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Issue Highlights Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know - pg. 13 Tips on Using Alternative Grain Storage - pg. 46 KJCA Hosts Largest Ever Fall Classic Show - pg. 50-59 KCA Convention Registration Open - pg. 66-67

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


55 Annual Fall Sale th

Saturday • November 11, 2017 • 1 PM (EDT) Central Kentucky Angus Sales Pavilion Ÿ Danville, KY

4 miles NE of Danville just off of Hwy 34 on Chenault Bridge Road and then Fork Church Road

GPS Address: 2286 Fork Church Road, Lancaster, KY 40444


Reg. No. 18852794 • Lot 14


Selling 200+ Head

Registered & Commercial Angus Cattle

153 Registered Angus - 50 Cows with 32 Calves: Several to calve by sale day 37 Open Heifers: Ready to breed for fall 2018 calves 14 Bred Heifers: 4 fall calving, 10 spring 20 Bulls: 15 fall yearlings, 3 two-year-olds, 2 spring yearlings Breeding Soundness evaluated, Excellent EPDs including several heifer acceptable 51 Commercial Angus - 7 Cow/Calf pairs 35 Bred Heifers: 6 to calve this fall, 29 in the spring 1 Open Heifer: A fancy SimAngus show prospect

AUCTIONEER: Eddie Burks, 270-991-6398 SALE DAY PHONES: 859-238-3195 or 859-583-0364

Reg. No. 18851136 • Lot 15

FOUR KINGS PREDESTINED 920 Reg. No. 16473059 • Lot 76

SEALS SURE FIRE 920 Reg. No. 18652270 • Lot 76B


FKA JULIA QUEEN FL11 Reg. No. 17622674 • Lot 73

CKAA Calendar of Events

Tim Dievert 478 Dry Fork Road Danville, KY 40422 Office: 859-236-4591 • Mobile: 859-238-3195 E-mail: Logan Goggin: 859-516-3199 • Like us on Facebook Online catalogs available at

November 11, 2017: 55th Annual Fall Heifer Sale January 27, 2018: 54th Annual Winter Sale April 21, 2018: 53rd Annual Spring Sale June 2018: 28th Annual Junior Show & Picnic Sept 14, 2018: Ladies Day 2018



Reg. No. 18652291 • Lot 71B

CKAA Officers


PRESIDENT: Bob Clark, Harrodsburg, KY VICE PRES: Pete Dennen, Harrodsburg KY TREASURER: John Goggin, Danville, KY SECRETARY: Joe Goggin, Danville, KY JR ADVISOR: Jamie Gray, Buffalo, KY PAST PRESIDENT: Tom McGinnis, Shelbyville, KY

SEALS BLACKBIRD 040 Reg. No. 18652290 • Lot 72B

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100 Females Including 50 Heifer Calf Splits 150 Hereford Females Friday

NOVEMBER 10, 2017

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West Kentucky Select BRED HEIFER SALE

Table of Contents COLUMNISTS 7 8 10 12 24 38 60 83

For more information contact:




All heifers are guaranteed bred to bulls with known EPDs and have met stringent requirements for health, quality and pelvic measurements.

All heifers qualify for KY Cost Share (CAIP) Most qualify for TN Cost Share (TAEP)

Sponsored by the Univ. of Kentucky and the Univ. of Tennessee Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

FEATURE STORIES 13 14 22 27 32 34 36 41

USED GUARDRAIL FOR SALE Available in 13.5’ and 26’ Lengths

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6’ & 8’ Galvanized Steel I Beam Posts “The Best Posts for the Best Corrals!”

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Chuck Crutcher, Badge of Honor Ryan Quarles, Give the Gift of Kentucky Proud Dave Maples, The Best of the Best Baxter Black, Jose and the Hoodoo Cow Chris Teutsch, Rotational Stocking: Getting Started Dr. Michelle Arnold, Part II: Interpretation of Water Quality Reports and How to Address Common Water Problems Glen Aiken, What’s in Your Hay Barn? Roy Burris, She’s Been a Good ‘un!

42 46 62 66 65 75 79

16-20 28-30 50-59 68-69 70-71 72-73 76 81 84 85

Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know Selling the Sizzle AND the Steak National Coalition Launches Pilot Research Project to Improve Sustainability in US Beef Industry NCBA Responds to Treasury Decision to Withdraw Section 2704 Valuation Regulation Kentucky Organic Sales Triples, Number of Farms Doubled in Five Years Registration Now Open for 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show UK Ag Economist Offers Reminders for Working Within Tight Budgets NCBA Rancher to Congress: “Japan and Asia Pacific Markets Vital to U.S. Beef UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Goes Mobile Educating Kentuckians Tips on Using Alternative Grain Storage Celebrating 50 Years at King Livestock Company KCA Convention & Trade Show Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership Make Managing Price Risk Part of Your Culture Stonnie Sullivan Permanently Barred from Buying and Selling Livestock

County News Economic & Policy Update KJCA Membership Kentucky Beef Council Kentucky Beef Network News Releases The Y.A.R.D.S. Calendar of Events - Advertisers Index Classified Section: - Classified ads

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KJCA Hosts Largest Ever Fall Classic Show

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Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association 2017 Leadership REGION 1

KCA Regional Directors:

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



Chuck Crutcher 4364 Berrytown Rd Rineyville, KY 40162 (270) 272-6269


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


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




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

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



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

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


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

KCA’s Past Presidents:

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

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

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


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


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

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


*Jeremy Jones, 859-749-2233 Mickey Staton, 606-674-2195 Endre Fink, 859-559-7765 Doug Marshall, 859-885-3919 Bo Tate, 859-661-2325 Larry Swetnam, 859-293-5600 Jason Sandefur, 859-987-0336 Randy Warner, 859-771-5280 Curtis Absher, 859-533-9888 Clay Wills, 859-749-8248 Jason Crowe, 606-723-6062


*Gary Ford, Vice President, 270-402-2194 Steve Devine, 859-583-7824 Steve Downs, 270-865-2611 Brent Woodrum, 859-583-3193 Ian Thomas, 859-613-2453 Anne Bays, 615-478-8450 Larry Parman, 606-878-7516 Greg Robey, 859-734-0067 Eddie Young, 859-262-5682 Adam Chunglo, 859-613-2985 Brenda Williams, 606-669-2909 Tommy Glasscock, 270-692-4336 * Denotes member of Executive committee

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


176 Pasadena Drive,Lexington, KY 40503 Phone 859/278-0899 Fax 859/260-2060 Web Site: or E-Mail:

Executive Vice President Dave Maples Communication & Special Project Coordinator Emilee Wendorf Staff Accountant Kelly Tucker Director of Kentucky Beef Network Becky Thompson KBN Industry Coordinator Dan Miller KBC Director of Consumer Affairs Kiah Twisselman KBC Director of Education Niki Ellis

KBC Director of Product Development Katelyn Hawkins Membership Coordinator Nikki Whitaker Communications Manager Jacob Redway Publication Coordinator Carey Brown National Advertising Sales Livestock Advertising Network, Debby Nichols, 859/321-8770

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Badge of Honor Chuck Crutcher

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


he Blue Grass Stockyards has had its ribbon cutting ceremony and with that signals the opening of the YARDS (Youth, Advocacy, Research, Demonstration and Sustainability) classroom. The classroom was given to the KCA as a way to promote and educate the consumer about our cattle industry. Located across from the Horse Park, it is situated to facilitate public access which we have never had. Sponsors, wishing to help in the educational process, outfitted the classroom. In order

to give the Beef Council access to the school systems around the state, the Beef Council hired Niki Ellis who has an Ag. Teaching degree. In the short time the classroom has been open it has been used by Farm Bureau, cattlemen’s tour groups and other commodity groups. Just recently the Kroger Meat Managers held a training session in the classroom. This is the first time that this group was able to see how the beef in the meat case begins its journey to the finished product. Potentially, the classroom has the way to open new doors; thus reaching the consumer in new and exciting ways. We have another good group that provides a bright outlook for the future in Kentucky agricultural; the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association. They held their Fall Classic, a three day event, at Morehead State farm. I was only able to spend part of the day with them on

1st Annual

Friday, November

10th, 6:00pm CST

Bluegrass Stockyards of Albany • 1274 Hwy 90 W • Albany, KY

Selling Approximately 80-100 head Cow/calf pairs rst calf , Bred AI and Natural and Open heifers • • • • • •

Bred Heifers guaranteed pregnant 30 days after sale (Vet Checked) All cattle have been screened for structure, disposition, feet and legs, pinkeye scars, shorts, and rattails. Bred to bulls with known EPDs and have met requirements for health, quality, and pelvic measurements. Open heifers will be guaranteed open by consignor and pelvic measured (Vet checked). Heifers will sell in lots ranging from 1-5, most will be 2-4 head per lot. Many heifers will qualify for KY CAIP cost-share. Sale Sponsored by:

Twin Lakes Cattlemen’s Association, Clinton/Cumberland Cattlemen’s Association, Kentucky Beef Network, Bluegrass Stockyards, Clinton County Cooperative Extension Service and Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information contact: Steve Peddicord 606-688-4492 Terry Riley 270-406-3010 Charles Embry 270-646-5939 y Gu y 606-387-5404 Chelsey Anderson 270-433-7700 Bret Carver 270-459-0724

Saturday, but noted that this event is comparable to any county fair livestock show. They had activities going on all day with educational challenges open to all age groups. I helped judge the Novice age group (5-10) on their sales presentation of an animal or product. These boys and girls were very bright and articulate. With these youngsters coming into our industry, we are in good hands. I would encourage everyone to come to the Fall Classic next year to see our future on display. Recently, as I was coming out of the field after checking my cows I came by one of the walnut trees on our farm. This brought back memories of when my brothers and I were growing up on the family farm. We had a lot of walnut trees and we would pick up walnuts by the bucketful. We scattered them on the driveway to be run over to break the outer hull. We would then pick them up

and take them to the barn loft to finish drying before selling them. Needless to say the stain from the walnuts was almost everlasting, even after a good scrubbing with Borax soap. When we went to school, no one made fun of our dirty hands as most all of our friends carried the same stain as a “Badge of Honor”. I can only imagine how we would be singled out and treated in today’s environment. The holiday season is starting, but let us first remember Veteran’s Day and thank all those that have served and those serving that give us the freedom to be with our families. On Thanksgiving Day, pause and give thanks to the one that makes this all possible! The “Yeti” water jugs are flying off the shelf. The elves have started filling orders. If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift place an order.

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he hustle and bustle of the holiday season is closer than you think. It’s never too soon to think about gifts for your friends and loved ones. A Kentucky Proud gift will appeal to their sense of place and their love of our great Commonwealth. The Kentucky Proud brand stands for farm products that reflect our unique culture and our rich agricultural heritage. A Kentucky Proud gift says you care enough to give something special made by a Kentucky farm family or small business. For faraway friends and family with Kentucky roots, a Kentucky Proud gift is a little piece of home. Look for the familiar blue, green, and red Kentucky Proud logo wherever you shop, either in person or online. Whether you’re looking for ideas or for a specific special something, a great place to start is the Kentucky Proud website,, or the Kentucky Proud Locater app. And for holiday get-togethers, buy Kentucky Proud for fresh, delicious foods and beverages

your guests will love. While we enjoy the spirit of the season, let’s not forget those who are in unfortunate circumstances. The holidays are especially difficult for those who can’t fully participate in the festivities of the season. I hope you will join me in giving generously to the charity, food bank, or faith community of your choice over the holidays and all year long. As your agriculture commissioner, I’m especially concerned about feeding the hungry. It’s the responsibility of those of us who are blessed with plenty to make sure our less fortunate brothers and sisters have enough to eat. This basic human need must be addressed before we can expect them to help themselves. That’s why I launched the Hunger Initiative a year and a half ago. As a result of our efforts, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation that shields businesses and individuals from legal liability related to donated food. And this past summer, our friends at Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank donated freezers to more than 150 food pantries throughout Kentucky, which will enable them to accept donations of meat and frozen foods. But there’s still work to do, and we will continue to search for solutions to Kentucky’s chronic food insecurity problem during this season and long after the holiday season has passed.

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The Best of the Best Dave Maples

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


ssociation Health Insurance Plans have been in the news lately. If you are in a place that you are going to have to look for other options for health insurance I would recommend that you investigate an Association plan. A couple of years ago the KCA leadership invested the time into establishing an Agriculture Industry Health Subtrust. The infrastructure is in place to allow Kentucky farm families the opportunity to participate in the Association health insurance programs. Along with the Cattlemen’s Association, A few of the WKU Ag Alumni that attended Homecoming festivities included Dr. Garry Lacefield, Dr. Paul Woosley, the Kentucky Dairy Development Billy Ray Smith, Dr. Don Ball and Dave Maples. Council, Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the Kentucky Soybean Association have all joined the trust. laboratory. This is a beautiful facility. was more than one county. Barren had Garry Lacefield and Billy Ray Smith There are a couple of requirements that I am so proud of Dr. Debbie Reed, the best sponsor presentation. Robert have taken the lead, from what I can see, you have to meet before an agent can the Director of the Breathitt Veterinary Hendricks with New Holland did a to spear head a change in the Agriculture quote you a price. One of the require- Center. Dr. Reed was a classmate of nice job speaking on hay balers and hay program at Western. My time at WKU ments is that you have to have at least mine at Western Kentucky University equipment. And as always the Fayette and the WKU farm were a very important two employees. Most of our members’ back in the day. County Farm Bureau had the most time in my life and I was glad to see the farming operations are husband and County meetings are always a great politicians. There were 10 of the 15 farm looking as nice as it did and with wife and that does not count unless you way to connect with our members. city council members in attendance at as many activities going on as they had. have your farming business set up as a This month I was in Barren, Jessamine, the meeting at the new Blue Grass I was also very happy to see four of my business with a tax ID number or a LLC Trimble, Casey and Fayette (Farm Stockyards. former agriculture professors. I have or incorporated in some manner. I would Bureau) county meetings. The meals We also had a full board meeting this many friends that I met as a student at hate to be a health insurance agent are always the most important part of month and an open house at Eden Shale WKU that are or have been in important because they can’t just quote you a rate the meeting and I will have to say that Farm. I am so proud of the work that is Agriculture leadership positions. Just unless you jump through some hoops Casey County would have won the meal being done at the farm. Dan Miller does a few names that were at the event first. All I can tell you is that my family contest this month for me. I don’t know a nice job with the blog and reporting were Former Ag Commissioner Billy has been a participant in the Association why everyone is not a member of KCA on the different projects that are taking Ray Smith, State Representative Wilson plan for four years now and the differ- because all the meals in each county are place at the farm. Stone (my Beef Production instructor) ence has been significant. always really good and have a higher Two more events that I have to Dr. Garry Lacefield, Dr. Don Ball from I have had the opportunity to get value than the dues. Jessamine had the give a shout out to would be Sheldon Auburn University, Warren Beeler (my around the Commonwealth this month. best speaker Dr. Henry Allen. Dr. Allen McKinney with the Kentucky FFA Purebred marketing instructor), Sam Traveling across Kentucky every month spoke on pinkeye prevention and one Foundation. Sheldon orchestrated the Lawson (former Ag Development Board is normal and it reminds me when I lady said, “that was the best speech she very best fund raiser I have been to in a member), Fran McCall (Kentucky travel that we have a lot to be proud had heard in a long time”. long time. The FFA Foundation raised Farm Bureau), Sheldon McKinney, of in Kentucky Agriculture. The Farm Trimble county had the largest crowd over $90,000 at this event. (FFA Foundation), and Margie Baker, Bureau Beef committee meeting was with the most educational opportunities. And the last event was Homecoming (Tennessee Department of Agriculture). in Hopkinsville at the new diagnostic This was a regional meeting so there at Western Kentucky University. Dr. 10

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Williams Angus



PERFORMANCE TESTED BULL SALE Held with Powell Farms Female Sale

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e run this ol’ cow in the squeeze chute, she rattled and fought all the way. Then rammed a hind foot through the side bars and managed to cowkick José. He dropped the syringe he was holdin’. It stuck in the toe of his boot, ‘Least, now he’s protected from Lepto. He gave her the gringo salute! She thrashed and created a shambles of everything not battened down. She moved the whole chute off its footing and knocked poor José

to the ground. We finally, somehow, got her captured and squeezed with her head stickin’ out. My job was to check on her dentures. I carefully reached for the snout. She buried her nose to the hubcaps and watched with her little pig eye ‘Til my body leaned into the strike zone then she swung her head like a scythe! The vet plunged himself to the armpit, in search of a pregnancy there. I prayed every year she’d be open, if God would just answer my prayer “Big calf!” Came the cry from the backside. Like always I drew the short straw. It looked like another long winter with Darth Vader’s mother-in-law. José and I watched her departing. We’d spent quite awhile with this bunch and knew that ol’ cow for a hoodoo that dang sure would eat a man’s lunch.

She’d climb up yer rope like a viper and make a man hunt a new job and any poor fool that dismounted could wind up on her shish-kabob. I reminded José how we’d saved her that time she got stuck in the bog. I lost a good rope in the process, she wallered José like a hog! “You nearly got drownded, Amigo.” “ Verdad. Muy mala, that cow. If we’d have leaved her for the lobos, my foot, she would not hurting now.” The boss was surveyin’ the wreckage, “I think this here tailgate is broke. Say, José, did she git all her shots?” José eyed the boss then he spoke, “She’s missing the one she’s most needing. La puerca’s too much with her tricks.” “You mean,” asked the boss, “Vitamin A?” “Oh, no, Senor, thirty-ought-six!”

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Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know


n just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers. “The updated online questionnaire is very user-friendly – it can now be used on any electronic device, and can be saved and revisited as the producer’s schedule allows,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “Responding online saves time and protects data quality. That’s our mission at NASS – to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Better data mean informed decisions, and that’s why it

is so important that every producer respond and be represented.” New time-saving features of the online questionnaire include automatically calculating totals, skipping sections that do not pertain to the operation, and providing dropdown menus of frequent responses. Producers still have one week to try the online questionnaire demo on the census of agriculture website (www. The census website will continue to be updated with new information through the census response deadline of February 5, 2018. One recently added feature is a new video from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reminding all producers to respond when they receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail later this year. Revisions and additions to the 2017 Census of Agriculture aim to capture a

more detailed account of the industry. Producers will see a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running the business. Response to the census of agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any producer. The time required to complete the questionnaire is estimated at 50 minutes. In October, NASS will make a census preparation checklist available on the census website to help producers gather necessary information

in advance. Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them; it is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture – from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer’s voice, future, and opportunity. For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www. or call (800) 7279540.


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Selling the Sizzle AND the Steak



on Bednarski recognizes himself as a niche marketer and he’s OK with that. “When you start to realize you’re just a very small pea in the pod, you learn that there’s room for all of us.” The Oldham County cattleman doesn’t want to be the biggest beef producer and marketer in the country, or the state for that matter, but he does want to be one of the best. To accomplish that goal, he has developed some specialized marketing strategies in an attempt to add value to the Belted Galloway steers he backgrounds.

The Direct Connection

Sher wood Acres Farm was founded in 2003 after Bednarski’s family gave him three Belted Galloways for a birthday present. Around 2005 Bednarski and business partner Dan Weintraub decided to take their product straight to the customer through sales at farmer’s markets. “Back then, in a farmer’s market, you saw produce, vegetables, stuff like that, but you didn’t see any meats. So, here we are, brand new farmers, backing up to a farmer’s market and we’re going to sell frozen meat.” From the beginning it was apparent that the meat wasn’t going to sell itself. Utilizing direct beef marketing grant funds f rom the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Bednarski called upon 25 years of sales experience in the log and timber-framed housing business to craft a plan to sell his steaks and roasts. “The first thing we did was produce a web site, a brochure and business cards. Then we put together a professional booth layout. We wanted people to think we had been in business five years, not five minutes.” 14

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Ÿ Leases for barns, bins, irrigation, Sherwood Acres still sells at select farmers markets, arriving in a black and white van painted to suggest the markings of his beloved Beltie steers. The cuts are boneless, so as to prevent puncture of the vacuum packaging, and bear a professionally designed and produced label with the company’s logo and information. Bednarski feels it’s important that the product not only taste good, but look good. The product is also available from a small retail facility, referred to as “The World’s Smallest Beef Shoppe” at the company’s headquarters in LaGrange. Selling mail-order via the internet was also considered, but the logistics of delivering a quality product on such a small scale made the idea impractical.

Adding Value

The primal cuts sold well at the farmers markets, but there was a small problem. “We would come home after the weekend, having sold our primal cuts, and we’d have 200 or 300 pounds of ground beef left,” Bednarski explains. At first, the company investigated selling to restaurants and local markets, but found their customers expecting to pay wholesale prices for the product. One exception is

the Louisville restaurant, Muscle and Burger Bar. The establishment buys large quantities of the product and pays on delivery. The Sherwood Farms logo is included on the menu, not only to promote the supplier but to also establish the local link, assuring diners that the meat being used was sourced f rom a nearby producer.

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Finding the Niche

Bednarski continues to look for new and better ways to sell his wares and has begun producing a BaconCheeseburger Bratwurst, developed with the assistance of Brooks Meats in Walton. There is also a frozen chili product in the works. These products are targeted for the individual consumer and may also be provided in larger quantities for bigger venues like the Kentucky State Fair and food vendors at sporting events. “More than ever, today people want to have a connection to the farm,” Bednarski reflects. He thinks that ’s the real advantage niche marketers have over larger concerns. “They want to know what goes on behind these gates, and I’m good with that. A niche guy can do that, where a big guy doesn’t have the time to do that.”

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Whitley County

Barren County

Eskridge Shelton, Vice-President of the Whitley County Cattlemen’s Association is pictured with Alex Sutton, recipient of the 2017 Cattlemen’s Scholarship.

Cattlemen’s Meeting – The Barren County Cattlemen’s meeting was held Thursday evening, September 21 at the Barren County High School Trojan Academy. During the meeting Robert Hendricks representing New Holland presented a program on Efficiency with farm equipment and statistics on where farm equipment’s top markets are trending in America. Dave Maples of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association gave an update on the Cattlemen’s Association.



lex Sutton is a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University where she is majoring in Agriculture. When asked how her studies are going, Alex replied “Good, so far. I just got my mid-term grades and they’re all A’s. I’ve been able to test out of the ag equipment class, so I feel I’m doing well.” Alex was the recipient of a $1000 scholarship awarded by the Whitley County Cattlemen’s Association to a Whitley County senior with plans to pursue a degree in Agriculture. Among her achievements Alex listed a GPA of 4.0; 2016-17 President and 2015-16 Secretary of the Whitley County High School Future Farmers of America chapter, Treasurer of KY River FFA Region, and membership in the Colonel Strings, a group of students who play mostly bluegrass country and gospel music. In addition, according to the FFA Banquet Program, Alex was recognized as winner of the “nail driving” and “seed spit 16

ting” competition in their annual redneck games! When asked to describe Alex’s character and abilities, Glenn Croley, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor at WCHS said, “She is flawless! She always strives to do her best and is one of the most outstanding students I have had. Not only has she been an excellent student, she is a really good person. It has been a pleasure to have her in my classes.” The Whitley County Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to recognize the academic achievement and leadership qualities of Alex and especially pleased with her progress as a student at EKU. We feel our scholarship is being put to good use. In addition to our scholarship, Alex was awarded with a four-year membership in our association. We count it a privilege to be able to contribute to her career goals and pledge to monitor and applaud her progress in the field of agriculture.

Marion County

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Honory member of Marion County Cattlemen’s Association. This cat belongs to Bess & Tommy Glasscock, member of the association.


Metcalfe County

Hobdy, Dye and Read was represented well. (L-R) Anthony McDougle, Lee Jessie, and Metcalfe County’s very own Barry Dean Steele. SUBMITTED BY MOE HENSLEY he quarterly meeting of the Metcalfe County Cattlemen Association was held on Sept. 28 at the Metcalfe County Extension Office. Approximately 75 people were present at the meeting. After the welcome by President Bobby


Druen, Forrest Devore blessed the meal. Everyone was treated to ribeye steak sandwiches with baked beans and slaw prepared by the Metcalfe County Cattlemen Cooking Crew. After the meal, Warren Beeler, Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy was on hand to explain to the crowd on some things his office does. He talked about Kentucky Agricultural Development

Funds, which includes the CAIP Program and the Beginning Farmer Program among others and how they have helped Kentucky farmers. He also asked the crowd for suggestions on new programs that might help them in the future. He has such a positive attitude towards agriculture that we should all adopt. As he wound his presentation down he left us with this, “When you pick up a fork to eat, Thank a Farmer”. The business meeting was held next. Routine business was the norm and everybody was notified of the CAIP Program signups that began that day and would run through October 20. Lynn Hawkins also notified the Association of the Farm to Table Program being sponsored. Next up was a power point from Terry Allen, Ag Product Specialist for the Kubota Corporation. Terry gave us an overview of some of the ag products that Kubota has to offer. Kubota Corporation introduced its first tractor to the United States in 1969, filling a product void in the American marketplace for a sub-

compact tractor. Then in 1972, Kubota Tractor Corporation was formed and the company continues to expand its product lines for the U.S. market. These expansions, including buying other entities out, continue to this day. Kubota now offers products in a wide variety of agriculture tractors and hay equipment along with their construction and utility equipment. Hobdy, Dye and Read, Inc. was the sponsor of the meeting. Hobdy, Dye and Read carries New Holland, Kubota, Massey Ferguson, Kinze, Krone, Bush Hog and Schulte equipment along many other brands. Since 1907 Hobdy, Dye & Read Inc. has strived to meet the needs of their customers and the farming community and they hope to do so for many years to come.  They have 6 locations(Scottsville, Bowling Green, Leitchfield, Hardinsburg, Columbia and Cave City) to serve all your farming needs. And finally, I leave you with this; FARM LOGIC, If the gate’s open, close it. Just make sure you’re on the right side before you do.

at Heritage Farms, hosted by Craig Cohron and family. Heritage Farms is a diverse farming operation in Butler County ranging from poultry and swine, to beef, as well as a forage based operation. The topics covered included hoop barn feeding systems, wrapped silage demonstrations, orchard grass and alfalfa forage based discussion with Forage Extension Specialist, Dr. Chris Teutsch from Princeton, KY. Several members attended. Farm Credit Services of Bowling Green and Morgantown Bank and Trust of Morgantown sponsored the meal prepared by Greg Drake, Extension Service Agent in the county. Ron Glass

past president and current president Chad Tyree’s family. This field day is the kick off for Butler County’s Annual sale

held March 10, 2018 at the Eva Hawes building in Morgantown.

Terry Allen, Ag Product Specialist, Kubota Corporation.

Butler County


he Butler County Stockman’s Association held its fourth annual field day September 30

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Muhlenberg County Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims


uhlenberg County citizens worked hard to do their part for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Non -perishable goods, pet food, water and other items were loaded onto a box trailer and sent to Dickenson and Port Arthur Texas. Vicki Slinker of Double S Farms, a local grain operation in Muhlenberg County coordinated the efforts. She utilized Facebook to get the word out to solicit donations. The Muhlenberg County Cattlemen’s Association purchased a pallet of bottle water to help with the effort.


Students from the Muhlenberg County FFA Chapter and one of the Vocational Agriculture teachers helped load water onto the trailer. Although the Association’s effort wasn’t as great as when they sent hay to Oklahoma during the drought and to Louisiana after Hurricane Rita, the tight timeline required them to act fast. Just like so many County Cattlemen’s Associations across this great Commonwealth, Muhlenberg County was just doing their part.

Caption: Pictured Back Row, Left to right: Brance Cain, Scott Cronin, Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Nate Lear, Front Row: Dylan Turley, Josh Jordan, and ET Pendley, Muhlenberg County Cattlemen’s Association

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Jackson County




he JCCA Family Fun Night on was held on September 15th. The JCCA hosted the event, which included a hayride, inflatables for the children, and ribeye steak dinners.   We would like to thank the following sponsors for their participation and donations:   Southeastern Farm Supply, LLC, London, KY; Southern States Cooperative, London, KY; Benge Farm Supply, London, KY; and, Von’s Flower’s and Gift, Mckee, KY.  We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our raffle, for both the calf and toy tractor.   The winner of the calf was Rodney Boggs of Annville, KY., and the winner of the toy tractor was Anita Murphy of Mckee, KY.  


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INDICATIONS: Cattle - Single-Dose Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle; and for the control of BRD in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle at high risk of developing BRD associated with M. haemolytica, P. multocida, H. somni and M. bovis. Cattle - Multiple-Day Therapy: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. Swine: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis. RESIDUE WARNINGS: Cattle: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Swine: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 5 days of receiving a single-injection dose. HUMAN WARNINGS: For use in animals only. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes. In case of dermal contact, wash skin with soap and water. Consult a physician if irritation persists following ocular or dermal exposures. Individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to quinolones should avoid this product. In humans, there is a risk of user photosensitization within a few hours after excessive exposure to quinolones. If excessive accidental exposure occurs, avoid direct sunlight. For customer service, to obtain a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or to report adverse reactions, call Norbrook at 1-866-591-5777. PRECAUTIONS: The effects of enrofloxacin on cattle or swine reproductive performance, pregnancy and lactation have not been adequately determined. The long-term effects on articular joint cartilage have not been determined in pigs above market weight. Subcutaneous injection can cause a transient local tissue reaction that may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Enroflox 100 contains different excipients than other enrofloxacin products. The safety and efficacy of this formulation in species other than cattle and swine have not been determined. Quinolone-class drugs should be used with caution in animals with known or suspected Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders. In such animals, quinolones have, in rare instances, been associated with CNS stimulation which may lead to convulsive seizures. Quinolone-class drugs have been shown to produce erosions of cartilage of weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species. See Animal Safety section for additional information. ADVERSE REACTIONS: No adverse reactions were observed during clinical trials. ANIMAL SAFETY: In cattle safety studies, clinical signs of depression, incoordination and muscle fasciculation were observed in calves when doses of 15 or 25 mg/kg were administered for 10 to 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, inappetance and incoordination were observed when a dose of 50 mg/kg was administered for 3 days. An injection site study conducted in feeder calves demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue and underlying muscle. In swine safety studies, incidental lameness of short duration was observed in all groups, including the saline-treated controls. Musculoskeletal stiffness was observed following the 15 and 25 mg/kg treatments with clinical signs appearing during the second week of treatment. Clinical signs of lameness improved after treatment ceased and most animals were clinically normal at necropsy. An injection site study conducted in pigs demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue. Norbrook Laboratories Limited, Newry, BT35 6PU, Co. Down, Northern Ireland I01 March 2015 The Norbrook logos and Enroflox® are registered trademarks of Norbrook Laboratories Limited.


National Coalition Launches Pilot Research Project to Improve Sustainability in US Beef Industry NOBLE FOUNDATION


nvironmental, social and economic sustainability is a longheld objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project. McDonald’s USA, Tyson Foods, Noble Research Institute, Beef Marketing Group (BMG) and Golden State Foods today announced the two-year pilot research project that will seek methods to improve sustainability across the entire beef value chain, test metrics established by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) and explore scalable solutions that could be applicable to beef production across the country. The Noble Research Institute, the largest, independent agricultural research organization in the United States, will coordinate and provide project management services for the overall project. “Our efforts will examine every step of beef production from the ranch to the consumer’s plate,” said Billy Cook, Ph.D., director of the Noble Research Institute Agricultural Division. “For generations, agricultural producers have found ways to increase production through more efficient practices and responsible land stewardship. This project translates this approach of continuous improvement into a realworld, systems-wide application that holds the potential to someday benefit producers and customers around the globe.” “McDonald’s is synonymous with burgers, which is why we believe we have a responsibility to help evolve our industry to produce beef in a

more sustainable way,” said Rickette Collins, McDonald’s senior director of global supply chain. “We see this program as another step forward on the journey toward a more sustainable beef supply and, through collaboration, will help develop a more sustainable and efficient beef supply chain that benefits the environment, producers and, ultimately, our customers.” Each of the five organizations involved in the project represent a different step in the beef production chain. Ranchers who are a part of the Noble Research Institute’s Integrity Beef Alliance will raise the cattle for the project. The Integrity Beef program emphasizes progressive management methods, ranch stewardship and humane care of all livestock. BMG will feed the cattle in one of their feedyards in Kansas. BMG, which has been at the forefront of the sustainability effort, is a cooperative that works with local farmers, cowcalf producers, stocker operators and auction markets to maximize efficiency not only in their feedyard but across the entire value chain. “Each of our collaborating organizations actively seeks new methods and innovations that ultimately lead to increased sustainability,” said John Butler, BMG chief executive officer. “Imagine what will happen when you bring all five organizations together to examine the entire process. The possibilities of additional knowledge, improved efficiencies and new ideas are almost limitless.” BMG will send the cattle to Tyson Foods for harvesting. Some of the meat will then go to Golden State Foods, which supplies McDonald’s with some

of the 100 percent beef patties served at its restaurants. “We’re pleased to be part of this pilot project, which complements Tyson Foods’ ongoing commitment to operate sustainably,” said Leigh Ann Johnston, Tyson Foods director of sustainability. “We’re continually exploring new ways to be more efficient in every corner of our business, including energy and water conservation, and recycling.” “For generations, people have loved the McDonald’s 100 percent pure beef hamburger,” said Wayne Morgan, Ph.D., Golden State Foods corporate vice president and Protein Products Group president. “Through this research, consumers will now be able to understand the entire value chain connected to helping McDonald’s create that delicious hamburger. Consumers will also see that all of McDonald’s partners are dedicated to providing that quality hamburger in the most sustainable manner possible so that families can continue enjoying them for many years to come.” The project ’s participating companies, cooperative and research institution are members of the USRSB, a national coalition of public and private organizations focused on leading the effort to improve the sustainability of beef production, processing and distribution. “Consumers asked the agriculture and food production sectors to be more sustainable, and we have responded,” said Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Research Institute. “This research project is a reflection of our dedication to the agriculture industry and its current consumers as well as those who we hope to serve in the future.”

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Rotational Stocking: Getting Started Chris Teutsch

----------------UK Extension Forage Specialist


ontrolled grazing is truly a powerful tool. How we manage grazing can impact both pasture productivity and composition. Understanding how forage plants grow and how grazing impacts that growth is key to improving grazing management. Grazing management and forage plant growth. How we graze our pastures has a profound impact on both pasture productivity and botancical composition. To fully understand the effects of grazing management we need to talk a little bit about forage plant growth. After defoliation (grazing or cutting), plants need energy to regrow. In grasses this energy comes from two places. The first is leaf area remaining after grazing. The remaining leaf area is like a solar panel that captures sunlight and converts it into energy (sugars and carbohydrates) that the plant can use for regrowth. The more leaf area we leave, the larger the solar panel and the faster pastures will regrow. The second place that energy comes from for regrowth, is stored carbohydrates. The location of these stored energy reserves depends on the plant species. For example, orchardgrass and tall fescue stores it energy in the stem bases, while Kentucky bluegrass and bermudagrass stores its energy in its stolons and rhizomes (modified stems that grow just above or below the soil surface). So grasses that store their energy in the stem base are more susceptible to close and frequent grazing compared with grasses that store their energy in stolons and rhizomes that are safely below the grazing height of livestock. The amount of stored energy in 24

pasture plants depends on whether or not we rest our pastures between grazing events. Resting pastures allows leaf area to regrow and carbohydrate reserves to be stored up. In general, tall growing legumes are more dependent on stored energy for regrowth. For example alfalfa is completely dependent on stored energy in the tap root for regrowth. This means that it needs time to rest and replenish its stored carbohydrates between grazing events. That is the reason that alfalfa does not persist well in continuous grazing systems. Grazing height. In our naturalized pastures, close grazing will tend to favor grass and legume species that have leaf

influence the botanical composition. Grazing a mixture that includes both cool- and warm-season species during the summer months will tend to shift the botanical composition toward the warm-season species. This commonly occurs in pastures in Southside. Grazing these pastures hard during the summer months favors the bermudagrass and crabgrass, especially during and after droughts. Putting it all together. How we manage our pastures can have profound effects on the botanical composition. I would like to give several examples for different regions of the state. The first example is for pastures in the mountainous

After almost two decades of attending and teaching grazing schools, it finally dawned on me that we make implementing rotational stocking too hard. area and energy stores close to the soil surface. This results in a shift toward low growing species such as bermudagrass, Kentucky bluegrass and white clover. A higher grazing height would tend to shift the botanical composition back toward our tall growing cool-season grass species such as tall fescue and orchardgrass. Grazing frequency. How often we graze or if we utilize rotational stocking can influence the botanical composition of our naturalized pastures. Most pasture species benefit from rotational stocking. Some species are more tolerant of frequent grazing. These species tend to have leaf area close to the soil surface that is retained even under close grazing and include bluegrass, white clover, and bermudagrass. This means that grazing naturalized pastures closely and frequently will tend to shift the botanical composition toward these species. Grazing timing. The time of the season when pastures are grazed can also

regions of eastern Kentucky. In this example a cattle producer notices that his pastures are becoming dominated by Kentucky bluegrass and common white clover. While these species have some positive attributes, they tend to be lower producing when compared to ladino clover and tall growing grass species like orchardgrass or tall fescue. To shift the botanical composition back toward tall growing cool-season grasses and legumes like ladino and red clover he needs to raise his grazing height and allow his pastures to rest between grazing events. This will favor the taller growing species in this mixture and improve pasture productivity by leaving more residual leaf area and allowing them time to store energy up between grazing events. The second example is for western Kentucky. A producer has a mixture of tall fescue and bermudagrass, but would like to have more summer grazing. In this situation he can shift the composition of the sward toward

the bermudagrass (warm-season grass) by applying nitrogen fertilizer in early summer and utilizing his pastures heavily during the summer months. This will tend to suppress and weaken the cool-season species and encourage the bermudagrass and other naturally occurring warm-season grasses. These grasses have the ability to produce more dry matter during the summer months compared to cool-season species like tall fescue and orchardgrass. Using improved varieties. After you determine what species are well adapted to your area and management practices, you may want to consider using improved varieties. These varieties may offer considerable benefits in terms of improved yield, animal performance, and persistence. For example, improved varieties of clover, orchardgrass, alfalfa, and even sericea lespedeza have been selected for greater tolerance to grazing, making them a better choice for pastures. If you have had the chance, take a look at the Kentucky Variety Testing Results. They are available at www. Forage/ForageVarietyTrials2.htm or by stopping in and visiting with your local extension agent. Implementing rotational stocking. I am a slow learner. After almost two decades of attending and teaching grazing schools, it finally dawned on me that we make implementing rotational stocking too hard. We talk about building new fences and installing miles of water lines and frost free waterers, and using lots of temporary fencing to further subdivide pastures. All of this can seem like an overwhelming task for most producers new to rotational grazing. In reality, on most cattle farms in Kentucky all we need to do is close some gates and we will have a simple rotational grazing system that allows us to start managing our grass. So let’s take the first step toward improved grazing management by getting out the truck and shutting that gate!!!

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NCBA Responds to Treasury Decision to Withdraw Section 2704 Valuation Regulation


ational Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-elect Kevin Kester today issued the following statement regarding the announcement from the U.S. Treasury that it is recommending the complete withdrawal of proposed Section 2704 regulations: “On behalf of NCBA and our nation’s beef producers, I’d like to thank the U.S. Treasury and the IRS for their decision today to entirely withdraw the proposed Section 2704 estate tax valuation regulations. “Livestock producers have used legitimate valuation discounts for more than two decades as a means of maintaining ownership of the family business from one generation to the next. These regulations threatened to upend succession plans, halt any potential expansion and growth, and would have required a majority of livestock operations to liquidate assets in order to simply survive from one generation to the next. Media/FINAL.Kester%20IRS%20 Testimony.pdf to view his prepared testimony. Last month he also told his family’s personal death-tax story in a video produced by NCBA as part of its “Cattlemen For Tax Reform” media campaign. Scan the QR code below to watch the video.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the

Livestock producers have used legitimate valuation discounts for more than two decades as a means of maintaining ownership of the family business from one generation to the next. “We’re grateful the Treasury has made good on their commitment to reduce complexity and lessen the burden of tax regulations, particularly for family farmers and ranchers.” On Dec. 1, 2016, Kester testified before the IRS on this issue. Visit http://

industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEFUSA or

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The Agricultural Economics Depar tment publishes the Economic and Policy Update towards the end of each month. Each issue features articles written by extension personnel within the department and other experts across the country. Topics will vary greatly but regularly include marketing, management, policy, natural resources, and rural development issues. If you would like to recieve this newsletter by email, please contact Kenny Burdine at

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entucky grain farmers are harvesting corn and are getting to the point where they will decide if and how much wheat they will plant this fall. The main changes this year are a modest increase in wheat prices, a small increase in soybean prices, and a slight decrease in nitrogen prices. These changes will make planting wheat more attractive relative to last year. The following analysis attempts to quantify the extent of the relative change in profitability for 2017. The analysis includes estimated returns comparing double-cropped wheat/soybeans with full-season soybeans for the 2018 crop, and the likely implications for Kentucky grain farmers. Additional costs associated with the double-cropping are accounted for, including fuel, fertilizer, herbicides, machinery repairs and depreciation , labor, hauling, etc. New crop CME/ Chicago Mercantile Exchange future’s prices from mid-September 2017 are used as the base, and are adjusted for a basis of -$.10 for soybeans and -$.10 for wheat. This results in new crop prices of $9.75/bu. for soybeans and $4.75/bu. for wheat. Two regions with different agronomic characteristics are evaluated. The first region is along the southwest tier of counties roughly between I-24 and I-65, which traditionally does a lot of doublecropping. The second region is along the northwest tier of counties (Ohio Valley region) that has some of the best yields for corn and soybeans, but traditionally plants less wheat. Cash rent is assumed to be $175/acre for both these regions for the average ground and $250/acre on the best ground (note: this will vary substantially, but is done here for illustrative purposes only). Other major assumptions are: $2.25/gallon fuel, 25-mile one-way

grain hauling, $.30/unit N, $.35/unit P, and $.25/unit K. Southwest Tier Assumptions (Average Ground): 72 bu. wheat 40 bu. double-cropped soybeans 50 bu. full-season soybeans

loss of double-cropped soybeans compared to full-season soybeans. Northwest Tier Assumptions (Best Ground): 75 bu. wheat 50 bu. double-cropped soybeans 60 bu. full-season soybeans

Resulting net profits: -$17 double-crop +$28 full-season soybeans This results in a $45 difference in favor of the full season soybeans. The double-cropped soybean yield would have to increase to 45 bu. before wheat/double-crop soybeans were as profitable. This would equate to only a 10% yield loss of double-cropped soybeans compared to full-season soybeans. Southwest Tier Assumptions (Best Ground): 90 bu. wheat 48 bu. double-cropped soybeans 60 bu. full-season soybeans

Resulting net profits: +$16 double-crop +$46 full-season soybeans This results in a $30 difference in favor of the full season soybeans. The double-cropped soybean yield would have to increase to 53 bu. in this case before the wheat/doublecrop soybeans were as profitable. This would equate to only a 12% yield loss of double-cropped soybeans compared to full-season soybeans. Given the current market conditions, double-cropping only looks attractive this year on the best wheat ground, typically found along the southern-tier of the state. In other regions where relative wheat yields are not as high, this decision needs to be evaluated on a fieldby-field basis. Only those fields with extremely good wheat yields relative to soybeans will likely be more profitable for wheat planting compared to full-season soybeans in 2017 given current expected grain prices. This analysis doesn’t account for potential payments from the ARC and PLC Farm Bill programs. However, these programs would pay on base acre crop allocation and not planted acres, so there would be no effect on the planting decision. To change the assumptions above to your specific conditions and evaluate your expected profitability, go to the grain budget site at: http:// w w greg_rowcropbudgets.php. The Corn-Soybean Budgets and Wheat Budgets can be downloaded or opened directly from this page.

Resulting net profits: +$64 double-crop +$46 full-season soybeans This results in a $18 difference in favor of the wheat-soybean doublecrop. The double-cropped soybean yield could drop down to 46 bu. before full-season soybeans were as profitable. Northwest Tier Assumptions (Average Ground): 65 bu. wheat 40 bu. double-cropped soybeans 50 bu. full-season soybeans Resulting net profits: -$48 double-crop +$28 full-season soybeans This results in a $76 difference in favor of the full season soybeans. The double-cropped soybean yield would have to increase to 48 bu. in this case before the wheat/doublecrop soybeans were as profitable. This would equate to only a 4% yield

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n spite of continued low commodity prices, US Farmland values are reported slightly higher for 2017. The USDA “Land Values 2017 Summary” reports average farm real estate values of $3,080/ acre, an increase of $70/acre (2.3%) over 2016. This follows a 0.3% decrease in 2016. Farm land values decreased in several Corn Belt and Great Plains states but were generally higher in most other regions. Nationally, cropland value stood at $4,090/acre, unchanged from 2016. Pastureland value increased by 1.5% to $1,350/ acre. The graphic of annual percentage changes in farm land values is an indicator of historical and economic events over the last centur y. The Great Depression, World War II and the 80’s farm crisis are all reflected in changes in farm real estate values. The 2009 Great Recession saw the first decline in land values since the end of the 80’s farm crisis. This year’s results seem to suggest that another farmland crisis like the 80s is less likely. However, perusal of this long term view can lay waste to the adage that “farmland prices never go down.” Kentuck y farm real estate values were reported at $3,420/ acre, an increase of 2.1% over 2016. Kentucky cropland was pegged at $3,850/acre, a 2.1% increase; and pasture land values were $2,760/ac, up 1.1% from 2016. Kentuck y farm real estate

values were reported at $3,420/acre, an increase of 2.1% over 2016. Kentucky cropland was pegged at $3,850/acre, a 2.1% increase; and pasture land values were $2,760/ac, up 1.1% from 2016. The full text, tables and graphs of the 2017 Land Values Summary is available at http:// usd a.m a nnli b.c or ne ll. edu/MannUsda/ viewDocumentInfo. do?documentI D =1446

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any farmers across Kentucky in financial distress are looking to sell equipment or, in the worst-case scenario, real estate. When thinking about selling equipment or real estate tax consequences are often over looked. However, if an asset is sold that exceeds the basis of the property, the farmer will have to pay taxes on the difference. Capital gains taxes can be short or long term depending on how long the person has held the asset. For example, if Farmer Joe sold a piece of equipment for $100,000 and basis was $75,000 he would have to pay taxes on the $25,000 at the corresponding capital gain tax rate along with paying taxes on his ordinary income. When looking at the capital gains rate, the IRS determines at what tax rate the gain will be taxed based on net ordinary income. Please remember that any capital gains will be added to the ordinary income to determine the rate at which ordinary income will be taxed and as a result will determine the capital gain rate. The chart at right has the 2017

Capital Gains set by the IRS. It outlines what the short-term and long-term tax rate would be if you are married and file jointly. The long-term capital gains rate is lower than the short-term rate which coincides with the tax bracket rate.” If we continue the example from above and Farmer Joe had the piece of equipment for more than one year with an ordinary income of $150,000 and $25,000 of capital gain, the total ordinar y income would be $175,000; Farmer Joe would pay 28% on the $150,000 ordinary income and 15% capital gains on the $25,000. Yet, this depends on the result of the netting procedure of IRS Section 1231. If the net section 1231 is a loss, then it is treated as ordinary loss. However, if the net section 1231 is a gain, it is taxed as ordinary income and then will be treated as long-term capital gain after any remaining net section 1231 is taking care of. The netting procedure takes into count the previous five years. IRS Publication 544 (https:// is a great reference for Section 1231 and has examples to better show how to calculate it. Selling breeding livestock should also be planned if a large

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number are to be sold. If breeding livestock, in particular cattle, were purchased and held for less than 24 months at the time of the sale, it will be reported as either an ordinary gain or loss depending on the basis that was reported. However, if the purchased breeding cows were held for longer than 24 months, the gain or loss would be included in the Section 1231 netting process. When selling raised breeding stock held for the required time, the sale

can only result in a gain because there is zero basis in the animal. If you know you will be selling equipment and/or land and there is a possibility of significant capital gains taxes, please plan ahead. There is nothing worse than getting a huge surprise tax bill when filing taxes, especially if filing at the last minute. For additional information about Capital Gains, the IRS Publication 550 and 554 can be a reference.”


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Kentucky Organic Sales Triples, Number of Farms Doubled in Five Years



he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2016 Certified Organic Production Report Sept. 20, from the survey conducted earlier this year. The survey queried all known USDA-certified organic farms across Kentucky. “Production of organic crops and livestock continues to grow in Kentucky,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “In fact, Kentucky rose two

million, or 37 percent of all sales. Second in sales is all vegetables, totaling $2.3 million. Eggs followed in third with $1.1 million, tobacco with $1.04 million, and corn rounding out the top five commodities in sales with $908,614. Average sales were $123,040 per farm, up from $108,977 in 2015. “Sales per farm increased from last year by 13 percent,” Knopf noted. “Farms selling livestock and poultry products average $231,250, while those selling vegetables and field crops averaged $66,519 per farm.”

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spots to 38th in the U.S. in total value of sales of certified organically-produced commodities in 2016. It’s a small portion of all agricultural products raised in the Commonwealth, but still very important growth for those certified farms.” In 2016, Kentucky’s USDAcertified organic farms sold a total of $12.2 million in organically produced commodities, including $5.3 million in crops sales and $6.7 million in sales of livestock, poultry and their products. These numbers show overall growth since 2015 when Kentucky counted $9.4 million in total sales, with $3.4 million in crop sales, and $6 million in livestock, poultry and their products. “Field crop sales recorded the largest percentage increase, while livestock sales grew at a slower pace,” Knopf said. “Corn sales nearly tripled from 2015, and tobacco increased 56 percent. Milk sales declined slightly, but were offset by an increase in egg sales.” Milk led all sales totaling $4.5

The 100 certified organic farms comprise 10,255 acres of land, up from 7,497 in 2015. Sixty-three percent, or 6,424 acres, is cropland, and 3,831 acres is in pasture. “It’s encouraging to see sustained growth in the number of farms and value sales,” Knopf said. “Since 2011, sales have tripled and the number of certified farms has more than doubled.” The 2016 Certified Organic Production Report provides acreage, production and sales data for a variety of certified organic crops and inventory and sales data for certified organic livestock commodities. The 2016 Certified Organic Production Survey included all known farm operators who produced certified organic crops and/ or livestock. To learn more about this and other NASS surveys and corresponding data in Kentucky, visit https://www. Kentucky/.

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the past three growing seasons compared to 2010-2014, producers may be able to renegotiate their cash rental rates with property owners to reflect lower profit potential. Producers need to know their perbushel costs and keep up-to-date on the markets to ensure they do not miss a potential profitable situation. “The market may provide one or two opportunities prior to harvest to contract bushels at profitable levels,” Davis said. “Managers need to know their costs to take advantage of these

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Part II: Interpretation of Water Quality Reports and How to Address Common Water Problems


Have a Question or Topic you would like addressed? Email me at michelle. This is Part II of the Water Quality article from the September 2017 issue

affect cattle health usually are not part of a routine water screen. Adding to the problem of water analysis is the fact that water is dynamic. What is sampled today from a creek, pond or well may be completely different from yesterday and may not be the same next week. Similarly, where the sample is taken may not be representative of all available water sources for livestock on a farm. Rate of exposure influences potency; a big drink of water with high levels of

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any producers rely on wells and surface waters such as ponds and creeks to provide water for livestock, but these sources can be contaminated by many pollutants within the watershed. Part I of this twopart series (September 2017 edition of Cow Country News) addressed excess sulfur and nitrates in drinking water, blue green algae in ponds and certain microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and protozoans) in water that are the most common water-associated problems in KY causing serious clinical disease in cattle. Part II will focus on water quality test interpretation and problem solving. Testing water quality for livestock consumption is often suggested but can be expensive and the results may prove challenging to interpret. Not all laboratories run the same battery of tests, reference ranges may be expressed in unfamiliar units, and the test names may not make sense from a livestock producer’s point of view (for example, how does “Electrical Conductivity” affect water safety?). Other important tests for bacteria (coliforms), pesticides, and blue-green algae that can directly 38

nitrate is much more dangerous than nitrate consumed from forage spread over an entire day’s grazing. Short term exposure to pollutants (days-weeks) may have different effects than long term exposure (months). Given these known challenges, when does it make sense to invest the time and money to test water? If tested, will the results change the way cattle are offered water or will the water need to be purified before it is used? Testing water quality makes sense

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in a number of situations. If multiple animals are sick or dead and the water source is common to most if not all of the cases such as with a blue-green algae bloom in a pond, testing water is certainly appropriate. But what about less obvious issues of poor performance (slow weight gain in calves, many cows found open after breeding season) and increased health problems noted in a herd? Growth, reproduction, milk production, and immunity are all related

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Anions in water

(Min. Amount) 50 ml water (10 ml)

Sealed 2-5 business days / container. Chilled. 3-5 business days / Metal panel - Feed, 50 g feed (2 g) Non-metal water, environmental 100 ml water container. samples (20 ml) Keep moist samples frozen 50 g source material (2 g) or chilled.

Nitrate/nitrite- ocular fluid, serum, water

Selenium – tissues, feed, water, other

Sulfate – water

2 mL serum (1 ml) 100 mL water (1 ml) Whole eye or 2 ml ocular fluid (1 ml) 10 g liver (1 g) 50 g GI contents (5 g) 50 g feed (5 g) 100 mL water (20 mL) 50 mg liver biopsy (30 mg) 50 mL water (2 mL)

Sealed container. Frozen or chilled.

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Non-metal container. Frozen or chilled.

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Sealed container. Chilled.

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to access to clean water. If there are herd health or performance concerns, digestive upsets (diarrhea) with no known cause, or unusual smells or colors to water, a water analysis may help answer why. Depending on the tests selected, the laboratory will specify how the sample should be collected, the type of container to use, what forms to complete, and how to pack and ship the sample. Typically water samples should be taken in clean plastic or glass jars of at least 1 liter in volume and sealed with a plastic cap (non-metal). Samples should be delivered as quickly as possible to the laboratory and usually need to be chilled if shipping. Interpretation of water quality reports and how the results relate to problems observed can be challenging at the very least. Generally, a routine water quality test for livestock suitability includes pH, a measure of salinity, hardness, nitrate, sulfate, and iron and manganese levels. Of these, salinity is one of the first results to critically evaluate. “Salinity” is a measure of the saltiness or the dissolved/ suspended particles in a solution. Salinity may be indirectly measured and reported out as total dissolved solids (TDS), total soluble salts (TSS) or electrical conductivity (EC). TDS refers to all substances in water that can pass through a tiny (2 micrometer) filter. TDS is approximated by the electrical conductivity (EC) of water. Because it is assumed most dissolved solids in water are salts, a measure of total soluble salts (TSS) that includes sodium chloride (NaCl), bicarbonate, sulfate, calcium, magnesium and silica salts is frequently used for initial assessment. Values above 1000 ppm for either TDS or TSS should definitely “raise the red flag” to further Cont’d on pg. 40


Water Test Result:



Low pH (<6) causes corrosiveness and gives water a metallic taste. High pH gives the water a slippery feel, soda taste, and leaves deposits. High alkaline water may have a at, unpleasant taste.


Salinity, TDS or EC, TSS

Mostly from NaCl; bicarbonate, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, and silica may also contribute. May add color to the water. Reduces water intake (salty taste)

Sum of all inorganic contaminants in water

1 ppm safe. urther testing recommended for all major water minerals, salts and metals if above 1000 ppm


Sum of Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg); reported as equivalent amount of CaCO3; Hard water leaves scaly deposits on plumbing and tures, decreases the cleaning action of soaps and detergents and may clog pipes over time. Hard water may be more palatable than so water.

Naturally dissolved Ca and Mg from soil and limestone.

ppm is so , 1 12 is moderate, 121 1 is hard, and 1 ppm is very hard. enerally no adverse e ects but very high Ca or Mg levels may need to be considered in ration formulas

Nitrate (NO3)

Higher levels may result in poor performance, fertility problems, and increased infections. E cessively high levels can cause rapid death and, if cow survives, can cause abortion

Runo from fertili er use leaching from septic tanks sewage erosion of natural deposits. onds with runo from heavily fertili ed or manure covered elds and water from poorly cased, shallow wells may contain nitrates. Nitrates should be evaluated in both feed and water for a measure of total intake

0-100 ppm Nitrate is safe with low nitrate feeds and balanced diet. Nitrate can be reported as nitrate (NO3), nitrate-nitrogen (NO3-N), or potassium nitrate (KNO3). These numbers are NOT equivalent, as they represent di erent chemical structures. Make sure the water reference range used for a particular result match the type of analysis performed.

Sulfate (SO4)

High sulfur can cause acute death, polioencephalomalacia, trace mineral de ciencies especially copper and reduction of growth and performance.

Sulfur spring water. The most common form of sulfur in water is sulfate (SO4). All dietary sources of sulfur (water, forage, concentrates) contribute to total sulfur intake and potential toxicity

ppm is safe but 2 ppm may cause odors, bitter taste, and have a temporary la ative e ect. ill negatively a ect selenium and copper absorption. Concentrations above 1800ppm may result in acute death

Copper (Cu)

May also add color to the water. Short-term e posure causes distress long term e posure causes liver and/or kidney failure.

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits. May see blue-green staining of plumbing with high copper water. May be elevated levels from treatment of ponds with copper sulfate algaecides

< 0.5 ppm. Above 1.0 ppm gives metallic taste to water and reduces intake

Iron (Fe)

. ppm supports growth of iron bacteria foul smell), and gives metallic taste to water that reduces water intake. May add a rusty color to the water and cause reddish to orange staining of plumbing and tures. May tie up inc, potentially other microminerals

ron leaches out of high iron rocks into the aquifer. Deep wells with low dissolved o ygen content and or high carbonate content will have higher dissolved iron content. ron may also come from pipes carrying corrosive water.

< 0.4 ppm is acceptable. Taste problems are the main issue with high iron water. Chlorination can kill iron bacteria and reduce the foul smell and orange lm formation from high iron waters. ater so eners can reduce iron if it is 3 to 10 ppm in the natural water but chlorination and ltration work better with very high e.

Manganese (Mn)

ives water a bitter, metal taste and bad odor if . ppm. Turns water black or brown and causes black staining of plumbing and tures. Mn bacteria may clog pipes with black “sludge.” Ties up inc.

Deep wells with low dissolved o ygen content; also wells with high carbonate content.

. ppm is acceptable. Chlorination and ltration will reduce very high Mn.

Molybdenum (Mo)

Molybdenum Mo ties up copper, causing a secondary copper de ciency. feed, weight loss, diarrhea, anemia, loss of hair coat color and bone joint deformities may occur with long term e posure to high Mo levels. Decreased reproductive function is o en observed

ndustrial contamination by metal alloy manufacturing, copper mining and coal mining. Concentrations in water are typically low unless contaminated by an outside source.

< 0.3 ppm is acceptable. More importantly, the Cu Mo ratio should be at least 2 1 and 1 is preferred. ess than 2 1 results in decreased production, especially if dietary Sulfur is also high.

Chloride (Cl)

mportant anion contributes to acidosis. Reduces water intake due to bad odor or taste (salty taste) if 2 ppm. May also increase corrosiveness of the water

Occurs naturally from deep brines or activities such as gas and oil well drilling or road de-icing.

6.0 to 8.5 is ideal; may range from 5.5-9.0

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screen. These measures of salinity do not specify what is actually in the water but high TDS or TSS often means poor tasting water leading to reduced intake. Additional elements in a water analysis may include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, sodium, and chloride. Table 1 lists some of the metals and anions commonly reported on water quality reports. Certain labs will report total coliform counts and fecal coliforms as measures of bacterial contamination. Be aware that an organic compound screen usually must be requested separately to look for potential toxic chemicals such as pesticides and hydrocarbons. Table 2 lists available water quality

tests at the UKVDL. Concentrations where water pollutants begin to cause livestock health problems vary between studies but, in spite of this limitation, excellent reference charts have been developed as guides to water quality interpretation. For a complete review of water quality, see UK Extension factsheet ID-170 “Drinking Water Quality Guidelines for Cattle” at pubs/id/id170/id170.pdf . Once the analysis is complete, decisions can be made on how problems may be addressed. Possible water treatments include disinfection, water softening, reverse osmosis, distillation, ion exchange and filtration depending

on the problems identified. Chlorine (bleach) remains an inexpensive yet effective disinfectant. See https:// for guidelines on algae control in water tanks. Distillation, reverse osmosis and ion exchange will reduce sulfates, nitrates and minerals in water but these purification processes can be costly to install and maintain. Although municipal or “city” water can be expensive to install, it is the most reliable source of consistently clean water. There are many possible contaminants in source waters and their potential interactions with livestock production are complex. Some constituents are directly toxic

to livestock at certain levels, others may change the availability of key nutrients or act synergistically with other potentially toxic metals. Some constituents may contribute to water system fouling and/or palatability issues that indirectly impact livestock production. Decreased consumption due to bad taste is potentially just as bad as water deprivation. Surface and ground water, especially livestock ponds, can be contaminated with microorganisms, chemicals, excessive minerals and a host of other compounds that keep cattle from reaching optimum production. Testing water sources is the only way to know if they are acceptable for livestock use.



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NCBA Rancher to Congress: “Japan and Asia Pacific Markets Vital to U.S. Beef”


oday Kelley Sullivan, NCBA member and rancher from Santa Rosa Ranch in Crockett, Texas, testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the importance of expanding export opportunities for U.S. beef in Asia. Held by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, the hearing asked witnesses for their perspectives on specific actions needed to deepen trade relationships with fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Sullivan’s remarks focused on the benefits of trade agreements for U.S. beef producers. She urged Congress and the Administration to protect current agreements, such as the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), and move quickly to strike a bilateral deal with Japan.

“Today, the success or failure of the U.S. beef industry depends on our level of access to global consumers,” she said. “We are extremely concerned that prolonged NAFTA negotiations and withdrawal/modifications to KORUS will pose unnecessary setbacks for the U.S. beef industry. Our ardent desire is for U.S. negotiators to focus on securing new market access for U.S. beef exports, starting with making up the ground we lost [in Japan] by walking away from TPP.” Ms. Sullivan explained how selling to global markets allows U.S. beef producers to generate more value. Many of the beef cuts that Americans find less desirable command higher prices in foreign markets where consumers have different tastes. “Trade allows us to capitalize on

differences in consumer preferences,” she said. “Exports are critical to U.S. beef producers – and the rural economies that depend on them – because they allow us to maximize the value of each carcass.” Ms. Sullivan also thanked the Trump

Administration for restoring access for U.S. beef in China, noting U.S. Meat Export Federation estimates that U.S. beef sales to China will reach $300 million annually in the first five years.


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UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Goes Mobile Educating Kentuckians BY AIMEE NIELSON


tudents filed into the West Jessamine Middle School library, whispering to one another about what was hiding under tablecloths. Dr. Uneeda Bryant, a veterinary pathologist from the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, brought an interactive learning experience to teach students about the lab’s role in safeguarding animal health in Kentucky and about career options in veterinary medicine. “Many people don’t realize the work we do at the UK VDL actually saves the lives of other animals,” Bryant said. “A big part of what we do in the pathology section of the lab is determining why animals die. If an owner knows that his cow died of pneumonia for example, they can go back to the farm and check their

other animals and use the antimicrobial susceptibility report provided to them to guide them to the appropriate treatment regimen to use to prevent the disease from spreading.” Bryant started each class with a video of a lab submission. Students watched as necropsy technician Sara Welsh performed an equine necropsy to determine the cause of the horse’s death. A few students had to look away, but most watched in amazement as things they had learned about animal anatomy came to life on the screen. It spurred questions about animal disease, treatments and even jobs associated with pathology. West Jessamine Middle School agricultural exploration teacher Anna Campbell said her intent when inviting Bryant was to spur discussion about things they were learning in class and for them to

discover ways to create a sustainable future as they grow up and choose vocations. “I try to give my students a lot of meaningful experiences and to show them that agriculture affects everyone’s life,”

she said. “I think having visitors like Dr. Bryant helps them see there are a lot of career opportunities out there related to agriculture that aren’t on a farm.” After the video, Bryant and Campbell

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removed the tablecloths to reveal samples of some of the lab’s past findings. Students put on gloves and began to touch and explore preserved animal parts and learn about eye abnormalities, tumors, parasites, gallstones, kidney stones and even cow hairballs. The students reacted with loud oohs and ahhs and lots of questions that Bryant was happy to answer. Sixth-grader Presley Howard believes she would like to be a large-animal veterinarian one day. “I’ve always had a fascination with horses and cows,” she said. “I just think it would be super cool to take care of a lot of animals. Every summer, I go spend time at my Papaw’s farm. I have been able to get over the fact that animals die; that’s just how life is, but what I want is to be able to help more animals than we have to put down.” Campbell likes to see the lightbulbs going off in her students’ minds, as they realize just how important agriculture is to them, their families and their communities. “I have been trying to talk to them about how our population is booming and how we have to find creative ways to produce enough food to feed everyone,” she said. “Very few kids in my classes have lived on a farm. Very few of them have even visited a farm. We have to help them make a connection to agriculture in some way.” Bryant takes her show on the road all over Kentucky each year. She sees it as an outreach opportunity to teach youth about a nontraditional career path in veterinary medicine as well as educating the community about the plethora of services offered at the UK VDL, which is part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Some people are more visual and gain a better understanding through hands-on learning,” she said. “So, we bring the lab to them and it opens a door to talk about what we do.”

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Tips on Using Alternative Grain Storage


igh corn and soybean yields, a large carryover from 2016 and transportation challenges have combined to put pressure on grain markets this fall. Many farmers are looking at every available storage option. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as equipment storage buildings, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other structures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s September crop report predicts a U.S. corn crop of 14.2 billion bushels and record soybean production at 4.4 billion bushels. Projections for Kentucky are 215 million bushels for corn and a record 98.3 million bushels for soybeans, according to the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service. Farmers who plan to store grain in alternative structures this fall should remember some key factors to minimize grain spoilage. “A producer’s job really isn’t done until grain has passed grade at the elevator and is sold,” said Sam McNeill, extension agricultural engineer in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “The diligence spent scouting fields during the growing season should transfer over to managing stored grain.” Properly dried and cooled grain that is protected from pests, aerated and regularly inspected will store well with little chance of excess spoilage, and subsequent price dock, when delivered for sale. Clean, undamaged grain is best for temporary storage when farmers use less-than-ideal facilities. Producers should thoroughly clean alternative storage structures before putting grain in them, fill them last and empty them first. Grain that is not cleaned to remove broken kernels and trash should be stored at lower moisture levels to minimize spoilage. Producers should aim for 14 percent moisture content for corn and 12 percent for soybeans that will be stored through February. 46

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Producers storing grain in alternative structures should fill them last and empty them first. PHOTO: Courtesy of Sam McNeill, UK extension agricultural engineer Producers should evaluate alternative structures for wall strength, capacity, filling and unloading needs and aeration requirements, McNeill said. Most commercial storage buildings have built-in or add-on packages for providing adequate sidewall strength for grain storage. The UK Cooperative Extension Service has plans available for freestanding bulkhead walls up to 6 feet high built from standard lumber and plywood. These can be placed across the open end of a building or adjacent to existing walls to provide adequate strength. By installing commercially available metal walls with perforated sections for aeration, producers can build covered outdoor piles. McNeill recommends installing a well-packed surface with fine gravel and covering it with heavy plastic to provide a moisture barrier and facilitate unloading. Producers should have aeration tubes in place prior to filling and continue to install them as the pile grows. Flat storage buildings and outdoor piles can be

moving a portable auger down the center of the structure. Vacuum systems, portable augers or front-end loaders are most often used to unload grain from these structures. Proper aeration is essential for successful grain storage and is the key to maintaining uniform temperatures, which control moisture accumulation and subsequent spoilage of the grain. Producers should run aeration fans at least once a month in flat storage buildings and continuously in covered piles to hold down the cover. Farmers should space aeration ducts in flat storage buildings so that equal amounts of grain are ventilated with each tube. A rule of thumb for level piles is that the duct spacing should not exceed grain depth, McNeill said. Aeration fans should provide 250 cubic feet per minute of airflow for each 1,000 bushels of grain in the pile. Rodent, bird and insect control is usually more difficult in flat storage

buildings, piles and bags because of inherent exposure. Producers should commit to routine monitoring and use approved pest control practices to minimize grain spoilage during storage. This includes quickly repairing plastic covers and bags when damage occurs, McNeill said. Storage cost figures vary widely depending on the type of structure, its original condition and holding capacity. Farmers can use a spreadsheet available on the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering website, https://, to estimate the amount of grain these types of structures can hold. They can enter the dimensions of the structure, pile or bag to quickly calculate storage capacity in bushels. County offices of the UK Cooperative Extension Service have more information on managing stored grain in bins or alternative structures.

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KJCA Hosts Largest Ever Fall Classic Show


he 2017 Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association Fall Classic Show was held October 6-8 at the Morehead State University Farm in Morehead, KY. Eighty-nine youth from 23 counties came together to participate in the KJCA Prospect Show and KDA Bull and Heifer Show and compete in the beef focused contests and quizzes held over the three day event. Many of which were showing for the very first time. This was the largest participation since the KJCA Fall Classic began in 2004!


The stalls filled quickly as youth prepared for the Prospect Show and the KDA Heifer and Bull Show. In all, 165 entries competed in the two shows. The Fall Classic Show would not be a success without the many volunteers and sponsors that dedicate their time and resources to ensure this event continues each year. Morehead State University and their agriculture students always go above and beyond to welcome the Fall Classic by setting up the ring and stalls for the participants and by being a helping

hand whenever it is needed. The KJCA & KDA would like to personally thank the Logan County Extension Office for hosting this year’s Fall Classic and the Logan County FFA and 4H for there setting up. One of the best compliments regarding the Fall Classic is the awards the juniors win at the Sunday Banquet. Tim Prather with Cowboy Fire in Somerset has furnished the KJCA awards for many years and we appreciate the unique craftsmanship he gives to each of his items.

Lastly; KJCA President, Sara Crutcher and the KJCA Board of Directors went above and beyond to help coordinate, facilitate, and manage the Fall Classic so that the agenda ran smoothly. Their enthusiasm for the Junior Cattlemen’s is evident and it’s an honor to have such fine young men and women representing Kentucky’s beef industry future. If you would like more information on the KJCA Fall Classic or would like to participate next year, please contact Nikki Whitaker at 859-2780899.

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JUDGING CONTEST NOVICE: 1st - Wyatt Watson 2nd - Clara Belle Bishop 3rd - Kase Walters 4th - Jake Bishop 5th - Blane Smith JUNIOR: 1st - Madeline Ethington 2nd - Konner Walters 3rd - Mika Malone 4th - Hayden Clark 5th - Keaton Walters

INTERMEDIATE: 1st - Sydney Alsip 2nd - Megan Underwood 3rd - Kailey Thompson 4th - Reba Prather 5th - Walter Steely

SENIOR: 1st - Will Blaydes 2nd - Kathryn Goodman 3rd - Leslie Craig 4th - Kalli Flanders 5th - Nelson Paul

BEEF SCHOLARS SKILLATHON NOVICE 1st - Jake Bishop 2nd - Clara Belle Bishop 3rd - Kase Walters 4th - Wyatt Watson 5th - Emily Jeffries JUNIOR 1st - Mika Malone 2nd - Anna Weaber 3rd - Coby Doyle 4th - Lily Jeffries 5th - Harlee Watson INTERMEDIATE 1st - Megan Underwood 2nd - Savanna Hill 3rd - Kailey Thompson 4th - Walter Steely 5th - Jordan Stephens SENIOR 1st - Will Blaydes 2nd - Sara Crutcher 3rd - Leslie Craig 4th - Kallie Flanders 5th - Nelson Paul



NOVICE 1st - Clara Belle Bishop 2nd - Blane Smith 3rd - Josie Phillips 4th - Wyatt Watson 5th - Jake Bishop

NOVICE 1st - Kase Walters 2nd - Wyatt Phillips 3rd - Josie Phillips 4th - Quentin Ethington 5th - Hannah Clark

JUNIOR 1st - Ethan Blevins 2nd - Claire Peterson 3rd - Lily Jeffries 4th - Bryanna Smith 5th - Lucy Jeffries

JUNIOR 1st - Konner Walters 2nd - Anna Weaber 3rd - Keaton Walters 4th - Lily Jeffries 5th - Joshua Kernodle

INTERMEDIATE 1st - Kailey Thompson 2nd - Reba Prather 3rd - Jordan Stephens 4th - Savanna Hill 5th - Caleb Kernodle SENIOR 1st - Jonathan West 2nd - Will Blaydes 3rd - Kathryn Goodman 4th - Kalli Flanders 5th - Leslie Craig

INTERMEDIATE 1st - Julia Weaber 2nd - Mackensie Walters 3rd - Cass Foley 4th - Savanna Hill 5th - Megan Underwood SENIOR 1st - Will Blaydes 2nd - Kathryn Goodman 3rd - Lindsey Haynes 4th - Kalli Flanders 5th - Nelson Paul

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NOVICE 1st - Clara Belle Bishop 2nd - Emily Jeffries 3rd - Blane Smith 4th - Wyatt Watson 5th - Jake Bishop

NOVICE TEAMS 1st Place - Hannah Clark, Kase Walters, Quentin Ethington, Clara Belle Bishop, Jake Bishop

JUNIOR 1st - Madeline Ethington 2nd - Bryanna Smith 3rd - Lucy Jeffries 4th - Keaton Walters 5th - Ethan Blevins INTERMEDIATE 1st - Mackensie Walters 2nd - Savanna Hill 3rd - Sarah Mobley 4th - Reba Prather 5th - Micah Lynch SENIOR 1st - Sara Crutcher 2nd - Jonathan West 3rd - Kalli Flanders 4th - Kathryn Goodman 5th - Leslie Craig


JUNIOR TEAMS 1st Place - Alex Portwood, Anna Weaber, Samantha Pecco, Makalya Massey 2nd Place - Harlee Watson, Wyatt Watson, Wyatt Phillips, Josie Phllips INTERMEDIATE TEAMS 1st Place - Walter Steely, Madeline Ethington, Will Banks, Caleb Kernodle 2nd Place - Reba Prather, Will Banks, Addie White, Maddie Ethington SENIOR 1st Place - Jordan Stephens, Morgan Stephens, Will Blaydes, Johnathan West 2nd Place - Laurel Culp, Julia Weaber, Leslie Craig, Kalli Flanders

SHOWMANSHIP NOVICE: 1st - Josie Phillips 2nd - Wyatt Watson 3rd - Blane Smith 4th - Clara Belle Bishop 5th - Quentin Ethington JUNIOR 1st - Jayda Cantrell 2nd - Lily Jeffries 3rd - Taylor Jeffries 4th - Bryanna Smith 5th - Ethan Blevins

INTERMEDIATE 1st - Staton Bowman 2nd - Taylor Hobbs 3rd - Julia Weaber 4th - Savanna Hill 5th - Jordan Stephens SENIOR 1st - Leslie Craig 2nd - Kalli Flanders 3rd - Lindsay Haynes 4th - Ben Bush 5th - Morgan Stephens

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Senior Individual Overall Winners

Junior Individual Overall Winners

Intermediate Individual Overall Winners

Novice Individual Overall


1st - Will Blaydes 2nd - Kalli Flanders 3rd - Leslie Craig 4th - Kathryn Goodman 5th - Johnathan West 6th - Shelby Mullen 7th - Lindsay Haynes 8th - Sara Crutcher 9th - Nelson Paul 10th - Morgan Stephens

INTERMEDIATE: 1st - Savanna Hill 2nd - Megan Underwood 3rd - Mackensie Walters 4th - Reba Prather 5th - Kailey Thompson 6th - Jordan Stephens 7th - Walter Steely 8th - Ryan Underwood 9th - Matthew Mobley 10th - Sara Mobley


1st - Lily Jeffries 2nd - Madeline Ethington 3rd - Bryanna Smith 4th - Anna Weaber 5th - Keaton Walters 6th - Ethan Blevins 7th - Claire Peterson 8th - Mika Malone 9th - Lucy Jeffries 10th - Konner Walters


1st - Wyatt Watson 2nd - Clara Belle Bishop 3rd - Kase Walters 4th - Josie Phillips 5th - Blane Smith 6th - Jake Bishop 7th - Quentin Ethington 8th - Hannah Clark 9th - Katy Cooper 10th - Emily Jeffries

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Supreme Champion Heifer

Supreme Champion Bull

Reserve Supreme Grand Champion Heifer

Reserve Supreme Champion Bull

Jordan Stephens

Will Blaydes

Supreme Champion Cow/Calf

Kalli Flanders

Rachel Drumm

Lily Jeffries

Reserve Supreme Champion Cow/Calf

Taylor Jeffries


Grand Champion Bull Kalli Flanders

Reserve Champion Bull Mayson Toll


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Grand Champion Heifer Emily Johnson

Reserve Champion Heifer Bryanna Smith


Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Taylor Jeffries

Grand Champion Heifer Blane Bowman

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Reserve Champion Heifer Shelby Mullen


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Grand Champion Heifer Jordan Stephens

Reserve Champion Heifer Jordan Stephens


Grand Champion Heifer Mika Malone







Reserve Champion Heifer Jonathan West

Grand Champion Heifer Clair Peterson

Reserve Champion Heifer Taylor Hobbs


Reserve Champion Heifer Madeline Ethington







Grand Champion Bull Rachael Drumm

Grand Champion Heifer Rachael Drumm


Reserve Champion Heifer Megan Underwood

Reserve Champion Bull Mika Malone



Grand Champion Heifer Chase Lykins

Grand Champion Bulls Johnathan West

Congratulations to all of the Winners!

Grand Champion Cow/Calf Harlee Watson

Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Harlee Watson

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Grand Champion Bull Will Blaydes


Reserve Champion Bull Alex Portwood

Grand Champion Heifer Will Blaydes

Grand Champion Heifer Colby Cooper

Reserve Champion Heifer Colby Cooper

Reserve Champion Heifer Samantha Pecco

No Photo Available Grand Champion Bull Colby Cooper


Grand Champion Heifer Reba Prather

Reserve Champion Heifer Blain Flach







Grand Champion Bull Mackenzie Walters

Reserve Champion Bull Keaton Walters


Thanks to everyone who came for making this the best yet!

Photo Available Grand Champion Bull Logan Gibson 56

Grand Champion Heifer Micah Lynch

Reserve Champion Heifer Logan Gibson

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Grand Champion Bull Savanna Hill


Grand Champion Heifer Morgan Stephens

Reserve Champion Heifer Savanna Hill

Grand Champion Cow/Calf Austin Mullen

Visit the KJCA Facebook page for more photos! Grand Champion Prospect Lily Hager

Reserve Champion Prospect Lindsay Haynes

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What’s in Your Hay Barn? Glen Aiken


Research Animal Scientist/Agronomist USDA-ARS FAPRU


he actress, Jennifer Garner, asks in a commercial, “What’s in your wallet?” Is it the credit card she is selling, or is it some other less desirable credit card? So what’s in your hay barn? Is it full of good-quality hay or is it “July 4th” hay?

For those of you that have never heard this term, July 4th hay describes much of the hay harvested in Kentucky, as well as the rest of the Fescue Belt. This hay is typically composed of Kentucky 31 tall fescue that is cut around July 4, with or without previous fertilization

with commercial nitrogen. It is likely high yielding, because it is composed of the entire accumulation of spring growth and is harvested just as the fescue enters its summer slump in growth. Unfortunately, the hay is composed of many very low-quality stems and seed

It is always a good idea to sample your hay for nutritive value analysis, especially if your production goals are high.


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heads. The total digestible nutrients (TDN) can range from 48 to 55 percent and, crude protein (CP) can be as low as 5 to 8 percent, if not previously fertilized with nitrogen. Although the spring growth of tall fescue can potentially be highly toxic with ergot alkaloids, research conducted by the University of Missouri determined that toxic ergot alkaloids can decline 50 percent during the curing process. This is a good thing, but alkaloids do not decline in mature seed heads as they do in vegetative material. High concentrations of seed heads in bales of tall fescue can therefore be a source of toxic ergot alkaloids. Also, high rates of nitrogen fertilization can also increase the ergot alkaloid concentrations in early- or late-cut fescue hay and cause the hay to contain toxic amounts alkaloids even if a portion of them have disappeared during the curing process. There is nothing wrong with July 4th

hay if you implement a feeding program that matches the physiological status of the cattle. Examples of these are: 1) fall calving herds that are lactating during the winter, 2) spring calving herds that are in late pregnancy, and 3) growing steers or replacement heifers. The table provides the requirements of TDN and CP for different classes of cattle. Feeding a moderate- to high-quality hay can reduce or negate the need for nutrient supplementation, but production goals cannot be met with long-term feeding of July 4th hay with no nutrient supplementation. To better understand the quality of the hay in your barn, the hay must be sampled for nutrient analysis to determine if there is a need for TDN and/or CP supplementation. This becomes increasingly important as cattle production is intensified and production goals are set high. A strategy often used is to compromise body weight and condition in the winter, and let the cattle gain

(compensate) body weight and condition by using light stocking rates in the spring. This is a possible strategy for farms managing pastures with no toxic Kentucky 31, but those with Kentucky 31 tall fescue will likely need to feed concentrates or coproduct feeds in the spring to compensate body weight and condition losses that occurred in the winter. Another strategy often used is to stockpile fall growth of fescue and graze in the late fall or early winter to reduce how much July 4th hay is fed. Of course, another approach is to cut the fescue a few weeks earlier than July 4 when the forage quality potential is greater. Hay fields also can be replanted with higher quality forages (orchardgrass, non-toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue), or red or white clover can be frost planted to boost hay quality. Winter feeding is typically the highest input cost for a cattle operation. Extending the grazing season with

legumes or cool-season annual grasses can reduce the hay and feed requirements in the winter. There have been winters when cattle producers, utilizing stockpiled tall fescue or warmseason annual grasses, have not fed a single round bale of hay. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, hay feeding will be necessary for some period of time in most winters! It is my opinion that, as the time period that hay feeding is extended, the greater the hidden cost of feeding July 4th hay if there is no nutrient supplementation. A hidden cost of July 4th hay can be generated by needing lighter stocking rates in the spring pastures to maintain high-forage availability that can provide compensatory increases in body weight and condition. If you are harvesting or buying July 4th hay, please consider one of the discussed options for improving the quality of hay in your barn. Next month, I will discuss weed control in grazed pastures.

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Celebrating 50 Years at King Livestock Company has continued to expand its buying area. They primarily purchase feeder cattle and ship direct to feedyards and farmer feeders. Currently, about 25% of the cattle they purchase come from a sale barn. Dell continued to develop his business by adding King Livestock Express in 1989. It is a livestock trailer leasing company that lease’s trailers to motor carriers that haul cattle. They also started Livestock Logistics, LLC in 2012 where they dispatch motor carriers to haul cattle. Not only has King operated a successful business for the past 50 years, but he has also found plenty of ways to give back to the cattle industry. Dell became involved with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association in the 1970’s, helping to develop the current day logo and serving as the order buyer representative for the Board, before transitioning to KCA President in 1993. He served on the NCBA Board and the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) marketing committee that developed the BQA guidelines and later the BQA Transportation program and manual. Every bit of his current business utilizes BQA guidelines from start to finish. He encourages farmers to get certified, trains all employees on BQA practices, including on the trucks, in pens and



o you remember what the world looked like 50 years ago? If not, here is a refresher. Protests were erupting around the world against the Vietnam War, Elvis Presley married Priscilla, O.J. Simpson was a running back for USC and the most popular names were Lisa and Michael. A lot has changed in 50 years, including the cattle industry. Breed popularity has changed, consolidation has happened, prices and the way you sell your cattle are different. It takes a special kind of business to last. King Livestock Company in Hopkinsville, KY is a prime example. Dell King grew up on a farm in Springfield, TN until his teenage years when his parents moved to Adairville, KY. He loved the farm life and went on to earn a degree in 1960 from the University of TN in Animal Science. After graduating he worked four years with Frosty Morn purchasing cattle and hogs at their buying station. Dell went on to work for Neuhoff Packing Co. (a subsidiary of Swift) for another three years purchasing cows at auction markets and directly off of the farm. After having several years of experience under his belt, Dell went into business with Duard Sullivan in 1967 by establishing King & Sullivan, Together they purchased hogs, veal calves, heavy calves, cows, bulls, fed cattle and feeder cattle. In 1969 the partnership dissolved and the business became King Livestock Company, Inc. In the beginning of his business, Dell recollects sending cattle to only 4-5 processors. However it didn’t take long until smaller processors started to close, so his business took a natural progression towards stockers. Dell spent a lot of time on the road building relationships with customers and over time the auction market system also continued to grow. Slowly, terminal markets were disappearing and the 62

Above: Dell, Nancy & their dog, Nelly Joe Right: Chip Cleveland and Dell King in Prattville, AL going over a BQA chart. auction markets became much stronger. Alabama and Georgia became very strong markets for his business because of the large groups he could purchase and just overall cattle numbers in those states. Throughout the years the business Cow Country News, November 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association


Above: The office family including Dell, Will, Chuck and (front row), Nancy, Marlena, Diane and Cissy (not pictured, Kristy). Right: Dell King being inducted into the KCA Hall of Fame with Greg Robey. Left: Dell King receiving the BQA Marketer of the Year award. scales. Dell is also responsible for helping the image of Southeastern cattle. In addition to his promotion of the BQA program, Dell helped initiate the CPH 45 sales in Kentucky with the help of Dr. Roy Burris and Dr. John Johns of the University of Kentucky. Dell was always looking for load lots of cattle in Kentucky but they were hard to find. He came up with the concept of offering a special sale to commingle cattle with the intention of putting together load lots. The first sale was hosted in Hopkinsville, KY and they

have continued to give producers another added value selling opportunity through the years. King Livestock Company has a simple philosophy, hard work, integrity, and attention to detail. Through the years Dell has put together a great team of people. He is very proud of those surrounding him and makes sure to note that he could not do it without them. They are family and family is important to him. His wife Nancy travels and works with him in their daily operation as well as his son Chuck, who is the General Manager of the

order buying company and the transportation company. The pride Dell has for his company and employees, along with his cherished family and belief in God, have no doubt been what have made this company last for 50 years. The strong foundation he has built with people and in his faith is no doubt what will carry King Livestock Company to last the next 50 years.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership BY NIKKI WHITAKER


enewing your KCA membership this year will be a little more enticing thanks to KCA’s long standing partnership with Priefert Ranch Equipment. Priefert will be donating a S01 Squeeze Chute with Model 91 Headgate for the tenth year in a row, valued at $3,145. The chute will be awarded during the 2018 KCA Convention and Trade Show in Lexington to one lucky KCA member. “Priefert is honored to be celebrating 10 years of partnership with the KCA,” says Kentucky’s Priefert sales representative, Luke Teeple. “Just like Kentucky cattlemen

focus on producing quality beef, Priefert focuses on building quality cattle handling equipment. With the donation of a Priefert Squeeze Chute this year, we’re excited to help one

Just like Kentucky cattlemen focus on producing quality beef, Priefert focuses on building quality cattle more cattle operation take some of the ‘work’ out of working their cattle.”

We're Celebrating!

Alex Tolbert, Regional Manager

Eighty percent of KCA members join during the first three months of the fiscal year and all those who join before January 1 st will be entered in for the Priefert chute drawing. Since 2007, nine lucky KCA members have won a chute. Association Chair, Chris Cooper, is excited about another membership giveaway. “I think it shows the commitment Priefert has with its industry partners to donate a chute each year for the past 10 years,” Cooper says. “Our membership growth is so valuable to KCA and it’s nice we can award one member each year for their loyalty and support.” For an easy and safe way to renew your KCA membership, visit kycattle. org.

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A reliable business partner is difficult to come by. Contact Alex Tolbert to locate Angus genetics, select marketing options tailored to your needs, and to access Association programs and services. Put the business breed to work for you. To subscribe to the Angus Journal, call 816.383.5200. Watch The Angus Report on RFD-TV Monday mornings at 7:30 CST.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Heart of the Farm 2017 KCA Convention Ladies Program

At the heart of each farm there is a reason why farmers keep pushing through the cold mornings, late nights, and tragic losses that plague the cattle industry. Family is the Heart of the Farm. KBC would love to see the heart of your farm and provide one lucky lady with a door prize during the Ladies Program at KCA Convention.

Registration Opens Trade Show Move-In

Registration Opens Trade Show Opens Ag Industry Breakfast BEEF EFFICIENCY CONFERENCE Send a picture of your family on the farm with an explanation of why you farm to Katelyn viaAuction email or mail to the THEME: Capturing More Value From Cattle Beyond KY BordersKCA officeSilent to be eligible for the door prize drawing at the end of the ladies program. Discussing lessons learned about their cattle since buying a feedyard Junior Cattlemen’s Meetings Chip Ramsay - Rex Ranch Manager Register now for the 2017 Ladies Program to join KBC in celebrating Regional Meetings the Heart of Your Farm while painting a cow portrait with Wine and Preventative Health Protocols That Enhance Beef Production Efficiency Canvas. There are only 60 spots available so register early to reserve KCA Membership Awards & Closing Session your spot. Convention registration can be found on page 41 of this Dr. Daniel Givens - Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine issue or online at Forages at KCA Discussing their cull cow project, impact of feeder cattle on returns from feedlot sector Dr. Darrell Busby - Tri County Fed Cattle Futurity

Trade Show Opens Welcome Lunch Opening General Session Ribeye Cookoff County President’s Night

Cattlemen’s Ribeye Cook-off


D oes your C ounty C attlemen’ s Join the Kentucky Beef Council at the 2018 Ladies Program during the KCA A ssociation have the best grilling team in the state of K entuck y? Convention. We’re going to take beef from the backyard to the big screen, learning H ere is your chance to prove howit!to talk about your beef story and recipes with local TV personalities. Every

great recipe has a story, submit your favorite ground beef recipe and it’s story to be featured at the Ladies Program. Send recipes and stories to Kiah Twisselman at Get your registrations in early as we only have 50 spots.

KCA Leadership Alumni & Past President’s Reception Banquet

V isit www.k yb for rules and To enter your grilling team into the Ribeye Cook-off, visit registration or call 85 -278-08 - ntry Fee is $20 per team Sign up your business If you would like to be a for rules and registration or call 859-278-0899. for a booth at the - Please make checks payable to Kentucky Beef Council Convention Sponsor or purchase Ag Industry Trade Show 56 Cow Country News, December 2016, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association or be a 2017 KCA a Trade Show Booth, contact Dan Convention Sponsor! Miller at Visit or visit for the sponsorship & exhibitor

It Pays to Pre-Register!

KCA Members who pre-register before December 20th for the 2018 KCA Convention and Trade Show will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Cash Prize! See the pre-registration form on the next page or register online at


packet or call the KCA office.

HOTEL INFORMATION: 21C Museum Hotel 167 West Main Street Lexington KY 40507 859-899-6800 Rate-$129 Hyatt Regency 401 W High Street Lexington KY 40507 859-253-1234 Rate- $119

Call before December 20 and mention KCA for the rate listed below. Buses will be running between the hotels and the convention center.

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“It gives me the opportunity to be part of a network of beef farmers that share my same passion for the industry.” Andy Bishop– Nelson County

I'm a KCA member because...

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Keeping Up With Kiah Kiah Twisselman - Kentucky Beef Council Director of Consumer Affairs

Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. And no, it’s not because Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks, although I admit I do find them quite delightful. The leaves on the trees are changing colors, the weather is slowly but surely cooling off, and for many Kentucky cattlemen baby calves are hitting the ground. Since we are in Kentucky after all, I can’t forget to mention two of the most important markings of the fall season – Keeneland and football tailgating season, of course! What would football season be without a tailgate party?! No matter what college football team you root for on game day, there is one thing I’m sure we can all agree on: no proper tailgate is complete without beef on the grill. Whether you’re grilling out in the parking lot before the big game, or rooting for your team from the comforts of your own home, delicious food completes any good tailgate. This fall, the Kentucky Beef Council has been implementing our multifaceted fall tailgating campaign. In honor of some of Kentucky’s favorite teams, we have dedicated

a special burger for some of Kentucky’s major universities. These recipes include the Morehead State Beaker’s Beer Cheese Burger, Murray State Racer’s Grilled Onion Cheeseburger, Eastern Kentucky Boone’s BBQ Chipotle Burger, University of Kentucky Wildcat Burger, Louisville Cardinal Smofried Café Derby Burger, and Western Kentucky Big Red Burger. In an effort to reach Kentucky tailgating fans online, we are promoting these featured recipes through targeted digital banner ads and social media posts. On Facebook, fans can even vote for their favorite Kentucky university-inspired burger on a head to head battle of the burgers. Alongside our digital and social efforts, we are utilizing outdoor boards, radio advertisements, and our UK Athletics partnership to spread our fall tailgating messages. Sixteen billboards scattered across the state of Kentucky are promoting beef tailgating recipes and directing consumers to our tailgating recipe library at The burgers featured on these billboards represent some of our Kentucky university-inspired burger recipes, depending on billboard location. You may also hear some of our interviewstyle radio spots highlighting these tailgating recipes on your next commute, or during the

University of Kentucky football pre-game radio show. The Kentucky Beef Council is the Associate Sponsor of the November 4th UK vs. Ole Miss football game, where we will be tailgating with the fans, sharing great tailgating recipes, sampling beef, and giving away great prizes to beef-loving tailgaters! Tailgating in many ways can be a sport all in itself, and we want to make sure Kentuckians make the best plays in order to make their tailgate a touchdown. There is no better way for Kentuckians to join together with friends and family celebrating one of America’s favorite past times than by sharing a delicious burger fresh off the grill. Although some may wish tailgating season lasted forever, our campaign is set to wrap up in November. We are already gearing up for our next campaign and looking forward to continuing promoting be e f a nd i t s pl a c e a t t he t a bl e t hi s hol i da y s e a s on!

Till next time,


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



he second Weaning 101 Workshop was held this September at the Eden Shale Farm. This program was co-sponsored by Kentucky Beef Network, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, KADF and Elanco Animal Health. More than 30 participants from 18 counties across Kentucky came to the day workshop. Participants were grouped and rotated through several hands-on programs in the morning. Each group was assigned a pen of steers to process for herd health, develop a feeding program post-weaning using different feeds, and learn about feeder calf grades. Participants learned about grading feeder cattle from Mr. Tim Dietrich, Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Viewing feeder calves at weaning, Mr. Dietrich shared how frame, muscle score and other factors impact feeder calf value. Elanco Animal Health representative Austin Sexten demonstrated proper implanting techniques. Implants continue to be effective in promoting efficient growth in feeder cattle. Dr. Ken Blue, Elanco Technical Service Veterinarian, discussed proper Beef Quality Assurance 72

guidelines when administering animal health products. He assisted participants in processing feeder calves which included vaccination, tagging, and collecting samples for BVD testing. Later in the day Dr. Blue shared the importance of total herd immunity to ensure success during weaning and optimize performance in the calf ’s life. Additional information was shared on weaning methods. This discussion shared the value of reducing stress during the weaning process. Fenceline weaning and 2-step weaning method using nose rings was discussed. Dr. Kenny Burdine, UK Extension Ag Economist, shared with participants how to evaluate adding value to feeder calves through weaning. He provided a market outlook and projected value of gain for weaning this fall. The 32 steers were divided into three pens. I worked with each group of participants to develop a post-weaning feeding program using three different feeding programs. One group used a medicated stress feed for the first few days post-weaning to control respiratory disease. This group of calves were then offered a custom 12% protein feed for the rest of the 30 day feeding period. The other groups fed either a 2-way 50:50 corn gluten feed and soyhull mixture or a 3-way mixture of corn, soyulls, and corn gluten feed. Heifers were managed in an outdoor lot with shades for the first part of the weaning period before being moved to pasture while giving 6 lbs of the 3-way mixture. No calves got sick during the

weaning process. Proper herd health management greatly reduces the risk of morbidity during weaning. Performance was similar between the three steer pens with gains averaging 2.7-2.8 pounds per day for the first 30 days post-weaning. Steers were fed about 1% of body weight supplement and free-choice grass hay. Using market values at weaning and

recent feeder prices, weaning the steers for 30 days and putting on 70-80 pounds this fall provided a 200% ROI netting a projected $75-$95 for the pens of steers in the Weaning 101 Workshop this fall. Low feed inputs and steady market conditions early this fall show potential to increase the value of feeder calves this fall.

KBN Facilitators Ben Lloyd

Ron Shrout

Charles Embry

Tim Graves

Whitesville, KY (270) 993-1074

Cave City, KY (270) 646-5939

Jacob Settles

Springfield, KY (859) 805-0724

Winchester, KY (606) 205-6143

Springfield, KY (859) 481-3954

Jeff Stephens

Ewing, KY (606) 782-7640

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Eden Shale Update

Dan Miller

----------------Kentucky Beef Network Industry Coordinator


s you know, a farm will keep you from getting bored. There are times that are busier than others and the work seems to come in cycles. September and October are two months that always have multiple things going on at once, and this year was no exception. We started the month off with switching out our two Case IH tractors. We have had these tractors since last January and had reached the 230 hours that they require us to stop using them at. I contacted H&R AgriPower in Hopkinsville and they prepped me two more tractors and delivered them the next week. They dropped the new ones off and took the “old” ones back

to the dealership. The transition went smoothly and I quickly set up the bale monitor in the new tractor. We had put 44 hours on both units within the first two weeks. Just like a lot of producers that I have talked to, our fall hay turned out really well. We had two hay fields that we didn’t make a second cutting on simply because our other hay fields produced enough that we didn’t need the hay. Those two hay fields will be grazed instead of baled. At the end of September we baled 76 bales of dry hay and 56 bales of sorghum sudan that was wrapped to make bailage. For the entire year we baled 384 bales, which is about the normal amount for us. We also had 80 bales left over from last year’s mild winter, giving us a total of 464 bales in the barn. We worked all the cattle on September 11th this year. That day we also vaccinated, dewormed, and pregnancy checked all the cows and heifers. After one round of AI and having the cleanup bull in for 60 days

we ended up with an overall conception rate of 88%. We weaned the calves that day, but did not weight or work any of them. Two days later, on September 13th, we hosted a weaning workshop which allowed 35 producers to come to the farm and experience the weaning process. Participants discussed facilities and how to properly manage cattle around shade and water during stressful events. Next they were able to develop a feed ration that the weaned calves would eat for the first 30 days after weaning. We also talked about marketing the calves and what buyers are looking for when purchasing weaned animals. Lastly, producers got to work the calves through the chute. They received hands on experience on vaccinations, deworming, implanting, and cattle chute safety. The weaning weight average for this years calf crop was 472 lbs. That is actually 6 lbs lighter than last year, however there are two reasons why that does not concern me. First, we weaned the calves on Monday and weighted them on Wednesday. That alone could

account for the 6 lb loss. Second, we weight all the cows on weaning day. This year our average cow size decreased down to 1154 pounds. After doing the math, the cow herd as a whole gained 4% efficiency in the percent of her own body weight that she weaned off (42%). The weaning went smoothly and all the calves quickly started eating grain and we did not have to pull any for sickness. Our annual Open House at the farm was on October 14th. We had beautiful weather and strong attendance with 45 producers coming to see some of this years projects. We visited the spring development project, the fenceline feeder system, the BarOptima hayfield renovation, the gamma grass establishment project, and we got to look at the cow herd. The day went so well in fact, that myself and Dr. Higgins stayed after it was over and took 20 people to look at some additional winter feeding and water harvesting options. I appreciate everyone that came to the Open House and I hope to see you at Eden Shale Farm again soon.

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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.

“Black cows need a good Hereford Bull”

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Make Managing Price Risk Part of Your Culture? BY STEVE WADE


rom the time you were old enough for your first pair of Justin work boots, you went with your parents out to check on the cows. You watched them feed hay, silage, minerals and supplements. You watched them put up fence, build pens, and cle an out the waterers. You probably watched as they bred, dehorned, vaccinated, and castrated them. You watched as they pull calves and looked forward to the time you were big enough to do that. You had mixed feelings as you saw the cattle loaded into the livestock trailer and taken away. One thing you probably never saw them do was to speak with their commodity broker or insurance agent. I highly doubt that your folks spent much time talking about how much easier their lives were because they were using options and brokerage. This, I suspect, is the reason most livestock farmers do not think about using these very important tools. It is just not a part of the culture. As I drive around Kentucky, I see fields today that are planted in corn and soybeans that were once hay and pasture fields not that long ago. I used to believe that most of these fields were too poor to grow grain on and would never be used for anything other than livestock. A few years and bull dozers later, I was obviously wrong. Why did this happen? Grain farmers are privy to using federal crop insurance. The insurance has had ramifications across rural areas across our state, country, and your John Deere stock. When Federal Crop Insurance became widely accepted in the late 1990’s, it allowed grain farmers to guarantee their incomes against production and

price losses. No longer did they need to hold onto large cash reserves to carry them through hard times. The risk was all turned over to the insurance companies. One of the benefits f rom the relatively small (heavily subsidized) premiums the farmer paid was that they no longer needed the large financial reserves they were holding. They were now able to use this money to expand their farming operations. They bought more land, driving up land prices and rents in the process. They bought more shiny green equipment and built grain bins. They were driving newer trucks and taking vacations. Their net worth grew. Livestock farmers were not so fortunate. Because they did not have the guaranteed income grain farmers had, it became more difficult to compete. Cattle farmers began clearing out fence rows and began growing grain. In 2000, there was 111,000,000 pounds of beef produced on Kentucky Farms. Last year, that number had shrunk to 67,000,000. If you are a cattle producer and you are still in business, my hat is off to you! You can not be under the pressures to make ends meet if you don’t have a sharp pencil and a plan to manage risk. I suggest however that your life could be made simpler by using more of the tools that are available to livestock producers to manage risk. Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance (PRF)is available (sign up by November 15) to help protect farmers against production declines. It is designed to add to your farms revenue should you need to buy more hay to feed your cattle. I remember years where cattle producers shipped cattle because they knew they would have to buy feed because their production dropped off. With PRF, you should not have to make that

decision. Options and Livestock Risk Protection (PRF) both place floors under cattle prices. PRF is subsidized, so the government is serious about encouraging farmers to buy it. Let me give you a quick example on how LRP can be used. Lets say that a cattle farmer buys 50 feeder calves at $1.50 per pound:

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January 17, Steers & Heifers, Lexington January 29, Steers & Heifers, Guthrie


February 1, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro


March 21, Steers & Heifers, Lexington


April 26, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro

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$181,901.95 for 1 Ranch in Premiums over 8 Year Period


organ Ranches believes in premiums and they believe in the Angus Source program. Over a period of 8 years from 2008-2015 their Angus sired feeder cattle brought in an additional $22,737 per year, which goes a long way. Yeah, yeah that’s a

great big number, premiums compared to what? Those were premiums paid over the average of cattle marketed in their respective weight groups on Western Video for the same period of time. Well how many head did it take, 1 million? Over the 8-year period the ranch marketed 2726 head of cattle both steers and heifers which breaks down to $66.72/hd in additional income. But that’s out West on bigger ranches. Well here’s some numbers from


last summer right here in Kentucky. In June a group of breeders put together an Angus Source sale in Irvington. 583 lbs steers brought $160.25 which was a $5 premium to the market for that week, which meant an additional $30/ head back to the producer. 697 lbs steers commanded a price of $167.00 which was a handsome premium of $19/ cwt over the state average for the week, an added $127.48 per head back to the producer. Overall that sale averaged



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$101.17 more per head back to the producer when compared to the USDA reported state average for the given weight categories in Kentucky for that week. An Angus Source sale in Stanford last December showcased the females. While the steers sold at a premium to the daily average, the females topped each weight category for the day with premiums up to $13/cwt. Now, many of you reading this have been in the business longer than I’ve been alive and



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Mockingbird Hill Farms

Lar r y C l ar k &



R e gi s te r e d G e l b vi e h Cat tl e Registered Gelbvieh Cattle 1 1 5 3 Rob ert L andis Road- G reens b u rg, KY 42743 Shane Wells 10172 Provo Rd. Rochester, KY Larry Clark, Owner & Operator H: 270-934-2198 C: 270-791-8196 (27 0) 29 9 -5167 (27 0) 337 -28 01 Lpclarkandsons@

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NEWS RELEASES you know well that you can’t guarantee a premium, the market is always moving. I look at it like the weather: we can learn quite a bit from past behaviors but we’ve all seen 10% chance of rain turn into wet hay. Even still I’ve heard it said that luck is where preparation meets opportunity…it seems prudent then, for me to have my calves prepared for a premium and hope that the market will provide the opportunity.

What is it?

The Angus Source program was founded in 2003 by the American Angus Association in order to distinguish calves actually sired by registered Angus Bulls from those calves which were simply black hided. The program provides the market place with additional information regarding the genetic composition of the calves which enables the buyer to make a more confident buying decision because of the known genetic makeup of the animals being purchased and the greater likelihood of those feeder cattle having more end product merit to fit strict qualifications of programs like Certified Angus Beef® brand. To date Angus Source has enrolled over 1.2 million head of cattle nationwide with 48,000 which have enrolled to date in 2017.

How do I participate?

There are 2 ways to participate: To get started we have sales listed below where your Angus Source cattle can be marketed, however, all of the sales currently listed have protocols similar to CPH-45. To participate 1) contact the sale location for specific details concerning weaning and vaccination requirements 2) Enroll the cattle through the American Angus Association either by calling at 816-383-5100 or using a login account on The 2nd way to participate is to plan on attending the upcoming sales and purchasing Angus Source feeder cattle. The greatest demand we’ve seen so far in Kentucky is undoubtedly for the females. These sales are a great place to invest in females with known genetics and known backgrounds to go to work for you or to fit in your bred heifer project. Or

make feeders out of them and target them for marketing toward a premium based grid like Certified Angus Beef®. For additional information about Angus Source or anything Angus feel free to contact me anytime. Take Care and Buy Angus!!

Upcoming Angus Source Sales

12/7 Angus Source Bowling Green Stockyards 12/7 Angus Source Paris Stockyards 1/3 Angus Source Irvington Stockyards

Red Hill Farms Honored as Red Angus Breeder of the Year


mmeasurable passion, time and devotion are common denominators on all esteemed cattle farms and ranches. The producers who rise above the rest are dedicated to pushing boundaries and extracting the maximum return on investment from their cattle. The Red Angus Association of America honored Red Hill Farms of Lafayette, Tennessee, as the Breeder of the Year at its 64th annual awards banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 15, 2017. The Breeder of the Year Award is presented to members who maintain an excellent standard of quality in breeding Red Angus cattle. Red Hill Farms is owned by Bart, Sarah and Ty Jones and Gordon and Susan Jones of Lafayette, Tennessee. The Jones family has a long history of promoting Red Angus in their region and have never wavered on their commitment to utilize data to aggressively select for economically relevant traits and deliver greater profitability to their commercial customers. Red Hill Farms believes in the “More Than Just a Bull” philosophy and stays engaged with their customers through continued education and outreach programs. Additionally, the family is repeatedly a leader in volunteerism through committee service, event hosting and advocacy for the Red

Johnny Rogers (left) presented Red Hill Farms of Lafayette, Tennessee, with the Breeder of the Year Award. Ty, Sarah and Bart Jones (l to r). Angus breed. The original farm was purchased by Bart’s great-great-great-grandmother in the late 1860s. The family has tilled the land with pride and raised quality livestock for seven generations on the rolling hills of northern middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky. The family farm consists of 450 Red Angus, Simmental, SimAngus™ and Angus cows, 150 acres of burley tobacco, 100 purebred sows and row crops that support the livestock enterprises. The cattle operation utilizes artificial insemination, embryo transfer, extensive performance records and DNA analysis to produce bulls and females for their annual sales held the fourth Saturday in October and the third Saturday in March. The Jones’ swine operation provides breeding stock to customers across the U.S. and in foreign countries. Burley tobacco is a traditional Kentucky/ Tennessee crop that adds diversity to Red Hill Farms. The Jones family enjoys sharing the tobacco experience with visitors unfamiliar with this specialty crop. Both Sarah and Bart are deeplyrooted in agriculture. Sarah was reared on a fourth-generation dairy farm and was active in 4-H and FFA activities.

She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She manages financial records, cattle records, advertising and marketing in addition to rolling the hay and AI breeding the cows. Bart grew up in the purebred swine seedstock industry, and he was an active 4-H swine project participant. When he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1996, Bart came back to the family farm to raise pigs. He quickly learned that diversification would make the farm more profitable. Today, the farm produces cattle, tobacco, hogs, corn, soybeans and a variety of hay and silage crops. Bart manages the day-to-day farming operation and computerized swine records. Red Hill Farms’ mission is to be good stewards of the land, promote excellent husbandry practices and treat animals with respect, give back to the community, and provide superior genetic products to increase customer profitability and enhance consumer appeal of U.S. beef and pork. Bart, Sarah and Ty appreciate farm life and cherish the friendships developed in agriculture. They also take time to enjoy house boating, waterskiing and exhibiting Ty’s market lambs.

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A ngus - The B usiness B reed K E N TU C K Y A N GU S A S SO


2016-2017 K Angus Association Officers: President: Tim J ef f ries Ÿ Camner, KY V President: G il Ray Cow les Ÿ Sec res : Anne DeM ott Ÿ L ex ington, KY

KY Angus Association Membership Application Name:____________________________________________


W illiam N. Offutt IV 37 9 0 Paris Road Georgetown, KY 40324 Phone: (8 59 ) 533-2020 Email: millersrunfarm@ W ebsite: Heifers for sale

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

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

Contact Anne DeMott to pay for your Kentucky Angus Association dues! 1 • BOYD BEEF CATTLE 6077 Helena Rd. Mayslick, KY 41055 Charlie Boyd II: 606-584-5194 • Blake Boyd: 606-375-3718 • email:

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

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

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

7 • 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 8 • D&D LONGVIEW ANGUS Danny & Debbie Burris 550 Willie Nell Road Columbia, KY 42728 270-348-5766 • 270-250-3701 • 270-250-1277

9 • EAGLE REST PLANTATION Jimmy Don Robinson 7665 Paducah Road Kevil, KY 42053 270-462-2150 10 • FALL CREEK ANGUS 448 Corder Farm Road Monticello, KY 42633 Ronnie Corder 606/348-6588 11 • HAINES ANGUS FARMS 5294 Park City- Glasgow Rd. Park City, KY 42160 Kenneth Haines, Jr. 270/749-8862




20 • OLD BARK FARM 370 Ferrill Hill, Buffalo, KY 42716 Kenley Conner 270/358-8057 Registered Angus Cattle


21 • 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 22 • RAGS ANGUS FARM

Richard and Glenda Stallons 1240 Dogwood Kelly Road Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240 Home- (27 0)8 8 5-4352 Cell- (27 0)8 39 -2442 rstallons@ 23 • ANNE PATTON SCHUBERT 4040 Taylorsville Rd • Taylorsville, KY 40071 Phone: (502) 477-2663 • Fax: (502) 477-2637 Gordon Schubert, Cowboy

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

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

16 • LEGACY FARMS Daniel and Lindsey Reynolds 1709 South Jackson Highway Hardyville, KY 42746 270-528-6275/270-528-6120

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

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

14 • HILL VIEW FARMS Jimmy Gilles 5160 Lee Rudy Road Owensboro, KY 42301 Located 15 mi. W of Somerset 270/686-8876 Bulls & females sold private treaty. Inquiries Welcome. Sell only what we would buy. 270/929-5370 5 • CARDINAL HILL FARMS 15 • JOHNSON FARMS ANGUS 405 Cedar Grove Rd. • Glasgow, KY 42141 Angus Bulls & Females Mike Elmore: (270) 404-6589 Slaughters, KY Bob Johnson: ( 270 ) 427-1410 Keith: 270-635-0723 www. Reese: 270-635-1137 6 • CLAIREBROOK FARMS, LLC PO Box 192, Carlisle, KY 40311 Paul B. Mulhollem, 217/621-3123 Chad Daugherty, 217/369-0466 Watch for our consignments in upcoming KY sales!

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



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

Charles “Bud” & Pam Smith 270/866-3898 Henry & Melissa Smith 270/866-2311 26 • 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 Performance Tested Bull & Female Sale April2016

27 • 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

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Stonnie Sullivan Permanently Barred from Buying and Selling Livestock


n Aug. 31, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, acting on behalf of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), settled a civil contempt (link is external) case against Stonnie Sullivan, of Glasgow, Ky.

Agreed Order to Pay Civil Penalty

On Apr. 11, 2017, Sullivan agreed to pay $16,200 in civil penalties to the United States for violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act and non-compliance with the terms of a Jan. 2012 Consent Decree. He also committed to pay outstanding penalties imposed by the 2012 Consent Decree.  The U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (the Court) entered the agreed order to pay civil penalty (link is external) on Apr. 24, 2017. Sullivan subsequently paid all the penalties, totaling $31,200. He also filed an application for registration and a $75,000 bond.  However, he needed a $90,000 bond to fully comply. 

Agreed Order of Permanent Injunction

On May 30, 2017, a judge for the Court verbally ordered Defendant Sullivan not to buy livestock without first filing adequate bond. Sullivan continued buying livestock in apparent defiance of the order.  The judge scheduled a criminal contempt trial. On Aug. 18, 2017, in lieu of trial, Defendant Sullivan admitted that he disobeyed the Court’s verbal order.  The parties entered an agreed order of permanent injunction (link is external) with the Court on the same day. It bars Sullivan, and any others acting in concert or participation with him for such purpose, indefinitely, from engaging in business in any capacity requiring registration and bonding under the P&S Act and regulations.  Any future violations of the P&S Act or this agreed order by Sullivan and others acting in concert or participation with him, may result

in further penalties. On Aug. 27, 2017, Defendant Sullivan’s $75,000 bond terminated due to claim activity.  Sullivan has not filed replacement bond coverage with GIPSA.

Order on Motion for Civil Contempt

On Aug. 31, 2017, the Court declined to penalize Defendant Sullivan for the criminal contempt charge. Due to the agreed permanent injunction, the Court also denied the United States civil contempt motion as moot.  However, the United States may refile its motion if Sullivan does not comply with the permanent injunction. 

Agreed Order to Pay Debt

The parties entered another agreed order (link is external) with the Court on Aug. 31, 2017. In it, Defendant Sullivan agreed to compensate a Tennessee market $8,808.37, within one year.  This amount represents the deficiency between the market’s expected recovery against Sullivan’s $75,000.00 bond and his total debt of $83,808.37. Randall Jones, Acting Administrator of GIPSA, said, “This settlement benefits the industry in two ways. It ensures that Defendant Sullivan pays his obligation and it also deters Sullivan and others from violating the P&S Act and putting livestock sellers at risk.”  This case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Corinne E. Keel and Jessica R. C. Malloy, in consultation with Attorney Elizabeth M. Kruman, USDA’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  GIPSA’s Eastern Regional Office conducted the investigation, which OGC referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for civil enforcement.  The P&S Act is a fair trade practice and payment protection law.  It promotes fair and competitive marketing environments for the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

Limousin Breeders of The Bluegrass


B.F. Evans Cattle Company Byron Evans

Fullblood & Purebred Ÿ Embryos & Semen Stephen: 27 0-7 9 9 -8 68 5 7 60 Emily Court Ÿ Bowling Green, KY 42101

achhlimousin@ Ÿ F ac ebo o k : A CH H L imo u sin

P.O. Box 1509 599 Ray Allen Lane Versailles, KY 40383 Byron 859-509-8046 Rose Ann 270-543-1960


Buck’s Limousin Farm

la n d & c a ttle c o m p a n y Ed and Becky Chenault P.O. Box 1718 Richmond, KY 40476 859-661-0330 Bill & Susan Hurt 859-230-4288

“The Best Kept Secret in Eastern Kentucky” John Buck: (606) 474-7451 • (606) 922-8174 2494 South St. Hwy. 7, Grayson, KY. 41143 “cattle for sale - private treaty”



G etting s Limousin

C U M M IN S P O L L E D L IM O U S IN David & Donald P. Cummins D a n ie l G e ttin g s 4312 W illow-Lenoxburg Rd. Foster, KY 41043 E l b o w B e n d & C e n t e r P o i n t R d . T o m p k i n s v i l l e , K Y 4 2 1 67 David 606-7 47 -58 8 6 Ÿ (C) 606.7 8 2.7 003 2 70 - 4 8 7- 9 4 54 o r 2 70 - 2 0 2 - 7755 Email: cumminsd@ “ R e g is te r e d L im o u s in a n d A n g u s G e n e tic s ” Tom & Chris Daniel

Greg Blaydes 859-338-9402 James Hicks 859-227-0490

517 1 Camargo-Levee Rd. Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 8 59 -49 8 -0030 Ÿ 8 59 -58 5-17 8 5 Ÿ 8 59 -58 5-8 38 8

1225 E. Leestown Rd. Midway, KY 40347

Maple Shade Farm

J onathan Ray 8 59 -339 -1137

Pete Gray Ÿ 606-7 48 -37 63 Martha Prewitt Ÿ 7 24 Secrest Crossing Ÿ 606-8 49 -4249 355 Indigo Point Email: mapleshade1@ Lancaster, KY 40444 kentuckyriverlimousin@ Flemingsburg, KY 41041 kyriverlimousin@

Laura Beth Ray 8 59 -7 9 2-18 30

Pharris Farms Limousin Mike & Daniel Pharris 2888 Salt River Rd. Leitchfield, KY 42754 270-242-6697 or 270-230-2836

Bob Minerich, 8 59 -58 2-68 8 8 2003 Barnes Mill Rd. Ÿ Richmond, KY 4047 5 minegwen@ “ Cattle for sale private treaty”

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Ricci & Brenda Roland 423 Lebus Lane Cynthiana, KY 41031 859-234-3986 859-234-7344

Sunnyside Farm Dan & Margie Duvall 233 Sunnyside Gott Rd. Bowling Green, KY 42101 270-563-4897



Terry W . McPhetridge 606-8 43-69 03 Cell: 606-524-9 241

g Oaks Fa rm

1645 W inding Blade Rd. East Bernstadt, KY 407 29


Bill, Greg & Scott Tichenor 3595 St. Rt. 85 West Ÿ Centertown, KY 42328 Home: 270-232-4334 Ÿ Cell: 270-256-0023

Triple K Limousin

Allen & J on Anderson

Paul & Brad Kidd

260 Henderson Rd.

8 254 HW Y 7 11 Ÿ W est Liberty, KY 4147 2

Eubank, KY 42567

606-7 43-7 349 Ÿ 606-7 38 -9 49 3 Ÿ 606-49 5-639 6

Allen: 606-8 7 2-8 07 2 Ÿ J on: 606-305-8 8 59

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F o r M o r e In fo r m a tio n :

From 2004-2014, the 2015 AICA National Cattle Evaluation Genetic Trend illustrates Charolais seedstock breeders are doing their job!

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

The trend shows dramatic improvements in every trait of economic importance.

In the feedlot Higher yearling weight MORE POUNDS, EFFICIENTLY

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REA Marb

At harvest

2004 0.8 19.1 33.7 1.6 11.4 .18 .01 2014 0.4 26.8 49.0 3.4 16.9 .32 .04

Increased carcass weight MORE POUNDS AT HARVEST Larger ribeye BETTER YIELD GRADES More marbling HIGHER QUALITY GRADES

More pounds. More profits. Charolais keep it real. © American-International Charolais Association 2016


kins Ad Farms

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TJ Adkins: 606-8 7 5-509 4 Sherman & Phyllis Adkins: 606-37 9 -5129 27 9 Bullock Rd. Eubank, KY 42567 AdkinsFarms@

M o n tg o m e ry C h a r o la is

Floyd Wampler (423) 612-2144




Am b u r ge y C har ol ai s Far m

Polled B reeding Sinc e 196 Robe rt Ambur gey, J r. 3171 C amargo Rd. • M t. Sterling, KY 40353 859- 498- 2764 ( H ome) 859- 404- 3751 ( M obi le)

Cox Charolais

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

H a rro d F a rm s T HE N E X T G E N E RAT I O N

Becca, Je nna and Ja ke 645 Evergreen Rd. Frankfort, KY 40601 Je ff Harrod: 5 0 2- 3 3 0 - 6 74 5 Charolais, Hereford & Commercial Cattle

E V E N T S :

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ROE Charolais Show at NAILE November 1 5 • Louisville, K Y


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


Southeast Field Representative

K e n tu c k y C h a r o la is A s s o c ia tio n Chuck Druin 229 1 Drane Lane Eminence, K Y 4 0 0 1 9 5 0 2- 3 21 - 1 1 6 0 or 5 0 2- 3 21 - 5 9 1 9 Je ff Harrod: 5 0 2- 3 3 0 - 6 74 5 Ja cob M iller: 5 0 2- 5 0 7- 4 9 8 7

In the pasture

Commercial cattlemen trust registered seedstock breeders to make documented genetic improvements that provide them the opportunity to succeed.

John Bruner

606-271-0582 473 Edward Meece Road Science Hill, KY 42553

K Y Beef Ex po Entries Due December 1 - Call us for Info


David, Rhonda, Michael & Nicholas 3200 St. Rose Road Lebannon, KY 40033 270-692-7793

jeffries charolais

H ayden Farm


B ards tow n, KY 40004 J ames H ayden

paul r. jeffries

1590 jeffries lane

hustonville, ky. 40437 chris cooper 606-669-9009 chris jeffries 606-669-2426

iJ m m y & Li n d a E van s 960 V allandingha m Road Dry Ridge, KY 4103 5 859- 428- 2740

Allison Charolais John Allison

545 Eminence Road New Castle, KY 40050

502-845-2806 502-220-3170

Bulls & Heifers For Sale at the Farm

502- 349-

0128 502- 43 9- 0005 502- 507- 4984 j ha yden@ ha ydens teel.c om

Candy Sullivan 3440 Ruddles Mill Road Paris, KY 40361

8 59 -338 -017 0

Sullivan Charolais

Quality Charolais Cattle in the Heart of the Bluegrass

F lo y d ’s C h a r o la is

20 3 9 Nina Ridg e Road Lancaster, K Y 4 0 4 4 4 Home: 8 5 9 - 79 2- 29 5 6 • Cell: 8 5 9 - 3 3 9 - 26 5 3

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Visitors This Month

Over 3,000 Groups Hosted UK Block & Bridle Ag Dev Board Fowler Bell Law Office KCA Board KY Farm Bureau Marketing Committee Federal Crop Insurance KY Farrier Association UK Ag Ed Teaching Methods Class Hardin Co Cattlemen Kroger Meat Leader Meeting

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Events C H E C K O U T T H E S E S IM M E N T A L E V E N T S A T T H E N O R T H A M E R IC A N : S a tu rd a y , N o v e m b e r 1 1 r. Simmental Show S u n d a y , N o v e m b e r 1 2 r. SimAngus Show M o n d a y , N o v e m b e r 1 3 North American Select Simmental Sale

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F r e d & P h y llis 5022 45- 863 5029-5 4560

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Kentucky Simmental Of cers resident 5 0 2- 8 ice res 270 - 4

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Secretary Scott ellenkam 6 0 6 - 4 0 7- 0 4 4 0 reasurer onya hilli s 6 0 6 - 5 8 4 - 25 79

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Ratliff Cattle Company

100 Carpenter Ridge Salyersville KY, 41465 Jim Ratliff 606.496-6522

“UNBELIEVABULL SIMMENTALS” Graves Grandview Simmental Farm imothy raves 560 Rudd Lane S ring eld, KY 4006 5 4 1- 54

Brian & Heather Swain 3906 Pottertown Road Murray, KY 42071 270-293-4440

S i m m ental and S i m A ng us B ul l s f o r S al e 19 39 Huntertown Road Versailles, KY 4038 3 B ul l s f o r S al e C h ri s A l l en 8 5 9 -3 5 1 -4 4 8 6 c al l enuk y @ h o tm ai l . c o m

Send applic ation to: Tonya Phi llips , 81 9 0 Stonelic k Rd. M ays ville, KY 41 05 6 M embe rs hi p Fee is $25.00 WAYWARD HILL FARM

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She’s Been a Good ‘un! healthy and have value but before they suffer the ill effects of old age is a part of good management. Let’s take the case of cow no. 311N (shown in the pictures) at the UKREC. She’s 14 years old ----------------and never had a bad day. Her time University of Kentucky is spent grazing in the morning Extension Beef Specialist then walking over to the shade and lying down to “chew her cud”. She has also raised a good calf every mentioned in last month’s article year since she was two years old. So that picking a time to cull cows we’ve been good to her and she’s been could be tricky. It is usually a good for us. straightforward decision in cases of Cow 311N has a nice bull calf by open cows, lame cows or those with her side this year but she’s showing bad dispositions. However, culling her age. She is losing body condition old cows that have been “good ones” for the first time in her life and is and are still producing can be a walking with a stiff gait. It’s time to difficult decision. Despite all the make a decision about her future. A “chatter” f rom our critics, we are close look at her teeth (see picture on the ultimate animal welfare people! We want to treat animals humanely pg. 86) reveals that she has a “smooth but still be economically responsible. mouth” (her teeth are worn off ). So culling cows while they are still Grazing anything but lush forage

Dr. Roy Burris


will be a challenge and going into the winter with a calf at side will not be easy. She’s not moving well either.




















































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MONTHLY MARKET BEEF UPDATE! Feeder cattle were $2-$7 higher for the week. Calves were steady to $5 higher. Market cows were steady to $2 lower. -Troy Applehans

The last picture on page 86 shows that she has corns and abnormal hoof growth. So she may become lame very soon. So what do we do? That’s not an easy decision but I think that we will keep her until she can wean this calf – put her in drylot and feed her if necessary. But we will not let her starve or die a slow death. You see; if we do this right, she will be culled while she is pain-free and still has value in the market place. And yes, she will be harvested as painlessly as possible, too. Some opponents of animal agriculture might think that we should just let them die a slow death and return to the earth (and our water supply). But I’m kind of fond of 311N and don’t want to see that happen. We are committed to doing things the right way and, although it isn’t always easy, we should know better than anyone else about what’s best for our cows. After all, we have provided for some of them for many years on family farms (not factory farms!). Knowing when to Cont’d on pg.

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October 26 The Kentucky Beef Conference, Lexington, KY October 28 Tibetan Yak Exhibition, Morehead, KY October 31-Nov 16 - North American International Livestock Expo November 25 Ford Brothers Inc. Absolute Auction, See ad on pg. 32 January 11-12 KCA Convention, Lexington, KY, More info on pg. 66-67 January 31- February 2 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow, See ad on pg. 18


October 27 Triple C Angus Production Sale, Meadowview, PA October 28 GMAA Annual Fall Sale, Campbellsburg, KY October 30 Stone Gate Farms Annual Fall Sale, Flemingsburg, KY, See ad on pg. 13 October 30 Oak Hollow Fall Bull Sale, Smiths Grove, KY November 4 Decades of Excellence Angus Production Sale, Unionville, TN November 4 Southern Select Angus Production Sale, Shelbyville, TN November 11 Deer Valley 11th Annual Production Sale, Fayetteville, TN, See ad on pg. 84 November 11 CKAA Fall Sale, Danville, KY, See ad on pg. 2 November 18 Sunset Ridge Bull & Female Sale, Deer Lodge, TN, See ad on pg. 19

AGRIfinancial 15 Allison Farms 45 American Angus Association 65 Amonett Farms 34 B & L Farm Cattle Company 41 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale 3 Blue Grass Stockyards 20 Bourbon Co. Elite Bred Heifer Sale 40 Boys of the South Bull Sale 43 Breeding for the Future 21 Burkmann Feeds 40 Byron Seeds 36 C-Cross Cattle Co. 8 Central Farm Supply 31 Central KY Premier Heifer Sale 47 84

November 18, Ginger Hill Real World Premium Angus Bull and Female Sale, Culpeper, VA, See ad on pg. 35 December 2 Allison Angus & Arrowhead Ranch Inaugural Production Sale, Hurricane Mills, TN, See ad on pg. 45 December 3 Williams Angus Performance Tested Bull Sale, Langston, TN, See ad on pg. 11 February 27 Woodall Angus Buyer’s Choice Bull Sale, Quality, KY March 31 Heritage Farm Inaugural Sale, Shelbyville, KY

Black Hereford

November 9-11 American Black Hereford Association Show & Sale, Sedalia, MO


November 4 TJB Gelbvieh’s Bull Sale, Chickamauga, GA, See ad on pg. 25 November 11 NAILE Gelbvieh & Balancer Show, See ad on pg. 76


October 28 Debter Hereford Farm Production Sale, Horton, AL November 4 Burns Farms Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Pikeville, TN

November 10 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale, Cedartown, GA, See ad on pg. 3 December 2 Hereford Autumn Sale, See ad on pg. 41


October 27 Capital Classic Premier Heifer Sale, Owenton, KY October 27 Gateway Regional Bred Heifer Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY October 28 Yon Family Farms Fall Sale, Ridge Spring, SC October 28 Graves Grandview Golden Genetics Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, Washington County Livestock Center October 28 Buffalo Trace Herd Builder Beef Heifer Sale, Maysville, KY November 1 Elite Bull & Female Fall Sale, Abingdon, VA November 4 Elite Bull & Female Fall Sale, Osceola, MO November 4 Central KY Premier Heifer Sale, Lebanon, KY, See ad on pg. 47 November 4 Green River Area Bred Heifer Sale, Owensboro, KY, See ad on pg. 33 November 6 Elite Bred Heifer Sale, Paris, KY See ad on pg. 40 November 8 Elite Bull & Female Fall Sale, Harrison, AR November 10 Southern Kentucky Female Sale, Albany, KY, See ad on pg. 7


CKAA Fall Sale CowCo CPH-45 Deer Valley Farm Dievert Sales Service Don Franklin Ford Lincoln FPL Food, LLC Ford Brothers Inc Four Kings Angus Ginger Hill Angus Glenview Farms Green River Area Heifer Sale Green River Livestock Hayes Trailer Sales Hinton Mills Hoelscher Sales & Service

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Joe B. Houchens Auctioneers 13 John Deere 5 Kentucky Angus 78 Kentucky Charolais Association 80 Kentucky Gelbvieh Association 76 Kentucky Hereford Association 41,74 Kentucky Salers Association 86 Kentucky Simmental Association 82 Knoll Crest Farms 9 Leitchfield Truck & Trailer 30 Limousin Breeders of the Bluegrass79 McBurneys Livestock & Equipment 33 Mid South Ag LLC 42 NCBA 18 Neat Steel 4

November 11 C Cross Cattle Co Biscoe, NC, See ad on pg. 8 November 18 West KY Select Bred Heifer Sale, Guthrie, KY, See ad on pg. 4 November 18 Timberland Cattle Fall Bull Sale, Vernon, AL November 18 Seedstock Plus Influence Commercial Female Sale, Kingsville, MO November 25 Breeding for the Future Bull and Female Sale, Rockifeld, KY, See ad on pg. 21 December 1 Knoll Crest Farm Total Performance Bull Sale, See ad on pg. 9 December 16, Boys from the South Bull Sale, Lebanon, TN, See ad on pg. 43

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October 28 Bulls of Fall III, Lafayette, TN November 15 Ladies of Louisville, NAILE, Louisville, KY March 17 More Than a Bull Sale, Lafayette, TN


November 11 Gibbs Farms Bull & Female Sale, Ranburne, AL November 13 Select Simmental Sale, Paris, KY, See ad on pg. 12

Norbrook 22, 23 Oak Hollow 7 Priefert 37, 44 Ridley, Inc. - Sweetlix 26 Rocking P Livestock 12 Shady Bottom Ranch 47 Silver Stream Shelters 33 Southern KY Female Sale 7 Stone Gate Farms 13 Sunset Ridge 19 TJB Gelbvieh 25 Twin Lakes Cattlemen 7 Walters Buildings 30 West KY Select Bred Heifer Sale 4 Williams Angus 11

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Cont'd from pg. 83 get rid of the bad ones is easy but knowing when to cull older cows that have been productive is a difficult decision. Sooner or later we have to decide about the best course of action. Here’s to 311N and all of the good ‘uns out there!

Timely Tips for November Spring-calving cow herd • If you need to replace cows, consider buying bred heifers in some of the Kentucky Certified Replacement Heifer sales which are being held across the state this month. • Extend grazing for as long as possible to decrease the amount of stored feed needed. • Evaluate body condition of cows. Sort thin (less than CS5) cows away from the cow herd and feed to improve their condition. Two and three-year olds may need extra attention now. These cattle can use the extra grass that has accumulated in this exceptional growing season. • Dry cows in good condition can utilize crop residues and lower quality hay now (but don’t let them lose any more body condition). Save higher quality feed until calving time. Keep a good mineral supplement with

vitamin A available. • Culling decisions should be made prior to winter feeding for best use of feed resources. Consider open, poor-producing and aged cows as candidates for culling. • A postweaning feeding period will allow you to put rapid, economical gains on weaned calves, keep them through the fall “runs” and allow you to participate in Kentucky CPH45 sales. Consider this health and marketing program which is designed for producers which are doing a good job of producing high quality feeder calves. • Replacement heifers require attention during the winter, too. Weaned heifer calves should gain at an adequate rate to attain their “target” breeding weight (2/3 of their mature weight) by May 1.

Fall-calving herd • Continue to watch fall-calving cows. Catch up on processing of calves including identification, castration and vaccinations. • Cows that have calved need to go to the best pastures now! Help them maintain body condition prior to breeding in December. • Vaccinate the cows while they are

open and prior to the breeding season. Move cows to accumulated pasture or increase feed now. • Start the breeding season in late November or early December for calving to begin in September of 2017. If you are using AI and/ or estrous synchronization, get your supplies together now. Don’t forget Breeding Soundness Evaluations (BSE) on your bulls. Make final selection of replacement heifers now.

General • Have your hay supply analyzed for nutritive quality and estimate the amount of supplementation needed.

Consider purchasing feed now. -Take soil tests and make fertility adjustments (phosphate, potash and lime) to your pastures. -This is a good time to freezebrand bred yearling heifers and additions to the breeding herd. -Graze alfalfa this month after a “freeze-down” (24 degrees for a few hours). • Don’t waste your feed resources. Avoid excessive mud in the feeding area. Hay feeding areas can be constructed by putting rock on geotextile fabric. Feed those large round bales in hay “rings” to avoid waste. Concrete feeding pads could be in your long range plans.


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225 Bulls Sell!

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175 Females Sell!

Again this year, all of our five year old females will sell! • Proven Donors • Fall Cow-Calf Pairs • Elite ET Progeny • Spring Bred Heifers • Spring Cow-Calf Pairs

All spring yearlings with breed-impacting EPD profiles! FREE DELIVERY NATIONWIDE ON ALL BULLS.


A powerful set of spring and fall calving cows sell, including this daughter of Plattemere Weigh Up 360.










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A large selection of bred heifers will be selling, including this daughter of KCF Bennett Fortress. 18826963


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