially for decision making surrounding the 2014 crop. Over the past 8 years, the demand for corn has increased and the primary demand driver has been expanded ethanol production (figure 1). Demand for additional corn in 2014 will be heavily dependent on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pending ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) volumetric mandates for both renewable fuel and advanced fuel in 2014. The reason for the rule change is because 2014 RFS required production, in gallons, cannot be met for both advanced (i.e., cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel) and renewable (i.e., ethanol) fuels. The United States is consuming fewer gallons of gasoline (i.e., the blend wall). Therefore, fewer gallons can be blended (possible expansion surrounds E85 consumption) and current biodiesel production capabilities are far less than what the law mandates. The RFS law has already reduced the mandate for cellulosic ethanol required in 2013, from 1.0 billion gallons to a meager 0.006 billion gallons. However, the EPA has not reduced the overall RFS requirement or the requirement for advanced fuel. Consequently, the EPA is stuck deciding the fate of the RFS. Inexplicably, someone recently leaked the EPA’s ‘Proposed 2014 Volume Requirements’. In this leak, which

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is not final and subject to change, the EPA proposes to reduce total renewable fuel production from 18.2 to 15.21 billion gallons. This reduces advanced fuel from 3.8 to 2.21 billion gallons, and reduces renewable fuel from 14.4 to 13 billion gallons. This reduction translates into a decrease in demand for the use of corn in ethanol production, which will affect corn prices. Additionally, scaling back biodiesel requirements will limit future soybean demand for biodiesel production. As of today, the demand for additional corn for ethanol production and soybeans for biodiesel production will not continue to expand. Over the past 8 years, producers have attempted to keep up with the increased corn demand by growing larger crops. Throw the 2012 drought into the mix and over the past 8 years corn production has been less than total use in 5 of 8 years (figure 2). Only for this year’s crop, 2013, production has largely outpaced use. Have producers, via corn production, caught up to corn demand? And if so, will they continue to produce above what is needed? The answer to the first question

appears to be yes. The answer to the second question depends upon what the EPA decides to do with the RFS. Currently, there is no deadline for the EPA to make a final ruling on the RFS. Once the ruling is released, commodity markets will likely react very quickly. If the EPA does what was leaked and reduces the mandate, barring any major weather issues for 2014 corn production, then the answer is yes. Producers will, at least for 2014, produce above what is needed. The impact on price would be negative. Lower prices reduce insurance guarantees, thereby, increasing risk of income being less than costs. However, lower prices could trigger expansion in corn exports and/or domestic feed use, which would help support prices.

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Agricultural Employer Labor Regulations BY LAURA POWERS everal pieces of employment regulations, both federal and state, exist that farmers should be aware. This article provides a brief overview of the primary employment regulations to which some farms may be accountable. This article is not intended as a complete guide to these rules and regulations. Please refer to the appropriate agency for more details. For most regulations covered here, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is the regulating authority (determine violations and assess penalties). The Kentucky Seventh Day Rule is regulated by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, and Unemployment Insurance is regulated by either the state or federal Department of Revenue.


Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA applies if you have 50 or more employees (including H-2a workers) for at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including joint employer or successor in interest to a covered employer. In order for an employee to take FML, they must be an eligible employee with an eligible type of leave. An eligible employee is one that works for a covered employer, has worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to leave, worked at a location where the employer has 50 or more employees within 75 miles, AND has worked for the employer for 12 months in the past seven years. Paid, or unpaid leave, is not included in the 1,250 hour calculation. Eligible types of FMLA leave include the following: birth of (or to bond with) son or daughter, placement with employee of an adopted or foster care child, care of immediate family member (not a parent “in-law”) with a serious

medical condition, serious medical condition of employee, and qualifying urgent situation arising from the fact that an employee’s immediate family member is a covered active duty member of National Guard, Reserves, or Regular Armed Forces. FML A provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year. Employees are entitled to return to their same or equivalent job when they return from FMLA leave. The act is intended to make sure employers do not fire an employee because of their need for FMLA-eligible absence from work. Covered employers must: Post a notice explaining rights and responsibilities under the FMLA ( c o m p l i a n c e/p o s te r s/f m l a .ht m ), include information about FMLA to employees at time of hire, inform employee of their rights under the FMLA for FMLA eligible leave, and notify employees if leave is designated as FMLA leave and the amount of leave that will be deducted from the employee’s FLMA entitlement.

Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA establishes standards for minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor. All farm workers are exempt from FLSA overtime pay requirements. Farm workers employed on farms that use less than 500 “man-days” of farm labor in any calendar quarter are exempt from FLSA minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. A “man-day” is defined as any day during which an employee performs work for one hour. 500 “man-days” of farm labor generally equates to 6 to 8 workers. Immediate family members and piece-rate local hand harvesters are exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.

Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). MSPA requires that farm labor contractors, agricultural employers, and agricultural associations who recruit, solicit, hire, employ, furnish, transport, or house agricultural workers, including providers of migrant housing, meet certain minimum requirements in their dealings with migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. MSPA regulations do not apply to H-2a employers and workers. MSPA provisions include the following: farm labor contractors must register with the Department of Labor; employers must disclose terms and conditions of employment to workers in writing; wages are to be paid when due; employers cannot violate terms of working contract; migrant housing must be inspected prior to habitation and must meet federal and state safety and health standards; vehicles used to transport migrant workers must be properly insured, operated by a licensed driver, and meet federal and state safety guidelines; farm labor contractors must comply with any written agreement with agricultural employers; Wage and Hour Division of Department of Labor may inspect premises, review all related records, and interview workers and employers; employers must post a poster explaining the rights and protections for workers required under MSPA; employers that provide housing under MSPA must post written terms and conditions of occupancy; at time of recruitment, workers must receive written details of work and location of work; and payroll records containing all required information must be maintained for three years.

Field Sanitation Guidelines. Field Sanitation Guidelines are applicable to “any agricultural establishment where eleven or more

employees are engaged on any given day in hand-labor operations in the field”. If you fit this description, the following calendar year you have specific guidelines to follow regarding availability of handwashing facilities, potable water, and toilet facilities to your workers. Please go to and search “Field Sanitation Guidelines” for those specific guidelines.

Kentucky’s Seventh Day Rule. If an agricultural employer requires an employee to work seven consecutive days, the employer must pay time and a half for all hours worked on the seventh day, provided the employee works over 40 hours. For example, if in the previous 6 days, the employee had worked a total of 35 hours, then on the seventh day the employee worked 8 hours, the employee is due time and a half for all eight hours on the seventh day, not just for the hours over and above 40 hours for the week.

Unemployment Insurance Coverage. An agricultural employer must pay both state and federal unemployment insurance if they pay at least $20,000 in gross wages in a single calendar quarter, or if they have at least ten workers performing service in 20 weeks out of a calendar year. These do not have to be the same 10 workers in each week, and the weeks do not have to be consecutive. Once the threshold is met, unemployment insurance will be paid starting at the beginning of the calendar year in which the threshold was met. H-2a wages are considered in determining if unemployment insurance is paid. However, H-2a wages are not used in the calculation to determine the amount of unemployment insurance to be paid.

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Winter Backgrounding Opportunities BY KENNY BURDINE & GREG HALICH n a typical year, light-weight calf prices decline from summer to fall and make their annual lows during the fourth quarter. The year 2013 has been a bit different as corn prices have decreased significantly since summer, which is due to the large 2013 corn crop. The result has been a continual strengthening of the calf and feeder cattle markets during the last few months. It is possible that many backgrounders have been hesitant to place calves into winter programs as they have not seen the usual decrease in calf prices. The purpose of this article is to examine potential returns to backgrounding programs during this unusual time of high prices. At the time of this writing (October 23, 2013), spring 2014 feeder cattle futures were trading in the mid-upper $160’s. As winter backgrounders consider purchasing calves today, they should be looking at these feeder cattle futures contracts for likely sale prices in the spring. A futures price in the mid-upper $160’s suggests a likely Kentucky price for 850 lb steers in the low-mid $150’s come spring: an expected sale value of $1,292 (850# x $1.52). This should be in the back of producer’s minds as they bid on calves this fall. While calf prices are highly variable, sales during mid-October have suggested that a good group of 550# steer calves could likely have been put together for $160-170 per cwt. If so, using the midpoint would result in a purchase price per head of $908 (550# x $1.65). Based on current calf prices and spring futures prices noted above, the market appears to be offering gross margin (expected spring feeder value minus calf purchase price) of around $375-400 per head. As backgrounders consider placing calves right now, they should be



asking themselves if they can make an acceptable return at this gross margin level. Next, let’s consider the likely costs of wintering these calves from now until spring. The largest and most obvious cost is feed. Producers should consider all potential feeding options, but we will look at a single program where calves are fed 1.5% of their body weight of a 50 / 50 corn gluten / soy hull mix, and another 1.5% of their body weight of grass hay. While performance will vary, we will assume a rate of gain of approximately 2.3 lbs per day, which suggests 300 lbs can be put on in approximately 130 days. In terms of costs, we will value the corn gluten / soy hulls at $210 per ton and value the grass hay at $70 per ton. Health costs are assumed to be $25 per head, commission is set a $15 per head, and transportation is set at $12 per head. An interest charge of 4% is included and death loss is assumed to be 2%. Of course, all these prices and costs will vary by location and operation, so readers are encouraged to come up with their own estimates. Furthermore, cow-calf operators backgrounding their own calves would likely have reduced veterinary and medicine, commission, and death loss costs. The following table shows expected returns to the program described above. As can be seen in table 1, a decent return is possible for winter backgrounding programs this winter, based on the assumptions discussed previously. Producers are strongly encouraged to modify these assumptions for their individual programs, and update cost estimates and feed prices for their area. It is also worth noting that labor, depreciation, and interest on owned capital are also

Table 1. Winter Backgrounding Budget Estimate

Sales Feeder Expenses Stocker Hay SBH / CG Feed 2 Mineral Vet / Med Commision Hauling Other Interest Death loss

# units unit 849 lbs

price / unit total $1.52 $1,290.48

550 lbs 1,365 lbs 1,365 lbs 0 lbs 0.25 lbs / day 1 head 1 head 1 head 1 head 4% rate 2%

Return to Land, Capital and Management

not included in the budget. Hence, the return is a return to land, capital, and management. Breakeven sale price reported is the selling price needed to cover variable expenses listed. Of course, two of the key assumptions made in Table 1, include the cost of the calves being placed and the expected sale value in the spring. A $5 per cwt increase in the purchase price of the calves would decrease returns by $27.50 per head, making placement price very important. Winter backgrounders should carefully calculate their breakeven purchase prices for calves and be opportunistic as they approach this fall. Moreover, a decrease in

$907.50 $47.78 $143.33 $0.00 $13.00 $25.00 $15.00 $12.00 $10.00 $16.19 $18.52 $1,208.31

Total Expenses

Breakeven Sale Price

$1.65 $0.04 $0.11 $0.04 $0.40 $25.00 $15.00 $12.00 $10.00


$1.42 per lb expected sale price of $5 per cwt would decrease returns by $42.50. Note, given the $81 expected return, a decrease in expected sale price of $10 per cwt would be the difference in making money and losing money on the winter program. This sale price also has the most potential to change in the coming months. For this reason, winter backgrounders are also encouraged to explore opportunities to manage downside price risk through futures and options markets, LRP insurance, and other strategies. While opportunities to make money exist, price risk is high and preserving some of those expected profits should definitely be a management goal.

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Bobby have any local friends who know how to throw a rope? Me: I can’t think of anyone right off hand; Keep us posted on about where she is so we can come be wranglers! Duke: Do you guys still have a horse? Me: Yes. But he’s old and mostly a pasture decoration. Duke: I know Bobby could handle it if he still had a horse. This cow is pretty old and fat….probably parked in some cornf ield enjoying life. Me: Okay, I’ve alerted the neighbors. Duke: Wow. Great! Thanks so much. Last time she was sighted she was heading east on Houseknecht Road by Denning Road. The next morning, a neighbor texted to check on the cow. She was still lost and by this time Duke was offering a reward on info leading to her capture. Leaving no stone unturned, he called the Sherriff, stuffed flyers

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in neighboring paper boxes, posted it on Facebook and then did what every responsible pet owner does in Hillsdale County, called Pet Rescue! Pet Rescue is a local lost and found radio program that’s remarkably successful in reuniting pets with their owners. I’d say it’s one of the most listened to programs on this local station. That evening, as I settled in with my bowl of popcorn and the World Series (expecting the Cardinals to stomp the Bosox) I received the text I’d been waiting for: The wayward Hereford had been found! She was just a half mile down the road with the neighbors steers. At first I was disappointed that this was it, she was just down the road. She wasn’t in town bothering the town folk, or at the school playground or something interesting like that. But then Duke told me about retrieving her. He said it

took an hour, his Tahoe, a four wheeler and a sacrificed side mirror to get her corralled in the woods and onto the trailer. As soon as he got her back where she belonged he realized he was late to pick up some Russian cattle buyers from the airport. So with manure on his white SUV, duct tape securing the side mirror and Tetiana the Ukrainian interpreter, an unshaven, disheveled Duke headed to the airport to make a significant first impression on his foreign guests. He arrived just as they were picking up their bags and the only person who gave this smelly farmer a look disdain was a woman in leather pants. Maybe he should have ag-vocated and “told his story” to this woman and let her know where her pants originated. Or maybe not.

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2013 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Recipient Named Award recognizes landowners who exemplify outstanding stewardship


and County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) are proud to announce Sherwood Acres LLC as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Kentucky landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources Sherwood Acres, a cattle operation outside of Louisville, is owned and operated by Jon Bednarski and his wife Sylvia. They raise Belted Galloway beef, which are marketed locally through a retail outlet, farmers markets and online sales. Jon Bednarski was recently honored with the Oldham County Master Conservationist and the Kentucky Master Conservationist awards for outstanding conservation practices on the land and

for his role in educating and Sylvia Bednarski others. as the first winners of The Leopold the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award is Conservation Award. presented in honor of We had 19 outstanding renowned conservationist applicants from across and author Aldo Leopold, the Commonwealth -who called for an ethical which shows the deep relationship between interest in the award, people and the land as well as the longthey own and manage. held commitment by Kentucky farmers Award applicants are and landowners to judged based on their conservation,” said demonstration of Commissioner of Kentucky Agricultural improved resource Agriculture James Comer Council Chairman, conditions, innovation, with Jon Bednarski. Tony Brannon. “We are long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic so honored that Sand County Foundation viability, community and civic leadership chose to bring the Leopold Conservation Award Program to Kentucky and that and multiple use benefits. “The KAC is so proud to have Jon the Kentucky Agricultural Council

chose to coordinate this activity for the agriculturalists in our Commonwealth. We are most especially pleased to showcase the award finalists at the 2013 Kentucky Ag Summit on November 14.” “Aldo Leopold wrote that a farm is the owner’s portrait of himself. The Bednarski family’s portrait features clean water, profitable grazing and important community outreach. For that we thank them,” said Brent M. Haglund, President, Sand County Foundation. The Kentucky Agricultural Council will present the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold during a celebration of the Bednarski family and the other finalists at the Kentucky Ag Summit, November 14 and 15, 2013. Visit or www.

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Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Announces Convention Speakers and Agenda


he 2014 KCA Convention will be held January 16-18, 2014 in Lexington, KY. The program, “Cultivating Greatness”, will provide cattle producers the opportunity to learn and meet other farmers from across the state. In addition to cattle farmers, the meeting will be held with the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Annual Convention and a joint Ag Industry Trade Show. “The Convention allows all farmers to visit the trade show with over 100 booths, attend educational sessions, and mingle with other producers, all in one place” said Charles Embry, KCA Convention Chairman. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is happy to welcome the Beef Efficiency Conference hosted by the Kentucky Beef Network and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service through funding by the Agriculture Development Fund to the KCA Convention. The program idea originated through the 2012 Beef Industry Leadership Conference that involved producers from across the


state. This year’s conference will involve speakers discussing forages, cattle production efficiency, and other production topics to help the beef cattle industry in the Commonwealth continue to be on the leading edge.  Dr. John Jennings, University of Arkansas Forage Specialist, will discuss forage management options that can increase pasture resource utilization and steps to move toward reducing hay feeding.  Recent feed efficiency research will be discussed by Dr. Gordon Carstens from the University of Texas A&M. Additional information will be shared with participants relating to finding methods to improve resource

efficiency within your beef cattle operation. Additional sessions will address other issues facing today’s livestoc k industr y, including: • Allied Industry Game Night- Back by popular demand, the KCA Allied Industry Council is hosting a Game Night and auction in the Trade Show on Thursday evening. Come have some fun and win great prizes! • The a n n u a l Forages at KCA program will spotlight grazing health and animal rights with talks by Dr. Garry Lacefield, Dr. Roy Burris and Dr. Peter Ballerstedt.

•Ag Industry Breakfast- Visit the Ag Industry Trade Show on Friday morning to enjoy a free breakfast with the trade show vendors and a short program featuring commodity leaders. •Attend the Opening General Session to hear Dr. Victor Cortese discuss how to maximize health and profitability in today’s beef cattle as part of the Dr. Gordon Jones Lectureship Series. •Silent Auction – The Silent Auction is a great way for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation to raise money. Donate a gift that is unique to your county or farm and help put money back into things like scholarships and the leadership program. Don’t have an item to donate? Come bid on some great items at the convention! •Understanding Risk Management- Brett Crosby with Custom Ag Solutions will discuss strategies for managing the critical

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2013 Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention & Trade Show Agenda Tentative 11/17/13

Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:00-12:00 UK- Beef IRM Committee Meeting Berea Room 11:30-6:00 Registration Hours Elkhorn Registration Booth 11:00 KCA Executive Committee Meeting, Henry Clay 11:30 KCA- Allied Industry Lunch Meeting Elkhorn A 12:30 KCA Executive Committee Lunch (Invitation Only) Hyatt Suites- Scott 1:00-4:30 Beef Efficiency ConferenceHeritage Ballroom 2&3 -Welcome: Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK -Forage Management Options to Reduce Hay Feedings - Dr. John Jennings, University of Arkansas -Increasing Feed Efficiencies in Beef Cattle - Dr. Gordon Carstens, University of Texas A&M 2:00 Trade Show Opens Heritage Hall Stage 3:00 KCA Foundation MeetingHenry Clay

5:00 County President’s Awards Night(Invitation Only) Blue Grass Ballroom Pre-function 5:30 KBC/KCA Ribeye Cook-off Heritage Hall Stage 7:00-10:00 KCA- Allied Industry Game Night Heritage Hall 10:00 Trade Show Closes

Friday, January 17, 2014 The Kentucky Beef Council will be collecting non-perishable food during Trade Show hours at Heritage Hall Stage 7:00-6:00 Registration HoursElkhorn Registration Booth 7:00 Trade Show OpensHeritage Hall 7:00-9:00 Ag Industry BreakfastHeritage Hall Stage 8:30 KCA Silent Auction StartsHeritage Ballroom 9:00-11:00 KCA Opening General SessionHeritage Ballroom 2&3 -Maximizing Health and Profitability of Today’s Beef cattleDr. Victor S. Cortese, Zoetis -KDA Update - James Comer, Commissioner of Agriculture 9:00-12:00 UK Production Seminars Elkhorn A&B 11:00-12:30 KCA Regional Meeting Region 1Patterson Ballroom B

Region 2Patterson Ballroom D Region 3Patterson Ballroom A Region 4Patterson Ballroom E-F Region 5Patterson Ballroom C 12:30-2:00 Ladies Program Bluegrass Pre-function Connecting with Consumers: Strategies for Better Industry Advocacy - Debbie Lyons-Blythe 1:00-1:30 The World of Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for KCA Elkhorn A&B Mark Lamberth, Administrative Services Group 1:00 Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association Annual Meeting, Elkhorn A&B 1:15-2:00 KCA- Protecting Your Profits – Strategies for Navigating Turbulent MarketsElkhorn D Brett Crosby, Custom Ag Solutions 2:00-4:00 Forages at KCA- Theme: GrazingHealth and Animal Rights Heritage Ballroom 2&3 2:00- Welcome- Dr. Garry Lacefield 2:10- Benefits of Grazing to Kentucky’s Forage- Livestock Industry- Dr. Garry Lacefield 2:30- Animal Rights- Animal Welfare: Protecting Animals OR A Threat to US Food Production and Our Way of Life? - Dr. Roy Burris 3:00- Red Meat and Our Health: Separating Scientific Fact from Politics, Emotion, and Misinformation- Dr. Peter Ballerstedt 3:45- Discussion 4:00- Adjourn

2:30-4:00 KCA- Kentucky Young Producer’s Council Membership Meeting Elkhorn C -KCA Membership Benefits, Nikki Whitaker, KCA - Sharing Your Story: Welcome to the World of Blogging, Social Sharing and More! , Debbie LyonsBlythe 4:00 KCA- Silent Auction EndsHeritage Ballroom 1 4:30-6:00 Internet Feeder Calf SaleHeritage Hall Stage 5:00-6:00 KCA- KCA Leadership Alumni & Past President’s Reception(Invitation Only) Bluegrass Pre-function 6:30 Trade Show Closes 6:30 KCA- Evening BanquetBluegrass Ballroom

Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:00 KCA Closing Session Heritage Ballroom 2&3

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KCA CONVENTION 2014 Contʼd from pg. 32 and sometimes complex marketing issues with participants. • KCA Ribeye Cookoff – Thursday evening will put cooking skills to the test in this cooking competition featuring teams from across the state. Several teams will have the opportunity to face one another and see who can grill up the best ribeye. Many counties say they have the best ribeye, not it is time to prove it! See page 43 for more information on the competition. • Young Producer Council - Young producers are invited to attend the convention and enjoy some meetings just for you. Debbie Lyons-Blythe, 2012 Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year, will be presenting Sharing Your Story: Welcome to the World of Blogging, Social Sharing and more! During this session, participants

will learn more about the benefits of connecting with consumers through social media and other online platforms. Nikki Whitaker will also be discussing Benefits of KCA Membership with participants.

• KJCA – The Juniors will be spending their time touring a Winchester Dairy and the Ale-8 facilities (tentatively) as well as meetings and entertainment back at the convention facilities.

dinner, 2014 KCA Hall of Fame Inductions, live Foundation Auction and the cattle feeding package givea-away (Sponsored by McBurney’s Livestock) to one lucky member who joins by January 1.

• Women’s Program- Strategies for Better Industry Advocacy. Debbie Lyons-Blythe, 2012 Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year, will meet with cattlewomen to discuss the importance of telling your farming story and providing tips on how to better connect with consumers. She will also be demonstrating a delicious beef recipe.

• God’s Pantry Food Drive – The Kentucky Beef Council will once again be collecting food donations. The county that brings in the most food by weight will win a $500 Beef Promotion grant from the Kentucky Beef Council.

The 2014 KCA Convention will be held at the Hyatt Hotel and Lexington Convention Center at 401 West High Street. Please call 1-800233-1234 for a special room rate of $111 that has been secured for Convention attendees on Thursday and Friday evening. The cost of registration is $50 through December 31 and $75 thereafter. KJCA members have free registration while other students may attend for $5 with a student identification. Registration includes the conference, trade show admission, and ag industry breakfast but does not include any other meals. For an updated schedule or to register online, visit or call 859-278-0899.

• County President’s Awards Night – What better way to bring the leaders of our industry together to celebrate and showcase their accomplishments than this awards banquet. This is an invitation only event for 2013 County Presidents.

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2014 KCA Convention Speakers

Below, please find a list of speakers for the 2014 KCA Convention. The complete list of speakers will be in the January issue of Cow Country News or visit for updated speakers and topics.

Peter Ballerstedt, PhD has an extensive background in forage production, utilization, and forage-based livestock production systems. He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1986. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 until 1992. He is Barenbrug USA’s Forage Product Manager. His recent personal experiences led him to study human diet and health. What he’s learned doesn’t agree with advice we’ve been given for the past 30 years or more. This new understanding, combined with his forage background, has given him an interest in local, sustainable food production systems. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and speaking style will provide an entertaining and informative presentation.

Dr. Roy Burris is a native of Tennessee. He attended Tennessee Technological University where he graduated with his B.S. degree. Roy then attended the University of Kentucky where he received his Masters and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition in 1972 and 1974, respectively. Roy and his wife Karen have three children and four grandchildren. Roy’s primary responsibilities have focused on beef cow/calf management, especially in the areas of nutrition and forage utilization. He has been active nationally, regionally and in Kentucky with the Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program. During Roy’s tenure at the University of Kentucky he has made a great impact on beef producers of the State through his programs and personal outreach. Dr. Burris is also responsible for the management of the beef research herd located at Princeton. Roy’s research has direct impact to Kentucky’s beef producers and serves as a demonstration project for producers. Roy is also a regular columnist for KCA’s Cow Country News.

Debbie Lyons-Blythe and her husband Duane Blythe own Blythe Angus near the small town of White City, KS. Their five kids (ages 22-18 yrs) are the bulk of the labor force, along with Debbie & Duane. The cowherd consists of 250 registered Angus and crossbred cows, and Debbie runs a heifer development program with 150-380 heifers annually. They raise a variety of crops as well as hay for the cows. Debbie recognized the need to advocate to consumers early on and blogs at Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch to connect with the 98% of the American population that doesn’t work in agriculture. She uses social media to promote her blog and makes time every day to connect with her target audience.  She is very willing to share her tips and thoughts about advocacy and using social media, although she insists she is “nobody special.”  Debbie is on the board of directors of the Kansas Livestock Association and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

James R. Comer, a native of Tompkinsville, was elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture on November 8, 2011, and was sworn in on January 2, 2012. Comer’s passion for agriculture is reflected in his vast amount of experience in the areas of agriculture and business. He is the founder and owner of James Comer, Jr. Farms, a 950-acre beef cattle, timber and hay farming operation located in Monroe County. He also co-owns Comer Land & Cattle Co., a family farming operation which includes his father and brother. Comer is married to Tamara Jo (T.J.). They have three children, Reagan, Harlan and Aniston.

Victor S. Cortese, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. ABVP graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelors and doctorate. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1980. He currently holds the title of Director Technical Services—Cattle Immunology. His responsibility is 75% North American and 25% international. He has many publications on viral infections, immunology, neonatal immunology and young dairy calf management, several textbook chapters and guest lectures at many veterinary and university meetings including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners/World Buiatrics Congress and the AVMA. In 1999, he successfully completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In 2013, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine selected Dr. Cortese as one of the twenty most influential cattle veterinarians in the United States.

Brett Crosby is partner and co-founder of Custom Ag Solutions, an economic consulting firm specializing in research and education projects in the ag sector. He has over 16 years of experience working with farmers and ranchers on a variety of economic projects.  Ten years ago, Crosby began working with in area of agricultural risk management and crop insurance.  He has since served as the project director for dozens of USDA Risk Management Agency projects.  Crosby lives in Cowley, Wyoming with his wife and four children.  Raised on a family farming/ranching operation that has survived through five generations, he now owns and manages his own cow/calf operation.  He earned his MBA at Brigham Young University 38

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KCA CONVENTION 2014 Dr. Garry D. Lacefield is a Professor of Plant & Soil Science Extension and Extension Forage Specialist at the University of Kentucky. Garry is a native of McHenry, Kentucky (Ohio County) and grew up on a crop-livestock farm in the Western Kentucky Coal Field Area. After graduation from Centertown High School, he entered the U.S. Army and served 2.5 years in Germany. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Western Kentucky University with a major in Agriculture and Biology. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri in 1974. Dr. Lacefield joined the University of Kentucky staff in 1974 as Extension Forage Specialist. He has authored and co-authored over 300 extension publications, papers, articles and book chapters. He is co-author of the book “Southern Forages”. He developed and is senior author of a monthly newsletter and writes a monthly column for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association magazine. Garry is married to the former Cheryl Cavender and has two sons, two granddaughters, and two grandsons. Mark J. Lamberth, CWLM currently the Vice President, Client Services for Administrative Services Group, a division of UMR. UMR is the largest employee benefits administrator in the United States. In his current role, he manages a unique market segment that includes AssociationSponsored Health and Welfare Trust’s, Taft Hartley Plans and various Labor and Prevailing Wage (Davis Bacon) Plans who insure nearly 100,000 enrolled participants in several states. Mark has over 35 years of experience in employee benefits, managed care and employer-based health and productivity programs. He has held numerous executive management positions with major Health Insurers where he played key roles in sales, marketing, underwriting, operations, product development, provider network management, distribution and branding. Mark is a native of Dayton, Ohio and received a B.S. in Finance from Wright State University. He now resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

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ACA changes: Looking at options and thinking ahead to 2014 KCA employer-members have a unique choice A workshop covering the Association Health Care Plan will take place at the KCA Convention on Friday, January 17 at 1:00 PM. s 2014 rapidly approaches, employers are preparing for the next round of Affordable Care Act-mandated plan changes and implementing community rating. And some are beginning to think outside of the box. Beginning next year, a group health plan will no longer be permitted to impose a pre-existing condition limitation, eligibility waiting periods will be restricted and all plans will be required to limit cost-sharing and outof-pocket expenses. Wellness program incentives will be increased, with rewards allowed up to 30% of plan costs, and a plan can provide an incentive up to


50% of premium costs for programs designed to reduce or prevent tobacco use. All plans will be assessed a fee to fund a reinsurance program designed to stabilize the individual insurance market. But, one of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive. Today, the Manhattan Institute released the most comprehensive analysis yet, conducted of premiums under Affordable Care Act (ACA) for people who shop for coverage on their own. Here’s what we learned. In the average state, the ACA will increase underlying premiums for individual health insurance by 41 percent. As we have long expected, the steepest hikes will be imposed on the healthy, the young, and the male. And, you may be hearing that many

people are losing their current health coverage. Effective 1/1/14 an estimated 11 million people who buy their own coverage are receiving terminations letters which forces them to buy new and more expensive coverage. Most people have been quietly losing their coverage over the last three years. And while the benefits have been enhanced, the premiums have increased too. Also, the new exchanges will offer consumers less. In some cases, people looking for comparably-priced coverage on the exchanges will need to accept higher deductibles and other costsharing arrangements. Importantly, post-ACA exchange plans will typically have narrow networks of physicians and hospitals, especially excluding those tied to prestigious medical schools. In a recent Wall Street Journal, Edie Sundby, who

struggles with gallbladder cancer, argues that her pre-ACA access to leading academic cancer centers like Stanford has “kept me alive,” and notes that the plans available to her on the exchange don’t allow her to keep her doctor. Fortunately, employers in Kentucky have another option. Kentucky is one of the few states whose insurance code enables the operation of association sponsored programs. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association has just introduced several new employermember benefits. These benefits offer advantages in price and coverage levels which may help many smaller employers keep their plans more affordable. Look for more information in the weeks ahead and contact Insurance Brokerage Services at (859) 245-8510 if you have questions.

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KJCA Making Convention Plans KCA Convention


he KJCA Board of Directors is finalizing plans for the exciting KCA Convention in January. As a board, we are making sure that the young people in the cattle business are not left out of the loop when it comes to keeping up with our industry. We hope to see you at the KCA Convention on January 16-18, 2014!

KJCA Board Elections During the convention, the KJCA will also hold elections for the 2014-2015 KJCA Board of Directors. If you are at least 15 years old by January 1, 2014 you can run for a position. This board is unique in that members who are part of various different breed associations or are simply involved in the cattle industry come together to form a unit that strives to provide for the young people within the cattle industry. Please consider this NEW! Register Online!

opportunity, and feel free to contact any board member for further information. Contact information is listed at: http:// For KJCA members that attend the convention the tentative schedule is: 7:30 - 9:00 Ag Industry Breakfast 9:00 Ag Industry Tours 9:30-10:30 Tour Ale 8 10:45-11:30 Tour Winchester Dairy 12:15 Lunch on your own in the food court 1:30 Ag Industry Speaker 2:30 KJCA Trade Show Game NEW!

3:45 KJCA Officer Elections (2013 Officers & Directors Only) 4:00 KJCA Director Elections 4:30 KJCA Reception 6:30 KCA/KJCA Evening Extravaganza (ticketed event) For a complete schedule, visit and follow the convention link. You may also register online this year on our website. Please watch for KJCA Convention Updates on the web at html on Facebook on the KY Junior Cattlemen’s Association page, or follow us on Twitter @KJCA13.

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Does your County Cattlemen’s Association have the best grilling team in the state of Kentucky? Here is your chance to prove it!

Cattlemen’s Ribeye Cook-off Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:30PM Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention Ÿ Heritage Hall, Lexington Visit for rules and registration. Or send this form to: The Kentucky Beef Council ATTN: Caitlin Swartz 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503

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ebbie Lyons-Blythe and her family run 250 registered Angus cows on their ranch in White City, Kansas, in addition to a commercial heifer development program. Between managing the ranch and raising five children, Lyons-Blythe finds time to document day-to-day ranch responsibilities on her blog, Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch. She is an invaluable industry advocate and last year was honored as the 2012 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year. Through her stories and photographs readers gather a first-hand look at what ranching life is really like in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Lyons-Blythe covers a wide array of topics from calving and processing to basic care and management practices. By including photos with specific descriptions, readers are able to gain unique insight into why farmers and ranchers utilize specific management practices. Lyons-Blythe is always willing to go the extra step to address the questions and concerns of her readers. During the 2014 Kentucky

Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show Lyons-Blythe will be addressing the Young Producer Council as well as speaking during the Ladies Program. Her presentation to the Young Producers Council, Sharing Your Story: Welcome to the World of Blogging, Social Sharing and more! will largely focus on utilizing social media to tell the story of today’s American farmers and ranchers. She will share insight from her own blogging experiences and address how to answer specific questions and common consumer concerns through advocacy and transparency. For participants who are not online or prefer one-on-one communication with consumers, Lyons-Blythe will present, Connecting with Consumers: Strategies for Better Industry Advocacy, during the Ladies Program. She will be discussing how to best address many of the common concerns weighing on the mind of today’s consumer. She will also explain why it is vital to share personal experiences and how to better connect with consumers.

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

Getting Involved BY AUSTIN COLE

a different look at what the acronym means with getting involved.


hat does involved mean to you? Involved can mean so many different things. It just depends on who you talk to. As a junior cattlemen’s member or even an adult cattlemen’s member in the beef industry, there are so many ways that we can get involved not only in the industry but in your community, state level or even national level. When someone says KJCA, I automatically think of Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association but let’s take

K Knowing how the junior cattlemen’s can help you get involved. J Job opportunities you will be able to find in the future. C Connecting with other people that you can make lifelong friendships. A Getting active in every aspect of your life.

K: Knowing how the junior cattlemen’s can help will get you involved. When I attended my first KCA convention 10 years ago, I never thought that I would have become so involved and enjoyed every second of it. This is such a great time to be a part of the junior cattlemen’s. We are offering so many different opportunities for members. The first is the KCA convention which will be here before you know it. This is a huge way for members to become involved by coming to convention and running for the board. Once I

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was elected to the board, so many doors opened allowing me to keep moving forward and giving me more experiences. The next way KJCA can help you is by participating in our leadership camp that we have each the spring as well as our field day that we started this year in mid-summer. Finally our big event in the fall to participate in is the Fall Classic. When you attend these events, you will see the J C A parts of the acronym. J: Job opportunities. I know what you are thinking: I am just a young kid. Why do I need to be thinking about job opportunities? By getting involved now, once you graduate high school or college, finding a job will be so much easier. Now that I am a sophomore in college, I am starting to look and think about different internships that I

can apply for. When anyone submits a resume, you need to list activities that you have been involved in, and it looks great when you have a long impressive list of ways that you have been involved in the junior c a t t l e m e nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s along with your school and church. Another great resource for job opportunities is from people you know. Having them give references or just talk to your future employer will help with your future plans which brings me to my next point: connections with friends. C: Connecting with other people that can make life-long friends. After

I started getting involved, I met so many new friends that I will talk to for the rest of my life. Through the junior cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I have been able to go on a few trips and was able to meet people across the country. This year when I was at the Hereford Junior Nationals, I saw someone that also was on the same trip to Nebraska that I attended with the KJCA. We sat down and talked for a long time. In order to meet new people, you have to be active which brings me to my next point. A: Active. Being active is a huge part of being involved. Unless you get active, you cannot be involved. When I started my freshman year

of college, I thought I knew enough people and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to join any clubs or make new friends. Well letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say, it was a boring first semester. The start of my second semester I joined two clubs and college was so much better. This is just one example of a reason why getting active can help you. As you can tell there really is no negative affect for becoming involved. In order to become involved you need know what KJCA has to offer, job opportunities, connecting with friends, and getting active. When you start becoming more involved things sometime seem really busy and crazy, but just remember, it has a positive effect on your life. If you would like to get more involved in a great organization like the KJCA, feel free to contact any of the board members . We are always happy to help you out.




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2013 Region 1 Hall of Fame Winner: Martin Hayden BY SARA NEUMEISTER


any people look up to KCA Hall of Fame Inductee, Martin Hayden, but he seems to have no bigger fan than his wife, Joan. “Martin has been involved in the livestock industry for the majority of his life. Growing up on a cattle and tobacco farm, his love for the industry started at day one. The early years of his operation consisted of about 20 head of cattle and 20 acres of tobacco. At the time, expanding the farming operation was not an option as Martin also ran Hayden Electric, an electrical contracting business. As additional managers came into the company, Martin found himself slowly expanding the cow/calf herd to its present day 200 head. Along with the increased cow herd he found the time to start a contract poultry operation with Perdue Farms, constructing 4 broiler houses. With the help of myself, our two sons, Daniel and David, Hayden Farms has become Martin’s dream come true. He has currently added a small back grounding facility that allows him to background about 200 head of cattle a year,” she says. Martin has been involved in the Daviess County Cattlemen’s Association for about 20 years and is currently the President of the organization. He is also involved in and is on the Advisory Committee of the the Green River CPH 45 sale, which now hosts 7 sales per year. “Even now that cattle prices have been high, I still have my cattle in the CPH 45 sales. I just feel like if you’re doing it right, you’re meeting the requirements for CPH 45 anyways.” He also worked with the local 4-H and FFA leaders in the area to start the 4-H/FFA feeder calf project which gives area kids the chance to own, show and maintain records from a feeder steer over the course of a season. He did this to stimulate young individual’s interest in the cattle industry. Twelve years 48

ago, there were 7 participants. There are now 25. The kids raise a uniform group of calves; they buy in April using FSA loans in their name, raise them, show them and sell them as a group at the end. Kids get a feel for what it’s like to raise a cow. They learn how to get a loan, what to feed their animals, keep records, what types of facilities are conducive for cattle and then have the option of halter breaking them or showing them loose in a pen. This is enticing to kids who are interested in cattle but not necessarily showing. The program tries to get lead rope donations, donations for shots for cattle and some free bags of feed for the kids. The entire process is about learning and growing an appreciation for the industry. He somehow finds time to sit on the Daviess County Planning and Zoning Board, working to ensure the voice of the agriculture community is

heard. He’s a regional director for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, is on the advisory board for the KY Beef Network and is avidly involved in the Kentucky Poultry Federation. Hayden’s list of accomplishments and involvements is not short. He sounds like such a great guy on paper, but then you meet him in person and realize that he’s a truly exceptional person and impacts his community in many invaluable ways. He has 5 children and three grandchildren, several of which are instrumentally involved in the agriculture community as well as many kids who have helped him on his farm through the years, many of which have looked up to him, gained farm knowledge, life lessons and work ethic from him and are now better people today from their experiences on Hayden farms. He says he tries to be tender rather than forceful with the kids

who work on his farm. “Being forceful does more harm than good. If you can genuinely build an interest, knowledge and a passion for agriculture in these kids, they’ll out work any kid that’s being scared into it. We always try to make it into a game like ‘How many rows of tobacco can we cut in an hour?’ or ‘How fast can we get to the top of the hill digging posts?’ or ‘can we strip this whole wagon in time for you to get a shower and pick up your date tonight?’. If kids on farms get worked too hard, they’ll get burnt out,” says Hayden. “and it never hurts to feed them a good meal at the end of the day. It’s nothing for us to grill 30 hamburgers on a Saturday to feed the help. Another thing I do is tell them all my secrets. Some farmers try to hold onto their secrets, but I know we’re going to need these kids to become farmers! The kids who are interested in going back to farm themselves, they

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YPC Member Spotlight: Matt & Molly Adams BY SARA NEUMEISTER


he last young producer spotlight of the year is shed on a couple from Upton, Kentucky. Matt and Molly Adams run a cowcalf operation where they background their own calves, raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa hay. Sounds like a full time job to me, but not to the Adam’s. Matt also works as an Agriculture extension agent in Hardin Matt & Molly Adams are working hard to County and Molly is figure out the challenges involved with being finishing up school in the young farmers in Hardin County. health care field while also working part time at a he’d go there to visit. hospital. “My decision to farm came largely Molly started out on a farm in from looking up to those two men, but California and when her family moved also it’s just hard to beat the feeling to Kentucky, she got involved in FFA of watching something grow. Like a and later went to Western Kentucky calf- you start planning the year before University for Agriculture Education. it’s born for who you’re going to breed This is where she met Matt. She then the momma to. Then you watch the went back to pursue a career in health momma grow and you might help her care and is about to graduate. “I’m more calve. Then you watch the calf grow and of a horse person but I married a cattle the whole two year process is a result farmer. I love the cattle but we have one of your planning and your hard work horse on the farm and I’d love to slowly and decisions. You get to see everything convert to more horses as well.” God’s made and get a front row seat at Matt also grew up involved in 4-H everything He does. and FFA and with a love for agriculture. It truly takes the family to make the He helped a man named Paul Avery operation work. Between Molly, Matt farm growing up. This is who got him and Matt’s dad, they do 90% of the labor into showing calves and helped him themselves, occasionally hiring a high start his own cow herd. Matt looked school hand when they need the extra up to Avery and after his passing, was help. Molly does a lot of the hay work, able to buy that very farm and it’s now raking and square baling and helps with where he’s getting his start. He was also working cattle where Matt does a lot of inspired by his grandpa who ran a dairy the day to day cattle jobs and works in operation in Rockcastle County. He the fields on the other crops. always enjoyed farming with him when “Growing up, dad was an Ag lender,”

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shares Matt, “so it was not surprise to me that starting out, it’s a financial challenge. Purchasing the farm and equipment can make you stretch yourself for the first few years. A lot of people are having a hard time finding ground to farm. I’m not saying it’s not a challenge, but all the ground we rent, we’ve had people call and ask us to do so. I think it’s because we are doing such a variety of things. We

can use crop ground but can also use hay ground or cattle ground, depending on what the farm is suited for and what the owner does and doesn’t want done. The other nice thing is that the hay, crop and cattle operation all work together and cattle are the backbone. For example, I can use a lot of my first cutting of hay to feed my own cattle to put cheap gains on. I can use my own corn in my

feeder operation which cuts cost on that as well. Things are working pretty well for us right now, but I want everyone to know that we’ve had set backs just like everyone else, and that we all just need to stay positive and not get discouraged.” says Matt. I think the overall lesson we’ve learned from the YPC spotlights is this: yes, there are challenges. Yes, this field

is a hard one to plow at times, but we don’t need to let obstacles stop us from achieving what we’ve set out to do. We need to network, find solutions, set goals, keep our heads up, take advantage of educational opportunities, and rise up to be the generation of farmers that America, and the world needs us to be. We need to ‘Keep Calm and Farm ON’.

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embership with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is an important and worthwhile investment to the cattle industry in Kentucky. KCA serves as the voice for all Kentucky cattlemen and works proactively with our members to communicate the latest cattle and beef industry news. Why not invest in KCA with your membership this year? Thank you to the over 4,000


members who have renewed for the 2014 year! There will be another renewal notice sent out the first week of December. Remember, our goal for this year is to exceed last year’s ending number (9,289), and with your help we can achieve this goal. We need everyone to step u p and recruit or renew members for this year!

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Research Round-Up BY CATHY BANDYK, QLF


know I’m not alone in my ongoing struggle to balance a limited amount of time with short‐term tasks, long‐ term projects, continuing education, networking, and just finding time to think! But a recent road trip at least gave me opportunity to catch up on my overgrown reading pile, which turned out to contain several research articles I would like to share here.

Stocker Options Oklahoma State researchers compared four distinct wintering options for fall‐ weaned stocker steers: dormant winter range with 2 ¼ lb/day of a 40%‐protein supplement, winter range with a corn‐ cottonseed meal based supplement (24% protein) fed daily at 1% body weight (roughly 2 lb of CSM and 4 lb of corn), wheat pasture grazed at a heavy stocking rate, and wheat pasture grazed at a low stocking rate. The dormant range was very low quality forage, running no more than 5% protein and about 80% NDF. Wheat pasture steers then went straight to a finishing program, while range treatments remained on spring/summer grass prior to going to the feedlot. Treatments were repeated for two years. Steers from the first year were finished to a similar age, while those from the second year were kept on feed until their treatment group was determined to have reached a set weight. Both intermediate and final carcass measurements were taken, as well as weight gains. Grazing gains followed expected patterns: dormant grass and protein, about ½ lb per day the first year, and 1 lb the second; dormant grass plus corn and CSM, 1.1 to 1.3 lb/day; heavily stocked wheat pasture, 1.4 to 1.8 lb/day; low‐ stocked and rotated wheat pasture 3 lb. When these calves were fed to a common age, the high density wheat pasture calves actually had the most backfat and smallest loin muscle area, while all others were similar. When fed to a common weight, the steers that had

grazed dormant pasture plus protein had lower backfat thickness and tended to have greater marbling scores. This data would suggest that— depending on management goals, selling point, and marketing strategy—each of these practices may be a valid option for stocker producers.

Heifer Development I read two recent papers dealing with heifer development. They build on other work that has been done, much of it through the University of Nebraska, that has taken a hard look at the generally accepted target of having heifers weigh at least 65% of their mature weight by the start of their first breeding season. The relevant question is whether feeding these young females for a slower rate of gain (with the affiliated lower feed costs) can still result in acceptable reproductive performance. In a 3‐year study at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, NE, researchers aimed to bring growing heifers to either 55 or 65% of expected mature weight by feeding them for 1 or 1 ¾ lb of ADG from 8 to 15 months of age (including the first 21 days of the breeding season). During a 47‐day exposure to bulls, multiple hormonal and physiologic measurements were taken, as well as determination of pregnancy. There were no significant differences between groups regarding ovarian development or the number of follicles. And both treatments resulted in similar overall pregnancy rates. However…a greater proportion (over 30% more) of the heavier heifers conceived within the first 21 days. It is easy to understand the value of early breeding, especially for heifers. Older calves simply have more time to grow before weaning, resulting in heavier weaning weights. Females that calve early are more apt to breed early for their subsequent calving, having had more time to recover from giving birth. On the flip side, late‐calving cows have been shown to be more likely to completely fail to

rebreed. However, in order to compare the costs of different feeding programs against the value of getting heifers bred early, we need data to back this up. A collaborative project, using data on nearly 19,000 heifers, evaluated the influence of calving date on longevity and weaningweights. One data set was from MARC, the other from the South Dakota Integrated Resource Management participants. When heifers had their first calf within the first 21 days of the calving season: - They stayed in the herd significantly longer than those calving later; and, - They had heavier weaning weights for their first SIX calves. It is obvious that the payback from raising replacement heifers to heavier weights – or raising enough ‘extra’ heifers to allow keeping only those that settle in the first period of the breeding season— goes well beyond that first calf.

Forage-free Diets While most of the country has adequate forage resources for the coming feed season, memories of the recent droughts and hay shortages are still fresh. This makes some research reported from a Spanish university of special interest. These workers compared a high‐ grain (1/3 each corn and barley) control diet containing 10% barley straw to test diets containing similar levels of grain but with three different non‐forage fiber sources: 17% soy hulls, 17% beet pulp, or 16% whole cottonseed. Each was designed to provide the same amount of protein, energy, and NDF in a TMR ration. Intake, fermentation parameters and feeding behaviors were recorded and analyzed. Intakes were highest with the cottonseed, ruminal pH was lowest for the soyhulls (5.9), and chewing time was greater with straw and cottonseed meal than with hulls or pulp. But the main take‐home message was that all these forage‐free diets could be viable options in the absence of traditional roughage sources.

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----------------KBN Industry Coordinator


nce every quarter the Kentucky Beef Network Facilitators get together to discuss ongoing KBN programs as well as the current issues common in their areas of the state. The fourth quarter meeting was held in Ron Shrout’s territory in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. All six of the facilitators, also including one producer from Western Kentucky, attended the meeting. The day started out with a tour of the D&D Ranch. Most folks are familiar with this facility as the Heifer Development Center that Larry Clay manages in Perry County. It is truly a unique experience to travel thru eastern Kentucky and then up a long, twisted road to the old mine site. Once

you crest the hill and see the farm laid out before you, it is as though you have traveled to the central part of the country. When you are in this part of Kentucky you are not accustomed to seeing such large areas of flat ground being used for agriculture. The D&D Ranch has been a huge success story for eastern Kentucky and continues to grow in popularity every year. The 800 acre operation is composed of reclaimed land that had previously been strip mined. Producers bring their heifers in the fall of the year to be developed. After several months on the ranch the producer has the option to take the bred heifers back home for their herds, or they can sell them in the bred heifer sale at Lee City. The ranch has seen increased participation from just over 100 head the first year, to now over 300 head most years. The D&D Ranch is a living testament to what farmers can accomplish when everyone works together for a common goal. After enjoying a pot of chili at the ranch we headed north into Wolfe County to the Lee City Stockyards. Lee City has

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a nice facility that sits adjacent to the old stockyards that is simply a converted tobacco barn. The newer facility handles cattle from a large geographical area of eastern Kentucky and is very busy on sale day. A trip to Wolfe County wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Chop Shop packing plant in Hazel Green, KY. Owner Jonathan Whitt showed us around the facility that had only been in operation for a week. It was evident that he and his team have put in a lot of hard work to get this facility up and running, and it is creating a positive economic impact for the local community. Driving back to Lexington that afternoon I was a little more in tune to the amount of cattle production that goes on in the mountains of Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky might not have the highest concentrations of cattle in the state, but they do a very good job of producing quality cattle with the limited resources available.

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Above: Facilitators listen to the success story of the Heifer Development Center in Perry County. Top: KBN Facilitators, as well as The ChopShop owner Jonathan Whitt, pose for a picture at the new facility in Wolfe County.

PAUL REDMON Lawrenceburg, KY PH 859-749-7788

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Eden Shale Farm Update Dan Miller

----------------KBN Industry Coordinator


he philosophy of “hopefully next month won’t be so busy” never really seems to pan out, and as you could imagine, November was another eventful month on the farm. It actually just carried over from October starting with our second Dow AgroSciences sponsored field day about “Knowing and Treating your Weeds”. This field day had a lot of interest and was well attended. It focused on what herbicide to spray to control weeds that are common problems in Kentucky pastures. Attendees also got experience in how to calibrate a sprayer, and learned what type of sprayer would work best for their operation. Presenters for the day included Jeff Clark, Range & Pasture Specialist with Dow AgroSciences, and Dr. Bill Witt, weed science specialist with University of Kentucky. Also helping with the calibration of the sprayers was Tracy Hamilton, Research Technician with the USDA Forage Animal Production Research Unit in Lexington. These gentlemen did a great job of informing the group of the lost production the weeds are stealing from forage pastures. We even had one farmer purchase a sprayer at the field day to take home and start implementing better weed management on his farm! Both of the Weed Field Days have had positive reviews and there has been a lot of good information gained by the producers to enable them to better manage their forages and maximize profits. Some other quick highlights from the farm include the addition of 10 head of bred cattle. Farm Manager, Greg

Above: Greg and Becky working cattle. Cole, attended a cow sale at Producers Stockyards in Owenton the last weekend of October and came home with ten Limousin based cows that are all bred to a homozygous black bull. They are a nice group of red and black cows that will give birth to a black calf this spring and should be a nice fit for our herd. As for the cows already on the farm, we weaned our calves on October 9th and got them started on feed. Since weaning they have taken to the feed and are growing really well. We have 17 head that we are planning to sell in the CPH Sale in Lexington in December. There are also about 17-20 heifers we are going to keep as herd replacements, and the remaining 20 calves will be sold some time after the first of the year. Also last month we were able to get some much needed mowing done around the farm. Whayne Supply outfitted us

Boomless sprayer calibrated and ready to spray. with a 15 foot Schulte mower. KBN got the mower as a demo to see if it was the right size to match up properly with our tractor and the steep terrain. We were able to mow around some barns and down the driveways, clip a few pastures, and mow the weeds off of where the corn had been traditionally planted. We put about 25 hours on this machine as part of the demo, and Eden Shale Farm looks a lot better because of it. I know the holidays are a busy time with holiday shopping and family gatherings, but I hope you enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. After all, maybe January won’t be so busy……Merry Christmas.


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KBC Current Events


Promotion: American Heart Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Red for Women KBC was a sponsor of the Go Red for Women Luncheon in Lexington. KBC teamed up with Holly Hill Inn Chef, Ouita Michel, to demonstrate an innovative way to utilize the flank steak. Samples of the stuffed flank steak recipe were served to the breakout session attendees. KBC also offered Beef Chili Five Ways and Mexican Beef Stew for sampling during the Heart Healthy Expo. Over 750 women were in attendance for the event.

Promotion: Incredible Food Show KBC teamed up with the KY Livestock Coalition to host a tasting booth at the Incredible Food Show. Beef farmers and staff gave out over 2,000 samples of the Beef Pasta Primavera along with recipes and cooking tips.

Promotion: Costco Promotion KBC teamed up with Costco in Louisville to host in-store samplings of top sirloin steaks on September 21 and September 28. During the two demonstrations, 508 pounds of top sirloin were sold which was a 112% increase from an average sale.

Promotion: Team Beef KY Team Beef recently had several team members run in the Iron Horse Half Marathon (Midway), Bourbon Chase (Bardstown) and Black Cat Chase (Frankfort). One member even she had several people ask her how she incorporated beef into her running regimen.

Industry Education: KCA Leadership Class As part of the KCA Leadership class, KBC teamed up with Daren Williams of NCBA to train participants on how to engage consumers in conversation as well as participate in a media interview.

Industry Education: Elmcroft Senior Living KBC spent two days at Sysco Louisville training 20 culinary specialists from Elmcroft Senior Living Group on the top round. Participants practiced preparing six different recipes utilizing the top round, which will appear on their fall/winter menu.

Industry Education: Brown-Forman Lunch and Learn KBC spent the morning at Brown-Forman teaching wellness program participants about how beef fits into a heart healthy diet, as well as how they can incorporate beef into their individual wellness programs. Brown-Forman is one of the largest liquor and wine parent companies in the US.

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BQA Tip of The Month


OVEN ROASTING BEEF Larger or thicker cuts of beef benefit most from roasting in the oven. Although it requires more time, roasting is the simplest cooking method because it requires little attention.





Some of the best cuts for oven roasting include:



Ribeye Roast Tenderloin Roast


Best Tool: Roasting Pan

Place roast (directly from the refrigerator), fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. (The exception is the Rib roast; the ribs form a natural rack). Heat oven to temperature specified in guidelines (reverse).


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Do not add a water. Do not cover.

COOK YOUR BEEF Roast according to guidelines (reverse). Then, transfer roast to carving board and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

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Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of roast, not resting in fat or touching bone.

Season roast with herbs and seasonings, as desired.

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Merry Christmas! Enjoy a delicious beef roast!


(Temperature will continue to rise 5°F to 10°F to reach desired doneness and roast will be easier to carve).

Let stand 15 to 20 minutes.

Does Your County Want To Win $500? KBC has teamed up with God’s Pantry to challenge the county cattlemen’s associations to see who can donate the most food during the convention. Start collecting canned or boxed goods at your county meetings and bring them to KCA Annual Convention and Trade Show in January. Whichever county cattlemen’s association brings the most pounds of food will win a $500 promotion grant.

Tip: How to Carve a Rib Roast Insert fork from the side, below the top rib. Carve across the “face” of the roast toward the rib bone. Cut along the rib bone with the tip of knife to release a slice of beef. Turn roast on side and place on carving board. (If necessary, remove a thin slice to stabilize roast.)

To serve, slide knife; steadying from above with the fork and lifting slice onto plate.

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Does Your County Have The Best Grilling Team In The State? KBC is in search of the best grilling teams in the state to come together for a little friendly competition at the KCA Convention in January. KBC will be sponsoring the first annual Cattlemen’s Ribeye Cook-off Challenge, where counties will compete to see who really grills the best steak! Rules and registration can be found at, if you have questions please contact Caitlin Swartz at

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od spared my life for a reason. This is just the beginning of the climb to the top of the mountain”, said Gary Rock, a 54-year-old Kentucky dairy farmer who lost the majority of his dairy farm structures due to tornado damage in late June and then lost both of his legs in a silage chopper accident almost two months later in August. The only building left standing at the dairy after an EF2 Tornado swept across Slack Road on June 26 was his double 5 parlor and office. The free stall, hay and calf barns and commodity shed were dismantled by the wind and spread across several acres of pasture land. A few cows were killed immediately or had to be euthanized due to severe injuries.

And with all of that weighing on his mind, the first words out of his mouth to Teri Atkins, his KDDC Consultant, were, “God gave me an opportunity.” Never once did Gary say anything about “tragedy.” “I realized since the milk parlor and tank room were spared from the damage that maybe it was meant for me to milk cows,” said Gary. “It gave me a reason to want to push forward and if you want to know how KDDC can help KY dairymen listen to my story how they have helped and supported me.” So with the help of family, friends, local dairy farmers, and other dairy industry representatives, Gary was able to relocate his herd to a dairy in Russell Springs. Rebuilding was going to be life-changing for Gary, but also for his daughter, sonin-law and granddaughter (Samantha, Chris and Taylor) who had just moved

back in with Gary so Samantha could finish her college degree without the financial burden on the family. After visiting other dairies with Teri, Ricky Hines of Burkmann Feeds and consulting with Dr. Jeffery Bewley, UK Assistant Dairy Extension Professor, Gary decided to build a compost bedded pack barn in the same location where his old free stall barn once stood. Without much delay a construction crew began working on his new barn and on Saturday, Aug. 24, Gary held a reunion with his animals and moved his cows back home. His son-in-law, Chris, said, “He couldn’t have been happier if you gave him a million dollars.” He was elated to have the cows back and was ready to start rocking and rolling, or so he thought. From Saturday to Thursday, Gary and his farm hands, Justin and Bradley, milked and began the normal late August silage

Terry Rowlett, a Kentucky Dairy farmer and DFA board member, visited with Gary Rock to give him a donation from the DFA Cares Foundation.


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FEATURE Far left: Tornado damage at Gary Rock’s farm in late June 2013. Middle: Gary milking in August when the cows returned. Right: The cows returned to Rock’s Farm only to find a brand new barn.

chopping. On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 29, Gary was injured while working on his clogged silage chopper. He lost both legs above the knee. While lying there Gary said all he could think of was that he could not possibly survive. But he did. Gary knows that he was spared for a reason and that was to make his life bigger. He stated to Teri after both the tornado and the faming accident that, “If I can’t give back to humanity I don’t want to do this (rebuild and keep milking) because without giving to humanity I would lose my cause.” After 14 days at the University of Louisville Hospital and many procedures

to repair the wounds where Gary’s legs once were, he was promoted to Fraizer Rehabilitation for five days. During his stay in the hospital Gary was faced with talking to other amputee patients in the unit that were not handling their change as well as he. Gary feels like the opportunities to reach out to others will continue to unfold. At home, Gary is doing all he can, like mowing his yard with a zero turn mower, talking to churches about his story and reaching out to others whenever he is given the opportunity. At this time Gary is healing tremendously well. He wants to get his

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new prosthetic legs so he can get back to farming. On October 10, 42 days after the accident, Gary was still receiving encouraging mail every day from family members, churches, old schoolmates and friends. The outpouring of love and support has been very beneficial to his attitude. But there is one hitch in Gary’s new giddy up; the new legs are going to be very expensive, upwards of $100,000 each. And unfortunately Gary was uninsured at the time of his accident. If you would like to make a donation or keep up with Gary’s progress you can follow him on his website www., or on Facebook

and Twitter at keepgarymilking. There are also shirts being sold with a cow on them and the saying “Farming ROCKS.” If you would like to purchase one you can contact Megan Dohn at 270-766-2703.


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Angus - The Business Breed KENTUCKY ANGUS ASSOCIATION KY Angus Association Membership Application Name:____________________________________________ Farm Name:_______________________________________ Address:__________________________________________ City:__________________State:_______ Zip:___________ Phone: Bus-_______________________________________ Res-_____________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________

Return to: Anne Clark • 777 Mills Lane • Frankfort, KY 40601 Annual Dues $35

2012-2013 KY Angus Association Officers: President: Kenley Conner ph. 270/358-8057 V. President: James Coffey ph. 859/238-0771 Sec/Tres.: Anne Clark ph. 606-782-1118 Contact Anne Clark to pay for your Kentucky Angus Association dues! 8 • EAGLE REST PLANTATION Jimmy Don Robinson 7665 Paducah Road Kevil, KY 42053 270-462-2150


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9 • FALL CREEK ANGUS 448 Corder Farm Road Monticello, KY 42633 Ronnie Corder 606/348-6588

17 • MUD RIVER ANGUS 10 Oak Hill Drive Russellville, KY 42276 Wayne Johnson 270/303-6354 Gary Johnson 270/498/7208

1 • BEAVER CREEK BLACK ANGUS Warren Smith 1084 Hutcherson Road Glasgow, KY42141 270-678-6655 •

10 • FOUR KINGS ANGUS 250 Bright Leaf Dr. Harrodsburg, KY 40330 Cary & Kim King Cary Cell - 859-613-3734 • Colby Myers - Purebred Manager

18 • OLD BARK FARM 370 Ferrill Hill, Buffalo, KY 42716 Kenley Conner 270/358-8057

2 • BOYD BEEF CATTLE 6077 Helena Road • Mays Lick, KY 41055 Charlie Boyd II 606-763-6418 Charles Boyd Sr. 606-763-6688 Fax 606-763-6343 • E-mail


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


Kenneth & Debbie Whitt, Owners PO Box 757 • West Liberty, KY 41472 Res. 606-743-7070 • Cell 606-495-5183 Lynn Reed, Cattle Manager Cell 606-495-6655

“Breeding Cattle Today for the Future”

Registered Angus Cattle

3 • BRANCH VIEW ANGUS 7580 Danville Pike • Hustonville, KY 40437-9404 Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Hoskins 606/346-3571 • 859-229-8210 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Coffey 606/346-2008 James S. Coffey 859/238-0771 Annual Production Sale- 2nd Saturday in April

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

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

4 • BRIDGE VIEW ANGUS Roger, Cory, Kip & Kyle Sparrow 3264 Jones Lane Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Cory (859) 338-5826 Kip (859) 608-7798 Ÿ Kyle (502) 330-8914

13 • HEAVENHILL Heavenhill Angus 1138 Hume- Bedford Rd. Paris, KY 40361 Geo. A. Rassenfoss, Jr. 859/987-6181 Dennis E. Rassenfoss, 859/619-5204

21 • SMITHLAND ANGUS FARM 5202 East Hwy 80, Russell Springs, KY 42642

5 • CLAIREBROOK FARMS, LLC BLUE RIDGE CATTLE PO Box 192, Carlisle, KY 40311 Paul B. Mulhollem, 859/289-7019 Chad Daugherty, 217/369-0466 Watch for our consignments in upcoming KY sales! 6 • COFFEY ANGUS FARMS 661 Hopewell Road Liberty, KY 42539 Matt Coffey - (270) 799-6288 Dewey Coffey - (606) 787-2620 Genetics for Maximum Profitability since 1984

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

7 • D&D LONGVIEW ANGUS Danny & Debbie Burris 550 Willie Nell Road Columbia, KY 42728 270-348-5766 • 270-250-3701 • 270-250-1277


15 • HILL VIEW FARMS Jimmy Gilles 5160 Lee Rudy Road Owensboro, KY 42301 270/686-8876 270/929-5370


16 • MT. MORIAH ANGUS FARMS Bob, Kathy & Rob Clark 1446 Kennedy Bridge Rd. Harrodsburg, KY Home/Barn: 859.748.5558 Email:



Charles “Bud” & Pam Smith 270/866-3898 Henry & Melissa Smith 270/866-2311 22 • ST. CLAIR FARMS REGISTERED ANGUS Eric & Sherry St. Clair 13433 Falls of Rough Road • Falls of Rough, KY 40119 (H) 270-257-2965 (C) 270-617-1079 5th Annual Performance Tested Bull & Female Sale - March 4, 2014 23 • TWIN CREEK FARM Shawn, Melissa, Devin & Dylan Gibson 270/337-3072 or 270/692-5304 Dennis & Emily 270/337-2128 or 270/402-4338 Watch for us in Branch View Production Sale in April 24 • WARDLOW ANGUS RANCH Ryan & April Wardlow 58 Mullikin Ln. Bedford KY, 40006 615-207-0881 Cell 502-255-0499 Home “Using the past to think forward”

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2014 Kentucky Beef Ambassador Program Application Name: _________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________

Do you love the beef industry, cash, and great prizes!

City: ______________________ State: ____________ Zip:__________ Phone (Cell):__________________

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Email: ___________________________________________________ Age: _______

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Please send application to: Kentucky Beef Council ATTN: Beef Ambassadors 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503 Once received, you will receive your binder and issues response article to the address you provide on your application.

Apply for the Kentucky Beef Ambassador Contest 2014. If you are interested in more information, please contact Caitlin Swartz at 859-278-0899 or by email at

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For a directory of our members contact: Kentucky Charolais Association: 4430 Bloomfield Rd Bardstown, KY 40004

Hayden Farm 4430 Bloomfield Rd. Bardstown, KY 40004 James Hayden *Fall 2010 Charolais National Cattle Evaluation

Kentucky Charolais Association Contact Rob Amburgey, KCA President for further information at 859-885-7883

Masters Charolais Farm Charlie & Rose Ann Masters 3850 Helena Road Mayslick, KY 41055 (606) 849-4969

Steve Kelly

Jan Kelly

Shanna Kelly

Kyle Kelly

1250 New Liberty Turnpike • New Liberty, KY 40355 Phone (502) 463-2935 • Cell (502) 750-1552 email:

Kemper Charolais Farms Bob Kemper 502-641-4211

2000 Hwy. 127 N Owenton, KY 40359

Floyd’s Charolais 2039 Nina Ridge Road Lancaster, KY 40444 Home (859)792-2956 • Cell(859)339-2653


Amburgey Charolais Farm Polled Breeding Since 1966 Robert Amburgey, Jr. 3171 Camargo Rd. • Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 859/ 498-2764 (Home) 859/ 404-3751 (Mobile)

Lee & Candy Sullivan Paris, KY

Red River Valley Farm 1442 Lillies Ferry Road Winchester, KY 40391 (859) 744-8909 CHISM JOHN • MARSHA • WES • NICK

S & K Farms Charolais

Home: Office: Mobile: 502-349-0128 502-349-0005 502-507-4984

Jimmy & Linda Evans 960 Vallandingham Road Dry Ridge, KY 41035 859/ 428-2740

Cox Charolais

1194 Smith Ridge Road • Campbellsville, KY 42718 270-465-7584 (H) 270-403-4562 Bulls & Select Heifers for Sale

Montgomery Charolais Darby Montgomery 36 Thompson Road • Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 339-3922 BULLS FOR SALE


Quality Charolais Cattle in the Heart of the Bluegrass

Allison Charolais John Allison 545 Eminence Road New Castle, KY 40050

502-845-2806 502-220-3170

Bulls & Heifers For Sale at the Farm

J.M. LANE BULLS FOR SALE Lane Farms Charolais 7860 Troy Pike Versailles, KY 40383 Cell (859) 312-7606

Double T Farms Matthew Trowbridge 34 Linda Lou Lane Science Hill, KY 42553 606-669-2753

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Kyle Trowbridge P O Box 672 Nancy, KY 42544 606-669-9169


Rodeo Team Makes its Debut at UK BY HOLLY WIEMERS here’s a new team on the roster for the University of Kentucky, one with barrels, bulls, roping, wrestling and a whole lot of enthusiasm by a group of students who have worked hard to put their dreams into reality. Housed within UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student organizations, the UK Rodeo Team joins an accomplished stable of equine clubs and teams available to UK’s student body. The team practices at Kismet Farm in Paris and is open to all students, with or without prior rodeo experience. The team’s stated mission is to promote and develop the sport of rodeo at UK, providing students with the opportunity to further pursue this sport educationally and competitively at the intercollegiate level. “I am really excited that this has become an opportunity for our students to learn about the sport of rodeo,” said equine science


and management junior Kyle Karadak, the team’s vice president and one of its founding members. “Since rodeo showcases a different perspective of the horse industry from what is typically known in Central Kentucky, we hope the team will help broaden students’ awareness and give them a unique experience they can use in the future.” One of the main goals of the team is to give its members the chance to participate in activities covering every aspect of the rodeo industry, from learning about rodeo in general to competing as part of the team. The team plans to become part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in 2014, and organizers are using 2013 to form the team and recruit members. “I’m so proud of our students for their initiative and proud to serve as their advisor,” said lecturer and internship coordinator, Elizabeth LaBonty. “Rodeo is such a great sport and it offers tremendous opportunities for our students to learn, compete, have fun

and build relationships with each other and the community.” Dues start at $25 a semester. Additional fees depend on the specific event students choose. Barrel racing, roping, goat tying or steer wrestling cost $150 per semester. Bull riding starts at $500 per semester. The team has already lined up one fundraiser. In conjunction with the Oleika Shriners Rodeo at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena Nov. 22-23, Lexington’s Austin City Saloon will be giving a portion of its cover charge proceeds to the UK Rodeo Team. “We’re excited to meet everyone who wants to support the UK Rodeo Team at Austin City Saloon,” said LaBonty. Those interested in learning more about the team can email ukrodeoteam@gmail. com. Information about the team, including upcoming clinics and events, can be found by visiting node/321.

Consignments are due for these upcoming sales. CONTACT US TODAY! March 1 KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo All Breeds Pen Heifer Sale Louisville, KY

March 1 KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo Simmental Show & Sale Louisville, KY

Doug and Debbie Parke Drew and Holli Hatmaker 153 Bourbon Hills Paris, KY 40361 859-987-5758 Cell: 859-421-6100 Upcoming Sales:

February 22 Sunset View Family Tradition Bull Sale Auburn, KY Selling Simmental & Sim-Angus


Happy Holidayss H 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 Meadow Farm 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

Cattle for Sale at all times.

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859.234.6956 Black & Gold Gelbviehs

Bray’s Gelbvieh 1568 Bray Ridge Road Bedford, Kentucky 40006 Phone: 502.255.3584 Bar IV Livestock

Full Circle Farms

Barry, Beth & Ben Racke • Brad Racke 7416 Tippenhauer Rd. • Cold Spring, KY 41076

Registered Gelbvieh Cattle Brad Burke 989 Metcalf Mill Rd. • Ewing, KY 41039 (H) 606-267-5609 • (C) 606-782-1367

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

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

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

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Rochester, KY 42273


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

KY Hereford-influenced Feeder Calf Sale December 4, 2013 Ÿ Bluegrass South Stockyards Ÿ Stanford, KY Contact person: Lowell Atwood 606-669-1455 2014 KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo entries due Dec. 10 Contact person: Dale Stith 918-760-1550 or Earlene Thomas 859-623-5734 Ÿ

President: Tony Staples President-elect: Robert Botkin 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

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

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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”


Registered Polled Herefords Bulls & Females for sale Tim & Peggy Wolf 12939 Peach Grove Rd. Alexandria, KY 41001 (859) 635-0899

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

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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

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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.

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he 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in the state of Kentucky recorded a total of 1526 Angus with the American Angus AssociationÂŽ during fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer. The 10 top recorders in Kentucky are: Oak Hollow, Smiths Grove, 209-head; Branch View Angus, Hustonville, 170; Jere L & Mary J Cannon, Flemingsburg, 170; Woodall Angus Farm, Quality, 166; Riverbend Farm, Danville, 164-head; Stone Gate Farms, Flemingsburg, 153; ContĘźd on pg. 67

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Smithland Farm, Russell Spgs, 145; Rock Ridge, Lawrenceburg, 121; J R Smoot, Campbellsville, 118-head; Isaacs Angus, Horse Cave, 110.         Angus breeders across the nation in 2013 registered 288,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our year-end statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidify our longheld position as a leader in the beef cattle industry,” Schumann says. “These results underscore our members’ commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry.” ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. The Association provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for



eslie Craig, Harrodsburg, Ky., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, junior activities director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. The 17-year-old daughter of Dan and Katrina Craig, Harrodsburg, Ky., attends Washington County High School. Craig is a member of the NJAA and Kentucky Junior Angus Association, where she currently serves as queen. She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Craig

participated in the quiz bowl contest and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. Craig has submitted information to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®). The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle. The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.
























































































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Feeder cattle prices were steady for the week. Calves were also steady. Market cows were steady. — Troy Applehans

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Dec. 4-7 Kentucky Farm Bureau 94th Annual Meeting Dec. 7 YPC Field Day & Christmas Party, See ad on pg. 50 Jan 1 Join by January 1 for a chance to win the Cattle Feeding Package donated by McBurney’s Livestock. Jan. 13 American Forage & Grassland Council, Memphis, TN Jan. 16-18 KCA Convention & Ag Industry Trade Show, Lexington Convention Center & Hyatt Hotel Feb. 1 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference, Lexington, KY Feb. 4-7 NCBA Conventions and Trade Show, Nashville, KY, See ad on pg. 34 Feb. 20 34th Kentucky Alfalfa Conference, WKU Expo Center, Bowling Green, KY Feb. 28-March 2 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo, KY Fair & Expo Center, Louisville, KY, See ad on pg. 17


Nov. 30 HammerHead Cattle Company Dispersion Sale, Central KY Angus Pavilion, Danville, KY Dec. 2 Stevenson’s Diamond Dot Cattle Company, Hobson, MT, See ad on pg. 30 Dec. 6 Bluegrass Invitational Angus Female Sale, Chenault Ag Center, Mt. Sterling, See ad on pg. 9 Dec. 7 December to Remember, Pleasant HIll Farms, Rockfield, KY Jan. 4 10th Annual Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale, Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion, Cookeville, TN


KING BEE CATTLE Dan Engle 290 Clines Road • Science Hill, KY 42553 home: 606/423-2971 • cell: 606/875-0076

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Nov. 30 Breeding for the Future Bull & Female Sale, Rockfield, KY Dec. 6 Tennessee Tech Bull Sale, Cookeville, TN Dec. 6 Knoll Crest Farm Performance Bull Sale, Red House, VA Dec. 7 GENETRUST @ Cavender’s Neches River Ranch, Jacksonville, TX, Reg.Brangus & Ultrablack & Charolais Bull Sale & Commercial Female Sale Dec. 7 Next Step Cattle Company Bull Sale, Auburn, AL Feb. 21 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale, Debter Hereford Farm Sale Facility, Horton, AL March 1 36th Annual Judd Ranch Gelbvieh, Balancer & Red Angus Bull Sale., Pomona, KS March 2 KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo Pen Heifer Sale

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The Balanced Breed DIAMOND J SALERS Donald Johnson 11660 N. Hwy 1247 • Eubank, KY 42564 606/379-1558

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Jan. 24 9th Annual Genetic Force Bull & Commercial Heifer Sale, Blue Grass Stockyards, Albany, KY, See ad on pg. 24 Jan. 25 CKAA 50th Annual Winter Sale, CKAA Sales Pavilion, Danville, KY Feb. 25 Woodall Angus 19th Annual Buyer’s Choice Bull Sale, At the farm, Quality, KY, See ad on pg. 20 March 2 KY Farm Bureau Beef Expo Angus Sale March 4 St. Clair Farms 5th Annual Bull & Female Sale, See ad on pg. 47

KONOW FARMS Joe, Chad, & Corey Konow 4170 Robey Bethel Grove Road Franklin, KY 42134 270/586-8780

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